• Men face sentencing for hate crimes in Ahmaud Arbery's death

    Months after they were sentenced to life in prison for murder, the three white men who chased and killed Ahmaud Arbery in a Georgia neighborhood faced a second round of criminal penalties Monday for federal hate crimes committed in the deadly pursuit of the 25-year-old Black man. U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood scheduled back-to-back hearings to individually sentence each of the defendants, starting with Travis McMichael, who blasted Arbery with a shotgun after the street chase initiated by his father and joined by a neighbor. Arbery's killing on Feb. 23, 2020, became part of a larger national reckoning over racial injustice and killings of unarmed Black people including George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky.

  • Dems look ahead to Barnes in fall race against Ron Johnson

    Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes grew up in Milwaukee with a mom who was a public school teacher and a father who worked in a factory — both union members, an important credential in a state where the labor movement is still a force. At 35, Barnes is nearly half the age of the average U.S. senator, and would join a tiny group of Black senators — and be the first from Wisconsin — if he wins election to the chamber. “I wanted to make sure we can win this fall,” his closest rival, Milwaukee Bucks executive Alex Lasry, said when he dropped out and supported Barnes.

  • Wisconsin man who drove truck into mostly Black crowd pleads guilty to felony, but could have record erased

    A white man in Wisconsin accused of accelerating his vehicle through a crowd, injuring a Black woman and fleeing the […] The post Wisconsin man who drove truck into mostly Black crowd pleads guilty to felony, but could have record erased appeared first on TheGrio.

  • Dems rally around abortion. Are they reaching Black voters?

    Facing critical races for governor and U.S. Senate, Democratic hopefuls in Wisconsin are hoping that their support for abortion rights in the face of a Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade can overcome the headwinds of a midterm election long expected to favor Republicans. An issue with strong support from white Democrats is more complicated in the Black community, especially among churchgoers who hold more conservative views on abortion. “Among the Black Baptist church alone, that would split us in half,” said David Liners, executive director of WISDOM, a faith-based organizing group with a statewide presence, when asked why his group isn’t organizing around abortion.

  • Airlines struggling with shortages want to recruit more diverse pilots. This HBCU could be a solution.

    A small Florida HBCU is addressing the national aviation crisis by producing Black pilots.

  • Officer once charged in Freddie Gray case gets promoted

    One of the six police officers who faced charges in the 2015 deadly arrest of Freddie Gray has been promoted from lieutenant to captain. The Baltimore Sun reports that Alicia White will serve as captain of the department’s Performance Standards Section, which conducts audits and inspections to make sure the agency is properly following its policies. Gray, who was Black, died after suffering a severe spinal cord injury inside a police van.