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#TyreNichols should still be alive.
#BreonnaTaylor should be alive.
#GeorgeFloyd should be alive.
#DuanteWright should be alive.
#FantaBility should be alive.
#TamirRice should be alive.
#LaquanMcDonald should be alive.
#SandraBland should be alive.

#SayTheirNames

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#AtatianaJefferson should still be alive.
#StephonClark should be alive.
#FreddieGray should be alive.
#BothamJean should be alive.
#PhilandoCastille should be alive.
#MichaelBrown should be alive.
#EricGarner should be alive.
#AltonSterling should be alive.

#SayTheirNames

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All these people in mental health crises I reported on should still be alive today. They or their families called police for help.
#MichelleCusseaux
#TanishaAnderson
#JanishaFonville
#MaKiaBryant
#WalterWallace
#DanielPrude
#AaronLynch
#PorterBurks
#SayTheirNames
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Why we need to talk about policing of ALL Black folks, not just men:

The #SayHerName hashtag (by @sandylocks) was a call for attention to Black women murdered by police i.e. #MaKhiaBryant and how our expectation that this issue only affects Black men misses the full picture.
The African American Policy Forum released a report entitled Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women in 2015 to highlight this overlooked issue. Later that same year, #SandraBland died while incarcerated and still ruled a suicide.

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.@washingtonpost has been tracking police killings since 2015 and found by 9/2020, 247 women had been killed by police, 48 (19.4%) were Black women. What names do you hear most often or see in a hashtag? Killings of Black women receive less attention.

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This is what it's like to be BLACK in America. "I don't even feel safe. Send me back to Afghanistan or Iraq," says a soldier amid the racism, mistreatment and killing of Blacks in 2020.
28 year old #SandraBland was found hanged in a jail cell in Waller County, Texas, on July 13, 2015, three days after being arrested during a traffic stop by #BrianEncinia. Her death was ruled a suicide.
Robert Fuller was found with a rope around his neck and hanging from a tree in Poncitlan Square in Palmdale, California. lamag.com/citythinkblog/…
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Been digging deeper into Texas' 2019 #SandraBland data and Houston is a big outlier.

Of agencies reporting to @TCOLE under Texas' racial profiling statute, @houstonpolice account for 3% of traffic stops statewide and 29% of all use-of-force incidents reported at those stops.
HPD reported the highest use-of-force rate among large TX agencies at 71 incidents per 10K stops. Statewide avg around 8 force incidents per 10K stops. (N.b., this only captures force at traffic stops, not all UoF incidents.)

Source (columns J and HK): tcole.texas.gov/content/racial…
Together, Houston and DPS accounted for about half of reported force incidents at traffic stops statewide in 2019 (3,739 out of 7,866). But DPS performed 8x as many stops. If HPD used force at same rate as @TXDPS (5.2/10K), they'd have had >2,000 fewer force incidents last year.
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Y'all do not understand how much I missed @BlackGazePod! 1/3 of the way through Episode 1 of Season 2 -- Protect Black Womxn. @dr_s_bertrand & @DrPorcher bringing it again! Also, shout out to @MauricePorcher for the sound effects. The claps though 👏👏👏 1/
Also, got me wondering, has @DrPorcher given me a nickname? Do I need to rethink our relationship? 🤔 @BlackGazePod #BlackGazePodcast 2/
This episode is just so powerful. Centering Black womxn means accepting & affirming ALL that they are: the brilliance, power & drive, but also the softness & humanity #ProtectBlackwomxn #BlackGazePodcast @BlackGazePod 3/
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Getting into a car is not a capital crime.

The police cannot continue to act as judge, jury, and executioner.

#BlackLivesMatter

#JacobBlake
Passing a counterfeit bill is not a capital crime.

The police cannot continue to act as judge, jury, and executioner.

#BlackLivesMatter

#GeorgeFloyd
Sleeping in your home is not a capital crime.

The police cannot continue to act as judge, jury, and executioner.

