Civil rights organizations respond to congressional failure to reform police

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Janessa Sambola-Harris, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, [email protected]Lacy Crawford, Civil Rights Under the Law Advocates Committee [email protected]Angelo Greco, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation [email protected], (917) 499-2688Niambé Tomlinson, National Urban League, [email protected], (202) 629-5750Avery Rose Royster, National Action Network, [email protected], (203) 668-7509Marc Banks, NAACP, [email protected], (410) 580-5701Phoebe Plagens, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, [email protected], (212) …

Explained: Why civil rights and protecting the planet go hand in hand for environmental justice

As the global ecological crisis affects more and more lives, it becomes increasingly clear that we cannot talk about climate change, pollution or loss of biodiversity let alone inequality – whether determined by gender, race, class, sexual orientation or disability. As Thenjiwe McHarris, a leading Black Lives Matter activist and co-founder of Blackbird, an organization that helps build political movements, …

On the trail of civil rights in Louisiana

Why was the trail created? There are so many untold stories of civil rights heroes in this state – people like AZ Young, who organized a 10-day, 105-mile civil rights march from Bogalusa to Baton Rouge. Or Ruby Bridges and Leona Tate, two of the first girls to desegregate the education system when they joined previously all-white schools. They were …

Civil rights groups sue, seeking to block Texas elections bill

Two lawsuits have been filed against the state over the GOP Priority Elections Bill passed this week, which awaits Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature. Both allege that it violates various federal laws and the US Constitution. The sweeping bill, which passed the House and Senate on Tuesday, bans drive-thru and 24-hour voting, creates new requirements for assistants of voters with special …

Mississippi Civil Rights Pioneer Birdie Walker Turns 103 | Mississippi News

By ERNEST HERNDON, Enterprise-Journal MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) – At 102 years old and facing a birthday this month, Birdie Lee Walker doesn’t remember much of the day 60 years ago when she became one of the first black citizens to register to vote in Amite County. Except this: “I voted in Freedom. And this: “I just went over there and …

Loyola basketball legend and civil rights activist Jerry Harkness dies at 81

By Zack Miller and Lu Calzada Follow Zack: Follow Lu: Updated Aug 24, 2021 3:10 p.m. CTPosted August 24, 2021, 3:10 p.m. CT Jerry Harkness, civil rights activist and captain of the 1963 Loyola Men’s National Basketball Championship team, died on August 24 at the age of 81, Loyola athletics officials confirmed in a statement. Press. Harkness led the team …

Fear of Equality: Why Black Education Remains a Civil Rights Issue 190 Years After Nat Turner’s Rebellion

Turner and his friends traveled from house to house in their neighborhood in Southampton County, Virginia, freeing slaves and murdering around 60 of the white men, women and children they encountered. Their goal, Turner later told an interviewer, was “to bring terror and devastation wherever we go.” The state militia quelled the rebellion within days, and the justice system and …

John Lewis wanted to leave a civil rights ‘roadmap’ for generations to come

Michel cavna THE WASHINGTON POST – Representative John Lewis was so determined to complete his final memoirs at the start of the pandemic that he designed a security system. Andrew Aydin, his co-author and Capitol Hill neighbor, is reportedly delivering their final pages of work to the civil rights icon’s home, hiding them behind planters on the front porch. The …

MLK family and civil rights leaders call for voting rights march in Washington

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is 56 years old today, but instead of simply celebrating the historic law that helped fight the suppression of black voters during the Jim Crow era, civil rights leaders are busy organizing elections. Mass actions to bring a new list of voting rights laws to President Biden’s office. The nation has reached a tipping …

Audio Astra: Civil rights, political divisions, a zoo of yesteryear, school standards

Audio Astra reviews recent audio reports on Kansas news, including podcasts and radio reports. Eric Thomas heads the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas. The variety and quality of Kansas audio this week is the best collection since I started this recap in May. While I normally provide longer riffs for …