Whose Streets? (In theaters August 11, 2017)
Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson, Missouri, uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions, and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy.
Do Not Resist (Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube)
Starting on the streets of Ferguson as the community grapples with the death of Michael Brown, Do Not Resist offers a stunning look at the current state of policing in America and a glimpse into the future. The Tribeca Film Festival winner for Best Documentary puts viewers in the center of the action—a ride-along with a South Carolina SWAT team, a police training seminar that teaches the importance of “righteous violence,” a congressional hearing on the proliferation of military equipment in small-town police departments—before exploring where controversial new technologies, including predictive policing algorithms, could lead the field next.
Ferguson: A Report from Occupied Territory (YouTube)
More than two years after Michael Brown was killed by officer Darren Wilson, the youth-led protests in Ferguson continue to fuel a national movement against police brutality. In this Fusion/ABC-Disney documentary, we turn to the residents of St. Louis County to tell us what it’s like to be racially profiled and under siege.
Time: The Kalief Browder Story (Spike TV)
This six-part docu-series is about the life and death of Kalief Browder, who was incarcerated at Rikers Island for three years after being accused of stealing a backpack at the age of 16. Browder maintained his innocence after being held at the infamous NYC prison for more than 1,000 days without a trial; 800 of those days were spent in solitary confinement. In 2015, after dealing with depression and paranoia, Browder committed suicide, despite his case being dismissed. He had reportedly attempted suicide multiple times while at Rikers.
REPUTABLE MEDIA THAT REGULARLY COVER POLICE BRUTALITY
ORGANIZATIONS TO CONNECT WITH
Black Youth Project
A chapter-based organization for Black writers, storytellers, artists, activists, and scholars, ages 18–35, who focus on the intersections of current events, race, gender, and class.
This data-informed platform was developed with contributions from activists, protesters, and researchers across the nation and presents comprehensive solutions to end police violence in America. It integrates community demands and policy recommendations from research organizations and the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing.
Color of Change
The nation’s largest online racial justice organization, CoC helps people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by over one million members, CoC moves decision makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.
Durham Solidarity Center
A shared office, resource, and workspace that seeks to support grassroots social justice efforts in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Located in Durham, the Solidarity Center is entirely supported by individual monthly contributions and is run and supported by volunteers.
Movement for Black Lives
“Black humanity and dignity requires Black political will and power. Despite constant exploitation and perpetual oppression, Black people have bravely and brilliantly been the driving force pushing the U.S. towards the ideals it articulates but has never achieved. In recent years we have taken to the streets, launched massive campaigns, and impacted elections, but our elected leaders have failed to address the legitimate demands of our Movement. We can no longer wait.”
North Carolina NAACP
“Forward together, not one step back.” The North Carolina Conference of NAACP Branches is 70 years old and is made up of over 100 youth, college, and adult NAACP units across the state. The NC NAACP convenes the more than 150 members of the Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) Peoples Assembly Coalition and is the architect of the Moral Monday and Forward Together Movement.
Southerners on New Ground
SONG is a regional Queer Liberation organization made up of people of color, immigrants, undocumented people, people with disabilities, working class, and rural and small town LGBTQ people in the South. SONG believes that we are bound together by a shared desire for ourselves, each other, and our communities to survive and thrive.
Southern Poverty Law Center
SPLC is the premier U.S. nonprofit organization monitoring the activities of domestic hate groups and other extremists, including the Ku Klux Klan, the neo-Nazi movement, neo-Confederates, racist skinheads, black separatists, antigovernment militias, Christian Identity adherents, and others. SPLC currently tracks more than 1,600 extremist groups operating across the country and publishes investigative reports, trains law enforcement officers and shares key intelligence, and offers expert analysis to the media and public.
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice.
ARTICLES TO READ
“How Livestreaming Is Transforming Activism Around the World”
WIRED spoke with representatives from Witness, an international nonprofit that supports livestreaming for global social action, about how livestreaming has changed activist practices and perceptions of power outside the U.S.
“Mass Surveillance Isn’t Colorblind”
Foreign Policy in Focus
Government spying is a problem for everyone. But people of color, religious minorities, and political dissidents are far more likely to be victims of unwarranted monitoring.
“People Who Film Police Violence Are Citizen Journalists; We Stand With Them”
With little media attention, many of the people who filmed the most notorious police killings in the last two years have subsequently been stalked and arrested by the very police departments that they filmed.
“The Counted: People Killed by Police in the U.S.”
Powerful database that allows users to search U.S.–based police killings by name, age, gender, murder method, and whether the police murder victim was armed.
“Racial Profiling and Police Brutality Against Hispanics”
It’s not just local law enforcement agencies that have been accused of racially profiling Latinos and committing acts of police brutality against them, it’s also the U.S. Border Patrol.
“Taxpayer-Funded Horror at Standing Rock”
The Daily Beast
Police brutality against protesters is reminiscent of civil-rights battles like Selma. And the state has borrowed millions to fund it.
“The Police Are KIlling One Group at a Staggering Rate And No One is Talking About It”
The end of 2014 was a bloody time for Native Americans.
“The Driving Life and Death of Philando Castile”
An NPR analysis of court records showing that the 32-year-old cafeteria worker who was shot and killed by a police officer during a traffic stop in a St. Paul, Minnesota, suburb, was stopped by police 46 times and racked up more than $6,000 in fines.
“Why White People See Black Boys Like Tamir Rice as Older, Bigger, and Guiltier Than They Really Are”
The officers overestimate the age of black felony-suspected children by close to five years, but they actually underestimated the age of white felony-suspected children by nearly a year.
“Michael Brown and the Danger of the Perfect Victim Frame”
His humanity weighed much more than his so-called indiscretions. His life still matters. And so does his death.
“Does Korynn Gaines’ Death Mark a Tipping Point?”
Korryn Gaines, who was shot to death after a five-hour standoff with police and SWAT officers in Randallstown, Maryland, had prophesied her own demise.
The History of Policing in the U.S. — Part 1
Police Studies Online - Eastern Kentucky University
Following the Civil War, vigilante-style organizations evolved in modern southern police departments primarily as a means of controlling freed slaves who were now laborers working in an agricultural caste system, and enforcing Jim Crow segregation laws, designed to deny freed slaves equal rights and access to the political system.
“The Story Behind the Filming of the Fatal Baton Rouge Police Shooting. It Was No Coincidence.”
A group of anti-violence activists have filmed upwards of 30 killings in Louisiana since 2001.
“Control, Assault, Delete: When Cops Destroy Video Evidence”
Five egregious examples of how far cops have gone to destroy video evidence.
APPS AND RESOURCES FOR CITIZEN JOURNALISM/ACTIVISM
ACLU Mobile Justice (Application)
Upload videos of police violence, per your respective state.
Archives + Absences (Application)
Sends a push notification every time the police end someone's life in the United States.
Documenting the Now (Resource)
A collaboration between the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, Washington University in St Louis, and the University of California at Riverside to:
- 1. Develop an open source web application that will allow researchers and archivists to easily collect, analyze, and preserve Twitter messages and the web resources they reference.
- Cultivate a much needed conversation between scholars, archivists, journalists, and human rights activists around the effective and ethical use of social media content.
Video Vault (Resource)
A tool to preserve online video from most online services.