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New Year Brings Hope and Pushes for Proper Implementation with First Step Act | AFRO

George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Wesley Bell laughs during his speech after being sworn in as St. Louis County Prosecutor during a New Year’s Eve celebration on Tuesday, Jan. 01, 2019 in St. Louis, Mo. Between jokes Bell took a serious note, stating there is a lot of work that needs to be done. Photo by Colter Peterson. Featured Image 2019 organizations that supported the recently passed First Step Act, which helps reform the prison system, are calling for proper implementation and transparency, officials said. “I think the take away from folks supporting and opposing this bill is that it’s well […]

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Bell fires veteran St. Louis County prosecutor who presented grand jury evidence in Michael Brown case | St. Louis Post-Dispatch CLAYTON: On his second day in office, St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell fired the veteran assistant prosecutor Kathi Alizadeh, who was primarily responsible for presenting evidence to the grand jury that declined to indict a Ferguson police officer in the 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown.

CLAYTON: On his second day in office, St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell fired the veteran assistant prosecutor Kathi Alizadeh, who was primarily responsible for presenting evidence to the grand jury that declined to indict a Ferguson police officer in the 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown.

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Letitia James, the 67th New York State Attorney General, is also the first woman to ever hold this particular state-wide office. | Essence

Breanna Edwards, Essence THE BROOKLYN BOROUGH OF NEW YORK CITY, NY – DECEMBER 01: NYC Public Advocate Letitia James speaks on stage at World AIDS Day 2017 at Kings Theatre on December 1, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images for Housing Works, Inc. ). Featured Image state of New York rang in the New Year with a brand new attorney general. Democrat Letitia James was sworn into office late Monday night during a ceremony at the state capitol in Albany and in one fell swoop made history as the state’s […]

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How Saudi Arabia declared war on America’s Muslim congresswomen | Business Insider Ever since the midterm election, conservative media in the United States have targeted with special zeal Ilhan Omar, an incoming Somali-American Democratic congresswoman and a devout Muslim who wears hijab.

Ever since the midterm election, conservative media in the United States have targeted with special zeal Ilhan Omar, an incoming Somali-American Democratic congresswoman and a devout Muslim who wears hijab.

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What’s up with all those Black Men who voted for the Republican in the Georgia Governor’s race? | The Washington Post White female voters in Georgia showed little interest in helping black women fulfill their dream of electing Stacey Abrams as governor, which would have made her the first African American woman to head a state in the nation’s history.

White female voters in Georgia showed little interest in helping black women fulfill their dream of electing Stacey Abrams as governor, which would have made her the first African American woman to head a state in the nation’s history.

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Decades before Stacey Abrams, these black women risked their lives to register black voters | The Washington Post

DeNeen L. Brown , The Washington Post Annell Ponder, a civil rights worker who fought against voter suppression in the South, is shown at the funeral of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. (Builder Levy (Chrysler Museum of Art)). Featured Image Ponder is one of those fearless black women whose names may not be widely known but whose courage in fighting against voter suppression in Georgia and across the South in the 1960s was nothing short of extraordinary. After graduating from Atlanta’s Clark College in 1955, Ponder, who was born in McDonough, Ga., worked as a teacher, librarian and part […]

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5 Women Who Changed How We Think About Race | The New York Times

Amisha Padnani , The New York Times Pager, a Harvard sociologist who died on Nov. 2, demonstrated the tenacious power of race in hiring decisions. We looked back through our obituary archives and found five other women, some recently deceased, whose thinking had an impact on our understanding of race. 1862–1931 Ida B. Wells Ms. Wells was a slave-turned-journalist who took on racism in the Deep South decades before the civil rights movement with powerful articles on the lynchings of black men. Drawing in readers with fiery language, she also pioneered investigative reporting techniques that remain central methods of modern […]

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The Newest Jim Crow | The New York Times Recent criminal justice reforms contain the seeds of a frightening system of “e-carceration.”

Michelle Alexander , The New York Times Courtesy of the Cornell Chapter of Amnesty International. Featured Image the midterms, Michigan became the first state in the Midwest to legalize marijuana, Florida restored the vote to over 1.4 million people with felony convictions, and Louisiana passed a constitutional amendment requiring unanimous jury verdicts in felony trials. These are the latest examples of the astonishing progress that has been made in the last several years on a wide range of criminal justice issues. Since 2010, when I published “The New Jim Crow” — which argued that a system of legal discrimination and […]

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