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Supreme Court ruling impacts Michigan voters

“We’re outraged about this decision,” Detroit Chapter NAACP attorney Melvin Butch Hollowell told the Michigan Citizen a day following the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to eliminate Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Hollowell says the ruling, made by a conservative court majority, was done in a way that “turns a blind eye” to the country’s history of discrimination in voting. ...

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Activists urge end to War on Drugs

Black activists marked the 42nd anniversary of the War on Drugs with a protest in front of the White House aimed at ending a targeted action that has led to the disproportionate arresting, conviction and incarceration of Blacks for decades. The Institute of the Black World 21st Century, an organization dedicated to the empowerment of the Black community, mobilized a network of community groups last Monday f ...

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Trial of Trayvon’s killer begins

The long-awaited Florida trial of the Neighborhood Watch captain accused of gunning down teenager Trayvon Martin in cold blood began June 10. It is expected to focus the nation on Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law. The law allows a person to use deadly force against an attacker in self-defense without any obligation to retreat first. ...

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Chokwe Lumumba: Jackson’s new mayor

Last week, Chokwe Lumumba won the general election for mayor in Jackson, Miss., receiving 87 percent of votes. After receiving the news, Lumumba said, “I’m just delighted. I feel wonderfully well about the people and their vote. Our slogan has been the people must decide, and the people gave us an outstanding mandate today for positive change in the city of Jackson.” ...

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National NAACP applauds historic expansion of voting rights

“This is a great step for Virginia, and we look forward to working with the Commonwealth … on expanding the vote,” stated Benjamin Todd Jealous, national president and CEO of the NAACP. “Anyone who has made a mistake, done their time and paid their debt to society should be able to join their neighbors at the voting booth.” ...

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