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I can hear it now.

Hancock County citizens:  Look.  We put you in that position and paid your salary.  Now, you are trying to stab us in the back.  You got to go-NOW!

State Rep. Ousted As Hancock County Attorney After Sponsoring Voting Changes

March 10, 2021 4:23 PM
By:  Stephen Fowler

The Hancock County Board of Commissioners voted 4-0 Wednesday to ask Rep. Barry Fleming (R-Harlem) to resign as county attorney after pressure from citizens opposed to his work on proposed voting law changes.

Fleming is currently the House Special Committee on Election Integrity Chairman and primary sponsor of HB 531, a 66-page voting omnibus that would make sweeping changes to voting in Georgia, including limiting access to drop boxes and curbing larger counties' ability to offer a full slate of weekend voting.

Hancock has one of the highest proportions of Black voters in the country and has been the center of several voting controversies in recent years, including an episode in 2015 when a fifth of the voters in Sparta — all Black — had their voter registrations challenged.



General Discussion Forum / The Amistad Mutiny, 1839
« on: March 09, 2021, 05:58:03 PM »
The Amistad Mutiny, 1839
Posted on August 23, 2017 / by contributed by: Samuel Momodu

The Amistad Mutiny occurred on the Spanish schooner La Amistad on July 2, 1839. The incident began In February 1839 when Portuguese slave hunters illegally seized 53 Africans in Sierra Leone, a British colony, whom they intended to sell in the Spanish colony of Cuba. Several weeks into the slave-raiding trip, the 53, along with 500 other captured Africans were loaded on to the Tecora, a Portuguese slave ship. After a two month voyage the Tecora landed in Havana, Cuba.  There Jose Ruiz purchased 49 adult slaves and Pedro Montes bought four children. Ruiz and Montes wanted to bring the slaves to the sugar plantations in Puerto Principe (now Camaguey), Cuba where they would resell them. The slave merchants boarded the 53  African captives on the Amistad which departed from Havana, Cuba on June 28, 1839.


On March 9, 1841, the Supreme Court upheld the lower court ruling in The United States v. The Amistad with a 7-1 decision declaring that the captives were illegally kidnapped and thus were free. Soon afterwards Northern abolitionists raised funds to pay for African men and boys, and three girls, to return to Sierra Leone. On November 25, 1841, the surviving Amistad captives departed from New York harbor for Sierra Leone.  They were accompanied by James Covey, a British sailor and former slave who spoke their language, and five white missionaries, all sailing on the Gentleman. The British governor of Sierra Leone, William Fergusson, led the colony in welcoming the captives when they arrived in Freetown, in January 1842.

Politics / Former astronaut mulling Senate run in North Carolina
« on: March 06, 2021, 08:58:21 AM »
Former astronaut mulling Senate run in North Carolina

Joan Higginbotham, the third Black woman to go to space, is considering running for the state's open Senate seat.


03/05/2021 07:53 PM EST

Joan Higginbotham, a former NASA astronaut and the third Black woman to go to space, is seriously considering running for Senate in North Carolina as a Democrat, according to multiple people familiar with her deliberations.

Higginbotham, 56, has never run for political office before and would be entering what is expected to be one of the most expensive and high-profile Senate races in the country next year. North Carolina is an open race and is among Democrats top targets, alongside Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, as they seek to protect their fragile 50-50 majority.


The courts matter.


Conservative Supreme Court majority gets another crack at the Voting Rights Act

By Ariane de Vogue, CNN Supreme Court Reporter

Updated 8:53 PM ET, Tue March 2, 2021
Hear Supreme Court justices argue controversial Arizona voting law

Washington (CNN) - The Supreme Court is poised on Tuesday to hear a case that supporters of voting rights fear will lead the court's new conservative majority to weaken a key provision of the Voting Rights Act that prohibits laws that result in racial discrimination.

The dispute comes in the aftermath of a contentious election which prompted former President Donald Trump to make unfounded claims of voter fraud and inspired his supporters to storm the US Capitol in an attempt to overturn the election.


Eight years ago, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the 5-4 majority opinion in Shelby County v. Holder, effectively gutting Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, a provision that required states with a history of discrimination to obtain the permission of the federal government or the courts before enacting new laws related to voting.

Since that decision, challengers to voting restrictions have increasingly turned to Section 2 of the law, that holds that no voting regulation can be imposed that "results in a denial or abridgement of the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color." (Unlike a challenge brought under Section 5, a Section 2 challenge occurs after the voting rule is in place.)

