Daily Archives: June 9, 2020

2020-06-09: News Headlines

Mark Gruenberg (2020-06-09). Stephen Smith, progressive W.V. candidate, turns campaign into anti-COVID battalion. peoplesworld.org CHARLESTON, W. VA.—Going into the start of this year's West Virginia gubernatorial election campaign, Stephen Smith, director of a grassroots kids and families coalition for the last six years, knew what he had to do. As the progressive in the race, Smith faced two establishment candidates in the state's June 9 Democratic primary: Ben Solango …

Thierry Meyssan (2020-06-09). What the US protests reveal. thealtworld.com Anti-racism protests in the United States have rapidly evolved into a promotion of the ideas championed by the Democratic Party. It was no longer a question of fighting for equality in law for all or challenging the prejudices of certain police officers, but of reopening a cultural conflict at the risk of a new Civil War. | Protests across the West against racism in the United States are masking the evolution of the conflict there. It has evolved from a questioning of the remnants of black slavery to a conflict that could challenge the integrity of the country. | Last week I pointed out that the United States sho…

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-06-09). The Democratic Party Exists To Co-Opt And Kill Authentic Change Movements. thealtworld.com ESTRAGON: Well, shall we go? | VLADIMIR: Yes, let's go. | [They do not move.] | Curtain. | So ends both acts of the Samuel Beckett play Waiting for Godot. One of the two main characters suggest leaving, the other agrees, followed by the stage direction that both remain motionless until curtain. | This is also the entire role of the Democratic Party. To enthusiastically agree with American support for movements calling for real changes which benefit ordinary people, while making no actual moves to provide no such changes. The actors read the lines, but remain motionless. | Barack Obama made a whole political caree…

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-06-09). The Democratic Party Exists to Co-Opt and Kill Movements. theantimedia.com Barack Obama made a whole political career out of this.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-06-08). Congressional Dems unveil big police reform package. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Responding to the mass movement for comprehensive change in the nation's police departments — which itself is just one facet of the wider movement against racism in the U.S. — congressional Democrats have unveiled a massive package of police reforms. The lawmakers flew into D.C., despite the coronavirus pandemic, to showcase the Justice In Policing …

WSWS (2020-06-08). Buffalo, New York mayor protects police in attack on 75-year-old. wsws.org The Democratic mayor's comments follow another week of vicious police assaults against peaceful protesters across the country.

Hawzhin Azeez (2020-06-07). Police abolition and other revolutionary lessons from Rojava. zcomm.org Democratic confederalism, the ideological framework organizing society in Rojava, outlines the features of a post-revolutionary justice system…

Staff (2020-06-09). Headlines for June 9, 2020. democracynow.org Thousands Pay Their Respects in Houston as George Floyd Is Remembered by His Family, Chauvin Appears in Court, Bail Set at Over $1 Million, Video Shows Texas Police Killing Black Man After Minor Traffic Violation as He Pleads "I Can't Breathe", New Mexico Officer Charged with Killing Man in Neck Restraint During Traffic Stop, Democrats Unveil Police Reform Legislation, Take Knee to Remember George Floyd, Ramsey Orta, Who Filmed Police Killing Eric Garner, Released from Prison, Peaceful Protesters Injured and Killed Around the Country by Cars Ramming into Crowds, Protesters Establish Autonomous Zone Around Seattle…

Andrey Areshev (2020-06-09). Liberal Leaders Aiding and Abetting Rioters Just the Latest Campaign Strategy to Usurp Trump. strategic-culture.org In a fractious election year that has already witnessed Russiagate, impeachment and a pandemic, Americans are now forced to contend with the malignant scourge of rioting and looting following the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a white cop. Now, many Democrats seem content to the let the whole house burn down to achieve some sort of twisted justice . | To get a true sense of the mob mentality that is now leading the United States straight to the abyss, you could do no worse than a visit to the nation's embattled capital. There, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser recently evicted 1,200 members of the…

