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July 29, 2019

So let me get this straight -AOC et al should not criticize this country

Republican politicians have pretty much joined the president in saying so. Trump
says an American city is filled with rodents and no human would want to live there and these same Republican politicians say what???

July 23, 2019

Wow! Chris Matthews has Jemele Hill! I'm impressed

Is he paying attention to DU? LOL - Someone mentioned that none of them are brave enough to have her on

July 19, 2019

Trump's racism against Native Americans

If anyone needed anymore evidence what a racist piece of shit he is

July 18, 2019

This land is OUR land, Donald Trump!

One of the best written articles I've read - re: Trump' s unpatriotic racist rhetoric

The writer was on Lawrence O'Donnell earlier tonight.
Well worth the read.

Dear Donald Trump:

Years ago, I got to visit Kwethluk, an Alaskan town of fewer than 900 souls. It is an isolated place where the people, most of them Yup’ik and Eskimo, live on what the tundra provides: ptarmigan, moose, seal, salmonberries. I remember standing upon that snowbound landscape and marveling that I was further than I’d ever been from everything I’d ever known.

It was a feeling I’d had once before, at a village in Niger. But this was different, because I’d needed no passport to get to Kwethluk. Though I stood in a distant place with people who did not look like me and whose traditions were not like mine, the marvel of it was that I was yet standing with fellow citizens, together in our country. Because this was America, too.

I doubt you would have understood that. Your vision of what makes an American is too niggardly and cramped to allow it.

Best line of the article

But this has never been just your house, Donald, grandson of a German immigrant. It belongs to all of us, to every Yup’ik in Kwethluk, every Cuban in Miami, every black boy in Compton, every Muslim in Dearborn. We get to criticize it, we get to love it, we get to fight with it, we get to fight for it, because we built it. And we do not need your permission.

“Go back where you came from?” We’ve heard that one often. It is less an expression of geographic reality — again, three of the women you slurred were born in the USA — than it is of white fear. The notion that you live here on probation if you are black or brown is one of racism’s oldest canards. And it was not surprising to see members of your party offer tepid rebukes of your behavior or none at all, while stepping gingerly around the “r” word like a body on the sidewalk.

July 14, 2019

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.



July 13, 2019

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.

July 13, 2019

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.

July 13, 2019

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.

July 13, 2019

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!”

July 12, 2019

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."

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