End Citizens United endorses Doug Jones for Senate

September 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, End Citizens United announced that they have endorsed Democratic nominee Doug Jones for U.S. Senate.

Jones, a former U.S. attorney, is running in the Alabama special election against Roy Moore in the Dec. 12 special election.

“An extremist with a racist, bigoted agenda, who will defend a corrupt, rigged system in Washington that favors the priorities of special interests over everyday Alabamians,” ECU said of Moore in their statement.

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Doug Jones reflects on anniversary of 16th Street Baptist Church bombing

September 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday was the anniversary of the Birmingham church bombing that killed four girls in 1963. The prosecutor who brought the men responsible to justice, former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones, is now a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate. Jones urged Americans, Alabamians and their leaders to stand up to hate.

“Over the past month, we’ve seen the purveyors of hatred and division rear their ugly heads in Charlottesville and around the country,” said Jones, who prosecuted KKK members responsible for the deadly Sept. 15, 1963, bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church.

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Sewell, Bell League of Conservation Voters, Conservation Alabama visit Birmingham Civil Rights Monument

August 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 8, US Representative Terri Sewell and Mayor William Bell joined Conservation Alabama and the League of Conservation Voters for a tour of the Birmingham Civil Rights Monument.

The tour highlighted the importance of preserving National monuments at a time when the Trump administration is conducting an unprecedented National Monument “review.”

The Executive Director of Conservation Alabama Tammy Herrington told The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) that President Barack H. Obama (D) had declared the 16th Street Baptist Church, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and the AG Gaston Hotel a National Monument before he left office.  However, President Donald J. Trump (R) has ordered a review of all the National Monuments established by Presidents since 1996.

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Alabama Democratic Conference endorses Doug Jones for Senate

August 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, July 29, 2017, the Alabama Democratic Conference (ADC) met in a Special Session on Saturday and screened all the candidates for US Senate in the August 15, Democratic Primary.  The ADC announced that they are endorsing former US Attorney Doug Jones.

The ADC said in their statement that all the candidates were allowed to make their presentation to persuade the committee why they should be endorsed.
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Brian McGee drops out, endorses Doug Jones

July 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, July 17, 2017, US Senate candidate Brian McGee (D) dropped his bid for US Senate and endorsed former US Attorney Doug Jones (D) for the position in the August 15, Special Democratic Primary.

Doug Jones said that he was proud to accept the endorsement of McGee in a joint press conference at Jones’ Birmingham campaign headquarters.

Jones said, “I have come to know and respect Brian on the campaign trail, and I am honored to have his support.”
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Sewell Honors Legacy: “Four Little Girls” Killed at 16th Street Baptist Church

September 16, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, September 15, marked the 51st anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing. On that day, domestic terrorists bombed the Church killing Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Morris Wesley.

Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D from Selma) released a written statement on the 51st Commemoration of the bombing. U.S. Representative Sewell said,

“Today we commemorate the lives and legacies of four precious little girls – Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Morris Wesley – who died in the sacred walls of the 16th Street Baptist Church 51 years ago today. We also honor the lives of two young boys, Johnny Robinson and Virgil Ware, who were killed in Birmingham within hours of the church bombing. The young, innocent lives that were lost that day awakened the slumbering conscience of America and served as a galvanizing force for passage of historic civil rights legislation including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.”
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Bentley Says Birmingham and State Still Has Scars from Turbulent Past

September 16, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Sunday September 15th, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley spoke at the 50th anniversary of the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church, that killed four young girls. The Governor said that Birmingham is not dead, but acknowledged that the state’s largest city and the state as a whole still bear the scars of the racial struggles of the 1960s that climaxed with the Birmingham bombing.
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VictoryLand, Farrakhan and Voting Rights on the State House steps

June 13, 2013

By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY–Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford announced his support for protection of section five of the Voting Rights Act at a press conference on the state house steps.

Ford was joined by Rose Sanders, wife of state Senator Hank Sanders (D-Selma), and supporters from Macon County who spoke in support of the protection of voting rights in Alabama.

Ford, Sanders and others, most notably Islamic leader Louis Farrakhan, plan to lead a caravan across the state in support of voting rights. They will start at the 16th Street Baptist Church on Friday, then move to Shelby County before making stops in Selma and the Capitol in Montgomery.
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Bachus and Sewell Ask for Congressional Gold Medal for Four Girls Killed at 16th Street Baptist Church

January 25, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D) from Selma and Congressman Spencer Bachus (R) from Vestavia introduced H.R. 360 to request that the United States Congress bestow its highest civilian honor—the Congressional Gold Medal—to Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, and Denise McNair.  The four girls tragically lost their lives during the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in 1963.

Representative Sewell said, “I am honored to introduce this legislation with my colleague Congressman Spencer Bachus today. While there are many individuals and events rightfully worthy of recognition for the sacrifices made to the Civil Rights Movement, the selection of those who lost their lives in the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church was the most symbolic event associated with the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham. The four little girls are emblematic of so many who have lost their lives for the cause of freedom: Medgar Evers, Emmett Till, Jimmie Lee Jackson, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner as well as Virgil Ware and James Johnny Robinson who were killed within hours of the church bombing. Over the course of this year 2013, as we commemorate Birmingham’s role in history, we must make every effort to remember and recognize not just these four little girls but all those who have suffered and sacrificed so that Birmingham, Alabama and this nation could uphold its ideals of equality and justice for all.”
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