Daily Archives: May 3, 2019

2019-05-03: News Headlines

Chris Wright (2019-05-03). The Coming of American Fascism, 1920—1940. counterpunch.org Fascism is usually thought of as a quintessentially and almost exclusively European phenomenon, as having begun with Mussolini, culminated with Hitler, and been eradicated in World War II. The U.S., in particular, is thought to have been largely immune to it, given the absence of mass movements similar to Nazism or Italian Fascism. But there More

WSWS (2019-05-03). After Spanish elections, Podemos pushes for pro-austerity PSOE government. wsws.org Even as the PSOE's police-state and austerity policies fuel the far right's rise, Podemos is asking to join a PSOE government and defending it from criticism on its left.

Michelle Zacarias (2019-05-03). Gay and trans workers may soon lose work-place protections. peoplesworld.org The U.S. Supreme Court will soon determine whether federal employment law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The court agreed to hear three cases involving Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which currently prevents employers from discriminating based on "sex." This decision will have a monumental impact on …

John McEvoy (2019-05-03). Explosive new book dissects the soft coup that brought fascism to Brazil. thecanary.co On 28 October 2018, Brazil elected a fascist, racist, sexist, and homophobic president. And an explosive new book delves into how that happened, providing a crucial point of reference for resistance in the process. | Washingt…

Alan Macleod (2019-05-03). MintCast Episode 2: Failed Coup in Venezuela, Forgotten US Atrocities in the Koreas, and Joe Biden's Race Problem. mintpressnews.com MintCast co-hosts Alan MacLeod and Whitney Webb discuss current events in Sri Lanka, France and Venezuela and also delve into U.S. efforts to hide the real history of the Korean War, as well as Joe Biden's history of teaming up with notorious American racists.

Tim Libretti (2019-05-03). 'The Man Who Fell from the Sky', Bill Fletcher Jr.'s new crime novel. peoplesworld.org As I was finishing Bill Fletcher Jr.'s debut novel The Man Who Fell from the Sky, the Ralph Northam scandal was unfolding in Virginia, about which Fletcher powerfully weighed in. Northam's apparent participation in a racist episode some thirty years ago, documented in a photograph in his medical school yearbook that had lain dormant and …

splcenter (2019-05-03). Two Members of Rise Above Movement Plead Guilty in Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' Rioting Case. splcenter.org The leader of the antisemitic and racist Rise Above Movement and a fellow member of the group pleaded guilty Friday to a federal charge of conspiracy to riot.

susan_p (2019-05-03). Spanish elections: Important battle won against the right. greenleft.org.au The question on everyone's lips in the last week of the Spanish election campaign was just how strongly the filthy brown tide of reaction would run — encapsulated in the vote for the racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, anti-feminist, pro-gun and, above all, anti-Catalan outfit Vox. | The average of legal polling, allowed by the Central Electoral Board until one week before the vote, had Vox at 11.2%, yielding around 30-35 seats in the 350-seat Congress of Deputies. | However, illegal and internal party polls in the last week of the campaign — or deliberately scary leaks about them — were assigning…

Carla Stea (2019-05-03). "Psychopath Capitalism": US Economic Terrorism and Genocide Against the People of Venezuela. globalresearch.ca The U.S. maneuvers to destroy the Maduro government's UN accreditation, and replace it with their puppet Guaido are horrifying and Machiavellian, and, quite realistically, since the US has absolutely no scruples, nor any respect for international law, there is an ominous possibility that they may succeed.

RT (2019-05-03). 'Nothing to do with hate speech': Gavin McIness slams 'un-American' Facebook censorship. rt.com Facebook's recent crackdown on right-wing figures is "un-American," and "has nothing to do with hate speech," Vice Media co-founder and Proud Boys leader Gavin McInnes told RT. |

commondreams (2019-05-03). Federal Funds Should Not Be Used to Detain Children at the U.S. Southern Border. commondreams.org ______________________________…

WSWS (2019-05-03). Guatemalan boy detained by US Border Patrol dies after succumbing to illness. wsws.org The 16 year old, who has not been named, is the third immigrant child to die in government custody in just five months.

Staff (2019-05-03). Warren Calls for Investigation of Surveillance at Family Separation Protests. truthout.org Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., of has called on the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General to launch an investigation into the department's alleged surveillance practices. This comes in the wake of a report that claimed a private intelligence firm had provided law enforcement officials at the agency with information on hundreds of protests against President Trump's policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. | "This most recent reporting raises questions about the government surveillance of Americans exercising their constitutional rights to organ…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-05-03). 'Sick, Dystopian Stuff': Former Trump Adviser Kelly Joins Board of Company Running Immigrant Detention Centers. commondreams.org In what one critic deemed a "nauseating example of the revolving door" through which powerful political players often move into the private sector, former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly joined the board of a company which owns some of the largest detention centers for unaccompanied children who cross the U.S.-Mexico border. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Jean Stokan (2019-05-03). A Border Crisis of Our Own Making. counterpunch.org For more than 30 years, I've led faith-focused delegations to Central America — and since 2016, to U.S.-Mexico border communities. We've taken nuns, bishops, rabbis, and grassroots congregants to learn about realities rarely covered in the news. This April our delegation visited El Paso, Brownsville, and McAllen, Texas, as well as Juarez and Matamoras, Mexico. More

