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  • Three Years After Trayvon Martin Killing, Two Women’s Lives Intersect

    2015/02/26 - When people are faced with overwhelming trauma in their lives, some become consumed by their difficulties, while others emerge stronger for it. In special circumstances, they may find their destiny, and seek to heal the world and make all of us stronger. Myrlie Evers-Williams and Sybrina Fulton are two great women whose achievements demand… Read more

  • Is This the Latino Ferguson?

    In a death with echoes of Michael Brown, police in Washington state shot and killed a Latino man this month—and all eyes are on the prosecutor investigating the case. 2014/2/26-As Antonio Zambrano Montes raced across a busy street in downtown Pasco, Washington, in the late afternoon of Tuesday, Feb. 10, three local police officers unleashed… Read more

  • The Next Attack on Voting Rights

    2015/02/25 - The last round of voter restrictions came after the 2010 Republican wave, when new GOP majorities passed voter identification laws and slashed ballot access in states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida. Now, three months after the 2014 Republican wave, another class of state lawmakers are prepping another assault on voting rights under the same… Read more

  • Chris Epps, Cecil McCrory Plead Guilty to Corruption

    2015/02/26 - Former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps pleaded guilty to two federal charges Wednesday — and officials talked of more indictments in the continuing investigation. “I’m sorry for what I’ve done,” Epps told U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate. “I’ve repented before God. I apologize to my family and the state of Mississippi.” He first met… Read more

  • One Year After Chokwe

    2015/02/25 - Akinyele Umoja first met Chokwe Lumumba in 1978. As founding members of the New Afrikan Peoples Organization and the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Umoja and Lumumba naturally shared a passion for the politics of the black-power movement. Their ideologies diverged on one big issue, however: basketball. A Los Angeles native, Umoja was a Laker fan; Lumumba,… Read more

  • 3 Sentenced in Racial Beatings That Led to Black Man’s Death

    2015/02/25 - Three more young white men, all part of a group that repeatedly searched Mississippi’s capital city for black people to attack, have been sentenced to federal prison. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves on Wednesday sentenced William Kirk Montgomery to 19 ½ years for his role in the attacks in spring of 2011 that climaxed… Read more

  • Mississippi Auto Parts Workers in Union Drive Plan Protest

    2015/02/23 - JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Workers at an automotive seat factory in Mississippi are protesting what they say are low wages and poor working conditions as they attempt to unionize in what could become a new front for the United Auto Workers in the state. A group of workers and supporters at the Faurecia (FOR’-see-uh)… Read more

  • How Malcolm X’s Teachings Are Being Revived 50 Years After His Assassination

    2015/02/23 - This weekend, millions of people of African descent in the United States and across the world commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Al-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, the internationally renowned human rights activist who was also known as Malcolm X. Throughout much of the week, men, women, and children studied Malcolm X’s speeches at conferences and… Read more

  • Transcript Of John Legend & Common’s Oscar Acceptance Speech Proves “Glory” Has A Timeless Message

    2015/02/23 – Though every year boasts impressive nominees, it’s not very often that the Best Original Song category at the Oscars is one of the most important of the night. But thanks to all of this year’s major snubs, it’s become one of the most anticipated categories at the 2015 ceremony. So when “Glory” won the Academy Award… Read more

  • Justice Dept. Could Sue Ferguson for Racial Discrimination

    2015/02/19-The Justice Department is preparing to bring a lawsuit against the Ferguson, Missouri, police department over a pattern of racially discriminatory tactics used by officers, if the police department does not agree to make changes on its own, sources tell CNN. Attorney General Eric Holder said this week he expects to announce the results of… Read more

  • The Next Attack on Voting Rights

    2015/02/25 - The last round of voter restrictions came after the 2010 Republican wave, when new GOP majorities passed voter identification laws and slashed ballot access in states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida. Now, three months after the 2014 Republican wave, another class of state lawmakers are prepping another assault on voting rights under the same… 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

  • The Next Attack on Voting Rights

    2015/02/25 - The last round of voter restrictions came after the 2010 Republican wave, when new GOP majorities passed voter identification laws and slashed ballot access in states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida. Now, three months after the 2014 Republican wave, another class of state lawmakers are prepping another assault on voting rights under the same… Read more

  • Educators Sound off on Common Core, MAEP

    2015/02/22 - Public education has dominated this year’s legislative agenda and topped the list of campaign issues among candidates for statewide elections. From Common Core to the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, politicians readily voice their opinions — and cast their votes — on sweeping policies affecting public schools, despite few of them possessing professional classroom experience. What do professional public… Read more

  • 3 Sentenced in Racial Beatings That Led to Black Man’s Death

    2015/02/25 - Three more young white men, all part of a group that repeatedly searched Mississippi’s capital city for black people to attack, have been sentenced to federal prison. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves on Wednesday sentenced William Kirk Montgomery to 19 ½ years for his role in the attacks in spring of 2011 that climaxed… Read more

  • Mississippi Auto Parts Workers in Union Drive Plan Protest

    2015/02/23 - JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Workers at an automotive seat factory in Mississippi are protesting what they say are low wages and poor working conditions as they attempt to unionize in what could become a new front for the United Auto Workers in the state. A group of workers and supporters at the Faurecia (FOR’-see-uh)… Read more

  • Pender: Education Politics Grow More Absurd

    2015/02/23 - The politics around public education in Mississippi grow more and more absurd. Nowhere is this more evident than in the current debate over the Literacy-Based Promotion Act of 2013, or the “third-grade reading gate.” The current fight, astoundingly, is whether to flunk third-graders who can’t read well, per a 2013 law, or pass them on… Read more

