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9 MLK Quotes the Mainstream Media Won't Cite

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The words of the real MLK were far more radical than today's cherry-picked lines.

Kali Holloway, AlterNet

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December 16, 2015 | The Martin Luther King Jr. who is cynically trotted out every time racial unrest erupts in our cities is the MLK who can be conveniently used to prop up the status quo. He is MLK reduced to “I Have A Dream,” used in conservative political ads to scare-monger about invading, job-stealing Mexican immigrants. He is the almost wholly fabricated MLK whom the modern GOP claims would today be one of their own, presumably standing alongside them as they vote against the poor, people of color and women of every race at every opportunity. He is MLK reimagined as the passive figure the fascist, racist right in this country wants us to be as they lean into the boot on our necks. 

In reality, those examples rely on half-truths and half-reveals of who MLK truly was. In real, big-picture life, MLK was far more radical than the cherry-picked lines from his speeches and books would suggest, a man who moved further left over the course of his long and weary fight for African-American civil rights. By 1966, MLK had become an outspoken opponent of "liberal" white complicity in white supremacy, of American imperialism and warmongering, of the capitalist system itself. Modern right-wingers’ use of quotes from MLK (here are a few examples) twist and misuse his words in ways that belie much of what he ultimately came to stand for.

Kali Holloway is a senior writer and the associate editor of media and culture at AlterNet.

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Special Report | Take Action Against Trump Banning Refugees on Holocaust Remembrance Day

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  • Part 1: 10 Concrete Ways To Take Action Against The Muslim BanTeaser
  • Do not allow yourself to become desensitized or fatigued.
  • Part 2: Trump banned refugees on Holocaust Remembrance Day. That says everything.
  • Trump’s orders are immoral as well as unconstitutional.

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Part 1: 10 Concrete Ways To Take Action Against The Muslim Ban

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Do not allow yourself to become desensitized or fatigued.

Erin Schrode, Huffington Post

01/29/2017 | The #MuslimBan is personal for me — as it should be for every soul on the face of planet earth. I will not respond with silence, indifference or hatred; I will respond with love, resistance and power. Ten Concrete Action Items Below

 While I am neither Muslim, nor a citizen of the seven countries Trump has barred from entering the United States, I am a human being. This is unconstitutional, inhumane, shameful, appalling and offensive, not to mention entirely baseless, senseless and counterproductive. 

Erin Schrode, Citizen Activist and Co-Founder, Turning Green

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Part 2: Trump banned refugees on Holocaust Remembrance Day. That says everything.

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Cecillia Wang, the Guardian

In 1939, the German oceanliner St Louis and its 937 passengers, almost all Jewish refugees, were turned away from the port of Miami and sent back to Europe. Of those passengers, 254 were murdered in the Holocaust. The US government turned away those refugees, so heartbreakingly close to safety – and also restricted Jewish immigration and instituted new vetting procedures – because of rampant overblown fears that the Nazis might smuggle spies and saboteurs in among the Jewish refugees.

On Friday, which was Holocaust Remembrance Day, the White House put out a statement that failed to mention the 6 million Jews who were exterminated by the Nazis. Hours later, Donald Trump signed an executive order suspending all refugee resettlement for 120 days and indefinitely suspending the resettlement of refugees from Syria

Cecillia Wang is the director of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project.

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Florida Supreme Court: More than 200 death row inmates were given unconstitutional death sentences

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  • The court found that death sentences decided by a judge, not a jury, were unconstitutional. More than 200 inmates are affected by the ruling, which only applies to sentences imposed since 2002. That means more than half of the people on death row will get re-sentenced. 
  • Related: Another Botched Execution

Rene Stutzman and Gal Tziperman Lotan, Orlando (FL) Sentinel

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http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2009/01/11/opinion/justice190v.jpgDecember 22, 2016 | he Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the state's death penalty was so flawed for so long that more than half of the people on death row may be entitled to new sentencing hearings.

