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Another Mother of the Movement Kicks Off Political Campaign 

Another Mother of the Movement Kicks Off Political Campaign 

Lezley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown -- the unarmed teenager who was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, MO four years ago -- announced Friday that she is running for City Council in the St. Louis suburb. The 38-year-old announced her candidacy near the exact spot where her son was shot and killed officer Darren Wilson. “I know a lot of people may ask what makes me qualified,” she said. “But I’ll tell you if a mother had to watch her son lay in the street for four and a half hours and watch a community be completely disrespected by elected officials that we elected, what would you do? You would stand up and fight, too.” She kicks off her candidacy on the heels of Wesley Bell, a Black city council member, defeating St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch in last week’s Democratic primary. McCulloch is white, had held the office since 1991, and was sharply criticized for the investigation that ended with a grand jury’s decision not to charge Wilson. And more cases similar to Brown’s continue to dominate headlines across the country. According to The Washington Post’s database, 625 people have been fatally shot by police in 2018. “Three of my major things that I will focus on when I’m elected, because I’m speaking it into existence, is community policing, economic equality and access to health care for all of Ferguson’s young children and everyday people,” McSpadden said. Her attorney, Benjamin Crump, introduced McSpadden before she made her announcement, saying: “Today, she’s turning pain into power.” More here

Tamron Hall Heads to ABC

Tamron Hall Heads to ABC

Hawai'i Governor Fends Off Congresswoman’s Gubernatorial Bid

Hawai'i Governor Fends Off Congresswoman’s Gubernatorial Bid