Thursday, December 8, 2016

Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act Passes in the House!

December 7, 2016

Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act Passes in the House!                                                    
                                                       
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                        
                The lead House sponsors of the Emmett Till Bill Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act , as amended, S. 2854/ H.R. 5067 made these comments tonight when the legislation was passed in the House:

"When this bill was signed into law, family members, academics, historians, lawyers, advocates began working to develop a full accounting for these long-standing, gross human and civil rights atrocities.  The reauthorization that the House passed this evening is a response to their appeals to make the law a better tool in their quest for justice. We took the time to research and study what happened after the original bill was signed into law.  We listened to and were guided by the advocates, by law professors, by families, and by the press.  We worked across the aisle and across the Dome to develop a bill that fulfills our promise to never give up on this effort – to never abandon the pursuit of truth.  I am very pleased by House passage tonight and look forward to passage in the Senate and the signature of President Barack Obama."ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR - Rep. John Lewis (D-GA)

            “We must never forget our nation’s dark past and should be mindful of our history and why so many in the African-American community raise the issue of whether black lives matter.  Many civil rights era crimes were barely noted or investigated, and I believe the perpetrators of those crimes should be brought to justice, even 50 years later. We passed the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Act in 2007 to help bring these cases to light and seek justice for victims and their families. The Till Reauthorization Act will further empower the Department of Justice and cold case advocates to share information and review the status and closure of cases through 1980.  I applaud House passage of this legislation and urge my Senate colleagues to quickly pass the legislation, so that it can be signed into law.”  ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR - Rep. John Conyers (D-MI)

            “As an original cosponsor of the Emmett Till Reauthorization Act, I’m pleased to see my colleagues came together and supported this important bill. This bipartisan legislation will provide for a sustained, well-coordinated effort to investigate and prosecute unsolved civil rights-era crimes. There are hundreds of cold cases from the civil rights era that have never been solved, and it is my hope that we are able to bring justice to the victims’ families.”  ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR -  Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI)

       Senate action on the amended bill is anticipated before the end of the 114th Congress, and sponsors are hoping it will be signed into law in 2016.

The Till Bill's primary purpose is to provide federal resources to local jurisdictions in the resolution of civil rights era cold cases.  This reauthorization represents a recommitment to the original goals of the bill as well as the strengthening and clarification of the law, as called for by interested civil rights groups and families.


  • This bill requires the Department of Justice and FBI to consult with civil rights organizations, universities, and other entities that have also been gathering evidence in these cold cases; 
  • Provides clearer direction and improved coordination between federal, state, and local law enforcement and the activists, advocates, and academics working on these issues; 
  • Strengthens the Department of Justice’s reporting requirements;
  • Expands the time span of cases to be considered by ten years, to include all cases that occurred not later than December 31, 1979;
  • Encourages the Department of Justice to review specific closed cases that warrant further investigation; 
  • Maintains the previous investigation structure and funding levels; and
  • Clarifies the law’s intent.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

It's Giving Tuesday! Will you Give today?


It's #GivingTuesday !
Will you give to the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation today? Please help us help others.
Any amount big or small will be important in helping us continue to support, empower, educate and engage our youth, women/men and families going forward as well as our ongoing programming (The Power of History: Turning Tragedy into Triumph and Tour of Till Trail of Tears and Terror in Mississippi) in collaboration with Emmett Till Families for Justice, PROCEED (HBCU College Tour) and other coalitions on national initiatives (Reauthorization of the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Act or #TillBill2,  Justice in Time- Know your rights training, the Never Again Movement and pledge challenge. we are committed to working hard to turn this painful part of our history into triumph by building a bridge from the past to the present and future, sharing Emmett's story and maintaining his and his mother's powerful legacy of hope with students, congregations, corporate leaders, Legislators, fellow activist, social justice organizations and diverse audiences across the nation.

