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Op-Ed: Black Leaders In Louisiana Make It Clear: Climate And Racial Justice Go Hand-In-Hand

Climate action must be intersectional, writes Ashley Shelton, CEO of the Power Coalition for Equity & Justice.

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Podcast: Transforming Alabama – and young voters. Nothing is off the table

Since the Voting Rights Act of 1965 opened the franchise to all Americans, Alabama has often been at the center of voting debates. This year is no exception. 

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Alabama legislators are on the wrong side of history

Although some Alabama policymakers are on the wrong side of history – opposing equal representation – our communities cannot let them operate with impunity. 

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Civil rights groups host voter registration event for minority residents

In an effort to increase the number of registered Black and Latino voters in Louisiana ahead of the upcoming statewide election, six civic and social justice organizations partnered to host the 2023 Louisiana Black and Brown Voter Registration Day on Saturday, September 16.

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Op-Ed: Young people echo James Baldwin: ‘How much time do you want for your progress?’ 

Black youth see our communities harmed without recompense, and we can no longer ask them to wait for justice. Part of the responsibility of elders in our communities is to remind young people where power truly resides — with everyday people.

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Racially motivated shooting in Jacksonville reopens past wounds for Black community

60 years ago, KKK members attacked Black demonstrators on Ax Handle Saturday.

 

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Op-Ed: Voter Purges Are Increasing Across The South. We Must Put A Stop To The Practice

Voter purges are a Jim Crow adjacent tactic that is wreaking havoc on our communities and cannot be tolerated.

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Adia Winfrey:

Op-Ed: History repeats. So should our activism.

Alabama lawmakers insist on repeating their oppressive history. Black Alabamians are leaning on federal courts to ensure the state’s legislature does the right thing to secure our voting rights.

 

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Phyllis Hill:

Op-Ed: We Must Secure Black Youth’s Future Just Like Our Ancestors Tried To Do For Us

With the implosion of affirmative action, it is paramount we must strengthen, fortify and increase HBCUs.

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Kendra Cotton:

After Court Decision, Personal Stories of Affirmative Action Emerge

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court’s decision Thursday restricting the use of affirmative action in higher education sparked exhaustive political debate — and vivid personal memories for some who benefited from such programs as students..  

 

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STATEMENT

Grassroots Organizers Celebrate Ruling in Allen v. Milligan Redistricting Case

WASHINGTON – Grassroots organizers across the South today celebrated the Supreme Court’s ruling in Allen v. Milligan, declaring that Alabama diluted the power of Black voters.  

 

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STATEMENT

The Black Southern Women’s Collaborative Condemns Criminalization of Protests with “Cop City” 

ATLANTA – The Black Southern Women’s Collaborative (BSWC) today condemned the furtherance of “Cop City” in Atlanta. 

 

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STATEMENT

Black Southern Women’s Collaborative Decries the Expulsion of Black Legislators From the Tennessee House of Representatives

“Jones and Pearson were willing to enact the will of the communities that elected them, and now they have been removed. There can be no confusion: This is not only an attack on democracy but also an attack on Black people.  

 

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Ashley K. Shelton:

Anti-Protest Laws Are Not About Safety, They Are About Silencing Dissent

We must not allow our movements for justice to be silenced by laws that criminalize dissent.

 

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Tameka Greer:

Building Memphis' arts infrastructure one brick at a time 

We must continue to protect and provide a sacred, safe space for artists. Without them, we have no life blood, no pulse on the pain and power that surrounds local citizens looking to make a difference.

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Ashley Shelton:

Stop Asking Us to Be Resilient

On Hurricane Ida, COVID-19, and Trauma in Louisiana

In a blink of an eye, the people of Louisiana went from processing one of the worst pandemics in a generation to trying to survive Hurricane Ida. This happened even as the memories of Hurricane Katrina, 16 years earlier, brought fresh rounds of trauma. While I peddle in hope, I must emphatically state that all is not well. 

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Kendra Cotton:

We’re Asking the Wrong Question on Roe

Black women are more likely to experience intimate and domestic violence, more likely to experience sexual violence, more likely to die during pregnancy and more likely to lose children to child protective services.

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Tameka Greer:

'Civically engaged' | Voter restoration drive held at Memphis Art House Café

According to The Sentencing Project, more than one in five African Americans in Tennessee can't vote due to felony convictions. The Art House seeks to change that.

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Phyllis Hill:

The Role Black Women Played In The 2020 Presidential Election Is The One They Should Play In Redistricting

Following the 2020 presidential election, Black women were hailed as heroes for once again saving democracy. For months after the election, there was a chorus of people singing the praises of Black women. There were hashtags, headlines, and videos echoing some version of “listen to Black women.”

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