NAACP and Community Leaders Are Asking for Three High School Employees to be Terminated After Video Footage Shows Them Restraining a Student and Hitting Him
Several organizations, including the Maryland chapter of the NAACP, are calling for male staff members at Howard County High School in the Baltimore suburb of […]news.yahoo.com
North Carolina man wrongfully imprisoned 24 years pardoned
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday pardoned a man who spent 24 years behind bars for a murder he has long said he did not commit. Cooper’s pardon of innocence allows Dontae Sharpe to apply for compensation up to $750,000 for his wrongful conviction. “Mr. Sharpe and others who have been wrongly convicted deserve to have that injustice fully and publicly acknowledged," the governor said in a statement announcing he had pardoned the man after a careful review of the case.news.yahoo.com
Rights group says Hamas rockets at Israel a clear war crime
Human Rights Watch on Thursday said the thousands of rockets fired by the Palestinian militant group Hamas during the 11-day war with Israel “violated the laws of war and amount to war crimes." The New York-based rights group investigated Hamas rocket attacks that killed 12 civilians in Israel, as well as a misfired rocket that killed seven Palestinians inside the Gaza Strip.news.yahoo.com
Biden signs law making Juneteenth a federal holiday — but some remain unimpressed
Exclusive: How will Washington quell the disdain in the Black community over Juneteenth becoming a federal holiday when voting rights and police reform bills remain in jeopardy? Tune in as I sign the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law.news.yahoo.com
Two years before the Tulsa massacre, the 'Red Summer' saw white mobs murder hundreds of Black Americans
The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, one of the worst acts of racial violence in U.S. history. But two years prior to the carnage in Tulsa, another violent wave of hate took hold in the country.news.yahoo.com
NAACP President Derrick Johnson on "The Takeout" — 4/2/2021
NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson joins Major to talk about the trial of Derek Chauvin, the Black Lives Matter movement, Georgia’s new voter restrictions, and athletes’ fight to earn payment from the NCAA on this week's episode of "The Takeout with Major Garrett."cbsnews.com
Georgia NAACP and voting rights groups file another federal lawsuit to block new election law
Georgia NAACP and voting rights groups file another federal lawsuit to block new election law On Monday, Georgia's NAACP and voting rights groups filed a second federal lawsuit seeking to block sweeping changes to the state's voting process that are set to take place under a new bill signed by Republican Governor Brian Kemp. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Mark Niesse joins CBSN's "Red & Blue" anchor Elaine Quijano with more.cbsnews.com
Curry, WNBA players receive Jackie Robinson award from NAACP
The NAACP has given him its Jackie Robinson Sports Award. And, for the first time, the nation's oldest civil rights organization is recognizing more than one person by honoring the WNBA Players Association. Ad“I am so proud of the WNBA players for this well-deserved recognition of their continued activism and advocacy for social justice and equality," WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a statement provided to the AP. Warriors coach Steve Kerr, outspoken on many issues himself, admires the WNBA players for their activism. “I love what the WNBA players have done.
Black woman becomes face of Missouri following NAACP warning
Nearly four years after the NAACP warned travelers that their civil rights may not be respected if they visit the state, a Black woman has become the face of Missouri's tourism campaign. (Missouri Division of Tourism via AP). – A Black woman has become the face of Missouri's tourism campaign, nearly four years after the NAACP warned travelers that their civil rights may not be respected if they visit the state. Pictures also show her posing as a Foodie Mo, Barbecue Mo, Lake Mo, History Mo and more. He said Visit Missouri, the tourism website that features Mo, “auditioned over 200 actors and actresses with strong ties to Missouri.
Black women persevere to lead in Vermont despite harassment
(AP Photo/Jessica Hill)Mia Schultz has watched three other Black women in Vermont leave leadership posts in the mostly white state because of harassment and threats. Democratic state Rep. Kiah Morris, who was the only Black woman in the Vermont state Legislature, resigned that year partially in response to harassment from a self-described white nationalist. Anyone holding public office or high profile advocacy roles takes on risks as a public figure, but Black women face harassment and threats of violence aimed at them for both their gender and race. It's a challenge Black women leaders across the United States face and coincides with a surge of women, and women of color, running for office. Just this week during Vermont's annual town meetings, at least three Black women won seats on town and school boards.
