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Judge halts billions in debt relief for farmers of color as white farmers, conservative groups sue

By News & Current Affairs

By Andrea Salcedo — In the months since Congress included around $4 billion in the latest stimulus bill to forgive loans for Black and other minority farmers, thousands of them have been pushing to finally see the money. The Department of Agriculture promised to start paying for loans this month. But now, that relief is again on hold thanks to a lawsuit brought by a conservative group on behalf of…

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Jacob Blake

The “Bad Guy” Narrative is Back Again — This Time it’s Jacob Blake

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — You could have mailed this one in.  The “this” is the cynical, calculated, cold hearted, factually challenged assertion that Jacob Blake was really the bad guy. The bad guy that Kenosha police officer Rusten Sheskey had almost no choice but to use deadly force to protect himself against. The picture painted of Blake as the villain in the deadly encounter follows almost to  the letter…

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Jacob Blake

Blake Notwithstanding, It’s Still Nearly Impossible to Prosecute Cops

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — One day after Jacob Blake was shot multiple times in the back by a Kenosha, Wisconsin cop, there was a terse one liner from the Wisconsin Department of Justice. It noted that its Division of Criminal Investigation would issue a report within 30 days on whether to recommend the filing of criminal charges against the officer who shot Blake. 30 days, recommend, and a one…

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Thomas Massie of Kentucky and Georgia House Speaker David Ralston

The GOP fight against voting by mail

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Editors' Choice

By Benjamin Barber, Facing South — Earlier this month, after Wisconsin’s Republican-led legislature refused to allow an expansion of mail-in voting, GOP officials and judges forced the state’s voters to choose between casting their ballot and risking their health during the coronavirus lockdown. Milwaukee health officials have already identified seven people who have contracted the coronavirus because of in-person voting during the April 7 state primary. Voters were also forced to endure difficult…

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John Marshall High School, in Milwaukee, on election day.

Selma 1965, Wisconsin 2020: Multiracial Democracy vs. A White Republic

By Editors' Choice

By Max Elbaum, Organizing Upgrade — I have never been prouder of the people of my home state than over the last twelve days. I went to John Marshall High School in Milwaukee, class of 1964. It was after coming home from school one day that I watched on television as non-violent Civil Rights protesters were attacked with dogs and fire hoses in Birmingham, Alabama. A few weeks after I…

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Barack Obama at a campaign rally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with governor-elect Tony Evers, Mandela Barnes and Sarah Godlewski on 26 October.

The new wave of Democrats owes a huge debt to people power.

By Commentaries/Opinions

The party was the natural political conduit for the protest movement. It must not betray that trust. By Gary Younge, The Guardian — With just a few thousand votes between the two candidates for governor, election night during the US midterms in Wisconsin could not have been more tense. The slender lead kept flipping between Republican and Democrat as various precincts reported their results. Then shortly before midnight a local news presenter suggested,…

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Impact of war on drugs on minorities reveals hypocrisy, racism of legalized marijuana industry

Before white people can cash in on legal weed, Wisconsin needs to provide reparations for black communities

By Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

Impact of war on drugs on minorities reveals hypocrisy, racism of legalized marijuana industry By Julia O’Donnell — To put it bluntly, the history of marijuana law enforcement in Wisconsin is shameful. In 2013, African Americans in Wisconsin were almost six times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession. Wisconsin has the fifth highest racial disparity in marijuana arrests nationwide, and this glaring inequality increased by 153 percent during…

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