Since it was founded in December 2014, Black Lives Matter Cincinnati has become the leading voice for black liberation in the city, working to mobilize people to demand an end to police brutality, institutional racism, and other injustices.
“It’s a fight for black liberation, but it’s not a black fight,” said Brian Taylor, one of the original BLMC founders and a member of its steering committee. “Just like the fight for women’s liberation is not just a women’s fight.”
Pain, anger, and frustration combined with disbelief filled the crowd that gathered midday Saturday at Hamilton County Courthouse over the hung jury in the trial of Ray Tensing, the University of Cincinnati Police officer charged with murder in the shooting of an unarmed black man.
We gleaned three stories for this week:
- Help for the “undeserving” poor?
- AT&T CEO calls for dialogue on racial tensions.
- The “reckless hate” of the alt-right goes mainstream.
The struggle to escape poverty in Cincinnati played out in front of Great American Tower on Saturday, when about 200 janitorial workers, represented by Service Employees International Union Local 1, rallied for better wages and protested the use of nonunion contractors to clean buildings like Great American Tower, home to the city’s premier Class A office space.
How felony convictions affect voting rights / Obama’s letter on economic policy to his successor / High school athletes stand up / Building more diversity in police departments
Farmworkers have called for a national boycott of Wendy’s, the Columbus-based fast-food chain, until it commits to the Fair Food Program (FFP) to protect the human rights of farmworkers in its supply chain.
This week’s gleanings: Driverless cars threaten Uber drivers. Uber competitor favors human drivers. Children of preschool invest more in their children. DOJ to phase out private prisons. NLRB says graduate assistants at private universities are employees, not just students.