Category Archives: News from the Soul Brother

Poor People Can’t Be Jailed For Not Being Able To Pay Bail, Justice Department Says

By Lauren C. Williams Jailing people before they are tried in court because they can’t afford bail is unconstitutional, according to federal appeals court documents the Justice Department filed Thursday. The filings mark the first time the agency has openly … Continue reading

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In Cleveland, Another Lily White Republican Convention Reflects GOP’s Math Problem

By Bill Barrow After Mitt Romney lost the 2012 presidential election, Republican Party heavyweights uniformly agreed that White voters alone do not hold the keys to winning the White House. Yet in 2016, another overwhelmingly White gathering of Republican convention … Continue reading

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Baton Rouge Cop Killer Was a “Sovereign Citizen.” What the Heck Is That?

By Brandon Ellington Patterson On July 17, in the second (at least) targeted attack on police in just over a week, 29-year-old Gavin Long shot six cops, three fatally, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The former Marine had posted YouTube selfie … Continue reading

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What’s The Rent? NYC Housing Officials Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

By Cezary Podkul Anyone who’s ever rented in New York City knows how hard it is to get reliable information about an apartment. How much has the unit rented for in the past? Does the building’s history entitle tenants to … Continue reading

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The Myth of Upward Mobility in America 

By Sarah Lazare Soaring inequality in America has been accompanied by a plummet in upward mobility since the early 1980s, with those who earn modest incomes in their first jobs likely to remain trapped in low-wage work for decades, a … Continue reading

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The Coming War on ‘Black Nationalists’ 

By Yohuru Williams After Gavin Long’s attack on officers in Baton Rouge, Police Chief Carl Dabadie observed that police “are up against a force that is not playing by the rules.” I understand and share his anguish for the loss … Continue reading

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On Views of Race and Inequality, Blacks and Whites Are Worlds Apart

Pew Research Center Almost eight years after Barack Obama’s election as the nation’s first black president –an event that engendered a sense of optimism among many Americans about the future of race relations1 – a series of flashpoints around the … Continue reading

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Tampa Bay’s black officers caught in middle of national debate over police and race

By Zachary T. Sampson and Dan Sullivan St. Petersburg police Chief Tony Holloway lost friends when he became a cop. He knows some people hate him for being one. “They don’t see me as a black man, they see me … Continue reading

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8,000 People Open Accounts At Black-Owned Bank In Atlanta

By Taryn Finley             In the weeks following the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, more and more influencers, like Solange and Killer Mike, have started to #BankBlack and have transferred their money into black-owned banks. … Continue reading

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‘On this side of town they harass you’: the Baton Rouge where Alton Sterling died

By Jesse Hardman While most people are finishing up their work week, 47-year-old Terrell Griffin and his 19-year-old nephew Xavier Coleman are still working hard on the north side of Florida Boulevard in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. They are selling CDs, … Continue reading

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