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Posted by on June 12, 2020 6:35 am
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Activist express anger at president Trump’s plan to rally in Tulsa on emotional Juneteenth anniversary

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LeBron James, arguably America’s most prominent athlete, has stepped up by backing a new campaign group More Than a Vote.

James commented earlier in the week about the long voting line that were seen in the Georgia primary on Tuesday.

Everyone talking about “how do we fix this?”  They say “go out and vote?”  What about asking if how we vote is also structurally racist?

Related: ‘How do we fix this?’: LeBron James takes fight to black voter suppression

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While Florida Rep Val Demings and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms have had their names touted as a possible VP pick from Joe Biden, Kamala Harris is in a strong position to take the spot.

Bloomberg have a piece from Jennifer Epstein this morning running the rule over Biden’s options. It includes this quote from Democratic strategist Karen Finney:

If it isn’t all the more obvious in this moment why selecting a black woman isn’t historically the right thing to do, morally the right thing to do, something that our country needs, I don’t know what other sign you need. It seems very obvious and so important in this moment.

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