Newsletter #3

FEBRUARY 10, 2022

  1. An Election Strategy for 2022
  2. From the Franklin County Democratic Committee (FCDC)
  3. Road Clean Up
  4. Book  Club
  5. Pints & Politics
  6. Save the Dates
  7. Articles and Sites of Possible Interest

An Election Strategy for 2022

As we read through the articles below, we realize how important it was to maintain a Democratic majority in the Virginia Senate. The members were able to kill some of Governor Youngkin’s party’s most egregious bills proposed in the House of Delegates, including Critical Race Theory and Charter Schools.  

Our club will have to remember that in developing a strategy for this year’s Congressional election. Our main objective may well be to keep a majority in Congress and not necessarily focus on our district alone. The Election Support Committee is looking into Congressional races in the Commonwealth that are now closer (due to redistricting) and can use additional help to keep that district Blue.

The Election Support Committee is now working to develop a strategy to best use our resources of time, volunteers and funds.

From the Franklin County Democratic Committee (FCDC)

This month, the Dining With Democrats dinner will honor the 2021 Democratic candidates for House of Delegates in our county with a program highlighting their hard work and tireless effort in last year’s election. 

As with all of our meetings, the public is invited to attend, but we especially want as many of our Democratic Committee friends and members as possible to join us as we publicly thank Bridgette Craighead and Greg Eaton for stepping up and working to support our values through their candidacy.

We will also discuss how we can each help make a meaningful contribution in our new Federal and State Election Districts, as we transition to a more challenging political landscape in the Commonwealth. Please plan to join us Thursday, February 10, at 6 pm at El Rio Mexican Restaurant, 65 N. Main Street in Rocky Mount.

Road Cleanup

Meet at the office to pick up safety vests, trash bags and pickers and get briefed by our Road Cleanup Guru, Case Pieterman.

We are usually done in less than 2 hours and meet back at the office for a group photo with our mountain of trash.

 This is a good opportunity for new members to participate in a Dems activity and meet other members. Contact Case if you will be available at Casencobypieterman@verizon.net.

Book Club

The book is The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles. There will be NO meeting in March; the next meeting will be April 19 (please note new date only for April) at 10 am in the office.

Pints & Politics

March 17
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your fellow SML Democrats
Corned beef, cabbage, Irish tunes & fun

Save the Dates

Thu. Feb 10        4 pm    Game Night

Thu. Feb 10       6 pm    Franklin County Democratic Committee:  Dining With Dems

Tue. Feb 15       6 pm    Bedford County Democratic Committee:  General Meeting @ Library

Thu. Feb 24       1 pm    Election Support Committee Meeting (Zoom)
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Mon. Feb 28      1 pm    General Membership Meeting
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Wed. Mar 2        1 pm    Events Committee Meeting

Tue. Mar 8         1 pm    Steering Committee Meeting

Thu.  Mar 17       TBA      Pints & Politics:  St. Patrick’s Day

Wed. Mar 23      10 am   Road Clean Up

Tue.  Apr 5         10 am   Book Club: The Lincoln Library by A. Towles

Articles and Sites of Possible Interest

Aside from the news associated with the new gubernatorial administration, and a new Republican House of Delegates, we also have the General Assembly in session. Right now, each chamber is going through their own bills via committee and full chamber. Soon, the two chambers will be exchanging the bills that passed in each other’s chamber and vote on them. Hence a lot is going on right now and we have a lot to report.

House GOP leadership scuttles bill to bar abortions after 20 weeks
By Ned Oliver, Virginia Mercury

Republican leaders in the Virginia House of Delegates say they don’t plan to consider legislation filed by a member of their party to ban most abortions after 20 weeks. House Courts of Justice Chairman Rob Bell, D-Albemarle, said he decided not to give the bill a hearing because he believed it stood no chance of passing in the Senate. “We don’t currently see a path for that bill to pass both bodies and reach the governor,” Bell said on Wednesday. The decision also protects vulnerable members of the House GOP caucus, many of whom avoided the topic of abortion on the campaign trail, from going on record on the issue.

Committee controlled by Dems kills Youngkin education bills
By Matthew Barakat, Associated Press

A Virginia Senate committee on Thursday killed two key pieces of education legislation sought by Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin, including one that was designed to eliminate teaching of critical race theory in K-12 schools. The committee also killed a bill that would have made it easier to create charter schools in districts that perform poorly on math and reading.

