Amazon-owned Whole Foods reportedly told managers that workers couldn't wear Black Lives Matter signage at work because it was 'opening the door for union activity'
An internal Whole Foods email shows it was worried that allowing employees to wear Black Lives Matter apparel could welcome union talk, per Bloomberg.news.yahoo.com
Ann Arbor plans second Black Lives Matter mural at Wheeler Park
ANN ARBOR, MI — After the recent completion of a Black Lives Matter mural at Ann Arbor’s Gallup Park, plans are in the works to paint a second one at Wheeler Park. “Ann Arbor can have more than one Black Lives Matter mural,” said City Council Member Linh Song, D-2nd Ward, who serves on the city’s Public Art Commission. It was really moving.”The Wheeler Park mural was supposed to happen July 16, but due to weather and illness among organizers it’s been rescheduled to next month, Song said. MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:The story of Albert Wheeler, Ann Arbor’s first and only Black mayorA look inside Ann Arbor’s Free Little Art Gallery where art is free for the takingIs now the time for a major expansion of Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti bus services? Casey’s Tavern in Ann Arbor may get outdoor seating after sheds demolishedInitiative helps residents identify, break bad recycling habitsmlive.com
Workplace behavior investigation into Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office underway -- What we know
Macomb County released the results of an independent investigation into Prosecutor Peter Lucido on Monday. The investigation looks into multiple allegations of inappropriate behavior in the workplace by Lucido.
Why a white man in Muskegon spreads Black Lives Matter message through rain and shine
But there’s no ignoring those signs, held aloft by a lone white man: “Black Lives Matter,” they read. “I’m discussing issues that affect peace in the country.”Related: New Black Lives Matter Muskegon group aims to keep the ‘fire’ goingBob Lindsay is his name. “I just want the messages to be heard by as many as possible.”He calls the Black Lives Matter movement a “core civil rights issue” – one in which he says politics don’t belong. On this day, his message is for those who view the Black Lives Matter slogan as implying something more – that they matter more. “The words ‘Black Lives Matter’ are the language of the oppressed,” he shouts, walking back and forth as cars speed past.mlive.com
Michigan Man Facing Federal Charges After He Left Nooses, Notes Mocking BLM Movement
A retired Michigan optometrist faces federal charges for allegedly leaving nooses and notes mocking the Black Lives Matter movement inside a couple's truck and near or inside stores as well as placing threatening phone calls.detroit.cbslocal.com
Man left nooses for BLM supporters, harassed Starbucks workers, DOJ says
The Justice Department announced Wednesday that Kenneth Pilon faces hate crime charges for what it calls “willfully intimidating and attempting to intimidate citizens from engaging in lawful speech and protests in support of Black Lives Matter.”washingtonpost.com
Black Lives Matter rally and march for Patrick Lyoya held in Lansing
On Friday (April 22), a funeral will be held for Patrick Lyoya, the man shot and killed by a police officer in Grand Rapids. Thursday in Lansing, people gathered to demand justice and to demand more information be released by police.
