Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Progressive Briefing for Monday, June 18, 2018

Separating families at the border, the Poor People's Campaign, Republicans and the NRA fight against gun regulations, and more.

‘Heinous Lie’: Trump DHS Secretary denies existence of family separation policy

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen wrote a series of tweets over the weekend that falsely claimed the DHS does “not have a policy of separating families at the border.”

We guess she didn’t hear Jeff Sessions when he announced in May that the “zero tolerance” policy for individuals that cross the southern border includes: “If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you. And that child may be separated from you, as required by law.”

Meanwhile, the mainstream media is doing an embarrassing job covering Trump’s family separation policy

Both President Trump and Congress have the power to end the policy that separates immigrant children from their families at the border, but so far both of refused to do so. The mainstream media wants people to think that the Republican senators that are “outraged” over the policy are doing everything they can.

Take a look inside: What it’s like inside a border patrol facility where families are being separated

No, this is not a horror movie. This is real life: where children sleep in cages, the lights never go off, and detainees are brought in 24 hours a day.

Border Patrol SUV hits Native American man on video

The Border Patrol is under fire for even more. The agency has launched an investigation into an incident recorded on video, depicting a department vehicle colliding into a Native American man before speeding away.

Supreme Court punts on partisan gerrymandering, leaving status quo in place

In a win for those who wish to leave partisan gerrymandering in place, the Supreme Court declined to address the central questions at the heart of whether the practice is constitutional.

The Poor People’s Campaign marches on, even after hundreds are arrested

The Poor People’s campaign, the newest mass movement for progressive change in the United States, is demanding an end to the “war economy.”

Last week the campaign gathered outside of Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office in Washington, D.C. and hundreds of people were arrested. Many more were arrested protesting against voter suppression outside the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Poor People’s Campaign is now entering its sixth week of nationwide nonviolent direct actions. The other issues the campaign plans on focusing on include voter suppression, immigrant injustice, lack of universal single-payer healthcare and attacks on the social safety-nets and union rights.

The ‘jobs for everyone’ fantasy

“The more robots we add to our fulfillment centers, the more jobs we are creating.” And more outlandish claims about jobs.

Republicans and the NRA secretly pressure Citigroup to back off restrictions on gun sellers

After the Parkland shooting, several big corporations took steps to reduce their own participation in the gun market. Now Republicans and the NRA are working tirelessly to see that all go away.

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