2019-06-09: News Headlines

Staff (2019-06-09). Tennessee Passes Law Designed to Intimidate Black Voters. therealnews.com Successful voter registration drives among Blacks have motivated Tennessee lawmaker to pass bill with onerous fines for simple registration mistakes, which will cause voters to think twice about registering. We speak to Ezra Rosenberg of the Voting Rights Project…

Colin Benjamin (2019-06-09). British Writer Launches Poetry Show Based On "New Cross Massacre" Which Killed 13 Blacks. blackstarnews.com Black British poet Jay Bernard revisits the 1981 New Cross Fire which killed 13 Blacks… | Award-winning Black British writer Jay Bernard has recently launched a theatrical multimedia poetry show based on London's deadly New Cross Fire, notoriously known as the "New Cross Massacre" which killed 13 young Blacks in 1981. | In this work, Bernard, 31, conjures the voices of the victims by using stage poetry fused with archival audios and videos, related to the event, to tell the story of this disaster—an apparent racist firebombing attack. | In this new show "Surge," Bernard revisits the tragic topic of the Ne…

Stephen Lendman (2019-06-08). Trump Reinvents The History of World War II, Honoring US Vets and Talking Peace While Waging War. globalresearch.ca The US was Soviet Russia's junior partner in the battle to defeat Nazi Germany. History taught US students otherwise. So do US presidents, Trump no exception. | In Colleville-sur-Mer, France, the Normandy American Cemetery, commemorating the 75th D-Day anniversary, launching the …

Natasha Lennard (2019-06-08). Trump Administration Making It Harder to Find Out Whether It's Fighting White Supremacist Terror. theintercept.com White nationalists, neo-Nazis, and members of the "alt-right" march during the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12, 2017. | a death threat she and fellow Muslim representative Ilhan Omar had received in the mail. "A good Muslim is a dead one," the letter had read. The hearing, called "Confronting White Supremacy: Adequacy of the Federal Response," featured the FBI's Assistant Director for Counterterrorism Michael McGarrity. Tlaib wondered why t…

Jessica Piper (2019-06-08). Virginia Thomas, wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, extends her conservative reach for 2020. nationofchange.org Conservative activist Virginia "Ginni" Thomas plans to launch a new PAC and 501(c)(4) nonprofit, according to a report published in the Intercept this week. Dubbed "American D-Day," the groups will be part of a broader project called Crowdsourcers, with the goal of protecting President Donald Trump. | If Thomas's name sounds familiar, it may be because she is married to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who has been on the bench for nearly three decades. But Ginni Thomas has long carved out her own place in conservati…

Staff (2019-06-08). Ginsburg Warns of More 5-4 Supreme Court Decisions Ahead. truthdig.com The justice's remarks come as high-profile cases involving the census and electoral maps are still pending before the term ends June 30.

RT (2019-06-08). Minnesota cop sentenced to 12+ years for killing unarmed woman who called 911. rt.com A former Minneapolis, Minnesota police officer convicted of shooting an unarmed woman in an alley behind her home was given a 12.5 year prison sentence, in a controversial case that had the ACLU crying racism. |

Jessicah Pierre (2019-06-08). Racism as a Public Health Crisis. commondreams.org Racism is often viewed as an action performed by individuals. But even if we got rid of all America's prejudiced individuals, racism would still exist in the systems they built.

RT (2019-06-08). US & Mexico reach signed agreement, tariffs 'indefinitely suspended'. rt.com US President Donald Trump says a deal has been struck with Mexico to stem the flow of migrants into the US. Punitive tariffs on Mexican goods that were due to come into effect Monday have been "suspended indefinitely."

