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An Interview With History: Civil Rights Icon Myrlie Evers-Williams On The Change Of Mississippi Flag

By Ari Shapiro All Things Considered (7/1/20) Tomorrow would have been the 95th birthday of Medgar Evers. He is the civil rights leader who never saw his 38th birthday because he was assassinated in Mississippi in 1963. Evers spent his life fighting for racial justice, and so has his widow, Myrlie Evers Williams, who went on to chair the NAACP. And now the state where they grew up, Mississippi, will change the flag to remove the Confederate emblem. Myrlie Evers-Williams joins us, and I should disclose that we’ve become friends over the years. It is so good to talk to…

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Code Blue America: Trump Unmasked. America Unprotected.

By Dan Peak Commoner Call (7/6/20) Dear Fellow Readers, What does Trump stand for? His statements and his actions say he stands for racism, white supremacists, hate crimes, conspiracy theories like QAnon, Russian aggression… Trump is clearly motivated to limit his legal exposure when he leaves the White House. Trump and his personal attorney and attorney general Bill Barr drew attention to this while forcing out US attorney Geoffrey Berman, the lead federal prosecutor for Southern District of New York. Now the US attorney for Eastern District of New York, Richard Donoghue, is stepping down to take another position in…


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What Corporate Establishment Media Isn’t Telling You About Reopening Is Putting You At Direct Risk

  Putting worker safety and public health first means picking and choosing carefully which are the most urgent for a functioning society. By Neil deMause Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (7/3/20) In the second half of June, the story of the United States’ coronavirus pandemic began to shift dramatically, as a massive surge in new infections took hold, particularly across states in the South and West that had previously been spared the worst of the outbreak. Media reports abruptly switched gears from declaring that reopening was proceeding with few ill effects (Reuters, 5/17/20; Tampa Bay Times, 5/28/20) to expressing alarm that health officials’ warnings…



Dem Reality Check: As San Francisco DA, Kamala Harris’s Office Stopped Assisting Victims Of Catholic Church Clergy Sex Abuse

“It was just a flat-out insult.” By Lee Fang The Intercept (6/9/19) KAMALA HARRIS, SURROUNDED by thousands of cheering supporters, kicked off her presidential campaign in Oakland earlier this year, declaring that she has always fought “on behalf of survivors of sexual assault, a fight not just against predators but a fight against silence and stigma.” Fighting on behalf of victims of sexual abuse, particularly children, has been central to Harris’s political identity for the better part of three decades. Harris specialized in prosecuting sex crimes and child exploitation as a young prosecutor just out of law school. She later touted her record…


Mike McCabe: America’s New Jim Crow

  “We’ve got to deal with the fact that we live in a country that started with a constitution that said people could be property. And once that constitution was amended and slavery was abolished, those who sought that kind of economic and social control weren’t about to embrace equality. They went about constructing Jim Crow. They went about building segregation laws that would allow them to continue to exercise that control. And once Jim Crow was swept away by the civil rights legislation of the 1960’s, they didn’t embrace equality. They went about building a new structure, and that…


Police Are Arresting Protesters Over Facebook Posts—And It’s Just The Beginning

  Real News (6/25/20) The FBI investigated and arrested Michael Avery for posting on Facebook about a Black Lives Matter protest. We talk with a tech industry whistleblower about “snitch apps” and how law enforcement uses technology to “protect” you. Subscribe to our page and support our work at https://therealnews.com/donate. Link To 18+-Minute Video ***** Facebook Is Out Of Control. If It Were A Country It Would Be North Korea Zuckerberg is not Kim Jong-un. He’s much, much more powerful. By Carole Cadwalladr The Guardian (7/5/20) There is no power on this earth that is capable of holding Facebook to…


Time To Grow Up, America. Or Die.

