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  • Bill Filed to Provide Jackson $5M for Police

    State may help Jackson with police protection for citizens. A bill has been filed in the Legislature to provide $5 million to the city of Jackson to add additional police officers and police vehicles. 2015/01/23 - State lawmakers may pitch in to help Jackson provide police protection for citizens. A bill has been filed in the… Read more

  • Legislative Leadership Undermines Ballot Measure

    2015/01/23 - Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson called Republican legislators’ creation of an alternative to ballot Initiative 42 to fully fund public education “an attempt to undermine the people.” The Mississippi NAACP joined several pro-education organizations last year in gathering more than 200,000 signatures supporting a state constitutional amendment forcing legislators to stop shorting K-12 education. … Read more

  • Bob Moses Was the Quiet Architect of Mississippi’s Freedom Summer in 1964

    Too often eclipsed by more famous Civil Rights leaders, Bob Moses rarely gets the credit he deserves as one of the movement’s most successful organizers. 2015/1/23-On January 24, Bob Moses will be honored with an 80th birthday party in Cambridge, Massachusetts, his home since 1976. In contrast to Martin Luther King Jr., whose January birthday… Read more

  • Black Man Lawfully Carrying Gun Tackled

    2015/01/23 – BRANDON — Clarence Daniels had just crossed the threshold of Walmart’s front doors on Tuesday, in search of coffee creamer for his wife, when the gun in hip holster gave a well-intentioned vigilante the idea he was up to something more sinister. From the Walmart parking lot at 11110 Causeway Boulevard, Michael Foster,… Read more

  • 5 Reasons Obama Seems Soft on Race When He’s Not

    Progressives were disappointed that the president didn’t make a bigger case for racial justice during his State of the Union. 2015/01/23 – Everyone wants skin in a State of the Union; every interest group kneels down and prays it’ll get a slice or a nod in what is arguably the most important political speech of… Read more

  • In Tamir Rice Case, Many Errors by Cleveland Police, Then a Fatal One

    2015/1/22-It began with a swap: one boy’s cellphone for another’s replica of a Colt pistol. One of the boys went to play in a nearby park, striking poses with the lifelike, airsoft­style gun, which fired plastic pellets. He threw a snowball, settled down at a picnic table and flopped his head onto his arms in a perfect assertion of preteen… Read more

  • 3 Reasons Ferguson Decision Not a Surprise; 3 Options Left to Brown Family

    2015/1/23-After a grand jury decided in November not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, many shifted their attention to a federal investigation into the killing. But on Wednesday, officials told CNN that federal investigators didn’t find enough evidence and that Justice Department prosecutors won’t recommend civil rights charges… Read more

  • New ‘Hands Up’ Shooting Is Anything But Black and White

    A victim with a history of shooting at cops. A prosecutor accused of being compromised. An officer who may’ve known his target. There’s a new police slaying case. It’s not at all simple. 2015/1/22-At first glance, it appeared to be another case of cops shooting dead an unarmed black man with his hands raised. But… Read more

  • No Federal Case Against Darren Wilson?

    2015/1/22-It now appears likely that Darren Wilson, the police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, who shot and killed Michael Brown, will never face criminal charges for his actions. The state grand jury declined to vote an indictment in November, and news reports indicate thatthere will be no federal charges against him either. Whether these decisions are correct or not,… Read more

  • Michael Brown’s Pastor: D.C.’s Free Pass for Wilson Means Cops Free to Kill Blacks

    The Justice Department will reportedly not indict the Ferguson police officer, finding no racial animus behind his shooting. 2015/1/22-The Rev. Carlton Lee had just checked into a hotel room, weary from a day of talking about race, faith and politics at Yale University when he heard the news: Sources inside the Department of Justice leaked… Read more

  • Backers of Voting Rights Bill Try a New Strategy

    2015/01/22 - WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama named voting rights protections as a priority in his State of the Union address Tuesday, but legislation that would restore a key provision of the Voting Rights Act faces tough challenges this Congress. That legislation, called the Voting Rights Amendment Act, would resurrect the 1965 law’s “pre-clearance” provision requiring… Read more

  • NAACP Filed Federal Complaint Against Hinds Election Commission

    2015/01/07-After officials admitted to breaking state election law during the Nov. 4 general election, the Hinds County Election Commission is now on the radar of federal, state and local agencies. In late November, the Jackson chapter of the NAACP quietly filed a complaint with the U.S. Justice Department after numerous voters reported being disenfranchised because… Read more

  • The 10 Worst Civil Liberties Violations of 2014

    It’s been an exceptionally awful year. 2014/12/29 - The world may not actually be falling apart—but it feels like America is. From police brutality and botched executions to voter suppression and election corruption, 2014 was a terrible year for civil liberties in the United States. Protests were quelled by military-grade weapons in scenes worthy of a banana… Read more

