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Special Report | Disability Rights Advocates Accuse Washington Post Of Perpetuating ‘Myths’ About Benefits

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  • Disability rights activists worry about the ammunition stories like the one in the Post could give to benefit-averse Republicans, who now control the White House and Congress.
  • They are perpetuating the same myths that have been debunked over and over again without regard for how misleading reporting can affect people with disabilities already living on the financial edge. --Rebecca Vallas, Center for American Progress
  • Related: Special Project | Disability: Disabled, Shunned and Silenced in Trump’s America

Daniel Marans

http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/propaganda-lies.png 04/22/2017 | Disability rights advocates and a leading Democratic think tank are livid at The Washington Post over a March 30 front-page story on the prevalence of disability benefits in rural America.

The newspaper claimed that “as many as one-third of working-age adults” in rural communities receive disability benefits. But as the Center for American Progress calculated ― and The Huffington Post confirmed by looking at the raw data ― that proportion holds true in only one county in the entire country.

Daniel Marans, Reporter, Huffington Post

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Special Project | Disability: Disabled, Shunned and Silenced in Trump’s America, Melissa Blake, New York (NY) Times 

  • I’m a woman. I’m physically disabled. And I’ve never been more scared than I am right now.
  • Related: Trump Scrubs Civil Rights, LGBTQ Rights, Climate Change from WhiteHouse.gov

This Mom Of 4 With No Criminal Record Was Deported After Following ICE’s Rules

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Maribel Trujillo Diaz is a mother of four from Ohio. Courtesy of Trujillo Diaz Family 

Maribel Trujillo Diaz’s kids never got a chance to say goodbye.

Carol Kuruvilla, Huffington Post

04/20/2017 | Despite vigils, social media campaigns, and strong statements of support from church members, prominent politicians and faith leaders, the simple truth is this: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will show no mercy ― even to a mother of four American children with no criminal record.  

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Maribel Trujillo Diaz, who has peacefully lived in the United States for 15 years, was deported to her native Mexico on Wednesday, her lawyers confirmed

Carol Kuruvilla, Religion Reporter, Huffington Post

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ACLU | Why the Only Way to Fix the Muslim Ban Is Not to Have a Muslim Ban, Cody Wofsy, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) / Rise Up Times

  • Instead of abandoning this odious idea in response to widespread criticism and outrage, Mr. Trump candidly explained that he would change the wording of his proposal but not its substance.   
  • Related: Trump Scrubs Civil Rights, LGBTQ Rights, Climate Change from WhiteHouse.gov

ACLU | Why the Only Way to Fix the Muslim Ban Is Not to Have a Muslim Ban

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  • Instead of abandoning this odious idea in response to widespread criticism and outrage, Mr. Trump candidly explained that he would change the wording of his proposal but not its substance.   
  • Related: Trump Scrubs Civil Rights, LGBTQ Rights, Climate Change from WhiteHouse.gov

Cody Wofsy, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) / Rise Up Times 

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March 10, 2017 | Today President Trump signed a new Muslim ban. The new executive order is a major retreat by the administration, reflecting that, as courts around the country have recognized, the original order was deeply flawed and totally unjustified. But the fundamental truth of this new order, like the old one, remains unchanged: The president promised to ban Muslims from the United States, and the ban is his attempt to make good on that unconstitutional and indefensible goal.

President Trump’s intentions regarding the Muslim ban have been clear. In a statement “On Preventing Muslim Immigration” posted to his campaign website — and still available on it as I write — then-candidate Trump called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” Again and again, he refused to disown this proposal, expressing his opinion that “Islam hates us” and that there are “problems with Muslims coming into the country.”

Cody Wofsy: Skadden Fellow, ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project

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Trump Scrubs Civil Rights, LGBTQ Rights, Climate Change from WhiteHouse.gov, David A. Love, The Grio / Black Commentator

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  • "These dramatic changes to the White House website mirror the drastic and draconian cuts this president plans to make to the government. To sum it up, he’s getting rid of everything."
  • Censorship already begun.
  • Related: Disabled, Shunned and Silenced in Trump’s America

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In wake of immigration orders, a Minneapolis charter network offers 'worst-case' training for students

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Hiawatha Academies has been nationally recognized for its success in closing the opportunity gap that characterizes much of the public school sector in Minnesota. MinnPost photo by Erin Hinrichs

  • “We’re the one who help navigate and build relationships with not just students, but families,” he said. “That’s a bond that’s really important and really special. If definitely makes it easier to say I’m gonna stand up and be there for you no matter what.” --Ryan Williams-Virden, a dean of students and social studies teacher at the network's high school. 
  • Related: New Study Found No Link Between Immigration and Increased Crime in Forty Years of Data,
  • Related: The Positive Effects of Sanctuary Policies on Crime and the Economy

Erin Hinrichs, MinnPost

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Now, following President Donald Trump’s policy directives regarding immigration, Hiawatha Academies — a charter school network in south Minneapolis that serves a student population that’s 99 percent students of color and 64 percent English Language Learners — has added another “worst-case-scenario” training for students: What to do in the event of a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid or the detention of a family member.

Erin Hinrichs is MinnPost's K-12 education reporter. A Gustavus Adolphus grad, she also has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Hinrichs' coverage ranges from local school board meetings to national education policies, with a special focus on the efforts to improve outcomes for all students in Minnesota.