“The country is now seeing more than 40,000 new infections a day while the European Union, which has more people, is seeing fewer than 6,000. About half the new cases are coming from California, Texas, Florida, and Arizona. Florida’s cases increased by 277 percent in the past two weeks; Texas’s by 184 percent, and Arizona’s by 145 percent. “As our national confirmed deaths are approaching 130,000 people, Arizona recently released a new triage scoring system to help healthcare providers decide how to allocate resources if they must make choices about which patients to treat.” — Heather Cox Richardson, Letter From…


‘Genocidal Negligence’: Tepid Democratic Climate Action Plan Criticized As Woefully Inadequate To The Threat

“It is simply not an adequate attempt to deal with the crisis we actually face.” By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams (6/30/20) “This is not an emergency response.” That is how Laura Berry, director of research and policy at the Climate Mobilization (TCM), responded to reporting on a congressional “action plan” for the planetary emergency from the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, which the panel and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) unveiled Tuesday. The climate roadmap features hundreds of policy proposals under 12 key pillars. Specifically, the 538-page plan calls for selling only zero-emissions vehicles by 2035, net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector…


With Collapsing Sales, Frac Sand Company Hi-Crush Looking Toward Bankruptcy

  By Chris Hubuch La Crosse Trubune (6/27/20) One of Wisconsin’s largest sand mining companies plans to file for bankruptcy and says it may be forced to go out of business after losing nearly $147 million in the first three months of 2020 and seeing a sudden and sharp decline in sales with the ensuing pandemic. Hi-Crush Inc. has shuttered three of its four Wisconsin sand mines amid a recession and glut of imported oil that have eroded demand for its sand, which is used in oil and gas drilling. The first quarter losses announced Thursday include a $116.6 million…


Impunity: Oversight & Reforms In Many US Police Forces Have Been Rendered Ineffective By Union Contracts

“When the police have the ability to take away liberty, the police should not be policing themselves.” By Tom Perkins The Guardian (6/30/20) A court in 2009 convicted Washington DC police officer Michael Sugg-Edwards of sexually assaulting a teenage woman in his squad car. After conducting its own internal investigation, the department quickly fired the then 35-year-old officer. But, six years later, Sugg-Edwards was back on the force. A provision in the police union’s contract allowed him to appeal the decision to a union-selected arbitrator who reversed the department’s firing and reinstated him – with back pay. Such protections for officers who…


Code Blue America: We deserve better. We need better.

“What has happened in June, and what will happen in July, is entirely Trump’s fault. The president’s approach to the virus has been guided by his lifelong belief: It’s just as real to say you have done a good job as to do a good job.” — David Frum, This Is Trump’s Plague Now. By Dan Peak Commoner Call (7/2/20) Dear Fellow Readers, Atlantic writer David Frum is right, we are suffering and it is Trump’s fault. It did not have to be this way. I will date myself here, but Uri Geller used to do spoon bending on late night…


HELP THIS WORKER! Time To Get Corporate Profit Gouging Out Of Health Care: Essential 3M Worker Hit With $1,840 When Ordered To Get Tested For COVID-19″

In a bitter ironic twist, she works as a supervisor at a 3M distribution center for N95 masks. [Editor’s Note: This is about as perverse as things get in America’s so-called health (corporate wealth) care system. And, of course, 3M, which is making huge profits off government contracts, abandoned a worker that makes those profits possible. Disgusting. If you would like to express your displeasure to 3M, call: (888) 364-3577. Time for Medicare For All. — Mark L. Taylor] By Sarah Varney MPR (6/30/20) Carmen Quintero works an early shift as a supervisor at a 3M distribution warehouse that ships…


FDR’s Letter To Corporate Democrats Will Blow Your Mind

  Jimmy Dore Show (3/29/17) Franklin Delano Roosevelt wrote a letter to corporate democrats threatening to withdraw his nomination if they did not support his progressive Vice President pick Henry Wallace. His sentiments about the need for Democrats to be more progressive applies even more to today’s world. Link To 15+-Minute Video ***** FDR’s Letter to the Democratic Convention Delegates in 1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt Letter to the Democratic Convention July 18, 1940 Members of the Convention: In the century in which we live, the Democratic Party has received the support of the electorate only when the party, with absolute…


