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Trump Says Civil Rights Hero John Lewis 'All Talk ... No Action Or Results'

by the Web Editors 01-14-2017

On Jan. 13, Georgia Rep. John Lewis — civil rights icon who was beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., marching for voting rights for African Americans in 1965 — said he would not be attending President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, a first for the longtime congressman since serving. Trump took to Twitter the morning on Jan. 14 to attack Lewis. 

DOJ Condemns Chicago PD for Excessive Force

by the Web Editors 01-13-2017

There were more than 400 force reports and over 170 officer related shootings in Chicago from January 2011 to April 2016 that. Not only did the department review, investigate and analyze these police documents, procedures, and trainings, they met with city leaders, community organizers, former police officer, rode along with current officers, and heard from over 1000 community members before making this judgement.

Weekly Wrap 1.13.17: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 01-13-2017

1. Women’s March on Washington Releases Its Platform

And it’s a progressive manifesto. Read up on the four-page policy platform here.

2. Coming to D.C. for the Women’s March? Sign Up for These FREE Nonviolence Intervention & Bystander Trainings

If you’ll be in town on Friday afternoon, churches and facilities throughout the D.C., Maryland, Virginia metro are offering free trainings. Sign up at the link!

And …

3. Tell Us Why You’re Marching

Whether here in D.C., at a sister march throughout the country, or in spirit — tell us your story about why you’re marching on Jan. 21.

This 'Black-ish' Monologue Nails the African-American Struggle in a Post-Election America

by the Web Editors 01-12-2017

Screenshot via black-ish/Facebook

“You don’t think I care about this country?” asks Dre, an African American character played by Anthony Anderson, on the television show black-ish, in the Jan. 11 episode “Lemons.”

“I love this country, even though at times it doesn’t love me back.”

Did Anything Happen to the ACA? Here’s a Quick Look

by the Web Editors 01-12-2017

Image via Stephen Melkisethian/Flickr

The U.S. Senate voted 51 to 48 in the early hours of Jan. 12 to begin the process of repealing major portions of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The vote went on for seven hours, as Senate Democrats attempted to build on growing unease among House and Senate Republicans over repealing major provisions of the ACA without a repeal in place. Ultimately, only Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) joined the Democrats in voting against, and the resolution was approved.

Last night’s hours-long late night vote is known as a “vote-a-rama,” a long series of back-to-back votes in the Senate. Though atypical, it’s become a more common practice for major votes in the Senate.

Pressed on Russia, Tillerson Says He Hasn't Discussed Policy with Trump

by the Web Editors 01-11-2017

Image via www.GlynLowe.com/flickr.com

On Jan. 11 the Senate confirmation hearing for former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, for the office of Secretary of State, began, reports NPR. In his hearing Tillerson admitted to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that he has yet to discuss with President-Elect Trump U.S. foreign policy as it regards to Russia.

He also made a statement that seemed in partial opposition to the use of sanctions against Russia and other countries, stating that they “are going to harm American businesses.” However, he relented to the idea that sanctions have the ability to be a “powerful and important tool.”

Here's What Happened at Trump's First News Conference in 167 Days

by the Web Editors 01-11-2017

Image via Joseph Sohm/ Shutterstock.com 

He referred to himself as “the greatest job producer that God ever created.”

President Obama's Farewell Address: Full Transcript and Video

by the Web Editors 01-11-2017

I am asking you to hold fast to that faith written into our founding documents; that idea whispered by slaves and abolitionists; that spirit sung by immigrants and homesteaders and those who marched for justice; that creed reaffirmed by those who planted flags from foreign battlefields to the surface of the moon; a creed at the core of every American whose story is not yet written:

Yes We Can.
Yes We Did.
Yes We Can.

Dylann Roof Sentenced to Death in Charleston Shooting Trial

by the Web Editors 01-10-2017

Image via Charleston County Sheriff's Office

On Jan. 10 a federal jury sentenced Dylann Roof to death for the fatal shooting of nine African American parishioners, reports CNN. The shooting took place in the basement of the parishioners' church — the historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. — in June 2015.

Roof’s sentencing comes after family and friends of the nine churchgoers publicly expressed their forgiveness of his actions, and others called for Roof to not receive the death penalty.

Christian Theologians Give Sen. Jeff Sessions Their Own Confirmation 'Hearing'

by the Web Editors 01-09-2017

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R, Ala., during confirmation hearing for U.S. Supreme Court nominee John Roberts in 2005. Rob Crandall / Shutterstock.com

Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions' Senate confirmation hearing for attorney general begins this week. On Monday, Jan. 9, faith leaders marched to the Capitol to pray and protest his confirmation in light of the senator's stances on the Voting Rights Act, immigration, and other issues. Faith leaders delivered a petition written by Christian theologians opposing Sessions' nomination, which had received more than 4,000 signatures by the afternoon of Jan. 9. Here, some of those theologians offer alternate testimony for consideration by the Senate Judiciary Committee as they interrogate Sessions' record.

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