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The Power of the Vote

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Today (Aug. 7th) is Election Day and while some participated in early voting, the majority of voters will not participate in the election at all. Voting is a right that was fought on many fronts by many people over many years.  However, so few of us utilize this right that eluded us for so many years.  
 
Disenfranchisement
 
History has shown that the disenfranchisement took on many forms. The right to vote has been based on race, national origin, sex, property ownership, citizenship, religion, taxes, and income. Overall the individual states were allowed to determine who received voting rights without any federal involvement. So only approximately 6 percent of the population held the right based on the eligibility requirements.
 

Election draw federal monitors

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Among those closely watching the Federal and State Primary and Shelby County General Election on Election Day (Aug. 7) will be a crew of federal monitors dispatched by the U.S. Department of Justice.
 
That’s just the result sought by a local group that has been pushing for such intervention for some time. The group includes State Rep. G. A. Hardaway, former Shelby County Commissioner Julian Bolton, former Shelby County Commission Chair and current Democratic nominee for Shelby County Mayor Deidre Malone, former Shelby County Democratic Chair and current candidate for Shelby County Commission Van Turner, former Memphis City Councilwoman TaJuan Stout Mitchell, Shelby County Democratic Party Chair Bryan Carson and former Shelby County Democratic Party Chair David Cocke.

Memphis Youth Manifesto Political Forum

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With the temperature of the 2014 political season running as hot as a car with a bad radiator, The Memphis Youth Manifesto – a wing of The New Olivet Baptist Church run independently by young adults – held it’s annual political forum on Tuesday.
 
Headed up by the Rev. Antonio Sims and the Rev. Kirstin Cheers, the event held at Arrow Academy of Excellence, 645 Semmes St., allowed Memphis youth to ask politicians whatever they wished. The exchange between the politically explorative youth and a panel of politicians was a made-to-order educational experience.
 
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The case for retaining the lone African-American on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals

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On the second page of the full August 7th ballot voters will find the name of the sole African American on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals.
 
Her name is Camille McMullen. Appointed by then-Gov. Phil Bredesen in 2008 to fill a retirement vacancy, and after 12 years as a state and federal prosecutor, McMullen became the first African-American woman to fill such a vacancy. Judges serve eight-year terms.
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THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!

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Your source of information for where to go and what to do each weekend in the Greater Memphis area.
 
FRIDAY
 
Weekend Wine Down
6pm-8pm | The New TSD
 
* Den of Strings
8pm | Center for Southern Folklore
 
YOUnified 2014
5pm-9pm | Bridges

Curtis Weathers: Team Hamilton’s man in charge

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A former NFL player-turned-principal, Curtis Weathers knows about the hope and promise that often accompanies a new season or year. In a few days, he will get to experience that sensation anew as the head of Hamilton High School.
 
After eleven successful years as the first principal to lead the charge at Memphis’ – and the state’s – first charter school, Memphis Academy of Health Sciences (MAHS), Weathers made the move to Hamilton in February. Seven to eight hundred students are expected to show up on opening day (Aug. 4th) for the beginning of his first full year at the helm of the historic high school that is now designated a Shelby County I-Zone (Innovation Zone) school.
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Hammering on Weirich’s record

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With early voting for the August 7th election having now entered its second week, Judge Joe Brown says his “Law and Order” grassroots campaign will continue to zero in on the record of incumbent Shelby County Dist. Atty. Amy Weirich.
 
That record, according to Brown, includes “Amy’s 8 Dirty Little Secrets She Does Not Want The Voters To Know.” Last week, Brown and his campaign alerted the media to those “Little Secrets” – eight cases they point to as instances in which Weirich’s performance was severely criticized by the presiding judges.
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Time to vote for the ‘Best in Black’

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After receiving nearly 600 nominations during the two-week nomination period, the ballots have been set for The New Tri-State Defender’s 2014 Best in Black Awards competition and it is time for the public to vote for their favorites across 64 unique categories.
 
Online voting at www.bestinblackawards.com kicked off Friday (July 25th) and ends at midnight on August 9th. Each voter can vote one time per day during that time frame. The top three vote getters in each of the 25 top categories (based on total number of votes cast) will be invited to the Best in Black Pre-Awards VIP Reception (at Dorothy Mae’s at the Ernest Withers’ Gallery on Beale Street).
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