2019-02-08: Social Media Postees

The Great Con of American Patriotism
Robert Scheer | truthdig.com | 2019-02-08
American soldiers born decades apart in the state of New York, Ron Kovic and Maj. Danny Sjursen, are two crucial dissenting voices that have experienced firsthand the futility and brutality of America's interventionist wars. Kovic, a marine veteran who was paralyzed in the Vietnam war, has spent the rest of his life fighting against the U.S. war machine. The film "Born on the Fourth of July," starring Tom Cruise, was based on his book, works he'd hoped would combine with his activism to dissuade young people from buying into the toxic patriotism that leads Americans to fight destructive, ultimately pointless wars…
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SOTU: These Are Dangerous Times, and Our Government is Largely to Blame
John W. Whitehead | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
"As I look at America today, I am not afraid to say that I am afraid." –Bertram Gross, Friendly Fascism: The New Face of Power in America These are dangerous times. Mind you, when I say that these are dangerous times, it is not because of violent crime, which remains at an all-time low, or…
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The Alt-Right and US Capitalism in Decay
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
In late 1934, the second edition of R. Palme Dutt's book titled Fascism and the Social Revolution was published. This book is an examination of the economic and political causes and nature of fascism. One of the most important sentences in the text appears in the introduction to this edition. It reads in part,…
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Why Ann Coulter Has Power: U.S. Politics are Authoritarian by Design
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
Recently a correspondent from overseas wrote to ask me how it is that Donald Trump perseveres with his absurd nativist demand — replete with threats of a second government shut-down or a Declaration of National Emergency — for a completed wall to stop a fake and racist brown menace on the southern United States border despite the fact that his demand and his threats are opposed by a solid majority of U.S.-Americans.
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U.S. Government Shutdown: Disagreement or Distraction?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-08
It's the biggest showdown of Donald Trump's presidency yet. The Democratic Party leadership are clashing swords with Trump's administration over the controversial border wall. The struggle has already resulted in the longest and most devastating government shutdown in U.S. history. Democrats have shut down our government in the interests of their far left base. […] | The post U.S. Government Shutdown: Disagreement or Distraction? appeared first on United World International.
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Don't Blame the Afghan Army for the Country's Poverty
Brian Cloughley | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
No matter what happens in Afghanistan, a most important factor in the region will continue to be the army of Pakistan which has had to move large numbers of troops to the border to counter revolutionary militants. In the event of civil war in Afghanistan, Pakistan will be subject to even more threat from over…
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After Dissent in Louisiana Abortion Case, Warnings That 'Kavanaugh Has Declared War on Roe v. Wade'
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-08
While relieved that the Supreme Court temporarily blocked state's anti-abortion law, NARAL says "it's a sobering reminder that our rights hang by a dangerously thin thread." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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#DefundHate: Progressives Tell Democrats Trump's Anti-Immigration Agenda 'Does Not Deserve a Dime' More
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-08
At a rally on Capitol Hill Thursday, two progressive freshman lawmakers whose own personal immigration experiences have helped inspire them to fight President Donald Trump's racist anti-immigration agenda, were among those demanding that Congress defund the agencies tasked with violating immigrants' and refugees' rights. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Tax Time is Bye Bye Trump Time
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2019-02-08
As predicted, as soon as people start filling out their tax forms, they realize, if they did not understand before, that Nazi Trump's election sales pitch of "helping" the average person was simply a billionaire enrichment scheme so that Billionaire Nazi Trump could steal from the National Treasury to make himself and his cronies richer, the only reason he had to run for office.
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Discover Systemic Institutional Racism Seeking to Destroy the Legacy of Negro Bar, CA
Khubaka, Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2019-02-08
Together, we can begin to quantify and qualify systemic institutional racism, ongoing disenfranchisement unique to "previous condition of servitude" and unacknowledged second class citizenship mandated by the 1849 California Constitutional Convention.
