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Special Project | Hatewatch: Charlottesville and Beyond, Week Ending August 19, 2017

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  • Keeping an Eye on the Radical Right
  • 8 New items including:

1) SPLC releases new edition of Ten Ways to Fight Hate guide after Charlottesville attack.
2) Charlottesville violence: As American as apple pie
3) It’s a dark moment for America — and our president personally made this possible.
4) Trump's America, Month Eight: Blood on the Pavement in Charlottesville
5) Welcoming the Fascists to Charlottesville
6) Charlottesville Survivor: There's No Question, This Was Terrorism.
7) Down With Confederate Monuments: An Interview With a Charlottesville Black Lives Matter Activist.
8) From “All Lives Matter” to the terror in Charlottesville: How the media’s phony fairness got us here

Related: No, Mr. Trump, It’s Not About Bigotry On All Sides: The Violent White Supremacist Rally In Charlottesville, Explained

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/For%20Social%20Revolution.jpg1) SPLC releases new edition of Ten Ways to Fight Hate guide after Charlottesville attack, Southern Poverty Leadership Conference (SPLC) 
August 14, 2017  In response to recent events, including the deadly white nationalist violence in Charlottesville this weekend, the SPLC today released a new edition of Ten Ways to Fight Hate, its longstanding guide for effectively – and peacefully – taking a stand against bigotry.

 

2) Charlottesville violence: As American as apple pie, D. Watkins, Salon 
Monday, Aug 14, 2017 | Trump, Breitbart, Fox News and many others should own this outrage — but what happened has deep American roots.

3) It’s a dark moment for America — and our president personally made this possible, Bob Cesca, Salon
Monday, Aug 14, 2017 | Donald Trump hasn't just tolerated this upsurge of fascist violence — he enabled and encouraged it. Now he must go.
 

4) Trump's America, Month Eight: Blood on the Pavement in Charlottesville
Greg Palast, Truthout 
Monday, August 14, 2017 | It took just eight months for some of our worst fears about the Trump presidency to come true, as demonstrated by these photos of brutal racist violence in Charlottesville. Coupled with Virginia's purging of voter rolls, Saturday's attacks and Trump's lukewarm response show that white supremacy is alive and well in Charlottesville and beyond.
Read the Article and View the Photos 

5) Welcoming the Fascists to Charlottesville, David Swanson, davidswanson.org


August 10, 2017 | I have mixed emotions about the fact that I’ll be missing the latest big fascism rally here in Charlottesville, because I’ll be elsewhere participating in kayak trainings for an upcoming Flotilla to the Pentagon for Peace and the Environment.
I’m delighted to miss the fascism and the racism and the hatred and the gun-toting lunacy. I’m sorry to miss being here to speak against it.
I’m hopeful that there might be something resembling a disciplined nonviolent and nonhateful opposition presence, but strongly suspect that a small number of violent and hateful opponents of racism will ruin that.



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6) Charlottesville Survivor: There's No Question, This Was Terrorism
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

August 14, 2017 | Brandy Gonzalez survived the car rampage in Charlottesville on Saturday that killed one protester and injured many more. While Trump went days without condemning white supremacists for the violence, Gonzalez says the incident was an act of terrorism. Such incidents will not intimidate her or prevent her from standing against white supremacy, she says.
Watch the Video and Read the Transcript  

7) Down With Confederate Monuments: An Interview With a Charlottesville Black Lives Matter Activist, Sarah Jaffe, Truthout

Lisa Woolfork is a member of the Black Lives Matter chapter in Charlottesville, Virginia, who worked with a broad coalition to oppose the massive gathering of white nationalists that rocked the city with violence over the weekend. The tragedies in Charlottesville make it clear that Confederate monuments are not just "symbols" of white supremacy, Woolfork says. Allowing them to stand for decades was a racist action leading to many more.
Read the Interview and Listen to the Audio 

8) From “All Lives Matter” to the terror in Charlottesville: How the media’s phony fairness got us here, Chauncey DeVega, Salon 

August 14, 2017 | Too much of the media was complicit in the rise of Trump, and refuses to call white supremacy by its true name.

