Pamela Moses, one of the original founders of Black Lives Matter, has been sentenced to 6 years and 1 day in prison.
Moses, 44, was convicted Monday of illegally registering to vote in 2020 despite felony convictions in 2015.
Judge Michael Ward accused Moses of deceiving probation officials by claiming she had completed the terms of her probation. She was sentenced to six years and one day behind bars.
"You tricked the probation department into giving you documents saying you were off probation," Ward said in open court on Monday, according to the Washington Post.
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In 2015, Moses pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence and forgery, and to misdemeanor charges of perjury, stalking, theft under $500, and escape. She has 16 prior felonies.
She was placed on probation for seven years and lost her rights to vote as a convicted felon.
Moses insists she didn't actually vote, she just registered. The former Democratic mayoral candidate in Memphis said she was not aware that her rights to vote in Memphis were not restored.
"I relied on the election commission because those are the people who were supposed to know what you know you're supposed to do. And I found out that they didn't know," Moses told WREG.
Moses accused the judge of abusing his authority under color of law to suppress her rights to vote.
"They want to pick and control who the Black leaders are in the South. And they do it through voter suppression," she said. "They suppressed my right to vote forever."
An attorney representing Moses says she will appeal the sentence.
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Gov. Brian Kemp signed an election bill requiring voters to submit identification to vote by mail. If Georgians choose to use their driver's license, they must provide the correct driver's license number -- or their ballots will be rejected.
Democrats have launched a campaign to educate residents on the correct DL number to provide when submitting their absentee ballots.
Democrats are outraged over Kemp's new election law, which closes a loophole that allowed out-of-towners to submit ballots without providing an ID.
Lawmakers argue the new law is voter suppression. They say the law puts Black people at a disadvantage because they don't know how to apply for IDs.
Critics say the Democrat's argument against voter ID boils down to insulting the intelligence of black people.
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A fiber optic cable was accidentally cut, shutting down Virginia's online voter registration system on the final day to register.
The cable was inadvertently cut during a Chesterfield County roadside utilities project.
The Virginia Department of Elections said in a statement on Twitter that the fiber optic cable was accidentally severed and no foul play is suspected.
Technicians are working to repair the cut cable, but there is no end to the conspiracy theories online.
Many skeptics believe the cable was cut intentionally to interrupt online voter registration on the last day in Virginia.
Voting advocates said the accident couldn't have come at a worst time. Some voters wait until the last day to register, sometimes after being reminded by the news media or social media.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is in support of extending the deadline one more day, but he said only the courts have the ability to extend the deadline.
Reader Daniel B. emailed Sandrarose.com to clarify the race of the two people responsible for a controversial PSA featuring Atlanta strippers.
As I told you yesterday, Tariq Nasheed sparked a lively debate on Twitter.com when he tweeted: "Instead of talking about our tangibles, this is what the white Democrats think will appeal to us."
According to Daniel, the Atlanta-based creators, Angela Gomes (pictured above left) and Paul Fox, are Black. But that's even worse than if the filmmakers were Caucasian.
Read Daniel's email below.
About your article relating to Tariq Nashiid's [sic] take on Get Your Booty to the Poll...
I say this with all due respect, and out of respect for journalistic standards... something I learned in-depth as a journalism major...GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT!!!
Neither Paul Fox nor Angela Gomes is white. They are black. A simple query of their Facebook profiles would reveal that. Also, in no way, shape or fashion did you even bother to contact them...once again, easy Facebook search...in order to get their own words on THEIR project.
That's not joirnalism [sic]. That's one-sided trash, and if you give a damn about black people you'd at the very least represent them for their appropriate race and allow them to speak on their own behalf. Or are you actually a Caucasian troll just trying to stir the pot?
Do better! Yes, I'm highly offended. I've known Paul for years, I've known his passion for political activism. I know he put his heart and creativity into that PSA, and that everyone involved took it as a very serious undertaking. I will not stand by and allow you to lie and misrepresent him like you have. Do better! Jesus!
Tariq Nasheed sparked a lively debate on Twitter.com when he tweeted: "Instead of talking about our tangibles, this is what the white Democrats think will appeal to us."
The Twitter activist uploaded a PSA video created by director Angela Gomes and producer Paul Fox to register Black voters. Gomes and Fox are Caucasian. The video features talented Black pole dancers who quickly gain the attention of Black viewers.
The dancers urge Black people to "Get your booty to the poll." The video links to a website, www.getyourbootytothepoll.com.
Tariq believes the Democrats would never insult other races and nationalities by delivering their message with tits and azz. He claims Democrats have such low regard for Black people that they didn't think twice about creating this video.
Watch the video below.
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Sean Combs threatened to hold the Black vote hostage until presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden reveals his Black agenda.
Combs, 50, was influential in getting out the Black vote in 2008, leading to a landslide victory for America's first biracial president, Barack Obama.
But this time around, Combs' influence is not as powerful or prevalent. Still, he seems to think the younger generation cares what he has to say about politics.
During an interview with ex-supermodel Naomi Campbell on Tuesday, Combs shared his views about voting for Biden, whom many believe is suffering from senile dementia.
He said he is "holding back" the Black vote until Biden meets his list of demands and adopts a Black agenda.
Combs took to Instagram on Tuesday, and posted: "Attention to all... THE BLACK VOTE WILL NOT BE FREE THIS YEAR."
Biden already faces pressure from Black Democrats to pick a Black woman as his running mate. Rumor has it that Biden will choose failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as his VP choice when he makes his announcement in July.
Clinton, 72, enthusiastically endorsed Biden, 77, for president on Tuesday. Clinton rarely supports anyone or anything unless there's something in it for her.
Combs' longtime friend and ex-employee Kenny Burns strongly disagreed with Combs' oppositional approach to voting for Biden. Burns voiced his opinions in Combs' comments section.
In an Instagram post, Burns complained that Combs erased his comments and then blocked him for disagreeing.
Kenny is a cool guy with a level head on his shoulders. He never lets his emotions get in the way of his common sense
like Sean often does. So this disagreement probably marks the end of their decade long friendship.
Janelle Monáe walked back a "joke" she made on Twitter.com about improving voter turnout in the Black community. The 33-year-old Sagittarius took note of the hysteria surrounding the Popeyes chicken sandwich viral marketing campaign that targeted Black people in poor communities.
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Stacey Abrams conformed she won't run for president in 2020, but she said she would be honored if the Democratic frontrunner chose her to be his (or her) running mate.
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Civil rights groups filed a lawsuit against Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who they say is holding 53,000 new voter registration applications on his desk.
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Michelle Obama plans to launch a voter registration drive aimed at getting more Black voters to the polls during the upcoming 2018 midterm elections.
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