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Mother, Advocates to Birmingham, Ala., Police: Stop Using Pepper Spray on Our Children | Southern Poverty Law Center

Mother, Advocates to Birmingham, Ala., Police: Stop Using Pepper Spray on Our Children | Southern Poverty Law Center | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
A mother whose daughters were hit with pepper spray by a police officer at their school in Birmingham, Ala., joined the SPLC and a coalition of advocacy groups today to present the city council and Mayor William Bell with a petition signed by more...
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‘Migration Is Beautiful’ Artist Favianna Rodriguez Talks Immigrant Rights and Art’s

‘Migration Is Beautiful’ Artist Favianna Rodriguez Talks Immigrant Rights and Art’s | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"Meet powerhouse artist/activist Favianna Rodriguez — a leading voice in the movement of artists raising awareness about U.S. immigration issues. – I am OTHER"


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Sixty migrants found locked in icy truck on US-Mexico border - BBC News

Sixty migrants found locked in icy truck on US-Mexico border - BBC News | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
The migrants were found lying on sheets of ice by border patrol agents in Texas.
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Dick Gregory In His Own Words: Remembering the Pioneering Comedian and Civil Rights Activist

Dick Gregory In His Own Words: Remembering the Pioneering Comedian and Civil Rights Activist | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
In a special broadcast today, we remember legendary comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory, who passed away on Saturday in Washington, D.C. at the age of 84. Gregory became one of the most popular comedians in the country, paving the way for generations of African-American comedians. On Sunday Chris Rock wrote on Instagram, "We lost a king. They’ll never be another. Read his books. Look him up you won’t be disappointed. Unfortunately the America that produced Dick Gregory still exists." Dick Gregory was the first African-American comedian to sit on the couch of The Tonight Show, then hosted by Jack Parr. As his popularity grew, so did his activism. In 1967, Dick Gregory ran for mayor of Chicago against the infamous Richard Daley. He was a close friend of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and in 1968 he ran for president against Richard Nixon. Dr. Greg Carr, chair of Afro-American Studies at Howard University and a friend of Gregory, described him as a perpetual student. “His intellectual capacity was honed to precision with a lifetime of deep study,” Carr told Diverse Magazine. We feature Dick Gregory in his own words in our 2002 interview with the comedian in our old firehouse studio. We first interviewed Gregory just months after Democracy Now! went on television.
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Sign the petition: Take 'em ALL down: Remove every Confederate symbol in America

Sign the petition: Take 'em ALL down: Remove every Confederate symbol in America | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
We cannot allow these terrorists to stop our work. We must take down the symbols of the Confederacy from any place of honor. Confederate statues must be rightfully recognized as a symbol of white supremacy and its current political power. Terrorists in Charlottesville were willing to kill in the name of their symbols, we must be determined to persist in the face of this white supremacist terror. Take em ALL down!
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Exclusive: Stonewall Jackson's Great-Great-Grandsons Call for Removal of Confederate Monuments

Exclusive: Stonewall Jackson's Great-Great-Grandsons Call for Removal of Confederate Monuments | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
As President Trump faces growing outrage over his response to the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, we bring you an exclusive: an interview with the great-great-grandsons of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson. At least 1,500 symbols of the Confederacy can be found in public spaces across the country. But now a number of the monuments are coming down. Calls for the removal of the statues are even coming from the descendants of the leaders of the Confederacy. We speak with two of the great-great-grandsons of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson. Jack and Warren Christian have just written an open letter to the mayor of Richmond calling for the removal of the Stonewall Jackson statue in Richmond. They write, "Our sense of justice leads us to believe that removing the Stonewall statue and other monuments should be part of a larger project of actively mending the racial disparities that hundreds of years of white supremacy have wrought."
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Immigrant Leaders Tell Congress to Defend DACA, TPS and Also Initiate Investigation on ICE

Immigrant Leaders Tell Congress to Defend DACA, TPS and Also Initiate Investigation on ICE | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
“Now more than ever, we must stand together…”
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Ta-Nehisi Coates on How Cities & Municipalities Are Winning Reparations for Slavery at Local Level

Ta-Nehisi Coates on How Cities & Municipalities Are Winning Reparations for Slavery at Local Level | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
The white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend came after thousands of neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members and other white nationalists descended on Charlottesville to protest the city’s plan to remove a Confederate statue of Robert E. Lee. The effort to remove this statue was spurred in part by the African-American city Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy, who convinced his fellow city councilmembers not only to vote to remove the statue, but also to create a "reparations fund" for Charlottesville’s African-American residents. For more, we speak with award-winning author and writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, who in 2014 penned the influential piece for The Atlantic, "The Case for Reparations."
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"We Were 8 Years in Power": Ta-Nehisi Coates on Obama, Trump & White Fear of "Good Negro Government"

"We Were 8 Years in Power": Ta-Nehisi Coates on Obama, Trump & White Fear of "Good Negro Government" | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
After the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, which killed one person and injured dozens more, we spend the hour with award-winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates to understand the roots of this racial terror. His new book of essays about the Obama presidency has just been published, titled "We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy."
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Meet the College Student Who Pulled Down a Confederate Statue in Durham & Defied White Supremacy

