Posted in Biden Administration News

After Trump was allowed to let lobbyist run Interior Dept., Manchin called to ‘Do what’s right’ and confirm Haaland

“The opposition to Congresswoman Haaland’s confirmation is narrow and guided by money, not the qualifications or historic importance of what the nomination of Deb Haaland will do for this country.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Tuesday,…

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Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter Reparations

Slave-built infrastructure still creates wealth in US, suggesting reparations should cover past harms and current value of slavery

by Joshua F.J. Inwood, Penn State and Anna Livia Brand, University of California, Berkeley Sunday, February 14, 2021 The Port of Savannah used to export cotton picked by enslaved laborers and brought from Alabama to Georgia…

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Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter Policing

Why a shootout between Black Panthers and law enforcement 50 years ago matters today

by Paul Ringel, High Point University Members of the Black Panther Party outside the High Point property raided by police.  Sonny Hedgecock/High Point Enterprise, CC BY-SA  In the early hours of Feb. 10, 1971, police surrounded…

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Posted in Arizona Mining

Federal judge rejects Apache Stronghold request to block Oak Flat mine

by Ryan Knappenberger, Cronkite News Saturday, February 13, 2021 Washington, D.C. –    A federal judge Friday refused to order a halt to the proposed Resolution Copper Mine on Oak Flat, land that opponents say is sacred…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus White Privilege

People over 75 are first in line to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The average Black person doesn’t live that long.

Prioritizing COVID-19 vaccinations for people 75 and up can leave out Black Americans, who tend to die younger than their white counterparts. In one majority-Black county, this age gap raises questions about how to make the…

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Evidence used by prosecutors in Steven Carrillo’s case included a patch of the Boogaloo flag on a ballistic vest found in a vehicle registered to him. (United States District Court for the Northern District of California)
Posted in Analysis Pro Publica Right Wing Militias

The Boogaloo Bois Have Guns, Criminal Records and Military Training. Now They Want to Overthrow the Government.

ProPublica and FRONTLINE have identified more than twenty members with ties to the armed forces. by A.C. Thompson, ProPublica, and Lila Hassan and Karim Hajj, FRONTLINE Hours after the attack on the Capitol ended, a group…

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Posted in Analysis

The government Donald Trump left behind

Trump ultimately fell short on many of his signature promises, but his administration’s successes in cutting taxes, rolling back regulations and reshaping the judiciary will cast a long shadow. by Chris Morran Saturday, January 30, 2021…

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Donald Pols (R), director of Dutch environmental organization Milieudefensie, and Channa Samkalden (L), lawyer for Milieudefensie, react following the court ruling in the case that the organization, along with four Nigerian farmers, filed against Shell over oil leaks that have allegedly polluted their villages, in The Hague, on January 29, 2021. The Nigerian branch of Shell has to pay compensation to some farmers from the African country. The company has been found liable for two oil spills. The amount must be determined later, the court in The Hague ruled. (Photo: Remko de Waal / ANP / AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in Energy Environmental Justice News world

Dutch court orders Shell Oil to pay for harm done to Nigerian farmers

“After 13 Years, Justice!” “Victims of environmental pollution, land grabbing, or exploitation now have a better chance to win a legal battle against the companies involved.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, January 29, 2021 Global…

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Rioters storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, seeking to intimidate politicians into overturning the presidential election
Posted in Op/Ed Politics Republicans

Death threats and intimidation of public officials signal Trump’s autocratic legacy

by Shelley Inglis, University of Dayton Thursday, January 26, 2021 As the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump approaches, federal officials are investigating threats to attack or kill members of Congress. This comes in the…

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-N.Y.) speaks at a press conference at Corona Plaza in Queens on April 14, 2020 in New York City. (Photo: Scott Heins/Getty Images)
Posted in News QAnon Republicans Right Wing Militias

AOC rips Republicans for embracing violence, misogyny, and racism

‘Kevin McCarthy Answers to These QAnon Members’ “No consequences means that they condone it.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, January 28, 2021 Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York late Wednesday offered a damning assessment of…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter News White Privilege

