Court says Flint residents can sue Michigan over bad water

Residents in Flint who were exposed to lead-contaminated water can pursue constitutional claims against Michigan and city officials, a federal appeals court said Friday.

In a 3-0 decision, the court overturned decisions by a judge who said federal water law eclipsed claims of civil rights violations. The court said it wasn’t judging the merits of the two lawsuits, but it’s allowing residents to at least get inside the courthouse door.

The cases now return to U.S. District Judge John Corbett O’Meara in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Indiana officials are trying to block almost 45,000 black citizens from voting

Roughly 45,000 newly registered voters in Indiana — almost all of whom are black — may not be allowed to vote next month after state police targeted the state’s largest voter registration drive, forcing it to shut down its operation.

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Man Who Tried to Hire KKK to Hang Black Neighbor ‘From a Tree’ Like ‘An Animal’ Begs Court for Leniency

Last summer Allen Wayne Morgan was arrested after he met with an undercover FBI agent posing as a KKK hit-man in an Oxford, Alabama Econo Lodge and attempted to hire him to kill his black neighbor. He told the agent, “I want this man hung from a tree like he is an animal. I want his penis cut off and I want him cut. You’re a hunting man right? I want him hung from a tree and gutted.”

Morgan said that the neighbor had raped his wife and that he had already confronted him once, firing several shots in his direction but that he had not wanted to kill him at the time because there were too many witnesses. His plan this time he explained was to check himself into the V.A. hospital in order to have an air-tight alibi at the time the man was killed.

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Jordan Davis Verdict: Once Again a Young Black Man’s Murderer Gets no Punishment

Despite the deadlock Michael Dunn will spend many years in jail. He could possibly sentenced to 75 years in prison on the attempted murder charges on the 3 other passengers in the car.  The prosecution will retry the case on the 1st degree charges.

What is still shocking is that the jury might have believed that Dunn was justified in shooting Jordan. The verdict is not terribly surprising. The prosecution (the same who screwed up the Trayvon Martin case) probably should not have pursued 1st degree murder charges. They also made no effort to make the case that Dunn was motivated by hatred for blacks. That shows motive.

Once again justice was not done in Florida in a case involving the shooting of a black man by a white man without justification.

Ari Melber: Why Haven’t Democrats Attempted to Restore the Voting Rights Act of 1965

MSNBC host, Ari Melber, had a question today for leftist Congressman Bernie Sanders (who attended the March on Washington in 1963). Melber asked why haven’t Democrats in Washington tried to restore the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was overturned by the Supreme Court earlier this year. Sanders response: “good question.”

Moral Monday Marches on With Dr. King in Mind

While North Carolina lawmakers have adjourned for the year, the Moral Monday movement marches on, with plans underway to hold rallies across the state this month protesting the legislature’s far-right turn.

This coming Monday, Aug. 19, a Charlotte Moral Monday demonstration will take place in the Queen City’s Marshall Park, while Coastal Moral Monday will come to the Outer Banks town of Manteo. The gatherings follow the Aug. 5 Mountain Moral Monday rally in the city of Asheville that drew at least 5,000 people.

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Voter ID Trial Opens In Pennsylvania

On the first day of a voter ID trial in Pennsylvania on Monday, the liberal-leaning plaintiffs got a boost from an improbable ally — a voter who called former Republican presidential candidate John McCain “my man” and noted she herself had twice been elected to a local office on the Republican ticket.

Marian Baker was one of two witnesses who offered videotaped testimony to start a trial that will determine the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s voter ID law, a subject of controversy since it was passed last spring by a Republican legislature and governor. The law, blocked by the state Supreme Court until the trial reviews its constitutionality, requires voters to present photo identification at the polls.

A grandmother of eight who lives in Reading, Pa., Baker testified that the law caused her to recently miss an election for the first time since 1960. Under the new law, she said, she would have to get a special state-approved photo ID at a drivers’ license center, where lines often stretch down the block. (Her driver’s license recently expired.)

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