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Newsletter: Black deaf lives matter, uncovered police brutality, and more

A group translating protest videos for deaf activists, officers mocking a Black man before killing him, and more.


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In other news:

  • These volunteers are making Black Lives Matter videos accessible to deaf activists
  • Video shows officers mocking Black man who called for Allah before he died
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These volunteers are making Black Lives Matter videos accessible to deaf activists

After noticing the increasing number of protest videos were mostly inaccessible, a group of volunteers formed Protest Access, which provides transcripts for videos related to the Black Lives Matter movement on social media.

“Deaf people want to be a part of the conversation,” Charlotte Hyde, 22, told the Daily Dot in an email. “We can’t do that when important content isn’t captioned. It was really hard when I’d see tweets with captions like ‘You NEED to watch this!’ and I just couldn’t, because I couldn’t hear it.”

Read the full story here.

—Trinady Joslin, editorial intern

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At least six officers were at the scene where officers detained Muhammad Muhaymin Jr. before he died in 2017
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Video shows officers mocking Black man who called for Allah before he died

Newly released footage shows Arizona officers mocked a Black Muslim man who called out for “Allah” while being restrained. Police killed 43-year-old Muhammad Muhaymin Jr. during the 2017 altercation.

While pleading, Muhaymin at one point called out to Allah, when an officer mocked him and said, “Allah? He’s not gonna help you right now, dude, so relax.”

Read the full story here.

—Samira Sadeque, contributing writer

Self-care: Inevitably, yoga

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It’s nearly impossible to write about self-care without, at some point, bringing up yoga. I’ve been practicing yoga on-and-off since I was in high school, and this summer, it’s become part of my regular routine. It’s the easiest way for me to move around on my breaks from work, and my favorite local yoga studio, Black Swan Yoga, offers streaming classes at varying levels and lengths for only $8 per month.

I know it’s not for everyone, but when I hear friends say they don’t like yoga because they’re not flexible, I wonder if maybe they just haven’t found a class and instructor they like. Yoga is about breath and staying present, not about how far you can push yourself and your body. For me, that’s the essence of self-care.

—Kris Seavers, IRL editor

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