Justice for Patrick Lyoya protest at Michigan Capitol features his family, people from other states
LANSING, MI -- On the eve of Patrick Lyoya’s funeral, members of Black Lives Matter Michigan asked for peace before beginning a demonstration to demand justice in the police shooting that took the Congolese immigrant’s life. More than 100 protesters, wearing all black, gathered in Lansing Thursday afternoon for a march and rally in support of Lyoya’s family. Some of the protesters traveled from as far away as California and New York.mlive.com
Black Lives Matter holding justice for Patrick Lyoya march, rally at Michigan Capitol
LANSING, MI – A rally demanding justice in the police killing of Patrick Lyoya will be held Thursday afternoon in front of the Michigan State Capitol. The demonstration April 21 by Black Lives Matter Michigan in support of Lyoya’s family will start with a march. Protesters will begin gathering around 3 p.m. near the intersection of Michigan and Pennsylvania avenues, just under 1 mile east of the Capitol Building, before starting the march to the building at 3:30 p.m.Around 4 p.m., Lyoya’s family as well as elected officials and members of Black Lives Matter Michigan will speak at a rally in front of the Capitol Building, said Sean Holland, co-lead with Black Lives Matter Lansing. Holland said protesters will call for the Grand Rapids police officer that “executed” Lyoya on April 4 to be named, fired and prosecuted. They will also call on the Governor’s Office and Michigan Attorney General’s Office to aid in providing oversight, accountability and justice, he said.mlive.com
BLM silent when confronted with data showing massive 2020 spike in Black murders victims
The Black Lives Matter organization did not respond to Fox News Digital's request for comment on 2020's murder spike among Black Americans and experts pointing to BLM and defund the police movements for contributing.news.yahoo.com
NYC Mayor questions BLM over recent gun violence: ‘Where are those who stated Black Lives Matter? The victims were Black’
New York City Mayor Eric Adams ripped the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the deadly subway shooting […] The post NYC Mayor questions BLM over recent gun violence: ‘Where are those who stated Black Lives Matter? The victims were Black’ appeared first on TheGrio.news.yahoo.com
Ann Arbor subdivision reckoning with its racist past, repealing 1947 whites-only policy
ANN ARBOR, MI — Yard signs throughout the Hannah subdivision in Ann Arbor broadcast a radically different message than the property records on file for the homes. “Black Lives Matter” and “Hate Has No Home Here” are among the values proudly declared by residents along Arbana Drive and Mark Hannah Place west of downtown.mlive.com
She was told she could vote again after felony convictions. Now she’s in prison for trying.
Pamela Moses was convicted of voter fraud in Tennessee and sentenced to six years in prison, even though officials who signed off on her being eligible to vote acknowledged that they made an error in saying her rights had been restored.washingtonpost.com
Schools across America implement BLM Week of Action that calls for 'disruption of Western nuclear family'
The week of action started on Monday in several schools from Washington state to Massachusetts, bringing to classrooms the activist-based curriculum that preaches controversial ideas.news.yahoo.com
BLM transferred millions to Canadian charity to buy mansion formerly owned by Communist Party: report
Black Lives Matter (BLM) moved millions of dollars to a charity in Canada run by the wife of co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors to purchase a mansion that used to be the headquarters of the Communist Party of Canada, according to public records reviewed by the New York Post.news.yahoo.com
They came, they saw, they reckoned? : Code Switch
It's now been more than a year since the so-called "racial reckoning" that marked the summer of 2020. The country, some said confidently, was having the biggest racial reckoning since the civil rights movement. But since then, the Code Switch team has been wondering...what was actually being reckoned with? And by whom? And what would the backlash be?npr.org
Former Illinois State University football coach who removed Black Lives Matter poster alleges violation of First Amendment rights in lawsuit
The former football coach, Kurt Beathard, was terminated from his position at ISU after removing a Black Lives Matter poster from his office door and replacing it with a new poster with his wording that read: “All Lives Matter to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Now he is suing for First Amendment retaliation and viewpoint discrimination.chicagotribune.com
Marjorie Taylor Greene introduces bill to award Congressional Gold Medal to Rittenhouse
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) introduced a bill on Tuesday to award Kyle Rittenhouse the Congressional Gold Medal for "protecting the community of Kenosha, Wisconsin, during a Black Lives Matter (BLM) riot on August 25, 2020."The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest honor Congress can award an individual or institution. It is highly unlikely the bill will go anywhere in the Democratic-controlled House and Senate, and it has no co-...news.yahoo.com
Israeli police hail fast response of security forces in Jerusalem attack
TO COMPLETE VIDI9T37RN_EN AND VIDI9T37HU_EN Israeli police commander Doron Turjeman hails the "sharp" reaction of the Jerusalem district police after a gunman opened fire in the Old City of Jerusalem, killing one person and wounding three others.news.yahoo.com
