Daily Archives: May 8, 2019

2019-05-08: News Headlines

plenglish (2019-05-08). Venezuelan Justice Investigates Those Involved in Attempted Coup. plenglish.com Caracas, May 8 (Prensa Latina) The Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) and the Public Ministry of Venezuela are carrying out an investigation to determine those involved in the attempted coup d"état on April 30, when five people were killed.

South Front (2019-05-08). Video: Volodymyr Zelensky, the Donald Trump of Ukrainian Politics? globalresearch.ca Introduction | The parallels between the successor to Poroshenko and the current occupant of the White House are striking. Neither has had significant prior experience with national politics prior to launching a bid for the supreme executive office of their respective …

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-05-08). #CaravanToCanada: Facing Insulin Prices 10X Higher in US, Group Heads Across Border. commondreams.org "We should not have to drive five hours to Canada to be able to afford #insulin!" | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

plenglish (2019-05-08). About 700 Migrants Arrested on US-Mexico Border. plenglish.com Mexico, May 8 (Prensa Latina) About 700 Central American migrants were arrested by United States Border Patrol agents on that side of the border, local sources in Sonora, Mexico, confirmed on Wednesday.

United Nations (2019-05-08). Hundreds of wounded Gaza protesters risk limb amputation without immediate help, warns top UN official. un.org Millions of dollars in emergency funding is needed in Gaza to save the shattered limbs of some 1,700 people who have been seriously injured in demonstrations against Israel along the border fence, a top UN humanitarian official said on Wednesday.

Staff (2019-05-08). Fear Mongering and Capitalism: A Recipe for Fascism? (1/2). therealnews.com The effort to sell security to the people of the US is based on stoking irrational fears, something Trump has taken to new extremes, but which Democrats are guilty of as well, explains Charles Derber, who discusses his new book…

WSWS (2019-05-08). A socialist perspective against the return of fascism in Europe. wsws.org We are publishing here the text of the speech to the 2019 International May Day Online Rally delivered by Christoph Vandreier.

Samuel Sillen (2019-05-08). Remembering 1945: No compromise with fascism, whatever form it takes. peoplesworld.org The following article appeared in the May 8, 1945 issue of the Daily Worker under the headline "The Worst Crimes in History." It was printed on the day that the Nazis surrendered in Germany, thus ending World War II in Europe. In the piece, author Samuel Sillen says the best memorial to the millions killed …

Staff (2019-05-08). Fear Mongering and Capitalism: A Recipe for Fascism? (2/2). therealnews.com Progressives have been notoriously bad a countering the right-wing fear/security narrative, says Charles Derber. The trick is to address the real dangers, of climate change, economic insecurity, and war…

WSWS (2019-05-08). The Christchurch terror attack and the promotion of fascism by the ruling elite. wsws.org We are publishing here the text of the speech to the 2019 International May Day Online rally delivered by Tom Peters.

WSWS (2019-05-08). Australian fascist group tried to recruit Christchurch terrorist. wsws.org The latest revelation further discredits claims by the Australian and New Zealand governments and police that Tarrant was a lone gunman whose attack could not have been prevented.

Shane Quinn (2019-05-08). The "Pro-Western Revolution" in Ukraine Has Been a Fascist-infested Fraud. globalresearch.ca The great deception of "a real democracy" in the Ukraine, which the New York Times insisted on 31 March 2019, shows little sign of relenting. For five years, Western populations have been consistently misled through skewed and slanted reporting, assuring …

Stephen Sefton (2019-05-08). The West — Full Spectrum Dementia: Bogus News Media, Corruption of Academic Research, Irrational Lies Fed into the Educational System. globalresearch.ca "The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information." — Henry Wallace, New York Times, April 9th 1944. | Journalism has never been free of propaganda. News has always been …

