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Rattling Cages in Ferguson to be ‘Agents of Liberation’I do feel blessed and privileged to share what I believe is possibly a kairos moment, a moment of extreme urgency of that has in many respects been brought to the surface because of evil and very public injustice inflicted not only on the family of Mike Brown but the whole community. I want to [...]
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‘Ferguson October’ Protesters Zero in on HumanityFERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Pounding rain and tornado watches didn’t deter hundreds of protesters Monday outside Ferguson police headquarters, where they stayed for almost four hours to mark how long 18-year-old Michael Brown’s body was left in a local street after he was fatally shot by police. Nearly 20 people were arrested — including scholar [...]
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Meet Ana Aceves – the Mexican Carl SaganBERKELEY, Calif. – When Ana Aceves was 12 years old, she sat on her parents’ front porch in the Central Valley city of Merced, California, looked up into the night sky and had an “out of body experience.” She saw herself on her porch, then her city, and state, planet, and finally the stars. It [...]
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‘Black Lives Matter’ Becomes Focus at ‘Ferguson October’ST. LOUIS (AP) — Thousands gathered Saturday for a second day of organized rallies and marches protesting Michael Brown’s death and other fatal police shootings in the St. Louis area and nationwide. The events remained peaceful but boisterous gatherings into the night. Vietnam-era peace activists, New York City seminarians and hundreds of fast-food workers bused [...]
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Voter ID Laws Knocked Down in Texas and WisconsinAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge likened Texas’ strict voter ID requirement to a poll tax deliberately meant to suppress minority voter turnout and struck it down less than a month before Election Day — and mere hours after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked a similar measure in Wisconsin.  The twin rulings released Thursday [...]
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St. Louis Protests Heat Up. Ferguson Justice Rallies Begin.ST. LOUIS (AP) — Protesters angered by the fatal shooting of a Black 18-year-old by police faced off with officers in south St. Louis for a second night as accusations of racial profiling prompted calls for a federal investigation ahead of a weekend of planned rallies and civil disobedience. State and city leaders have urged [...]
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Death of Black Man in St. Louis Sparks Call for U.S. ReviewST. LOUIS (AP) — A state senator and other Black leaders on Thursday called for the Justice Department to investigate the fatal shooting of a Black 18-year-old by a White St. Louis police officer, an incident that some protesters are likening to the death of Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson. St. Louis Police Chief Sam [...]
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Tough Voter ID Laws Stifle Turnout of Blacks and YoungWASHINGTON (AP) — States that toughened their voter identification laws saw steeper drops in election turnout than those that did not, with disproportionate falloffs among Black and younger voters, a nonpartisan congressional study released Wednesday concluded.  As of June, 33 states have enacted laws obligating voters to show a photo ID at the polls, the [...]
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Will People of Color be Denied Vote in NC After Ruling?RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Same-day registration won’t be allowed during early voting in North Carolina and Election Day ballots cast in the wrong precinct won’t be counted this fall after the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked a ruling that had set aside parts of a 2013 election law.  A majority on the nation’s highest [...]
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A Condemned Man in Texas Gains His FreedomAt 12:32 p.m. ET, on Wednesday, Manuel Velez, my client and an innocent man, stepped out of prison and into the Huntsville, Texas air a free man. For nine years, Manuel has languished behind bars. What’s ironic about watching him walk out of this particular prison, the Walls Unit, which is often used to process [...]
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