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Noor verdict reinforces need for justice system overhaul

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 / Protesters on University Ave. temporarily shut down the Green Line following the not guilty verdict in the police killing of Philando Castile / Paige Elliott/MSR News

Minnesotans who live in the heart of the “Jim Crow North” are familiar with the methods used to enforce racist segregation and economic disparities between Black Indigenous People of Color and their White counterparts.

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May 10, 2019 | Last week’s verdict against former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor was met with mixed reactions from our communities of color, including African American, Somali American and indigenous communities.

This case represents the inherent bias of the policing and (in)justice system and its reinforcement of White supremacy in the current political and economic system.

Noor was the first officer in Minnesota history known to be prosecuted and convicted for the murder of a civilian. The charges were less than desired and not a proper consequence for his actions.

Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar was formed after the November 2015 murder of Jamar Clark by the Minneapolis Police Department. We stand in solidarity with all victims and families of police crimes.

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It’s Time to Try Fossil-Fuel Executives for Crimes Against Humanity

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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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02.05.2019 | The fossil-fuel industry is lawyering up.

To date, nine cities have sued the fossil industry for climate damages. California fisherman are going after oil companies for their role in warming the Pacific Ocean, a process that soaks the Dungeness crabs they harvest with a dangerous neurotoxin. Former acting New York state attorney general Barbara Underwood has opened an investigation into whether ExxonMobil has misled its shareholders about the risks it faces from climate change, a push current Attorney General Leticia James has said she is eager to keep up. Massachusetts attorney general Maura Healey opened an earlier investigation into whether Exxon defrauded the public by spreading disinformation about climate change, which various courts — including the Supreme Court — have refused to block despite the company’s pleas. And in Juliana vs. U.S., young people have filed suit against the government for violating their constitutional rights by pursuing policies that intensify global warming, hitting the dense ties between Big Oil and the state.

Kate Aronoff is a fellow at the Type Media Center and a contributing writer to the Intercept.

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Brace for Impact, as the Climate "End Game" Has Arrived. Dahr Jamail,  Truthout

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  • The human race is too stupid to survive, as amply proven by the people it chooses to lead (into oblivion).  We'll just all go on our merry way, uninvolved... .
  • Related: A Green New Deal Is Not possible Until We Let ALL Our Delusions About Climate Change Die.

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The Mueller Report: Annotating Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Redacted Report

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  • A redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report of the investigation into Russian election interference was released to Congress and the public by Attorney General William Barr on Thursday. Intercept journalists have been updating our site throughout the day with their analyses of the report.
  • Mehdi Hasan argues that the report’s section on obstruction of justice is actually a roadmap to impeachment, and that it is time for Democrats in Congress to follow it. And Glenn Greenwald says that the Mueller report obliterates the idea that the Trump campaign conspired with Russia during the election.

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April 18, 2019 | A redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s “Report on the Investigation Into Russian Interference in the 2016 Election,” was released to Congress and the public by Attorney General William Barr on Thursday. The text of the report appears below, with redactions Barr said were made mainly “to prevent harm to ongoing matters and to comply with court orders prohibiting the public disclosure of information bearing upon ongoing investigations and criminal cases.”

Intercept reporters are annotating the report in updates here throughout the day. Their summaries so far:

  • Mueller Investigated the Infamous 2016 Trump Tower Meeting as a Violation of Election Law, but Declined to File Charges
  • Trump Asked Aides to Undermine the Mueller Probe — and They Refused
  • William Barr Massively Distorted Robert Mueller’s Opinion on Obstruction
  • Mueller Report Puts to Rest One of the More Bizarre Russiagate Storylines
  • Paul Manafort Shared Trump Polling Data With Alleged Russian Spy and Sought to “Monetize” His Ties to the President
  • Russia’s Use of WikiLeaks Allowed Trump and his Advisers toAvoidCollusion
  • Mueller’s Large Team of Investigators Was at Work Through March
  • Before WikiLeaks Published Hacked Emails, George Papadopoulos Told Diplomat of Russian Offer to Aid Trump
  • Mueller Concluded Russia Did Want to Help Trump Win
  • Before Releasing Mueller’s Report, Barr Defended Trump to the Press

James Risen, a best-selling author and former New York Times reporter, is the Intercept’s Senior National Security Correspondent, based in Washington, D.C.  
Robert Mackey writes about national and international news through the prism of social media. Before joining the Intercept as a Senior Writer, he was a reporter and columnist for the New York Times, where he anchored the newspaper’s breaking news blog, The Lede, for five years, and wrote a news analysis column, Open Source, from 2014 to 2016.
Trevor Aaronson is a contributing writer for the Intercept and executive director of the nonprofit Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. He is also the author of "The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI's Manufactured War on Terrorism," which was first published in 2013 and re-released as an updated edition in 2018.

