Forty-Three Years After Roe V. Wade, I’m Still Fighting For Abortion Rights

Sunday marked the 43rd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case decision that legalized abortion in the United States. This ruling was meant to be the end of unsafe, illegal abortions and the beginning of women feeling empowered because decisions over our futures and bodies was now a Constitutional right. However, for many, this right gave way to a choice, but never a true option.
You see, abortion is only an option if you can afford the at least $500 out-of-pocket, or if you’re one of the lucky few who have health insurance that will cover it. I know this because I struggled to afford my abortion nine years ago, and today, as the executive director of the Chicago Abortion Fund, I spend my days helping others do the same. This is not what healthcare is supposed to look like in our country.
Three years after the Roe v. Wade decision, the Hyde Amendment took effect. Anti-abortion Representative Henry Hyde (R-IL) fought to deny low-income people access to safe and affordable ab..

Judge Rejects Brief Supporting Residents In Flint Water Crisis

A federal judge rejected a brief filed by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette in support of Flint residents Monday, reports WDIV-TV.
From WDIV-TV:
Schuette and his special counsel, Noah Hall, are seeking to join a lawsuit against Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration by filing a brief that supports Flint residents. Schuette wants federal Judge David Lawson to keep an injunction in place, which calls for home-delivered water if lead filters haven’t been properly installed.
The judge on Monday rejected the filing. Lawson says there’s nothing new in Schuette’s arguments. He also says Schuette has injected a “troubling ethical issue.”
Lawson notes that lawyers in Schuette’s office are on the other side of the case, arguing that the injunction should be scratched.
Lawson must decide whether — and how — to force local and state officials to comply with a court order requiring door-to-door delivery of bottled water to Flint homes lacking a working water filter Tuesday, reports The Detroi..

Legalized Abortion Still Under Attack 43 Years After Roe V. Wade

Sunday marked the 43rd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case decision that legalized abortion in the United States. This ruling was meant to be the end of unsafe, illegal abortions and the beginning of women feeling empowered because decisions over our futures and bodies was now a Constitutional right. However, for many, this right gave way to a choice, but never a true option.
You see, abortion is only an option if you can afford the at least $500 out-of-pocket, or if you’re one of the lucky few who have health insurance that will cover it. I know this because I struggled to afford my abortion nine years ago, and today, as the executive director of the Chicago Abortion Fund, I spend my days helping others do the same. This is not what healthcare is supposed to look like in our country.
Three years after the Roe v. Wade decision, the Hyde Amendment took effect. Anti-abortion Representative Henry Hyde (R-IL) fought to deny low-income people access to safe and affordable ab..

NYPD To Hide Trial Outcome Of Cop Who Fatally Shot Ramarley Graham?

The New York Police Department will choose whether or not to publicly release the outcome of a department trial for Officer Richard Haste in the fatal shooting of unarmed Black teenager Ramarley Graham, reports the New York Daily News.
From the New York Daily News:
The question now is will Officer Richard Haste’s fate — to be decided by Police Commissioner James O’Neill weeks from now — ever be revealed.
The NYPD says such dispositions are covered by a Section 50-a of the state’s civil rights code that it unwittingly violated for 40 years until its Legal Bureau changed course last year. The NYPD was mum Monday when asked if it would reveal O’Neill’s decision either publicly or to Constance Malcolm, Graham’s grieving mother.
Malcolm, speaking outside One Police Plaza after Haste’s five day trial ended, said she has no indication that anyone in authority will let her know if they plan to inform her of the decision. “I’m still waiting for that,” she said. “I have no answer for that.”,..

The Rundown: A List Of Actions Trump Took On His First Full Day In Office

President Donald Trump faces severe scrutiny on his first full day in office, following a tumultuous weekend where his press secretary and head advisor defended falsified claims on the number of attendees at inauguration.
Trump signed three executive actions on Monday afternoon, including withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans Pacific-Partnership deal, a freeze on federal hiring and an order that bars foreign aid recipients or non-governmental agencies from supporting abortion, NBC News reports.
TPP, a hallmark of the Obama administration, was heavily contended among democrats and republicans examining the level of effectiveness in strengthening economic ties with Asian countries.
The announcement spurred commentary from both sides of the aisle who were in favor and opposed to Trump’s decision.
.@POTUS withdrawing from #TPP is a serious mistake for America's economy & strategic position in the #Asia-Pacific https://t.co/psDxmNaeZ3
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) January 23, 2017
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Poll: Young Americans Fear They Will Be Worse Off Post-Trump

