Bulletin N° 908

 

 

“Creating A Race War To Hide The Revolution”

May 31, 2020

https://www.bitchute.com/video/uKg1BL2Bk331/

with Ryan Cristian

(2:01:30)

We also invite you to view “The Daily Wrap Up”, presented by The Last American Vagabond, “a show that is dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news from the last 24 hours” and offers a synthesis of the socio-political turmoil we are now facing in the midst of multiple crises.

 

 

 

Subject:  The Two-Party Political System in the Capitalist Political Economy: An “Axiomatic Evil”?

 

 

 

June 5, 2020

Grenoble, France

 

 

Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,

 

Today, we find the late capitalist system rapidly descending into a vortex aiming towards an abyss, and the vertigo is palpable for almost all of us. This series of crises – manufactured and otherwise – risks to careen entirely out of control. And while capitalist engineers are attempting to save the system from total collapse, and minimumize the loss of assets, the rest of us wish to save humanity by disempowering the capitalists and by creating a new political economy that is based on cooperation and serving human needs, instead of a predatory labor exploitation and human sacrifices at the altar of “possessive individualism” and the almighty “profit motive.”

It’s instructive how contemporary discussions are often an echo of past concerns. The debate between Reform and Revolution is not new, and nowhere can we find a better historic illustration of this dilema than in the life of Eugene Victor Debs (1855-1926). I recently picked up my old ragged copy of the paperback I bought years ago and had lent out many times. It was Ray Ginger’s biography, Eugene V. Debs: The Making of an American Radical (1949), which was written from a classic liberal perspective, and praised by none other than the Democratic Party gatekeeper himself, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., who christened it, from his chair at Harvard University, as “One of the most distinguished biographies of the year.”

This biography is dated, but it's still instructive in that it describes the life and political evolution of a man brought up in a liberal milieu and educated to believe in political justice, while living in the epicenter of American industrial capitalism at the moment of its creation. We see him evolve into a socialist revolutionary, wrestling with questions such as political reform vs. social revolution? ; moral evolution vs. class struggle? ; direct action vs. representative democracy? More recent works on the life of Eugene Debs treat these same central issues. (See the 2019 PBS documentary : The Revolutionist: Eugene V. Debs, with Danny Glover.)

 

Before the age of 20, Eugene Debs abandoned his aspirations to become a successful businessman and gravitated towards labor union organizing. He had participated in several labor unions before joining the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen in February 1875, and became exceedingly active in the organization. In 1877 he served as a delegate of the Terre Haute lodge to the organization's national convention and was elected associate editor of the BLF's monthly organ, Firemen's Magazine, in 1878. Two years later, he was appointed Grand Secretary and Treasurer of the BLF and became editor of The Magazine in July 1880. He remained the magazine's editor until September 1894.

At the same time, Debs became a prominent figure in the community where he lived. He served two terms as Terre Haute's city clerk from September 1879 to September 1883, and in the fall of 1884, he was elected to the Indiana General Assembly as a Democrat, where he served for only one term.

The evolution in Debs’ thinking as the world around him changed is instructive. 

During the early 1880s, Debs' writing stressed themes of self-upliftment: temperance, hard work, and honesty. Debs also held the view that "labor and capital are friends" and opposed strikes as a means of settling differences. The Brotherhood had never authorized a strike from its founding in 1873 to 1887, a record which Debs was proud of. Railroad companies cultivated the Brotherhood and granted them perks like free transportation to their conventions for the delegates. Debs also invited railroad president Henry C. Lord to write for the magazine. Summarizing Debs' thought in this period, historian David A. Shannon wrote: "Debs's desideratum was one of peace and co-operation between labor and capital, but he expected management to treat labor with respect, honor and social equality". (excerpt from Wikipedia article: (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_V._Debs)

Professor Ray Ginger comments on the contradictions that piqued Debs’ thinking in this period: “Late in 1885, The Magazine carried an astonishing article about the use of dynamite in labor disputes:”

‘Legitimate warfare in the future is to be in the

interest of the weak, the oppressed,

those who aspire to be free.

Dynamite is to be a potent weapon in the contest.’

 

Ginger goes on to comment on the historical significance of this 1885 article published in the BLF Magazine which was edited by Eugene Debs.

     Just seven months later came the Haymarket episode. Although Debs could truthfully have claimed that he did not endorse the use of violence, his arguments would have been brushed aside during that frenzied affair. The phrases about dynamite as ‘a potent weapon’ of ‘legitimate warfare’ were sufficient provocation for the employers to move against the entire BLF.

      Chicago, long known for the bitterness and violence of its labor struggles, was the national center of the eight-hour day campaign. The employers there were united in opposition to the shorter workday; the workers were equally determined to win their demand. On May Day, 1886, more than forty thousand workingmen put down their tools in the demonstration which climaxed the campaign. The entire city fearfully awaited the menacing outbreak. The wait was brief. On May 3, the police killed a striker at the McCormick reaper works, where fourteen hundred men had been locked out for months. The anarchists immediately called a meeting at Haymarket Square for the next evening to protest the killing. The meeting was entirely peaceful until a police captain led a large troop of his men to disperse the audience. As the patrol approached the crowd, a bomb was thrown into their ranks and seven policemen were killed or fatally wounded. Labor leaders and ordinary workers throughout the city were picked up by the police and finally eight anarchists and unionists, several of them leader in the eight-hour movement, were indicted for the bombing.

     Only two of the accused men had been anywhere near the meeting, and both of them were demonstrably innocent of throwing the bomb, but the judge presented a new theory in his charge to the jury: If the past language of the accused had been such as to incite violence, they are guilty of this crime, even if they knew nothing about it and were not present when it was committed. On a principle which violated the basic rules of American law, in a courtroom clotted with prejudice, the eight men were convicted of murder.

     The public protest against this verdict was prompt and eloquent. Not merely labor leaders, but United States Senators and wealthy bankers, exclaimed that the judge was biased, that the jury was hand-picked, that the entire proceedings were highly improper. But Eugene Debs, never famous for reticence, was truly in a dilemma. He had no sympathy for the anarchist doctrines of the accused men; he had often criticized the use of violence and had declared that the class struggle was only ‘the creation of diseased brains.’ His objection to the Haymarket trial was based on other factors: the irregular proceedings, a belief that the indictment was a punishment of  free speech, a conviction that the employers were trying to frame eight labor leaders.

     Only one theory seems to explain Debs’ unusual silence. Any protest on his part might have called attention to the article about dynamite in The Magazine, with the result of dire punishment for the entire BLF. Perhaps Debs felt that he was forced to choose between treachery to his own union and treachery to the men convicted of murder. There is no evidence that Debs discussed this problem with anybody. For five months he wrestled with it in silence, and doubtless in torment.

     Finally he could no longer remain silent. The higher courts had denied appeals for the convicted men. The last hope to save their lives lay in securing clemency from the governor of Illinois. Eugene Debs, in a fervent article in The Magazine, singled out the right of free speech as the major issue in the case. A free press and free speech he called ‘the twin glories of American government . . . . Let this verdict stand, let it become the prentice of the courts, let it go unrevoked, and free speech is as dead in America as it is in Russia.’ The attack on freedom of expression was doomed to failure: ‘Ideas and opinions escape the death penalty, the halter, the faggot, and the wheel.’

     Debs spoke too late to help save the lives of the condemned men. One of them committed suicide, four were hanged, three were sent to prison. Eugene Debs never mentioned the role he had played in the defense campaign for the HAYMARKET MARTYRS. But for forty years he cherished the memory of these men. He wrote newspaper articles about them. He referred to them often in his speeches. He made frequent pilgrimages to Waldheim Cemetery in Chicago, where the executed men were buried. These eight men became, to Eugene Debs, ‘the first martyrs in the cause of industrial freedom.” Eleven years after the execution, Debs sang to their memory: ‘aye, I would take them, if I could, from peaceful slumber in their martyr graves – I would place joint to joint in their dislocated necks – I would make the halter the symbol of redemption – I would restore the flesh to their skeleton bones – their eyes should again flash defiance to the enemies of humanity, and their tongs, again, more eloquent than all the heroes of oratory, should speak the truth to a gainsaying world. Alas, this cannot be done – but something can be done. The stigma fixed upon their names by an outrageous trial can be forever obliterated and their fame be made to shine with resplendent glory on the pages of history.’(pp.64-66)

   

Debs thinking continued to evolve. Following the Homestead Strike of 1892, he expressed more clearly than ever before a new class consciousness in the pages of The Magazine:

 

‘If the year 1892 taught the workingmen any lesson

worthy of heed, it was that the capitalist class, like

the devilfish, had grasped them with its tentacles

and was dragging them down to fathomless depths

of degradation. To escape the prehensile clutch

of these monsters, constitutes a standing challenge

to organized labor for 1893.’(cited by Zinn in People’s History, p.272)

 

We see again how events continued to radicalize Debs, transforming him from an ardent social reformer into a revolutionary socialist. At the outset of the economic Panic of 1893, the Pullman Palace Car Company, under the direction of George Pullman decided to reduce its work force from 5,500 workers to 3,300 and cut wages by 25 percent, citing falling revenue as the reason.

