Eight minutes, 46 seconds. That’s how long a police officer kept his knee on George Floyd’s neck. George Floyd struggled, pleading for his life: “I can’t breathe,” until he drew his final breaths, calling for his mother. Today, at 3:45 p.m. ET / 12:45 p.m. PT, we will be silent for 8 minutes, 46 seconds — to remember George Floyd as Minneapolis gathers for his memorial service.
Black Lives Matter Managing Director, Kailee Scales is joined by South Bend Black Lives Matter members to discuss the role of community organizers on the ground. BLM South Bend organizers discuss the police killing of Eric Logan, its impact on their community, and calling for the resignation of Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
Enough is enough. Our pain, our cries, and our need to be seen and heard resonate throughout this entire country. We demand acknowledgment and accountability for the devaluation and dehumanization of Black life at the hands of the police. We call for radical, sustainable solutions that affirm the prosperity of Black lives.
Black Lives Matter Managing Director, Kailee Scales is joined by Dr. Cedric Dark, Professor at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas to answer public health questions and concerns about the novel virus, COVID-19, and its disproportionate effects on Black communities. Dr. Dark and Scales explore racial health disparities across our nation, with Black people having less access to healthcare and statistically higher rates of diabetes and heart disease.
What Matters Ep. 2: Say Her Name — Breonna Taylor, a Conversation with Tamika Mallory and Taylor Family Attorney Lonita Baker
Black Lives Matter Managing Director, Kailee Scales is joined by Activist Tamika Mallory, Co-founder of Until Freedom, and Taylor Family Attorney Lonita Baker to discuss the brutal shooting of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT who was killed by police officers in her own home, and the ongoing marginalization of police violence against Black lives.
Activist and acclaimed author Marc Lamont Hill and Black Lives Matter Global Network, Managing Director, Kailee Scales discuss the media’s responsibility in COVID-19 reporting, and how the Coronavirus media coverage aided in the misinformation circulated within Black communities. Scales and Hill discuss the inequities in the American Health System, preparedness, and the impact on our social, judicial, and financial systems.
As the coronavirus spread across the globe, the United States had two months to prepare — and our federal government squandered it. We were already at a disadvantage after the CDC rapid response taskforce was disbanded as a result of the 2017 Trump Tax Cut — and then Trump dug us further into a hole when he decided to follow his “hunches” about the seriousness of the situation instead of listening to the experts.