Category: Black History

Man’s family seeks answers after deadly shooting

April 2, 2021
Taryn Clemons was incredulous that her daughter survived the ordeal with only minor physical injuries.“For her to still be here,” she said, trailing off. “There were shots fired through the back door where she was sitting behind her father on the driver’s side …“Why would someone do something like this to such a kind man?”

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Conversation with Bill Moyers – BillMoyers.com

April 1, 2021
The ninth annual Judith Davidson Moyers Women of Spirit Lecture was delivered on February 12, 2020 by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The Judith Davidson Moyers Women of Spirit Lecture provides a public forum to discuss the most pressing global issues faced by women leaders today. In addition to exploring enduring questions of human

Schumer trying to workaround filibuster through parliamentarian

March 29, 2021
Sen. Chuck Schumer is attempting to get permission from the Senate parliamentarian to be able to push through a third spending bill this year without the 10 Republicans necessary to break a filibuster. Aides to Schumer (D-NY) recently argued to the parliamentarian that they could use Section 304 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974

Expelled from US at night, migrant families weigh next steps

March 28, 2021
REYNOSA, Mexico (AP) — In one of Mexico’s most notorious cities for organized crime, migrants are expelled from the United States throughout the night, exhausted from the journey, disillusioned about not getting a chance to seek asylum and at a crossroads about where to go next.Marisela Ramirez, who was returned to Reynosa about 4 a.m.

Voting Rights IS Democracy – BillMoyers.com

March 27, 2021
Voting Rights IS Democracy Two smiling women stand outdoors and hold signs reading “Vote Baby Vote” and “Voting is People Power,” c. 1970. (Photo by Gabriel Hackett /Getty Images)March 25, 2021 There is only one story today. It is not the coronavirus pandemic, although 547,000 of us have died of Covid-19, and a study today

Republicans across the nation escalate the war on voters, and the filibuster is their key weapon

March 25, 2021
Right now, the Republican legislatures in at least eight states controlled by their party are trying to seize complete control of the election process, over civil servants, judges, and county officials. Georgia is ground zero. “It’s looking at total control of the election process by elected officials, which is not what it should be,” Helen

The Shadow Network (Council for National Policy) Is Not Going Away – BillMoyers.com

March 24, 2021
The Shadow Network (Council for National Policy) Is Not Going Away US Capitol, Pexels, Kendall HoopesFive years ago, at the dawn of the Trump era, few national observers were focused on the role of the Council for National Policy.  That was not a coincidence; over the past four decades, this coalition of Christian nationalists and

Washington’s Delusion of Endless World Dominion – BillMoyers.com

March 23, 2021
Globe with US highlighted. Photo by Antonio Quagliata from Pexels This article originally appeared on TomDispatch.com. Empires live and die by their illusions. Visions of empowerment can inspire nations to scale the heights of global hegemony. Similarly, however, illusions of omnipotence can send fading empires crashing into oblivion. So it was with Great Britain in

The Lie That Smolders – BillMoyers.com

March 21, 2021
March 19, 2021 When I see Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL), and other voices from our right wing, siding with Russian President Vladimir Putin in his demand that President Joe Biden debate him or pretending that the January 6 attack on the Capitol wasn’t a big deal, or Republicans voting to overturn a legitimate election or

Susan Collins is baffled as to why the White House ‘would want to alienate’ her

March 20, 2021
Refinery29Marjorie Taylor Greene Excuses Her “Jewish Space Lasers” Comment In A Very Marjorie Taylor Greene WaySince taking office earlier this year, Republican Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a QAnon conspiracy theorist, has been exposed for making a number of egregious racist and transphobic remarks. Greene’s old Facebook posts have showed her glorifying violence against Democratic

Coca-Cola Stays Silent as Georgia Republicans Bid to Restrict Rights – BillMoyers.com

March 19, 2021
Coca-Cola Stays Silent as Georgia Republicans Bid to Restrict Rights This article originally appeared on The Guardian. During the height of Black Lives Matter protests last year, James Quincey, the chief executive of Coca-Cola, spoke about the need for his company to do better when it came to combating systemic racism. “I, like you, am

On January 6th, the U.S. Became a Foreign Country – BillMoyers.com

March 18, 2021
This article originally appeared on TomDispatch.com. Just about everyone was shocked by what happened at the Capitol building on January 6th. But as a former soldier in America’s forever wars, horrifying as the scenes were, I also found what happened strangely familiar, almost inevitable. I thought that, if only we had taken our country’s imperial

Bernie Sanders Praises Biden For Making The Government Work For Middle Class Americans

March 17, 2021
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) praised Joe Biden on Tuesday for signing the historic American Rescue Plan into law last week and showing the country that the Democratic Party is the party of the middle class. During an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Sen. Sanders said if Democrats continue to embrace an agenda geared toward working

Arrest made months after deadly shooting at NW Atlanta food mart

March 16, 2021
Fabian Sheats, 37, was taken into custody on an unrelated charge and brought back to Fulton County to face charges of murder, aggravated assault, and weapon possession in the Nov. 13 shooting death of Demario Fielder.According to Atlanta police, Fielder, 39, was shot in the chest outside the Troy Supermarket on Joseph E. Boone Boulevard

Wisconsin’s Lt. Governor Just Torched Sen. Ron Johnson For His Racism

March 15, 2021
Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes (D) said that Sen. Ron Johnson wants credit for his racism and that Republicans can’t win without racism. Video: Wisconsin Lt. Gov. @TheOtherMandela said on CNN that Sen. Ron Johnson wants credit for his racism, and the Lt. Gov. spoke the blunt truth when he told CNN that Republicans can’t

Just 47 House districts flipped in the last three presidential elections. What do they tell us?