NAACP lawsuit will put Trump "out of business," Congressman Bennie Thompson says
Congressman Bennie Thompson, the Democratic lawmaker who is partnering with the NAACP in a lawsuit against former President Trump and Rudy Giuliani, says he is looking forward to his day in court. If he doesn't, we will put him out of business," Thompson, the chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, told CBSN in an interview Wednesday. He spoke along with NAACP President Derrick Johnson about the legal action they are pursuing against those they want held accountable for the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol. Mr. Trump issued a statement saying he "did not incite or conspire to incite" the violence at the Capitol. Thompson said the arguments and evidence brought by his House colleagues "justify this lawsuit."cbsnews.com
NAACP lawsuit will put Trump "out of business," Congressman Bennie Thompson says
Congressman Bennie Thompson, the Democratic lawmaker who is partnering with the NAACP in a lawsuit against former President Trump and Rudy Giuliani, says he is looking forward to his day in court. If he doesn't, we will put him out of business," Thompson, the chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, told CBSN in an interview Wednesday. He spoke along with NAACP President Derrick Johnson about the legal action they are pursuing against those they want held accountable for the January 6th assault on the U.S. Capitol. Mr. Trump issued a statement saying he "did not incite or conspire to incite" the violence at the Capitol. Thompson said the arguments and evidence brought by his House colleagues "justify this lawsuit."cbsnews.com
NAACP and Democratic congressman sue Trump and Giuliani over Capitol assault
The NAACP said two other Democrats, Congressman Hank Johnson of Georgia and Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey, plan to join the litigation. As Mr. Trump is out of office, he no longer enjoys some of the legal protections afforded to presidents. While he was acquitted by the Senate on the charge of incitement of insurrection Saturday, some Republicans have suggested Mr. Trump could be held accountable for his actions through the criminal justice system. In their complaint, Thompson and the NAACP lay out the campaign by Mr. Trump and Giuliani to reverse the outcome of the 2020 election, including tweets and remarks from the weeks before the assault falsely claiming the presidential election was stolen. Democrats asked Mr. Trump to testify during the trial, though his lawyers swiftly declined the invitation.cbsnews.com
NAACP, House Homeland Security Committee chair sue Trump, Giuliani, Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, alleging Capitol riot conspiracy
The suit comes three days after Trump was acquitted of inciting the riot at his second impeachment trial by the Senate. Trump for months before Election Day had said without evidence the 2020 presidential contest would be tainted by fraud. Jason Miller, a spokesman for Trump, said in a statement, "President Trump has been acquitted in the Democrats' latest Impeachment Witch Hunt, and the facts are irrefutable." "President Trump did not plan, produce or organize the Jan. 6 rally on the Ellipse. President Trump did not incite or conspire to incite any violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6," Miller said.cnbc.com
NAACP president on Trump's impeachment: Capitol assault "was an act of treason"
NAACP president on Trump's impeachment: Capitol assault "was an act of treason" As former President Trump's impeachment trial gets underway, the NAACP says "the Senate must convict him swiftly." Derrick Johnson, the president and CEO of the NAACP, joins CBSN to discuss.cbsnews.com
Black Lives Matter supporters in San Antonio point to double standard for mobs at US Capitol
SAN ANTONIO – Watching largely white mobs rampage through the U.S. Capitol, supporters of the local Black Lives Matter movement said the disparity was painfully obvious. “If those were black people, what we would have saw was a bloody Wednesday,” said Valerie Reiffert, a founder of Radical Registrars. Dr. Gregory Hudspeth, president of the San Antonio branch of the NAACP, agrees with Reiffert. Hudspeth said President Donald Trump has “invited” domestic terrorism, one of the reasons why the NAACP wants him impeached. Factory said what needs to happen are “uncomfortable conversations” and support for groups that advocate change like Black Freedom Factory.
