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NEWS BRIEFS

Attorney General Forms Hate Crime Task Force

The task force will study hate-motivated crimes and review existing legal protections for victims ...

Portland Art Museum Celebrates Art Museum Day with Free Admission on May 25

Portland Art Museum joins art museums across North America, with great works of art and public programs ...

June Key Delta Community Center Hosts May Week ’18 Health Fair May 26

Event includes vision, glucose screenings, medication disposal and car seat installation ...

Mississippi Avenue Giving Tuesday

On Tuesday, May 22, 10 percent of proceeds from participating Mississippi Ave. businesses will go to SEI ...

Power outages temporarily halt flights at Sea-Tac Airport

SEATTLE (AP) — Officials say scattered power outages halted some flights on the south side of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.KOMO-TV reports airport spokesman Perry Cooper said after 12:30 p.m. Thursday that flights were slowly resuming.Airport officials said on Twitter that all power...

Amazon: Echo device sent conversation to family's contact

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon says an "unlikely" string of events prompted its Echo personal assistant device to record a Portland, Oregon, family's private conversation and then send the recording to an acquaintance in Seattle.The woman told KIRO-TV that two weeks ago an employee of her husband...

OPINION

Racism After Graduation May Just Be What's on the Menu

Dr. Julianne Malveaux says that for our young millennials, racism is inevitable ...

Prime Minister Netanyahu Shows Limits of Israel’s Democracy

Bill Fletcher, Jr. on racial politics in Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s uneven treatment of African immigrants ...

Golfing While Black Is Not a Crime

Grandview Golf Club asks five Black women to leave for golfing too slow ...

Discovering the Best of Black America in 2018

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis discusses the DTU Journalism Fellowship & Scholarship Program ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

NFL's policy could mean a new playbook on protests this fall

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Now that the NFL is drawing the line against players kneeling during the national anthem, athletes protesting police brutality and racial inequality may need to find a new playbook.The question is whether they intend to escalate their protests in some way."The owners can...

Court: School can let trans students use bathroom of choice

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania school district can allow transgender students to continue using bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their sexual identity, a federal appeals court panel ruled Thursday.A three-judge panel heard extended arguments in the case before conferring...

Body camera video is latest setback for Milwaukee police

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Body camera video showing police using a stun gun on an NBA player over a parking violation is just the latest setback for efforts to improve the strained relationship between Milwaukee officers and the city's black population.The confrontation involving Milwaukee Bucks...

ENTERTAINMENT

Scenes cut from 'Show Dogs' over resemblance to sexual abuse

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two scenes are being cut from the family movie "Show Dogs" after complaints that they resemble real-life sexual abuse, the movie's distributor has announced.In the movie, a police dog goes undercover at a dog show to catch animal smugglers.In one scene, the dog is told to...

Stoner comedy pioneer Tommy Chong still toking, joking at 80

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yeah man, Tommy Chong says he always knew he'd live to see the day marijuana legalization would be sweeping America.He knew when he and partner Cheech Marin pioneered stoner comedy 50 years ago, a time when taunting the establishment with constant reminders that they...

Paltrow: Brad Pitt threatened Harvey Weinstein

NEW YORK (AP) — Gwyneth Paltrow says ex-boyfriend Brad Pitt threatened producer Harvey Weinstein after an alleged incident of sexual misconduct.The 45-year-old actress told "The Howard Stern Show" on Wednesday she was "blindsided." Paltrow claimed she was 22 when Weinstein placed his hands...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

MLB panel says baseballs getting extra lift, cause unknown

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseballs really have been getting extra lift since 2015, and it's not from the exaggerated...

Body camera video is latest setback for Milwaukee police

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Body camera video showing police using a stun gun on an NBA player over a parking...

Bus driver charged in crash that killed student, teacher

A school bus driver with a history of driver's license suspensions caused a fatal crash on a New Jersey highway...

