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The Pro-Immigrant Bible-Belt Preachers Standing Up to Trump's Xenophobia

The new documentary ‘American Heretics,’ now playing in theaters, follows a group of Oklahoma preachers who feel Christianity’s embrace of Trumpism is a step too far.


Posted by tulipsandroses | Sat Jul 13, 2019, 09:34 PM (1 replies)

So whats the plan for children that may be left behind? I know they don't care

But if you have an undocumented parent with children that are US citizens. What's the plan? If they have no relatives to take them? What Foster Care? That is a better option when the only crime the parent has committed is being here without documentation? Again more separation of families?

Thus far I've seen stories of families separated where one parent has been deported and there's another parent still here in the US. But what if there is only 1 parent in the home?

They talk about how immigrants " burden" the system, are we not going to create a bigger burden if we put these kids in the system? Even if temporarily while the parent is locked up - then deported - Even if they eventually get their children to the country they get deported to, that might take some time.
Posted by tulipsandroses | Sat Jul 13, 2019, 07:56 PM (1 replies)

8 Notable Black Immigrants Who Have Fought For Black Freedom In America

8 Notable Black Immigrants Who Have Fought For Black Freedom In America


Black immigrant history is U.S. history is exhaustive, but here's a list of historical icons who made their mark.

Black immigrants and their children have long been a part of the fabric of communities across the United States from the first-generation “Lift Every Voice and Sing” writer James Weldon Johnson to the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement Opal Tometi, and many in between.

Historical and contemporary engagement among immigrant, native and Black communities abroad have broadened our understanding of Black experiences under interlocking systems of oppression, including colonialism, racism, patriarchy, heteronormativity, etc. Most importantly, these intra-community conversations have strengthened strategies of resistance and continue to expand our ideas of collective Black freedom.

Here a few notable Black immigrants (and first gens!) over the 20th century, who have struggled for the cause of Black freedom here in the United States as politicians, artists, activists and much more.

1. Marcus Garvey

A well-known Pan-African leader, the Jamaican-born nationalist left an indelible mark on U.S. history. Garvey immigrated to the United States in 1916, inspired by the work of Booker T. Washington. In 1917, Garvey co-founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) with activist and wife, Amy Ashwood Garvey. His experience in the West Indies, Central America, the U.K. and the U.S. informed his deep-seated belief in Black self-determination. To date, the UNIA is the largest black organization in history. The FBI targeted Garvey and eventually detained and deported him, which crippled the movement. However, much of his legacy has been preserved, thanks to the tireless work of his second wife, activist and writer, Amy Jacques Garvey.

2. Laura Adorkor Kofi
Born in Ghana, Kofi moved to the United States in 1918 after she believed she received a divine message to teach and bring a special word to African American communities. She joined the UNIA and became an accomplished national field director. While touring the deep South, she attracted massive crowds into the tens of thousands and became one of the most popular UNIA leaders (other than Garvey himself). Eventually settling in Florida and beginning her own denomination, she preached about Black pride and Black liberation. She was assassinated by a Garvey supporter while preaching in 1928. Her supporters built a settlement in Jacksonville to honor her legacy called “Adorkaville.”

3. Claudia Jones
Jones is a lesser-known political figure; however, the Trinidadian activist is one of the most important leaders of the 20th century. After immigrating to the United States as a child, she later joined the Communist Party and was part of a critical group of Black Communists who pushed back against U.S. imperialism and forced the consideration of race and gender within critiques of capitalism. As a writer, she amplified Black women’s exploitation as Black people, women and workers, as explained in her essay, An End to the Neglect of the Problems of the Negro Woman! In the increasingly hostile anti-communist McCarthy era, Jones, who had long been tracked by the FBI, was detained and later deported under the Smith Act. Jones moved to London, where she joined the fight for civil rights in the U.K. Jones’ legacy lives on in many activists, including Angela Davis.

4. Kwame Ture (aka Stokely Carmichael)
Also from Trinidad, Carmichael is remembered as one the most galvanizing voices of the Civil Rights and Black Power era. After immigrating to the United States as a child, he became active in the Civil Rights movement as a student at Howard University, joining the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. The devoted anti-colonialist and Black Panther Party chair helped popularize the refrain “Black Power!” Under pervasive surveillance from the U.S. government, Carmichael and his wife, South African singer Miriam Makeba, left the United States and settled in Guinea with support from Pan-African leader and President Sekou Toure. Carmichael’s activism motivated a generation of young activists in the United States, who continued the fight in the post-Civil Rights era.

5. Miriam Makeba
A South African singer who was affectionately known as “Mama Africa,” Makeba introduced the world to African music. Her burgeoning career brought her to the United States to work with the Jamaican-American entertainer Harry Belafonte in 1959. However, when Makeba tried to return to South Africa soon after the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre, she found her passport had been canceled and became one of the many Black South Africans forced into exile by the apartheid government. Makeba joined the Civil Rights movement in the States and connected the Black experience in the U.S. to South Africa. She is credited with popularizing the afro as a hairstyle. Though her career took a hit after marrying Stokely Carmichael, Makeba remained vocal about injustice and continued performing around the world.