"Stark contrast" in police response to BLM protesters and "domestic terrorists" who stormed Capitol, NAACP president says
NAACP President Derrick Johnson on Thursday criticized police inaction toward Trump supporters who attacked the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, saying it showed a double standard when compared to how law enforcement responded to Black Lives Matter protesters this summer. The response to Black Lives Matter protesters, he said, "was as if they were criminals, and they were simply carrying out a First Amendment right to protest." Law enforcement did not have the same presence at the Capitol during the pro-Trump riots. "No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protestors yesterday that they wouldn't have been treated very differently than the mob that stormed the Capitol," Biden tweeted. No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protestors yesterday that they wouldn’t have been treated very differently than the mob that stormed the Capitol.cbsnews.com
NAACP head decries using racism to score political points in wake of Capitol mob
NAACP head decries using racism to score political points in wake of Capitol mob The riots at the U.S. Capitol have ignited calls for impeachment and removal from office of President Trump and prompted civil rights leaders to criticize a double standard in how law enforcement reacted to the mob Wednesday versus how it responded to Black Lives Matter protests last year. NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson joins CBSN to discuss how the incident and the deep racial divide in the country.cbsnews.com
NAACP leader on the decision not to charge officer in Jacob Blake shooting
NAACP leader on the decision not to charge officer in Jacob Blake shooting The Kenosha, Wisconsin district attorney's office has announced it will not bring charges against Officer Rustin Sheskey in the shooting of Jacob Blake. NAACP president and CEO Derrick Johnson joined CBSN to talk about the decision.cbsnews.com
Jury: Black bikers' race was a factor, but city won't pay
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The city of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, was motivated by race when it created a traffic plan designed to “suck the fun” out of Black Bike Week, a federal jury has found. But the same jury sided against the bikers, saying the city probably would have imposed the plan anyway. The Black bikers have been particularly frustrated by a 23-mile (37-kilometer) one-way no-exit traffic chute that funnels them out of town during the peak nights of Atlantic Beach Bikefest, otherwise known as Black Bike Week. The NAACP has tussled in court with the city, as well as local restaurants and a hotel, over their responses to the Black bikers for nearly two decades. That settlement expired in 2015, when the new traffic plan was established.
NAACP pushes Biden to appoint a racial equity adviser to the White House
NAACP President Derrick Johnson is calling for the appointment of a racial equity adviser at the White House. "The president-elect said racial equity will be a part of his administration. The racial equity adviser to the president could hold the portfolio and oversee the process." Johnson called it "a very positive meeting" in which Mr. Biden's biggest commitment was to "continue the dialogue" on racial justice. "We need to have an adviser to the president to address racial equity across the administration, regardless of individuals who are sitting in the seat."cbsnews.com
NAACP leader calls for Biden to create a new civil rights envoy position
NAACP leader calls for Biden to create a new civil rights envoy position NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson joins CBSN to discuss President-elect Joe Biden's meeting with with the leaders of seven civil rights groups, and the importance of creating a civil rights envoy position in the White House.cbsnews.com
Black bikers see racism in Myrtle Beach, SC, traffic plan
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Motorcycle clubs roar into Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, each May for separate week-long rallies, one mostly white, the other mostly Black. White bikers rolling in days earlier for Harley Week each May are treated differently, Black bikers say. In opening arguments last week to five Black and four white jurors, an NAACP lawyer said Myrtle Beach during Bikefest is “like a city under martial law," The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported. The Atlantic Beach event soon sprawled into nearby towns, including Myrtle Beach, where most of the 35,000 residents are white. Myrtle Beach city and Chamber of Commerce officials refused to talk about the trial.
VIA buses free on Friday to honor Rosa Parks
In observance of “Rosa Parks Day” throughout the country and to pay tribute to the NAACP activist whose refusal to surrender her bus seat to a white man in December 1955 sparked the modern civil rights era, VIA Metropolitan Transit will offer free rides all day Friday. VIAtrans will also be free Friday, but riders still will have to make reservations in advance. VIA began offering the free rides on “Rosa Parks Day” last year, joining scores of transit agencies that honor the woman “who took a stand by sitting down.” Since 2005, VIA has displayed a special seat dedicated to the legacy of Rosa Parks in each of its vehicles. “People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true,” Parks later wrote. “I was not tired physically … No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”email@example.com
Nearly 70,000 marchers return to National Mall 57 years after MLKs I Have a Dream speech
Fifty seven years ago Friday, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and delivered his I Have a Dream speech, pushing for racial justice. In commemoration of Kings speech, around 70,000 marchers returned to the same location with the message that the dream has yet to be fully realized. We will fulfill my grandfathers dream, shouted Dr. King Jr.s granddaughter from the podium on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. That is, were not there yet.Under the theme Get Your Knee Off Our Necks, marchers traveled from the Lincoln Memorial to the Martin Luther King Jr. Monument, condemning ongoing racial injustices. Notable figures like reverend Al Sharpton, and Martin Luther King Jrs son, MLK III, also withstood the heat and put pandemic fears aside, speaking out at the demonstration.
