Black votes matter: five places where the new civil rights movement is shaking up politics.
CHICAGO: In March, Kim Foxx beat her former boss, Cook County Prosecutor Anita Alvarez, in a landslide to become the Democratic nominee for state's attorney. Alvarez had been under fire for her lackadaisical handling of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer in 2014. Foxx, a former assistant state's attorney who grew up in the notorious Cabrini-Green housing project, supports appointing a special prosecutor to take on shootings involving cops.
BALTIMORE: Following the protests sparked by the arrest-related death of Freddie Gray last year, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake decided not to seek reelection. One of the 29 candidates to step up was DeRay McKesson, a prominent Black Lives Matter organizer. Despite the 30-year-old Baltimore native's national profile--McKesson met with President Barack Obama while wearing his signature blue Patagonia vest--a poll projected that he would get less than I percent of the vote in April's primary. Still, McKesson seems unlikely to fade from the political scene.
FERGUSON, MISSOURI: In April 2015, in the first local election since a white police officer killed Michael Brown in the summer of 2014, voters elevated two black candidates to the six-person Ferguson City Council, which previously had just one black member. Now state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, who represents Ferguson and joined the Black Lives Matter protests there, is running for Congress. She's challenging eight-term Democratic incumbent Rep. William Lacy Clay, who she says has been unresponsive to the needs of Ferguson residents.
CLEVELAND: In March, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty lost the Democratic primary to Michael O'Malley, a former city councilman. McGinty had been widely criticized for botching the prosecution of the officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014. O'Malley has said he'll change how deadly-force cases are handled, though he has refused to say whether he would have indicted the officers in the Rice case.
ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA: Thirty-one-year-old Rashad Turner is running for the Minnesota House on a platform that includes ending the use of grand juries in cases of alleged misconduct by police officers. Turner, who once thought about becoming a cop and has a degree in criminal justice, led a Black Lives Matter protest at the Minnesota State Fair last summer. He's seeking to unseat incumbent Democrat Rena Moran, St. Paul's first black state representative, who he says "hasn't attempted to tackle" social justice issues.
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|Author:||Patterson, Brandon Ellington|
|Date:||May 1, 2016|
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