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 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 Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Technology

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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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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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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Demonstrators face police armed with military equipment at a recent racial justice protest. (Photo: Amnesty International USA)
Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News Policing

Amnesty International report details human rights violations by US police during racial justice protests

‘The World Is Watching’ The use of force detailed in the report “is ultimately a symptom of the very issue that started these protests: unaccountable police violence.” by Julia Conley, staff writer In a report titled…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News Politics Social Justice

Majority of Americans back Black Lives Matter protests and think demonstrations will help racial justice: Gallup poll

A new Gallup survey shows that 65% of U.S. adults support the protests. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Tuesday, July 28 Nearly two-thirds of Americans support the nationwide protests for Black lives and racial justice that…

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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 Common Dreams Investigations Policing

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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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 2020 Fed Budget Columns ICE Policing Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Defund the Department of Homeland Security

by Wade Rathke New Orleans      What nightmare is this?  In his dictatorial desperation, as polls indicate that the president’s ineptness in dealing with the economy, race, and the pandemic is capsizing his campaign, he is…

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A Native American woman attends a protest at Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House on July 4 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Probal Rashid/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Posted in Common Dreams First Nations First Peoples News News

After 87 years, Washington’s NFL team drops racist name

“This is the result of decades of Native activism, mostly led by Native women.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Monday, July 13 Indigenous leaders across the U.S. celebrated Monday as Washington, D.C.’s football team dropped the…

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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 Black Lives Matter Columns Community Neighborhoods Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Statues be gone

by Wade Rathke New Orleans  Statues and memorials of various stripes are getting a good hard look after decades where they received a pass from the public and politicians no matter how obnoxious their content and…

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Data shows that Black Brazilians and Indigenous people are getting sick and dying at much higher rates.
Posted in Coronavirus News The Conversation

Brazil’s Bolsonaro has COVID-19 – and so do thousands of Indigenous people who live days from the nearest hospital

Land grabs, insufficient health care, deforestation and stigmatization all threatened Indigenous Brazilians before the pandemic. Genocides can be that way. They are a process, not sudden, isolated events.   Satere-mawe Indigenous men in face masks paddle…

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A staff member of the Community Relations Service mediating at a march in Memphis in 2009. His jacket and hat displayed the Department of Justice seal. (Community Relations Service)
Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter Civil Rights Pro Publica

How a Key Federal Civil Rights Agency Was Sidelined as Historic Protests Erupted

Launched by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964, the Community Relations Service has been without a director and short-staffed during recent unrest. The Trump administration has repeatedly tried to eliminate the agency. by A.C. Thompson and Robert…

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Black Lives Matter protesters gather in front of the Confederate carving in Stone Mountain Park on June 16, 2020 in Stone Mountain, Georgia. The march is to protest confederate monuments and recent police shootings. Stone Mountain Park features a Confederate Memorial carving depicting Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee, President Jefferson Davis. (Photo by Jessica McGowan)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News

Stone Mountain, Georgia: The flashpoint now at center of Confederate monument removals

The mountain, known for its massive Confederate memorial carving, was the location of the rebirth of the Ku Klux Klan in 1915. by Common Dreams staff Sunday, July 5 The planet’s largest Confederate monument—Stone Mountain outside…

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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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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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Posted in Columns Economy Racism Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Dismantling the false paths to equity

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   I’ll never forget the surprise on a colleague’s face who was working to build a nonprofit community development organization in the Mississippi delta several years ago when we first met….

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