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Why Young Feminists Are Sending Wire Coat Hangers to Susan Collins

Roe v. Wade is in danger. This is not a drill.

When Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement last week, he put an immediate target on reproductive rights. Kennedy, the longtime swing vote on the Court, was the crucial fifth vote recognizing a (limited) constitutional right to abortion. Trump has pledged to appoint anti-abortion conservatives in his place — and if he succeeds, the Supreme Court is almost certain to overturn Roe, allowing states to outlaw abortion.

We can’t stop Trump from nominating a right-wing zealot. That means our one, slim chance to save ourselves from a future of forced parenthood lies is to block anti-choice Supreme Court nominees in the Senate. If all 49 Democrats in the Senate vote against an anti-Roe nominee, we’d still need to flip at least one Republican. And that means the path to saving Roe depends on what passes for a moderate in the Republican party these days: Maine Senator Susan Collins.

Collins waffled throughout the weekend, saying she’d prefer a nominee who would “respect [the] precedent” of Roe, then refusing to commit to voting down a nominee hostile to abortion access. Women across the country immediately, organically responded by sending wire coat hangers to Senator Collins’ doorstep.

women are sending hangers to @SenatorCollins‘ office in response to her statement that she won’t take the next SCOTUS pick’s stance on roe v. wade into account https://t.co/8MtajPqZQZ

— Megan Magray (@megkmag) June 29, 2018

Sent mine. You sent yours? https://t.co/GyACBHZJjB

— Dana Bolger (@danabolger) June 29, 2018

It’s a powerful reminder of just how high the stakes are. If we lose Roe, people won’t stop seeking abortions — but many more will die doing it.

Today, abortion is a far safer procedure than childbirth. But it wasn’t always that way. Before Roe, when abortion was only available in a handful of blue cities, hundreds of thousands of women every year sought illegal abortions or attempted to self-induce. Self-induced abortions, sometimes performed with wire coat hangers, were incredibly dangerous. In just one year, one New York hospital treated nearly 1,600 patients for botched abortions. A single Los Angeles hospital admitted 701 patients with septic abortions.

As feminists have pointed out before: “a pro-life world has a lot of dead women in it.”

If Roe falls, unconstitutional abortion bans in twenty-seven states could be revived. Even if abortion remains legal in a handful of states, the women who would most likely need to cross state lines for an abortion would be those least likely to have the financial resources to do so: nearly 70 percent of women who obtain abortions live below 200% of the federal poverty line.  

Overturning Roe would kill some of those women. In the years immediately after Roe — when abortion was technically legal, but not widely available — people went to extreme lengths to end unwanted pregnancies. One Louisiana abortion provider described a woman who “unraveled a wire coat hanger and used it to break her water,” another patient who soaked a cotton ball in turpentine and inserted it into their vagina, and another who injected turpentine into her abdomen with a syringe. He treated one patient who had shot themselves in the stomach to end a pregnancy.  

Nearly one in four U.S. women will have an abortion by the time they turn 45. Some will get abortions because their pregnancies put their lives at risk. Some will get abortions because they’re terrified of what an abusive partner or parent will do upon learning they’re pregnant. Some will get abortions because they simply can’t afford a(nother) child. (Women who carry an unwanted pregnancy to term are three times more likely than women who receive a sought-after abortion to be below the poverty level two years later.) And some will get abortions because they want to. We should all have the right to decide when — and whether — to become parents, to control our bodies, and to control the arc of our lives.

If we lose Roe, none of the reasons people seek abortion will change. People will still need abortions and people will still seek abortions. But many of them will have to risk their lives to get them.

Under pressure, Collins had hedged her bets again, making a flimsy statement on Sunday saying she’d oppose a nominee with an anti-Roe “activist agenda.” But when every potential SCOTUS nominee has been screened by the White House for hostility to legal abortion, that just isn’t good enough, so women are keeping the pressure on and the hangers coming.

Let’s make sure Susan Collins — and other potential swing votes like Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski and Arizona Senator Jeff Flake — know just what they’re deciding when they vote on Trump’s nominee.

You can order a wire hanger here. Susan Collins’ Maine and D.C. office addresses here. You can find Lisa Murkowski’s office addresses here.

Image credit: Tyler LaRiviere

Wednesday Open Thread | Judge orders Trump administration to reunite migrant families

And he is like – we don’t need any stinking judges – and we are caught in the middle with caustic supremes on one side and many honorable judges on the other.

A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that U.S. immigration agents could no longer separate immigrant parents and children caught crossing the border from Mexico illegally, and must work to reunite those families that had been split up in custody.

United States District Court Judge Dana Sabraw granted the American Civil Liberties Union a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit filed over the family separations.

More than 2,300 migrant children were separated from their parents after the Trump administration began a “zero tolerance” policy in early May, seeking to prosecute all adults who crossed the border illegally, including those traveling with children.

Border Patrol Agents Detain Migrants Near US-Mexico Border MISSION, TX – JUNE 12: U.S. Border Patrol agents take into custody a father and son from Honduras near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 near Mission, Texas. The asylum seekers were then sent to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) processing center for possible separation. U.S. border authorities are executing the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy towards undocumented immigrants. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions also said that domestic and gang violence in immigrants’ country of origin would no longer qualify them for political-asylum status.

The ACLU had sued on behalf of a mother and her then 6-year-old daughter, who were separated after arriving last November in the United States to seek asylum and escape religious persecution in Democratic Republic of Congo.

While they were reunited in March, the ACLU is pursuing class-action claims on behalf of other immigrants.

