Florida Church Vandalized, Perpetrators Scrawl ““SS. Charleston 2” On Property
There has been yet another attack made on one of America’s sacred Black spaces. The New Shiloh Christian Center of Melbourne, FL has received its third attack from vandals since February, as glass was shattered and the interior of the church was ransacked. The truck belonging to the bishop of the church was also vandalized with the words “SS. Charleston 2″ graffitied on one of its doors. Officials are calling the incident a hate crime. Read more at The Root.
Alabama NAACP Comes For Confederate Flag On State Troopers’ Cruisers, Uniforms
“We need to do a clean sweep,” says Rev. Robert L. Shanklin of the NAACP on the rebel flag. Shanklin and his affiliates at the local NAACP chapter are calling for the removal of the Confederate flag from Alabama’s State Highway patrol vehicles and officers’ uniforms. Local troopers are aware of the NAACP’s demands, but are claiming that changes must be made at the state level. Read more at WAFF.
Republicans Push Back Against Iran Nuclear Deal
As difficult as it was for world powers to come to an agreement on curbing Iran’s nuclear powers, it may be just has difficult to get the US Congress to sign-off on the deal. Republicans have already vowed to block the bill to President Obama’s great disappointment—as this deal is what many are considering to be his biggest diplomatic accomplishment in office. Congress has another 60 days to review the agreement which they can pass, reject or leave untouched. Read more at the New York Times.
Aurora Shooting Trial Goes To Jury
A jury is now deciding on whether to convict James Holmes, the shooter who killed 12 and injured 70 in an Aurora, CA movie theater, of first degree murder. Holmes himself did not testify during the closing arguments; the court was packed with family members of the shooting victims. If found guilty, Holmes would receive a life sentence or the death penalty. If found not guilty by insanity, Holmes would be committed to a mental institution. Read more at WBALTV.
Surveillance Video Of El Chapo’s Escape Released
In the grainy footage watching over drug loard Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s jail cell, Guzman is seen escaping the prison through his cell’s shower. It is suspected that his cartel, Sinaloa, had been infiltrating Mexico’s prison system to create architectural plans for his escape. The prison’s director and other officials have been fired. Investigators believe they may have been helping El Chapo make the big run. Read more at CNN.
IMF Blocks Greek Bailout Plan, Demands Debt Relief
The International Monetary Fund has issued its warning that it will back out of Greece’s bailout plan. The IMF is arguing that Greece’s debt needs to be reduced to make the bailout plan more sustainable. Analysts find the opposition from IMF especially strange and problematic, as not only has the German Chancellor Angela Merkel already said that a “haircut” is out of the question, but officials are expected to vote on terms of the bailout agreement today. Read more at CNBC.
20 Pictures That Show The Powerful Resilience Of Charleston’s Mother Emanuel AME Church
1. Mother Emanuel AME Church held its first service since the shooting death of nine African-American church members on June 17.Source:Getty 1 of 18
2. People line up to enter for Sunday service at the Emanuel AME Church.Source:Getty 2 of 18
3. Two children wait to enter the Emanuel AME Church June 21, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina.Source:Getty 3 of 18
4. A member of the church is seen outside of Emanuel AME before its first service since the Charleston shooting.Source:Getty 4 of 18
5. A Charleston County sheriff’s deputy checks bags as people line up to enter for Sunday service at the Emanuel AME Church.Source:Getty 5 of 18
6. Gloria Moore watches the church as parishioners take their seats at the Emanuel AME Church.Source:Getty 6 of 18
7. A woman prays as she attends the Sunday service outside of the Emanuel AME Church.Source:Getty 7 of 18
8. People pray and listen to the Sunday service outside of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.Source:Getty 8 of 18
9. Parishioners sit at Emanuel AME Church four days after a mass shooting that claimed the lives of its pastor and eight others.Source:Getty 9 of 18
10. The Rev. Norvel Goff, right, prays at the empty seat of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney.Source:Getty 10 of 18
11. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, R-S.C., embraces U.S. Sen Tim Scott, R-S.C., at Emanuel AME Church.Source:Getty 11 of 18
12. A parishioner prays at the empty seat of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney at the Emanuel AME Church.Source:Getty 12 of 18
13. A family is seen leaving Emanuel AME Church following Sunday services.Source:Getty 13 of 18
14. People embrace as they depart the Emanuel AME Church following Sunday services.Source:Getty 14 of 18
15. Church members comfort one another after Emanuel’s first service since the Charleston shooting.15 of 18
16. A mother and son surround a memorial for the nine church members killed during the Charleston shooting.Source:Alex Colby 16 of 18
17. Charleston natives comfort each other during the church’s first service since the shooting on June 17.Source:Alex Colby 17 of 18
18. Activist DeRay McKesson is seen outside of Emanuel AME church.Source:Alex Colby 18 of 18