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Attorneys for the family of George Floyd filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on Wednesday against the city of Minneapolis and the police officers involved in his death, calling the killing part of "a public health crisis" in Black America.  Floyd, an unarmed and handcuffed Black man, died May 25 after former officer Derek Chauvin used his leg to pin Floyd's neck to the ground for nearly nine minutes.

Born in 1940, John Lewis, the son of a sharecropper, helped to lead America out of an era of racism. Through his activism and bravery, Lewis carried the moral authority that few other leaders in U.S. history could claim.

On July 17th he died in Atlanta on the same day that another civil rights legend, Rev. C.T. Vivian, passed away. Lewis was 80 years old. In December 2019, Lewis announced he had stage four pancreatic cancer

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Gov. John Bel Edwards responded via letter to Attorney General Jeff Landry’s letter about the Governor’s recent proclamation mandating face masks and taking other measures recommended by public health experts to protect Louisiana from the spread of COVID-19, which has killed 3,375 Louisianans and infected more than 86,000 people.

Louisiana Democrats will elect a new leader this summer, after state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson said she won’t seek reelection as chair of the state party. Peterson has held the job for two four-year terms. She was first chosen for the post in a 2012 election that gave Peterson the distinction of being the first woman to win the job of party chair. 

It was time for the preliminary election in Louisiana, with the votes tallied up past midnight on Saturday, July 11. The city of Baton Rouge said “Yes” to the East Baton Rouge Parish Law Enforcement District, Louisiana Property Tax Renewal. This new tax will be a special property tax of $373 per $100,000 of assessed property value for ten years until the end of 2030 to fund the East Baton Rouge Parish Law Enforcement District. This new tax will be a special property tax of $373 per $100,000 of assessed property value for ten years until the end of 2030 to fund the East Baton Rouge Parish Law Enforcement District.

The Baton Rouge Weekly Press announce they will expand community outreach with the inclusion of television to their growing media suite of products and services. Through a partnership with Urban Trendsetters Television and Media, The Weekly Press will begin airing a minimum of four hours of daily local news and programming to the citizens of Baton Rouge. UTS TV BR will launch in Baton Rouge on KLBN channel 14.4 beginning Monday, August 3, 2020.

The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, part of the Southern University System, together with Ilera Holistic Healthcare (Ilera Holistic), today became the nation’s first historically Black university (HBCU) to launch its own THC medical cannabis products. 

As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc throughout the country, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently took an ill-advised and untimely action. On July 7, the agency gutted its own 2017 payday rule that required lenders to first determine whether a consumer could afford to repay the high-cost loan.

With everything going on in our world today, my question to you is how does one put on the full armor of God in the midst of pandemic, the continuation of overt racism, state sanctioned discrimination and even murder? The bible says, “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Ephesians 6:11. This passage may not tell you how to put on the armor, but it certainly lets you know why you need it. That’s kind of why I pose the question.

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IN MEMORIAM: John Lewis,

an American Hero and Moral Leader Alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., Dies at 80