In push for school choice, Youngkin’s hope may lie in a lesser-known option
By Kate Masters, Virginia Mercury

Late last week, Gov. Glenn Youngkin gathered more than two dozen leaders from Virginia colleges and universities to tout an educational initiative that’s largely faded from the state’s lexicon. The governor was urging General Assembly lawmakers to support his push for “lab schools” — partnerships, he said, between institutions of higher learning and K-12 school divisions. A more than decade-old law opened the door for lab schools in Virginia, but the administration is backing two bills, currently moving through the House of Delegates and Senate, that would allow any college or university to establish one.

Bill mandating parental notice before sexually explicit lessons advances: ‘This is not a book ban’
By Jackie Defusco, WRIC-TV

A bill ensuring parents are notified about sexually explicit materials in the classroom advanced out of a key committee with the support of two Democrats on Thursday. It means a key pillar of Governor Glenn Youngkin’s education agenda will likely have enough votes to pass in the Senate and be signed into law. The House of Delegates is controlled by Republicans and expected to pass the bill.

The Youngkin administration is denying FOIA requests on the governor’s education orders
By Kate Masters,, Virginia Mercury

Gov. Glenn Youngkin campaigned on a platform of involving parents in public education, signing an executive order to root out “divisive concepts” in school curriculum that he’s described as troubling to families across Virginia. But over the last week, both the governor’s office and Virginia Department of Education have been denying or delaying public records requests related to Youngkin’s executive actions involving education. On Thursday, the Virginian-Pilot reported that the governor’s office was refusing to release emails sent to an inbox Youngkin has described as a tip line for reporting troubling behavior from school officials, including “divisive” subjects in the classroom.

Senate panel proposes study of one key Youngkin income tax proposal, but supports one-time refunds
By Michael Martz, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall – 7 articles a month)

A major piece of Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s tax cut package suffered a serious blow on Thursday, when a Senate panel recommended deferring the proposed doubling of the standard deduction on income taxes for a year to allow study by a special subcommittee on tax policy. A Senate Finance & Appropriations subcommittee voted to send similar bills to raise the deduction, proposed by Senate Minority Leader Tommy Norment, R-James City, and Sen. David Suetterlein, R-Roanoke County, to a new special subcommittee to study over the coming year.

Senate panel OKs Suetterlein bill on how to count absentee ballots
By Markus Schmidt, Cardinal News

In a rare bipartisan move, the Democratic-controlled Senate Privileges & Elections Committee on Tuesday approved a proposal sponsored by state Sen. David Suetterlein, R-Roanoke County, that would require ballots cast before Election Day to be counted in the voter’s precinct, rather than a central one. For Suetterlein, who had filed similar legislation before, it was a much desired victory after his prior proposals had made it out of the Senate twice but failed in the House of Delegates, where Democrats held a majority at the time.

Yancey: Why Suetterlein’s absentee vote bill matters
By DWAYNE YANCEY, Cardinal News – Columnist

The Lee-Hi precinct in Roanoke covers a predominantly white, middle-class neighborhood in a comfortable, quiet part of the city. Some might even call the community affluent. However you chose to describe it, Lee-Hi seems an unlikely spot for a political upheaval, and yet one might be happening there. We just don’t know how much of one, or whether it’s come and gone.

Va. senators reject proposals to cut off campaign cash from Dominion Energy
By Patrick Wilson, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall – 7 articles a month)

Lawmakers from both parties on Tuesday voted down proposals that would have ended monopoly electric utility Dominion Energy’s ability to give massive sums of campaign money to the lawmakers who regulate it. Bills to scale back the utility’s political influence in Richmond aren’t new, but they took on new life this year after Dominion upset conservatives during last year’s race for governor by pumping more than $250,000 into a political action committee that attacked GOP nominee Glenn Youngkin, now governor.

Political power shifts in Richmond but resistance to campaign finance limits remains the same
By Graham Moomaw, Virginia Mercury

Dominion Energy bankrolling shadowy attack ads against Gov. Glenn Youngkin in rural Virginia apparently didn’t convince enough legislators the state needs tougher laws reining in the company’s political influence. The record-breaking sums spent in last year’s governor’s race — more than $135 million combined between Youngkin and his Democratic opponent, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe — didn’t inspire the General Assembly to seriously consider broader limits on money in state politics, covering all corporations, interest groups and individual donors. And with the return to Republican control in the House of Delegates, more modest, bipartisan proposals to prevent state politicians from using campaign cash to cover personal expenses are facing surprise GOP opposition after passing the chamber 100-0 last year.

