2019-11-05: Social Media Postees

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Secret Gerrymandering Files Can Now Be Made Public, Court Rules
David Daley | theintercept.com | 2019-11-05
Eight years ago, when Thomas Hofeller addressed state legislators from across the country in the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., he cautioned elected officials working on redistricting to "make sure your computer is in a private location" and warned them not to "walk away from it and leave your work exposed." | "Remember," one slide from his presentation reads, "A journey to legal HELL starts with but a single misstatement OR a stupid email!" | Hofeller, a veteran Republi…

Tulsi Gabbard Introduces Bill to Withdraw Troops From Syria
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-11-05
The idea of the bill is to remove any troops in Syria that do not have Congressional approval to be there, which is all of them.

Tulsi Gabbard Introduces Bill to Withdraw Troops From Syria

Bernie Sanders' Campaign Accuses Mainstream Media of Erasure
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-11-05
The Vermont senator has made significant gains in recent polls, but you'd never know it from the coverage of CNN or The New York Times.

Chicago teachers denounce union's sellout agreement as Bernie Sanders, Democrats claim "victory"
wsws.org | 2019-11-05
Despite the official celebration, the CTU's tentative agreement for a five-year contract entirely accepts the terms set by Chicago Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

#Bernieblackout: The Media Isn't Even Hiding Its Anti-Bernie Bias Anymore
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2019-11-05
From blackouts to cheap visual editing to outright hostility, the corporate media is pulling no punches in its effort to undermine Bernie Sanders and his egalitarian message.

Media Conceal Chile's State Criminality, Delegitimize Bolivian Democracy
Lucas Koerner | fair.org | 2019-11-05
by Lucas Koerner Chilean protester beaten by government forces (Twitter, 10/21/19) | Chile's anti-neoliberal rebellion is entering its third week, and the brutal crackdown continues. Hard-right President Sebastian Piñera and his generals have effectively decreed the country's oligarch-dominated democracy out of existence by sending soldiers into the streets to kill, maim and torture their own people. | And, for the most part, the Western corporate media blackout persists unabated. | October 25's historic 1.2 million–person march in Sa…

You Will Have Social Security Just Like Your Parents and Grandparents—If You Fight to Keep It!
Dave Lindorff | commondreams.org | 2019-11-05
Massive worker protests killed a "grand bargain" with Republicans proposed by President Obama that would have cut Social Security benefits. (Photo: Fighting back works!) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/socialsecurity_1.jpeg

Nurses Lead Protest at Pelosi's Office After She Says "Not a Big Fan of Medicare For All"
R.R. | indybay.org | 2019-11-05
National Nurses United planned the rally, march, and die-in months in advance, but the timing couldn't have been better. On November 2nd, the day after Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi who represents the City of San Francisco said, "I am not a big fan of Medicare for All" protesters were on the streets near her San Francisco office demanding that she fight for House Resolution 1384, the Medicare for All bill. | [Photos by Cornelia Grimes, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer]…

Outrage After Nancy Pelosi Says she is "Not a Big Fan of Medicare for All"
Jake Johnson via Common Dreams | indybay.org | 2019-11-05
Alex Lawson of Social Security Works responded to Pelosi's statement saying, "Medicare for All doesn't cost money. It saves money by eliminating the for-profit waste in the insurance system and ending the rip-off of paying the highest drug prices in the world." Other progressives reacted negatively as well. Pelosi represents the 12th congressional district which is entirely within the city of San Francisco. | [Photo by Jack Owicki, Pro Bono Photo, Please credit the photographer]…

Large-Scale Rally by National Nurses United in Support of Medicare for All
Leon Kunstenaar | indybay.org | 2019-11-05
Photos: Leon Kunstenaar, ProBono Photo | Thousands in Nancy Pelosi's Congressional District continue grassroots Medicare for All movement.

NYC Voters Decide Whether to Adopt Ranked-Choice Voting in Municipal Elections
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-11-05
Voters across the U.S. head to the polls today for statewide elections that will be seen as a measure of Donald Trump's influence in the Republican Party as he faces an impeachment inquiry. In New York City, a major ballot measure could change the way voters select their candidates in future elections. New Yorkers will decide whether to move from electing candidates by a plurality of votes to ranked-choice voting, a system in which voters rank their favorite candidates in order and the person…

Washington Democrats Recruited Colorado's John Hickenlooper for Senate Nomination Despite Looming Ethics Investigation
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-11-05
The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission is expected to release an investigative report this week into allegations that John Hickenlooper, a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2020, violated state law by receiving free private jet rides and other gifts from corporations when he served as governor. While Hickenlooper has denied any wrongdoing, and last year the Denver Post editorial board said the complaint consisted of "politically motivated lies," there are fears that the investigation stands to damage Hickenlooper's chances in Colorado. | The ethics complaint, which was filed last year by former Republican stat…

'Do your job and print his name:' Rand Paul urges media to OUT whistleblower, says they worked for Biden
rt.com | 2019-11-05
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) fired up crowds at President Donald Trump's rally in Kentucky, alleging that the Ukrainegate whistleblower's name has been an open secret. He called on the media to finally make it public. | Paul, who has represented Kentucky in the Senate since 2011, was invited on stage by President Trump during an election-eve rally in Lexington on Monday, in a bid to drum up support for Republican Governor Matt Bevin. | üö®WOWüö® @RandPaul on The Whistleblower: | "I say tonight to the media: D…

