Human Rights

Until Trump Condemns Racism and Hate, He is Condoning It

Common Dreams - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 14:20
People's Action

Racism claimed another life Saturday – that of a 32-year-old woman who was on a street in Charlottesville, Va. taking a stand against hate. It is shameful enough that in 2017 we are still subjected to scenes in this country reminiscent of the Ku Klux Klan marches of decades ago.

That white nationalist terrorism killed one person and maimed 19 others is not merely “sad,” as President Trump said on Twitter, it is despicable beyond words.

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The Misguided Attacks on ACLU for Defending Neo-Nazis’ Free Speech Rights in Charlottesville

Common Dreams - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 14:18
Glenn Greenwald

Each time horrific political violence is perpetrated that is deemed to be terrorism, a search is immediately conducted for culprits to blame other than those who actually perpetrated the violence or endorsed the group responsible for it. It’s usually only a matter of hours before the attack is exploited to declare one’s own political views vindicated, and to depict one’s political adversaries as responsible for, if not complicit in, the violence.

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Charlottesville Was Not a "Protest Turned Violent," It Was a Planned Race Riot

Common Dreams - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 14:13
Zenobia Jeffries

In July of last year, after The New York Post ran the headline, "CIVIL WAR: Four cops killed at anti-police protest," I wrote the column "How We Report on Structural Racism Can Hurt Us—Or Heal Us.” I could have easily written the same article today.

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While Trump Equivocates on Charlottesville, Nationwide Rallies to Denounce White Supremacy

Common Dreams - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 13:01
Common Dreams staff

Hundreds of planned vigils and events will "mourn for the lives that were lost" and "honor all those under attack by congregating against hate."

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Statement on Charlottesville

Common Dreams - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 12:05
Indivisible Guide

On Saturday night, Indivisible co-executive directors Ezra Levin and Leah Greenberg made the following statement on the events in Charlottesville, VA.

“This weekend, hate groups and domestic terrorists went to Charlottesville, VA to push their vile message of white supremacy, fascism, anti-Semitism, and bigotry.

“There, they waged violence on unarmed anti-racists, killing and injuring these Americans. We mourn for the lives that were lost, and we will honor all those under attack by congregating against hate in our own communities.

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Charlottesville Solidarity Rallies

Common Dreams - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 12:01
Democracy for America

The horrifying scenes we have seen over the last 24 hours from Charlottesville are a direct result of the monstrous, racist words and actions by Donald Trump during the campaign and since he became President.

Now, as a result of the hate that Trump has stoked, at least one person in Charlottesville is dead and many more are injured.

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Nurses Condemn Charlottesville Violence, ‘No Place for White Supremacy, Racism, Bigotry in a Democratic Society’

Common Dreams - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 11:57
National Nurses United

National Nurses United today condemned the violence in Charlottesville, VA on Saturday sparked by a white supremacist rally in the town that resulted in the death of at least one person and multiple injuries.

NNU also criticized what it called an “inadequate response” by President Trump in characterizing the appalling scene in Charlottesville as a product of violence “on many sides.”

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Why Trump Won: Pundits and Press Still Missing the Big Picture

Common Dreams - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 11:24
John Atcheson

CNN’s Fareek Zakaria’s recent explanation for why Trump won has been getting a lot of play. It’s similar to explanations most of the other pundits have been pushing for some time now, and it sets up the Democrats in general and progressives in particular for more loses in the future.

The conventional take on Trump’s victory

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There Are Only Two Sides to Charlottesville. Trump Is on the Wrong One.

Common Dreams - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 11:00
Christine Emba

Things that have many sides: a Rubik’s cube, a baseball diamond, a complex personality. Things that don’t: the racism and hate seen in Charlottesville this weekend.

Alas, our president doesn’t seem to know the difference. No, that’s too generous. He must know, but he does not care. Or worse, he would rather allow the confusion than endanger his base of support.

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Police Stood By As Mayhem Mounted in Charlottesville

Common Dreams - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 10:37
by A.C. Thompson and Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, and Karim Hajj, special to ProPublica

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — There was nothing haphazard about the violence that erupted Saturday in this bucolic town in Virginia’s heartland. At about 10 a.m., at one of countless such confrontations, an angry mob of white supremacists formed a battle line across from a group of counter-protesters, many of them older and gray-haired, who had gathered near a church parking lot. On command from their leader, the young men charged and pummeled their ideological foes with abandon. One woman was hurled to the pavement, and the blood from her bruised head was instantly visible.

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A Presidency Built on Racial Divisions

Common Dreams - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 08:55
Peniel Joseph

Racial violence that gripped Charlottesville, Va., causing the governor to declare a state of emergency represents a case of what Malcolm X famously characterized as “chickens coming home to roost.” President Donald Trump’s bluntly facile appeal to deep-seated racial divisions would be comical if it weren’t so dangerously effective.

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Dear White Supremacists: There Will Be No Race War

Common Dreams - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 08:28
Steven Singer

This one goes out to all the white boys.


Not ALL the white boys.

Just the ones who think being “white” and being a “boy” means the world owes them something.

"There will be no race war... Not now. Not ever."

Cause I’m white, too, and I know it doesn’t make me any better than anyone else.

But not you.

You think your lack of pigmentation is a special sign of your supremacy. As if being pale was synonymous for God’s chosen.

Well let me tell you something, white boy. God didn’t choose you. You did.

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Kim Jong-Trump

Common Dreams - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 15:45
Pierre Tristam

There is no pre-emptive military option against North Korea. None. No first strike, no Syria-style “surgical” message, no Israeli-style Osirak bombast, no special-ops bravura. Not unless we’re prepared for immediately triggering war and causing hundreds of thousands, possibly millions, of deaths. The only justifiable attack would be in response to a North Korean first strike.

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The Battle for Venezuela and Its Oil

Common Dreams - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 15:04
Jeremy Scahill

Despire the public battles between the New York Times and President Donald Trump, the two seem to be on a similar page about the unfolding crisis in Venezuela. Last week, the administration announced it had “designated” President Nicolas Maduro and other Venezuelan officials, freezing their U.S. assets and barring Americans from doing business with them. The Times called that the best way to confront the Venezuelan government. The Times, though, went a step further calling on European and other nations to join what it called a “quarantine” of Maduro.

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Let Me Remind You Who Jeff Sessions Is

Common Dreams - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 14:39
Darryl Lorenzo Wellington

For the past several weeks, media coverage of Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a sympathetic turn. In article after article, the “beleaguered” Sessions is described as a victim of bullying, under Twitter assault by the president who appointed him.

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Horror in Charlottesville: One Dead After Driver Plows into Anti-Racist Demo

Common Dreams - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 13:54
Jon Queally, staff writer


In a terrifying scene in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, the driver of a car appeared to intentionally slam into progressive demonstrators marching against a Klu Klux Klan-backed neo-Nazi rally taking place in the city. According to the Associated Press, at least one person was killed and approximately twenty others injured in the attack.

Warning, the following videos are graphic:

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Venezuela: Trump Threat of US Military Intervention "Madness" of US Imperialism

Common Dreams - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 12:24
Jon Queally, staff writer

In response to comments from President Donald Trump that he wouldn't "rule out" a "military option" against Venezuela—currently embroiled in domestic political conflict as neoliberal forces challenge the socialist-led government of President Nicholas Maduro—the nation's top officials characterized Trump's remarks as "madness" coming from the "imperial" and "extremist elite that rules the United States."

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