Special To The Black Star News (2019-06-08). Trump Admin Prioritizes Border Wall Makeover As Children Lose Resources & Detention Conditions Worsen. blackstarnews.com Trump immigration detention policy is inhumane says America's Voice… | This week, the Trump administration announced the gutting of resources for migrant children in detention while at the same time continuing to unconstitutionally direct money to the ineffective border wall. | This is only one of the many attacks the Trump administration has carried out on migrant children, as DHS Watch, a project of America's Voice, laid out in detail today. And while these children stand to lose schooling, legal aid, access to sports and outside activities, active-duty troops are assigned a border wall makeover to "impr…

WSWS (2019-06-08). Mexico to deploy 6,000 troops to southern border as Trump postpones tariffs. wsws.org No faction of the American or Mexican ruling class offers any genuine opposition to the assault on immigrants and democratic rights.

teleSUR (2019-06-08). Venezuela Reopens Border After 'Humanitarian Aid' Failure. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says the government is opening several bridges along its border with Colombia. The Simon Bolivar, Union and Santander bridges in Venezuela had been ordered closed to traffic since Feb. 22 when the Colombian government tried to allow 'humanitarian aid' from the United States to illegally enter the country from its border city of Cucuta. | RELATED: | US Sanctions on Venezuela Illegal Under UN, OAS and US Law | "In full exercise of our sovereignt…

Martha Grevatt (2019-06-08). High court allows racist gerrymandering in Ohio, Michigan. workers.org In 2004, Ohio became notorious for the deliberate suppression of Black voters. The racist disenfranchisement, called "Ohio's first poll tax," may have given the state's 20 electoral votes to George W. Bush. — without which he would have lost to John Kerry. Not much has changed in 15 years. Only . . . | Continue reading High court allows racist gerrymandering in Ohio, Michigan at Workers.org

WSWS (2019-06-08). Social Democrats return to government in Denmark with xenophobic programme. wsws.org The Social Democrats want to limit immigration from non-Western states and set up reception centres for asylum seekers outside the country.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-06-08). Trump's Tariff Deal Will Be 'Disaster' for Thousands of Immigrants Deported to Mexico, Rights Groups Say. commondreams.org Immigrant rights groups decried the deal reached Friday night by President Donald Trump and Mexican officials, in which Trump called off his plan to impose tariffs on all imports from Mexico in exchange for an expansion of his policy deporting asylum-seekers to the country. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Evgeniy Spitsyn (2019-06-07). History of World War II: America Was Providing Military Aid to the USSR, While Also Supporting Nazi Germany. globalresearch.ca John D. Rockefeller Jr. owned a controlling interest in Standard Oil, but the next largest stockholder was the German chemical company I. G. Farben, through which the firm sold $20 million worth of gasoline and lubricants to the Nazis.

teleSUR (2019-06-07). Argentinian Diplomat Defends Nazis Against 'Historical Records'. telesurenglish.net Argentina's ambassador in Haiti Pedro von Eyken defended the Nazi army in a controversial tweet on May 29, sparking the outrage of the Association of Israeli Associations of Argentina, or DAIA, who demanded that Argentina's Foreign Ministry dismiss him. | RELATED: | Argentina to Bolsonaro: 'Your Hatred Is Not Welcome Here' | The tweet, published on a day celebrating the Argentinian Army, read: "Today is the Day of the Argentina Army, of the General José de San Martín and many more who…

Staff (2019-06-07). Virginia Thomas, Clarence Thomas's Wife, Is Launching Nonprofit to Protect Trump. truthout.org Conservative activist Virginia "Ginni" Thomas plans to launch a new PAC and 501(c)(4) nonprofit, according to a report published in The Intercept this week. Dubbed "American D-Day," the groups will be part of a broader project called Crowdsourcers, with the goal of protecting President Donald Trump. | If Thomas's name sounds familiar, it may be because she is married to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who has been on the bench for nearly three decades. But Ginni Thomas has long carved out her own place in conservati…

WSWS (2019-06-07). Attend June 9 public meeting in Cambridge: UK Sociologist Noah Carl and the rise of the far right. wsws.org The meeting will discuss the issues raised by events at Cambridge University, providing a rebuttal of the claims made by Carl's defenders and proposing a socialist perspective with which to take on the right-wing ideologues.

RT (2019-06-07). 'Rape and racism': Washington Post celebrates D-Day with controversial op-ed. rt.com As leaders from around the world gathered in Normandy to honor allied troops who landed on the beaches 75 years ago, the Washington Post published an op-ed that called WWII American troops rapists and racists.