You can Donate here -> https://www.paypal.com/ enter our paypal email address  emmett_till_legacy@yahoo.com  or click Make a tax deductible Donation at www.emmetttilllegacyfoundation.com

Thank you in advance for your continued support and for helping us keep Emmett and Mamie's Legacy Alive! #EmmettTill #NeverAgain #neveragainchallenge
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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Remembering the 95th anniversary of Mamie Till Mobley 's Birthday


Happy Heavenly 95th Birthday to Mamie Till Mobley, the mother of Emmett Till. Born Mamie Elizabeth Carthan (Till-Mobley) on this day Nov 23, 1921. This marks the 95th Birthday of our Shero, #motherofthemovement and inspiration, the Mother of #EmmettTill #author #playwrite.

Her pain United our Nation and inspired the #civilrights movement and many to fight against racism and injustices endured by African Americans and others facing violence and discrimination. The strong #SpiritOfMamieTillMobley lives on today. Join us in honoring her by #doingsomethingcourageous #PassTillBill2 #WomanOfCourage #SpiritofEmmettTill #MamieTill #MamieTillMobley #neveragainchallenge #MedalOfFreedom4Mamie

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Give to the MAX today! Please donate. Help us help others!


Today is Give to the Max Day! Here is a unique opportunity for you to help us, help others.

Will you give to the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation today?

Any amount will be important in helping us continue to support, empower, educate and engage our youth, women/men and families going forward as well as our ongoing programming (The Power of History: Turning Tragedy into Triumph and Tour of Till Trail of Tears and Terror in Mississippi) in collaboration with Emmett Till Families for Justice, PROCEED (HBCU College Tour) and other coalitions on national initiatives (Reauthorization of the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Act or #TillBill2,  Justice in Time- Know your rights training, the Never Again Movement and pledge challenge).

As you can witness, we are working hard to turn this painful part of our history into triumph by building a bridge from the past to the present and future, sharing Emmett's story and maintaining his and his mother's powerful legacy of hope with students, congregations, corporate leaders, Legislators, fellow activist, social justice organizations and diverse audiences across the nation.

You can Donate here -> https://www.paypal.com/ enter our paypal email address  emmett_till_legacy@yahoo.com  or click Make a Donation at www.emmetttilllegacyfoundation.com

Thank you in advance for your continued support and for helping us keep Emmett and Mamie's Legacy Alive! #GiveToTheMax #EmmettTill #NeverAgain

Friday, September 30, 2016

Medal Of Freedom For Mamie Till Mobley

Please urge President Obama to award Mamie Till Mobley the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously in 2016.

We stand on the shoulders of the #motherofthemovement #MameTillMobley...copy the link below, watch the video and Google her name, you will understand why she deserves the Presidental Medal of Freedom from President Obama.

We are calling on all journalist, bloggers, publishers, authors, social justice leaders, supporters, millennials, youth, celebrities, athletes, activists, faith leaders, entrepreneurs, attorneys, film makers, educators, employers, laborers, judges, artists, womens organizations, civic leaders, politicians, candidates, Fraternities. Sororities, current mothers who have lost loved ones to violence and hatred to support the Presidential #MedalofFreedom4Mamie Till Mobley campaign. Click here http://time.com/4399793/emmett-till-civil-rights-photography/ #itstime #wewillnotforget #SpiritofEmmettTill #SpiritofMamieTillMobley #EmmettsDeathNotInVain #blacklivesmatter #womanofcourage #shero
Please help make this effort go viral. Please Share! Repost! Thank you!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Emmett Till casket donated to NMAAHC NewsOne TVOne Interview with Deborah Watts by Roland Martin





Read and watch our co-founder Deborah Watts on NewOne with Roland Martin discuss the Till Family donation made to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Click Here:  http://newsone.com/3545415/emmett-till-casket-donated-to-the-smithsonian-national-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture/

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Emmett Till Act Reauthorization Briefing September 12 in Washington, DC

