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Governor Cuomo Press Briefing September 8 2020

Day 192

Labor Day starts a different phase of the U.S. pandemic -- maintaining gains.

Problem creators:

-- bars

-- out-of-state visitors

-- colleges

-- schools K-12

-- voting

I've missed you, Andrew!

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Is Now Linked to More Than 250,000 Coronavirus Cases

Yet another count of the fallout.

According to a new study, which tracked anonymized cellphone data from the rally, over 250,000 coronavirus cases have now been tied to the 10-day event, one of the largest to be held since the start of the pandemic. It drew motorcycle enthusiasts from around the country, many of whom were seen without face coverings inside crowded bars, restaurants, and other indoor establishments.

The explosion in cases, the study from the Germany-based IZA Institute of Labor Economics finds, is expected to reach $12 billion in public health costs.


56 days out -- preparing

"The opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself." Sun Tzu

(excerpted lyrics)

Yeah, life is protest
We are weapons
God damn, love like Arab Spring
There are frontiers
They are endless
And they're in our everything

The sun ain't set on me yet
I ain't got much, but I'm not alone
Inside each life there are four fists
We are made whole through our broken jaws
Broken jaws

I'm ready, I'm patient, I wait
Wait, no I ain't
I'm scared and I'm quick to escape
"Eh, he went that a way"
Maybe flattered and scattering?
Or flattened and shattering?
Or collecting data?
I don't have an idea that isn't unraveling
Free where the breeze will take me
Helium and balloon but no string
This what nobody wanted
We stuck so far under
We so out of sync (yeah)
Just remember to breathe
Just remember to be
Just remember how beast you be
Reach for like anything
Do that shit easy

Nothing comes easy
Just take it easy
Do what the needs be
There ain't no freebies
Earn what you keeping
Or think they do not need me
Cause they don't if you sleeping
Caught in the romance and drama of, "woe is me!"
Stopped 'em from catching they opening
And there won't be credits
This won't stop happening, ever

The sun ain't set on me yet
I ain't got much, but I'm not alone
Inside each life there are four fists
We are made whole through our broken jaws

I'm learning it never makes sense
And that's OK
That life is a weapon itself
With the sharpest blade
There is not a heaven or hell
Just each day
And life is a death in itself
And I can change
I'm learning to let go as well
It's so strange
The past is a part of me now
There's no escape
I made up the bed by myself
So I'm sleepin' in it
There is no erasing the past
To get back what I lost cause
I ain't dead yet! I ain't-

I ain't dead! I ain't-
I ain't dead! I ain't-


Utah Phillips -- "The Long Memory"

Just because.

Sundown Towns in 2020 America

Click on the line Watch this video on YouTube, thanks.

Tieesha Essex Confirms AFTER the fact that Rock Springs, WY, IS a #SundownTown

Young sistas should never again have to go through this dark ugliness in America.

When you click on the underlined "Watch this video on YouTube," you'll access it.
(Sorry for the glitch. It's never happened here before.)

Sundown Towns -- There Are Still 137 Sundown Towns Across 21 States

Sundown Towns -- 137 Sundown Towns Across 21 States -- Are The Litmus Test of America's Transformation



Sundown towns, also known as sunset towns, gray towns, or sundowner towns, are all-white municipalities or neighborhoods in the United States that practice a form of racial segregation by excluding non-whites via some combination of discriminatory local laws, intimidation, and violence. Entire sundown counties[1] and sundown suburbs were also created by the same process. The term came from signs posted that "colored people" had to leave town by sundown.[2] The practice was not restricted to the southern states ... at least until the early 1960s...northern states could be nearly as inhospitable to black travelers...

Following the end of the Reconstruction Era, many thousands of towns and counties across the United States became sundown localities, as part of the imposition of Jim Crow laws and other racist practices. In most cases, the exclusion was official town policy or was promulgated by the community's real estate agents via exclusionary covenants governing who could buy or rent property. In others, the policy was enforced through intimidation. This intimidation could occur in a number of ways, including harassment by law enforcement officers.[6] Though widely believed to be a thing of the past, many hundreds of sunset towns continue to effectively exclude black people and other minorities in the twenty-first century...

...sociologist James William Loewen writes in his book, Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism (2005) writes that sundown status meant more than just that African Americans were unable to live in these towns. Any black people who entered or were found in sundown towns after sunset were subject to harassment, threats, and violence, including lynching....

We The People. Who are the "we” of sundown towns across America.