Black Lives Matter hosting holiday drive and giveaway in Flint to help families
FLINT, MI — An annual holiday drive and giveaway hosted by Black Lives Matter-Flint aims to provide families with toys, clothes, food items and hygiene products. The 2nd annual Black Lives Matter-Flint Holiday Drive & Giveaway is set to take place from 2-6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 18 at the Oak Business Center, 2712 N. Saginaw St., in Flint. The holiday drive takes place now until Wednesday, Dec. 15, according to a Black Lives Matter-Flint news release. Those looking to donate toward the cause can use these options:1) Drop off your donation at the Oak Business Center, 2712 N. Saginaw St., in Flint2) Make a check or money order out to Black Lives Matter-Flint. Let’s spread holiday cheer this season and help other families,” BLM-Flint continued in the release.mlive.com
Police: Teens driven by racial hatred targeted BLM leader
Authorities say three teenagers driven by racial hatred were behind hoax calls that brought major police responses to the home of a leading Black Lives Matter activist in Los Angeles. The teenagers, aged 13 to 16, connected over the Discord chat platform and are suspects in more than 30 bomb threats and so-called “swatting” incidents across the country, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Police did not identify Abdullah by name as a victim of the teens, but listed her block as the location of two of the swatting incidents.news.yahoo.com
Croatians protest against tightened Covid measures
Hundreds of Croatians protested on Thursday for the fourth day in Zagreb and other cities against obligatory certificates for the public sector as the country's Covid-19 cases hit a record high. Earlier this month the authorities introduced more restrictive measures to fight the record surge of coronavirus infections since the start of the pandemic with some of Europe's lowest inoculation rates.news.yahoo.com
Black Lives Matter activists threaten ‘riots’ if Mayor-elect Eric Adams reinstates NYPD anti-crime units
NEW YORK — Leaders of the city’s Black Lives Matter movement on Wednesday threatened “riots” and “bloodshed” in the streets if Mayor-elect Eric Adams reverses the abolition of the NYPD’s controversial anti-crime units. “If he thinks that they’re going to go back to the old ways of policing, then we are going to take to the streets again. There will be riots, there will be fire and there will ...news.yahoo.com
Saline parents among those suing AG Garland over directive addressing threats targeting school boards
SALINE, MI - Saline Area Schools’ display of a Black Lives Matter flag, promotion of culturally responsive teaching and adoption of policies for transgender students are part of a federal lawsuit alleging parents are being silenced in speaking critically of such topics. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday, Oct. 19, on behalf of parents from Saline and Loudoun County, Virginia, against U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, who recently directed federal authorities to have strategy sessions with law enforcement to address increasing threats targeting school board members, teachers and other school employees.mlive.com
United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby talks vaccine mandate, $1,000 employee bonuses, holiday travel
United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby joins "CBS Mornings" to discuss his decision to be the first major U.S. airline to implement a vaccine mandate for all employees. Plus, he talks about giving $1,000 bonuses to all employees during the pandemic and how the airline is preparing for holiday travel.news.yahoo.com
Plan to revamp police force proceeds in Ithaca, New York
Black Lives Matter is seen along East Green Street where is passes under South Aurora Street, Monday, March 22, 2021, in Ithaca, N.Y. The nationwide reexamination of policing after the killing of George Floyd has led the Ivy League town in New York to consider an ambitious and contentious plan to remake its force. A proposal would replace the 63-officer Ithaca Police Department with a new Department of Community Solutions and Public Safety. The Ithaca Common Council unanimously approved a series of reform recommendations Wednesday night that included reconstituting the city police force to add unarmed officers to handle nonviolent calls like petty thefts. AdArmed officers of the 63-officer force would be able to keep their positions, and supporters of the plan said the new unarmed officers would be able to engage more with communities distrustful of police.
Black adviser quits UK government in wake of racism report
(AP Photo/Frank Augstein, FILE)LONDON – The most senior Black adviser to U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has resigned, the government said Thursday, the day after a report on racial disparities concluded that Britain does not have a systemic problem with racism. But Simon Woolley, a former government equalities adviser and a member of the U.K. House of Lords, said Kasumu’s exit was connected to the “grubby” and “divisive” report. The Conservative government launched the inquiry into racial disparities in the wake of anti-racism protests last year. The panel of experts concluded that while “outright racism” exists in Britain, the country is not “institutionally racist” or “rigged” against ethnic minorities. “There are very serious issues that our society faces to do with racism that we need to address,” he said.
