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For decades, people living near 'cancer alley' have breathed in some of the country's most toxic air. covid-19 has only worsened the existing public health crisis.

‘Cancer Alley’ has some of the highest Coronavirus death rates in the country

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

As predominately Black communities in the polluted areas along the Mississippi from New Orleans to Baton Rouge face heightened risks from COVID-19, the EPA has suspended enforcement of the environmental rules designed to protect them. By Sophie Kasakove, VICE — For Mary Hampton, social distancing is the easy part. Her biggest vulnerability during the coronavirus pandemic is beyond her control: the massive petrochemical plant just outside her home in Reserve,…

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Actor Danny Glover speaks at a Sen. Bernie Sanders presidential campaign rally at Callaway High School in Jackson, Miss. Sunday, March 8, 2020.

Danny Glover makes pitch for Bernie Sanders in Mississippi

By News & Current Affairs

By Luke Ramseth and Justin Vicory — Actor and director Danny Glover visited churches and pumped up attendees of a get-out-the-vote event in Jackson on Sunday as he rallied support for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential bid. “This is about a transformation,” Glover told about 30 volunteers gathered at Callaway High School in North Jackson on Sunday, discussing Sanders’ Medicare-for-all proposal, his Thurgood Marshall education plan and his pitch to eliminate college student debt. “We’re in a fight,…

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Antonia Eliason

Democrat candidate in Mississippi calls for reparations

By Reparations

Antonia Eliason continues to make waves in her bid for the First Congressional District seat in Mississippi. By Frank Corder — The self-described Democratic Socialist candidate has already voiced support for Medicaid expansion, the Green New Deal, marijuana legalization, and the “Squad.” Now Eliason is pushing for reparations. In a tweet on Tuesday, Eliason wrote, “Reparations for slavery are long overdue. One of the gravest betrayals in American history is the unfulfilled…

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Gov. Phil Bryant / Mike Espy

Far-right Mississippi governor predicts ‘1000 years of darkness’ if state elects first black senator in over 139 years

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet — When Democrat Mike Espy lost Mississippi’s special U.S. Senate runoff election to Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith in 2018, he performed relatively well for a Democrat in a deep red state: Espy won 46% of the vote. Espy is running against Hyde-Smith again in 2020, and far-right Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is predicting that terrible things will happen if Espy wins. Journalist Joe Jurado analyzes Bryant’s…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Who Cares About Fair Elections?

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — The US House of Representatives passed the Securing America’s Fair Elections (SAFE) Act in June by a nearly totally partisan vote of 225-184 in late June. Only one Republican voted for legislation that would mandate paper ballots, increase election security, and create safeguards to prevent foreign interference in our elections. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) opposes the legislation and won’t even allow it to be…

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Noose found at MS State Capitol

Seven nooses, signs found at Mississippi State Capitol

By News & Current Affairs

The nooses and signs were found one day before the U.S. Senate runoff. State Capitol police took the nooses and signs down and are investigating. By Morgan Howard, WLBT Jackson, MS — Seven nooses and several signs were found at the Mississippi State Capitol Monday, prompting more nationwide attention and outrage ahead of Tuesday’s election. Early Monday morning, two nooses were found at the Capitol. According to the Associated Press, five more…

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President Donald Trump will travel to Mississippi to stump for a candidate who spoke favorably of lynching and voter disenfranchisement.

Trump’s Racism Doesn’t Have To Be A Political Strategy. Sometimes It’s Just Racism.

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Ja’han Jones, Huff Post — In 1955, after the nation’s most infamous lynching ― of her son, Emmett ― Mamie Till-Mobley sent a telegram to President Dwight Eisenhower. In it, she pleaded with Eisenhower to “see that justice [was] meted out to all persons involved” in her son’s murder, which took place in Money, Mississippi. She received nothing in response — not correspondence from the White House and not…

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Civil rights organizations have sued Georgia’s Republican secretary of state for failing to register 53,000 new voters, most of them black. Reuters/Christopher Aluka Berry

Georgia election fight shows that black voter suppression, a southern tradition, still flourishes

By Editors' Choice

Georgia’s refusal to process 53,000 voter registrations, mostly filed by African-Americans, is the latest in a long history of black voter suppression in the South, from poll taxes to literacy tests. By Frederick Knight, The Conversation — Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp has been sued for suppressing minority votes after an Associated Press investigation revealed a month before November’s midterm election that his office has not approved 53,000 voter registrations – most…

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Eluard Luchell McDaniels, Spanish Civil. War Volunteer, Batea, Spain, May 1938. Image Courtesy of the Tamiment Library, New York University

African American Anti-Fascists in the Spanish Civil War

By Editors' Choice

Anti-fascist volunteer Canute Frankson explained his motivation in a letter home in 1937: “We will build us a new society—a society of peace and plenty. There will be no color line, no jim crow trains, no lynching. That is why, my dear, I’m here in Spain.” By Peter Carroll, BlackPast.org — Approximately 90 African Americans fought in Spain during the civil war that engulfed that nation between 1936 and 1939.…

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From Jackson to Richmond: Radical Mayors Leave Their Mark

From Jackson to Richmond: Radical Mayors Leave Their Mark

By Commentaries/Opinions

Two new books about making change in smaller cities are worthy of close study by anyone hoping to push their own city hall in a similar left-wing direction. By Steve Early, CounterPunch — Well before the Trump era, U.S. presidents from both major parties failed to address urban problems or made them worse. Governors, members of Congress, and state legislators didn’t perform much better. So the difficult job of fighting poverty,…

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