MLK’s Environmental Justice Legacy Threatened By Trump Administration Cuts

It was a stormy night in Memphis, Tennessee, and Martin Luther King Jr. wasn’t feeling very well. He had a slight fever and a sore throat, and felt exhausted after the trip to the city that would see him die. But he got up from his bed at the Lorraine Motel and joined hundreds of striking sanitation workers gathered at the Bishop Charles Mason Temple. Public garbage collectors were demanding equal rights and accusing the city of neglect and abuse. It was April 3rd 1968, the night before his assassination, and the third time he had traveled to Memphis to support the strike.

Gillibrand Legislation Would Help Women And Minority Small Businesses Get Little Loans

ROCHESTER (WXXI) – Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Rochester Monday announcing bipartisan legislation to expand the Small Business Administration’s microloan program, helping women and minority owned businesses succeed. The Microloan Modernization Act will strengthen the current program, Gillibrand said, by raising the total limit on outstanding loans from intermediary lenders, which would allow for more loans to be made. “The lending organizations aren’t making enough loans. And they’re not reaching enough entrepreneurs to actually reflect the population of incredibly diverse communities like the ones here in Rochester. And they’re not reaching enough women entrepreneurs.”

How PA’s Congressional Delegation Responded To Charlottesville

HARRISBURG (WSKG) – In the days following violent clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, lawmakers across the country have been steadily releasing statements staking out their positions on the events that left one woman dead.  After changing the tenor of his response three times in the days following the tragedy, President Donald Trump has settled on emphatically condemning violent actions on “both sides.” He assigned blame not only to white supremacists (who carried Nazi flags and chanted “Jews will not replace us”) and white nationalists (whose stated mission was to protest the removal of Confederate monuments) but also to those who opposed them. Trump’s comments have created a firestorm of controversy, and the statements released by elected representatives have run the gamut from criticizing the president outright, to muted responses. Some are offering unequivocal condemnation of white supremacy, and only white supremacy. But others, in line with Trump, are criticizing the violence of racist demonstrators and counter-protesters equally, or denouncing violence and hate in a general way.