Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Prominent NYC Judge Died by Suicide in Drowning, Medical Examiner Rules

The New York City medical examiner has concluded that a prominent judge found in the Hudson River died by suicide in a drowning.

The medical examiner's office issued the findings Wednesday in the death of 65-year-old Sheila Abdus-Salaam.

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Source: News 4 New York

American Veterans for Equal Rights Responds to Trump Directive

Statement by AVER

Atlanta, GA – American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER) is astonished by President Trump’s statements this morning prohibiting transgender Americans from serving our country in the US military. On the very anniversary, July 26, 1948, that President Harry S. Truman issued Executive Order 9981 to end racial segregation in our US military, President Donald J. Trump issues tweets to bar transgender service members from serving in our same US armed forces. Such an incredible twist of fate in history! One opens doors to liberty. One slams them shut.

“The President’s unilateral action concerning transgender service members is insulting to some of our most capable service members and disrespectful to the leadership of our military. Without full consultation, a President who never served our country has taken an action that discriminates without factual foundation. 

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Source: American Veterans for Equal Rights. 

Capt. Jennifer Peace on Being a Transgender Military Service Member

This video was published on YouTube on October 4, 2015. 

Capt. Jennifer Peace discusses some of her experiences as a transgender JBLM soldier and the growing shift to a more inclusive military. Video by Drew Perine.

Congressional Black Caucus Calls on Jeff Sessions to Resign


The Congressional Black Caucus is calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign.

A majority of the 49-member caucus voted to issue a statement calling for Sessions to resign because of how he has handled conversations he had with Russian officials during the presidential campaign.

"Every day the Department of Justice prosecutes people for lying under oath, yet the man who leads the department has lied under oath on more than one occasion," the Congressional Black Caucus said Monday in a statement to the media. "Attorney General Sessions is unfit to serve as the top law enforcement official in the nation and should resign from his position immediately."

In his Senate confirmation hearing, Sessions failed to disclose his contacts with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the campaign.

After news reports revealed Sessions met with Kislyak on more than one occasion, Sessions acknowledged the meetings, but said they were not related to the Trump campaign and were relevant to his job at the time as a senator representing Alabama.

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Source: The Washington Examiner 

Michelle Obama Addresses Racist Attacks She Endured As First Lady

By Rebecca Shapiro

Michelle Obama has opened up in front of a crowd of about 8,500 at the Women’s Foundation of Colorado’s 30th anniversary event in Denver about her experience as America’s first black first lady.

Obama spoke about smashing the glass ceiling as she was interviewed Tuesday by WFCO President and CEO Lauren Casteel at the Pepsi Center ― the same venue where she addressed thousands at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Casteel asked which of the falling glass shards cut the deepest, according to the Denver Post.

“The shards that cut me the deepest were the ones that intended to cut,” Obama said. “Knowing that after eight years of working really hard for this country, there are still people who won’t see me for what I am because of my skin color.”

Obama referenced racist attacks she endured, including being called an ape and disparaging references made about her body.

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Source: The Huffington Post

Cuomo: 'Valor Knows No Race, No Creed, No Gender and No Sexual Identity, Period'

Statement By Governor Cuomo on President Trump's
Decision to Ban Transgender People from Serving in the Military

"Nearly 70 years ago today, President Truman signed an executive order to desegregate the military of the United States -- a major step forward for equality in our society.
"In stark contrast, the Trump Administration's directive barring transgender members of the military is wrong, intolerant and a giant slide backwards in the fight for equal rights.
"Valor knows no race, no creed, no gender, and no sexual identity, period.
"No matter who you are, New York will always fight for your rights to live freely and without discrimination. We stand united with the transgender community against those who seek to drive us apart." 

Source: Press Office, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo 

Related story: Republicans Break with Trump on Banning Transgender Soldiers

Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera Discusses Human Smuggling

The Wilson Center’s Latin American Program Fellow discusses the issue of human smuggling and trafficking after 10 suspected migrants died in an overheated tractor trailer in San Antonio, Texas last weekend.

Source: C-SPAN

Senator Corker Says Firing Robert Mueller Would Be 'Major Mistake'

Senator Bob Corker says firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions would be "very problematic," saying he wishes the president's criticism would stop. He also warns the president that firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller would be a "major mistake, a major miscalculation."

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Source: C-SPAN 

The 'I Am Woman' Series: U. Renee Hall, Dallas Police Chief

This video was published on YouTube in July 19, 2017. 

Source: CBSDFW

Trailblazers in Black History: Meredith Gourdine

Notable inventions: The Incineraid system, Focus Flow Heat Sink, and industrial paint spray

Gourdine has been praised as a pioneer researcher and for creating electrogasdynamics—the generation of electrical energy from the conversion of the kinetic energy contained in a high-pressure, ionized, moving combustion gas. His most popular creation, the Incineraid system, was used to banish smoke from burning buildings and fog from airport runways. Adding to his legacy, he would also create the Focus Flow Heat Sink, a device that cooled down computer chips.

Documentary Explores How a Quiet Revolution in Baton Rouge Changed History

Christopher Tyson never learned about the Baton Rouge bus boycott of 1953 while he was in school.

While he knew that it happened in his hometown, Tyson — now a professor at the Louisiana State University Law Center — had no idea about the importance of the boycott in the context of the larger civil rights movement.

The protest, led by African-Americans of Louisiana’s capital, was the nation’s first large scale bus boycott and served as a model for a more well known event that occurred nearly three years later — the Montgomery bus boycott.

The history of this first bus boycott is the subject of Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s “Signpost to Freedom: The 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott,” which screened this month in Washington, D.C. as part of the March on Washington Film Festival. The event was held at Google’s D.C. office in partnership with LSU Law School.

Venus Williams Responds in Wrongful Death Lawsuit Over Car Accident

There are new developments in a fatal car crash involving Venus Williams. Faced with a wrongful death lawsuit, her legal team is fighting back, claiming the tennis star is not to blame. NBC’s Tammy Leitner reports for TODAY.

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Source: NBC News 

Trump Tweets Intention to Ban Transgender People from Military

Source: CBS News

Is State Department Gearing Up for a "Rexit"?

Source: CBS News

Trump Holds Campaign-Style Rally in Ohio

Source: CBS News

Trump Tries to Rally Republicans on Health Care Bill