Bond modification sought after alleged Kenosha killer Kyle Rittenhouse drinks beer, flashes white power signs with so-called ‘Proud Boys’

“The defendant’s continued association with members of a group that prides itself on violence, and the use of their symbols, raises the significant possibility of future harm.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Thursday, January 14, 2021…

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Posted in Accountability Investigations

“No One Took Us Seriously”: Black Cops Warned About Racist Capitol Police Officers for Years

“No One Took Us Seriously”: Black Cops Warned About Racist Capitol Police Officers for Years Allegations of racism against the Capitol Police are nothing new: Over 250 Black cops have sued the department since 2001. Some…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter News Racism Right Wing Militias

Black woman ‘heartbroken’ after vicious attack by racist MAGA Mob in downtown Los Angeles

“All of a sudden I’m just getting cornered by 30, 40 people,” said Berlinda Nibo. “That’s what started all of them to jump in.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Friday, January 8, 2021 Fears of racially…

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Posted in Accountability Analysis Democracy

US Capitol protesters, egged on by Trump, are part of a long history of white supremacists hearing politicians’ words as encouragement

Today, white supremacists appear to interpret politicians’ remarks as support for their cause of a new civil war to create a white-dominated government, and instead of protecting from that President Donald Trump facilitated an attack. These…

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Posted in Accountability Columns Wade Rathke

Capitol Police asleep at the switch

by Wade Rathke Friday, January 8, 2021 New Orleans    One of the late-night comedians noted that these early resignations from White House staff and cabinet officers with less than two weeks before Biden’s inauguration are…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Justice News

‘Justice was not served’: No charges against Kenosha cop who shot and paralyzed Jacob Blake

“We feel this decision failed not only Jacob and his family, but the community that protested and demanded justice,” said his attorneys. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer January 5, 2021 A Wisconsin district attorney announced Tuesday…

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Posted in First Nations Op/Ed Racism

On Wounded Knee: We fight to mend the Hoop

“There was no honor in these murders,” says Manny Iron Hawk, whose grandmother survived the massacre at age 12 by hiding in a ravine. by Abby Zimet, Further columnist Wednesday, December 30, 2020 On this date…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter News Police Killings

Trump DOJ clears Cleveland cop who killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice

“The Rice family has been cheated of a fair process yet again,” said family attorney Subodh Chandra. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Wednesday, December 30, 2020 The U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday that it has…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter News Voter suppression

Civil Rights groups denounce Georgia officials for closing Early Voting Sites ahead of Senate Runoffs

“Restoring all early voting sites isn’t a concession—it’s restoring a baseline for voting access.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday, December 24, 2020 Voting rights groups on Wednesday accused officials in at least two Georgia counties…

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Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter Health

How COVID-19 hollowed out a generation of young black men

They were pillars of their communities and families, and they are not replaceable. To understand why COVID-19 killed so many young Black men, you need to know the legend of John Henry. by Akilah Johnson and…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter News Racism Reparations

Statue of Robert E. Lee removed from U.S. Capitol

‘An important step forward’ “Confederate images do not represent who we are in Virginia, that’s why we voted unanimously to remove this statue,” said state Sen. Louise Lucas. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Monday, December 21,…

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Posted in Columns Racism Wade Rathke

Urban highway dividers

by Wade Rathke December 20, 2020 Pearl River   Remember way back when, back in 2018-19 in the “before” times, when Amazon was jacking up cities, large and small, to compete for their headquarters location? New…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Public Health

Vaccinating Black Americans is essential. Key states aren’t doing the work to combat hesitancy

States and the federal government also don’t reliably collect data so we won’t have a good idea of whether the vaccine is reaching these critical populations. by Caroline Chen, Ryan Gabrielson and Topher Sanders Though African…

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Posted in Analysis Politics Pro Publica

Trump races to weaken environmental and worker protections, and implement other last-minute policies, before Jan. 20

The Trump administration is rushing to approve dozens of eleventh-hour policy changes. Among them: The Justice Department is fast-tracking a rule that could reintroduce firing squads and electrocutions to federal executions. by Isaac Arnsdorf  Six days…

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