Daily Archives: February 4, 2019

2019-02-04: News Headlines

Greg Kaufmann (2019-02-04). Want to Eradicate Hunger in America? Take on Racism. thenation.com Want to Eradicate Hunger in America? Take on Racism.

Michael Nigro (2019-02-04). The Anti-Fascist March at Stone Mountain (Photo Essay). truthdig.com

commondreams (2019-02-04). Patriotic Millionaires on the $15 Minimum Wage in NJ: "A Win for Working Families". commondreams.org ______________________________…

teleSUR (2019-02-04). US: Pentagon Deploys 3,750 Troops to Border in Political Stunt. telesurenglish.net The U.S. Department of State announced on Sunday the deployment of 3,750 additional troops to the Southwest border with Mexico during the next three months to bolster border customs and border protection. | The latest deployment raises the number of troops at the border to 4,530. The latest deployment was approved by the Pentagon in October 2018, with backing from Republicans in Congress. | The President attempted to justify the move suggesting that the Central American caravans,…

Susie Day (2019-02-04). American Citizens are the Only Humans. counterpunch.org Now that the government shutdown has ended, the Trump administration has turned to hard science to bolster its argument for a border wall. The proposed 2,000-mile barrier, which would bar thousands of Latin Americans from illegal entry into the United States, received timely support today, with the announcement of a breakthrough scientific discovery. According to More

Democracy Now! (2019-02-04). Headlines for February 4, 2019. democracynow.org 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…

ACLU (2019-02-04). High school could have been hell for my transgender son. Don't make it hell for the next kid. aclu.org I had hoped that my son would wait until after high school to come out as transgender. But I realized I'd prefer a thriving son over a dead daughter. | This piece was originally published on USA Today. | When I gave birth to my first baby, the doctor said, "It's a girl!" Before I even knew my child, those words helped me imagine the future. | But the future was different from what I expected. | By the time my c…

ACLU (2019-02-04). The Supreme Court Is Considering Whether the Government Can Dodge the First Amendment by Outsourcing Its Power. aclu.org 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…

Black Alliance for Peace (2019-02-04). On the White Supremacy of U.S. Interventions. globalresearch.ca As internationalists, we don't shy away from defending a people's right to determine their fate. That is why we have been so ardent in opposing the illegal U.S. intervention in Venezuela. Read and share our statement on Venezuela. (If you …

teleSUR (2019-02-04). British MPs: Female Saudi Activist Prisoners Being Tortured. telesurenglish.net A group of women Saudi gender activists in jail since at least last April are being tortured and held in inhumane prison conditions, according to an ad hoc British parliamentary committee. | RELATED: | Saudi Woman Arrives in Canada After Being Granted Asylum | A report released by the special multi-party parliamentary committee found that the group of about 10 Saudi female activists, arrested nine months ago when advocating for women's equality and the right to drive, have been subje…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-04). Virginia Legislative Black Caucus: Governor Northam Must Resign over Blackface Yearbook Photo. democracynow.org 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…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-04). Historian: Americans Must Face Violent History of Blackface Amid Virginia Gov. Racist Photo Scandal. democracynow.org 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…

teleSUR (2019-02-04). US: Tasers Claimed 49 Lives in 2018 Through Police Violence. telesurenglish.net Taser death is a form of police violence that is claiming lives in the United States despite being called non-lethal, a recent Reuters report revealed. | RELATED: | Maduro Calls For Peace, Non-intervention From US | Warren Ragudo died after two Taser shocks by police intervening in a family altercation. Ramzi Saad died after a Taser shock by police during a dispute…

Jason Ditz (2019-02-04). US Warplanes Attack Syrian Military Base Along Syria-Iraq Border. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — US warplanes attacked a Syrian military position along the border with Iraq at Abu Kamal late Saturday. Syrian state media reported the attack as "US aggression," which reportedly wounded two soldiers and destroyed a stationary artillery piece. Exactly what happened that led to this rare US attack on Syrian military targets is uncertain. The US-led …