Emmett Till Act Reauthorization Briefing

DATE: 9/12/2016
TIME: 4:30 PM TO 7:00 PM | WASHINGTON, DC


This special briefing event brings together the Coalition for Emmett Till Reauthorization act, members of the House of Representatives and investigative journalists who believe it is necessary to pass the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016. The passage of the Bill will support the efforts of families and advocates who seek justice for racially-motivated killings of loved ones during the Civil Rights Era and beyond.
Panelists include:
  • Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and other Till Reauthorization Act co-sponsors
  • Lecia Brooks, Outreach Coordinator, Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Cordero Ducksworth, son of Cpl. Roman Ducksworth
  • Benjamin Greenberg, Investigative Journalist
  • Jannice Hutson-Leon, granddaughter of Ellis Hutson
  • Sheila Moss-Brown, granddaughter of Henry Gilbert
  • Hilary Shelton, Washington Bureau Director and Senior Vice President for Advocacy, NAACP
  • Deborah Watts, Cousin of Emmett Till and Co-Founder, Emmett Till Legacy Foundation
  • Representatives of the Coalition for Reauthorization










Date and Location

Date: 9/12/2016
Time: 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Capitol Visitor Center
Room HVC-215
Washington, DC 20510

Questions?

CONTACT US

Colleen Denick
chdenick@law.syr.edu













Register today!

https://secure.syr.edu/s/1632/02-Alumni/index.aspx?sid=1632&gid=2&pgid=1522&cid=2995


Twitter post: CCJI to Hold Emmett Till Reauthorization Act Briefing on Capitol Hill cousin of #EmmettTill #DeborahWatts on panel http://news.syr.edu/ccji-to-hold-emmett-till-reauthorization-act-briefing-on-capitol-hill-29013/ 

Monday, September 5, 2016

Deborah Watts shares the powerful Legacy #EmmettTill


His cousin, who is also our co-founder #DeborahWatts shares the powerful Legacy of #EmmettTill, the documentary "Who Killed Emmett Till?" and exciting and empowering developments with the men at @Ujamaaplace @ujamaaplacemn Sept 8 in Minneapolis.. it's The Power of History from Tragedy to Triumph! Are you ready to join us, our ambassadors and special guests as we make an impact on our future today? Request a date for your group and city now!  Email us at info@emmetttilllegacyfoundation.com

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Wear Black and White Today, Remember Emmett Till 61st anniversary of his death


Today August 28, marks the 61st Anniversary of #EmmettTill 's death. It's #TimeForUnity in Black & White. Join the Emmett Till Family and many across the world as we keep Emmett's memory, precious life story and legacy alive.
*Wear your power Black and White colors for Unity on August 28.
*Take a pic or selfie,  post and share
*Pause for a moment of Silence at 12 noon.
*Say his name and all others who have lost their lives to hate and violence.
*Share his story with the next generation
* Contact your Congressman/ Congresswoman, urge them to support #TillBill2  Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Act 2016
#JusticeWillPrevail for victims families from 1970, now and future, each of them deserve it! You can make a difference today.

Thank you!
#blacklivesmatter #justicematters #civilrights #mamietillmobley #spiritofemmetttill #RememberingEmmettTill #EmmettTill61st #SpiritofMamieTillMobley
#MedalofFreedom4Mamie

Friday, August 19, 2016

Save the Date! A special CCJI Till Act Reauthorization event in Washington, D.C.! September 12, 2016


 
Save the Date!
Mark your calendars for this special CCJI Till Act Reauthorization event in Washington, D.C.!
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2016
4:30 – 7:00 p.m.Emmett Till Reauthorization Act
Light Refreshments
LOCATION
Capitol Visitor Center
Room HVC-215
Washington, D.C. 20510
It is time to pass the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016. Hear from families and experts who will discuss the importance of the Bill and its potential for positive impact on both the past and present.
QUESTIONS?
Contact: Emmett Till Legacy Foundation, INFO@EMMETTTILLLEGACYFOUNDATION.COM  763 476 8677
The Coalition for Reauthorization includes: The Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project — Cold Case Justice Initiative — Emmett Till Justice Campaign — Emmett Till Legacy Foundation — Emory University Civil Rights Cold Case Project — Leadership Conference on Civil Rights — Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation — NAACP — NAACP Legal Defense Fund — National Urban League — Southern Poverty Law Center.
 
Emmett Till Legacy Foundation
Mailing Address
 1161 Wayzata Blvd East, Suite 43
 Minneapolis, Minnesota 55391
 info@emmetttilllegacyfoundation.com
@emmetttill
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