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The definitive MLK Day playlist: songs of respect, justice, and equality

When Sly and the Family Stone released “Everyday People” at the end of 1968, it was a rallying cry after a tumultuous year of assassinations, civil unrest, and a seemingly interminable war. “We got to live together,” he sang. “I am no better and neither are you.” Throughout history, artists and songwriters have expressed a…

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Putin’s Thug “Chaika” in Pussy Riot Video Met With Russian Lawyer at Trump Jr. Meeting

President Trump And Trump Jr.’s Claim Lawyer At Meeting Was “Not a Government Lawyer” Turns Out To Be False July 14, 2017 – JTMP has learned that claims by the President and his son that the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskya, who was at the Trump Jr. meeting, was just a “Russian lawyer” and “not a government lawyer”…

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Seattle Times: Activists hold May Day ‘pop-up’ block party in Seattle to protest youth incarceration

The May Day event included hip-hop performances, food, live-painting and speakers MAY 2, 2017 – May Day marches, rallies and even “pop-up parties” to celebrate worker’s rights, and to protest issues such as war and mass incarceration took place all across America yesterday. Neal Morton of The Seattle Times has a cool piece up about…

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This quote from America’s largest private prison company shows how much the industry fears criminal justice reform

Corrections Corporation of America, the country’s largest owner of private prisons, has faced renewed backlash against its business practices after theDepartment of Justice last week announced it would phase out use of for-profit facilities for federal inmates. The decision followed a damning Inspector General’s reportreleased earlier this month declaring private prisons to be less safe…

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SCOTUS Unites Trump and Senate GOP

Differences aside, Donald Trump and Senate Republicans are strongly united on one issue — the balance of the Supreme Court. While Democrats are pushing the GOP-led Senate to confirm Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland by the end of President Barack Obama’s term, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has been resolute in blocking him, saying the…

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Big Money vs. Black Lives: Movement connects money in politics to racial justice

Earlier this month, a coalition of more than 50 organizations connected to the Black Lives Matter movement released a highly-anticipated policy agenda document, “A Vision for Black Lives.” Rooted in the cause launched in 2013 to protest the killings of African Americans by police, the document began to take shape at a gathering in Cleveland…

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Justice Department sues Mississippi over treatment of mentally ill

The U.S. Justice Department filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the state of Mississippi over the way it treats the mentally ill. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Jackson says the state spends millions to shut away the mentally ill in hospitals when they could be provided more appropriate and helpful services, at…

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Justice Department to Streamline Tracking of Police Killings

The Obama administration is moving forward with a plan to better track killings by police officers, as heightened national scrutiny of such deaths has reinforced criticism of its reliance on self-reporting by state and local law enforcement agencies. In a notice published in the Federal Register this week, the Justice Department said it would ask…

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Cory Booker, After Touring a Prison, Renews Call for Criminal Justice Overhaul

After touring a federal prison on Thursday, Senator Cory Booker, Democrat of New Jersey, said he was more determined than ever to push through comprehensive criminal justice legislation that would cut mandatory minimum sentences and create new programs to ease prisoners’ re-entry into their communities. “This visit today continued to fuel my sense of urgency,”…

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News videos affect whites’ awareness of racism in US

Not long ago, Becky Deen Tai would never have imagined herself attending a civic meeting about police officers’ treatment of African-Americans. She’d grown up a white girl in a family with roots in the Deep South, and only recently had become “more aware of how unaware I am,” she said, later recalling her astonishment at…

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