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October & November Newsletter

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris will serve as the first Black and first South Asian Vice President of the United States. She will take the oath of office on January, 20, 2021 alongside President-elect Joe Biden.

Marcellis Stinnette

On October 20, police in a Chicago suburb shot and killed Marcellis Stinnette, a Black 19-year-old, and injured his girlfriend following an attempt to arrest Stinnette and a brief car chase. Police officials claim Officer Dante Salinas feared for his life, but attorneys for Stinnette’s family argue there was no threat to the officer. Waukegan police have released video footage and fired Salinas, the police officer responsible for Stinnette’s death.

Take Action:

1. Sign the Change.org petition
2. Donate to the Stinnette family

Michael Zecler

Four police officers in France beat Michel Zecler, a 41-year-old music producer, for not wearing a mask. The officers, who claim they acted violently out of panic, have been charged. After video of the incident was released, thousands of people across France took to the streets to protest police brutality, and Article 24, a bill which would make it a criminal offense to publish images of on-duty police officers with the intent to harm their "physical or psychological integrity."

Breonna Taylor

Following complaints from jurors regarding Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s conduct in Breonna Taylor’s case, Breonna’s mother requested an independent prosecutor be put on her daughter’s case. If her request is granted, the case will be presented to a new grand jury.

George Floyd

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer responsible for the death of George Floyd was released from prison after posting a $1 million bond. A judge dismissed the third-degree murder charges against Chauvin. He still faces second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges and is expected to go to trial in March 2021.

Stories

Seun Okimi

“For so long any black women, myself included, have often looked at our hair as a burden. Whether learned as a child, or developed in adulthood, there are many stigmas and negative associations with our hair, and in the midst of all of these stigmas, it can become easy to forget the privilege our hair actually is.”

Through hair tutorials and sharing information on YouTube, Instagram, and Tik Tok, Seun Okimi aims to remove the idea that Black women’s hair is a burden. She gives other women the knowledge and confidence they need to feel that they are capable of best caring for their own hair. Read more about Seun and her content here!

Watch Seun’s documentary The Truth About the Use of Relaxers in Nigeria.

Additional Resources

Books to Read (from Black-owned bookstores): The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America - Richard Rothstein

Videos to Watch: Walking While Black
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