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October 1st, 2020 by

The 2020 March on Washington Introduces Young Students to a New Civil Rights Movement

Sept. 1, 2020

Chabeli Carrazana, The 19th

Teacher Brigette Brantley took students and parents to Washington D.C. to watch Rev. Al Sharpton’s speech about racism and how hate needs to stop. The 2020 March on Washington was geared towards all Americans to fight for social justice.



Black Lives Matter Sues to Stop Trump’s Chicago Crackdown

July 23, 2020

Spencer AckermanThe Daily Beast 

Chicago civil-rights groups filed a lawsuit to prevent repression. Black Lives v. Wolf seeks an injunction from the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland from using violence against protests and making arrests without probable clause.



Trump Has Tried to Make ‘Black Lives Matter’ a Partisan Issue. A federal Agency Says it’s Not

July 16, 2020

Nolan D. MccaskillPolitico

While President Donald Trump called Black Lives Matter a symbol of hate, his government said federal agencies and their employees are free to express their support of the movement. Supporting Black Lives Matter is not a political activity.



Protesters Take to the Streets Again Demanding Justice for Booker, Local Action on Policing

July 8, 2020

Lilly St. Angelo, IDS Region

Protests broke out in Bloomington after a woman drove through protesters the day before at a BLM march. The marches demanded justice for Vauhxx Booker and lasted four hours. This time no one was injured.



Black Lives Matter Spurs From Trauma. Black Mental Health Continues to be Affected

June 29, 2020

Lyndsay Valdez, IDS Region

After the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, Patrick Ford joined together with different organizations to protest and oppose systematic racism. Ford said their voices were heard for the first time in forever.



The biggest Crisis Since 1968

June 3, 2020

David NatherAxios AM

Recent protests and violence seem to draw a similarity between 1968 and 2020. Although 2020 has no war or assassinations like 1968, there are many factors like a global pandemic that make this year different than any before.



Unknown Changes to Come After Protests Against White Supremacy at the Bloomington Farmers Market

Dec. 5, 2019

Kaeley Geschke, The Bloomington Beat

The Bloomington Farmers Market has been a hot topic as protesters claim the city is violating free speech by not allowing individuals to hold signs within the market anymore. They wear their messages on their shirts since they cannot hold signs.



Bloomington is Always Friendly to LGBTQ+ Community

April 18, 2019

Xiaohu Fan, The Bloomington Beat

Brynn Canary is a Bloomington resident who identifies as lesbian and non-binary. She said living in Bloomington is like living in a safe bubble which remains inclusive and protective of the LGBTQ+ community.



PRIDE — and Its Film Fest — More Inclusive Than Ever

Jan. 23, 2018

Erin Hollinden, Limestone Post

The 16th annual Bloomington PRIDE Film Festival inspired many individuals to get involved with LGBTQ+ issues in the community in ways they hadn’t before. Board Chair Janae Cummings wanted to ensure everyone in the community has a voice.



IU Race and Diversity Panelists: “We Need to Keep Talking

March 3, 2016

Sophia Saliby, Indiana Public Media

IU held an open discussion at the Maurer School of Law focusing on the Black Lives Matter movement and the connection between the police and the community. The conversation aimed to make sure the issues between the two continue to be talked about.