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    The Chicago Black Lives Matter organizer who justified looting as “reparation” has doubled down — insisting this week that even calling someone a criminal is “based on racism.” Ariel Atkins told WBEZ that her group “100 percent” supports the violent looters who trashed chunks of the Windy City Monday, again repeating her claim that it is “reparations.” “The whole idea of criminality is based on racism anyway,” she told the NPR station. “Because criminality is punishing people for things that they have needed to do to survive or just the way that society has affected them with white supremacist BS,” she said. At least 13 cops were injured and 100 people arrested in violent clashes that led to a mostly...
    LOCHEARN, Md. (WJZ) — Nearly six decades after Gwynn Oak Park became Maryland’s first amusement park to desegregate, a virtual discussion dove into the movement’s history and its parallels with modern times. Program leaders said Wednesday’s discussion was aimed at providing insight on what’s happening in today’s world by connecting it with historical context. For many, theme parks spark nostalgic memories, but not all hold the same recollections since not everyone was allowed to attend due to the color of their skin. “Most amusement parks, most of them were created with a white-only admissions policy and were segregated from their beginning,” Martha Oster-Beal from the Maryland Historical Society said. In the summer of 1963, following major civil rights campaigns, demonstrations...
    The president unilaterally gets to select four of the eight commissioners for six-year terms; the other four are appointed by Congress. A former Justice Department official under George W. Bush, Adams is best known for his work spreading debunked conspiracy theories about the New Black Panther Party and for serving on Donald Trump's failed voter suppression commission. He has also worked as a conservative columnist, frequently attacking LGBTQ rights and promoting transphobia. In an email, Adams disagreed with the assessment that his writings "attacked inclusion," and asserted, "I am an advocate of treating people with respect and dignity." But his previous writing tells a different story. August 2011: In a column, Adams mocked a Justice Department attorney for being "a...
    Getty Vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris Senator Kamala Harris has joined the 2020 Democratic presidential ticket as Joe Biden’s running mate. First elected to the Senate in 2016, Harris was viewed as a rising star within the party and attracted national attention for her tough questioning style during congressional hearings. Harris has talked about how her family influenced her decision to pursue a career in public service. As the daughter of immigrants from India and Jamaica, she was exposed to civil rights activism from an early age and was inspired by her progressive maternal grandparents. Here’s what you need to know: 1. Kamala Harris’ Parents Met Through a Shared Network of Activists at UC Berkeley in the Early...
    New Delhi (CNN)In 1958, Shyamala Gopalan arrived in Berkeley, California, after traveling thousands of miles from her family to pursue a doctorate in nutrition and endocrinology. Gopalan was a precocious 19-year-old student. She had already graduated early from the University of Delhi, but the trip to California marked her first time out of India, where her parents and three siblings lived.She was alone. Fortunately for Gopalan, she had chosen to study at a campus that was about to become the counterculture capital of the United States. There, she found a home within the Bay Area's vibrant Black community, which welcomed her with open arms. Gopalan became an active civil rights crusader, while she undertook her studies. She met her first...
    THE MOTHER of an eight-year-old boy with special needs that was filmed being handcuffed by a cop in school has filed a civil rights lawsuit. Bianca Digennaro, 48, has started legal action to sue the city, school district and the three officers who detained her son. 4Bianca Digennaro, 48, has started legal actionCredit: WPLG The allegations included in the lawsuit said that named parties violated the boy's civil rights by using excessive force, not intervening in his arrest and not considering his disabilities during the incident. "My son has a disability and the authorities tried to make him a criminal," Digennaro said on Tuesday. "I'm here for my son, because I refuse to let them make him a convicted felon...
    The mother of an eight-year-old boy with special needs whose arrest at a Key West school sparked outrage announced on Tuesday that she was planning to sue. Bianca Digennaro, 48, has initiated legal action after her son was detained in December 2018 while at school. Harrowing footage of the arrest went viral on Monday after it was published online by Benjamin Crump, the Tallahassee-based civil rights lawyer representing the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.  Digennaro is suing the city and school district; the three officers who detained her son - Michael Malgrat, Kenneth Waite and Fred Sims; her son's teacher, Ashley Henriquez; principal Fran Herin and assistant principal Kyle Sheer. Bianca Digennaro, 48, announced during a...
    Elijah McClains family files civil rights lawsuit against Aurora, Colorado Walmart Is Testing A New Service to Make Your Grocery Shopping Easier How To Sell Your Home For The Best Price Possible Ad Microsoft 17 Ways These $20 Lights Will Upgrade Your Home Ad Microsoft Beat The Heat With This $89 Mini AC Unit Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/16 SLIDES © National Archives/Getty Images Names you should know During Women's History Month in March, we honor the legacies of the...
    (CNN)The family of Elijah McClain filed a civil rights lawsuit Tuesday against the city of Aurora, Colorado, in federal court."Aurora's unconstitutional conduct on the night of August 24, 2019, is part of a larger custom, policy, and practice of racism and brutality, as reflected by its conduct both before and after its murder of Elijah McClain, a young Black man," the lawsuit says.McClain, 23, was stopped by three White officers last August as he walked home from a nearby convenience store. After McClain resisted officer contact, a struggle ensued, and an officer placed McClain in a carotid hold -- or chokehold -- and he briefly lost consciousness, according to an overview of the incident police provided earlier this year. Colorado...
    Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has been lying about his civil rights record for decades, said radio talk show host Larry Elder on Tuesday. “He lied saying he got arrested trying to see Nelson Mandela, he lied saying the NAACP had supported him in every single one of his races when, in fact, the NAACP as a nonprofit can’t support anybody in any race,” Elder told “Fox & Friends.” “He has been lying and lying and lying about his record, which shows you he thinks of Black people as props, designed to manipulate, tell them anything you want,” Elder said. HERE'S WHO BIDEN MAY BE CONSIDERING AS HIS RUNNING MATE Elder's comments came after Trump said Americans typically don’t vote based...
    The Duke of Sussex insists it would take 'every single person on the planet' to defeat racism in a candid new virtual interview for a civil rights organisation.  Prince Harry, 35, who is currently living in Tyler Perry's $14 million mansion in Beverly Hills with Meghan Markle, 38, and their son Archie, one, having stepped back from royal duty in March, is set to speak about the topic in a new interview for the Colour of Change initiative. In a clip released of the interview on Instagram, Prince Harry praised the younger generation for 'acting, rather than just saying'. Speaking with US civil rights leader Rashad Robinson, the royal continued: 'As we've discussed before, it is going to take every single...
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A “Civil Liberties and the Corner Office” conversation series with state gubernatorial candidates is being hosted by the ACLU of New Hampshire and the Warren B. Rudman Center at the UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law. Candidates will be given the chance to discuss their vision and plans for the advancement of civil rights in New Hampshire. The series is scheduled to start on Monday, Aug. 10, with Andru Volinksy and on Thursday, Aug. 13, with Dan Feltes, both Democrats. The sessions are scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. and will take place virtually on Zoom. The one-hour program will include audience questions, and is open to news media. The ACLU of New Hampshire, the University...
    PROVO, Utah (AP) — A few hundred people demonstrated Wednesday in Utah to protest face covering requirements they say curtail civil liberties. The protesters walked around without masks carrying signs that said “Don't Mask Our Kids” and “COVID 1984," The Daily Herald reported. The state has reported 421 newly confirmed virus cases Wednesday and 327 confirmed deaths. The “Rally for Liberty” in Orem, Utah featured speakers like Ammon Bundy and Shawn Cox, anti-government activists who were part of an armed militia that took over an Oregon wildlife refuge in 2016. Healthcare executives and infectious disease experts have repeatedly told state and Utah County officials that using face coverings is one of the most effective ways to slow the spread of...
    First it was the outdoors companies like REI and Patagonia. Then Verizon and Honda. Eventually, Disney, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Coca-Cola and General Motors. Big name advertisers, not often associated with social justice issues, all boycotting Facebook, at least temporarily. They were spurred by a group called Stop Hate for Profit. The group charged that Facebook was making money from algorithms and policies that fomented hate and racism, and urged advertisers to withhold their money so that Facebook would address concerns about civil rights, diversity, and the presence of hate groups and conspiracy-mongering on the site. Facebook, for its part, says it does not profit from hate. In July more than 200 major corporations agreed to pull some $7 billion...
    New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal called Facebook’s platforms “the biggest vehicles out there for spreading hate and disinformation” in an interview with the The Wall Street Journal. In addition to having personal experience being the target of hate on Facebook as a Sikh who wears a turban, he also once alerted the social network about a New Jersey group dedicated towards driving out Orthodox Jews from a particular area. It apparently took Facebook 10 months to remove the group. “This is a platform where hate and disinformation spreads like wildfire in minutes. Somebody needs to be able to pick up a phone to call and get help,” he said. That’s one of the measures the attorneys general have recommended...
    VALLEJO (CBS SF) – Oakland attorney John Burris plans to file a federal civil rights lawsuit on Thursday against the city of Vallejo and one of its officers over the shooting of a San Francisco man through the windshield of a police vehicle. In a lawsuit on behalf of Sean Monterrosa’s parents and two sisters, Burris plans to claim that police command staff knew or should have known the officer had a “shocking” history of firing his gun on the job, according to a statement. Vallejo Officer Jarrett Tonn fired five bullets from an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle from the backseat of an unmarked, moving pickup truck, killing Monterrosa, 22, in a Walgreens parking lot on June 2, according to a...
    For at least 15 years, an Elizabeth landlord has demanded sexual favors from tenants to get or keep apartments while offering reduced rent to others in exchange for sex, federal authorities charged. Joseph Centanni, who owns hundreds of rental units in and around Elizabeth, “initiated or threatened to initiate eviction actions against tenants who objected to or refused his sexual advances,” U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said Wednesday. The U.S. Justice Department took the case because Centanni receives roughly $102,000 a month in Section 8 money from the government, carpenito said. A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Newark by federal authorities alleges that Centanni “offered housing benefits like reduced rent in exchange for sexual favors, touched tenants and applicants...
    Civil rights attorney Leo Terrell has had enough of the Democratic Party’s racial politics, which he characterized as every black American being expected to vote for them or face being deemed a race traitor. Speaking with Sean Hannity on Tuesday, Terrell said that he will be voting for President Trump because “the Democratic Party honestly believes that every black man has to vote for them, [and that] they own us.” Leo Terrell asserted his independence from the Democratic Party, saying “They do not own me. Over a million blacks voted for Trump in 2016. There’re going to be twice as many in 2020.” As to why he believed that so many more black voters will flock to Trump in November, Terrell said...