Now the court, with its strong 6-3 conservative-liberal majority, will consider the standards courts will use to determine if a rule violates Section 2.


Politics / Russian diplomats leave North Korea using hand-pushed trolley
« on: February 27, 2021, 11:10:47 AM »

Russian diplomats leave North Korea using hand-pushed trolley
Eight Russian diplomats and their families — including a three-year-old girl — had to use a hand-car to cross the border from North Korea to return to Russia, since rail service between the two countries has been suspended due to Covid.

Politics / House passes $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package
« on: February 27, 2021, 10:36:32 AM »
House passes $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package
The Democratic-controlled House voted 219-212 to pass the package, which includes $1,400 personal checks and a $20 billion COVID-19 vaccination plan, early on Saturday morning after working through Friday night. Every Republican voted against the bill, as did two Democrats. On Thursday, the Senate parliamentarian ruled that a minimum wage hike, supported by President Biden, could not be included in the bill. The relief package now moves to the Senate, where another vote will take place.

This has information on conservative politics from slavery to segregation to Ronald Reagan through today.

Yahoo Sports
Australian Olympic swimmer Scott Miller arrested again in drug syndicate bust

Ryan Young · Writer
February 16, 2021

Former Australian Olympic swimmer Scott Miller was arrested on Tuesday and charged with drug trafficking and directing a criminal syndicate, according to The Associated Press.

Miller, 45, was arrested on Tuesday at his home in Sydney after police found methamphetamine concealed in eight candles last month, per the report. Another 47-year-old man, who has not been identified, was also arrested.

Miller, the police allege, was the director of a criminal syndicate and believe that others “are working under his instruction.” They were allegedly distributing drugs meant for the state of New South Wales.



A journalist in Mississippi explains how a man on death row was proven innocent and released after 26 years
Journalist @ashtonpittman discusses the case of Eddie Lee Howard, a Black man who was found guilty for charges connected to a rape and murder he did not commit. After spending 26 years on death row due in large part to a faulty testimony, Howard is now free.

Politics / UN chief labels white supremacy a 'transnational threat'
« on: February 22, 2021, 05:22:46 PM »
UN chief labels white supremacy a 'transnational threat'
By John Bowden - 02/22/21 08:45 AM EST

White supremacist and other far-right hate groups are becoming a "transnational threat" that requires "global coordinated action," the U.N.'s secretary-general said Monday.

“White supremacy and neo-Nazi movements are more than domestic terror threats. They are becoming a transnational threat,” Antonio Guterres told the U.N. Human Rights Council, Reuters reported. “Today, these extremist movements represent the number one internal security threat in several countries.”


Politics / After Words Heather McGhee, "The Sum of Us"
« on: February 19, 2021, 10:12:04 PM »
February 8, 2021
After Words
Heather McGhee

Former Demos president Heather McGhee examined the cost of racism for all Americans. She was interviewed by author and Harvard University History, Race, and Public Policy Professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad.

General Discussion Forum / Ida B. the Queen
« on: February 19, 2021, 10:09:37 PM »
February 2, 2021
Ida B. the Queen

Michelle Duster recalled the life of late 19th century journalist, suffragist, and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells. This was a virtual event hosted by the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco.

Published on Friday, February 12, 2021 by Common Dreams
'It Is Not a Budget Item,' Democrat Kyrsten Sinema Falsely Says as She Joins Joe Manchin in Opposing $15 Wage

"She is incorrect. It has a budgetary impact, and it was verified by CBO. Let's get it done now."
by Jake Johnson, staff writer

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema on Friday joined fellow conservative Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin in opposing the inclusion of an overwhelmingly popular $15 federal minimum wage bill in the coronavirus relief package, falsely claiming that the proposed pay raise for 32 million workers is "not a budget item" and thus should not be part of the reconciliation measure.

"What's important is whether or not it's directly related to short-term Covid relief. And if it's not, then I am not going to support it in this legislation," Sinema (D-Ariz.) told Politico for a profile published Friday. "The minimum wage provision is not appropriate for the reconciliation process... And it shouldn't be in there."


Nancy Pelosi announces plans for 'independent 9/11-style commission' on deadly Capitol riot
In a letter to House Democrats on Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced her plans to establish a "9/11-type commission" to investigate the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

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