Joyce Chediac (2019-05-03). Angry Yemeni shop owners boycott NY Post after attack on Ilhan Omar. liberationnews.org Stand up to Islamophobia and all forms of racism, say with one voice, "We stand with Ilhan."

ACLU (2019-05-03). What Officer Noor's Conviction Says About Racism in America. aclu.org For the first time, Minnesota convicted a police officer for killing someone. That he was Black and the woman he shot was white must not be ignored. | On Tuesday, April 30, a Minnesota jury convicted police officer Mohamed Noor of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for shooting and killing Justine Damond, a white Australian woman. Damond had called 9-1-1 to report a possible sexual assault near her apartment and then approached Noor's squad car when he and his partner responded to the call. Noor killed Damond, and he deserved to be found guilty. His decision to shoot and kill an unarmed person wit…

Michaela Malone (2019-05-03). San Diego PSL stands with workers everywhere on May Day. liberationnews.org Carrying signs printed with the words "Hands Off Venezuela," members of the PSL and the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) also stressed the need for solidarity with working class Venezuelans…

Staff (2019-05-03). My FOIA Crusade Against a Law-Breaking CIA. truthdig.com On April 29, my attorney Dan Hardway filed a petition for certiorari asking the Supreme Court to review my case, Morley v. CIA. When I filed this Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit 16 years ago, I sought certain files related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. | The JFK story still resonates, albeit more faintly than it once did. Kennedy was a popular liberal president who, at the time of his death, was challenging the country to embrace civil rights and "a strategy of peace" to end the Cold War. Detested in the…

United Nations (2019-05-03). Migrants, asylum seekers detained in Hungary 'deliberately deprived of food': UN human rights office. un.org The UN human rights office (OHCHR) said on Friday it was alarmed by reports that migrants and asylum seekers who are being held in Hungarian detention centres are being "deliberately deprived of food in contravention of international laws and standards".

UUSF Sunday morning Forum (2019-05-03). Why criticizing Israel is not anti-Semitic. indybay.org Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco | 1187 Franklin St. @ Geary | MLK Room…

Shalini Agarwal, Senior Supervising Attorney, SPLC Action Fund (2019-05-03). SPLC Action Fund: Florida Legislature's criminal justice reform bill is a baby step at best. splcenter.org The Florida Legislature today approved House Bill 7125 as the long-discussed criminal justice reform legislation that will be sent for Gov. Ron DeSantis to sign into law.

Scott McCoy, Senior Policy Counsel, SPLC Action Fund (2019-05-03). SPLC Action Fund: Florida immigration enforcement bill dangerous, unnecessary and unconstitutional. splcenter.org The Florida Legislature this week passed Senate Bill 168, which would ban so-called "sanctuary cities."

Satya Vatti (2019-05-03). Proposed new census question steps up Trump administration's racist attacks on immigrants. liberationnews.org Given the track record of the U.S. government, with its racist history of deportations, incarceration and family separations under both the Democratic and Republican parties, the citizenship question on the census is sure to incite anxieties and fear among immigrants who are repeatedly scapegoated by politicians for mass unemployment and poverty that are in fact products of the capitalist economic system.

Beyond Prisons (2019-05-02). Beyond Prisons: Voting Rights feat. Maya Schenwar. shadowproof.com Maya Schenwar returns to Beyond Prisons to discuss voting rights, the current political landscape, and her forthcoming book. | Maya is the Editor-in-Chief of Truthout. She is also the author of "Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn't Work and How We Can Do Better" and the co-editor of the Truthout anthology "Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States." She has written about the prison-industrial complex for Truthout, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Nation, Salon, Ms. Magazine, and others. Maya lives in Chicago and organizes with the abolitionist collective…

RT (2019-05-02). 'If I was black I'd be picking cotton': Student's prom proposal gets him banned (PHOTO). rt.com An Ohio high school student's racist prom proposal has sparked a backlash after he referenced being black and "picking cotton" to get his date to come to the dance with him.

Eds. (2019-05-02). The racist dawn of capitalism. mronline.org The centrality of slavery to capitalism is not new, as any serious student of WEB Dubois is aware. | Source

Miko Peled (2019-05-02). What Strikes Bernie Sanders as "Extremely Unfair" Is a Catastrophe for Millions of Palestinians. mintpressnews.com There will be hope when politicians like Bernie Sanders will have the courage to call the ethnic cleansing, genocide and apartheid — all crimes that Israel perpetrated and continues to perpetuate to this day — by their real name and not describe them as merely "extremely unfair."

