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Author: Common Dreams

Trump’s Pandemic: A modern-day American genocide that “affects virtually nobody“

Donald Trump said in a rally last night that the coronavirus, “Affects virtually nobody.” Apparently “virtually nobody” means 200,000 dead Americans, ranging in age from the elderly to infants. Apparently he hasn’t noticed the damage his lack of coronavirus response policy has done to our economy, and that tens of millions of people have lost their jobs and health insurance, and are on the verge of evection, homelessness, and disaster. Apparently he hasn’t noticed how the coronavirus is affecting the Americans who have had the disease and are suffering long-term heart, lung, and brain damage. Apparently he hasn’t noticed...

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Civil Rights lawyer details how 1930s German rhetoric and dangerous policies are being used today

One of the nation’s foremost civil liberties lawyers published a book last year that powerfully described how America’s constitutional checks and balances were being pushed to the brink by a president who was consciously following Adolf Hitler’s extremist propaganda and policy template from the early 1930s — when the Nazis took power in Germany. In the book When at Times the Mob Is Swayed: A Citizen’s Guide to Defending Our Republic, Burt Neuborne mostly focused on how America’s constitutional foundation — an unrepresentative Congress, the Electoral College, and a right-wing Supreme Court majority — was not positioned to withstand...

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Patriotic Education: Critics slam 1776 Commission as political ploy to whitewash American history

Progressive educators and historians fired back on September 18, a day after President Donald Trump took aim at the late historian Howard Zinn and the 1619 Project, and vowed to “restore patriotic education” in American schools he accused of teaching “hateful lies about this country.” Speaking on stolen Nacotchtank land just steps away from where Black slaves were bought and sold on the National Mall, Trump delivered an extraordinary Constitution Day address at the National Archives Museum full of patriotic platitudes and praise for the nation’s “glorious” history. The president — who lives in an executive mansion built by...

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One boy lives, one boy dies: Why America values White killers over Black victims

I remember being thirteen and staying up to see if Trayvon Martin’s killer would be convicted. The announcement of the verdict kept being pushed back, but I kept watching — hoping that the anguish I was feeling would somehow be resolved by seeing George Zimmerman jailed. My mom said the delay was tactical: designed so more people would be too busy sleeping to riot when the verdict came up not guilty. I, naive and accustomed to being called smart for my age, thought it impossible. A kid—a Black Florida teenager, just like me—was stalked and killed for no reason....

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Police and Militia tactics in Kenosha reflect an authoritarian prelude to a modern Civil War

The chaos and violence that are unfolding in Kenosha looks like the beginning of a civil war. I feel as though I am watching some natural disaster develop, suddenly overpowering any hope for social change “before it’s too late.” Is it already too late—that is to say, too late to disarm our concept of social order and, for God’s sake, safety? The American problem of guns is not only that there are so many of them, vastly more than there are people; and that they are deemed, by so many Americans, necessary for survival and empowerment, commanding a reverence...

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Pushing forward with healing: Family of Jacob Blake host community block party to register voters

“Trump is coming to [Kenosha] to use us as a prop in his commercial to scare White people to get votes.” – Rev. Jesse Jackson The community of Kenosha, Wisconsin countered President Donald Trump’s visit to the city on Tuesday, September 1, with a “Justice for Jacob” rally in the neighborhood where Jacob Blake was shot by a police officer last week, intent on spending the day focused on “resilience and compassion.” “We don’t need more pain and division from a president set on advancing his campaign at the expense of our city,” said Jacob Blake’s uncle, Justin Blake....

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