2019-07-07: Social Media Postees

Thousands of Voices Are Telling the Supreme Court: Don't Roll Back LGBTQ Rights
Ria Tabacco Mar | commondreams.org | 2019-07-07
President Trump has told the Supreme Court it should be legal to fire someone just because they're LGBTQ. The president may be a bully, but he's just one voice. Wednesday, more than 2,000 voices from across the country joined together to tell the Supreme Court: Don't roll back our rights.

Trump invites cartoonist who penned 'anti-Semitic' Soros sketch to White House, liberals furious
rt.com | 2019-07-07
Progressives and liberals took to Twitter to vent, after President Donald Trump invited right-wing cartoonist Ben Garrison to an upcoming White House social media summit. Garrison has been accused of anti-Semitism. | …

Jewish group calls on Congress to make Holocaust education mandatory in US schools
rt.com | 2019-07-07
The World Jewish Congress is pushing US lawmakers to make Holocaust education mandatory in all schools, citing statistics from a 2018 poll revealing half of millennials can't name a single Nazi concentration camp. | …

Britain's Persecution of Chagossians: Help Steven Leelah
Craig Murray | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-06
With a callousness that defies belief, the British government continues to pursue and persecute Chagossians in pursuit of the genocide they initiated on the community in 1971. This blog has been campaigning for the Chagossians for over ten years, but …

Crime still illegal even if you commit it 'patriotically', Robinson discovers
John Shafthauer | thecanary.co | 2019-07-06
A judge has found Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (AKA Tommy Robinson) guilty of contempt of court. This is despite him assuring the judge that he was "one of the best patriots going". | Indefensible: | Robinson offered a number of unique defences. He claimed his 'patriotism' should make him immune to any crime. Examples of his patriotism included the fact that he: | Owns the complete DVD collection of Only Fools and Horses and has started making his way through…

Free speech rally with Proud Boys and Milo in Washington DC draws antifa protesters (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2019-07-06
Leftist and 'Antifa' activists have descended on Washington DC to oppose a 'free speech rally' led by right-wing figures including the 'Proud Boys' and Milo Yiannopoulos. Expecting clashes, police have closed roads. | …

An hour with Noam Chomsky on fascism, nuclear weapons, climate change, Julian Assange & more
Amy Goodman | nationofchange.org | 2019-07-06
"They're things like climate change, like global warming, like the Nuclear Posture Review, deregulation. These are real issues. But the Democrats aren't going after those."

Making sure the Census counts Indian Country
Jourdan Bennett-Begaye | nationofchange.org | 2019-07-06
Citizen question is out after Supreme Court ruling * Updated with breaking news | It was easy to miss an important case from the Supreme Court last week. There were a lot of folks waiting for that last-minute decision from the Murphy caselooking at the reservation status of the Muscogee (Creek)…

Syriza poised to hand over power to New Democracy in Greece's July 7 elections
wsws.org | 2019-07-06
Syriza called early elections to hand power to fascistic, right-wing forces amid growing opposition among workers to its reactionary policies.

If Trump's Steampunk History of Revolutionary War Airbases Isn't Grounds for Impeachment, What Is?
Juan Cole | commondreams.org | 2019-07-06
Trump's steampunk daydreams, broadcast as part of his white-nationalist Fascist Fourth of July campaign rally, signal more clearly than ever before the danger he poses to the Republic.

Education Reformers Still Don't Understand Racism
Rann Miller | progressive.org | 2019-07-05
"Those of us actually working in education tried and tried and tried and tried and tried to tell you."

The Falsity of America
Paul Edwards | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-05
All rise! It is the anniversary of this conflicted, sclerotic, blind, self-destructive country. There will be celebrations. Glitzy extravaganzas of flash and fireworks providing the shimmering eye candy to camouflage the corpse of the myth that is centerpiece and theme our national shivaree. A nation built on genocide and slavery, with a Constitution launched…

Born on the 5th of July
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-05
The unifying factor behind environmental decline, an extractive health care system, mind-numbing work for poverty wages, perpetual wars and increasingly intrusive and assertive commercial relations, is capitalism. Of course, the term is an abstraction, shorthand for a belief system used to explain and organize social relations. Its history is of brutality, pillage and genocide explained by its perpetrators as laying the ground for some imagined future civility.

U.S. Militarism and the One-Sided Class War
Ajamu Baraka | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-05
Despite capitalism's internal contradictions, it can sustain itself in various forms — even fascism is a capitalist construct — as long as the bourgeois class is a "class for itself" and the working class is subjectively reduced to non-existence as a political force because of its lack of class consciousness. The various methods with which…

An Hour with Noam Chomsky on Fascism, Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change, Julian Assange & More
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-05
In April, hundreds of people packed into the Old South Church in Boston to hear the world-renowned dissident and linguist Noam Chomsky speak. In this hour-long special, we air an excerpt of Chomsky's speech and his on-stage interview with Amy Goodman.