McConnell Brags He and Trump Are Packing Courts With Extreme Right-Wing Judges
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-11-05
During a rally in Kentucky Monday night ahead of the state's gubernatorial election, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell boasted that he and President Donald Trump are "changing the federal courts forever" by rapidly confirming right-wing judges to lifetime seats. | "Nobody has done more to change the court system in the history of our country than Donald Trump," McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, said while flanked by Trump. "And Mr. President, we're going to keep on doing it. My mo…

Diplomat suddenly 'remembers' personally delivering Ukrainian 'quid pro quo' AFTER reading Trump impeachment testimonies
rt.com | 2019-11-05
The US ambassador to the EU has suddenly remembered he did notify Kiev that military aid was contingent on launching a corruption probe into the gas company that employed Hunter Biden, his memory jogged by impeachment testimonies. | Ambassador Gordon Sondland said he did, after all, tell an aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that US military aid to the country depended on Zelensky publicly pledging to open a corruption investigation into Burisma Holdings, the natural gas company which had hired Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden's son onto its board of directors. Sondland recalled this i…

Trump Threatens to Expose Information About Alexander Vindman "Real Soon"
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-11-05
President Trump threatened to reveal some sort of information about Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the senior White House official who testified that key references to Joe Biden were omitted from the partial White House transcript of Trump's July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. | Vindman, a decorated Iraq w…

Mrs. Ada Mills Young and Colonel Charles Young – National Veterans Small Business Week
Khubaka, Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2019-11-05
California State Capitol Park | Pioneer Camellia Grove | 12th and Lst. | Sacramento, California…

Investigations Unearth Systemic Corruption in K-12 School Leadership–and Students and Teachers Lose Out
Jeff Bryant | progressive.org | 2019-11-05
Much of the blame lies with an education reform movement that has exhorted schools to operate more like businesses and mimic corporate hiring processes.

A Tragic Crash, but Was It Murder?
Tana Ganeva | truthdig.com | 2019-11-05
Semi-pro football player Cedric Mitchell was driving to practice on June 7 when he says he lost consciousness. "I remember blacking out," the 35-year-old told Truthdig from the county jail in Twin Falls, Idaho, "and coming back to when somebody was taking me out of my truck." | Mitchell had been going 75 to 79 miles per hour in a 30-mile-per-hour zone, according to police reports. His truck slammed into the back of Dwayne Steiner's 1997 Dodge Ram, throwing both cars into oncoming traffic, where they collided with more vehicles. Mitchell was airlifted to a hospital in Boise, while Steiner and his wife, Maryann, we…

Elizabeth Warren unveils her "Medicare for All" electoral gimmick
wsws.org | 2019-11-05
The ruling elite will resist to the end any infringement, however minimal, on its ability to accumulate wealth at the expense of the working class.

Data regulator warns parties that election campaigns are being monitored
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-11-05
Political parties have been warned that the data regulator will be watching over their general election campaigning activity to ensure it stays within the law. | The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has written to 13 main parties explaining that complying with personal data protection and electronic marketing laws is essential to trust and confidence in the democratic system. | "People expect their personal information to be used in line with the law, and, where that doesn't happen in digital campaigning, there's a danger that public trust and confidence in the broader democracy process is damaged," inform…

Brazilians Protest Against Bolsonaro Across the Country
telesurenglish.net | 2019-11-05
Brazil's student organizations, social movements, unions, and progressive parties on Tuesday held protests across the country with the motto, "For justice, democracy and rights. For Marielle, enough of Bolsonaro!" | RELATED: | 'Brazil Needs More Democracy', Lula Replies to Bolsonaro's Son | "Let the Latin American winds reach Brazil. Everyone to the streets…

Is collusion still a thing? Washington Post publishing 'illustrated Mueller report' book
rt.com | 2019-11-05
Haven't got enough 'Russiagate' already? Need the ideal Christmas gift for the unsatisfied Democrat in your life? Well how about a copy of the Mueller report, soon available in graphic novel form! | Special Counsel Robert Mueller's two-year probe found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the run-up to the 2016 election, and insufficient evidence that Trump obstructed the investigation itself. Though Trump declared "case closed," the mainstream media that banked on Mueller so heavily isn't quite ready to let it go yet. | Case in point: 'The Mueller Report Illustrated,' a graphic no…

Akwasi Afrifa: An Appraisal of Ghana's One Time Military Ruler
Adeyinka Makinde | globalresearch.ca | 2019-11-05
Akwasi Afrifa, military officer and political leader of Ghana, is a man whose legacy still polarises his countrymen to this day. Should he be remembered as a principled believer in democratic values who helped rescue Ghana from a "dictator" …

Syrian Army Defends Civilians from Sectarian Terrorist Threat in Northeast
Steven Sahiounie | globalresearch.ca | 2019-11-05
Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have continued to pull back as agreed, while the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their Russian military allies have taken positions through much of the northeast of Syria, to counter the Turkish invasion. There …

Our Kurdish Hero…the Terrorist?
Scott Ritter | globalresearch.ca | 2019-11-05
In the past month, the name and image of General Mazloum Adbi, the commander of the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, has become well known to Americans. The decision by President Trump to precipitously withdraw U.S. forces …

Washington Post and New York Times incite racist campaign against Chinese-Americans
wsws.org | 2019-11-05
The newspapers most closely associated with the Democratic Party and the US intelligence agencies are inciting racially-motivated suspicions of Americans of Chinese ancestry.