Andrey Areshev (2020-06-08). What Is 'Systemic Racism,' Really? strategic-culture.org Feels like another power grab designed to humiliate white middle and working class 'deplorables' already hunkered down and defensive. | Robert MERRY | Sometimes big political developments arrive in the country like Sandburg's fog, on little cat feet, silent and unnoticed until they envelop the nation. The emergence of Donald Trump four years ago is an example. Though a loud and clamorous candidate, he seemed to many like a kind of political clown destined for defeat. Establishment politicians believed almost to a person that the "blue wall" of Democratic electoral dominance would hold against this guy. The Midwes…

Shaylah Ellis (2020-06-09). Wednesday 6/10: Defund OPD: Advocating to defund OPD and Reinvest into education and our community. indybay.org Meet at Walgreens on Fruitvale and Foothill to march to Mayor Libby Schaaf's house.

Shaylah Ellis (2020-06-09). Wednesday 6/10: Defund OPD: March to Mayor Libby Schaaf's House. indybay.org Meet at Walgreens on Fruitvale and Foothill to march to Mayor Libby Schaaf's house.

Repost (2020-06-09). UPRISING: The Democratic Party Exists To Co-Opt & Kill Authentic Change. indybay.org Watch them. Watch Democrats and their allied media and corporate institutions try to sell the public a bunch of words and a smattering of feeble, impotent legislation to mollify the masses, without ever giving the people the real changes that they actually need.

Staff (2020-06-09). Joe Biden and Top Democrats Won't Defund Police — But Our Cities Can. truthout.org Facing attacks from President Trump, Joe Biden's campaign said on Monday that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee would not answer the call from hundreds of thousands of people who have taken to the streets to defund local police departments. However, most local police departments are run by city governments, and momentum toward abolishing policing as we know it today is building at the local level. | Instead of slashing federal funding for local cops, Biden and Democrats in Congress have pr…

Staff (2020-06-07). Top Recipients of Police Money Include Trump and Leading Congressional Democrats. truthout.org Police reform is now a congressional priority following nationwide protests against police violence and systemic racism after the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. Many of the protests in cities across the country, including Washington, D.C., have been met with militarized force and violence. | Black Lives Matter, one of the main organizing bodies behind the protests, has long fought for transparency and accountability in response to police violence against Black communities. With Fl…

The Canary (2020-06-06). Joe Biden secures Democratic presidential nomination. thecanary.co Joe Biden has officially clinched the Democratic Party's presidential nomination, setting him up to meet Donald Trump for the leadership of a country beset by the coronavirus pandemic and civil unrest. Biden said in a statement: It was an honour to compete alongside one of the most talented groups of candidates the Democratic party has ever fielded, and I am proud to say that we are going into this general election a united party. | Biden has been his party's presumptive nominee since rival Bernie Sanders ended his campaign in April. But the former vice president's campaign had suffered setbacks with allegations o…

RT (2020-06-08). 'Democrats have gone CRAZY,' says Trump, declaring calls to defund police 'unacceptable'. rt.com US President Donald Trump stands against defunding or abolishing the police, the White House said, after he tweeted about it and accused "radical left Democrats" of being insane for entertaining the proposal. | "The president is appalled by the defund the police movement," White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said during the briefing on Monday, naming several Democrats who have called for it in recent days. | | .

RT (2020-06-08). Virtue signaling or necessary intervention? UK MP calls on govt to 'speed up' removal of all slave-trader statues. rt.com An MP has urged the UK government to help local communities "speed up" the process of removing statues of slave merchants across the nation, prompting praise, anger and cynicism by turns online, given the timing of her request. | On Monday, Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran published on Twitter the letter she sent to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Oliver Dowden, in which she asked that the UK government allow local councils to involve their communities in assessing and removing the controversial memorials to slave traders. | Statues of slave merchants shouldn't still be standing — end of s…

RT (2020-06-08). Isn't that racist? Kentucky governor vows to 'prioritize' free healthcare for African Americans. rt.com Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear intends to 'put dollars' into ensuring all of the state's African-American residents have healthcare, citing 'inequalities' in Covid-19 treatment — which was fully funded by the federal government. | "I believe health care is a basic human right," Beshear, a Democrat, said on Monday at a press conference in Frankfort. While he campaigned on providing it to everyone, "as I've been trying to hear from those who have been giving voice on in inequality… it's time to give prioritization in black and African-American communities, so we are going to do that. | "We are gonna begi…

