[07.25.16] PushBlack Now

1. White House Reauthorizes Military Equipment for Police. [via TeleSUR]

Since Ronald Reagan’s war on drugs, the American police have become increasingly militarized. In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, militarized police have been deployed to police protests. This has angered many Black Lives Matter activists, and they’ve  demanded that the police be demilitarized. In May 2015, the White House banned police departments from receiving military gear but now, it’s re-authorizing military equipment for police after two recent killings of police officers in Louisiana and Texas.

Here at PushBlack, we strongly oppose the militarization of the police. We need an investment in our communities, not military equipment.

Read here: http://bit.ly/2aeIMLa

2. ID’s Are no Longer Needed to Vote in Texas. [via Dallas Observer]

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Texas residents can still vote regardless if they have an ID or not. This is an important decision, as photo ID laws disproportionately affect people of color and those who are poor.

Read here: http://bit.ly/2ag3U5b

3. Berkeley City Council Votes to Divest From Prisons. [via Afrikan Black Coalition]

Following Portland, the City of Berkeley becomes the second city in America to divest from private prisons. This comes after Black student organization, the Afrikan Black Coalition, forced the University of California to divest around 30 million dollars from private prisons.

“With this resolution, the City of Berkeley is standing up for our community members. Black and brown peoples, immigrants, Palestinians, and other oppressed peoples deserve city governments that stand up for their rights and fight against corporations that profit from their suffering.”

-Cathy Orozco, commissioner on Berkeley’s Peace and Justice Commission,

In addition, the City of Berkeley will be writing a letter demanding that Wells Fargo and other Million Shares Club members that the city does business with to divest from the private prison industry.

Read here: http://bit.ly/2aCRTo1

4. We’ll be in Philly at the Democratic National Convention! [via Rock the Vote]

PushBlack is a community sponsor for #TruthToPower. Presented by Rock The Vote in partnership with #Cut50 and other national and community partners, The Truth to Power exhibition and event space is designed to elevate the most pressing issues facing young people in the United States today — from ending mass incarceration and stopping police violence to providing access to jobs and a living wage, building a fair immigration system to protecting reproductive freedom, making higher education affordable and defending our right to vote. Follow the programming with the #TruthToPower hashtag on Twitter.