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The Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago conducted a survey of young adults that revealed many millennials still don’t think President Donald Trump will serve the interests of the Black community.
According to the extensive survey, only 21 percent of Whites think Black people’s lives will improve during Trump’s presidency, while 14 percent of Asian Americans, 9 percent of Latinos and only 7 percent of Blacks polled think their lives will improve.
Pres. Obama explains why he believes the talk of a post-racial America after his election was naive. #RealityofHope https://t.co/KMVthXP4ZM pic.twitter.com/XwxMHI18HD
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 14, 2017
Alternatively, the GenForward survey revealed 67 percent of Latinos believe White people’s lives will improve with Trump, while 62 percent of Asians, 59 percent of Blacks and 45 percent of Whites think their lives will be better with Trump as president.
David J. Knight of the Black Y..

Jerome Easter Jr.’s Case Highlights Challenges Of Finding Missing With Mental Illness

Although African-Americans make up just 13 percent of the U.S. population, we account for 33 percent of the missing in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s database. Cases involving African-Americans also tend to receive less media coverage than missing Whites, with missing men of color getting even less attention.
NewsOne has partnered with the Black and Missing Foundation to focus on the crisis of missing African-Americans.
To be a part of the solution, NewsOne will profile missing persons and provide tips about how to keep your loved ones safe and what to do if someone goes missing.
Jerome Easter Jr.
Case Type: Endangered
Date of Birth: March 5, 1995
Missing Date: Jan. 2, 2017
Age Now: 21
Missing City: Milwaukee
Missing State: Wisconsin
Gender: Male
Race: Black
Complexion: Medium
Height: 5-11
Weight: 175
Hair Color: Black
Hair Length: Short
Eye Color: Brown
Wear Glasses or Contacts: No
Location Last Seen: Easter was arrested in Wyoming on Friday for allegedly being in a stol..

Gambia’s Former President Ousted, Illegally Takes Millions In Money & Cars With Him

Yahya Jammeh’s presidency came to an end on Saturday evening after 22 years of embattled rule. But it was the discovery that over the last two weeks the ousted leader swindled over $11.4 million and a fleet of luxury cars, adding to his years long history of decadence and corruption.
According to The Washington Post, Jammeh’s successor–President Adama Barrow, might launch a probe into Jammeh’s suspected unethical dealings.
“The Gambia is in financial distress. The coffers are virtually empty. That is a state of fact,” Barrow’s special advisor Mai Ahmad Fatty said to a group of reporters on Sunday. “It has been confirmed by technicians in the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of the Gambia.”
The Post writes:
“Jammeh was known for his expensive habits, even as the country he ruled for more than 22 years was mired in poverty, with thousands of people taking the perilous route across the Mediterranean to Europe each year. He owned a fleet of Rolls Royces with his name embroidere..

NEWS ROUNDUP: FOX Boots Stacey Dash…AND MORE

According to reports, FOX News has decided not to renew the contributor contracts of Stacey Dash, George Will, and Ed Rollins. Dash, a self-proclaimed Republican who has been the recipient of a lot of negative backlash for her controversial remarks about race and politics, joined the network in 2014. She was often featured on the show Outnumbered. George Will, 75, joined the FOX team in 2013 and Ed Rollins was brought on board in 2011 after leaving CNN. After news spread about Dash, Black Twitter hosted a funny farewell party. “Stacey Dash tap danced for Fox News, tried to tear down Blacks, supported Trump & got fired on her day off…,” posted one user. “Stacey Dash and Kanye West can remake the “All Falls Down” video together after being used as props and getting kicked to the curb,” posted another. The network has yet to share the reasoning behind not renewing the contributor contracts. Read more.
White House Petition Calling For Trump To Release Tax Returns Gets 100,000 Signatures
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Sprint Acquires 33 Percent Of TIDAL, Jay Z’s Music Streaming Service

Sprint and TIDAL have set forth on an unprecedented venture announced on Monday morning.
The media conglomerates launched a partnership which allows Sprint’s “45 million customers unlimited access to exclusive artist content not available anywhere else,” according to Sprint’s press release. As part of the deal Sprint acquired 33 percent of TIDAL which offers Sprint’s CEO, Marcelo Claure, a seat on TIDAL’s board of directors.
TIDAL, the music streaming site co-owned by Jay Z and over a dozen other multi-platinum artists, promises to deliver a new and engaging experience to their fans now that the deal has been sealed.
Jay Z said he looked forward to the collaboration because of Sprint’s shared values in “revolutionizing the creative industry to allow artists to connect directly with their fans and reach their fullest, shared potential.” The venture will give users an “unmatched entertainment experience,” he said.
“Jay saw not only a business need, but a cultural one, and put his hea..