PODCAST: Black Church PAC Celebrates After Senate Races in Georgia (BCNN1 1.8.21)

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According to Spotlight PR, Representatives from the Black Church PAC, who organized a bus tour in support of U.S. Sen. candidates Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, issued the following statement after Warnock’s election victory: “The Black Church PAC organized for over a year in key states across the country, including Georgia. Yesterday’s victory is a testament to this work as well as the many entities, organizers and coalitions who united to beat white supremacy,” said Pastor Michael McBride, co-founder of the Black Church PAC. “In electing Rev. Warnock, who represents the best of the Black church, we have challenged the oppression that too often harms God’s people.” To encourage turnout, the Black Church PAC texted over 148,000 voters, knocked on 30,000 doors, and engaged with over 250,000 Black church voters via a virtual concert series. “This race showcased the power of Black women who have historically anchored the Black church and Democratic politics,” said Bishop Leah Daughtry, co-founder of the Black Church PAC. “Black women have once again proven that we are drivers of change in this country. We are so pleased that Rev. Warnock worked alongside Stacey Abrams and collaborated closely with Black grassroots activists.” The Black Church PAC was founded in 2017 by Pastor Mike McBride, Bishop Leah Daughtry, the Rev. Dr. Jamal Bryant, Pastor Traci Blackmon, Bishop Frank Reid, Erica and Warryn Campbell, Dr. Iva Carruthers and other leading clergy from across the country. The Black Church PAC is a strategic initiative which engages in selected federal, state and local races deemed consequential to addressing urban gun violence, mass incarceration, voter suppression and economic justice. It aims to elect leaders committed to championing the equitable treatment of Black communities.

According to the Associated Press, Angry supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in a chaotic protest aimed at thwarting a peaceful transfer of power, forcing lawmakers to be rushed from the building and interrupting challenges to Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. Trump issued a restrained call for peace well after the melee was underway but did not urge supporters to disperse. Earlier he had egged them on to march to Capitol Hill. The Pentagon said about 1,100 District of Columbia National Guard members were being mobilized to help support law enforcement at the Capitol. Wednesday’s ordinarily mundane procedure of Congress certifying a new president was always going to be extraordinary, with Republican supporters of Trump vowing to protest results of an election that they have baselessly insisted was reversed by fraud. But even the unusual deliberations, which included the Republican vice president and Senate majority leader defying Trump’s demands, were quickly overtaken. In a raucous, out-of-control scene, protesters fought past police and breached the building, shouting and waving Trump and American flags as they marched through the halls. One person was reported shot at the Capitol, according to a person familiar with the situation. That person’s condition was unknown. The protesters abruptly interrupted the congressional proceedings in an eerie scene that featured official warnings directing people to duck under their seats for cover and put on gas masks after tear gas was used in the Capitol Rotunda. With the crowds showing no signs of abating, Trump tweeted, “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!” Earlier, at his rally, he had urged supporters to march to the Capitol. Senators were being evacuated. Some House lawmakers tweeted they were sheltering in place in their offices. Demonstrators fought with Capitol Police and then forced their way into the building, not long after a huge rally near the White House during which Trump egged them on to march to Capitol Hill. Lawmakers had convened for an extraordinary joint session to confirm the Electoral College results.

According to Daily Mail, Miami obstetrician Gregory Michael, 58, died after a catastrophic reaction to the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, DailyMail.com can reveal. Heidi Neckelmann says her husband was completely healthy until he had the jab on December 18 at Mount Sinai Medical Center. He succumbed this week to a stroke brought on by acute IDP – Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura – a blood disorder caused by a lack of platelets. IDP can be acute or chronic, lasting six months or more, striking on its own or in conjunction with other autoimmune conditions or certain cancers. Heidi insists, however, that her husband did not have an immune disorder or any similar condition that could have caused ITP. Heidi thinks it was the vaccine that caused his body to produce the antibodies that attacked his own platelets. She said: ‘My husband had conversations with the doctors who said it was highly probable that the vaccine was the cause. It seems possible to me that somehow the vaccine instructed his body to attack the wrong thing, the platelets.’ If his death is linked directly to the vaccine, Michael would be the first known case in the world of a person dying after having it. A spokesman for Pfizer told DailyMail.com the firm was looking into Gregory’s death but they did not believe it had any link to the vaccine.

