By

Polly C. Speak
Here’s an update you probably didn’t want to hear: A Mississippi cop who apparently planted evidence at the scene of a teen shooting six years ago managed to evade charges. It’s the rough reality in a nation where cop, after cop, after cop, seems to get away with killing Black people. News reports described Willie...
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The Laurens County Board of Registrars and the Laurens County Board of Commissioners, in Georgia, is in the hot seat for illegally purging minority voters, according to a democracy watchdog group, The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCRUL). The organization joined the Georgia NAACP and other groups in calling out county officials for...
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Republicans in the state of Mississippi have the kind of power they don’t get in many other states. The GOP here has a supermajority in both the House and Senate, which gives them the political strength to pass critical budget legislation that requires a two-thirds majority vote to get to the governor’s desk. One example...
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Georgia Rep. Renitta Shannon is an outspoken member of organizations like 9 to 5 Working Women and the Fight for $15 campaign. She is also a previous executive vice president of the National Organization for Women. You may also remember her as the Black woman who made the Georgia Legislature drag her from the podium...
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Oh, boy. White men have really stepped in it now. If you’ve been out from under a rock these past few weeks you’ve probably heard about the list of horrible bills ending women’s right to decide what happens to their own bodies. Right now, Republicans in Alabama, Georgia, Missouri and Ohio have all passed laws...
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The 2020 election for a new president is thoroughly underway, and this nation of ours has probably never had this varied a spectrum of candidates. Black, female candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, of California, joins New Jersey Sen. Corey Booker in a group race containing savvy female contender Sen. Susan Warren, as well as outspoken Sens....
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Legislators in Alabama are trying to pass a “blue lives matter” bill that laughably ties gun-wielding cops to groups of historically-lynched and mistreated minorities and women. Alabama law currently states that “it is the right of every person, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, physical or mental disability to be secure and protected...
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In an obvious effort to over-police women’s bodies, last week Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed SB2116, which prohibits abortion of an unborn individual after a fetal heartbeat has been detected, unless at risk of serious harm or death to the mother. A fetal heartbeat can begin as early as six weeks, which is before many...
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This right here is wild: Legislators in the Mississippi House just passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 596, which could endanger the entire nation. The resolution, which passed the Senate in February, is almost solely supported by Republicans and plops Mississippi into a growing puddle of states that support a re-write of the U.S. Constitution. The author...
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Anybody who has ever seen a picture of Mississippi Rep. Jeff Smith, R-Columbus, will immediately know his face. His peculiar facial hair is almost a warning, “As far as politics, go, this man gets excited about precisely all the wrong things.” Back in January, Rep. Smith and his mustache submitted HB 991 to the Ways and...
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