The Growing Rebellion Against Our Brutal System Of Racial Militarized Capitalism

  “Modern policing is rotten at its core.” By Jeremy Scahill Intercepted / The intercept (6/24/20) THE BLACK LIVES MATTER uprisings against police and state violence are continuing across the U.S., as a humiliated Donald Trump threatens a broader crackdown to defend Confederate monuments. This week on Intercepted: History Of Modern Racial Capitalism — Robin D.G. Kelley, a distinguished history professor at UCLA, explains why he believes the current abolitionist movement has the potential to fundamentally change the country and offers a historical analysis of the weaponization of racial capitalism throughout U.S. history. He also tells the story of the Black-led…


The Economic ‘Elite’ Counting On The Police Being Violent To Keep People Down

“It’s not enough to say that the police are too violent, or racist, or detached from society. Powerful people already know this perfectly well. Indeed, they’re counting on it. They’re counting on cops being violent to protect elite interests; nor is racism the worst thing in the world, they believe, as long as it’s not hurting their financial bottom lines. If it divides people, making them all the more exploitable, so much the better. And who cares if cops are detached from the interests of the working and lower middle classes from which they’ve come? Again, all the better, since…


Court Reinstates Wisconsin Voting Restrictions In Major Victory For Republicans

  By Sam Levine The Guardian (6/30/20) A federal appeals court reinstated significant voting restrictions in Wisconsin on Monday, handing Republicans a victory just months before the November election in one of the country’s most important battleground states. The ruling reinstates a Republican-backed law that allows local election officials to offer only two weeks of early voting before election day. That restriction will have a severe impact on cities like Madison, which had tentative plans to offer nearly a month of early voting this fall and Milwaukee, which offered nearly six weeks of early voting ahead of the 2018 general election. Both are cities with large minority…


Notably Quotable: “I don’t want to be nice or unnice, OK? But Donald Trump has never looked so…”

“I don’t want to be nice or unnice, OK? But Donald Trump has never looked so pathetic. There’s an air of defeat about the president; the master of puff seems deflated. It has been another terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week for Trump. Unless something radical happens, the president is a dead man golfing.” — Arwa Mahdawi, Trump’s presidency is like a dead man golfing. So will he drop out of the election? ***** “Well, he’s had his chance, and here we are, almost four years in, and only 12 percent of Americans are satisfied with how things are going…


‘Black Lives Matter’ Is About Far More Than The Police

Let’s make sure that Black life matters at every stage and in every facet of society, well before a cop has his knee on a man’s neck. By Patrisse Cullors ACLU (6/23/20) Every time another Black person is murdered by the police, it’s easy to point to a single officer as the culprit. George Floyd was killed under the knee of officer Derek Chauvin — we saw it ourselves. But Chauvin is just one officer in a culture of police violence, and policing is just one of the systems responsible for taking Black lives. COVID-19 exposed a number of the…


The Truth About The Confederacy & Slavery In The United States: ‘Our history has been stolen from us.’

Monumental Obscenity Hiding In Plain Sight: This is a memorial in Arlington National Cemetery to traitorous Confederate troops who killed American soldiers. This would be like having a Nazi memorial in Arlington. (National Park Service photo.) It is time to remove the monuments honoring murderous traitors, terrorists, rapists, torturers and war criminals. By Mark L. Taylor Commoner Call (6/29/20) My first fascination with history came in third grade when I first learned about the Civil War. I had Civil War blue and gray toy soldiers. My mother got me a book on the Civil War that I would get lost…



Ten Things Complicit Dems Could Do Right Now — If They Truly Wanted To Stop Trump’s Power Grab

In the lead up to the protests, Democratic congressional leaders had been pushing to fortify Trump’s police powers. [Editor’s Note: The author, David Sirota, is the speech writer Bernie Sanders threw overboard to pacify the DNC corporate dems. — Mark L. Taylor] By David Sirota TMI (6/2/20) Donald Trump yesterday deployed federal police to attack peaceful protesters, all to stage a photo op of himself threatening to militarily invade his own country. In response, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer issued a press release, and promised no real action to do anything, days after House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer declared that the U.S….


