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Black Liberty University alums rebuke Falwell after tweet about Northam blackface mask

NEW YORK — Nearly three dozen black alumni of Liberty University denounced school President Jerry Falwell Jr. on Monday, suggesting he step down after he mocked Virginia’s mask-wearing requirement by invoking the blackface scandal that engulfed Gov. Ralph Northam last year.

In a letter to Falwell, shared with The Associated Press, 35 faith leaders and former student-athletes told Falwell that his past comments “have repeatedly violated and misrepresented” Christian principles.

They said they would stop urging students to attend Liberty, would no longer donate to the university, and would urge fellow people of faith to avoid speaking at the school unless Falwell changes his behavior or steps aside.

“You have belittled staff, students and parents, you have defended inappropriate behaviors of politicians, encouraged violence, and disrespected people of other faiths,” they wrote, advising Falwell that “your heart is in politics more than Christian academia or ministry.”

Read more: https://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/black-liberty-university-alums-rebuke-falwell-after-tweet-about-northam-blackface-mask/article_d7255d4b-2329-5e10-9863-f52f1f98c8c6.html

Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jun 2, 2020, 08:07 AM (1 replies)

Richmond Is Burning, Again

Protesters in Richmond set fire to the United Daughters of the Confederacy headquarters and covered Confederate memorials with graffiti during a second night of outrage and violence Saturday that saw one person shot, businesses around the city looted and storefronts torched.

Mayor Levar Stoney condemned the destruction, which has played out in cities across the country following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. Stoney announced Sunday morning that Gov. Ralph Northam had granted his request for a curfew and said the National Guard was on standby to help enforce it.

Police said one person in a vehicle was shot by a protester and the victim is in life-threatening condition. In a separate incident, police said protesters set fire to a home occupied by a child and blocked the Fire Department from responding.

“We can not sit here idly and tell everyone here that these actions are productive – because they’re not,” Stoney said. “When you block law enforcement from allowing fire services to get to a home, an occupied home that has caught fire, you are not inspiring change.”

Read more: https://www.styleweekly.com/richmond/richmond-is-burning-again/Content?oid=16109298
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jun 2, 2020, 07:40 AM (0 replies)

In Virginia Beach, a protest ended violently. Police and protesters are at odds over who is to blame

When Taniiaah Lewis got to the Oceanfront around 8 p.m. Sunday, she was a little nervous.

She heard there would be a protest happening and was going by herself. It would be her third of the weekend, after ones in Norfolk and Hampton.

Her unease dissolved when she saw how many people were there: enough to span four or five blocks, she estimates.

“I was overwhelmed by how much support I saw,” she said. “It was like, refreshing to know that I wasn’t the only one frustrated. I wasn’t the only one that felt the way I felt, especially seeing the diversity in the crowd.”

Read more: https://www.pilotonline.com/cities/virginia-beach/vp-nw-oceanfront-witnesses-20200601-lapmgybenrburgsc27gfnjdp6m-story.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jun 2, 2020, 07:19 AM (1 replies)

Comments by Virginia Members of Congress on Trump's "Betraying the Very Foundation of the Rule of

Comments by Virginia Members of Congress on Trump’s “Betraying the Very Foundation of the Rule of Law He Purports to Support – the U.S. Constitution”

See below for statements from Virginia members of Congress to Trump’s comments yesterday. As Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA07) says, Trump is “betraying the very foundation of the rule of law he purports to support — the U.S. Constitution.” Other reactions include phrases like: “the actions of a dicator – not an American President”; “naked authoritarianism”; “clear and present danger to the rule of law,” etc.


Spanberger Statement on President Trump’s Actions

HENRICO, V.A. – U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger today released the following statement after President Trump threatened to deploy active duty servicemembers to U.S. states.

“After a week of mourning in America, as we contend with the deaths of more than 100,000 Americans to COVID-19 and yet another horrific killing of an unarmed black man, our country is desperate for presidential leadership.

“Yet, rather than taking steps to unite our anguished country, President Trump is now threatening to deploy deadly military force — in violation of states’ rights — to cities across the country to ‘dominate’ protestors. If there were any doubt that the President’s intentions are not meant to unite, but rather to divide, disorient, and demonstrate power, we need look no further than to the fact that the President then ordered tear gas and rubber bullets fired at peaceful protestors and members of the free press for the sake of a photo op.

“This is an abject failure of presidential leadership, an incendiary act of division, an escalation of tensions, and the type of actions undertaken by authoritarian regimes throughout the world. As a former CIA officer, I know this playbook, and I know the President’s actions are betraying the very foundation of the rule of law he purports to support — the U.S. Constitution.”

Read more: https://bluevirginia.us/2020/06/comments-by-virginia-members-of-congress-on-trumps-betraying-the-very-foundation-of-the-rule-of-law-he-purports-to-support-the-u-s-constitution
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jun 2, 2020, 07:17 AM (1 replies)

"No matter what the authoritarian buffoon in the WH has to say, we'll be back again and again..."

by Bill Rice

Today Adele McClure and I headed to DC to exercise our constitutional rights, our natural rights, of free speech and free assembly as both Americans and human beings. We went there to take a stand against systemic injustice and institutional racism, against police brutality and racial disparities in policing, against such disparities throughout our society. We went there to stand for equality, equity, liberty, and justice — for the values which are the foundation of our Federal Constitution.

