How to Protest in a Pandemic, a Bryan Stevenson Q&A, and Other Stories to Read Now
Every week, we corral compelling wellness stories from around the internet. This week, we’re focusing on the stories that are keeping us informed and educated about anti-racism work and the Black Lives Matter movement.
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The New Yorker
Civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, talks through the history of racial injustices in America, the roots of police violence, and how our current culture of policing is designed to give rise to violence. For more with Stevenson, listen to his conversation on The goop Podcast: “We Are Better than the Worst Things We’ve Done.”
The Marshall Project
The Minneapolis Police Department has had long-standing challenges in changing its policies that involve use of force and instead requiring de-escalation practices. In 2012, under a newly appointed police chief, a federal review of the police department revealed how the city was ineffective in tracking and disciplining problematic officers. In this analysis, The Marshall Project—a nonprofit news organization focused on criminal justice—seeks to understand why the city’s police reform efforts have stalled throughout the years.
The Washington Post
As people across the country take to the streets to protest police brutality, experts are emphasizing the ways protestors can minimize the risk of contracting and spreading the coronavirus. Some advice includes wearing long sleeves and layers, forgoing oily makeup and contact lenses, and using signs to make statements instead of shouting and chanting, which increases the amount of respiratory droplets in the air. Goggles can guard against pepper spray and tear gas while also helping to minimize COVID-19 exposure.
The New Yorker
Columnist Masha Gessen describes the scene outside NYPD headquarters while she waits for her daughter, who had been arrested during the first night of protests in New York for writing “Black Lives Matter”—in chalk—on the steps of city hall, to be released from jail. It’s a snapshot of what so many protest arrests really look like.