In 1893, Debs helped organized one of the first industrial unions in the United States, the American Railway Union (ARU), for unskilled workers. He was elected president of the ARU upon its founding, and under his leadership this Union successfully struck the Great Northern Railway in April 1894, winning most of its demands. In 1894, Debs became involved in the Pullman Strike. The workers at Pullman were mostly anti-union conservatives, living in Pullman’s Company Town , under the owner’s paternalistic care. When Pullman’s betrayal became apparent, they had nowhere to turn, and reluctantly went to the American Railway Union convention in Chicago to ask for help. There Debs told them that they were welcome to join the ARU, not to be ashamed of their past mistakes; that the struggle against the tyranny of capital was a collective struggle and everyone was learning this in his own way. The convention voted to support the Pullman workers, and the ARU went on strike again from May 11 to July 20, refusing to work on trains carrying Pullman Palace Cars, which was in fact most trains circulating at the time across the western portion of the United States.

By the end of this strike, which lasted from May 11 to July 20, 1894, thirty strikers were killed and thousands were blacklisted. An estimated $80 million worth of property was damaged, and Debs was charged with contempt of court when a Chicago judge order an injunction. As a leader of the ARU, Debs was convicted of federal charges for defying a court injunction against the strike and served six months in prison. At Woodstock Penitentiary in Illinois, Debs was visited by the Milwaukee socialist Victor Berger, who gave him a copy to Das Capital and other socialist literature to study. Debs emerged six months later as a committed adherent of the international socialist movement. He later wrote:

‘I began to read and think and dissect the anatomy of the

system in which workingmen, however organized, could be

shattered and battered and splintered at a single stroke.

The writings of Bellamy and Blatchford early appealed

to me. The Cooperative Commonwealth of Gronlund also

impressed me, but the writings of Kautsky were so clear

and conclusive that I readily grasped, not merely his

argument, but also caught the spirit of his socialist

utterance – and I thank him and all who helped me

out of darkness into light.’(E. Debs, ‘How I Became a Socialist,’ 1902)

 

The fierce repression on the part of the state, led to the dissolution of the American Railway Union in July 1897. The delegates, whose numbers had dwindled from four thousand in 1894 to a couple of dozen voted to dissolve the old order and to found the Social Democratic Party of America.  Ginger quotes from a keynote speech made by Debs on this occasion:

‘There is no hope for the toiling masses of my countrymen

except by the pathways mapped out by the Socialists,

the advocates of the co-operative commonwealth’(p.211)

 

Professor Ginger goes on to explain the changed circumstances: “The new party’s emphasis was on the colonization plan,”

but it also adopted a political platform: public  ownership of all monopolies and utilities, a shorter work day, public works for the unemployed.  . . .

   The actions of the ARU convention brought forth a new storm of criticism by both radicals and conservatives. The People caustically spoke against the colonization scheme, while the Detroit Free Press commented: ‘the most obvious intent of the new movement is the glorification of Debs.’

. . .

     When the Social Democracy was first founded, such leaders as James Hagan, Roy Goodwin, and William Burns had bitterly disapproved any mention of political action. They had wanted to concentrate on the colonization plan, and only Debs’ personal influence had saved the political demands in the platform. By the second convention of the Social Democracy in June, 1898, a deep split existed around this question. Any attempt to continue the colonization plan was opposed by Victor Berger, Isaac Hourwich, G. A. Hoehn, and other ex-members of the Socialist Labor Party who had joined the Social Democracy. Debs, who had seen a year’s campaign raise only twenty-five hundred dollars, was forced to agree that colonization was not feasible. A vindictive fight took place in the convention, with Debs playing a very inactive part. He had no interest in the sort of technical warfare, however principled, that marked the argument.  . . . Charges and countercharges were exchanged for hours, with an occasional speech about the virtues or defects of colonization.

. . .

     Debs watched in despair while his brother officers from the ARU endlessly reviled each other. He even went to lunch with Emma Goldman, the unofficial leader of the colonizers. The young, heavy, rather ugly philosophical anarchist, who had never joined the organization but now appeared as a key figure in its convention, found Debs ‘genial and charming as a human being.’  Debs expressed views which Emma Goldman found very much like her own. Finally she exclaimed , ‘Why, Mr. Debs, you’re an anarchist!’ Debs then clasped her hand and said, ‘Not Mister, but Comrade; won’t you call me” that?’

     ‘I stressed the fact that political action is the death-knell

of the economic struggle,’ Emma Goldman wrote. ‘Debs did

not dispute me, agreeing that the revolutionary spirit must

be kept alive notwithstanding any political objects, but he

thought the latter a necessary practical means of reaching

the masses.’

 

When the issue of colonization versus political action came to a vote, Eugene Debs was not present. He had been again stricken by a maddening headache, and was forced to remain in bed in his hotel room. The vote resulted in a clear victory for the utopians, 52 to 37, so Berger and Keliher at once led the political action group from the convention. The bolting delegates held their own meeting in a neighboring hall, and decided to found the Social Democratic Party. The new Party, basing itself firmly on political methods, declared that it was ‘a class-conscious, revolutionary, social organization.’ A leader of the colonizers promptly replied: ‘Standing for all men, we condemn the class-conscious propaganda as a delusion and a snare, as being not only ineffective but totally untrue.’

     With no hesitation, Debs announced his support of the Social Democratic Party, thus reaffirming his belief in the existence of a class struggle in America. The battle between workers and employers had turned Debs against that society which caused so much misery and pain for his fellows. He did not intend to retreat now. When he was elected, together with Victor Berger, Frederic Heath, Seymour Stedman, and Jesse Cox, to the Social Democrats’ executive board, Debs resigned all claim to the fifteen hundred dollars owed him by the colonizers. But he had no regrets. In an open letter to his colleagues, Debs declared:

‘The separation at the late convention was inevitable.

It had to come. The contemplation of division was painful,

as those can fully realize who were party to it. But painful

as it was, the operation had to be performed. And it was a

success, for the Social Democratic Party of America lives.

All its members are full fledged Socialists. They are in accord

with the program of International Socialism. There is not one

in the number opposed to independent political action; not

one that asks or expects anything from any old capitalistic

party, by whatever name it may be called.’

 

On October1, 1898, The Social Democrats opened their first national office in the Old Opera House on Washington Street in Chicago. . . . There were fewer than fifteen Socials Democrats in the city, and at one time the party’s treasury held only two dollars.(pp.211-214)

 

In Chicago on June 27, 1905, Debs joined with William D. ("Big Bill") Haywood, James Connolly, Daniel De Leon, Eugene V. Debs, Thomas Hagerty, Lucy Parsons, Mary Harris "Mother" Jones, Frank Bohn, William Trautmann, Vincent Saint John, Ralph Chaplin, and many others to form the Industrial Workers of the World. In the Preamble of the new constitution, they wrote:

The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of the working people and the few, who make up the employing class, have all the good things of life.

Within a decade the IWW fractured, and the Socialist faction left the association.

Although the IWW was built on the basis of uniting workers of industry, a rift began between the union and the Socialist Party. It started when the electoral wing of the Socialist Party, led by Victor Berger and Morris Hillquit, became irritated with speeches by Haywood.  In December 1911, Haywood told a Lower East Side audience at New York's Cooper

Union that parliamentary Socialists were "step-at-a-time people whose every step is just a little shorter than the preceding step". It was better, Haywood said, to "elect the superintendent of some branch of industry, than to elect some congressman to the United States Congress". In response, Hillquit attacked the IWW as "purely anarchistic".  (excerpt from Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_V._Debs)

 

Later works describe Debs’ unique leadership style. In one famous statement, he emphasized the empathy he felt for the oppressed.

While there is a lower class, I am in it, while there is a criminal element, I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.

I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth, and I am a citizen of the world.

The most heroic word in all languages is revolution.

When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong.

 

Debs has been described as being “uncomfortable” with the title of “leader,” despite the fact that he had run in four national election as the Socialist Party candidate for the office of US President - in 1904, 1908, in 1912, and  from prison in 1920, when he received nearly one million votes. In a recently published Wikipedia article, his leadership qualities are analyzed:

Debs was noted by many to be a charismatic speaker who sometimes called on the vocabulary of Christianity and much of the oratorical style of evangelism, even though he was generally disdainful of organized religion. Howard Zinn opined that "Debs was what every socialist or anarchist or radical should be: fierce in his convictions, kind and compassionate in his personal relations.” Heywood Broun noted in his eulogy for Debs, quoting a fellow Socialist: "That old man with the burning eyes actually believes that there can be such a thing as the brotherhood of man. And that's not the funniest part of it. As long as he's around I believe it myself".

