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Newark Mayor Ken Gibson

Police Power and the Election of Newark’s First Black Mayor

By Editors' Choice

By Andrew Grim, AAIHS — Fifty years ago, Newark, New Jersey, elected its first Black mayor—Kenneth Gibson—at a moment when there was an urgency to address police violence. Three years earlier, the 1967 Newark Rebellion, which began in response to the police beating of a Black cab driver, resulted in dozens of deaths—including two children—at the hands of police and the National Guard. Police violence was nothing new for Black Newarkers….

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September 28, 2020 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels talks with guest Kenniss Henry. Topics: Kenniss Henry, Phenomenal Reparations Advocate; The Legacy of the “Notorious RGB”; Breonna Taylor: Miscarriage of Justice; Elections Have Consequences

Vantage Point: Kenniss Henry Phenomenal Reparations Advocate • Professor on the Soap Box

By News & Current Affairs, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point September 28, 2020 — On this special edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guest Kenniss Henry. Topics Kenniss Henry, Phenomenal Reparations Advocate The Legacy of the “Notorious RGB” Breonna Taylor: Miscarriage of Justice Elections Have Consequences Guests Kenniss Henry, Chairperson, N’COBRA Legislative Committee, Chicago, IL Ways to listen Live (Radio) — Mondays 3-4PM on WBAI, 99.5FM, Pacifica Network, New York Livestream…

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President of Guyana Dr Irfaan Ali (L) and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a joint press conference at State House in Georgetown

Warning Signs: Mike Pompeo Goes to Guyana

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Ryan Cecil Jobson and Matthew Quest — The latest episode of U.S. imperialist intrigue in the Americas deserves our critical attention. On September 17, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Suriname, beginning a diplomatic tour of South America that will include additional stops in Guyana, Brazil, and Colombia. But what is the motivation for Pompeo to visit Guyana, a country demeaned until recently as the “second poorest in…

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Voting

The right way to woo Black and Latino voters

By Editors' Choice

By Ryan Cooper, The Week — The Democrats have long portrayed themselves as the party of racial justice in modern times, given that they were the main force behind the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, and elected the first Black president. (The actual history is considerably more complicated.) Race has also been a central political concern this year with the “Great Awokening” of white liberals and the nationwide protests…

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy

New Jersey Governor’s “Baby Bonds” Plan Is A First Step Towards Closing The Racial Wealth Gap.

By Commentaries/Opinions

Baby bonds are a good start toward changing the discriminatory status quo, but limiting it to New Jersey is shortsighted. By Maurice BP Weeks, The Appeal — New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy dropped a bombshell into the budget he released this month: a proposal to fund “baby bonds,” which would give $1,000 to every baby in the state born to families who make under about $131,000. By the children’s 18th…

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Senate Judiciary Committee

Eight Very Specific Things Senate Democrats Can Do to Muck up Trump’s SCOTUS Bum Rush

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — The universal consensus on Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s speed rush to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat is that Senate Democrats can do nothing to stop it. This is dead wrong. The operative word here to muck up Trump and McConnell’s confirmation scheme is time, time, and more time. Time, they don’t have much of. Let’s start with the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings…

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Maryland Episcopal diocese

Maryland Episcopal diocese commits $1 million toward reparations for slavery, racial injustice

By Reparations

By Jonathan M. Pitts, Baltimore Sun — The Maryland diocese of the Episcopal Church has become the latest religious institution to commit to making reparations for slavery and systemic racism, voting over the weekend to create a $1 million seed fund for programs that would benefit the African American community in Baltimore and beyond. More than 82% of delegates to the diocese’s annual general convention voted Saturday to establish the…

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Chicago’s City Hall

Rookie aldermen chosen to lead Chicago’s reparations subcommittee

By Reparations

At a time when the death of George Floyd has triggered a racial reckoning across the nation, Aldermen Shirley Coleman and Andre Vasquez must confront Chicago’s long, documented history of segregation and inequity. By Fran Spielman, Chicago Sun-Times — Two rookie aldermen — Stephanie Coleman (16th) and Andre Vasquez (40th) — were chosen Monday to lead a City Council reparations subcommittee charged with finding a way to make amends to “descendants…

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Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates on The Great Chicago Fire

By Editors' Choice

“Whiteness thrives in darkness,” Coates writes. “So it was with the slave narrative. So it is with the cell phone.” By Ta-Nehisi Coates, Vanity Fair — Last year Chicago poet Eve L. Ewing published 1919, a volume that channels her city’s Red Summer into blues. It is a magical work. The voices of house-keepers and stockyard hands are summoned. The thoughts of trains carrying black people north are conjured up. The doom of…

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Global Book Launch Virtual Event: Black Power, Black Lawyer the Memoir of Nkechi Taifa

Global Book Launch Virtual Event: Black Power, Black Lawyer the Memoir of Nkechi Taifa

By News & Current Affairs

September 26, 2020, 12pm Noon EST — Join us for the virtual book release party of, Black Power, Black Lawyer: My Audacious Quest for Justice by Nkechi Taifa. Taifa’s memoir tells the story of the rebellious journey of a young sister growing up during the Black Power era and the social justice lawyer she becomes. Special Interview: Matsimela Mapfumo (Mark Thompson), Host of Make It Plain with Nkechi Taifa. Special…

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