Alabama School Segregation Ruling Should Be Overturned Black Plaintiffs Say

A discriminatory ruling by a U.S. District Court Judge to allow modern-day segregation in schools in Gardendale, Alabama is being challenged by several lawyers representing Black students in the city. A federal appeals court was charged Thursday with weighing an overturning of Judge Madeline Haikala’s ruling in April that approved the succession plan despite racial motives, AL reported.

The order in favor of Gardendale, a majority-White enclave near Birmingham, to secede from the predominantly Black Jefferson County’s School system threatened to send reverberating messages of racial inferiority, undermine civil rights and hinder court-ordered nationwide desegregation efforts. Yet, the judge moved forward with the ruling, which spotlights segregation some 60 years after the Little Rock Nine tried to integrate a school in Arkansas. Black plaintiffs in the Gardendale case, like the Little Rock Nine, are working to push for a school system that openly accepts African Americans.

Just left the courthouse an hour ago where @NAACP_LDF lawyer & local counsel argued appeal in our case challenging effort by white residents to secede from an #Alabama school district on the road to integration. Great job by our attys & very encouraged by questions frm the court.

— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) December 14, 2017

Haikala lacked the “right to allow Gardendale to create a partial system,” an order that “will disrupt the county’s compliance of a  desegregation order,” former federal judge U.W. Clemon and NAACP LDF representative Monique Lin-Luse told U.S. 11th Circuit Court Of Appeals Judges William H. “Bill” Pryor, Jill Pryor (no relation to William) and Raymond Clevenger III. The county’s ideal ruling would reflect a partial reversal preventing Gardendale’s secession and a partial affirmation of Haikala’s ruling that the proposed separation was racially motivated. “The law is quite clear… you have to reject the [seperation] plan,” Lin-Luse said in the case that been ongoing for some time now.

NAACP appeals ruling to allow segregation of school system in Alabama town.

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Charlottesville First-Degree Murder Charge For Man Accused Of Attack Killing Heather Heyer

The man arrested for allegedly plowing his car into a crowd, injuring more than two dozen people and killing a woman on purpose at the violent Charlottesville White supremacy rally in August was charged with first-degree murder Thursday, The Washington Post reported. James Alex Fields Jr., a self-admitted Neo Nazi, had been behind bars for a lesser second-degree homicide charge. The upgraded first-degree indictment means that he is now facing 20 years to life in prison.

Authorities took Fields into custody on August 12 in the death of Heather Heyer, 32, who was killed when the man allegedly rammed his 2010 Dodge Challenger into another vehicle during the so-called “Unite the Right” rally. The move, harming more than 30 counterprotesters who were sent flying as a result of the collision in a downtown intersection, was intentional, police believed. Heyer’s death further bloodied a day of racist hate captured in numerous videos.

Fields, who was also charged with eight counts of “aggravated malicious wounding,” may have to appear before a grand jury, who may initiate a trial if they formally indict him.

An Ohio driver accused of plowing into a crowd protesting a white nationalist rally this summer in Charlottesville, killing one woman, now faces a first-degree murder charge

— CNN (@CNN) December 15, 2017

Investigators determined that Fields had traveled to Charlottesville alone from his home in Maumee, Ohio, police detective Steven Young said. Though no evidence was found of the man’s affiliation with any White supremacist groups involved in the demonstration, he does have a “long history of fascination with and admiration for the racist ideology and militarism of Nazi Germany,” according to his acquaintances in his hometown of Kentucky and Ohio, where he moved as an adult. “Investigators want to know whether Fields crossed state lines with the intent to commit violence,” NPR previously reported.

Marcus Martin, man in this photo flying over car in Charlottesville, had just pushed his fiancee out of the way

— Brianna Sacks (@bri_sacks) August 16, 2017

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Who Is Mignon Clyburn What We Know About FCC Commissioner Against Net Neutrality Repeal

The Federal Communications Commission may have repealed the Obama-era net neutrality rules on Thursday, but the movement against the repeal had one very powerful voice: Mignon Clyburn.

An open and free internet is something near and dear to Clyburn, the first Black woman to become commissioner of the FCC. She denounced the commission’s roiling decision walking back net neutrality protections. The democrat, who was part of a three-person squad that helped to establish net neutrality rules, spoke with such eloquent prose in condemning the Republican-flanked commission, who dismantled needed guidelines, The Verge reported, that stop hungry internet providers from having free rein over the net.

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn closes her remarks on the #NetNeutrality vote: "What saddens me the most today is that the agency that is supposed to protect you is actually abandoning you."

— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 14, 2017

If people want to know exactly what drives Clyburn, then her words and actions provide many insights. Her record, dominated by her concerns for communities of color, has proven that she’s an outspoken advocate for marginalized folks. Clyburn previously was a member and chair of the Public Square Commission in South Carolina, according to the FCC. Also, she was the publisher and general manager of the Coastal Times, a newspaper that covered issues tied to African Americans in Charleston, South Carolina. She co-owned the family-founded paper for 14 years.

Clyburn has made use of her business knowledge in her previous roles. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Banking, Finance and Economics.

She joined the FCC during the Obama administration in 2009, rising to acting chairwoman and commissioner in early 2013. Since then, she has provided such an ancillary voice for net neutrality, with many folks joining in her supported #SaveNetNeutrality online campaign. Many people of color see the polemic move against an open internet as an affront, a disservice against civil rights activist groups that use social media to communicate and mobilize.

The FCC may have landed a win now, but there is already a strong blowback against its decision, which Clyburn will most likely try to overturn.

SOURCE: The Verg

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‘Stop Lying’ DeRay Mckesson Sues Fox News Host For Defamation

DeRay Mckesson has started a legal battle against Fox News and one of the network’s hosts Jeanine Pirro for having “damaged his reputation and endangered him as a civil rights activist,” TMZ reported.

Mckesson, a leader of the Black Lives Matter movement, sued Pirro and the controversial network for accusations that he directed protesters to commit violence against a police officer during a protest for Alton Sterling, a Black man who was killed by a White cop in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in July 2016. Pirro discussed a dismissed lawsuit filed by the unidentified officer, who reportedly was struck in the face with a rock, against BLM during a “FOX & Friends” episode on September 28, Mckesson said. The media personality fired off several outrageous and false statements about Mckesson, as well as blamed him for “directing the violence” toward the cop, according to documents obtained by TMZ. “You’ve got a police officer who was injured, he was injured at the direction of DeRay Mckesson,” Pirro said, according to Mckesson.

Black Lives Matter Leader DeRay McKesson Sues Jeanine Pirro, FOX News

— TMZ (@TMZ) December 13, 2017

“Pirro’s statements are untrue and further a narrative that I, and other activists, engage in violent protest,” Mckesson said in message to The Baltimore Sun Wednesday.

The activist and educator, who filed the defamation suit in New York Tuesday, had initially aired out his grievances in a post on Twitter in September.

.@JudgeJeanine, I was found not guilty & I didn't direct any violence. In fact, I was protesting the violence of the police. Stop lying.

— deray (@deray) September 29, 2017

A federal judge ruled McKesson was “expressing his right to free speech at the demonstration, and it wasn’t his fault that the officer got hurt, TMZ previously reported.

A FOX News spokesperson told TMZ that the allegations are unfounded. “We informed Mr. Mckesson’s counsel that our commentary was fully protected under the First Amendment and the privilege for reports of judicial proceedings,” t

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