ACLU (2019-05-08). Remembering the Woman Who Renovated the House that RBG Built. aclu.org Lenora Lapidus led the ACLU's Women's Right Project for nearly two decades. She died on Sunday, May 5. | On the 50th anniversary of Selma's Bloody Sunday, one of the darkest stains in our nation's civil rights history, President Obama spoke with hope and confidence about Americans who were "unencumbered by what is, and ready to seize what ought to be." Lenora Lapidus lived her life by both of these tenets. | Public servants come in many forms. They're elected officials, politicians, activists, lawyers, organizers, students, ordinary citizens, and steadfast patriots. Our beloved Lenora represented the ve…

splcenter (2019-05-08). Lawsuit challenges massive overuse of solitary in Florida prisons. splcenter.org Admire Harvard has spent nearly 10 years locked up in solitary confinement in the Florida prison system.

Editor (2019-05-08). WW editorial: Palestine will be free! workers.org Another horrific attack on the Palestinian population occurred over the May 4-5 weekend. Once again, the deaths include some of the most vulnerable — of a people who have already been made entirely vulnerable by decades of apartheid conditions, including routine starvation, imprisonment, unemployment. Once again, big business media played . . . | Continue reading WW editorial: Palestine will be free! at Workers.org

Democracy Now! (2019-05-07). After Florida Re-enfranchises 1.4 Million, Republicans Push New "Poll Tax" For Formerly Incarcerated. democracynow.org Civil rights groups are decrying what they say is a new poll tax after the Florida Senate passed a bill Friday that would require formerly incarcerated people with felony convictions to repay all fines and fees to courts before their voting rights are restored. This comes six months after voters in Florida approved a measure to restore voting rights to 1.4 million people with nonviolent felonies who have fully completed their sentences, overturning a Jim Crow-era law aimed at keeping African Americans from voting. Nearly 65 percent of voters approved the constitutional amendment to re-enfranchise people with form…

Sharon Lerner (2019-05-07). Air Pollution Crisis Exposes More Environmental Racism in Illinois. theintercept.com Wendy Abrams has used her wealth to help protect the environment and public health. She's the founder of a public art exhibit meant to raise awareness on climate change, serves on the board of the Waterkeeper Alliance, and has been on the boards of the NRDC Action Fund and the Environmental Defense Fund's National Council. She helped found the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Chica…

Doug Allen (2019-05-07). Antisemitism and Relating to Others: Why Tolerance Isn't Enough. counterpunch.org Although the focus of this essay is on Jewish experiences and Jewish responses, other religious and secular readers concerned about responding to so much hatred, bigotry, racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression, exploitation, and injustice today can easily transform my wordings into their own contextualized terms. Most of our responses to hatred, bigotry, antisemitism More

Andrew Moss (2019-05-07). Getting It Right on Immigration. counterpunch.org As the 2020 presidential campaign intensifies in the coming weeks and months, we'll see candidates and pundits airing a wide variety of proposals on immigration policy. We'll get recommendations on border security, asylum, detention, the status of the Dreamers, the status of the 11 million people living in the U.S. without documentation, and the role More

Victor Jones, SPLC Action Fund senior supervising attorney (2019-05-07). SPLC Action Fund: Demand transparency, accountability in Louisiana schools. splcenter.org The Louisiana House Education Committee today voted unanimously in favor of House Bill 160, which would require school districts in the state to collect data on school climate and school discipline.

Neil Sawhney, staff attorney for the SPLC Action Fund (2019-05-07). SPLC Action Fund: SB 108 puts bail bond industry before low-income Louisianans. splcenter.org The Louisiana House Insurance Committee today voted in favor of Senate Bill 108, which would absolve bail bond companies from having to refund as much as $6 million overcharged to approximately 50,000 New Orleans families after the commissioner of insurance found that the companies systematically overcharged people for the last 14 years.

RT (2019-05-07). Chicago now has a monument to a Holocaust accomplice, so where is the anti-Semitism outrage? rt.com A new war memorial in Chicago honors a Lithuanian anti-Soviet fighter, who is also credibly accused of playing a part in the Nazis' extermination of Jews in the Baltic state. It was hardly noticed by US anti-Semitism watchdogs.

unitedEditor (2019-05-07). Elections in South Africa: what problems will the country's future president inherent? uwidata.com Parliamentary elections in South Africa will be held on May 8, 2019, for the sixth time since the end of apartheid in 1994. Africans will also vote for candidates in the provincial legislative assemblies. In addition, a new president will be elected. The current atmosphere The atmosphere in South Africa in recent months is one …

Scott McCoy, Senior Policy Counsel for the SPLC Action Fund (2019-05-06). SPLC Action Fund: Florida Legislature passes unnecessary bill that would preserve vestige of shameful Jim Crow-era voting restrictions. splcenter.org The Florida Legislature on Friday passed Senate Bill 7066, a piece of legislation that is not only unnecessary but that actually contradicts the will of voters who last year approved Amendment 4, a measure that restored voting rights to people with past felony convictions who have served their sentences.

Austyn Ross (2019-05-06). NAACP Opposes Michael Park's Nomination to Second Circuit, Says Failure to Support Brown V. Board is Disqualifying. naacp.org Today, the NAACP announced its opposition to the nomination of Michael Park to the U.S Circuit Court for the Second Circuit. The Senate will vote on Mr. Park's nomination later this week. Derrick Johnson, president and CEO, made the following statement: "Next week, we celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Supreme Court's seminal decision in …

John Nichols (2019-05-06). Andrew Gillum Wants the Supreme Court to Be a Central Issue in 2020. thenation.com Andrew Gillum Wants the Supreme Court to Be a Central Issue in 2020…

Staff (2019-05-06). Citizenship Question Could Invalidate 2020 Census. therealnews.com Immigration activist Attorney Andrea Senteno analyzes the significance of the Supreme Court's hearing on including a citizenship question on the 2020 census…

ACLU (2019-05-06). Asylum Officers Are Being Replaced By CBP Agents. aclu.org Having a CBP officer conduct a credible fear interview is like having an arresting police officer also sit as the judge. | Last week, President Trump issued a memorandum outlining his latest wishlist of ways to undermine the integrity of our nation's asylum system. Among them was a direction to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to change how it conducts credible fear interviews, the threshold screening interview given to thousands of asylum…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-06). Headlines for May 6, 2019. democracynow.org Gaza: Ceasefire Reached After Intense Fighting Kills 25 Palestinians and 4 Israelis, U.N. Report: 1 Million Species at Risk of Extinction, Trump Nominates Obama-Era Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan to Head ICE, Ex-WH Chief of Staff John Kelly Joins Board of U.S.'s Largest Jailer of Migrant Children, John Bolton: U.S. Deploying Warships to Send "Message" to Iran, North Korea Tests Missiles As Trump Admin Affirms Nuclear Deal Still on Track, U.N. Warns 40% of North Koreans in Need of Food Assistance, Colombia: Renowned Activist Francia Márquez Escapes Attack by Gunmen, Afghanistan: Taliban Raid Security HQ, Killing…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-06). The Occupation is a Crime of Aggression: Gazans React After 25 Palestinians, 4 Israelis Die. democracynow.org Leaders in Israel and Gaza have reportedly reached a ceasefire agreement after an intense three days of fighting left 25 Palestinians and four Israelis dead. Palestinian authorities said the dead in Gaza included two pregnant women, a 14-month-old girl and a 12-year-old boy. The latest round of violence began on Friday. According to the Washington Post, Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinian protesters taking part in the weekly Great March of Return which began 13 months ago. Palestinians then reportedly shot and wounded two Israeli soldiers near the border. In response, Israel carried out an airstrike on a ref…