The 'we’ I’ve known are only folks who know southern states. They are my 100 or so former black students, and my 30 or so black friends on Facebook. When I brought up sundown towns this past July, a few of my black friends' friends told me about several near them in Illinois -- my blue home state of residence has more sundown towns than any other state! There's nearby Indiana, Mike Pence’s state. Hell, we have House Democrats from states that still harbor sundown towns.

How do those 19th Century towns legally still exist anywhere, anymore in the 21st Century!

You'd be surprised how many millions of whites, and Blacks for that matter, who are antiracist, yet have still never heard of sundown towns, or believe they exist only in the dustbin of history.
Ignorance of America's original sin is still a matter of exposure.

One thing I know is that Joe Biden knows. In so many words, Joe said, the hatred that spawns racism and other exclusions doesn’t go away. It hides. Blow some oxygenation under their rock and they come out full force again.

This is not an unsolvable problem. I think Joe knows that, too. His work on this would go a long way to making public reparations to Anita Hill and black women.

To "feel better" about knowing about sundown towns is just our first step, as antiracists.
But knowing and feeling better about this ugly truth is no longer enough. Both knowing and feeling better, or hoping someone else is solving this concrete problem -- possibly in a town near you and me -- has been just one of the ways that we Democrats have unknowingly failed in the past.
We must transform our old habit with: "Now what!” And a plan.

Are you in a sundown town state? Governors Jay Pritzker, Andrew Cuomo and Gavin Newsom are. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Sundown_towns_in_the_United_States_by_state

If we antiracists want this century free of racism, racists will have to be fought in these towns, too, not as in fight club, and not just through the BLM protesters taking these towns to the Supreme Court on Blacks' behalf. And not even with what Kamala Harris promises will be a new and improved Voting Rights Law. These people will have to be in for some "good trouble" from the rest of us.

To me, when antiracist whites really know, visit, and see these American places, these sundown towns' racist home rule policies would be taken to court. You'd think that the Southern Poverty Law Center or ACLU, bastions of civil rights court cases, would have tackled this policy remnant of the US’s 400-year disease once and for all. But the pressure on them will have to come from us. Feeling anxious about the last 55 days? Think about a trip to a sundown town near you.

Only one town has been taken down. Anna, Illinois, by Black Lives Matter this past year. https://www.propublica.org/article/a-sundown-town-sees-its-first-black-lives-matter-protest

That leaves 17 more. (Good lord, I can hardly even believe that I thought I'd left all that behind in the South.)
If the BLM method in Anna can work elsewhere, then we can finish this deadly virus off sooner than courts can. This BLM effort has been the final signal that antiracist whites had better solve.
It might not be solved once and for all, but it will be solved.
And the problem of sundown towns is whites' problem to solve.

This original sin no longer should be the burden of Blacks in America. European and American whites invented and developed the concepts of race, the capitalist systems built on race, and the subsequent policies of racism. Now, American whites should be the ones to end it. Young whites at BLM protests have made me proud, and sad that they still have to finish what we older Americans haven't.

I’ve had my radar out for years and have not seen any ACLU or other legal organization suits or rulings to stop sundown town racist policymakers — either through cease and desist orders, photographed breaking of injunctions against their assaults against blacks who enter to vote or shop or just BE in these towns. I’ve not seen any blanket orders of protection issued on behalf of blacks who live near them, nor witness protection from the FBI for those blacks who testify about sundown town abusers or leaders who run “law and order” interference for their white residents.

So why not offer the good cop/bad cop deal to these towns: either they quietly end their policies, or they are met immediately with court orders, enforced immediately through monitoring what Blacks and their local counsel, who live near these towns, report.

Civil rights legal work must be at state district court levels, then if necessary, reach state supreme courts, where the matter should end. If not, lawyers for plaintiffs need to pursue their sundown case suits to the SCOTUS. Pro bono. The ACLU and SPLC, having huge endowments, can get big bang for buck with these cases. But whites like us will have to bring them forward. Names, dates, stories, contact information.

Sundown towns, if taken to court, will then have to be monitored by Title VII Consent Decree, the way schools were for a few decades after Brown v Bd of Education, and by the public, the way antifa keep an eye on Nazis in Europe and here.

These towns keep the seeds of Nazis and militias alive, the soil of racism that build racist policy, use paramilitias, local police, sheriffs, to keep their unjust peace. All the things we're seeing in unsurgency form in antiracist cities right now. Black lives matter, their votes matter as much in and near these 137 small towns as in America’s cities.
The Constitution says so. The Civil Rights Act says so.