Trump issued an executive order to end the family separations on June 20, but the government has yet to reunite about 2,000 children with their parents.

Before the preliminary injunction ruling, the U.S. government urged Sabraw not to require that it stop separating and quickly reunite migrant families after they illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border, saying President Donald Trump’s executive order last week “largely” addressed those goals.

Tuesday Open Thread | Where Are The Immigrant Children

What is the Trump regime planning on doing with those kids? Selling them for adoption, human trafficking? There is some wicked EVIL going on. Some folks need to be jailed over this.

It’s monstrous what Trump, Jeff Sessions, and Kristjen Nielsen have done to innocent children. Abusing little kids just because they can & because they’re little Brown children. Racist mofos! Take’em to the ICJ for human rights abuse. Where are our leaders? Somebody stop this monster from hell!

What Rachel Maddow exposed on her show provided proof that the Trump administration is running a migrant child kidnapping ring with no thought of reuniting families. https://t.co/VdhC56UvsT pic.twitter.com/86ZHtuF4JB

— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) June 26, 2018

Is Your Congress Member Taking Money From Companies Profiting Off Family Detention?

Follow the money and let your representative what you know about where they git their money.

Defense contractors and for-profit immigrant detention facilities are cashing in on the Trump Administration’s child internment camps.

As the Trump Administration moves to indefinitely detain immigrant families, including those seeking asylum from violence and persecution, defense contractors have leapt to turn a profit. The government spends about $298 per day to hold just one person in a family detention center; as Trump’s “zero-tolerance” overloads existing facilities, immigrant internment camps are a perverse big business. The Daily Beast reports that defense contractors with more experience serving the CIA than refugees are hiring, anticipating new contracts in the business of keeping children in cages. As these companies angle for lucrative contracts to run sprawling detention centers for tens of thousands of immigrants, they’ve also made sizeable donations to American legislators of both parties.Those donations buy them influence with a GOP-led Congress that could end child detention any time they want to — but is pursuing anti-immigrant policies (which enrich detention contractors) instead.

No politician in the United States should accept blood money from companies literally ripping children away from their mothers’ breasts or imprisoning families. Yet Feministing found dozens of Congress members (on both sides of the aisle) who’ve taken checks from an industry built on holding immigrants in internment camps. Below is a list of Members of Congress who’ve accepted donations from just a few of these companies.

Let’s make it politically toxic to take this money. You can call your representatives at 202-225-3121 and your Senators at 202-224-3121 — tell them to return these donations and pledge never to take money from for-profit detention facilities again. Not sure who your representatives are? Find out here.

CORECIVIC: For-Profit Baby Jails

CoreCivic – the private prison conglomerate formerly known as the Corrections Corporation of America – has a $1 billion contract with the U.S. government to detain immigrant families, and the company has netted $71.6 million in revenue from just one massive family-detention facility in Dilley, Texas. If that’s not bad enough, Mother Jones reports that CoreCivic earns higher profit margins detaining children than adult men.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, a non-partisan research group tracking the effects of money on public policy, CoreCivic spent $840,000 lobbying public officials last year. Over the course of the 2016 and 2018 campaign cycles, federal candidates received $474,777 from CoreCivic (this money doesn’t come from CoreCivic itself, but from associated PACs, owners, or employees donating $200 or more). Here’s which Members of Congress are benefiting from CoreCivic’s campaign donations and by extension, their work imprisoning children:

Senators Receiving $150 or more from CoreCivic:

  • Rob Portman (R-OH): $12,500 (2018 cycle)
  • Jeff Flake (R-AZ): $5,000 (2018)
  • Bob Corker (R-TN): $5,128 (2016 + 2018)
  • Mike Crapo (R-ID): $5,000 (2018)
  • John Hoeven (R-ND): $9,000 (2016 + 2018)
  • John Boozman (R-AR): $3,000 (2016)
  • Orrin Hatch (R-UT): $5,000 (2016 + 2018)
  • Martin Heinrich (D-NM): $2,500 (2018)
  • Kelly Ayotte (R-NH): $2,500 (2016)
  • Roy Blunt (R-MO): $2,500 (2016)
  • Jon Tester (D-MT): $5,000 (2016 + 2018)
  • Marco Rubio (R-FL): $2,500 (2016)
  • Johnny Isakson (R-GA): $2,500 (2016)
  • Jerry Moran (R-KS): $2,500 (2016)
  • John McCain (R-AZ): $1,000 (2016)
  • Tim Scott (R-SC): $1,000 (2016)
  • Ron Wyden (D-OR): $1,000 (2016)
  • Maggie Hassan (D-NH): $500 (2016)
  • Claire McCaskill (D-MO): $250 (2016)
  • Ted Cruz (R-TX): $150 (2016)

House Members Receiving $150 or more from CoreCivic:

  • Paul Ryan (Speaker, R-WI): $5,000 (2016)
  • Kevin McCarthy (House Majority Leader, R-CA): $2,500 (2016)
  • Marsha Blackburn (R-TN): $24,100 (2016 + 2018)
  • Jon Culberson (R-TX): $22,500 (2016 + 2018)
  • Chuck Fleishmann (R-TN): $11,200 (2016)
  • Will Hurd (R-TX): $7,500 (2016)
  • John Rose (R-TN): $5,500 (2018)
  • John Carter (R-TX): $5,000 (2016)
  • Ander Crenshaw: $5,000 (2016)
  • Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ): $5,000 (2016)
  • Tim Ryan (D-OH): $4,500 (2016)
  • Greg Pence (R-IN): $3,500 (2018)
  • Diane Black (R-TN): $13,500 (2016 + 2018)
  • Gregg Harper (R-MS): $6,500 (2016 + 2018)
  • Scott Desjarlis (R-TN): $3,000 (2016)
  • Michale McCaul (R-TK): $5,500 (2016 + 2018)
  • Hal Rogers (R-KY): $2,500 (2018)
  • Scott Taylor (R-VA): $2,500 (2018)
  • Robert Aderholt (R-AL): $2,500 (2016)
  • Kevin Brady (R-TX): $2,500 (2016)
  • Mike Conaway(R-TX): $2,500 (2016)
  • Henry Cuellar (D-TX): $6,500 (2016 + 2018)
  • David Kustoff (R-TN): $4,750 (2016 + 2018)
  • Martha Roby (R-AL): $2,500 (2016)
  • Todd Young (R-IN): $2,500 (2016)
  • David Joyce (R-OH): $2,000 (2016)
  • Mike Kelly (R-PA): $2,000 (2016)
  • Tom Graves (R-GA): $1,500 (2016)
  • Lamar Smith (R-TX): $1,500 (2016)
  • Paul Babeu (R-AZ): $1,000 (2016)
  • Steve Fincher (R-TN): $3,700 (2016 + 2018)
  • Bob Goodlatte (R-VA): $1,000 (2016)
  • Richard Hudson (R-NC): $1,000 (2016)
  • Pat Tiberi (R-OH): $1,000 (2016)
  • David Valadao (R-CA): $1,000 (2016)
  • Jim Cooper (D-TN): $500 (2016)

GENERAL DYNAMICS: Handling Paperwork for the Detention Machine

General Dynamics is a multinational defense contracting giant best known for building combat jets, tanks, and submarines for the US military. General Dynamics stresses that they don’t have a role in constructing or operating detention facilities for separated children. Yet the company appears to provide bureaucratic support for the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), the federal agency overseeing separated children, making money by pushing around paperwork that keeps immigrant families in prisons.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, General Dynamics accounted for $2,151,362 in campaign contributions for the 2018 campaign cycle (again, via PACs, owners, or employees giving $200 or more). Because of the sheer number of Members of Congress who received General Dynamics money, we’ve limited the below list to those who received $5,000 or more during the 2018 campaign cycle – you can view the many more who’ve received smaller amounts here.

Senators Receiving Money from General Dynamics:

  • Angus King (I-ME): $35,500 (2018)
  • Dianne Feinstein (D-CA): $32,500 (2018)
  • Chris Murphy (D-CT): $28,541 (2018)
  • Debbie Stabenow (D-MI): $25,250 (2018)
  • Jack Reed (D-RI): $13,450 (2018)
  • Sherrod Brown (D-OH): $13,010 (2018)
  • Gary Peters (D-MI): $13,000 (2018)
  • Bill Nelson (D-FL): $12,050 (2018)
  • Claire McCaskill (D-MO): $11,185 (2018)
  • Bob Casey (D-PA): $9,561 (2018)
  • Tim Kaine (D-VA): $9,121 (2018)
  • Deb Fischer (R-NE): $9,000 (2018)
  • Ted Cruz (R-TX): $8235 (2018)
  • John A Barraso (R-WY): $7,000 (2018)
  • Joe Donnelly (D-IN): $7,000 (2018)
  • Tammy Baldwin (D-WI): $6,005 (2018)
  • Roger Wicker (R-MS): $5,125 (2018) 

Representatives Receiving Money from General Dynamics:

