Black Lives Matter mural vandalized for second time

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Black Lives Matter mural painted on a street near Springfield City Hall has been vandalized for the second time in a week, and the city’s mayor is promising to bring those responsible to justice. The mural was defaced over the weekend by someone peeling out in their car, leaving a […]

Vandalism of the Springfield Black Lives Matter mural repaired

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The vandalism of the Springfield Black Lives Matter mural has been repaired Wednesday. City crews worked overnight to repaint the mural on Court Street, covering up a long set of tire tracks laid down Monday night. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said he was disheartened by the act which came just one […]

Springfield breaks ground on Black Lives Matter mural

When the work week begins on Monday, Springfield volunteers will have completed a nearly block long, Black Lives Matter Mural along court street in front of city hall.

Pro-Trump rally in Chicopee met with Black Lives Matter supporters

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A pro-Trump rally was met by a counter-demonstration at the Chicopee rotary on Memorial Drive Saturday. The Chicopee Republican City Committee held a standout in support of President Trump and the “Back the Blue” movement. Supporters were seen with flags, banners and yard signs. Protesters from the other side of the […]

Student-led Black Lives Matter rally held at WNEU

Hundreds of Western New England University students gathered outside the university’s commons Thursday to march in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Fired, pro-Black Lives Matter officer sues to get job back

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former Philadelphia police officer who was cleared of charges that he falsified records is suing to get his job back, saying officials were retaliating for his support of Black Lives Matter. Bryan Turner, who is Black, sued the city and the Philadelphia Police Department this week in federal court, claiming systematic […]

State: Lawmaker advocated burning Black Lives Matter houses

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A legislator accused of making a Facebook post that advocated burning and looting houses displaying Black Lives Matter signs is being investigated by the state attorney general and facing calls to resign. “Public Service Announcement: If you see a BLM sign on a lawn, it’s the same as having a porch […]

Mayor one-ups Black Lives Matter rally with his own plans

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City is attempting to co-opt plans by protesters to paint “Black Lives Matter” on the seaside gambling resort’s famous Boardwalk by doing the same thing in a place of its own choosing — on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, in front of its civil rights memorial. Mayor Marty Small, […]

Artist Banksy on migrant crisis: ‘All Black Lives Matter’

LONDON (AP) — Street artist Banksy affirmed “All Black Lives Matter” on Saturday in explaining why he is sponsoring a search-and-rescue ship that picked up dozens of African migrants adrift in the Mediterranean Sea this week. The ship, the MV Louise Michel, appealed for help and a safe port Saturday, saying that it had rescued […]

Dolly Parton voices support for Black Lives Matter movement

Country music superstar Dolly Parton has kept her beliefs on politics largely to herself for many years, but in a recent interview with Billboard Magazine, she said she supports the Black Lives Matter movement and protests that are occurring across the country.

Homespun BLM products include cookie kits, garden gnomes

A few weeks after nationwide protests erupted over the police killing of George Floyd, Julie Muller looked for something positive she could contribute to the movement from her Houston home. The 67-year-old white woman, who has been selling homemade cookie-decorating kits online since March, decided to offer one with a Black Lives Matter theme. The […]

Bills will wear decals with messages calling for social and racial justice this season

(WIVB) – As the Bills take the field against the New York Jets tomorrow, they will carry messages about social justice on their helmets. The team announced in a video on social media Saturday that players will wear the names of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Elijah McCain, as well as messages like “Black Lives […]

White man seeks forgiveness in attack on Black family’s home

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — A white man accused of firing shots into the home of a Black suburban Detroit family who put a Black Lives Matter sign in their front window asked for forgiveness during a court hearing Thursday. Michael Frederick Jr., 24, made the remarks after being given a moment to speak about bond. […]

Car injures 2 protesters during California demonstration

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — Two people were struck by a car and injured Saturday during a Southern California demonstration involving members of Black Lives Matter and counter-protesters. The incident occurred in the city of Yorba Linda, about 30 miles (48.2 kilometers) southeast of downtown Los Angeles. The injured people were taken to a hospital […]

Trump supporters rally near Portland and at Oregon’s Capitol

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered Monday afternoon in a small town south of Portland for a pro-President Donald Trump vehicle rally — just over a week after member of a far-right group was fatally shot after a Trump caravan went through Oregon’s largest city. Later, pro-Trump supporters and counter-protesters clashed in Oregon’s […]

UConn may go beyond patches in support of BLM

University of Connecticut officials have discussed creating helmet stickers, warm-up T-shirts and altering athletic uniforms in other ways to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Car caught on video plowing through Times Square protesters

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department says it is trying to find a car that drove through a group of Black Lives Matter protesters blocking a street in Times Square. Video posted on social media shows the car jerking through the crowd Thursday night with its horn blaring as demonstrators scream and […]

South Carolina teacher fired after ‘inexcusable’ Facebook post

FLORENCE, S.C. (WBTW) – A South Carolina teacher is ‘no longer employed’ after what the district calls an ‘inexcusable’ Facebook post. Florence 1 Schools says the district doesn’t tolerate hate or racism. In a statement to the community written by Superintendent Richard O’Malley on Thursday, he says administrators were notified of an inexcusable public Facebook […]

Summer of protest: Chance for change, but obstacles exposed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Memorial Day brought the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, prompting hundreds of thousands of Americans to take to the streets in protest. President Donald Trump called Floyd’s death a “disgrace” and momentum built around policing reform. But by Labor Day, the prospects for federal legislation have evaporated. […]

Trump supporters rally near Portland and at Oregon’s Capitol

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered Monday afternoon in a small town south of Portland for a pro-President Donald Trump vehicle rally — just over a week after member of a far-right group was fatally shot after a Trump caravan went through Oregon’s largest city. Later, pro-Trump supporters and counter-protesters clashed in Oregon’s […]

Trump supporters rally near Portland and at Oregon Capitol

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered on Labor Day in a small town south of Portland for a pro-President Donald Trump vehicle rally — just over a week after member of a far-right group was fatally shot after a Trump caravan went through Oregon’s largest city. Later, pro-Trump supporters and counter-protesters clashed at […]

7-year-old uses lemonade to “take a stand” and raises money for social justice

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Standing in an empty parking lot at Grand Rapids’ Garfield Park, Cydney Warner and Marcel Price met for the very first time. Cydney, 7, and her family had the meeting with Price, the executive director of The Diatribe, a nonprofit group that uses spoken word, creative writing and performance poetry as […]

UK’s National Trust details historic sites’ links to slavery

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s National Trust, which looks after hundreds of the country’s well-loved historic sites, has detailed how dozens of its properties have links to slavery and colonialism. A report published Tuesday by the heritage and conservation organization said 93 of its sites have connections with aspects of the global slave trade or Britain’s […]

Utah police frustrated with anti-law enforcement sentiment

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — After months of protests around the nation over racial injustice in policing, police groups in Utah say they have grown frustrated with rhetoric they describe as unfair and called for The Salt Lake Tribune to apologize after it published an editorial cartoon linking the Ku Klux Klan with law enforcement. […]

US Latino civil rights group moves 2021 convention online

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — The League of United Latin American Citizens, the oldest Latino civil rights group in the U.S., has decided to move its 2021 national convention online amid concerns and health orders caused by COVID-19. The board of directors of the group, known as LULAC, voted Saturday to hold a virtual gathering […]

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