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Trump’s border cruelty is a test of our national character.


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  • This is not just a matter of Trump’s character, but also of ours. Our government’s immigration policies raise a fundamental question about our people’s moral fortitude: Will we as a society stand up to our own xenophobic, demagogic government pressing us to abandon–no, to betray–America’s historic democratic values?
  • Related: Trump is lying about immigrant crime – and the research proves it.

Jim Hightower, Hightower Lowdown

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Do%20Something%20sidebar%201.jpgSpring, 2019 | In early June, I traveled to “The Valley,” as the McAllen-Brownsville area of Texas is called, down where the Rio Grande empties into the Gulf of Mexico. This river, the fourth longest in the US, forms the entire Texas-Mexico border, meandering south and east 1,250 miles from our far-west desert city of El Paso to the semi-tropical tip of my state. Its cartographic function aside, the narrow and shallow Rio Grande has historically been viewed by families in the region as more a connector than a divider, and it has long fostered a rich, cross-fertilized culture along its length, uniting generations of us Americanos with our Mexicano neighbors.

While I had gone there to talk politics at a union conference, I wasn’t about to pass up the chance to wallow awhile in the rich Tex-Mex experience. So I took an extra half day to savor shrimp just-plucked from the Gulf, quaff a couple or three good Mexican cervezas, let my mind drift to the lazy tempo of palm trees swaying in the sea breeze, and generally absorb the area’s unique spirit, character, http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Do%20Something%20sidebar%202.jpgand centuries-old sense of place. Altogether pleasant…

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Trump is lying about immigrant crime – and the research proves it. Mary Bauer, Southern Poverty Law Center

  • Since he began campaigning, President Trump has demonized Latino immigrants as “criminals.” He has called them “rapists,” drug dealers, “animals” and “bad hombres” who “infest our country.”
  • Related: 12 Ways to Make Sense of the Complex Humanitarian Crisis Happening on the US-Mexico Border.
  • Related: To Defeat ICE, We Need to Target Its Backers -- Microsoft and Amazon

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A Man’s Guide to Abortion

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 / Thousands of abortion opponents march in the 15th annual Walk for Life across downtown San Francisco on January 26, 2019. (AP / Juliet Williams)

  • You don’t have to be a woman to stand up for reproductive rights.
  • Related: Debunking Trump’s - and Others' - Despicable Lies On Abortion

Katha Pollitt, the Nation

 


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May 3, 2019 | As abortion bans spring up in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, and elsewhere, it’s a good time to talk about men. Where are they? Polls show that in the United States there is little difference of opinion between men and women on abortion. According to Pew, 60 percent of women and 57 percent of men say abortion should be legal in “all or most cases.” But checking a box on a questionnaire doesn’t tell us much, because polls don’t measure intensity. There is no box for “sure, babe, whatever” or for “Yes! Abortion rights is the hill I would die on.”

In my experience, there’s a big difference in intensity between genders on the pro-choice side. Men are all over the anti-abortion movement—staffing and running organizations, protesting at clinics, harassing patients, and participating in mass protests like 40 Days for Life. I’ve been involved with reproductive rights for decades, and I have never seen more than a sprinkling of men at any conference, meeting, fund-raiser, or volunteer activity on the pro-choice side. With the exception of gatherings of abortion providers, many of whom are men, just about the only time I see our pro-choice brothers representing us is when there’s a really big march. And even then, they’re way under half the crowd.

Katha Pollitt is a columnist for the Nation.

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Debunking Trump’s - and Others' - Despicable Lies On Abortion,  Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Debunking Trump’s Despicable Lies On Abortion
  • A neonatal nurse sets the record straight.
  • Part 2: The Anti-Abortion Movie ‘Unplanned’ Is Loaded With Dangerous Lies
  • So HuffPost talked to an OB-GYN to debunk them.

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To Defeat ICE, We Need to Target Its Backers -- Microsoft and Amazon

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  • More than a decade has passed since the giant immigration rights protests of May Day, 2006, and activists now face the most toxic political climate yet faced by our generation. We need coordinated strategies that target the technologies created by companies like Microsoft and Amazon that are supporting Immigration and Custom Enforcement's (ICE) targeted attacks against our community.
  • Related: Trump is lying about immigrant crime – and the research proves it.