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White Supremacy and Capitalism: Why you can't abolish one without overthrowing the other
Revolution Books | indybay.org | 2019-02-08
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Political Scientist: Blackface Is a National Problem & Virginia's Top Officials Must Step Down
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-07
A reckoning about racism and sexual assault has left Virginia's government in disarray, with the state's top three elected officials–all Democrats–facing political crises that threaten to upend their careers and the state's leadership. The controversy that has enveloped Virginia since Governor Ralph Northam admitted last week to wearing blackface took a shocking turn Wednesday, when Attorney General Mark Herring also admitted to wearing blackface at a college party. Just days prior, Herring–who is second in line for Virginia's governorship–had called for Governor Northam to resign. The fir…
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Jessica J. Gonz√°lez Testifies Before Congress: Net Neutrality a Step Toward Remedying Structural Racism in Communications
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-02-07
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Trump-GOP Meeting Boosts Optimism About Reaching Border Deal
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-07
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump appears to be taking a more positive view of Capitol Hill talks on border security, according to negotiators who struck a distinctly optimistic tone after a White House meeting with a top Republican on the broad parameters of a potential bipartisan agreement. | Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby of Alabama said Thursday's session in the Oval Office was "the most positive meeting I've had in a long time" and that the president was "very reasonable." | Down Pennsylvania Avenue at the Capitol, the mood among negotiators was distinctly upbeat, with participants…
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Headlines for February 7, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-07
Professor Details Sexual Assault Allegations Against Virginia Lt. Gov., Virginia AG Mark Herring Says He Wore Blackface at 1980 College Party, NASA and NOAA Data Show 2018 Was Among Hottest Years on Record, House Democrats Hold Hearing on Bill to Expand Gun Background Checks, House Advances Bill to End U.S. Support for Saudi-Led War in Yemen, Taliban Says U.S. Has Agreed to Halve Its Afghanistan Troop Presence, Honduran Prosecutors: Energy Executive Masterminded Berta Cáceres Murder, New Mexico Governor Withdraws National Guard from U.S.-Mexico Border, Pentagon Deploys 3,750 Additional Troops to U.S.-Mexico Borde…
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In Zapata's shadow, Minneapolis says "Yes" to refugees
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-07
Minneapolis, MN – A sizable crowd gathered at the base of the statue of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata at South Minneapolis's Plaza Centenario, February 2, for an event titled "Rally Against the Wall." The demonstration was initiated by Minnesota Caravan Solidarity/Minnesota en Solidaridad con la Caravana, a coalition of international solidarity and immigrants' rights groups in Minnesota's Twin Cities. About 90 demonstrators chanted in support of the refugees travelling in large groups from Central American countries like Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador to seek asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border and cond…
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Blackface Is a National Problem and Virginia's Top Officials Must Step Down
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-02-07
A reckoning about racism and sexual assault has left Virginia's government in disarray, with the state's top three elected officials — all Democrats — facing political crises that threaten to upend their careers and the state's leadership. The controversy that has enveloped Virginia since Governor Ralph Northam admitted last week to wearing blackface took a shocking turn Wednesday, when Attorney General Mark Herring also admitted to wearing blackface at a college party. Just days prior, Herring — who is second in line for Virginia's governorship — had called for Governor Northam to resi…
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'This Needs to Happen Nationally': Ohio City Ditches Columbus Day to Make Election Day Paid Holiday
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-07
Heeding a call by progressives including voting rights and indigenous rights groups alike, the city of Sandusky, Ohio will swap Columbus Day for Election Day as a paid holiday—allowing all city workers to take Election Day off so they can vote. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Russia exploited 'racist, sexist, anti-Semitic' US to divide people, tweets 'insane' Kamala Harris
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-07
A California senator and media-appointed frontrunner for the 2020 Democratic nomination has finally managed to unravel the conundrum of so-called Russian 'interference' in the 2016 election — it's so simple you won't believe it. | …
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Spanish state vs Catalonia: putting a political trial on trial
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-07