Ramzy Baroud (2019-05-02). France and the EU, Recognizing Yet Supporting Apartheid Reality in Palestine. mintpressnews.com In the face of the US backing of Israel, EU foreign policy is inconsistent, weak and, ultimately, a failure. Alas, the idea which gained momentum during the early months of Trump's presidency that the EU can develop a truly independent foreign policy position on Israel and Palestine has proven wrong.

Turkish Minute (2019-05-02). Turkey Claims Development of New Syria Safe Zone After Meeting US Delegation. theantimedia.com (TM) — Turkish officials sounded optimistic about establishing a safe zone near its southern border after a delegation from Washington visited Ankara this week to discuss issues regarding Syria, the Hàºrriyet Daily News reported. The delegation, led by James Jeffrey, US special envoy for Syria engagement and the special envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIL, …

ACLU (2019-05-02). Attorney General Barr Says ICE Has Power to Lock Up Asylum Seekers Without Hearings. aclu.org The Constitution does not allow the government to lock people up without due process of law. | Today the ACLU, the ACLU of Washington, the American Immigration Council, and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project launched a legal challenge to the Trump administration's latest assault on people who have come to the United States to seek refuge from persecution: jailing asylum seekers without even allowing a judge to decide if there's any reaso…

Keegan Hankes, Researcher, Intelligence Project (2019-05-02). SPLC: Facebook and Instagram ban far-right and extremist figures, but still have more work to do against hateful content. splcenter.org Facebook and Instagram announced today that they have banned several far-right, antisemitic and extremist figures and organizations for being "dangerous," a sign that they are more aggressively enforcing their hate speech policies under pressure from civil rights organizations, including the SPLC.

splcenter (2019-05-02). Teaching Tolerance report examines the rise of hate in schools. splcenter.org While disturbing incidents of hate and bias in schools are regularly reported in the news media, the incidents are just a fraction of what educators are encountering in schools across the country, a new study by the SPLC's Teaching Tolerance project finds.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-01). Ilhan Omar Speaks Out Against U.S. Sanctions & Bipartisan Support for Regime Change in Venezuela. democracynow.org Amid an ongoing coup attempt in Venezuela, we speak with Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who questioned U.S. special envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams on Capitol Hill in February about his record. Abrams is a right-wing hawk who was linked to the 2002 coup attempt in Venezuela that tried to topple Hugo Chávez. In the 1980s, Abrams defended Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt as he oversaw a campaign of mass murder and torture of indigenous people. Ríos Montt was later convicted of genocide. Rep. Ilhan Omar says that there is a direct correlation between this type of detrimental U.S. foreign policy in Lati…

United Nations (2019-05-01). End 'political opportunism' that's letting hate speech flourish, urges top UN genocide official. un.org With murderous attacks against religious institutions on the rise, leaders across the world need to do more to end "political opportunism" and policies which allow hate speech and violent extremism to flourish, said the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide on Wednesday.

Fight Back (2019-05-01). May Day rally and march set for LA. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA – Boyle Heights families, workers and students will march on May 1, International Worker's Day, to protest Trump's anti-immigrant attacks and demand no wall on the Mexico border and no deportations. The May Day rally and march will start at 4: 30 at the corner of Chavez and Mathews streets; and end at Mariachi Plaza for a rally. | According to a statement from march organizers, "The 5th annual May Day in Boyle Heights unites poor working-class families, students, teachers and workers to demand 'Legalization for All,' respect and equality for Mexican-Americans and Latinos." | The march will include…

splcenter (2019-05-01). Hate at School. splcenter.org Something ugly is happening in America's schools. And, it's not going away.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-30). Headlines for April 30, 2019. democracynow.org Venezuelan Opposition Leaders Claim a Coup Is Underway, Trump to Make Asylum Seekers Pay Application Fees, Trump Organization Sues Banks in Bid to Resist Congressional Subpoenas, Pentagon Links More U.S. Military Members to Neo-Nazi Group, Christchurch, NZ Police Find Explosive Device Amid Fears of More Anti-Muslim Violence, Terror Suspect Arrested After Receiving Fake Explosives from FBI Informant, Lori Gilbert-Kaye, Killed in Synagogue Shooting, Mourned at San Diego Funeral, Trump to Designate the Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Organization, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Who Oversaw Mueller Probe, Ste…

Ernesto Huerta (2019-04-30). Long Beach, CA rally stands against far right. liberationnews.org "We have the power, as people, to stop racists from organizing and having a platform."

