Campaign Action Multiple times this past spring and summer, Donald Trump claimed that he watched Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents “liberate towns from the grasp of MS-13,” saying in May that “the people are dancing and they're waving and they're looking out their windows and they're waving at the ICE people.” This is a demented fairy tale existing only in his brain, because 14 months’ worth of ICE data reveal that the arrests of immigrants with no criminal record at all have more than tripled under Trump, “and may still be accelerating,” NBC News reports. In response to California taking action to protect its undocumented immigrant residents, former acting ICE director Thomas Homan promised an increase in “collateral arrests”—a crass term describing when non-targets are swept up in targeted raids because they happened to be there at the time—and it appears Homan’s promise is partially to blame. “The surge has been caused by a new ICE tactic of arresting—without warrants—people who are driving or walking down the street and using large-scale ‘sweeps’ of likely immigrants, according to a class-action lawsuit filed in June by immigration rights advocates in Chicago,” NBC News continues. This is a terrifying police state, courtesy of our tax dollars being spent not on targeting people who actually do pose a threat to public safety, but instead moms and dads trying to get to work. “During the same time period, the numbers show that arrests of undocumented immigrants with criminal records grew just 18 percent.” «What's really different about this enforcement action,” said Mark Fleming of the Immigrant Justice Center, “is that they are literally doing roving stops, whether by car or on foot, stopping people without any sort of articulable facts. It sends a message to the Hispanic community that we intend to racially profile you in your communities.» That was always candidate Trump’s intention. Now as president, he’s carrying it out.
August 12 marked the one-year anniversary of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. This event represented our reality under a Donald Trump presidency—one in which white supremacists not only incite violence and death in cities across the country but also make government policy. To mark the occasion, Jason Kessler, the same organizer who planned last year’s rally, planned a Unite the Right 2 in Washington, D.C. Kessler’s rally, which took place Sunday, was a complete flop, with about 40 supporters showing up only to be met by thousands of counter protesters. But prior to Sunday’s sad little showing by Kessler and his white supremacist friends, organizations and activists across the country were preparing online and offline actions in order to protest the rise of white supremacy in the United States. Daily Kos heard from activists in Charlottesville about their experiences over the last year and spoke by phone with Brandi Collins, senior campaign director at Color of Change, to learn about the work they are doing to fight racial injustice everyday. Since the Unite the Right rally, activists in Charlottesville have been actively working on police accountability, immigration, housing and schooling, and removing confederate statues. This is not to say that this kind of work was not being done before. But last year’s events and the violent death of Heather Hayer offered the chance for residents to honestly take stock of the city’s long legacy of racial and social injustice. According to Zyahna Bryant, the Charlottesville activist who initiated the petition to remove the Robert E. Lee statue and rename Lee Park, white supremacy is always lurking beneath the surface in Charlottesville and is present across all its institutions. “White supremacy and racism didn’t just arrive in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017, it has always been here, and it has always been bigger than just a statue,” Bryant said. “Moving forward, we must stop erasing the names of women of color who built this movement from the ground up. Say the names of Sage Smith, Faye Tinsley, every victim of August 12, and every other person who has been a victim of racial terror in this city.” The contributions of women of color, black women in particular, are all too often left out of the narrative when discussing civil rights and social justice activism. And yet, it is those women who are frequently on the front lines in communities like Charlottesville—organizing, protesting, tending to family and community and pushing for accountability. It represents their desire to create a future free of white supremacy and make a safer, more just city for its residents of color. This is the reason why Katrina Turner, a Charlottesville organizer and member of its police department’s Civilian Review Board, actively fights against injustice. For Turner, it embodies the same spirit of black and brown people who endured and fought injustice centuries before.