The Trump Doctrine Demands a Democratic Response
Maj. Danny Sjursen | truthdig.com | 2019-11-05
I've been publishing anti-war material for more than five years now. Seeing as I only retired this past February, I did most of my dissenting while still on active duty, and much of it during the Obama years. During that time, the overwhelming majority of hate mail in my inbox–and sometimes my actual mailbox–almost always came from the political right. Then Trump was elected, occasionally said some modestly prudent things about ending endless war in the Middle East, and when I dared write approvingly about those words, my hate mail began to change. Now it invariably emerges from the mainstream "left,"

"Dark Money" Is Now Coursing Through the Veins of Britain's Democracy
Graham Vanbergen | globalresearch.ca | 2019-11-05
It was only a couple of months ago that the UK elections watchdog, the Electoral Commission, fined the Scottish Unionist Association Trust (SUAT) for repeated failures to declare more than £200,000 in donations to the Scottish Conservatives. The outrage …

Modi's assault on Kashmir and the Indian working class
wsws.org | 2019-11-05
The BJP government has dramatically intensified its across-the-board attack on the democratic rights and social position of the working class.

Raab dismisses 'Kremlin mole' fears as MPs demand release of Russia report
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-11-05
Dominic Raab denied 10 Downing Street is in the grip of a "Kremlin mole", as MPs demanded a report into alleged Russian interference of the UK democratic process be published.The foreign secretary was pressed on why the government is seeking to "delay" publication of the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) report ahead of the general election, with Downing Street indicating it would not be cleared for release before Parliament is dissolved on Wednesday.Questions were also raised by Labour about the level of access Boris Johnson's senior adviser Dominic Cummings has to intelligence information, which prompte…

Overturning the ACA Would Be a Massive Tax Cut for the Wealthy
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-11-05
Pharmaceutical companies and the wealthy would enjoy a massive tax break if federal courts strike down the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a new analysis released on Monday. The report comes as Democratic presidential contenders debate Medicare for All proposals that would raise taxes on the wealthier earners and big businesses to pay for universal health coverage. | Any day now, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is set to rule on Texas v. United States, a broad challenge to the ACA brought by Tex…

Corbyn, coups and the British state
Chris Nineham | thecanary.co | 2019-11-05
It's regarded as bad manners to discuss the British state. Parliament is in full view as the 'seat of democracy', the royal family is publicly celebrated as the official face of the nation, although its considerable powers and influence on politics are mainly passed over in silence. But the civil service, which employs nearly 400,000 people in actually managing society, including its finances, is rarely talked about. | Secrecy: | The parts of the state concerned with force are even more opaque. Police guidelines, priorities and strategy are decided in secret, largely by the police themselves. What public…

Stephen Lewis and the NDP's liberal Imperialism
Yves Engler | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-11-05
If the New Democratic Party wants to be part of the solution and not a barrier to creating a better foreign policy it needs to start telling the truth. Stephen Lewis is a liberal imperialist who largely ignores Canada's contribution to African subjugation. Just before the election Svend Robinson for Burnaby North-Seymour published an endorsement …

The 'Bernie Sanders Slate' Is on Today's Ballot
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-11-05
The 'Bernie Sanders Slate' Is on Today's Ballot…

Homelessness a 'Symptom of Greed' by the Rich, Says Bernie Sanders, Not a Crime by the Poor
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-11-05
2020 candidate weighs in on Las Vegas, Nevada ordinance that would fine or jail people for sleeping on streets | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/las_vegas_homelessness_0.jpg

Democrats' New Online Privacy Bill Heralded as Chance to Build 'Alternative Road to a Digital Future'
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-11-05
Backed by progressive privacy advocates, a pair of California House Democrats who represent Silicon Valley introduced sweeping legislation on Tuesday that aims to strengthen online user protections and increase accountability for major technology companies—in part by creating a new federal agency. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/surveillance_1.jpeg

In 'Bombshell' Reversal of Earlier Testimony, Sondland Confirms Knowledge of Quid Pro Quo With Ukraine
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-11-05
In what supporters of House Democrats' impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump called a "bombshell," a key witness provided new written testimony to lawmakers Tuesday that confirms and details a quid pro quo which involved the Trump administration pressuring Ukraine to launch a politically advantageous corruption probe. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1166060401_0.png

NYC Voters to Decide Today to Adopt Ranked-Choice Voting in Municipal Elections
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-05
Voters across the U.S. head to the polls today for statewide elections that will be seen as a measure of Donald Trump's influence in the Republican Party as he faces an impeachment inquiry. In New York City, a major ballot measure could change the way voters select their candidates in future elections. New Yorkers will decide whether to move from electing candidates by a plurality of votes to ranked-choice voting, a system in which voters rank their favorite candidates in order and the person with the most top-ranked votes wins. Proponents of the initiative say it will help underrepresented voters and candidates…