That opinion, handed down in a pair of decisions Thursday, covers more than 200 inmates awaiting execution — and includes all of those who were sentenced after 2002 or whose appeals were not final by that year.

It is a legal decision that death row inmates, defense attorneys, prosecutors and the families of murder victims have awaited since January, when the U.S. Supreme Court found the state's death penalty unconstitutional.

Rene Stutzman and Gal Tziperman Lotan, Staff Writers, Orlando (FL) Sentinel 

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Another Botched Execution, Martha Rosenberg, opednews.com

  • As the nation is horrified by another botched execution, a capital defense lawyer in Texas, legal scholar in New York and the former warden of San Quentin work against capital punishment.
  • Rachel Maddow's Harrowing Description Of Botched Arizona Execution
  • Cops Behaving Badly, June 28,2014

Series | Zinn Education Project - Dec. 29, 1890, Anniversary of the Wounded Knee Massacre

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  • Part 1: Dec. 29, 1890: Anniversary of the Wounded Knee Massacre
  • Here are resources on Native American history and contemporary issues for teaching (and learning!) outside the textbook.
  • Part 2: December 29, 1890 - Wounded Knee Massacre
  • The 7th Cavalry (Custer's old command) fired their artillery amidst mostly unarmed women, children, and fleeing men.

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Part 1: Dec. 29, 1890: Anniversary of the Wounded Knee Massacre

Here are resources on Native American history and contemporary issues for teaching (and learning!) outside the textbook.

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On Dec. 29, 1890, a Lakota encampment on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation was attacked by the U.S. Army and close to 300 Native Americans were murdered near Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota. 

Read more about the massacre at the Last of the Independents website.

Beginning on Feb. 27, 1973, 83 years later, Wounded Knee was the site of a 71-day standoff between the American Indian Movement and federal law enforcement officials. Watch Episode 5 from the film We Shall Remain on Wounded Knee history.

Here are resources on Native American history and contemporary issues for teaching (and learning!) outside the textbook.

The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the teaching of people’s history in middle and high school classrooms across the country. Based on the lens of history highlighted in Howard Zinn’s best-selling book A People’s History of the United States, the website offers free, downloadable lessons and articles organized by theme, time period, and reading level.

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Part 2: December 29, 1890 - Wounded Knee Massacre

The 7th Cavalry (Custer's old command) fired their artillery amidst mostly unarmed women, children, and fleeing men.

Carl Bunin, Today in Peace and Justice History 

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December 29, 1890 | The U.S. Army killed approximately 300 Oglala Sioux at Wounded Knee, in the new state of South Dakota. 

The 7th Cavalry (Custer's old command) fired their artillery amidst mostly unarmed women, children, and fleeing men. 

Carl Bunin: Publisher, Today in Peace and Justice History, a weekly peace and justice history mailing.

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MN Churches Declare Themselves Sanctuaries for Illegal Immigrants

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“What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably 2 million, it could be even 3 million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate...But we’re getting them out of our country. They’re here illegally.” (Donald Trump on “60 Minutes” November 13, 2016)

Andrea Mayer-Bruestle, Alpha News

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016, leaders from 30 congregations held an event at the Church of the Redeemer to announce that 13 Minnesota churches plan to become “sanctuaries” for illegal immigrants, including those sought by police.

The announcement stems from fears over President-elect Donald Trump’s statements regarding deportation of illegal immigrants during and after the election season. Comparing themselves to the “Underground Railroad” system during the years of US slavery, the religious leaders did not detail exactly how long they would house the people, nor the plan’s logistics.  One leader, Rev. Mark Vinge of the House of Hope Lutheran Church in New Hope, told the (St. Paul, MN)  Pioneer Press:  “That’s unknown, but we know that the Lord will guide us.”

Andrea Mayer-Bruestle serves as the chair of South Washington Citizens for Progress; a committee formed to hold South Washington County School District ISD 833 accountable to taxpayers. Her knowledge and research skills have helped guide legislators and political activists across the state.

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