    Civil rights attorney Leo Terrell said on "Hannity" Tuesday that one of the reasons he plans on voting for President Trump in November is "the Democratic Party honestly believes that every Black man has to vote for them, [and that] they own us." Terrell was reacting to comments from former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who said earlier Tuesday that America must get "to the place where when you see somebody who is Black you don't have preconceived notions of ... who they are, and what they think, which is, I think, a problem of the left." CONDOLEEZZA RICE TAKES JAB AT LIBERALS FOR ASSUMING HOW BLACK PEOPLE SHOULD THINK "Condoleezza Rice said the same thing that I said," Terrell told host...
    A lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Seattle alleges that would-be protesters are prevented from demonstrating by the cost of protecting themselves from police. Jessica Benton, Shelby Bryant, Anne Marie Cavanaugh, Alyssa Garrison, and Clare Thomas are suing the city of Seattle, claiming they were victims of “indiscriminate” police violence during June 25 protests on Capitol Hill. According to the suit, such response necessitates protective gear while demonstrating — items such as “helmets, gas masks, protective clothing, goggles, gloves, boots, umbrellas and other gear” they claim are prohibitively expensive. “Because protesters now must purchase expensive equipment to be assured that they will be able to protest safely, the indiscriminate use of weapons by SPD implicates equal protection,” the lawsuit,...
    The passage of the landmark legislation is considered one of the most important actions in American history, desegregating institutions from coast to coast and enshrining equal rights in American law for all time. Trump's comments Monday echo remarks he made two months ago questioning the abolition of slavery. In an interview with Fox News in June, Trump said that Abraham Lincoln's actions to emancipate enslaved Americans were "always questionable" and cast doubt on the "end result." His interviewer, Harris Faulkner, who is Black, noted that "we are free" as a result of Lincoln's actions, saying it proved the former president "did pretty well." From the August 3 edition of "Axios on HBO": DONALD TRUMP: I did more for the Black community...
    President Trump dismissed the legacy of civil rights icon John Lewis in a wide-ranging interview with Axios that aired Monday. When asked by journalist Jonathan Swan, Mr. Trump seemed reluctant to acknowledge Lewis' accomplishments and noted that the former congressman didn't come to his inauguration.  After a week of memorial services in honor of the longtime civil rights leader, Swan asked the president, who said he's did not know Lewis personally, if he found his story "impressive."  "I can't say one way or the another," Mr. Trump replied. "A find a lot of people are impressive. I find many people not impressive." Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox "He didn't come to my inauguration, he didn't come to...
    A group of Black Lives Matter protesters in Seattle are claiming that they’re being priced out of their civil rights by the prohibitive costs of defending themselves against police violence. The lawsuit filed Monday in federal court alleges that the repeated use of force by the Seattle Police Department has made it impossible for them to exercise their right to protest without pricey personal protective gear. “Because protesters now must purchase expensive equipment to be assured that they will be able to protest safely, the indiscriminate use of weapons by SPD implicates equal protection,” the lawsuit says. The five plaintiffs — Jessica Benton, Shelby Bryant, Anne Marie Cavanaugh, Alyssa Garrison and Clare Thomas — allege helmets, gas masks, protective clothing,...
    A gaggle of Black Lives Matter protesters in Seattle are claiming that they’re being priced out of their civil rights by the prohibitive prices of defending themselves in opposition to police violence. The lawsuit filed Monday in federal courtroom alleges that the repeated use of pressure by the Seattle Police Division has made it unattainable for them to train their proper to protest with out expensive private protecting gear. “As a result of protesters now should buy costly gear to be assured that they are going to have the ability to protest safely, the indiscriminate use of weapons by SPD implicates equal safety,” the lawsuit says. The 5 plaintiffs — Jessica Benton, Shelby Bryant, Anne Marie Cavanaugh, Alyssa Garrison...
    A group of Black Lives Matter protesters in Seattle are claiming that they’re being priced out of their civil rights by the prohibitive costs of defending themselves against police violence. The lawsuit filed Monday in federal court alleges that the repeated use of force by the Seattle Police Department has made it impossible for them to exercise their right to protest without pricey personal protective gear. “Because protesters now must purchase expensive equipment to be assured that they will be able to protest safely, the indiscriminate use of weapons by SPD implicates equal protection,” the lawsuit says. The five plaintiffs — Jessica Benton, Shelby Bryant, Anne Marie Cavanaugh, Alyssa Garrison and Clare Thomas — allege helmets, gas masks, protective clothing,...
    The biggest ignoramus to ever set foot in the White House. Donald Trump sat down with Axios on HBO and the network has been releasing clips ahead of the full interview, each one worst than the last. As my colleague Laura Clawson noted, he whined about coronavirus-related questions, trying to twist the information to make the pandemic and his horrid response seem not as God awful as we can all plainly see it has been. Trump literally eye-rolled as he was confronted with the statistics showing the U.S. is leading the world in COVID-19 cases and deaths. John Lewis with Barack and Michelle Obama marching across the Edmund Pettus bridge together on the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday.” And then there...
    DONALD Trump bashed the late civil rights icon John Lewis and said that he "doesn't know him" and slammed him for missing his inauguration. During an interview with Axios that aired on Monday, the president was asked about how history would remember the legend, to which Trump replied: "I don't know, I really don't know." 3Trump said 'he did not know' John LewisCredit: Axios 3Lewis died last month aged 80Credit: Reuters "He chose not to come to my inauguration," he said. "He chose, I never met John Lewis, I don't believe." The Georgia congressman and people's champion passed away last month at his home in Atlanta at aged 80 after losing his battle to pancreatic cancer. Lewis helped found...
