Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Not Running For Re-Election

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In a shocking announcement last week, Keisha Lance Bottoms revealed that she would not be seeking re-election as Atlanta’a Mayor.

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

“I am a much better writer than I am a speaker. I wish that I could have written something profound to say to you this morning. But the only thing that I could write in my notes this morning was, ‘Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.’

Keisha Lance Bottoms

Mayor Bottoms continued her announcement revealing that she wrote two letters to Atlanta. One letter was if she would run again and the second if she decided not to.

“Surprisingly, they were essentially the same letter,” she shared with the small crowd gathered and watching online.

The letter she ended up sending stated it was time to pass the baton.

“So my love for this city was a love planted in my heart long before I was formed in my mother’s womb. And I wish I could tell you there was a moment or that there was a thing, but when you have faith and you prayed for God’s wisdom and guidance, in the same way that it was very clear to me almost five years ago that I should run for mayor of Atlanta, it is abundantly clear to me today that it is time to pass the baton on to someone else.”

No word yet on what’s next for Mayor Bottoms, but I do know whatever it is….. she will excel!

Vanita Gupta Becomes First Woman Of Color Associate Attorney General

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Congratulations are in order for Civil Rights Attorney Vanita Gupta.

Vanita Gupta

Gupta was confirmed as associate attorney general after Sen. Lisa Murkowski voted in favor of the nomination going against her party.

With her confirmation, Gupta became the first woman of color associate attorney general of the United States.

Murkowski explained her support for Gupta on the Senate floor:

“I asked her point blank, ‘Why do you want this? Is this worth it?’ Because this has clearly been very hard on her as a nominee,” Murkowski said. “And she paused and reflected a moment, and just spoke to how she feels called to serve in a very personal way that I thought was impactful.”

“I am going to give the benefit of the doubt to a woman who I believe has demonstrated throughout her professional career to be deeply, deeply committed to matters of justice,” the Senator said.

Source: CNN

Stacey Abrams Named Co-Chair of the Black Voices for Black Justice Fund

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Stacey Abrams just added another title ( I wish it was Governor of Georgia) to her resume.

Stacey Abrams

Black Voices for Black Justice Fund (BVBJ), an innovative initiative that supports Black leaders on the front lines of the urgent movement to build a fair, equitable, and anti-racist America, today announced that the voting rights champion, politician and author has joined its leadership team. Abrams joins an esteemed group of national Black leaders who are amplifying and elevating the work of everyday heroes advancing racial justice in communities across America through educational equity, criminal justice reform, environmental justice and other efforts. Since the fund’s launch in 2020, 50 Black leaders across America have received BVBJ financial awards to use as they believe will make the biggest difference for racial justice.

I am honored to join BVBJ because it is leading by example. Unlike most philanthropic giving for racial justice, the Black Voices for Black Justice Fund puts Black leaders in the driver’s seat – with Black activists on the ground who understand how racism plays out in their community defining both the problem and the solutions. I’m excited to throw myself into BVBJ because I believe we will make more progress in advancing racial justice as a country if more of the philanthropic community would embrace this novel approach.

For more information, visit www.blackvoices.org.

Johnson & Johnson Coronavirus Vaccine Paused After 6 Women Develop Blood Clots

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Federal Heath officials announced Tuesday morning that they were pausing the Johnson & Johnson Coronavirus Vaccine due to six women developing blood clots with one woman dying.

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Officials are pausing the vaccine so that they may study the illnesses that developed in these women.

All six were women between the ages of 18 and 48, and all developed the illness within one to three weeks of getting the vaccine. One woman in Virginia died, and a second woman in Nebraska has been hospitalized in critical condition, according to reports.

More than seven million people in the United States have received Johnson & Johnson shots so far according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“We are recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution,” Dr. Peter Marks, the director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, and Dr. Anne Schuchat, the principal deputy director of the C.D.C., said in a joint statement. “Right now, these adverse events appear to be extremely rare.”

Attorney and go to cable legal analyst Midwin Charles died Tuesday at the age of 47, her family has announced.

Midwin Charles

“It is with a profoundly heavy heart and the deepest sadness that we announce the untimely passing of our beloved Midwin Charles,” her family wrote on Twitter.

She contributed to Essence Magazine and was a commentator on CNN, HLN, MSNBC, Bloomberg TV and other media outlets.

Active in community affairs, she was a member of the board of Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN). She has served as a member of the Civil Rights Committee for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, lectured at Syracuse University and written for The Huffington Post, according to her website.

Even though no cause of death has been given, last month she told her Instagram followers that she wasn’t feeling well.

Kim Janey made history (again) on Monday when she became the acting Mayor of Boston.

Kim Janey

Formerly holding the position of City Council President, Janey became the first woman and first Black person to hold the position after former Mayor Martin Walsh was confirmed as U.S. Labor Secretary.

Prior to becoming Mayor, Janey made history in 2017 when she was elected to the Boston City Council as the first woman to represent District 7. In 2020, she was elected by her peers as President of the Boston City Council. 

Janey will hold the position for seven months before the November election, and according to reports she has not said whether she plans to run. #RunKimRun

Kim Janey

On her first day as acting Mayor, “To quote Lizzo, I felt good, I’ll leave it at that, I won’t finish the sentence,” she said.