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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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The Positive Effects of Sanctuary Policies on Crime and the Economy

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  • 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

Tom K. Wong, Center for American Progress

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January 26, 2017 | As the Trump administration begins to implement its immigration policy agenda, the issue of local assistance with federal immigration enforcement officials is back in the spotlight. So-called sanctuary jurisdictions are one focus of that debate. The analyses in this report provide new insights about how sanctuary counties perform across a range of social and economic indicators when compared to nonsanctuary counties. 

The data are clear: Crime is statistically significantly lower in sanctuary counties compared to nonsanctuary counties. Moreover, economies are stronger in sanctuary counties—from higher median household income, less poverty, and less reliance on public assistance to higher labor force participation, higher employment-to-population ratios, and lower unemployment. 

Tom K. Wong is associate professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of The Politics of Immigration: Partisanship, Demographic Change, and American National Identity.

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Special Project | Trump's Sanctuary Cities Plan is Straight Out of Breitbart, Radical Right Playbook, Alex Amend, Southern Poverty Law Center

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A Crackdown On Our Right To Stand Up

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  • Nicole Colson explains how Republican-led legislatures are trying to push through laws to criminalize dissent–in the hopes of stopping the growing fight against the right.
  • Related: 'People Have the Right to Take to the Streets'

Nicole Colson, Socialist Worker / Popular Resistance

https://secure.consumersunion.org/images/content/pagebuilder/Industry-telling.jpg February 14, 2017 | Less than  three weeks into his presidency, Donald Trump is clearly what George W. Bush once claimed to be: “a uniter, not a divider.” Only he’s been uniting many hundreds of thousands of people in protest and many millions in outrage at his bigoted, right-wing actions since taking office.

But Trump’s right-wing admirers around the country have seized on a strategy to push back against mass protest–by criminalizing it. Lawmakers in multiple states are proposing measures explicitly designed to curtail dissent.

Nicole Colson is a reporter for Socialist Worker and a contributor to the International Socialist Review and CounterPunch. She frequently writes on civil liberties, the environment, women’s rights and culture. 

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'People Have the Right to Take to the Streets' Janine Jackson, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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Janine Jackson interviewed Mara Verheyden-Hilliard about the inauguration protests for the January 27, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

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The Final Indian War Has Begun and the Police Are On the Wrong Side of History

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  • “We need people to stand up because that’s the only way the government is going to listen to us. That’s the only way they are going to revoke these permits.”
  • “The Missouri River gives drinking water to 10 million people. We are protecting everyone. We are standing for everyone.” -Waniya Locke, Standing Rock Sioux
  • Related: Deep Reservations About the “Anti-Trump” Movement

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February 13, 2017 | Kate Bubacz of Buzzfeed reports that Last week, the federal government gave final approval to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which will run for 1,172 miles to transport crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken oilfields to Patoka, Illinois.

Hundreds of outraged protesters, primarily Lakota and Dakota from Native American reservations, assembled at the edge of the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota to voice their anger and concern.

Truthout reports that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed for both a permanent and preliminary injunction to block the pipeline’s construction. The case for the preliminary injunction, filed on August 4 to halt construction immediately, is set to be heard on August 24.

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Deep Reservations About the “Anti-Trump” Movement by Caleb Maupin, Caleb Maupin Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad 

  • Are you satisfied with the left remaining an isolated book club of middle class bohemians? Or do you actually want a new America?
  • Related: Berkeley protesters just fell into the most obvious trap imaginable. Again.

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