6. Audre Lorde Lorde is an acclaimed queer Black feminist theorist, teacher and poet who became a central figure in the second wave feminist movement, Civil Rights and Black Arts movement. Born to parents from Barbados and Grenada in New York, Lorde described herself as a “black lesbian feminist warrior poet mother.” Her work explored the intersectionality of race, class, gender and sexuality. Some of her most well-known work includes The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House, Sister Outsider, among many other books, essays and poems. Many continue to rely on her experiences and words to understand Black feminism and as a reminder that "without community, there is no liberation."

7. Shirley Chisholm
Chisholm is popularly known as the first Black woman elected to Congress and the first woman and African American to seek presidential nomination under a major political party. The “unbossed and unbought” politician was born to parents from Barbados and Guyana. Her experiences growing up made Chisholm acutely aware of race, class and gender discrimination. She joined the local NAACP, Urban League and League of Women Voters. Elected to represent New York’s 12th congressional district in 1968, Chisholm became a steadfast advocate for marginalized communities by fighting for inner-city residents, increasing access to social services and decreasing military spending.

8. Claude McKay

The Jamaican-born poet and writer was a prominent figure during the Harlem Renaissance. McKay came to the United States to study at Tuskegee Institute in 1912. As a writer, McKay highlighted Black life in Jamaica and also voiced strong opposition to white supremacy. Some of his most well-known works include If We Must Die, To the White Friends and Home to Harlem, among others. McKay’s work centered on the experiences of Black men in America, and his artistry inspired many younger writers, including Langston Hughes.

Posted by tulipsandroses | Sat Jul 13, 2019, 04:45 PM (2 replies)

James Patterson WTF???? - Trump is always trying not to break the law?

He also said we can make a 15 yr old look 25???
Said on an interview with Joy Reid.
Posted by tulipsandroses | Sat Jul 13, 2019, 10:30 AM (18 replies)

Alan Dershowitz: Sure I Got a Massage at Jeffrey Epstein's Mansion, but I Kept My Underwear On

The media needs to not let this story go! Everybody involved needs to go down. Democrat, Republican, Independent. Royal Family, Poor People. Everybody needs to go down.

Welp, welcome to the slippery sleazy slope that comes with billionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s recent arrest for child sex trafficking.

Internet sleuths have uncovered a 2015 video of Harvard attorney and Epstein’s friend, Alan Dershowitz, who worked to get Epstein a sweetheart deal in a 2008 plea agreement, admitting to getting a massage at Epstein’s mansion.

During an interview with Miami news station WPLG regarding Britain’s Prince Andrew (another friend of Epstein) and his alleged sexual involvement with an underaged girl who was allegedly kept as a sex slave by Epstein, Dershowitz not only bashed the accuser, calling her an “admitted prostitute and a serial liar” but claimed that the then-teen was not victimized and in fact “made her own decisions in life.”

Dershowitz admitted to being at the billionaire’s home but noted that he’d never seen an underaged girl at Epstein’s place despite sworn testimony from Epstein’s former butler who claimed that Dershowitz was at the residence at the same time that underaged girls were there. Dershowitz has an easy explanation for that: “Were there young women in another part of the house giving massages while I was around? I have no idea of that!”
Posted by tulipsandroses | Sat Jul 13, 2019, 01:19 AM (10 replies)

Trump: It's Not Free Speech if Journalists 'Write Bad' Stories About Me That Make Me 'Angry'

Trump: It’s Not Free Speech if Journalists ‘Write Bad’ Stories About Me That Make Me ‘Angry’

President Donald Trump's "Social Media Summit" was attended by a slew of right wing extremists, conspiracy theorists, and bigots, so he had the support of the room when he slaughtered the First Amendment.
Trump told attendees Thursday afternoon that it's not free speech if reporters write bad stories about him if he doesn't like or agree with the facts, and then becomes "angry" at it.

“So to me, free speech is not when you see something good and then you purposely write bad, to me that’s very dangerous speech, and you become angry at it,” Trump told attendees. “But that’s not free speech.”

As usual, Trump also took time to attack the mainstream media.

"I don’t think that the mainstream media is free speech either, because it’s so crooked, it’s so dishonest."
Posted by tulipsandroses | Fri Jul 12, 2019, 11:46 AM (17 replies)

MS13, gangs, criminals, crimes How many times can he say it re: the raids?

Your liar in chief. I had to turn the tv off. I don't know why the media lets him get away with this BS. The facts do not support his damn lies.
Posted by tulipsandroses | Fri Jul 12, 2019, 10:37 AM (0 replies)

Chris Hayes is speaking truth to power right now!!!!

He's talking about Epstein is not the only person who escapes justice
How the legal system, the media will know about these people and won't go after them
He name checked Harvey Weinstein, The Trump kids, and others for their corruption, how the DAs and media got stories and didn't pursue them
Manafort et al, these people commit crimes in the wide open

Posted by tulipsandroses | Wed Jul 10, 2019, 08:26 PM (22 replies)

Two White Men Indicted After Allegedly Claiming To Be Black Or Native American

Two White Men Indicted After Allegedly Claiming To Be Black Or Native American To Take Funds Intended For Minority-Owned Businesses


In a bombshell report, the LA Times revealed that white men in almost every state have been falsely identifying as Native American or paying Black people to serve as the "front" so they could make hundreds of millions through government contracts.