What we saw there was a completely nonviolent protest, made up of a diverse group of justice seeking people. We saw no violence, no property destruction, and no cause for heavy-handed reactions from law enforcement or the government. No one was armed, no one was menacing, and no one was threatening violence. We saw people exercising the rights guaranteed to them by the First Amendment of our Bill of Rights.

At one point we saw group of young white nationalists on the side of the street trying to egg on and taunting the crowd. Did the crowd respond violently and escalate? No. Most of the people in the crowd told anyone who stopped to confront them to move along and ignore them and carry on with the nonviolent protest.

We later left to join another rally in Arlington, VA where we live. Once we returned home, we turned on the TV to see this peaceful crowd, of which we had been a member of only a few hours earlier, be attacked with tear gas, by batons, and by mounted police.

Read more: https://bluevirginia.us/2020/06/no-matter-what-the-authoritarian-buffoon-in-the-white-house-has-to-say-well-be-back-again-and-again
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jun 2, 2020, 06:28 AM (1 replies)

UT plans to move 400 biggest classes online this fall

The University is aiming to hold most fall classes in-person, with the 400 biggest classes moving to an online-only format, Interim President Jay Hartzell told The Daily Texan in an interview Monday.

More than 11,000 courses are currently planned for the fall semester, which means less than 4% of classes will be online-only, Hartzell said.

The University is discussing backup plans to accommodate students who cannot take in-person classes, or faculty who cannot teach them for health reasons, Hartzell said.

Outgoing President Gregory Fenves announced earlier this month that fall classes will be held on-campus beginning August 26 as planned, but will end at the start of Thanksgiving break.

(no more at link)

Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jun 2, 2020, 06:11 AM (1 replies)

Fort Worth Mayor Calls for 8 p.m. Curfew Through Order

Questions remain over what prompted Fort Worth police to use tear gas and flash bombs on a crowd of peaceful protestors late last night. The incident occurred around 10:30 p.m. near the 7th Street Bridge and targeted supporters of George Floyd, the black man who was asphyxiated by a white police officer, and who subsequently died, in Minneapolis last week.

In a public statement, the police department said, “Protestors began throwing frozen water bottles at officers clearly intending to injure them.”

“Now they are saying we threw ‘pyrotechnics’ at the cops before they gassed us?” one message read. “What in the actual fuck?”

Another self-described eyewitness said, “I saw a few people get tackled pretty harshly and arrested.”

Read more: https://www.fwweekly.com/2020/06/01/mayor-calls-for-8-p-m-curfew-through-order/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jun 2, 2020, 06:03 AM (0 replies)

Breakfast Tuesday 2 June 2020

Apple danish
Grape tomatoes, grapes, pomegranate arils (cleaning out the refrigerator)
Ghiradelli chocolate squares (cleaning out the remainder of the bag)
Purple Haze beer - 12 oz.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jun 2, 2020, 05:49 AM (2 replies)

Austin police critically injured a black man during protests against police violence

by Jolie McCullough, Texas Tribune

Austin police critically injured a 20-year-old black protester Sunday when an officer shot him with "less-lethal" ammunition during a weekend filled with Texas demonstrations and violence, according to police Chief Brian Manley. Video also shows officers shooting at the people trying to get medical attention for the protester, whose name was not released.

Demonstrations nationwide were sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck until he lost consciousness and for minutes afterward. The officer, Derek Chauvin, has since been fired and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Three officers who were with him were also fired. In Austin, protesters also demonstrated for Michael Ramos, an unarmed black man who was shot to death by an Austin police officer in late April.

On Monday, Manley addressed videos circulating on social media of force used by his officers at protests during the weekend. In a media briefing, Manley said police cameras showed the critically injured protester was standing near police headquarters at around 11 p.m. when another man lobbed a water bottle, and then hurled his backpack, at officers guarding the building.

“One of the officers fired less-lethal munition at that individual, apparently, but it struck this victim instead. And this victim then fell to the ground, and it appears that he hit his head when he fell to the ground as well,” Manley said.

Read more: https://www.texastribune.org/2020/06/01/austin-police-george-floyd-mike-ramos/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jun 2, 2020, 05:38 AM (1 replies)

Houston 'ramping up' police presence for George Floyd march, protesters asked to wear masks

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is asking people who plan to attend the citywide march for George Floyd Tuesday to take precautions and peacefully protest in respect for Floyd's family.

"I expect the march to be peaceful and respectful with the focus on George Floyd and his family," Turner said during a Monday press conference.

Houston rappers Trae Tha Truth and Bun B are working with Floyd's family to hold a march Tuesday afternoon starting at Discovery Green in downtown. Floyd, who is originally from Houston and grew up in the Third Ward, died while in Minneapolis police custody last week. Video of his death circulated online, leading to protests, marches and riots across the country.

Turner said the city has increased its law enforcement presence in preparation of Tuesday's march and is "ramping up" for a large crowd. With the exception of some rioting, looting and the more than 400 arrests that were made over the course of the weekend protests, Turner said Houston protests have remained somewhat peaceful.

Read more: https://www.chron.com/houston/article/City-ramping-up-police-presence-for-upcoming-15309056.php
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jun 2, 2020, 05:28 AM (0 replies)
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