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Lucy McBath speaking to a group of supporters in Atlanta early this month.

‘Democrat. Fighter. Mother.’ Lucy McBath Is Redefining Social Justice in Politics.

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By Astead W. Herndon, The New York Times — An air of solemnity hangs over Lucy McBath’s bid for Congress. It is present in her campaign stump speech, when she recounts the 2012 murder of her son, Jordan Davis, a black teenager who was shot and killed by a white man at a gas station when the 17-year-old refused to lower the volume of the rap music playing in his…

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New Report Shows 10-Year United Nations Drug Strategy Set To Conclude In Colossal Failure

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A new report released today by the International Drug Policy Consortium has exposed the past decade of the war on drugs as a colossal failure. Taking Stock: A Decade of Drug Policy – A Civil Society Shadow Report shows that the United Nations’ 10-year global strategy has completely missed its targets of eradicating the illegal drug market by 2019 and highlights the devastating global impacts of drug prohibition. Given that the United Nations will…

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Russia’s New African Launch Pad: The Central African Republic

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The impoverished nation is the staging point for Moscow’s revival in Africa. By Max Seddon and Tom Wilson, OZY — The team of Russian journalists who flew into the Central African Republic (CAR) last month were on a mission to investigate Moscow’s growing role in one of the world’s poorest nations. Days after arriving, the three men were murdered by unknown assailants. Their local driver told CAR authorities that they were…

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When Black Men Defended Brett Kavanaugh in Baltimore

When Black Men Defended Brett Kavanaugh in Baltimore

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The conversation is happening. Will you be a part of it? By Nick Fouriezos, OZY — What happens when you get a room of 100 Black men from Baltimore discussing new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh? Or Colin Kaepernick and policing? What about President Donald Trump and the economy? You get the first episode of Take On America With OZY, taped at the War Memorial in Charm City with the midterm…

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reacts to a passerby in New York City on June 27, 2018.

A Blue Wave Next Month Could Be the Start of a Progressive Sea Change

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By Katrina Vanden Heuvel — If Democrats flip the House, the Congressional Progressive Caucus will have the leaders, agenda, and institutional muscle to drive the debate. “Only in the darkness can you see the stars,” the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. taught us. Now, even in the bleak night of Brett M. Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, there are stars that offer hope. If Democrats take back the House…

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Take on America: Police Chief Confronts Baltimore’s Demons

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Baltimore is going through the same policing pangs as the rest of the nation, but worse. By Nick Fouriezos, OZY — This is a homecoming for Gary Tuggle, only going home for him means having a gun strapped to his hip and at least five other officers flanking him while casing the East Baltimore block he played on as a kid. The 54-year-old is the interim police chief of Charm City,…

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A Trump rally in 2016.

A new study reveals the real reason Obama voters switched to Trump

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Hint: It has to do with race. By Zack Beauchamp, Vox — One of the most puzzling elements of the 2016 election, at least for a lot of Americans, was the millions of voters who switched from voting for Barack Obama in 2012 to Donald Trump in 2016. Somewhere between 6.7 million and 9.2 million Americans switched this way; given that the 2016 election was decided by 40,000 votes, it’s fair to…

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Alice Huffman’s consulting firm is on track to make $800,000 from its work but she denies there is a conflict of interest.

NAACP leader opposes rent control bid while taking real estate money

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California president under fire for opposing pro-tenant measure yet working as a paid consultant for real-estate backed campaign. By Sam Levin, The Guardian — The California leader of a major US civil rights group is facing backlash for fighting a rent control measure while working as a paid consultant for an opposition campaign funded by real estate companies. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in California is opposing…

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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan reportedly said of Malcom X: ‘We will make his name live on in Ankara.’

Turkey renames new US embassy street ‘Malcolm X Avenue’

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Move coincides with a period of fraught relations between Turkey and the US and comes after other politically charged name changes to streets in Ankara. City authorities in Turkey’s capital, Ankara, have renamed the street where the new US embassy is being built “Malcolm X Avenue”, after the civil rights leader, state media reported. The move coincides with a period of fraught relations between Turkey and the US…

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Jeremy Corbyn waves after making his inaugural speech at the Queen Elizabeth Centre in central London, Sept. 12, 2015.

Jeremy Corbyn Says UK Schools Should Teach Colonialism, Slavery History

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“Let’s understand our history, let’s understand the brutality that went with it and let’s understand the immense bravery of people that spoke out,” said Corbyn. By TeleSur — Jeremy Corbyn has announced proposals to increase the amount of Black history taught in schools, along with the history of the British empire, colonialism, and slavery, which becomes much more important in light of the recent Windrush scandal. “Black history is British history, and…

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