A Statement from The Defender on the Fascist Political Repression of Stop Cop City Organizers

We condemn the fascist attack on Atlanta Solidarity Fund members; and call to immediately release ATL comrades fighting against Cop City.

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The Power of Direct Action: Why Student Protests & Walkouts Are Necessary

The critical importance of direct action in challenging systemic issues, like racism in schools, and the tactics that those in power use to silence dissent. Why we must choose protest over pacification.

“Event of the Summer”: ‘One Night Only’ Festival Marks a New Era in Kansas City Music Scene

Don’t miss the One Night Only Festival, Kansas City’s music event of the summer. Top local artists, sell-out venues, and an unforgettable night.

KC Civil Rights Leaders Issue Scathing Statement on “Racist, Sexist” Policies of City Manager Brian Platt, Say Mayor Lucas is Also “Complicit”

A coalition of civil rights organizations in Kansas City issues a scathing statement and vote of no confidence in City Manager Brian Platt and Mayor Quinton Lucas, citing racist, sexist and discriminatory policies toward Black women and workers, and demanding immediate action from the City Council.

Race, Science, and the Carceral State: An Interview with Dr. Brandon Ogbunu

Dr. Brandon Ogbunu, a Yale professor and world-leading computational biologist, delves into the intersection of race, science, and the carceral state in the latest episode of The Kansas City Defender Podcast, while discussing his groundbreaking new paper on the racial impacts of COVID-19 on the criminal legal system.

“Cut the Check”: In Groundbreaking Move, KC Mayor Quinton Lucas Appoints 13 Members to Historic Reparations Commission, Includes KC Defender Editor & KC Defender High School Staff Writer

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas has appointed 13 members to a historic commission that will study the process of reparations for the centuries of exploitation and dehumanization inflicted on Kansas City’s Black community.

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