When a broken tail light becomes a death sentence

Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. Those are two more names of black people killed by police officers this week. And these are just the most recent incidents that were caught on camera and gained national news attention.

At least 136 black people have been killed by the police so far this year, according to a project by the Guardian that tracks people killed by the police.

We are shocked, but not surprised, because this isn’t the first time that a broken tail light became a death sentence for a black person in America.

We are saddened, but also angry, and will continue to demand real reform within police departments and the entire criminal justice system. Though some people rage in ebbs and flows with the news cycle, there is a movement that has been alive for decades, one that is continuing to fight for justice for their families who are being targeted by police violence.

Our compassion for the families who lost loved ones in Dallas last night does not erase our commitment to ending this injustice.

Also this week, Phyllis Bennis explains why President Obama’s decision to keep more troops in Afghanistan than originally planned is a huge mistake.

Meanwhile, Janet Redman calls out the DNC platform on not taking climate change seriously enough and failing to include easy potential victories that would help move us away from a fossil fuel economy.

And Sam Pizzigati warns us that if we want to prevent banks from making millions playing games with our accounts, we need to curb CEO pay.

We must demand — from our criminal justice system to our banking system — policies that put people before profit.



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Glover’s experience as a human rights activist will help strengthen IPS’s connection to progressive transformation projects worldwide. 



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