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Film Gives Unflinching Look at Voter Suppression in U.S. | The Washington Informer

James Wright, he U.S. political system has been partial to right-wing politicians and causes because of their use of money and organization for voter suppression, particularly against people of color, according to the gripping film “Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook.” Two screenings of the film were held Friday morning at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Northwest as a part of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference. The film’s narrator, actor Jeffrey Wright, somberly talked about how right-wing Republicans, incensed by the election of Barack Obama as the first Black president and the increasing voting power of […]

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This is an all-hands-on-deck moment for American democracy | The Washington Post

Dana Milbank, The Washington Post Anthony Lanzilote/Bloomberg via Getty Images. Featured Image his is no time to be on the sidelines. Stacey Abrams: Stand up and be counted. “I do not want to serve in the Senate,” says the hugely popular former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee. Steve Bullock: Stand up and be counted. “My talents are best suited” to an executive role, says Montana’s well-liked Democratic governor. Beto O’Rourke: Stand up and be counted. “That would not be good enough” to serve in the Senate, says the gifted former Democratic congressman from Texas. Sorry, but what’s not “good enough” are […]

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Police look into threatening letter sent to North Carolina mayor | The Hill

John Bowden, The Hill Vi Lyles, 68, the first black woman to serve as Charlotte’s mayor, referenced her experience growing up in the segregated South during a city council vote on a resolution condemning President Trump’s “racist and xenophobic comments.” (Travis Dove/For The Washington Post). Featured Image in Charlotte, N.C., are investigating after a threatening letter was sent to numerous lawmakers of color in the city, including Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles (D). City officials told The Hill that African American members of Charlotte’s city council received a letter filled with racist remarks, advocating that the lawmakers, all of whom are […]

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Kamala Harris proposes $100 billion plan for black homeownership | Politico

David Siders, Politico “A typical black family has just $10 of wealth for every $100 held by a white family,” Sen. Kamala Harris said. | David J. Phillip/AP Photo. Featured Image Harris, calling on the nation to “deal with the racial wealth gap,” on Saturday proposed a $100 billion federal program to help black people buy homes. The California senator said the plan, which would provide down payment and closing cost assistance of up to $25,000 to people renting or living in historically red-lined communities, would help some 4 million home-buyers. The plan’s release comes as Harris surges in Democratic […]

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Adrienne Jones elected Maryland’s first African-American, female House speaker | CNN

Veronica Stracqualursi, CNNAmber Ferguson/The Washington Post, Featured Image (CNN) A Maryland lawmaker made history on Wednesday when she became the first woman and first African-American elected as the state’s House speaker. Del. Adrienne Jones was unanimously voted as speaker after the two Democratic candidates who were vying for the job stepped aside to nominate her. “Wow, I didn’t think I would be here this time when I left out my house this morning,” Jones said after she was sworn in, according to video from CNN affiliate WBAL-TV. CLICK TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE, CNN

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Baltimore’s Mayor Resigns Over a Series of Self-Published Children’s Books | Slate

Elliot Hannon, Slate Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh delivers an address during her inauguration ceremony on Dec. 6, 2016. (Patrick Semansky/AP), Featured Image Mayor Catherine Pugh’s bizarre tenure in office came to an end Thursday, when she resigned amid a cloud of scandal and scrutiny over, of all things, a self-published series of children’s books. Scandal erupted in March when the Baltimore Sun reported that the sale of Pugh’s “Healthy Holly” books raised serious ethical and legal questions. The books themselves are harmless, featuring a young black protagonist Holly and positive themes of healthy eating and exercise, but it’s the whopping […]

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Michael Brown’s Mother Loses City Council Race in Ferguson, Where Her Son Was Killed by Police | The New York Times

John Eligon, The New York Times Lesley McSpadden Getty Images, Featured Image five years ago, Lesley McSpadden appeared distraught before the world after finding out that a grand jury had declined to indict a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., in the fatal shooting of her teenage son, Michael Brown, who was black. She stood on top of a car, surrounded by a sea of supporters. “I’ve been here my whole life; I ain’t never had to go through nothing like this,” she said before sinking her face into her hands. Ms. McSpadden, 39, came up short on Tuesday in […]

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Kamala Harris’s First Campaign Policy: A Raise for Teachers | The New York Times

Astead W. Herndon, The New York Times Senator Kamala Harris in Houston on Saturday, where she unveiled early portions of her first policy rollout, a federal investment in teacher pay.CreditCreditLarry W Smith/EPA, via Shutterstock, Featured Image Kamala Harris of California announced a plan Tuesday to heavily invest federal money into teacher pay, the first policy rollout of her campaign for the Democratic nomination for president. Ms. Harris’s proposal, which was billed as the “largest federal investment in teacher pay in U.S. history,” marks the next step for a campaign that began in February before a crowd of 20,000 supporters. In […]

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