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Deaths at the Harris County Jail, and the president of the NAACP (Oct. 6, 2022)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: We learn more about a pair of recent deaths at the Harris County Jail and what role overcrowding at the facility may have played. And the national president of the NAACP talks about what needs to be done to achieve racial equity in this country.

Bishop Tavis Grant consoles Kariann Swart, fiancée of Joseph Rosenbaum, Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, in Kenosha, Wis. Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges after pleading self-defense in the deadly Kenosha shootings that became a flashpoint in the nation's debate over guns, vigilantism and racial injustice.

Criminal Justice

The Rittenhouse verdict weighs heavily on Houston organizers

Posted on · "It's just showing us that we don't matter," said organizer Shelly Baker. "We don't matter, the people that are fighting for us don't matter, and it gets very exhausting."

Signs direct people to a drive-thru voting location at the Toyota Center in downtown Houston on Nov. 3, 2020. A federal judge on Monday rejected an attempt by Texas Republicans to toss 127,000 drive-thru votes in Harris County, but despite this, County Clerk Chris Hollins closed nine out of 10 drive-thru locations in order to prevent future litigation.

Politics

GOP Voting Bills Aimed At Harris County Reforms Are Suppression, Civil Rights Groups Say

Posted on · The ACLU, the Anti-Defamation League and others slammed the bills, which they say are unjust and make it harder to vote. Harris County leaders, meanwhile, say their reforms are the target.

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