Tyler Perry's work honored with 2020 Governors Award
NEW YORK Tyler Perry has won awards from the NAACP and BET. Now he's getting a big one from the Television Academy: He and his foundation are the recipients of the 2020 Governors Award. Tyler Perry has changed the face of television and inspired a new generation of content creators. He pioneered a new brand of storytelling that engages people of color both in front of and behind the camera, and his shows have resonated with a global audience, said Governors Award selection committee Chair Eva Basler in a statement. The award honors an individual or organization in the television arts and sciences whose achievement is so exceptional and universal in nature that it goes beyond the scope of annual Emmy Awards recognition.Previous recipients of the Governors Award include Star Trek, American Idol, Masterpiece Theater and Comic Relief.
Popovich provides history lesson on Indiana lynchings, meaning behind Billie Holiday song Strange Fruit
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. Gregg Popovich provided a history lesson Friday morning in an effort to keep awareness of racial injustices at the forefront of the NBAs restart in Orlando. Prior to the Spurs game against the Utah Jazz, Popovich discussed at length the details surrounding the 1930 lynchings in Marion, Indiana, which occurred 90 years ago Friday. It essentially became a protest song to detail the history of African-American lynchings. I read that and then learned that between the Civil War and 1950, there were 6,500 lynchings. Shameful.Popovich has been one of the most outspoken individuals on social justice since the NBA restarted play in Orlando.
NAACP San Antonio members, law enforcement officers come together for Call to Action town hall
SAN ANTONIO – Members of the NAACP San Antonio branch brought together law enforcement officials to speak about the racial divide in the Alamo City. The Call to Action Town Hall was livestreamed on Facebook. Call To Action Posted by NAACP San Antonio Branch on Friday, June 5, 2020The panelists brought up different ideas to end racial injustices in San Antonio. NAACP members said they are just ready for a significant change after all these years. Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar and District Attorney Joe Gonzales were in attendance.
Photos from history: How San Antonio protested during civil rights movement
San Antonio has been here before: Decades following the civil rights movement and farmworker strikes, locals have remained defiant in the face of police brutality, racism and inequality. Images from UTSAs Special Collections, which include stills from the San Antonio Express-News and San Antonio Light, show the citys presence during movements of civil rights and farmworkers. San Antonio civil rights activist arrested in the 1960s supporting ongoing protestsThe integration was one way San Antonio has fought to be welcoming to all, she said. And that movement continues to be an example to hundreds across San Antonio as they focus on addressing racial injustice in the wake of Floyds death. She is also the program director for the Bethel Prevention Coalition that works with African Americans in San Antonio to reduce drug and alcohol abuse.
Injustice in the Early 1900s
AFRICAN AMERICANS BECAME THE MAIN TARGET OF POLICE POWERWorld War I created grave problems for African Americans. African Americans became the main target of police power in that thousands of blacks refused to serve in the war that many saw as an imperialist war of aggression. African Americans refused to be inducted in record numbers and became the target of intelligence gathering agencies; the post office, and the Justice Department. Bouldin was accused of violating the Espionage Act along with William L. Hegwood, a notable African American leader in San Antonio. The government wanted everyone to be loyal to a war that was for freedom everywhere else except for black people, brown people, and Native Americans.saobserver.com
Ex-NAACP leader deeply sorry, but denies sexual assault
Sebring said she was an idealistic teenager when she worked at the NAACP's state headquarters, then located in Durham. She said Gatewood's harassment started within a week after she arrived, and ultimately, she asked her father, a 6-foot-6 (198-centimer) law enforcement officer, to drop in on Gatewood in uniform in the hopes of intimidating him. Gatewood backed off for about a week, she said.chicagotribune.com
NAACP WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE- Derrick Johnson on Black Voters and Campaign 2020
Derrick Johnson on Black Voters and Campaign 2020Derrick Johnson, NAACP president, talked about some of the issues most important to the NAACP in the 2020 election, including voting discrimination. There is nothing more important than protecting and defending our democracy, said Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP. Voter suppression has played a huge role in silencing the political voices of the African American community and all people of color historically and during the 2018 midterm election season. We must now look forward and prepare for the 2019 and 2020 election cycles and the imminent threats that are facing the Census and our democracy. The NAACP is determined to shape a culture of voting and reach people who dont vote regularly, especially those who believe their votes dont matter.saobserver.com