Spain: Spear-Studded Activists Protest Pamplonan Bullfights
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-05
Animal rights activists lay nearly naked and prostrate in the San Fermin Square of Pamplona Friday on the eve of the traditional running of the bulls and subsequent bullfight that takes place each year in the Spanish city. | RELATED: | Spain: Supreme Court Rules 'Wolf Pack' Case Is Rape | This year, however, the event was marked by 54 protesters laying still…

'I Can't Overstate What a Farce This Is': Trump DOJ Says It Is Still Reviewing 'All Available Options' to Revive Census Citizenship Question
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-07-05
In what one expert described as "an absurd filing," the Trump administration told a federal judge on Friday that the Justice and Commerce departments "have been asked to reevaluate all available options" for including a citizenship question on the 2020 census, an effort which was effectively blocked by the U.S. Supreme Court last week. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/census_0.jpg

Trump unleashes torrent of militarism in Fourth of July speech
wsws.org | 2019-07-05
Trump's hour-long paean to the military was designed to further elevate the military as the supreme arbiter of American politics and buttress of his own personalist rule.

Sanctions: Failure of U.S. Foreign Policy
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-05
President Donald Trump's meeting with North Korea's Supreme Leader, Kim Jong Un, on June 30th may turn out to be more than just another publicity stunt similar to the failed "summit" held in Vietnam in February — a political fiasco. The New York Times and other media report that Trump is planning to revise the terms of U.S.

Canada's Justin Trudeau's Anti-Palestinism
Yves Engler | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-07-05
Is Justin Trudeau a racist? He and his government certainly accept and promote anti-Palestinianism. Two recent moves reaffirm his government's pattern of blaming Palestinians for their dispossession and subjugation. Last week the government released its updated terrorist list. An eighth Palestinian organization was added and the International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy (IRFAN) …

Abu Graib at Home in America
Barbara Nimri Aziz | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-05
"This is not what America is about" argues a U.S. reporter referring to revelations of misogynist, violent, racist behavior by employees of the U.S. Border Patrol 'guarding' migrants held in detention centers.Sorry Mr. Thompson (Pro Publica reporter who broke this story); THIS IS what America is about. Vulnerable people, i.e. women, men and children held…

Border Patrol Agents Tried to Delete Racist and Obscene Facebook Posts. We Archived Them
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2019-07-05
The scrubbing began quickly. At 10: 55 a.m., ProPublica published a story reporting the existence of a secret, invitation-only Facebook group for current and former Border Patrol agents that featured vulgar, violent, and misogynistic content directed at migrants and lawmakers. | A little over two hours later, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security, called for active-duty agents responsible for…

Suspending Chris Williamson: The Fury And The Fakery
Media Lens | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-07-05
On June 26, the Labour Party lifted the suspension of pro-Corbyn MP Chris Williamson, triggering a maximum effort propaganda blitz designed to reverse the decision. Williamson had been suspended on February 27, after footage emerged of him responding to claims of institutionalised anti-semitism in the Labour Party. This is what Williamson said: The party that's …

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales launches a foul attack on Jeremy Corbyn
James Wright | thecanary.co | 2019-07-05
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales launched a foul attack on Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party on 4 July. On social media, Wales called on people to "get on board with kicking out" Labour's "antisemitic leadership". | But the charge that Corbyn and his team are antisemitic is a gross reversal of reality. From signing ma…

Join the Global BDS Week of Action Against HP
ziyaad | bdsmovement.net | 2019-07-05
Join the Global BDS Week of Action Against HP: UpdateFrom July 10th – 15th, groups from across the world are coming together to send a powerful message to HP companies, HP Inc and HP-E, demanding that they stop profiteering from Israel's apartheid, occupation and colonisation. | Boycott HPJuly 5, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) …

On the Picket Line: Muslim Jenni-O workers' walkout
Alex Bolchi and Sue Davis | workers.org | 2019-07-04
Muslim Jenni-O workers' walkout In protest of the boss's racism and Islamophobia, 35 to 40 Muslim workers at the Jennie-O turkey processing plant in Melrose, Minn., marched into the parking lot instead of clocking in for their 1 p.m. shift on June 10. A worker there since 2015 told Workday . . . | Continue reading On the Picket Line: Muslim Jenni-O workers' walkout at Workers.org

Dallas protesters march against Trump's concentration camps
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-07-04
Dallas, TX – About 100 protesters gathered at Dealey Plaza in Dallas in the evening of July 2 to demand an end to the Trump administration's immigrant concentration camps. After the rally, the protesters marched through downtown Dallas. | The protest was organized by North Texas Action Committee, North Texas Dream Team, Party for Socialism and Liberation, the Monsignor Romero Community Center, and Freedom Road Socialist Organization. | Signs demanded an end to the concentration camps and legalization for all. Chants included "Down, down deportations, up, up, education," and "No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA.

