While the frame of sanctuary cities is designed as protection for undocumented and migrant residents, it also offers an opportunity to engage us all in critical questions about how we shape our democracy and local places: What makes a city a sanctuary? Sanctuary for whom and from what?
Immediately after the presidential election, mayors across the country took a bold public stance, declaring their cities to be “sanctuary cities,” and vowing to protect their cities' residents against the potential harsh policies that are anticipated to come from the new federal administration and...
The Center for Popular Democracy
The killing of unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson created a moment of moral outrage and mobilization that reverberated around the country. Unfortunately, we understand that the harassment and killing of black and brown women and men through excessive use of force by law enforcement is not uncommon in the United States. According to a report by the Malcolm X Grassroots Project, in 2012 an average of one black person was killed by law enforcement or vigilantes every 28 hours. For the families...
Last night, like many across the world who were watching, we experienced deep disappointment in the decision by the St. Louis County grand jury not to indict Ferguson, MO police officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenage boy, on August 9. Our thoughts are first with the family of Michael Brown and the community of Ferguson.
It’s important to note that this case has never been about just one police officer. The spotlight on Ferguson has revealed with a renewed, sharper focus a deep divide in our society...