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Watching a WHOLE LOT of Republican Projection Heaped On Sally Yates

These cowards are too-little-too-late inquisitors of a DOJ head who did her job, incriminate the FBI with her of waging a "campaign."

They are McCarthyite in their fishing expedition and hostile display of disgusting hatred for Biden.

Sally Yates' gracious, clear and professional answers are KILLING this cheap political theater.

Get 'em, Sally!

Starts Today, August 3 -- Immigration Nation

The Netflix six-part documentary series.


Governor Cuomo Update August 3 2020

Day 156

Hard answers on school openings, safety and the national situation.

Read 'How To Be An Antiracist' by Ibram X. Kendi (2020)

Because if you really want justice for all, you have to understand the race power that made "trade" into capitalism, which is now known as racial capitalism; know the original race force that defined race; know the original makers of race policy, know the originator of race hierachies; know the many originators of ideas that justified racist actions that made racists wealthy, whose legacy holders now still use governments to prop their wealth.

Which gets us to the level we now see from governments, and all the injustice we get caught up in fighting against -- all the hierarchies, dualities that drive conflict without our knowing the agents behind the systems that unjust lawyers, guns and money prop.

It's an easy read, starting with Ibram's parents, his schooling, and being in his high school's Martin Luther King Day speech contest.

I've learned, read and taught the greats of Black Literature, Black literary criticism, Black philosophy, and critiques on race. After all that exposure, I have to say this book is my bible.

This book doesn't just map race history and the present, it presents the map of antiracism, antiracism as a future world of equality and humanity that is possible.



Jamaica's Supreme Court Rules That School Can Ban Child With Dreadlocks (No, We're Not Kidding)


There is a strong thread of anti-Blackness and colonialism that exists in Jamaica, exemplified by the irony that this ruling came right as the country is celebrating the anniversary of the emancipation of slaves there on August 1, 1834.

Rastafarians, who follow a philosophy grounded in Blackness, have historically experienced persecution and discrimination from the Jamaican government, including a state-sponsored massacre of them in 1963—a few years after the country gained its independence from Britain.

Though the Virgos are not adherents of the Rastafarian religion, the couple’s attorney Isat Buchanan told the Washington Post that the ruling against their daughter wearing her Black hair in natural locks, “marks an unfortunate for Black people and for Rastafarian people in Jamaica.”

This is not The Onion. The Root don't play.

An unjust law is no law at all. To ban one's genetic inheritance is biological racism.



FFS, humans are trying to have a 21st Century civilization. TRYING TO HAVE A 21ST CENTURY CIVILIZATION HERE.

Jamaica, get new justices.

Even the obvious must be said publicly and often for who-knows-how-many humans.

A Heads Up Summary of the ACLU's litigation on the November 3 vote

Scroll down the site page to see which cases and states. Yes, it's a donation page, too.
These days, all sites have them.

The ACLU says it has 17 lawsuits in 15 states to protect Americans' right to vote during the pandemic, and that it has successfully expanded voting access for hundreds of thousands of Americans across the country.
If states refuse to ensure safe access to the ballot this year, the ACLU says it will see them in court.


Beyonc, Shatta Wale, Major Lazer - ALREADY


Remember who you are, ooh
Real king always win, oh
Give up your bread, oh
I'll show your people my love
It's time already, I say it's time already
The line already, I say, line already
Only you got the remedy, I say you got the remedy
Shine your body, shine your body (ah)

(Edit note: the title spelling is not enabled on title line; maybe a site update glitch, Elad?)

Governor Cuomo Update July 31 2020

Thank you, universe. I needed a clear headed adult leader today.

John Lewis would agree

John Lewis's Letter To Us, Written For This Day

While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life you inspired me. You filled me with hope about the next chapter of the great American story when you used your power to make a difference in our society. Millions of people motivated simply by human compassion laid down the burdens of division. Around the country and the world you set aside race, class, age, language and nationality to demand respect for human dignity.

That is why I had to visit Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, though I was admitted to the hospital the following day. I just had to see and feel it for myself that, after many years of silent witness, the truth is still marching on.

Emmett Till was my George Floyd. He was my Rayshard Brooks, Sandra Bland and Breonna Taylor. He was 14 when he was killed, and I was only 15 years old at the time. I will never ever forget the moment when it became so clear that he could easily have been me. In those days, fear constrained us like an imaginary prison, and troubling thoughts of potential brutality committed for no understandable reason were the bars.

Though I was surrounded by two loving parents, plenty of brothers, sisters and cousins, their love could not protect me from the unholy oppression waiting just outside that family circle. Unchecked, unrestrained violence and government-sanctioned terror had the power to turn a simple stroll to the store for some Skittles or an innocent morning jog down a lonesome country road into a nightmare. If we are to survive as one unified nation, we must discover what so readily takes root in our hearts that could rob Mother Emanuel Church in South Carolina of her brightest and best, shoot unwitting concertgoers in Las Vegas and choke to death the hopes and dreams of a gifted violinist like Elijah McClain.

Like so many young people today, I was searching for a way out, or some might say a way in, and then I heard the voice of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on an old radio. He was talking about the philosophy and discipline of nonviolence. He said we are all complicit when we tolerate injustice. He said it is not enough to say it will get better by and by. He said each of us has a moral obligation to stand up, speak up and speak out. When you see something that is not right, you must say something. You must do something. Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part to help build what we called the Beloved Community, a nation and world society at peace with itself.

Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble. Voting and participating in the democratic process are key. The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it.

You must also study and learn the lessons of history because humanity has been involved in this soul-wrenching, existential struggle for a very long time. People on every continent have stood in your shoes, through decades and centuries before you. The truth does not change, and that is why the answers worked out long ago can help you find solutions to the challenges of our time. Continue to build union between movements stretching across the globe because we must put away our willingness to profit from the exploitation of others.

Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe. In my life I have done all I can to demonstrate that the way of peace, the way of love and nonviolence is the more excellent way. Now it is your turn to let freedom ring.

When historians pick up their pens to write the story of the 21st century, let them say that it was your generation who laid down the heavy burdens of hate at last and that peace finally triumphed over violence, aggression and war. So I say to you, walk with the wind, brothers and sisters, and let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be your guide.


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