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Weekend Read: It’s past time for white supremacy to die

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  • In the last year we’ve seen the growth of the so-called “alt-right,” a rise in neo-Nazi groups and, in response, a spike in black nationalist groups.

The common thread?

White supremacy.

This weekend we're bringing you an editorial by our Intelligence Project Director Heidi Beirich from our latest Intelligence Report, reminding us that if we want to reverse a trend that saw hate groups rise for the third year in a row, we must dismantle the white supremacy that's embedded so deeply in American society.

  • Related: Hate Groups Attack Southern Poverty Law Center, and Some Journalists Pile On

Heidi Beirich, Southern Poverty Leadership Conference (SPLC)

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February 24, 2018 | There were two dynamics that determined the fate of America's radical right in 2017: the election of President Trump and the fallout from the Charlottesville, Virginia, deadly white nationalist rally.

Extremists rode a wave of euphoria from Trump's January inauguration until August 11, finally having found an uncucked politician who reflected the world they wanted to see: a world where racism was sanctioned by the highest office, immigrants given the boot and Muslims banned. Riding high, a wide range of extremists who usually don't get along — from heavily armed militias, to polo-attired white nationalists, to Klansmen, to neo-Nazis — all joined forces in mid-August in Charlottesville.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Heidi%20Beirich%2C%20Southern%20Poverty%20Law%20Center.jpgHeidi Beirich leads the SPLC’s Intelligence Project, which publishes the award-winning Intelligence Report and the Hatewatch blog. She is an expert on various forms of extremism, including the white supremacist, nativist and neo-Confederate movements as well as racism in academia.

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Hate Groups Attack Southern Poverty Law Center, and Some Journalists Pile On, Sharona Coutts, Rewire 

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  • Far-right groups attacking the SPLC claim that the group has lost its credibility because it has targeted groups such as the Family Research Council and others on the far right.
  • Related: The New York Time’s Assault on Press Freedom

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Series | A Nation Under Trump, Part 3 - Trump has put anti-immigrant campaign promises into action

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A woman holds a child during an immigration rally near the U.S. Capitol in Washington Sept. 26. (CNS/Tyler Orsburn)

  • The Series: As the anniversary of Donald Trump's election as president of the United States approached, the NCR staff wondered if the calls to action that persisted immediately following the election remained as urgent.
  • Part 3: Trump does seem to be making an effort to intensify his immigration policies. On Oct. 8, he released a list of priorities that include hiring more ICE agents, cracking down on visa overstays and sanctuary cities, building a border wall, facilitating deportation of unaccompanied minors and asylum seekers, and shifting to a "merit-based" immigration system.
  • Related: Demanding a Clean DACA Bill, Now!

 

Maria Benevento, National Catholic Reporter (NCR)

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Nov 2, 2017 | To the alarm of immigrant rights groups, President Donald Trump has spent the first months of his presidency putting his anti-immigrant campaign promises into action.

"That rhetoric we were hearing in the election season has moved into actual policy," said Jeanne Atkinson, executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc. "I think immigration is one of the most prominent policy areas of this administration and ... we're seeing public policy going in the wrong direction."

Maria Benevento is an NCR Bertelsen intern.

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Previously in this Series:

Part 2 - The Trump presidency and Europe's dilemma

Part 1 - What has the GOP learned since Trump's election? 

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Demanding a Clean DACA Bill, Now! Alvaro Huerta, LA Progressive

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  • While undocumented immigrants and their allies continue to organize against the racist Trump administration and complicit Republican leaders, Democratic leaders, who depend on the Latina/o vote, have failed miserably.
  • Related: Make a Call for Dreamers
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House votes to gut the Americans with Disabilities Act; Justice Department Scraps ADA Guidance

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  • Part 1: House votes to gut the Americans with Disabilities Act
    • A House bill would make it harder for people with disabilities to hold businesses accountable for inaccessibility.
  • Part 2: Justice Department Scraps ADA Guidance
    • Attorney General Sessions is rescinding several guidance documents clarifying the implications of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: House votes to gut the Americans with Disabilities Act

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A House bill would make it harder for people with disabilities to hold businesses accountable for inaccessibility.