RT (2019-02-04). Chicago police receive lessons in ethics… from officers accused of abuse — report. rt.com Officers accused of abuse have been put in charge of a Chicago police program designed to curb incidents of "racist police violence," The Intercept has revealed, raising serious questions about the force's efforts at reform.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-02-04). Aiming to 'Build a Movement Across Borders,' Ocasio-Cortez and Corbyn Discuss Climate, Immigration, and Economic Justice. commondreams.org Two popular progressive figures indicated that they'd formed a new alliance this weekend, as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) spoke extensively with Jeremy Corbyn, head of the U.K.'s Labour Party, about their shared commitment to push bold, forward-thinking proposals. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-02-04). Governor Northam Must Resign Over Blackface Yearbook Photo. truthout.org Calls are mounting for Democratic Virginia Gov. 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 co…

David Dayen (2019-02-04). Neomi Rao, Nominee to Replace Brett Kavanaugh, Heads Agency That's Been Stalling Sexual Harassment Guidance. theintercept.com Neomi Rao has been tapped for the D.C. Circuit, and is already on the GOP shortlist for a future Supreme Court spot.

First Unitarian Forum Committee (2019-02-04). We saw Fascism voted in, Can we vote it out? indybay.org First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco | 1187 Franklin St. @ Geary | San Francisco…

Aída Chávez (2019-02-04). Ana Maria Archila, Who Confronted Sen. Jeff Flake, Will Be Ocasio-Cortez's SOTU Guest. theintercept.com Ana Maria Archila, the Queens woman who famously confronted Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake in a Capitol Hill elevator, will be Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's State of the Union guest on Tuesday. | Archila, a longtime community organizer and co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy Action, was one of two women who shared their stories of sexual assault for the first time with the senator in an emotional encounter during the debate over Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. With a CNN camera broadcasting live right behind the wo…

teleSUR (2019-02-03). Nayib Bukele Wins Presidental Election in El Salvador. telesurenglish.net Presidential candidate Nayib Bukele from the Great Alliance for National Unity (GANA) has won the presidency of El Salvador on Sunday with 53.1% of the vote while Hugo Martinez, from the ruling Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), was supported by 14% of the voters, according to electoral authorities. Carlos Calleja from the far right ARENA party came in second place with 31.8% of the vote. So far 80.1% of the vote has been counted. |

Debbie Southorn (2019-02-03). Officers Accused of Abuses Are Leading Chicago Police's "Implicit Bias" Training Program. theintercept.com Sergio Herrera, a Chicago police officer, was accused in a 2010 lawsuit of teaming up with another officer to mace and beat a black man for no reason. The man was sitting in his parked car when Herrera's colleague approached the vehicle. As the man went to retrieve his identification, the officer told him to "cuff up," at which point Herrera entered the fray, spraying the man with mace according to the lawsuit. Both officers then allegedly proceeded to throw the man to the ground, strike him in the head with handcuffs, and dig their knees into his back. When the man asked for medical assistance, his pleas were ig…

RT (2019-02-03). Pentagon to send 3,750 troops to border with Mexico. rt.com The US is sending nearly 4,000 soldiers to its frontier with Mexico for three months to "provide additional support" to border security and customs agencies, the Department of Defense has said.

Elie Mystal (2019-02-02). There Is No Argument for Ralph Northam to Keep His Job. thenation.com There Is No Argument for Ralph Northam to Keep His Job…

Hatewatch Staff (2019-02-02). Statement Regarding Article Related to Mark Krikorian Attendance at White House Meeting. splcenter.org See below.

RT (2019-02-02). Virginia governor admits to KKK/blackface yearbook photo, refuses to resign. rt.com Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia is refusing to resign over photos from his medical school yearbook showing him wearing either a KKK costume or blackface. He campaigned in 2017 on accusing his Republican opponent of racism.

