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DOJ designates New York, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon ‘Anarchist Jurisdictions’

“Impeach Barr” “This is not just unlawful but it’s also a prime example of this president’s failed leadership and desperation,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal said of the DOJ designations. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Monday, September 21…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Columns Democracy Labor Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Firing workers for off-the-job protests

by Wade Rathke September 17, 2020 New Orleans   A small notice in an email caught my eye. A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) attorney in a newly released guidance letter wanted to make sure that…

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Posted in Labor News Prisons Racism

Disaster work is often carried out by prisoners – who get paid as little as 14 cents an hour despite dangers

Prison systems have long championed the work of incarcerated persons in emergencies and disasters as a demonstration of the value of prisons to local communities and the state. Prisoners clearing vegetation to prevent the spread of…

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Trump openly endorses extrajudicial killings of suspects by law enforcement

Trump tells reporter  “There has to be retribution” “State violence to advance the end of ‘retribution’ is death squad logic,” said one critic. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Discussing the recent police killing of a self-described anti-fascist…

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Posted in Columns Racism Rathke: Chief Organizer Report White Privilege

Racial Authoritarianism

by Wade Rathke Wednesday, September 9 New Orleans   Rochester, New York is an interesting place in its own right. The heart of downtown is a semi-wasteland, but along the edges there are bike and running trails…

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White House moves to end racial awareness/diversity training.

Even though racism infects many US police departments WH memo says there is ‘no place’ for awareness and “Un-American” diversity training in US Government. “187,000 Americans are dead from Covid-19, and the White House is spending…

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Cities and states look to crack down on ‘less-lethal’ weapons used by police

by Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News and Kevin McCoy, USA TODAY and Donovan Slack, USA TODAY Thursday, September 3 Following nationwide protests against police brutality in which law enforcement officers wounded or blinded protesters, state and…

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Members of the University of South Carolina football team join student athletes on campus during a demonstration against racial inequality and police brutality on August 31, 2020 in Columbia, South Carolina. The team organized the event in response to Jacob Blake, who was shot several times at close range in the back during an encounter with a Kenosha, Wisconsin police officer, which was caught on video. (Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
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‘Unjust, inhumane, and avoidable’: Horrifying video of police killing of Daniel Prude sparks outrage

“If someone calls for mental health assistance, murdering people should not be the result,” one racial justice advocate said. by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer Thursday, September 3 Newly released video footage showing New York police putting…

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Rodney Lavalais holds a photo of his mother, Sarah Johnson, outside her New Orleans home. (Kathleen Flynn/ProPublica)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Coronavirus Hospitals Pro Publica

Sent home to die

In New Orleans, hospitals sent patients infected with the coronavirus into hospice facilities or back to their families to die at home, in some cases discontinuing treatment even as relatives begged them to keep trying. by…

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Trump speaks to media during a news conference in the briefing room at the White House on August 31, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (screenshot)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News Policing Race for the White House 2020

President Defends Right-Wing Vigilante Charged With Murder

‘Trump Doesn’t Condemn It Because He Incites It’ “It puts the lie to Trump’s talk of ‘law and order’—his rhetoric incites violence and murder.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, September 1 President Donald Trump late…

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Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter Civil Rights Policing Politics The Conversation

Federal agents sent to Kenosha, but history shows militarized policing in cities can escalate violence and trigger conflict

Sending in the feds to quell unrest often increases conflict on the ground, as it did this summer in Portland, Ore. Nathan Howard/Getty Images by  Angélica Durán-Martínez, University of Massachusetts Lowell August 31 The U.S. Justice…

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Trump plans Kenosha visit despite calls to stay away

‘Photo-Op for white nationalist president isn’t helpful,’ says Wisconsin Dem In a letter to Trump on Sunday, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers warned the president’s visit “will only delay our work to overcome division and move forward…

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Amid violence in Portland, Biden and progressive critics emphasize that continued chaos is result of ‘Trump’s America’

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has consistently called for peaceful protests and condemned violence, but still faces accusations that he’s allowed Trump to claim the “law and order” mantle. by Julia Conley, staff writer Sunday, August…

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Video shows officers in unmarked vehicles surround, arrest activists in Kenosha for the crime of… trying to serve free food

When traveling from out of state with an AR-15 is not treated as a crime, but “filling up gas cans for your food truck” leads to immediate arrest. by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Friday, August 28…

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The End of Jock Culture

by Wade Rathke August 28 Pearl River    You no longer need to read the sports pages to see what’s happening with athletes, because their actions are now turning up on the front page. The NBA playoffs…

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Tens of thousands attend march in Washington on 57th anniversary of historic Civil Rights rally, today

‘Get Your Knee Off Our Necks’ “We’ve been here before, but this time we know that it is necessary to redefine public safety in order to save black lives.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Friday, August…

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Protesters hold signs during a demonstration against the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin on August 26, 2020. Two people were shot dead and a third injured on the night of August 25 as anti-police protesters clashed with armed vigilante groups during a third night of demonstrations over the police shooting of Jacob Blake. (Photo: Kamil Krzaczynsky/AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Policing Racism Right Wing Militias

Far-right militias and white supremacist groups infiltrating US police departments for years, says Brennan Center for Justice

The study comes amid unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, following the latest high-profile police shooting of a Black man and the shooting deaths of two protesters by an alleged far-right militia member. by Julia Conley, staff writer…

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Kenosha Sheriff David Beth (r) speaks at a news conference on August 26, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. In addition to Beth, the ACLU is also calling for immediate resignation of Kenosha, Wisconsin chief of police Daniel Miskinis (l). (Screenshot from photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images)
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ACLU demands immediate resignation of Kenosha Police Chief, Sheriff, and Mayor

The actions of the city’s top law enforcement officials, said the group, “uphold and defend white supremacy, while demonizing people who were murdered for exercising their first amendment rights and speaking out against police violence.” by…

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Outrage grows over police treatment of alleged Kenosha killer Kyle Rittenhouse compared to shooting victim Jacob Blake

In the streets and on social media, anger and questions about systemic racism and white privilege abound in the wake of Kenosha shootings. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Thursday, August 27 Anger and questions mounted on…

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A man on the ground was shot during the third day of protests over the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin on August 25, 2020. (Screenshot. Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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17 year old fires on Kenosha residents protesting police shooting of Jacob Blake, killing two; video. Suspect arrested, charges filed

Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes warns that the danger posed by white militias has been ignored for far too long. by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Wednesday, August, 26 Two people were killed and one injured overnight…

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A boy sits on his father's shoulders while holding a sign on August 24, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. (Photo: Brandon Bell)
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Jacob Blake’s father says his son is paralyzed below waist after being shot from behind by Kenosha Police

Marches and demonstrations have been held nationwide demanding justice for the 29-year-old father of six, who is Black. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Tuesday, August 25 Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man whom police shot in…

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Protesters march near the Minneapolis 1st police precinct during a demonstration against police brutality and racism on August 24, 2020 in Minneapolis. (Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP)
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Mass demonstrations and marches erupt nationwide to protest police shooting of Jacob Blake

Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old father of six was shot multiple times in the back at point-blank range by a Kenosha, Wisconsin police officer as three of his children watched from the back seat of his car….

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report White Privilege

Masks and white privilege

by Wade Rathke Monday, August 24, 2020 New Orleans   Out and about, it’s hard not to notice patterns and paradoxes among the masked and unmasked marauders among us in this crazy pandemic time. In Mississippi…

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The founder of New Mexico’s new militia was a neo-Nazi skinhead

  By Stan Alcorn  August 21, 2020 This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more at revealnews.org and…

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