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump downplayed the legacy of the late civil rights icon John Lewis in a new interview, instead repeatedly pointing to the Georgia Democrat's decision to not attend his 2017 inauguration."I don't know. I really don't know. I don't know. I don't know John Lewis. He chose not to come to my inauguration," Trump said during an interview with Axios that aired Monday when asked how he thought history would remember Lewis, adding that he probably never met the the late congressman."I can't say one way or the other" Trump said when asked if he thought Lewis was impressive. "I find a lot of people impressive. I find many people not impressive," he continued. "He didn't come --...
    President Trump declined to speculate how history will remember the late civil rights leader and Rep.. John Lewis, but said he isn't opposed to naming a bridge after him. In an interview with Axios that aired Monday night, Trump was unwilling to say if Lewis was an impressive figure, adding that no figure has done more for black people than his administration. He repeatedly noted that Lewis did not attend his inauguration and State of the Union addresses. "He chose not to come to my inauguration. I never met John Lewis actually, I don't believe," Trump said. When asked, Trump said he also couldn't say if he believes Lewis was an impressive figure. "I can't say one way or the...
    A lawsuit was filed Monday in a federal court in Seattle that claims protesters in the city are essentially being priced out of protesting for civil rights because the protective gear they need to keep them safe from responding police is expensive, a report on Tuesday said. The Seattle Times reported that the five plaintiffs listed some of the items needed for protection from police munitions during these protests. The list included boots, gloves, helmets and gas masks. VideoThe lawsuit claims, according to the report, that protesters who take part in these rallies have to face the possibility of an aggressive police response and “must purchase expensive equipment to be  assured that they will be able to protest safely,  the indiscriminate use of...
    Donald Trump has dismissed the legacy of Rep. John Lewis following his death, saying the civil rights icon made a 'big mistake' not coming to his inauguration.  The president made the comments as Lewis lay in state at the Capitol last Tuesday. Asked about the late civil rights activist's legacy Trump replied: 'Nobody has done more for Black Americans than I have.' Longtime Congressman Lewis, whose bloody beating at Selma helped galvanize opposition to racial segregation, died on July 17 and was laid to rest last Thursday. Former president Barack Obama eulogized him at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Bill Clinton and George W. Bush also addressed mourners.  But Trump stayed away and instead refused to say whether he thought Lewis' life was...
    Local leaders in the Chicago area lobbied to scrap history class in the surrounding schools on Sunday until a less "racist" curriculum can be formed, that doesn't promote "white privilege." During a news conference in the suburb of Evanston, State Rep. LaShawn K. Ford, a Democrat, argued for a complete overhaul of textbooks and lesson plans in an effort to be more inclusive toward minorities and women, NBC 5 in Chicago reported. Prior to the event, his staff reportedly distributed a press release to those in attendance outlining his agenda. "Concerned that current school history teaching leads to white privilege and a racist society, state Rep. La Shawn K. Ford, D-Chicago will join local leaders today at noon at the Robert Crown Center in Evanston to call on...
    This week, it’s been announced that in honor of late Congressman John Lewis CBS has enlisted the help of several major celebrities and political figures to create an hourlong special called John Lewis: Celebrating A Hero.  READ MORE: April Ryan predicts Trump will have to be removed by armed forces in 2021 According to Variety, the tribute will take over multiple ViacomCBS networks and will air on CBS, OWN, BET, MTV, and the Smithsonian network on August 4. It will be hosted by media powerhouses such as Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Gayle King, and Brad Pitt, and will feature “musical performances, interviews, and inspirational conversations about Lewis’ life and legacy” from people like Jon Batiste, Yolanda Adams, Common, Jennifer Hudson,...
    John Hume, a Nobel laureate and Roman Catholic civil rights campaigner who laid the groundwork for Northern Ireland’s Good Friday peace agreement died early Monday, his family said. Hume, who was hailed as a hero for the Irish people, died in a care home in his native Londonderry, his family said in a statement. He was 83. The campainger, credited with kick-starting peace negotiations in a British region rocked with violence in the early 1990s, shared the Peace Prize with Northern Ireland’s then-first minister, David Trimble of the Protestant Ulster Unionist Party. Former British prime minister Tony Blair, in office at the time of the Good Friday accord, called Hume “a political titan; a visionary who refused to believe the...
    John Hume, a Nobel laureate and Roman Catholic civil rights campaigner who laid the groundwork for Northern Ireland’s Good Friday peace agreement died early Monday, his family said. Hume, who was hailed as a hero for the Irish people, died in a care home in his native Londonderry, his family said in a statement. He was 83. The campainger, credited with kick-starting peace negotiations in a British region rocked with violence in the early 1990s, shared the Peace Prize with Northern Ireland’s then-first minister, David Trimble of the Protestant Ulster Unionist Party. Former British prime minister Tony Blair, in office at the time of the Good Friday accord, called Hume “a political titan; a visionary who refused to believe the...
    SAN ANTONIO – EDITORS NOTE-- This video contains extended interviews and bonus footage created specifically for the KSAT-TV streaming app. For more exclusive content not seen on our newscasts, download the app today on your Apple TV, Roku, Amazon fire stick and smartphone. From San Antonio to Washington D.C., some of our city’s young activists are taking their voices to the nation’s capital. “If we want our supporters to continue to beat the streets and make good trouble, then they have to understand why we’re doing this. And it’s to facilitate change on a national scale. That’s why coming here to Washington D.C. is a pivotal moment for our organization, because this is one of the first of many...
