News and Brief – Week of August 17th
100 Years of Women Fighting for Equality
Tuesday marked the centennial anniversary of American women being granted the right to vote under the 19th Amendment, which was ratified and formally adopted in August 1920.
On that day the words “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged … on account of sex” were added to the U.S. Constitution.
US Postal Service halts controversial changes
The United States Postal Service has suspended new policies that were widely seen as an attempt to sabotage the 2020 election.
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said he would reverse operational changes that critics said would hamper postal voting.
This decision comes ahead of DeJoy’s scheduled testimony to Congress and at least 20 states preparing to sue.
Senator Facing Jail for ‘Injuring’ Confederate Monument
A Black Virginia state senator is facing a jail term for her alleged role in a June 10 protest that resulted in the destruction of a Confederate monument.
On Monday, the Portsmouth Police Department announced criminal charges against Democrat Sen. Louise Lucas, who has represented the 18th district of Virginia since 1992 and is working as a surrogate for Joe Biden’s campaign.
Lucas has been charged with conspiracy to commit a felony, and injury to a monument in excess of $1,000. If convicted, she’s facing a possible prison sentence of up to five years.