These towns should never ever have been allowed to exist this long.
There can be no more "I didn't know" excuses. Every racist generation tries to *forget* its past damage, then reproduce ignorance about its bad policies that stand, unknown. Or unnoticed because hidden under threat of white violence.

I say NO. No more. Racist Policies that infringe, endanger, damage and eventually kill all races, along with white racists, eventually.
Racist policies allow these sundown towns their veiled racist language, their covid excuses, or any other excuses their enforcers use run interference for undercover hate.

The policy MAKERS of racist policy must be served injunctions; failing to show policy and street level changes, they must be eliminated by defunding, firing, and jail.

If it comes down to buying them out, allies in philanthropy can make sundown town real estate deals, or buy towns lock, stock and barrel; make whole towns their new land investment write-offs. Green New Deal investment locations for manufacturing jobs.

To finally salt the racist soil of this country is to never let this inhumanity grow here again.

There is no sitting back once Joe Biden and Kamala Harris start up the first 100 days.

Because if Black Lives STILL don’t Matter anywhere, then no lives matter anywhere.

Then we are not the more perfect union. Not America.

The Biden-Harris Transition Team -- Names, Titles and Past Experience

Other than their status, I've not looked up details about their strengths, weaknesses and general experience. I do notice the named "veterans," which I might be tempted to think of as operatives; either word adds a savvy edge to the team's judgment in rebuilding better, once the Executive Branch cleanup begins.

-- Senator Ted Kaufman (DE), led Biden’s transition as VP in 2008

-- Jeffrey Zients, the top Obama economic adviser who was tasked with rescuing the floundering HealthCare.gov website;
-- Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, NM, who Biden considered for the vice presidential running mate;
-- Rep. Cedric Richmond, LA, a top Biden surrogate and national co-chair of his campaign;
-- Anita Dunn, a senior campaign adviser.


-- Susan Rice, former national security adviser;
-- Vivek Murthy, US surgeon general under President Barack Obama who's advised Biden's campaign on policy and campaign tactics amid the coronavirus pandemic;
-- Sally Yates, the former deputy attorney general;

-- Tony Allen, the president of the historically Black Delaware State University;
-- Jared Bernstein, veteran Biden economic adviser;
-- Leslie Caldwell, former assistant attorney general;

-- Mark Gitenstein, former US ambassador to Romania ;
-- Cecilia Martinez, environmentalist ;
-- Bob McDonald, former Veterans Affairs secretary;

-- Minyon Moore, veteran Democratic operative ;
-- Teresa Romero, leader of the United Farm Workers;
-- Lonnie Stephenson, leader of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers;

-- Cathy Russell, a former Jill Biden chief of staff who Obama named to a new position: ambassador-at-large for Global Women's Issues;
-- Felicia Wong, president of the Roosevelt Institute;
-- Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, IN, and primary competitor.


-- Yohannes Abraham, LEADER, day to day operations

-- Avril Haines, manage the transition team's national security and foreign policy efforts (former principal deputy national security adviser and deputy director of the CIA);
-- Gautam Raghavan, current chief of staff to Rep Jayapal;
-- Angela Ramirez , chief of staff to Assistant House Speaker Ben Ray Luján;

-- Evan Ryan, former Biden WH adviser;
-- Julie Siegel, Senator Warren’s senior counsel for economic policy;
-- Cynthia Hogan, a long-time Biden aide and former Apple lobbyist who helped lead his vice presidential search process;

-- Cecilia Muñoz, head of the Obama White House's Domestic Policy Council;
-- Tanya Bradsher, Democratic political and policy veteran;
-- Suzy George, Democratic political and policy veteran;

-- Don Graves, former Biden staffer; Democratic political and policy veteran;
-- Jessica Hertz, Democratic political and policy veteran;
-- Tara McGuinness, Democratic political and policy veteran;

-- Darla Pomeroy, former Biden staffer, Democratic political and policy veteran.

I don't wanna say all the things are looking inevitable. Nope.

RATM -- Killing In The Name Of

Fuck the Fascist FOP

(excerpted lyrics)

They use force to make you do
What the deciders have decided you must do

Some of those that work forces
Are the same that burn crosses

Those who died are justified
For wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites
You justify those that died
By wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites
Those who died are justified
For wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites
You justify those that died
By wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites

Some of those that work forces
Are the same that burn crosses

Killing in the name of
Killing in the name of

Now you do what they told ya
Now you do what they told ya
Now you do what they told ya
Now you do what they told ya
And now you do what they told ya
(Now you're under control) And now you do what they told ya
(Now you're under control) And now you do what they told ya ...
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