With drivers confused, Atlantic City to redo BLM road paint
(AP Photo/Noah K. Murray, File)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Atlantic City says it will redo a Black Lives Matter tribute on a street because the original painting of those words across the entire road confused motorists who didn't know where to drive on it. Instead, the words “Black Lives Matter” will be painted onto the repaved road in a manner that does not obscure lane divider markings, Mayor Marty Small said Thursday. “The words ”Black Lives Matter" will still be on the street." The road painting was a compromise that averted a potential confrontation between activists who wanted to paint the words “Black Lives Matter” on the famous Boardwalk, and city officials who would not allow it. City Council member LaToya Dunston accused the city of wasting taxpayer dollars by painting the road without knowing the rules governing it.
Journalist acquitted in Iowa case seen as attack on press
Des Moines Register reporter Andrea Sahouri, facing, hugs her mother, Muna Tareh-Sahouri, after being found not-guilty at the conclusion of her trial at the Drake University Legal Clinic, Wednesday, March 10, 2021, in Des Moines, Iowa. (Kelsey Kremer/The Des Moines Register via AP, Pool)IOWA CITY, Iowa – An Iowa jury on Wednesday acquitted a journalist who was pepper-sprayed and arrested by police while covering a protest, in a case that critics have derided as an attack on press freedoms and an abuse of prosecutorial discretion. Robnett, 24, said he was sprayed and handcuffed after telling the officer that Sahouri was a Register journalist. Sahouri was the first working U.S. journalist to face a criminal trial since 2018, according to the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker. Another Register reporter, Katie Akin, was near Sahouri and quickly informed police that they were journalists.
Detroit to dismiss some tickets issued during Floyd protests
(AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)Detroit will dismiss most misdemeanor citations issued last spring during several days of protests against police brutality following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, a city official said Tuesday. Most of the tickets written from May 31 through June 2 were for curfew violations as hundreds of people demonstrated in downtown Detroit. The city expects to dismiss 238 of the 245 tickets issued on those three days, Detroit Corporation Counsel Lawrence Garcia said. Dozens of demonstrators received appearance citations for violating the city’s 8 p.m. curfew, Garcia said in a statement. Prosecutors in Los Angeles also decided not to charge thousands of protesters arrested for violating curfew and other police orders.
Reports: Seattle police violated policies at summer protests
Protests erupted in Seattle and across the country after George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer. The latest findings are separate from three other investigations into Seattle officers by the Office of Police Accountability. In the latest reports, investigators found that officers and one commander violated department policies while responding to demonstrations in Seattle. As she walked toward a group of people, the officer threw the blast ball and it hit her in the chest. Investigations found that the officer violated department policy by throwing the blast ball overhand toward a person who was unarmed and not throwing projectiles at officers.
Rev. Wendell Anthony reflects on this past year for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
“I’m inspired when I see the number of young Blacks and Whites who are part of the Black Lives Matter movement,” Rev. DeLashea Strawder, director of Detroit’s Mosaic Youth Theater, believes there has been progress. “There’s nothing wrong with that -- nothing wrong with good, strong, healthy debate.”“Of course, we’re not going to always agree, and that’s OK,” Strawder said. “My dream would be for everybody to be just equal,” said Makiah Quinn, a Mosaic Youth Theater member. “I don’t think that’s too much to ask.”Anthony had much more to say.
Grosse Pointe Shores man receives hate mail because of Black Lives Matter sign
GROSSE POINTE SHORES, Mich. – A local attorney who was recently ticketed for his Black Lives Matter sign now has a new set of problems. While the ticket was thrown out, Todd Perkins is dealing with hate mail being sent to his home. Inside the letter sent to his Grosse Pointe Shores home was a poem full of racial slurs and signage designed to be a jab at his Black Lives Matter sign in the front yard. Why do people think that Black Lives Suck,” said Perkins. There was a return address on the hate mail sent to Perkins.