Government agencies in almost every state are reeling after the LA Times dropped a huge story detailing how white men in almost every state have been awarded million-dollar contracts from programs designed to promote minority-owned businesses.
Through these tactics, companies have been able to rake in more than $300 million. Moreover, the LA Times admitted that that figure is "almost certainly significantly higher than $300 million."

While the LA Times report primarily focuses on white men who had either dubious claims to Native American heritage or claims to be part of a tribe that is not officially recognized, other news outlets have reported on "fronting" schemes where white men used a minority figurehead to secure millions in grants.

The brother-in-law of Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, William Wages, said he was one-eighth Cherokee. However, the LA Times looked through genealogy records and found that all his relatives were white dating back to 1850.
Wages claims to be part of the Northern Cherokee Nation, which is not a real group. He made more than $7 million through his company. However, once the LA Times report came out, his company refused to re-certify under California's minority business program.

Posted by tulipsandroses | Mon Jul 8, 2019, 10:14 PM (8 replies)

A Letter From a Civil War Soldier To The Owner Of His Daughter


Spotswood Rice was born in Virginia in 1819 and some 30 years later, he would be sold to Benjamin Lewis in Howard County, Missouri, forced to be a tobacco roller. Missouri was a slave state but it did not secede from the Union like the Southern Confederate States when the Emancipation Proclamation came into effect on January 1st, 1863. Rice managed to run away and enlist in the 67th US Colored Infantry in Glasgow, Missouri in 1864. His wife Arry, and his daughters, Cora and Mary were still enslaved by the Diggs family of Madison County Missouri and the word that they had not been granted their freedom (even though Missouri was a swing-state of some sort) drove Rice to write a scathing letter Kitty Diggs — the woman enslaving his daughter Mary.

I received a letter from Cariline telling me that you say I tried to steal, to plunder, my child away from you. Not I want you to understand that Mary is my Child and she is a God-given rite of my own. And you may hold on to her as long as you can. But I want you to remember this one thing, that the longer you keep my Child from me the longer you will have to burn in hell and the quicker you’ll get there. For we are now making up about one thousand black troops to come up through, and want to come through, Glasgow. And when we come woe be to Copperhood rebels and to the Slaveholding rebels. For we don’t expect to leave them there. Root nor branch. But we think however that we (that have children in the hands of you devils), we will try you the day that we enter Glasgow. I want you to understand Kittey Diggs that where ever you and I meet we are enemies to each other. I offered once to pay you forty dollars for my own Child but I am glad now that you did not accept it. Just hold on now as long as you can and the worse it will be for you. You never in your life before I came down here did you give children anything, not anything whatever, not even a dollars worth of expenses. Now you call my children your property. Not so with me. My children is my own and I expect to get them. And when I get ready to come after Mary I will have both a power and authority to bring her away and to exact vengeance on them that holds my Child. You will then know how to talk to me. I will assure that. And you will know how to talk right too. I want you now to just hold on; to hear if you want to. If your conscience tells that’s the road, go that road and what it will bring you to Kittey Diggs. I have no fears about getting Mary out of your hands. This whole Government gives cheer to me and you cannot help yourself.

The letter basically went: “Let my daughter go or I’m about to come and tear up all your s***,” made only more poignant by the fact that he wrote it from his hospital bed in Benton Barracks Hospital while suffering from rheumatism. Regardless of his physical well-being, the letter exudes power, empowerment and the innate knowledge that freedom and familial reunification was his God-given right. Kitty Diggs’ brother F.W Diggs enslaved Rice’s other daughter Cora. Kitty was so enraged by the letter that she enlisted her brother to send a letter of complaint to General Rosecrans, Commander of the Department of Missouri, demanding that Rice be re-assigned out of state. That was all for nothing because Rice did eventually end up reuniting with his family. Federal Consensus data in 1870 and 1880 showed Rice living with his wife and children, with an additional child in the later census which is a happy ending we’ll hold onto considering those are not the norm. He became a pastor, purchasing some land and opening the first Black church in New Mexico. He would lose his wife Arry in 1888 and remarry Eliza Lightner, leaving Albuquerque and opening churches around the state — what would eventually be known as the African Methodist Episcopal church.

There are so many things to love about this letter, the main one being that the brutal dragging of this letter can be felt more than 150 years later. Black America just celebrated Juneteenth and slave narratives are an important part of that legacy because it trashes any misconception that Black ancestors accepted or welcomed their subjugation. Here was a father ready to march 1,000 Black troops through Missouri to show a white slaver owner that freedom would land on her doorstep regardless of what she thought or did. Rice built a life, spread the word of God and passes away at the age of 88 on October 31, 1907. His daughter, who went by Mary Bell in 1930, shared details of his life in a series called the WPA Slave Narratives. Give me slave-owner draggings every day and twice on Sundays. That’s the history I want to learn.
Posted by tulipsandroses | Fri Jul 5, 2019, 08:59 PM (11 replies)
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