[08.19.16] PushBlack Now

1. Justice Department is Ending the Use of Federal Private Prisons. [via The Washington Post]

The U.S. Department of Justice plans to end the use of private prisons, citing safety and effectiveness concerns.

“The fact of the matter is that private prisons don’t compare favorably to Bureau of Prisons facilities in terms of safety or security or services, and now with the decline in the federal prison population, we have both the opportunity and the responsibility to do something about that.”

Over the next few years, the Justice Department’s decision will close 13 privately run facilities in the Bureau of Prisons system.

PushBlack salutes all the Black activists who have demanded for the abolition of private prisons.

Read here: http://wapo.st/2bm4I5M

2. 7 Chicago Police Officers Fired for Lying about Laquan McDonald Shooting. [via Atlanta Black Star]

Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson has terminated seven officers who provided false information about the shooting of Laquan McDonald.

In addition, evidence has also revealed that Chicago Police intimidated civilian witnesses.

Read here: http://bit.ly/2bFEU8p

3. New Natural Hair Magazine Launches to Empower Black Women. [via Huff Post Black Voices]

CRWN magazine is a natural hair and lifestyle magazine that celebrates women of color with natural hairstyles.

“We are serving a woman who is more educated, well-traveled and sophisticated than ever before — largely because generations before us have fought to ensure our seats at the table.”

The first official issue of CRWN magazine is set to release on August 27th at the AfroPunk festival in Brooklyn, NY.

Read here: http://huff.to/2bFE0sq