From Atlanta to Portland to San Diego, protests erupted again on the streets of dozens of US cities on Wednesday night, after a grand jury in Louisville, Kentucky, declined to charge three police officers in the killing of Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old EMT shot dead in her own apartment in March.
In Louisville itself, two police officers were shot amid the unrest, sustaining non-life-threatening injuries. For protesters who have been on the city’s streets for almost 120 days, the verdict was crushing. “People say they fear for our city. I don’t fear for our city. I fear for our people,” David Mour, an attorney who represents many of the protesters, told Josh Wood:
We can rebuild buildings, we can fix broken windows, we can wash off graffiti, but we can’t heal broken hearts. We can’t heal broken spirits – and that’s what we’ve got.
Black Lives Matter may be the biggest movement in US history, but it began with three California women, incensed by the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s killer in 2013. One of those co-founders was Opal Tometi. “We need to work round the clock to save the democracy we have,” she tells Ellen E Jones.
Behind the scenes, Saudi Arabia quietly encouraged the recent diplomatic agreements between Israel and the Kingdom’s Gulf neighbours Bahrain and the UAE. Now, reports Martin Chulov, the Saudis could make a similar deal – upending the region’s politics.
The concept of “disruption” has allowed Silicon Valley firms to claim their tech is fundamentally transforming how capitalism functions. But is it really just an extension of how capitalism has always functioned, asks Adrian Daub – and is “disruption” simply a word used to justify those firms’ unconstrained power?
Opinion: grassroots organisations can help Biden defeat Trump
Joe Biden is showing weaknesses among key constituencies including Latinx and Black voters in several swing states. Defeating Trump is too important to leave to the Biden campaign, say Peter Hogness and Emily Lee.
Grassroots organizations in working-class communities and communities of color are well-equipped to do this work. New Florida Majority, Pennsylvania Stands Up and many others have been active in their communities for years, and know the terrain. They know how to reach people who might not otherwise cast a ballot.
Last Thing: Deadpool wants a stake in a Welsh soccer club
The Welsh football club Wrexham AFC, which sits in the fifth tier of English football, has announced an unexpected investment bid from Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds and his fellow actor Rob McElhenney, the creator and star of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
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