The Fight For The Soul Of Black Lives Matter

A week and a half ago, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was speaking in Seattle, Wash., when he was interrupted by two young, black protesters. Marissa Janae Johnson and Mara Jacqeline Willaford, representing the local chapter of Black Lives Matter, called on the Vermont senator to publish his campaign platform… »8/20/15 1:00pm8/20/15 1:00pm

Charges Against Woman Who Had Her Vagina Forcibly Searched Have Been Dropped

In June, Houston woman Charnesia Corley was pulled over for allegedly running a stop sign. The Harris County sheriff who pulled Corley over said that he smelled marijuana, handcuffed her and searched her car. When he found nothing, he called a female officer to perform a vaginal search on Corley. »8/15/15 2:15pm8/15/15 2:15pm

Cops Forcibly Search Woman's Vagina After Smelling Weed in Her Car

On June 21, 2015, Charnesia Corley, a 21-year-old black woman from Houston, Texas, was pulled over by a Harris County Sheriff’s deputy after allegedly running a stop sign. The deputy claimed he smelled marijuana on Corley, and subsequently cuffed her and put her in the back of his patrol car while he searched her… »8/10/15 5:40pm8/10/15 5:40pm

Women Are Victims of Police Violence, and Part of the Fight Against It

August 9 will mark the anniversary of Mike Brown’s death, the Ferguson teenager whose killing by Officer Darrren Wilson sparked the start of the Black Lives Matter movement. At Fusion, former Jezebel contributor Collier Meyerson and digital producer Mona Panchal marked the anniversary by producing a devastating and… »8/07/15 7:00pm8/07/15 7:00pm

Cop in Sandra Bland Case Was Once Warned for 'Unprofessional Conduct'

Recently released documents show that Brian Encinia, the Texas state trooper who arrested Sandra Bland after pulling her over for failing to signal during a lane change, was once given a warning for “unprofessional conduct.” The disciplinary citation occurred last year, when Encinia was still a probationary trooper. »8/01/15 3:15pm8/01/15 3:15pm

Reports on Sandra Bland's Posthumous THC Levels Riddled With Bad Science

There is something very off about a recent story circulated by the Associated Press on Sandra Bland’s toxicology report, which was released on Monday. It was mostly republished by right-of-center publications like the New York Post and Fox News, with little interest from the mainstream media—presumably because the… »7/29/15 10:00am7/29/15 10:00am

Sandra Bland: A Black Woman's Life Finally Matters


For the past two weeks, I have carried Sandra Bland with me everywhere I go. At first, it was a smiling image of her that haunted my thoughts; she is dressed in what looks to be a black blazer and white blouse, one of her baby locs creeping out of place and sitting squarely on her forehead. She’s wearing big earrings,… »7/28/15 4:18pm7/28/15 4:18pm

Texas County Where Sandra Bland Died Has Long History Of Racism

Sandra Bland was found dead in her jail cell in Waller County, Texas, just days after a white police officer pulled over and arrested her when she failed to signal a lane change. Her arrest has been cited as a prime example of racial bias and misuse of force by the police — and it happened in a county itself marred by… »7/26/15 8:20pm7/26/15 8:20pm

Hear Two Black Women Detail Profiling, Violence By the NYPD

Police brutality and stop-and-frisk affect black and brown women at nearly the exact same rate as black and brown men, but their stories aren’t told as frequently; this video by Fusion’s Collier Meyerson seeks to right that a little bit, as two black women in New York City detail their experiences with NYPD violence. »7/01/15 1:20pm7/01/15 1:20pm