Category: Equality

New Charlottesville Doc Exposes Neo-Nazi Leaders & Their Ties to U.S. Military & Weapons Contractors

I actually talked to him. I emailed him first at his email, which included the numbers 88, which is a code for “Heil Hitler” among white supremacists. And he gave me a bunch of different stories. You know, he gave me—he said, “Look, I have ‘alt-right’ beliefs.” He suggested like, “Yes, I am a white supremacist.”

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Trump Will Have Blood on His Hands

Donald Trump’s more sophisticated defenders have long since mastered the art of pretending that the only thing that matters with his presidency is what it does, not what he says. But not all of the president’s defenders are quite as sophisticated. Some of them didn’t get the memo about taking Trump seriously but not literally. A few hear the phrase “enemy of the people” and are prepared to take the words to their logical conclusion. We are approaching a day when blood on the newsroom floor will be blood on the president’s hands.

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Arrested, Jailed and Charged With a Felony. For Voting. A Conviction will Prevent them from Voting Again.

The case against the 12 voters in Alamance County — a patchwork of small towns about an hour west of the state’s booming Research Triangle — is unusual for the sheer number of people charged at once. And because nine of the defendants are black, the case has touched a nerve in a state with a history of suppressing African-American votes.

Local civil-rights groups and black leaders have urged the district attorney to drop the prosecution, saying that black voters were being disproportionately punished for an unwitting mistake. African-Americans in North Carolina are more likely to be disqualified from voting because of felony convictions; their rate of incarceration is more than four times that of white residents, according to the Prison Policy Initiative, a nonprofit organization.

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Trump Administration Mulls a Unilateral Tax Cut for the Rich- New York Times

The tax cut being considered by the President is intended to reduce capital gains taxes for those who sell capital assets (property or investments). Income inequality, already at record levels, will increase yet again since they are considering only tax cuts for the wealthy. For those of us who work for a paycheck and do not have (much less sell) capital assets there is no benefit.

US tax revenue will be reduced by $100 billion dollars, adding to the budget deficit, which was increased to $1.5 trillion by the 2017 tax cuts. You and your children will pay for this gift to the wealthy. These additional tax cuts can only be balanced by cuts in Federal spending on the favorite Republican whipping boys: Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Proponents argue that this tax cut will generate a sell-off and drive the stock market up, so wage earners and the middle class will benefit. The same argument was used in selling the 2017 Republican tax cut for businesses from 35% to 20%. A boon for corporations, that windfall resulted increased profitability which was used for stock buy-backs, not wage increases.  In 2017 average wages increased about 1.75%.

This tax cut is deliberately targeted and timed to please the donor class as we go into the midterm elections.

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THE LOCALIST REVOLUTION

Change in a localist world often looks like a renewal of old forms, which were often more intimate and personalistic than the technocratic structures of the past 50 years. Localism stands for the idea that there is no one set of solutions to diverse national problems. Instead, it brings conservatives and liberals together around the thought that people are happiest when their lives are enmeshed in caring face-to-face relationships, building their communities together.

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José was reunited with his son — but the 3-year-old is not the same

TRAUMA’S EMOTIONAL SCARS

“I didn’t eat, I didn’t sleep thinking about him,” José said of the time apart from José Jr. “When would I see him? Where could he be?”

Isbister said he was worried about the lasting effects the separations would have on families.

“The emotional scars that his son and even that he are exhibiting are apparent to the eye,” Isbister said of José. “I’m quite saddened to see that our government is perpetrating trauma and causing scars to families in our name.”

José said he would tell his son what happened when he is older, though he fears the separation will leave a permanent mark.

“I’m going to explain it … so he knows it was not my fault that he was separated, or that I had left him abandoned,” José said. “I am afraid that he’ll be left with problems.”

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Inside the Family Separation Legal Drama

“It is clear from Mr. Meekins’s Declaration that HHS either does not understand the Court’s orders or is acting in defiance of them,” Judge Sabraw said. He added that Meekins appeared to be providing cover for the government’s “lack of foresight and infrastructure necessary to remedy the harms” caused by separating families and that HHS appeared to be “operating in a vacuum, entirely divorced from the undisputed circumstances of this case.” Judge Sabraw then ordered the government to submit its plan for reunifying the children with their parents, which the government did on Sunday. 

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Trump Is Stacking the Lower Courts With Anti-Feminist Judges

Due to self-created gridlock, Trump entered the Oval Office with a plethora of judicial vacancies left before him—and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Republican colleagues have been approving his far-right nominees for the seats swiftly. The result will be an obstacle to progress on feminist issues for at least two or three generations—with disastrous consequences for the rights and lives of women, people of color and other marginalized groups.

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White House budget projects $1 trillion deficit in 2019

President Trump’s first budget (for FY 2018) projected a $526 billion deficit in 2019, under its policies. The FY 2019 Mid-Session Review released last Friday revises his current budget to a $1,085 billion deficit in 2019. That’s an increase of roughly $560 billion, or more than double.

Altogether, tax cuts and spending hikes account for more than four-fifths of the deficit increase between the President’s FY 2018 Budget and the recent Mid-Session Review. Moreover, CBO’s estimates show revenue will fall by $1 trillion, not rise by that amount.

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