LaTosha Brown On The Fight Against Voter Suppression Efforts In Georgia — And Beyond
Over the past few weeks, Republican officials in dozens of states have been pushing hundreds of election bills that would make it harder for people of color to vote. Among them is Georgia, where the state House passed a bill last week that would reduce the number of ballot drop boxes, add limits to early weekend voting and require identification for absentee voting. The push comes just two months after a surge in Black voters flipped the state blue in both the presidential and Senate run-off elections, and mirrors voting restriction efforts being championed by Republican legislatures in other states. LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter, joined Jim Braude to discuss.
Eight Years Later, Fallout From The Massachusetts Drug Lab Scandal Continues
Eight years since disgraced chemist Sonja Farak was arrested for tampering with evidence at a Massachusetts drug lab, the effects of her actions are still unfolding. More than 24,000 convictions have been overturned as the result of her case. And now, three state prosecutors who investigated Farak are under investigation themselves by the state’s Board of Bar Overseers for their early handling of evidence. The latter investigation was the result of a complaint filed by Nina Morrison, senior litigation counsel for the Innocence Project. As she put it in a piece for Commonwealth Magazine, the Farak case “involved a rare one-two punch of official misconduct.” She shared more about her thoughts on the alleged misconduct and what it says about the criminal justice system.
Children Volunteer To Test The Safety Of The COVID Vaccine
The US expects to have enough COVID vaccines for all adults by the end of May. But there will still be millions who need vaccines at that point: children. None of the current COVID vaccines have been clinically tested for children younger than 16. Those trials are now underway around the country, including in Worcester, Massachusetts, where Moderna is running a trial with young people. Liz Neisloss spoke with two young trial participants.