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Mississippi Judges Can No Longer Target Blacks & Others with Unfair Bail Practices

First published via Atlanta Black Star, July 2017 Time has passed and laws have been changed, yet the deck has remained stacked against many Black people and others minorities in Mississippi, with Black and brown bodies disproportionately funneled into a prison system eager for free labor. Plagued by legal woes, the state has been hit with a number of lawsuits regarding its treatment of African-American residents, including a suit filed by the ACLU that accused Madison County of designing checkpoints to create additional revenue via unwarranted searches and traffic tickets….

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GOP Trumpcare Bill Would Be a Dream for Wealthy Americans, a Nightmare for Everybody Else

First published via Atlanta Black Star, June 2017 For several years, the GOP has rallied around a common goal, namely, stripping health carefrom millions of citizens. Now, it looks as if they may be closer to success, with Senate Republicans unveiling a bill that will effectively chip away at the Affordable Care Act. It took months to debate and later implement the Affordable Care Act, a process Republicans have largely bypassed by putting their bill together in secret, refusing to share details with anyone but the 13 senators (all white men)…

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Shooting of Republican Congressman Brings Out False Unity

First published via Atlanta Black Star, June 2017 As of today, 281 Americans have been killed in mass shootings this year. The latest entry, for now, is James Hodgkinson, killed by authorities on June 14 after he opened fire at a Virginia baseball field. Members of the GOP were there to practice for the Congressional baseball game, an annual event that allows Republicans and Democrats to compete against one another to benefit three local charities: the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, the Washington Literacy Center and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. After…

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Trump Steadily Building a Strong Case for His Own Impeachment

First published via Atlanta Black Star, May 2017 Just four months into his presidency, Donald Trump has managed to alienate over half of the country, his Gallup Poll rating currently hovering near 39 percent. And as we explored in April, he’s reneged on nearly every campaign promise. In short he’s continued to  sabotage himself and, to a large extent, the entire GOP, which lowered the bar in order to accommodate the political novice, a legacy it’ll have to own. Employing rhetoric laced with bigotry and xenophobic overtones, Trump showed exactly who he was, yet the Republican Party…

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Is Sessions Resurrecting Failed ‘War On Drugs’ As Means of Supplying Bodies for Prison Industrial Complex?

First published via Atlanta Black Star, May 2017 There’s a new sheriff in town at the U.S. Justice Department, with newly installed Attorney General Jeff Sessions intent on sending a strong message to those charged with drug offenses. In March, we examined the possibility of Sessions opening a second war on drugs, in which those with low-level drug and marijuana offenses would be prosecuted with zeal. The writing was on the wall as early as February, when White House secretary Sean Spicer revealed to a reporter, “I do believe you’ll see…

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First 100 Days: Trump Has Reversed His Position — or Failed — On Nearly Every Campaign Promise

First published via Atlanta Black Star, April 2017 “The electoral college is a disaster for democracy,” tweeted Trump in 2012. Just five years later, that same system would award him the presidency. Hillary Clinton may have won the popular vote by over three million votes, but like Gore before her, she lost the election. As President Trump closes in on his first 100 days in office, he has continued to celebrate his electoral victory as “the greatest since Reagan,” despite facts that prove otherwise. His sudden embrace of the electoral system is like…

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Who is Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam and Why Her Family Wants the Inaccuracies Reported by Media Corrected

First published via Atlanta Black Star, April 2017 The investigation into the death of Sheila Abdus-Salaam continues. Reported missing by her husband on April 11, she was found in the Hudson River just a day later in what police said then was an apparent suicide but now believe to be suspicious. Abdus-Salaam, who was the first Black woman to serve as an associate judge on the New York Court of Appeals, also was the first African-American judge on New York’s highest court. She was appointed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who responded…

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Global Warming No Longer a White House Priority Under Trump

First published via Atlanta Black Star, April 2017 In 2015, the Obama administration took its first steps to address global warming, unveiling the Clean Power Act in an effort to curb carbon emissions in existing power plants. Less than two years later, new president Donald Trump, when not jotting off to Mar-a-Lago resort, has started making good on his promise to unravel his predecessor’s legacy, signing new executive orders and appointing Cabinet personal who are decidedly anti-climate change and hell-bent on scrapping Obama-era environmental protections. Trump himself has a history of doggedly…

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Is AG Jeff Sessions Quietly Waging a Second ‘War on Drugs’?

First published via Atlanta Black Star, March 2017 As Washington continues to wade through health care and immigration legislation, there’s another battle on the horizon, with those in favor of marijuana legalization demanding answers from the administration on where it stands. At times, Trump’s position has shifted, though, as of late, he’s claimed to be in favor of medical marijuana, stopping short of endorsing the full legalization of the drug or revealing whether he’ll interfere with state rights to do so. Meanwhile, newly installed Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been crystal clear…

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HBCU Leadership Disappointed By Obama, Split On Whether to Trust Trump

First published via Atlanta Black Star, March 2017 Just days after Betsy DeVos mistakenly used historically Black colleges and universities as an example of “school choice” — completely skimming over the oppressive Jim Crow system that prompted their creation — the leaders of over 60 HBCUs filed into the White House, drawn by Donald Trump’s vow to “do more for HBCUs than any other president has done before.” But just what had been done before? As the Department of Education’s archives tout, over one million African-American and Latino students enrolled in HBCUs during the…

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