Israel defense chief plans 2,500 new West Bank settler homes

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's defense minister said Thursday he will seek approval next week to fast-track...

Cyclone Mekunu pounds Yemen island on its path to Oman

SALALAH, Oman (AP) — Cyclone Mekunu roared over the Yemeni island of Socotra in the Arabian Sea on its way...

Saudi Arabia releases 3 women as other activists still held

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi authorities have released three prominent women's rights...

NAACP and Staff Reports

A week after statewide demonstrations and a sit-in arrest at the offices of US Attorney General nominee and Senator Jeff Sessions, NAACP President/CEO Cornell William Brooks will be one of only four opposition voices to testify before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee about his fitness for the position of US Attorney General. The hearing will take place on Jan. 10-11 at the Russell Senate Office building.

Last week President Brooks, along with the Alabama branches of the NAACP, led statewide demonstrations at Senator Sessions' offices in Dothan, Montgomery, Huntsville, Birmingham, and Mobile, AL. In Mobile, Brooks was arrested along with Alabama’s State President Benard Simelton and four other NAACP members for conducting a civil disobedience protest and charged with second degree criminal trespass.

“As a matter of conscience and conviction, we will continue to call on our members and supporters to escalate direct action, demonstrations civil disobedience to support democracy and oppose a nomination that imperils our democratic right to vote,” said NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks.

“A nominee with a record of refusing to acknowledge the reality of voter suppression across American and in the home state of the Voting Rights Act, Alabama, can’t be trusted to protect voting rights in particular or civil rights in general. Indeed, a nominee with a record of voicing support for the discriminatory voter ID laws that are the very means of voter suppression cannot be relied upon prosecute cases of voter suppression.”  

Brooks is one of only four opposition witnesses that the Republican-majority committee is allowing to testify. Only nine witnesses are currently being allowed to speak. In another unusual move, Senator Sessions has refused to recuse himself from voting for his own nomination.

“Senator Sessions' right to vote for himself is protected in U.S. Senate while leaving the right of citizens to vote unprotected in precincts in Alabama and across America — The senator has done little and said virtually nothing about the ugly reality of voter suppression,” Brooks said.

While eager to testify, Brooks is also calling upon NAACP members and supporters around the nation to write, call, post, tweet and protest their opposition to the nomination.

As the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization, the NAACP has continued to oppose Senator Sessions based on a record on voting rights that is unreliable at best and hostile at worst; a failing record on other civil rights including those of women, immigrant, and LGBT communities; a racially-offensive record of remarks and behavior; and a dismal record on criminal justice reform issues. 

Sessions's voting record has been graded no higher than F on the NAACP’s federal legislative report card on civil rights issues. He has voted against the NAACP’s position 90 percent of the time while in Congress, where he has voted consistently against immigration, police accountability, voter protections and women rights. He is one of the first cabinet nominees to appear before the Senate from the incoming administration of President-elect Donald J. Trump.

The NAACP has requested Senator Sessions to withdraw from the confirmation process and that President-elect Trump replace him with a candidate with a clear record of protecting the rights the Attorney General is sworn by oath to protect. The NAACP stands with a coalition that includes hundreds of civil rights groups, law professors and elected officials in opposing his nomination.

Members of the NAACP Alabama State Conference are also expected to travel to Washington DC to attend the hearing for Sessions, scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday. U.S. senators could vote as early as next week on the nomination.   

For information on the hearings, including a list of witnesses, visit the Senate Committee on the Judiciary at: http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/meetings/01/03/2017/attorney-general-nomination-01-10-17

On Sunday a interfaith coalition called Faith in Public Life announced a Monday morning press conference to call on Congress to reject the nomination of Jeff Sessions, and only support cabinet appointees who will embrace a moral public policy agenda for the nation, to be followed by the unveiling of a “Declaration of Moral Resistance,” and lead a moral march to Capitol Hill to deliver it to the offices of Congressional leadership.

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