RT (2019-02-02). Liberal host Bill Maher makes 'racist' fried chicken retort to black Republican congressman. rt.com The media personality made the uncalled-for joke in the middle of a heated, but unrelated, exchange with Republican Congressman Will Hurd — in an incident more egregious than Maher's 2017 "house n*****" controversy.

RT (2019-02-02). Their own private wall: Scouting underway in US for crowdfunded border barrier with Mexico. rt.com The people behind a fundraiser in support of President Donald Trump's border wall have been touring South Texas, trying to get local farmers on board with their private project to erect a barrier on the US-Mexico border.

Jon Queally (2019-02-02). Demand Grows for 'Racist' Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's Immediate Resignation. theantimedia.com (CD) — Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is facing intensifying demands for his resignation from all sides on Saturday after a photo from his medical school days surfaced on Friday exposed "uninhibited" racist behavior from his past. While the image shows one person in blackface standing next to another individual in a Ku Klux Klan uniform, Northam …

RT (2019-02-02). 'Wasn't me, I wore blackface on another occasion': Virginia gov backpedals on yearbook photo scandal. rt.com Ralph Northam, who is under pressure to resign as governor of Virginia over an offensive photo from his yearbook, denied he was either of the two men shown in the picture. A day earlier he said otherwise.

WSWS (2019-02-02). Democrats offer increased spending for border policing. wsws.org Even as Trump reiterated his threat to assume emergency powers, the Democrats made clear their support for the further militarization of the border.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-02). Republican Estate Tax Repeal: An Effort to Avoid Ever Being Taxed. therealnews.com While Sen. Bernie Sanders proposes an important increase in the estate tax, Republicans are gearing for its complete repeal. Morris Pearl of the group Patriotic Millionaires, talks about how the Republicans' plan would help the rich from ever being taxed

Laurie Zimmerman (2019-02-01). Anti-Semitism in the Age of Trump. progressive.org A new U.S. embassy. A snapshot of high schoolers giving the Nazi salute. A march of chanting Neo-Nazis. A shooting at a synagogue on Shabbat. What does anti-Semitism look like in today's America?

splcenter (2019-02-01). Weekend Read: SPLC rallies on Super Bowl weekend to take down Confederate symbols. splcenter.org More than 100 million people will tune in to the Super Bowl in Atlanta tomorrow. We'll be in Atlanta this weekend, too — but not for football.

David Rosen (2019-02-01). The Denier-in-Chief: Trump and the Legitimation of False Consciousness. counterpunch.org "I wish people would read or listen to my words on the Border Wall. This was in no way a concession," Pres. Trump Tweeted on January 25th following his signing a bill ending the 35-day U.S. government shut-down. "It was taking care of millions of people who were getting badly hurt by the Shutdown with the understanding More

ACLU (2019-02-01). Congress, Don't Give DHS Unrestricted Authority to Build a 'Smart Wall'. aclu.org 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…

ACLU (2019-02-01). ICE Partners Again With a Sheriff It Once Severed Ties With Because of Racial Profiling. aclu.org 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…

Gregory Shupak (2019-02-01). The Same Media That Opposed Democracy in South Africa Now Warn Against It in Israel/Palestine. fair.org 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…

Bill Lueders (2019-02-01). 'There Is No Such Thing as a Nonracist'. progressive.org An Interview with Ibram X. Kendi…

Brett Wilkins (2019-02-01). Elliott Abrams: A Human Rights Horror Show in Three Acts. counterpunch.org Last Friday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that Elliott Abrams would once again be returning to government, this time as President Donald Trump's special envoy to help "fully restore democracy and prosperity" to Venezuela. Abrams, 71, is best known for abetting dictators and genocide in Latin America and for his role in the Iran-Contra scandal during More

Robert Mackey (2019-02-01). Eight Years Later, America's Ally Bahrain Is Still Hunting Down Arab Spring Protesters. theintercept.com A U.S. ally that launched a bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters seems determined to hunt down even critics who have been granted asylum abroad.