United Nations (2019-04-30). Gains by Abyei interim force can help advance resolution of border issues between Sudan and South Sudan, UN peacekeeping chief says. un.org The United Nations security force for Abyei remains essential to stability in the border regions between Sudan and South Sudan, the UN peacekeeping chief said on Tuesday, proposing the creation of a civilian unit to support progress towards political resolution of the dispute between the neighboring countries, and requesting a six-month extension of its mandate.

ACLU (2019-04-30). We Got U.S. Border Officials to Testify Under Oath. Here's What We Found Out. aclu.org ICE and CBP allow unfettered, warrantless searches of travelers' digital devices, and empower officers to dodge the Fourth Amendment | In September 2017, we, along with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, sued the federal government for its warrantless and suspicionless searches of phones and laptops at airports and other U.S. ports of entry. | The government immediately tried to dismiss our case, arguing that t…

Michael Edison Hayden (2019-04-30). Prolific Alt-Right Propagandist's Identity Confirmed. splcenter.org Thanks to the anonymity of the internet, a man can become a major player in the white supremacist "alt-right" movement without ever revealing his face to his audience. And that's just what Joseph Jordan did.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-30). Former DHS Analyst: Trump Administration Not Taking White Nationalist Threat Seriously Enough. democracynow.org Funeral services were held Monday in San Diego, California, for Lori Kaye, a 60-year-old Jewish congregant who was shot dead Saturday in the latest attack by a white supremacist on a house of worship. To talk about the rise of white supremacist violence and the Trump administration's response, we speak to Daryl Johnson, a former senior analyst in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In 2009, Johnson authored a report warning about the increasing dangers of violent right-wing extremism in the United States, sparking a political firestorm in the process. Under pressure from Republican lawmakers and popular tal…

splcenter (2019-04-30). Court certifies class action in lawsuit on behalf of children detained by Trump administration. splcenter.org A federal court certified as a class action an SPLC lawsuit challenging the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement's (ORR) policies and practices regarding the release of unaccompanied minors and the reunification of immigrant families — a ruling with the potential to help end the prolonged detention of immigrant children across the United States.

Staff (2019-04-29). Bernie Sanders Supports Voting Rights for the Imprisoned. therealnews.com Corporate media's twisted narrative frames voting rights as "letting terrorists and rapists vote."; Anoa Changa and Norman Solomon join host Jacqueline Luqman to discuss the battle over voting rights for people in jail…

PSL San Diego (2019-04-29). San Diego synagogue terrorist attack: Down with anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry. liberationnews.org Stand resolutely fascism and white supremacy and extend our deepest condolences and solidarity to those tragically effected by this act of terrorism.

Jared Ware & Miles Quarles (2019-04-29). How Movement To Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Prevailed Over Obstruction Of A Progressive Prosecutor. shadowproof.com A late December ruling by the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Judge Leon Tucker re-opened pathways for long-time political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal to litigate his freedom. | "Progressive prosecutor" Larry Krasner's appeal of the ruling stood in the way until Wednesday, April 17. At issue was whether Ronald Castille—a former Philadelphia District Attorney, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice, and Krasner transition team member—had a constitutional duty to recuse himself from Mumia's appeals of…

Keegan Hankes, Rachel Janik and Michael Edison Hayden (2019-04-28). Shooting at Poway Synagogue Underscores Link Between Internet Radicalization and Violence. splcenter.org A shooting in a California synagogue in which police say a 19-year-old man killed one and injured three others underscores a link between online radicalization of white supremacists and terroristic violence.

Staff (2019-04-28). Will Progressives Stop Biden, the 'Credit Card Candidate'? therealnews.com Joe Biden announced his campaign for the Democratic nomination with waves of patriotic "Stop Trump to save America" propaganda. However, representing the headquarters of most credit card companies, Biden defended their interests more than those of ordinary citizens. Norman Solomon and Jacqueline Luqman examine his campaign strategy…

Shadowproof (2019-04-27). The Shameful Moralizing On Prisoner Voting Rights. shadowproof.com Editor's Note: We're pleased to publish this preview of our member newsletter, "Keeping The Issues Alive," which provides a closer look at the stories we're following at Shadowproof. | Subscribe for $9/month and receive this weekly newsletter: SUBSCRIBE NOW | For this week's newsletter, Shadowproof publishing editor Brian Sonenstein responds to the backlash against the notion of allowing prisoners to vote, including those convicted of "violent offenses." | Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sander…

2019-05-03: Social Media Postees

The Coming of American Fascism, 1920–1940
Chris Wright | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
Fascism is usually thought of as a quintessentially and almost exclusively European phenomenon, as having begun with Mussolini, culminated with Hitler, and been eradicated in World War II. The U.S., in particular, is thought to have been largely immune to it, given the absence of mass movements similar to Nazism or Italian Fascism. But there…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/03/the-coming-o…

After Spanish elections, Podemos pushes for pro-austerity PSOE government
wsws.org | 2019-05-03
Even as the PSOE's police-state and austerity policies fuel the far right's rise, Podemos is asking to join a PSOE government and defending it from criticism on its left.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/…