#BlackLivesMatter

#BreonnaTaylor
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These are four women we should be lifting up:

Breonna Taylor
Sandra Bland
Natasha McKenna
Michelle Cusseaux

#SayHerName
#ChallengeAccepted
⁣⁣Breonna Taylor (2020 - Louisville, KY)⁣
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A beloved 26 year-old EMT, Breonna was murdered during a "no knock" raid when plainclothes officers shot her 8 times in her home.⁣⁣
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Status: @kyoag’s office is *still* reviewing the case. Only one officer Hankison, was fired
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I look forward to working alongside @GFColeman and Senator Whitmire to add very necessary reforms to the #SandraBlandAct next legislative session. These provisions, which would have held police accountable, were removed from the original bill. (Thread)

texastribune.org/2020/06/09/tex…
“After Whitmire removed much of the language related to police encounters... the bill passed both chambers. The version of the Sandra Bland Act signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott had become mostly a mental health and jail reform bill, and it lost support from Bland’s family.”
Now is the time to revisit this Act, & honor #SandraBland’s life by adding these measures to hold police accountable:
- implicit bias & racial profiling training
- banning choke holds
- increasing stop & search standards
- limiting arrests for Class C misdemeanors
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FIVE YEARS AGO TODAY #SandraBland was found hanged in a Waller County jail cell in #TX10.

Say her name and continue to fight for justice! #BlackLivesMatter

A THREAD:
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At 28, #SandraBland was one of 5 sisters from IL, a graduate of the HBCU @PVAMU where she played trombone, worked as a summer counselor, & volunteered for a senior citizens advocacy.

Throughout 2015, she was passionately outspoken on social media condemning police brutality.
On July 10th, 2015, #SandraBland was driving to @PVAMU to begin a summer program associate job when she was pulled over & brutally arrested for *failure to signal*. Like #GeorgeFloyd, Bland experienced a crushing knee to the neck.
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1/ Five years ago today, #SandraBland was found dead in a rural Texas jail cell. Legislation sparked by the outrage over her death was mostly stripped of racial profiling and police reform measures before the #txlege passed it.

Here’s where things stand.
2/ Bland, a 28-year-old Black woman, was found dead in an apparent suicide at the Waller County Jail three days after she was arrested during a routine traffic stop.
3/ Dashboard camera footage disproved the state trooper’s stated reason for arresting her — assault on a public servant — and showed him threatening to drag her out of her car and use a Taser on her after she refused to put out a cigarette.
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Do Not Keep Silent. POWERFUL from @iammelvinmyles @rabbispen @StephenSimmons5 #JuneteenthDay
on my blog. Please read & share ravjill.com/silence-2/
Correction: Video was created by Springdale Baptist Church @TheSpringBC #IWasNotSilenced ravjill.com/silence-2/
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I'm tellin' you man, black folks, black Muslims, Arabs, Desis, Mexicans, etc., are out in the streets dancing to a tune so loud, they don't even know what key it's in. Because of this, many are unwilling and unable to acknowledge the main reason why
the death of #GeorgeFloyd has gone global, has gone viral, is because Chuck authorized it to go viral. The liberal wing of Chuck has authorized outrage over the death of a black man even though we've been dying at the hands of white cops and black hoodlums for decades!
The question I have is why did not white liberals authorize riots and protests when they killed #CliffordGlover, #ClaudeReese, #RandyEvans, #YvonneSmallwood, #AmadouDiallo, #SeanBell, #OscarGrant, #TrayvonMartin, #JordanDavis, #JonathanFerrell, #AiyanaJones,
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THREAD on #BLM

Tho I'm Latina, I know I have privilege as a white person because I can do all of these things without thinking twice:

I can go birding (#ChristianCooper)

I can go jogging (#AmaudArbery)

I can relax in my own home (#BothemSean & #AtatianaJefferson)
I can ask for help after being in a car crash (#JonathanFerrell and #RenishaMcBride)

I can have a cellphone (#StephonClark)

I can leave a party to get to safety (#JordanEdwards)

I can play loud music (#JordanDavis)

I can sell CDs (#AltonSterling)

I can sleep (#AiyanaJones)
I can walk from the corner store (#MikeBrown)

I can play like a child (#TamirRice)

I can go to church (#Charleston9)

I can walk home with Skittles (#TrayvonMartin)

I can hold a hair brush while leaving my own bachelor party (#SeanBell)

I can party on New Years (#OscarGrant)
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Say every one of their names—Then #SayTheirNames again.

