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#31forMARISSA: Letter to Marissa

By Kai M. Green, BYP100 California

Originally posted on theSwagspot.

Marissa Alexander

Dear Marissa,

Triggers. Triggers. You pulled the trigger to save your own life. You fired shots up to the heavens and the ground you stood upon wouldn’t hold you. The court, these laws unable to recognize you and the justice you do deserve. But I will fight for you. I will write for you. I am with you.

Triggers. I know what it means. See it was just the other day, the day before Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Just outside my old house. We heard a couple yelling. She had been cheating on him. He held her phone and I imagine he was going over the evidence. I imagine it hurt. He wanted control.  She wanted her phone back, but he didn’t want to give it to her. He owed her money. She wanted her stuff. He was angry. He wanted control.

Triggers. We looked outside, but there were no bodies, only voices. We couldn’t tell where they were coming from so we went back inside.

Triggers. I can’t BELIEVE you punched me in my mouth!

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Dear black men: #yourlifematters

Dear black men,

YOU matter.

That’s what the latest viral campaign is seeking to remind men of color of. The Your Life Matters campaign was created in response to the George Zimmerman verdict in July.

It’s goal is “to communicate to young black men that their lives have value, that they have a right to live and be free.” 

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Man dies just three days after being freed

A Louisiana man released just three days from prison after serving 41 years in solitary confinement has died.

Herman Wallace, 71, was released on Tuesday after a judge ruled that he be freed because women were excluded from his grand jury.

Wallace suffered from terminal liver cancer. 

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Family wins fight to rename school after Jesse Owens

The family of Olympic track and field legend Jesse Owens is one step closer in their fight to once again rename a Chicago school after him.

A local school council unanimously voted on Wednesday for Samuel Gompers Elementary to be changed back to Jesse Owens Community Academy.

The building had been named after Owens since 1980, and the family called the change “disrespectful.”

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Lauryn Hill released from jail, creates new music

Lauryn Hill is once again a free woman after serving three months in prison for failing to pay more than $1.8 million in taxes between 2005 and 2007.

The Grammy-award winning artist pleaded guilty earlier this year.

Her new single “Consumerism” was released on the last day of her sentence. 

From The Telegraph:

Her new single Consumerism is a spirited rap attack on societal ills. She targets ageism, sexism, racism, fascism, “compromised commercialism” and “neo McCarthyism” in the track.The single picks up on criticism Hill made at the time of her arrest in 2012. On a post on her Tumblr blog she chastised pop culture’s “climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism.”

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Creator promotes positive ethnic beauty through doll line

For decades black girls have played with dolls that did not look like them, and the practice has lasting affects on the self-esteem of young girls and women of color.

But Karen Byrd is seeking to change that.

She recently launched Natural Girls United!, an ethnic doll line for girls of color. 

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Suspect in Capitol Hill shooting suffered from post-partum depression

The woman killed yesterday after a high speed chase through the nation’s capital suffered from post-partum depression.

Miriam Carey, 34, died after police shot her on the scene. The incident led to a lock down of Capitol Hill.

Carey, a dental hygienist from Stamford, Conn., is described by authorities as having a mental illness, after finding medication for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in her home.

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Food stamp recipients to see cuts in benefits in some states


Earlier this week, we reported on how the government shutdown affects low-income women receiving federal benefits. Today, we bring news that will affect several low-income and unemployed citizens.

Republican-controlled states are making cuts to their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) despite the Department of Agriculture saying that it will continue to provide food stamps for recipients.

While the measure isn’t a result of the shutdown, or the $39 billion cut from the anti-hunger program, it affects thousands of residents.

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Why “Obamacare” is a Win for Black Youth

By Austin Thompson BYP 100 

A New Healthcare Law in Town

Despite right-wing opposition, black youth have a chance to change the course of history by mobilizing our communities to enroll in the new Affordable Care Act’s healthcare insurance marketplace. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “Obamacare” is a new law championed by President Barack Obama that offers health care insurance to more than 40 million people for the first time. An extremely disproportionate amount of the uninsured are African-Americans who receive less preventive care and have worse health outcomes than whites. Our families still need medical treatment so we often end up in the emergency room or urgent care for advanced illnesses that drive-up healthcare costs and are often too little too late. Until now, the high costs of coverage contributed to an apartheid health care system that is both immoral and wastes a ton of money that could be going elsewhere. The ACA is rooted basic values African-Americans and most Americans in general share. Every human being deserves the best possible care that improves our quality of life and saves money over the long-term.

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Shots fired on Capitol Hill, premises on lockdown

The United States Capitol and surrounding buildings are on lock down Thursday after multiple gun shots were fired on Capitol Hill.

Police in the area have advised House and Senate employees to seek shelter and move away from locked doors and windows.

Capitol Police cleared the plaza as soon as shots were fired, quickly moving dozens of members of Congress, reporters, aides and tourist into rooms.

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