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  • From the Desk of Derrick Johnson

    2015/06/30 – June 30, 2015       Dear Friends and Partners,   Our communities have been in turmoil over the last couple weeks as we witnessed the heinous murders of nine people inside of a church in Charleston, South Carolina.  Immediately following these deaths, a debate about the Confederate flag began, opening up an… Read more

  • More Lawmakers Endorsing Flag Change

    2015/06/30 – JACKSON – The number of Mississippi leaders endorsing changing the state flag is growing. On Wednesday, both of the state’s United States senators – Thad Cochran of Oxford and Roger Wicker of Tupelo – endorsed changing the state flag to remove the controversial Confederate battle emblem as part of its design. “As a… Read more

  • Obama: God Opened America’s Eyes

    2015/06/26 -  President Obama delivers the eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney at a funeral service in Charleston, South Carolina. Pinckney was the main pastor at Emanuel African Methodist Church when he and eight others were shot to death by Dylann Roof, who has been charged with their murders. “The church is and has always been… Read more

  • MS NAACP Supports The Removal of the Confederate Bars from the State Flag

    2015/06/26 – The recent tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina has brought renewed attention to the divisive history of the Confederate battle flag. The unfathomable murder of the Charleston Nine has forced us to confront the Confederate flag’s true meaning. To some, the flag is defended as a symbol of Mississippi’s history and heritage. To the… Read more

  • Congressman Thompson Applauds Speaker Gunn’s Stand on the Flag

    2015/06/24 - JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) – Some Mississippi leaders are calling to remove and change the state’s controversial flag. But others aren’t so sure. “We must always remember our past, but that does not mean we must let it define us,” said Speaker of the House Philip Gunn. “As a Christian, I believe our… Read more

  • Sen. Wicker: MS State Flag ‘Should be Put in a Museum’

    2015/06/24 - WASHINGTON, DC (WLOX) – U.S. Senator Roger Wicker is calling for Mississippi to change its state flag, which includes the Confederate battle symbol. The Mississippi Republican issued a statement Wednesday morning saying, “After reflection and prayer, I now believe our state flag should be put in a museum and replaced by one that is… Read more

  • Gunn: Confederate part of MS flag ‘needs to be removed’

    2015/06/23 -  Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn said Monday night that the Confederate emblem in the state’s official flag has to go. “We must always remember our past, but that does not mean we must let it define us,” Gunn, a Clinton Republican, said in a statement. “As a Christian, I believe our state’s flag… Read more

  • Charleston Shooting Suspect Dylann Roof Called a Pill-Popping Racist

    2015/06/19 -  Dylann Storm Roof has reportedly confessed to killing nine people at a historic black church in Charleston because he hoped it would start a “race war.” The 21-year-old from Lexington, South Carolina, was taken into custody in Shelby, North Carolina, on Thursday afternoon, and later told police that he himself bought the handgun he used… Read more

  • Behind the Hate Crime Massacre in a Black Charleston Church

    2015/06/18 -  A lone white shooter massacred nine people during a prayer meeting at one of the South’s most venerable black churches last night. The shooter, a young man dressed unremarkably in a sweatshirt, jeans, and Timberlands, sat inside the church in Charleston, South Carolina, for about an hour alongside his intended targets before opening fire. At around 9… Read more

  • Job-Killing Trade De-Railed, For Now

    2015/06/18 -  Washington got weird this month.  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) blew his top when House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) helped destroy a trade deal he personally backed, along with President Barack Obama and the rest of the GOP leadership.  Democrats opposing a trade deal isn’t the weird part — it’s how they… Read more

  • Jim Crow Still Disenfranchising Voters

    2015/06/03 - Being black in Mississippi during the Jim Crow era was nothing to live for.  Routine lynchings, beatings, unemployment and arbitrary arrest were all a rotten part of a hard life.  As an African-American living in the South, voting was something that happened to other people, not you.  In fact, Mississippi whites created a long,… Read more

  • 1 Dem, 1 Republican in Runoff for Mississippi US House Seat

    2015/05/29 - NESBIT, Miss. (AP) — On a muggy evening in northern Mississippi, just a few miles from the Tennessee line, Republican congressional candidate Trent Kelly stood before a few dozen casually dressed people at an outdoor reception and talked about his current job as district attorney for seven counties and his experience as a military… Read more

  • Public-Sector Jobs Vanish, Hitting Blacks Hard

    2015/05/24 - For the Ingram clan, working for the Miami-Dade County transit system has led to regular paychecks, a steady advance up the economic ladder and even romance. By driving buses in Miami’s sun-scraped communities, Richard Ingram and his wife, Susie, were able to join the ranks of the black middle class, moving with their four… Read more