Jessicah Pierre (2019-06-07). Racism is a Public Health Crisis. counterpunch.org Racism is often viewed as an action performed by individuals. But even if we got rid of all America's prejudiced individuals, racism would still exist in the systems they built. Systemic racism, writer Jenee Desmond-Harris explains, refers to how racial disparities operate "in major parts of U.S. society: the economy, politics, education, and more." Racism, More

Mark Weisbrot (2019-06-07). Tariffs Are a Bad Response to an Imaginary Border Crisis. commondreams.org Washington's nefarious War on Drugs, meanwhile, remains a cesspit of violence and U.S.-sponsored militarization that brings misery to those countries unfortunate enough to be located between the Colombian and Pervuian cocaine producers and U.S. consumers. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Staff (2019-06-07). Trans Rights Have No Borders. Johana and Roxsana's Lives Matter. truthout.org On the first day of LGBTQ+ Pride month, a trans woman died four days after being released from ICE custody, where she had been held for seven weeks. Her name was Johana Medina Leon, and she was just 25 years old. She came to the U.S. from El Salvador in hopes of being granted asylum. Before being detained in the U.S., she spent three months in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, waiting her turn to request asylum. | Leon presented herself to U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Paso Del Norte port of entry in El Paso on April 11. Three days after entering the country, she was taken to Otero County Processing Ce…

Astrid Galván, Adriana Gómez Licón (2019-06-07). Trump administration: No school, no soccer, no legal help for immigrant kids. peoplesworld.org PHOENIX (AP)—The federal government has stopped paying for English-language courses and legal services at facilities that hold immigrant children around the country, imposing budget cuts it says are necessary at a time when record numbers of unaccompanied children are arriving at the border. U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., is blasting the government's cuts. "By eliminating …

Fight Back (2019-06-07). Day six of Arizona migrant aid trial sees RedForEd solidarity. fightbacknews.org Tucson, AZ – On June 6, nearly 150 people gathered outside the Federal Courthouse in downtown Tucson to demonstrate solidarity with humanitarian activist Scott Warren. Warren, an Arizona State University geography professor from the border town of Ajo, is facing 20 years in federal prison for providing humanitarian aid to crossing immigrants. | "It is clear that this is an attack by the Trump administration on not just migrants and undocumented immigrants but organizers and aid providers. It is gross political repression. And we are here to protest that attack," said immigrant rights organizer Jessica Rodriguez.

RT (2019-06-07). Washington 'encouraged' by Mexican migrant clampdown, but will move ahead with tariff plan. rt.com US officials are pleased with the Mexican government's recent moves to curb the flow of migrants through the country to the American border. However, negotiations are ongoing, and a tariff deadline still looms. |

Gabrielle Oliveira (2019-06-07). For Immigrants at the Border, It's About the Children. commondreams.org The very values that America upholds are the ones that they use to break up immigrant families and asylum seekers, both physically and emotionally. (Photo: @ajplus/Twitter) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

MAIL (2019-06-07). Headlines for June 7, 2019. democracynow.org Bowing to U.S. Pressure, Mexico to Deploy 6,000 Troops to Guatemala Border, House Judiciary Chair Pushes for Presidential Impeachment Inquiry, House Ways and Means Chair Has No Plans to Acquire Trump's New York Tax Records, Russian President Says U.S. Is Shunning Negotiations on Nuclear Arms Treaty, African Union Suspends Sudan over Massacre of Sit-in Protesters, Study Finds Limiting Climate Change Would Save Thousands from Heat-Related Deaths, Jay Inslee: Democratic National Committee Refusing to Hold Debate on Climate, SEIU Becomes First Major Union to Endorse Green New Deal, Report: Earth's Oceans More Contami…

teleSUR (2019-06-07). Mexico Confirms 6,000-Troop Deployment to Guatemalan Border, Arrests Migrant Advocates. telesurenglish.net Mexico is beefing up its migration enforcement at its border with Guatemala by sending up to 6,000 National Guard troops, Minister of the Interior Olga Sanchez announced Friday afternoon after meetings between Mexican and White House delegates in Washington. Meanwhile, the country is cracking down on human rights and migrant advocates. | RELATED: | Mexico May Send Troops to Guatemalan Border to Avoid US Tariffs | The Mexican delegation, headed by Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrar…