JMSECC (2019-05-06). Google Bans Press TV. dissidentvoice.org What? On April 19, 2019 (the date of the original Patriots' Day in New England), American tech giant Google disabled the accounts of Press TV, an Iranian news service, and its sister channel Hispan TV, an outlet in Spain. Google denied their access to all its services, including its popular video streaming platform YouTube and …

splcenter (2019-05-06). Federal judge orders reforms to prevent suicides in Alabama prisons. splcenter.org Nearly two years after a federal judge deemed mental health care for Alabama's prisoners "horrendously inadequate," the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) is again the subject of a scathing court order in the SPLC's long-running Eighth Amendment case against the department.

splcenter (2019-05-06). Internet companies must act to combat white nationalist movement. splcenter.org The list of terrorists linked to a globalized white nationalist movement keeps getting longer and longer. And it will keep growing.

United Nations (2019-05-05). Deadly violence at Israel-Gaza border escalates dangerously: UN chief condemns in strongest terms. un.org The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, is following with "deep concern" the latest developments across the Gaza-Israeli border and urges all parties to exercise maximum restraint. Over the weekend, hundreds of rockets were launched from the Occupied Palestinian Territory into southern Israel, and Israel retaliated with hundreds of airstrikes and tank fire.

Fight Back (2019-05-05). May Day march and rally in Boyle Heights. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA – On the afternoon of May 1, International Workers Day, Boyle Heights families, workers and students protested the Trump anti-immigrant attacks and raised the demand "Legalization for all" and "No Wall on the Mexico border!" | The lead banner, with the red flag of Aztlan, called for fighting Trump. The organizers called for self-determination for Chicanos in Aztlan, the U.S. Southwest. The fifth annual May Day in Boyle Heights united hundreds of poor working-class families, students, teachers and workers, mostly Chicanos. Among the demands were respect and equality for Chicanos and Central America…

unitedEditor (2019-05-05). April 2019 — geopolitical events. uwidata.com Europe Assange arrested On April 11, Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, was arrested in London after Ecuador revoked political asylum earlier granted to the journalist. Since 2012, Assange has been held in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Britain is likely to extradite Assange to the US against Assange's wishes. Assange is accused in …

Brian Perez-Canto (2019-05-04). Students march against University of Georgia's historical and present-day racism. liberationnews.org In November 2015, the expansion and reconstruction of Baldwin Hall came to a temporary halt when the University of Georgia uncovered the remains of former slaves.

Ryan Devereaux (2019-05-04). Scott Warren Worked to Prevent Migrant Deaths in the Arizona Desert. The Government Wants Him in Prison. theintercept.com Thousands of migrants have died crossing the desert in Arizona. The U.S. government is prosecuting activists who try to save lives and recover bodies.

Fight Back (2019-05-04). Racist attack is cover for police crimes. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR) | The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR) condemns the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) targeted anti-Black racist campaign against Kim Foxx. | The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) attack on State's Attorney Kim Foxx has nothing to do with moral outrage and everything to do with humiliation. Foxx, an elected Black official brought to power by a movement for racial justice, has been exposing and undoing the decades-old work of the Chicago Police…

Staff (2019-05-04). Guilt by Association? Arrest of Assange Friend Has No Basis. therealnews.com Cyber-security and privacy expert Ola Bini was arrested in Ecuador the same day that Ecuador revoked Julian Assange's asylum. A court now affirmed his pre-trial detention, while his parents and his lawyers say it has no basis…

splcenter (2019-05-03). Weekend Read: Extremist attacks on houses of worship. splcenter.org Last weekend was marked by another horrifying attack on a congregation. Worshippers at a synagogue in Poway, California, were celebrating the last day of Passover when a gunman, apparently influenced by online white supremacist propaganda, opened fire.

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…

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…

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.

Hatewatch Staff (2019-05-03). Anti-LGBT Hate Group Leader Steven Anderson Banned From the Netherlands and the Schengen Zone. splcenter.org The Netherlands banned Steven Anderson, pastor of Arizona anti-LGBT hate group Faithful Word Baptist Church, from the country, bringing the number of nations that bar Anderson from entry to 31.

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."