RT (2020-06-08). Isn't that racist? Kentucky governor vows to 'prioritize' free healthcare for African-Amerians. rt.com Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear intends to 'put dollars' into ensuring all of the state's African-American residents have healthcare, citing 'inequalities' in Covid-19 treatment — which was fully funded by the federal government. | "I believe health care is a basic human right," Beshear, a Democrat, said on Monday at a press conference in Frankfort. While he campaigned on providing it to everyone, "as I've been trying to hear from those who have been giving voice on in inequality …it's time to give prioritization in black and African-American communities, so we are going to do that." | "We are gonna beg…

RT (2020-06-06). Ilhan Omar takes heat after backing call to disband Minneapolis police & replace with 'non-violent' alternative. rt.com Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar has joined a growing call to disband the Minneapolis police force, arguing it is "beyond reform" after the killing of George Floyd. Critics have pilloried the suggestion as dangerous and "asinine." | The congresswoman took to Twitter on Friday to endorse an The Minnea…

RT (2020-06-06). Biden hits delegate target to cement Democratic nomination after gaffe-prone campaign as protests overshadow election. rt.com Former Vice President Joe Biden has become the Democratic presidential nominee for 2020, scoring enough delegates to secure the nomination despite a string of embarrassing gaffes and major distractions from the race. | Also on rt.com | | Though a number of contests remain in this year's primary season, Biden reached the threshold for his party's nomination on Friday night, winning support from 1,993 delegates, according to the Associated Press."

RT (2020-06-06). George Floyd protest is 'for the benefit' of 'democratic struggles' abroad, says US group known for promoting regime change. rt.com The National Endowment for Democracy, a soft-power group mostly known for splashing government dollars on pro-US influence campaigns overseas to enforce regime change, has endorsed protests against police brutality at home. | Also on rt.com | | In a statement on Friday, the NED came out in support of the protests against the police killing of unarmed black man George Floyd, which, while originally peaceful, spiralled into violence, wreck…

RT (2020-06-06). George Floyd protest is 'for the benefit' of 'democratic struggles' abroad — US group NED, known for promoting regime change. rt.com The National Endowment for Democracy, a soft-power group mostly known for splashing government dollars on pro-US influence campaigns overseas to enforce regime change, has endorsed protests against police brutality at home. | Also on rt.com | | In a statement on Friday, the NED came out in support of the protests against the police killing of unarmed black man George Floyd, which, while originally peaceful, spiralled into violence, wreck…

sputniknews (2020-06-08). Weekend Protests, Police Dismantling Starts, the Lie of Dem Leadership. sputniknews.com Democrat dinosaurs are trying to talk change while desperately blocking any new blood from joining their ranks. What's new?

yenisafak (2020-06-09). Mothers' sit-in against PKK continues in SE Turkey. yenisafak.com Dozens of mothers launched the protest on Sept. 3, 2019 in Diyarbakir province, outside the offices of the opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), a party accused by the government of having links to the PKK terror group.Solmaz Ovunc, a mother of a child who was abducted by the terror group when he was just 15, called on her son to surrender to security forces."HDP took away my son and handed it over to PKK. I want my son from HDP," Ovunc said, accusing the HDP of tricking her child into joining the terror group and going to the mountains.Omer Tokay, another protester whose son Mehmet was abducted at the age…

Mike Garrity (2020-06-08). There's a Much Better Way to Create Forest Jobs Than Ron Wyden's Big Timber Welfare Act, Pass NREPA Instead. counterpunch.org Oregon's Democratic Senator Ron Wyden recently introduced a bill (S.3684) that uses the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to throw another $10.6 billion into the Forest Service budget. That's on top of the $5.7 billion Congress already appropriated to the agency this year and comes out to a whopping $45 million a day, most of which would be

