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Republican Lawmakers Take Aim at Community Air Monitoring in Louisiana

Originally published by Floodlight. In 2022, decades of advocacy by the Louisiana Environmental Action Network to address poor air quality near industrial facilities took a significant leap forward. That’s when the Biden administration awarded more than $50 million through the Inflation Reduction Act to increase air quality monitoring in some U.S. communities historically overburdened by […]

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New York Could Elect the Second Black Republican Woman to Congress

Originally published by The 19th Mazi Melesa Pilip, a Jewish, Ethiopian-born immigrant and mother of seven, is campaigning to keep New York’s swingy 3rd Congressional District red in a special election on Tuesday. If elected, she would be the second Black Republican congresswoman. The relative newcomer is facing Democrat Tom Suozzi — who previously represented […]

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What Black Americans Need to Know About the 2024 GOP Presidential Candidates

It’s hardly a secret: Black voters are the very heart of the Democratic Party’s base, and support its candidates in proportions that eclipse other demographic groups. Still, about 10% of Black voters today identify with or lean toward the Republican Party, according to the Pew Research Center. And over the past few years, there’s been […]

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Justin J. Pearson and Justin Jones Won, but the Assault on Democracy Continues

Tennessee state Reps. Justin J. Pearson and Justin Jones — the two young Black Democrats who were expelled in April after they joined gun reform protests on the chamber floor — handily reclaimed their seats in special general elections on Thursday, per unofficial results. Even so, civil rights advocates say that this moment ought to serve […]

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Tim Scott and the Republican Party’s Uphill Battle for Black Voters

Republican U.S. Sen. Tim Scott would need to radically soften his party’s image to meaningfully grow his support among Black voters, political observers say. Yet that doesn’t seem too likely, given that during the South Carolina senator’s official announcement of his White House bid on Monday, he didn’t do much to quiet the concerns Black […]

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Ousted Tennessee Democrats Are Returning to the House, but the State’s Problems Run Deeper

Even with the successful votes to reinstate Tennessee Democrats Justin Jones and Justin J. Pearson, the predominantly white Republican-led House of Representatives’ act of retaliation raises concerns about the state of democracy in Tennessee. “The expulsions don’t make the Top 10 list of the most antidemocratic or unfair things affecting Black people here,” explained Sekou […]

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What This Historic Moment Reveals About Trump, the GOP, and Accountability

Some Republican lawmakers are calling a Manhattan grand jury’s decision to indict Donald Trump a politically motivated witch hunt. But, really, the move is a measure of accountability that could return legitimacy to a justice system that unfairly punishes Black people. “The question,” explained Marcia Chatelain, a professor of history and African American studies at […]