Gay and trans workers may soon lose work-place protections
Michelle Zacarias | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-03
The U.S. Supreme Court will soon determine whether federal employment law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The court agreed to hear three cases involving Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which currently prevents employers from discriminating based on "sex." This decision will have a monumental impact on …
peoplesworld.org/article/gay-and-trans-w…

MintCast Episode 2: Failed Coup in Venezuela, Forgotten US Atrocities in the Koreas, and Joe Biden's Race Problem
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-03
MintCast co-hosts Alan MacLeod and Whitney Webb discuss current events in Sri Lanka, France and Venezuela and also delve into U.S. efforts to hide the real history of the Korean War, as well as Joe Biden's history of teaming up with notorious American racists.
mintpressnews.com/mintcast-episode-2-fai…

Spanish elections: Important battle won against the right
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
The question on everyone's lips in the last week of the Spanish election campaign was just how strongly the filthy brown tide of reaction would run — encapsulated in the vote for the racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, anti-feminist, pro-gun and, above all, anti-Catalan outfit Vox. | The average of legal polling, allowed by the Central Electoral Board until one week before the vote, had Vox at 11.2%, yielding around 30-35 seats in the 350-seat Congress of Deputies. | However, illegal and internal party polls in the last week of the campaign — or deliberately scary leaks about them — were assigning…
greenleft.org.au/content/spanish-elections-important-battle-won-against-right

Explosive new book dissects the soft coup that brought fascism to Brazil
John McEvoy | thecanary.co | 2019-05-03
On 28 October 2018, Brazil elected a fascist, racist, sexist, and homophobic president. And an explosive new book delves into how that happened, providing a crucial point of reference for resistance in the process. | Washingt…
thecanary.co/reviews/2019/05/03/explosive-new-book-dissects-the-soft-coup-that-brought-fascism-to-brazil/

'The Man Who Fell from the Sky', Bill Fletcher Jr.'s new crime novel
Tim Libretti | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-03
As I was finishing Bill Fletcher Jr.'s debut novel The Man Who Fell from the Sky, the Ralph Northam scandal was unfolding in Virginia, about which Fletcher powerfully weighed in. Northam's apparent participation in a racist episode some thirty years ago, documented in a photograph in his medical school yearbook that had lain dormant and …
peoplesworld.org/article/the-man-who-fel…

Two Members of Rise Above Movement Plead Guilty in Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' Rioting Case
splcenter.org | 2019-05-03
The leader of the antisemitic and racist Rise Above Movement and a fellow member of the group pleaded guilty Friday to a federal charge of conspiracy to riot.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/05/03/two-m…

Proposed new census question steps up Trump administration's racist attacks on immigrants
Satya Vatti | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-03
Given the track record of the U.S. government, with its racist history of deportations, incarceration and family separations under both the Democratic and Republican parties, the citizenship question on the census is sure to incite anxieties and fear among immigrants who are repeatedly scapegoated by politicians for mass unemployment and poverty that are in fact products of the capitalist economic system.
liberationnews.org/proposed-new-census-q…

"Psychopath Capitalism": US Economic Terrorism and Genocide Against the People of Venezuela
Carla Stea | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
The U.S. maneuvers to destroy the Maduro government's UN accreditation, and replace it with their puppet Guaido are horrifying and Machiavellian, and, quite realistically, since the US has absolutely no scruples, nor any respect for international law, there is an ominous possibility that they may succeed.
globalresearch.ca/us-economic-terrorism-…

'Nothing to do with hate speech': Gavin McIness slams 'un-American' Facebook censorship
rt.com | 2019-05-03
Facebook's recent crackdown on right-wing figures is "un-American," and "has nothing to do with hate speech," Vice Media co-founder and Proud Boys leader Gavin McInnes told RT. | …
rt.com/usa/458325-gavin-mcinnes-facebook…

A Border Crisis of Our Own Making
Jean Stokan | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
For more than 30 years, I've led faith-focused delegations to Central America — and since 2016, to U.S.-Mexico border communities. We've taken nuns, bishops, rabbis, and grassroots congregants to learn about realities rarely covered in the news. This April our delegation visited El Paso, Brownsville, and McAllen, Texas, as well as Juarez and Matamoras, Mexico.
counterpunch.org/2019/05/03/a-border-cri…

Federal Funds Should Not Be Used to Detain Children at the U.S. Southern Border
commondreams.org | 2019-05-03
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'Sick, Dystopian Stuff': Former Trump Adviser Kelly Joins Board of Company Running Immigrant Detention Centers
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-03
In what one critic deemed a "nauseating example of the revolving door" through which powerful political players often move into the private sector, former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly joined the board of a company which owns some of the largest detention centers for unaccompanied children who cross the U.S.-Mexico border. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/03/sick-dy…