Colorado Has One of the Highest Voter Turnouts in the Country. Here's How They Did It
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-05
As local elections take place nationwide, voters in Colorado are enjoying greater access to the ballot than ever as the state's vote-by-mail system allows residents to bypass long lines at polling places. The state also has voting measures which include automatic voter registration with driver's license services, an extension of the vote to parolees, and allowance for some 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections. Colorado is considered an example for states needing to expand voter access at a time when Republican legislatures and statehouses across the country are attempting to suppress the vote. We speak with…

"Release My Mother": A Yale Student Fights to Halt Deportation of His Mother with Stage IV Cancer
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-05
Tania Romero, an undocumented mother from Honduras and survivor of stage IV cancer, is fighting to remain in the United States with her four children. Two months ago, Romero was imprisoned by Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the privately owned Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia, interrupting her life-saving medical treatments. In mid-August, Romero was pulled over for a minor traffic infraction and arrested for not having a driver's license. Tania Romero's attorney requested a stay of deportation on humanitarian grounds because of her fragile health, but it was denied in September. Her son, Cristian…

Bill McKibben on U.S. Withdrawal from Paris Accord, California Fires, Climate Refugees & More
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-05
The Trump administration notified the United Nations Monday that it would withdraw the U.S. from the historic Paris climate agreement, starting a year-long process to leave the international pact to fight the climate crisis. The United States — the world's largest historic greenhouse gas emitter — will become the only country outside the accord. Trump's announcement of the withdrawal came on the first day possible under the agreement's rules. From Middlebury, Vermont, we speak with Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org. "The decision of the United States to be the only country on Earth … unwilling to…

GOP Voter Suppression Campaign Continues in Georgia
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-11-04
The GOP barely won the Georgia statehouse despite their campaign of suppressing 1.4 million votes. Jacqueline Luqman talks to Anoa Changa about how a new round of voter registration purges is a continuation of the same campaign.

Now Is The Time To Win National Improved Medicare For All
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-11-04
National improved Medicare for all is making tremendous progress during the 2020 election cycle. Democratic presidential candidates, Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who advocate for it, are achieving record numbers of contributions and performing strongly in the polls. Candidates like former Vice President Joe Biden, who opposes Medicare for all, and Senator Kamala Harris, …

Axe the Max: Buffeting Boeing CEO's Rope-a-Dope in Congress
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-04
This past week, Boeing's deadly 737 MAX crashes were the focus of two back-to-back hearings — one in the Senate and one in the House. In the House Transportation Committee hearing, at least 50 Democrats and Republicans criticized Dennis Muilenburg's mismanagement and implied criminal negligence. Muilenburg's actions allowed Boeing's marketeers to overrule Boeing's engineers so that Boeing could circumvent…

Democrats, media silent over identification of CIA "whistleblower"
wsws.org | 2019-11-04
The official who filed a complaint against Trump has been identified by pro-Republican sources as 33-year-old Eric Ciaramella, a CIA analyst who worked in the White House under Obama and Trump.

House Intelligence Committee releases first transcripts in Trump impeachment probe (READ THEM HERE)
rt.com | 2019-11-04
Formerly secret interviews with former US Ambassadors Marie Yovanovitch and State Department adviser Michael McKinley have been made public by the House, as part of the Democrats' impeachment probe of President Donald Trump. | House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff (D-California) released the transcripts of the interviews on Monday, under the rules of House Resolution 660. Adopted by the House last week, over the objections of all the Republicans and two Democrats, the resolution retroactively authorized the impeachment probe three committees had been conducting, and put Schiff in charge of it. | Also…

'Like a giant ISIS recruiting poster': Trump's Syrian oilfield occupation slammed by 'moderate' rebel recruiter Biden
rt.com | 2019-11-04
Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden — who, back in the good old Obama administration days, lobbied for the arming of 'moderate' rebels in Syria — slammed Trump for downgrading the US military to an oilfield occupation force. | "Leaving troops behind like [Trump's] doing now — he says that what he wants to do is we're going to occupy the oil fields and we're going to take 'em," Biden told the Wall Street Journal. He expressed deep regret that the vacuum left by the withdrawal of US troops has disastrously been filled by the (legitimate) Syrian government, Russia, and (probably worst of al…

The Price of "Progress"
Nick Licata | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-04
In Civilized to Death: The Price of Progress, author Christopher Ryan proposes the most controversial explanation offered today for what is wrong with our world. The problem began with advent of agriculture which gave rise to civilization: the movement of human activity from a life of cooperative community foraging together to one of individual competition for…

Congressional bill on Hong Kong lays bare U.S.' colonial ambitions
Ian Goodrum | peoplesworld.org | 2019-11-04
Well, here we are again. The United States continues to run its mouth about the Hong Kong protests, this time in the form of legislation. Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3289, deemed the "Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act." It was approved by voice vote so an exact tally can't …

Latin America: Is Canada Trying to Create Another "Illegitimate" Government?
Nino Pagliccia | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-04
Bolivia has recently had a presidential election that without foreign interference would have passed without notice outside Latin America. President Evo Morales was re-elected democratically to a forth term without the need of a run-off election with incumbent Carlos Mesa, which shows his strength as the chosen candidate. However, nine days after the elections the…

Let's beat Trump first
Juan Lopez | peoplesworld.org | 2019-11-04
In the event a Democrat ends up winning the 2020 presidential elections, an acquaintance expressed an over-zealous preoccupation with the need for progressives to come up with and press for more advanced programmatic solutions once the elections are over. In my view, he is putting the cart before the horse. If Trump gets re-elected, we could possibly …

Two Surging Candidates Could Make Philadelphia Far More Progressive. Democrats Are Going to War to Stop Them
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-11-04
The Democratic Party is less than enthusiastic about two rising third-party campaigns, echoing national tensions between progressives and the establishment.

