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First Black Secretary of State Fights For Lineage-Based Language In California’s Reparations Bill

Shirley Weber, the first Black woman to be elected as secretary of state in California, is currently arguing against the state’s recently formed reparations task force’s qualifications for eligibility. Like Sec. Weber, Leo Carney believes reparations should be lineage-based and exclusively reserved for descendants of chattel slavery across the nation.

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A ruptured water main on Main Street. The pipe is dug up and surrounded by muddy water.
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East Biloxi is in Desperate Need of American Rescue Plan Act Funds

It has been 16 years since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Mississippi Gulf Coast region. The City of Biloxi is a coastal community that sits quietly along a small peninsula in the heart of the Gulf of Mexico. Category 5 winds destroyed residential communities and businesses throughout Harrison County. Unfortunately, the negative impact on the infrastructure is still felt today. 

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The Vestiges of Jim Crow and the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission

The Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, a state-funded spy agency charged with resisting integration and civil-rights activity, actively surveilled these civil rights activists and allowed law enforcement agencies to openly violate their constitutional rights in Jim Crow Mississippi. Those were dangerous times that still affect my family today. 

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Banking Deserts Hinder Educational, Economic Growth in Black Mississippi Communities

The duplicitous nature of the relationship between policy makers and Wall Street opens the door to predatory lenders who prey on disenfranchised residents whose only access to banking is check cashing centers, payday-loan stores and ATMs. Major banking institutions like Wells Fargo and TD Bank have agreed to pay back hundreds of millions of dollars in restitution for illegal practices that targeted ADOS and other marginalized consumers. 

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Is Facing and Ending Environmental Racism Too Radical For the Left and the Right?

Neither party has stood up for American descendants of slavery when it comes to racial disparities in environmental, social and economic policies. Co-founder Leo Carney writes that ADOS of MS are seeking reparative justice that is a pathway for statewide and federal reparations for American descendants of slavery in Mississippi and across America.

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