Senate panel votes down Wheeler nomination; fight not over
By Sarah Rankin, Associated Press

A Democrat-controlled committee in the Virginia Senate voted Tuesday against including former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler in the new Republican governor’s Cabinet, though the move is likely not the final say on the matter. On a 9-6 party-line vote, the committee stripped Wheeler — Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s pick for secretary of natural and historic resources — from a resolution approving the governor’s other Cabinet appointees. The panel then advanced the resolution, taking no issue with anyone else.

UPDATE:  Wheeler goes down in the Virginia Senate. The Virginia Senate voted against confirming Andrew Wheeler to Youngkin’s cabinet.

Full Senate strikes Natural Resources nominee

On Tuesday, Democrats in the Virginia Senate blocked the nomination of Andrew Wheeler for Secretary of Natural and Historic Resources, the state’s top environmental post. Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) spoke in favor of removing Wheeler from a list of appointments made by Gov. Glenn Youngkin. Wheeler previously served as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under former President Donald Trump, during which time the agency drew criticism for the rollback of a series of Obama-era emissions controls, including for automakers.

Virginia Republicans advance bill to freeze minimum-wage increases
By Karina Elwood, Washington Post (Metered Paywall – 3 articles a month)

The Virginia House of Delegates passed a Republican bill on Tuesday that would freeze the state’s minimum wage at $11 an hour and overturn scheduled incremental raises that would bring the floor to $15 in 2026. Though the bill is not likely to pass the Democrat-controlled Senate, it serves as an example of how newly in-power Republicans are seeking to roll back key legislation that was passed under unified Democratic leadership over the past two years.

Senate panel OKs Suetterlein bill on how to count absentee ballots
By Markus Schmidt, Cardinal News

In a rare bipartisan move, the Democratic-controlled Senate Privileges & Elections Committee on Tuesday approved a proposal sponsored by state Sen. David Suetterlein, R-Roanoke County, that would require ballots cast before Election Day to be counted in the voter’s precinct, rather than a central one. For Suetterlein, who had filed similar legislation before, it was a much desired victory after his prior proposals had made it out of the Senate twice but failed in the House of Delegates, where Democrats held a majority at the time.

House panel backs measure banning drop-off locations for absentee ballots
By Markus Schmidt, Cardinal News

A record breaking 4 million Virginians voted absentee in the 2020 and 2021 statewide elections combined – a dramatic shift accelerated by the impact of the pandemic. But this trend could be reversed if Republican lawmakers have their way as members of the General Assembly are currently weighing almost two dozen measures aiming to restrict or limit absentee voting. One such proposal – House Bill 34 sponsored by Del. Ronnie Campbell, R-Rockbridge County – calls for a statewide repeal of the many drop-off locations for the return of absentee ballots. It cleared a House panel by a 6-3 party-line vote Tuesday.

Good tops Dem challengers in fundraising for 5th District race
News & Advance (Metered Paywall – 18 articles a month)

U.S. Rep. Bob Good, R-5th, seeking a second term, has raised $518,278 to run in the newly redrawn 5th District, which includes most of the Lynchburg region. Dan Moy, a retired military officer and adjunct professor at the University of Virginia, is challenging Good for the Republican nomination, but hasn’t filed a campaign report because he recently announced his candidacy.

Youngkin’s win may spell changes for Northam’s project highlighting history of enslaved
By BenPaviour, WCVE-FM

Historian and archeologist Kelley Fanto Deetz arrived to work at Virginia’s Executive Mansion last month to find her office had been emptied. Items in a historic kitchen in the building’s annex, which had been reimagined to tell the stories of enslaved workers to visitors, had been shoved aside, she said. A planned educational room for schoolchildren had been turned into a family room for Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin. Deetz is unsure whether she still has a job as the mansion’s director of historic interpretation and education. . . . The uncertainty with the project at the Executive Mansion, which has spanned two Democratic administrations, drives home a bigger shift in focus in Virginia’s executive branch.A campaign Twitter account for Governor Glenn Youngkin attacked a teenager on Saturday who was tweeting about an article that reflected negatively on the governor’s administration. The tweet from the campaign account was eventually deleted, but the teenager’s mother responded along with other prominent Democrats from across the commonwealth. 

Update:  Virginia Scope: “The historian tasked with teaching about slavery at the Virginia Governors Mansion just resigned after finding the Youngkin’s converted her classroom into a family room – and emptied her office,” tweeted Ethan Lynne, a high school student from Hanover County who is a vocal Democratic voice on social media. (The story was later updated to clarify that the conversion to a family room has not actually happened.)  