Ebola emergency chief decries new attacks on frontline staff, after DR Congo worker death
United Nations | un.org | 2019-11-04
Security measures for staff helping to fight health emergencies need to be stepped up urgently, a UN health agency top official said on Monday, after a frontline Ebola epidemic community worker was reportedly stabbed to death at his home in northeast Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Fierce resistance continues in northeast Syria against Turkey's illegal invasion
Tom Anderson | thecanary.co | 2019-11-04
Turkey's invasion of northeast Syria (aka Rojava) is facing fierce resistance from local defence forces. On Sunday 3 November, for example, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) reported that they had destroyed a Turkish military vehicle: | Three hours ago #SDF destroyed a Turkish BMB, an armored vehicle…

Sanders and Warren Have to Tame Nancy Pelosi
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2019-11-04
Sanders and Warren Have to Tame Nancy Pelosi…

Trump's Impeachment Lures Democrats Into a Cold War Mentality
Aaron Maté | thenation.com | 2019-11-04
Trump's Impeachment Lures Democrats Into a Cold War Mentality…

Remembering the Greensboro Massacre of 1979, When KKK & Nazis Killed 5 People in Broad Daylight
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-04
Hundreds gathered this weekend to mark the 40th anniversary of the Greensboro massacre, when 40 Ku Klux Klansmen and American Nazis opened fire on an anti-Klan demonstration in Greensboro, North Carolina, killing five anti-racist activists in a span of 88 seconds. Those killed were members of the Communist Workers' Party. Ten other activists were injured. No one was convicted in the massacre, but a jury did find the Greensboro police liable for cooperating with the Ku Klux Klan in a wrongful death. Local pastors in Greensboro are now calling on the City Council to issue an apology for the events that led to the 1…

Pushed Out, Attacked & Criminalized: San Francisco's Unhoused People Speak Out Amid Housing Crisis
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-04
Amid skyrocketing housing prices and rising inequality, the number of unhoused people across California is booming. Homelessness in San Francisco has spiked at least 30% since 2017. In Oakland, it's grown by nearly 50%. As more people have been forced onto the streets, encampments have popped up from Los Angeles to the Bay Area and in other city centers. But while advocates push for more affordable housing solutions, instead city governments have been cracking down on unhoused people with increasingly punitive measures that criminalize homelessness. In a special report, Democracy Now! traveled to San Francisco to…

Emboldened by Bolsonaro, Illegal Loggers in Amazon Kill Indigenous Leader Paulo Paulino Guajajara
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-04
An indigenous forest protector named Paulo Paulino Guajajara was shot dead in the Amazon by illegal loggers on Saturday. It is the latest incident in a wave of violence targeting indigenous land protectors since the election of Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro last year. Guajajara was killed when he and another forest protector were ambushed by a group of illegal loggers inside the Araribóia reservation in the northeastern state of Maranhà£o. We speak with Joà£o Coimbra Sousa, a field coordinator and legal adviser for Amazon Watch, in Sà£o Luís in the northeastern state of Maranhà&pou…

Joe Biden Campaign Pointing Reporters to Larry Summers for Comment on Elizabeth Warren's Health Care Plan
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-11-03
Summers is a valuable surrogate for Biden because he is treated as an elder dispensing wisdom, rather than a spurned rival out to settle scores.

"White Helmets Are Preparing New Chemical Provocations In Syria," France Bombs Iraq & Oil Occupation
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-11-03
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (11/2/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Sean O'Brien addresses TDU Convention
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-11-03
Chicago, IL — Frontrunning candidate for the next general president of the Teamsters, Sean O'Brien, addressed the convention of Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU), November 2. O'Brien, who currently leads Local 25, spoke about the future of the Teamsters. The election will take place in 2021.

Proposed Withdrawal of US Troops in Syria
Ron Forthofer | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-11-02
President Trump has stated his intent to withdraw US troops from Syria on several occasions since March 2018. Each time politicians from both the Democratic and Republican parties, supported by the corporate-controlled media, have, based on US imperial interests, vehemently challenged the withdrawal proposal. These folks also based their opposition to withdrawal on their supposed …

How an Occupy ICE Activist and DACA Recipient Was Deported for Tweeting
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2019-11-02
Sergio Salazar awoke around 8 a.m. on a strip of grass outside an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in San Antonio. It had been a heady summer for the 18-year-old. President Donald Trump, as part of his ongoing border crackdown, had separated thousands of migrant children from their parents. Viewing the policy as the latest in a string of assaults on immigrant communities, Salazar and his friends organized an occupation outside the ICE office in the midsummer heat. | In the weeks that followed, Occupy ICE SATX was visited by both TV crews and a raiding party of masked neo-Nazis, who stormed through the t…