According to USA Today, Michelle Obama is speaking out against “infantile and unpatriotic” President Donald Trump, who she says is “willing to burn our democracy down for his own ego” following Wednesday’s Capitol Hill riot. One day after Democrats won control of the U.S. Senate and a mob of President Trump’s supporters violently stormed the Capitol building, the former first lady took to Twitter to open up about the “many emotions” she’s experienced. “I woke up yesterday elated by the news of Reverend Raphael Warnock’s election victory,” Obama, 56, wrote Thursday. “He’ll be Georgia’s first Black senator, and I was heartened by the idea that the senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church — the home parish of Dr. King and a spiritual and organizational hub during the Civil Rights Movement — would be representing his state in the United States Senate.” However, Obama said the euphoria of the Warnock’s victory was quickly overshadowed by the terrifying turn of events at Capitol Hill. She said her “heart had fallen harder and faster than I can remember.” “Like all of you, I watched as a gang — organized, violent, and mad they’d lost an election — laid siege to the United States Capitol,” she wrote. “They set up gallows. They proudly waved the traitorous flag of the Confederacy through the halls. They desecrated the center of American government.” Obama called Wednesday’s chaos, that many argue Trump incited, “a fulfillment of the wishes of an infantile and unpatriotic president who can’t handle the truth of his own failures.” Trump has propagated unfounded claims of election fraud since his defeat by President-elect Joe Biden in November. “The wreckage lays at the feet of a party and media apparatus that gleefully cheered him on, knowing full well the possibility of consequences like these,” she said of the riot, in which four people died.

According to FOX 4 News KDFW, A 15-year-old boy has been charged with murdering his mother in their McKinney home early Sunday morning. Police said they were called out to the 700 block of Donelson Drive, just before 1 a.m., by the boy’s father. Stacy Ellen Barney, 49, was found dead inside the home, and police said surveillance video showed her son beating her to death. The 15-year-old was found nearby during a search by police. No further details have been released as police continue their investigation.

According to ESPN, For nearly three decades, wide receivers failed to win the Heisman Trophy. That ended on Tuesday night when Alabama senior DeVonta Smith was presented the award during a virtual ceremony. Smith became the third Alabama player to claim college football’s most prestigious award, and the first receiver to win it since Michigan’s Desmond Howard in 1991. Smith beat out three other finalists, all of whom were quarterbacks: Alabama’s Mac Jones, Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Florida’s Kyle Trask. Smith won the award with 1,856 points. Lawrence was second, Jones was third, and Trask was fourth. Smith called the award a blessing, thanking his parents, coaches and teammates during a short speech at Alabama’s football facility. Wearing a sharp, burgundy blazer and bow tie, he spoke about the power of self-belief, reflecting on coming from the small town of Amite, Louisiana, and how he was doubted because of his size. Despite standing a slight 6-foot-1 and weighing 175 pounds, Smith became the best wide receiver and the most accomplished player in college football. He leads the FBS in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. He has dropped only two passes all season. Smith was named The Associated Press Player of the Year, becoming the first receiver to win the award. During his Heisman acceptance speech, Smith took a moment to address kids like him. “To all the young kids out there that’s not the biggest, not the strongest, just keep pushing, because I’m not the biggest,” he said. “I’ve been doubted a lot just because of my size. Really, it just comes down to you put your mind to it, you can do it. No job is too big.”

According to Complex, The era of Kimye might be over. Page Six reports that “divorce is imminent” for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, according to sources close to the celebrity couple. Kim reportedly hired celebrity divorce attorney Laura Wasser to represent her in the proceedings. “They are keeping it low-key but they are done,” a source told Page Six. “Kim has hired Laura Wasser and they are in settlement talks.” Sources claim Kim and Kanye spent time apart over the holiday as they sorted out their separation. “Kim got Kanye to go up there [Wyoming] so they could live separate lives and quietly get things sorted out to separate and divorce,” the source said. “She’s done.” Meanwhile, TMZ reports that divorce is on the table, but that the couple is currently in marriage counseling trying to make things work. One source told E! News that Kim is holding out for the kids’ sake. “It’s not about the marriage anymore, she’ll always care for Kanye but it’s over between them,” the source told E! News. “Kim is only focused on what’s best for the kids. It’s a tough decision for her and she’s figuring it out.” Kim and Kanye married back in 2014, following her divorce from Kris Humphries, and have four children together: North, Saint, Chicago, and Psalm.

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In closing, remember, God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour, today is a good day to get to know Him. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose from the dead for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

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