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Danny Glover To Testify On Capitol Hill During Slave Reparations Hearing

Danny Glover and author Ta-Nehisi Coates are heading to Capitol Hill next week to testify at a hearing on slavery reparations. The hearing, which will be held by the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties on June 19, is set to explore the “legacy of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, its continuing impact on the community and the path to restorative justice,” according to NBC News.

Coates broached the issue in The Case for Reparations, a 2014 essay published in The Atlantic, and Glover has long supported reparations. The reparations hearing is the first to be held in the House in over a decade and coincides with Juneteenth, the annual celebration marking the abolition of slavery in the U.S.

Michigan’s former Democratic Rep. John Conyers originally introduced a measure to study reparations in 1989, and reintroduced House Resolution 40 in 2017. The bill “establishes a commission to study and develop reparation proposals for African-Americans to examine slavery and discrimination in the colonies and the United States from 1619 to the present.” The resolution also seeks to “recommend appropriate remedies.”

Paying out reparations to the descendants of slaves has been an ongoing topic in the 2020 presidential campaign, though many have fallen short of clearly stating whether they stand for, or against, reparations.

Sen. Corey Booker introduced a bill to study reparations earlier in the year. Sen. Kamala Harris has said that she is open to studying the “effects” of systematic “discrimination and institutional racism” and to “determine what can be done.” Fellow Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders doesn’t support reparations for slave descendants, while Sen. Elizabeth Warren supports reparations.

Meanwhile, former vice president Joe Biden has been catching heat  for opposing reparations and desegregation in 1975 comments that recently resurfaced. “I do not buy the concept, popular in the ‘60s, which said, ‘We have suppressed the black man for 300 years and the white man is now far ahead in the race for everything our society offers. In order to even the score, we must now give the black man a head start, or even hold the white man back, to even the race.’ I don’t buy that,” Biden said at the time.  “I don’t feel responsible for the sins of my father and grandfather.”

In February, Democratic presidential candidate and author, Marianne Williamson called for the U.S. to shell out $100 billion for reparations.

Williamson touted the plan as a much needed “moral and spiritual awakening” for America. “Nothing short of that is adequate to fundamentally change the patters of our political dysfunction,” Williamson said.

 

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders To Exit As White House Press Secretary

Sarah Sanders will exit her position as theWhite House Press Secretary at the end of the month, according to the Associated Press.

Donald Trump broke the news on Twitter Thursday (June 13) stating Sanders, 36, will return to her home state of Arkansas. It has not yet been revealed what her new occupation will be.

Trump continued his praise of Sanders by calling her "a very special person with extraordinary talents."

....She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job! I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas - she would be fantastic. Sarah, thank you for a job well done!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2019

Sanders--who is one of Trump's closest aides--was one of the few remaining cabinet members in Trump's administration who worked on his 2016 campaign.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders will leave her position at the end of the month https://t.co/LN3GQUFWMW pic.twitter.com/bA5CKLt2or

— CNN (@CNN) June 13, 2019

Sanders is the second press secretary to leave the White House, following Sean Spices in June 2017. While Spicer was more of an emotional secretary--sometimes yelling at reporters--Sanders often remained straightfaced during the briefings.

Her relationship with the media has been tenuous. She was once quoted as saying her probability “probably higher than the media’s" and alleged the press was "purposefully misleading the American people."

“I think that if you spent a little bit more of your time reporting the news than trying to tear me down, you might actually see that we’re working hard to provide you good information,” Sanders told reporters during a tense briefing.

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Sudanese Doctors Report Dozens Of Rape During Khartoum Attacks

After the fall of Sudanese dictator Omar al-Bashir in April, many took to the streets hopeful that for the first time in 30 years, the North African country was on its way to democracy. Yet, two months later widespread violence, murder, and rape have ravished the country's capital, Khartoum.

According to reports, doctors estimate more than 100 people have been killed, 700 are injured and about 70 men and women have been raped by the paramilitaries from the Rapid Support Forces.

Many victims in the area have not sought medical treatment out of fear of retaliation or because health care may be limited. Lt Gen Jamaleddine Omar from the transitionary military council told The Guardian protests led by the Forces for Declaration of Freedom and Change are to blame for “all the regrettable events”  of the past two days.

Omar said the RSF's reaction is simply "to restore life back to normal.”

The protesters, according to Omar “crossed the line of peaceful practices … and have become a major liability for the country and the people’s security,” he said.

Since December, The Sudanese Professionals Association-- a group made of doctors, union leaders, air-traffic control staff, pilots, electrical engineers, and economists--have organized peaceful demonstrations in hopes to topple the military.

On Sunday, (June 9) roads and shops were closed in Khartoum’s Gabra neighborhood. “The solution is to get life paralyzed,” a protest leader said.

A young Sudanese woman took to social media to dispell rumors and explain why the violence and murder in Sudan is something the international community should care about.

YOUNG SUDANESE WOMAN SHARES WHATS REALLY HAPPENING IN SUDAN. pic.twitter.com/TB4BO57i9M

— POLITIWOMAN (@politiwoman) June 11, 2019

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Donald Trump Calls Duchess Of Sussex Meghan Markle "Nasty"

Donald Trump is spewing hateful messages again, and his most recent target happens to be the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. The Commander-In-Chief allegedly called the duchess "nasty" in response to her criticism of him in a 2016 interview.

In a new interview ahead of his upcoming trip to the United Kingdom, Trump commented on Markle's 2016 interview on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, in which she called Trump a "vocal misogynist" and "divisive."

"I didn’t know that she was nasty," he said, per CNN, before commenting on her current royal status and newborn son. "I hope she is okay. I am sure she will go excellently. She will be very good. I hope she does."

Following the interview, Trump hopped on Twitter to deny that he ever called the duchess "nasty." "I never called Meghan Markle 'nasty.' Made up by the Fake News Media, and they got caught cold," he tweeted, demanding that the media apologize for the false reporting.

According to CNN, Markle won't have much interaction with the president, as she is currently on maternity leave.  On the other hand, her husband, Prince Harry, along with Prince Charles, Duchess Kate Middleton have all been summoned to meet and have tea with the president during his upcoming visit. Should be a lot of fun.

I never called Meghan Markle “nasty.” Made up by the Fake News Media, and they got caught cold! Will @CNN, @nytimes and others apologize? Doubt it!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 2, 2019

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