Andrés Manuel López Obrador (2019-06-07). Mexico's López Obrador indicts Trump: Tariffs and border walls won't work. peoplesworld.org The following is the open letter from Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to U.S. President Donald Trump of May 30, 2019, discussing immigration policy and the need for honest dialogue. The letter reminds Trump of the positive relations the two countries enjoyed at various times in the past, condemns the U.S. president's approach to …

teleSUR (2019-06-07). 300 US Southcom Troops Arrive in Honduras. telesurenglish.net Another Southern Command brigade of U.S. Navy and Marine soldiers arrived in Honduras this week as part of what the U.S. Embassy in Honduras has called "a multi-national disaster response task force" released Tuesday. | RELATED: | Mexico May Send Troops to Guatemalan Border to Avoid US Tariffs | Some 300 members of the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Southern Command (SPMAGTF-SC), more widely known as Southcom (or in Latin America as Comando Sur), will work toge…

Michelle Zacarias (2019-06-07). "Straight Pride Parade": When you're accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression. peoplesworld.org Boston may be gearing up to host the first-ever "Straight Pride Parade" this summer after a group of men allegedly filed a discrimination complaint against the city. City officials have confirmed the group contacted them, but say that they haven't yet received the permits required to host a parade. The official "straight pride" website currently …

Francis T. Parker (2019-06-07). Queens, N.Y. Pride. workers.org During Queens Pride, Workers World Party members joined in the #TGNCSilentWalk commemorating the lives of Dana Martin, Ashanti Carmon, Claire Legato, Jazzaline Ware, Muhlaysia Booker and Tamika Washington, all trans women of color murdered in the U.S. in 2019. The contingent also honored Johana Medina Leon, trans asylum seeker from . . . | Continue reading Queens, N.Y. Pride at Workers.org

Laura Carlsen (2019-06-07). Trump's Mexico Tariffs Are About White Nationalism, Not Trade. commondreams.org It should come as a relief to know that the number of migrants today is neither unprecedented nor unmanageable, that there is no basis for considering desperate families a security threat, and that this wave of migration is mostly not, in legal terms, illegal—it's asylum seekers immediately reporting to authorities for processing. (Photo: Shutterstock) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Ron Jacobs (2019-06-07). Free the Seattle 7! A Persecution From the Past. counterpunch.org The radical antiracist and antiwar movements of the 1960s were often the object of severe repression. Besides the attacks on protesters and the attempts to destroy their media outlets by the state and vigilantes who worked for the state, there were the prosecutions of the movement's luminaries and leaders. Some of those prosecutions are well-documented: More

Arielle Robinson (2019-06-07). Anti-racists drown out the Klan in Dayton, Ohio. workers.org Hundreds of anti-racist people came out May 25 to protest the Ku Klux Klan in Dayton, Ohio. Members of the Honorable Sacred Knights of Indiana were scheduled to have a rally that day when only nine members showed up. Their bullhorn was drowned out by the cheering and drum beating . . . | Continue reading Anti-racists drown out the Klan in Dayton, Ohio at Workers.org

Morning Star (2019-06-07). Trudeau pledges action after Canadian government report details indigenous "genocide" peoplesworld.org Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was forced to confront the "hard truth" this week as a damning report accused the Canadian state of perpetuating "race-based genocide" against indigenous women and girls. The report, which was commissioned by the government in 2016, exposes the systemic mistreatment of Canada's indigenous women and girls through the implementation of …

Yves Engler (2019-06-07). Roméo Dallaire denies Canadian Genocide and distorts Rwanda's. dissidentvoice.org Is Roméo Dallaire a genocide denier? After a (question free) talk at Concordia University this week I followed the famous Canadian general out of the room to ask why he still supports ruthless dictator Paul Kagame. Kagame is the individual most responsible for the mass slaughter in Rwanda in mid-1994 since his forces invaded the …

splcenter (2019-06-07). Weekend Read: The Changing Demographics of Mass Incarceration. splcenter.org After decades of constructing a system of mass incarceration, it appears that our nation is beginning to turn the tide.

splcenter (2019-06-07). SPLC Action Fund: Louisiana criminal justice reform bills a good start, but more work remains. splcenter.org Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed two bills into law this week that will improve transparency in police activities and save taxpayer money by eliminating lengthy sentences that are not warranted.