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No, Mr. Trump, It’s Not About Bigotry On All Sides: The Violent White Supremacist Rally In Charlottesville, Explained, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 
Part 1: Unite The Right, The Violent White Supremacist Rally In Charlottesville, Explained
The alt-right rally was a coming-out party for resurgent white racist movement in America.
Part 2: No, Mr. Trump, It’s Not About Bigotry On All Sides: It’s About White Supremacists
What we are witnessing are … movements that are interested in provoking violence and are, in many cases, well-armed.

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No, Mr. Trump, It’s Not About Bigotry On All Sides: The Violent White Supremacist Rally In Charlottesville, Explained

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  • Part 1: Unite The Right, The Violent White Supremacist Rally In Charlottesville, Explained
    • The alt-right rally was a coming-out party for resurgent white racist movement in America.
  • Part 2:No, Mr. Trump, It’s Not About Bigotry On All Sides: It’s About White Supremacists
    • What we are witnessing are … movements that are interested in provoking violence and are, in many cases, well-armed.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: Unite The Right, The Violent White Supremacist Rally In Charlottesville, Explained


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The alt-right rally was a coming-out party for resurgent white racist movement in America.


Dara Lind, Vox / Portside

August 12, 2017 Hundreds of protesters descended upon Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday for a “Unite the Right” rally: a belated coming-out party for an emboldened white nationalist movement in the United States.

The rally was dispersed by police minutes after its scheduled start at noon, after clashes between rally goers and counter-protesters, and after a torchlit pre-rally march Friday night descended into violence. But activity is ongoing, with some rally goers engaging in a march instead.

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Part 2:No, Mr. Trump, It’s Not About Bigotry On All Sides: It’s About White Supremacists


 
One dead after car plows into anti-racist demo in Charlottesville, Ryan M. Kelly/The Daily Progress

 

Progressives should stop using the term “alt-Right” and recognize that what we are witnessing are neofascist movements, movements that are interested in provoking violence and are, in many cases well-armed.

Bill Fletcher, Jr.billfletcherJr.com / Portside 

August 12, 2017 | I sat here listening to Trump’s remarks in connection with the violence carried out by neofascists in Charlottesville this afternoon, violence which has resulted in the death of at least one anti-fascist.  He condemned bigotry on what he called all sides.


Once again Trump obscures reality.  He either ignores the violence and terrorism carried out against traditionally oppressed groups, e.g., attacks on mosques, or he uses evasive language in order to avoid pointing the finger at the real perpetrators of racist violence.

Bill Fletcher, Jr. has been an activist since his teen years. Upon graduating from college he went to work as a welder in a shipyard, thereby entering the labor movement. Over the years he has been active in workplace and community struggles as well as electoral campaigns. He has worked for several labor unions in addition to serving as a senior staffperson in the national AFL-CIO.

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The Age of No Privacy: The Surveillance State Shifts Into High Gear

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  • You have, unless you want to stay locked up in a super-secure room all day, virtually zero privacy. 
  • “We are rapidly entering the age of no privacy, where everyone is open to surveillance at all times; where there are no secrets from government.” ― William O. Douglas, Supreme Court Justice 
  • Related: Fake Human Rights News? What the Mainstream Media Is Not Telling You, Week Ending July 29, 2017

John W. Whitehead, Rutherford Institute  / Straight Line Logic

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Indeed, it has mastered the art of stealth maneuvers and end-runs around the Constitution.

It knows all too well how to hide its nefarious, covert, clandestine activities behind the classified language of national security and terrorism. And when that doesn’t suffice, it obfuscates, complicates, stymies or just plain bamboozles the public into remaining in the dark.

http://rutherford.org/files_images/general/Commentary_JohnWhitehead_150x150.jpg?v=1438353556 Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute. His new book Battlefield America: The War on the American People (SelectBooks, 2015) is available online.

