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#Ferguson: Rep. Hank Johnson’s Police Demilitarization Bill Gets GOP Support

Three Republicans have signed on to Rep. Hank Johnson’s (D-GA) bill to stop handing free military equipment to local  police.  The three Republicans are Reps. Raul Labrador (R-ID), Tom McClintock (R-CA) and Justin Amas...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Members of Congress Vocal on Ray Rice Go Silent Federal Judge Mark Fuller

After Roland Martin shined a spotlight on Alabama Judge Mark Fuller, Congresswoman Terri Sewell became the first member of Congress to call for the federal judge’s resignation.  Why? Because in the wake of the scandal ov...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Iowa: DREAMers Ask Hillary About Immigration, Get No Answers

DREAMers asked Hillary Clinton about the issue of President Obama’s latest delay on immigration.  Clinton, along with her husband, were in Iowa today at Sen. Harkin’s famous 37th (and final) annual Steak Fry in I...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Rep. Lacy Clay Upset with Senator Over Ferguson Meeting

Rep. Clay not invited to September 15 meeting. Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO), who represents Ferguson, Missouri, said on Sept. 11th that neither he nor Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) had been invited to a meeting on September 15 in Clay...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Rep. Frederica Wilson Meets with Nigerian Schoolgirls Who Escaped Boko Haram

Despite a change in the news cycle that has featured ISIS, Ray Rice and Ferguson, Miami Congresswoman Frederica Wilson fights to keep the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls in the news. After the kidnappings, Wilson spearheaded a ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Immigration Advocates Furious as President Obama Delays Executive Order

Immigration advocates are furious with President Obama over his decision, announced today, to delay an executive order regarding deportations.  With only 59 days left to election day, several Senate Democrats are in razor thin...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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President Obama to Delay Executive Order on Immigration Until After Election

Delay. Delay Delay.  After much talk and speculation about an executive order on immigration that was rumored to occur in early September, President Obama will delay the decision until after the fall elections on November 4. ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Race Politics: Tom Cotton’s Anti-Immigrant Ad Would Make George Wallace Proud

The Richard Nixon/Strom Thurmond branded southern strategy rears its head again.  In this round of southern strategy race-baiting politics, Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR) tries to communicate to white folks in Arkansas that they’...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Race and Politics: GOP Black Outreach Ends in Ferguson, Missouri

Ferguson and the GOP.  Suddenly, tank-like military vehicles rolling down an American street isn’t too much government.  After the killing of Mike Brown, it’s been quite intriguing to think back on all the times w...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Third Insane Incident of Brutality Involving #Ferguson Police Surfaces

For a small police force of only 53 people, the Ferguson Police Department’s officers appear to have a talent for being involved in alleged incidents of misconduct and brutality that are the catalyst of lawsuits. In three...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Police Brutality: National Bar Assoc. to Target 25 Cities for Records

Next Monday, the National Bar Association will start filing open records requests in cities with a bad history regarding police brutality.   Those cities are: Birmingham, AL, Little Rock, AR, Phoenix, AZ; Los Angeles, CA; ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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St. Louis Native Rep. Maxine Waters: Honor Mike Brown But Take Action

Yesterday at Peacefest in St. Louis, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), who is originally from St. Louis, told the crowd to honor Michael Brown by taking action.   Voter registration has been a major theme in the weeks after the shoo...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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After Mike Brown and Eric Garner Cases My Brother’s Keeper Critics Go Silent

A recent criticism of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative is that it doesn’t include girls.  The focus of the program is on Black and Brown men.  Now, with the events surrounding the deaths of E...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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#Ferguson: Kajieme Powell Video Reveals 4 Inaccuracies in Story Told By Police

Kajieme Powell’s Last 14 Seconds.  On Tuesday, Police in St. Louis responded to a call involving a man who had allegedly stolen two drinks and a doughnut from a store and was “acting erratically.”   That ma...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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In #Ferguson, AG Eric Holder Says He Too Has Experienced Racial Profiling

Attorney General Eric Holder visited Ferguson, Mo., today regarding the August 9th shooting death of Mike Brown, 18. Brown was shot by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.  Since the day of the shooting there have been long...
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