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Special Project | Hatewatch: Charlottesville and Beyond, Week Ending August 19, 2017

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  • Keeping an Eye on the Radical Right
  • 8 New items including:

1) SPLC releases new edition of Ten Ways to Fight Hate guide after Charlottesville attack.
2) Charlottesville violence: As American as apple pie
3) It’s a dark moment for America — and our president personally made this possible.
4) Trump's America, Month Eight: Blood on the Pavement in Charlottesville
5) Welcoming the Fascists to Charlottesville
6) Charlottesville Survivor: There's No Question, This Was Terrorism.
7) Down With Confederate Monuments: An Interview With a Charlottesville Black Lives Matter Activist.
8) From “All Lives Matter” to the terror in Charlottesville: How the media’s phony fairness got us here

Related: No, Mr. Trump, It’s Not About Bigotry On All Sides: The Violent White Supremacist Rally In Charlottesville, Explained

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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August 14, 2017  In response to recent events, including the deadly white nationalist violence in Charlottesville this weekend, the SPLC today released a new edition of Ten Ways to Fight Hate, its longstanding guide for effectively – and peacefully – taking a stand against bigotry.

 

2) Charlottesville violence: As American as apple pie, D. Watkins, Salon 
Monday, Aug 14, 2017 | Trump, Breitbart, Fox News and many others should own this outrage — but what happened has deep American roots.

3) It’s a dark moment for America — and our president personally made this possible, Bob Cesca, Salon
Monday, Aug 14, 2017 | Donald Trump hasn't just tolerated this upsurge of fascist violence — he enabled and encouraged it. Now he must go.
 

4) Trump's America, Month Eight: Blood on the Pavement in Charlottesville
Greg Palast, Truthout 
Monday, August 14, 2017 | It took just eight months for some of our worst fears about the Trump presidency to come true, as demonstrated by these photos of brutal racist violence in Charlottesville. Coupled with Virginia's purging of voter rolls, Saturday's attacks and Trump's lukewarm response show that white supremacy is alive and well in Charlottesville and beyond.
Read the Article and View the Photos 

5) Welcoming the Fascists to Charlottesville, David Swanson, davidswanson.org


August 10, 2017 | I have mixed emotions about the fact that I’ll be missing the latest big fascism rally here in Charlottesville, because I’ll be elsewhere participating in kayak trainings for an upcoming Flotilla to the Pentagon for Peace and the Environment.
I’m delighted to miss the fascism and the racism and the hatred and the gun-toting lunacy. I’m sorry to miss being here to speak against it.
I’m hopeful that there might be something resembling a disciplined nonviolent and nonhateful opposition presence, but strongly suspect that a small number of violent and hateful opponents of racism will ruin that.



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6) Charlottesville Survivor: There's No Question, This Was Terrorism
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

August 14, 2017 | Brandy Gonzalez survived the car rampage in Charlottesville on Saturday that killed one protester and injured many more. While Trump went days without condemning white supremacists for the violence, Gonzalez says the incident was an act of terrorism. Such incidents will not intimidate her or prevent her from standing against white supremacy, she says.
Watch the Video and Read the Transcript  

7) Down With Confederate Monuments: An Interview With a Charlottesville Black Lives Matter Activist, Sarah Jaffe, Truthout

Lisa Woolfork is a member of the Black Lives Matter chapter in Charlottesville, Virginia, who worked with a broad coalition to oppose the massive gathering of white nationalists that rocked the city with violence over the weekend. The tragedies in Charlottesville make it clear that Confederate monuments are not just "symbols" of white supremacy, Woolfork says. Allowing them to stand for decades was a racist action leading to many more.
Read the Interview and Listen to the Audio 

8) From “All Lives Matter” to the terror in Charlottesville: How the media’s phony fairness got us here, Chauncey DeVega, Salon 

August 14, 2017 | Too much of the media was complicit in the rise of Trump, and refuses to call white supremacy by its true name.

Related:

No, Mr. Trump, It’s Not About Bigotry On All Sides: The Violent White Supremacist Rally In Charlottesville, Explained, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 
Part 1: Unite The Right, The Violent White Supremacist Rally In Charlottesville, Explained
The alt-right rally was a coming-out party for resurgent white racist movement in America.
Part 2: No, Mr. Trump, It’s Not About Bigotry On All Sides: It’s About White Supremacists
What we are witnessing are … movements that are interested in provoking violence and are, in many cases, well-armed.

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On the Beach 2017: Living Under the Threat of Nuclear War

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    Part 1: On the Beach 2017

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    There is no fundamental difference between Democrats and Republicans. The terms “left” and “right” are meaningless.  Most of America’s modern wars were started not by conservatives, but by liberal Democrats.

    John Pilger, CounterPunch

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    He says he will be dead by September. It will take about a week to die, though no one can be sure. Animals live the longest.