stuart_m (2019-02-01). The price Peter Norman paid for his anti-racism. greenleft.org.au The Peter Norman Story
| Written by Andrew Webster & Matt Norman
| Macmillan, 2018
| $34.99 | Australian sprinter Peter Norman had just run a blistering 20.6 seconds in the men's 200-metre final at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games to claim the silver medal. After he heard about the plans of the gold and bronze medallists, African-American runners Tommy Smith and John Carlos, to protest against racism in the US, Norman agreed to support their actions by wearing an Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR) badge, stating: "I'll stand with you". | In The Peter Norman Story, his nephew Matt Norman, w…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-31). Headlines for January 31, 2019. democracynow.org 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…

ACLU (2019-01-31). What Breastfeeding Has to Do With Economic Security. aclu.org 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…

Nick R. Martin (2019-01-31). Extremists Go Knocking on Dems' Doors – Police Are Returning the Favor. splcenter.org The staff for an Arizona congressman asked the U.S. Capitol Police on Wednesday to look into the extremist group Patriot Movement AZ (PMAZ) after its leaders posted photos and video of the congressman's house and information about security measures for the property.

Consortiumnews (2019-01-31). Netanyahu's Brand of Tolerance for Anti-Semitism Goes Back 120 Years. consortiumnews.com The Israeli prime minister's ease with neo-Nazism and revisionist Holocaust history are not as surprising as they might seem, writes Daniel Lazare. By Daniel Lazare Special to Consortium News Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a soft spot for rightwing… Read more →

Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener (2019-01-31). Trump's Wall—and the Walls of the Future. thenation.com Trump's Wall—and the Walls of the Future…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-31). "RBG" Documentary Nominated for Academy Award as Supreme Court Justice Recovers from Lung Surgery. democracynow.org 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.

Democracy Now! (2019-01-31). Stacey Abrams: "We Have to Work Harder" Than Those Who Would Suppress the Vote. democracynow.org 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…

Fred_F (2019-01-31). Darwin pub staff take a stand against racism. greenleft.org.au Staff at the Rorkes pub in Darwin walked off the job on January 22 after refusing to follow the owner's orders to ban Aboriginal patrons from the premises. | Larrakia elder June Mills called for a boycott after allegations of racism against owner Mitchell McNamee came to light. | Staff told ABC News that McNamee had told them to ban Indigenous patrons using the excuse of "no singlets". Thom Brock, a former…

2019-02-04: Social Media Postees

Want to Eradicate Hunger in America? Take on Racism
Greg Kaufmann | thenation.com | 2019-02-04
Want to Eradicate Hunger in America? Take on Racism.
thenation.com/article/hunger-food-insecu…

The Anti-Fascist March at Stone Mountain (Photo Essay)
Michael Nigro | truthdig.com | 2019-02-04
The post The Anti-Fascist March at Stone Mountain (Photo Essay) appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/photo-essays/stone-mountain…

Patriotic Millionaires on the $15 Minimum Wage in NJ: "A Win for Working Families"
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-02-04
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commondreams.org/newswire/2019/02/04/pat…

American Citizens are the Only Humans
Susie Day | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-04
Now that the government shutdown has ended, the Trump administration has turned to hard science to bolster its argument for a border wall. The proposed 2,000-mile barrier, which would bar thousands of Latin Americans from illegal entry into the United States, received timely support today, with the announcement of a breakthrough scientific discovery. According to…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/04/american-cit…

US: Pentagon Deploys 3,750 Troops to Border in Political Stunt
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-04
The U.S. Department of State announced on Sunday the deployment of 3,750 additional troops to the Southwest border with Mexico during the next three months to bolster border customs and border protection. | The latest deployment raises the number of troops at the border to 4,530. The latest deployment was approved by the Pentagon in October 2018, with backing from Republicans in Congress. | The President attempted to justify the move suggesting that the Central American caravans,…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Pentagon-Depl…

On the White Supremacy of U.S. Interventions
Black Alliance for Peace | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-04
As internationalists, we don't shy away from defending a people's right to determine their fate. That is why we have been so ardent in opposing the illegal U.S. intervention in Venezuela. Read and share our statement on Venezuela. (If you … | The post On the White Supremacy of U.S. Interventions appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/on-the-white-supremacy…