On February 12, the trial of 12 Catalan politicians and social movement leaders involved in the October 1, 2017 independence referendum is set to begin in the Spanish Supreme Court. | The leaders face sanctions as harsh as 25 year's jail for their alleged offences — rebellion, sedition and embezzlement of public funds. | It is the first of three trials. Other defendants, including former police chief, José Lluís Trapero, will face the National High Court. Those members of the Catalan parliament who allowed discussion and voting on the referendum enabling law will face the High Court of Justice of Catalonia…
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Fighting Racism With a Racist in the White House
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-02-07
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation and editor of How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective, talked to Socialist Worker about the state of Black America and the next steps in the anti-racist struggle in the era of Trump. | Socialist Worker: Ten years ago, Barack Obama was inaugurated as the first Black presid…
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Let's let Venezuela pick its own leaders
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-07
In 1996, when I was working in Nicaragua, I attended a conference in El Salvador and met a charismatic former army officer from Venezuela called Hugo Chávez. | In a long discussion, Chávez explained how he was building an alliance between patriotic military officers and working people. They were seeking to win the next elections and use the country's oil wealth to improve the quality of life for the poor. | Within 18 months of our conversation, Chávez was elected Venezuela's president. | His government didn't just promise, it delivered communes, land reform, health clinics, literacy and schools, and won majorit…
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Activists Avoid Jail in U.K. After Blocking Plane From Deporting Migrants
Rebecca Nathanson | theintercept.com | 2019-02-07
On Wednesday morning, a group of British activists entered Chelmsford Crown Court, about 30 miles northeast of London, carrying backpacks and tote bags stuffed full. The Stansted 15, as the group has become known, had arrived for a sentencing hearing, and some of them had come prepared to face years in jail. In December, the activists were found guilty of committing a terrorism-related offense after they broke into an airport and blocked the departure of a government-chartered plane that was set to deport migrants and asylum-seekers. | But the group need not have packed their bags. Twelve of the defendants receiv…
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NYT Reports on 'Perception' of Subway Danger–but Can't Perceive Racism
Neil deMause | fair.org | 2019-02-06
As is usually the case, the answer to the headline's question (New York Times, 2/4/19) is "no." | In recent months, most of the media coverage of New York's subway system has been focused on the staggering cost to keep it in good working order and whether there's a better way to run city transit.
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"Liar-in-Chief": Rep. Ilhan Omar Slams Trump's SOTU Remarks on Border, Venezuela, Israel & More
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-06
In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Trump called for bipartisan unity while he attacked Democrats and the Robert Mueller investigation, denounced efforts to expand abortion rights in Virginia and New York, attacked immigrants and reiterated his demand for a border wall–with no mention of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, which delayed his address by a week. Women in Congress wore all white to the speech in a nod to the movement for women's suffrage. After the address, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams made history, becoming the first African-Americ…
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Headlines for February 6, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-06
Trump Attacks Immigrants, Abortion Rights, Democratic Investigations in SOTU, Stacey Abrams Slams Gov't Shutdown, Voter Suppression in SOTU Response, School Apologizes for Racist Yearbook Photos as VA Gov. Northam Resists Resignation, Pope Francis Acknowledges Priests Sexually Abused Nuns, Ex-President of Costa Rica Accused of Sexual Assault, At Least 29 Haitian Migrants Killed in Shipwreck, Taliban Attacks Kill 50 in Afghanistan, CNN: Saudis Gave U.S. Weapons to al-Qaeda, Other Militants in Yemen, CENTCOM Head Was Not Notified of U.S. Troop Withdrawal from Syria, Anti-BDS Lawsuit Against Salaita & American Studi…
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Ana María Archila: Brett Kavanaugh's Presence at SOTU Represented Failure of U.S. Democracy
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-06
As we continue to discuss President Trump's State of the Union, we are joined by Ana María Archila, co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy. She attended the address as a guest of New York Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In September, Archila made headlines when she, along with another woman, Maria Gallagher, confronted Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona in an elevator after he announced his support for Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. Shortly after the confrontation, Sen. Flake called for a delay of the Senate vote pending a limited FBI investigation.
