House Passes Bill to Make DC the 51st State, but GOP Opposition Means Bill Unlikely to Advance Further

Nicholas Wu USA TODAY June 26, 2020 WASHINGTON – The Democratic-led House of Representatives passed a bill Friday that would make Washington, D.C., the 51st state, though Republicans and the White House have voiced their opposition to the measure. The bill, aptly named “H.R. 51,” passed on a mostly party-line vote of 232-180. One Democrat, Rep. Collin

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Lawmakers Pass Bill Allowing Confederate Monument Removals

SARAH RANKIN Associated Press March 8, 2020, 1:26 PM EDT RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Some of Virginia’s scores of Confederate monuments could soon be removed under legislation state lawmakers approved Sunday. The Democratic-led House and Senate passed measures that would undo an existing state law that protects the monuments and

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Former Rep. John Conyers, Longest-Serving Black Member Of Congress, Dies At 90

10/27/2019 04:07 pm ET By Hayley Miller and Sanjana Karanth Former Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, who spent more than five decades in Congress until he resigned two years ago, died Sunday at the age of 90, his family said. The civil rights icon served the Detroit area in the

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Black Americans Are More Doubtful About Participating In The Census, Survey Finds

10/18/2019 01:23p.m. By Sam Levine Black Americans are roughly twice as likely as their white counterparts to express doubts about participating in the 2020 census, according to a survey from the Pew Research Center released Friday. A combined 26% of Black respondents said in the survey that they might not,

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Top Racial Justice Group Opposes Trump Court Pick Steven Menashi

10/01/2019 04:11 pm ET By Jennifer Bendery The nation’s leading racial justice legal organization announced that it is opposing President Donald Trump’s judicial nominee Steven Menashi, an already contentious court pick drawing the ire of progressives and at least one key Senate Republican. “On behalf of the NAACP Legal Defense

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Presidential Hopeful Sen. Cory Booker, in Selma, says U.S. Failing its People

March 3, 2019 / 1:34 PM by: Katharine Jackson (Reuters) – Presidential hopeful Cory Booker told a service commemorating the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” march, a turning point in the civil rights movement, that the United States is still failing many Americans, citing poverty and gun violence as constant threats. Booker,

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Celebrities Show Solidarity With Colin Kaepernick Over Super Bowl 2019 Weekend

02/03/2019 07:36 pm ET By Kimberley Richards Celebrities, athletes and activists used social media to share their support for Colin Kaepernick before the Super Bowl on Sunday. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback tweeted his gratitude, often by posting photos of people sporting #Imwithkap jerseys ahead of the big game. Kaepernick tweeted

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Texas Lawmakers Call For Change After Deaths of Migrant Children

by Adriana Candelaria EL PASO, Texas (KFOX) —  A Houston congresswoman retraced the border areas in El Paso where 8-year-old Felipe Alonso Gomez was apprehended and later transported to a U.S. Border Patrol facility in Alamogordo before dying in an Alamogordo hospital. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX 18th District) toured

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