    Politician John Hume, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end violence in Northern Ireland, has died, his family said. He was 83. The Catholic leader of the moderate Social Democratic and Labour Party, Hume was seen as the principal architect behind the peace agreement. He shared the prize with David Trimble. A civil rights leader who joined the Northern Irish civil rights movement in the 1960s, Hume saw nationalism as a declining force. He sought the notion of extending self-government to Northern Ireland with power divided among the groups forming it. IRELAND EYED FOR POTENTIAL 'CHARTER CITY' FOR MILLIONS FLEEING HONG KONG: REPORT Nobel Peace Prize Winner and former leader of the Social Democratic Labour...
    In June 2017, I ran into John Lewis outside of Atlanta, where he was campaigning for his former intern Jon Ossoff in the special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. I asked him something I asked everyone in those days, when the horror of this administration was still fresh: How confident was he that America would recover from Donald Trump? “We will get there,” Lewis said. “We will survive. We will survive.” During the civil rights movement, he said, there were people “who said that we wouldn’t get a Civil Rights Act when we were marching from Selma. We wouldn’t get a Voting Rights Act. We wouldn’t get a Fair Housing Act. But we never gave up; we never gave...
    BOSTON (AP) — Cambodian and civil rights groups are calling on Massachusetts to issue mail-in voting applications translated into the Khmer language. The Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association and Lawyers for Civil Rights on Friday said Secretary of State William Galvin's office must immediately comply with an emergency state law requiring vote-by-mail applications translated into Khmer. The organizations said Lowell residents recently received applications fully translated in both English and Spanish, but not in Khmer. The city near the New Hampshire state line is home to one of the largest populations of Cambodian immigrants in the country, with many families coming as refugees after the Vietnam War. “There is no excuse for the Secretary’s disenfranchisement of Khmer-speaking voters,” said Oren Sellstrom,...
    Scott Karson, president of the NYS Bar Association, has directed the Committee on Civil Rights to look into whether or not the Trump Administration has been violating U.S. law by sending federal law enforcement troops into American cities. This comes following a heavy presence of federal law enforcement officers in the streets of Portland, Oregon. “The deployment of federal law enforcement into cities around the country, and the threat to use such force in New York City, appears to undermine and run counter to the longstanding practice that states have the authority to handle local policing and crime prevention,” said Karson.
    ATLANTA, GA. - In a fiery eulogy for longtime U.S. Representative John Lewis on Thursday, former President Barack Obama took a series of thinly veiled shots at the actions of his successor that he said tore at the legacy of the Black civil rights icon being laid to rest.     The funeral for Lewis, who played an instrumental role in passing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, came on the same day Republican President Donald Trump suggested the Nov. 3 election could be delayed. Trump has also waged a war against mail-in ballots, a tactic critics say is aimed at suppressing votes.   "We no longer have to guess the number of jelly beans in a jar in order...
    (CBS Local)- CBS will be honoring the life of civil rights activist and longtime Congressman John Lewis by airing a one hour prime-time special on Tuesday, August 4 from 10-11 p.m. EST, featuring musical performances, interviews, inspirational conversations and more. The special, titled John Lewis: Celebrating A Hero, will be hosted by Oprah Winfrey, CBS This Morning’s Gayle King, Tyler Perry and Brad Pitt and will celebrate the mission of Lewis’ life, getting into “good trouble.” Produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment in partnership with CBS Entertainment and CBS News the special will take viewers inside Lewis’ life, his work, and the principles that guided him: wisdom, courage, power, faith and inspiration. “John Lewis was an extraordinary man,” said Winfrey in...
    During an appearance on Thursday’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” syndicated radio talker Mark Levin hammered former President Barack Obama for the eulogy he delivered earlier in the day at a funeral service for Rep. John Lewis (D-GA). Levin took particular issue with Obama’s willingness to criticize the country under his predecessor President Donald Trump, but according to Levin, he had not extended a helping hand to the Black community in his post-presidential life. Transcript as follows: LEVIN: You know, Sean, that speech by Obama reminded me of the good old days of Obama when he was a community activist hanging out with domestic terrorists. He was probably really getting into the, you know, Molotov cocktails, and all the...
    We should thank Donald Trump for skipping Congressman John Lewis’ farewell ceremony. While his absence from the memorial in the Capitol rotunda on Monday was glaring, Trump did us all a favor by leaving town. To pay respects to a man for whom he showed so little regard in life would be disingenuous. Trump might be a liar, but at least he is no hypocrite. Unlike Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Trump did not stand over Lewis’ casket as he lay in state and quote the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. He did not try, as Republican Sens. Marco Rubio and Dan Sullivan did, to pretend like he had a good relationship with Lewis by tweeting photos posing with Rep....
    The late Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) was a great American, and a courageous leader of the civil rights struggle — which is exactly why it was wrong of him to claim that the Tea Party was racist, and had used the “N-word” against him in 2010. It was late March, and the House of Representatives was about to vote on Obamacare, which Democrats were pushing through on a party-line vote. Tens of thousands of protesters, many affiliated with the Tea Party, gathered at the Capitol. I was there, for part of the protest. It was passionate, but it was also civil. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was jeered when she and fellow Democrats, including Lewis, staged a provocative...
