Even if John Stewart is Gone, We all Need to Keep taking on FOX and all the Media

I am going to put a lot of John Stewart videos in the comment section, like this one:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO_om3iK9kE

You probably heard the great news – after a few years of progressive activism, FOX finally cancelled Glenn Beck’s show–but the Boycott Must Go On!!

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Dear Kevin,
You probably heard the great news – after two years of progressive activism, FOX finally cancelled Glenn Beck’s show.
Beck was targeted after he slandered President Obama by saying, “This president has exposed himself as a guy, over and over and over again, who has a deep-seated hatred for white people, or the white culture, I don’t know what it is… This guy, I believe, is a racist.”
Activists at ColorOfChange, Media Matters, StopBeck, FoxNewsBoycott, and of course Democrats.com responded with a boycott of advertisers on Glenn Beck’s show. Ultimately over 300 advertisers pulled their ads from Beck, costing FOX over $40 million.
Advertiser boycotts work! And it’s time to boycott all FOX News advertisers:
We’re starting our boycott of all FOX News with Proactiv, which sells acne medicine to teenagers and young adults. Why?
First, there are lots of other acne treatments. Second, young adults above all are hurt by FOX News, which promotes right-wing policies on race, education, healthcare, the environment, and war. Let’s get our future leaders to lead the fight against FOX News!
Sign the petition to Proactiv and enter the email address of every young adult over 18 you know:
Beyond President Obama, FOX regularly slanders nearly everyone: Democrats, unionized workers, the unemployed (including veterans and 99ers), environmentalists, feminists, blacks, Hiics, Jews, Muslims, progressives, scientists, and any other group it disagrees with.
FOX News broadcasts rightwing extremist slander, incitement to violence, political propaganda, and outright lies to promote its rightwing political agenda. This is not “news,” but rather a never-ending “war on news” – and it’s all documented in our petition.
Why would any decent company want to fund it? Tell Proactiv to stop advertising on FOX News:
Thanks for all you do!
Bob Fertik

GLEN BECK ADMITTED in 2007, “I Am RACIST and Barack Obama is very White” THIS MAKES Boycotting FOX NEWS needed NOW

By Kevin Stoda

Dear, American supporters of the Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) news networks.

AMERICANS are getting less tolerant of your racism and stronghold on our major media.

For example, we have noted that in his 2007 TV program from FOX (See on You-Tube), Glen Beck admitted he himself was racist. Further, Beck then, in contrast to 2009, called Barrack Obama much more white than black. (Apparently, Beck now he has other nonsense to mush men’s minds.)


Using a major news platform to promote racism and to tell people to disrespect a whole presidential administration through mixed truths, outright lies, and xenophobia, is not to be tolerated any more.

On Democracy Now today, Amy Goodman asked Benjamin Jealous of the NAACP what he thought of Wal-Mart’s pull-out from advertising on the Glen Beck program on FOX.

NOTE: Goodman had simply asked , “The whole attack by Glenn Beck that drove this (resignation)? In your response from the NAACP to Van Jones, it says, ´The only thing more outrageous than Mr. Beck’s attack on Van Jones is the fact that there are sponsors that continue to pay him to provide this type of offensive commentary.` Do you support the continued boycott of companies like Wal-Mart of Beck’s show on Fox?”


This is a particularly important point because Glen Beck´s HATE CAMPAIGN ON THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION led recently to a great American policy maker, Van Jones, quitting the government this week.


Mr. Jealous said, “We certainly support them (Walmart) choosing with their dollars who they’re going to support. I mean, it’s—Glenn Beck is somebody who’s told a seven-year-old girl, a seven-year-old black girl, that he would buy her a ticket back to Africa, that she needed to go back to Africa. And then he comes out, and he says that healthcare is the beginning of reparations. I mean, this guy plays the race card on a weekly basis. He does it very aggressive—you know, in a very hateful way.”

Recall, first, that Van Jones is one of the most important and thoughtful men in America—however, the FOX (Fascist Oddball Xenophobic) news network chose to support a man, like Glen Beck, rather than seeing that tens of millions of Americans need to get health care from promoters like Jones and that our America economy needs to move starting today to the kind of economy that its competitors worldwide are already doing.


Let’s quote the wisdom and influential words of Van Jones on the absolute necessity to green the American economy NOW!