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Fake Human Rights News? What the Mainstream Media Is Not Telling You, Week Ending July 29, 2017, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Mexicans and Chinese Aren’t “Stealing Our Jobs”
  • Class and Race Are Never an Excuse to Gloat Over State Atrocities.
  • Police hunt and kill black people like Philando Castile.
  • SPLC board member visits America’s ‘huddled masses’ at an immigrant detention center.
  • Islamophobia Is the Glue That Unites Diverse Factions of the Far Right
  • Reporters face 70 years in prison over anti-Trump march.

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Fake Human Rights News? What the Mainstream Media Is Not Telling You, Week Ending July 29, 2017

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If you solely rely on the Western media for enlightenment, your acquired knowledge is plain ignorance. You will never learn the truth because they simply manipulate the news. Learn the truth in our selection of articles below. 

  • Mexicans and Chinese Aren’t “Stealing Our Jobs”
  • Class and Race Are Never an Excuse to Gloat Over State Atrocities.
  • Police hunt and kill black people like Philando Castile.
  • SPLC board member visits America’s ‘huddled masses’ at an immigrant detention center.
  • Islamophobia Is the Glue That Unites Diverse Factions of the Far Right
  • Reporters face 70 years in prison over anti-Trump march

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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May 30, 2017 | The US government, not the Mexicans and Chinese, are responsible for the drying up of vitality and risk taking, and consequently the job creation, of the economy. 

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June 21, 2017 | If there is anything redeeming to come of this (the death of 22-year-old Otto Warmbier, it should be a wake-up call to all of us to change the way we think about human rights and stop a terrible trajectory of public rhetoric. He still had a right not to be kidnapped and killed by an evil government.

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  • June 2017 | Police harassment and violence, and the ways the system facilitate and enable it, are not exceptional to the US. They are part of what makes the US what it is.
  • “We are being hunted,” Valerie Castile said before the acquittal even came out. And so it makes sense that there was no redress for her son from a “justice” system that works hand in hand with the police who do the hunting.

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June 28, 2017 | Hidden away in the woods of southwest Georgia sits the euphemistically named Stewart Detention Center. The facility, owned and operated by the for-profit corporation CoreCivic, holds men that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is seeking to deport.

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Friday, July 14, 2017 | In order to confront the current wave of Islamophobia, it is crucial to understand how different far-right groups are deploying it as a unifying tool -- and how this affects the growth of the far right as a whole.

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Two journalists are among more than 200 people facing felony charges after mass arrests at Inauguration Day rally.

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After Minneapolis police shooting of Justine Damond, it's time to decide who runs this town.

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Justine Damond “was the bright light the world needed today,” cried out friend Denise Houser as she visited the makeshift memorial that was left at the scene where a Minneapolis police officer shot and killed Damond on Saturday night. Elizabeth Flores; Star Tribune 

  • I say it's us civilians, and we insist on the reforms the Police Department resists and its political patrons have shrunk from. 
  • Right now, as a lifelong Minneapolitan, I’m ashamed for my community.
  • Related: Sally Yates Rips Jeff Sessions’ Defense For Harsher Criminal Sentences

Richard G. Carlson, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune 

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We’ve been here for a long time. We’ve been progressives for a long time. And right now, as a lifelong Minneapolitan, I’m ashamed for my community.

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Richard G. Carlson, of Minneapolis, is a retired assistant Hennepin County public defender.

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Sally Yates Rips Jeff Sessions’ Defense For Harsher Criminal Sentences, Sam Levine, HuffPost 

  • “While there is always room to debate the most effective approach to criminal justice, that debate should be based on facts, not fear.”
  • Related: Smart on Crime: An Alternative to the Tough vs. Soft Debate
  • Related: Prison Reform: Justice vs. Revenge

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A new American revolution: Can we find the language — and build a movement — to break out of our nation’s culture of cruelty?

