Alabama

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UPDATE: NAACP Members Arrested for Occupying Senator Jeff Sessions' Office

The Alabama senator is Trump’s nominee for attorney general. He was previously denied a federal judgeship due to his racist speech.

 The fire from the Colonial Pipeline explosion burned for days, prompting evacuations. Now, a federal agency is investigating the explosion.

Federal Agency Investigates Pipeline Explosion That Killed 1 and Seriously Injured 4

It is the third major incident for the company in just one year. 

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‘Breaking’ Presents: Samora Pinderhughes, a Jazz Composer Writing Scores for the Movement

The pianist and composer offers a cathartic affirmation of Black humanity and resistance on “The Transformation Suite.”

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READ: 8 Years After Chemical Leak, Residents Still Pushing for Compensation

In Eight Mile, Alabama, residents face nosebleeds, seizures and headaches—and no one’s done anything to fix it.

Court Tosses Restrictive Proof of Citizenship Requirement for Would Be Voters

A federal appeals court ruled that the provision—which required the likes of a birth certificate just to register to vote—was illegal.

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Birmingham Church Bomber Denied Parole

Jefferson County District Attorney Brandon Falls: “This was a crime against four children. This was a crime against a church and its congregation. This was a crime against an entire race of people.”

WATCH: Alabama Black Caucus Interrupts State House Session With 'We Shall Overcome'

The state caucus members sang out in frustration after the state house approved two bills that would restrict safe abortion access.

Alabama the Latest State to Prevent Cities From Increasing Minimum Wage

State legislators just passed a law that blocks local lawmakers from requiring businesses to pay employees more than $7.25 an hour. Unfortunately, Alabama isn’t alone.

Alabama Judge Dismisses Case of Indian National Injured by Cop

Read the judge’s opinion: ”The Government has had two full and fair chances to obtain a conviction; it will not have another.”

REPORT: Alabama Police Department Planted Drugs and Guns on Black Men for Decade

The Alabama Justice Project uncovers evidence that a group of Dohan, Alabama, officers routinely planted evidence on innocent Black men—and the district attorney looked the other way.

Donald Trump Supporters Attack Black Lives Matter Activist at Campaign Event. Trump Calls the Beating Victim 'Obnoxious And Loud.'

Add this to Trump’s endless list of vitriolic, racist and racially tinged statements. 

Alabama Will Make Voter Registration Easier, Avoid Civil Rights Lawsuit

The state agreed to integrate voter registration into its driver’s license application, renewal and change of address processes to comply with Section 5 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.

State Governors Defy President, Attempt to Forbid Syrian Refugees

Governors of Michigan, Texas, Alabama and other states seek to prevent Syrian refugee settlement following the Paris bombings. 

Two Mistrials in Two Months for Cop Who Violently Arrested Sureshbhai Patel

This is the second deadlocked jury in the case against Eric Parker, the Alabama police officer whose actions left an Indian national paralyzed. 

Attorney To Injured Sureshbhai Patel: 'Follow Our Laws And Speak Our Language'

Officer Eric Parker is being tried for a second time for using excessive force when he arrested Indian citizen Sureshbhai Patel.

ICYMI: Hillary Clinton Calls Alabama DMV Office Closures 'A Blast From The Jim Crow Past'

The Democratic presidential candidate penned an op-ed in the Birmingham News,  coinciding with her campaign stop in Alabama, criticizing the closure of centers where black citizens most frequently obtain the ID they need to vote.

Alabama City May Outlaw Sagging Pants, Short Skirts

Dadeville councilperson Frank Goodman on wearing sagging pants: “It is not in His orders to do that to gain eternal life.”

Alabama Mom Files Lawsuit Against Police for Tasering Sick Daughter

Suit says police tasered a teenage girl three times during a medical emergency.

Part 2—Race Trips: Confederate Lies and Apple Pie

In Part 2 of a new Colorlines series, journalists Brian and Erin Hollaway Palmer, an interracial couple, continue their trip through the Deep South where they’re confronting the big lie of Confederate history, the truth about their ancestors, and the profound weirdness of a polite society plagued by racism.  

South Carolina State Rep Says AME Victims 'Waited Their Turn to be Shot,' Defends Confederate Flag

South Carolina state representative Bill Chumley says Charleston massacre victims should have been able to take on “one skinny person shooting a gun” and that the Confederate flag should remain on the statehouse. Meanwhile, Alabama quietly removed the flag from their capitol this morning.