NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Breaking Down The No Bill, No Break Sit In, SCOTUS Ruling On Illegal Stops Puts Americans At Risk For Increased Scrutiny By Cops


Rep. Emanuel Cleaver Explains The Origins Of Historic “No Bill, No Break” Sit-In

Chaos exploded on the floor of the House of Representatives last night when Speaker Paul Ryan attempted to take back control of the chamber.

Democrats, led by civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis, took over the floor earlier in the day to conduct a sit-in to force votes on gun control.

Not long after the shouts of “no bill, no break” began, House Speaker Paul Ryan ended the session and C-SPAN’s official camera feed was shut off.

The move did not deter Democrats from continuing; instead they began live-streaming the protest on Periscope.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver spoke with Roland Martin, host of NewsOne Now, and guest co-host Laura Coates about Wednesday’s sit-in protest that captured the attention of the nation and went viral on social media platforms.

SCOTUS Ruling On Illegal Searches Opens Americans Up To Increased Scrutiny

The Supreme Court examined a case out of Utah that questioned whether it was constitutional for evidence collected unlawfully by a police officer to be used as evidence in court.

In a five-to-three decision, the court ruled the evidence does not violate the Fourth Amendment because the evidence seized weakened the unlawful stop.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor disagreed, and says stops like this are all too familiar for people of color. In her dissent, she uses James Baldwin‘s The Fire Next Time, W.E.B. Du Bois‘s The Souls of Black Folk, and Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me to support her argument.

The Justice says those works describe what it’s like living with the constant fear that you could be susceptible to unconstitutional searches. She also stated in her dissent the court’s ruling corrodes “all our civil liberties and threatens all our lives.”

Danielle Blevins, a Supreme Court Correspondent, told NewsOne Now guest host Laura Coates, “The protections that we had against police officers — not just police, also the FBI — taking us and our belongings” no longer applies.

Wells Fargo Celebrates Black Business Owners Working To Change Their Communities

There are over 2 million Black-owned businesses in America. Many of these entities serve as the backbone of their neighborhoods by supplying jobs and services to the community.

In a new initiative sponsored by Wells Fargo, compassionate small businesses are being celebrated for giving back to their communities.

DigiDoc, a Washington, D.C. based company, is being highlighted by the provider of consumer and corporate financial services in their “Working Together” initiative.

The company, led by Chief Executive Officer Darryl Wiggins and Chief Operating Officer Janel Merritt, provides business improvement solutions and document management services.

Wiggins and Merritt joined guest host Laura Coates on NewsOne Now to discuss their business-community connection and how it is beneficial to all involved.

All that and more in this special edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast

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