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Take Action! Philly NAN Members January 2022 Newsletter

Jan 05, 2022

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We must continue to organize,
educate, rally and March
 to protect our rights as EQUAL citizens in America.

We must support the fight for:
John Lewis Voting Rights Bill

George Floyd Justice in Policing Act


The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act responds to current conditions in voting today by restoring the full protections of the original, bipartisan Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was last reauthorized by Congress in 2006, but gutted by the Supreme Court in 2013.

·       Following the Shelby County decision seven years ago, several states passed sweeping voter suppression laws that disproportionately prevent minorities, the elderly, and the youth from voting.

·       The bill provides the tools to address these discriminatory practices and seeks to protect all Americans’ right to vote.

The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act creates a new coverage formula that applies to all states and hinges on a finding of repeated voting rights violations in the preceding 25 years.

·       Significantly, the 25-year period “rolls,” or continuously moves, to keep up with “current conditions,” so that only states that have a recent record of racial discrimination in voting are covered.

·       States that have repeated and persistent violations will be covered for a period of 10 years, but if they establish a clean record moving forward, they can come out of coverage.

The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act establishes a targeted process for reviewing voting changes in jurisdictions nationwide, focused on measures that have historically been used to discriminate against

• The process for reviewing changes in voting is limited to a set of measures, such as the institution of a voter ID law or the reduction of multilingual voting materials – practices that have historically been found to have the greatest discriminatory impact.
The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act also –
  • Allows a federal court to order states or jurisdictions to be covered for results-based violations, where the effect of a particular voting measure (including voter ID laws) is to lead to racial discrimination in voting and to deny citizens their right to vote;
  • Increases transparency by requiring reasonable public notice for voting changes;
  • Allows the Attorney General authority to request federal observers be present anywhere in the country where there is a serious threat of racial discrimination in voting;
  • Revises and tailors the preliminary injunction standard for voting rights actions to recognize that there will be cases where there is a need for immediate preliminary relief.
  • Increases accessibility and protections for Native American and Alaska Native voters.
On August 24, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill by a margin of 219–212.[4] On November 3, 2021, the bill failed to pass the Senate after failing to get the 60 votes needed to invoke cloture.

George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020

This bill addresses a wide range of policies and issues regarding policing practices and law enforcement accountability. It increases accountability for law enforcement misconduct, restricts the use of certain policing practices, enhances transparency and data collection, and establishes best practices and training requirements.
The bill enhances existing enforcement mechanisms to remedy violations by law enforcement. Among other things, it does the following:

  • lowers the criminal intent standard—from willful to knowing or reckless—to convict a law enforcement officer for misconduct in a federal prosecution,
  • limits qualified immunity as a defense to liability in a private civil action against a law enforcement officer, and
  • grants administrative subpoena power to the Department of Justice (DOJ) in pattern-or-practice investigations.

It establishes a framework to prevent and remedy racial profiling by law enforcement at the federal, state, and local levels. It also limits the unnecessary use of force and restricts the use of no-knock warrants, chokeholds, and carotid holds.
The bill creates a national registry—the National Police Misconduct Registry—to compile data on complaints and records of police misconduct. It also establishes new reporting requirements, including on the use of force, officer misconduct, and routine policing practices (e.g., stops and searches).
Finally, it directs DOJ to create uniform accreditation standards for law enforcement

agencies and requires law enforcement officers to complete training on racial profiling, implicit bias, and the duty to intervene when another officer uses excessive force.

The bill was introduced in the 117th Congress in February 24, 2021, as H. R. 1280, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021. The bill was sponsored by Bass and co-sponsored by 199 other Representatives (all Democrats). It passed the House on a nearly-party line vote of 220–212 on March 3, 2021. No Republicans supported the legislation.

The legislation did not advance in the Senate, bipartisan negotiations took place between Bass, Scott, and Booker, but collapsed by September 2021.   President Biden repeatedly pushed for the legislation to be advanced; in his April 2021 speech to Congress, Biden praised bipartisan “productive discussions” on police reform and called upon Congress to send him the bill by the one-year anniversary of Floyd’s death. In announcing that negotiations had failed, Booker said that the parties were unable to agree about the fate of qualified immunity for police departments and officers and that Republicans were unwilling to agree to a national database to track police misconduct.

