9 HBCU Students Just Made the Voter-ID War Hot Again – The Root

The voter-ID war just opened up a huge new front. This time in Tennessee. A group of nine students from HBCUs Fisk and Tennessee State have filed a federal lawsuit against the Volunteer State’s heavily contested and controversial voter-ID law.

The suit was filed by the Nashville Student Organizing Committee, a coalition of student activists established in February 2014. The plaintiffs were all disallowed from voting in 2014 because they carried student IDs as identification. NSOC retained the Washington, D.C.-based Fair Elections Legal Network, which then partnered with the local Nashville-based firm Barrett Johnston Martin & Garrison as part of a legal project to restore student voting rights in the state. (Source: Read more)

Virginia city official says God ended slavery: Jesus never told anyone to create a diversity commission – RawStory

The Political Agitator response: “Ignorance will never end. Even those with money can’t buy SENSE!!” Author: Curmilus Dancy II The Political Agitator

A Virginia city official argued with a local NAACP head by claiming that God, not government, ended slavery and racial injustice in the United States.

Thomas Dunn, a Town Council member in Leesburg, strongly disputed claims made by Phillip Thompson, president of the Loudon County chapter of the NAACP, during a public hearing over setting up a diversity commission in the city, reported the Washington Post.

Thompson had said that “if the government hadn’t intervened, I would still be a slave in the field picking cotton,” dismissing claims by an earlier speaker who said the government should not be involved in civil rights matters.

Dunn, who took part in the meeting Tuesday by telephone conference call, angrily rejected Thompson’s analogy. (Source: Read more)

Press Call Tuesday at 10:00 AM: African-American Leaders Call for Senate Vote on Loretta Lynch Nomination



For Release:  Immediate


Date: March 16, 2015


Contact: Kezmiché “Kim” Atterbury             

             Office: (202) 225.3101               

Press Call Tuesday at 10:00 AM: African-American Leaders Call for Senate Vote on Loretta Lynch Nomination

WASHINGTON, DC – At 10:00 AM Tuesday (tomorrow), African-American leaders will host a press call to urge the Senate to move ahead with the long overdue confirmation vote on Loretta Lynch’s nomination for Attorney General.

Despite being indisputably qualified and already twice-confirmed unanimously for U.S. Attorney by the Senate, Loretta Lynch has had to wait longer for a confirmation vote than any nominee for Attorney General in 30 years.  Lynch, who would be the first African-American female Attorney General, is now subject to another absurd attempt to block and delay her nomination that has nothing to do with her qualifications or character. Given the many racial justice issues facing our nation, the country desperately needs a seamless transition and a continued steady hand at the Justice Department. On the call, leaders will push for an immediate vote in favor of Loretta Lynch’s confirmation for Attorney General. 

RSVP requested to Simpson@civilrights.org.


· Congressman G. K. Butterfield of North Carolina, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus

· Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge of Ohio

· Dr. Paulette C. Walker, national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

· Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

· Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

WHAT: Press call: African-American leaders call for a Senate vote on the Loretta Lynch nomination for Attorney General.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 17th at 10:00 AM EST

CALL-IN INFO: RSVP requested to: Simpson@civilrights.org. Dial (866) 952-1906 and use verbal passcode “Vote” to join.