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Ayanna Pressley’s Latest Resolution Is a Sweeping Progression Vision that Would Transform America’s Legal System

Massachusetts Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley introduced on Thursday a comprehensive criminal justice resolution package that would massively restructure America’s legal system—and fundamentally reshape the role prisons and jails play in American life. Titled “the People’s Justice Guarantee,” the resolution is a progressive vision of justice that is being touted as “the most progressive and comprehensive plan […]

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Ayanna Pressley’s Latest Resolution Is a Sweeping Progressive Vision That Would Transform America’s Legal System

Massachusetts Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley introduced on Thursday a comprehensive criminal justice resolution package that would massively restructure America’s legal system—and fundamentally reshape the role prisons and jails play in American life. Titled the “the People’s Justice Guarantee,” the resolution is a progressive vision of justice that is being touted as “the most progressive and comprehensive plan […]

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Buttigieg Says ‘It’s Gonna be Me,’ Harris Says ‘Just Wait and See’ and Booker Says His Campaign’s So Good He Shouldn’t Have to Run for Free: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 17

When am I going to get my invitation? Elie [Mystal] got to do it and I haven’t yet?  Which week can I do it? I’d like to pretend that these are typical texts, tweets and messages we get from politicos interested in being the special guest analyst for The Root 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings […]

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‘I Can’t Wait to Call Her My President’: Ayanna Pressley Backs Elizabeth Warren

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) will be hitting the campaign trail in support of Sen. Elizabeth Warren today, following her endorsement of the presidential front-runner on Wednesday. “I have seen Ms. Warren in small church basements and in packed gymnasiums,” Pressley said in the video announcement. “And she is consistent. She never loses sight of the […]

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‘Hyde’s Days Are Numbered:’ Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Barbara Lee, and AOC Vow to Repeal Law That Restricts Abortions for Low-Income Women

On the 43rd anniversary of the passage of the Hyde Amendment, a key piece of legislation that restricts abortion rights for Medicaid recipients, Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) have announced the law’s days are numbered. In a video shared exclusively with The Root, the congresswomen condemn the “egregious policy […]

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‘Hyde’s Days Are Numbered:’ Reps. Pressley, Lee, and AOC Vow to Repeal Law That Restricts Abortions for Low-Income Women

On the 43rd anniversary of the passage of the Hyde Amendment, a key piece of legislation that restricts abortion rights for Medicaid recipients, Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) have announced the law’s days are numbered. In a video shared exclusively with The Root, the congresswomen condemn the “egregious policy […]

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Countdown to The Root 100: Before We Reveal the Full List and Who’s No. 1, Let’s Recognize the Top Honorees in Politics, Media and Community

Graphic: G/O Media, Photo: Getty Images, Brandon M. Green, MacArthur Foundation, The Washington Post, Office of Ayanna Pressley, Oronike Odeleye This is it—the last preview before we reveal the full list and who is No. 1 for the 10th anniversary of The Root 100! For this special anniversary of The Root 100, we wanted to […]

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Ayanna Pressley to Introduce Impeachment Inquiry of Brett Kavanaugh

Photo: Mary Schwalm (AP Photo) Massachusetts Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley plans on introducing a House resolution Tuesday calling for an impeachment inquiry of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who recently became the subject of another sexual misconduct allegation. “Sexual predators do not deserve a seat on the nation’s highest court and Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process set […]

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Aunties Don’t Sleep, Black Girls Are Not Magic and Other Things I Learned During CBC Week

Photo: Daniel Swartz I’ve known about the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference for years, but I have never attended because a very close friend of mine went one year and came back infected with a disease from which she still suffers to this day. I know it makes no sense, but even after […]

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Rep. Steve King: ‘I Smacked My Lips’ After Drinking Water From Detention Center Toilet

Photo: Joshua Lott (Getty Images) Nothing will have you praying for the rapture to hurry up and get her ass over here than hearing Iowa congressman Steve King speak. On Wednesday, the politician who wondered why being called a “white nationalist” was a bad thing told a town hall about a recent visit to a […]

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House Oversight Committee Launches Investigation Into Trump Decision to Bring Back Federal Death Penalty

Photo: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via Getty Images On Wednesday afternoon, the House Oversight and Reform committee launched an investigation into the Department of Justice’s recent decision to resume executions of inmates on federal death row. The decision, announced by Attorney General William Barr late last month, marked the end of a 16-year […]

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The Media Is Missing the Real Story of Trump’s Racism

In August 2017, three men from rural Illinois—members of one of our country’s numerous heavily armed and rather poorly regulated “militias”—drove to Bloomington, Minnesota, just south of Minneapolis, to plant an IED in the Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center. Following their arrest, two of the men admitted their guilt. They had set out from Illinois, they […]

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Rep. Ayanna Pressley Responds to Federal Reinstatement of the Death Penalty With Legislation to Abolish It

CBS News Photo: Scott Eisen (Getty Images) One day after Attorney General William Barr announced his nefarious plan to reinstate capital punishment, serial superheroine Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) has declared her own opposition to it. While Donald Trump has made no secret of his love affair with the death penalty, Pressley falls on the other […]

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Rep. Ayanna Pressley Responds to Federal Reinstatement of the Death Penalty with Legislation of Her Own

Photo: Scott Eisen (Getty Images) On the same day that Attorney General William Barr announced his nefarious plan to reinstate capital punishment, serial superheroine Rep. Ayanna Pressley declared her own opposition to it. While Donald Trump has made no secret of his love affair with the death penalty, Pressley falls on the other end of […]

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Beyond Pelosi

Every time I see Nancy Pelosi patiently spell out the higher political wisdom of refraining from impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump, I think of Alan Greenspan. That’s obviously not because the speaker of the House and the famously tight-lipped former Fed chair have any affinities of political outlook or personal temperament. Rather, it’s because as […]

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Trump’s Doing It Again. And by ‘It’ I Mean Attacking ‘The Squad’

Photo: Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images) The president of the United States is a… At this point I want to be outraged but the president of the United States is a joke and he’s exactly what racist white men and 53 percent of white women wanted in office. He’s all the negative things I could think […]

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‘Does That Mean That the Dictionary is Now Racist?’: Diamond and Silk Stump for Trump in Failed Nancy Pelosi Clapback

Screenshot: Fox Nation (YouTube) Diamond and Silk live to say stupid things. As the GOP’s sock puppets of choice and ardent proponents of all things loud and wrong, Shuck and Jive aren’t always there when you call, but they’re always on time to deliver their unique brand of high-decibel absurdity with a side of contrived […]

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What They Mean When They Say ‘Send Her Back’

Photo: Joe Raedle (Getty Images) What is an American? Is it defined by borders, treaties, laws and the Constitution or is it a nebulous set of mutable ideas and fluctuating standards? And who gets to decide? Is it as everchanging as this country’s boundary lines or was it set in stone by the cabal of […]

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Ilhan Omar Slams Trump as ‘Fascist’ While He Cries ‘Wasn’t Me’ on the ‘Send Her Back’ Chants

Rep. Ilhan Omar speaking at a press conference to introduce a piece of legislation in Washington, D.C., June 19, 2019Photo: Stefani Reynolds (Getty) Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar struck back Thursday against Donald Trump and his “Send her back”-braying fans, saying the raucous catcalls were not so much about her, but about what Trump stands for: […]

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It’s Not Strategy, It’s Racism

The idea that Donald Trump plays “3D chess” has never been particularly plausible; still, it was one of the most persistent themes of the 2016 election. The concept was (and is), to be fair, quite appealing: Trump’s public persona may appear, on the outside, to be a completely improvised and rarely coherent mess, but, on […]

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