    Joe Biden accused President Donald Trump of trying to steal attention away from Rep. John Lewis' funeral by tweeting that the November presidential election should be delayed.   'He doesn't want to focus on what's going on today with our buddy and your close friend Jim, who you just buried,' Biden said during a Thursday night Zoom fundraiser, which he appeared on alongside Rep. Jim Clyburn, the House's No. 3 Democrat.  Trump started his Thursday by rage-tweeting about how 2020 'will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history' and then posed the question, 'Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???'  Former Vice President Joe Biden said on a fundraising call Thursday night that he believed President...
    FORMER President Bill Clinton was slammed on Thursday for his “anti-black” remarks about civil rights figure Stokely Carmichael at Congressman John Lewis' funeral. Speaking at the service at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, several former presidents, including Clinton, George W Bush, and Barack Obama, eulogized Lewis. 7Former President Bill Clinton was criticized for 'anti-black remarks' he made at John Lewis' funeral on ThursdayCredit: EPA Clinton said that Lewis, who died on July 17 at the age of 80, “never lost heart.” He fought the good fight, he kept the faith,” Clinton said. “It is so fitting on the day of his service, he leaves us our marching orders: ‘Keep moving.’” The Democrat, who served as the 42nd president...
    Obama was joined by fellow former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton along with Bernice King and others in honoring the longtime congressman and civil rights leader.. Barack Obama delivered a passionate tribute to the late John Lewis at his funeral on Thursday afternoon, saying the civil rights icon fought relentlessly to defend democracy and the best interests of his country. Speaking at Ebenezer Baptist Church is Atlanta, the former president began by noting the building’s history with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was a co-pastor there from 1960 until his death in 1968. Obama then said Lewis was possibly King’s “finest disciple.” “He believed that in all of us, there exists the capacity for great courage, a...
    John Lewis was laid to rest in Atlanta today, after succumbing to pancreatic cancer on July 17 at the age of 80. The civil rights icon was the youngest and last survivor of the Big Six civil rights activists, a group led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. that had the greatest impact on the movement. He was best known for leading some 600 protesters in the Bloody Sunday march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, where he was knocked to the ground and beaten by police. Lewis spent his whole life fighting for civil rights — and wanted to make sure the cause lived on after his death. In an essay he wrote shortly before he died and that was...
    Fox News contributor and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee joined Harris Faulkner Tuesday to reflect on the life of Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., following the funeral of the civil rights icon in Atlanta. "What a fitting and powerful tribute to this great civil rights legend and member of Congress John Lewis," Huckabee said. "In so many ways, I thought the service and more than that, his life, is an affirmation of how far this country has come." THREE FORMER PRESIDENTS ATTEND LEWIS FUNERAL "His life is an affirmation of how far this country has come."— Mike Huckabee, 'The Daily Briefing' The funeral took place at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King, Jr., was baptized and served as a pastor and where his funeral was held after his 1968 assassination. "There is a lot to celebrate...
    Every living former president was present or represented at the Thursday funeral of the late Rep. John LewisJohn LewisObama to speak at John Lewis's funeral The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Brawls on Capitol Hill on Barr and COVID-19 VP hopefuls jockey for position as Biden's final decision nears MORE (D-Ga.) at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, capping off a week of tributes to the late civil rights icon. Each of the former leaders spoke about Lewis's lifelong dedication to civil rights, equality and the ways in which Americans could honor the late lawmaker during a time when racial injustice continues to be at the forefront of national debate.  Lewis died July 18 at the age of 80,...
    VIDEO40:4640:46President Obama delivers remarks at civil rights icon, Rep. John Lewis's funeralNews Videos WASHINGTON -- Former President Barack Obama delivered an impassioned eulogy for the late congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis on Thursday, and called on Congress to honor Lewis' legacy by expanding the Voting Rights Act.  Speaking in Atlanta, the nation's first Black president warned that the same forces which empowered and motivated some of the most infamous segregationists in American history are still at work today.  Lewis, said Obama, "knew that the march is not over. That the race is not yet won," and "we have to be vigilant against the darker currents of this country's history." "Bull Connor may be gone, but today, we witness...
    Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama to speak at John Lewis's funeral Should Biden win, why do some assume he'll only serve one term? 2020 Global Tiger Day comes with good news, but Congress still has work to do MORE (D) praised the late Rep. John LewisJohn LewisObama to speak at John Lewis's funeral The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Brawls on Capitol Hill on Barr and COVID-19 VP hopefuls jockey for position as Biden's final decision nears MORE (D-Ga.) during his eulogy speech as perhaps Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “finest disciple” adding that he “will be a founding father of that of a fuller, fairer, better America."  The congressman’s funeral was held in the historic Ebenezer...
    The Rev. James Lawson, a major leader and tactician in the civil rights movement, spoke at Rep. John LewisJohn LewisObama to speak at John Lewis's funeral The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Brawls on Capitol Hill on Barr and COVID-19 VP hopefuls jockey for position as Biden's final decision nears MORE’s (D-Ga.) funeral Thursday, saying Lewis practiced politics the nation “need[s] more desperately than ever before.” Lawson, a close associate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who trained many of the movement’s leaders in nonviolent tactics, said Lewis “practiced not the politics that we call bipartisan.” “John Lewis practiced the politics that we the people of the U.S. need more desperately than ever before — the politics...
    ATLANTA -- At the Thursday funeral of civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, a 12-year-old boy took the stage and read one of the late lawmaker's favorite poems.That boy is Tybre Faw, who became friends with Lewis when they met in 2018 at a Selma march commemorating the 53rd anniversary of "Bloody Sunday."Tybre and his family had traveled 400 miles from John City, Tennessee, to see Lewis in the city where he was beaten by Alabama state troopers in 1965, an incident that propelled the civil rights movement into the national spotlight.The young boy held a sign that read, "Thank you, Rep. John Lewis. You have shown me how to have courage."EMBED More News Videos St. John's in Washington, D.C.,...