Late on Tuesday, Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer conceded last week’s Republican primary, officially making Secretary of State Kris Kobach the GOP nominee for 2018’s gubernatorial election. As a hardline conservative, Kobach could endanger the GOP’s chances of victory against Democrat Laura Kelly this fall in a state that normally leans solidly Republican but has seen a backlash in recent years against the state GOP’s reactionary fiscal policies that resulted in sharp cuts to education funding. However, Kobach isn't just a threat to the GOP's general election chances, he's a threat to free and fair elections themselves. For years, Kobach has been the most prominent figure in the nation to crusade against supposed voter fraud as an excuse to suppress Democratic leaning demographics like young voters and Latinos. Kobach headed up Trump's now-defunct «Election Integrity» commission, which sparked outcry last year when it demanded every state send it their voter registration data. Trump shut down the commission in reaction to numerous lawsuits, but documents revealed Kobach always intended for the witch hunt of a commission to be a pretext for new federal voting restrictions. Kobach is also the nation's lone secretary of state with the power to criminally prosecute suspected cases of voter fraud, and he convinced the GOP-run legislature to pass a law that required documentary proof of citizenship in order to register to vote. That law led to one in seven new voter registrations being suspended, disproportionately among young voters. Furthermore, it devastated the ability of civic groups to conduct voter registration drives, since hardly anyone carries around their passport or birth certificate day-to-day. However, that law was thrown out following a trial this year where Kobach's amateurish handling of the case was so humiliating that the judge ordered him to complete six hours of basic legal education on trial procedures. The court held the citizenship documentation requirement ran afoul of federal law, which only requires voters swear they're eligible under penalty of perjury. Most importantly, Kobach's bogus claims of widespread voter fraud were thoroughly discredited in the courtroom, and he has only ever secured a handful of prosecutions for illegal voting over the years, just one of which was by a non-citizen voter. If Kobach becomes governor, he'll likely continue to push for new voter restrictions and efforts to deter immigration as a way to maintain the political power of conservative white voters. But if his past track record of losing legal battles is any indication, Kansas voters might not be too enthused at the prospect of their next governor repeatedly wasting taxpayer money on made-up boogeymen like widespread voting by undocumented immigrants.
Politico reports that the residents of the Trump White House are quivering in fear. Fear that another tape recorded by Omarosa Manigault Newman will be released, and they will be displayed in an unpleasant light. Such as making them look like they associate with a tax-dodging, pussy-grabbing, racist, sexist, serial liar who genuinely thinks an orange spray tan looks cool. But Politico also has a go-to reference for what this situation is just exactly like. Omarosa Manigault Newman’s slow release of secretly taped conversations from inside the Trump campaign and White House is having the same effect on staffers as the daily dumps from WikiLeaks had on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign … The result is the same type of psychological warfare that gripped the Clinton campaign two years ago … Like the WikiLeaks dump — which severely damaged the Clinton campaign by taking it off message … Yes, one woman who pressed the voice recorder app on her phone is exactly like a concerted effort by the Russian government using hundreds of technical assets to break in and steal documents from multiple sources and distribute those documents through a pipeline that not only took the information straight to the front page of every paper, but right to the podium of Trump’s rallies where he daily read aloud from the latest releases. An effort that was backed up by the coordinated use of everything from pop-up news sites, millions of ‘bots churning social media, and AstroTurf rallies. Except no. A outright attack by a foreign government investing millions and being amplified by not just the media but the coordination of the Trump campaign is not like one angry black woman. And actually, Politico agrees. Because they go to great lengths to explain how the Omarosa crisis is much, much worse. “Nobody had to be worried that there was an email where Hillary used the N-word,” she said. “And John doesn’t say crazy stuff.”
On Tuesday night, Daily Kos announced the latest disbursement of Democratic Nominee Funds raised through ActBlue after recent primary elections in Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, and Washington. The Democratic nominees in Kansas’s 3rd Congressional District, Michigan’s 11th Congressional District, Minnesota’s 2nd and 3rd Congressional Districts, and Washington’s 8th Congressional District will receive their share of over $300,000 from more than 150,000 individual, small-dollar grassroots donations the Daily Kos community has given to eject Republicans from these House seats. “The Daily Kos community has raised over $2.1 million to oust Republicans from 40 U.S. House seats and three U.S. Senate seats since first launching our effort around ActBlue’s nominee funds last year,” said Daily Kos Political Director David Nir. “Daily Kos identified an opportunity early in the cycle to leverage the strength of small-dollar grassroots fundraising to evict Republicans from seats Democrats have a strong opportunity to flip this November. We’re thrilled to see these funds from this effort get deployed to support Democratic efforts in these key states.” Daily Kos has led the way in supporting Democrats across the country this cycle, raising over $5.8 million for candidates in small, grassroots donations in 2017-2018. We will continue to analyze and invest in key races nationwide.