2019-05-08: Social Media Postees

Venezuelan Justice Investigates Those Involved in Attempted Coup
plenglish.com | 2019-05-08
Caracas, May 8 (Prensa Latina) The Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) and the Public Ministry of Venezuela are carrying out an investigation to determine those involved in the attempted coup d"état on April 30, when five people were killed.
http://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&…

Video: Volodymyr Zelensky, the Donald Trump of Ukrainian Politics?
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-08
Introduction | The parallels between the successor to Poroshenko and the current occupant of the White House are striking. Neither has had significant prior experience with national politics prior to launching a bid for the supreme executive office of their respective …
globalresearch.ca/volodymyr-zelensky-don…

Hundreds of wounded Gaza protesters risk limb amputation without immediate help, warns top UN official
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-08
Millions of dollars in emergency funding is needed in Gaza to save the shattered limbs of some 1,700 people who have been seriously injured in demonstrations against Israel along the border fence, a top UN humanitarian official said on Wednesday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1…

About 700 Migrants Arrested on US-Mexico Border
plenglish.com | 2019-05-08
Mexico, May 8 (Prensa Latina) About 700 Central American migrants were arrested by United States Border Patrol agents on that side of the border, local sources in Sonora, Mexico, confirmed on Wednesday.
http://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&…

#CaravanToCanada: Facing Insulin Prices 10X Higher in US, Group Heads Across Border
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-08
"We should not have to drive five hours to Canada to be able to afford #insulin!" | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/08/caravan…

The Christchurch terror attack and the promotion of fascism by the ruling elite
wsws.org | 2019-05-08
We are publishing here the text of the speech to the 2019 International May Day Online rally delivered by Tom Peters.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/…

Fear Mongering and Capitalism: A Recipe for Fascism? (1/2)
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-08
The effort to sell security to the people of the US is based on stoking irrational fears, something Trump has taken to new extremes, but which Democrats are guilty of as well, explains Charles Derber, who discusses his new book…
therealnews.com/stories/fear-mongering-a…

Fear Mongering and Capitalism: A Recipe for Fascism? (2/2)
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-08
Progressives have been notoriously bad a countering the right-wing fear/security narrative, says Charles Derber. The trick is to address the real dangers, of climate change, economic insecurity, and war…
therealnews.com/stories/fear-mongering-a…

A socialist perspective against the return of fascism in Europe
wsws.org | 2019-05-08
We are publishing here the text of the speech to the 2019 International May Day Online Rally delivered by Christoph Vandreier.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/…

Remembering 1945: No compromise with fascism, whatever form it takes
Samuel Sillen | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-08
The following article appeared in the May 8, 1945 issue of the Daily Worker under the headline "The Worst Crimes in History." It was printed on the day that the Nazis surrendered in Germany, thus ending World War II in Europe. In the piece, author Samuel Sillen says the best memorial to the millions killed …
peoplesworld.org/article/remembering-194…

The "Pro-Western Revolution" in Ukraine Has Been a Fascist-infested Fraud
Shane Quinn | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-08
The great deception of "a real democracy" in the Ukraine, which the New York Times insisted on 31 March 2019, shows little sign of relenting. For five years, Western populations have been consistently misled through skewed and slanted reporting, assuring …
globalresearch.ca/pro-western-revolution…

Australian fascist group tried to recruit Christchurch terrorist
wsws.org | 2019-05-08
The latest revelation further discredits claims by the Australian and New Zealand governments and police that Tarrant was a lone gunman whose attack could not have been prevented.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/…

The West — Full Spectrum Dementia: Bogus News Media, Corruption of Academic Research, Irrational Lies Fed into the Educational System
Stephen Sefton | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-08
"The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information." — Henry Wallace, New York Times, April 9th 1944. | Journalism has never been free of propaganda. News has always been …
globalresearch.ca/the-west-full-spectrum…

