To help remedy the circumstances that led to Sandra Bland’s death in a Texas jail, the state Senate unanimously passed a bill commonly referred to as the Sandra Bland Act.
Funding for education in Illinois is a mess. The inability to come to a compromise on a state budget has resulted in a financial crisis felt by schools on all levels.
Just a couple of days ago, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that Chicago Public Schools is much deeper in the hole than expected – by an additional hundreds of millions of dollars. Last year, Chicago State University was forced to lay off hundreds of employees and was at risk of not finishing the school-year. Instead of working together to come to an agreement, both sides continue to pass the blame back and forth. People are tired of it.
Taking a page out of Betsy DeVos’ book, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner was booed while delivering a commencement at a school he probably shouldn’t have even been at, according to WGN.
By Blake Simons
The present day Movement for Black Lives, which I argue was revived by the people of Oakland after the murder of Oscar Grant, and came into fruition because of the rebellion that working class Black folks started in Ferguson after the murder of Mike Brown, has been co-opted by Black capitalistic neo-liberals.
Black Lives Matter activists have come together to free more than 30 mothers from jail in what will hopefully become a holiday tradition: National Mama’s Bail Out Day.
Black women represent a disproportionate 44% of women in jails across the United States. For many of them, the only reason they’re still in custody is because they couldn’t afford to pay the bond or fine necessary to get out. This is even the case for minor offenses including loitering.
Graduating students at Bethune-Cookman University were as shocked as everyone else when it was announced Betsy DeVos would be speaking at their graduation. Probably more so. While many people expressed their disapproval of the school’s decision to invite her on social media and through online petitions, the graduates took the opportunity to do so in the flesh.
As DeVos attempted to preach to all in attendance to “hear each other out,” she was met with constant heckling and the turned backs of many of the graduates who clearly didn’t approve of her presence.
FBI Director James Comey was in the Los Angeles bureau when he got the news he was let go. He was speaking to staff members when televisions throughout the office started broadcasting that he had been fired by the president. The New York Times reports that he initially laughed it off before finding out it wasn’t a prank.
Cinco de Mayo is second on the list of holidays people use to be racist. The top one goes for Halloween where everyone is a target at the same time. In what’s become a tragic tradition of racist practices, a bar in Orange County, Calif. came under fire after using every stereotype possible to “celebrate” Cinco de Mayo, according to The Los Angeles Times.
On May 4, Project South and the Penn State Law Center for Immigrant’s Rights Clinic released “Imprisoned Justice: Inside Two Georgia Immigration Detention Centers,” a report based on interviews at the Stewart Detention Center and the Irwin County Detention Center.
The House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act last Thursday. Now it is heading to the Senate for a vote. Surprisingly, House Republicans came together over a bill after a failure to pass the AHCA last month on the anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act.