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George Floyd’s family says verdict is a “victory for many” but the fight for justice is not over

“I’m not just fighting for George anymore,” said Floyd’s brother, Philonise. “I’m fighting for everyone around the world.”

Take Action: Demand an end to “qualified immunity” that allows cops to get away with murder in our communities!


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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Lindsey Graham tries “gotcha” questions on Stacey Abrams and gets schooled

Graham lobbed disingenuous questions at Abrams and was neither interested in nor prepared for her unassailable responses.



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Nightmare update on the Supreme Court

No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen: Pay attention.


Ohio police officer shot and killed a Black teenage girl in domestic dispute minutes before Chauvin verdict announced
A police officer in Columbus, Ohio shot and killed a Black teenager Tuesday afternoon after she attempted to cut two females with a knife, according to officials and body camera footage shown to the media.


Tucker Carlson calls support for George Floyd an “attack on civilization”
Fox News’s favorite white nationalist actually claimed that protesters intimidated jurors into convicting Derek Chauvin for murder.

Take Action: Add you name to support the NO BAN act to stop future racist bans like Trump’s disgraceful Muslim ban!


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New video shows NJ cops arresting Black bicyclist for not having a bike license

Add cycling while Black to the litany of offenses cops can and will use against people of color in America.


Florida county sheriff tells new residents “don’t register to vote and vote the stupid way you did up north”
Polk County Sheriff Grady said he welcomed transplants to the Sunshine State, as long as they vote the right way.


Foxconn mostly abandons $10 billion Wisconsin project touted by Trump
As usual, the promise of the disgraced ex-president was smoke and mirrors.

Take Action: Tell America’s TV networks to STOP IGNORING CLIMATE CHANGE!


Watchdog blocked inquiry on Secret Service conduct in Trump administration
Despite recommendations from career staff, a federal watchdog for the Secret Service last year declined to take up probes into the agency’s handling of Black Lives Matter protests in DC, and on the spread of the virus among Secret Service members.


Woman purposely drove into Black teens playing basketball
Daina Renee Forrest repeatedly circled the neighborhood, threatening three teens with a knife before she “intentionally veered her car off the roadway and partially into the yard to strike the children.”


House rejects GOP effort to censure Maxine Waters over calling for protests demanding justice
Hypocritical GOP leaders were quick to pounce on Waters’s’ fiery call for justice just three months after shrugging off Trump’s deadly insurrection at the Capitol.


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Yes. Seriously.

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Today’s Action: The BREATHE Act for George Floyd and Ma’Khia Bryant

George Floyd left us on May 25, 2020. His death, his name – his life – has inspired nationwide outrage, pain, and an amplification of calls for change in the systemic racism and brutality in our policing system. Yesterday, the man who killed him, former officer Derek Chauvin, was found guilty of two charges of murder and one of manslaughter.

This is the beginning of accountability. But it is certainly not the end. Because in Columbus, Ohio, only 20 minutes before Chauvin’s verdicts were announced, a 16-year-old Black girl named Ma’Khia Bryant was shot and killed by the police she called to help her.

A single court case with a just outcome does little to curb the broad structural white supremacy in our law enforcement, which kills a grossly disproportionate number of Black people every year. We must have The BREATHE Act.

For George Floyd. For Ma’Khia Bryant. For so many others lost to us forever. Call or email your Members of Congress and demand The BREATHE Act.

Movement 4 Black Lives’ BREATHE Act calls for divesting federal funds from policing and incarceration, and investing those funds in community-driven safety initiatives, robust community-building, and holding our leaders accountable to their promises to support Black communities.

We must keep fighting for a system that actually addresses the needs of Black communities, and stop propping up a system that was designed to work exactly as it does right now.

Rest in power George Floyd and Ma’Khia Bryant.

Email or call (202.224.3121) your Members of Congress and ask them if they agree that Black lives matter. Then, ask them to prove it: by sponsoring and passing The BREATHE Act.

PS — Please don’t forget to sign the petition to pass the For the People Act, and be sure to follow OD Action on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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