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Cochran-Childers Race Will Test How State’s Voters Value Seniority

2014/10/29 – (Starkville, MS) After a long, bruising, and for Mississippi Republicans, significantly divisive U.S. Senate campaign, the end of the road is now in sight. And after the bitter Republican primary and subsequent failed legal challenges to the outcome of that primary, the general election race has taken on a rather anti-climactic character. Six-term… Read more

Born Suspect: Stop-and-Frisk Abuses & the Continued Fight to End Racial Profiling in America

2014/10/28 - NAACP’s groundbreaking report opens a renewed dialogue about racial profiling by law enforcement in America. This conversation includes a call to action for NAACP members to work toward ending this ineffective policing practice across the country. On July 17, 2014 a young unarmed African American named Eric Garner died as the apparent result of… Read more

NAACP Will Monitor Tea Party Poll Watchers

2014/10/27 - NAACP officials said they will send monitors to the polls in Mississippi on Tuesday to make sure black voters aren’t intimidated when they try to cast ballots in the state’s high-profile Senate race. Derrick Johnson, president of the Mississippi NAACP, said he’s received reports that Tea Party activists and other groups may send representatives… Read more

Democrat Fighting Long Odds in Mississippi Senate Race

2014/10/27 – Mississippi’s Senate race may appear to be a lock for Republican incumbent Thad Cochran, but Democratic challenger Travis Childers is still in it to win. That’s the view of Donna Brazile, a national Democratic strategist who said Childers, a former House member, isn’t giving up, even if his race against Cochran is “an… Read more

WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED: NAACP Wants Thad Cochran to ‘Show Some Reciprocity’

In lieu of the upcoming state election, below is an article from The Huffington Post published earlier this year concerning the NAACP’s message to Senator Thad Cochran.   2014/10/24 - Black voters played a huge role in helping Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) fend off tea party challenger Chris McDaniel in a runoff election Tuesday, and now… Read more

Disenfranchisement News – Mississippi: Slim Chance of Reform During Election Year

2014/10/24 - Despite ACLU lawsuits and other efforts to reform Mississippi’s disenfranchisement laws, Sid Salter of The Clarion-Ledger reports that the chance of doing so any time soon is “slim to none.” In Mississippi, people with felony convictions who have finished their sentences may only regain the right to vote by executive pardon or by convincing a state legislator to… Read more

Global Unions Support Nissan Canton Vote, but Tough Fight Remains

2014/10/15 - The United Auto Workers’ continuing push for a union vote at Nissan Canton has long been viewed as perhaps organized labor’s last true stand in the U.S., especially in the South, but the effort is increasingly attracting global attention. Last week, the IndustriALL global union brought delegates of organized-labor groups from the United Kingdom,… Read more

Poverty the Strongest Factor in Whether High School Graduates Go to College

2014/10/14 – Students from high-poverty public schools are less likely to attend college than those from wealthier ones, regardless of whether they’re from urban, suburban or rural areas. A report released Tuesday by the research branch of the nonprofit National Student Clearinghouse, which examined data from more than 3.5 million high school graduates, found that… Read more

Unclear if UAW Will Charter Union in Mississippi

2014/10/14 – (Canton, MS) Some union supporters say they hope the United Auto Workers will charter a formal local union at Nissan Motor Co.’s plant, but it remains unclear whether the union will do so. The workers made the comments Friday during a visit by a group of international trade union leaders whose organizations represent… Read more