Human Rights

"DEFCON 1-Level Bad": Uproar After Steve Bannon Gets Loose With Lefty Magazine

Common Dreams - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 23:23
Jon Queally, staff writer

In the wake of a site-crashing interview with the founder and editor of The American Prospect—in which he talked about administration in-fighting, tensions with North Korea, looming economic war with China, and his high hopes for Democrat's focus on identity politics—top Trump advisor Steve Bannon, according to responses gathered by Axios, is possibly in pretty deep(er) shit just about now with his White House colleagues.

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Centrist Pundits Paved Way for Trump’s ‘Alt-Left’ False Equivalence

Common Dreams - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 17:10
Adam Johnson

President Donald Trump sparked outrage Tuesday afternoon after he equated Nazis and counter-protesters in Charlottesville. To do so, he referred to the anti-racist activists as the “alt-left,” with the implication that they were the equivalent of the “alt-right,” two sides to the same coin, showing there was, in his words, evil “on both sides.”

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Equality, Justice and the First Amendment

Common Dreams - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 17:00
Anthony D. Romero

For all people of good will—regardless of party affiliation, race, creed, or color—the events that took place this weekend in Charlottesville were sickening and deeply disturbing.

Several clear themes emerged for me this weekend. And while they are pretty obvious, I thought I would share them with the broader ACLU community, in an effort to give voice to what many of us are feeling and to spark a further discussion that will allow us to move together with greater hope and resolve through what are likely to be troubling days ahead.

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Waiting for a Grown-Up in the White House

Common Dreams - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 16:59
Michael Winship

This presidency is unconstitutional. The Constitution says you have to be at least 35 to serve in our highest office and our incumbent tantrum-in-a-suit is emotionally 6 years old.

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Racists Look Emboldened. They're Actually Terrified.

Common Dreams - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 16:53
Olivia Alperstein

The act of terrorism that killed one person and injured others in Charlottesville, Virginia was horrific. There will be more days like these.

"They want to strike fear into our hearts, but it is they who are afraid of a better world."

Angry, cowardly, fear-mongering white supremacists have been emboldened by a president they see as the last great hope for the purity of the white race. They came for Charlottesville intent on hate and destruction. They were met instead with an outpouring of humanity from around the nation.

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Trump Keeps His Promise - And Delivers Hate

Common Dreams - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 16:48
Christian Christensen

CD editor's note: The Swedish-language version of this post first appeared in today's Aftonbladet.

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The Testosterone-Fueled Presidency

Common Dreams - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 16:40
Neal Gabler

Oh, those authoritarian strongmen! They are so much more masculine than we ordinary males, so much more alpha, so much more physically powerful. At 73, Mao Zedong allegedly swam the Yangtze River at a pace that would have been faster than that of Sun Yang, the 2012 Chinese 1,500-meter Olympic gold medal winner. There were even photos that claimed to document the septuagenarian’s achievement.

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White Supremacy Carries More Than a Tiki Torch

Common Dreams - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 16:39
Peter Certo

Our president has no trouble naming his enemies — CNN, Rosie O’Donnell, Nordstrom, immigrants, Muslims, the all-women version of Ghostbusters, etc. etc.


But when it comes to violent white supremacists, his passive streak is impossible to miss. When neo-Nazis and Klansmen incited a riot in Charlottesville, Trump famously blamed “many sides.”


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Michael Li on Texas Standard: Districts Must Be Redrawn

Brennan Center - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 16:08
Michael Li on Texas Standard: Districts Must Be RedrawnAugust 16, 2017 Redistricting_08162017.mp3

Michael Li joins Texas Standard to discuss the federal court ruling in Texas on congressional districts.