Baghdadi Deception Exposed, Israel Bombs Gaza After Phantom Rocket & US Violates Own Syria Sanctions
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-11-02
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (11/1/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Ady Barkan: Elizabeth Warren's Plan Is a Massive Win for the Medicare for All Movement
Ady Barkan | theintercept.com | 2019-11-01
Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks to students and staff at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa, on Oct. 21, 2019. | Photo: Charlie Neibergall/AP | The movement for single-payer health care has taken some big strides forward in recent years. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., put the issue at the center of the Democratic Party's debate with his run for president in 2016. In partnership with the nurses union and other champions, he then got 19 senators to co-sponsor his bill in 2017. After Democrats took back the House of Representatives, we demanded and got hearings in multiple powerful committees on the fantastic b…

Bernie Sanders Says Denying Aid Because of Hamas Is "Part of an Effort to Dehumanize Palestinians"
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2019-11-01
No other candidate in the U.S. presidential race comes close to Sanders in terms of his willingness to condition aid to Israel.

Labor, Ever So Gingerly, Tiptoes Into the Insurgency
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2019-11-01
Ever since 26-year-old Jessica Cisneros announced that she would be challenging Rep. Henry Cuellar in the primary for Texas's 28th District with the support of Justice Democrats, the primary unfolded about as well as Cisneros could have expected. The Cuellar campaign dismissed her as an out-of-touch leftist with few roots in her community. Cisneros plowed ahead, swore off corporate PAC and lobbyist money, and began putting together her volunteer operation. The national press, perpetually on the hunt…

FBI and San Francisco Police Have Been Lying About Scope of Joint Counterterrorism Investigations, Document Suggests
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2019-11-01
San Francisco police officers working on an FBI counterterrorism task force were routinely given low-level assignments that would invite violations of local San Francisco law and policy, according to an internal FBI legal analysis obtained by The Intercept. | The FBI's San Francisco office has long assured the public that its relationship to the city's police officers could be trusted, especially when it came to officers assigned to the bureau's secretive counterterrorism teams. In January, for example, John F. Bennett, the special…

Foreign Correspondent: Boris, Brexit, and the British Elections
Reese Erlich | progressive.org | 2019-11-01
Brexit presents a serious conundrum for left and progressive forces. Liberals and social democrats suddenly find themselves in bed with Britain's largest capitalist corporations.

Chicago Teachers and UAW Members Show That Labor Movement Is Back After "Decades of Concessions"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-01
The end of the Chicago teachers' strike comes amid a wave of labor movements, including the longest United Auto Workers strike in almost 50 years. We speak with labor journalist Sarah Jaffe about the historical importance of unions, the rise of worker participation in strike actions and the significance of the Labour Party's organizing in the United Kingdom. Jaffe says workers "are fighting back in the face of decades and decades of concessions, decades and decades of give-backs," and "understanding that unionizing is a way that they have power on the job." She is the author of _Necessary Trouble: Americans in Re…

"This Is a Win for Our City": Chicago Teachers Celebrate End of Historic Strike After 11 Days
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-01
Teachers in Chicago are heading back to school Friday, marking the end of a historic 11-day strike that had shut down the country's third-largest school district. After weeks of tense negotiations, the city agreed to reduce class sizes, increase salaries by 16% over the next five years and bring on hundreds more social workers, nurses and librarians. The union demanded that teachers be able to make up the full eleven days of school before agreeing to return to work and eventually settled with the city on five days. Earlier this week, 7,500 public school workers with the Service Employees International Union, who…

Five Indigenous Leaders Massacred in Colombia; New Wave of Violence Feared as 2,500 Troops Deployed
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-01
The massacre of five Indigenous leaders in Colombia has shocked the country. The killings took place in the southwestern region of Cauca. Among the victims was Cristina Bautista, the leader of the semi-autonomous Indigenous reservation of Nasa Tacueyó. Four of the community's unarmed guards were also killed, while six others were wounded. A group of U.N. experts have denounced the massacre and demanded the Colombian government to take urgent measures in cooperation with Indigenous authorities to investigate the murders. Police have made no arrests and no suspects have been named in the massacre. Since the signing…

"It Was Necessary": Gambian Beauty Queen Returns Home to Testify About Rape By Former Dictator
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-01
In Gambia, a former beauty queen who says the president raped her when she was 18 years old has testified before a public truth and reconciliation commission that is investigating the atrocities of former president Yahya Jammeh. Fatou "Toufah" Jallow has become a leading voice against the former president, who ruled the West African country of 2 million people for 22 years before his regime ended in 2017. Two other women have also come forward to accuse the former president of rape and sexual assault. Survivors of the regime have also testified during the hearings, which have been live streamed across the country…

PG&E Blackouts Spur Calls for Public Ownership
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-31
PG&E cut power to millions throughout California this month as fires blaze across the state. The move has prompted many to call to municipalize the company. Democracy Collaborative researcher Johanna Bozuwa explains.

