Politics & Law

Nine Leading Racial Justice Organizations Release Report and Find Significant Efforts to Destroy the Right to Vote

November 25, the Racial Equity Anchor Collaborative, a coalition of national racial justice and civil rights organization, released its groundbreaking voting rights report, “We Vote, We Count.” The report centers on the voices of people of color and describes accounts of voter interference which disproportionately affects communities of color, gathered through “People’s Hearings” in select…

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PART I: A Quest for Garifuna Visibility in America’s Census

By Khalil Abdullah, Ethnic Media Services Gilberto Amaya’s career in international development has taken him across more than 30 countries as he implemented renewable energy systems, agribusiness projects, and poverty alleviation initiatives. He witnessed post-independence struggles of sovereign states whose names are rarely heard on U.S. nightly newscasts — Burkina Faso, Togo, Zambia, Zimbabwe. A…

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End of Kamala Harris’ White House Campaign Ignites Discussion on Treatment

By Lauren Victoria Burke, NNPA Newswire Contributor On December 3, Senator Kamala Harris of California suspended her campaign for the White House. Harris’ decision was announced by video after four straight weeks of negative media coverage regarding her campaign organization and strategy. Harris’s campaign started with a bang and a ton of media attention. She…

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Council Elections Tell A Tale Of Two Cities

By Barney Blakeney Jerome Heyward in North Charleston and Jason Sakran in Charleston both were elected November 5 in upset wins over two incumbents. Todd Olds and James Lewis Jr., respectively. Their wins signal changes beyond just in the representation of the districts, but also how their will impact their new constituents. In North Charleston,…

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Burgess Nomination To Highway Dept. Sparks Conjecture

By Barney Blakeney Just two years after being named North Charleston’s first Black police chief, Reggie Burgess has been nominated to become top cop at the S.C. Highway Patrol. I asked several North Charleston residents what they think. Pastor Thomas Dixon just lost a bid to become the city’s mayor November 5. Dixon said Burgess…

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Elizabeth Warren to Speak at College of Charleston’s Bully Pulpit Series

The Bully Pulpit Series at the College of Charleston will welcome Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts) on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019.  Along with South Carolina state Sen. Marlon Kimpson, Warren will meet with faculty, staff, students and the community. The event will take place in the Johnson Center Gymnasium at 30 George St. at…

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Justice for Rodney Reed! Family, supporters press Texas governor for new trial for man on death row

By Barrington M. Salmon, Contributing Writer, The Final Call @bsalmondc A crowd some of Rodney Reed’s family members estimated was about 1,000 people, recently gathered at the Governor’s Mansion in Austin, Texas demanding that Gov. Greg Abbott act to halt the execution of Mr. Reed in a controversial murder case. In the past several months,…

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Three Baltimore Men Exonerated After Nearly Four Decades in Prison

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Alfred Chestnut, Ransom Watkins and Andrew Stewart were released and exonerated after spending 36 years in prison for a crime they didn’t commit. The men were teenagers when they received a life sentence in 1984 after being convicted of murdering 14-year-old DeWitt Duckett in Baltimore. “Everyone…

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Congressman Donald McEachin Introduces 100 Percent Clean Legislation

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Democratic Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) has introduced the 100 percent Clean Economy Act of 2019.  The legislation sets a nationwide goal of achieving a 100 percent clean energy economy by 2050, defined as net-zero climate pollution across all sectors of the United States’ economy. The bill contains…

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