Less-lethal weapons have been used for crowd control by the police for decades, but only recently has medical documentation of injury emerged. “If we look back at historic protests, black people always had injuries. Violence has been used to silence calls for justice. Bio medical research overtime has become more cognizant of, broadly speaking, classifying police brutality as a public health risk.” Spoken by Dr. Brooke Cunningham, a University of Minnesota medical specialist.
The pandemic has affected everyone in one way or another, but its impacts have been especially brutal for Black businesses. An October Main Street Alliance/Color of Change poll showed that just 40% of Black business owners expected to keep their doors open in the next six months, compared to 55% of white respondents. In the first round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Black businesses were denied funding more frequently than other minority-owned businesses. And thi
Voting rights have been a topic of heated discussion across America in recent weeks – exposing voter suppression tactics, ensuring the United States Postal Service has the funding and infrastructure to process millions of mail ballots, guaranteeing all Americans equal access to the polls. In Iowa, the Des Moines chapter of Black Lives Matter pushed to extend equal access to formerly incarcerated residents, and when Gov. Kim Reynolds signed Executive Order 7 on August 5, their