— Mike Marshman Says Detaining, Photographing Demonstrators Was Necessary to Curtail Violence in June 4 Protests – Blogtown – Portland Mercury by Dirk VanderHart – “The temporary detention of these persons was done after consultation with the City Attorney’s Office and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office,” Marshman writes, of a police “kettle” of demonstrators […]

Here’s Why the FBI Spied on James Baldwin | News | teleSUR English – It also collected documents on other writers, like a 110-page file on Truman Capote and 276 pages on Richard Wright. The size of the file apparently depended on activism and links to other radicals. Baldwin’s file is half the size of […]

Black Women Matter: Rally calls for justice after death of Charleena Lyles | KING5.com – Organizers say it was no coincidence that only women spoke at the Black Women Matter event. It was planned that way, on purpose. “Charleena Lyles’ life mattered! Black women’s lives matter,” one woman told the crowd. “We’re standing here saying […]

Peter Tosh’s Son Beaten Into Coma In New Jersey Jail : The Record : NPR – According to McIntosh’s family, the beating occurred on Feb. 21; the resulting brain injuries were so severe that he has been comatose ever since. He was first hospitalized at New Jersey’s Hackensack Medical Center and has since been moved […]

African Origins of Coffee: Following Roots in Ethiopia | Sarah Khan – Coffee, the other black gold, is the world’s most widely traded tropical agricultural commodity, and second only to petroleum, the most traded commodity. Coffee accounts for global exports worth more than $15 billion. In 2009 and 2010 alone, 93.4 million bags of coffee […]

No Indictment for Portland Police Officer Who Killed Terrell Johnson – Blogtown – Portland Mercury – According to police, someone called 911 on May 10 to report that Johnson was threatening people at the transit stop near Southeast Foster and 92nd. A West Linn officer assigned to the Transit Division arrived and spoke with Johnson, […]

Minnesota: Video Shows 4-Year-Old Consoling Mother After Police Shooting | Democracy Now! — Minnesota: Video Shows 4-Year-Old Consoling Mother After Police Shooting | Democracy Now! – In Minnesota, new video shows the 4-year-old daughter of Diamond Reynolds consoling her heartbroken mother, who is handcuffed in the back of a police squad car minutes after St. […]