Thomas Klikauer (2019-06-07). The Accelerating Ecological Genocide. counterpunch.org In May 2019, the United Nations' Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) released its latest assessment of the accelerating extinction rates of our global biodiversity. The report was compiled by 145 expert authors from 50 countries over the past three years. It has inputs from another 310 contributing authors and is based More

Rebecca Santana (2019-06-06). Fighting Hitler and Jim Crow: The forgotten Black soldiers of D-Day. peoplesworld.org BATON ROUGE, La. (AP)—It was the most massive amphibious invasion the world has ever seen, with tens of thousands of Allied troops spread out across the air and sea aiming to get a toehold in Normandy, France for the final Western assault on Nazi Germany. And while portrayals of D-Day often depict an all-white host …

John Wojcik (2019-06-06). Let's not leave the Soviet Union out of our D-Day history. peoplesworld.org On the 75th Anniversary of D-Day today, there are ceremonies honoring the American heroes who landed on the beaches of Normandy and defeated the Nazis. This is as it should be. What is not right, however, is that rarely are we honoring in our ceremonies the Soviet heroes who bore the brunt of the battles …

Sue Davis (2019-06-06). Why it's necessary: Unite and fight against abortion bans. workers.org The criminal anti-abortion network in the U.S., praised and promoted by the racist, reactionary Don in the Oval Office, was hard at work the last two weeks of May. A Missouri abortion ban was signed into law on May 24. The U.S. Supreme Court issued a split decision in an . . . | Continue reading Why it's necessary: Unite and fight against abortion bans at Workers.org

Sonali Kolhatkar (2019-06-06). The GOP's White Supremacy Now Has a Smoking Gun. commondreams.org Immigration activists rally on April 23 outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. as the justices hear arguments over the Trump administration's plan to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

teleSUR (2019-06-06). AOC Slams FBI for Racial Prejudice in Handling Terrorism Cases. telesurenglish.net Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (AOC) questioned an FBI officer over not charging white supremacists' acts of violence as domestic terrorism in the United States but doing the same for violence carried out by Muslims. | RELATED: | Ocasio-Cortez: 'Time to Open Impeachment Inquiry Against Trump' | During a hearing before the House Oversight subcommittee on civil rights and civil liberties on "Confronting White Supremacy," various Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officia…

Emma Fiala (2019-06-06). YouTube Just Fired the First Shot in a New War on Journalism. theantimedia.com (TMU) — Wednesday morning, news began circulating warning that YouTube was about to delete thousands of accounts in the platform's latest wave of censorship. This time, the massive video sharing platform claimed to be targeting hateful content, "supremacists," conspiracy theorists and anything that promotes discrimination or segregation based on sexual orientation, religion, race, gender, age …

WSWS (2019-06-06). Strong indications of right-wing extremist involvement in murder of German regional politician. wsws.org Walter Làºbcke, a regional German politician in the city of Kassel, Hesse, was murdered after receiving death threats from the far right.

Zillah Eisenstein (2019-06-06). Watching 'When They See Us', as a white woman. mronline.org In order to really see these boys and their families white people have to see themselves as participatory in racism. So to see their innocence "we" must see our own part, our guilt, our responsibility in the newest forms of slavery, no longer chattel, but carceral. | Source

Staff (2019-06-06). Ava DuVernay's Searing Portrait of the Central Park Five. truthdig.com "When They See Us," the filmmaker's Netflix miniseries, shows the systemic racism at the heart of the wrongful convictions of five young boys.

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