Special to The Dallas Examiner
In the middle of the night on Friday, the Dallas County Republican Party filed a lawsuit to remove 128 Democratic candidates off the 2018 Democratic Primary ballot in Dallas County. Congressional, state legislative, judicial and other local candidates are among those whose filings are being challenged by the DCRP.
“Texas Republicans are constantly looking for ways to disenfranchise minority voters. They have done it at the state level in Austin and now they are trying to do it at the local level in Dallas County. The vast majority of the Democratic candidates who were targeted by the DCRP’s frivolous lawsuit are minorities. This is just the latest attempt by Texas Republicans to take away the ability of minority voters to elect candidates of their choice,” stated Texas State Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas, one of the candidates targeted by the DCRP
“To try and knock over 100 mostly minority candidates off another party’s primary ballot is simply unheard of. I have known and respected people on the other side of the aisle for decades who would never have dreamt of doing something like this. The Republican Party, which has become the party of voter suppression nationally, has hit a new low in Texas.”
(AP) – Lyndo Jones, a Black man shot by a police officer who mistook him for a thief as he tried to unlock his own truck, has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the Dallas suburb where the shooting happened and the since-fired officer.
Jones, who was injured in the November shooting, filed the lawsuit Jan. 18, saying his recovery has been “fraught with multiple returns to emergency rooms.”
The lawsuit seeks “answers and compensation” from former officer Derick Wiley and the city of Mesquite.
Wiley, who also is Black, was fired for use-of-force violations after the shooting. A grand jury indicted him in December on an aggravated assault charge.
A spokesman for Mesquite said the city had no comment on the lawsuit.
Employers from across the city will participate in the Dallas West Branch Library Career Fair, Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free for job seekers age 18 and over. No registration required. Attendees are encouraged to “dress for success” and bring plenty of resumes. The library is located at 2332 Singleton Blvd.
The Great Plains Regional Office of UNICEF USA will host the first UNICEF Gala Dallas Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. Funds raised at the event will support organization’s work to save and improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children.
The evening will honor Rob and Sheryl Lowe with the Global Philanthropist Award for their work in raising awareness both locally and globally for women, education and children’s rights. The Kimberly-Clark Corporation will be the recipient of the UNICEF Children First Award for their commitment to raising awareness and funds for organization. Brooke Burke-Charvet will serve as master of ceremonies with a feature performance by Skylar Grey.
The gala will be held at The Ritz-Carlton, located at 2121 McKinney Ave. For more information and tickets, visit http://www.unicefdallas.org.