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  • New Citizen’s Safety Task Force pledges to take solutions to community gun violence

    11/11/2020 1:10:55 PM PST · by Pining_4_TX · 6 replies ^ | 11/09/20 | Nadeen Yanes
    In Mina’s report, he said homicides were up in Orange County by 22%. However, deputies have made 246 gang-related arrests and got more than 1,200 guns off the street. But right after the presentation, community activist and task force members challenged the law enforcement leaders in conversation on broadly using the term gangs. “It seemed like the reports were targeting heavily populated African American areas,” said member T.J. Legacy Cole. “You have to be careful when using that broad scope,” added Michael Scott, with the organization My Brother’s Keeper. “If I hang with the bad guy and you say I’m...
  • From useful idiots to just plain idiots now: how the US has betrayed Hong Kong activists

    10/31/2020 8:19:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 10/31/2020 | Yonden Lhatoo
    Wait, what really happened at the United States Consulate General in Hong Kong on October 27 when four young anti-China activists suddenly turned up at the gates with the intention of seeking asylum? The official silence from the US and Beijing governments has been deafening – which is kind of understandable, given the high political sensitivity and potential for a damaging flare-up at a time of extreme tensions between the two powers, with Hong Kong caught in the middle – but let’s look at what we do know so far. One of our reporters personally witnessed the four running up...
  • Academic Teachers and Political Activists

    10/17/2020 8:45:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    American ^ | October 17, 2020 | John Ellis
    Public concern about higher education is clearly widespread. The causes are many: ugly treatment of visiting speakers, a stifling political uniformity resulting in ideological extremism and hatred, and fringe radical ideas seeping out of the campuses into the wider world. Less publicly visible are numerous recent studies that tell us how little most recent graduates have benefited from higher education. They record astonishing deficiencies in reasoning, writing, reading, basic knowledge, and civics. But with all this, the public is still uncertain. Most see the symptoms but don’t quite know what to make of them, and so continue to send their...
  • Democrats Failed The Convention Optics Test

    08/28/2020 12:50:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 28, 2020 | Ben Domenech
    In comparing the DNC and RNC, the optics and the policy contrasts could not have been clearer. And that was even before the fireworks. In the past two weeks of conventions, during which DemocratsÂ’ media champions have increasingly raised alarms about the direction of the race, is that this year the optics of these conventions mattered most, and could not have been more different. And they should worry Democrats. Very few people tune in to these things who arenÂ’t already decided about who they want to support. Undecideds are often the spouse of the decided viewer, gleaning information about what...
  • COVID-19 canceled mass protests. Here’s what youth climate activists are doing instead.

    08/09/2020 11:00:39 AM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Grist ^ | 8/09/20 | Lauren Aratani
    **SNIP** Then in the wake of Donald Trump’s election, youth movements began building campaigns and gaining visibility, with climate change growing as a key issue, driven in part by the burgeoning Sunrise Movement, which was founded in 2017. In preparation for the 2018 midterm elections, the Sunrise Movement began training young activists to canvass for candidates who were proponents of renewable energy and publicly confront incumbents who take money from the fossil fuel industry. When the 2018 midterms came around, 20 percent more young Americans ages 18 to 29 went out to vote compared to the last midterms in 2014,...
  • Seattle City Council advances cuts to police but they fall short of activists’ rallying cries

    08/08/2020 7:12:30 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/07/20 | Tim Gruver
    The Seattle Police Department will not see a 50 percent budget cut this year following a Wednesday vote by the Seattle City Council, despite seeing a number of cuts across the board. A proposal by Seattle City Council member and Socialist Alternative member Kshama Sawant sought to immediately cut $54 million from the Seattle police budget and another $34 million for affordable housing. The proposal saw seven council members voting against, with Sawant being the sole vote in favor. Another council member abstained. The department's proposed 2020 budget is over $400 million total. A number of other police budget cuts...
  • Activists Build Tent City To Show What Could Happen Without Affordable Housing Around Obama Library

