2019-02-11: Social Media Postees

Denouncing Socialism, Practicing Fascism
Richard Falk | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-11
With Trump the silences are usually as expressive of his intentions as the incoherent dogmas. Indeed, his Second State of the Union Address (delivered in Congress on February 5, 2019) gives a clear insight into the political mentality of tormentor … | The post Denouncing Socialism, Practicing Fascism appeared first on Global Research.
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Cubs Ownership Has a Racism Problem
Dave Zirin | thenation.com | 2019-02-11
Cubs Ownership Has a Racism Problem…
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Glenn Greenwald Defends Rep. Ilhan Omar: Criticizing Israeli Lobby & AIPAC Is Not Anti-Semitic
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-11
Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of Minnesota is facing criticism today after commenting on a tweet by Glenn Greenwald. On Sunday, Greenwald tweeted, "GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy threatens punishment for @IlhanMN and @RashidaTlaib over their criticisms of Israel. It's stunning how much time US political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means attacking free speech rights of Americans." Rep. Omar retweeted his post and added the line: "It's all about the Benjamins baby." She later named AIPAC as the organization paying American politicians to be pro-Israel.
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Trapped Emirati Woman Rejected Asylum in Macedonia
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-11
An Emirati woman who fled her family is currently trapped in a detention center in North Macedonia where her claim for asylum has been rejected. | RELATED: | Saudi Woman Arrives in Canada After Being Granted Asylum | The woman's friends claim her request for asylum was rejected because of pressure by the Emirati government on Macedonia's authority, accord…
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Guatemalan Migrants Go Into Hiding in North Carolina
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-11
Guatemalan migrants living in North Carolina are hunkering down inside their homes in fear of being detained by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during one of their raids. | RELATED: | Guatemala: Amnesty Reform Would Excuse Those Guilty of Genocide | "I have lived here [Charlotte] for 16 years and it had never been this hard. There…
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Anti-War protesters say 'No' to Klobuchar presidential bid
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-11
Minneapolis, MN – A contingent of demonstrators braved the cold and dense snowfall, February 10, establishing an anti-war presence at Boom Island Park, where Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar announced her 2020 presidential bid. | Klobuchar has a long history of voting with Republicans on the issues of foreign intervention and militarism, to include voting "Yea" on bills that imposed economic sanctions on Syria and Iran, added $61 billion to the defense budget, extended the expiration date of the PATRIOT Act, and authorized President Trump to transfer precision guided munitions to the Israeli apartheid regime. She…
http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/2/11/a…

When Right-Wing Fundraising Goes Wrong: An Alaska Militia Founder Is Suing His Onetime Benefactors
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-11
Alaska militiaman Schaeffer Cox needed help and he knew it.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/02/11/when-…

Negotiations Hit Snag as Shutdown Deadline Approaches
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-11
WASHINGTON — As the White House refused to rule out the possibility that the federal government may shut down again, negotiators clashed over whether to limit the number of migrants authorities can detain, creating a new hurdle for a border security compromise Congress can accept. | With a Friday deadline approaching, the two sides remained separated over how much to spend on President Donald Trump's promised border wall. But rising to the fore on Sunday was a related dispute over curbing Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, the federal agency that Republicans see as an emblem of tough immigration p…
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Trump Aims to Turn Border Debate His Way With El Paso Rally
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-11
Risking yet another government shutdown, the president is making a renewed push to secure funding for his long-promised wall. | The post Trump Aims to Turn Border Debate His Way With El Paso Rally appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Trump Is Exploiting the National Guard
Rebecca Gordon | thenation.com | 2019-02-11
Trump Is Exploiting the National Guard…
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279K US Born Immigrants in Danger Due to Trump's Policies
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-11
Around 279,000 United States-born children are in danger if the U.S. Congress fails to pass a law regulating the permanent status of some 300,000 immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, and Honduras. These migrants are covered by the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and some of them have been residing in the U.S. for more than two decades. | RELATED: | US: Border Arrests of Migrant Families Rose 290% Since October | The Center for American Progress (CAP) published a report Monday tha…
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Western Media Fall in Lockstep for Cheap Trump/Rubio Venezuela Aid PR Stunt
Adam Johnson, FAIR | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-11
FAIR's Adam Johnson unravels some press mistruths about the USAID on the Venezuelan border.
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Ilhan Omar's Criticism of Israeli Lobby and AIPAC Is Not Anti-Semitic
Shared by Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2019-02-11
Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of Minnesota is facing criticism today after commenting on a tweet by Glenn Greenwald. On Sunday, Greenwald tweeted, "GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy threatens punishment for @IlhanMN and @RashidaTlaib over their criticisms of Israel. It's stunning how much time US political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means attacking free speech rights of Americans." Rep. Omar retweeted his post and added the line: "It's all about the Benjamins baby." She later named AIPAC as the organization paying American politicians to be pro-Israel. | Transcript: | AMY GOODMA…
truthout.org/video/ilhan-omars-criticism…

