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Bishop Ostracizes School Flying BLM, Pride Flags

Jesuit school in Massachusetts says displays merely indicate everyone is welcome

(Newser) - A Roman Catholic bishop in Massachusetts has told a school that displays Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ flags that it can no longer consider itself Catholic. Nor can school grounds host Mass or the sacraments, according to the decree issued Thursday by Bishop Robert McManus of the Diocese of Worcester,...

SCOTUS Declines Case of Gun-Waving St. Louis Couple

McCloskeys appealed sanctions on law licenses

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has declined to hear the case of Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis couple who pointed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters near their home in 2020. Mark McCloskey—a Republican who is running for a US Senate seat —and his wife are both lawyers,...

Lawsuit Faults USPS Over Seizure of BLM Masks

'That's a scary reality that we live in,' says Movement Ink owner René Quiñonez

(Newser) - The US Postal Service under the Trump administration is accused of improperly seizing packages of face masks with slogans in support of Black Lives Matter in a lawsuit brought by a California screen printer. "The fact that our government can just seize private property—either because of just general...

After Alleged Attacker Freed, Candidate Says System Is 'Broken'

Fund co-founded by BLM put up $100K bail after shooting at Craig Greenberg's office

(Newser) - A Democratic candidate for mayor of Louisville says the fact that the man charged with trying to kill him on Monday was able to walk out of jail on Wednesday shows that "our criminal justice system is clearly broken." Social activist Quintez Brown, 21, was released Wednesday after...

Banksy T-Shirt Supporting Defendants Draws a Crowd

Artist puts $33 project on sale before trial over toppling of slave trader's statue

(Newser) - Hundreds of people lined up Saturday in the English city of Bristol to get the latest work by elusive street artist Banksy—a T-shirt created to help four defendants charged over the toppling of a local statue of a slave trader. The gray shirt features the word Bristol above the...

Protesters Confront 'Black Pete' at Holiday Event

Demonstrations have gone on for a decade against controversial Dutch sidekick to Santa

(Newser) - About 100 anti-racism protesters chanted "Kick out Black Pete!" on Saturday at an event where children could meet the Dutch version of Santa Claus and his controversial sidekick. The "Black Pete" character, often played by adults wearing blackface makeup, has sparked a decade of demonstrations and counterdemonstrations...

3 Women Charged in NYC Restaurant Melee Over COVID

Carmine's says there's no proof its hostess used a racial slur

(Newser) - Update: Three woman who were recorded allegedly attacking a NYC restaurant hostess in a September dust-up over proof of vaccination were arraigned Tuesday on charges of third-degree assault, attempted assault, and harassment. The New York Post reports Sally Rechelle Lewis, 49; Kaeita Nkeenge Rankin, 44; Tyonnie Keshay Rankin, 21, could...

NFL OKs These 6 Social Justice Decals for Helmets

As well as slogans to be stenciled on end zones, to support movements against racism, police brutality

(Newser) - The sports league that once outlawed kneeling during the national anthem is now attempting to pick up more of the social justice mantle. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy tells the New York Times that players will be able to choose from six helmet decals this season bearing one of the following...

School Board Bans All Political Signs

Next, members will look at rewriting anti-racism policy

(Newser) - On a 4-3 vote, members of an Oregon school board decided to prohibit signs, flags, and clothing with political messages on district property. The Newberg board members didn't specify what they consider "political," but community members who spoke at the meeting brought up pride flags and Black...

Olympic Gymnast Ends Floor Routine With BLM Tribute

Luciana Alvarado of Costa Rica raised fist in the air, knelt

(Newser) - The first-ever Costa Rican gymnast to qualify for the Olympics used the end of her floor routine Sunday to make a big statement. Luciana Alvarado, 18, took a knee with one arm behind her back and the other raised in the air with a fist, NBC Olympics reports. (Watch the...

5 Held in Attempted Killing of BLM Activist

Cop says there's no indication Sasha Johnson was targeted

(Newser) - Five males, including three teenagers, have been arrested in the shooting of a Black Lives Matter activist in London. Sasha Johnson of the Taking the Initiative Party, described as Britain's first Black-led political party, has been fighting for her life in a hospital since she was shot in the...

Black Lives Matter Activist Sasha Johnson Shot in Head

UK activist is in critical condition

(Newser) - Prominent Black Lives Matter activist Sasha Johnson was shot in the head in the wee hours of Sunday near a house in London where a party was taking place. The British 27-year-old is in critical condition, the BBC reports. While the Metropolitan Police have not identified Johnson publicly, Johnson is...

Judge Allegedly Tried to Run Down BLM Protesters

Judge John M. Tyson faces charge of assault with a deadly weapon

(Newser) - A Black Lives Matter activist in North Carolina says a person who tried to hit protesters with an SUV is a judge—and she is pressing charges against him. Judge John M. Tyson, who is white, has been summoned to appear in court next month to answer to a charge...

Young Brothers Yanked From Class for Black Lives Matter Tees

Okla. superintendent says 'politics' not allowed at school; mom says Black Lives Matter isn't political

(Newser) - Two Oklahoma brothers were disciplined at school last week over their Black Lives Matter T-shirts, and their mom is pushing back. Per the New York Times , Jordan Herbert first got wind of an alleged violation of dress code policy on April 30, when her 8-year-old son, Ben, was told by...

Bad Situation Gets Worse for Hollywood Foreign Press

Former president booted over email viewed as racist, advisers flee

(Newser) - The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which puts on the Golden Globes, has expelled a former president after he shared an article that described Black Lives Matter as a "racist hate movement." Philip Berk, who served eight terms as president until 2011, shared the FrontPage Mag article —which...

'Shoot This Thing!': Alarming Posts Fill Cops' Private Group

AP finds transphobic posts about Rachel Levine

(Newser) - In a private Facebook group called the Pittsburgh Area Police Breakroom, many current and retired officers spent the year criticizing chiefs who took a knee or officers who marched with Black Lives Matter protesters, whom they called "terrorists" or "thugs." The AP reports they made transphobic posts...

Police Mishandled Protests in City After City: Reports

Departments were unprepared for such large demonstrations, review finds

(Newser) - Reviews of the police response to the protests that erupted in US cities last summer after the death of George Floyd are in, and they're scathing. In large and small cities, police were unprepared for the scope of the protests and consistently mishandled the challenge, the New York Times...

GOP Senator's Remarks on Capitol Riot Draw Cries of Racism

Ron Johnson said he wasn't scared during attack because rioters weren't BLM, antifa

(Newser) - On a radio program Thursday, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson says he wasn't scared during the Capitol riot on Jan. 6 that left five dead, but his reasoning for why he wasn't in fear as supporters of former President Trump stormed the building has led to accusations of racism...

Iowa Journalist Arrested at BLM Protest Hears Her Fate

The case has been condemned as an attack on the freedom of the press

(Newser) - An Iowa journalist who was pepper sprayed, zip tied, and arrested at a Black Lives Matter demonstration last year has been found not guilty on charges of failure to disperse and interfering with police, CNN reports. Following the verdict, Des Moines Register reporter Andrea May Sahouri tweeted : “Acquitted,”...

Nobel Peace Prize for Black Lives Matter? Nomination Is In

Norwegian MP praises movement for inspiring fight for racial justice worldwide

(Newser) - On Saturday, in an online ceremony in Stockholm, the $100,000 Olof Palme human rights award will be bestowed upon the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, recognizing the BLM movement for its promotion of "peaceful civil disobedience against police brutality and racial violence," organizers say, per the...

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