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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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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Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News Racism

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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Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News Poor Peoples Campaign Poverty Racism

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)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News Policing Racism

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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Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News Racism White Privilege

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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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)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News Police Killings Racism

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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Posted in News Podcast Pro Publica Racism Right Wing Militias

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 and…

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Posted in Coronavirus Pro Publica Racism

Federal investigation finds NM hospital violated patients’ rights by profiling, separating native mothers and newborns

It remains unclear just how many newborns were separated from their mothers as a result of the policies. Lovelace Women’s Hospital did not admit to any wrongdoing but reported that the practice has been halted. by…

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Posted in Columns Racism Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Reparations

Richard Rothstein’s reparations formula

by Wade Rathke New Orleans Richard Rothstein, a distinguished fellow at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. wrote a watershed volume several years ago, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Justice Politics Racism The Conversation

After the civil rights era, white Americans failed to support systemic change to end racism. Will they now?

Will white people’s participation in Black Lives Matter protests yield real change?  (Photo: Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images” by  Candis Watts Smith, Pennsylvania State University The first wave of the Black Lives Matter movement, which crested…

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The Battle of Bull Run, Battle of Bull Run, Va. July 21st 1861, Currier and Ives. (Drawing: Library of Congress)
Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Policing Racism

Oligarchy and Democracy from the Civil War to the present

Yes, the Civil War brought an end to the slave order of the South and the rule of the plantation oligarchs who embodied white supremacy. But the Northern victory was short lived — Southern ideals spread…

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Posted in Columns Policing Racism Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

US police roots spring from slavery

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   We would all love to simply believe that the police are there, and have always been there, as the slogan goes, “to serve and protect.” Jill Lepore, the noted Harvard historian…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter News Public Policy Racism The Conversation

Urban planning as a tool of white supremacy – the other lesson from Minneapolis

Minneapolis, a city still split along racial lines. Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images by Julian Agyeman, Tufts University The legacy of structural racism in Minneapolis was laid bare to the world at the intersection…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Columns Justice Racism Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Coerced work

by Wade Rathke Dallas   As Covid-19 sweeps through prisons creating hot spots all over the country because of the close and abysmal conditions, it’s a reminder of how many people are still incarcerated despite widespread claims…

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Posted in Analysis Banks Pro Publica Racism

Trump Financial Regulator Quietly Shelved Discrimination Probes Into Bank of America and Other Lenders

At least six investigations into discriminatory mortgage loan “redlining” have been halted or stalled — against staff recommendations — under the Trump administration’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. by Patrick Rucker, The Capitol Forum…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Racism

Trump suggested selling Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, former advisor says

Adding Insult to the ‘Injury of Colonialism,’  “You may try to sell the office you hold, your personal integrity and your soul, Mr. President—but I assure you Puerto Rico is not for sale!” tweeted Rep. Nydia…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus First Nations First Peoples News News Racism

With new infections soaring, the Trump’s host a July 4th Pandemic Party at the White House

The White House is preparing to change its messaging on the coronavirus, to tell Americans it simply has to be lived with. by Common Dreams staff Saturday, July 4   Hundreds of thousands of people converged…

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Protestors rally outside of Lambeau Field prior to the game between the Green Bay Packers and the Washington Redskins on December 8, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo: Stacy Revere)
Posted in Common Dreams First Nations First Peoples News News Racism

Corporate sponsors join Native American call for Washington Redskins name change

Investor coalition worth $620 billion pushed FedEx, Pepsi, and Nike to change stance, prompting team owner to announce a review of the name. by Julia Conley, staff writer Friday, July 3   Washington Redskins owner Dan…

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Visitors look at Mount Rushmore National Monument on July 02, 2020 near Keystone, South Dakota. President Donald Trump is expected to visit the monument and speak before the start of a fireworks display on July 3. (Photo: Scott Olson)
Posted in Common Dreams First Nations News Racism

‘An Attack on Indigenous People’: Mount Rushmore Trump event denounced as racist, dangerous, and disrespectful

“We won’t be social distancing,” said the South Dakota governor. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, July 3 President Donald Trump’s planned July 3 fireworks ceremony at Mount Rushmore is facing sustained criticism over its risks…

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Posted in Coronavirus Op/Ed Racism The Conversation

As Arizona coronavirus cases surge from early reopening, Indigenous nations suffer not only more COVID-19 but also wrongly from blame

At the Navajo Nation town of Fort Defiance, Arizona, staff pack food boxes. The Navajo Nation now has the highest per capita COVID-19 infection rate in the U.S.   (Getty Images/Mark Ralston) by  Lisa Hardy, Northern Arizona…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Columns Racism Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Reparations qualifications and confusion

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   As a Nikole Hannah-Jones fan, I followed her arguments carefully and approvingly in a recent piece in the New York Times as she demolished one quick fix after another that…

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