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Justice for Renisha: Ted Wafer said he didn’t know the gun was loaded

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A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed teen on his porch said he didn’t know his shotgun was loaded. Ted Wafer, 55, shot and killed 19-year-old Renisha McBride during the early hours of Nov. 2. He has claimed self defense under Michigan’s Stand Your Ground law.

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New details emerge as Renisha McBride trial begins

Wednesday marked the first day that lawyers pleaded their cases in front of a Detroit jury regarding the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Renisha McBride. Theodore Wafer, 55, has been charged with second degree murder after shooting the teen on his front porch on Nov. 2. 

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NY cop who placed Eric Garner in chokehold has history of complaints

The NYPD officer who used a chokehold on Eric Garner minutes before his death has a history of alleged civil rights violations. Daniel Pantaleo has been sued twice within the past two years. 

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Report: black men no better off than they were in 1970s

According to a recent report, black men are no better off than they were in the 1970s. The report, The Prison Boom and the Lack of Black Progress after Smith and Welch, analyzed data collected by the U.S. Census from 1940 to 1980 to document important relative black progress in the country. 

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Maya Rupert on #Theseorgsaintloyal

The following post was written by Maya Rupert. It originally appeared on the Huffington Post’s website under the title of, “Listening to #Theseorgsaintloyal.” By: Maya Rupert When the July 2nd 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act went by largely unacknowledged by most national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) organizations, the […]

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Here’s how the Civil Rights Act of 1964 could protect LGBT workers

The Following post originally appeared on Vox, and was written by German Lopez. The piece appeared under the original title, “How The Civil Rights Act of 1964 Could Protect LGBT Workers.” By: German Lopez Exactly 50 years after President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the law is being interpreted to protect […]

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Reflections from an original Freedom Rider

The following post originally appeared on The Root under the title of “An Original Freedom Rider Reflects on the Struggle.” It tells the story of Hank Thomas, a civil rights activist who shares his experiences with the 1961 Freedom Rides.  By: Taryn Finley In 1961, 19-year-old Howard University student Hank Thomas embarked on a journey […]

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JET magazine to release final print issue

Jet magazine has been a staple among African-American readers for 63 years, will release its final print issue on June 9.  The cover features a number of its most famous previous covers. 

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Civil rights activist Vincent Harding dead at 82

Long-time civil rights activist Vincent Harding has died. He was 82. Harding is best known for working closely with the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights era. 

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Cornell Williams Brooks named new president of NAACP

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The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has selected Cornell Williams Brooks to be the organization’s new president.

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