Eight kids from the Syrian “School for Late Heroes’ Children” have arrived to St. Petersburg and are now preparing themselves for studies in various Russian military schools, a popular daily reports. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Qatar has pledged $15 billion of direct investment in Turkey’s financial markets and banks. The news comes in a statement released on Turkey’s President’s website following his meeting with Qatar's Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. Read Full Article at RT.com
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With so much money being stuffed into Silicon Valley companies these days, it’s hard to stand out as an investor, but John Vrionis and Jyoti Bansal have what they think is a winning approach — one that’s a win for startup founders, too. A little background first. Back in May, Bansal who sold his company […]
SAP, the German-based enterprise software giant, has unveiled the New York-based cohort from its SAP.io Foundry accelerator programs focused on women-led technology companies. The first program was launched in San Francisco in July 2017, and while the company has launched additional accelerator programs in Berlin and Tel Aviv (with plans for a Paris accelerator in […]
Dating and networking app Bumble today announced the launch of Bumble Fund, a new vehicle focused on early stage investments specifically aimed at helping diverse, female entrepreneurs raise capital for their businesses. Sarah Jones Simmer, Bumble Chief Operating Officer, will lead Bumble Fund’s investment strategy along with Bumble Senior Advisor, Sarah Kunst, the company says. “Investing […]
A few months ago, Google announced Google One, its new subscription program for getting more Google Drive storage and other perks. Over the course of the last few weeks, Google slowly rolled existing Drive subscribers over to a Google One membership and starting today, new users can sign up for a One subscription, too. Google […]
As summer comes to a close and the leaves begin to brown, the gaming world goes through its own sort of transition. A handful of new titles prep for launch, including Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. But unlike previous CoD titles, Black Ops 4 represents a counter-attack on the world’s biggest game, Fortnite Battle […]
It’s no secret Sorry to Bother You is an amazing movie, and that director Boots’ Riley’s film debut tackles social and economic issues in one of the best satirical works of the decade. It’s […] The post Sorry to Bother You, But Listen to The Coup Right Now appeared first on Geek.com.
Justin Favela creates colorful artworks that center around his identity as a queer Latinx artist living in the Southwestern United States. The artist’s piñata-inspired pieces reference his Mexican and Guatemalan heritage and explore elements associated with his family, pop culture, food dishes, and the art world. Each life-size installation or colorful nature-based “painting” is constructed by layering multi-colored cut paper or using the papier-mâché technique seen on the popular party object. “I have been making a lot of work using the piñata as a medium because I see it as the perfect symbol that stands for my identity and by using it, I am reclaiming the piñata and the culture it represents,” Favela tells Colossal. More
Forget world peace and global warming: Researchers have finally found a way to extend the life of smartphone batteries by up to an hour each day. A team at the University of Waterloo […] The post Mobile App Extends Smartphone Battery 10-25 Percent appeared first on Geek.com.
“Ten minutes in the future, the world runs on an economy of job shares and apps, including Reapr: a crowdfunding platform to fund assassinations. Charlie Ellison leads a quiet, normal life until she’s […] The post Buy This Comic: CROWDED #1 appeared first on Geek.com.
Thanks to games like PUBG and Fortnite, the battle royale genre is enjoying a surge in popularity. It seems you can’t turn your head without seeing another game deliver its own take on […] The post H1Z1: Battle Royale is a Fine, if Average Battle Royale Game appeared first on Geek.com.