    John Pilger is an Australian journalist and documentary maker. One of only two to win Britain's Journalist of the Year Award twice, his documentaries have received academy awards in Britain and the US. Based in London, he is known for his polemical campaigning style: "Secretive power loathes journalists who do their job, who push back screens, peer behind façades, lift rocks. Opprobrium from on high is their badge of honour."

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    Part 2: 8 Times The World Narrowly Avoided A Potential Nuclear Disaster

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  • We’ve survived a disturbingly long list of nuclear near-misses.

 

Part 2: 8 Times The World Narrowly Avoided A Potential Nuclear Disaster

  • We’ve survived a disturbingly long list of nuclear near-misses.
  • Living Under the Threat of Nuclear War
  • Related: Fake Foreign Affairs News? What the Mainstream Media Is Not Telling You About the US - North Korea Conflict

Jesselyn Cook, Huffington Post 

08/10/2017 | The U.S. has issued a series of dire warnings to North Korea in recent days, as hostilities over Pyongyang’s advancing nuclear capabilities swell and the specter of a military confrontation looms.

Kim Jong Un’s regime “should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people,” U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis cautioned this week. He added it “would lose any arms race or conflict it initiates.” His remarks echoed President Donald Trump’s vow to meet Pyongyang with “fire and fury” if it continues to threaten Americans.

Jesselyn Cook: World News Reporter, HuffPost <http://www.huffingtonpost.com>, covers international news.

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Related:

Fake Foreign Affairs News? What the Mainstream Media Is Not Telling You About the US - North Korea Conflict, Week Ending August 12, 2017, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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• Has Trump Threatened Nuclear War on North Korea?
• ‘Fire And Fury’ Time?
• Trump’s Warning To North Korea Called ‘Exactly Wrong’ And ‘Reckless’
• Tell Congress: Trump cannot act on North Korea without congressional approval.
• 3 big lies about North Korea
• “Get Trump an Atlas”.

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No, Mr. Trump, It’s Not About Bigotry On All Sides: The Violent White Supremacist Rally In Charlottesville, Explained

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  • Part 1: Unite The Right, The Violent White Supremacist Rally In Charlottesville, Explained
    • The alt-right rally was a coming-out party for resurgent white racist movement in America.
  • Part 2:No, Mr. Trump, It’s Not About Bigotry On All Sides: It’s About White Supremacists
    • What we are witnessing are … movements that are interested in provoking violence and are, in many cases, well-armed.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: Unite The Right, The Violent White Supremacist Rally In Charlottesville, Explained


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The alt-right rally was a coming-out party for resurgent white racist movement in America.


Dara Lind, Vox / Portside

August 12, 2017 Hundreds of protesters descended upon Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday for a “Unite the Right” rally: a belated coming-out party for an emboldened white nationalist movement in the United States.

The rally was dispersed by police minutes after its scheduled start at noon, after clashes between rally goers and counter-protesters, and after a torchlit pre-rally march Friday night descended into violence. But activity is ongoing, with some rally goers engaging in a march instead.

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Part 2:No, Mr. Trump, It’s Not About Bigotry On All Sides: It’s About White Supremacists


 
One dead after car plows into anti-racist demo in Charlottesville, Ryan M. Kelly/The Daily Progress

 

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.

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August 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.

Bill Fletcher, Jr. has been an activist since his teen years. Upon graduating from college he went to work as a welder in a shipyard, thereby entering the labor movement. Over the years he has been active in workplace and community struggles as well as electoral campaigns. He has worked for several labor unions in addition to serving as a senior staffperson in the national AFL-CIO.

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Democrats' "Better Deal" Is Everything Wrong With the Party and a Bum Deal for Progressives

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  • Part 1: The Democrats’ New Agenda Is Everything That’s Wrong With the Party
    • More bland messaging and populist posturing won’t save the Democrats. The party needs to take a bold stand against corporate power.
  • Part 2: Democrats’ “Better Deal” is a bum deal for progressives — and won’t win elections
    • Do Democrats really believe that chasing Trump voters while alienating people of color will win elections?

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: The Democrats’ New Agenda Is Everything That’s Wrong With the Party

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More bland messaging and populist posturing won’t save the Democrats. The party needs to take a bold stand against corporate power.

Miles Kampf-Lassin | In These Times / Moyers & Company

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Jim Fuller.

July 28, 2017 | The story of the Democratic Party in 2017 has been one of timidity and stubborn resistance to real change.

In the immediate aftermath of the party’s preferred candidate facing a humiliating defeat in last year’s presidential election, questions swirled over what direction the party would take to respond to the new political reality. With Democrats at their weakest position in decades, having lost over 1,000 seats in states and Congress over the previous eight years, it appeared that a drastic shift in how the party operated was in store.

