Over 500 gun sales per day mistakenly slip through background check system


More gun sales than ever are slipping through the federal background check system – 186,000 last year, a rate of 512 gun sales a day, as states fail to consistently provide thorough, real-time updates on criminal and mental histories to the FBI. Black Friday opens the busiest season for gun purchases, when requests for background checks […]

Faith Leaders: Lack of public trial of Darren Wilson is a moral failure


WASHINGTON, D.C. — In response to grand jury decision against charging White Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting death of 18-year-old African-American youth Michael Brown, faith leaders with the PICO National Network, released the following statement: “Today’s decision is deeply disappointing, but it comes as no surprise. It is another unconscionable blow to […]

President Obama calls for peace after Darren Wilson was not indicted


By Ruth Ferguson, NDG Editor President Barack Obama’s opening comments echoed the words of Michael Brown’s family that they did not want their son’s death to be in vain. They called for peace and the President calls ask those who are disappointed with the grand jury’s decision to honor their request. Calls for the police to […]

Congresswoman Gwen Moore: “urge all Americans to recommit to reconciliation during this dark time”

Congresswoman Gwen Moore

WASHINGTON, DC — In response to the decision of the Ferguson Grand Jury not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04) released the following statement: “The grief and frustration of the American people is justified and understandable, especially as we struggle to address the highly polarized relationship between […]

NAACP issues statement grand jury’s decision to not indict Darren Wilson

NAACP and others leading a national march

  Statement of Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., the nation’s first civil rights law organization:  “We are deeply disappointed by the grand jury’s failure to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. The tragedy of Mr. Brown’s death at […]

Advancement Project Statement in Response to the Grand Jury’s Decision Not to Indict Officer Darren Wilson

Protesters brace for grand jury's verdict in the case against Mike Brown's shooter. (Peoples World via Flickr)

WASHINGTON – Today a St. Louis County grand jury decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. This decision is yet another impediment to justice for the family of Brown and the community of Ferguson, Mo. Advancement Project issued the following statement in response: “Today, the people […]

Grand Jury decides to NOT indict Darren Wilson

michael brown

The grand jury in Ferguson has decided to not indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Mike Brown. Wilson faced five possible charges but the grand jury determined there was no evidence to indict him. The prosecutor Robert McCulloch opened with sympathies to Michael Brown who was killed by Officer Darren Wilson and […]

Marissa Alexander’s plea deal puts her in jail for Christmas

No word on when Marissa Alexander will have to return to jail to serve her final two months.

Marissa Alexander has chosen to accept a plea deal instead of facing decades behind bars for firing a gun in the direction of her estranged husband and sons. On Monday Alexander agreed to a deal that sentences her to three years in jail, but gives her credit for the 1,030 days already served. Once the time […]

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