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Ellison Report August 12: DOJ Report on Baltimore Police; Black Voters; Digital Political Campaigns


The Ellison Report is a weekly journal of politics, policy, and the people.


PART I:WEAA’s Catalina Byrd offers analysis on what’s big and what’s not in the recent Department of Justice report on Baltimore city’s police department – and if it really changes anything. 

PART II: Marcellus Ferrell, former Director of African American Outreach for Bernie Sanders campaign, examines whether third parties and alternative candidates are really a viable source of political empowerment for Black voters. 

PART III: Ken Smaltz, Founder of Black Folk Must Vote, gives his take on why … Black folk must vote. But, where does that take the Black electorate in this presidential cycle and beyond?

PART IV: Roddy Lindsay, Founder and CEO of Hustle, talks about “The Rise of Big Organizing” in modern political campaigns, how digital and the use of tools such as text-messaging upends traditional campaigns and where that’s all headed.


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