Progressive Briefing for Thursday, July 5, 2018

Protests at the Statue of Liberty, a neo-Nazi has governmental security status, the Supreme Court rules against unions, and more.

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Michael Miselis — a University of California, Los Angeles doctoral student with a U.S. government security clearance to work on sensitive research for a prominent defense contractor. Miselis was filmed beating on an African American protestor at the Charlottesville riots last year.

The Supreme Court’s five ‘black-robed rulers’

The Supreme Court’s conservative majority has blatantly joined the corporate assault on workers and on our democracy itself. The 5-to-4 decision by the Supreme Court in Janus v. AFSCME is another stain on the Court’s spotted history. The ruling doesn’t empower workers; it weakens their voice and constricts their ability to organize at the workplace, in communities and in the public arena.

On Fourth of July, Statue of Liberty protesters declare: “Abolish ICE”

Protesters taking a stand against the Trump administration’s cruel and inhumane immigration and border policies were arrested at the Statue of Liberty in New York City on Wednesday, the Fourth of July.

One group was arrested after dropping a banner that read “Abolish ICE,” and a separate individual scaled the statue.

U.K. police investigating 2 new cases of deadly nerve agent poisoning

Two people in their 40s are in critical condition after being contaminated by the same deadly nerve agent used to attack a former Russian spy there in March. They both became sick on Saturday in Amesbury, England.

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