March 14, 2021
The majority of these districts—24 in total—swung in the Democratic direction over that period; these appear in yellow or green in the map above (and in a larger version here), which shows every district as the same size so that dense urban districts aren’t obscured and rural districts aren’t overemphasized. (You can find a traditional

GOP House Leader McCarthy to introduce resolution calling for Rep. Swalwell’s removal from Intelligence Committee

March 13, 2021
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy plans on introducing a resolution to remove Rep. Eric Swalwell from the House Intelligence Committee, according to a tweet he posted Friday night.”Pelosi just reappointed Eric Swalwell to the Intelligence Committee. Based on the briefing she and I received together, Swalwell should not be on the panel in charge of

OPINION: Why Stacey Dash and Candace Owens Still Get The Side Eye From Black Folks

March 13, 2021
Outside of the fact that I no longer have to see his name or face every time I watch the news, the best part about the departure of our erstwhile president is that the willfully ignorant and often racist extremists he galvanized with his demagoguery seem to have (mostly) gone back underground following the U.S.

News Roundup: American Rescue Plan becomes law, insurrection probe continues

March 12, 2021
Today was the official one-year anniversary of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, according to World Health Organization officials. It is also the day President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan, the Democratic-sponsored and Republican-condemned plan to deal with the economic damage done to American families, businesses, and state governments. New relief funds to Americans will

Georgia Republicans Pass the Most Restrictive Voting Laws Since Jim Crow – BillMoyers.com

March 11, 2021
MARIETTA, GA – OCTOBER 18: Voters wait in line for up to two hours to early vote at the Cobb County West Park Government Center on October 18, 2018 in Marietta, Georgia. Early voting started in Georgia on October 15th. Georgia’s Gubernatorial election is a close race between Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams and Republican candidate

2nd teen arrested in crash that killed Gwinnett dad outside Walmart

March 10, 2021
ExploreFather of 2 hit, killed by shoplifting suspects fleeing Suwanee Walmart, cops sayExploreWarrants issued for teens accused of killing Gwinnett dad while fleeing WalmartInvestigators determined the teens were trying to get away in the U-Haul van after shoplifting electronics, according to Suwanee police spokesman Lt. Robert Thompson.Shoppers told police they saw the duo fill two

Rethinking Employment in the Biden-Harris Era – BillMoyers.com

March 9, 2021
This article originally appeared on TomDispatch.com. A year ago, just a few weeks before San Francisco locked itself down for the pandemic, I fell deeply in love with a 50-year-old. The object of my desire was a wooden floor loom in the window of my local thrift shop. Friends knowledgeable on such matters examined photos I

Biden Fights Back Against Voter Suppression And Calls Out GOP Cowards

March 8, 2021
President Biden took action to combat Republican voter suppression and also asked Republicans why they are so afraid to let people vote. Video: President Biden takes action against voter suppression while telling Republicans that if they have the best ideas let the people vote. pic.twitter.com/FLxtpp3kNL — Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) March 7, 2021 President Biden

In Georgia, Republicans Take Aim at Role of Black Churches in Elections

March 7, 2021
SAVANNAH, Ga. — Sundays are always special at the St. Philip Monumental A.M.E. church. But in October, the pews are often more packed, the sermon a bit more urgent and the congregation more animated, and eager for what will follow: piling into church vans and buses — though some prefer to walk — and heading

Rudy Giuliani’s legal woes mount as a federal criminal investigation into his Ukraine dealings resumes, report says

March 6, 2021
Rudy Giuliani speaks during an appearance before the Michigan House Oversight Committee on December 2, 2020 in Lansing, Michigan. Rey Del Rio/Getty ImagesA probe into Rudy Giuliani’s business and overseas dealings has resumed, according to AP.The criminal investigation will look into the legality of his conversations with Ukrainian officials.Giuliani is also facing lawsuits from Dominion

The Pentagon, First, Last, and Always – BillMoyers.com

March 5, 2021
Two U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles assigned to the 331st Expeditionary Fighter Squadron fly over Southwest Asia, Feb. 24, 2021. The F-15E is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions day or night in all weather conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bryan Guthrie)This article originally appeared on TomDispatch.com.

Under the Radar – BillMoyers.com

March 4, 2021
The Roosevelt Institute  Unburdened: How Canceling Student Debt Can Boost Growth, Equity, and Innovation The Roosevelt Institute has been sounding alarms about the mounting student debt crisis for years. Previously, they published briefs on how predatory financial institutions and industry insiders rig the system to extract as much as they can from student borrowers. In

The Big Lie’s Megaphone – BillMoyers.com

March 3, 2021
ORLANDO, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 28: Former President Donald Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference held in the Hyatt Regency on February 28, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. Begun in 1974, CPAC brings together conservative organizations, activists, and world leaders to discuss issues important to them. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)March 1, 2021 This morning, conservative

Trump and his wife received coronavirus vaccine before leaving the White House.

March 2, 2021
Former President Donald J. Trump and his wife, Melania, quietly received coronavirus vaccinations in January before leaving the White House, an adviser said on Monday.The news came a day after Mr. Trump appeared at the CPAC political conference in Orlando, Fla., where for the first time he encouraged people to go get vaccinated.“Everyone should go

Amanda Gorman: Publisher Faces Backlash After Selecting White Dutch Writer To Translate Her Poems

March 1, 2021
Amanda Gorman continues to win adulation after she read her poem, “The Hill We Climb,” at the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in January, 2021. But now, a Dutch writer has stirred a bit of controversy after rejecting an assignment to translate Gorman’s works. According to The Associated Press, Marieke