Guatemalan boy detained by US Border Patrol dies after succumbing to illness
wsws.org | 2019-05-03
The 16 year old, who has not been named, is the third immigrant child to die in government custody in just five months.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/…

Warren Calls for Investigation of Surveillance at Family Separation Protests
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-03
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., of has called on the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General to launch an investigation into the department's alleged surveillance practices. This comes in the wake of a report that claimed a private intelligence firm had provided law enforcement officials at the agency with information on hundreds of protests against President Trump's policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. | "This most recent reporting raises questions about the government surveillance of Americans exercising their constitutional rights to organ…
truthout.org/articles/warren-calls-for-i…

Angry Yemeni shop owners boycott NY Post after attack on Ilhan Omar
Joyce Chediac | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-03
Stand up to Islamophobia and all forms of racism, say with one voice, "We stand with Ilhan."
liberationnews.org/angry-yemeni-shop-own…

What Officer Noor's Conviction Says About Racism in America
aclu.org | 2019-05-03
For the first time, Minnesota convicted a police officer for killing someone. That he was Black and the woman he shot was white must not be ignored. | On Tuesday, April 30, a Minnesota jury convicted police officer Mohamed Noor of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for shooting and killing Justine Damond, a white Australian woman. Damond had called 9-1-1 to report a possible sexual assault near her apartment and then approached Noor's squad car when he and his partner responded to the call. Noor killed Damond, and he deserved to be found guilty. His decision to shoot and kill an unarmed person wit…
aclu.org/blog/criminal-law-reform/reform…

San Diego PSL stands with workers everywhere on May Day
Michaela Malone | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-03
Carrying signs printed with the words "Hands Off Venezuela," members of the PSL and the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) also stressed the need for solidarity with working class Venezuelans…
liberationnews.org/san-diego-psl-stands-…

My FOIA Crusade Against a Law-Breaking CIA
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-03
On April 29, my attorney Dan Hardway filed a petition for certiorari asking the Supreme Court to review my case, Morley v. CIA. When I filed this Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit 16 years ago, I sought certain files related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. | The JFK story still resonates, albeit more faintly than it once did. Kennedy was a popular liberal president who, at the time of his death, was challenging the country to embrace civil rights and "a strategy of peace" to end the Cold War. Detested in the…
truthdig.com/articles/my-foia-crusade-ag…

Migrants, asylum seekers detained in Hungary 'deliberately deprived of food': UN human rights office
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-03
The UN human rights office (OHCHR) said on Friday it was alarmed by reports that migrants and asylum seekers who are being held in Hungarian detention centres are being "deliberately deprived of food in contravention of international laws and standards".
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1…

Why criticizing Israel is not anti-Semitic
UUSF Sunday morning Forum | indybay.org | 2019-05-03
Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco | 1187 Franklin St. @ Geary | MLK Room…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/03/1882313…

SPLC Action Fund: Florida immigration enforcement bill dangerous, unnecessary and unconstitutional
Scott McCoy, Senior Policy Counsel, SPLC Action Fund | splcenter.org | 2019-05-03
The Florida Legislature this week passed Senate Bill 168, which would ban so-called "sanctuary cities."
splcenter.org/news/2019/05/03/splc-actio…

SPLC Action Fund: Florida Legislature's criminal justice reform bill is a baby step at best
Shalini Agarwal, Senior Supervising Attorney, SPLC Action Fund | splcenter.org | 2019-05-03
The Florida Legislature today approved House Bill 7125 as the long-discussed criminal justice reform legislation that will be sent for Gov. Ron DeSantis to sign into law.
splcenter.org/news/2019/05/03/splc-actio…

Beyond Prisons: Voting Rights feat. Maya Schenwar
Beyond Prisons | shadowproof.com | 2019-05-02
Maya Schenwar returns to Beyond Prisons to discuss voting rights, the current political landscape, and her forthcoming book. | Maya is the Editor-in-Chief of Truthout. She is also the author of "Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn't Work and How We Can Do Better" and the co-editor of the Truthout anthology "Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States." She has written about the prison-industrial complex for Truthout, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Nation, Salon, Ms. Magazine, and others. Maya lives in Chicago and organizes with the abolitionist collective…
shadowproof.com/2019/05/02/beyond-prison…

The racist dawn of capitalism
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-05-02
The centrality of slavery to capitalism is not new, as any serious student of WEB Dubois is aware. | Source…
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'If I was black I'd be picking cotton': Student's prom proposal gets him banned (PHOTO)
rt.com | 2019-05-02
An Ohio high school student's racist prom proposal has sparked a backlash after he referenced being black and "picking cotton" to get his date to come to the dance with him. | …
rt.com/usa/458211-prom-invite-racism-ohi…

