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Looks like some actual changes are starting to take place, which is absolutely awesome.
So firstly, some news from New Zealand:

A controversial trial of New Zealand police carrying firearms has been scrapped and the force will not create an armed unit following criticism(...). The decision comes in the wake of protests over the killing of black American George Floyd by police in the US. ( ...)

A review of the trial was underway and a decision on New Zealand using routinely armed police was due later this month. But in a surprise announcement on Tuesday, police commissioner Andrew Coster said the Armed Response Teams (ARTs) would not be rolled out. “[They] do not align with the style of policing that New Zealanders expect,” said Coster, who was appointed in March when the trial of the armed units was almost over.


l also heard about several cases today, where place names were to be changed due to links to historical racism, and not due to pressure either, but decision coming from the decision-makers of the matter themselves who want them changed. One was a square and another one a school named after someone (i forgot the name, but i think this is in England as i heard it from a Brit).

The statues that are being removed, either by council or public, all over the world.... is awesome....
Would love it if you could share what you come across.


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@Miizle I was stoked to hear that NZ Cops won't be carrying guns. I loved it that there was so much support against Cops carrying guns. It is the best decision because there is so much racism here in NZ towards Tangata Whenua (indigenous Maori people) and Pasifika people that always turns to shit, so with guns out of the equation, at least *managing* a situation using our words (communicating) is prioritised. I am quietly cheering on all the snowballing of good things going on around the world. I keep putting my oar in the river to keep the thing paddling, I will keep on paddling.

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Good news from New York, too! Protests work!



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I'm so proud of what protesters did with that statue in Bristol. The action of a small number of justifiably angry people has set off a domino effect that has led to lots of similar statues being taken down...

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Social blows toward dismantling the normalizing of racism are really important and this is a doozy.

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4 hours ago, Troy said:

Social blows toward dismantling the normalizing of racism are really important and this is a doozy.

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I cannot even express how wonderful this is!

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Came across this list (shared by a friend who's usually pretty good with fact checking, don't know if he did.) Personally, i just fact-checked one point, which i hadn't heard of, and hells bells that is amazing. I guess many of you in the US and folks who follow the news more already knew this days ago, but to those of us who didn't i'm going to repeat it here and it's worth repeating anyway:

That part of the street in front of the White House with the huge yellow letters has been officially renamed "Black Lives Matter Plaza.”




 Here's the list:

Joe Riley

9 June at 03:26

So what exactly has protesting accomplished?

👉🏾Within 10 days of sustained protests:
Minneapolis bans use of choke holds.

👉🏾 George Floyd’s murderer was originally charged with 3rd degree murder. He is now being charged with 2nd degree murder.

👉🏾The other three officers who stood on scene and did NOTHING to help Floyd are being charged with aiding and abetting 2nd degree murder.

👉🏾Breonna Taylor’s Cade has been reopened.

👉🏾Louisville, KY’s mayor is ordering an outside review of the entire city police department.

👉🏾Dallas adopts a "duty to intervene" rule that requires officers to stop other cops who are engaging in inappropriate use of force.

👉🏾New Jersey’s attorney general said the state will update its use-of-force guidelines for the first time in two decades.

👉🏾In Maryland, a bipartisan work group of state lawmakers announced a police reform work group.

👉🏾A seminar scheduled in December for KC police that trains cops to kill without hestitation was cancelled.

👉🏾Los Angeles City Council introduces motion to reduce LAPD’s $1.8 billion operating budget.

👉🏾MBTA in Boston agrees to stop using public buses to transport police officers to protests.

👉🏾Police brutality captured on cameras leads to near-immediate suspensions and firings of officers in several cities (i.e., Buffalo, Ft. Lauderdale).

👉🏾Monuments celebrating confederates are removed in cities in Virginia, Alabama, and other states.

👉🏾James Miller resigned from his role in the Defense Asvisory Board at the Pentagon in response to the Secretary of Defense’s support of LEOs clearing out White House protestors with tear gas so Trump could take a publicity photo.

👉🏾Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he will oppose Trump’s threats to deploy federal troops to stop protestors across the US.

👉🏾Street in front of the White House is renamed "Black Lives Matter Plaza.”
Military forces begin to withdraw from D.C.

Then, there's all the other stuff that's hard to measure:

💓The really difficult public and private conversations that are happening about race and privilege.

💓The realizations some white people are coming to about racism and the role of policing in this country.

💓The self-reflection.

💓The internal battles exploding within organizations over issues that have been simmering or ignored for a long time. Some organizations will end as a result, others will be forever changed or replaced with something stronger and fairer.


🌎 Protests against racial inequality sparked by the police killing of George Floyd are taking place all over the world.

🌎 Rallies and memorials have been held in cities across Europe, as well as in Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand.

🌎 As the US contends with its second week of protests, issues of racism, police brutality, and oppression have been brought to light across the globe.

🌎 People all over the world understand that their own fights for human rights, for equality and fairness, will become so much more difficult to win if we are going to lose America as the place where 'I have a dream' is a real and universal political program," Wolfgang Ischinger, a former German ambassador to the US, told the New Yorker.

🌎 In France, protesters marched holding signs that said "I can't breathe" to signify both the words of Floyd, and the last words of Adama Traoré, a 24-year-old black man who was subdued by police officers and gasped the sentence before he died outside Paris in 2016.

🌎 Cities across Europe have come together after the death of George Floyd:

✊🏽 In Amsterdam, an estimated 10,000 people filled the Dam square on Monday, holding signs and shouting popular chants like "Black lives matter," and "No justice, no peace."

✊🏽 In Germany, people gathered in multiple locations throughout Berlin to demand justice for Floyd and fight against police brutality.

✊🏾 A mural dedicated to Floyd was also spray-painted on a stretch of wall in Berlin that once divided the German capital during the Cold War.

✊🏿 In Ireland, protesters held a peaceful demonstration outside of Belfast City Hall, and others gathered outside of the US embassy in Dublin.

✊🏿In Italy, protesters gathered and marched with signs that said "Stop killing black people," "Say his name," and "We will not be silent."

✊🏾 In Spain, people gathered to march and hold up signs throughout Barcelona and Madrid.

✊🏾 In Athens, Greece, protesters took to the streets to collectively hold up a sign that read "I can't breathe."

✊🏾 In Brussels, protesters were seen sitting in a peaceful demonstration in front of an opera house in the center of the city.

✊🏾In Denmark, protesters were heard chanting "No justice, no peace!" throughout the streets of Copenhagen, while others gathered outside the US embassy.

✊🏾 In Canada, protesters were also grieving for Regis Korchinski-Paquet, a 29-year-old black woman who died on Wednesday after falling from her balcony during a police investigation at her building.

✊🏾 And in New Zealand, roughly 2,000 people marched to the US embassy in Auckland, chanting and carrying signs demanding justice.

💐 Memorials have been built for Floyd around the world, too. In Mexico City, portraits of him were hung outside the US embassy with roses, candles, and signs.

💐 In Poland, candles and flowers were laid out next to photos of Floyd outside the US consulate.

💐 And in Syria, two artists created a mural depicting Floyd in the northwestern town of Binnish, "on a wall destroyed by military planes."


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19 hours ago, Troy said:

Social blows toward dismantling the normalizing of racism are really important and this is a doozy.

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Apparently a NASCAR truck racing drive got his snowflake feelings hurt and quit.








I won't post the article.  They driver had 18 career starts since 2017.  So he wasn't that great.


He is quite the peach of an individual.

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