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NAACP LDF votes “no’ on Judge Kavanaugh

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund wants supporters to contact their senators and urge them to vote against the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court  because of the incomplete record he has supplied individuals who are interested in his nomination.

Kavanaugh, a judge on the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, was nominated by President Donald Trump in September to succeed Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy who is retiring. LDF has set up #StopKavanaugh.

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund charged that Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court “would threaten the government’s abilities to use race to promote diversity and halt discrimination.”

Kavanaugh is in the second day of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. On Tuesday, police arrested 22 people who held up signs and shouted their opposition to Kavanaugh.

Ayanna Pressley wins Democratic primary in Massachusetts

Boston City Council member Ayanna Pressley on Tuesday won the state’s Democratic primary, defeating U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano in Massachusetts’ 7th Congressional District.

Ayanna Pressley

Pressley received 51, 194 votes to Capuano’s 36, 294. Capuano has been a member of Congress for 10 terms. Pressley’s victory assures that she will become the first black woman representing Massachusetts in Congress in the state’s history.

The 7th Congressional District includes much of Boston and Somerville, Chelsea, Everett, Randolph, half of Cambridge and parts of Milton. Although there has been some redistricting, the seat was once held by John F. Kennedy.

Harvard group to discuss convict leasing

The Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University will host a conference titled “Before the 13th: The Origins of Convict Leasing.” It will be held at noon on September 19  in the Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Convict leasing provided prisoner labor to private parties, such as plantation owners and corporations, including United States Steel, once the nation’s largest business.

Police Violence Support Group schedules meetings

The Chicago Torture Justice Center’s Police Violence Support Group has scheduled meetings for September 10, 17, and 24 at 641 W. 63rd Street, Chicago.  For more information, contact center at 773 962 0395. All the meetings begin at 1 p.m. and end at 2:30 p.m.

 

 

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