    Savannah Rychcik July 30, 2020 0 Comments House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) fought back tears while delivering remarks honoring Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a civil rights icon. During Lewis’ memorial on Thursday, Pelosi spoke to the relationship he had with other members of Congress and his leadership throughout his life. Pelosi recognized Lewis’ efforts to convince both senior and freshman members of Congress they were his “best friends.” As she illustrated the scene of a flag flying overhead as Lewis died, Pelosi became emotional. “We come with a flag flown over the Capitol the night that John passed. When this flag flew there, it said goodbye. It waved goodbye to John. Our friend, our mentor, our colleague. This beautiful man that we all had...
    “Hello, Congressman.” “Today, I’m the ‘Boy from Troy,'” John Lewis replied with a mischievous grin. It was October 2011. The Martin Luther King Jr. memorial had just been dedicated in Washington, D.C. POSTHUMOUS LETTER FROM JOHN LEWIS PUBLISHED Lewis could see I didn’t get the joke from the confused look on my face. “That’s what he called me,” the Congressman explained. Yes, Dr. King created a rhyme to tease the young John Lewis. He wanted to lovingly remind him he would always be in King’s eyes, the son of sharecroppers who in 1958 got a prepaid bus ticket —sent by mail from Dr. King — to travel 50 miles from Troy to Montgomery and meet King. The power of John Lewis, as...
    THREE living US presidents and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi honored the strength, wit and love of Rep John Lewis during an emotional service for the Civil Rights icon on Thursday. A service for Lewis was held at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, where Martin Luther King Jr once served as a pastor. 2Pelosi held back tears as she spoke during the funeral Credit: MSNBC 2Lewis passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer earlier this monthCredit: AP:Associated Press Former presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were all on hand to honor Lewis. Bush and Clinton spoke first, followed by an emotional Pelosi. The House speaker teared up as she mentioned the night her...
    Former President George W. Bush hailed the late Rep. John LewisJohn LewisObama to speak at John Lewis's funeral The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Brawls on Capitol Hill on Barr and COVID-19 VP hopefuls jockey for position as Biden's final decision nears MORE (D-Ga.) at his funeral Thursday, comparing the civil rights icon to the biblical prophet Isaiah. Bush, speaking at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, noted Lewis’ childhood in rural Troy, Ala., where Lewis has described preaching to his family’s chickens as a child. When Lewis refused to eat one of the chickens, Bush added, “going hungry was his first act of nonviolent protest.” “From Troy to the sit-ins of Nashville, to the Freedom Rides to the...
    Colorado health officials have launched an investigation into the use of the sedative ketamine, which paramedics injected into Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old man who died while in police custody in Colorado, according to a report. McClain was stopped by cops in Aurora in August while walking home from a store and placed in a chokehold after a 911 call about a suspicious person in the area. He told police, “I can’t breathe.” The massage therapist, who was black, was injected with ketamine by paramedics and went into cardiac arrest. He was declared brain-dead and was taken off life support days later. Federal officials have revealed that they were reviewing his death as a potential civil rights violation. The probe...
    CIVIL rights activist John Lewis left one last message to the world before his passing, asking people to stand up for their beliefs. Part of his message read: “Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe...” 10John Lewis was a prominent Civil Rights figureCredit: Getty Images - Getty Here is more on what John Lewis said. Who was John Lewis? John Robert Lewis was an American politician and civil rights leader. He was born on February 21, 1940, outside the town of Troy, in Pike County, Alabama. While attending segregated schools in Alabama, Lewis was inspired by the peaceful protests of...
    ATLANTA (Reuters) - The life and legacy of longtime U.S. Representative John Lewis will be honored by three former presidents at his funeral on Thursday in Atlanta, capping a week of services and tributes to the civil rights pioneer. Former President Barack Obama is scheduled to give the eulogy for Lewis, who died on July 17 at age 80 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are also slated to speak. The funeral is set to begin at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT) at Ebenezer Baptist Church, a historic church in Atlanta where the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., a leader of the Black civil rights movement, once preached. King was assassinated in...
    CIVIL Rights icon John Lewis said ordinary citizens can help "redeem the soul of America" by getting in "good trouble," in an op-ed published posthumously ahead of his funeral. The essay was published Thursday in The New York Times and penned shortly before Lewis, who served in the House of Representatives for Georgia for more than 30 years, passed away. 5In an op-ed written before he died, Civil Rights icon John Lewis said he was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movementCredit: Reuters 5Lewis urged Americans to speak up when something is not right, and stressed the power of the peaceful protestCredit: Splash News A funeral for Lewis will be held Thursday in Atlanta. Among the many messages of hope...
    ATLANTA -- When John Lewis is mourned, revered and celebrated at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on Thursday, he returns to a sacred place for many of those who helped to shape civil rights history.The arc of Lewis' legacy of activism will once again be tied to Ebenezer's former pastor Martin Luther King Jr., whose sermons Lewis discovered while scanning the radio dial as a 15-year-old boy growing up in then-segregated Alabama.King continued to inspire Lewis' civil rights work for the next 65 years as he fought segregation during sometimes bloody marches, Greyhound bus "Freedom Rides" across the South and later during his long tenure in the U.S. Congress.Lewis died July 17 at age 80.Former President Barack Obama will be...
