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Combating Racism – Felon Disenfranchisement

Today, felon disenfranchisement laws continue to impose on the civil rights of felons – America’s most disadvantaged group. To be ‘franchised’ is to have the right to vote. This basic civil right is central to any democratic nation and essential to the fundamental principles of democracy. It’s how we – the people – exercise our power through a...
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Combating Racism – More Progress Is Needed

As a privileged white woman, I looked at progress that has been made to combat racism in the year since George Floyd’s murder as a glass half full, and wrote last week’s newsletter from that perspective. But since then, I’ve wondered, thanks to a conversation with a trusted Black friend, if I were a Black woman,...
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Combating Racism – Honoring George Floyd

This Tuesday will mark the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder and the anniversary of my changing my Best Self blog posts to Combating Racism blog posts.  Since May 25, 2020, Floyd’s death has sparked global protests about racial inequality and police brutality, and renewed pledges from some to fight racism. In this newsletter, I highlight...
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Combating Racism – Unveiling Injustice

QUESTION: WHAT IS SIGNIFICANT ABOUT THESE CASES?

Bruce Bartman is a 70-year-old man from Delaware County, Pennsylvania who, in the weeks leading up to the 2020 presidential election, illegally registered his dead mother and dead mother-in-law as Republicans. He used an old driver's license number to request the mail-in ballot for his mother and then used...
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Combating Racism – Combating Voter Suppression – Part 4

According to an article from the May 5, 2021 St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “In recent months, we’ve seen politicians at every level of government increasingly work to suppress the vote in communities of color. In the wake of the January 6th insurrection, hundreds of voter suppression bills are being promoted . . .” According to the...
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Combating Racism – The For The People Act (H.R.1)

This past Thursday, both chambers of Florida’s legislature passed an election overhaul bill that would limit the use of drop boxes; add more identification requirements for those requesting absentee ballots; require voters to request an absentee ballot for each election, rather than receive them automatically through an absentee voting list; limit who could collect and...
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Combating Racism – Standing For Justice

Lady Justice, originated from Justitia, the goddess of Justice in Roman mythology. She is intended to represent the morality of the justice system. Many modern depictions of Lady Justice show her holding the sword in her left hand and scale in the right hand. The pair of balance scales represent the obligation of the law to weigh the evidence...
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Combating Racism – The Tuskegee Airmen

When I went to my gym to work out on Friday morning, the man at the check-in desk, Charles, was wearing the above t-shirt. As the daughter of a World War II veteran, I was fascinated by it. What I learned peaked my interest. Charles’ grandfather, Charles DeBow, was one of thirteen Black cadets to start...
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