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News from Memphis: When the ACLU of Tennessee filed a lawsuit against the Memphis Police Department in March 2017, its lawyers accused the police department of spying on local protesters in violation of a consent decree. The lawsuit was based on the existence of a “City Hall Escort List” created by Memphis police, at Mayor Jim Strickland’s […]

Who Is America?

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On July 15, 2018

Sacha Baron Cohen has a new TV show in which he one again goes in disguise and punks people. This new one is going to be very political, from early reports. Sarah Palin and Roy Moore and others are no

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Another black man was killed by the Chicago Police Department last night: The shooting happened about 5:30 p.m. in the 2000 block of East 71st Street, according to police and Chicago Fire Department officials. Officers on foot saw “a man exhibiting characteristics of an armed person,” and a “confrontation” ensued when they tried to question […]

Juneteenth

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On June 19, 2018

Today is Juneteenth, which commemorates the final official emancipation of African-descended people from racial slavery in the United States on this day (June 19) in 1865. Far more than the 4th of Ju

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Everyone has no doubt read/seen/heard stories now about Casa Padre, the Brownsville, Texas Walmart-turned-children’s-prison that currently houses nearly 1,500 juvenile immigrant boys. About a week and a half ago, Senator Jeff Merkley tried to tour Casa Padre and was turned away. (He had some things to say anyway.) Yesterday, a small group of reporters were […]
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