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Colorado will vote to abolish slavery as punishment for a crime
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Colorado will vote to abolish slavery as punishment for a crime

Colorado residents will vote November 6th to abolish slavery as punishment for a crime   by Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolished slavery throughout the United States in 1865 except as punishment for a crime. Fourteen state constitutions still allow slavery as punishment for a crime as part of a compromise to pass the […]

Election Day Countdown: Civil Rights leaders fight for maximum voter participation
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Election Day Countdown: Civil Rights leaders fight for maximum voter participation

  by Hazel Trice Edney (TriceEdneyWire.com) – The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has filed suit against Georgia Secretary of State and Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp over the state’s “discriminatory and unlawful ‘exact match’ voter suppression scheme.” The suit alleges that Georgia’s “‘no match, no vote’ voter registration scheme violates the Voting Rights Act, the National Voter […]

Jumping Hurdles to Get to the Ballot Box:Voter ID and Registration
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Jumping Hurdles to Get to the Ballot Box:Voter ID and Registration

By Rosemary Eng BlackmansStreet.Today The easy part of voting is voting. The hard part is getting through the minefield of obstacles on the way to the ballot box. Besides having to deal with oftentimes confusing voter registration regulations, getting the right voter ID is becoming another problem as states rework ID requirements. Too often it’s African Americans and Native Americans, […]

VoteRiders Helps Citizens Get the Voting Identification They Need
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VoteRiders Helps Citizens Get the Voting Identification They Need

 By Rosemary Eng BlackmansStreet.Today A non-profit, non-partisan organization called VoteRiders https://www.voteriders.org works to help people struggling with voter ID issues. VoteRiders leaves the legal and political battles around voting to “partners” such as the ACLU of Arkansas, Black Voters Matter and Florida’s UnidasUS.  Workers with partner groups can contact VoteRiders when they need to help people struggling with understanding and […]

Man convicted of firing a shotgun at teenager seeking directions to school
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Man convicted of firing a shotgun at teenager seeking directions to school

Years earlier, a woman claimed a black man was attempting to break into her house when he was actually seeking help following a one-car accident By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today A white man who fired two shots from a shotgun at a fleeing black teenage boy who knocked on the man’s front door seeking directions to school after getting lost, […]

White Chicago cop convicted of shooting to death black teenager that was captured on police dash cam video
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White Chicago cop convicted of shooting to death black teenager that was captured on police dash cam video

Police initially lied about the circumstances surrounding the shooting   By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today A  jury today found Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm in the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. The shooting was captured on  police dashcam video and showed that police and city […]

Government-sponsored race discrimination has suppressed black homeownership and generational wealth
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Government-sponsored race discrimination has suppressed black homeownership and generational wealth

African-American Real Estate Professionals to Escalate Push for New Policies By Hazel Trice Edney TriceEdneyWire.com – WASHINGTON–Despite the fact that the Fair Housing Act was passed by Congress more than 50 years ago, evidence reveals that government-supported racial discrimination in home buying remains rampant across the U.S. – yet, with little legislative remedy or recourse. This is the reason that […]

$2.2 billion has been paid to the wrongfully convicted
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$2.2 billion has been paid to the wrongfully convicted

Blacks exonerees get less money and many exonerees get nothing By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today State and local governments and the courts have paid wrongfully convicted men and women more than $2.2 billion in compensation, including $537 million in statutory awards and $1.7 billion to settle judgments and civil suits, but less money or sometimes nothing at all is given […]

Black church sends message to Trump White House in two-day ‘Call to Conscience’
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Black church sends message to Trump White House in two-day ‘Call to Conscience’

By Hazel Trice Edney and Hamil Harris TriceEdneyWire.com WASHINGTON– – As America prepares to return to the polls for mid-term elections amidst racial tensions, continued economic inequities and a President that appears to embrace racism and shun truth, thousands of Black church leaders and parishioners answered a “Call to Conscience/Day of Action” last week, intended to send a message to the […]

President Truman integrated the armed forces 70 years ago
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President Truman integrated the armed forces 70 years ago

The brutal beating of a recently discharged black soldier by white cops that permanently blinded the soldier played a role in forcing Truman’s hand Germany also attempted to recruit black troops during World War II, citing lynchings throughout the South and elsewhere in the United States By Frederick H. Lowe President Harry S. Truman issued an executive order 70 years […]