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Breaking: Gunman kills nine people, including himself, at Indiana FedEx facility

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Chicago releases video showing fatal police shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo

Toledo, a seventh-grader, was unarmed and complying with police orders to hold his hands up when a police office killed him in what the family’s lawyer is calling an “assassination.”

Take Action: Hold killer cops accountable. End qualified immunity!


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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Jim Jordan absolutely melts down as a feud erupts with Dr. Fauci

Dr. Fauci and Rep. Maxine Waters put the trash-talking Jordan in his place.



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Bombshell update on Manchin’s position on filibuster

No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen: Wow.


Florida GOP House passes anti-transgender bill allowing genital checks of high school athletes
We are sinking into the cruel abyss of Republican absurdity.

Take Action: Tell Congress that we need Medicare for All!


Derek Chauvin pleads the Fifth, won’t take the stand in his own flailing defense
Testimony in the ongoing murder trial ended, but not before Chauvin’s lawyers argued with straight faces that car exhaust contributed to Floyd’s death, not the full weight of a grown man kneeling on his neck for more than nine minutes.


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America’s “best” warriors spew racist vitriol, election lies, QAnon theories in Facebook groups

Current and former Rangers, Green Berets, and other elite warriors lamented that several aides to former Vice President Mike Pence were part of a “concerted effort by the thieves and pedophiles walking the hallowed halls of the peoples (sic) government” to undermine Trump.

Take Action: Add your name to tell Congress to make DC the 51st state!


Army suspends sergeant charged in racist assault on Black man in South Carolina
Sergeant 1st Class Jonathan Pentland, a drill sergeant instructor at Fort Jackson, was charged in the abhorrent assault and battery of a young Black man that was captured on a widely shared video.


Attorneys for Black Army officer threatened, assaulted by police criticize response as police chief refuses to apologize
Attorneys for 2nd Lt. Caron Nazario, who was pepper sprayed and verbally and physically assaulted during a routine traffic stop, called the chief’s comments and department policies “cutting-corner policing” and “victim blaming.”


IRS to start sending monthly child tax credit payments in July
As part of the pandemic relief package signed into law by President Biden in March, the child tax credit was increased to $3,000 per child aged 6 to 17 and $3,600 for children under age 6.


US Treasury provides missing link: Manafort’s partner gave campaign polling data to Kremlin in 2016
The US Treasury Department confirmed that Konstantin Kilimnik, an associate and ex-employee of Paul Manafort, “provided the Russian Intelligence Services with sensitive information on polling and campaign strategy” during the 2016 election, an apparently definitive statement that neither Special Counsel Robert Mueller nor the Senate Intelligence Committee investigation made in their final reports.


Ted Cruz joins Rand Paul, won’t wear a mask despite CDC recommendations
Of course he won’t.


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Seriously?

Yes. Seriously.

Hope…


Today’s Action: It’s Washington, D.C. Emancipation Day!

The DC Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862 ended slavery in Washington D.C. on April 16, 1862, eight months before the Emancipation Proclamation freed enslaved people in the South. Since then, D.C. has historically boasted a strong Black community and today has a plurality Black population – approximately 46% out of 705,000.

But although it’s been nearly 160 years since Emancipation, the Black community of D.C. is woefully under-represented, with no voting power in Congress. Statehood for D.C. wouldn’t just add two Senators and at least one Representative – it would create these seats on behalf of the first Black-plurality state population!

Call or email your Members of Congress and demand their support for Statehood for Washington, D.C. Remind them that statehood is a civil rights issue!

Republicans are very clear about why they don’t want D.C. (and Puerto Rico) statehood succeeding: because it would chip away at their voting power in the Senate. And (when they think the microphone is turned off), they’re afraid of a thriving Black state having a say in their politics.

But we also need to push a few members of the Democratic caucus who have yet to signal their support. Specifically: Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ), Angus King (ME), Joe Manchin (WV), and Jeanne Shaheen (NH).

Statehood for D.C. would give Congressional voice to hundreds of thousands of BIPOCs who deserve it every bit as much as any other American. The time to enfranchise the people of D.C. is NOW.

Email or call (202.224.3121) your Members of Congress TODAY, in honor of D.C. Emancipation Day, and demand your reps do everything in their power to pass Statehood for D.C.

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