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There’s A Good Reason Fireworks Conspiracy Theories Are So Popular Right Now

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An annual summer staple in the United States — on par with popsicles and unfortunate sunburns — are fireworks. In the days leading up to the Fourth of July, fireworks can often be heard echoing throughout urban neighborhoods around the country. However, in the last few weeks, those echoes have become roars, with fireworks having become an unexpected all-night occurrence, spanning cities from New York to Los Angeles to Chicago, and starting at dusk and going into the early hours of the morning. In a time when tensions are running high, both because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and weeks of protests against systemic racism and police brutality, the proliferation of fireworks has left many people searching the Internet for answers.

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Why Do Boogaloo Bois Wear Hawaiian Shirts To Protests? Racism.

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In the past week or so, there’s been a resurgence of “boogaloos” on our radars. The Boogaloo bois movement is a group of mostly white, heavily armed men who claim they have a “libertarian” bent, and have shown up to protests against police violence in recent weeks armed to the teeth and looking to start a race war. Over the last month, at least seven men associated with the boogaloo movement have been arrested for possession of weapons and plotting violent attacks.

Video Footage Shows Rayshard Brooks’ Final Moments Before Police Shot & Killed Him

Video Footage Shows Rayshard Brooks’ Final Moments Before Police Shot & Killed Him

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Another wave of protests condemning police brutality against Black men and women occurred over the weekend following the Friday night death of 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta, Georgia, who was killed by two white police officers. Brooks, who was a young father, was shot and killed in a Wendy’s parking lot after being pulled over.

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Layleen Polanco’s Treatment By Prison Guards Shows How Trans Women Are Killed By An Indifferent System

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An estimated 15,000 protesters turned out to march down Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway in solidarity with Black transgender lives on Sunday, more than three weeks into the racial uprising sparked by the death of George Floyd. Dressed all in white, the group advanced like a tide.  A collaboration between The Okra Project, which provides meals to black trans people, and the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, the rally endeavored to call attention to the disproportionated levels of violence and discrimination that black trans individuals face.

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Want To Defund The Police? Here’s How To Help

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The movement to defund the police is gaining unprecedented support right now for good reason. Protests have erupted across the country because police have gotten away with committing violence against Black people for decades. Last week, Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd. Breonna Taylor’s 27th birthday would have been today, but on March 13 police killed her in her sleep.

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“Kettling” Is One Of The Most Violent Tactics Police Use Against Protestors

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Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets this week in every state with demands to abolish the police by defunding their departments. While much of the mainstream media narrative has focused on the disruption that occurs in tense moments of insurrection, most outlets have also failed to account for the fact that, from the start, police instigated that unrest.