Cash-strapped cities around the nation are increasingly using heavy fines to fund basic services — in turn, sending residents into debt and bankruptcy.
The fight for civil rights has always been hard work. It takes a toll on the mind and the body.
And the struggle continues today, 50 years after the death of Martin Luther King Jr.
Every generation has their crusaders: the big names we know, and untold thousands of others whose support makes these movements possible. Who exactly are the new activists and what battles are they fighting? And how do they stay in the fight?
- Nate Hamilton Co-founded the Coalition for Justice, an organization that has led protests and demonstrations in the city of Milwaukee. His brother, Dontre Hamilton, was shot and killed by a police officer in 2014.
- Lucia "Lucy" McBath Faith and Outreach Leader for Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Her son, Jordan Davis, was shot and killed in an argument over loud music at a gas station in 2012.
- Reverend Wanda Johnson Executive Director of the Oscar Grant Foundation, a non-profit which helps at-risk youth. Her son, Oscar Grant, was shot and killed by an Oakland transit officer in 2009.
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