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Countering Domestic Terrorism

Brennan Center - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 15:05
Countering Domestic TerrorismMonday, August 14, 2017 - 3:00pmMedia Source: MarketplaceCountering Domestic Terrorism
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Faiza Patel on Marketplace: Countering Domestic Terrorism

Brennan Center - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 15:04
Faiza Patel on Marketplace: Countering Domestic TerrorismAugust 14, 2017 Faiza on marketplace.MP3

Faiza Patel discusses how the government tries to combat violent extremism on Martketplace.

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Americans — Especially Women — Benefit Hugely from Social Security

Common Dreams - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 14:43
Guillermo Herrera

Today is Social Security’s 82nd birthday.  We’ve updated our backgrounder on Social Security’s significant impact and a related analysis of its benefits. In June 2017, over 60 million people collected modest benefits through Social Security.  

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Cholera count reaches 500,000 in Yemen

Common Dreams - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 14:30
The World Health Organization

The total number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen this year hit the half a million mark on Sunday, and nearly 2000 people have died since the outbreak began to spread rapidly at the end of April.

The overall caseload nationwide has declined since early July, particularly in the worst affected areas. But suspected cases of the deadly waterborne disease continue to rage across the country, infecting an estimated 5000 people per day.

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Newsflash: Supreme Court Must Affirm Privacy Protections for Cell Phone Data

Brennan Center - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 13:13
Newsflash: Supreme Court Must Affirm Privacy Protections for Cell Phone DataAugust 14, 2017

The brief argues that “third-party doctrine,” which negates privacy protections for data held by a third-party service provider, should not apply to cell phone location information. The doctrine is a poor fit for the digital age.

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Critics Condemn Trump Administration's "Assault on America's Water Resources"

Common Dreams - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 13:01
Jessica Corbett, staff writer

Scientists and environmentalists are condemning the Trump administration for waging war on regulations that aim to preserve U.S. water resources.

"The Republican Party is moving rapidly to become the party of dirty water."
—Peter Gleick, U.S. National Academy of Science

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Sierra Club Sues Department of Energy Over Secrecy on Grid Study

Common Dreams - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 12:53
Sierra Club

Sierra Club sued the Department of Energy (DOE) today for the agency’s repeated delays in providing information on Rick Perry’s ongoing grid study, amid suspicion that draft versions of the study may be dramatically altered by political appointees in the Trump Administration.

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Trump Urged to Condemn Hateful Ideology, Violence of White Supremacists

Common Dreams - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 12:27
Human Rights First

Human Rights First strongly condemns the hateful gathering of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, and urges President Trump to speak out clearly and forcefully against the dangerous extremist ideology of racism and discrimination perpetuated by members of the so-called "alt-right." The organization mourns with the families of the slain counter-protestor and Virginia State Troopers, and all those who were injured as they peacefully stood up against bigotry and hatred.

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Trump's Threats of Military Action in Venezuela Rejected Across Latin America

Common Dreams - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 12:13
Julia Conley, staff writer

The Venezuelan opposition and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos have both joined the growing chorus of voices in Latin America warning the Trump administration against any possibility of U.S. military intervention in Venezuela.

Vice President Mike Pence's trip to four countries in Latin America this week began with an unequivocal message for the Trump administration from Santos on Sunday.

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PRESS CALL: Lawyers’ Committee Joins Charlottesville Vice Mayor to React to Violence During Charlottesville White Nationalist Rally

Common Dreams - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 11:46
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Today, August 14th at 4:00 p.m. EDT, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), will hold a press call to address President Trump’s failure to condemn white nationalists groups in the violent aftermath and death of a counter-protester during a “Unite The Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA. Dr. Wes Bellamy, Vice Mayor of Charlottesville wil join the call to discuss the impact on the community. 

WHO: Kristen Clarke - President and executive director, Lawyers' Committee for civil  rights Under Law

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NIAC Condemns Nazi Violence in Charlottesville and Trump's Tolerance of White Supremacists

Common Dreams - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 11:09
National Iranian-American Council

Trita Parsi, President of the National Iranian American Council, issued the following statement in response to the Nazi violence in Charlottesville, Virginia and President Trump's tolerance of White Supremacists:

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Trump Won’t Say It, But We Will: White Terror in Charlottesville

Common Dreams - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 10:55
Richard Eskow

Her name was Heather Heyer. She was marching for justice in Charlottesville when she was killed by a white racist. Say her name.

His name was Timothy Caughman. He was walking down the street in New York City when he was killed by a white racist. Say his name.

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In Massive 'Outpouring of Solidarity,' Thousands Rally for Charlottesville

Common Dreams - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 10:47
Jake Johnson, staff writer

Thousands of Americans in cities across the country rallied Sunday night to denounce the racism displayed at the so-called "Unite the Right" rally that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, and to mourn the death of Heather Heyer, an activist who was killed Saturday during an anti-racist demonstration.

