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Oprah says the blood of lynching victims ‘seeped into my DNA’ in stunning speech for Stacey Abrams

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In an impassioned speech for Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, Oprah Winfrey spoke about the importance of voting for groups that were barred from doing so in the past.

She recalled a story from Rev. Otis Moss Jr. of Cleveland, Ohio, who described his father’s struggle to vote for the first time. He woke up, put on his only suit and tie and walked six miles to the polling location. He was told to go into a garage and when he got there, they told him, “Boy, you’re at the wrong place. You need to go to Mountville.” He walked another six miles and was told again he was in the wrong place.

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“And I picture him walking from dawn to dusk in his suit, his feet tired, getting to the Rosemont School and they said, ‘Boy, you’re too late,'” she continued. “The polls are closed. He never had a chance to vote. By the time the next election came around, he had died.”

She told the audience she casts her vote for him as well as her grandmother who died before the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed and she had an opportunity to cast a ballot.

“I’m here today for the men who were lynched and humiliated and discriminated against and suppressed and repressed and oppressed for the right for the equality at the polls,” she continued. “And I want you to know that their blood has seeped into my DNA and I refuse to let their sacrifices be in vain. I refuse. I’m here today to say, ‘Don’t let nobody turn you around!’ You can’t let their sacrifices be in vain.”

She quoted Maya Angelou saying, “I came as 10,000 for all those who paved the way that we might have the right to vote.”

“For anybody here who has an ancestor who didn’t have the right to vote, and you are choosing not to vote, wherever you are in this state or this country, you are dishonoring your family,” Winfrey said. “You are disrespecting and disregarding their legacy, their suffering and their dreams when you don’t vote. So, honor your legacy.”

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Ocasio-Cortez blasts her NYC mayor for ‘making excuses’ for NYPD violence against protesters

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The youngest woman ever elected to Congress ripped her city's mayor on Saturday for "making excuses" for New York Police Department actions.

In videos that circulated widely on social media, NYPD cruisers can be seen driving into pedestrian protesters.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) blasted New York City Mayor de Blasio for defending the NYPD.

On Twitter, she told the mayor, "your comments tonight were unacceptable."

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‘Light ’em up’: Police open fire on people filming them from their front porch

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Video reportedly taken from the Wittier neighborhood of Minneapolis on Saturday shows authorities shooting projectiles upon people filming them from a front porch.

On Friday, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey imposed a curfew on the city, but his emergency order did not apply to citizens' homes or front porches.

Yet a video posted on Twitter shows a Minnesota National Guard humvee rolling down residential streets, followed by a group of police.

"Look at this, they just keep coming," a woman is heard saying as the camera shows the police.

"Go inside. Get inside," the police shouted.

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‘They just fired on us’: Horrifying videos of cops ‘using journalists for target practice’ in Minneapolis

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Journalists covering the protests in Minneapolis reported on being targeted by police on Saturday.

Multiple reports -- including live coverage on CNN -- showed police firing rubber bullets at journalists.

It’s open season on the media for the cops in Minneapolis. Evil. https://t.co/ZR3Nnf9ofH

— Nick Stellini (@StelliniTweets) May 31, 2020

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