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…
aclu.org/blog/free-speech/supreme-court-…

British MPs: Female Saudi Activist Prisoners Being Tortured
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-04
A group of women Saudi gender activists in jail since at least last April are being tortured and held in inhumane prison conditions, according to an ad hoc British parliamentary committee. | RELATED: | Saudi Woman Arrives in Canada After Being Granted Asylum | A report released by the special multi-party parliamentary committee found that the group of about 10 Saudi female activists, arrested nine months ago when advocating for women's equality and the right to drive, have been subje…
telesurenglish.net/news/British-MPs-Fema…

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…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/2/4/vir…

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…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/2/4/his…

Governor Northam Must Resign Over Blackface Yearbook Photo
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-02-04
Calls are mounting for Democratic Virginia Gov. 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 co…
truthout.org/video/governor-northam-must…

Aiming to 'Build a Movement Across Borders,' Ocasio-Cortez and Corbyn Discuss Climate, Immigration, and Economic Justice
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-04
Two popular progressive figures indicated that they'd formed a new alliance this weekend, as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) spoke extensively with Jeremy Corbyn, head of the U.K.'s Labour Party, about their shared commitment to push bold, forward-thinking proposals. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/02/04/aiming-…

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.
theintercept.com/2019/02/04/neomi-rao-he…

We saw Fascism voted in, Can we vote it out?
First Unitarian Forum Committee | indybay.org | 2019-02-04
First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco | 1187 Franklin St. @ Geary | San Francisco…
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US Warplanes Attack Syrian Military Base Along Syria-Iraq Border
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-04
(ANTIWAR.COM) — US warplanes attacked a Syrian military position along the border with Iraq at Abu Kamal late Saturday. Syrian state media reported the attack as "US aggression," which reportedly wounded two soldiers and destroyed a stationary artillery piece. Exactly what happened that led to this rare US attack on Syrian military targets is uncertain. The US-led …

US Warplanes Attack Syrian Military Base Along Syria-Iraq Border

Chicago police receive lessons in ethics… from officers accused of abuse — report
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-04
Officers accused of abuse have been put in charge of a Chicago police program designed to curb incidents of "racist police violence," The Intercept has revealed, raising serious questions about the force's efforts at reform. | …
rt.com/usa/450615-chicago-police-abuse-p…

Ana Maria Archila, Who Confronted Sen. Jeff Flake, Will Be Ocasio-Cortez's SOTU Guest
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-02-04
Ana Maria Archila, the Queens woman who famously confronted Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake in a Capitol Hill elevator, will be Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's State of the Union guest on Tuesday. | Archila, a longtime community organizer and co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy Action, was one of two women who shared their stories of sexual assault for the first time with the senator in an emotional encounter during the debate over Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. With a CNN camera broadcasting live right behind the wo…
theintercept.com/2019/02/04/ana-maria-ar…

Nayib Bukele Wins Presidental Election in El Salvador
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-03
Presidential candidate Nayib Bukele from the Great Alliance for National Unity (GANA) has won the presidency of El Salvador on Sunday with 53.1% of the vote while Hugo Martinez, from the ruling Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), was supported by 14% of the voters, according to electoral authorities. Carlos Calleja from the far right ARENA party came in second place with 31.8% of the vote. So far 80.1% of the vote has been counted. |
telesurenglish.net/news/Nayib-Bukele-Win…

Pentagon to send 3,750 troops to border with Mexico
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-03
The US is sending nearly 4,000 soldiers to its frontier with Mexico for three months to "provide additional support" to border security and customs agencies, the Department of Defense has said. | …
rt.com/usa/450512-troops-border-mexico-p…