  • Paul Ryan (Speaker, R-WI): $10,100 (2018)
  • Kevin McCarthy (Majority Leader, R-CA): $5,000 (2018)
  • Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NK): $27,900 (2018)
  • Pete Visclosky (D-IN): $16,000 (2018)
  • Ken Calvert (R-CA): $14,800 (2018)
  • Rob Wittman (R-VA): $13,700 (2018)
  • Kyrsen Sinema (D-AZ): $13,200 (2018)
  • Joe Courtney (D-CT): $12,700 (2018)
  • Duncan Hunter (R-CA): $12,500 (2018)
  • Jim Langevin (D-RI): $11,750 (2018)
  • Will Hurd (T-TX): $11,100 (2018)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL): $11,000  (2018)
  • Bruce Poliquin (R-ME): $10,500 (2018)
  • Martha McSally (R-AZ): $10,280 (2018)
  • Robert Aderholt (R-AL): $10,000 (2018)
  • Sanford Bishop (D-GA): $10,000 (2018)
  • Kay Granger (R-TX): $10,000 (2018)
  • Tom Graves (R-GA): $10,000 (2018)
  • David Joyce (R-OH): $10,000 (2018)
  • Patrick McHenry (R-NC): $10,000 (2018)
  • Devin Nunes (R-CA): $10,000 (2018)
  • Tim Ryan (D-OH): $10,000 (2018)
  • Steve Scalise (R-LA): $10,000 (2018)
  • Steve Stivers (R-OH): $10,000 (2018)
  • Michael Turner (R-OH): $10,000 (2018)
  • John Moolenaar (R-MI): $9,000 (2018)
  • Kevin Yoder (R-KS): $9,000 (2018)
  • Chellie Pingree (D-ME): $8,750 (2018)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD): $8,250 (2018)
  • Buddy Carter (R-GA): $8,000 (2018)
  • Rosa L DeLauro (D-CT): $8,000 (2018)
  • Martha Rboy (R-AL): $7,500 (2018)
  • Austin Scott (R-GA): $7,500 (2018)
  • Gerry Connolly (D-VA): $7,010 (2018)
  • Joe Kennedy III (D-MA): $7,007 (2018)
  • Henry Cuellar (D-TX): $7,000 (2018)
  • John Culberson (R-TX): $7,000 (2018)
  • Ruben Gallego (D-AZ): $7,000 (2018)
  • Doug Collins (R-GA): $6,750 (2018)
  • Charlie Crist (D-FL): $6,500 (2018)
  • Pete King (R-NY): $6,500 (2018)
  • Pete Aguilar (D-CA): $6,023 (2018)
  • Donald John Bacon (R-NE): $6,000 (2018)
  • Matt Conaway (R-TX): $6,000 (2018)
  • Paul Cook (R-CA): $6,000 (2018)
  • Mike Gallagher (R-WI): $6,000
  • Steve Knight (R-CA): $6,000 (2018)
  • Mike Rodgers (R-AL): $6,000 (2018)
  • Adam Smith (D-WA): $6,000 (2018)
  • Juan Vargas (D-CA): $6,000 (2018)
  • Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO): $5,500 (2018)
  • Karen Handel (R-GA): $5,500 (2018)
  • Brian Mast (R-FL): $5,500 (2018)
  • Michael McCaul (R-TX): $5,500 (2018)
  • Paul Mitchell (R-MI): $5,500 (2018)
  • Seth Moulten (D-MA): $5,500 (2018)
  • Scott W Taylor (R-VA): $5,500 (2018)
  • Mac Thornberry (R-TX): $5,500 (2018)
  • Marc Veasey (D-TX): $5,500 (2018)
  • Rob Woodall (R-GA): $5,500 (2018)
  • Jim Banks (R-IN): $5,000 (2018)
  • Mike Bost (R-IL): $5,000 (2018)
  • Steny Hoyer (D-MD): $5,000 (2018)
  • Don Norcross (D-NJ): $5,000 (2018)
  • Peter Roskam (R-IL): $5,000 (2018)
  • Chris Stewart (R-UT): $5,000 (2018)
  • Pat Tiberi (R-OH): $5,000 (2018)
  • Brad Wenstrup (R-OH): $5,000 (2018) 

MVM INC: The Former CIA Contractor Transporting Kids to Detention Camps

MVM Inc is a “private security contractor” which maintained contracts supplying guards in Iraq, until it lost a massive CIA contract in 2008. In recent years, the company has shifted heavily into running detention centers for immigrants. According to the Daily Beast, MVM has multiple multi-million dollar contracts with ICE and ORR for transporting immigrant children to detention centers – including the McAllen, Texas facility where U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkeley reported seeing children in “cages that looks a lot like dog kennels” and kids ripped from their parents’ arms. The contractor helped transport children forcibly separated from their parents.

Dario Marquez, Jr., the Co-Founder of MVM, makes substantial campaign donations every year. From 2017–18, FEC filings show that Marquez donated to the following campaigns:


Image Credit: Indivisible Denver

Monday Open Thread | Kamala Harris: Congress Needs to Reexamine ICE

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said Congress should reconsider the nation’s immigration enforcement system and possibly “start from scratch” by eliminating the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

“There’s no question that we’ve got to critically reexamine ICE and its role, and the way that it is being administered, and the work it is doing,” Harris said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. “And we need to probably think about starting from scratch.”

Harris’ remarks came in response to a question from host Kasie Hunt about whether she supports abolishing ICE.

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— 3ChicsPolitico (@3ChicsPolitico) June 25, 2018

Progressive activists have pushed Democratic lawmakers to support abolishing ICE, the government’s chief immigration enforcement arm that was established in 2002 after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, in response to President Donald Trump’s push to reduce the numbers of immigrants coming to the U.S. from Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.

Trump’s efforts range from banning citizens from certain countries from entering the U.S. to ramping up deportations of undocumented immigrants, shrinking the number of refugees accepted into the country, cracking down on students who overstay their visas and the “zero tolerance” policy at the border with Mexico that led to children being separated from their parents.

Iranian Women Allowed to Watch Football in a Stadium for the First Time in 40 Years

By Nisha Susan

First published on June 20, 2013, updated

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Five years ago, a few weeks after we launched The Ladies Finger, we wrote complaining that Iranian women were not allowed to watch football to cheer their own team. Five years to the day, this World Cup, women fans entered the Azadi stadium in Tehran to watch Iran play Spain. As we said then, honk if you are an Iranian woman and you love football.

Backstory. Since 1979 only men have been allowed to five years ago, a few weeks after we launched The Ladies Finger, we wrote complaining that Iranian women were not allowed to watch football to cheer their own team, enter the celebrations at the hello, hilarious name, Azadi stadium. Last time around, the Football Federation announced in advance: “In this ceremony, only men are allowed to be present and the women who like the national team are asked to avoid coming to the Azadi Stadium.”

Women had not been allowed to watch football in Iran since 1979. Iranian women have registered their protests in hordes over the years, every time Iran’s had a major international victory — by honking their car horns, taking off their veils and breaking into the stadium. Lots of grave foreign policy sorts have been writing about football as the barometer, canary in the coal mine and other such metaphor for gauging the true state of Iranian politics.

Iranian soccer team after they were disqualified from the London Olympics

On the other hand, the Iranian women’s team was disqualified from the London Olympics for wearing hijabs on the field. Jolly multiculturalism.

In solidarity with football loving Iranian ladies then, let us watch a little Offside, Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi’s 2006 film. In Offside, a group of young Iranian women wear boys’ clothes to get into Azadi stadium to watch a World Cup match — one between Iran and Bahrain. In one of those cool Iranian filmmaker moves, the film was half-shot during the actual match.

