Sunday, July 5, 2020

A time of reckoning for monuments to racism and genocide

With so many ongoing crises arguments about history may seem esoteric, but only by honestly redressing the sins of the past can we find ways to make a better future. Toppling monuments is just a start.

Supreme Court extends life of DACA in 5-4 ruling

"We took our power to the streets, the hallways of Congress, to the highest court in the land and we won."
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Juneteenth: A celebration of black liberation & day to remember “horrific system that was...

Juneteenth is “much more complicated and much more complex than is traditionally presented,” increased recognition of the day “provides an opportunity to have a thorough remembrance of this horrific system that was slavery.”

Federal judge orders Trump admin to give Native Americans their withheld stimulus money

“It is unconscionable that it has taken court action to force this administration to distribute relief to Tribal governments as Congress intended and the law requires.”
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“Movements work”: As activists occupy Seattle’s capitol hill, city bans tear gas, expels police...

Seattle has become the first city in the nation to win a comprehensive ban on the use and purchase of chemical weapons and other barbaric weapons used against protest movements, so tear gas, mace and pepper spray, rubber bullets, flashbang grenades, water cannons, ultrasonic weapons.

New Mexico militia member opens fire on protesters demanding removal of controversial statue

“This is not the first report of heavily armed civilian militias appearing at protests around New Mexico in recent weeks.”

Prolonged uprising is the new normal

I believe that COVID-19 set the stage for what we are seeing now. Like Arundhati Roy said, the pandemic was a “portal” for the new normal.

PG&E pleads guilty to 84 counts of manslaughter in camp fire

“They have put profits over people year after year and the state of California just keeps letting it happen.”
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Buffalo protester Martin Gugino diagnosed with fractured skull

After the incident, officers Robert McCabe and Aaron Torgalski were suspended for shoving Gugino. On June 6, they were charged with second degree assault.
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Black Trans Lives Matter: Movement pushes for justice & visibility amid ‘epidemic’ of violence

The trans rights movement currently has “tremendous visibility” but also faces a “tremendous backlash.”