• The National Weather Service reports that 1 trillion gallons of rain fell in Harris County over the past four days. There are reports that more than 50 inches of rain fell in a town just outside of Houston, topping the previous high of 48 inches set in 1978. Local officials have rescued more than 6,000 people trapped in their homes and an estimated 17 thousand are now staying in shelters.
• Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee from Houston spoke with Roland Martin during a #NewsOneNow / TJMS simulcast to discuss Harvey rescue and relief efforts as the storm has made landfall for the third time.
Rep. Lee explained those who are need of help should call 311 or 911 and that social media platforms are being monitored to help those who need to be evacuated.
• On Monday, 3,000 faith leaders and their congregants gathered in the nation’s capital to take part in the Ministers March for Justice — an event organized by Rev. Al Sharpton.
The march began at Martin Luther King Junior’s memorial and ended at the Department of Justice and took place on the 54th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom as well as the 62nd anniversary of the lynching of 14-year-old Emmit Till. Roland Martin and NewsOne Now attended the march to chronicle the rally where speakers challenged the Trump administration’s racist policies and issued a call to fight white supremacy and hate.
• Texas state officials got an assist from Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito who temporarily blocked a court order to redraw two of the state’s 36 Congressional districts.
• On Monday Governor of Illinois signed an automatic voter registration bill becoming the 10th state to pass this kind of bill.
• Roland Martin and NewsOne Now caught up with Starz’ “Survivor’s Remorse” cast members Erica Ash and Jessie T. Usher during this year’s American Black Film Festival. During their chat Martin, Ash and Usher discussed season 4 of the hit series.
• Today’s #HBCUGIvingDay school is Concordia College in Selma. To donate visit ccal.edu/donate. Donate NOW!
All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast