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July 31: Hillary Clinton to Speak at National Urban League Conference

On July 31, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will address the National Urban League in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. at their annual conference.  So far in the early 2016 campaign for the White House, Clinton has been vocal a...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Black Unemployment Rate Falls to 9.5% in June from Double Digits in May

Black unemployment drops to 9.5%.  It was 10.4 percent in December 2014 and 10.2 percent in May of 2015 but now Black unemployment is at 9.5 percent for June, according to the Department of Labor. The overall jobless rate for ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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This is What it Sounds Like When the Koch Brothers Support Justice Reform

Think of the famous motto of the Black Caucus, “no permanent enemies only permanent interests,” as you think of the Koch Brothers supporting a criminal justice reform bill that rolls back over criminalization.  It ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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5 Recent Black Church Arsons in SC, NC, GA, TN, FL

In the wake of the racist murders of nine members of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 16,  there have been five arsons of Black churches in the South.  There is a long history in America regarding ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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#FreeBree: Newsome Does What We Were Thinking, Crowdfunding for Bail Blows Up

Bree Newsome Does What We Were Thinking.  A #BlackLivesMatter activist, Bree Newsome, 30, did what was in the back of everyone’s mind, she climbed the flagpole in South Carolina on the grounds of the statehouse and took...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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After Racist Comments Prompt Univision Slap, It’s Donald Trump Piñata Time

Univision has cancelled its airing of the Donald Trump owned Miss USA pageant in protest of Trump’s bigoted remarks about Mexicans last week.  Trump made his comments in New York as he announced a run for the White House...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Black Caucus Moves to Remove #ConfederateFlag from #USCapitol… and Everywhere Else

Yesterday Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson offered a resolution to remove the Confederate flag, specifically the Mississippi state flag, from the U.S. Capitol.  House Republicans delayed Thompson’s motion today.  Also...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Justice Reform: 9 Dems and 9 Republicans to Push Over-Criminalization Roll Back

Today Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Bobby Scott (D-VA) will announce the introduction of the Safe, Accountable, Fair, and Effective (SAFE) Justice Act of 2015.  They will be joined by nine Republicans and nine Democrats, ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Louis Farrakhan Announces Million Man March 20th Anniversary

National of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan spoke yesterday at Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, D.C. to announce the 20th anniversary plans around the Million Man March. Joining him at the announcement was Rev. Jama...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Sen. Tim Scott to Call for Confederate Flag to Be Removed in SC

South Carolina Republican Senator Tim Scott will come out against the Confederate flag according to a Republican with knowledge of the Senator’s decision.  The information was first reported by Schuyler Kropf of the Post...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Mitt Romney Makes Sure GOP Candidates are Asked Confederate Flag Question

With one tweet, Mitt Romney made sure the Republican field will have to answer the “flag question” over the next few days. “Many see the Confederate flag as a symbol of racial hatred,” Romney tweeted yes...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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N-Word Judge Who Said Dylann Roof’s Family Were Victims Too is Replaced

I knew there was trouble when I heard the Judge say, “before I get into the hearing I’d like to make a statement please.” Make a statement for what? There’s no reason for a Judge to make a statement befo...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Nine Blacks Shot Dead, Wall Street Journal Picks This Moment to Say Racism is Over

At some point defining progress must be focused on where you stand present day rather than bragging about how far you’ve come.  That the editorial board at the Wall Street Journal found the murder of nine African America...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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The Eshoo Letter

The Eshoo letter regarding changes in House seniority, party dues, secret ballots. Last week Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), who lost a bitter battle to Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) to be the senior Democrat of the Energy and Commerce ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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House Ethics Calls John Lewis’ Office re Civil Rights Speeches

“It’s resolved now,” Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) quietly responded last week in the Cannon Office Building when asked whether or not the House Ethics Committee contacted him or his office over his civil rights spe...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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