  • How the Prison-Industrial Complex is Corrupting American Elections

    The negative effects of mass-incarceration are even worse than we thought 2015/5/26-Voting matters. Though many Americans believe that voting is either useless or merely a civic duty, in reality it carries huge consequences for the decisions of politicians. There is overwhelming evidence that politicians are more responsive to the preferences of voters than non-voters, and that voting affects government policy…. Read more

  • Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

    2015/05/19 - The nation’s second-largest city voted on Tuesday to increase its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, in what is perhaps the most significant victory so far in the national push to raise the minimum wage. The increase — which the Los Angeles City Council passed in a 14-1 vote — comes as… Read more

  • Email: Elected Official Uses Office Staff to Campaign

    2015/05/13 - An anonymous email to Hinds County officials accuses elected official of using his office and staff in his reelection campaign. An anonymous email to Hinds County officials accusing an elected official of using his office and employees to campaign for reelection has prompted a resolution from the Board of Supervisors to all county officials… Read more

  • Democrats Celebrate U.S. House, Biloxi Mayoral Election Results

    2015/05/13 - Mississippi Democratic leaders today are celebrating a Tuesday-night victory by Walter Zinn Jr. in the first round of the north Mississippi U.S. House race, in a district considered staunchly Republican. They were also celebrating results of the Biloxi special mayoral runoff, where a former longtime Democrat – now Republican — beat out a candidate… Read more

  • Voter Turnout Low in North Miss. Congressional Race

    2015/05/12 - So far, voters in north Mississippi are trickling into the polls to cast ballots in a special election to fill the seat vacated by Republican Rep. Alan Nunnelee, who died of brain cancer in February. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says there’s been an alarmingly low turnout for the election in which 13 people… Read more

  • Metro Voters and Electronic Polling Books

    2015/05/12 - Hinds County will have roughly 230 precincts for Democratic and Republican primaries in August, but only has 165 electronic polling books on hand.  Hinds County will have roughly 230 precincts for Democratic and Republican primaries in August, but only has 165 electronic polling books. “When they purchased new voting machines, we received 165 electronic… Read more

  • North, South Mississippi Have Big Elections Today

    2015/05/12 - There are two big elections today, a special election in north Mississippi to replace the late U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee and in Biloxi to replace longtime Mayor A.J. Holloway, who resigned. The First District congressional race has a field of 13 candidates, and today’s vote is expected to result in a runoff, which would… Read more

  • From the Desk of Derrick Johnson

    2015/06/30 – June 30, 2015       Dear Friends and Partners,   Our communities have been in turmoil over the last couple weeks as we witnessed the heinous murders of nine people inside of a church in Charleston, South Carolina.  Immediately following these deaths, a debate about the Confederate flag began, opening up an… Read more

  • More Lawmakers Endorsing Flag Change

    2015/06/30 – JACKSON – The number of Mississippi leaders endorsing changing the state flag is growing. On Wednesday, both of the state’s United States senators – Thad Cochran of Oxford and Roger Wicker of Tupelo – endorsed changing the state flag to remove the controversial Confederate battle emblem as part of its design. “As a… Read more

  • MS NAACP Supports The Removal of the Confederate Bars from the State Flag

    2015/06/26 – The recent tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina has brought renewed attention to the divisive history of the Confederate battle flag. The unfathomable murder of the Charleston Nine has forced us to confront the Confederate flag’s true meaning. To some, the flag is defended as a symbol of Mississippi’s history and heritage. To the… Read more

  • Congressman Thompson Applauds Speaker Gunn’s Stand on the Flag

    2015/06/24 - JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) – Some Mississippi leaders are calling to remove and change the state’s controversial flag. But others aren’t so sure. “We must always remember our past, but that does not mean we must let it define us,” said Speaker of the House Philip Gunn. “As a Christian, I believe our… Read more

  • Sen. Wicker: MS State Flag ‘Should be Put in a Museum’

    2015/06/24 - WASHINGTON, DC (WLOX) – U.S. Senator Roger Wicker is calling for Mississippi to change its state flag, which includes the Confederate battle symbol. The Mississippi Republican issued a statement Wednesday morning saying, “After reflection and prayer, I now believe our state flag should be put in a museum and replaced by one that is… Read more

  • Gunn: Confederate part of MS flag ‘needs to be removed’

    2015/06/23 -  Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn said Monday night that the Confederate emblem in the state’s official flag has to go. “We must always remember our past, but that does not mean we must let it define us,” Gunn, a Clinton Republican, said in a statement. “As a Christian, I believe our state’s flag… Read more

  • Job-Killing Trade De-Railed, For Now

    2015/06/18 -  Washington got weird this month.  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) blew his top when House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) helped destroy a trade deal he personally backed, along with President Barack Obama and the rest of the GOP leadership.  Democrats opposing a trade deal isn’t the weird part — it’s how they… Read more