The Youngkin-Team Twitter account then responded with a photo of Lynne and former Governor Ralph Northam side-by-side with the racist photo from Northam’s yearbook. “Here’s a picture of Ethan with a man that had a Blackface/KKK photo in his yearbook,” the now-deleted tweet said. …
https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2022/02/06/youngkin-twitter-attack-student/           

Youngkin account deletes Tweet attacking 17-year-old, but won’t apologize
By Ben Pavious, WCVE-FM

A consultant working for Gov. Glenn Youngkin defended his official campaign account’s attack on a 17-year-old high school student on Saturday night. …

Southwest Virginia congressional candidate talks about altercation in Texas
By Luke Weir, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall – 5 articles a month)

Bumps along the campaign trail during a trip to Texas last week have not derailed Kimberly Lowe’s Republican bid for U.S. Congress in Virginia’s Ninth District, she said this week. “I’m getting attacks from the left and the right,” said Lowe, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem. “So I must be doing something right.” Accusations of assault arose last Friday surrounding a scuffle involving Lowe and officials at the National Butterfly Center, a wildlife sanctuary located on the United States’ southern border in Mission, Texas. The center has been a focus of right wing-based conspiracy theories, one claiming the center is involved in sex trafficking.

Youngkin & Miyares join in on lawsuit with Loudoun County parents (Virginia Scope)

A few families in Loudoun County are suing the school board over their decision to continue to require masks within public schools. The parents believe that the district is defying the executive order from Governor Glenn Youngkin that says masks should be optional in Virginia public schools. …

Could a 20-week abortion ban pass the General Assembly?
By Ned Oliver, Virginia Mercury

Last week Virginia lawmakers began hearing legislation that would impose a range of new abortion restriction in Virginia. . . . Democrats in the Virginia Senate, where the party still holds a 21-19 advantage, have promised to be a “brick wall” against such proposals from Republicans in the House of Delegates and Executive Mansion. But in the case of abortion legislation, that wall would appear to have a Joe Morrissey-sized hole in it.

Republican bills aim to limit power of citizen environmental boards
By Sarah Vogelsong, Virginia Mercury

Following the State Air Pollution Control Board’s denial of an air permit for a compressor station that would anchor an offshoot of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, Republicans are proposing to limit the powers of the citizen boards that oversee Virginia’s major water, air and waste decisions. Proponents, including manufacturers and other business interests, say the changes are needed to promote “certainty” in the state’s permitting processes.

GOP Rep. Jeff Fortenberry Claims His Age Made Him Confused in FBI Interview
The Daily Beast

The GOP representative was accused of lying to the FBI twice when he was questioned about an illegal campaign contribution.

Yancey: 10 things Youngkin could do to help rural Virginia
By Dwayne Yancey, Cardinal News

Governor Youngkin’s promise of cutting the grocery tax could be in trouble 
npr.org

One of the governor’s top priorities for cutting taxes may be in trouble.Senate Democrats are engaged in some comparison shopping. Instead of approving the elimination of the grocery tax – one of Governor Glenn Youngkin’s top priorities – Democrats in the Senate Finance Committee want to shop around a bit and see if they can get a better deal. The bill introduced by Senator Jennifer Boysko to eliminate the grocery tax was initially rejected, and then members of the committee resolved to continue trying to work out the details. Boysko says the bill is not in trouble.

Senate panel advances bill to strip citizen boards’ environmental permitting power virginiamercury.org

Key Democrats join with Republicans to back environmental permitting reforms. A Democrat-controlled Senate panel advanced a Republican proposal Tuesday to strip two Virginia citizen environmental boards of their permitting power, although the committee chair called the decision “a very close call.” “This bill is not done,” said Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax, after the 11-4 vote. “There’s going to be some further work on it, I have a feeling.” The proposal, which folded together Senate Bill 81 from Sen. Bill Stanley, R-Franklin, and Senate Bill 657 from Sen. Richard Stuart, R-Stafford, would alter the current structure of Virginia’s environmental review system by vesting all permitting power with the director of the Department of Environmental Quality.  

Virginia House panel strikes down effort to remove same-sex marriage ban from constitution 
WaPo

A Virginia House subcommittee struck down legislation Tuesday that would have given voters a chance to decide if the state should remove a now-defunct provision in the state constitution banning same-sex marriage. In 2006, Virginians passed a measure, known as the Marshall-Newman Amendment, that banned same-sex marriage by defining marriage in the constitution as “only a union between one man and one woman.” That language remains, even after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in 2015 and struck down state laws banning it.

