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Symposium reflects where views on police reform intersect, divide

More police officers are not the answer to combat crime in Memphis and Shelby County. That was the consensus of panel members at UPtheVote901’s Crime and Public Safety Symposium Monday (Sept. 14). The unanimity was short-lived, however, as panel members soon clashed on other topics...

‘Ban the Box’ ordinance set up for one more shot

The “Ban the Box” ordinance will get another shot at approval later this month after the Shelby County Board of Commissioners failed to pass the measure Monday (July 14). In yet another effort to reform the criminal justice system, something Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris...

NAACP Freedom Fund attendees get a picture of voting as more than a single-day strategy

At 103 years old, the Memphis Branch NAACP is eight years younger than the national organization, whose president said here Saturday that the core strategy of the nation’s oldest civil rights group continues to be voting efforts to change policy. Acknowledging the need to protest...

The next move: ‘To the polls’

“To the polls” was presented as the answer this week as members of Keepers of 306, a National Civil Rights Museum (NCRM) initiative that engages civic-minded young leaders moved to answer the question being asked by many: “Where do we go from here?” The no-wavering...

Shelby County officially ill with the pandemic of racism

Racism is now a pandemic in Shelby County. The pronouncement was made after Shelby County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution to combat the problem with specific policies, Monday (June 22). The measure, written by Commissioner Tami Sawyer, spells out that the purpose of declaring race...

Police union president: Talk with us, not against us

For veteran Memphis Police Department officer Michael Williams, president of the Memphis Police Association, the burgeoning calls for conversations on police reform are warranted. He simply thinks the discussions need to be in coordination with the police and not against them. The actions of police officers...

Pandemic-recovery forecast: African Americans face long road

There is a long road ahead to recovery, especially for communities of color, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This bleak forecast was reiterated Tuesday during a town hall meeting hosted by Tennessee Black Caucus members. During the virtual meeting, the group of lawmakers focused...

Face-covering resolution gets County Commissioners’ OK; City Council weighing issue

The Shelby County Board of Commissioners has adopted a resolution “urging health officials to require residents and visitors to wear face coverings through Sept.1.” The measure, a safety precaution as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, was approved Monday (May 18) with an 8-5 vote...

Absentee voting push and pull

Voting could be a matter of life or death in the upcoming August and November elections according to some Memphis voting right advocates and Tennessee Democratic state leaders. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the groups are calling on Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee to “do the...

Virus-tightened budget scenario has Shelby County’s mayor, commissioners at odds

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris and his team of administrators is set to meet with the Shelby County Board of Commissioners on Friday in pursuit of a budget agreement. Harris is warning of potential county layoffs after the commission rejected his wheel tax proposal on...
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