Although sometimes called "King Debs", Debs himself was not wholly comfortable with his standing as a leader. As he told an audience in Detroit in 1906:

‘I am not a Labor Leader; I do not want you to follow me or anyone else; if you are looking for a Moses to lead you out of this capitalist wilderness, you will stay right where you are. I would not lead you into the promised land if I could, because if I led you in, some one else would lead you out. You must use your heads as well as your hands, and get yourself out of your present condition.’(excerpt form Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_V._Debs#Presidential_elections)

 

The life of Eugene Debs stands not so much as a model to be emulated in the 21st century, as it does an illustration of how people necessarily evolve over time, following changes in social experiences. The biographies of Debs alert us to the political influences on character structure, and inform us where to look for an understanding of the future.

 

The 24 + items below reflect views of the dynamics which are shaping our society and ourselves in this time of multiple crises. Ours is indeed an era of “false prophets” and "charlatans". We are well advised to sharpen the skills that enable us to identify the "impostures" and "opportunists" that would lead us in a direction contrary to our own class interests. We should share our experiences and learn from our mistakes, and seek out the opinions of independent scholars, scientists and artists who stand prepared to challenge the dogmas propagated by the corporate capitalist media, and to engage in public conversations about what our collective future may hold in store for us in order to discover what we must do to overcome the obstales to a better life.

 

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Francis Feeley

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Professeur honoraire de l'Université Grenoble-Alpes
Ancien Directeur de Researches
Université de Paris-Nanterre
Director of The Center for the Advanced Study
of American Institutions and Social Movements
(CEIMSA-in-Exile)
The University of California-San Diego
http://www.ceimsa.org 



a.  

 

ALL WARS ARE BANKERS' WARS!

http://www.ceimsa.org/publications/Scholars/2019.7.pdf

by Michael Rivero

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World Beyond War . . .

WBW News & Action: Global Skills Exchange

E-Newsletters

https://worldbeyondwar.org/wbw-news-action-global-skills-exchange/?link_id=1&can_id=baabd2bc7e74d95c11375b9927ce9d94&source=email-wbw-news-action-audio-peace-almanac-available&email_referrer=email_819153&email_subject=wbw-news-action-global-skills-exchange

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Is the Coronavirus Scare a Psychological Operation?

https://digwithin.net/2020/06/03/coronavirus-scare/

by Kevin Ryan

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PART OF THAT FILM ABOUT MONEY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfXlA_zTfxY

with James Schamus

(6:50)

&

THE SECOND PART OF THAT FILM ABOUT MONEY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGJTE4V6e_k&feature=youtu.be

with James Schamus

(6:50)

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“The Economic Hitmen”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37Dvt2EqXF4

with John Perkins

 

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b.  

Assange Case: Intelligence & Military ties to Chief Magistrate & UK Minister

https://youtu.be/lCAl6ol-Ets

with Taylor Hudax

(9:23)

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Administrative hearing in Julian Assange’s extradition case to be held today

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/06/01/assa-j01.html

by Oscar Genfell

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Julian Assange & the Media's Lost Ideals

https://youtu.be/CHVP1X5vW3k

with Matt Taibbi

(39:48)

 

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c.   
How Did Potatoes Get So Popular?

#PropagandaWatch

https://www.corbettreport.com/how-did-potatoes-get-so-popular-propagandawatch/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CorbettReportRSS+%28The+Corbett+Report%29

with James Corbett

(11:54)

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Studies on COVID-19 Lethality

https://www.globalresearch.ca/studies-covid-19-lethality/5713991

by Swiss Propaganda Research

12 May 2020

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Global Capitalism

 

“World Government”and the Corona Crisis

 

https://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/sheep-400x215.jpg

https://www.globalresearch.ca/global-capitalism-world-government-and-the-corona-crisis/5712312

by Prof Michel Chossudovsky

 

In the councils of government,

we must guard against the

acquisition of unwarranted

influence,whether sought or unsought,

by the military-industrial complex.

The potential for the disastrous rise

of misplaced power exists,

and will persist.

(President Dwight D. Eisenhower, January 17, 1961)

 

 

When the Lie Becomes the Truth There is No Moving Backwards

The World is being misled concerning the causes and consequences of the corona crisis.

 

The COVID-19 crisis is marked by a public health “emergency” under WHO auspices which is being used as a pretext and a  justification to triggering a Worldwide process of economic, social and political restructuring.

 

Social engineering is being applied. Governments are pressured into extending the lockdown, despite its devastating economic and social consequences.

What is happening is unprecedented in World history.

 

Prominent scientists support the lockdown without batting an eyelid, as a “solution” to a global health emergency.

 

Amply documented, the estimates of the COVID-19 disease including mortality are grossly manipulated.

 

In turn, people are obeying their governments. Why? Because they are afraid?

Causes versus solutions?

The closing down of national economies applied Worldwide will inevitably result in poverty, mass unemployment and an increase in mortality. It’s an act of economic warfare.

 

Stage One: Trade War against China

On January  30, 2020 the WHO Director General determined that the coronavirus outbreak constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). The decision was taken on the basis of 150 confirmed cases outside China, First cases of person to person transmission: 6 cases in the US, 3 cases in Canada, 2 in the UK.

 

The WHO Director General had the backing of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Big Pharma and the World Economic Forum (WEF). The decision for the WHO to declare a Global Emergency was taken on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland  (January 21-24).

 

One day later (January 31) following the launch of the WHO Global Emergency, The Trump administration announced that it will deny entry to foreign nationals “who have traveled in China in the last 14 days”. This immediately triggered a crisis in air transportation, China-US trade as well as the tourism industry. Italy followed suit, cancelling all flights to China on January 31.

 

The first stage was accompanied by the disruption of trade relations with China as well as a partial closedown of export manufacturing sector.

A campaign was immediately launched against China as well ethnic Chinese. The Economist reported that

“The coronavirus spreads racism against and among ethnic Chinese”

“Britain’s Chinese community faces racism over coronavirus outbreak”

 

According to the SCMP:

“Chinese communities overseas are increasingly facing racist abuse and discrimination amid the coronavirus outbreak. Some ethnic Chinese people living in the UK say they experienced growing hostility because of the deadly virus that originated in China.”

 

And this phenomenon is happening all over the U.S.

Stage Two: The Financial Crash Spearheaded by Fear and Stock Market Manipulation

A global financial crisis unfolded in the course of the month of February culminating in a dramatic collapse of stock market values as well as a major decline in the value of crude oil.

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The Campaign Against Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ)

 

Clearing the Way for A Big Pharma

(Part I)

Vaccine

https://www.globalresearch.ca/campaign-against-hcq/5714152

by Paul Craig Roberts

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(Part II)

The Campaign Against HCQ

 

https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2020/05/28/the-campaign-against-hcq-part-ii/

by Paul Craig Roberts

 

A few years ago the British medical journal, The Lancet, published a paper touting the safety of HCQ.  But this was before HCQ with zinc was found effective if used earlier enough against Covid-19.  Covid-19 turned HCQ’s effectiveness into a big problem for Big Pharma’s big profits.

 

The solution was another study by medical professionals some of whom have ties to Big Pharma and none of whom, apparently, are involved in the treatment of Covid patients.  The study lumps together people in different stages of the disease and undergoing different treatments. It touts its large sample, but many of the patients in the sample received treatment too late after the virus had reached their heart and other vital organs.  Most likely the people who died from heart failure died as a result of the virus, not from HCQ.

 

To be effective treatment has to stop the virus early. Waiting until the patient must be hospitalized has given the virus too much of a head start. Every doctor, and there are many, who reports success with the HCQ treatment stresses early treatment.  President Trump used a two-week treatment with HCQ as a prophylactic as he was constantly coming into contact with people who tested positive for the virus.  Many medical professionals who are treating Covid patients also use HCQ as a prophylactic.

 

The Lancet study was a rush job as it was essential for Big Pharma to prevent the spread of the HCQ treatment and awareness of its safety and effectiveness. The study’s authors completed the data collection around the middle of April and the study was published on May 22.  As soon as it appeared, it was used to close down the World Health Organization’s clinical  trial of hydoxychloroquine in coronavirus patients citing safety concerns. Most likely, the trial was aborted in order to  prevent an official agency from finding out that HCQ worked.

 

The media, of course, used the suspended trial to cast more doubt on Trump’s judgment for recommending and using the treatment, the implication being that Trump had put himself at more risk from a heart attack than from the virus itself.

