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Saturday, June 27, 2015

(Video) The Bravery of Bree Newsome: Activist Takes Down Confederate Flag at South Carolina Capitol

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Activist Bree Newsome on June 27, 2015, climbed atop the pole
at Columbia, South Carolina capitol building and removed
the Confederate Flag.
UPDATE: 2:15 pm ET - The Associated Press reports 45 minutes after activist Bree Newsome climbed atop of a pole in front of Columbia, South Carolina Capitol Building and removed the Confederate Flag, Governor Nikki Haley ordered the flag back up based on a questionable provision of State Law.
"The flag, which is protected by state law, was raised about 45 minutes later, well ahead of a rally later Saturday by supporters of keeping the flag where it is," AP reporters Emily Masters and Bruce Smith cited.
Michigan Filmmaker Michael Moore has offered to pay legal fees for Bree Newsome, and issued the statement in a Tweet on Saturday morning. 
Newsome and fellow activist James Ian Dyson have been charged by the State of South Carolina with criminal charges for defacing a "monument".

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Activist Bree Newsome climbed a flagpole in front of the Columbia, South Carolina capitol building early on Saturday, June 27, 2015 and removed the Confederate flag flying in front of the building.




Newsome's action came a day after President Barack Obama gave the eulogy for the late State Senator and Rev. Clementa Pincket who was murdered by confessed murderer and white supremacist Dylann Storm Roof, along with eight other people in Charleston's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church last week.

Newsome a 30-year-old African-American youth organizer from Charlotte, North Carolina, climbed the flagpole before 6am and took down the controversial emblem of the antebellum, slaveholding south, with the assistance of James Ian Dyson, a Caucasian activist.

The activist was halfway up the 30ft pole when three South Carolina Capitol police officers, two of whom were African-American, demanded that she climb back down, but Newsome continued upward and removed the flag.


South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley held a press conference on June 22, 2015, with Republican and Democratic Members of the State Legislator, Congressman James Clyburn (D) and Senator Tim Scott (R), both of whom are African-American, calling for the flag to be removed.

Since Haley's announcement, neither the South Carolina Assembly or the Governor herself have made any concrete movements to actually remove the Confederate Flag from State Capitol grounds.

CNN has reported Newsome and Dyson had been charged with defacing a monument.


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