    Former congressman John Lewis will be laid to rest on Thursday after a funeral service at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. ET. The funeral will conclude a week of services held throughout the country to honor Lewis’ legacy as a civil rights icon. His final journey started in Selma as his casket was carried across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate the 1965 civil rights march where he was brutally attacked and beaten by police. Lewis was then brought to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda earlier this week, and on Wednesday, he was transported to the Georgia State Capitol rotunda. Former presidents Bill Clinton, George...
    Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton will attend the funeral service Thursday of civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis, according to multiple reports. Two of the former presidents, Obama and Bush, will deliver remarks at the funeral, according to CNN, with Obama delivering the eulogy. The funeral is set for 11 a.m. on Thursday and will take place at Ebenezer Baptist Church’s Horizon Sanctuary in Atlanta, a church made famous for being led by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The Georgia Congressman died earlier this month from stage 4 pancreatic cancer at the age of 80. He had been diagnosed in December of last year. First elected in 1986 and lauded as “the conscience of Congress,”...
    Civil rights icon John Lewis said protesters had filled him with hope in his final hours in a powerful essay he asked The New York Times to publish on the day of his funeral.   In a piece published in the New York Times on the day of his funeral, Lewis recounted his own fears over the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till and how his death steered him on path to the civil rights movement led by Martin Luther King. Lewis urged the next generation of activists to continue getting into 'good trouble, necessary trouble' for 'now it is your turn to let freedom ring'. 'While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that...
    The late Rep. John LewisJohn LewisObama to speak at John Lewis's funeral The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Brawls on Capitol Hill on Barr and COVID-19 VP hopefuls jockey for position as Biden's final decision nears MORE (D-Ga.) said in a posthumous op-ed that he had been “inspired” shortly before his death by nationwide demonstrations against systemic racism and police brutality sparked by the death of George Floyd in May. In a piece published the day of his funeral in The New York Times, the civil rights titan recounted his own fears after the lynching of Emmett Till in 1955 and his own path to the civil rights movement led by Martin Luther King Jr. Lewis called...
    ATLANTA -- When John Lewis is mourned, revered and celebrated at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on Thursday, he returns to a sacred place imbued with civil rights history.The arc of Lewis' legacy of activism will once again be tied to Ebenezer's former pastor Martin Luther King Jr., whose sermons Lewis discovered while scanning the radio dial as a 15-year-old boy growing up in then-segregated Alabama.King continued to inspire Lewis' civil rights work for the next 65 years as he fought segregation during sometimes bloody marches, Greyhound bus "Freedom Rides" across the South and later during his long tenure in the U.S. Congress.Lewis died July 17 at age 80.Former President Barack Obama will eulogize the late Rep. John Lewis in...
    The funeral for late congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga. -- the church where Martin Luther King, Jr., was baptized and served as a pastor and where his funeral was held after his 1968 assassination. Lewis, D-Ga., this week lain in state at the U.S. Capitol for three days as part of a six-day celebration of his life planned by his family. The celebration included a processional over the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where he was beaten in 1965 as he led a group marching from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery, Ala., protesting obstacles to Black peoples' right to vote. Lewis also lain in state at the Alabama state Capitol and...
    U.S. civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis is set to be laid to rest Thursday after a funeral service in Atlanta. Former Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are expected to be among the mourners at the funeral at Ebenezer Baptist Church, a historic site where  Martin Luther King Jr. preached.  Obama is expected to speak at the service. Lewis will then be buried at South-View Cemetery in Atlanta. He died last week from pancreatic cancer at the age of 80. Lewis served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 33 years as the congressman from Georgia’s 5th congressional district that includes Atlanta. Mourners lined the streets along the route where a hearse carrying Lewis’ body traveled...
    A funeral for civil rights icon John Lewis is being held at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on Thursday following days of events honoring the late congressman, who died earlier this month at the age of 80.  Lewis departed Washington, D.C. for the final time Wednesday after congressional leaders, political notables and members of the public visited the U.S. Capitol to bid good-bye to the man known as the "conscience of Congress." Lewis and his family then traveled to his adopted home of Atlanta, Georgia, where he will lie in repose at the state Capitol before his funeral. Lewis helped organize the 1963 March on Washington and served in the U.S. House of Representatives for Georgia's 5th congressional district for...
    Washington (CNN)Former President Barack Obama will deliver a eulogy for civil rights icon John Lewis on Thursday when the late congressman is honored at a memorial service before his body is laid to rest in Atlanta, according to sources familiar with the former presidents' plans.Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush also will attend and will participate in the funeral.There will be a "celebration of life" at Ebenezer Baptist Church Horizon Sanctuary at 11 a.m. ET, according to an announcement from Lewis' family. A release from the family states that "given COVID-19 precautions, this event is not open to the public. Attendees will be required to wear face and mouth coverings."The service will then be followed by interment at...
    By RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated Press RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico Hispanic activist upset about the removal of Spanish conquistador monuments and who demanded the state's largest university remove some Ethnic Studies classes is no longer a leader in the nation's oldest Latino civil rights group. Fred Baca, the newly named League of United Latin American Citizens New Mexico Director, told The Associated Press that Ralph Arellanes was informed this week he won’t be returning as the group's state executive director. Baca said Arellanes then resigned. “In effect, he is no longer in that position,” Baca said. Last week, Arellanes drew anger among LULAC member s nationally after writing a letter to the president of the University of...