Posted in Border Wall First Nations First Peoples News News

Native American man shot protesting Trump border wall, others tear gassed, arrested by US agents on Indigenous Peoples’ Day

“It’s obscene and offensive to us that local and state governments move to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day while the federal government blows up our sacred sites, steals our kids, militarily occupies our communities, and shoots at…

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Posted in Columns Racism Wade Rathke White Privilege

White Christian Privilege

by Wade Rathke October 3, 2020 Atlanta   As always, there are things you know, things you think you know, and then the dreaded assumptions that mask as both, but are neither. It’s those assumptions that…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Race for the White House 2020 Racism

Trump riles up Minnesota supporters with attack on Somali refugees

“This is the overlap between white supremacy, the climate emergency, misogyny, and human rights abuses.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, October 1 Just 24 hours after refusing to condemn white supremacists during the first 2020…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Survey shows 60% of US families struggling to get by, as McConnell dismisses new Covid relief bill as ‘political stunt’

“He’s been blocking the original HEROES Act for 138 days. As always, his priorities are appalling.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday, September 30 On the Senate floor Wednesday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated once again…

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Posted in Analysis Democracy Voter suppression

Trump’s encouragement of GOP ballot watchers echoes an old tactic of voter intimidation

by  Mark Krasovic, Rutgers University Newark During the first presidential debate, Donald Trump was asked by moderator Chris Wallace if he would “urge” his followers to remain calm during a prolonged vote-counting period after the election,…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News Police Killings

Kentucky AG Ordered to Release Breonna Taylor Grand Jury Tapes After Juror Demands ‘Full Story and Absolute Truth’

“The public deserves better than the word games Daniel Cameron is playing to avoid telling the truth.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Tuesday, September 29 Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced Monday night that his office…

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Posted in Common Dreams ICE Investigations News

Rights groups condemn ICE amid whistleblower’s allegations of unwarranted hysterectomies

‘Forced Sterilization Is Genocide’ The complaint alleges numerous health and safety violations in regards to Covid-19 in addition a disturbing number of procedures performed on detained women. by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer Tuesday, September 15 Human…

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Posted in Columns Racism Wade Rathke 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 Coronavirus First Nations First Peoples News High Country News Interview Navajo

The erasure of Indigenous People in U.S. COVID-19 data

‘The United States had no idea what was going on in Indian Country. They have no idea.’ by Kalen Goodluck, High Country News Monday, August 31 Indigenous peoples are bearing the brunt of COVID-19 infections. But…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Kaiser Health News Policing Public Safety

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)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News Police Killings

‘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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Posted in Analysis Politics Religion Republicans The Conversation

What makes Donald Trump and John Wayne heroes of the Christian Right?

by  Kristin Kobes Du Mez, Calvin University August 27, 2020 The Research Brief is a short take on interesting academic work. The big idea   White evangelical support for Donald Trump has long puzzled observers. To…

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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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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)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News Police Killings

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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Posted in Analysis Policing The Conversation

Why police unions are not part of the American labor movement

In a way, some police unions have created an alternative justice system that prevents police departments and municipalities from disciplining or discharging officers who have committed crimes against the people they are sworn to serve. Minneapolis…

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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)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News Policing

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)
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 Wade Rathke 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 revealnews.org 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 Facial Recognition Technology Wade Rathke

Ethics, artificial intelligence, and corporations

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   Facial recognition just seems sketchy. Back when it was possible to fly, and I did so, it was hard not to notice how customs’ officials and kiosks were increasingly using…

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