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Governments and WHO changed Covid-19 policy based on suspect data

 

from tiny US company |

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/03/covid-19-surgisphere-who-world-health-organization-hydroxychloroquine

by Melissa Davey

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How is Japan Reacting NOW? – Questions For Corbett #061

https://www.corbettreport.com/how-is-japan-reacting-now-questions-for-corbett-061/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CorbettReportRSS+%28The+Corbett+Report%29

with James Corbett

(9:38)

 

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d.

News From Underground

From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Thursday, May 28, 2020
Subject: [MCM] Sharyl Attkisson nails the US press, Google/Facebook, and their "fake fact-checkers" for barraging us with outright propaganda.

 

These are strange times indeed, when we have Oliver North saluting a real journalist for her reliable, spin-free reporting on the most important issues of the day. 

MCM

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Real American Heroes - Episode 14

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTV63uMR8S0&feature=youtu.be

with Sharyl Attkisson

(11:14)

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Who is Behind "Fake News"? Mainstream Media Use Fake Videos and

 

Images

https://www.globalresearch.ca/who-is-behind-fake-news-mainstream-media-use-fake-videos-and-images/5557580

by Prof Michel Chossudovsky

 

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Rolling Stone

Michael Moore on Planet of the Humans and Censorship | Useful Idiots

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcqSTX2yDNc

with Michael Moore

(1:06:52)

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e.  

News From Underground

From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Thursday, May 28, 2020
Subject: [MCM] Brazilian scientists condemn the "science" used in the propaganda war against hydroxychloroquine

 

Brazilian Scientists Speak Out Against Corrupted “Science” & the Use of

 

Inhumane Study Methods

https://ahrp.org/brazilian-scientists-speak-out-against-corrupted-science-the-use-of-inhumane-study-methods/

by Alliance for Human Research Protection, Advancing Voluntary, Informed Consent to Medical Intervention

 

 

May 27, 2020

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has been exploited by government-sponsored medical scientists who dispensed with foundational international medical ethics standards that were adopted by the world community following the revelations of wartime Nazi medical atrocities. The Nuremberg Code of 1947 is part of the legal verdict against the Nazi doctors on trial at Nuremberg.

Vulnerable elderly human beings are at greatest risk of death; not only from this unnatural, most likely laboratory-crafted virus, but they have been subjected to draconian government-dictated inhumane policies that condemned large numbers of them to death by denying them life-saving treatments in hospitals. New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, issued an infamous March 25th directive ordering ill-equipped nursing homes to accept infected elderly people; thereby condemning more than 4,500 people at those facilities to die.  [NYS Department of Health removed the directive from its website. See Associate PressNew York Post]

COVID-19 has generated a series of unethical, scientifically dubious experiments in an effort to invalidate the use of Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ). The protocols of these studies were crafted in ways that skewed the therapeutic effect of this medicine that has been in use for more than 70 years. These experiments resulted in the predictable death of the elderly human subjects. These unethical experiments were conducted by dozens of academic scientists. They were rapidly “peer reviewed” and published in the premier international scientific journals.

Why were the HCQ studies deliberately skewed? Because this unpatented, cheap (practically free) medicine – that has been shown to work when administered early and in proper doses – poses a very substantial financial threat to those who seek to corner the market with a not-yet-formulated drug and/ or vaccine –  that will generate not merely billions of dollars, but trillions of dollars. Bill Gates publicly declared that “the Final Solution” for COVID-19 will be a vaccine.

How could the dubious protocol designs have escaped the peer reviewers ? 

We salute the Brazilian scientists and academics who have come forward with a scathing Open Letter that Speaks Truth to Power.   “For the truth shall set you free”.

Part of that rarely acknowledged truth, is that scientists’ opinions are not necessarily guided by “science”. When confronted with a strongly disputed issue,  scientists , like everyone else who takes sides, make their choice based on personal preferences and self-interest.  As acknowledged in the Open Letter bellow: “Scientists are people and people have likes and dislikes, passions and political party preferences.

 

Click on the link for the Open Letter:

Brazilian scientists and academics write an Open Letter on the “science” of the coronavirus pandemic

Brazilian scientists and academics write an Open Letter Challenging  the “science” of the coronavirus pandemic,

CONNEXÃO POLITICA,  May 25, 2020

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News From Underground

From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Thursday, May 28, 2020
Subject: [MCM] New York Times declares WAR on vaccine safety advocates. (Which side are you on?)

 

This latest declaration is redundant, since the Gray Lady has been dirty-fighting for Big Pharma all along. 

MCM

 

WHICH SIDE OF THE “VACCINE INFORMATION WAR” ARE YOU ON?

https://www.thelastamericanvagabond.com/health/which-side-vaccine-information-war-are-you-on/

 

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THE NY TIMES LAUNCHES THE FIRST SHOT IN THE VACCINE INFORMATION WAR. DO YOU SUPPORT INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY OR COLLECTIVE FORCE?

In a recently published opinion piece, The New York Times all but declared war against Americans who question the safety of vaccines. Of course, the war being waged is – for the moment – a war of words, an Information War.

This skeptical and vocal group – collectively and pejoratively known as anti-vaxxers – have successfully built a movement of parents, activists, doctors, and journalists who question the safety of vaccines; the schedule and frequency of immunizations; the legality and morality of forced vaccinations; and the influence of Big Pharma on vaccine safety studies.

Yet, according to the NY Times, Americans who question vaccines, or those who simply support freedom of choice and bodily autonomy, are a part of the roadblock to public acceptance of a coming COVID-19 vaccine and they must be stopped. The Times’ piece, Get Ready for a Vaccine Information War, outlines how “social media is already filling up with misinformation about a Covid-19 vaccine, months or years before one even exists.” The writer goes on to outline his worst fear – “What if we get a Covid-19 vaccine and half the country refuses to take it?”

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News From Underground

From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Thursday, May 28, 2020
Subject: [MCM] Tanzania's president bans use of face masks after noting it "has caused anxiety among Tanzanians"

 

This is the same leader who revealed that a papaya had tested positive for

the coronavirus, and called the COVID-19 testing regimen a "dirty game":  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=bTU5HXyd9gE&feature=emb_logo.

 

MCM

 

 

The President of Tanzania has reportedly banned the use of face masks after noting that “face mask usage has caused anxiety among Tanzanians.”

 

https://www.rtnnewspaper.com/2020/05/african-country-bans-face-masks-also-reopen-schools-and-shops/

 

Dr John Pombe Magufuli, who has been leader of the country since 2015, feels his people should not have to wear them due to CO2 emissions.

In a letter dated 24th of May, which was sent to media outlets across the world, through the Director of Presidential Communication in Tanzania, it outlined that he president effected the ban on face masks as well as giving the green light of normal operation of public transportation and also the reopening of of schools.

 

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COVID-19: Neoliberalism is not Going Down without a Fight

https://www.resilience.org/stories/2020-05-26/covid-19-neoliberalism-is-not-going-down-without-a-fight/

by Danial Vargas-Gomez

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YouTube took down Michael Moore’s film attacking renewable energy

https://www.theverge.com/2020/5/26/21270549/youtube-michael-moore-film-renewable-energy-climate-change-removed

by Justine Calma

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We need a class war,

 

not a culture war

 

https://mcusercontent.com/b7db5951d33a061da219ae2c8/images/57a48b9b-2bab-4b9e-9685-f7a0261d1db8.jpg

https://mailchi.mp/jacobinmag.com/chile-general-strike-550470?e=997d6d360e

by Dustin Guastella

 

A reply to Angela Nagle and Michael Tracey.

With the defeat of the Bernie Sanders campaign, numerous postmortems have attempted to diagnose what went wrong and what could’ve, should’ve, and would’ve been.
Angela Nagle and Michael Tracey’s American Affairs essay, “First as Tragedy, Then as Farce: The Collapse of the Sanders Campaign and the ‘Fusionist’ Left,” aims to give a definitive reply, casting much of the blame on campaign mistakes and a fealty to left-wing cultural politics.
While feigning a kind of no-nonsense analysis, Nagle and Tracey’s account of “what went wrong” is, at root, a cry for better messaging and more responsible leadership.
Working people themselves — their limited choices and complex relationships with the Democratic Party — are given only passing mention in Nagle and Tracey’s essay. Larger historical and structural factors, from the decline of class voting all across the developed world to the exceptional weakness of the US left, are not seriously discussed. And somehow the only social force in world history that has ever delivered victory to left-wing political movements, organized labor, is not mentioned even once in their 10,000-word opus...