Remembering the Woman Who Renovated the House that RBG Built
aclu.org | 2019-05-08
Lenora Lapidus led the ACLU's Women's Right Project for nearly two decades. She died on Sunday, May 5. | On the 50th anniversary of Selma's Bloody Sunday, one of the darkest stains in our nation's civil rights history, President Obama spoke with hope and confidence about Americans who were "unencumbered by what is, and ready to seize what ought to be." Lenora Lapidus lived her life by both of these tenets. | Public servants come in many forms. They're elected officials, politicians, activists, lawyers, organizers, students, ordinary citizens, and steadfast patriots. Our beloved Lenora represented the ve…
aclu.org/blog/womens-rights/remembering-…

Lawsuit challenges massive overuse of solitary in Florida prisons
splcenter.org | 2019-05-08
Admire Harvard has spent nearly 10 years locked up in solitary confinement in the Florida prison system.
splcenter.org/news/2019/05/08/lawsuit-ch…

WW editorial: Palestine will be free!
Editor | workers.org | 2019-05-08
Another horrific attack on the Palestinian population occurred over the May 4-5 weekend. Once again, the deaths include some of the most vulnerable — of a people who have already been made entirely vulnerable by decades of apartheid conditions, including routine starvation, imprisonment, unemployment. Once again, big business media played . . . | Continue reading WW editorial: Palestine will be free! at Workers.org
workers.org/2019/05/07/ww-editorial-pale…

After Florida Re-enfranchises 1.4 Million, Republicans Push New "Poll Tax" For Formerly Incarcerated
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-07
Civil rights groups are decrying what they say is a new poll tax after the Florida Senate passed a bill Friday that would require formerly incarcerated people with felony convictions to repay all fines and fees to courts before their voting rights are restored. This comes six months after voters in Florida approved a measure to restore voting rights to 1.4 million people with nonviolent felonies who have fully completed their sentences, overturning a Jim Crow-era law aimed at keeping African Americans from voting. Nearly 65 percent of voters approved the constitutional amendment to re-enfranchise people with form…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/5/7/aft…

Antisemitism and Relating to Others: Why Tolerance Isn't Enough
Doug Allen | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-07
Although the focus of this essay is on Jewish experiences and Jewish responses, other religious and secular readers concerned about responding to so much hatred, bigotry, racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression, exploitation, and injustice today can easily transform my wordings into their own contextualized terms. Most of our responses to hatred, bigotry, antisemitism…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/07/antisemitism…

Air Pollution Crisis Exposes More Environmental Racism in Illinois
Sharon Lerner | theintercept.com | 2019-05-07
Wendy Abrams has used her wealth to help protect the environment and public health. She's the founder of a public art exhibit meant to raise awareness on climate change, serves on the board of the Waterkeeper Alliance, and has been on the boards of the NRDC Action Fund and the Environmental Defense Fund's National Council. She helped found the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Chica…
theintercept.com/2019/05/07/medline-wend…

Getting It Right on Immigration
Andrew Moss | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-07
As the 2020 presidential campaign intensifies in the coming weeks and months, we'll see candidates and pundits airing a wide variety of proposals on immigration policy. We'll get recommendations on border security, asylum, detention, the status of the Dreamers, the status of the 11 million people living in the U.S. without documentation, and the role…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/07/getting-it-r…

SPLC Action Fund: Demand transparency, accountability in Louisiana schools
Victor Jones, SPLC Action Fund senior supervising attorney | splcenter.org | 2019-05-07
The Louisiana House Education Committee today voted unanimously in favor of House Bill 160, which would require school districts in the state to collect data on school climate and school discipline.
splcenter.org/news/2019/05/07/splc-actio…

SPLC Action Fund: SB 108 puts bail bond industry before low-income Louisianans
Neil Sawhney, staff attorney for the SPLC Action Fund | splcenter.org | 2019-05-07
The Louisiana House Insurance Committee today voted in favor of Senate Bill 108, which would absolve bail bond companies from having to refund as much as $6 million overcharged to approximately 50,000 New Orleans families after the commissioner of insurance found that the companies systematically overcharged people for the last 14 years.
splcenter.org/news/2019/05/07/splc-actio…