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Federal Court Says Two Texas Congressional Districts Must Be Redrawn

Brennan Center - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 16:06
Federal Court Says Two Texas Congressional Districts Must Be RedrawnWednesday, August 16, 2017 - 4:00pmMedia Source: Texas Standard Federal Court Says Two Texas Congressional Districts Must Be Redrawn
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Texas Republicans Intentionally Discriminated Against Minority Voters, Court Rules

Brennan Center - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 16:06
Texas Republicans Intentionally Discriminated Against Minority Voters, Court RulesWednesday, August 16, 2017 - 4:00pmMedia Source: Mother JonesTexas Republicans Intentionally Discriminated Against Minority Voters, Court Rules
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New NAFTA Negotiations Begin

Common Dreams - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 14:50
Jubilee USA Network

Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of the religious development group Jubilee USA, releases the following statement:

“Trade is a critical component of easing poverty and promoting development.‎ New NAFTA negotiations must ensure that protections are in place for vulnerable communities.

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Four Arrested for Toppling Confederate Statue, But Zero Neo-Nazis Yet Arrested for This Brutal Beating

Common Dreams - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 14:49
Jessica Corbett, staff writer

As communities across the United States enact or expedite plans to take down monuments revering those who advocated for white supremacy and slavery, police in Durham, North Carolina have arrested four people for their alleged roles in toppling a statue of a Confederate soldier. Meanwhile in Charlottesville, Virginia—where white supremacists and neo-Nazis violently demonstrated over the weekend—police have yet to arrest anyone for viciously beating Deandre Harris, a 20-year-old black man, even though photo and video footage of five white men assaulting Harris has been virally circulated on social media and televised news for several days.

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Stranding CEOs Too Slow To Quit, Trump Disbands His Own Business Councils

Common Dreams - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 14:48
Julia Conley, staff writer

"Trump aides: History is pounding its knuckles on the White House door and shouting that it's time to leave."

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Trumka Resigns from White House Council on Manufacturing

DSA: Talking Unions - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 14:02

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on his and Thea Lee’s resignation from President Donald Trump’s American Manufacturing Council:

We cannot sit on a council for a president who tolerates bigotry and domestic terrorism. President Trump’s remarks today repudiate his forced remarks yesterday about the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis. We must resign on behalf of America’s working people, who reject all notions of legitimacy of these bigoted groups.

It’s clear that President Trump’s manufacturing council was never an effective means for delivering real policy that lifts working families, and his remarks today were the last straw. We joined this council with the intent to be a voice for working people and real hope that it would result in positive economic policy, but it has become yet another broken promise on the president’s record. From hollow councils to bad policy and embracing bigotry, the actions of this administration have consistently failed working people.

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This Is The Real Donald Trump, Loud And Clear

Common Dreams - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 13:17
Anne Kingston

In a combative, unprecedented, off-the-hook  press conference held Tuesday afternoon in the gilded lobby of Trump Tower in New York City, President Donald Trump alluded plaintively to the “massive, self-inflicted wound on our country,” one he termed “disgraceful.” Following the weekend of horrific violence at a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, one that showcased newly emboldened hatred in the U.S.

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Family Farm Groups From Three Countries Slam NAFTA Reboot Based on TPP

Common Dreams - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:47
Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy

As the formal talks to renegotiate NAFTA begin in Washington, DC this week, family farm organizations from Canada, the United States and Mexico denounce the direction of the talks. Despite repeated demands by civil society organizations in all three countries, the governments have refused to open the talks to the public or to publish proposed negotiating texts.

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Murder of Heather Heyer Only "Magnified Her," Mom Tells White Supremacists

Common Dreams - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:36
Jake Johnson, staff writer

"I'd rather have my child, but by golly, if I gotta give her up, we're gonna make it count."

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Extending Essential Protections Will Benefit All Working People

Common Dreams - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:34

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement on the fifth anniversary of the implementation of the DACA program:

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Temporary Protected Status programs provide work authorization to more than 1 million people, preventing workplace exploitation and protecting their freedom to join together in a union. We are all stronger when working people have the status to assert their rights on the job and stand together against a rigged system to change the rules of the economy.

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SEIU’s Henry: No Place For White Supremacists in the White House

Common Dreams - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:28
Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s remarks doubling down on blaming “both sides” for the hatred and violence in Charlottesville:

“President Trump’s remarks yesterday were reprehensible. He doubled down on blaming ‘both sides’ for the hatred, bigotry and violence in Charlottesville instead of standing up to the white supremacists and their racist, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic and anti-LGBTQ views, and standing up for the Americans they attacked in Charlottesville and throughout history.

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