Panahi himself has been under house arrest under charges of “assembly and colluding with the intention to commit crimes against the country’s national security and propaganda against the Islamic Republic”. He has been a prisoner since 2010 and is also under a 20-year ban from making films. Again in an amazingly subversive move in 2011, while under house-arrest, he shot a film about his situation, partly on a phone and then had it smuggled out of Iran on a USB thumb drive hidden inside a cake. (Since then Panahi 2018 has won the Cannes film festival Award for Best Screenplay. Since he was able to leave Iran to attend the festival, his daughter, Solmaz Panahi, received the award on his behalf.)

In a case of life imitating art, five women snuck into the stadium this May wearing beards and moustaches. Even this Wednesday, after it was announced that women would be allowed to enter the stadium, Iranian security dudes made up some story about infrastructure and were turning away. But all is well that ends in a good goal or some other truism we have just made up filled with Messi feelings.

امیدوارم همیشه امکان شادی دسته جمعی زنان و مردان ایرانی فراهم شود. جامعه بیش از هر زمانی به شادمانی نیاز دارد و چه بهتر که در #ورزشگاه_آزادی به تماشای بازی فوتبال ایران و اسپانیا بنشینیم

به امید پیروزی تیم ملی ایران pic.twitter.com/taxsDglzh3

— طیبه سیاوشی (@TayebehSiavash) June 20, 2018


Here is a tweet from the Reformist MP Tayyebeh Siavashi at the match. She says that women and men should be allowed to be happy together.

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Friday Open Thread | There’s A Reason Why They Call It – ‘ A Deal With the Devil’

Cause, the Devil ALWAYS WINS.

This has bothered me ever since I read it on Monday.

I still come back to the same question:

ARE.THESE.PEOPLE.SERIOUS.?

DA PHUQ?

ICYMI:

; For Black Lives Activists, Engaging in Trump’s Pardon Politics Feels Like a Deal With the Devil

Is it “worth boosting the reputation of a racist, misogynist, and dangerously authoritarian administration?”

Brandon E. PattersonJun. 11, 2018 3:24 PM

…………………….

“It’s clear that this is a PR stunt,” says Malkia Cyril, executive director and co-founder of the Center for Media Justice,

an Oakland-based group focused on the role of surveillance technology in incarcerating people of color. “That said, even a PR stunt can get some of our people free.”

“We have to make a decision,” she adds, “as to whether getting one or two, or three or four, or 10 people released from prison is worth

boosting the reputation of a racist, misogynist, and dangerously

authoritarian administration.”

The ONLY answer to whether or not you will even try to deal with Dolt45 is NO.

NO. NO. NO.
HAVE YOU LOOKED AT THIS DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE?

We LITERALLY have a man who was TOO RACIST DURING THE REAGAN YEARS now as the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of this country.

EVEN IF….you could look past the pure, unadulterated evil that is being done by this DOJ with regards to Immigration and Immigrants – ‘ because that’s not your issue’.
EVEN IF…you could look past the full frontal assault on Voting Rights – ‘ because that’s not your issue’.

Well, how about this? THIS, which is supposed to be’ your issue’.

From POU yesterday:

JojoRaze

PBO pardoned or commuted the sentences of 1927 people from federal prison, and left the federal prison population at its lowest level since the Carter presidency. He did the work but these jokers did no engagement with the administration to get sentencing reform passed.
Jeff Sessions is at DOJ bringing back civil asset forfeiture, aka taking people’s stuff before they are convicted of a crime, giving excess military gear to cities to use against BLM if they protest, which Obama’s DOJ stopped, and wanting to renew the war on drugs and these people think this commutation is in good faith? 45 said the Central Park 5 should still be in jail even though they were innocent. The administration is using slaveholder and Nazi trickery to separate asylum seekers from their children as policy. They don’t care about us. How are these people so blind?

Let’s add to this….

This bullshyt from Dolt45 about hearing from protesting NFL players only happened AFTER KAEPERNICK’S ATTORNEYS SAID THAT THEY WERE GOING TO SUBPOENA HIM!

If you can’t see that this is an attempt to not have to set foot in that deposition, then you are a fool.

I also believe that these folks realize that they played themselves, and are desperate to stay relevant. They had, and squandered, opportunities during 44’s Administration, even while they denied that they got said opportunities. They look at the Parkland kids, taking their moment, seizing it, and building something more with it everyday.

But, just because you have regrets, you don’t go around making deals with the Devil. Charles Blow, just this week, wrote that Trump was Modern Day Bull Connor. I love the comparison, because it’s apt and clarifying. The ridiculousness of these folks talking about ‘common ground’ with Dolt45, would be no different than if MLK said , ‘ we should sit down with Bull Connor and see what we have in common.’

It.is.that.RIDICULOUS.

 

 

This is America, right now

This is the % of African Americans not able to vote in just a few states.

VA 21%

FL 21%

KY 26%

AL 15%

MS 16%

America home of the brave land of the incarcerated. https://t.co/DkX2MKU6Y7

— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) June 12, 2018

The David Hogg tweet made me think of something. That he connected voting with the disenfranchised because of incarceration – don’t tell me that the kids aren’t getting guidance.

If the BLM Hoteps want to get back in the game and mean something – why not take on ex-felon enfranchisement. These are people who have served their time. Taken their punishment. Why should they be denied their right to vote for a past mistake that they’ve already done the time in prison for? What kind of rehabilitation is tht?