  • The Mississippi Judge Who Schooled a Lynching Trial on Racism

    Carlton Reeves, who is gaining much-deserved fame for his searing address at the sentencing of three men for a 2011 hate crime, shows how justice can be achieved—even in his home state. 2015/02/19-U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves stunned the legal world and beyond when he delivered an unvarnished history lesson on Mississippi’s scarred racial past… Read more

  • Moneymen in Epps Scandal Escape Indictment

    2015/2/18 -  When federal authorities hit former Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps and Rankin County businessman Cecil McCrory with about 50 federal kickback and bribery counts worth about $1 million last year, they appeared to let the real money-makers behind the scheme walk free. “They busted Epps and the other guy, for $1… Read more

  • Coast NAACP leader says legislator’s comments on race aren’t surprising

    2015/02/18 - JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - ”I’m not surprised,” a South Mississippi NAACP leader said in response to a state representative’s recent controversial comments on race. “State Rep. Gene Alday verbalized the racist sentiments held by many of our elected officials in Mississippi,” Moss Point-Jackson County NAACP President Curley Clark said Tuesday. Alday was quoted in… Read more

  • Siemens, City Headed for Showdown?

    2015/02/18 -  After months of complaints from residents about uncharacteristically large water bills, slow progress on the city-wide installation of 65,000 new water meters and skepticism about the prudence of a $90 million deal with Siemens AG, the city’s public works director has halted the project as city and company officials scramble to figure out… Read more

  • MS NAACP Applauds On-going Justice in James Craig Anderson Murder

    2015/02/12 - On Tuesday, February 10, 2015, Federal Judge Carlton Reeves sentenced three young people to prison for their part in the modern-day lynching of a black man.  Jackson resident James Craig Anderson died under the wheels of his assailants’ truck in 2011, after his attackers had beaten him senseless for being a different color. Deryl… Read more

  • Educators Sound off on Common Core, MAEP

    2015/02/22 - Public education has dominated this year’s legislative agenda and topped the list of campaign issues among candidates for statewide elections. From Common Core to the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, politicians readily voice their opinions — and cast their votes — on sweeping policies affecting public schools, despite few of them possessing professional classroom experience. What do professional public… Read more

  • Pender: Education Politics Grow More Absurd

    2015/02/23 - The politics around public education in Mississippi grow more and more absurd. Nowhere is this more evident than in the current debate over the Literacy-Based Promotion Act of 2013, or the “third-grade reading gate.” The current fight, astoundingly, is whether to flunk third-graders who can’t read well, per a 2013 law, or pass them on… Read more

  • House Leadership Undermines Education Funding

    2015/02/11 - Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson called Republican legislators’ efforts to create an alternative ballot initiative to fully-fund public education “an attempt to undermine the people.” The Mississippi NAACP joined several pro-education organizations in gathering more than 100,000 signatures for a ballot amendment forcing legislators to stop shorting K-12 education last year.  Legislators have underfunded… Read more

  • House Approves School Attendance Change

    2015/02/11 - The House on Wednesday passed a bill to — again — change the way attendance is counted for purposes of the state’s public school funding formula. Some school superintendents are pushing lawmakers to change from average daily attendance — which they say is hard to track — to “average daily membership,” or enrollment. The… Read more

  • Graduation Gap Rising Between White and Black Students

    2015/02/11 - A half-century after the U.S. Supreme Court decried “separate and unequal” public schools, a 21-percent graduation gap is rising between white and black male students across the U.S. “The American educational system is creating a chasm of denied opportunities and contributing to the further devaluation of an entire population,” the Schott Foundation for Public… Read more

  • House Puts Halt to ‘Third Grade Reading Gate’

    2015/02/11 - Through an amendment, the GOP-led House voted Tuesday to postpone for a year the “Third Grade Reading Gate,” a measure passed in 2013 that would prevent third graders not reading proficiently from passing to fourth grade. HB745, a bill that would have allowed some students with disabilities to be passed, was amended by Rep…. Read more

  • Mississippi, Like Nation, Grapples with Education

    2015/02/08 - This year’s battle over education dollars unfolds against a uniquely Mississippi landscape, stained by racial tensions and Yazoo clay and decades of social inequities that the public school system was supposed to fix. Yet it’s nearly indistinguishable from dozens of similar conflicts erupting in states across America and fueling a larger war over the future… Read more

  • What Mississippi Can Teach California

    2/4/15-I can’t believe I’m writing this, but: California, you’ve got a heck of a lot to learn from Mississippi. Not in terms of per capita income, obesity rates or LGBT rights. It’s well-known that Mississippi falls at or near the bottom of 50-state rankings for a range of social and health indicators. But there’s at least one stat where… Read more

  • Special Ed: ‘It’s Been a Rollercoaster’

    2015/02/04 - Holly Hardin’s son was suspended twice in a week in January. Hardin, a Mississippi mother and student, had to stay home with her 8-year-old for several days during his last suspension. The Jackson-metro area elementary school punished the student after he became frustrated in class and balled his fist around his pencil, an action… Read more

  • Reeves Unveils $110M Education Increase

    2015/02/02 - Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves on Monday unveiled his plan to boost K-12 education spending by $110 million this year over last year, using nearly all of the projected growth in state revenues, but still falling short of fully funding public schools. At a press conference on the third floor of the Capitol, Reeves said the… Read more

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