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Jimmy Dore on Bernie Sanders, his disappointment

 

with the “CARES Act”, and more

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxIjbulIYDs

with Jimmy Dore

(54:20)

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A radio interview,

 

by John Barkhausen in Vermont

http://www.radio4all.net/files/PoliticsAndScience@madriver.com/3972-1-Politics_and_Science_with_Mark_Crispin_Miller-Virus_and_Propaganda_5.25.20.mp3

with Mark Crispin Miller

(1:20:13)

 

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Edward Snowden, the Surveillance State, and the ‘Dark Mirror’ Still

 

Watching Us All

https://reason.com/podcast/edward-snowden-the-surveillance-state-and-the-dark-mirror-still-watching-us-all/

by Nick Gillespie

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"Greater Israel": The Zionist Plan for the Middle East - Global Resear

https://www.globalresearch.ca/greater-israel-the-zionist-plan-for-the-middle-east/5324815

by Israel Shahak and Prof Michel Chossudovsky

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THE ANGRY ARAB: Abbas & His Latest ‘Threat’

https://consortiumnews.com/2020/05/27/the-angry-arab-abbas-his-latest-threat/

by As`ad AbuKhalil

 

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From: Frank Clemente [mailto:info@americansfortaxfairness.org]
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Subject: Six-hundred billionaires are riding the pandemic profiteering wave:

While most families have had to grapple with the difficult realities of the pandemic, that hasn’t been the case for the 630 U.S. billionaires.

A new Americans for Tax Fairness report shows that the total net worth of these billionaires has jumped $434 billion, or by 15%, between March 18 – May 19 this year. And, this report is receiving major news coverage.

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Jeff Bezos (the founder of Amazon and the world’s richest person) and Mark Zuckerberg (the founder of Facebook) combined saw their fortunes grow by nearly $60 billion during a two month span that saw over 38 million Americans lose their jobs. Their wealth jumped by an incredible 30% and 46%, respectively―so OUTRAGEOUS!!!

Fight back against those who are profiting off of the pain and suffering of millions of U.S. families in the midst of a pandemic. Pitch in $5 today!

At a time when Donald Trump and congressional Republicans’ response to the pandemic has been to call for more tax cuts for the rich and corporations, including cuts to Social Security and Medicare benefits, ATF research is shining a spotlight on pandemic profiteering while demanding that aid be directed where the need is greatest.

 

The pandemic has revealed the deadly consequences of America’s widening wealth gap, and billionaires are the glaring symbol of that chasm of economic inequality.

Immediately, the “Millionaires Giveaway” should be repealed in the next Senate pandemic financial aid package, as it was done in the House HEROES Act two weeks ago―thanks in no small part to your activism. The resulting $250 billion raised must be used to rescue struggling families and communities. Post-pandemic, the rich and corporations must begin to pay their fair share of taxes so we can build a society that works for everyone, not just billionaires and others at the top.

Fight back against policies that put millionaires and billionaires ahead of U.S. families in need.

Thank you for demanding a tax system and an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy few.

Frank Clemente
Executive Director
Americans for Tax Fairness Action Fund

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Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich director breaks silence on disturbing revelations

https://ew.com/tv/netflix-jeffrey-epstein-filthy-rich-director-interview/

by James Hibberd

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Capitalism and the American Pandemic Response

https://youtu.be/zeF2rkyxDIo

(26:50)

 

This video is a major departure from the usual content on my channel, but I think it's necessary. This particular moment in American and world history demands that we all take an honest look at the trajectory of the United States of America. The current system is untenable and the Coronavirus pandemic has laid bare how truly ill-prepared the country is to protect its citizens. When corporations and the ultra-wealthy are the primary concern of those in power, the majority will suffer. This video is my attempt to contribute some small amount to the national conversation about what America is, and what it needs to become.

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Global Capitalism: Corona and Capitalism: Overlapping Sicknesses

 

https://youtu.be/d775YUgcMEw

with Richard Wolff

(1:08:22)

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Multinationales et agrobusiness

http://www.ceimsa.org/publications/Scholars/ScholarlyEssays2016-25.htm

par Christian de Montlibert

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Mint Press News

COVID-19 is Laying Bare How Big Ag is Taking America’s Small Farmers

 

to Slaughter

https://www.mintpressnews.com/covid-19-food-supply-big-ag-taking-farmers-to-slaughter/267919/

by Raul Diego

 

As the door for greater consolidation across industries opens wider, entrenched transnational food interests are feeling the heat from American farmers and ranchers to curb their monopolistic dreams.

 

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From: Jim O'Brien via H-PAD
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Subject: [H-PAD] H-PAD Notes 5/27/20: Links to recent articles of interest

 

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

 

"Trump's Little Big Horn: In the War on Coronavirus, We needed an Eisenhower; We Got Custer"

https://www.juancole.com/2020/05/trumps-coronavirus-eisenhower.html

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted May 24

Uses the Allies' strategy in building toward D-Day to critique Trump's lack of a plan regarding Covid-19. The author teaches history at the University of Michigan. 

 

"Tolerance and Violence: The Fate of Religious Minorities During the Plague Under Christianity and Islam"

https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/175624

By Selina O'Grady, History News Network, posted May 24

On the differing reactions of Christendom and the Islamic world to the Black Death of the fourteenth century. The author is a BBC radio and television producer and author of the book In the Name of God: The Role of Religion in the Modern World (Pegasus, 2020).

 

"The History of Puerto Rico Shows That Nationalism Can Be Liberatory Rather Than Xenophobic"

https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/latamcaribbean/2020/05/21/the-history-of-puerto-rico-shows-that-nationalism-can-be-liberatory-rather-than-xenophobic/

By Margaret Power, LSE [London School of Economics] Latin America and Caribbean blog, posted May 21

On the nearly 100-year history of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party. The author teaches history at the Illinois Institute of Technology and is co-chair of Historians for Peace and Democracy.

 

"The Potential Risk of Chasing a Covid-19 Vaccine"

https://www.washingtonpost.com/gdpr-consent/?next_url=https%3a%2f%2fwww.washingtonpost.com%2foutlook%2f2020%2f05%2f19%2fpotential-risk-chasing-covid-19-vaccine

By Heidi Morefield, Washington Post, posted May 19

Cites the frustrated efforts to develop vaccines for malaria and HIV-AIDS in warning that the vaccine search mustn't come at the expense of strengthening the public health infrastructure. The author is a historian of medicine and technology in the global health program at Princeton University.

 

"America's Immigration Paradox"

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/19/books/review/one-mighty-and-irresistible-tide-jia-lynn-yang-the-deportation-machine-adam-goodman.html

By David Nasaw, New York Times, posted May 19

A review-essay on new books by Jia Lynn Yang and Adam Goodman on the history of US immigration policy. The author is a professor emeritus of history at the CUNY Graduate Center. His latest book, on Europe's displaced persons after World War II, will be published in September.

 

"How 'Jakarta' Became the Codeword for US-Backed Mass Killing"

https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2020/05/18/how-jakarta-became-the-codeword-for-us-backed-mass-killing/

By Vincent Bevins, NYR [New York Review of Books] Daily, posted May 18

A long article on the US-encouraged mass murders of up to a million Indonesians in 1965-66, excerpted from the author's just-published book, The Jakarta Method: Washington's Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder Program that Shaped Our World (Public Affairs Press).

 

"The Contagion and a Cure"

http://www.lawcha.org/2020/05/18/the-contagion-and-a-cure/  

By Mark Lause, LABOR Online, posted May 18

Reflections on class and race in Philadelphia's yellow fever epidemic of 1793 and today's pandemic. The author teaches history at the University of Cincinnati and has written widely on US working-class history.

 

"U.S. Regional Imperialism: Big Sticks, and Even Bigger Guns"

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/farce-or-foreboding-venezuela-the-new-american-way-of-war/

By Danny Sjursen, The American Conservative, posted May 18

"Our history in Latin America is marked by arrogance and aggression. Is what's happening in Venezuela any different?" The author is a retired US Army major who served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and has taught history at West Point.

 

"An 'Illiberal Democracy' If Trump Wins Again"

https://organizingupgrade.com/an-illiberal-democracy-if-trump-wins-again/

By Van Gosse, Organizing Upgrade, posted May 14

Warns that the US is in danger of joining the worldwide trend of formally democratic authoritarian states seen in nations such as India, Brazil, Turkey, Russia, Poland, and Hungary. The author teaches history at Franklin and Marshall College and is co-chair of Historians for Peace and Democracy.

 

"How Covid-19 Exposed the Deep Divide Between White Rural Georgia and Atlanta"

https://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2020/05/06/covid-19-divide-rural-georgia-atlanta-governor-kemp/ideas/essay/

By James C. Cobb, Zócalo Public Square, posted May 6

"In defying the CDC's expert advice, Governor Kemp is employing a political strategy more than 150 years old." The author is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Georgia.

 

Thanks to Rusti Eisenberg and an anonymous reader for flagging some of the above articles. Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.

 

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From: Of Van Gosse via H-PAD
Sent: Thursday, May 28, 2020
Subject: [H-PAD] Summing Up the Past Year in Action

 

Dear H-PAD members and friends,

 

It has been a tumultuous but fruitful year since our May 28, 2019 National Strategy Meeting of Historians, and we want to catch up with you.

