Tag: Mississippi

Blow Struck: Federal Judge Blocks Mississippi’s ‘Hearbeat’ Abortion Law

Valencia Robinson with Mississippi In Action, a reproductive justice organization, addresses abortion rights advocates, May 21, 2019, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss.Photo: Rogelio V. Solis (Associated Press) Down goes Frazier — at least for now when it comes to Mississippi’s new so-called heartbeat law, which bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. A […]

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Mississippi Jury Awards $3 Million to Black Strippers in Workplace Discrimination Case

Photo: iStock A jury in Mississippi has awarded more than $3 million to five black strippers after a federal judge found their working conditions worse than those of their white counterparts. According to NBC News, U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate presided over a weeklong trial, and jurors decided the women would split the money in […]

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Unita Blackwell, Civil Rights Activist and the 1st Black Woman to Be Elected a Mayor in Mississippi, Dies at 86

Unita Blackwell in 2001Photo: Associated Press Unita Blackwell, a veteran of the civil rights movement and winner of a MacArthur “genius” grant who was the first black woman to be elected a mayor in the state of Mississippi, has died. She was 86. Blackwell’s son confirmed that she died Monday, according to the Associated Press. Blackwell […]

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With Abortion Rights Under Assault in Alabama, Here’s How to Help

All eyes were on Alabama on Tuesday as the State Senate debated, and then passed, what could become the most restrictive abortion law in the country. Under the legislation, which Republican Gov. Kay Ivey has not yet said whether she will sign, women in Alabama would be forced to carry unwanted or nonviable pregnancies to […]

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Fixes: Baby Steps Toward Guaranteed Incomes and Racial Justice

Last of three articles. This Sunday, all over America, little hands will prepare trays with bowls of cereal and small glasses of orange juice. They will leave trails of well-intentioned milk behind them as they approach tired, smiling moms in rumpled beds. It’s all pretty cute. And very much a departure from the daily reality […]

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Black Mississippi High School Grad Charges Her Salutatorian Honor Was Given to Less Qualified White Student to Appease Racist Townspeople

The historically black East Side High School in Cleveland, Miss. (pictured in 2015) is no more after a judge ruled in 2016 that the Mississippi Delta town needed to desegregate its schools. Now a black student at the integrated high school charges the district wrongly denied her the salutatorian honor her grades deserved, giving the […]

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A Small Town Bet on Sports Gambling. It’s Still Waiting.

TUNICA, Miss. — As he drove through town in his black Crown Victoria, Chuck Cariker, the mayor of Tunica, pointed out the gifts that he said gambling had bestowed upon his town. The town hall. The recreation center. The post office. The police station. The roads. Even the car. When Mr. Cariker says “gambling put […]

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Who is Leaving Bowls of Mashed Potatoes around Jackson, Mississippi?

Photo: Mashed potatoes. (iStock) Jackson, Mississippi has a new villain. Lurking in the shadows until the optimal time to strike, this dastardly ne’er-do-well walks among Jacksonians without raising suspicion. Their reasons are unknown. They haven’t left demands. Do they peel the skin, or leave them on? Someone’s been leaving mashed potatoes around Jackson, Mississippi, and […]

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Drug Addiction Used to End Political Careers, but That’s Finally Changing

Bethany Hallam, a candidate for local office in Pennsylvania who has freely discussed her struggles with addiction. Photo by author. Two and a half years ago, Bethany Hallam was lying in a cell in the Allegheny County Jail, sick from withdrawal. “I couldn’t eat. I was physically ill,” she recalls. She had swallowed pain pills or […]

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Racism in Jury Selection Is Real. Can the Supreme Court Put an End to It?

Two years ago, the Supreme Court reaffirmed that there existed a constitutional “imperative to purge racial prejudice from the administration of justice.” In the case of the Mississippi death-row prisoner Curtis Flowers, which the justices heard on Wednesday, the court is once again poised to send a message that racism has no place in the […]

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Mississippi Bans Abortions if Heartbeat Can Be Heard. Expect a Legal Fight.

Phil Bryant, the Republican governor of Mississippi, on Thursday signed a bill largely banning abortions once doctors can detect a trace of a fetal heartbeat with an ultrasound, a milestone that can come as early as six weeks into pregnancy. Mississippi is only the latest state to press for the strict abortion limit — the […]

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Elizabeth Warren Calls for Ending Electoral College

JACKSON, Miss. — Senator Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat who has based her presidential bid on trying to outpace rivals with robust policy proposals, added more ideas to her liberal agenda on Monday night: getting rid of the Electoral College, removing Confederate statues, and creating a national commission to study reparations for black Americans. Ms. […]

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Paying Respect: Medgar Evers’ Mississippi Home Becomes National Monument

Medgar Evers, NAACP’s first field secretary for the state of Mississippi stands nearby a sign of the state Mississippi in this 1958 file photo.Photo: Francis H. Mitchell (AP Photo/Ebony Collection, File) The Mississippi home of civil rights leaders Medgar and Myrlie Evers became a national monument Tuesday, as part of a sweeping, bipartisan public lands […]

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Ole Miss Student and Faculty Groups Vote Unanimously to Relocate Confederate Statue

Nearly two weeks after basketball players at the University of Mississippi knelt during the national anthem in protest of a pro-Confederate rally that ended on campus, the student government voted unanimously to move a prominent statue of a Confederate soldier. The resolution passed, 47-0, to thunderous applause in the Associated Student Body senate on Tuesday […]

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Mississippi Man’s Family Seeks Answers About His Beating Death in Jail

When a Mississippi man who worked as a landscaper was arrested on trespassing charges last year, it was a low-level crime that would normally have been settled with a fine if he had been found guilty. But the man, Harvey Hill, 36, never made it out alive from the Madison County Detention Center in Canton. […]

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Sidebar: When Does Kicking Black People Off Juries Cross a Constitutional Line?

WASHINGTON — Doug Evans, a white state prosecutor in Mississippi, has worked hard to keep black people off the juries that have heard his case against Curtis Flowers, who has been tried six times — yes, six times — for the 1996 murders of four people inside a furniture store in Winona, Miss. Next month, […]

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Blaming Political Climate, Trumps Give Up on New Hotels

In the early months of the Trump administration, with the president no longer running his family business, his eldest sons embarked on a plan to roll out two new hotel lines in dozens of American cities. It reflected the ambitions of “the next generation of the company,” President Trump’s son Eric said at the time. […]

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28 Days of Literary Blackness with VSB | Day 9: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Image: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Penguin Random House Publisher Synopsis: Set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, this is the story of one family’s struggle to maintain their integrity, pride, and independence in the face of racism and social injustice. And it is also Cassie’s story—Cassie Logan, an independent girl who […]

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Nissan Cutting 700 Workers, Blames Slow Titan Sales

Adding to company woes brought on by the Carlos Ghosn scandal, Nissan has announced plans to lay off nearly 700 contract workers at its truck and van manufacturing facility in Mississippi. The shifts affected are responsible for making the Titan, Frontier, and NV line of vans. While Frontier sales are relatively steady, both Titan and […]

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