The state of siege the country has been in since Donald Trump took office is nothing new to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which has been on the receiving end of almost constant venomous attacks since its founding in 2005—in the press, in public attacks and private conversations, and in an unending flood of [mostly] […]
According to a new study from Pew, the 2016 presidential campaign apparently produced a huge increase in the number of Republicans who think universities are bad for America: I’m a little puzzled by this. Conservatives have been railing about universities forever, from Bill Buckley’s quip about the Boston phone book to Spiro Agnew’s nattering nabobs […]
It has been five years since an unarmed Eric Garner was choked to death by New York Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo for allegedly selling “loose” cigarettes illegally. After years of virtually no movement of the scales of justice, Pantaleo was finally suspended from duty at the beginning of August. This came hours after a NYPD administrative judge officially recommended that Pantaleo be terminated from duty.
It is finally being reported that after all of those protests, after all the calls for justice, and the t-shirts reading “I can’t breathe” (Eric Garner’s dying words and the words that fueled the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement), Daniel Pantaleo has been terminated from his position as a New York police officer. Police commissioner James P. O’Neill told reporters that “The unintended consequence of Mr. Garner’s death must have a consequence of its own. Therefore I agree with the deputy commissioner of trial’s legal findings and recommendations. It is clear that Daniel Pantaleo can no longer effectively serve as a New York City police officer.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has taken heat over the past couple of months for his lack of action on the Eric Garner matter, said he felt that justice had been done. Protests have not stopped since Garner died in July 2014, but had come back into the national conversation a couple of weeks ago during the Democratic primary debates held in Detroit. Mayor de Blasio’s opening remarks were interrupted by protesters inside of the debate, and then Julián Castro received the most passionate applause of the night when he slammed the mayor’s inaction on the case.
Of course, not everyone is happy that a police officer who choked a man to death over a loose cigarette has lost his job. Patrick J. Lynch, the president of the Police Benevolent Association, said this decision is an attack on all police officers and released a statement saying police officers needed to be careful now that they can’t choke people to death for selling loose cigarettes, with virtually no consequences.
Garner’s family and others have pointed out that besides Pantaleo not facing any other serious consequences, Sgt. Kizzy Adonis, the first supervising officer to arrive on the scene, has received no disciplinary action.
Rest in power, Eric Garner.
Imago/ZUMA On Sunday, the New York Times launched its much-anticipated 1619 Project, an entire magazine issue dedicated to examining the lasting legacy of slavery on the 400th anniversary of the first arrival of enslaved Africans in America. The reception to the initiative was overwhelmingly positive, with many applauding editor Nikole Hannah-Jones for spearheading a journalistic […]
White House aide and white supremacist Stephen Miller reportedly sought to block undocumented immigrant kids from a public school education as far back as 2017, but was ultimately unable to go forward with his plan because, well, it would be unconstitutional.
Miller and his allies “sought for months for a way to give states the power to block undocumented immigrant children from enrolling in public schools,” Bloomberg reports. “They abandoned the idea after being told repeatedly that any such effort ran afoul of a 1982 Supreme Court case guaranteeing access to public schools.” Still, it demonstrates the extent to which this administration will go to make life miserable for brown and black families—and the extent of Miller’s depravity.
It was Miller who most recently harassed officials into hurrying their asses on a discriminatory rule change that had already inflicted immense damage in proposal form. “The public charge [regulation] has been in the works for a year and a half,” Miller scolded in one email. “This is time we don’t have. I don’t care what you need to do to finish it on time.” It’s Miller who has been behind family separation, in just one other example, and then wanted more of it.
Of course, the administration has been perfectly willing to disobey the courts on other matters, like family separation. A judge last year ordered officials to stop state-sanctioned kidnapping at the border, but nearly 1,000 children have been stolen since then. When it comes to Miller’s plan to block undocumented kids from school, Education Department spokesperson Liz Hill told Bloomberg, “The memo wasn’t issued because the secretary would never consider it.”
But stealing kids from their parents for reasons as petty and minor as a dirty diaper? For traffic citations? For “a conviction on a charge of malicious destruction of property with alleged damage of $5”? Sure, Trump officials will consider that, and have done it. This is a profoundly anti-child administration that has stooped to just about every low. So what’s perhaps almost as shocking as the Trump administration considering this plan, is the administration not just going ahead with it anyway.
In the past few weeks Anthony’s Scaramucci, who was once a beloved Trump Capo until his firing, (He was hired as White House communications director until being fired 11 days later after a profanity-laced tirade during an interview) has been calling out Trump’s racist rhetoric and overall narcissism. Trump and his minions have started to […]
We start off our Monday with another conspiracy theory promoted against Donald by his pro-Trump and Fox Business hosts over the volatile U.S. economy. Last week Donald Trump sent the stock markets on a roller coaster ride of uncertainty, anger and desperation which was fueled by his continued trade war with China. As a normal […]
In an op-ed about the death penalty in the New York Times today, I came across a link to a fact sheet about executions in America. I guess this is no surprise, but if you want to know which region keeps the whole industry alive, here it is: Breaking it down by state is also […]
Planned Parenthood will announce on Monday afternoon whether it will withdraw from Title X, the federal family planning program, rather than comply with a new Trump administration rule that restricts what health providers can say about abortion. Such a move could affect more than 1.5 million low-income women who rely on Planned Parenthood for services […]
As part of the round-up at Koch Foods in Morton, Mississippi a woman was detained and continues to be held, despite caring for a newborn. ICE claims Domingo-Garcia answered “no” when asked if she was still breastfeeding her four-month-old. Source: CNN (CNN) Maria Domingo-Garcia left for work 12 days ago, and she hasn’t been home. […]