Jacinta Gonzalez, Truthout


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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/ICE%20is%20creating%20a%20police%20surveillance%20state%20sidebar.jpgWednesday, May 1, 2019 | Over 10 years ago today, we saw a historic turning point in Latinx politics, especially for Latinx immigrants who bravely stood together to build political power for our shared future.

Culminating on May Day 2006, millions of people marched in protests in more than 140 cities in 39 states across the country in response to the “Border Protection, Anti-Terrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act” — a draconian piece of legislation passed in 2005 by the House of Representatives, but not by the Senate, that sought to raise penalties for unauthorized immigration and classified undocumented immigrants and anyone who helped them enter or remain in the U.S. as felons. The introduction of this anti-immigrant legislation resulted in a wave of Latinx voters at the polls and the beginning of the “undocumented, unafraid” movement.

Jacinta Gonzalez is a senior campaign organizer at Mijente and an expert in organizing against immigration enforcement and criminalization of Latinx and immigrant communities.

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Trump is lying about immigrant crime – and the research proves it. Mary Bauer, Southern Poverty Law Center

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Since he began campaigning, President Trump has demonized Latino immigrants as “criminals.” He has called them “rapists,” drug dealers, “animals” and “bad hombres” who “infest our country.”
 

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Only rebellion will prevent an ecological apocalypse.

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  • No one is coming to save us. Mass civil disobedience is essential to force a political response.
  • Related: It’s Time to Try Fossil-Fuel Executives for Crimes Against Humanity.
  • Related: The Contented Classes – When Will They Rebel?

George Monbiot, the Guardian

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Monday 15 April, 2019 | Had we put as much effort into preventing environmental catastrophe as we’ve spent on making excuses for inaction, we would have solved it by now. Everywhere I look, I see people engaged in furious attempts to fend off the moral challenge it presents.

The commonest current excuse is this: “I bet those protesters have phones/go on holiday/wear leather shoes.” In other words, we won’t listen to anyone who is not living naked in a barrel, subsisting only on murky water. Of course, if you are living naked in a barrel we will dismiss you too, because you’re a hippie weirdo. Every messenger, and every message they bear, is disqualified on the grounds of either impurity or purity.

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It’s Time to Try Fossil-Fuel Executives for Crimes Against Humanity. Kate Aronoff, Jacobin Magazine

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  • It isn't hyperbole to say that fossil-fuel executives are mass murderers. We should put them on trial for crimes against humanity.
  • Related: Brace for Impact, as the Climate "End Game" Has Arrived.

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The Contented Classes – When Will They Rebel? Ralph Nader, nader.org

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  • Related: Forget Mueller. Forget Impeachment. A Million People Should Surround the White House and Demand Trump's Resignation.


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The Contented Classes – When Will They Rebel?

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  • The question to be asked: Who among the contented classes will unfurl the flag of rebellion against the plutocrats and the autocrats? It can be launched almost anywhere they please. A revolution can start the moment they decide to prioritize the most marginalized people in this country over their comfort.
  • Related: Forget Mueller. Forget Impeachment. A Million People Should Surround the White House and Demand Trump's Resignation.

Ralph Nader, nader.org
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May 9, 2019 | For all the rhetoric and all the charities regarding America’s children, the U.S. stands at the very bottom of western nations and some other countries as well, in terms of youth well-being. The U.S.’s exceptionalism is clearest in its cruelty to children. The U.S. has the highest infant mortality rate of comparable OECD countries. Not only that, but 2.5 million American children are homeless and 16.2 million children “lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis.”

The shamelessness continues as the youngsters increase in age. The Trump regime is cutting the SNAP food program for poor kids. In 2018, fewer children were enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP than in 2017. To see just how bad Trump’s war on poor American children is getting, go to the web sites of the Children’s Defense Fund and the Children’s Advocacy Center.

Ralph Nader is a consumer advocate, lawyer, and author. His latest book is The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for Our American Future. Other recent books include, The Seventeen Traditions: Lessons from an American Childhood, Getting Steamed to Overcome Corporatism: Build It Together to Win, and "Only The Super-Rich Can Save Us" (a novel).