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New Study Found No Link Between Immigration and Increased Crime in Forty Years of Data, Science News Journal

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  • Politicians often claim that there is a relationship between immigration patterns and increased crime. In a study done at the University at Buffalo however, no links were found between the two. According to the findings, immigration instead appears to be linked to reductions in some types of crimes instead.
  • Related: The Positive Effects of Sanctuary Policies on Crime and the Economy

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Can Customs and Border Officials Search Your Phone? These Are Your Rights

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  • Recent incidents have revived confusion and alarm over what powers border officials actually have and, perhaps more importantly, how to know when they are overstepping their authority.
  • Related: What you — yes, you! — can do to save America from tyranny.

Patrick G. Lee, ProPublica / Truth-out

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/One%20Nation%20Under%20Surveillance%20graphic.jpg Friday, March 17, 2017 | A NASA scientist heading home to the US said he was detained in January at a Houston airport, where Customs and Border Protection officers pressured him for access to his work phone and its potentially sensitive contents.

Last month, CBP agents checked the identification of passengers leaving a domestic flight at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport during a search for an immigrant with a deportation order.

And in October, border agents seized phones and other work-related material from a Canadian photojournalist. They blocked him from entering the US after he refused to unlock the phones, citing his obligation to protect his sources.

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Patrick G. Lee is a reporting fellow at ProPublica.

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What you — yes, you — can do to save America from tyranny, Timothy Snyder, Dallas (TX) News

Here are 20 lessons from across the fearful 20th century, adapted to the circumstances of today.

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Paul Craig Roberts | The Stakes for Trump and All of Us

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“The deep state … generally refers to the agencies in Washington that are permanent power factions, (exercising) their power in secret. It’s agencies like the CIA, the NSA and the other intelligence agencies, that are essentially designed to disseminate disinformation and deceit and propaganda, and have a long history of doing not only that, but a history of the world’s worst war crimes, atrocities and death squads. This is who … lots of Democrats are … trying to empower … as they exert power separate and apart from—in fact, in opposition to—the political officials to whom they’re supposed to be subordinate.

Paul Craig Roberts, paulcraigroberts.org

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg.

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Our secret police agencies are busy at work planting “intelligence” among the presstitute media that Trump is compromised by “Russian connections” and is a security threat to the United States. The plan is to make a case in the media, as was done against President Nixon, and to force Trump from office. To openly take on a newly elected president is an act of extraordinary audacity that implies enormous confidence, or else desperation, on the part of the police state agencies.

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts' latest books are The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West, How America Was Lost, and The Neoconservative Threat to World Order.

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Former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern: Obama Is ‘Afraid’ Of The CIA And The NSA, MintPress News Desk, Mint Press News 

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McGovern says he believes the president can’t hold either agency accountable for their violations of the law and human rights because of the power they hold over him.

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Trump Scrubs Civil Rights, LGBTQ Rights, Climate Change from WhiteHouse.gov

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  • "These dramatic changes to the White House website mirror the drastic and draconian cuts this president plans to make to the government. To sum it up, he’s getting rid of everything."
  • Censorship already begun.

David A. Love, The Grio / Black Commentator

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell.

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January 26, 2017 | Watch President Donald Trump and follow his actions carefully. Even in the early days of his administration, he is telling you what he thinks about you and what he plans to do. A case in point: Those issues he removed from the White House website.

As soon as Trump took the oath of office, the WhiteHouse.gov site changed drastically. And you should be alarmed. All of a sudden, the sections devoted to civil rights, LGBTQ rights, climate change, health care and people with disabilities are gone.

If you care about these important issues, you need to go to the archived Obama White House website. There were rumors that Trump had removed certain terms such as “LGBT” and “climate change,” but in reality — even worse — those pages are gone.

David A. Love serves BlackCommentator.com as Executive Editor. He is journalist, commentator and human rights advocate based in Philadelphia, and a contributor to theGrioAtlantaBlackStarThe Progressive, CNN.com, Morpheus, NewsWorks and The Huffington Post. He also blogs at davidalove.com

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February 15, 2017 | I’m a woman. I’m physically disabled. And I’ve never been more scared than I am right now.

 

 

 

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New Study Found No Link Between Immigration and Increased Crime in Forty Years of Data

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  • Politicians often claim that there is a relationship between immigration patterns and increased crime. In a study done at the University at Buffalo however, no links were found between the two. According to the findings, immigration instead appears to be linked to reductions in some types of crimes instead.
  • Related: The Positive Effects of Sanctuary Policies on Crime and the Economy

Science News Journal

https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/ae9d47833d6fb8dca3a9b8c101a4f9855147d7f8/792_108_2208_1325/master/2208.jpg?w=620&q=55&auto=format&usm=12&fit=max&s=03f0d3fdd181abeefa8fbcdba47b39d0February 15, 2017 | Robert Adelman, an associate professor of sociology at UB and the paper’s lead author, says that the results are very clear and that the research shows stable and strong evidence that, on average, immigration and crime are not linked across U.S. metropolitan areas. The study found that immigration does not increase assaults and that serious crimes such as burglaries, larceny, robberies and murder are in fact lower in places where immigration levels are high.

Adelman feels strongly that facts are critical in the current political environment. The empirical evidence in not only this study, but other related research as well, shows little to no support for the view that more immigrants lead to increased crime.

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The Positive Effects of Sanctuary Policies on Crime and the Economy, Tom K. Wong, Center for American Progress

  • The Data Are Clear: Sanctuary Counties See Lower Crime Rates and Stronger Economies
  • Related: Special Project | Trump's Sanctuary Cities Plan is Straight Out of Breitbart, Radical Right Playbook

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