    06/18/2020 4:04:02 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Chicago Reporter ^ | 6/12/20 | Maxwell Evans
    WOODLAWN - Dozens of members of a coalition fighting for affordable housing protections in the neighborhoods surrounding the future Obama Presidential Center set up a “tent city” Thursday in a city-owned, vacant lot, warning that’s what the city could look like if people are displaced. Members of the Obama CBA Coalition set up for the day in Woodlawn to outline their demands. Their expansive community benefits agreement, drafted to prevent displacement in advance of the Obama Presidential Center’s planned construction in Jackson Park, has stalled in City Council for nearly a year. Organizers are demanding changes to the scaled-back protections...
  • City of Cayce releases statement, video regarding confrontation with “activists”

    06/10/2020 10:00:22 AM PDT · by The_Media_never_lie · 39 replies
    West Metro News ^ | June 9, 2020 | Terry Ward
    Statement releasesd by Ashley Hunter – City of Cayce Spokeswoman – In Monday, at 8:11 p.m., a call was made to the Cayce Department of Public Safety. The complainant stated that two females with young children in strollers were vandalizing the Cayce Riverwalk with paint. Two females, matching the description of the suspects, including the strollers, were observed at 8:20 PM leaving the West Columbia Riverwalk Park and Amphitheater. One Cayce Department of Public Safety officer then attempted to speak to both of the females and observed paint on their clothing and their person.
  • UFO Subreddit Was Subject to Systemic Censorship

    05/26/2020 9:18:58 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    vicebrazil ^ | May 21 2020, | Matthew Gault
    Reddit’s premier gathering place for all things UFO—was automatically blocking posts that used the words “Navy” or “Pentagon,” and was also deleting posts about a recent incident in Brazil. This censorship has led to infighting on the subreddit. /r/UFO moderator axolotl_peyotl cried foul when he noticed other moderators culling posts with the word “Brazil” days after people filmed a UFO above Magé When axolotl_peyotl checked the automod, he found that ‘Brazil’ had recently been added to the list of restricted words. “I could also see the history of the edits on the spam filter. And not only that, one of...
  • Questions of unity between activist groups dominate social justice panel

    03/05/2020 6:54:56 AM PST · by ml/nj · 3 replies
    Cavalier Daily (UVa) ^ | March 4, 2020 | Mackenzie Williams
    The event turned controversial when a question from the audience started a discussion about how different marginalized groups should work together
  • Court temporarily blocks NC from requiring photo ID at polls in 2020

    12/27/2019 4:55:25 PM PST · by justme4now · 45 replies
    WTVD-AP ^ | 12/27/2019
    Republican senators Warren Daniel and Joyce Krawiec released a joint statement on the court order. "An overwhelming majority of North Carolina voters amended the state Constitution to require voter ID, and an unelected judge just suppressed their votes. The bill to implement that amendment was passed by a bipartisan supermajority and was even sponsored by a Democrat. It provides more ways to comply with the ID requirement than almost any state in the country, including issuing free IDs. We urge the Attorney General's office and the State Board of Elections to immediately appeal this decision, since this vote-suppressing judge won't...
  • Birth coach is 'hounded out' of industry charity Doula UK after transgender...

    11/03/2019 5:57:04 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 34 replies
    A birth coach has been ‘ostracised’ by her professional organisation after transgender activists branded as offensive a Facebook post in which she said that only women can have babies. Lynsey McCarthy-Calvert, 45, was forced to stand down as spokesperson for Doula UK and has since resigned altogether from the national organisation for birth coaches. Her exit comes after transgender rights activists triggered an investigation in which Doula UK concluded her message breached its equality and diversity guidelines. They did not expel the mother- of-four, who has been a doula – who provide continuous support during pregnancy – for six years,...
  • Why climate change activists are coming for your binge watch (only 11.23 years left)

    10/29/2019 3:34:56 PM PDT · by Libloather · 38 replies
    NY Post ^ | 10/28/19 | Hannah Sparks
    Netflix is having a chilling impact on the environment, a new study finds. Climate scientists are railing against streaming TV and movie services, which they’re calling “a waste of resources at all levels.” Researchers estimate that watching a half-hour show via an on-demand video app emits 1.6 kilograms of carbon dioxide into the environment - the equivalent of driving almost 4 miles, according to Maxime Efoui-Hess of Paris-based nonprofit the Shift Project. The study reports that while 34 percent of traffic goes to streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu, the second-leading source comes from web porn. The...

