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Revealed: neo-Confederate group includes military officers and politicians

Leaked membership data from the neo-Confederate Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) organization has revealed that the organization’s members include serving military officers, elected officials, public employees, and a national security expert whose CV boasts of “Department of Defense Secret Security Clearance” violent neo-Confederate groups such as the League of the South (LoS).

Under proposed state legislation barring anti-racism and anti-sexism pupil instruction and
anti-racism and anti-sexism training for employees of school districts and independent charter schools., this children's book could be banned.

Opinion: The cold truth about Republicans’ hot air over critical race theory

Christopher Rufo, a clever propagandist who has done more than anyone else to whip up the national uproar over critical race theory, tweeted out in March an explanation of how he was redefining the term.

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ABHM Book Club presents Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

ABHM Book Club is reading A Long Walk to Freedom: the Autobiography of Nelson Mandela during June and July. Sign up for the free Book Club meetings here and learn more about the world-touring exhibition about Mandela currently at the Milwaukee Public Museum.

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Black Workers Stopped Making Progress on Pay. Is It Racism?

African-American Employment in the United States has remained stagnant compared to their White counterparts. Economists determine why.

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I’m happy Juneteenth is a Federal holiday–but don’t let it be whitewashed

An Op-Ed: We should be happy to popularize and celebrate Juneteenth. But we should celebrate it with the same fervor in which it was celebrated the summer of 2020, with protests, political education, and an understanding that the house of the slavemaster still stands, despite a fresh coat of paint. We must celebrate Juneteenth knowing the kind of force it took for enslaved Black people to attain emancipation – and the equivalent political force it may take to finally and absolutely uproot the American capitalist. Wisconsin celebrated it 50th Juneteenth in 2021 with a long parade up Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, complete with Civil War re-enactors, beauty queens and kings, and Black public servants, among them County Executive David Crowley and Congresswoman Gwen Moore. This city was one of the first in the nation to celebrate the holiday.

June 19, 2020. Protesters chant as they march after a Juneteenth rally at the Brooklyn Museum, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Special News Series: Rising Up for Justice! – Congress approves bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday

The United States will soon have a new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery. The House voted 415-14 Wednesday to make Juneteenth, or June 19th, the 12th federal holiday.

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Why History Museums Are Convening a ‘Civic Season’

The Smithsonian Institute’s American History Museum decided to re-create the training experience of the nonviolent direct action workshops like those Reverend James Lawson had begun in 1959 in Nashville where he taught Ghandian tactics to eventual movement leaders like John Lewis and Diane Nash. Read about how complicated histories can be exhibited in museums in new, highly engaging ways and watch a 20 min. video of that play and audience participation.

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators take part in a protest titled ‘Stop Jerusalem Expulsions, save Sheikh Jarrah’ outside of the White House in Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington last month. Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters

Special News Series: Rising Up for Justice! – Black Lives Matter protesters make Palestinian struggle their own

BLM recently came out in support of Palestinians’ fight for liberation. A rally in New York City linking defunding the NYPD with ending aid to Israel highlights a growing awareness that these anti-colonial struggles connect us all.

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Top UNC-Chapel Hill Candidate Turns Down Job Because the University Chose White Supremacy Over Nikole Hannah-Jones

It looks like the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is finding out the hard way that bending to white fragility can come at a cost.

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In Compton, a School That Paved the Way for Generations of Black Artists

A school in Compton allowed for generations of Black artists to express themselves despite setbacks.

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Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – A Timeline of What Has Happened in the Year Since George Floyd’s Death

The country has both struggled to confront its history of racial division while continuing to succumb to it. Here’s a look back at all that has transpired since the killing of Mr. Floyd.

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Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – George Floyd’s Family Meets With Biden Amid Negotiations Over Police Reform Bill

President Biden lauded the courage of George Floyd’s family after meeting with them on the first anniversary of his murder by a Minneapolis police officer, a killing that launched protests and calls for police reform nationwide.

Representative Ted Budd speaks about banning federal funding for the teaching of critical race theory. Photograph: Michael Brochstein/Sopa Images/Rex/Shutterstock

Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – The fight to whitewash US history: ‘A drop of poison is all you need’

At least 15 states are trying to ban schools from teaching critical race theory and the 1619 Project. The reactionary movement stretches back to the 1920s and the KKK.

Christopher Martin: ‘I just kept replaying that decision in my head. What if I would have just told him he couldn’t buy the cigarettes?’ Photograph: Tom Silverstone/The Guardian

Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! -‘I allowed myself to feel guilty for a very long time’: the teenage cashier who took George Floyd’s $20

A year ago, Christopher Martin took an allegedly counterfeit bill. The police were called, and shortly after, Floyd would be dead.

Photo by Evac Movement: Teacher Amy Donofrio stands outside Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville, Florida.

Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – BLM Backlash: The nation’s racial reckoning meets bitter resistance at a high school in FL named for a Confederate

“This is not an isolated incident. This is happening to teachers across the U.S. And it’s not just about the teachers, it’s about the students and the chilling effect that these schools are having on their right to a quality education and a safe learning environment.”

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Netflix’s ‘High on the Hog’ Retraces the Origins of Black Food Culture

Netflix’s ‘High on the Hog’ documentary traces how African food and traditions were transported to America, and how this culinary legacy continues to thrive in various U.S. food scenes.

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Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – Columbus city council approves $10 million settlement with family of Andre Hill

A $10 million settlement between the family of Andre Hill and the city of Columbus, Ohio, was approved in a city council vote on May 17th, formalizing a deal announced a week earlier.

Palestinians gesture and wave Palestinian flags at Israelis in a Jewish community building, during renewed riots in the city of Lod on May 11.

Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – As the Palestinian minority takes to the streets, Israel is having its own BLM moment

As in the United States, a brutalized minority group, facing systemic racism and discriminatory acts, has taken to the streets. And, as in the United States, the only way out starts with serious soul-searching on the part of the majority.

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The Racial Gap in U.S. Vaccinations Is Shrinking, but Work Remains

This article looks at differences in access to the Covid- 19 vaccine, based on race. There has been progress in accessibility to the vaccine, but there are still people in need.

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The Enemy Within

Over a decade after the FBI first issued its warning, American police departments remain an attractive option for white supremacists seeking work.

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Nearly 160 years ago, George Marshall Clark became Milwaukee’s only lynching victim. Now, a respectful grave marker is planned.

A victim of lynching nearly 160 years ago has finally received recognition, as the only lynched man in Milwaukee receives a grave marker.