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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.

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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.

Bill Fletcher, Jr.billfletcherJr.com / Portside 

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?

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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."

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

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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.

 

The Age of No Privacy: The Surveillance State Shifts Into High Gear

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  • You have, unless you want to stay locked up in a super-secure room all day, virtually zero privacy. 
  • “We are rapidly entering the age of no privacy, where everyone is open to surveillance at all times; where there are no secrets from government.” ― William O. Douglas, Supreme Court Justice 
  • Related: Fake Human Rights News? What the Mainstream Media Is Not Telling You, Week Ending July 29, 2017

John W. Whitehead, Rutherford Institute  / Straight Line Logic

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Indeed, it has mastered the art of stealth maneuvers and end-runs around the Constitution.

It knows all too well how to hide its nefarious, covert, clandestine activities behind the classified language of national security and terrorism. And when that doesn’t suffice, it obfuscates, complicates, stymies or just plain bamboozles the public into remaining in the dark.

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Fake Human Rights News? What the Mainstream Media Is Not Telling You, Week Ending July 29, 2017, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Mexicans and Chinese Aren’t “Stealing Our Jobs”
  • Class and Race Are Never an Excuse to Gloat Over State Atrocities.
  • Police hunt and kill black people like Philando Castile.
  • SPLC board member visits America’s ‘huddled masses’ at an immigrant detention center.
  • Islamophobia Is the Glue That Unites Diverse Factions of the Far Right
  • Reporters face 70 years in prison over anti-Trump march.

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Fake Human Rights News? What the Mainstream Media Is Not Telling You, Week Ending July 29, 2017

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  • Mexicans and Chinese Aren’t “Stealing Our Jobs”
  • Class and Race Are Never an Excuse to Gloat Over State Atrocities.
  • Police hunt and kill black people like Philando Castile.
  • SPLC board member visits America’s ‘huddled masses’ at an immigrant detention center.
  • Islamophobia Is the Glue That Unites Diverse Factions of the Far Right
  • Reporters face 70 years in prison over anti-Trump march

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May 30, 2017 | The US government, not the Mexicans and Chinese, are responsible for the drying up of vitality and risk taking, and consequently the job creation, of the economy. 

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June 21, 2017 | If there is anything redeeming to come of this (the death of 22-year-old Otto Warmbier, it should be a wake-up call to all of us to change the way we think about human rights and stop a terrible trajectory of public rhetoric. He still had a right not to be kidnapped and killed by an evil government.

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  • June 2017 | Police harassment and violence, and the ways the system facilitate and enable it, are not exceptional to the US. They are part of what makes the US what it is.
  • “We are being hunted,” Valerie Castile said before the acquittal even came out. And so it makes sense that there was no redress for her son from a “justice” system that works hand in hand with the police who do the hunting.

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June 28, 2017 | Hidden away in the woods of southwest Georgia sits the euphemistically named Stewart Detention Center. The facility, owned and operated by the for-profit corporation CoreCivic, holds men that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is seeking to deport.

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Friday, July 14, 2017 | In order to confront the current wave of Islamophobia, it is crucial to understand how different far-right groups are deploying it as a unifying tool -- and how this affects the growth of the far right as a whole.

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Two journalists are among more than 200 people facing felony charges after mass arrests at Inauguration Day rally.

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Death by Cop: Black and White Issues

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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

Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report / Truthdig

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Front pages of Australian newspapers featuring the story of the fatal shooting of Australian Justine Damond in Minneapolis by a police officer. (Kristen Gelineau / AP)

Jul 20, 2017 | Although little is known about the circumstances of her fatal encounter with Minneapolis police, Justine Damond’s death is worldwide news, a “tragedy” that sparked protests from Minnesota to her native Australia. The 40-year-old yoga and meditation teacher set the process of her demise in motion by calling the cops, at about 11:30 on a Saturday night, when she heard what she believed was a sexual assault in progress outside the home she shared with her fiancé in a “quiet” neighborhood dotted with shops and cafes. Damond was standing in an alley outside her house, wearing pajamas, when a young Somali-born officer shot her in the abdomen, reportedly after hearing a loud noise.

Damond had come to the United States seeking “a new life,” according to friends. She is near-universally presumed to be innocent—which is almost certainly true, although the assumption is based almost entirely on her race and class. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges quickly announced she was “heartsick and deeply disturbed” by the shooting.

Glen Ford has had a long career as a radio host and commentator. In 1977, Ford co-launched, produced and hosted America’s Black Forum, the first nationally syndicated Black news interview program on commercial television. He is the co-founder Executive Editor of Black Agenda Report.

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After Minneapolis police shooting of Justine Damond, it's time to decide who runs this town, Richard G. Carlson, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune 

http://stmedia.stimg.co/ows_150041900567872.jpg?w=525 Justine Damond “was the bright light the world needed today,” cried out friend Denise Houser as she visited the makeshift memorial that was left at the scene where a Minneapolis police officer shot and killed Damond on Saturday night. Elizabeth Flores; Star Tribune  

  • I say it's us civilians, and we insist on the reforms the Police Department resists and its political patrons have shrunk from. 
  • Right now, as a lifelong Minneapolitan, I’m ashamed for my community.
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