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Sunrise Movement doubles down on 2020 after RBG’s death, with planet and the future on the line

“This moment is a critical opportunity—not only to activate every young voter in swing states but also to catapult emergent Green New Deal champions running for Senate into the spotlight and secure upsets in red states.”…

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Early AM protest outside Lindsey Graham’s home over RBG replacement

‘He Told Us to Use His Words Against Him’ “In the spirit of RBG, we will not allow a double standard in how our Congress deals with late-term Supreme Court appointments.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer…

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Posted in Columns Police Killings Policing Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

The campaign to ban tear gas

by Wade Rathke September 20, 2020 Pearl River   We’ve talked about Bjorn Skogquist before, but this time we wanted to catch up with him and the Ban Tear Gas Campaign in more detail on Wade’s…

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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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A police officer stands on the roof of the Third Police Precinct in Minneapolis holding a projectile launcher during a demonstration on May 27. (Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images)
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‘It seems systematic’: doctors cite 115 cases of head injuries from crowd control devices

by Jordan Culver, USA Today September 14, 2020 At least 115 people were injured this summer when police shot them in the head or neck with so-called “less-lethal” projectiles at protests over racial injustice and police…

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ACLU, press freedom advocates denounce attack on journalist by LA Sheriff’s Deputies

Video footage of the incident contradicts official reports from Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer Monday, September 14 Press freedom advocates are calling for an investigation into the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s…

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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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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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U.S. President Donald Trump boards Marine One for departure from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC., on Friday, July 19, 2019. (Photo: Cheriss May/NurPhoto)
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Sanders warns nation: Trump is laying groundwork for election result mayhem

“Trump is now using his lies and misinformation to sow confusion and chaos in the election process and undermine American democracy,” says the Vermont senator. by Jon Queally, staff writer Sunday, September 6 Warning of the…

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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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Disarm all protestors in public spaces

by Wade Rathke Friday, September 4 Pearl River   I’m enrolled in the lifetime learning program for organizers. The sessions are usually not online, but they happen there, too. Most of the classes are in real-time…

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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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Banning dispersants

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   Bjorn Skogquist was a former mayor of one of the Minneapolis-St. Paul suburbs some fifteen miles away, when he was a young man. He did a couple of terms and went…

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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)
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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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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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