Category Archives: human rights

William Barr: Roe v. Wade Was ‘Wrongly Decided and Should Be Overruled’

The Justice Department finally rid itself of Jeff Sessions, but Donald Trump’s nominee to replace him, William Barr, is of course also a bad man, just of a different type. An example: Barr, who previously served as attorney general under the first Bush administration, believes that abortion should not be a constitutionally protected right.

Source: William Barr: Roe v. Wade Was ‘Wrongly Decided and Should Be Overruled’

Democratic Leadership Resist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal

On Sunday, newly-sworn in Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was interviewed on 60 Minutes about something that should be, at this point, easy enough to agree on: the planet is heading toward climate disaster unless world leaders take radical, purposeful, and sustained steps to mitigate the crisis. But Anderson Cooper’s questions about Ocasio-Cortez’s vision on climate—a program called the Green New Deal that advocates hope can serve as a road map to developing the kinds of policies required to meet the problem in force—did not engage with the substance of the program and instead focused on whether or not a 70 percent tax rate on the super wealthy was politically “radical.”

Source: Democratic Leadership Resist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal

Zuckerberg San Francisco General’s aggressive tactics leave patients with big bills – Vox – Plain and simple – the hospital is gouging those it can get away with gouging – driving them to low-income status.

I spent a year writing about ER bills. Zuckerberg San Francisco General has the most surprising billing practices I’ve seen.

Source: Zuckerberg San Francisco General’s aggressive tactics leave patients with big bills – Vox

German Green Party chief Robert Habeck quits Twitter after data hack | Germany| News and in-depth reporting from Berlin and beyond | DW | 07.01.2019

Robert Habeck says he is deleting his Twitter account in reaction to a massive data breach affecting leading German politicians and journalists. The platform, he argued, is full of malice and hatred.

Source: German Green Party chief Robert Habeck quits Twitter after data hack | Germany| News and in-depth reporting from Berlin and beyond | DW | 07.01.2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Talks to Anderson Cooper on 60 Minutes

“I know that when the sun sets on my life, I want to be able to tell my grandchildren that we established a single-payer system, tuition for universities, and that we saved the climate for their future, because we decided to be courageous in the moment and make it happen,” she said.

Source: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Talks to Anderson Cooper on 60 Minutes

A Reporter Detained: On Life Inside ICE Camps – IMM Print

The criminalization of those of us seeking political asylum has just begun. I asked Oscar for forgiveness for landing him in jail. My son’s response still reverberates in my ears: “We are together, we arrived together, and if we have to go back — we will go back together.” It was the response that today encourages me to return to my work with greater effort, a renewed commitment, stronger, and with more love and dedication.

Source: A Reporter Detained: On Life Inside ICE Camps – IMM Print

‘The US can’t dump people in Mexico’: Trump asylum policy in doubt | World news | The Guardian

Several of the asylum seekers who had heard of the potential policy said they would simply wait it out in Mexico. “Going back, I may as well just tie a noose for myself and hang it from a tree,” said Francisco M, who left Guatemala with his wife and three children due to extortion threats from gangs. “We are here alone and it hurt to leave our roots, but I’d have to have a death wish to go back there. No, we will stay as long as it takes.” Meanwhile, human rights groups warn that Mexico, one of the most violent countries in the world, is not safe for asylum seeker. Last month two Honduran teenagers who had traveled with the caravan were murdered in Tijuana. Advocates warn the plan would add formidable new challenges to the already-tortuous asylum process. “The policy essentially dispossesses people of their right to trial. It takes me months to prepare one asylum case. I’ll maybe meet with a person six times. People cannot build cases in the US if they can’t meet with their lawyers. How will they get to their hearings?” said Erika Pinheiro of Al Otro Lado, a legal aid organization in Tijuana.

Source: ‘The US can’t dump people in Mexico’: Trump asylum policy in doubt | World news | The Guardian

Brazil′s Bolsonaro begins firing ′left-wing′ public servants | News | DW | 03.01.2019

President Jair Bolsonaro has authorized the dismissal of civil servants who don’t share his government’s far-right ideology. The sweep will target officials deemed sympathetic to Brazil’s centrist and left-wing parties.

Source: Brazil′s Bolsonaro begins firing ′left-wing′ public servants | News | DW | 03.01.2019

Rashida Tlaib: ‘We’re Gonna Impeach the Motherfucker’

On Thursday, after being sworn-in as the new representative for Michigan’s 13th district and some extremely cute dabbing from her sons, Rashida Tlaib also called for the impeachment of Donald Trump, or, in her words, “the motherfucker.”

Source: Rashida Tlaib: ‘We’re Gonna Impeach the Motherfucker’