Meet the College Student Who Pulled Down a Confederate Statue in Durham & Defied White Supremacy | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
A crowd of activists toppled a Confederate statue in Durham, North Carolina, on Monday, just two days after the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. As the crowd shouted "We are the revolution," a college student named Takiyah Thompson climbed up a ladder, looped a rope around the top of the Confederate Soldiers Monument in front of the old Durham County Courthouse and then pulled the statue to the ground. She was arrested the following day on two charges of felony inciting a riot and three misdemeanor charges, including defacing a statue. Thompson was released last night on a $10,000 unsecured bond. We speak with Thompson about her actions before her scheduled court hearing this morning.
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Reject bigotry in all forms, say George H.W., George W. Bush after Charlottesville violence

Reject bigotry in all forms, say George H.W., George W. Bush after Charlottesville violence | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
America's only living father-son duo of former presidents issued a statement Wednesday condemning hatred and borrowing Thomas Jefferson's language from the Declaration of Independence to support equality. The statement from former presidents George W. Bush, 71, and George H.W. Bush, 93, was released by family spokesman Jim McGrath.

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Charlottesville VA Backs "Reparations" Fund for Black Residents & Votes to Sell Robert E. Lee Statue

Charlottesville VA Backs "Reparations" Fund for Black Residents & Votes to Sell Robert E. Lee Statue | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
In Charlottesville, Virginia, the city is preparing for a white nationalist rally on Saturday protesting against the planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a downtown park. The "Unite the Right" event is expected to draw several thousands of people, including counterprotesters. White nationalist Richard Spencer has organized similar protests earlier this year. City officials are reportedly scrambling to find ways to halt the event. At least 60 publicly funded Confederacy symbols have been removed or renamed since the 2015 massacre of nine black parishioners in a Charleston, South Carolina, church by a self-described white supremacist, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. We speak with Wes Bellamy, vice-mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia. He is the youngest person to ever be elected to the Charlottesville City Council and has been leading the opposition to a Robert E. Lee statue in the city.
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"If I Was President": Chicano Band Las Cafeteras on Pushing an Agenda of Migrant & Food Justice

"If I Was President": Chicano Band Las Cafeteras on Pushing an Agenda of Migrant & Food Justice | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Los Angeles-based Chicano band Las Cafeteras joins us in studio for an interview and performance. The band has been described by the Los Angeles Times as "a uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock." This year they released a new album called "Tastes Like L.A." with the hit single, "If I was President." "In the left, we’re always talking about what we’re against," says one of the two co-founders of the band, Hector Flores. "We really want to reimagine and really think what we’re for, because the day is coming and the day is here where we need to push forward an agenda of what we’re for." We also speak with Denise Carlos.
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New Yorkers To Protest NFL In Solidarity With Kaepernick

New Yorkers To Protest NFL In Solidarity With Kaepernick | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
The "United We Stand" rally is scheduled to take place Wednesday, August 23 outside the NFL headquarters.
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First White Player Kneels During National Anthem

First White Player Kneels During National Anthem | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
A number of Cleveland Browns turned heads before their Monday night preseason game against the New York Giants  at FirstEnerg
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40,000 Protest Hate in Boston in Largely Peaceful Demonstration 

40,000 Protest Hate in Boston in Largely Peaceful Demonstration  | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
“99.9 percent of the people here were here for the right reason, and that’s to fight bigotry and hate,” said Boston’s police chief.
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Life After Hate: Trump Admin Stops Funding Former Neo-Nazis Who Now Fight White Supremacy

Life After Hate: Trump Admin Stops Funding Former Neo-Nazis Who Now Fight White Supremacy | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Heather Heyer is the latest casualty in a number of deaths at the hands of white nationalists. Foreign Policy recently published an FBI and Department of Homeland Security bulletin that concluded white supremacist groups were "responsible for 49 homicides in 26 attacks from 2000 to 2016...more than any other domestic extremist movement." Despite these findings, the Trump administration recently slashed funds to organizations dedicated to fighting right-wing violence. One group, Life After Hate, which works to help white nationalists and neo-Nazis disengage from hate and violent extremism, was set to receive a grant under the DHS’s Countering Violent Extremism program, approved by the Obama administration. When Trump DHS policy adviser Katharine Gorka released the final list of grantees in June, Life After Hate had been eliminated. Gorka is the wife of Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka, who has been linked to a Hungarian far-right, Nazi-allied group. We speak with Christian Picciolini, co-founder of Life After Hate and former neo-Nazi skinhead gang member.
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Rep. Gutiérrez Arrested at White House Rally on DACA Anniversary

Rep. Gutiérrez Arrested at White House Rally on DACA Anniversary | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
“While the President is coddling racist white supremacists because he is afraid to lose their votes, we took a stand today for justice.”
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Bree Newsome: Charlottesville is Latest Chapter in Long U.S. History of White Supremacist Terror

