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‘Stop This Illegal Purge’: Outrage as Georgia GOP Removes More Than 300,000 Voters From Rolls | Common Dreams

Warning of 2020 impact, one critic said Georgia could remain a red state solely “due to the GOP purposefully denying people the right to vote.” A federal judge Monday night allowed Georgia to move ahead with a purge of over 300,000 voters deemed “inactive” by Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, sparking outrage from rights advocates who accused the GOP of an illegal voter suppression effort ahead of the 2020 elections. “Georgians should not lose their right to vote simply because they have not expressed that right in recent elections, and Georgia’s practice of removing voters who have declined to […]

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Sen. Kamala D. Harris is ending presidential bid | The Washington Post

Sen. Kamala D. Harris of California announced that she is ending her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. In a note to supporters, Harris wrote that “my campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue.”“It is with deep regret — but also with deep gratitude— that I am suspending my campaign today,” she wrote. “But I want to be clear with you: I am still very much in this fight.” Harris had qualified for the December debate but was in single digits in both national and early-state polls. Harris, 55, entered the race a rising […]

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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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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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Activists say new Tennessee law aims to suppress African American votes | The Guardian

Khushbu Shah, The Guardian The Equity Alliance registered nearly 100,000 black voters in Tennessee during the midterm elections in 2018. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images. Featured Image Johnson lists off laundromats, nightclubs and churches. Those are the places her team of 150 volunteers visited during the midterm elections last year, registering black voters across Tennessee. In the end, she estimates The Equity Alliance, where she is a co-founder, registered nearly 100,000 people up and down the state – more than 70,000 above their initial target. “Laundromats [were] where the bulk of the registrations came from,” said Johnson, who is also […]

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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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