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Coca-Cola and Delta absent from corporate voting rights statement after GOP pressure

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Two of the companies that were hammered the hardest by the Right after criticizing Georgia’s new voting law were absent from a new statement by hundreds of businesses and individuals about voting rights. The statement, which is very broad......

‘This is their blood’: Civil rights lawyer Crump fights for George Floyd’s family

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(Reuters) – As the world follows the often-emotional testimony in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of murdering George Floyd, members of Floyd’s family watch a live feed in a separate room in the courthouse. FILE PHOTO: Floyd family lawyer Ben Crump and members of......

Maryland becomes first state to repeal police Bill of Rights, overriding Hogan veto

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Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here One of the new laws will also require officers to use force only if it is “necessary and proportional.” The move, a win for police reform advocates, comes amid a national reckoning with policing after the death of George Floyd,......

Concerns mount that US withdrawal from Afghanistan could risk progress on women’s rights

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here “Today women in Afghanistan have a very special place. They are stronger than ever and they have achieved what has never been achieved before: they cannot be ignored. They will not be ignored,” Fatima Gailani, an Afghan women’s rights......

Corporate support for voting rights fuels astonishing Republican hypocrisy

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here USA TODAY Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has warned CEOs of large corporations to “stay out of politics,” calling their engagement in divisive political issues “stupid.” An ironic turn of events given the fact that Republicans are supposed to be the......

North Carolina bill seeks to shorten felons’ wait to restore gun rights

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here A group of Republican lawmakers has filed a bill that would shorten the time for North Carolinians who have committed a crime to regain their Second Amendment rights. Senate Bill 687 would reduce the number of years North Carolinians......

Why Kentucky Just Became the Only Red State to Expand Voting Rights

New York Times
Jennifer Decker has solid conservative credentials. A first-term Republican state lawmaker in Kentucky who used to work for Senator Rand Paul, she represents a county that voted for Donald J. Trump last year by nearly 30 percentage points. Yet at a time when many of her Republican counterparts around the......

Omar: Boycotts have ‘allowed for justice’ from civil rights to ending apartheid

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here “We know that boycotts have allowed for justice to be delivered in many spaces. The civil rights movement was rooted in boycotts. We know that, you know, apartheid ended in South Africa because of boycotts,” Omar told CNN’s Jake......

U.S. companies face boycott threats, mounting pressure to take sides in America’s battle over voting rights

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Protesters gather outside of the Georgia State Capitol to protest HB 531, which would place tougher restrictions on voting in Georgia, in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. March 4, 2021. Dustin Chambers | Reuters U.S. corporations face growing pressure and threats of......

Democratic-led states expand voting rights amid GOP push to restrict access

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Republican lawmakers have introduced 361 restrictive bills in a different set of 47 states. Texas, Arizona and Georgia — states that are competitive in presidential elections, but where Republicans have full control of statehouses — have seen the largest......

Big businesses side with Democrats in clash over voting rights

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here After acting on former President Donald Trump’s big lie that the 2020 election was stolen by enacting new restrictions on voting, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and House Speaker David Ralston, both Republicans, tried to spin the reality of the......

Reversing Trump, Biden Repeals Sanctions on Human Rights Prosecutor

New York Times
In June, Mr. Trump signed an executive order authorizing sanctions on any personnel at the International Criminal Court who were investigating “allied personnel without that ally’s consent.” In 2019, the Trump administration revoked Ms. Bensouda’s travel visa for the United States. Mr. Trump’s moves were criticized by numerous governments, scholars......

“Crip Camp” and the disability rights movement

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here “Crip Camp” and the disability rights movement – CBS News Watch CBSN Live The new Netflix documentary, “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution,” tells the story of teenagers with disabilities who attended an upstate New York summer camp in 1971......

Virginia, the Old Confederacy’s Heart, Becomes a Voting Rights Bastion

New York Times
The state’s voting rights act is being signed into law by a governor whose career was nearly derailed by a blackface scandal in 2019. Since then, Mr. Northam has been at the forefront of a host of the state’s racial justice initiatives and has enjoyed high approval ratings. He said......

National Football League agrees to data rights deal with Genius Sports

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Matt Ryan (2) of the Falcons is chased by Ndamukong Suh (93) of the Bucs during the regular season game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on January 03, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.......

Adani condemns rights violations in Myanmar, will still work with partners

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CHENNAI (Reuters) – India’s Adani Group said on Wednesday it condemned “violations of fundamental rights of all people” and would continue to work with “partners and stakeholders,” in response to recent media reports on the conglomerate’s investments in the Myanmar. Adani owns and operates a port in the country. “We......

Democrats Splinter Over Strategy for Pushing Through Voting Rights Bill

New York Times
Black House members, for instance, are deeply uneasy over the bill’s shift to independent redistricting commissions, which they fear could cost them seats if majority-minority districts are broken up, particularly in the South. Before the bill passed the House, its authors spent significant time reassuring members of the Congressional Black......

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