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Actor Calls for Black Americans to Boycott Work for a Day

Isaiah Washington demands action on police brutality

(Newser) - It's time for black Americans to send the rest of the country a message by boycotting "the very system that was built on the backs of black people here in America," says actor Isaiah Washington. The former Grey's Anatomy star has joined the #Missing24 movement to... More »

Charlotte Cop Videos Raise 'More Questions Than Answers'

City is calmer on 3rd night of protests

(Newser) - Relatives of Charlotte man Keith Lamont Scott have seen police body camera videos from the scene of his shooting—and reached a very different conclusion from police. Family attorney Justin Bamberg tells the Charlotte Observer that the family has "more questions than answers" after seeing the videos, which he... More »

State of Emergency Declared in Charlotte

'My heart bleeds for what our great city is going through'

(Newser) - North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency Wednesday night in Charlotte after a second night of protests over the police shooting of a black man turned violent and the city's police chief said he needed the help. A peaceful prayer vigil turned into an angry march... More »

Teens Make Healthier Choices When They See It as Defiant

Teen rebellion could be an asset, not a threat

(Newser) - As anyone who can remember being a teenager (or parenting a teenager) well knows, telling a teen to do something because it's the healthy choice just doesn't cut it. Implying that it's an act of defiance against some corrupt authority figure, on the other hand, appears to... More »

Navy Sailor Protests National Anthem on Base

She's likely to face disciplinary action from the Navy

(Newser) - A sailor in the US Navy appears likely to face punishment after protesting the national anthem while on base in Florida, CNN reports. The sailor, who the Navy isn't identifying, filmed herself sitting during the anthem—all service members are required to stand and face the flag—and the... More »

Soccer Player's Anthem Protest Foiled—by Opposing Team

'F---ing unbelievable,' Megan Rapinoe says as anthem played while teams were in locker room

(Newser) - If Megan Rapinoe had planned to take a knee during the national anthem in her Wednesday night game against the Washington Spirit, the owner of that women's soccer team effectively squelched that plan. Per the Washington Post , Spirit owner Bill Lynch, an Air Force veteran, made sure the anthem... More »

Warrant Issued for Jill Stein's Arrest

She's been charged with mischief in ND after spray-painting bulldozer

(Newser) - An arrest warrant has been issued for a 2016 presidential candidate—and it's for neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump. Instead, Green Party candidate Jill Stein has been charged with criminal trespass and criminal mischief in Morton County, ND, after spray-painting construction equipment during a pipeline protest, the AP... More »

Obama on Kaepernick: 'Tough Thing' for Service Members

But president says he supports NFL player's 'active citizenry'

(Newser) - Everyone is weighing in on the Colin Kaepernick controversy , from the cops who say they may stop providing security at 49ers games to the female soccer player who took a knee in support of Kaepernick at her own game Sunday. Now a more high-profile defender is speaking up: President Obama,... More »

2nd 49er Joins Kaepernick Protest

They took a knee for the anthem in San Diego

(Newser) - Colin Kaepernick once again refused to stand when the national anthem was played before a game Thursday night—and this time, he wasn't alone. 49ers safety Eric Reid also knelt as a Navy officer sang the anthem at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Reid—... More »

After Protest Gesture, Medalist Can Never Return Home

Ethiopian says government will kill or jail him

(Newser) - If they awarded Olympic medals for bravery, Feyisa Lilesa would have a gold to add to his marathon silver. The Ethiopian runner crossed his wrists above his head at the end of the men's marathon in Rio to show solidarity with protesters in his homeland, and he says the... More »

Milwaukee Teens Get 10pm Curfew

As unrest continues in city

(Newser) - Milwaukee's Sherman Park neighborhood has seen two nights of unrest after the fatal shooting Saturday night of a black suspect by a black police officer , and on Monday, Mayor Tom Barrett announced a 10pm curfew for teenagers in the neighborhood. In addition, Sherman Park will close at 6pm each... More »

Black Lives Matter Activist Sues Baton Rouge Over Arrest

DeRay Mckesson says the police were 'militarized and aggressive'

(Newser) - Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson sued the city of Baton Rouge and police officials on Thursday, saying officers responded in a "militarized and aggressive manner" in arresting him and other people protesting the police shooting death of Alton Sterling , the AP reports. The federal class-action lawsuit, which names... More »

Indonesia Defies Protests, Executes 4 by Firing Squad

3 foreigners, Indonesian man executed

(Newser) - Indonesia executed four people convicted of drug crimes on Friday despite international protests and said it would decide later when as many as 10 others are put to death. The men were executed by firing squad not long after midnight local time as torrential rains hit the Nusa Kambangan prison... More »

Chaos at RNC as Police Scuffle With Flag-Burning Protesters

Around a dozen protesters have been arrested

(Newser) - Cleveland police say about a dozen people have been taken into custody and will be arrested following a chaotic protest near the arena housing the Republican National Convention, the AP reports. Lt. Michael Butler of the Cleveland Police Department said Wednesday that charges were pending for between 10 and 16... More »

ACLU Sues Baton Rouge Police Over Protests

Lawsuit claims riot-gear clad cops stomped on protesters' rights

(Newser) - Civil rights groups and activists sued Baton Rouge law enforcement agencies over their treatment of protesters rallying against the police shooting death of Alton Sterling, saying officers used excessive force and physically and verbally abused peaceful demonstrators, the AP reports. The lawsuit was announced Wednesday by the ACLU of Louisiana.... More »

Police Arrest 74 During Black Lives Matter Protest in NY

Protests around the country Friday were largely peaceful

(Newser) - A Black Lives Matter protest led to mass arrests Friday night in Rochester, New York, USA Today reports. Police Chief Michael Ciminelli says 74 people were arrested when protesters blocked traffic around 10pm. According to NBC News , police thought the protest was going to end earlier in the evening; officers... More »

Al Gore's Daughter Arrested in Boston Protest

Karenna Gore is facing charges of resisting arrest, trespassing, disturbing the peace

(Newser) - Karenna Gore, the oldest daughter of Al Gore, was arrested along with 22 other activists during a protest Wednesday in Boston, Grist reports. The group was protesting a pipeline being built by Spectra Energy that will move fracked gas through a Boston neighborhood. According to WCVB , Gore, a mother of... More »

Democrats' Dramatic Sit-In Now in Second Day

But Ryan officially adjourns House until July 5

(Newser) - Democrats are calling their sit-in protest on the House floor a success, even though it hasn't led to the votes on gun-control legislation they demanded. About two dozen lawmakers were still taking part Thursday morning, even after House Speaker Paul Ryan adjourned the chamber about 3am until after the... More »

House Dems Stage Sit-In Over Gun Control

Accuse GOP of turning off C-SPAN cameras, demand House not go to recess until vote

(Newser) - Less than a week after Sen. Chris Murphy's filibuster for gun control on the Senate floor (and two days after the Senate voted down a series of gun control measures), another power move, this time by House Democrats: a sit-in protest Wednesday, per the AP . With Georgia Rep. John... More »

Fired Professor Explains Her Behavior at Protests

Melissa Click blames 'inexperience with public protests'

(Newser) - "I do not understand the widespread impulse to shame those whose best intentions unfortunately result in imperfect actions. What would our world be like if no one ever took a chance?" So writes Melissa Click in the Washington Post . Click, an assistant professor, was fired by the University of... More »

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