Labor Commission on Racial and Economic Justice

Dear sisters and brothers —

At its meeting in Atlanta last week the AFL-CIO Executive Council established a Commission on Racial and Economic Justice as a central part of a  national campaign for higher wages, jobs, reforming the criminal justice system and strengthening diversity in the labor movement.  At a press conference following the meeting, the Council released a powerful statement announcing plans for meetings of the commission around the country over the next year to engage labor leaders in a “frank and thoughtful discussion” of issues “pertaining to the persistence of racial injustice today in the workforce and in their communities.”

The full statement is available at this link:
Labor Commission on Racial and Economic Justice

America’s legacy of racism and racial injustice has been and continues to be a fundamental obstacle to workers’ efforts to act together to build better lives for al…

A report on AFL-CIO Pres. Richard Trumka’s statements at the press conference is at this link:

http://www.peoplesworld.org/trumka-singles-out-fight-against-racism-as-key-to-raising-wages/

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Thief steals Lupita Nyong’o’s dress, then gives it back for being “worthles

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Charlotte E. Ray became the first African-American female lawyer in the United States

'BLACK HISTORY MOMENT: Yesterday, February 27, 1872 marked the day that Charlotte E. Ray became the first African-American female lawyer in the United States. Ray graduated from Howard University School of Law. She was also the first female admitted to the District of Columbia Bar, and the first woman admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia. Her admission was used as a precedent by women in other states who sought admission to the bar. </p>
<p>Ray opened her own law office and ran advertisements in a newspaper run by Frederick Douglass. However, she only practiced for a few years because prejudice against African Americans and women made her business unsustainable. Ray eventually moved to New York, where she became a teacher in Brooklyn. She was involved in the women's suffrage movement and joined the National Association of Colored Women.'BLACK HISTORY MOMENT: Yesterday, February 27, 1872 marked the day that Charlotte E. Ray became the first African-American female lawyer in the United States. Ray graduated from Howard University School of Law. She was also the first female admitted to the District of Columbia Bar, and the first woman admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia. Her admission was used as a precedent by women in other states who sought admission to the bar.

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TDCJ: Ellis Unit will be medically restricted from having visits

Visitation

Some offenders at the Ellis Unit will be medically restricted from having visits this weekend, February 28 and March 1, 2015, due to possible cases of gastrointestinal illness.

As always, visitors are encouraged to call the unit prior to traveling for visitation.

Ellis Unit (936) 295-5756

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Fate Vincent Winslow Got Life In Prison for $20 Worth of Weed

“Why did you get involved in this crime?”

“To get $5 dollars to get something to eat.”

Homeless and hungry, Fate Vincent Winslow wanted $5 to get something to eat, so he agreed to sell pot to a stranger—an undercover cop. He ended up with life in prison.
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‘Aunt Jemima’ Heirs’ $3 Billion Lawsuit To PepsiCo Dismissed & They Can Never Sue Again

SHE’S THE LAW: http://bit.ly/1C65Ncy

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Lies, damn lies and drug war statistics: DPS edition

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2015

The Austin American Statesman reported (Feb. 26) that the Texas Department of Public Safety inflated prices of seized drugs ten-fold just before issuing a pivotal report on its border “surge” to legislators. Reported  Kiah Collier and Jeremy Schwartz:
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