Bree Newsome: Charlottesville is Latest Chapter in Long U.S. History of White Supremacist Terror | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Bree Newsome sparked a national debate in 2015 on Confederate monuments and symbols and their place in modern American society when she scaled a 30-foot flagpole in South Carolina and removed the Confederate flag from state Capitol grounds. Her action followed the massacre of nine African-American parishioners by a white supremacist at a Charleston church in South Carolina. As police yelled for her to come down, she grabbed the Confederate flag and said, "You come against me with hatred … I come against you in the name of God. This flag comes down today." Footage of the event went viral and was seen around the world. The next month, state legislators voted to remove the Confederate flag permanently, following mounting pressure. We speak with artist and activist Bree Newsome about renewed efforts around the country to remove Confederacy symbols following this weekend’s deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia—where white nationalists and members of alt-right groups had gathered to protest the city’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a downtown park.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates: I Would Like to See Donald Trump Resign & Leave White House

Ta-Nehisi Coates: I Would Like to See Donald Trump Resign & Leave White House | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who is himself named after Confederate leaders, is now tasked with investigating the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, which killed one person and injured dozens. But few have any confidence this investigation will bring justice, given Sessions himself has a long history of making racist comments and defending white supremacist policies. The violence is escalating calls for Trump’s resignation, including from award-winning writer Ta-Nehisi Coates.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates: Given Trump & GOP History of Racism, Violence in Charlottesville was Predictable

Ta-Nehisi Coates: Given Trump & GOP History of Racism, Violence in Charlottesville was Predictable | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
The nation continues to grapple with the fallout from this weekend’s violence after a Nazi sympathizer drove into a crowd of anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing one person and injuring 19. President Donald Trump finally condemned white supremacists on Monday for the bloodshed this weekend, after initially failing to directly blame the group. The move followed mounting pressure and severe backlash from nationwide street protests and corporate CEOs who resigned from Trump’s American Manufacturing Council over his failure to quickly condemn the deadly violence. Meanwhile, a Foreign Policy report revealed that an FBI and Department of Homeland Security bulletin concluded that white supremacist groups were responsible for more homicides "than any other domestic extremist movement." Despite these findings, the Trump administration recently slashed funds to organizations dedicated to fighting right-wing violence. To discuss all these developments, we speak with award-winning acclaimed author Ta-Nehisi Coates in his first major interview since the inauguration of President Donald Trump. He is the author of a forthcoming book, due out in October, "We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy."
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WATCH: Cop Throws a Tantrum When He Realizes He's Being Filmed, Attacks Innocent Man

WATCH: Cop Throws a Tantrum When He Realizes He's Being Filmed, Attacks Innocent Man | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
A Maryland police officer has been suspended following his attempt to grab the recording device of a man who was filming his interaction with police.
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Cornel West & Rev. Traci Blackmon: Clergy in Charlottesville Were Trapped by Torch-Wielding Nazis

Cornel West & Rev. Traci Blackmon: Clergy in Charlottesville Were Trapped by Torch-Wielding Nazis | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
We continue our roundtable discussion on violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend as thousands of neo-Nazis, KKK members and other white nationalists began descending on the city to participate in the "Unite the Right" rally. Thousands of counterprotesters met in Charlottesville, including clergy, students, Black Lives Matter activists, and protesters with the antifascist movement known as "antifa." We are joined by two clergy members and a local Black Lives Matter activist who helped organize the demonstration. Rev. Traci Blackmon is executive minister of Justice and Witness Ministries of the United Church of Christ. During a live interview with MSNBC at the march on Saturday, she was forced to flee as counterprotesters were attacked around her. Cornel West was also on site and describes the scene. We also speak with Jalane Schmidt, an associate professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia.
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WATCH: Man Owns Cop for Planting Drugs On Him, Gets All of His Charges Dropped

WATCH: Man Owns Cop for Planting Drugs On Him, Gets All of His Charges Dropped | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
A Columbia, MO man angrily confronted one of two cops he said planted drugs on him. He recorded the confrontation and the charges were later dropped.
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"Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor": Trump Admin Attacks Emma Lazarus's Iconic Poem on Statue of Liberty

"Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor": Trump Admin Attacks Emma Lazarus's Iconic Poem on Statue of Liberty | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Opposition is growing to the Trump administration’s new proposal to implement radical changes to U.S. immigration law and slash the number of immigrants allowed into the United States by half. The RAISE Act would create a so-called merit-based immigration system that would favor applicants who speak English, have advanced degrees or can demonstrate job skills. On Wednesday, CNN’s Jim Acosta pressed senior policy adviser Stephen Miller over President Trump’s push to admit only English-speaking immigrants in a back-and-forth that lasted for several minutes. Acosta asked Miller about the iconic poem "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus that is inscribed at the base of the State of Liberty, which reads: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." We speak about the woman who wrote those words, Emma Lazarus, with her biographer, Esther Schor, about why Lazarus wrote the poem, how it became one of the most iconic verses about the United States and why she has long been a target of white nationalists.
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