[07.29.16] PushBlack Now

1. Freddie Gray’s Death Ruled a Homicide Yet No One Was Charged With Murder. [via The Source]

In yet another case of injustice, it was ruled that none of the officers involved with the death of Freddie Gray will be charged with murder. In Freddie’s case, there was a black judge, black prosecutor, and black district attorney yet there was still no justice. Here at PushBlack, we are reminded that we must have elected representatives that will provide justice for our communities.

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2. Greg Greenlee, Founder of Blacks in Technology is Black Enterprise’s Tech Innovator of the Week. [via Black Enterprise]

Greg Greenlee founded BiT (Blacks in Technology) in order to showcase the talent of people of color in the technology industry. BiT has over 2,000 registered members from across the globe and serves as a virtual gathering place for people of color in tech. The company also provides technology advice and solutions to hardware, coding, and other tech issues.

“I had attended quite a few tech conferences and meetups up to that point, and I started noticing the underrepresentation of black people at these conferences, either as attendees or as speakers.”

-Greg Greenlee

We salute BiT for making a space for people of color in the tech industry.

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

3. Experts Suggest Demilitarizing Police is a Better Solution to Reducing Police Brutality. [via Atlanta Black Star]

In a recent roundup, PushBlack reported that the White House is re-authorizing the militarization of the police. This goes against what experts are suggesting, as many human rights experts advocate that demilitarizing, not training, is a better solution to minimizing police brutality.

“Militarizing the police endangers our communities and heightens risk of injury and death to groups that are already disproportionately impacted by state violence.” – Muhammed Malik
Here at PushBlack, we are strongly against the militarization of the police.

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4. Mothers of the Movement Give Powerful Speech at Democratic National Convention. [via TIME]

Seven mothers who lost their children to state-sanctioned violence took the stage at the DNC and gave powerful testimonies on police violence.

Lucy McBath (mother of Jordan Davis), Geneva Reed-Veal (mother of Sandra Bland), and Sybrina Fulton (mother of Trayvon Martin), all gave emotional speeches while the other mothers looked on. The mothers collectively called for an end to police brutality while also calling for the police to have better relationships with the communities they serve.

“You don’t stop being a mom when your child dies.”

-Lucy McBath, mother of Jordan Davis

The Mothers of the Movement also showed support for Hillary Clinton.

“Hillary Clinton isn’t afraid to say Black Lives Matter. She isn’t afraid to sit at a table with grieving mothers and bear the full force of our anguish. She doesn’t build walls around her heart.”

Lucy McBath, mother of Jordan Davis

Read here: http://ti.me/2aBRXW4