Secret Border Patrol agents' Facebook group exposes vile racism, sexism
Marcos Lugo | liberationnews.org | 2019-07-03
This is only the latest incident to reveal law enforcement personnel's connections to facsist and reactionary tendencies.

Is US Democracy Dying a Slow and Barely Visible Death?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-07-03
Ret. Col. Larry Wilkerson examines the dangers that Republican efforts to abridge voting rights and that Trump's racist and violent exhortations represent to US democracy…

Defending the Right of Radical Dissent Is the Highest Expression of Patriotism
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-07-03
Defending the Right of Radical Dissent Is the Highest Expression of Patriotism…

Philosopher Srecko Horvat on the Yugoslav Fight Against Fascism and the Rising Right-Wing Political Forces in Europe
Intercepted | theintercept.com | 2019-07-03
In this bonus episode of Intercepted, philosopher Srecko Horvat discusses the historical lessons from the WWII-era struggle against fascism in Yugoslavia.

Thousands of Voices Are Telling the Supreme Court: Don't Roll Back LGBTQ Rights
aclu.org | 2019-07-03
Businesses, women CEOs, civil rights organizations, Republicans tell the Supreme Court to protect LGBTQ employees like Aimee Stephens and Don Zarda. | President Trump has told the Supreme Court it should be legal to fire someone just because they're LGBTQ. The President may be a bully, but he's just one voice. Today, more than 2,000 voices from across the country joined together to tell the Supreme Court: Don't roll back our rights. | The message came in the form of friend-of-the-court briefs–nearly 50 in all–filed in a…

SPLC: Hate groups have long adopted symbols of U.S. history to promote white supremacy
Keegan Hankes, Intelligence Project | splcenter.org | 2019-07-03
As America prepares to celebrate the Fourth of July this week, the display of some of the nation's earliest regalia has rekindled a debate about racist symbolism.

Nike nixes flag design shoe after Kaepernick questions white supremacist symbolism
Alexandra Olson | peoplesworld.org | 2019-07-03
NEW YORK (AP)–Nike's sales have only grown since it seized attention with its ad campaign featuring former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. So, the shoemaker deferred to its star endorser when he raised concerns over a sneaker featuring an early American flag. Nike pulled the Air Max 1 USA shoe, which included a Revolutionary-era U.S. flag …

SPLC urges Supreme Court to preserve workplace protections for LGBTQ people
splcenter.org | 2019-07-03
Soon after Y.B. took the night shift as a forklift operator, her boss started harassing her because she is a lesbian.

Everyone counts: Trump's census "citizenship question" is dead
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-07-03
WASHINGTON–Lawmakers and state officials representing Hispanic-named citizens hailed the Trump Commerce Department's July 2 decision to throw in the towel and not add a "citizenship" question, one they deemed racist, to next year's census. So did the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which helped assemble the successful lawsuit against the query. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, …

Border Agents Caught Posting Racist, Sexist Messages About Migrants & AOC in Secret Facebook Group
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-03
Customs and Border Protection has opened an investigation into…

Chicago: Book signing for Frank Chapman's autobiography
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-07-03
Chicago, IL – Frank Chapman's new book, The Damned Don't Cry: Pages from the Life of a Black Prisoner and Organizer, is getting a great reception. About 30 people attended a book signing at the office of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, July 2. Chapman's autobiography is available here.

New "Birther" Smear: Attacks on Kamala Harris Are Just the Latest in Trump Family's Racist Record
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-02
California senator and presidential candidate Kamala Harris is riding a new wave of momentum following her debate performance last week when she challenged Joe Biden's past history of working with segregationist lawmakers and his opposition to busing to integrate schools in the 1970s. While Harris has jumped in several opinion polls, there has also been a right-wing backlash online. On Thursday, Donald Trump Jr. retweeted a message from an "alt-right" personality that read, "Kamala Harris is *not* an American Black. She is half Indian and half Jamaican. I'm so sick of people robbing American Blacks (like myself)…

SPLC sues Florida officials to keep citizens from losing right to vote again
splcenter.org | 2019-07-02
After completing her prison sentence and probation time, Rosemary McCoy had her voting rights restored and cast a ballot in the Jacksonville, Florida, runoff city council election earlier this year.

