Monthly Archives: March 2017

More Than 40 Percent Of Sex Trafficking Victims Are Black, According To Annual Black Women’s Roundtable Report

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The Black Women’s Roundtable released its fourth annual report today, detailing a “prescriptive lens” for African-American women and the issues that affect them most.

Titled Black Women in the U.S., 2017: Moving Our Agenda Forward in a Post-Obama Era, the 72-page document was released in Washington D.C. at the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), a nonprofit that “works to expand, strengthen and empower our communities to make voting and civic participation a cultural responsibility and tradition.”

The report arrives in conjunction with BWR’s 6th annual “Women of Power” national summit, happening this week in D.C. and Arlington, Virginia.

The @NCBCP‘s Black Women’s Roundtable & I are #Ready4TheFight! pic.twitter.com/oRMgloVJ5I

— Joyce Beatty (@RepBeatty) March 30, 2017

Written by multiple contributors from various fields, the report provides research and action plans for promoting their public policy agenda. The protection of women’s health care access and Black women’s rise in political power are just a couple of topics covered in the report.

Here’s some of what it shows us:

Black Women Are Rising In Political Power

Black women were the largest demographic group to cast ballots during the 2008 and 2012 elections. In …read more      

Utility Disconnections Leave Thousands around the Nation “Out in the Cold” or Left in the Dark – NAACP (press release)

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Utility Disconnections Leave Thousands around the Nation “Out in the Cold” or Left in the Dark
NAACP (press release)
BALTIMORE, MD –According to a new report from the NAACP, utility company shut off policies disproportionately impact low-income and African American communities, literally leaving thousands in the dark, stranded in the cold during winter or severely …

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Romona’s Kids: Students create museum for Black History Month, Women’s History Month – Cleveland 19 News

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Romona’s Kids: Students create museum for Black History Month, Women’s History Month
Cleveland 19 News
Students at a local school created an amazing museum to celebrate both Black History Month and Women’s History Month. The museum fills the halls of Cleveland’s Patrick Henry School. It begins with a replica of La Amistad, the ship that became a symbol

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Home Entertainment NFL Players Make Another Visit to Congress to Push Reforms to Combat… – Atlanta Black Star

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Atlanta Black Star
Police brutality is really a symptom of a bigger system,” Jenkins said Thursday, March 30, according to The Huffington Post. “Our police force is the front lines of that justice system. If our justice system is not giving justice, then what’s holding
NFL Players Speak Out in Congress on Criminal-Justice Reform, Police Killings of BlacksThe Root
NFL Players Meet with Congress About Police Relations with the Black CommunityPEOPLE.com
Fmr. Raven On Capitol Hill To Improve Relations Between Minorities And PoliceCBS Baltimore / WJZ
Huffington Post
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Nebraska lawmakers advance bill to restore felon voting rights sooner – Omaha World-Herald

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Omaha World-Herald
LINCOLN (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers have given-first round approval to a bill that would eliminate a two-year waiting period for felons to vote. Senators voted 28-8 Friday to advance the bill. Its sponsor, Sen. Justin Wayne of Omaha, said the current
Neb. advances bill to restore felon voting rights soonerCorrectionsOne

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NAACP’s Elk Grove Forum Urges City Workplace Diversity, Greater Participation in Local Government – Elk Grove News (registration) (blog)

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Elk Grove News (registration) (blog)
A longtime leader in civil rights advocacy, the NAACP held the forum on Thursday night and was designed to be an open discussion focusing on concerns participants had with the City of Elk Grove. As the second largest city in the Sacramento region, Elk …

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Supreme Court could decide if Michigan EM law violates Voting Rights Act – MLive.com

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MLive.com
In filing a petition for a Writ of Certiorari Friday, March 31, Ann Arbor attorney and professor Samuel R. Bagenstos claims the emergency manager law is racially discriminatory and deprives citizens of their rights under the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Michigan Residents Ask Supreme Court to Review Law That Led to Flint Water CrisiseNews Park Forest

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Police brutality a major human rights issue for Belize, says US State department – The Reporter Belize

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Police brutality a major human rights issue for Belize, says US State department
The Reporter Belize
Belize has a major problem with police brutality, according to the U.S. State Department Country Report on Human Rights practices 2016. The report, issued earlier this month, analyzes human rights practices in seven categories: Respect for the

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Dylann Roof To Plead Guilty To Murder Charges

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Convicted South Carolina church shooter Dylann Roof is set to plead guilty to state murder charges, avoiding a second death sentence and effectively bringing to a close the prosecutions against him for the 2015 slaughter.

Solicitor Scarlett Wilson told The Associated Press on Friday that Roof is scheduled to enter a guilty plea during a hearing on April 10 in Charleston. The plea on all of his state charges, including nine counts of murder, comes in exchange for a sentence of life in prison, the prosecutor said.

Roof, 22, has been awaiting trial on state murder charges for the deaths of nine black parishioners at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church in June 2015. Authorities said Roof spent months planning out his attack on the historic black church, sitting through an hour of Bible study one Wednesday night before opening fire during a closing prayer, while participants’ eyes were closed.

The deal won’t save Roof from a possible execution. Earlier this year, a federal jury sentenced him to death on charges including hate crimes.

The plea marks the end of the trial proceedings against Roof, who has been in custody ever since his arrest the day after the shootings. Aside …read more