Detroit reporter describes differences between US Capitol riot, BLM protests
“I’m still trying to gather my thoughts about what I saw yesterday,” Lewis said Thursday. The reporter had the opportunity to witness two historic events in Washington: Lewis covered the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests during the summer of 2020. He says he was there on the streets covering the events after Minneapolis police killed George Floyd in May. Read: Race double standard clear in rioters’ Capitol insurrectionOver the summer, Lewis says officers dispersed BLM protesters in a matter of minutes. Related: Michigan leaders condemn ‘double standard’ of treatment of mostly white rioters at US Capitol
Michigan leaders condemn ‘double standard’ of treatment of mostly white rioters at US Capitol
Congresswoman Lawrence says, though it may be difficult for people to hear or even realize, the truth is that Capitol police would have responded differently Wednesday if the rioters Black instead of white. More: Race double standard clear in rioters’ Capitol insurrectionLawrence was among the many lawmakers inside the U.S. Capitol when the pro-Trump extremists stormed the building on Wednesday. Many are wondering why police had such a heavy presence amid largely peaceful BLM protests, but were hardly present amid such a violent riot Jan. 6. He also agrees there are major differences in the treatment of white and Black demonstrators by law enforcement. Congresswoman Lawrence says hearings will take place regarding what happened in Washington on Jan. 6 and the lack of security at the Capitol.
Judge bans Proud Boys leader from Washington after arrest
FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2020, file photo, Proud Boys leader Henry "Enrique" Tarrio wears a hat that says The War Boys during a rally in Portland, Ore. Police in the nations capital on Jan. 4, 2021, arrested the leader of the Proud Boys, who is accused of burning a Black Lives Matter banner that was torn down from a historic Black church in downtown Washington in December 2020. (AP Photo/Allison Dinner, File)WASHINGTON – A judge has banned the leader of the Proud Boys, a far-right extremist group, from the nation’s capital after he was accused of vandalizing a Black Lives Matter banner at a historic Black church and found with high-capacity firearm magazines when he was arrested. Tarrio was arrested Monday by the Metropolitan Police Department and accused of burning a Black Lives Matter banner that was torn down from a historic Black church in downtown Washington last month. A large Black Lives Matter sign was ripped from Asbury United Methodist Church property, torn and set aflame in December. Tarrio was seen with the sign in video of the incident posted on YouTube, according to a police report.
Proud Boys leader arrested, accused of burning church banner
FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2020, file photo, Proud Boys leader Henry "Enrique" Tarrio wears a hat that says The War Boys during a rally in Portland, Ore. Police in the nations capital on Jan. 4, 2021, arrested the leader of the Proud Boys, who is accused of burning a Black Lives Matter banner that was torn down from a historic Black church in downtown Washington in December 2020. (AP Photo/Allison Dinner, File)WASHINGTON – Police in the nation’s capital on Monday arrested the leader of the Proud Boys, who is accused of burning a Black Lives Matter banner that was torn down from a historic Black church in downtown Washington last month. By nightfall, vandals tore down a Black Lives Matter banner and sign from two historic Black churches in downtown Washington and set the banner ablaze. Tarrio told The Washington Post he had participated in the burning of the Black Lives Matter banner and said he would plead guilty to destruction of property and pay the church the cost of the banner. Another video showed men removing a Black Lives Matter sign at the Metropolitan A.M.E. Church.
Athletes act: Stars rise up against racial injustice in 2020
The NBA painted “Black Lives Matter” on the courts inside their Orlando, Florida, “bubble" and social justice messages were emblazoned on the backs of jerseys. Paul met with NBA players, and they decided awareness wasn’t enough anymore. “Black Lives Matter” also was featured prominently on the league’s courts. Wallace, the only full-time Black driver at the NASCAR national level, first began speaking out against racial injustice in America in the spring. His car featured a “Black Lives Matter” paint scheme.
Christmas unites community after fire guts historic church
The site of Middle Collegiate Church, which was devastated by a fire earlier in the month, is seen in New York on Dec. 14, 2020. The facade and the New York Liberty Bell are the only parts of the 128-year-old church that remain. Middle Collegiate had previously occupied two other locations in Manhattan beginning in 1729. Middle Collegiate has also welcomed 25 new parishioners since the fire, she said. “The church is made up of the congregation and what the people in the congregation believe and do,” said Slacik, who married her wife at the church.
