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Rebecca Lawrence is a freelancer in Brooklyn, NY. She is owned by two blind cats. Tweet at her @rebeccalawrence
Protesters held a rally on Thursday at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center in Charlotte, N.C. (Credit: Travis Dove for The New York Times)

Gov. Pat McCrory Calls NY Ban On State Travel To NC “Political Theater”

After a long holiday weekend, advocacy groups working against anti-LGBT legislatures, including the ACLU and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo began action against North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory for signing a ban on anti-discriminatory legislation into law. On Monday, Governor Cuomo released a statement and executive order banning non-essential travel …

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Ex-Cop In Missouri On Trial For Sexually Assaulting Women And Children On Duty Found Dead In Jail Cell

Marty L. Rainey, the former Gasconade County, Missouri deputy in Set. Genevieve County jail for multiple state and federal charges alleging he sexually assaulted several women, one of whom was underage, was found dead in his cell Saturday morning. Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Major Jason Schott said the Missouri State …

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N.C. House Votes To Outlaw LGBT Protections In Outrageous Move On Behalf Of Discrimination

On Wednesday the North Carolina General Assembly approved HB2, the bill which would block local governments from passing non-discrimination measures based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  The legislation was able to clear the General Assembly in under nine hours. This comes primarily as an attack on Charlotte, which decided earlier …

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Brooklyn District Attorney Recommends No Jail Time For Peter Liang, Rookie Cop Found Guilty Of Manslaughter In Shooting Of Akai Gurley

Peter Liang’s sentencing is set for April 14th, however, today the Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson issued a statement that he does not recommend prison time for Liang.  This may come as a victory for the protesters, particularly in NYC’s Chinese community, who feel like the conviction was racially-biased and scapegoated …

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Tennessee Ends Effort To Arrest And Incarcerate Drug-Addicted Pregnant Women After ‘Fetal Assault’ Law Found To Deter Prenatal Care And Drug Treatment

There is good news today for pregnant women in Tennessee.  These are words I have never written before. The controversial “fetal assault” law passed in 2014 will expire this summer despite efforts by lawmakers to renew it.  The law made Tennessee the first state in the nation to criminalize the …

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U.S. District Judge Richard W. Roberts  is pictured before the start of a ceremony at the federal courthouse in Washington, Thursday, May 1, 2008. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Top Federal Judge Richard Roberts Retires After A Woman Alleges They Had A Non-Consensual Sexual Relationship When She Was A 16-Year-Old Witness

The chief judge of D.C.’s federal court announced his retirement on Wednesday.  63-year-old Chief Judge Richard Roberts, serving a lifetime appointment to the bench since chosen by President Clinton in 1998, claimed that health reasons would prevent him from continuing to serve. On the same day, the real reasons for …

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Detectives investigate the fatal shooting of a man by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies at Holmes Avenue and 64th Street in the Florence-Firestore area.  (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Unarmed Man Killed By Deputies In Los Angeles Who Claim He Had Assumed A “Shooting Stance” Identified

Today authorities identified the man killed Wednesday in a deadly deputy-involved shooting as 23-year-old Cristian Rene Medina. The shooting occurred around 4:30 am Wednesday in the Florence area of Los Angeles. Deputies had been called to 64th Street and Holmes Avenue after reports of a “robbery in progress” and matched …

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Five Sheriff’s Deputies Punished For Behavior At Violent Trump Rally In NC Where They Failed To Arrest Assailant Who Sucker Punched A Protester

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s office announced that five deputies have been disciplined after their actions at a Donald Trump rally in Fayetteville, N.C.  The rally on March 9 received attention by the national media after a 78-year-old man was recorded on video sucker-punching a black male who was being escorted …

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Black Lives Matter In Politics-Primaries in IL, OH Knock Out Prosecutors Obstructing Justice for Tamir Rice, Laquan McDonald

During Democratic primaries on Tuesday, voters sent a strong message to the prosecutors responsible in the cases of Laquan McDonald and Tamir Rice.  Both the Cook County State’s Attorney in Illinois, Anita Alvarez and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty in Ohio were defeated by opponents in the democratic party. The downfall …

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#ByeAnita: Why The Cook County State’s Attorney Race Matters

I got registered & voted against Alvarez today because @AssataDaughters are fighting for their future. #ByeAnita pic.twitter.com/GsTx5APszY — Rachael Perrotta (@plussone) March 15, 2016 On Monday grassroots activists in Chicago bandaged the ailing city in paper banners to remind voters in Tuesday’s primary election to dump their top prosecutor, Anita …

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