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How to Shine a Light on U.S. Government Surveillance of Americans
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-06
Before Congress votes to reauthorize key spying laws, it must demand answers. | This year, Congress must vote on reauthorizing provisions of the Patriot Act that are due to expire — including Section 215, which the government abused for years to illegally collect Americans' phone records in bulk. As this debate gets underway, both Congress and the public need some answers. | In 2015, Congress passed the USA Freedom Act to reform parts of the Patriot Act and make other much-needed changes to the government's surveil…
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Accommodating Asylum-Seekers and Migrants with Disabilities
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-06
"If I stayed in Honduras, I was going to die," said José Medrano (not his real name), a 31-year-old man with a physical disability and a wheelchair user I met last week in a shelter for asylum seekers and migrants in Mexico City. He complained of his home country's lack of rehabilitation services and substandard medical treatment. | José Medrano (not his real name) a Honduran man with a disability on his way to the US border. | © 2019 Libertad Hernández | José is among hundreds of Central Americans heading to the Unit…
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VA Governor Northam Won't Address Racist Reality, Runs From Blackface Past
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-06
The reemergence of Blackface as an issue, around Gov. Northam's inaction, exposes the depth of American racism. Our panel with Jacqueline Luqman and Eddie Conway explores the topic | The post VA Governor Northam Won't Address Racist Reality, Runs From Blackface Past appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Headlines for February 5, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-05
Venezuela: European Leaders, Lima Group Recognize Guaidó as President, VA Gov. Northam Delays Resignation Decision over Racist Yearbook Photo, VA Lt. Gov. Fairfax Denies 2004 Sexual Assault Accusation, Old Photo of Sen. McConnell in Front of Confederate Flag Resurfaces, Dems Invite Targets of Trump Policies to SOTU Address, Trump to Nominate David Malpass to Head World Bank, Trump to Nominate Ex-Oil Lobbyist Bernhardt as Head of Interior Dept., Iraqi President Salih Blasts Trump for Saying U.S. Troops Will Monitor Iran from Iraq, Somalia: Al-Shabab Claims Car Bomb & Shooting That Kills At Least 12, U.K. Panel: Sa…
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NAACP Weekly News Update 01/27/19 to 02/05/19
Rachel Johnson | naacp.org | 2019-02-05
Check out this weeks news articles featuring the NAACP ABC News (VIDEO): NAACP president: I don't see how Northam can survive racist yearbook photo fallout Derrick Johnson, the president of the NAACP, said on Sunday that he doesn't see how Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam can survive the fallout of a racist yearbook photo that emerged on Friday. […] | The post NAACP Weekly News Update | 01/27/19 to 02/05/19 appeared first on NAACP.
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"Change Is Taking Too Long" — Cabinet Member Speaks Out Amid Gov. Ralph Northam's Blackface Fallout
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-02-05
Pressure for Ralph Northam to resign mounts after a photo surfaced of a man in blackface, initially understood to be Northam, next to a man in KKK robes. | The post "Change Is Taking Too Long" — Cabinet Member Speaks Out Amid Gov. Ralph Northam's Blackface Fallout appeared first on The Intercept.
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Louisiana Tests the New Supreme Court on Abortion
Jordan Smith | theintercept.com | 2019-02-05
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide this week whether to intervene in a case that could lead to the closure of all but one abortion clinic in Louisiana. | The post Louisiana Tests the New Supreme Court on Abortion appeared first on The Intercept.