It matters.

Beloved children, spouses, mothers, fathers, friends, co-workers, neighbors.

Denial of racism IS racism
Silence IS compliance
#BlackLivesMatter
#GeorgeFloyd

#BlackOutTuesday, no commentary needed—A Thread
#GEORGEFLOYD, 46 —911 call from a grocery worker claiming an attempted forgery.

Responding LEO w/17 previous infractions held him down for 9 minutes by the neck as 2 LEOs assisted & 1 did nothing.

His life drained out of him as he said #ICantBreathe

4 Officers fired—1 charged.
#AHMAUDARBERY, 25—Jogging, hunted down & shot by 2 men while a 3rd videotaped the murder. They claimed they suspected him of a burglary. Homeowner of house being built states nothing was taken.

2 men charged with murder & aggravated assault. Videotaper claims bystander—Pending.
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You want to know why Black people are angry...
We can’t be handcuffed and put in the police car unless we are dead (#GeorgeFloyd)
We can’t go bird watching in Central Park (#ChristianCooper)
We can’t go jogging (#AmaudArbery).
We can’t relax in the comfort of our own homes (#BothemSean and #AtatianaJefferson).
We can't ask for help after being in a car crash (#JonathanFerrell and #RenishaMcBride).
We can't have a cellphone (#StephonClark).
We can't leave a party to get to safety (#JordanEdwards).
We can't play loud music (#JordanDavis)
We can’t sell CD's (#AltonSterling).
We can’t sleep (#AiyanaJones)
We can’t walk from the corner store (#MikeBrown).
We can’t play cops and robbers (#TamirRice).
We can’t go to church (#Charleston9).
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I have privilege as a white person because I can do all of these things without pausing, & without thinking twice:
I can go birding (#ChristianCooper)
I can go jogging (#AmaudArbery)
I can relax in the comfort of my own home (#BothemSean & #AtatianaJefferson)

#BlackLivesMatter
I can walk from the corner store (#MikeBrown)
I can play cops and robbers (#TamirRice)
I can go to church (#Charleston9)
I can walk home with Skittles (#TrayvonMartin)
I can hold a hair brush while leaving my own bachelor party (#SeanBell)

#BlackLivesMatter
I can party on New Years (#OscarGrant)
I can get a normal traffic ticket (#SandraBland)
I can lawfully carry a weapon (#PhilandoCastile)
I can break down on a public road with car problems (#CoreyJones)
I can shop at Walmart (#JohnCrawford)

#BlackLivesMatter
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(For allies)
As a white person, I can do all of these things without thinking twice:
I can shelter-in-place (#BreonnaTaylor & #RegisKorchinksiPaquet)
I can play video games at home (#AtatianaJefferson)
I can go shopping at Walmart (#ShellyFrey)
I can park at 7/11 (#IndiaKager)
I can report a burglary (#CharleenaLyles)
I can fall asleep on the couch (#AiyannaStanleyJones)
I can seek help for a mental illness (#KaylaMoore & #TanishaAnderson)
I can stand up for my rights (#KorrynGaines)
I can laugh outside friends (#RekiaBoyd)
I can go Christmas shopping (#SonjiTaylor)
I can walk home (#FrankeAnnPerkins)
I can talk on a cell phone (#LatanyaHaggerty)
I can dispute a traffic ticket (#SandraBland)
I can seek help for a domestic dispute (#YvetteSmith)
I can answer the door (#MichelleCusseaux)
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I have privilege as a white person because I can do all of these things without thinking twice:
I can go birding #ChristianCooper
I can go jogging #AmaudArbery
I can relax in the comfort of my own home #BothemSean and #AtatianaJefferson