 

Since 2017, we have focused on the profound danger posed by the Trump Administration, converting what was Historians Against the War to Historians for Peace and Democracy. We began issuing Broadsides for the Trump Era and recruiting new members. 

 

Then, following a standing-room-only forum at the January 2019 AHA Annual Meeting in Chicago, we called the National Strategy Meeting in New York city a year ago. Attended by about fifty historians, it has produced measurable results:

 

      The formation of five different Working Groups: on K-12 Education, Palestine, Empire and War, Immigrant Rights, and People’s History;

      An entire mini-conference at the 2020 AHA Annual Meeting in alliance with the Radical History Review

      Presenting three resolutions at the AHA Business Meeting (censuring university collaboration with ICE and the Israeli government’s violations of academic freedom), and winning approval of the first;

      Initiating a Liberating History video series, with two already out from Donna Murch and Irene Gendzier;

      Finally, early this year, we created a new, active membership category, and well over one hundred folks have already signed up—feel free to Join Us!

 

The latest news is that, looking towards this fall’s election, H-PAD is building a new project, the Professors Network for Student Voting Rights. Expect to hear more on that front soon!

 

If you have questions about any of the above, please feel free to write us at van.gosse@fandm.edu.

 

In solidarity,


Van Gosse and Margaret Power, Co-Chairs

 

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Don’t let Big Tech turn the world into a China

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/technology/in-other-news/250520/dont-let-big-tech-turn-the-world-into-a-china-noam-chomsky-warns.html

by Noam Chomsky

(Published May 25, 2020)

 

He is referring to China's social credit system that tracks citizens to award/deduct points on a score determining one's access to services.

 

New York: The role of technology in helping push back against the novel coronavirus has been hailed widely. But it also means that people are constantly being watched by entities that can set the tone for public behaviour without giving a shred of consideration to people’s privacy. One of the greatest contemporary thinkers, Noam Chomsky, warns of the consequences of technology being allowed to control our lives in the guise of making our lives easier.

In an interview with AFP, Chomsky talked about how the dystopian reality of digital surveillance is already here.  “There are now companies developing technology which make it possible for the employer ... to look at what's on your computer screen and to check your keystrokes and if you get up and walk away for a minute, they'll send you a warning.”

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THEY BLOCKED EFFECTIVE TREATMENTS

https://youtu.be/aSpeWpAkQd0

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Unmasking The Science You Aren’t Hearing On TV

 

COVID-19 Facts from the Frontline

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgP_Au5RZVw

with Tony Robins

(13:07)

 

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Jimmy Dore on Useful Idiots

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxIjbulIYDs

with Jimmy Dore

(54:20)

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Aaron Mate on Useful Idiots

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgqaEBw9Ev0

&

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pq1tzjGUgpQ

with Aaron Maté

(1:06:24)

 

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JIMMY DORE COMEDY

https://jimmydorecomedy.com/

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The Post-Modern Police Force: ‘Shoot First and Ask Questions Later’ . . .

(or is this civil war in the United States?)

http://www.ceimsa.org/publications/Scholars/2015.5.htm

by Francis Feeley

(January 7, 2015)

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“Policing the Police”

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/policing-the-police/

June 2016

(54 :47)

As I watched all this over the weekend, there was one person I wanted to talk to about it: Jelani Cobb, historian, professor of journalism at Columbia University, New Yorker writer, and one of the most insightful voices on issues of race and policing in America.
 That’s the conversation in today’s new episode of our FRONTLINE Dispatch podcast.
 Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 outbreak that is disproportionately killing people of color, Jelani helps put this volatile moment in context, explaining why we’ve reached a boiling point, and what he says needs to happen now.
 This is how he encapsulates it: “We really need a kind of gigantic systemic overhaul in so much of the country, things that are seemingly unrelated, but from our educational system, our healthcare system, the number of people who didn't have health care coverage in the midst of a pandemic — all these things that that ultimately culminate in the explosions that we've seen in the past week. Until we're able to address things in a much broader spectrum of ways, we won't be able to get policing to where it needs to be, either.”

Rounded Rectangle: Listen

 

In 2016, Jelani was the correspondent and writer for FRONTLINE’s documentary, Policing the Police, which examined some of the complex issues once again surfacing today, including the role of the federal government in forcing accountability and reform. It is a story we are continuing to follow with Jelani and our other journalists.
 I hope you find this conversation as valuable as I do during these difficult times. You can listen to "Race, Police & the Pandemic" on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RadioPublic, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. You can also stream Policing the Police on our website, on YouTube and on the PBS Video App.

 

Thank you.

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From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Tuesday, June 02, 2020
Subject: [MCM] What we never hear about policing in America

 

On Jan. 18, I sent out "Police in the US Kill Citizens at Over 70 Times the Rate of Other First-World Nations," a Free Thought Project piece that ran in 2015. (Scroll down for the link.)

 

Now that the lethality of US cops is in the news again (to say the least), and since Joe Biden has just shared his thought on how policing in America should be reformed (i.e., "Aim low"), I feel obliged to send, again, my own meditation on the subject (even though that train has left the station, full of troops).

 

MCM

 

If "our free press," and/or our liberal Democrats, cared at all about this routine carnage, they would be pushing some reforms that might curtail it, if not end it. 

 

They would demand a thorough purge of all US police departments, to 

rid them of the white supremacists who have been signing up for years—

as the FBI reported in 2006 (a report that was declassified a few years later, 

at which point "our free press" largely ignored it). 

 

They would demand that all US police departments train their officers 

in martial arts, so they need not use guns (and tasers) as their first means 

to defend themselves. 

 

They would demand a crackdown on the widespread abuse of anabolic 

steroids, which turn cops (and troops) into rock-hard killing machines. 

(On this lethal epidemic, see John Hoberman's Dopers in Uniform, published 

by the University of Texas Press.) This "war on drugs" would also benefit 

cops' wives and children, since steroid abuse also contributes heavily to 

domestic violence.

 

They would demand that the recruitment of police officers take place largely 

in the neighborhoods policed, as opposed to having them commute to work 

in areas whose people they don't know or like. [The Black Panther Party had

the right idea.]

 

They would raise the standards for recruitment, instead of lowering them, 

and pay the cops accordingly, treating them as elite public servants, not as 

grunts in place to keep rich people protected and their property intact.

 

Why is there no discussion of American policing, and how best to improve it

—as opposed to ritually playing up the most egregious killings in our streets, 

and leaving it at that? Why is there so much more press emphasis on gun 

control—control of guns used not by the police, but only those used by the 

citizens—than on the policies that make our cops so dangerous to all America's 

have-nots? Why has no presidential candidate said anything about this grievous 

problem, ever? How many mayoral candidates from coast to coast have ever said a word about it? Any?

 

The subject isn't raised by "our free press" or liberal Democrats because they don't care enough about it—that is, about us—even to discuss the issue, much less take the necessary steps to make us safer from those officers who ought to be protecting us, instead of blowing some of us away, to keep the rest of us in line.

 

MCM 

 

Police in the US Kill Citizens at Over 70 Times the Rate of Other First-World Nations

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Police Repression Backfires As Protests Multiply

https://youtu.be/2aJSXgD5MoY

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From: Marc Becker via H-PAD
Sent: Thursday, June 04, 2020
Subject: [H-PAD] Radical History Review "Policing, Justice, and the Radical Imagination"

 

H-PAD members and friends,

 

Duke University Press has made all of issue 137 of the Radical History

Review "Policing, Justice, and the Radical Imagination"

https://read.dukeupress.edu/radical-history-review/issue/2020/137

freely available for a few months.

 

Duke has updated a previously-published Police Violence Syllabus

https://www.dukeupress.edu/Explore-Subjects/Syllabi/Police-Violence-Syllabus

It features the Policing issue as well as two articles from earlier

issues. Also see the Political Protests syllabus

https://www.dukeupress.edu/Explore-Subjects/Syllabi/Political-Protests-and-Movements-of-Resistance

and Racial Justice syllabus

https://www.dukeupress.edu/Explore-Subjects/Syllabi/Racial-Justice-Syllabus

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From: Richard Greeman

Sent: Monday, June 01, 2020
Subject: Maroc Affaire S. Raissouni : Intimidations à l’encontre de l’historien Maâti Monjib -

 

Au Maroc, pendant le confinement, la répression continue

 

Le Royaume Marocain se flatte d'être dans le peloton des pays qui aurait plutôt bien affronté la pandémie. Les intimidations policières ont prospéré durant le confinement. L'association de défense des journalistes persécutés et harcelés au Maroc: Justice et liberté, vient de publier le communiqué ci-après, suite à la récente campagne menée contre Maâti Monjib.

