New Jersey Top Court Orders Release of Former Black Panther Sundiata Acoli After 49 Years in Prison

Fourth EstateDemonstrators hold signs in defense of Assata Shakur and Sundiata Acoli at a Hands Off Assata rally in Newark, New Jersey - J&S Photography/Videos

The New Jersey Supreme Court has granted parole to former Black Panthers member Sundiata Acoli after spending 49 years in prison for the murder of a state trooper. The top court ruled that 85-year-old Acoli, whose given name was Clark …

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Harvard Acknowledged Slavery in its History

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Harvard University acknowledged that nearly 100 people were enslaved by the university after its foundation in 1636 in a 130-page report released on Tuesday. The report focused on Harvard University’s involvement in slavery and, after slavery was abolished, the university’s …

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Michigan Man Charged With Hate Crimes After Allegedly Threatening Black Lives Matter Supporters with Nooses

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Authorities charged a Michigan man with hate crimes after he allegedly threatened supporters of Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests by leaving nooses and racist handwritten notes, the Justice Department announced on April 27. Authorities charged Kenneth Pilon, a 61-year-old retired …

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Minneapolis Police Department Engaged in Pattern of Racial Discrimination, State Investigation Says

A state investigation found that the city of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Police Department engaged in a pattern of racial discrimination in violation of the Minnesota Human Rights Act. According to the investigation released by the Minnesota Human Rights Department …

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WHO Criticizes Greater Focus in Ukraine Compared to Ethiopia

James DowsonWHO Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus - Un Climate Change

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Director-General criticized the international community’s greater focus on the conflict in Ukraine and claimed that crises in other countries, including his own, Ethiopia, are not being given equal attention because the people impacted are not …

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New York Man Indicted on Felony Hate Crime Charges in Attacks on Seven Asian Women

Authorities have indicted a man on multiple hate crime charges for allegedly attacking seven Asian women in New York last month, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office announced on April 4. Steven Zajonc, 28, faces six felony counts of third-degree assault …

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U.S. President Joe Biden Signs Bill Making Lynching a Federal Hate Crime

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United States President Joe Biden on March 29 signed a bill to make lynching a federal hate crime after Congress failed over 200 times to pass a similar legislation for over a century. The Emmett Till Antilynching Act is named …

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