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Jobs With Justice Stands With All Who Fight White Supremacy

Jobs With Justice - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 10:27

This weekend’s events call upon us all to speak out boldly against white supremacy, neo-Nazism, and white nationalism in all forms. Racism, anti-Semitism, hatred, and fear should have no home in America.

We grieve for the lives lost and pray for those critically injured because of the domestic terrorism committed in Charlottesville. Jobs With Justice condemns hatred, bigotry, and violence against our friends and neighbors. Our hearts pour out to everyone in the Charlottesville community and those watching around the country traumatized by witnessing such barbaric acts of racism.

We recognize the progress achieved as communities finally remove the white supremacist monuments that stain our country. When tearing down symbols of hate sparks such vitriolic backlash, the work to fully dismantle racism from our society is far from over. Our nation needs more healing, unifying, and transformation to live up to our values of respect, equality, diversity, and freedom.

Working people know that standing shoulder to shoulder together makes us stronger as a people and as a nation. Jobs With Justice is committed to advancing racial justice as doing so is fundamental to working people uniting to create better workplaces and a more inclusive economy.

The Jobs With Justice network is called upon to combat the violent and exclusionary systems of white nationalism and white supremacy smoldering in our communities and institutions more than ever. We demand a future full of love, equity, diversity, peace, safety, and opportunity. It is up to us to build the America that we and our future generations deserve.

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Petition To Censure Trump Gains Momentum

Common Dreams - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 10:02
Peter Dreier

In less than two weeks, a petition calling for Congress to censure President Donald Trump for misconduct and misdeeds has attracted more than 14,500 signatures.

One of the initiators of the petition is Richard Painter, a lifelong Republican, professor of corporate law at the University of Minnesota, and chief White House ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush between 2005 and 2007. Discussing the petition, Painter said:

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Progressives, Now's Your Chance To Secure Healthcare For All

Common Dreams - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 09:21
Gregg Bloche

Decades from now, the collapse of Republicans’ campaign to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may be seen as the moment America finalized its commitment to healthcare for all.

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Charlottesville Goddam

Common Dreams - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 07:46
Michael Winship


We have a president who is emotionally challenged and empathy-free, who on Saturday read from a prepared statement of concern and condemnation, incapable of speaking genuinely from the heart, apparently because he knows that those who speak racist hate and commit acts of deadly violence are a portion of his “base.”

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The Promotion of Racial Violence and White Supremacy

anti-Racism DSA - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 16:05

One dead after car plows into anti-racist demonstration
photo by   Ryan M. Kelly/ the Daily ProgressNo, Mr. Trump, It’s Not About Bigotry On All Sides: It’s About White Supremacists Bill FletcherAugust 12, 2017
I sat here listening to Trump’s remarks in connection with the violence carried out by neofascists in Charlottesville this afternoon, violence which has resulted in the death of at least one anti-fascist.  He condemned bigotry on what he called all sides.Once again Trump obscures reality.  He either ignores the violence and terrorism carried out against traditionally oppressed groups, e.g., attacks on mosques, or he uses evasive language in order to avoid pointing the finger at the real perpetrators of racist violence.Some will act as if this is a sign of incompetence on the part of Trump.  While Trump clearly lacks competence in so many aspects of his life and presidency–as we are witnessing in the sabre-rattling with North Korea–Trump’s attitude towards race is not about incompetence.  This represents a long-standing feature of who he is and the politics that he represents.  This is someone who spearheaded the Birther attack on President Obama’s legitimacy, raising unsubstantiated suggestions regarding Obama’s citizenship.  This is someone who led the charge against the Central Park 5.  This is someone who has been quite comfortable aligning himself with right-wing populists and neofascists.We should not expect anything better or clearer from Trump.  What we must do is rip the cover off of every effort that he undertakes to obscure white supremacist and xenophobic violence and hatred.  Progressives should stop using the term “alt-Right” and recognize that what we are witnessing are neofascist movements, movements that are interested in provoking violence and are, in many cases well-armed.Trump is prepared to remain silent about such movements.  Many liberals are hoping that the neofascists will simply go home and shut up.  What we must understand is that they will not go home and shut up.  They must be defeated.  They cannot be tolerated.  They are a cancer in the system of democracy.  They seek not to create a more conservative system but to radically eliminate democracy and with it many populations that they believe to be antithetical to the openly white republic that they believe that the USA must return to being.They shall not pass!

Bill FletcherActivist and writer Bill Fletcher, Jr. served as a senior staff person in the AFL-CIO and as former president of TransAfrica Forum. He is an editorial board member of

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