Stories Of Unemployed Expose Cruelty Of The Corporate State & Callous Govt. Indifference

  The Daily /New York Times (6/24/20) Three months after mass layoffs began across America, 20 million Americans remain out of work because of the pandemic. Federal employment benefits are about to run out, and Congress can’t agree on more help. We called people struggling with unemployment to hear how they are doing. On today’s episode: Julie Creswell, Sabrina Tavernise and Ben Casselman, reporters at The New York Times, spoke with Nicolle Nordman, Analía Rodríguez and Nakitta Long about being laid off. Link To Story And 30-Minute Audio  


Code Blue America: Trump’s Willful Disregard For The Wellbeing Of Americans Leads To More Death

“Trump doesn’t protect the constitution. He doesn’t protect our soldiers. He doesn’t protect Americans from illness. He doesn’t protect the sanctity of our elections.” — Donald Trump is anti-American, The Lincoln Project (6/27/20) By Dan Peak Commoner Call (6/29/20) We blew it! To be clear, Trump willfully put our health and lives at risk for his own personal ambitions. Trump doesn’t even talk about the coronavirus anymore. He will have an excuse this week, the opening quote underscores how he will be fending off questions of why he never responded to Russia offering the Taliban bounties for killing U.S. soldiers. Trump…


Professor Richard Wolff: Neither Dems Or GOP Will Do Anything To Ease The Coming Economic Crash

It Will Be Like NOTHING In Our History. And What Could Be Done To Protect Families By Mark L. Taylor The Commoner Call (6/29/20) Socialist economist Richard Wolff talks about what both Trump and Biden and the Republicans and Democrats don’t get — and won’t do — to ease the pain of pandemic economic dislocation of families. Other western nations have both taken care of workers and reduced Covid-19 infection rates. Meanwhile in the United States, callous and completely clueless bipartisan inaction leaves families suffering and the pandemic raging on. Neither Trump nor Biden will do what needs to be…


Duplicitous FBI Has A Long, Murderous History Of Targeting Black Activists. That’s Still True Today

The most apparent protest violence that falls within the FBI’s jurisdiction is not coming from BLM activists or antifa, but from police. By Mike German The Guardian (6/26/20) Throughout its history, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has viewed Black activism as a potential national security threat. It has used its ample investigative powers not to suppress violence, but to inhibit the speech and association rights of Black activists. And its reaction to the protests following the police killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd shows little has changed. In October 1919, a young J Edgar Hoover, director of the Bureau…


Most Dangerous Terrorist Threat In US Is From Far-Right Extremists

Center for Strategic and International Studies analysis of domestic terrorist incidents found majority have come from far right. By Jason Wilson The Guardian (6/27/20) Violence by far-right groups and individuals has emerged as one of the most dangerous terrorist threats faced by US law enforcement and triggered a wave of warnings and arrests of people associated with those extremist movements. The most recent in-depth analysis of far-right terrorism comes from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). In a report released last week, the Escalating Terrorism Problem in the United States, CSIS analyses 25 years of domestic terrorism incidents and finds…


A Growing Resurgence By The Democratic Party Left Is Real

Incumbency is no longer an entitlement, no longer a guarantee of elected office. By Miles Kampf-Lassin In These Times (6/24/20) Two years ago, New York City was the site of a stunning victory for the U.S. Left that propelled a transformative candidate into office. When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won her primary to represent New York’s 14th District in 2018, defeating longtime Democratic incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley, she shocked the political establishment by showing that a left-wing challenger can run on a bold agenda, lift up movement demands, and win. After Tuesday night, it appears New York will again be home to…