Officers Accused of Abuses Are Leading Chicago Police's "Implicit Bias" Training Program
Debbie Southorn | theintercept.com | 2019-02-03
Sergio Herrera, a Chicago police officer, was accused in a 2010 lawsuit of teaming up with another officer to mace and beat a black man for no reason. The man was sitting in his parked car when Herrera's colleague approached the vehicle. As the man went to retrieve his identification, the officer told him to "cuff up," at which point Herrera entered the fray, spraying the man with mace according to the lawsuit. Both officers then allegedly proceeded to throw the man to the ground, strike him in the head with handcuffs, and dig their knees into his back. When the man asked for medical assistance, his pleas were ig…
theintercept.com/2019/02/03/chicago-poli…

There Is No Argument for Ralph Northam to Keep His Job
Elie Mystal | thenation.com | 2019-02-02
There Is No Argument for Ralph Northam to Keep His Job…
thenation.com/article/ralph-northam-resi…

Statement Regarding Article Related to Mark Krikorian Attendance at White House Meeting
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-02-02
See below.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/02/02/state…

Democrats offer increased spending for border policing
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-02
Even as Trump reiterated his threat to assume emergency powers, the Democrats made clear their support for the further militarization of the border.
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Liberal host Bill Maher makes 'racist' fried chicken retort to black Republican congressman
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-02
The media personality made the uncalled-for joke in the middle of a heated, but unrelated, exchange with Republican Congressman Will Hurd — in an incident more egregious than Maher's 2017 "house n*****" controversy. | …
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Virginia governor admits to KKK/blackface yearbook photo, refuses to resign
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-02
Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia is refusing to resign over photos from his medical school yearbook showing him wearing either a KKK costume or blackface. He campaigned in 2017 on accusing his Republican opponent of racism. | …
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Demand Grows for 'Racist' Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's Immediate Resignation
Jon Queally | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-02
(CD) — Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is facing intensifying demands for his resignation from all sides on Saturday after a photo from his medical school days surfaced on Friday exposed "uninhibited" racist behavior from his past. While the image shows one person in blackface standing next to another individual in a Ku Klux Klan uniform, Northam …

Demand Grows for 'Racist' Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's Immediate Resignation

Their own private wall: Scouting underway in US for crowdfunded border barrier with Mexico
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-02
The people behind a fundraiser in support of President Donald Trump's border wall have been touring South Texas, trying to get local farmers on board with their private project to erect a barrier on the US-Mexico border. | …
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Republican Estate Tax Repeal: An Effort to Avoid Ever Being Taxed
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-02
While Sen. Bernie Sanders proposes an important increase in the estate tax, Republicans are gearing for its complete repeal. Morris Pearl of the group Patriotic Millionaires, talks about how the Republicans' plan would help the rich from ever being taxed | The post Republican Estate Tax Repeal: An Effort to Avoid Ever Being Taxed appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/republican-estat…

'Wasn't me, I wore blackface on another occasion': Virginia gov backpedals on yearbook photo scandal
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-02
Ralph Northam, who is under pressure to resign as governor of Virginia over an offensive photo from his yearbook, denied he was either of the two men shown in the picture. A day earlier he said otherwise. | …
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Anti-Semitism in the Age of Trump
Laurie Zimmerman | progressive.org | 2019-02-01
A new U.S. embassy. A snapshot of high schoolers giving the Nazi salute. A march of chanting Neo-Nazis. A shooting at a synagogue on Shabbat. What does anti-Semitism look like in today's America?
progressive.org/magazine/anti-semitism-i…

Weekend Read: SPLC rallies on Super Bowl weekend to take down Confederate symbols
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-01
More than 100 million people will tune in to the Super Bowl in Atlanta tomorrow. We'll be in Atlanta this weekend, too — but not for football.
splcenter.org/news/2019/02/01/weekend-re…

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 Denier-in-Chief: Trump and the Legitimation of False Consciousness
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
"I wish people would read or listen to my words on the Border Wall. This was in no way a concession," Pres. Trump Tweeted on January 25th following his signing a bill ending the 35-day U.S. government shut-down.
counterpunch.org/2019/02/01/the-denier-i…