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Part 2: Democrats’ “Better Deal” is a bum deal for progressives — and won’t win elections

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Christopher Sebastion Parker, Salon

Saturday, Aug 12, 2017 | Progressives have a problem. When it comes to their message, it’s all noise and no signal. For instance, in a recent Washington Post poll, only 37 percent of respondents said that the Democratic Party had a clear policy and stood for something. To remedy this, late last month the leaders of the Democratic Party unveiled their new platform under a new slogan, “A Better Deal.” 

On the surface this rebranding, as such, seems a good idea. It promises to (1) make it easier for the base to identify what the party represents, and (2) furnish daylight between the progressive program and the Trump-led GOP. The new message is geared to win working-class whites through a razor-sharp focus on economic policy. But this strategy will not only fail to win additional votes, it will risk alienating almost half of the party’s base by ignoring race and issues associated with racism.  

Christopher Sebastion Parker is a professor in the department of political science at the University of Washington. A graduate of UCLA and the University of Chicago, Parker also served in the United States Navy. He is the author of "Change They Can’t Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America" (Princeton University Press, 2013), and "Fighting for Democracy: Black Veterans and the Struggle Against White Supremacy in the Postwar South" (Princeton University Press, 2009). Parker also writes a column, “Race and Rage,” for The Conversation.

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There’s No ‘Free Market’ Solution to Health Care

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  • A fully privatized system can never adequately provision the nation.
  • Related: Epic Plea to GOP: "You are the single greatest threat to my family."

Geoff Coventry, Other Words 

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July 19, 2017 | The Republicans have big plans for health care in this country: to eliminate coverage for millions of Americans while delivering a big tax cut to the rich.

As someone who stands to benefit from that tax cut, let me just say: I don’t need it, and I don’t want it. No tax cut is worth excluding millions of Americans from the health services they need.

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Related:

Epic Plea to GOP: "You are the single greatest threat to my family." Trump Resistance Movement (TRM), act.tv

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Rep Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) Town Hall

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Here's how much Americans pay in taxes compared with the rest of the world

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With a tax burden of 25% — a measurement that includes income, property, and various other taxes — the US is near the very bottom, well below the average of 34%. It ranks below all the measured countries except Korea, Chile, and Mexico.

Ian Salisbury, Money / Business Insider 

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July 26, 2017 | As the Republicans in Washington prepare to dig into the coming round of budget negotiations, their top priorities will include a systemic overhaul for US taxes, which President Donald Trump has characterized as "just about the highest in the world."

But how much do Americans really pay compared with other nations? It may be less than you think.

Ian Salisbury is a staff writer for Money magazine. Previously he was an investment columnist for Dow Jones.

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How the overcriminalization of everything is endangering ordinary people

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  • In video of the video of her brutal encounter, Mendez-Medrano gets at the heart of the problem. “Why go after people trying to make a decent living?” she asks. “Why not go after gang-bangers?” The answer is that too much of what we’d call “making a decent living” is what our government calls “crime.”
  • Related: Justine Damond’s death at the hands of the Minneapolis police raises so many questions.
  • Related: Death by Cop: Black and White Issues

Bonnie Kristian, Rare 

July 19, 2017 | A video surfaced Monday night of a police officer in Perris, California, tackling a 52-year-old woman, grabbing her arms and pulling her hair — all for the “crime” of selling flowers without a permit.

As the local news station KLTA, which covered the video, reports, Juanita Mendez-Medrano was peacefully selling flower bouquets and Hawaiian-style leis to families celebrating at a nearby high school graduation when the cops got involved. She was ticketed along with some other vendors for selling without a city permit, and when she declined to provide her name for the ticket, one officer escalated the situation into a violent arrest.

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Justine Damond’s death at the hands of the Minneapolis police raises so many questions, Bonnie KristianRare

  • Why? It’s beyond ludicrous. She wasn’t a threat. She didn’t do anything wrong or violent. And now she’s dead.
  • The Minneapolis PD have a lot to answer for.

July 18, 2017 | More than 660 people have been killed by police officers in the United States this year so far. Number 661 was Justine Ruszczyk Damond, an Australian woman who was fatally shot by a cop in Minneapolis this week.

Unlike many other high-profile police shootings — like the death of Philando Castile, who was also killed by a Twin Cities officer — Damond’s death wasn’t caught on camera. Ironically, that’s part of why this tragedy has made headlines: Minneapolis police wear body cameras, but the officers involved didn’t have their cameras turned on when one of them shot Damond as she went out to meet them, unarmed and in her pajamas, in her own alleyway, after having summoned them by calling 911.

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Death by Cop: Black and White Issues, Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report / Truthdig 

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  • U.S. police kill more Black women every year than the total of all civilians killed annually by their counterparts in western Europe’s largest countries. These sisters’ male relatives are slaughtered on an epic scale—with the connivance and consent of most of the Congressional Black Caucus, 80 percent of whose members voted to continue the militarization of local police when the issue came up for a vote on the full House floor in June of 2014.
  • Related: After Minneapolis police shooting of Justine Damond, it's time to decide who runs this town.

 

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