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Friday, October 19, 2018

Government officials in an east Georgia county told about 40 African-American senior citizens to get off a bus taking them to vote Monday, leading to complaints of voter suppression. The bus, run by the group Black Voters Matter, was preparing to depart from a senior center operated by Jefferson County when the center's director said they needed to disembark, said LaTosha Brown, a co-founder of Black Voters Matter.


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Wesley Shelton was dozing off on a park bench in Montgomery County, Alabama, when a police officer approached him in late 2016. The officer asked if he could search the 56-year-old Black man, and found a $10 bag of marijuana. Shelton was brought to jail, charged with a felony, and given a $2,500 bond because he didn't have a consistent home address. Shelton couldn't scratch up even the $250 required to post bond. So he sat in jail indefinitely, while prosecutors waited for a drug lab report from the state's overburdened forensic agency.


A major evangelical leader has spoken in defense of US-Saudi relations after the apparent killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a Saudi consulate, saying that America has more important things -- like arms deals -- to focus on. read more


She was not the only one under a gag order that Tuesday night. The government had made similar calls to several other women's rights advocates in the preceding days, including two who were abroad at the time, ordering them to remain silent when news of the driving reform broke. "We got the impression that they didn't want activists claiming credit for the change -- the message was, this was a top-down decision made by the king, and not a reward for activism," said one human rights advocate, who asked for anonymity for fear of reprisals. Most complied with the orders, although al-Hathloul took a gamble with a single, seemingly innocuous tweet: "Al-Hamduililah" -- thank God. Shortly after, she was contacted by a government affiliate, admonishing her to heed the court's instructions.


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A video that appears to show far right extremist Gavin McInnes calling for violence has gone viral overnight with over 185,000 views on Twitter in just 15 hours. In the video compilation (below), McInnes can be heard describing the men's group he founded, Proud Boys, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated as a hate group.


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In a new chapter in California's years-long battle over how and when to reduce the population of its unconstitutionally crowded prisons, lawyers in Harris' division pushed back against a federal order to expand an early parole program, arguing that it would deplete their stock of prison labor, especially inmates who fight wildfires.

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