What Strikes Bernie Sanders as "Extremely Unfair" Is a Catastrophe for Millions of Palestinians
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-02
There will be hope when politicians like Bernie Sanders will have the courage to call the ethnic cleansing, genocide and apartheid — all crimes that Israel perpetrated and continues to perpetuate to this day — by their real name and not describe them as merely "extremely unfair."
mintpressnews.com/what-strikes-bernie-sa…

France and the EU, Recognizing Yet Supporting Apartheid Reality in Palestine
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-02
In the face of the US backing of Israel, EU foreign policy is inconsistent, weak and, ultimately, a failure. Alas, the idea which gained momentum during the early months of Trump's presidency that the EU can develop a truly independent foreign policy position on Israel and Palestine has proven wrong.
mintpressnews.com/france-and-the-eu-reco…

Turkey Claims Development of New Syria Safe Zone After Meeting US Delegation
Turkish Minute | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-02
(TM) — Turkish officials sounded optimistic about establishing a safe zone near its southern border after a delegation from Washington visited Ankara this week to discuss issues regarding Syria, the Hàºrriyet Daily News reported. The delegation, led by James Jeffrey, US special envoy for Syria engagement and the special envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIL, …

Turkey Claims Development of New Syria Safe Zone After Meeting US Delegation

Attorney General Barr Says ICE Has Power to Lock Up Asylum Seekers Without Hearings
aclu.org | 2019-05-02
The Constitution does not allow the government to lock people up without due process of law. | Today the ACLU, the ACLU of Washington, the American Immigration Council, and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project launched a legal challenge to the Trump administration's latest assault on people who have come to the United States to seek refuge from persecution: jailing asylum seekers without even allowing a judge to decide if there's any reaso…
aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/immigran…

SPLC: Facebook and Instagram ban far-right and extremist figures, but still have more work to do against hateful content
Keegan Hankes, Researcher, Intelligence Project | splcenter.org | 2019-05-02
Facebook and Instagram announced today that they have banned several far-right, antisemitic and extremist figures and organizations for being "dangerous," a sign that they are more aggressively enforcing their hate speech policies under pressure from civil rights organizations, including the SPLC.
splcenter.org/news/2019/05/02/splc-faceb…

Teaching Tolerance report examines the rise of hate in schools
splcenter.org | 2019-05-02
While disturbing incidents of hate and bias in schools are regularly reported in the news media, the incidents are just a fraction of what educators are encountering in schools across the country, a new study by the SPLC's Teaching Tolerance project finds.
splcenter.org/news/2019/05/02/teaching-t…

End 'political opportunism' that's letting hate speech flourish, urges top UN genocide official
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-01
With murderous attacks against religious institutions on the rise, leaders across the world need to do more to end "political opportunism" and policies which allow hate speech and violent extremism to flourish, said the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide on Wednesday.
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Ilhan Omar Speaks Out Against U.S. Sanctions & Bipartisan Support for Regime Change in Venezuela
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-01
Amid an ongoing coup attempt in Venezuela, we speak with Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who questioned U.S. special envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams on Capitol Hill in February about his record. Abrams is a right-wing hawk who was linked to the 2002 coup attempt in Venezuela that tried to topple Hugo Chávez. In the 1980s, Abrams defended Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt as he oversaw a campaign of mass murder and torture of indigenous people. Ríos Montt was later convicted of genocide. Rep. Ilhan Omar says that there is a direct correlation between this type of detrimental U.S. foreign policy in Lati…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/5/1/ilh…

May Day rally and march set for LA
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-01
Los Angeles, CA – Boyle Heights families, workers and students will march on May 1, International Worker's Day, to protest Trump's anti-immigrant attacks and demand no wall on the Mexico border and no deportations. The May Day rally and march will start at 4: 30 at the corner of Chavez and Mathews streets; and end at Mariachi Plaza for a rally. | According to a statement from march organizers, "The 5th annual May Day in Boyle Heights unites poor working-class families, students, teachers and workers to demand 'Legalization for All,' respect and equality for Mexican-Americans and Latinos." | The march will include…
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Hate at School
splcenter.org | 2019-05-01
Something ugly is happening in America's schools. And, it's not going away.
splcenter.org/20190501/hate-school

Headlines for April 30, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-30
Venezuelan Opposition Leaders Claim a Coup Is Underway, Trump to Make Asylum Seekers Pay Application Fees, Trump Organization Sues Banks in Bid to Resist Congressional Subpoenas, Pentagon Links More U.S. Military Members to Neo-Nazi Group, Christchurch, NZ Police Find Explosive Device Amid Fears of More Anti-Muslim Violence, Terror Suspect Arrested After Receiving Fake Explosives from FBI Informant, Lori Gilbert-Kaye, Killed in Synagogue Shooting, Mourned at San Diego Funeral, Trump to Designate the Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Organization, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Who Oversaw Mueller Probe, Ste…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/4/30/he…