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Don’t Let Mueller Restore Your Faith in the FBI

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Let's not lose perspective on Mueller's role in some of the FBI's most repressive and egregious undertakings.

Aaron J. Leonard, Truthout

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March 16,2019 | The FBI has been under non-stop assault since the election of 2016 — first by Democrats who decried its eleventh-hour decision to restart the Clinton email investigation, then by Donald Trump with his firing of James Comey. The Bureau is currently portrayed in the mainstream media as a friend of justice, suggesting an image rehabilitation after its lawlessness was exposed in the mid-1970s. Already, we have witnessed Comey and Andrew McCabe — who oversaw the FBI in the



The FBI played a role in getting Trump elected, which ought to give pause to those lined up now in support of the Bureau.



critical period during Trump’s ascent — painted as brave truth-tellers, instead of the repressive law enforcement agents they were. One can anticipate more of this, especially with the prospect of release of Robert Mueller’s report.

Who are these people presented to us as heroes? And who will a re-legitimating of the FBI benefit?

Aaron J. Leonard is author of Heavy Radicals: The FBI’s Secret War on America’s Maoists (Zero Books) and A Threat of the First Magnitude—FBI Counterintelligence & Infiltration: From the Communist Party to the Revolutionary Union—1962-1974, (Repeater Books). A regular contributor to the History News Network, Truthout and other publications, he has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science with a concentration in history from New York University.

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Special Report | SPLC - The Year in Hate and Extremism

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  • Part 1: Hate groups at record high
  • A fourth straight year of growth that coincides with President Trump's campaignandpresidency
  • Part 2: The year in hate and extremism
  • We reported an all-time high of 1,020 hate groups operating in the United States in 2018.

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Part 1: Hate groups at record high

February 20, 2019 | We’ve just released our annual count of hate groups – and it shows a fourth straight year of growth that coincides with President Trump's campaign and presidency. 

The number of hate groups operating across America rose to a record high – 1,020 – in 2018 as Trump continued to fan the flames of white resentment over immigration and the country’s changing demographics.

This growth comes after three straight years of decline during the Obama administration. Hate crimes have followed the same escalating pattern, as Trump has given violent racists a license to act on their bigotry.

Trump spread fear about the country’s growing diversity, and he wasn’t alone.

Fox News served as both his megaphone and a source for his incendiary claims during 2018. Aided by a chorus of supporters in right-wing media outlets and the advisers in his administration with hate group sympathies, Trump enacted a raft of policies straight out of the radical-right playbook.

The vast majority of hate groups – including neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan, racist skinheads, neo-Confederates and white nationalists – adhere to some form of white supremacist ideology. Not surprisingly, the number of white nationalist groups, those particularly electrified by Trump’s presidency, surged by almost 50 percent – from 100 groups to 148 – in 2018.

 You can read our new report and see our latest interactive hate map showing the names, types and locations of the 1,020 hate groups operating across America.



With your support, we’re doing everything we can to expose the activities of far-right extremists – and working with law enforcement at every level to combat potential domestic terrorists.

Thank you for supporting this work. You play a crucial role in the fight against extremism.



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Part 2: The year in hate and extremism

February 21, 2019 | Yesterday, we released our annual count of hate groups. We reported an all-time high of 1,020 hate groups operating in the United States in 2018 – a fourth straight year of growth, coinciding with President Trump's campaign and presidency.



Just hours later, the nation got a sobering reminder of the dangerous threat posed by far-right extremists and the spread of their racist ideology.

 Federal agents announced that they had confiscated a stockpile of weapons from the home of a self-described white nationalist who had compiled a hit list that included Nancy Pelosi and other prominent Democrats, along with TV anchors from MSNBC and CNN.

 Court papers described Christopher Paul Hasson as a “domestic terrorist” who was studying the tactics of Anders Breivik, the Norwegian terrorist who killed 77 people. Hasson was hiding in plain sight – as an acquisitions officer working in the Coast Guard’s Washington headquarters.



We’ve been tracking hate groups for three decades – and we’ve worked with law enforcement at every level to prevent far-right terrorism.

 Right now, the radical right is particularly dangerous, because white supremacists have been emboldened by Trump’s rhetoric. In the brief video below, the SPLC’s Heidi Beirich explains the state of hate in America.



Watch the video


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Thank you for your continued support.



