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Ellison Report: Black Women & the White Working Class; Redistricting; NC State Legislature

Public Hearing On The Legislative Redistricting Plan. by Jay Baker at Annapolis, Md.
Public Hearing On The Legislative Redistricting Plan. by Jay Baker at Annapolis, Md.

A weekly journal of politics, policy, and the people.

PART I: Kristin Seefeldt, University of Michigan, examines why Black women are the most abandoned and socio-economically alienated population group in the nation … and that our fascination with the “White working class” is one among many clues as to why.  

PART II: ER roundtable experts Peter Groff, former Obama appointee, and Keaton Nichols, w/ WURD 900AM (Philly), discuss the conviction of former Congressman Chaka Fattah and what that means for Black elected officials; is there anything to see here, really, with Donald Trump’s cabinet picks; and, are Democrats responding effectively to their new political reality?  

PART III: Liz Kennedy, Center for American Progress, explains the mysterious – but very consequential – world of redistricting. How does it work and how, exactly, are Republicans dominating the system by using it? And: if the game is that rigged, why play it? 

PART IV: State Senator Joel Ford (D-Charlotte) describes what’s happening on the ground in North Carolina as the state legislature’s Republican-majority make a brazen power grab in the wake of a bruising gubernatorial election that just defeated their incumbent. Are North Carolinians paying attention to it?