#BlackLivesMatter
I can ask for help after being in a car crash #JonathanFerrell and #RenishaMcBride
I can have a cellphone #StephonClark
I can leave a party to get to safety #JordanEdwards
I can play loud music #JordanDavis
I can sell CDs #AltonSterling
I can sleep #AiyanaJones
I can walk from the corner store #MikeBrown
I can play cops and robbers #TamirRice
I can go to church #Charleston9
I can walk home with Skittles #TrayvonMartin
I can hold a hair brush while leaving my own bachelor party #SeanBell
I can party on New Years #OscarGrant
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On May 25, #GeorgeFloyd, a 46-year-old Black man, was murdered by Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer. Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck for seven minutes, suffocating him as Floyd pleaded repeatedly that he couldn’t breathe. Justice has not yet been achieved.
We have a national crisis of white supremacist violence against Black people in the USA. In the past decade alone, we witnessed the deaths of thousands of Black people at the hands of police. #BreonnaTaylor #EricGarner #SandraBland #TamirRice are just some of those we’ve lost.
At Indivisible, we believe Black Lives Matter without qualifications, asterisks, or add-ons. We also believe in the right for communities to protest and protect themselves against state-sanctioned violence. Period.
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I'm seeing a lot of white friends post about a desire to learn more about racism but many are unsure where to begin. We can't bring back #GeorgeFloyd but we can learn how to be anti-racists and teach kids how to, too. #sschat #EduColor @Spencer_Fdn @BeaconPressBks @Tolerance_org
Look at whom you follow on @Twitter. Are you following people and orgs that can educate you about race, like @DrIbram @nhannahjones @ProfJeffries @imaniperry @LoriTharps @JasonReynolds83 @facinghistory & @Tolerance_org @AntiracismCtr @WesleyLowery @jabariasim @TWW_podblog ...
Look at your book list. Do you and your children read books by a diverse group of authors? For kids, All-American Boys by @KielyBrendan & @JasonReynolds83 is a great way to spark conversation with your child. #weneeddiversebooks
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1) I have privilege as a White person because I can do all of these things without thinking twice about it...

I can go jogging (#AmaudArbery).
I can relax in the comfort of my own home (#BothemSean and #AtatianaJefferson).
2)I can ask for help after being in a car crash (#JonathanFerrell and #RenishaMcBride).
I can have a cellphone (#StephonClark).
I can leave a party to get to safety (#JordanEdwards).
I can play loud music (#JordanDavis)
I can sell CD's (#AltonSterling).
I can sleep (#AiyanaJones)
3) I can walk from the corner store (#MikeBrown).
I can play cops and robbers (#TamirRice).
I can go to church (#Charleston9).
I can walk home with Skittles (#TrayvonMartin).
I can hold a hair brush while leaving my own bachelor party (#SeanBell).
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I have written my first book. "Bearing Witness While Black: African Americans, Smartphones and the New Protest #Journalism," is on sale now: bit.ly/bearingwitness….
This book is for #GeorgeFloyd. #AhmaudArbery. #PhilandoCastile. #EricGarner. #SandraBland. #TamirRice. And all of the black men, women and children who have been killed by excessive police force or vigilante violence.
This book has been a decade in the making. In the 2010s, I taught brilliant students @MorganStateU and @BowieState how to make news using only smartphones. I never imagined that by 2014, when Ferguson rose up, that Black people would use these devices for survival.
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#CentralPark Cindy Confrontation Goes Viral, as White Woman Calls Cops on Black Man Over Dog Leash nbcnewyork.com/news/local/cen…
1. #AmyCooper since you are on #administrativeleave from your job #FranklinTempleton I have some fil.s that you might screen at home. 2 by @ava #The13th is on @YouTube for free. #WhenTheySeeUs is in @netflix pperhaps you have account with them.
2. Dear #AmyCooper,
hello it's me again. Ever hear of #PhilandoCastile? There's a shirt film on him. His fiancee made it. It's free too, since you're recently/currently unemployed.
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