2020 Census Form Will Not Include Citizenship Question, Trump Administration Says
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-07-02
The Trump administration admitted defeat on Tuesday, confirming that forms for the 2020 U.S. census will not include a question asking residents who respond to the survey if they are U.S. citizens. The change of plans follows last week's Supreme Court decision that the Commerce Department had failed to provide a valid reason for adding the question. | The news was conveyed in an email from the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division to lawyers who had contested the effort in lawsuits, and confirmed to The Intercept by…

SPLC Action Fund: Congress should adopt NO HATE Act to neutralize growing threat from white supremacists
Lecia Brooks, SPLC Action Fund | splcenter.org | 2019-07-01
Members of Congress recently introduced new legislation that would improve reporting on hate crimes and expand assistance and resources to hate crime victims.

Why the ACLU Is Suing Florida For Its New Poll Tax
aclu.org | 2019-06-28
The law forces returning citizens with criminal records to pay for the right to vote. | On November 6, 2018, nearly 65 percent of Florida voters–more than 5 million people–resoundingly approved Amendment 4, restoring voting rights to over a million of their fellow citizens. By passing Amendment 4, Floridians successfully ushered in the largest expansion of the electorate in nearly 50 years. The people of Florida did it on their own, using a constitutional ballot initiative, to finally achieve change where Florida politicians had failed. | Instead of celebrating this progress, Florida politicians are t…

Supreme Court Hands GOP Big Victory on Gerrymandering, Ensuring "Massive Election Rigging"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-06-28
The Supreme Court hands down two major decisions. The first is a victory for Republicans, allowing extreme partisan gerrymandering to continue. The other temporarily blocks the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question on the 2020 census. We get response from Ari Berman, senior writer at Mother Jones, a reporting fellow at the Type Media Center and author of "Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America." He says the ruling that federal courts can't resolve claims of partisan gerrymandering is "almost guaranteed to facilitate massive election rigging in the future."

SPLC: Sentencing of James Alex Fields Jr., who killed Heather Heyer at 'Unite the Right,' will not heal victims or their families
Keegan Hankes, Intelligence Project | splcenter.org | 2019-06-28
James Alex Fields Jr., who was sentenced to life in prison today for murdering a woman who was protesting a white supremacist rally two years ago, is a remorseless killer and a domestic terrorist.

Headlines for June 28, 2019
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-06-28
Supreme Court Says Partisan Gerrymandering Can't Be Challenged in Federal Courts, Trump Threatens to Delay Census After Supreme Court Blocks Adding Citizenship Question, Kamala Harris Takes on Joe Biden over Working with Segregationists and His Opposition to Busing, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Decries New Border Bill as an Unacceptable Betrayal, U.S. Helps Block Progress at German Climate Summit as Europe Sizzles in Record Heat, With a Smile, Trump Tells Putin at G20 Not to Meddle in U.S. Elections, Trump's Chief of Diplomatic Protocol Resigns After Accused of Carrying Whip at Work, Brazilian Air Force Officer…

Georgia Tried to Ban Abortion, So We Sued
aclu.org | 2019-06-28
Abortion bans place people in danger, and Georgia's is no exception. | Alabama. Arkansas. Kentucky. Ohio. And today, Georgia. That's the list of states where the ACLU has had to go to court over the last few months to challenge laws banning abortion. | The Georgia law bans abortion at six weeks of pregnancy and is in clear violation of the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade. In fact, that is the whole point of the law. Georgia politicians, including Governor Brian Kemp, emboldened by President Trump's appointment of two new justices to the Supreme Court, think this is their chance to get the court to take aw…

Charlottesville Federal Court Sentences James Alex Fields to Life in Prison for 'Unite the Right' Killing
splcenter.org | 2019-06-28
A neo-Nazi sympathizer from Ohio received two consecutive and 27 concurrent life sentences in federal prison for killing a counterprotester and injuring others in the aftermath of 2017's racist "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Florida Man Arrested for Racist Threats Once Attacked an African American Police Officer
Rachel Janik | splcenter.org | 2019-06-28
A long string of felony charges and a tip-off from the Department of Homeland Security led to the arrest of a Florida man for racist and antisemitic threats posted to Gab and Bitchute.

SPLC: Supreme Court decision not to stop politicians from rigging voting maps hurts our democracy
splcenter.org | 2019-06-27
The Supreme Court decided today that federal courts have no role in regulating state legislatures' gross abuses of power when drawing political lines.

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