After years of promising his own health care plan, Trump settles for rebranding rather than repealing Obamacare | The Washington Post

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— Toluse Olorunnipa, The Washington Post President Trump capped his fruitless four-year journey to abolish and replace the Affordable Care Act by signing an executive order Thursday that aims to enshrine the law’s most popular feature while pivoting away from a broader effort to overhaul the nation’s health insurance system. The order declares it is…

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Opal Tometi, co-founder of Black Lives Matter: ‘I do this because we deserve to live’ | The Guardian

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Seven years ago Tometi helped to create what is possibly the biggest protest movement in US history. She explains what the critics of BLM get wrong, how her family’s story made her an activist and why she is certain the movement will succeed — Ellen E Jones, The Guardian Maybe Opal Tometi is not the…

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Since 2015: 48 Black Women Killed by the Police. And Only 1 Charge. | The New York Times

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For many, the Grand Jury announcement in Breonna Taylor’s case was more of the same, underscoring the need for systemic change. — Alisha Haridasani Gupta, The New York Times “The system that killed Breonna Taylor is not set up to provide justice or reparations for the killing of Breonna Taylor.” — Andrea Ritchie, author of…

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‘A great warrior, a great leader and politician’ – Remembering Wayman F. Smith III, who passed September 15 at age 80 | The St. Louis American

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— Chris King and Kenya Vaughn, The St. Louis American It was not a story Wayman F. Smith III told of himself, but his sister, the former news anchor Robin Smith, tells it. Each time she tells this story, she weeps. One day her parents told her that her brother was leaving the house and…

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20 Crowns That Make Us Want To Celebrate World Afro Day Every Day | Essence

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We salute to the glorious crowns of these kings and queens. — Shalwah Evans, Essence Though September 15 marks the official celebration of World Afro Day, we make honoring Afro textured hair a regular occurrence at ESSENCE. And while Hollywood heavyweights filled our timelines with stylish and enviable Afros last week, non-celebrities also took to social media to…

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[September 24, 1964] At Least 7,500 White Demonstrators Protest Racial Integration of New York City Schools | EJI, Equal Justice Initiative

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— EJI Staff , EJI, Equal Justice Initiative On September 24th, 1964, a decade after Brown v Board of Education ruled that schools must be racially integrated, a crowd of at least 7,500 demonstrators, almost all of whom were white, marched outside New York City Hall to protest a policy aimed at increasing racial integration in the city’s…

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