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Forget Mueller. Forget Impeachment. A Million People Should Surround the White House and Demand Trump's Resignation. Ralph Nader, Common Dreams

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  • Even the master distractor himself could not have distracted the mass dittohead media any better from his true crimes.
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Special Report | It should be easy for every citizen to vote. Republicans have made it way, way harder.

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  • Outright voter suppression has quickly become the core component of the GOP's electoral strategy. Many of their repressive tactics have been in play for decades, but recently, their expansive plan has grown more urgent (i.e., desperate) as their man Trump has grown more obviously unhinged and unpopular.
  • Read on for what you need to know this election-- and what you can do to save the vote.
  • Related: Overcoming Voter Suppression

Jim Hightower, the Hightower Lowdown / OpEdNews
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Oct 31, 2018 | Like a mad Roman emperor, the man in the White House paces the dark hallways in the wee hours, cursing all who defy him and screeching at the gremlins torturing his mind. “Where’s the collusion?” he bellows through his thumbs. “Witch hunt!” the emperor shrieks, blaming the dreaded Mueller, the craven Sessions, traitorous Democrats, the fake news media, the rotten Rosenstein, and so many other diabolic forces ruining his reign with accusations that his 2016 Electoral College victory was boosted by Russian meddling. “It is all a big hoax,” he mutters manically, pointing out that he’s been told by Putin himself that Russia did not interfere.



Our elections are being stolen from The People.



In fact (a place Trump never wants to visit), election meddling was rampant in 2016, and his campaign’s blatant collusion in it corrupted America’s democratic process and perverted our nation’s public policies for the benefit of those behind the rigging. Moreover, the riggers are doing it again, with the goal of stealing the November midterm elections. But Putin and his Kremlin trolls are the least of it. The chief US election meddlers are not Russians. They’re Republicans.

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Overcoming Voter Suppression, the Progress Report, Center for American Progress


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Even the master distractor himself could not have distracted the mass dittohead media any better from his true crimes.

Ralph Nader, Common Dreams


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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Statue%20of%20Liberty%20Cries%20%27What%20Have%20You%20Done%3F%27.jpgWednesday, March 27, 2019 | Special Counsel Robert Mueller spent almost two years to produce a $25 million report that is a flat tire. Still unreleased in full to the American people, Trump’s acolyte, Attorney General William Barr, a longtime friend of Republican Mueller, gave us what Trump long craved—by stating that “the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities” during the 2016 election. As for obstruction of justice by Trump, Attorney General Barr cryptically burped, that “The Special Counsel states that ‘while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him”—whatever that means. Give people the whole report now, as the House of Representatives voted 420 to 0 to do.



Really, what should we have expected from someone who, as FBI Director, testified before Congress as part of the Bush/Cheney regime, pushing for the criminal invasion of Iraq in 2003?



What a farce and distraction this whole exercise turned out to be! Mueller’s assigned subject was Trump. So, does this prosecutor demand to interview Trump, to subpoena Trump? No. Does this special investigator conclude with any legal recommendations at all? No. He just wants to be forgotten as he slinks away into deliberate silence (unless he is made to testify before the House Judiciary Committee).

Ralph Nader is a consumer advocate, lawyer, and author.

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There’s too much work to be done. The work must begin now. We cannot wait for the Mueller report to save us.
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  • There’s too much work to be done. The work must begin now. We cannot wait for the Mueller report to save us.
  • Related: The Anger Is Real. Let’s Do Something With It.

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March 26, 2019 | Wait for the Mueller report, many said, it will reveal everything. The Republicans conspired with the Russians. The election was hacked. Trump will be toast.

Well, we waited. And now the report is in…sort of. It’s in the hands of Attorney General William Barr, who so far has not seen fit to share its contents with the rest of us. The only real takeaway we’ve been given, which much to Trump’s delight has been blasted on front pages and television screens across the country, is: “No collusion.”

People's World is a voice for progressive change and socialism in the United States.

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The Anger Is Real. Let’s Do Something With It. Monika Bauerlein, Mother Jones

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  • Don’t let the purveyors of rage drag you down to their level.
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