  • Senatobia Superintendent Withdraws Charges Against 4 Cheering During Graduation

    2015/06/10 – Senatobia Superintendent Jay Foster has withdrawn the charges against four people who shouted during a high school graduation ceremony. During the event, Foster warned parents not to call out to their graduates and to wait to cheer until all names had been called. When one sibling called out to his little sister, he… Read more

  • DCPSJ Files Title VI Complaint Against DeSoto County Schools

    2015/06/08 – Why did the DeSoto County Parents and Students for Justice (DCPSJ) partner with Advancement Project to file a federal complaint against their school district? Watch this video to learn more: In DeSoto County, Miss., African-American students are suspended, expelled and arrested at a significantly higher rate than their White peers. This troubling pattern… Read more

  • Family Charged with ‘Cheering’ an Outrage

    2015/06/08 - The Mississippi NAACP is outraged at the treatment of the family members of Senatobia High School graduating senior Lanarcia Walker. Senatobia Municipal School District Superintendent Jay Foster filed ‘disturbing the peace’ charges against Walker’s family members after they yelled encouragement at her graduation. Days after the ceremony, officers issued warrants for their arrests with… Read more

  • Warren Calls for College Revamp

    2015/06/12 - Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren called on the federal government to punish states that choose to cut higher education funding, and for the federal government to step up funding for federal Pell Grants. “States cuts to higher education must stop,” Warren said at a June 10 conference call with Democracy for America Executive Director Charles… Read more

  • Senatobia Superintendent Withdraws Charges Against 4 Cheering During Graduation

    2015/06/10 – Senatobia Superintendent Jay Foster has withdrawn the charges against four people who shouted during a high school graduation ceremony. During the event, Foster warned parents not to call out to their graduates and to wait to cheer until all names had been called. When one sibling called out to his little sister, he… Read more

  • DCPSJ Files Title VI Complaint Against DeSoto County Schools

    2015/06/08 – Why did the DeSoto County Parents and Students for Justice (DCPSJ) partner with Advancement Project to file a federal complaint against their school district? Watch this video to learn more: In DeSoto County, Miss., African-American students are suspended, expelled and arrested at a significantly higher rate than their White peers. This troubling pattern… Read more

  • Family Charged with ‘Cheering’ an Outrage

    2015/06/08 - The Mississippi NAACP is outraged at the treatment of the family members of Senatobia High School graduating senior Lanarcia Walker. Senatobia Municipal School District Superintendent Jay Foster filed ‘disturbing the peace’ charges against Walker’s family members after they yelled encouragement at her graduation. Days after the ceremony, officers issued warrants for their arrests with… Read more

  • All Public School Students in Baltimore Will Get Free Breakfast and Lunch Regardless of Family’s Income

    2015/06/05 - Every single public school student in Baltimore will be offered free breakfast and lunch at school regardless of whether a student comes from a low, middle, or upper-income family, the Baltimore Sun reports. The initiative is a part of a federal program that did away with how public school districts would have some students—those who come… Read more

  • Senatobia man arrested for cheering at sister’s graduation

    2015/06/04 - JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -It’s the story all over social media – a Mississippi man, along with three others, were arrested for cheering at a high school graduation. The story and now the video has had many asking today – did the school go too far? Henry Walker couldn’t restrain himself during Senatobia… Read more

  • Public-Sector Jobs Vanish, Hitting Blacks Hard

    2015/05/24 - For the Ingram clan, working for the Miami-Dade County transit system has led to regular paychecks, a steady advance up the economic ladder and even romance. By driving buses in Miami’s sun-scraped communities, Richard Ingram and his wife, Susie, were able to join the ranks of the black middle class, moving with their four… Read more

  • Segregationists Never Went Away: We Just Call Them “Small-Government Conservatives” Now

    Black freedom & opportunity in America has always required the very federal intervention the right wants to destroy 2015/5/27-The continuing decline of public sector jobs at local, state, and federal levels is having an abysmal economic impact on African Americans, for whom steady, stable government employment opportunities have provided a sure path into the middle… Read more

  • Better Education, Less Crime

    2015/05/27 - A popularly cited statistic involves private corrections companies pouring over third-grade reading scores in a given jurisdiction to project how many prison beds will be needed in a decade, when those illiterate third graders go off track and run afoul of the law. The nation’s largest private-prison operators have roundly denied the claim as… Read more

  • Tests on Trial

    2015/05/27 - CARROLLTON, Miss.— In the weeks leading up to Mississippi’s new third-grade literacy test this past April, Zanysha Amos, age 9, was a bundle of anxiety. She couldn’t eat; she couldn’t sleep. Ever-present worry furrowed her little brow. When Zanysha sat down in front of the computer screen to answer the 50 questions on the… Read more

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