There is nothing on the ballot more important than the referendum on restoring ex-felon voting rights in Florida. Taking away the power from the Governor at a whim, and setting in place solid rules for ex-felons, IS A MUST.

That referendum would change EVERYTHING with regards to Florida. It would slide from purple to lean blue within a night’s election.

I know…but, that’s the pragmatic part of me. The one that actually knows what voting means.

November 2018 — if we can get the Puerto Rican transplants in Florida to vote…they could help change Florida for a generation.

That referendum passes, and the GOP won’t be able to count on Florida in their Electoral College column , beginning in 2020.

But, this would take hard work..hard, on the ground work, where nobody’s going to praise you, or put you on television, or invite you to parties.

But, the end result of this kind of work could change the game in American politics.

THE EASY thing to do…would be to take crumbs from Dolt45 and pretend that what you got wasn’t 10% of what you gave up….

Stop thinking about the EASY WAY…

Do the hard work. Do the foundation work that takes time.

Stop even thinking about Making Deals With the Devil.

Thursday Open Thread | This is why the kids will win

I am so impressed with the Parkland kids. I think they are the leaders that we have been waiting for. They just need for us to have their backs.

The latest from the kids is that they are going on a Summer Bus Tour. At each stop, not only are they having town halls, but there will be also VOTER REGISTRATION.

March for Our Lives: Road to Change

This summer, the students of March For Our Lives are making stops across America to get young people educated, registered, and motivated to vote. We call it March For Our Lives: Road to Change.

When people across the country rallied at the March For Our Lives just over 2 months ago, we showed our politicians that we refuse to accept gun violence as an unsolvable issue. Now it’s time to turn our energy into action.

If you want to be alerted as to when the tour will hit your area, just click on the link above and sign up for notifications.

This is brilliant on so many levels.

School is out. So, there will be no school shootings. But, taking these young people and using their energy when they are out from school. They can relate to other kids out from school.

Someone wrote on another board that this reminds them of the Freedom Rides, and why not?

The Voter Registration is great on another level.

1. It’s practical

2. It’s useful

3. You can get anyone involved in it.

Know that song ‘ stay in your lane’….well, not everyone can be on television…not everyone is a great public speaker.. not everyone can do policy papers with politicians…but, pretty much anyone can be in the ‘Voter registration’ lane. And, it’s a way to keep people involved, because there are ALWAYS people that need to be registered to vote. Always someone young just turning 18. Always someone moving into a new voter jurisdiction. Always someone out there that needs to update their voter registration.

The Parkland students led America beyond thoughts and prayers—and they’re just getting started

The March for Our Lives cofounders are finding new ways to hold politicians and businesses accountable for gun safety.#MarchForOurLives https://t.co/IEZKjcyYOf

— Jon Cooper 🌊 (@joncoopertweets) June 1, 2018

I love that the kids have hooked up voting and registering to vote with EVERYTHING that they send out. I appreciate that.

When you scan the QR code on the flag, you’re taken to our website and can register to vote.

Real change comes at the polls. No matter who you’re voting for, get out this November and be part of the change.

Designed by the man to my left. #RoadToChange #MarchForOurLives pic.twitter.com/bSAhLRe5OS

— Cameron Kasky (@cameron_kasky) June 9, 2018

People look at this

This should not be hanging in my soon-to-be-kindergartener’s classroom. https://t.co/mWiJVdddpH
Georgy Cohen (@radiofreegeorgy) June 06, 2018

and go…

No No…MY child should NOT have to be reading this….and, it steels the spine to fight. The kids get a new ally.

 

 

Trump’s School Safety Commission Won’t Look at Guns, Betsy DeVos Says

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told a Senate committee on Tuesday that the federal commission on school safety set up this year after the Parkland, Fla., school massacre will not focus on the role guns play in school violence…

“That’s not part of the commission’s charge, per se,” Ms. DeVos said in response to a question from Senator Patrick J. Leahy, Democrat of Vermont, about whether the commission would look at the role of firearms in the gun violence that has plagued the nation’s schools.
“So we’ll look at gun violence in schools, but not look at guns? An interesting concept,” Mr. Leahy said in response.

Think that they’re going to be so smart. Naw, you unqualified piece of garbage…folks see right through this. And, they are not going to let you and your ilk just lie about it.



They really think that they’re gonna just shove some bullshyt about arming teachers, and force folks to just accept their fealty to the NRA.

Well….someone needs to tell the insurance companies, because they haven’t gotten the message…

Efforts To Arm School Teachers Run Up Against A Problem: Insurance Companies

In the end, it may be insurance companies that have the biggest voice in the debate over arming teachers.

Doug Mataconis

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Kansas has a problem: It has a law allowing teachers to carry guns in the classroom, but almost no schools are using it because insurance companies refuse to provide coverage if they do. As EMC Insurance, the largest insurer of schools in Kansas, explained in a letter to its agents, the company “has concluded that concealed handguns on school premises poses a heightened liability risk.”

Then came the Parkland, Florida, school shooting in February, leading frustrated Republican legislators in Kansas to try forcing the issue with a bill banning “unfair, discriminatory” rates for schools that arm staff. The insurance industry held firm. Last month, the bill failed.

“I don’t think insurance companies are notorious anti-gun liberals,” said Mark Tallman, associate executive director for the Kansas Association of School Boards, “so we think they’ve got good reasons for not doing it.”

As proposals to arm teachers sweep across the nation, insurance companies are being forced to weigh the risks of these controversial plans. Some insurers are balking. Some are agreeing to provide policies but lamenting the lack of evidence about whether it makes schools safer – or increases the chances of people getting shot. Others are raising rates.

