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Mormons and NAACP seek to advance work with new initiatives

Jun. 14, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Top leaders from the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced $9.25 million in new educational and humanitarian projects Monday as they seek to build on an alliance formed with the NAACP in 2018 as part of the faith's efforts to improve race relations....

Appeals court: GOP lawmakers can't join NC voter ID lawsuit

Jun. 07, 2021 20:01 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A judge didn't step over the line when she refused to let North Carolina's legislative leaders formally defend the state's latest photo identification voting law with other state government attorneys, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. A...

Fewer 2020 traffic stops in Missouri, but disparity remains

Jun. 01, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Traffic stops and arrests resulting from those stops declined sharply in Missouri last year due in large part to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Black motorists were still far more likely to be pulled over and arrested, according to a report released Tuesday. ...

8th noose found at Amazon site despite additional security

May. 26, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — NAACP, state and local officials on Wednesday denounced what they called continued racism at an Amazon warehouse construction site in Connecticut where eight nooses have been found within a month, despite additional security measures added last weekend. ...

Advocates: Study group to shape police oversight is too slow

May. 26, 2021 08:54 AM EDT

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Advocates, including the local branch of the NAACP and the ACLU, criticized how leaders in Bennington are proposing to create a police oversight board. The proposal would create an 11-member committee that would start work in August and deliver a...

7 nooses halt construction at Connecticut Amazon warehouse

May. 21, 2021 13:58 PM EDT

WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) — Amazon has temporarily shut down a new warehouse construction site in Connecticut after a seventh noose was found hanging over a beam, a series of incidents local police called “potential” hate crimes. Another rope tied like a noose was...

Student's arrest for racist post sparks free speech debate

May. 19, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

The arrest of a Connecticut high school student accused of posting racist comments about a Black classmate on social media is being supported by civil rights advocates, but free speech groups are calling it an unusual move by police that raises First Amendment issues. A...

NAACP calls for footage release after baby dies in shootout

May. 15, 2021 11:10 AM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi NAACP chapter is demanding access to reports and videos that show how a 3-month-old baby died after his father was killed in a shootout with police on a highway on May 3. The request follows similar calls from activists with Black Lives Matter...

Marker honoring Georgia lynching victim installed in Atlanta

May. 09, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Before Porter Flournoy Turner was lynched — stabbed in the chest and back by members of the Ku Klux Klan — he was a Black boy from tiny Greensboro, Georgia. He was a farm laborer from an early age but, by his mid-20s, had made the move 75 miles west...

Alabama NAACP offering chance to win $1,000 with vaccination

May. 06, 2021 13:50 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama NAACP is trying to boost COVID-19 vaccinations among younger people in the state by offering a chance to win $1,000 for getting a shot, a leader said Thursday. With health officials worried that too few young people are getting...