'Back to school necklaces': Outcry after Long Island school posts bizarre noose poster
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-11
A Long Island middle school is under fire over a classroom collage depicting two nooses as "back to school necklaces," which has been described a highly offensive and racist by shocked locals. | …
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Trump Says 42 Million Want to Come Here. But 52 Million Want Out
Shared by Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2019-02-11
I 'm sure everyone will be relieved to know that the long three-month drought is over. President Trump is getting back in the saddle and will be giving his first rally of 2019 on Monday. Feel the magic! | He'll be visiting El Paso, Texas, the border city he erroneously claimed in the State of the Union was one of the most dangerous cities in the country until they put up a "wall" (which is actually a fence.) In reality, it was one of the safest cities in the country before the fence and remains one of the safest today. But he's going to go there and tell his local fans that they can believe him or they can bel…
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In Twitter Thread, Rep. Jayapal Rips Trump's "Wild Claims and Lies" on Manufactured Border Crisis
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-11
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) took to social media on Monday to debunk President Donald Trump's "wild claims and lies" about asylum-seekers at the southern border. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Elliott Abrams: The War Criminal Running US Policy in Venezuela
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-11
The recently named US Special Envoy on Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, is back in the halls of power after a career of supporting dictators, violence and genocide around the world | The post Elliott Abrams: The War Criminal Running US Policy in Venezuela appeared first on The Real News Network.
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White Supremacy and Capitalism: Why you can't abolish one without overthrowing the other
Revolution Books | indybay.org | 2019-02-11
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'All about the Benjamins': Ilhan Omar sparks Twitter backlash over 'anti-Semitic' post
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-11
Rep Ilhan Omar's tweet that US politicians' support for Israel is 'all about the Benjamins' sparked a furious backlash on Twitter, with cries of anti-Semitism from some, while others detailed the Israeli lobby's influence. | …
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Geneva Politicians Vote to Propose Julian Assange Asylum
SWI | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-10
The Geneva city parliament has adopted a motion demanding that the Swiss government offer asylum to controversial WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. | The somewhat surprising resolution was the result of an hour-long debate on Wednesday evening, framed in the context … | The post Geneva Politicians Vote to Propose Julian Assange Asylum appeared first on Global Research.
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2 Migrant Caravans Detained at US-Mexico Border
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-10
Two groups of migrant caravans were detained by the United States Border Patrol at the U.S.-Mexico border. | RELATED: | Chomsky, Others Slam Trump's Hardened Immigration Policies | One group of 325 undocumented migrant caravan members was detained at the Arizona-Mexico border by the Border Patrol of Tuscan Thursday. | On Friday, another group of 290 undocumented migrants was arrested after crossing the border in the area of southwestern New Mexico. They were arrested near Antelope W…
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How the U.S. Weaponized the Border Wall
Greg Grandin | theintercept.com | 2019-02-10
Migrants die and disappear in staggeringly high numbers along the U.S.-Mexico border, as Washington over the years has shut down relatively safe, traditional urban entry points, forcing border crossers into hostile desert terrain. Migrants also sustain severe life-threatening or crippling injuries. They fall into mine shafts and break their backs. Dehydration damages their kidneys. Others are bitten by snakes or injured in chases. The tall metal fences that run as barriers along segments of the border also serve as weapons. Migrants sever limbs climbing the barriers and break bones falling off them. | "Border-rel…
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Western Media Fall in Lockstep for Cheap Trump/Rubio Venezuela Aid PR Stunt
Adam Johnson | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-10
(FAIR) — The Trump administration's now completely overt effort to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro had a very successful public relations effort this week, as major Western media outlets uniformly echoed its simplistic, pre-packaged claim that the Venezuelan government was heartlessly withholding foreign aid: Tensions Rise as Venezuela Blocks Border Bridge in Standoff Over Aid (CNN, 2/7/19) Maduro Blocks …

Western Media Fall in Lockstep for Cheap Trump/Rubio Venezuela Aid PR Stunt

Trump says Democrats seek new shutdown as distraction from scandals, as border talks stall
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-10
As US border security talks apparently reach another stalemate with a new government shutdown looming on the horizon, President Donald Trump has blamed Democrats for the development by saying they need a distraction. | …
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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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Honoring Frank Robinson's legacy
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-08
Wouldn't it be incredible sport fans if we could say racism in the big leagues ended the day Jackie Robinson Broke the color line? Or when then the first African-American major league manager was hired? Or…or. or… There were countless moments in history where the scourge of racism in sports could have been defeated. There …
peoplesworld.org/article/82989/