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  • Fighting back against the right's politics of exclusion can be a path toward rebuilding American democracy.
  • Related: Sally Yates Rips Jeff Sessions’ Defense For Harsher Criminal Sentences

Henry A. Giroux, Salon

Tuesday, Jul 4, 2017 | The health care reform bills proposed by Republicans in the House and Senate have generated heated discussions across a vast ideological and political spectrum. On the right, senators such as Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have endorsed a new level of cruelty – one that has a long history among the radical right — by arguing that the current Senate bill does not cut enough social services and provisions for the poor, children, the elderly and other vulnerable groups and needs to be even more friendly to corporate interests by providing massive tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

Among right-wing pundits, the message is similar. For instance, Fox News commentator Lisa Kennedy Montgomery, in a discussion about the Senate bill, stated without apparent irony that rising public concerns over the suffering, misery and death that would result from this policy bordered on “hysteria” since “we are all going to die anyway.” Montgomery’s ignorance about the relationship between access to health care and lower mortality rates is about more than ignorance. It is about a culture of cruelty that is buttressed by a moral coma.

Henry A. Giroux currently holds the Global TV Network Chair Professorship at McMaster University in the English and Cultural Studies Department and a Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Ryerson University.

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http://stmedia.stimg.co/ows_145653429657613.jpg?w=525Sally Yates Rips Jeff Sessions’ Defense For Harsher Criminal Sentences, Sam Levine, HuffPost 

  • “While there is always room to debate the most effective approach to criminal justice, that debate should be based on facts, not fear.”
  • Related: Smart on Crime: An Alternative to the Tough vs. Soft Debate
  • Related: Prison Reform: Justice vs. Revenge

 

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Five Truths About Voter Suppression

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The strength of American democracy depends on the ability of citizens to express their fundamental right to vote. Instead of pursuing the myth of voter fraud and encouraging tougher restrictions on voting, the Trump administration should work to fight voter suppression and expand the electorate.

Connor Maxwell and Danielle Root, American Progress

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May 12, 2017 | The United States has a troubled history of voter suppression. Prior to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, many states used policies such as poll taxes and literacy tests to prevent African Americans from voting. Even after the voting barriers of the Jim Crow era were removed more than 50 years ago, some lawmakers continue to pursue policies that would undermine our nation’s progress.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Millian%20Fists%20%7C%20Illusion.jpg Under the guise of tackling voter fraud, 14 states adopted measures to restrict voting ahead of the 2016 election. These measures, including strict voter ID requirements and reductions in early voting opportunities and polling places, created barriers for tens of thousands of low-income citizens and citizens of color. Alarmingly, five of the 14 states have a history of racial discrimination in voting and previously had to seek federal approval before changing their voting laws and procedures.

Connor Maxwell  is a Research Associate for Progress 2050 at the Center for American Progress. Danielle Root is the Voting Rights Manager for the Democracy and Government team at the Center.

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Special Report | Disability : Hundreds of Thousands of People with Disabilities Blocked from College Aid

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  • When offices set up to assist people with disabilities become obstacles.
  • Eligible but Got Nothing
  • Related: US Education System Fails Students with Disabilities

Meredith Kolodner, The Hechinger Report / AlterNet

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September 27, 2016 | Wendy Thompson always knew she wanted her son to go to college, but she didn’t realize so many people would disagree.

Her son was born with cerebral palsy, a disease that has him using a wheelchair, but has little impact on his academic abilities. He graduated from high school with a Regents diploma in 2013 — a feat accomplished by only 18 percent of students with disabilities in New York City that year, compared to 70 percent of students without disabilities.

Meredith Kolodner was an education reporter at the N.Y. Daily News for three years. Before that she covered the United Federation of Teachers and several other city unions for The Chief-Leader newspaper.

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US Education System Fails Students with Disabilities, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Tuesday focuses his quest to improve classroom performance on the 6.5 million students with disabilities, including many who perform poorly on standardized tests.
  • Part 1: These States Are Failing To Follow Disability Law, U.S. Says
  • Part 2: Why Are Huge Numbers of Disabled Students Dropping Out of College?
  • Colleges are full of it!

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