Casey Quinlan, Think Progress


Feb 15, 2018 | On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted 225 to 192 in favor of a bill that would significantly weaken the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act and let businesses off the hook for failing to provide accommodations for accessibility.

The ADA Education and Reform Act was introduced by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), and was recently adopted in the House Judiciary Committee. It addresses the 1990 civil rights law that protects people with disabilities when it comes to employment; access to public entities, such as transportation; and accommodations to fully enjoy businesses, such as being able to go to a hotel without barriers to getting inside. The law allows people with disabilities to file lawsuits against businesses that don’t provide reasonable accommodations, but supporters of the ADA Education and Reform Act argue that it fuels “drive-by lawsuits.”

https://i2.wp.com/thinkprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/casey.jpg?w=300&crop=0%2C0px%2C100%2C300px&ssl=1 Casey Quinlan is a policy reporter at ThinkProgress covering economic policy and civil rights issues.

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Part 2: Justice Department Scraps ADA Guidance

https://www.disabilityscoop.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/ds180104_sessions-668x418.jpg Attorney General Jeff Sessions revoked numerous guidance documents including over a half dozen pertaining to the Americans with Disabilities Act and said more withdrawals may be forthcoming.(Ting Shen/Xinhua/Sipa USA/TNS)

Michelle Diament, Disability Scoop
January 4, 2018 | Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he’s rescinding more than two dozen guidance documents including several clarifying the implications of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Among the 25 revoked documents are a number of ADA-related items dating as far back as 1995 offering guidance on everything from service animals to accessible building practices as well as a 2016 letter on employment of people with disabilities.

Michelle Diament is a seasoned journalist whose work has appeared in People, AARP, The Washington Post Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education and Gannett News Service. As the sibling of an adult with autism, Diament is no stranger to the world of disability issues.

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Demanding a Clean DACA Bill, Now!

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  • While undocumented immigrants and their allies continue to organize against the racist Trump administration and complicit Republican leaders, Democratic leaders, who depend on the Latina/o vote, have failed miserably.
  • Related: Make a Call for Dreamers

Alvaro Huerta, LA Progressive

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/INS%20Visa%20Approval%20Stamp_0.jpgJanuary 15, 2018 | Democratic leaders should unite and stand firm against President Donald J. Trump—“Racist-in-Chief” and “Hustler-in-Chief”—and the complicit Republican leaders on passing a clean DACA bill. A clean bill only focuses on DACA or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which provides temporary protections from deportation and work permits for an estimated 800,000 young undocumented immigrants. Trump announced the phase out of DACA on September 5, 2017, which former President Barack H. Obama—“Deporter-in-Chief”—implemented as an executive order on June 15, 2012.

As a manufactured crisis by Trump, unless Congress acts or the courts successfully intervene on behalf of immigrants, DACA will end on March 5, 2018, creating havoc for hundreds of thousands of undocumented youth. More specifically, if the xenophobic forces in the Trump administration and Congress prevail, the violent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents—la migra—will target the energetic, productive and hard-working youth with mass deportations.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Alvaro%20Huerta.jpgAlvaro Huerta is an assistant professor of urban and regional planning and ethnic and women’s studies at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is the author of “Reframing the Latino Immigration Debate: Towards a Humanistic Paradigm,” published by San Diego State University Press (2013).

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Make a Call for Dreamers, Indivisible Team

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  • Immigrant youth have waited too long for a permanent solution to the crisis created by Trump’s vicious deportation agenda. 122 Dreamers lose their protection every day. The time for hesitation is over.
  • See where your Senators stand and make a call to Senators who are voting to deport Dreamers.

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