Elections in South Africa: what problems will the country's future president inherent?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-07
Parliamentary elections in South Africa will be held on May 8, 2019, for the sixth time since the end of apartheid in 1994. Africans will also vote for candidates in the provincial legislative assemblies. In addition, a new president will be elected. The current atmosphere The atmosphere in South Africa in recent months is one …
uwidata.com/3341-elections-in-south-afri…

Chicago now has a monument to a Holocaust accomplice, so where is the anti-Semitism outrage?
rt.com | 2019-05-07
A new war memorial in Chicago honors a Lithuanian anti-Soviet fighter, who is also credibly accused of playing a part in the Nazis' extermination of Jews in the Baltic state. It was hardly noticed by US anti-Semitism watchdogs. | …
rt.com/usa/458562-lithuanian-holocaust-a…

SPLC Action Fund: Florida Legislature passes unnecessary bill that would preserve vestige of shameful Jim Crow-era voting restrictions
Scott McCoy, Senior Policy Counsel for the SPLC Action Fund | splcenter.org | 2019-05-06
The Florida Legislature on Friday passed Senate Bill 7066, a piece of legislation that is not only unnecessary but that actually contradicts the will of voters who last year approved Amendment 4, a measure that restored voting rights to people with past felony convictions who have served their sentences.
splcenter.org/news/2019/05/06/splc-actio…

Andrew Gillum Wants the Supreme Court to Be a Central Issue in 2020
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-05-06
Andrew Gillum Wants the Supreme Court to Be a Central Issue in 2020…
thenation.com/article/andrew-gillum-supr…

NAACP Opposes Michael Park's Nomination to Second Circuit, Says Failure to Support Brown V. Board is Disqualifying
Austyn Ross | naacp.org | 2019-05-06
Today, the NAACP announced its opposition to the nomination of Michael Park to the U.S Circuit Court for the Second Circuit. The Senate will vote on Mr. Park's nomination later this week. Derrick Johnson, president and CEO, made the following statement: "Next week, we celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Supreme Court's seminal decision in …
naacp.org/latest/naacp-opposes-michael-p…

Citizenship Question Could Invalidate 2020 Census
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-06
Immigration activist Attorney Andrea Senteno analyzes the significance of the Supreme Court's hearing on including a citizenship question on the 2020 census…
therealnews.com/stories/citizenship-ques…

Asylum Officers Are Being Replaced By CBP Agents
aclu.org | 2019-05-06
Having a CBP officer conduct a credible fear interview is like having an arresting police officer also sit as the judge. | Last week, President Trump issued a memorandum outlining his latest wishlist of ways to undermine the integrity of our nation's asylum system. Among them was a direction to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to change how it conducts credible fear interviews, the threshold screening interview given to thousands of asylum…
aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/ice-and-…

The Occupation is a Crime of Aggression: Gazans React After 25 Palestinians, 4 Israelis Die
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-06
Leaders in Israel and Gaza have reportedly reached a ceasefire agreement after an intense three days of fighting left 25 Palestinians and four Israelis dead. Palestinian authorities said the dead in Gaza included two pregnant women, a 14-month-old girl and a 12-year-old boy. The latest round of violence began on Friday. According to the Washington Post, Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinian protesters taking part in the weekly Great March of Return which began 13 months ago. Palestinians then reportedly shot and wounded two Israeli soldiers near the border. In response, Israel carried out an airstrike on a ref…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/5/6/the…

Google Bans Press TV
JMSECC | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-06
What? On April 19, 2019 (the date of the original Patriots' Day in New England), American tech giant Google disabled the accounts of Press TV, an Iranian news service, and its sister channel Hispan TV, an outlet in Spain. Google denied their access to all its services, including its popular video streaming platform YouTube and …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/google-bans-p…