“There’s not a lot of carriers that want to insure that risk,” Nate Walker, a senior vice president at insurer AmWINS Group.

And, then, you have those who have pledged fealty to the NRA, AND have the nerve to NOT DO THEIR DAMN JOBS over the little legal gun laws that actually exists:

Florida Didn’t Conduct Gun Background Checks for a Year Because an Employee Couldn’t Log In

By Alana Abramson

June 8, 2018

The Florida government did not conduct background checks on thousands of applicants for concealed weapons for a year because the state employee was unable to log into the system.

According to a February 2016 investigative report from Florida’s Inspector General, first reported by the Tampa Bay Times, a state Division of Licensing employee identified as Lisa Wilde was unable to log into the system to actually complete these background checks. She never mitigated this issue.

When determining eligibility for purchasing a firearm, applicants must undergo a background check known as the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which is administered by the FBI. In Florida, these background checks are used as indicators of eligibility for concealed weapon licenses.

In March 2017 — over a year later — an employee with the Bureau of Licensing realized the NICS records were not being reviewed. The report was issued in June of 2017.

He needs to ba nailed to the wall and voted out of office. He DID NOT PROTECT THE PUBLIC.

HE DID NOT DO HIS JOB.

And, you think he’s the only one? Of course, not.

He will be made an example of in the next election. As will others.

We need to connect the dots. We need to help these kids connect the dots. We need to have their backs.

Updated – this just came in last night.

Don’t think the kids are winning?

THE.NRA.PULLED.THEIR.GRADES.FOR.LAWMAKERS.FROM.THEIR.WEBSITE!

Now, WHY would they do that?

Could it be this?

“Our grades are a member service,” she explained. “Our members vote and one of the services that we provide them is to assess — to the best that anyone can — the candidates’ position on the Second Amendment and make a determination what candidates in a very specific election are the best candidates to protect and defend their constitutional rights.” The grades are issued as close to the election as possible in order to have the most relevance to that election.

Pressed on the rationale for the change to the website, Baker first expressed frustration at the question.

“I don’t understand– Why are you asking? What does it matter to you?” she asked. “The grades are not relevant after the election.”

Oh no Dear..the grades are RELEVANT—before the election….so that voters can judge accordingly.

Tuesday Open Thread | The Evil from this Administration-IMMIGRATION

“The evil never stops with this group. As I have said before, The KKKeebler Elf is getting to fulfill all of his White Supremacist Fantasies. He will NEVER resign. He’s enjoying being cruel to the non-White masses.”

This tweet from Oliver Willis

People on the left need to get it through their skulls we’re opposing evil. It’s not just a set of polite ideas to be calmly debated. It is evil.

— Oliver Willis (@owillis) June 9, 2018

 

Is ABSOLUTELY ON POINT.

The story behind this tweet:

Pizza delivery man nabbed by ICE, Pablo Villavicencio, gets deportation order put on hold
https://t.co/KSZfTnbtdD pic.twitter.com/eChipHlGsG

— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) June 9, 2018

This father is NOT a criminal. He wasn’t swept up doing criminal activity.

He went, ON HIS JOB, to deliver pizza to an Army Base, AND SOMEONE CALLED ICE ON HIM.

He.was.doing.his.phucking.JOB.

And, some evil azz muthaphucka called ICE on him.

The restaurants in the area are fighting back – not only fighting to bring this father home, but refusing to deliver to the Army Base until he is let loose by ICE.

Here is the latest in him:

Federal judge to ICE: The pizza deliveryman stays here https://t.co/G2pwqbl9Dk

— David Beard (@dabeard) June 10, 2018

I am sorry that this is the most positive story I have.

I, like, Oliver Willis, want folks to understand what we’re fighting against. Those who voted for Dolt45 are complicit in what is being done in the name of the United States of America.

In my last immigration post, I told you, that the OFFICIAL POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS TO RIP CHILDREN AWAY FROM THEIR PARENTS.

And, I want to make this clear:

This is NOT just those people that are coming here illegally.

This is happening to people ATTEMPTING TO GO THROUGH THE LEGAL ASYLUM PROCESS.

The blood is on those who voted for Dolt45.

The damage to these children and their families is on those who voted for Dolt45.

I will say this again:

The simplicity of the evil of this cuts through the bullshyt 😠

A public defender in McAllen says some migrants are told their kids are going to be taken away briefly to bathe, and then it dawns on them hours later they aren’t coming back

— Liz Goodwin (@lizcgoodwin) June 10, 2018

A new “Trail of Tears ‘…..

A six year old boy from Honduras remembers watching his dad be led away from him in handcuffs, the last time he saw him. His eight year old foster sibling remembers his mom crying and yelling as they were separated https://t.co/y2YXMhYMt7

— Liz Goodwin (@lizcgoodwin) June 10, 2018

Here is some of the damage. Please spread the word as to what’s being done in this country:

A family was separated at the border, and this distraught father took his own life

June 9 at 7:00 AM

A Honduran father separated from his wife and child suffered a breakdown at a Texas jail and killed himself in a padded cell last month, according to Border Patrol agents and an incident report filed by sheriff’s deputies.

The death of Marco Antonio Muñoz, 39, has not been publicly disclosed by the Department of Homeland Security, and did not appear in any local news accounts. But according to a copy of a sheriff’s department report obtained by The Washington Post, Muñoz was found on the floor of his cell May 13 in a pool of blood with an item of clothing twisted around his neck.

