Mitch McConnell wants to vote on racist judicial nominations on a massive civil rights anniversary. 60 murdered, over 2700 peaceful Palestinian protestors are injured during the Great Return March, the day Trump moved the US Embassy to Jerusalem. A good federal decision on border searches. The CFPB SHUTS DOWN the Office for Students. And a look at Illinois’ 14th district, and voting as harm reduction.
Donate to Medical aid for Palestine: https://www.map.org.uk/donate/donation-details/31
The ACLU gets us a little closer to shining light on black box algorithms, with some progress on a court challenge to the Computer Fraud Abuse Act. ICE puts out a horrific Digital Muslim Ban. Trump tries to murder the Census. Foreign governments are using stringrays to spy in D.C., and no one seems to be doing anything about it. Israel fires on peaceful protestors during the March of Return. And we revisit Gina Haspell, who remains a terrifying choice to run the CIA.
Trump fires Tillerson, picks Mike Pompeo to replace him at State and Gina Haspel to replace Pompeo at the CIA. We discuss Pompeo’s extremist views and hawish desire for war and Haspel’s participation in torture at a CIA blacksite. We also tackle Democratic complicity in the face of these two torture supporters advancing in the cabinet.
Call your Senators and tell them NO on Pompeo and NO on Haspel! 202-224-3121
Activists in Durham pulled down the Confederate Soldiers Monument. A woman of color named Takiyah Thompson who climbed the statute and attached a strap to it was arrested — PLEASE DONATE TO THE BOND FUND HERE. And donate to Takiyah’s solidarity fund HERE.
Eugene Puryear, author of “Shackled and Chained,” joins us as guest host to discuss Charlottesville, confederate memorials, Trump’s presser, how we should never lose our sense of outrage, and ongoing acts of resistance, and how to support it. Eugene also discusses how Charlottesville has been another wake up call to a lot of white America about the nature of the struggle of Black America, and how difficult the denial of America’s history makes addressing other problems.
Activists in Durham pulled down he Confederate Soldiers Monument. A woman of color named Takiyah Thompson who climbed the statute and attached a strap to it was arrested — PLEASE DONATE TO THE BOND FUND HERE.
We discuss the recent events of resting evil face Stephen Miller, and examine his long history of racism and white nationalism. In addition, we look at GOP attempts to rip away our right to a day in court. But just like with Trumpcare, united Democratic opposition and at least one Republican defection spells good news for the rest of us.And that’s not the only bit of good news! Betsy DeVos recently backed off her spectacularly dumb idea to make student loan servicing Too Big To Fail.
Humorless Queers tackle the horror show that is Trump’s choices for the cabinet, including Jeff Sessions for the Department of Justice, Steven Mnuchin for Treasury Secretary, and Betsy Devos for the Department of Education. We also discuss the Boston police department’s plan to spend $1.4m on social media spying software. And finally, we’ll have an interview with the co-founder of DemocrEC.org, who are demanding that Republican members of the Electoral College honor the popular vote.
We talk to historian Kathleen Frydl about Donald Trump and American fascism, and with ACLU staff attorney Chase Strangio about the insanely bigoted anti-trans bill in North Carolina, #HB2. Kade tells Jonathan Chait to take a break from punching the left to Quit his Job. And Alexis tells Ted Cruz “Bitch, Please!” for naming Phil Gramm (a major architect of the 2008 financial crisis) as an economic advisor.
Kade also discussed the play Mariposa & the Saint. Through letters with longtime friend and current collaborator, Julia Steele Allen, Mariposa brings her experience in solitary confinement to the stage.
How to Help
Here are organizations that Chase mentioned are doing work in North Carolina that folks can donate to or support in other ways: