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New Investigation Reveals How Fossil Fuel Giants Are Amplifying Militarized Police Forces

“This report sheds a harsh and needed light on the ways police violence and systemic racism intersect with the climate crisis.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Monday, July 27 The same industries fueling the climate crisis…

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Federal crackdown in Portland provokes solidarity protests across the country

“This is my first protest,” said a 45-year-old woman who joined the “Wall of Moms” at a Saturday demonstration in Seattle. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Saturday, July 26 People took to the streets in communities…

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Massive protests in Portland continue, this time with “Wall of Vets” backing up protesters

“If the state of Oregon does not have standing to prevent this unconstitutional conduct by unidentified federal agents running roughshod over her citizens, who does?” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Saturday, July 25   After a…

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Two examples of the protective vests with identifying markings worn by Border Patrol and Homeland Security agents during a press conference with Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf on the recent events involving the agents during continued protests in Portland at the US Customs and Border Patrol headquarters on July 21, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
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‘We’re Ready’: Trump to deploy 75,000 Federal Agents into US cities

“Watching moms, reporters, medics, and peaceful protesters get tear gassed and beaten by federal agents on a regular basis,” said one critic, “isn’t the imagery I’d choose as a cornerstone of my campaign.” by Jon Queally,…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Policing

Fed agents violate Geneva Convention in Portland

As happened in Asheville, NC, and imitating Israeli military attacks agains Palestinian health clinics Federal agents are destroying medical equipment and stations in Portland, OR. by Meteor staff Thursday, July 23 Federal authorities are accused of…

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Posted in Abuse of power Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News Politics

Trump and Barr to deploy more Federal Agents to US cities – Chicago and Albuquerque, New Mexico,

‘Abuse of Power’ “In case you were wondering, this is precisely what fascism looks like.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Wednesday, July 22 President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr announced Wednesday afternoon that the…

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Protestors are tear gassed as the police disperse them near the White House on June 1, 2020 as demonstrations against George Floyd's death continue. (Photo: Roberto Schmidt)
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Will Trump’s Secret Police succeed in provoking riots in your city?

Portland is a test… but only a test. by Thom Hartmann July 21, 2020 The Republican Trump administration has gone full authoritarian. Portland is a test, but only a test. Donald Trump signaled his election strategy…

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Stirring fears of pre-crime policing, DHS head Chad Wolf confirms federal agents in Portland making ‘Proactive’ arrests

“Welcome to 2020: Minority Report Edition.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Wednesday, July 22 Critics unloaded on acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf after the agency head revealed in an interview on Fox News Tuesday…

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"I was enraged simply because I did not think they were taking their oath of office seriously or they were compromising their oath of office," Christopher David, the 53-year-old disabled Navy veteran shown above being attacked and pepper sprayed by federal police. "So I actually went down because I wanted to talk to them about it." (Screenshot: via Twitter/Zane Sparling/@PDXzane)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Investigations News Policing Race for the White House 2020

Navy Veteran speaks out after attack by Secret Police in viral video viewed nearly 10 million times: ‘No Tactics… Just Seemed Like a Gang’

“They just started whaling on me with batons, and I let them,” said Christopher David. by John Quelley, Staff writer Monday, July 20 The U.S. Navy veteran who was brutally attacked by unidentified federal police in…

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Police confront demonstrators as Black Lives Matter supporters demonstrate in Portland, Oregon on July 4, 2020. (Photo: John Rudoff/Anadolu Agency)
Posted in Abuse of power Common Dreams Investigations Op/Ed Policing Race for the White House 2020

Trump threat to unleash Secret Police in other US cities is scheme to ‘Steal the November election’

“The exercise also has the advantage for Trump of entrenching a new form of secret police and of turning federal agents into instruments of his authoritarianism.”   by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Monday, July 20 Amid…

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Trump pledges to deploy Secret Police units to major US cities

‘Fascism Coming to a City Near You’ The president also praised federal agents for doing a “fantastic job” with a widely condemned crackdown on Portland, Oregon. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Monday, July 20, 2020, 2PM…

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Federal officers prepare to disperse the crowd of protestors outside the Multnomah County Justice Center on July 17, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo: Mason Trinca/Getty Images)
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‘These tactics must stop’: Oregon DOJ launches criminal probe into violence by Trump-deployed Feds

“Every American should be repulsed when they see this happening. If this can happen here in Portland, it can happen anywhere.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Saturday, July 18 Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum on Friday…

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Unidentified federal officers detain a protester in Portland, Oregon on July 16, 2020. (Photo: Twitter/Screengrab)
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Trump condemned for authoritarian ‘Abuse of Power’ as Secret Federal Police snatch protesters off Portland streets. Video

“Authoritarian governments, not democratic republics, send unmarked authorities after protesters. These Trump/Barr tactics designed to eliminate any accountability are absolutely unacceptable.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, July 17, 2020 Oregon’s Democratic governor and other state…

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A protester raises her hands near a line of National Guard soldiers deployed near the White House on June 1, 2020. (Photo: Roberto Schmidt)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News US Military

US Military confirms bayonets were issued to troops responding to George Floyd protests

“It is insane to issue bayonets to soldiers for crowd control.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, July 3 “Are they supposed to stab protesters?” That was Rep. Ted Lieu’s (D-Calif.) response Thursday to a letter…

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Posted in Columns Democracy Wade Rathke While we were looking elsewhere

We are all protesting in Hong Kong now

We need to follow the lead of our brothers and sisters in Hong Kong and make masks, hats, and even googles semi-standard wear for protests and demonstrations. by Wade Rathke Pearl River    The big reveal…

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Autocrats fall when military support disappears

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   All around the world this is a familiar story, often marking the beginning of the end for dictators, autocrats, and even elected leaders that have outstayed their peoples’ welcome. There’s…

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‘Light Em Up’: Warrior cops when the wars come home

America’s forever wars in distant lands have now come home. by William Astore Monday, June 8 From their front porches, regular citizens watched a cordon of cops sweep down their peaceful street in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Rankled…

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Demonstrators protest the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis Police officer on June 3, 2020 in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt)
Posted in Analysis Policing world

The rest of the world sees uprisings, not riots

The United States is paying the price for denying people what Malcolm X called “the right to be a human being.” by Reese Erlich Sunday June 7, 2020 One of Germany’s largest dailies ran the headline…

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For demonstrators in Washington on Tuesday, the death of George Floyd was evidence of the same structural racism that has also led to African Americans dying from coronavirus at more than twice the rate of others. (Julien Henderson)
Posted in Coronavirus Justice News Pro Publica Social Justice

On the minds of Black Lives Matter protesters: A racist health system

Black lives are being lost to COVID-19 at twice the rate of others. For protesters we talked to, that’s one more reason to be on the street. “If it’s not police beating us up, it’s us…

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Shipments of masks destined for major cities across the U.S. were seized by law enforcement without any explanation. (Photo: Movement-Ink/Instagram)
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Law enforcement seizes thousands of masks sent to help protect protesters from coronavirus

“It appears they want to ensure that people who protest are susceptible to the same deadly pandemic that they have failed miserably at stopping.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, June 5 In an effort to…

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“When They Say We Don’t Have the Right to Protest,” Says Naomi Klein, “That’s the Moment to Flood the Streets”

As Trump declares “law and order” clampdown against peaceful demonstrations, author and activist reminds people of most important lesson she’s learned studying history of shock doctrine tactics. by Jon Queally, staff writer Thursday, June 4 Amid…

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Trump Condemned as Busloads of US Soldiers Arrive in Nation’s capital: ‘What authoritarianism looks like’

“The numbers of U.S. military security forces in D.C. right now is just ridiculous. This is pure intimidation. Trump is very afraid. The longer we stay in the streets, the more frightened he gets.”   by…

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Senator unveils plan to bar use of US Military force against protesters

‘We Need to Put Guardrails in Place’ “I thought that would seem obvious to everyone. But as we take up the NDAA next week, I’m going to be pushing to ensure the president can’t treat the…

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‘Do the right thing’: veterans call on National Guard members to refuse to deploy against protesters

Over 17,000 Guard members have been “activated for civil unrest” in 23 states and Washington, D.C.   “It is asinine for a rich man hiding in a bunker to ask these troops, most of whom probably…

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