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The Huddled Masses Were Never Welcome

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Uniting immigrants and the native-born is an urgent imperative for the left. To do so, we must collectively reject not just the toxic politics of Trumpism but also the more subtle poison of liberal nationalism.

Kevin Young, Counterpunch

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September 5, 2017 |Trump adviser Stephen Miller made headlines last month when he openly repudiated the words at the base of the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” This Emma Lazarus verse is regularly regarded as the embodiment of U.S. generosity toward migrants and refugees. Schoolchildren learn it, and many commentators have invoked it to denounce the current administration’s attempts at ethnic cleansing. But while Trump’s xenophobia is extreme, it’s well within the historic parameters of anti-immigrant policy in this country.

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Noble rhetoric notwithstanding, the “huddled masses” have rarely been welcomed into the United States. Our economic and political system has always depended upon the exclusion or subordination of certain people based on class, race, gender, religion, and other factors, and our immigration laws have played a central role in preserving these inequalities. Resisting racism requires that we confront not just Trumpism but the broader elite consensus of exclusion and exploitation.

Kevin Young teaches history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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How Hate Goes ‘Mainstream’: Gavin McInnes and the Proud Boys

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So what are McInnes’ beliefs? And where do they fall within the range of the far right? Stephanie Keith / Getty

In Rewire’s three-month investigation of the far right, McInnes emerges as one of the main leaders of the so-called alt-lite, one faction on the far-right spectrum of politics that believes in the threat of “white genocide;” maintains that Islam and Muslims endanger “Western” civilization; attacks feminism and women’s rights; and denigrates immigrants who are not white.

Sharona Coutts, Rewire 

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Aug 28, 2017 | Gavin McInnes, the 47-year-old co-founder of VICE Magazine, announced last week that he will be going “mainstream.” The new venture—the details of which he says he’ll reveal in about a month—will apparently include television, radio, the internet, and books.

Announcing his departure from the Rebel Media, one of the right-wing outlets for which he worked until last week, McInnes said, “I’m going to be a multi-media Howard Stern-meets-Tucker Carlson, if that makes sense.” As for who his new employers are, McInnes said he couldn’t announce it yet, but that it was “gonna be huge.”

Sharona Coutts is an investigative reporter and Vice President of Investigations and Research at Rewire . She has exposed fraud and abuse in areas including pension funds, financial firms, for-profit colleges, aged-care, and New York City schools. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, nationally-syndicated radio programs, as well as dozens of other publications.

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Christian nationalism can no longer be ignored. Roy Moore’s win proves it. Jack Jenkins, Think Progress  <>
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“We have to return the knowledge of God and the Constitution of the United States to the United States Congress.”

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Battlefield America, Not the Rule of Law, Is the New Normal.

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  • Part 1: Dangers Are Coming to the Rule of Law
    • Has President Trump ever focused his variegated thought processes long enough to read the Constitution end to end?
  • Part 2: Battlefield America Is the New Normal.
    • We’re Not in Mayberry Anymore.

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Part 1: Dangers Are Coming to the Rule of Law, by Andrew J. Napolitano

Has President Trump ever focused his variegated thought processes long enough to read the Constitution end to end? “No way” is the betting favorite.

Andrew J. Napolitano, lewrockwell.com / Straight Line Logic 

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Here is the back story.

Andrew J. Napolitano is an American syndicated columnist whose work appears in numerous publications, such as Fox News, The Washington Times, and Reason. 

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Part 2: Battlefield America Is the New Normal.

  • If you turn the police into a military unit, who do they fight? Pat yourself on the back if you guessed the American people. “If we’re training cops as soldiers, giving them equipment like soldiers, dressing them up as soldiers, when are they going to pick up the mentality of soldiers?”— Arthur Rizer, former police officer
  • We’re Not in Mayberry Anymore.

John W. Whitehead, The Rutherford Institute / Straight Line Logic  

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While the nation has been distracted by a media maelstrom dominated by news of white supremacists, Powerball jackpots, Hurricane Harvey, and a Mayweather v. McGregor fight, the American Police State has been carving its own path of devastation and destruction through what’s left of the Constitution.

We got sucker punched.

John W. Whitehead is an attorney and author who has written, debated and practiced widely in the area of constitutional law and human rights.