Virginia Republicans Kill Bill To Enshrine the Automatic Restoration of Voting Rights in Virginia’s Constitution 
bluevirginia.us

Virginia Republicans killed a constitutional amendment that would have automatically restored the rights of returned citizens who have served their time and paid their debt to society–allowing racist Jim Crow-era policies that disenfranchise Virginians to continue. In the past eight years, Virginia Democrats made it a priority to restore the rights of returning citizens, restoring voting rights for hundreds of thousands of Virginians. And, now Republicans are stopping this progress with another head on attack on voting rights in an attempt to continue restricting access to the ballot.

Supreme Court of Virginia punts on first school mask lawsuit
virginiamercury.com

The Supreme Court of Virginia denied a petition Monday filed by parents in Chesapeake seeking to overturn Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s executive order ending mask mandates in public schools. The ruling fell on procedural grounds, with the justices writing in a footnote that, “by this dismissal, we offer no opinion on the legality of EO 2 or any other issue pertaining to petitioners’ claims.” Likewise, legal experts said the decision offered no obvious clues as to how the court might rule should one of several other pending lawsuits addressing Youngkin’s executive order make its way to the court.

Virginia Senate unanimously passes bill to expand State Board of Elections 
wric.com

A proposal to expand and split Virginia’s State Board of Elections evenly among Democratic and Republican appointees received unanimous support in the state Senate. The bill, which Gov. Glenn Youngkin is backing, would expand the board from five to eight members and also strip the governor’s authority to pick the commissioner of the Department of Elections and give it to the board. The legislation wouldn’t go into effect until 2023 if passed by the House of Delegates and signed by Youngkin, giving the governor time to replace the outgoing elections commissioner.

The many ironies of Virginia’s cap-and-trade fund
cardinalnews.org

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative fund stirs controversy, but also interest in all the money it’s generating. In downtown Buchanan, there used to be a restaurant known as the G&R. The most notable thing about the eatery was outside. On the wall, the owners had marked the height of the various floods that have regularly inundated the Botetourt County town at the foot of Purgatory Mountain, much the way a parent tracks a growing child. The high point was the great Flood of 1985 – the so-called Election Day flood – when the James River crested at 38.84 feet, about 21.84 feet above the official flood stage, and left much of downtown underwater…And that’s what has led Del. Terry Austin, R-Botetourt County, to look to the state for some relief, specifically the $227.6 million the state has collected in its first year of participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap-and-trade (some prefer “cap-and-invest”) program designed to raise the price of carbon-based fuels and thereby discourage their use. After all, by law, 45% of the funds from RGGI – pronounced “Reggie” for those who throw around the lingo – are intended to go toward a Community Flood. Preparedness Fund. Buchanan is a community – a rather charming one as long it’s not underwater – and it definitely has floods.

A Virginian’s Guide to Glenn Youngkin’s Exploitation of the Culture Wars in the Commonwealth 
bluevirginia.us

To the casual observer of the 2021 campaign for Virginia governor – e.g., those whose primary source of information on politics was TV news and/or ads – Glenn Youngkin probably appeared to be a “moderate” suburban dad who wanted to cut taxes and give parents a greater voice in their schools. A voter would have had to look a little deeper, by doing some research on Youngkin, to hear the darker, right-wing, Trumpian messages related to “election integrity” and “critical race theory” – delivered with a smile and a sweater vest rather than Trump’s snarling nastiness.  Assiduously avoiding the questions of pesky reporters, while keeping his more noxious views confined to right-wing media outlets, Youngkin was pretty much a blank slate to most voters – although he shouldn’t have been, if they had paid careful attention (or read this blog regularly!) throughout the campaign.

In push for school choice, Youngkin’s hope may lie in a lesser-known option 
virginiamercury.com

The administration is touting ‘lab schools’ as another way to help struggling divisions. But not all lawmakers are convinced. Late last week, Gov. Glenn Youngkin gathered more than two dozen leaders from Virginia colleges and universities to tout an educational initiative that’s largely faded from the state’s lexicon. The governor was urging General Assembly lawmakers to support his push for “lab schools” — partnerships, he said, between institutions of higher learning and K-12 school divisions. A more than decade-old law opened the door for lab schools in Virginia, but the administration is backing two bills, currently moving through the House of Delegates and Senate, that would allow any college or university to establish one.  Youngkin has pledged $150 million for the initiative, which spokesperson Macaulay Porter said would go into a laboratory school fund first created in 2010. 