Starr County sheriff’s deputies recorded the incident as a “suicide in custody.”

ICE is torturing and killing detainees by withholding medical care. When the prisoner is in grave condition, then they are hospitalized and released from custody so when they die they are not listed as a death in ICE custody.https://t.co/o1D902U94V

— Facts Do Matter (@WilDonnelly) June 9, 2018

‘They just took them?’ Frantic parents separated from their kids fill courts on the border https://t.co/zLlh7mrntu

— David Fahrenthold (@Fahrenthold) June 10, 2018

I ask you…what could go wrong, with putting people who are here illegally WITH HARDENED CRIMINALS?

*jumps up and down screaming* “U.S. authorities are transferring into federal prisons about 1,600 ICE detainees…in the first large-scale use of federal prisons to hold detainees amid a Trump admin. crackdown on people entering the country illegally.” https://t.co/P067qZeT6s

— Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) June 7, 2018

Chris Hayes

‏Verified account @chrislhayes

Yesterday DOJ was sending around an opinion in which they managed to deport a woman who was kidnapped by rebels along with her husband, forced to watch as they made her husband dig his own grave and then murder him. They then made her their servant.

3:58 PM – 7 Jun 2018

Chris Hayes

‏Verified account @chrislhayes

An immigration judge found that she had an asylum claim and could stay in the US, country but Sessions’ DOJ said she was guilty of material support for terrorism because HER FORCED LABOR FOR THE REBELS THAT KIDNAPPED HER AND MURDERED HER HUSBAND COUNTED AS MATERIAL SUPPORT.

3:58 PM – 7 Jun 2018

Chris Hayes

‏Verified account @chrislhayes

So now they can deport her. Back to a country where said rebels now run the government.

3:58 PM – 7 Jun 2018

THREAD

A constituent of @RepDaveBrat wrote to him expressing her anger at the Trump administration’s family separation policy.

The letter she got back is extremely revealing.

— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) June 8, 2018

BOTTOM LINE:

It is infuriating that the Trump administration has created this policy, even announced it and speechified about it and bragged about it, and now it and its allies, faced with the sheer moral revulsion in response, want to pretend it doesn’t exist.

— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) June 8, 2018

This poor child

An Iowa DREAMER high school student, who never knew any country but America, was forced to go to Mexico. The kind of story that makes GOPrs cheer.

Three weeks later he was dead. Mexican gangsters found out who he was. And slit his throat.

What’s sad: so many GOPrs wont care.

— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) June 8, 2018

I have more stories. Just as horrible. Just as rotten. Just as evil.

Either you believe that this is ok, or you believe it’s evil. There is no in between. There is no rationalization which makes the pain that is going on acceptable. We have nothing to discuss.

As a human being, you can’t be ok with this. And, if you aren’t ok with this, then you have to tell people what’s going on. Not everyone is as in tune with political happenings. But, people are parents. Have been the child of someone. Ask them to explain how this is ok. How taking away children from their parents is ok. Ask them to explain and reason it in English.

Don’t let them tell the lie.

THIS.DID. NOT.HAPPEN. UNDER. OBAMA. OR. ANY.OTHER.AMERICAN . PRESIDENT.

THIS is a policy created by Dolt45 and Attorney General White Citizens Council. Remember, it was first proposed by ‘ Aint Shyt’ John Kelly when he was over DHS.

The latest horror just came down yesterday.

THREAD

Just out from DOJ: Jeff Sessions just unilaterally overturned precedent for victims of violence, including women abused by their partners, to get asylum. Hard to understate impact here https://t.co/LLcDVsjsmW

— Elise Foley (@elisefoley) June 11, 2018

The evil never stops with this group. As I have said before, The KKKeebler Elf is getting to fulfill all of his White Supremacist Fantasies. He will NEVER resign. He’s enjoying being cruel to the non-White masses.

Quick Hit: ICE Prevents Detainees from Observing Ramadan

As though ICE could get worse, this week at The Intercept Maryam Saleh reports on one immigration detention facility’s blatantly Islamophobic campaign to prevent Muslim detainees from observing Ramadan.

Saleh reports that ICE agents arbitrarily deny detainees’ request to be placed on the facility’s Ramadan list, deny fasting detainees adequate nutrition, discriminate against detainees who wear kufis, and deny or delay their requests for Qurans. (Unsurprisingly, detainees who ask for bibles are accommodated immediately.) Saleh writes:

Ramadan is, in many ways, a community affair: People tend to gather with friends and family for iftar, the meal eaten to break the fast, and spend their nights praying together at a mosque. Immigrant detainees, separated from their families, are not only denied that community experience, but at Glades, they’re also facing discriminatory treatment even if they’re included on the Ramadan list, the advocates charge. Several of the detainees have reported that their food is not halal and the portions are not sufficient after a long day of fasting. Those observing the fast are required to eat leftover meals, which means that, depending on when lunch is served, the meals have possibly been out in the open for more than eight hours by the time of iftar. Some detainees reported being served food that was hard to swallow, cold, or rotten.

By preventing Muslim detainees from observing the holy month as a faith community, the discriminatory treatment contributes to the intense social isolation imposed on detainees. This, in turn, can have a dehumanizing and demoralizing effect. As Yusuf Saei, a Fellow at Muslim Advocates, is quoted as saying in the article, such treatment is not only a violation in and of itself; it also discourages detainees and makes them less willing to fight their cases.

Read the full article at The Intercept. Also check out some of our immigration  coverage. Cover image: Glades County Detention Facility, The Intercept.