Chile and Her History of Western Interference
Peter Koenig | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-31
Chile is experiencing the largest and most serious political crisis and public unrest throughout Santiago and the country's major cities since the return to 'democracy' in 1990. A week long of fire, tear-gas and police brutality left at least 20 people dead, thousands arrested and injured. More than 1.2 million people protested on Friday 25 …

New Study: 300 Million Face Severe Risk of Climate-Fueled Coastal Flooding by 2050
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-31
As a shocking new report finds that many coastal cities will be flooded by rising sea levels by 2050, Chile's President Sebastián Piñera announced Wednesday that the U.N. Climate Summit in Santiago has been canceled. Anti-inequality protests have entered their third week in the country with protesters calling for the Piñera government to resign. The U.N. said it is now looking for an alternative venue for the annual climate meetings. Meanwhile, a dire new report has warned 300 million people are at risk from rising sea levels, with the most vulnerable populations concentrated in the Global South. According to the…

Headlines for October 31, 2019
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-31
Tens of Thousands Evacuate as New Blazes Erupt in Fire-Ravaged California, Chile Calls Off U.N. Climate Talks Amid Massive Protests Against Inequality, Protesters Confront JPMorgan Chase CEO Over Fossil Fuel Investments, Youth Climate Activists Stage Sit-In at House Speaker Pelosi's Office, Keystone Pipeline Breach Spills Oil in North Dakota, House Readies Vote to Formalize Impeachment Process, Top Immigration Official Grilled Over Move to Deport Critically Ill Immigrants, "Not Qualified" Rating from Bar Association Draws Tears from Judicial Nominee, India to Split Jammu and Kashmir Into Two Territories Controlle…

Ro Khanna Condemns GOP For Attacking Civil Servants to Shield Trump As House Votes on Impeachment
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-31
The House of Representatives is holding a historic vote today to formalize the impeachment process against President Trump. The probe centers on whether Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Trump's political rival Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, who served on the board of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company. As the House votes today, lawmakers are continuing to question key Trump administration behind closed doors, including the top Russia official on the National Security Council, Tim Morrison. On Wednesday, House Democrats also requeste…

As California Burns Again, Rep. Ro Khanna Calls for PG&E to Become Publicly Owned Utility
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-31
Extreme winds of up to 60 miles per hour caused new fires to erupt across southern California Wednesday, prompting tens of thousands to evacuate. The blazes are just the latest in a spate of climate change-fueled fires threatening the state. In Northern California, firefighters have finally beat back the Sonoma County Kincade Fire that had forced nearly 200,000 people to flee their homes over the weekend. Nearly all evacuees in the region have now been allowed to return to their homes and the utility giant Pacific Gas & Electric said Wednesday it would begin restoring power to the 365,000 customers who were plung…

As Rich Hire Private Firefighters, Housekeepers Go to Work in Fire Zone & Prisoners Fight CA Blazes
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-31
As climate-fueled fires rage across California, we look at how the blazes are disproportionately affecting some of the state's most vulnerable communities. As a growing number of wealthy homeowners hire private firefighters to protect their properties for up to $3,000 per day, domestic workers and gardeners who tend to some of the most opulent homes in Los Angeles attended work despite the Getty Fire evacuation order earlier this week. Many of their employers failed to even tell them not to come in. Meanwhile, of the more than 4,000 firefighters currently working across the state, at least 700 are California pris…

Haitians commemorate liberator Dessalines with huge mobilisations
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-10-31
democracyIssue 1243 Haiti national liberation fuel crisisNovember 1, 2019Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets across Haiti on October 17 to commemorate the national revolutionary and liberator Jean-Jacques Dessalines and to demand the resignation of United States-…

Turkish attacks continue during 'ceasefire' in Northern Syria
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-10-31
Turkey's war on Rojava Susan PriceIssue 1243 Rojava Syrian Democratic Forces YPG/YPJNovember 1, 2019Despite the agreement reached between Russia and Turkey on October 22 in the Russian city…

US House passes sanctions bill against Turkey
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-10-31
Turkey's war on RojavaIssue 1243 United States sanctions against TurkeyNovember 1, 2019The United States House of Representatives approved a bill to impose sanctions on Turkey over its military operation in Northern and Eastern Syria on October 30. | The bill was passed by the Democrat-controlled house with 403 votes…

Halloween Is a Gateway to Drug Addiction, Claimed Ministry Backed by Amy Klobuchar
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-10-31
Klobuchar sought to earmark $500,000 in 2009 for the anti-LGBT ministry, which put out literature calling Halloween "a day set up totally for Satan."

To Fix Racial Gerrymander, North Carolina Republicans Considered a Map That Could Have Elected an All-White Slate
David Daley | theintercept.com | 2019-10-30
The draft maps, obtained by The Intercept, illustrate how Republican mapmakers can secretly calibrate maps to have a deep partisan bias, even when they follow the rules.

At This Year's J Street Conference, "Progressive" Pols Bow to Israel While Preaching Peace
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2019-10-30
Progressive politicians like Bernie Sanders should be credited for finally offering solutions to decades-old Israeli Human rights violations, but those solutions are often little more than talking points designed to placate their base and appease Israel.