L’Universitaire et militant des droits de l’Homme Maâti Monjib est victime d’une campagne sans précédent de diffamation et de menaces de la part de « médias » proches des services marocains.

Ces attaques surviennent dans le contexte de l’arrestation de Souleiman Raissouni, journaliste et rédacteur en chef du journal Akhbar Al Yaoum, le 22 mai dernier. Cinq jours avant son arrestation, Chouf TV (un média en ligne dont la rédaction dépend directement de la police politique) a publié un article dans lequel il menaçait de “sacrifier” le journaliste à l’occasion de l'Aïd al-Fitr (fête du Ramadan) : Une “journée historique (...), nous verrons si tu vas pouvoir continuer tes acrobaties sur ta page [Facebook]”. Effectivement, le journaliste passera l’Aïd (le 24 mai) dans les bureaux de la police. Chouf TV était d’ailleurs présent pour filmer son arrestation humiliante.

Aujourd’hui, ce même média s’en prend à son tour à M. Monjib. Le 27 mai, Chouf TV a en effet publié un article semblable à celui qui menaçait Raissouni - portant la signature du même auteur (sans doute un pseudonyme) « promettant » à Monjib une vengeance qui aurait lieu le 31 mai matin. Monjib est particulièrement ciblé car il est membre du Comité de soutien à Raissouni, le journaliste qui vient d’être incarcéré. Ce dernier, connu pour ses éditoriaux critiques, avait su remplacer Taoufik Bouaâchrine, directeur de publication du journal Akhbar Al Yaoum lui-même en prison depuis 2018 (condamné sans preuves à 15 ans de prison pour « viol et traite d'êtres humains »). Le Conseil des Droits de l’Homme de l’ONU a considéré en janvier 2019 cette détention comme arbitraire et a demandé sa libération immédiate.

Avant Souleiman, une autre journaliste, du même quotidien Hajar Raissouni avait été incarcérée (2019) - elle et son fiancé (Rifaat Al-Amine) - pour "relation hors mariage et avortement illégal", avant d'être grâciée suite à une forte mobilisation nationale et internationale.

Les menaces et les intimidations à l’encontre de Maâti Monjib sont anciennes. Il est harcelé et diffamé depuis plusieurs années à cause de ses activités académiques et de ses articles critiques envers la police politique qui règne en maître au Maroc. Il est visé aussi pour son rôle dans la promotion du journalisme d’investigation. En effet, M. Monjib est membre fondateur de l’Association Marocaine pour le Journalisme d’Investigation (AMJI) fondée en 2011 - dont les activités sont aujourd’hui interdites [5 de ses membres sont poursuivis par la justice, un a été incarcéré pour une peine de 10 mois de prison et 3 sont en exil]. Monjib a subi depuis 2015 des convocations judiciaires interminables pour “atteinte à la sécurité intérieure de l’Etat”. Il a déjà été convoqué pour un procès reporté 20 fois au tribunal de Rabat et ces convocations ne sont pas terminées. Le but est de faire pression sur Monjib pour qu’il cesse ses articles critiques. C’est une véritable épée de Damoclès au-dessus de sa tête et de celle de ses co-accusés. Monjib est aussi victime dans sa vie quotidienne de menaces physiques, de pressions sur sa famille, dans la rue, d’écoutes téléphoniques, et même d’une interdiction de quitter le territoire marocain en 2015 (interdiction levée après une grève de la faim de 24 jours qui a mis en péril sa vie)

Il semble aujourd’hui que le régime marocain envisage de franchir un nouveau pas dans la répression en profitant du confinement général sanitaire imposé par le Covid 19. En occupant l’actualité, cette pandémie laisse toute latitude pour durcir les pratiques autoritaires. Le but est d’enterrer l’un des derniers médias indépendants et de faire taire les dernières voix critiques comme celles de Maâti Monjib.

Nous appelons donc les autorités marocaines à agir pour faire cesser les menaces contre Monjib et empêcher toute atteinte à l’intégrité de sa personne. Nous appelons l’opinion publique nationale et internationale à se mobiliser pour dénoncer ces agissements, demander le respect des droits de M. Monjib et exiger la libération de S. Raissouni.

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From: Global Research News [mailto:newsletter@globalresearch.ca]
Sent: Tuesday, June 02, 2020
Subject: Racism and the Protest Movement in America

 

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Combat Troops Coming to US Streets?

By Stephen Lendman, June 02, 2020

On Monday, Trump threw more fuel on a national inferno of public rage instead of showing leadership to calm things by pledging transformational change to serve all Americans equitably. Last week, he inflamed things by tweeting: “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

 

Focus on Looting Detracts From Racism

By Robert Fantina, June 02, 2020

What this writer finds troubling is the focus away from the systemic racism that is inherent in U.S. governance, and plainly manifested by the U.S. police force, toward a ‘blame the victim’ mentality that allows the government to maintain business as usual. As yet another unarmed, defenseless Black man is brutally murdered, on video, for all the world to see, it is the protesters and the destruction resulting from the demonstrations that are being condemned by all ‘mainstream’ news outlets.

 

Floyd Murder Sparks Violent Protests in US – Citizens at Breaking Point with Police State Oppression?

By Joachim Hagopian, June 02, 2020

The brutal oppression and slaughter of darker skinned people on this earth for centuries has colored human history blood red, the same color we all bleed. Conquering, colonizing, slaughtering and inhumanely exploiting races deemed “inferior” or “weaker” that happen to possess darker skin pigment is sadly an entrenched historical fact. That “the great melting pot land of the free” called America has always been at the epicenter of this raging battlefield over race should come as no shock. After all, America’s roots were founded on racism from its very genesis, first with the genocide inflicted on the indigenous race calling the Western Hemisphere its home for centuries, and then the barbaric uprooting of a darker skinned race from its African home for nearly four centuries of legalized enslavement. If that’s not tragically diabolical enough, the fact is, out of the 244-year history of the United States, it’s been warring almost exclusively against virtually every nonwhite nation on earth throughout its entire existence – 93% of the time to be precise.

 

Anti-Racist Demonstrations Continue Despite Escalating Government Repression

By Abayomi Azikiwe, June 02, 2020

Even though Minnesota Governor Tim Walz ordered the National Guard into the Twin Cities, it would take a full mobilization of these military forces which spread out around the unrest areas utilizing teargas, pepper spray, igniting concussion grenades and the random firing of rubber bullets into large crowds of people to clear the streets. In Minneapolis there has been at least one death since the rebellion and demonstrations erupted. Many others have been arrested and abused by the police. Journalists and bystanders are routinely arrested and held without being charged for hours.

 

A Superpower in Chaos

By Dr. Chandra Muzaffar, June 02, 2020

Minneapolis could not have happened at a worse time for the US elites. While violence perpetrated against African Americans by White police officers has happened a number of times before, its occurrence right in the midst of a huge health emergency that has already claimed more than a 100,000 lives and a related massive economic disaster that has robbed 30 million people of their jobs, is truly unprecedented. The mayhem and chaos accompanying the violence have spread to a number of other cities right across the United States of America.

 

African American Mayors and Sheriffs Stand Among George Floyd Protestors in Central North Carolina

By Danica Jorden, June 02, 2020

Walking in the crowd was Fayetteville mayor Mitch Colvin. Wearing a promotional polo shirt and plain pants, he was a nondescript member of the group, without retinue or escort. With Rakeem Jones’ help, Colvin and a coalition of other regional mayors and sheriffs quickly decided to refrain from visible police presence as they organized their towns’ participation in the mounting protests sweeping the country.

 

 

 

 

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The Horrific Minneapolis Police Killing of George Floyd

https://www.globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-horrific-minneapolis-police-killing-george-floyd/571445

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How to Start a Riot? Police Provocateurs Dressed up as "Activists" at

 

Peaceful Anti-Globalization Rally –

https://www.globalresearch.ca/video-how-to-start-a-riot-police-provocateurs-dressed-up-as-activists-at-anti-war-rally/5714468

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Systematic Racist Violence in America: Minnesota National Guard and

 

State Police Deployed in Twin Cities Rebellion

https://www.globalresearch.ca/minnesota-national-guard-state-police-deployed-twin-cities-rebellion/5714532

by Abayomi Azikiwe

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News From Underground

From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Sunday, May 31, 2020
Subject: [MCM]  There's somethin' happenin' here, / And what it is, is all too clear (or should be)

 

As US cities coast to coast lock down all over again, spectacularly violent protesters having brought on busts and beatings by police, and mayors announcing curfews in 

LA, Chicago, Denver, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Columbus, Portland, Rochester, Miami, Salt Lake City and Milwaukee—and as I sit here in Greenwich Village, listening to helicopters droning overhead, and police cars shrilling up and down Broadway

—I'm moved to send, again, the link to the video "Battlefield America," about what went down in Minneapolis (also under curfew), and a link to a second video, on the very similar protests that rocked Baltimore two years ago: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmW7z5ewYME&feature=youtu.be

https://news.unclesamsmisguidedchildren.com/friends-of-democracy-funded-planned-baltimore-riots/

Things look bleak indeed tonight; but they will be much worse, and for a longer time, if we don't face the truth, ASAP, about what's happening here—much as it happened in Teheran in 1953, Santiago in 1973 (on 9/11), and Kiev in 2014. We need to know that history—and that that past is prologue.