Photographer Christy Lee Rogers produces luminous scenes of swirling figures swathed in colorful fabrics. She creates a painterly quality in her large-scale images not by using wet pigments, but rather by completely submerging her subjects in illuminated water and photographing them at night. The works shown here are part of Rogers’ most recent series, titled ‘Muses’, which were in response to a year of personal loss. She shared in an interview that “these final images represent a soft and peaceful place that I imagine exists, where you can be free to let go and experience the beauty surrounding you.” Rogers grew up in Hawaii and continues to shoot there, though she now lives in Nashville. More
Ben Simmons used an emoji and nothing else in a tweet to laugh off a recent report that he’s considering switching shooting hands.The source of the latest speculation that the budding Philadelphia 76ers superstar could be considering a switch to being a right-handed shooter came courtesy of Marc Stein of The New York Times.“Also remember: It’s August, people,” Stein wrote in a column published Tuesday that incidentally celebrated #LeftHandersDay. “Don’t get too heated here — not over this. If Simmons goes all righty this season, as some expect, we will adjust.” Simmons has been known to use his right hand when messing around on the court or occasionally during games to shoot layups and the like. There’s also the fact that Simmons writes and eats with his right hand, among other things. However, Simmons, for all intents and purposes, is a left-handed player. And for what it’s worth, Simmons was a 54.5 percent shooter from the field in 2016-17. However, Simmons missed every three-point shot attempted last seaso
Jalen Ramsey knows no limits when it comes to speaking his mind, and the star cornerback proved this week that he is willing to share his opinion — no matter how insulting — on just about any player in the NFL.In a highly entertaining interview with Clay Skipper of GQ Magazine, Ramsey unloaded on Josh Allen, Joe Flacco and several other quarterbacks. Basically, the Jacksonville Jaguars star feels there are a handful of good QBs in the league and the rest range from average to “trash.” Let’s begin with Ramsey’s thoughts on Buffalo Bills rookie Josh Allen.“I think Allen is trash. I don’t care what nobody say. He’s trash,” Ramsey said. “And it’s gonna show too. That’s a stupid draft pick to me. We play them this year, and I’m excited as hell. I hope he’s their starting quarterback. He played at Wyoming. Every time they played a big school—like, they played Iowa State, which is not a big school in my opinion because I went to Florida State, and he threw five interceptions, and they lost by a couple touchdowns or
Manchester City’s title defense got off to a good start this weekend with a 0-2 victory over Arsenal. But today brings with it some bad news. Midfield maestro Kevin De Bruyne could miss up to three months after suffering a knee injury in training. According to Goal’s City correspondent Sam Lee, the knee injury is believed to be that serious.“De Bruyne has suffered a knee injury, as @City_Watch revealed earlier. There are fears he could be out for around three months. He’s on crutches and will have more tests done in Manchester and Barcelona in the next few days.”City’s squad is loaded with talent, but losing De Bruyne would be rough. He has 37 Premier League assists the past two seasons. He led the league in chances created last season. Creatively, there’s nobody that does it better than De Bruyne in the Premier League.Then again, we can’t say just how much this will impact Pep Guardiola’s side league-wise. It will sting, no doubt, but this is a side that just won he Premier League by 19 points. Their bench i
It remains unclear whether or not Dwyane Wade will lace them up for a 16th NBA season. While the veteran superstar has revealed if he does play in 2018-19 it will be with the Miami Heat, a new report suggests Wade is seriously contemplating hanging it up for good.The news comes courtesy of Hoops Hype’s Alex Kennedy via Twitter Wednesday morning. It would appear that desire is not the only thing that will determine whether or not Wade decides to play another season. As Kennedy’s tweet notes, the possibility reportedly exists that Wade and the Heat may not be able to work out a mutually satisfying deal. It seems the news Tuesday that Wade would play one final season with the Heat before retiring was at least premature.Wade looks to be still be putting in the work to stay in shape, though, which is encouraging for those hoping to see him suit up again. Regardless of whether or not Wade, 36, opts to make a go of it for one last run, there’s no question he’ll retire as one of the best to ever play the game. In oth
The Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers are holding joint practices this week, and there’s always a risk of things getting heated when players from opposing teams share the field. DeAndre Hopkins and Jimmie Ward showed us a prime example of that on Wednesday.Ward got physical with Hopkins during drills, and the star wide receiver’s helmet ended up popping off. Ward then tried to strip the ball away from Hopkins after the play had ended, and DeAndre didn’t appreciate it. That’s when punches started flying. Physical altercations during practice happen all the time, but Mike Garafolo of NFL Network noted that Bill O’Brien felt the scrum was enough to warrant Hopkins being kicked off the field.While coaches would probably rather see their players fighting with opponents than throwing swings at each other, the last thing they need is a star player getting injured because tempers flared.
Team principal Ricardo Juncos revealed the plan to bring his championship-winning open-wheeled team to the series just a week after the JDC-Miller squad also announced it was to run two Cadillacs, switching across from its LMP2 Orecas. “Our entry into the top class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship represents a significant step forward for our company and also bolsters the depth ... ... Keep reading