The Baghdadi "DNA Test" Was Done BEFORE The Raid By The SDF Using His Underwear
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-30
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/29/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

The Presidential Town Hall on Mass Incarceration Was a Historic Moment and a Missed Opportunity
Alice Speri | theintercept.com | 2019-10-30
Collectively, the men and women in the room had hundreds of years of prison experience. The presidential town hall, the first ever to be hosted by formerly incarcerated people, was a unique opportunity for candidates to speak about the criminal justice system with those who know firsthand its devastating failures. But only three candidates showed up — and while the conversation delved into questions rarely tackled on the campaign trail, some of the candidates' answers left those in the audience disappointed. | The e…

Chesa Boudin, Son of 1960s Radicals, Runs for San Francisco DA on Criminal Justice Reform Platform
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-30
Chesa Boudin is running for San Francisco district attorney as the latest candidate in a wave of decarceral prosecutors running for office across the United States. Bernie Sanders and other leading progressives have endorsed Boudin, who is a public defender and the child of Weather Underground activists Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert. His parents were imprisoned when Boudin was a toddler. These experiences have given him a first-hand view of "how broken our criminal justice system is," he says. "My earliest memories are going through steel gates and metal detectors just to see my parents, just to give them a hug.

Headlines for October 30, 2019
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-30
Vindman: White House Transcript of Trump Phone Call Omitted Key Words, Boeing CEO Grilled by Senate Lawmakers Over 737 MAX Failures, Lebanese Prime Minister Resigns Amid Massive Protests, Tens of Thousands Pour into Baghdad's Tahrir Square as Iraq Protests Continue, Anti-Government Protests in Haiti Enter their Seventh Week, Ceasefire Between Turkey and Syrian Kurds in Northern Syria Expires, House Votes for Resolution to Recognize Armenian Genocide, Journalist Max Blumenthal Says He Was Arrested on False Charges, National Weather Service Issues "Extreme Red Flag Warning" over Fires, Protesters Slam BlackRock for…

Who Burned the Bronx? PBS Film "Decade of Fire" Investigates 1970s Fires That Displaced Thousands
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-30
The new documentary "Decade of Fire" looks back at the history of a crisis that unfolded in New York City in the 1970s, when the South Bronx faced a near-constant barrage of fires that displaced almost a quarter million people and devastated an entire community. Co-directors and producers Vivian Vázquez Irizarry and Gretchen Hildebran tell the story of the government mismanagement, landlord corruption and redlining that lit the Bronx ablaze. They also describe how the community fought back to save their neighborhoods. The film airs next week on PBS.

Lebanon's Prime Minister Hariri Resigns, But Protests and Demands For a New Government Continue
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-30
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced the resignation of his government on Tuesday following nearly two weeks of nationwide anti-government protests. In a televised address, al-Hariri said he had hit a "dead end" in resolving the crisis. Demonstrators "were congratulating each other while at the same time acknowledging that the struggle is very long," says Lebanese journalist, Lara Bitar, who joins us from Beirut for an update. She says protesters have promised to stay in the streets until all of their demands are met, including the resignation of all top government officials, early parliamentary election…

What Is Behind Mayor Pete's Corporate Pivot on Medicare?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-29
Pete Buttigieg's sudden shift from supporting to opposing Medicare for All has been remarkable. It no doubt has something to do with his fundraising, says RootsAction.org's Norman Solomon.

NYC solidarity with Chilean uprising
Bryan Carrillo | liberationnews.org | 2019-10-29
The crowd sang "El derecho de vivir en paz," a famous Victor Jara song that translates to "the right to live in peace."

Distracting With Baghdadi Psyop, US Sends "Withdrawn" Troops Back Into Syria, Along With MANY More
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-29
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/28/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Tribute To A Persistent Progressive — Rep. John Conyers
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-29
Jacqueline Luqman pays tribute to John Conyers, the longest-serving Black Democrat in Congress and co-founder of the Congressional Black Caucus, died over the weekend at age 90. His political career spanned more than 50 years, and included a remarkable legacy of civil rights activism, challenging the expanding US military global footprint, and consistent support for…

As Death Toll Tops 220, Iraqi Protesters Stay in Streets Calling For End to Corrupt Government
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-29
In Iraq, masked gunmen shot dead 18 protesters overnight and injured more than 800 people in the Shiite holy city of Karbala on Monday. Nearly 225 Iraqis have been killed since a wave of anti-government protests swept the country last month. The protesters in Karbala were attacked while they camped out in the city's Education Square to protest corruption, lack of jobs and poor public services. Meanwhile in Baghdad, hospital officials said four people died during protests on Monday, while another 109 were injured. On Monday, the Iraqi Parliament met for the first time since the protests began. Lawmakers voted to d…

Protests in Chile Were Sparked By a Subway Fare Hike, But Come After "30 Years of a Social Crisis"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-29
In Chile, a new set of mass protests took place Monday as President Sebastián Piñera fulfilled the promise to appoint new members to his cabinet. As Piñera addressed the nation Monday, hundreds of protesters had already gathered outside the presidential palace in Santiago, waving flags, honking horns and demanding for Piñera's resignation. The reshuffling of his cabinet came after more than a million people flooded the streets last Friday in massive peaceful demonstrations over inequality, high cost of living and privatization. The protest drew more than 5% of Chile's population and followed days of widespread ci…