  • Rep. John Lewis: An Oral History of Selma and the Struggle for the Voting Rights Act

    Rep. John Lewis is a member of the U.S. Congress from Georgia, and in 1965 he was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. How the fight for the African American vote was really won 2014/12/25-Selma, Alabama, selected herself to become the battleground for the voting rights movement of the 1960s. It was a regional center… Read more

  • This Week in Civil Rights History: Dec. 8-15

    2014/12/09 - December 8, 1863: The Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction was issued by President Lincoln. It offered pardon and restoration of property (except slaves) to Confederates who took an oath of allegiance to the Union and agreed to accept emancipation. It also proposed a plan by which loyal voters of a seceded state could begin… Read more

  • Hinds Election Commissioner Admits She Broke Law Before

    2014/11/20 - Hinds County Election Commission Chairwoman Connie Cochran said she has not ordered the required number of ballots for any of the four Hinds County elections since the county reverted to the paper ballot system in 2013. Cochran had already admitted last week to breaking the state law that required her to order enough ballots… Read more

  • Jackson NAACP: Hinds Elex Commish Connie Cochran Should Resign

    2014/11/19 - The Jackson branch of the NAACP is calling for the ouster of Connie Cochran, the chairwoman of the Hinds County Election Commission, for problems during the Nov. 4 general election. Some precincts saw unexpectedly high turnout. Some of those polling places ran out of ballots late in the evening, which touched off a mad scramble… Read more

  • Accusations of Voter Suppression Follow Ballot Shortage

    2014/11/18 – (JACKSON, MS) – There is more fallout over the lack of ballots in the Hinds County November 4th elections. One supervisor wants possible legal action. Hinds County supervisor Robert Grahams said Election Commissioner Connie Cochran’s actions were not only negligent but resulted in voter suppression. Candidates in a runoff also expressed frustration. “She… Read more

  • Congressman Wants Hinds Co. Official Charged in Ballot Shortage

    2014/11/17 - WASHINGTON, D.C. (Mississippi News Now)  A Mississippi congressman calls the actions of one Hinds County election official “deceitful and treacherous” because of the county’s ballot shortage in the Nov. 4 general election. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said a letter to the Hinds County district attorney asking why no legal action had been taken against… Read more

  • Hinds Needs New Electronic Voting Machines: Our View

    2014/11/13 - Enough is enough. It’s time for Hinds County to stop being obstinate and move to the electronic voting machines that the overwhelming majority of counties in Mississippi use for elections. If anyone has faith that the Hinds County Election Commission can properly conduct elections, we would be astonished. Every time people go to the… Read more

  • Bill Filed to Provide Jackson $5M for Police

    State may help Jackson with police protection for citizens. A bill has been filed in the Legislature to provide $5 million to the city of Jackson to add additional police officers and police vehicles. 2015/01/23 - State lawmakers may pitch in to help Jackson provide police protection for citizens. A bill has been filed in the… Read more

  • Legislative Leadership Undermines Ballot Measure

    2015/01/23 - Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson called Republican legislators’ creation of an alternative to ballot Initiative 42 to fully fund public education “an attempt to undermine the people.” The Mississippi NAACP joined several pro-education organizations last year in gathering more than 200,000 signatures supporting a state constitutional amendment forcing legislators to stop shorting K-12 education. … Read more

  • Educators Mad about House Proposal

    2015/01/23 - Some educators oppose what they see as an attempt to silence and intimidate them through a proposed law banning political activity during schools hours and punishable by a $10,000 fine. Filed by House Education Committee Chairman John Moore, R-Brandon, HB 449 would prohibit public school teachers and administrators from using district time, equipment or… Read more

  • Anti-Common Core Bills Clear First Hurdle

    2015/01/22 - Mississippi inched closer Wednesday to detaching itself from Common Core and its associated testing consortium, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, with the passage of two bills by the House Education Committee. The legislation now heads to the full House floor for a vote, where it is expected… Read more

  • Mississippi Police Weigh Hiring of Black, White Officers

    2015/01/22 - Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis regularly talks with his administration about continuing efforts to diversify his department. In the wake of the ongoing protests around the country regarding police and race, Lewis understands the importance of having a staff of officers whose demographics match those of the county’s residents. In 2010, Hinds County had… Read more

  • An SOS to Black Youth

    2015/1/21-With the children’s choir behind him on the first Sunday in December, the Rev. Reginald Buckley faced his congregation at Cade Chapel Missionary Baptist Church to get real about the “blessing and burden” of raising black boys. Buckley first ran through the gamut of black males who made headlines last year in the sanctuary. “I… Read more

