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Jay Z, Kerry Washington, John Legend and More, Chose Schools Over Prisons

artists_for47Jay Z, Cameron Diaz, John Legend, Aloe Blacc, Kimora Lee Simmons, and Jesse Williams are just a few of the Artists for 47

Proposition 47 is a groundbreaking California ballot initiative to reclassify six nonviolent, low-level felonies as misdemeanors and then use the salary savings – in the hundreds of millions – for prevention, education and mental health treatment. Why is Prop 47 important? California has built 22 prisons, but only 1 public university in the last 25 years. California taxpayers spend just $9,100 per K-12 student while spending a whopping $62,300 per prisoner each year.

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Poor Kids Are Starving for Words

The following piece is from the Atlantic. It was written by Jessica Lahey.

By: Jessica Lahey

“Education,” Horace Mann declared in 1848, “is a great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance wheel of the social machinery.” But increasingly, the condition of American children—and even their eventual role in society—is determined well before their first day of kindergarten.

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Little League superstar Mo’ne Davis lands Teen Vogue feature

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As if getting a documentary produced by the legendary Spike Lee and starring in a Chevrolet commercial that ran during the World Series isn’t enough, Little League superstar Mo’ne Davis now has yet another big achievement to add to her list.

The baseball star has a feature in Teen Vogue. 

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Video: Michigan police fatally shoot man 46 times

Graphic new video of a homeless man fatally shot by Michigan police in 2012 has been released.

Milton Hall, 49, was facing eight members of the Saginaw police force and a K-9 dog in a parking lot. Hall, who was mentally ill, was holding a pen knife. Officers fired 46 shots at Hall as he died on the pavement. 

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Halloween lynching display removed from Fort Campbell home

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An offensive Halloween display in Fort Campbell, KY has been removed.

The display featured a black family hanging from a tree in the front yard. City officials were alerted to the display and had it removed.

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Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson expected to step down

According to government officials, the police chief of Ferguson, Missouri is expected to step down as part of the city’s effort to reform the police department.

But Chief Thomas Jackson and the city’s mayor say the claims are false. 

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Chadwick Bosman to star as Marvel’s first black superhero, company also set to debut first female hero

Marvel Studios announced several new films set to debut over the next couple of years, and one of them features its very first black superhero.

42 and Get On Up actor Chadwick Boseman has been tapped for the lead role. 

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‘Born and raised’ Texans forced to prove identities under new voter ID law

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The following post is from The Guardian. It was written by Ed Pilkington.

By: Ed Pilkington

Eric Kennie is a Texan. He is as Texan as the yucca plants growing outside his house. So Texan that he has never, in his 45 years, travelled outside the state. In fact, he has never even left his native city of Austin. “No sir, not one day. I was born and raised here, only place I know is Austin.”

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The Official Michael Brown Autopsy Report Doesn’t Say What the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Says It Does

The following piece is from Daily Kos. It was written by Chameo.

By: Chameo

“Autopsy of Michael Brown indicates he reached for cop’s gun and had pot in system.”

Yesterday as our little group was preparing to stand in solidarity with Ferguson for the national October 22 Day Against Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation, the media was buzzing about the story headlined above.

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Two Bronx boys attacked, called ‘Ebola’ due to health scare

On Friday, a group of students in New York attacked two of their peers while yelling “Ebola” at the brothers who had recently returned from Senegal.

The New York Department of Education confirmed the incident occurred. The boys were pushed and shoved. 

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