MCM

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Minneapolis Police Union Defies Mayor’s Order To Be Less Violent &

 

Continues “Warrior Training”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iim261N9DtI&feature=youtu.be

with Chris Hedges

(12:51)

 

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“Serpico”

 

(1973 film on police corruption)

https://archive.org/details/Serpiko.Serpico.1973.filmlerbizden.com

with Al Pacino

(2:10:07)

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Wolff Responds: “Forced Labor”

 

https://youtu.be/CAcKSfckRJA

with Richard Wolff

(6:30)

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Wolff Responds: “Protests and Class War”

https://youtu.be/NxJFnM6IkCk

with Richard Wolff

(10:30)

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 “What you're watching is class war disguised as a race war.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GozPhZq_S2k

(1:47)

Thus spake Tucker Carlson. (Why is he the only one who's saying it?)

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David Harvey's Anti-Capitalist Chronicles : The Evolutionary Concept of Totality

 

Part 2

https://anticapitalistchronicles.libsyn.com/the-evolutionary-concept-of-totality-part-2

 with David Harvey

(audio, 27:30)

 

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News From Underground

From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Wednesday, June 03, 2020
Subject: [MCM] Chaziel Sunz, former BLM organizer in Ferguson, tells some hard truth about that movement, and the profound risk in "taking sides" (MUST-WATCH)

https://www.facebook.com/lesleykushner/videos/2718765438377438/UzpfSTE2MjIzNzU0MDc6MTAyMTk2ODIxMDYzNTYxNjM/

 

This is from three years ago, but couldn't be more relevant to what's going down right now.

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From: Representative Barbara Lee [mailto:Rep.Barbara.Lee@mail.house.gov]
Sent: Wednesday, June 03, 2020 12:10 AM
Subject: We can’t breathe

 

 

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Dear Friend, 

Over a week ago, Minneapolis police murdered George Floyd. 
In that week, we have seen four police officers fired and one arrested.

We’ve also seen communities across the country come together to peacefully protest and demand change – only to be met with more violence, brutality, and martial law. 

 

Police officers are supposed to defuse violence — not inflict it. We have seen far too many black and brown men, women, and children be murdered by police over the last decade. 

 

George Floyd. Oscar Grant. Tamir Rice. Philando Castile. Breonna Taylor. Botham Jean. All killed because of the color of their skin. 

How many more times will we have to hear “I can’t breathe” until we stop this senseless violence? 

We cannot allow black and brown bodies to be targeted, attacked, and killed with impunity. 

 

The murder of George Floyd and the current COVID-19 crisis illustrate once again the painful and dangerous legacy that white supremacy has had on our country, and the desperate need to acknowledge and understand how our history of inequality continues today.  

This inequality is at the heart of every crisis we’re dealing with right now – police brutality and mass incarceration, COVID-19 disproportionately affecting communities of color, and the cycle of poverty blocking so many minority families from the American Dream. 

 

This is a matter of survival for countless Americans. 

We must keep marching, peacefully protesting, working, and fighting for a country that is truly free and equal for us all. 

 

I’m working with my colleagues in Congress to heal the wounds of the past and ensure that no one else has to feel the pain of police brutality. Here are some of the bills I’m pushing for to address this crisis: 

 

Yesterday, I introduced my legislation calling for the establishment of the first United States Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation. The Commission will examine the effects of slavery, institutional racism, and discrimination against people of color, and how our history impacts laws and policies today. 

 

Last week, I also joined Congresswomen Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, and Karen Bass to introduce a resolution to condemn police brutality, racial profiling, and the excessive use of force

 

I'm also a cosponsor of Rep. Hank Johnson’s Policing Reform Package, which includes four bills: 

 

The Police Accountability Act would give the DOJ jurisdiction to bring charges against an officer if a state fails to do so, when a civilian is wrongfully killed by the officer in the line of duty. 

 

The Grand Jury Reform Act would require a special prosecutor to investigate

cases where law enforcement officers have killed an individual in the line of duty. 

 

The Cooling Off Period Elimination Act would condition federal grant money on the elimination of cooling-off periods for police officers charged with misconduct. 

 

The Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act would end the transfers of aggressive military equipment to local law enforcement permitted by the Pentagon’s excess property, or “1033 program.” 

 

Rep. Steve Cohen’s Police Training and Independent Review Act to require enrollees at law enforcement academies receive sensitivity training on ethics and racial bias, cultural diversity, and police interaction with the disabled, mentally ill, and new immigrants and adopt state laws requiring independent investigations and prosecutions of law enforcement officers in cases where one or more of the alleged offenses involves an officer's use of deadly force in the course of carrying out his or her official duties. 

 

Rep. Ro Khanna’s Police Exercising Absolute Care with Everyone (PEACE) Act to change the use of force standard for federal officers to require that force must be necessary, as a last resort, to prevent imminent death or serious bodily injury, and no reasonable alternatives were available. 

 

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries’ Eric Garner Excessive Use of Force Prevention Act to prohibit the use of chokeholds by persons subject to that provision's prohibitions. 

 

Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee’s End Racial Profiling Act to provide a prohibition on racial profiling, enforceable by declaratory or injunctive relief,  mandate training on racial profiling issues, authorizes the Department of Justice to provide grants for the development and implementation of best policing practices and requires the Attorney General to provide periodic reports to assess the nature of any ongoing discriminatory profiling practices. 

 

We still have a long way to go in this country to address our legacy of white supremacy and racism. 

 

It’s my duty as an elected official to do everything I can to keep you safe and healthy. I promise I’ll keep working in Congress to make that a reality for everyone – regardless of the color of their skin. 

 

As always, my office is here to help. If you need help with a federal issue, please call my Oakland office at (510) 763-0370. I will be posting regular updates on my website as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Stay Healthy,

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US Protests Show Challenge Is How to Rise Above the Violence Inherent in State Power

https://mailchi.mp/2fee00fdfb64/us-protests-show-challenge-is-how-to-rise-above-the-violence-inherent-in-state-power?e=ae1b6ac7fc

by Jonathan Cook

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Freedom Rider: Black Misleaders Seek to End Protest

https://www.blackagendareport.com/freedom-rider-black-misleaders-seek-end-protest

by Glen Ford

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                    Flash bangs & tear gas in Washington DC as crowds of protesters descend on White House (VIDEOS)

Flash bangs & tear gas in Washington DC as crowds of protesters descend on White House (VIDEOS)

https://subscribe.rt.com/preview/jYcVaQ

 

    Tensions are running high in Washington, DC, where crowds of anti-police brutality protesters have converged on the White House once again. Sporadic clashes are taking place amid a heavy police presence in the area.

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"Armed Troops Remain At DC Protest After More Charges In Floyd's Death"
https://youtu.be/oNSRvL846Js
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"Protestors gather in DC a day after being teargassed"
https://youtu.be/bp32ETq3N3c
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"DC protests see record turnout"
https://youtu.be/O5GZoisYzYE
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"New York Live Protests - Washington DC Live Protests - Denver Live Protests - San Diego Protests"
https://youtu.be/H--oMDKOjCM
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"Data shows majority of looters from NYC"
https://youtu.be/757QnjTGlUg
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"Thousands march in New York amid curfew"
https://youtu.be/gLhKQQLB1p4
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"No more tolerance': NYPD breaks up peaceful protests after curfew"
https://youtu.be/DEr54CudSC0
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"Videos of US lynchings deal blow to US soft power"
https://youtu.be/BsgFq5RrF70
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"Cops Are The Primary Source Of Social Control"
https://youtu.be/R_-JwLLchrc
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"Militarized police in America: How did we get here?"
https://youtu.be/YGmgBmC6s78
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"Cornel West: The Future Of America Depends On How We Respond"
https://youtu.be/BkYJeMwlsto
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"Economic Update: "Cornel West on Pandemic Capitalism"
https://youtu.be/WQBCmHIJsGc

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Manipulating the Message: Police Attacks on Free Press and the Fencing in of Humanity
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by Raul Diego

Journalists and dissidents alike are being targeted by American police in the land of the free. Is it as simple as an out of control police force, or something more?

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Statement From Striking Truthdig Workers

https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/03/27/statement-from-striking-truthdig-workers/

by