Police guide that calls BLM a terrorist group draws outrage
FILE - In this July 11, 2020 file photo, Alycia Pascual-Pena, left, and Marley Ralph kneel while holding a Black Lives Matter banner during a protest in memory of Breonna Taylor, in Los Angeles. The document, labeled “restricted to law enforcement only,” is one of the few publicly available materials on its website. The law enforcement association, known by its nickname ILEETA, says in a mission statement that it's “committed to the reduction of law enforcement risk” and saving lives through high-quality training. The paper claims that those who participated in months of protests earlier this year in Portland and Seattle were “useful idiots” designed to give cover to the “hard-core, terrorist trained troops” that would follow. Goff, whose group works with departments to make policing “less racist and deadly,” said the document showed why it's important for critics to engage directly with local law enforcement to seek changes.
Black Lives Matter faces test of its influence in election
“Black Lives Matter saved us, because we had nobody,” said Jones. Now, BLM’s influence faces a test, as voters in Tuesday’s election consider candidates who endorsed or denounced the BLM movement amid a national reckoning on race. Enter Black Lives Matter. Across social media platforms, the Black Lives Matter movement boasts a following of millions. “Black Lives Matter,” as a slogan, elicited “All Lives Matter” and “Blue Lives Matter” responses from foes.
Is there a racial divide when it comes to length of the voting lines?
Is there a racial divide when it comes to voting wait times at precincts? In 2016, white voters waited an average of 10 minutes, according to a survey of voters conducted by the Bipartisan Policy Center and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In comparison, Black voters waited an average of 16 minutes and Latino voters were in line an average of 13 minutes, according to the survey. During the 2018 election, Black voters waited an average of 11.5 minutes, Latino voters an average of 11.7 minutes and white voters an average of 8.8 minutes, according to the Bipartisan Policy Center. In precincts with 90% or more non-white voters, the average wait time was 32.4 minutes and the median was 13.3 minutes.
Warren councilman Eddie Kabacinski charged with assault, impersonating an officer
WARREN, Mich. – Warren City Councilman Eddie Kabacinski is facing several charges following an incident that was caught on camera. He is charged with assault and battery and impersonating a public officer. During the march against racism, Eddie Kabicinski and about 20 other counter protesters assembled across the street from us. Similar to the incident in Eastpointe, Eddie Kabicinski was seen impersonating an officer at the Rally in Warren. Even if Eddie is convicted of impersonating an officer and assault, it still is unlikely that he will be jailed.
Police investigate Warren city councilman accused of handcuffing woman
WARREN, Mich. – Police said a Warren city councilman is under investigation because he is accused of handcuffing a woman, who put “Black Lives Matter” stickers on a President Trump campaign sign. A woman said Kabacinski chased her down and handcuffed her after she put the stickers on a sign. Lindsay Parton lives in Kabacinski’s district. Parton is also part of the political action group, Swarm, which released a statement making it clear how they feel about Kabacinski. The woman who was handcuffed said she was shaken up but is OK.Kabacinski’s case is with prosecutors.
Environmental groups sue over Portland tear gas use
The federal lawsuit alleges the U.S. government violated federal environmental law by deploying “an unprecedented amount of dangerous chemical weapons” without assessing their environmental impacts beforehand, as required by the National Environmental Policy Act. Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality noted that “the repeated deployment of tear gas in downtown Portland has led to elevated levels of certain contaminants” in stormwater drains. But state officials said air-quality monitors aren’t located nearby and don’t measure tear gas exposure. Medical experts say there are few studies on health effects of tear gas. A European Union agency says it “is very toxic to aquatic life.”Figuring out precisely what tear gas components are in the environment is also a challenge.
Wyandotte woman charged after injuring 1 in hit-and-run during protest in Taylor
WAYNE COUNTY, Mich. – A 68-year-old Wyandotte woman has been charged in connection with a hit-and-run that happened during a Downriver Black Lives Matter protest in June. The incident happened on June 16 at 7:20 p.m. in the 23300 block of Goddard Road. A 45-year-old Van Buren Township woman was injured. When Jones' vehicle was close to the protesters, it is reported that Jones drove through the protesters striking a Van Buren Township woman. The Van Buren Township woman received non-life-threatening injuries and received medical attention at the scene.