“Voting is the foundation stone for political action.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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This Month in Black History
Dr. King was born Michael King Jr. on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia, the second of three children to Michael King and Alberta King.
City of Philadelphia-COVID UPDATE

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Department of Public Health today reported an additional 19,559 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Philadelphia since last reported on Monday, December 27. This brings the total number of fully vaccinated Philadelphians to at least 960,448, and the number of Philadelphians with at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine to at least 1,213,684. Currently, 77.3 percent of Philadelphia adults are fully vaccinated, and 97.7 percent of Philadelphia adults have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

All residents ages five and older are eligible to be vaccinated in Philadelphia. 24.6 percent of 5-to-11-year-olds in Philadelphia have received at least one vaccine dose. Among eligible Philadelphians ages 12 and older, 71.6 percent are fully vaccinated, and 90.5 percent have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. The Department of Health reports 746 patients with COVID-19 are currently being treated in Philadelphia hospitals, with a total of 68 on ventilators.

In the last two weeks, 24.6 percent of COVID-19 tests in Philadelphia have come back positive. Thus far during the pandemic, 204,487 Philadelphians have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and 4,230 have succumbed to the virus. Philadelphia is averaging 1,972 new cases of COVID-19 per day over the last two weeks.

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  • Youth Huddle
  • Veterans Committee
  • Men’s Auxiliary    

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We need you in 2022!
Political Advocacy Committee
Meets the 2nd Tuesday
6:00 PM
Contact: Deacon Smith
Contact: Paula Peebles

Comfort Committee
Meets the 2nd Thursday
6:00 PM
Contact: Mary Kennedy 215-518-8823
Contact: Emma Kelly 215-548-1062

Black Clergy
Meets the 3rd Thursday
9:00 AM
Contact: Reverend Jerome Fordham
215- 696-0424

Veterans Committee
Meets Every 2nd Monday                        
6:00 PM
Andrew Brazington
Contact: 610-368-0006

Youth Committee
Meets every 5th Saturday
11:00 AM
Contact: Deacon Smith
Co-Chair-Janae’ Calhoun, youth

Membership Committee
Meets the 3rd Saturday
11:00 AM
Contact: Rev. James Wright, Sr.

Resource & Development Committee
Meet the 3rd Wednesday
6:00 PM
Contact: Paula Peebles

Criminal Justice Committee
Meet the 3rd Sundays
3:00 PM
Contact: Deacon Smith

Education Advocacy
Mrs. Laura Dijols

Men’s Auxiliary Committee
Meets the 4th Saturday
11:00 AM                            
Contact: Drew Jones-215-960-5023
Contact: Deacon. Charles Hart
Housing Committee
Meets the 4th Saturday
11:00 AM
Contact: Toni Johnson
Feel-Better Chicken and Rice Soup
By Andy Baraghani for Bon Apetit

If you want this take on classic chicken soup to have a similar consistency to congee, add 10–15 minutes to the cooking time so that it can become nice and thick.


¾ lb. skinless, boneless chicken thighs

⅓ cup jasmine rice, rinsed

4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1 2″ piece ginger, peeled, thinly sliced

Kosher salt2 small sweet potatoes, unpeeled, cut into ½”-thick rounds

2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

2 Tbsp. soy sauce

½ bunch cilantro, coarsely chopped
Freshly ground black pepper


Step 1

Bring chicken, rice, garlic, ginger, and 5 cups water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add a big pinch of salt. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered and stirring occasionally, until rice has swelled and chicken is firm, 10–12 minutes.

Step 2

Add potatoes to pan and cook over medium-low heat, still uncovered and stirring occasionally, until soup is thickened and potatoes and rice are tender, 15–20 minutes longer. Transfer chicken to a bowl and shred with 2 forks, then return to pot. Stir in lemon juice and soy sauce; taste soup and season with salt if needed.

Step 3

Divide soup among bowls. Top with cilantro and lots of black pepper.

Step 4

Do Ahead: Soup (without cilantro) can be made 3 days ahead. Transfer to an airtight container and chill. Reheat over medium-low, adding water to thin as needed.