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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Trump's 'Caravan' Is a Made-up Monster Fabricated by the Far Right
Ian Allen | thenation.com | 2019-02-08
Trump's 'Caravan' Is a Made-up Monster Fabricated by the Far Right…
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Weekend Read: It's not going well for Gab
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-08
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League of the South Member Tyler Davis Takes Plea for Beating Man After 'Unite the Right'
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-08
A member of the neo-Confederate group League of the South has taken a plea for his role in the beating of DeAndre Harris in the hours after the racist "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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SPLC, victims' families demand comprehensive ADOC reform as suicide toll increases
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-08
Following another suicide of a person under the care of the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) this week, victims' families, their attorney, and representatives from the SPLC met on the steps of the Alabama State Capitol today, urging state officials to address the need for comprehensive criminal justice reform.
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SPLC statement on removal of provisions that protect consumers from predatory lenders
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-08
We are deeply disappointed in a decision this week by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to rescind rules that would have protected consumers from predatory lenders.
splcenter.org/news/2019/02/08/splc-state…

It's Not Just Ralph Northam–Anti-Blackness is 'Vintage Americana'
Rann Miller | progressive.org | 2019-02-08
It's Black Lives Matter at School Week, but black children in continue to suffer because America isn't ready to confront its anti-blackness.
progressive.org/dispatches/anti-blacknes…

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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Planned Parenthood: SCOTUS Halts Louisiana Abortion Law for Now, But Roe v. Wade Fate Uncertain
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-08
The Supreme Court has temporarily blocked a restrictive Louisiana anti-choice law from going into effect Thursday, in a major victory for reproductive rights advocates. The case was seen as a litmus test for determining whether millions of women across the nation will continue to have access to abortions. The divided court ruled 5 to 4 in favor of an emergency appeal by a Louisiana-based abortion provider, Hope Medical Group for Women, to temporarily block a Republican-backed law that could have left the state with just a single doctor legally allowed to perform abortions. The law requires doctors who perform abo…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/2/8/pla…

In Alabama, a Muslim Man Was Denied the Presence of His Imam During His Execution
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-08
The Supreme Court's ruling to move forward with Domineque Ray's execution violates the Establishment Clause's principle of religious neutrality. | Domineque Ray was pronounced dead last night at 10: 12 p.m. Thirty minutes prior, his execution by lethal injection began. | His last words were a proclamation of his Muslim faith in Arabic. But Ray's imam was missing from the room, despite Ray's repeated requests to the state for his imam's presence. In the days leading up to his death, Ray w…
aclu.org/blog/religious-liberty/alabama-…

Journalists, Lawyers, and Activists Working on the Border Face Coordinated Harassment From U.S. and Mexican Authorities
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2019-02-08
The Intercept has uncovered a pattern of official harassment aimed at journalists covering migrant caravans in Mexico, as well as attorneys and activists. | The post Journalists, Lawyers, and Activists Working on the Border Face Coordinated Harassment From U.S. and Mexican Authorities appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2019/02/08/us-mexico-bo…

Rising Star Matt Gaetz Represents Everything That's Wrong With Trump's Republican Party
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2019-02-08
The Florida congressperson tried to expel a grieving father from a hearing on gun violence, and he has voiced racist ideas and conspiracy theories. | The post Rising Star Matt Gaetz Represents Everything That's Wrong With Trump's Republican Party appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2019/02/08/rising-star-…

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…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/2/7/pol…

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…
http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/2/7/za…

Anti-LGBT Groups Launch Movement Against Federal Equality Act
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-02-07
Anti-LGBT hate group leaders and activists recently launched a new project, the #Gone2Far movement (GTFM), to oppose H.R. 2282, the federal Equality Act, which seeks to amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include protections for the categories of a person's sex, sexual orientation and gender identity.
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Video: SPLC's Mary Bauer at the border, rebuts Trump on migrants
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-07
During his State of the Union address, President Trump once again demonized immigrants with blatant falsehoods as he sought to cajole Congress into funding a wall at the border.
splcenter.org/news/2019/02/07/video-splc…

Florida Anti-Immigrant Group Lobbies To Introduce Legislation Attacking Immigrants
Swathi Shanmugasundaram | splcenter.org | 2019-02-07
Anti-immigrant group Floridians for Immigration Enforcement (FLIMEN) lobbied legislators in Florida to introduce legislation mandating E-Verify and banning sanctuary measures.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/02/07/flori…

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…
greenleft.org.au/content/lets-let-venezuela-pick-its-own-leaders

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…
theintercept.com/2019/02/07/stansted-15-…

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…
greenleft.org.au/content/spanish-state-vs-catalonia-putting-political-trial-trial

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.
fair.org/home/nyt-reports-on-perception-…

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…
aclu.org/blog/national-security/privacy-…

This Lawsuit Hopes To Stop Identity Evropa's Founder From Hiding Behind Bankruptcy
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-06
A group of Charlottesville, Virginia, residents is asking a federal judge to block white nationalist and founder of Identity Evropa Nathan Damigo from protecting his assets by filing for bankruptcy.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/02/06/lawsu…

"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…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/2/6/lia…

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