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My Enemy Hugh Hefner's Contradictory Feminist Legacy

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  • Part 1: Hugh Hefner Was My Enemy
    • Are we really O.K. with the reality that our girls are being raised in a world that Mr. Hefner made? I’m not.
  • Part 2:The Contradictory Feminist Legacy Of Playboy’s Hugh Hefner
    • The “revolution” he sparked was primarily in service of men’s desires — and specifically his own.
  • Related: Around The World, Girls Are Taught The Same Limiting Lesson

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Part 1: Hugh Hefner Was My Enemy

Are we really O.K. with the reality that our girls are being raised in a world that Mr. Hefner made? I’m not.

Susan Brownmiller, New York (NY) Times 

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We were slotted for 15 minutes near the end of show, after the psychologist Rollo May and before the final number by Grace Slick and Jefferson Airplane. With Mr. Hefner still sitting on stage, Mr. Cavett began by asking us to define Women’s Liberation. “Hugh Hefner is my enemy,” I replied. “Women aren’t bunnies, they’re not rabbits, they’re human beings,” I added. Then, addressing Hugh Hefner directly, I said, “The day you come out here with a cottontail attached to your rear end …”

Susan Brownmiller is the author of “Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape” and six other books.

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Part 2:The Contradictory Feminist Legacy Of Playboy’s Hugh Hefner

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The “revolution” he sparked was primarily in service of men’s desires — and specifically his own.

Emma Gray, HuffPost 

09/28/2017 | Hugh Hefner’s life and legacy are rife with contradictions. 

The founder of the Playboy empire, who died Wednesday at age 91, is hailed as a sexual revolutionary, a supporter of LGBTQ and abortion rights, a mogul and an icon who paved the way for modern ideas about sex-positivity. He’s also a man who built his extensive empire by capitalizing on idealized images of women’s bodies; a man who had a rotating cast of live-in young “girlfriends” who, by at least one account, were kept under his control.

As The New York Times’ Brooks Barnes put it in 2009: “To his supporters, [Hefner] is the great sexual liberator who helped free Americans from Puritanism and neurosis. To his detractors, including many feminists and social conservatives, he helped set in motion a revolution in sexual attitudes that have objectified and victimized countless women and promoted an immoral, whatever-feels-good approach to life.” 

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Around The World, Girls Are Taught The Same Limiting Lesson, Emily Peck, HuffPost

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  • A groundbreaking new study reveals that harmful gender stereotypes are drilled into kids, from the U.S. to India to Egypt, at a heartbreakingly young age.
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Take Action | Charlottsville and the First Amendment

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  • Part 1: Does the First Amendment Protect Charlottesville Protesters?
    • In the wake of the fatal Charlottesville, VA rally questions have arisen about what kinds of speech should be protected.
  • Part 2: Should Congress Censure Trump Over Charlottesville Statements?
    • Congressional censure would only formally rebuke the president, but supporters feel it would hold the president publicly accountable for fanning the "fires of violence."
  • Related:  Special Project | Hatewatch: Charlottesville and Beyond, Week Ending August 19, 2017

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August 18, 2017

 

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Part 1: Does the First Amendment Protect Charlottesville Protesters?

In the wake of the fatal Charlottesville, VA rally questions have arisen about what kinds of speech should be protected.

Josh Herman, Countable 
The First Amendment already includes certains limitations to free speech. Should the U.S. adopt similar "dangerous speech" doctrines? When does free speech become “fighting words”? Could putting limitations on free speech prevent another Charlottesville? Hit the Take Action button and use your First Amendment rights to comment below. Take Action→

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Part 2: Should Congress Censure Trump Over Charlottesville Statements? 

Congressional censure would only formally rebuke the president, but supporters feel it would hold the president publicly accountable for fanning the "fires of violence."

Asha Sanaker, Countable

Should the House of Representatives censure the president for his remarks on Charlottesville? Does a formal rebuke, unaccompanied by any other actions by Congress, really matter? If the House were to censure the president, do you think it would change anything moving forward? Take Action→

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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

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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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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/For%20Social%20Revolution.jpg1) SPLC releases new edition of Ten Ways to Fight Hate guide after Charlottesville attack, Southern Poverty Leadership Conference (SPLC) 
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.
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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.
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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.

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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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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.

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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