In an escalating nationwide protest, thousands of fast-food workers in 60 cities from coast to coast walked off their jobs on August 29th, a day after the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.


Strikers are seeking raises to $15 an hour, paid sick leave and the right to unionize America’s second-biggest employer, the restaurant industry, which is predicting its 2013 profits will “reach a record high of $660.5 billion.”   

“We are now at a critical stage, where each minute that passes is extremely taxing mentally and physically. Many of us participating since day one are suffering what may be irreversible damage, and are facing a very real possibility of death.”

--Pelican Bay hunger striker and Short Corridor representative Aurturo Castellano 55 Days on Hunger Strike

The news came as a shocker and reverberated across the country last week when a Federal judge ruled that New York’s notorious stop-and-frisk policy violated the constitutional rights of the people of color targeted by police, dubbing it a “policy of indirect racial profiling.”

While there will be no immediate changes to the tactics on the ground, as Mayor Bloomberg angrily declared, there will be a pilot program in five NYC precincts to record the street encounters between police and those who are stopped and frisked.

BYP100 has created a toolkit of aggregated resources inspired by the murder of Trayvon Martin. It includes readings on race, gender and justice as well as action steps. Download the kit here.

Under leadership of Chairwoman Clyburn, FCC measure to provide economic relief to more than 2 million families of prisoners.