Supreme Court allows execution of Black man sentenced by racist jurors

Executing a person who lacks a rational understanding of their punishment violates the US Constitution (Atkins v. Virginia). Furthermore, international human rights law prohibits the use of the death penalty against people with severe mental illness and intellectual disabilities. Andre Thomas TLDR The Supreme Court declined to hear the case of a Black man on Texas’ death […]

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Republicans threaten to hold debt ceiling hostage to force spending cuts

It’s that time again — time for political jockeying over whether America will pay its bills. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told Punchbowl News that, should Republicans win the House next month, the party will refuse to raise the debt ceiling unless Democrats agree to spending cuts to domestic programs like Social Security and Medicare. “You can’t […]

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The impact of Justice Clarence Thomas: Judge finds ban on guns with serial numbers removed is unconstitutional

Concealed carry A New York federal judge temporarily blocked significant portions of the state’s new gun law in an extreme ruling attempting to apply the Supreme Court’s latest Second Amendment test. In New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional New York’s 110-year-old license requirement for concealed handgun carrying. […]

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Republicans vote against food assistance for veterans and hurricane aid for Florida

Food insecurity The House of Representatives passed a bill to address food insecurity among veterans last week. H.R. 8888, the “Food Security for All Veterans Act,” would establish an office within the VA that will be responsible for disseminating information to veterans about federal nutrition assistance programs and collaborating with other program offices to identify and […]

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Federal court grants qualified immunity to officer who killed suicidal man

Violent arrest The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals granted qualified immunity to a Texas police officer who violently arrested a Black mother and her daughters in 2016. Fort Worth officer William Martin was dispatched in response to a conflict between neighbors on December 21, 2016. Jacqueline Craig’s then-seven-year-old son allegedly littered in a white neighbor’s yard. The […]

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Unsafe drinking water in three majority Black areas: the legacy of systemic racism in America

Introduction Environmental justice (EJ) is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies. Fair treatment means no group of people should bear a disproportionate share of the negative environmental consequences resulting from […]

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