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7 Mar
On the 56th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, President Joe Biden is expected to announce a new executive order with several measures aimed at expanding the American electorate.
The order comes as proposed voting rights legislation faces an uncertain future in the Senate, and voter suppression efforts allegedly addressing a nonexistent election integrity crisis are underway in GOP-controlled statehouses across the country.
Administration officials say Biden will announce the directives via a virtual appearance this morning as part of the annual Bloody Sunday commemoration, being held virtually due to the pandemic.
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17 Feb
Now I'm keeping an eye on the House subcommittee hearing on HR40, the proposed legislation that would create a commission to study reparations for Black Americans. You can watch along with me here:
The bill was first proposed decades ago, but the issue gained momentum during the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. Then, the crowded field was split on what and whether Black Americans living today and impacted by the legacy of slavery are owed from the federal government.
A hearing was held in the summer of 2019 as the country marked the 400th anniversary of enslaved people being forcibly brought to America. Then Maj Ldr McConnell said he didn't support the bill; Min Ldr Chuck Schumer said he did. Their roles in the Senate have since reversed.
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18 Aug 20
Today marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the #19thAmendment, for which our newsroom is proudly named — but with an asterisk. This is intentional, because the omission and erasure of black women from the suffrage movement was intentional.
In honoring this landmark legislation with our name, we above all honor those who it denied. This tiny but powerful symbol is a daily reminder for us as a newsroom that the work remains unfinished, and that it is our mission to make this democracy more inclusive. Image
We are centering the marginalized. This includes not only the majority of the electorate, but folks regardless of gender or geography. @19thnews is a place where you will be seen, and where we are committed to making journalism that reaches you, no matter where you are.
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16 Aug 20
We at @19thnews look forward to marking the centennial of the ratification of the #19thAmendment, for which our newsroom is named -- but with an asterisk in recognition that white women were the main beneficiaries of this milestone, at the expense of women of color.
It is important to us @19thnews to tell the truth about the suffrage movement, and to acknowledge the Black women who had to fight twice as hard for their access to the ballot, which they would not win until the Voting Rights Act of 1965, nearly four decades later.
Among my heroes are American patriots like Ida B. Wells, Mary Church Terrell, Anna Julia Cooper, Frances E.W. Harper and so many Black women history has attempted to erase for their contributions as suffragettes. No more ... Let us all honor them now.
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9 Aug 20
My latest is up now on @19thnews. I got an earful yesterday from the Black women who tell me that for them, a Black woman VP on the Democratic ticket is not a maybe -- it's a must. They say anything less is a rejection of their contributions to the party: 19thnews.org/2020/08/black-…
I talked to a dozen women on the record about this issue, which I have watched evolve over the course of the #veepstakes conversation. They are frustrated and fuming over the racial and gendered attacks that have emerged as Black women have been mentioned as leading candidates.
Back in March, I wrote about the activists who began calling for a woman of color, and a Black woman in particular, in the No. 2 slot after the path to the nomination closed for a woman during the primary: 19thnews.org/2020/03/female…
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26 Jul 20
Year after year, @repjohnlewis commemorated Bloody Sunday because he knew the importance of symbolism. He told and retold the story to remind people to remain vigilant, that the hard won gains of democracy over racism must be defended over and over.
That symbolism was on display yet again this morning on his final crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge. It was on display in March at his final appearance at this year’s Jubilee, in the midst of a primary and ahead of a general election in a racially polarized America.
Congressman Lewis and Rev. C.T. Vivian, who also died last Friday, were bound in life and death and fought until their last breath to protect hard won gains. They lived long enough to see both racial progress and backlash and were a constant and visible reminder of the stakes.
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