Let’s talk about Fred Gray, Alabama, and a new south – Beau of the Fifth Column

Alabama city told to keep Confederate street name or face $25,000 fine

The Republican attorney general is threatening Montgomery after the city renamed Jeff Davis Avenue Alabama’s capital city of Montgomery is facing legal action or a $25,000 fine for changing the name of a street bearing the name of a Confederate president for a prominent civil rights lawyer. The state’s Republican attorney general acted after MontgomeryContinue reading “Alabama city told to keep Confederate street name or face $25,000 fine”

Approval of Labor Unions at Highest Point Since 1965

68% approve of labor unions, highest since 1965 90% of Democrats, 47% of Republicans approve of unions Labor union membership remains steady at 9% of U.S. adults Sixty-eight percent of Americans approve of labor unions. Though statistically similar to last year’s 65%, the current reading is the highest Gallup has measured since 71% in 1965.Continue reading “Approval of Labor Unions at Highest Point Since 1965”

Let’s talk about justice delayed in Alabama – Beau of the Fifth Column

Alabama plans to use Covid relief funds to finance prison-building spree

Decarceration advocates urge lawmakers to consider sentencing reform instead as prisons have seen high rates of Covid outbreaks The southern US state of Alabama, which has the highest death rate from Covid-19 in America, is planning to use Covid relief funds to help construct three large prisons and renovate several others. State lawmakers began a specialContinue reading “Alabama plans to use Covid relief funds to finance prison-building spree”

The Rise of Conservatism: Crash Course US History #41

In which John Green teaches you about the rise of the conservative movement in United States politics. So, the sixties are often remembered for the liberal changes that the decade brought to America, but lest you forget, Richard Nixon was elected to the presidency during the sixties. The conservative movement didn’t start with Nixon though.Continue reading “The Rise of Conservatism: Crash Course US History #41”

There Were More Deaths Than Births In Alabama Last Year, A Grim First For The State

In 2020, for the first time in recorded history, more people died in Alabama than were born in the state. “Our state literally shrunk,” Dr. Scott Harris, the state‘s top health official, said at a press briefing last week. The state saw some 64,714 total deaths last year, Harris said, compared with about 57,641 births. Those numbers are preliminary, andContinue reading “There Were More Deaths Than Births In Alabama Last Year, A Grim First For The State”

COVID Shuts Down 5 Schools In Alabama Town Where Trump Just Held A Rally – Ring of Fire

The town of Cullman, Alabama is having to shut down five schools after major spikes in COVID cases have made the schools unsafe for anyone. This is the town where Trump held a rally last week, just days after the city declared a COVID emergency. There is no doubt that Trump’s rally helped spread theContinue reading “COVID Shuts Down 5 Schools In Alabama Town Where Trump Just Held A Rally – Ring of Fire”

Former Alabama cop sentenced to 25 years for murder of suicidal man who called for help

A former Alabama police officer convicted of murdering a man who called 911 threatening suicide in 2018 has been sentenced to 25 years in prison. William Benjamin “Ben” Darby, 28, of Huntsville, was sentenced Friday for the murder of 49-year-old Jeffrey Louis Parker. A jury convicted Darby in May. Tim Gann, the chief deputy district attorney ofContinue reading “Former Alabama cop sentenced to 25 years for murder of suicidal man who called for help”

US now averaging 100,000 daily COVID infections as Delta surges

Health officials urge vaccines as the US sees rising cases, hospitalisations and deaths tied to the highly contagious variant. The United States is now averaging 100,000 new COVID-19 infections per day, returning to a milestone last seen during the winter surge as health officials urge people to get vaccinated to stem a surging spread of theContinue reading “US now averaging 100,000 daily COVID infections as Delta surges”

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