#BlackLivesMatter

Why Is Baltimore So Angry?

The cameras of the world are focused on Baltimore right now. But the story of Baltimore’s current unrest didn’t start with the death of Freddie Gray. The people of the city have been dealing with a weakened economy, a broken education system and an over-bearing criminal justice system for years. AJ+’s Dena Takruri explains.

Dear NYPD: Don’t Turn Your Backs On Us

The tragic killings of police officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu led some NYPD cops to turn their backs – literally – on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Police are reportedly in a work stoppage over what one NYPD leader called a “hostile antipolice environment” after months of Eric Garner and Michael Brown protests. AJ+ pens an open letter asking: Is there a better way forward?

#BlackLivesMatter Co-Creator On The New Civil Rights Movement

Ferguson sparked a new national movement that’s sweeping across the U.S. And it’s young people leading the charge. They’re demanding the end to what they see as systemic racism in law enforcement that targets black people. Alicia Garza, co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter, tells Dena Takruri who these activists are and the tactics they’re using to get what they want.

Black Lives Matter: Oakland Speaks On Ferguson

AJ+’s Dena Takruri speaks with Oakland residents the day after the grand jury of St. Louis County decided not to charge police officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson. Hundreds of protestors had filled Oakland’s streets the night of the announcement, some peacefully marching and tweeting #BlackLivesMatter, others smashing shop windows. The day after, residents voice their concerns in a neighborhood where this story has played out before, with the death of Oscar Grant in 2009, among others.