Deborah Barfield Berry USA TODAY Published 4:40 p.m. UTC Sep 2, 2018 WASHINGTON – Trupania Bonner is quick to warn groups registering minorities to vote to be alert for cybertricks. His training class for civic engagement groups now includes discussions about cyberthreats and the Media and Democracy Institute’s new resource guide coming out this month features tips on how to help guard against hackers and interference through social media. “We’re telling groups not only should they pay attention to what happens in the voting booth on Election Day, but what happens long before Election Day,” said Bonner, a facilitator for the New Orleans-based group that provides get-out-the-vote training across the South. “It’s just being on the lookout for fake websites, fake social media sites or ones nudging you to support a candidate or sway you from a particular candidate.” The institute’s effort is one of several civil rights and … [Read more...] about Midterms: Civil rights groups on high alert for cyberthreats as they register minorities
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opinion Timothy Tyson Opinion contributor Published 9:00 p.m. UTC Aug 11, 2018 My phone has been ringing like an ice cream truck on an August afternoon. This was because an AP reporter recently learned of Justice Department plans to reopen the 1955 Emmett Till lynching case. Federal officials say the decision was spurred by revelations in my book, "The Blood of Emmett Till," published a year and a half ago. Carolyn Bryant, the white woman whose kinsmen lynched 14-year-old Emmett Till, admitted to me that she had borne false witness at their murder trial. Her testimony depicted something tantamount to a rape attempt. "This n***** man," she testified, chased her behind the counter and pinned her at the register. He clutched her around the waist, and spewed filth to her about sex with white women. Just as she broke free, "this other n***** came in the store" and hauled Emmett out. Carolyn then stomped outside through the black boys gathered out … [Read more...] about Jeff Sessions reopens Emmett Till case. A hunt for justice or a civil rights charade?
Trenee' Truex The Jackson (Tenn.) Sun Published 5:25 p.m. UTC Aug 9, 2018 JACKSON, Tenn — More than 78 years after a black voter-registration activist's body was found in a West Tennessee river, a white district attorney has reopened an investigation into his death. The body of Elbert Williams, 32, was found June 23, 1940, in the Hatchie River about 6 miles south of Brownsville, Tennessee. Though the Haywood County coroner at the time had an inquest on the riverbank and found the cause of death to be "foul means by parties unknown,” he also ordered an immediate burial without an autopsy. No one ever was charged in the case, and Williams’ grave has not been found though it is believed to be in a church cemetery near Brownsville. “We cannot do all in 2018 that should have been done in 1940, but justice and historic truth demand that questions about the cause of Elbert Williams’ death and the identity of his killer(s) that … [Read more...] about Nearly 80-year-old civil-rights murder case reopened in Tennessee
Tim Darnell WXIA-TV, Atlanta Published 3:08 p.m. UTC Jul 29, 2018 ATLANTA – U.S. Rep. John Lewis was hospitalized Saturday for an undisclosed illness. According to a spokesperson from his office, the 78-year-old Democratic congressman and civil rights icon was in a hospital for routine observation. He’s resting comfortably and expects to be released Sunday. Lewis, a Democrat, played a key role in the civil rights movement and marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1965 in Selma, Alabama. Lewis was expected at an Atlanta event Saturday evening but did not attend. Contributing: The Associated Press … [Read more...] about Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights icon, hospitalized for ‘routine observation’
The Associated Press Published 11:51 p.m. UTC Jun 4, 2018 HONG KONG – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has urged China to disclose the details of people killed, detained or missing during the Chinese military’s crackdown on pro-democracy protesters on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square 29 years ago. Pompeo marked Monday’s anniversary of the crackdown of June 4, 1989, saying: “We remember the tragic loss of innocent lives.” Hundreds, if not thousands, of unarmed protesters and onlookers were killed after China’s Communist leaders ordered the military to retake Tiananmen Square from the student-led demonstrators. The topic remains taboo in mainland China, and any form of commemoration, public or private, is banned. In Hong Kong, however, tens of thousands of people gather every year in Victoria Park on the evening of June 4 to remember the victims in the only large-scale public commemoration on Chinese soil. Organizers of this year’s … [Read more...] about U.S. urges China to open up on Tiananmen Square crackdown