Sincerely,



Your friends at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)

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Chris Hedges: The Slaves Rebel

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  • The only way to end slavery is to stop being a slave. Hundreds of men and women in prisons in some 17 states are refusing to carry out prison labor, conducting hunger strikes or boycotting for-profit commissaries in an effort to abolish the last redoubt of legalized slavery in America.
  • Related: 23 Cents an Hour? The Perfectly Legal Slavery Happening in Modern-Day America

Rise Up Times

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September 4, 2018 | The strikers are demanding to be paid the minimum wage, the right to vote, decent living conditions, educational and vocational training and an end to the death penalty and life imprisonment.


Prisons in America are a huge and lucrative business. The private prison contractors Corrections Corporation of America and The GEO Group have annual revenues of $1.6 billion and more than $2 billion, respectively.


These men and women know that the courts will not help them. They know the politicians, bought by the corporations that make billions in profits from the prison system, will not help them. And they know that the mainstream press, unwilling to offend major advertisers, will ignore them.

Rise Up Times: Vital analysis of and commentary about current issues you won’t find in the mainstream corporate media. Media for the People!

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23 Cents an Hour? The Perfectly Legal Slavery Happening in Modern-Day America, Terrell Jermaine Starr, AlterNet


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  • The government and corporations have a pool of powerless, exploitable workers in skyrocketing prison populations.
  • Prison Reform: Justice vs. Revenge


 

 

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Challenging the institutional racism and violence in our law enforcement culture: A Not Guilty Verdict to celebrate.

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Protesters in St. Paul, MN, march in response to the killing of Philando Castile (Fibonacci Blue / Flickr)

These bits of fractured history are examples to me of the fact that what we accomplish is the result of not just what one or two persons do but rather the result of community action through time.

Roger Cuthbertson, Rise Up Times

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Note: As we were preparing to publish these reflections on our trial, news broke on August1, 2018, that the City of St. Paul has dismissed charges facing 17 protesters who were arrested near the Minnesota Governor’s Mansion in St. Paul in July 2016. We understand the news to mean that all of the remaining charges against all of the remaining defendants from the governor’s mansion arrests of July 2016 have been dropped. City Attorney, Lindsey Olson, made the announcement.

Roger Cuthbertson was arrested for protesting the killing of Philando Castile by police officer Jeronimo Yanez. These are his reflections on the trial andNot Guilty verdict on June 14, 2018 in Ramsey County Court, Minnesota.

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High Crimes and Misdemeanours of Kavanaugh and the Senate-Trump Faction - We Need to Mobilize Like Never Before.

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  • Part 1: If Kavanaugh Is Confirmed, We Need to Mobilize Like Never Before
  • His record indicates that he would stonewall movements against poverty, militarism, and racism for a generation.
  • Part 2: High Crimes and Misdemeanours of Kavanaugh and the Senate-Trump Faction - Step-by-step Overthrow of the Rule of Law
  • Kavanaugh has been … continuously coached from the highest offices of the land to act above the law.

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Part 1: If Kavanaugh Is Confirmed, We Need to Mobilize Like Never Before

 

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His record indicates that he would stonewall movements against poverty, militarism, and racism for a generation.
 
Phyllis Bennis, William J. Barber II, the Nation

October 5, 2018 | It’s a familiar story: A candidate for president loses the popular vote, is still selected by the Electoral College, and nominates judges to federal courts who reverse groundbreaking civil-rights laws.

Trump and Kavanaugh aren’t the first.

It happened before, starting in 1876. By the end of 1877, Rutherford B. Hayes–appointed federal judges were presiding over the end of Reconstruction. Jim Crow segregation came back in full force, the Klan rose again with no legal challenge, and an era of lynching exploded across the South and beyond.

Phyllis Bennis is a fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies. Her books include Calling the Shots: How Washington Dominates Today’s UN and Challenging Empire: How People, Governments and the UN Defy US Power.

William J. Barber II is national president and senior lecturer, Repairers of the Breach.


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Part 2: High Crimes and Misdemeanours of Kavanaugh and the Senate-Trump Faction - Step-by-step Overthrow of the Rule of Law

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John McMurtry and Matthew Stanton, Global Research

Global Research, October 05, 2018 | Despite the historic stakes of the ram-through appointment to the Supreme Court of the United States of a serial liar and alleged early rapist, who loudly denounces his Senate questioners as a “left-wing conspiracy” – sniffing all the time as his habit – there has been no legal analysis of his abetted crimes of persistent false statements and declarations, and factional subversion of the rule of law and the US Constitution itself. 

As law and moral philosophy professors writing just as the White-House-counsel controlled FBI ‘investigation’ is hidden under cover from citizens and the press, we are moved by duty to explain what has so far been lost in media melodrama, political cover-up at the highest levels, he-says-she-says reductions, and the politics of effectively usurping the rule of law in the United States.

Matthew Stanton is a long practising Chicago attorney  and law professor, and John McMurtry is a moral philosopher and author whose work has been translated across the world.

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