    01/16/2011 8:42:35 AM PST · by combat_boots · 96 replies · 4+ views
    In the 1960s, I came across a small training manual distributed by the Communist Party that showed how a small group of people – as few as four – could dominate a much larger group and sway the outcome of any action taken by that group. It was called the Diamond Technique. The principle is based on the fact that people in groups tend to be effected by mass psychology. They derive comfort and security from being aligned with the majority, especially if controversy or conflict is involved. Even if they do not like what the majority is doing, if...
  • Extinction Rebellion 'lose control of fake blood hose'

    10/03/2019 10:40:20 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 34 replies
    BBC ^ | 10 03 2019 | Staff
    Climate change activists' plan to spray fake blood on the Treasury did not get off to the best start. Extinction Rebellion protesters used a hose from an old fire engine to spray 1,800 litres liquid at the 100 year-old building, but they quickly lost control of the powerful water jet. Protesters say they are "highlighting the inconsistency between the UK government’s insistence that the UK is a world leader in tackling climate breakdown, and the vast sums it pours into fossil fuel exploration". The Met Police said five men and three women had been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.
  • Democrats reject climate debate push from activists (only 11.45 years left)

    08/24/2019 7:08:23 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    NBC News ^ | 8/24/19
    SAN FRANCISCO — The Democratic National Committee on Saturday quashed a push from climate activists and some national party members who want a 2020 presidential primary debate devoted exclusively to the climate crisis. The national party committee voted 222-137 at its summer meeting in San Francisco against a resolution that effectively would have rolled back debate rules set by Chairman Tom Perez and freed presidential candidates to participate in a climate-only debate. The move drew rebukes from the Sunrise Movement and other activists who say the party leadership is ignoring young voters' priorities. "The Democratic Party needs the energy and...
  • Liberal Activist: ‘Communist’ Is Code For The N-Word

    07/16/2019 7:58:21 AM PDT · by rktman · 32 replies ^ | 7/16/2019 | Matt Vespa
    President Donald Trump and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) took Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) to the woodshed over their perceived (though probable) anti-Americanism and their left-wing agenda, the latter of which veers into extremism. Omar refuses to condemn terrorists, Tlaib wrote a post for Nation of Islam leader and rabid anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan’s blog, Pressley said those black and Hispanic lawmakers of color who side with House Speaker Pelosi are pretty much race traitors, and AOC has a green new deal that will all but wreck the economy. And we haven’t...
  • Activists Are Trying To Force Mastercard To Cut Off Payments To The Far Right

    05/01/2019 6:48:09 PM PDT · by Libloather · 39 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 5/01/19 | Mark Di Stefano
    Activists have successfully forced Mastercard to hold a vote by shareholders on a proposal which, if passed, could see the company monitoring payments to global far-right political leaders and white supremacist groups. The proposal aims to see Mastercard establish an internal “human rights committee” that would stop designated white supremacist groups and anti-Islam activists, such as Tommy Robinson, from getting access to money sent from donors using the company’s card payment services. It’s been conceived by US-based political activists SumOfUs, who want to escalate the battle against white supremacists and far-right groups from tech platforms like Facebook, Google, Twitter, Patreon,...
  • Environmental activists sit amongst discarded plastic bottles, shopping bags, single-use coffee cups

    04/20/2019 5:57:17 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/19/19 | Joseph Curtis
    They have been brought disruption to London for days while campaigning for more to be done to protect the environment from climate change. But protesters from Extinction Rebellion appear to be less bothered about plastic waste after being spotted surrounded by bottles and coffee cups in central London. Plastic carrier bags and disposable coffee cups from chain shops are dotted around their bags and blankets in Oxford Circus as well as separate demonstrations in Marble Arch and outside Jeremy Corbyn's house in Islington. Single-use plastic has become a huge environmental concern with around 104million tonnes dumped in the natural world...
  • Jussie Smollett learned how to lie from his communist mother

    03/27/2019 8:55:32 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies ^ | 3/27/2019 | M. Catharine Evans
    I have been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one. I would not be my mother's son if I was capable of one drop of what I've been accused of. Mother Janet Harris Smollett taught him well — lies are facts that will happen sometime, somewhere, because America is a racist, oppressive country. Janet has quite a history of intimate involvement with communists, black supremacists, and Black Panthers, so it is no surprise that Jussie was involved in an anti-Trump hoax with his red diaper baby upbringing. Jussie's tweets about President Trump during the campaign and after...