Read the Books That Schools Want to Ban
Tthe Atlantic

 These 14 titles have been under attack for doing exactly what literature is supposed to do.

Book banning is back. Texas State Representative Matt Krause recently put more than 800 books on a watch list, many of them dealing with race and LGBTQ issues. Then an Oklahoma state senator filed a bill to ban books that address “sexual perversion,” among other things, from school libraries. The school board of McMinn County, Tennessee, just banned Maus, Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize–winning graphic memoir about the Holocaust. Officials said that they didn’t object to teaching about genocide, but that the book’s profanity, nudity, violence, and depiction of suicide made it “too adult-oriented for use in our schools.”

Tribal Truths 
wvtf.org

Native communities in Virginia have listened to others tell our stories. Now it’s our turn. We’re debunking myths and legends with fact, teaching about tribal cultures and current issues. This is Tribal Truths. The pilot episode was produced with financial support from Virginia Humanities.

Library of Virginia announces free Black History Month events
nbc12.com

All of the virtual events, along with a new exhibition, are free and open to the public. Registration for all events is required.

“Virginia Untold: The African American Narrative” is a panel discussion that will be on Feb. 9 from 7-8:30 p.m. It will be a discussion with genealogists, researchers and scholars about a digital project that gives access to records of enslaved and free Black people in the Library of Virginia’s collections. Registration for the event, here.

The Common Ground Virginia History Book Group will meet for a virtual discussion on Feb. 15 from 6-7:30 p.m. of “The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story.” The book is “a collection of essays, short stories, and poetry that explores the legacy of slavery in present-day America.” Register for the event, here.

On Feb. 17, join Rohulamin Quander, author of The Quanders: Since 1684, An Enduring African American Legacy, and the Library of Virginia’s director of Public Services and Outreach for a discussion about the history of one of America’s oldest African American families. The discussion will run from 6-7:30 p.m. Register for the event, here.

10 Years Since Trayvon.  The story of the first decade of Black Lives Matter
nymag.com

On February 26, 2012, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida, because as a Black boy walking in a gated community, he was deemed “suspicious.” Zimmerman’s acquittal appalled a nation often willfully blind to the vulnerability of living while Black. Ten years later, “Black Lives Matter” has grown from a hashtag to a protester’s cry to a cultural force that has reshaped American politics, society, and daily life. It is, at the same time, a specific collection of organizations and people whose decisions have attracted both applause and criticism; whose actions have been a source of intrigue; whose personal relationships have both strengthened and splintered under the stress and exposure. This special issue attempts to tell the story of the first decade of Black Lives Matter, the movement — as well as the country it moved.

Video: Brilliant Speech by Del. Candi King on Black History Month, the “Miseducation of the  Commonwealth,” and the “New Era of Massive Resistance
bluevirginia.us

Video of a brilliant speech, delivered by Del. Candi Mundon King (D-Prince William, Stafford County), on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates earlier today. See below for a transcript, in which Del. King talks about Black History Month, the “Miseducation of the Commomwealth,” the “New Era of Massive Resistance,” the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, “hundreds of years of legal and strategic efforts to make Black Virginians feel inferior,” etc. Powerful!

Missouri Supreme Court disciplines St. Louis lawyers who waved guns at BLM protesters 
kcur.org

The McCloskeys drew national headlines when they confronted a group of mostly Black protesters who had entered their gated community en route to demonstrate in front of the nearby home of a former St. Louis mayor in June 2020. The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday indefinitely suspended the law licenses of two St. Louis attorneys who waved guns at Black Lives Matter protesters in 2020, but it stayed their suspensions and placed them on probation for a year.

Fox News is trapped: Examining its bizarre recent coverage of Trump’s coup attempt mediamatters.org

Two major stories broke last week that emphasize the extremism of the modern Republican Party, and neither of them have garnered substantial coverage on Fox News, the party’s main propaganda organ. First, the Republican National Committee censured Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) on Thursday for their roles on the committee investigating the violent riots that consumed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, and in doing so, appeared to describe those events as “legitimate political discourse.” Former President Donald Trump had summoned those rioters to Washington, D.C., as he sought to pressure congressional allies and his vice president, Mike Pence, to stop the certification of the 2020 election. Then on Friday, Pence said in a speech at a Federalist Society conference that “Trump is wrong” to say that Pence had the right to overturn the election when he tallied the electoral votes showing President Joe Biden’s victory.