Since the beginning of January, there has been a spike in anti-Semitic incidents in the US: bomb threats have been called in against dozens of synagogues and Jewish community centers while swastika vandalism has been reported in several major cities.Meanwhile, the Trump administration has moved to take white supremacist organizations off the FBI watchlist to focus instead only on “radical Islamic extremism.”This prompted a neo-Nazi leader to celebrate that Trump was “setting us free.”This comes after the Obama administration had already severely curtailed monitoring of potentially violent right-wing extremist groups.But instead of taking the US government to task for indulging and even affiliating with Nazi sympathizers, prominent cheerleaders for Israel are escalating their attempts to repress the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement through smears and legislation.
Development aid ministers from Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, as well as representatives from over 50 countries are expected to attend the “She Decides” conference on March 2. In one of his first acts as president, Trump reintroduced the global gag rule, enacted by Ronald Reagan in 1984, which prohibits foreign charities from using US federal funding to provide abortion services, information, counselling or referrals. “It’s therefore important that we stay strong and explain that we will continue to stand for women’s rights,” Swedish Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin told AFP. She said the international community “would not roll back several decades” on the right of women to decide over their bodies. “Information about safe abortion has helped fewer girls to become pregnant and allowed them to go to school and get an education,” she said. Lovin, who also serves as environment and development aid minister, made headlines last week when she published a photograph of herself surrounded by seven female colleagues as she signed a climate bill, mocking a photo taken of Trump in the White House when he signed the abortion decree.
Neither police officers nor management at Sammy’s Grill held Ervin accountable in any way for his words at the time, Johnson said on Facebook.That has since changed, according to Sammy’s Grill Manager Andy McKay.“I wasn’t there that night, so I can’t comment on the details, but I know police were called,” McKay told The Root. “I can also tell you that the owner Sammy Nagem has made it clear that Judge Erwin is no longer welcome here.“We will refuse his business,” McKay added.According to the website for Louisiana’s 19th District, Erwin was an assistant city prosecutor in Baton Rouge City Court from 1979 to 1981. He then served as an assistant district attorney with the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney’s Office from 1981 to 1990 before his election to the 19th Judicial District Court in 1991.This means he’s had the lives of black men and women in his hands for a very long time. While racism is both covert and overt, if Erwin will call a black woman a nigger in a crowded restaurant, his capacity for institutional, racist violence is vast—and he should not be serving on anyone’s bench.