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Tuesday, April 15, 1997

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  • Suffrage Statue

    After years of pressure, Congress last September finally
    approved moving a 13-ton statue of three female suffragists
    from the basement of the US Capitol to the prestigious grand
    Rotunda, which for seven decades has been the exclusive
    domain of sculpted men.

    But now, as plans are being finalized to move the statue, a
    leading African-American women’s group is arguing that any
    monument in the Capitol commemorating the women’s suffrage
    movement should include Sojourner Truth, a black
    abolitionist and 19th century feminist.


  • Protest of Church Burnings

    Civil rights groups say that the burning of Black churches
    nationwide is still an ongoing problem. In the southeastern
    United States alone, more than 100 churches have been burned
    in the last two years.

    This past weekend in Columbia, South Carolina, civil rights
    groups marched to protest the church burnings and the
    ongoing racial hatred. They also slammed the South Carolina
    political leadership for keeping the Confederate flag flying
    over the state house.

  • Racism in the US Department of Agriculture

    The sprawling US Department of Agriculture — one of the
    largest federal agencies — has come sharp attack in recent
    months as a bastion of racism.

    Small black farmers, who’ve been declining at a rate three
    times that of white farmers, say the agency discriminates
    against minority growers, especially in the crucial area of
    loans. And many of the agencies 90,000 employees say that
    they face discrimination because of their race and gender.