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…
fair.org/home/the-same-media-that-oppose…

'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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Elliott Abrams: A Human Rights Horror Show in Three Acts
Brett Wilkins | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
Last Friday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that Elliott Abrams would once again be returning to government, this time as President Donald Trump's special envoy to help "fully restore democracy and prosperity" to Venezuela. Abrams, 71, is best known for abetting dictators and genocide in Latin America and for his role in the Iran-Contra scandal during…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/01/elliott-abra…

Eight Years Later, America's Ally Bahrain Is Still Hunting Down Arab Spring Protesters
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-02-01
A U.S. ally that launched a bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters seems determined to hunt down even critics who have been granted asylum abroad. | The post Eight Years Later, America's Ally Bahrain Is Still Hunting Down Arab Spring Protesters appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2019/02/01/bahrain-socc…

The price Peter Norman paid for his anti-racism
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-01
The Peter Norman Story | Written by Andrew Webster & Matt Norman | Macmillan, 2018 | $34.99 | Australian sprinter Peter Norman had just run a blistering 20.6 seconds in the men's 200-metre final at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games to claim the silver medal. After he heard about the plans of the gold and bronze medallists, African-American runners Tommy Smith and John Carlos, to protest against racism in the US, Norman agreed to support their actions by wearing an Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR) badge, stating: "I'll stand with you". | In The Peter Norman Story, his nephew Matt Norman, w…
greenleft.org.au/content/price-peter-norman-paid-his-anti-racism

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…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/1/31/di…

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…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/1/31/he…

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…
aclu.org/blog/womens-rights/pregnancy-an…

Extremists Go Knocking on Dems' Doors – Police Are Returning the Favor
Nick R. Martin | splcenter.org | 2019-01-31
The staff for an Arizona congressman asked the U.S. Capitol Police on Wednesday to look into the extremist group Patriot Movement AZ (PMAZ) after its leaders posted photos and video of the congressman's house and information about security measures for the property.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/01/31/extre…

Netanyahu's Brand of Tolerance for Anti-Semitism Goes Back 120 Years
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-01-31
The Israeli prime minister's ease with neo-Nazism and revisionist Holocaust history are not as surprising as they might seem, writes Daniel Lazare. By Daniel Lazare Special to Consortium News Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a soft spot for rightwing… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/01/31/netanyahus…

Trump's Wall–and the Walls of the Future
Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener | thenation.com | 2019-01-31
Trump's Wall–and the Walls of the Future…
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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.
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/1/31/rb…

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…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/1/31/st…

Darwin pub staff take a stand against racism
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-01-31
Staff at the Rorkes pub in Darwin walked off the job on January 22 after refusing to follow the owner's orders to ban Aboriginal patrons from the premises. | Larrakia elder June Mills called for a boycott after allegations of racism against owner Mitchell McNamee came to light. | Staff told ABC News that McNamee had told them to ban Indigenous patrons using the excuse of "no singlets". Thom Brock, a former…
greenleft.org.au/content/darwin-pub-staff-take-stand-against-racism

Allan Nairn: Trump's Venezuela Envoy Elliott Abrams Is a War Criminal Who Has Abetted Genocide
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-30
In an ongoing effort to topple Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, Vice President Mike Pence met with members of the Venezuelan opposition at the White House Tuesday alongside Trump's new special envoy to Venezuela, Elliott Abrams. Elliott Abrams is a right-wing hawk who was convicted in 1991 for lying to Congress during the Iran-Contra scandal, but he was later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. Abrams defended Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt as he oversaw a campaign of mass murder and torture of indigenous people in Guatemala in the 1980s. Ríos Montt was later convicted of genocide. Abrams w…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/1/30/al…

Feds File Hate Crime Charges in Tree of Life Shooting, Cite Antisemitic Posts on Gab
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-01-30
Federal prosecutors are saying overtly for the first time that the man charged with killing 11 people at the Tree of Life Synagogue did so because he's antisemitic and his intended victims were Jewish.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/02/04/feds-…