Church Flies Black Lives Matter Banners, Loses Its Polling Place Designation

Three months before the 2018 midterm elections, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno, a congregation of about 450 in an affluent and mostly white part of town in California, flew Black Lives Matter banners in solidarity with people of color against police violence.

But some white people in Fresno just could not handle it.

An anonymous voter wanted to know “why it was okay to have a Black Lives Matter (a known domestic terrorist group) sign in front of our polling place,” according to court documents, according to The Washington Post.

The voter filed the complaint with the county clerk and registrar of voters in the city.

The county clerk, Brandi Orth, also white, decided she agreed with the voter and that it wasn’t okay for the church to fly the banners. In August, the county official asked the church, which has been a polling place since 2016, to take down the banners.

But the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno said no way. The signs were 200 feet way from the church building itself – beyond the 100-foot radius inside which state law prohibits “electioneering.”

Even though the church wasn’t breaking any laws, Orth dropped the house of worship as a polling location for the fall election.

But the church and the ACLU are not going to let it slide. The church and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing the county clerk in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. According to the lawsuit, the ACLU says stripping the church of its polling designation endangers its constitutionally protected speech.

The people of Fresno have reason to fly the banners – the rate of black infant mortality in Fresno County is nearly triple the county’s overall figure and is similar to rates in parts of the developing world, as the civil liberties group notes in the legal filing, according to The Post.

“I said, ‘You’re looking at that though a white primacy culture lens,’” the minister of the church told The Post. “You’ve determined that to make this safe for one or two or three racist white people, it’s necessary to take a place that was safe for people of color to vote — and snatch that away.”

Latest News

Increasing Response to Pandemic, Toyota Partners with American Safety Company Bullard

Originally published on pressroom.toyota.com. Toyota Production System key to ramping up production in warp speed, providing critical items to healthcare workers Toyota-Bullard team applied TPS to produce faceshields, respirators, hoods Eliminated backlog of faceshield orders; 700-percent increase in output from March to April Doubled production capacity for respirators; 85-percent faster…

nielsen

Nielsen Reinforces Leadership in Pet Retail Through Expansion of Store Coverage

Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN) Global Connect today announced the enhancement of its Nielsen Total U.S. Pet Retail measurement, strengthening the industry’s most holistic view into the U.S. pet retail market. Already measuring more than $30 billion in annual sales of pet products, Nielsen will further enhance its coverage of the growing neighborhood pet channel and more frequently update its best-in-class retail universe.

Hershey’s Joins Jet-Puffed and Honey Maid Brands Make National S’mores Day Extra Sweet By Giving Back $50,000 To Small, Local Restaurants

Originally published on thehersheycompany.com. Summer screams S’mores, but this year it is screaming louder than ever with approximately 10M more of the classic treat made this year compared to last1. With many of America’s beloved restaurants closed due to quarantine orders or limited in capacity due to social distancing, Americans…

Humana

Humana Ranks #1 for Customer Satisfaction for Mail Order in J.D. Power Pharmacy Study for Third Year in a Row

Originally published on Humana.com.  LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Humana Pharmacy, a division of Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), has been named the best in Mail Order Pharmacy customer satisfaction in the J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Pharmacy Study. It’s the third consecutive year that Humana has received the prestigious honor. The study ranks…

New Jersey, Hair, Discrimination, discriminate

3 Powerful Career Advice Tips for Women in Tech

Working as a woman in tech can have its challenges, especially since the industry is still male-dominated.  Though women make up half (50%) of all U.S. workers in STEM occupations, according to research, however, Black and Hispanic workers continue to be underrepresented in the STEM workforce. Black professionals represent only…