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

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. It’s a practice that Jennifer Riley-Collins, executive director…

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

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) tasked with writing it. Despite calling for transparency…

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