Federal judge orders reforms to prevent suicides in Alabama prisons
splcenter.org | 2019-05-06
Nearly two years after a federal judge deemed mental health care for Alabama's prisoners "horrendously inadequate," the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) is again the subject of a scathing court order in the SPLC's long-running Eighth Amendment case against the department.
splcenter.org/news/2019/05/06/federal-ju…

Internet companies must act to combat white nationalist movement
splcenter.org | 2019-05-06
The list of terrorists linked to a globalized white nationalist movement keeps getting longer and longer. And it will keep growing.
splcenter.org/news/2019/05/06/internet-c…

Deadly violence at Israel-Gaza border escalates dangerously: UN chief condemns in strongest terms
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-05
The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, is following with "deep concern" the latest developments across the Gaza-Israeli border and urges all parties to exercise maximum restraint. Over the weekend, hundreds of rockets were launched from the Occupied Palestinian Territory into southern Israel, and Israel retaliated with hundreds of airstrikes and tank fire.
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May Day march and rally in Boyle Heights
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-05
Los Angeles, CA – On the afternoon of May 1, International Workers Day, Boyle Heights families, workers and students protested the Trump anti-immigrant attacks and raised the demand "Legalization for all" and "No Wall on the Mexico border!" | The lead banner, with the red flag of Aztlan, called for fighting Trump. The organizers called for self-determination for Chicanos in Aztlan, the U.S. Southwest. The fifth annual May Day in Boyle Heights united hundreds of poor working-class families, students, teachers and workers, mostly Chicanos. Among the demands were respect and equality for Chicanos and Central America…
http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/5/5/ma…

April 2019 — geopolitical events
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-05
Europe Assange arrested On April 11, Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, was arrested in London after Ecuador revoked political asylum earlier granted to the journalist. Since 2012, Assange has been held in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Britain is likely to extradite Assange to the US against Assange's wishes. Assange is accused in …
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Students march against University of Georgia's historical and present-day racism
Brian Perez-Canto | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-04
In November 2015, the expansion and reconstruction of Baldwin Hall came to a temporary halt when the University of Georgia uncovered the remains of former slaves.
liberationnews.org/students-march-agains…

Scott Warren Worked to Prevent Migrant Deaths in the Arizona Desert. The Government Wants Him in Prison
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2019-05-04
Thousands of migrants have died crossing the desert in Arizona. The U.S. government is prosecuting activists who try to save lives and recover bodies.
theintercept.com/2019/05/04/no-more-deat…

Racist attack is cover for police crimes
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-04
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR) | The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR) condemns the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) targeted anti-Black racist campaign against Kim Foxx. | The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) attack on State's Attorney Kim Foxx has nothing to do with moral outrage and everything to do with humiliation. Foxx, an elected Black official brought to power by a movement for racial justice, has been exposing and undoing the decades-old work of the Chicago Police…
http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/5/4/ra…

Guilt by Association? Arrest of Assange Friend Has No Basis
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-04
Cyber-security and privacy expert Ola Bini was arrested in Ecuador the same day that Ecuador revoked Julian Assange's asylum. A court now affirmed his pre-trial detention, while his parents and his lawyers say it has no basis…
therealnews.com/stories/guilt-by-associa…

Weekend Read: Extremist attacks on houses of worship
splcenter.org | 2019-05-03
Last weekend was marked by another horrifying attack on a congregation. Worshippers at a synagogue in Poway, California, were celebrating the last day of Passover when a gunman, apparently influenced by online white supremacist propaganda, opened fire.
splcenter.org/news/2019/05/04/weekend-re…

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…
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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-…

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…

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

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.
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Anti-LGBT Hate Group Leader Steven Anderson Banned From the Netherlands and the Schengen Zone
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-05-03
The Netherlands banned Steven Anderson, pastor of Arizona anti-LGBT hate group Faithful Word Baptist Church, from the country, bringing the number of nations that bar Anderson from entry to 31.
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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."
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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.
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