Long Beach, CA rally stands against far right
Ernesto Huerta | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-30
"We have the power, as people, to stop racists from organizing and having a platform."
liberationnews.org/long-beach-ca-rally-s…

We Got U.S. Border Officials to Testify Under Oath. Here's What We Found Out
aclu.org | 2019-04-30
ICE and CBP allow unfettered, warrantless searches of travelers' digital devices, and empower officers to dodge the Fourth Amendment | In September 2017, we, along with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, sued the federal government for its warrantless and suspicionless searches of phones and laptops at airports and other U.S. ports of entry. | The government immediately tried to dismiss our case, arguing that t…
aclu.org/blog/privacy-technology/privacy…

Gains by Abyei interim force can help advance resolution of border issues between Sudan and South Sudan, UN peacekeeping chief says
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-30
The United Nations security force for Abyei remains essential to stability in the border regions between Sudan and South Sudan, the UN peacekeeping chief said on Tuesday, proposing the creation of a civilian unit to support progress towards political resolution of the dispute between the neighboring countries, and requesting a six-month extension of its mandate.
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Former DHS Analyst: Trump Administration Not Taking White Nationalist Threat Seriously Enough
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-30
Funeral services were held Monday in San Diego, California, for Lori Kaye, a 60-year-old Jewish congregant who was shot dead Saturday in the latest attack by a white supremacist on a house of worship. To talk about the rise of white supremacist violence and the Trump administration's response, we speak to Daryl Johnson, a former senior analyst in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In 2009, Johnson authored a report warning about the increasing dangers of violent right-wing extremism in the United States, sparking a political firestorm in the process. Under pressure from Republican lawmakers and popular tal…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/4/30/fo…

Prolific Alt-Right Propagandist's Identity Confirmed
Michael Edison Hayden | splcenter.org | 2019-04-30
Thanks to the anonymity of the internet, a man can become a major player in the white supremacist "alt-right" movement without ever revealing his face to his audience. And that's just what Joseph Jordan did.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/05/01/proli…

Court certifies class action in lawsuit on behalf of children detained by Trump administration
splcenter.org | 2019-04-30
A federal court certified as a class action an SPLC lawsuit challenging the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement's (ORR) policies and practices regarding the release of unaccompanied minors and the reunification of immigrant families — a ruling with the potential to help end the prolonged detention of immigrant children across the United States.
splcenter.org/news/2019/04/30/court-cert…

Bernie Sanders Supports Voting Rights for the Imprisoned
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-29
Corporate media's twisted narrative frames voting rights as "letting terrorists and rapists vote."; Anoa Changa and Norman Solomon join host Jacqueline Luqman to discuss the battle over voting rights for people in jail…
therealnews.com/stories/bernie-sanders-s…

NAACP Participates in Congresswoman Marcia Fudge's Voting Rights Hearings
Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet | naacp.org | 2019-04-29
The NAACP joined leading civil rights and voting rights advocates in Halifax, North Carolina and Cleveland, Ohio to bring attention to voter suppression barriers in those states. Headed by Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), the House Subcommittee on Elections hosted the hearings on voting rights and election administration and will continue to do so for the upcoming month. The NAACP …
naacp.org/latest/naacp-participates-cong…

San Diego synagogue terrorist attack: Down with anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry
PSL San Diego | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-29
Stand resolutely fascism and white supremacy and extend our deepest condolences and solidarity to those tragically effected by this act of terrorism.
liberationnews.org/san-diego-synagogue-t…

How Movement To Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Prevailed Over Obstruction Of A Progressive Prosecutor
Jared Ware & Miles Quarles | shadowproof.com | 2019-04-29
A late December ruling by the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Judge Leon Tucker re-opened pathways for long-time political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal to litigate his freedom. | "Progressive prosecutor" Larry Krasner's appeal of the ruling stood in the way until Wednesday, April 17. At issue was whether Ronald Castille–a former Philadelphia District Attorney, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice, and Krasner transition team member–had a constitutional duty to recuse himself from Mumia's appeals of…
shadowproof.com/2019/04/29/how-movement-…

Shooting at Poway Synagogue Underscores Link Between Internet Radicalization and Violence
Keegan Hankes, Rachel Janik and Michael Edison Hayden | splcenter.org | 2019-04-28
A shooting in a California synagogue in which police say a 19-year-old man killed one and injured three others underscores a link between online radicalization of white supremacists and terroristic violence.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/04/28/shoot…

Will Progressives Stop Biden, the 'Credit Card Candidate'?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-28
Joe Biden announced his campaign for the Democratic nomination with waves of patriotic "Stop Trump to save America" propaganda. However, representing the headquarters of most credit card companies, Biden defended their interests more than those of ordinary citizens. Norman Solomon and Jacqueline Luqman examine his campaign strategy…
therealnews.com/stories/can-progressives…