_____ (2020-06-09). The Rest Of The World Sees Uprisings, Not Riots. popularresistance.org U.S. officials, whether Democrat or Republican, pretend that only other countries violate human rights. Every year, the State Department issues a report on worldwide human rights with the heaviest criticism aimed at enemies du jour such as China, Russia, and Iran. | Human rights, as defined by U.S. officials, include freedom of the press, maintaining an independent judiciary, and civil rights. But most of the world, the United Nations included, goes further, saying human rights include the right to a job, health care, and housing, among other things. | Not surprisingly, U.S. leaders never mention authoritative in…

Ajamu Baraka (2020-06-09). Video: Ajamu Baraka on George Floyd Protests. globalresearch.ca Ajamu Baraka, National Coordinator for Black Alliance for Peace joins Camila on From the South to discuss the rebellion which has come in response to the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. | Black Alliance for Peace has called …

Ajamu Baraka (2020-06-08). No Compromise, No Retreat: Defeat the War Against the African/Black People in the U.S. and Abroad. commondreams.org The ruling class is befuddled and confused about how to respond to the ongoing street demonstrations sparked by the murder of George Floyd. (Photo: EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2020-06-06). Australian governments try to block demonstrations against police violence. wsws.org The bans and police threats are outright attacks on the right to protest, a basic democratic right, aimed at establishing a precedent for suppressing mounting social and political opposition.

news.un (2020-06-06). UNICEF condemns in 'strongest possible terms' killing of children in DR Congo. news.un.org UNICEF denounced on Saturday, an attack that killed 16 people, including five girls under age 15, in north eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

James Risen (2020-06-06). Donald Trump Is an Autocrat. It's Up to All of Us to Stop Him. zcomm.org I have a question for American leftists: Do you finally see the difference between the Democrats and Donald Trump?>

Ryan Grim (2020-06-06). Insurgent Candidates Scored Big Victories in Down-Ballot Elections. zcomm.org From New Mexico to Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., progressive challengers to Democratic incumbents scored a series of victories on Tuesday night, continuing to grind out an insurgency that in just a few years has dramatically reshaped the politics of the Democratic Party…

David Sirota (2020-06-06). 10 Things Democrats Could Do If They Actually Wanted to Stop Trump's Power Grab. zcomm.org Democrats have done a miserable job of acting as an opposition party to Trump — but not because they don't have significant power to halt his authoritarianism…

sputniknews (2020-06-06). 'Can't Stand to See This Punk in Office': Snoop Dogg Says He'll Vote For First Time in 2020. sputniknews.com The US presidential election is scheduled for 3 November 2020, with incumbent President Donald Trump facing Democratic nominee Joe Biden, who has formally cinched the nomination, having secured the necessary number of delegates.

yenisafak (2020-06-06). Washington Mayor Bowser, 'unbought and unbossed,' challenges Trump. yenisafak.com Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser has drawn a battle line right up to the White House.Bowser, one of seven black female mayors of America's 100 largest cities, on Friday declared a small but symbolic patch of the U.S. capital – a section of 16th Street bounded by a church on one side and Lafayette Square opposite the White House on the other – "Black Lives Matter Plaza."The Democratic mayor then had the District Of Columbia's departments of transportation and public works paint giant yellow letters spelling "Black Lives Matter" followed by the city's flag on the street spanning two city blocks leading to plaza. To f…

Rania Khalek (2020-06-05). Shahid Buttar vs. Pelosi + Leslie Lee + Rania Khalek + Eugene Puryear. thealtworld.com Chat about protests and presidents and everything in between with Shahid Buttar: immigrant, constitutional lawyer, DJ, MC & poet running to replace Nancy Pelosi in CA-12; journalist, activist, author, former D.C. Statehood Green Party candidate, and former PSL candidate Eugene Puryear, fresh from reporting in Minneapolis; journalist, video producer, writer and host Rania Khalek; and writer, broadcast journalist and Struggle Session co-host Leslie Lee.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-06-05). Dems Introduce Bill to Curb President's Insurrection Act Powers After Trump Threatens to Send Troops to Cities Across US. commondreams.org After President Donald Trump threatened to deploy the U.S. military in response to ongoing protests against police brutality and systemic racism in cities across the country, a group of Democratic senators on Thursday introduced legislation to curb the president's power to do so under the Insurrection Act of 1807. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…