Charges dropped against Alabama mom whose unborn child died during shooting

An Alabama district attorney dismissed all charges against a mother who was charged with manslaughter following a shooting that resulted in her unborn child’s death. Jones’ attorney Mark White said in a statement that the case was “neither reasonable nor just.” In regards to her decision to dismiss, Jefferson County District Attorney Lynneice Washington said, “The members of the grand jury took to heart that the life of an unborn child was violently ended and believed someone should be held accountable. But in the interests of all concerned, we are not prosecuting the case.” The case highlights the ongoing issue of legal “fetal personhood.” This concept treats unborn children as individuals with Constitutional protection. Alabama is one out of almost 40 states where charges can be filed when a fetus dies under a fetal homicide law. Read full story >>

P&G’s new ad addresses implicit racial bias against Black men

P&G continues to address uncomfortable conversations with, “The Look,” a new ad confronting implicit racial bias against black men. This is not the first time P&G has tackled racism through its marketing campaigns. ‘The Look’ follows ‘The Talk’ which shows the tough conversation that most Black parents must have with their children about being safe in America. The new ad is meant to address negative stereotypes that were inadvertently perpetuated by ‘The Talk’. Geoff Edwards, a co-founder of Saturday Morning said to P&G exec Randall Smith that the original ad didn’t accurately depict the African-American father figure. “Our goal with this film is to urge people to have an honest conversation and not pretend that unconscious bias doesn’t exist,” added Edwards. “The film ends with the line ‘Let’s talk about the look so we can see beyond it.’ This is really a call to action for dialogue.” Read the full story >> 

ABA Men of Color Project hosts first summit

More than 100 men from all racial backgrounds came together at the first-ever summit held by the American Bar Association dealing with the experience of being a minority in the legal profession. David Morrow, co-founder of the Men of Color Project, described being pleased with the amount of support and the sense of belonging that was displayed at the summit. Barkari Sellers, the youngest African American to ever be elected to a state house spoke at the summit, encouraging attendees to do two things: take risks early in their careers and have confidence in knowing that they have a right to be there Read the full story >>

New bill requires felons to pay fees before they can vote

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill that would make people with felonies pay all of their fines before they are allowed to vote again. The amendment officially went into effect in January of 2019 and allows people convicted of a felony, except for sexual crimes and murder to vote once they “complete all terms of their sentence including parole or probation.” So far, due to the legislation, an estimated 840,000 people would be eligible to register. However, the bill has been criticized by civil rights groups stating that it is similar to a poll tax and that many people convicted of felonies have fines that they could never repay, thus they wouldn’t be able to vote. Read the full story >>