  • Bills Target School Cheating

    2015/01/20 - A series of bills would give the Mississippi Department of Education new tools to investigate and punish cheating in public schools and make their parent districts responsible for the costs incurred as a result. The bills come just months after a Clarion-Ledger investigation revealed allegations of educators in the Clarksdale Municipal School District altering… Read more

  • Special-Needs Voucher Among Reeves’ Top Priorities

    2015/01/20 - Lawmakers will try again this year to create a voucher program for Mississippi’s special-needs public school students, whose graduation rates lag woefully behind the rest of the nation and have for decades. “Doing nothing is not an option,” said Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, citing the program among his top priorities this year. Called the… Read more

  • Sentencing Set for 10 in Racial Beatings that Killed Man

    2015/01/20 - JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Sentencing dates have been set for all 10 people who pleaded guilty to charges from the hate crimes investigation stemming from the death of James Craig Anderson. Those final court appearances are likely to wrap up investigations and prosecutions that began after Anderson was beaten and run over by a… Read more

  • State Superintendent Carey Wright Says Cheating Districts Should Have to Pay for Investigations

    2015/01/20 - JACKSON, Mississippi — State Superintendent of Education Carey Wright says that school districts guilty of cheating on state tests should have to pay the cost of investigations into that cheating. Wright made the proposal Tuesday before a subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee. “I think it’s only fair that if they’re the ones that… Read more

  • Legislative Leadership Undermines Ballot Measure

    2015/01/23 - Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson called Republican legislators’ creation of an alternative to ballot Initiative 42 to fully fund public education “an attempt to undermine the people.” The Mississippi NAACP joined several pro-education organizations last year in gathering more than 200,000 signatures supporting a state constitutional amendment forcing legislators to stop shorting K-12 education. … Read more

  • Educators Mad about House Proposal

    2015/01/23 - Some educators oppose what they see as an attempt to silence and intimidate them through a proposed law banning political activity during schools hours and punishable by a $10,000 fine. Filed by House Education Committee Chairman John Moore, R-Brandon, HB 449 would prohibit public school teachers and administrators from using district time, equipment or… Read more

  • Anti-Common Core Bills Clear First Hurdle

    2015/01/22 - Mississippi inched closer Wednesday to detaching itself from Common Core and its associated testing consortium, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, with the passage of two bills by the House Education Committee. The legislation now heads to the full House floor for a vote, where it is expected… Read more

  • Bills Target School Cheating

    2015/01/20 - A series of bills would give the Mississippi Department of Education new tools to investigate and punish cheating in public schools and make their parent districts responsible for the costs incurred as a result. The bills come just months after a Clarion-Ledger investigation revealed allegations of educators in the Clarksdale Municipal School District altering… Read more

  • How 7 Ideas in the State of the Union Would Affect You

    2014/1/20-President Obama will throw out a lot of big ideas during tonight’s State of the Union, but how would they affect you? Here’s a quick look at seven proposals he’s already previewed, in order of how likely they are to be enacted soon. Reducing mortgage premiums The idea: Obama proposed reducing mortgage insurance premiums on government-backed… Read more

  • Special-Needs Voucher Among Reeves’ Top Priorities

    2015/01/20 - Lawmakers will try again this year to create a voucher program for Mississippi’s special-needs public school students, whose graduation rates lag woefully behind the rest of the nation and have for decades. “Doing nothing is not an option,” said Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, citing the program among his top priorities this year. Called the… Read more

  • State Superintendent Carey Wright Says Cheating Districts Should Have to Pay for Investigations

    2015/01/20 - JACKSON, Mississippi — State Superintendent of Education Carey Wright says that school districts guilty of cheating on state tests should have to pay the cost of investigations into that cheating. Wright made the proposal Tuesday before a subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee. “I think it’s only fair that if they’re the ones that… Read more

  • Miss. Plans $1.47 Million in Reading Grants for 34 Schools

    2015/01/16 - JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — With thousands of Mississippi third-graders at risk of flunking this year because they can’t read at a basic level, State Board of Education members are likely to vote Friday to award $1.47 million in grants to help 34 public schools meet the reading requirements. The Legislature mandated that all third… Read more

  • 12 New Faces of Black Leadership

    From the startups of Silicon Valley to the streets of Ferguson, a new generation of black Americans is making a difference Jessica Williams 25 Aug 2014, Los Angeles, California, USA — Arrivals at the HBO post 66th Primetime Emmys party held at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, California. Pictured: Jessica Williams — Image… Read more

  • Mississippi Withdraws from Common Core Testing

    2015/01/16 - Mississippi will sever its ties from the controversial Common Core testing consortium known as PARCC, according to a press release sent Friday by the state Board of Education. The education board voted earlier to withdraw fromthe Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers consortium amid anti-Common Core and anti-PARCC sentiments by… Read more

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