‘Big Banks Couldn’t Be Happier’: Trump Regulators Gut Restrictions On Risky Wall Street Gambling

  Dangerous deregulatory agenda By Jake Johnson Common Dreams (6/26/20) Bank stocks jumped and lobbyists rejoiced Thursday after U.S. regulators voted to gut the so-called Volcker Rule, a set of regulations imposed in the wake of the 2008 Wall Street collapse limiting the ability of financial institutions to engage in high-risk behavior that threatens the systemic health of the economy. “Instead of protecting our financial system in the middle of an unprecedented economic crisis, Trump-appointed regulators are plowing ahead with their dangerous deregulatory agenda,” tweeted Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). “The big banks couldn’t be happier about it.” CNBC reported that the shares of JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Wells…


What We Have To Learn From Trump: Madness Can Be Our Friend

These next months are going to be the showdown. [Editor’s Note: Yes, of course, Donald Trump a personality-disordered sociopath, but there is far more to understanding the psychology of Trump, corporate democrats and ourselves. Want to be part of the opposition? Understand the kind of opposition to all established power centers that is needed. This is a thought provoking interview. As a footnote, listen to how the French government supports of families and health care brought the pandemic under control. — Mark L. Taylor] By Michael Moore Rumble / Episode 94 (6/24/20) Dr. Steven Reisner is a psychologist and political…


DNC ‘Snubs’ Climate Movement Just As Greenpeace Endorses Democratic Panel’s Visionary Plan

  “There are more big bank executives on the Democratic platform drafting committee than there are climate activists or millennials.” By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams (6/23/20) Despite mounting pressure on the party to craft a 2020 platform that includes ambitious climate policies, Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez on Monday announced a drafting committee that, in the words of journalist Emily Atkin, “snubs progressive climate activists again.” Perez’s announcement followed reporting that Democratic Party leadership was “irked” when the DNC Council on the Environment and Climate Crisis released policy recommendations for the platform on June 4 that are bolder than the proposals in presidential candidate Joe Biden’s climate…


On Contact: How Lefty Environmental Groups Joined With Corporations To Censor Film ‘Planet Of The Humans’

The only thing worse than knowing that the planet is on the edge of extinction is discovering we have put our hope for survival in illusions. By Chris Hedges On Contact (6/21/20) In this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses the criticism and censorship of Michael Moore’s film Planet of the Humans with the director, Jeff Gibbs. Link To 28-Minute Video ‘Planet of the Humans Movie Trailer: Link To 40-Second Video ***** “The takeover of the environmental movement by capitalism is now complete. Environmentalists are no longer resisting those with a profit motive, but collaborating with them.” — Closing…


Columbus OH Police Mace Double Amputee, Take His Legs, Leave Him Writhing In Pain

A level of brutality across the country that fits the deadly definition of “state-sanctioned violence.” [Editor’s Note: Want a defining image of the brutal callousness of the establishment? Well, here it is. This young man was struck, gassed and then had his artificial legs stolen by the police. Demonstrators had to fight the police to get the prosthetics back. Here it is: The image of what our corporate state has come to. They can gas, beat and terrorize their subjects, but they have no legitimacy. — Mark L. Taylor] By Abby Zimet Common Dreams (6/22/20) In a new study from the…


MLK Identified ‘America’s Triplets’ — Racism, Yes, But What About Our Militarism & Materialism?

