John Lewis, the champion of African-American civil rights whose activism brought him from the bloodied streets of Selma, Ala., to the marble halls of Congress, has died.
Josh JamersonMr. Lewis had a phrase for activism he believed was necessary, but that others perceived as running afoul of decorum or civility: “good trouble.”
“Get out there and push and pull until we redeem the soul of America.”
Wayne and Macomb, separated by 8 Mile Road, show signs of racial healing following civil unrest
Josh Jamerson“I guarantee you there were people in that protest who voted for Trump and will not do it again. I was one of them.”
My dispatch from SE Michigan, including Detroit (aka, home) and some of its suburbs that went for Trump
The upstart hasn’t yet developed an approved drug, its chief can be excoriating and until recently investors were disillusioned. A breakthrough coronavirus vaccine could come in trials starting this month.
Josh Jamersonre: Moderna & its CEO: "The bold promises of Mr. Bancel and his colleagues have long struck some in the pharmaceutical industry and on Wall Street as hubris. No company using the same experimental approach has managed to pull off a successful drug."
For the Magazine, Nikole Hannah-Jones explains how centuries of violence and discrimination preventing black Americans from building wealth are the root cause of today’s racial inequalities — and argues that they cannot be fixed without restitution.
Josh Jamerson“Wealth begets wealth, and white Americans have had centuries of government assistance to accumulate wealth, while the government has for the vast history of this country worked against black Americans doing the same.”
Mr. Floyd has been compared to Emmett Till, the 14-year-old black boy whose brutal killing in 1955 helped inspire the civil-rights movement. A look at the lives of Mr. Floyd and his killer offers a glimpse of the problems that remain to be addressed.
Josh JamersonMr. Floyd did security at Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Center in Minneapolis, an adult shelter. At social events, he was known for dealing gently with rowdy guests—sometimes by asking them to dance and then dancing them out the door.
When mass protests broke out after George Floyd’s killing in police custody, the movement was ready. “This moment is a direct result of long-term, sustained, often slow community organizing.”
Josh JamersonNEW: George Floyd protests “moved our work forward by leaps and bounds.” Police-policy overhauls seem to be happening overnight, but behind the measures is a network of activist groups that have for years lobbied local governments.
Many Americans who have taken to the streets in the past three weeks say they are planning for a summer of protests aimed in large part at local governments that are entering their budget-planning season.
Josh JamersonMany Americans who have taken to the streets in the past three weeks say they are planning for a summer of protests aimed in large part at local governments that are entering their budget-planning season.
“Everything was falling into place, and now it’s all paused.” Covid-19 brought a crushing end to one of the most promising economies in recent memory for black workers and business people. That’s one cause of the protests that have roiled the nation.
A new dynamic of cooperation has emerged between protesters and police leaders, one designed to prevent conflicts, vandalism and looting.
Josh Jamersonalongside the tension, some protesters and police leaders report that a new dynamic of cooperation has emerged, one designed to prevent conflicts, vandalism and looting.
Some Democrats are sounding alarms within the party about its outreach to younger black men, saying it was not doing enough to appeal to these voters even before a nationwide wave of protests amplified the discontent many black Americans feel toward...
Josh JamersonNEW: Some Dems are sounding alarms about their outreach to young black men, saying the party wasn’t doing enough to appeal to them even before nationwide protests amplified the discontent many black Americans feel toward their political leaders.
Joe Biden told a black radio host that “if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” remarks his campaign characterized as joking but that some black Democrats said were dismissive of their concerns.
Josh JamersonNAACP went over polling Tuesday w/ reporters showing similar data. Black PAC is seeing it too.
Adrianne Shropshire of Black PAC doubts many are considering Trump. “Those are people who are trying to decide whether or not they are going to show up at all.”
Josh Jamersonfwiw: Quinnipiac poll this week showed Biden’s support among black voters at 81% compared with 3% for Trump and 13% undecided.
At similar point in 2016, same poll found only 2% of black respondents undecided, with 93% backing Clinton and 4% for Trump.
Public-health officials say the federal government and states aren’t doing enough to help hire and pay the estimated 100,000 contact tracers the country needs to help prevent new spikes in coronavirus infections as states and counties start relaxing...