Warning US Democracy Under Threat ‘Like Never Before,’ Sanders Outlines Plan to Stop Trump’s Authoritarian Takeover | Common Dreams News — Rcooley123’s Blog

November 3, 2020 will doubtless be a turning point for American democracy. Trump does not intend to do anything for the American people. He intends to be ensconced in the White House with absolute power as America’s President until the day he dies. We must ensure that Donald Trump does not get what his over-inflated […]

Warning US Democracy Under Threat ‘Like Never Before,’ Sanders Outlines Plan to Stop Trump’s Authoritarian Takeover | Common Dreams News — Rcooley123’s Blog

Investigation launched after black barrister mistaken for defendant three times in a day | Law | The Guardian

Source: Investigation launched after black barrister mistaken for defendant three times in a day | Law | The Guardian

Wilson, whose chambers are near the Old Bailey in the City of London, tweeted this week that she had gone to a court and was repeatedly misidentified as a defendant rather than as a lawyer. She is the author of In Black And White, which highlights the problem of racism in the courts.

Wilson said that she was “absolutely exhausted” after what had happened and that “a light needs to be shone on this”. Her tweets triggered fresh accusations about racism in the courts.

Wilson said she had initially been stopped at the entrance by a security guard and “asked me what my name was so he could ‘find [my] name on the list’ (the list of defendants)”. She thought that might have been an “innocent mistake”.

Then a member of the public, who thought she was a journalist, told her not to go into a courtroom and to wait for the usher to sign her in for her case. She had to explain that she was the barrister.

Inside the courtroom, a barrister or solicitor told her to wait outside and see the usher. Wilson explained that she was a lawyer.

She then approached the prosecutor. Wilson added: “Before I got there the clerk, VERY loudly, told me to leave the courtroom and said the usher would be out shortly. Before I could respond she then asked if I was represented.”

For at least the third time, she had to declare that she was a defense barrister. “This really isn’t ok …” she tweeted. “I don’t expect to have to constantly justify my existence at work.”

Trump’s former Coast Guard chief endorses Biden, cites ‘insurgency’ on the Constitution – POLITICO

Source: Trump’s former Coast Guard chief endorses Biden, cites ‘insurgency’ on the Constitution – POLITICO

President Donald Trump’s former four-star head of the Coast Guard is speaking out on his decision to endorse Joe Biden, saying it’s due to an “insurgency” on Americans’ constitutional rights that has occurred on the commander in chief’s watch.

Retired Adm. Paul Zukunft, who stepped down as commandant of the Coast Guard in June 2018, is one of almost 500 former national security leaders who signed an open letter released Thursday questioning Trump’s fitness for command.

Veteran Texas Senate Candidate Responds to GOP Super PAC Calling Her Tattoos ‘Radical’: ‘They Cover My Shrapnel Wounds’

MJ Hegar (@mjhegar) | Twitter

Source: Veteran Texas Senate Candidate Responds to GOP Super PAC Calling Her Tattoos ‘Radical’: ‘They Cover My Shrapnel Wounds’

“A pro-Cornyn Super PAC is using a photo of my tattoos to make me seem ‘radical.’ That’s pretty funny to me,” Hegar wrote in a Thursday morning tweet, posting the image from the conservative ad and another of herself flexing her tattooed arm. “You think I’m ashamed of them? They cover my shrapnel wounds from when my helicopter was shot down. They’re a mark of my service to our country. I’m damn proud of them.”

Facebook Is Restricting Its Workers’ Political Speech and They’re Pissed

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Facebook employees are furious after the company announced a new rule on Thursday prohibiting them from using their profile pictures to display political messages.

The new rule bars certain kinds of profile pictures on Workplace, a private version of Facebook for internal use among company employees. The full text of the rule was shared with Mother Jones:

Personal expression is a valuable part of our culture, and our hope is to preserve the ability for you to share your thoughts on different issues, including social issues, in moderated groups or within the space of your own profile. However, that doesn’t mean you should broadcast your beliefs into all of your work interactions without any context. Profile pictures are meant to be a tool to help us identify who we’re speaking to online. Some people are using it to express support for a social, political, or personal cause—which doesn’t give colleagues the choice to opt-in to that personal expression—so we’re going to require everyone to use a photo of themselves or the default of their initials as their profile picture and ask people to express their support for causes on their profile or appropriate group. Workplace has profile photo frames that will still be available to express ally ship and identity, particularly around FRBG [Facebook Resource Business Group] related initiatives like Pride, Black History Month, and Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month, but you won’t be able to create your own frames.

Incensed Facebook workers littered the comment section of rules update post with frustrated messages.

“What happens when we go back to the office? Will my appearance have to be neutral and ‘not include clothing, signage or language that are connected to a social or political issue’?” one employee wrote, quoting a clarification of the new rule by a member of Facebook’s internal communications team. “This policy is asking to be broken.”

“It’s never been a better time to unionize,” another chimed in. 

The move comes after a summer of frustration for employees. In August, Buzzfeed News reported that employees were upset that the company had refused to delete the event page of a right-wing militia group planning to attend a Black Lives Matter protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Kyle Rittenhouse ended up fatally shooting two protestors at the event.

Facebook employees have also expressed their frustration over the company’s inaction on posts by Donald Trump, including a misleading one about mail-in voting, as reported by BuzzFeed News. 

“We deeply value expression, open discussion, and a company culture built on respect and inclusivity,” Joe Osborne, a Facebook spokesman, said in a statement. “What we have heard from our employees is that they want the option to join debates on social and political issues rather than see them unexpectedly in their work feed. So we’re updating our policies and work tools to make sure our people have both voice, and choice.”