We are now a nation of citizen-consumers, held in thrall to the extreme materialism that Dr. King decried. By Andrew Bacevich TomDispatch (6/23/20) In the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, Americans are finally—or is it once again?—confronting the racism that afflicts this country and extends into just about every corner of our national life. Something fundamental just might be happening. Yet to state the obvious, we’ve been here before. Mass protests in response to racial inequality and discrimination, including police brutality, have been anything but unknown in the United States. Much the same can be said of riots targeting black…


The ‘Warrior Cop’ Is a Toxic Mentality And Money Making Con That Leaves Communities More Vulnerable

Time to ban the police ‘Thin Blue Line” flag desecration. In a three day course last year, instructors certified the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office’s SWAT team to parachute from planes. [Editor’s Note: If these police “warriors” want to really get on top of real crime have them parachute into Wall Street. — Mark L. Taylor] By Alain Stephens The Trace (6/19/20) A group of police officers, kitted out for a day of shooting, sit silently in a tin-roofed gun range. A portable CD player plays a recording of the desperate cries of one of their colleagues, fighting for his life….


Code Blue America: The Most Dangerous Man In The World

“World’s most dangerous man.” — Trump niece Mary L. Trump describing her uncle Donald J. Trump in her forthcoming book. ***** New coronavirus cases in the U.S. soar to highest single-day total (over 36,000) — Washington Post news alert (6/24/20) By Dan Peak Commoner Call (6/25/20) Dear Fellow Readers, Is there a global pandemic? Your answer may depend on who you listen to, but there are now 9.5 million confirmed cases in the world and almost a half million deaths. With 4% of the world’s population the U.S. represents about 25% of the cases (2.5 million) and 25% of the…


Experts Predict What A Second Wave Of Coronavirus Will Be Like

We can create models and make predictions, but so much about COVID-19 remains unknown. By Julia Ries HuffPost (6/22/20) There’s been much speculation about if and when a second coronavirus wave will come crashing down on us, and whether it has the potential to be more severe than the first crest. After all, that’s what unfolded with past respiratory infections like the 1918 flu pandemic, which had a second wave far more devastating and fatal than the first. But epidemiologists — the people who study the patterns and causes of diseases — warn against assuming that COVID-19 will behave like the infectious…


The Supreme Court Just Gave Corporations A License To Loot Your Retirement Funds

The courthouse door was just slammed shut on workers and retirees whose pension plans get bilked. By David Sirota TMI (6/24/20)   In the 1987 classic film Wall Street, pension funds make a brief but important appearance, as Gordon Gekko hatches a plan to steal 6,000 airline workers’ retirement savings. An angry Bud Fox asks Gekko: “How much is enough?” — a question warning the audience about unbridled greed and the financial vipers in our midst. Thirty-three years after the release of Wall Street, it seems the U.S. Supreme Court saw the film as a guidebook rather than a cautionary tale: In a landmark…


Trump Fears Latest Damning Memoir – This Time By His Liberal Niece … A Psychologist

Trump has been compared to a mob boss, regarding family as a means to enforcing his will and expanding his power. By David Smith The Guardian (6/21/20) It was election night 2016 and Donald Trump, having stunned the world by winning the American presidency, paraded beaming family members in the ballroom of a New York hotel. But at least one relative was not celebrating. “This is one of the worst nights of my life,” the president-elect’s niece, Mary Lea Trump, wrote on Twitter. “What is wrong with this country? I fear the American experiment has failed.” She has presumably had many more bad…


Talk Is Cheap: While Paying Lip Service To Black Lives Matter, Walmart Shamelessly Exploits Black Lives

Empty public relations announcements will not suffice. By Cat Davis & Dorian Warren NBC News (6/19/20) Following weeks of riveting nationwide protests against police brutality and systemic anti-Black racism, some of the nation’s largest corporations responded with public declarations that Black Lives Matter. Among them was Walmart, the largest corporate employer of America’s Black workforce. Earlier this month, CEO Doug McMillon announced that his company was committing $100 million over five years to build a “center on racial equity.” Walmart’s self-aggrandizing gesture is emblematic of a long-running problem in how corporate America deals with race: McMillon’s pronouncement was a soothing delay tactic that failed to offer any…