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UPDATE: Students and Faculty Plan Walkout Over Johns Hopkins' ICE Contract
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-05
"ICE is a racist institution that terrorizes black and brown communities and violates the human rights of the families it separates," says one Hopkins professor. | The post UPDATE: Students and Faculty Plan Walkout Over Johns Hopkins' ICE Contract appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Headlines for February 4, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-04
Calls Mount for VA Gov. Northam to Resign over Racist Yearbook Photo, Trump Sends Aid to Venezuela, Says Military Intervention "An Option", Trump: U.S. Should Maintain Troops in Iraq to "Watch" Iran, Trump Floats Another Gov't Shutdown or Nat'l Emergency over Border Wall Funding, El Salvador Elects Outsider Nayib Bukele as President, Mexico Denies Entry to U.S Lawyers & Journalists Working with Migrants, Iraq: Gunman Shoots Novelist Alaa Mashzoub, Amnesty Int'l: Boko Haram Killed At Least 60 in Nigeria Attack Last Week, Russia Suspends INF in Response to U.S. Withdrawal, U.N.: At Least 29 Children Died on Way to…
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The Supreme Court Is Considering Whether the Government Can Dodge the First Amendment by Outsourcing Its Power
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-04
A case about a video banned from public access cable TV could have important implications for our constitutional rights. | The First Amendment bars the government from censoring speech that it doesn't like. That rule also goes for a private organization that takes on a government role. But when exactly is an organization considered a stand-in for the government? The Supreme Court will soon hear a case to decide. | Before smartphones, the internet, and digital cameras, it wasn't easy to get your videos in front of…
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Virginia Legislative Black Caucus: Governor Northam Must Resign over Blackface Yearbook Photo
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-04
Calls are mounting for Democratic Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to resign after a photo surfaced from his medical school yearbook page showing a man wearing blackface posing next to a man wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit. On Friday, Northam apologized for the photo in his 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook. However, on Saturday, he reversed course and claimed neither of the men in the racist yearbook photo was him as he initially thought. As Northam resisted growing calls for his resignation, he admitted to a separate instance of blackface: darkening his face to imitate Michael Jackson in a 1984 dance c…
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Historian: Americans Must Face Violent History of Blackface Amid Virginia Gov. Racist Photo Scandal
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-04
We discuss the history behind calls for Democratic Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to resign after a photo surfaced on his 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook page showing a man wearing blackface posing next to a man wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit. The yearbook also features an image of a white man in a wig, dress and black face. The photo's caption reads, "'Baby Love,' who ever thought Diana Ross would make it to Medical School!" Another photo in the yearbook shows three men in blackface. We are joined by Rhae Lynn Barnes, assistant professor of American cultural history at Princeton University and auth…
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Unexpected Dangers for Fleeing Saudi Women
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-04

| January 30, 2019 Video | Saudi Arabia: 10 Reasons Why Women Flee: | Rahaf al-Qunun, the Saudi woman who managed to successfully flee her allegedly abusive family, has shed new light on the countless women trapped under the abusive male guardianship system in Saudi Arabia. Women face systematic discrimination and are left exposed to domestic violence under the male guardianship system and have few places to…
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Neomi Rao, Nominee to Replace Brett Kavanaugh, Heads Agency That's Been Stalling Sexual Harassment Guidance
David Dayen | theintercept.com | 2019-02-04
Neomi Rao has been tapped for the D.C. Circuit, and is already on the GOP shortlist for a future Supreme Court spot. | The post Neomi Rao, Nominee to Replace Brett Kavanaugh, Heads Agency That's Been Stalling Sexual Harassment Guidance appeared first on The Intercept.
