A black, pregnant mother of three in Seattle called police to report an attempted burglary at her apartment on Sunday. But when two white Seattle Police Department officers arrived, they reportedly shot and killed the knife-wielding woman in front of her children.
She has been identified by relatives as 30-year-old Charleena Lyles. Her family is distraught, the Seattle Times has reported.
Police confirmed the shooting happened Sunday morning, after officers responded to Lyles’ Seattle apartment. They’d had previous contact with Lyles, who was alerted to the responding two officers as a “hazard,” the Times reported.
The shooting is being reviewed by SPD’s Force Investigation Team and its Office of Professional Accountability, police chief Kathleen O’Toole said. The local prosecutor’s office will also review the incident, the Times reported. Read more (6/19/17)
Listen I am so here for platonic “I love you"s. I don’t care if you think "I love you” is some sacred phrase to only utter to one person in your life, i don’t care if you think it makes me look overbearing. I say “I love you” to my friends every time I say goodbye because I want them to know 100% without a doubt that I care for them and love them and am there for them so so much.
Jordan Edwards is the latest name to be added to a long list of black people who’ve been killed by police. Edwards was only 15. His death sparked familiar outrage and calls to action.
But there’s also been a push by black feminists to call out the use of the hashtag #SayHisName in place of #SayHerName on social media — a hashtag that became popular specifically to call attention to the media erasure of black women who are also victims of police violence.
The #SayHerName hashtag went viral in the aftermath of Sandra Bland’s 2015 death in a Texas jail cell. Its meaning was simple:
In a political moment in which extrajudicial violence against black communities was becoming front page news, it was important to tell the stories of black women, whose deaths were often overlooked by media and the social movements they covered.
On Twitter, Chihiro Ogino made the case against using #SayHisName, noting that while it’s important to respect black men who die at the hands of police, that specific hashtag isn’t the way to do it. Read more (5/2/17)
fox news out here calling antifas the alt-left binch theres a fucking word for that: antifa. yall just want an excuse not to call the alt-right nazis. be like “but we never call anyone by the right name you see! we call you antifas the alt-left! we call nazis the alt-right! it’s fair and balanced” nah it’s misinformation you obfuscating fucks.
plus like you know they’re trying to make people fear antifas by giving them a name similar to the one they use for literal nazis so they can further confuse the public into thinking antifascists are just as bad as nazis FUCK OFF.
Born to two Egyptian immigrants in Gratiot County, Michigan, 32-year-old Dr. Abdul El-Sayed has done it all. El-Sayed became a doctor, educator and civil servant all before the age of 32.
Now, he has set his eyes on yet another milestone: to become the governor of Michigan.
“I’m not running to be the first Muslim governor,” El-Sayed said in a phone interview. “I’m running because I believe I will be the best governor for the state of Michigan — whether or not I’m Muslim.”
El-Sayed could be both the youngest person to be elected governor, since Bill Clinton in 1978, and the first Muslim in the U.S. to do so.
But despite his accomplishments and dedication to transforming Detroit’s health department, El-Sayed has to face another challenge: overcoming the rising levels of anti-Muslim sentimentin the current social and political climate.
“My faith is really important to me, as it is for many Americans and Michiganders,” El-Sayed said. “But I think we should be asking ourselves rather than how one prays, or what they pray to, we should ask ourselves what [one] prays for and what one hopes for.” Read more (3/2/17 12 PM)