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Profound increase in women of color running for political offices

HUFFINGTON POST — The 2018 midterm elections have already broken barriers for representation among candidates for political office: A record number of women ran and won in the primaries, and an unprecedented number of LGBTQ candidates also ran and have … Continue reading

Bryan Stevenson’s National Memorial for Peace confronts racial terrorism

Equal Justice Initiative's National Memorial for Peace

NBC NEWS — An attorney and author, Bryan Stevenson created the National Memorial for Peace and Justice to remember the country’s painful past, in hopes of a brighter future. Lester Holt visits the moving memorial, making a powerful personal discovery … Continue reading

Judge rules Cullman County, Alabama’s bail system illegally discriminates against the poor

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ACLU – Today, people who were jailed simply because they could not afford bail in Cullman County, Alabama, won a significant victory when a federal court judge ruled that the practice of jailing those who cannot pay is unconstitutional. The judge … Continue reading

Black families are denied victim compensation more often than white families

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REVEAL NEWS – Every state has a crime victim compensation fund to reimburse people for the financial wallop that can come with being a victim. Florida is one of seven states that bar people with a criminal record from receiving victim … Continue reading

The NRA’s catch-22 for Black men shot by police

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THE ATLANTIC – The city of Dallas, Texas, has been rocked by news of an off-duty police officer shooting a black man in his own apartment. On September 6, the off-duty police officer Amber Guyger entered Botham Jean’s apartment and shot … Continue reading

Van Dyke trial: Jury sees video of white Chicago police officer shooting Laquan McDonald

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NBC NEWS – Prosecutors on Monday showed jurors video of a white Chicago police officer opening fire on black teenager Laquan McDonald, saying the 2014 fatal shooting was “completely unnecessary.” The video shows Officer Jason Van Dyke shooting McDonald 16 times … Continue reading

American man charged in Uganda for racist assault on hotel staff

Huffington Post reports Uganda police arrested an older American man after reviewing a video that showed him striking out at hotel workers and using racial slurs. The police identified the man as Jimmy L. Taylor, a U.S. citizen who claims to … Continue reading

Protesters topple Confederate statue at UNC

CNN reports that about 250 protesters on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s campus knocked over the school’s controversial Silent Sam Confederate statue, the university said Tuesday. The statue is the latest among several Confederate monuments to be … Continue reading

Spike Lee says directing ‘BlacKkKlansman’ was an obvious choice

The 61-year-old director was stunned when ‘Get Out’ filmmaker Jordan Peele – who had optioned the story and developed a script for the movie – asked him to take the reins on the saga, which is based on the true … Continue reading

John Legend wants Louisiana to remove ‘white supremacy’ from its constitution

CNN reports, that as part of his continued work in criminal justice reform, John Legend is calling on Louisiana to change its constitution. In an opinion piece published by the Washington Post Tuesday headlined “It’s time for Louisiana to strip white supremacy … Continue reading