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Congress, Don't Give DHS Unrestricted Authority to Build a 'Smart Wall'
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-01
What Congress must do to ensure that border technology doesn't trample on the rights of border communities. | On Thursday, House Democrats unveiled their proposal for a $55 billion Department of Homeland Security budget. The proposal includes some strong provisions — including no funding for a border wall, no new Border Patrol agents, and a requirement for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to cut its detention of immigrants and phase out the jailing of immigrant families. But there are also a number of troubling elements, ch…
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ICE Partners Again With a Sheriff It Once Severed Ties With Because of Racial Profiling
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-01
Sheriff Terry Johnson is known for racial profiling. He just secured $2.8 million in taxpayer funding to do ICE's bidding. | Whether it's Jeff Sessions, Stephen Miller, or Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the Trump administration has a real knack for empowering and absolving people who push discriminatory law enforcement and immigration policy. Now there's another name to add to that list: Sheriff Terry Johnson of Alamance County in North Carolina. Six years after the federal government severed ties with Sheriff Johnson for his office's discriminatory policing of Latinx residents, Uncle Sam and the Alamance County Sheriff's O…
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The Same Media That Opposed Democracy in South Africa Now Warn Against It in Israel/Palestine
Gregory Shupak | fair.org | 2019-02-01
Richard Neely wrote in the New York Times ( 9/20/81), "Whites are not just potentially at war against nonwhites — everyone is potentially at war against everyone else," suggesting the inevitable demise of Asians in South Africa under a one person, one vote system. | When apartheid reigned in South Africa, Western media commentary frequently suggested that if a one person, one vote system were adopted, black South Africans would massacre whites, oppress them or force them to flee. The same line of…
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'There Is No Such Thing as a Nonracist'
Bill Lueders | progressive.org | 2019-02-01
An Interview with Ibram X. Kendi…
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Headlines for January 31, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-31
Venezuela: U.S. Urges Military to Back Guaidó as Protesters Take to Streets, Reuters: UAE Hired Ex-NSA Agents to Spy on Opponents and Critics, Congress Reintroduces War Powers Resolution to End War on Yemen, Trump Hits Back After Intelligence Chiefs Contradict Him on Iran, N. Korea, Israeli Forces Kill Teenage Palestinian Girl at West Bank Checkpoint, Israel: Thousands of Israeli Ethiopians Protest Racism, Police Brutality, Migrants: Scores Killed in 2 Boat Wrecks Off Djibouti Coast, Humanitarian Ship Docks in Italy After European Nations Agree to Process Migrants, Colombia: 2 Community Leaders Killed Amid Mounti…
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Dialogue: Women's March Leaders on Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, Racism & More
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-31
Thousands took to the streets for women's marches across the country on January 19, exactly two years after Donald Trump's inauguration sparked a burgeoning women's movement. But some of this year's marches were steeped in controversy. In November, Teresa Shook, one of the founders of the Women's March movement, called for the removal of the four national co-chairs: Bob Bland, Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez and Linda Sarsour. She accused them of allowing "anti-Semitism, anti-LBGTQIA sentiment and hateful, racist rhetoric to become a part of the platform." Much of the criticism focused on links between some of the c…
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"RBG" Documentary Nominated for Academy Award as Supreme Court Justice Recovers from Lung Surgery
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-31
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently missed oral arguments as she continues to recover after having two tumors removed from her lung last month. But the Supreme Court has said she is cancer-free and that the 85-year-old, now three-time cancer-surviving justice, has been reviewing arguments and weighing in on cases from home. Meanwhile, the documentary "RBG" about her life has been nominated for an Academy Award. At the Sundance Film Festival, we speak with Julie Cohen, one of the film's directors.
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What Breastfeeding Has to Do With Economic Security
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-01-31
A recent study from the Center for WorkLife Law reveals the heavy toll of breastfeeding discrimination and the pressing need for more protections. | The discrimination began almost immediately after Barbara, an emergency room nurse, returned from maternity leave. Like most breastfeeding parents, Barbara needed to pump regularly to keep up her milk supply and prevent infection. But while her co-workers got smoke breaks, Barbara wasn't allowed to take time to pump, leaving her in pain: "I'd feel like my breasts [were] bursting," she said. | When she did get breaks, Barbara found herself expressing breast milk for h…
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Stacey Abrams: "We Have to Work Harder" Than Those Who Would Suppress the Vote
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-31
Democrats have selected former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams to deliver the response to President Trump's State of the Union address. The address will take place on Tuesday, after being delayed due to the government shutdown. Abrams will become the first person not in public office to respond to the president, as well as the first African-American woman to deliver the response. She recently launched Fair Fight Action, a voting rights advocacy group, after she narrowly lost Georgia's governor's race to Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who was widely accused of suppressing the vote. In mid-November, A…
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