Keeda Haynes, a public defender from Tennessee, is one of the Democrats challenging incumbent Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), who has been in office since 2003. And, as Haynes puts it, just as we are currently experiencing a shift in this country, and a shift in the conversations we’re having (particularly in light of the current racial tensions), we are also experiencing a shift in who we believe should be leading this country. “I think that we deserve somebody who is going to be
President Trump has sent an unknown number of federal agents to Portland, Oregon, ostensibly to project federal property amid weeks of protests against racism and police brutality. But federal officers "are also detaining people on Portland streets who aren't near the federal property, nor is it clear that all of the people being arrested have engaged in criminal activity," OPB reported Thursday evening. One civil rights lawyer, Juan Chavez, described the federal tactics as "
Lewis passed seven months after a routine medical visit revealed that he had stage 4 pancreatic cancer. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Congressional Black Caucus confirmed the news of his death. Known as the "conscience of the U.S. Congress," Lewis continually represented Georgia's 5th Congressional District, which includes most of Atlanta, since taking office in 1987. His cancer diagnosis in December 2019 did not interrupt that streak. "So I have decided to do what I kno
Civil rights icon Rev. Cordy Tindell “C.T,” Vivian has died at age 95 of natural causes at his home in Atlanta, according to a report from CNN. Vivian worked with Martin Luther King Jr. and participated in the Freedom Rides to register Black voters. The Boonville, MO native, and his late wife, Octavia, had six children. He was a co-founder of the Nashville Christian Leadership Conference, an affiliate of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), which helped organi
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The district council for Washington, D.C. on Tuesday approved a raft of police reforms after days of protests against police brutality and racism in the U.S. capital and nationwide, sparked by the death of African-American George Floyd in police custody. The emergency legislation, approved by a unanimous vote, comes as a number of cities rethink approaches to policing but falls short of calls by some civil rights activists to defund city police departme
As he began to speak about reforming the LAPD during his Wednesday evening press conference, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti called this an “urgent moment” for the city, “an inflection point.” He said he is “committed to making this moment not just a moment.” Garcetti said he would be making commitments to creating racial equality. “It is time to move our rhetoric towards action to end racism in our city.” He said the city must move beyond police reforms of the past. “Prejudi
Shai Werts, Georgia Southern's starting quarterback who attracted national headlines after he was arrested and charged with speeding and misdemeanor possession of cocaine during a traffic stop in South Carolina last week, no longer faces drug charges, according to the Savannah Morning News. Al Eargle, a Saluda County prosecutor, told the Morning News that the drug charge wouldn't be pressed on "his watch" and that a white substance found on the hood of Werts' car wasn't a con
Three Broward Sheriff's deputies who were involved in the April arrest of a teen who was seen on video being thrown to the ground and punched while he was taken into custody are facing criminal charges. The Broward State Attorney's Office announced Wednesday that Sgt. Gregory LaCerra and Deputies Christopher Krickovich and Ralph Mackey are facing misdemeanor charges related to the April 18 encounter in a McDonald's parking lot with students from J.P. Taravella High School in
TAKE A DEEP BREATH!
Last night (it appears) we narrowly lost a few elections that we really wanted to win, but we actually won hundreds that we desperately needed. I hope my coverage on Instagram and elsewhere gave you some hope. Our victories yesterday were many.
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