Following the controversy over the Confederate Flag, as well as the continuing debate over the R*dskins symbol, one historian reportedly looks at the Saints’ logo, the fleur de lis, as a symbol reminiscent of slavery.

Off The Grid From our friends at The Global Dispatch, one slave historian allegedly has expressed concerns over the NFL’s New Orleans Saints’ logo: “As an African I find it painful, and I think people whose ancestors were enslaved here may feel it even harder than I do as an African,” said slave historian Dr. Ibrahima Seck

What does it all mean? What’s really at stake? And what happens after this?

Off The Grid The United States government and five other countries – Britain, France, Russia, Germany and China – are entering final negotiations today with Iran in Vienna, Austria. The deal’s aim: to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.  The deal imposes restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program and allows for outside inspections to ensure the country is meeting

According to PBS, Bernie Sanders is “gaining against Clinton in early polls.”

Off The Grid Bernie’s definitely got momentum. The question is, can Bernie keep it going for another year and a half and take the democratic nomination from those lining Hillary’s pockets?  It’s possible Bernie could win all the elections and still not get the nomination from the Democratic Party because, technically, he’s still an Independent. He just joined

NPR reports “President Obama has commuted the sentences of 46 mostly nonviolent drug offenders, nearly all of whom, the White House says, would have already served their time if they were convicted of the same crime today.”

Jen Hobbs Obama has now issued close to 90 commutations to mostly non-violent offenders.  Last year the president commuted the sentences of eight people. Here are the 46 people whose sentences Obama commuted today, and according to NPR, most of these people faced at least 20 years behind bars and 14 of them had been prepared to spend the rest

Michigan is allegedly parting ways with prison food vendor Aramark by “mutual agreement” and moving to a new contractor, Trinity Services Group, the state announced today.

Jen Hobbs According to Lansing State Journal, a transition will begin on July 29 for a new contractor to provide prison food to inmates on Sept. 9 — that’s “three months shy of the two-year mark of Aramark’s three-year, $145-million contract with the state of Michigan.” Why is the State of Michigan ending its contract with Aramark? The Free Press, using the

The Pentagon has confirmed that it has indeed lost an MQ-1 Gray Eagle drone in Iraq.

Jen Hobbs Buzzfeed reports that a spokesperson from the Pentagon stated “an MQ-1 crashed on its way to its recovery base in Iraq” after “technical complications caused a loss of communication.”  The incident actually occurred on July 16th but has only now come to light after several images of the downed drone made their way online. Local Iraqi villagers found

The Institute for Justice reports that civil forfeiture laws allow the government to take cash, businesses, cars, homes and other property suspected of being involved in criminal activity. Here’s how law enforcement abuses the system.

Brigida Santos Civil forfeiture laws allow the government to take cash, businesses, cars, homes and other property suspected of being involved in criminal activity. What’s so crazy is that the property owner doesn’t even have to be charged with or convicted of a crime to permanently lose his or her property, as is the case with criminal forfeiture.  Related Story Cop

Sen. Bernie Sanders is pushing new legislation to raise the minimum wage for all workers to $15 an hour. The Democratic presidential candidate will introduce the minimum wage bill Wednesday. Sanders has long called for a $15 minimum wage, but this is the first bill he is introducing to do so. It’s believed to be the highest minimum wage that has ever been proposed by legislation in Congress.

Off The Grid   I’d like to see them implement a maximum wage. If you can’t live off of $100,000,000 a year, there’s something wrong with you. There’s not a person on the planet that should make more than that in one year. What could you possible spend it all on? Related Story Jesse Ventura: Bernie

Troy Goode, 30, was a chemical engineer and married father of one from Cordova, Tennessee, who suffered from asthma.After attending a concert this past Saturday, he died while in police custody.

Off The Grid According to reports, Troy Goode, who suffered from asthma and carried an inhaler, died after allegedly being hogtied and placed facedown on a stretcher by police following a Widespread Panic concert in Mississippi. The Goode family attorney claims a witness overheard Troy telling police could not breathe.   Related Story Off The Grid: Prison Inmates

New York lawmakers are warning that victims of the 9/11 attacks could lose financial support as soon as next year if Congress doesn’t renew the financial aid fund.

Off The Grid The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund will expire in October 2016, according to a report by The Hill, if Congress doesn’t reauthorize it.   What’s worse?  Only a quarter of the compensation claims have reportedly been resolved to this date.   Related Story Off The Grid: Prison Inmates May Soon Be Getting Federal Money for College

The Miami Herald’s Julie K. Brown reports that a prison guard, who blew the whistle on inmate abuse at the facility he worked at, is now paying the price for doing so.

Off The Grid In a detailed report published in the Miami Herald, reporter Julie K. Brown unveils the injustice and fallout a prison guard faced after he blew the whistle on the correctional facility he was stationed at.  According to Brown,  John Pisciotta was an officer at the Charlotte Correctional Institution in Punta Gorda, Florida, for the last