“I think it’s really important to point out that we’re sort of at the end of an era of American capitalism, where we thought we could run the economy based on consumption rather than production, credit rather than creativity, borrowing rather than building, and also, most importantly, environmental destruction rather than environmental restoration.”

Jones continued, “We’re trying to make the case in this book that that era is over. We now have to move in a very different direction. And key to that will be basing the US economy not on credit cards, but based on clean energy and the clean energy revolution that would put literally millions of people to work, putting up solar panels all across the United States, weatherizing buildings so they don’t leak so much energy and put up so much carbon, building wind farms and wave farms, manufacturing wind turbines. We argue you could put Detroit back to work not making SUVs to destroy the world, but making wind turbines, 8,000 finely machine parts in each one, twenty tons of steel in each wind tower, making wind turbines to help save the world.”

Finally, Van Jones wisely noted, “So we think that you can fight pollution and poverty at the same time. We think that you can actually power our way through this recession by putting people to work, but we’re going to have to start building things here and re-powering, retrofitting, retooling America, and that that’s the way forward both for the economy, for the earth and for everyday people.”

Note: These statements came from a program on DN from October of last year:


Van Beck has written a book of the same title, The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems.


America needs such voices as Van Jones in government leadership in America—not Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) types.

Clean up the American airwaves of all its fascism and racism, today.


NOTE: One way to change the noise of Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) media moguls is to support alternative media organizations


and alternative monitoring websites.


Another way, is to demand that local radio and TV channels put better programming on, such as Democracy Now or news sources promoted by serious progressive journalists:


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Question: “What is the gospel of Philip?”

What is the gospel of Philip? 

Question: “What is the gospel of Philip?”

Answer: Similar to the gospel of Thomas, the gospel of Philip is a collection of sayings, supposedly of Jesus. The gospel of Philip focuses a great deal on the “sacrament of marriage” as a “sacred mystery.” The gospel of Philip does not claim to have been written by Jesus’ disciple Philip. It is titled “the gospel according to Philip” due to Philip being the only disciple of Jesus who is named in the gospel (73:8).

The most complete manuscript of the gospel of Philip was discovered in the Nag Hammadi library in Egypt in 1945. It is written in the Coptic language and is dated to approximately the 4th century A.D. The gospel of Philip is a Gnostic gospel, presenting a Gnostic viewpoint of Jesus and His teachings. While there are a few verses in the gospel of Philip that resemble the four biblical Gospels, a reading of the gospel of Philip will reveal many irreconcilable differences and a completely different message regarding who Jesus was and what He came to do.

Of most interest in the gospel of Philip is what it has to say about Jesus’ relationship with Mary Magdalene. In his popular book The Da Vinci Code, author Dan Brown points to the gospel of Philip as evidence of Jesus’ marriage / relationship with Mary Magdalene. However, the gospel of Philip nowhere states that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene. It does not even state that Jesus was romantically involved with Mary. The one section that deals with this issue is heavily damaged, with several portions unreadable. Here is what the gospel of Philip states, with “…” representing missing portions: “and the companion of the … Mary Magdalene … more than … the disciples … kiss her … on her … the rest of the disciples … they said to him … why do you love her more than all of us?” Even if we assume that Jesus was kissing Mary Magdalene, the text does not imply anything other than a friendly relationship. A single man kissing a single woman on the cheek, while rare in that culture, is by no means indicative of a romantic relationship.

Whatever the case, even if the gospel of Philip explicitly stated that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene, that would not make the idea true. The gospel of Philip was not written by the Apostle Philip or anyone who had ever met Jesus. The original writing of the gospel of Philip is dated to the 3rd century A.D. at the earliest, at least 200 years after Jesus’ death. The only value in studying the gospel of Philip is in learning what heresies existed in the early centuries of the Christian church.

Recommended Resources: The Missing Gospels: Unearthing the Truth Behind Alternative Christianities by Darrell Bock and Logos Bible Software.

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What is the Nag Hammadi library?

What is the gospel of Judas?

What is the Gospel of Peter?

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Was the canon of Scripture determined before the Church councils that decided it?

from: http://www.catholic.com/quickquestions/was-the-canon-of-scripture-determined-before-the-church-councils-that-decided-it

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I recently listened to a debate on sola scriptura between a Catholic apologist and a Baptist who runs an anti-Catholic organization. The Baptist claimed the Catholic Church did not decide the canon of the New Testament at the councils of Hippo (393) and Carthage (397, 419). As proof he alluded to the Muratorian Fragment, saying that, since it was far older than those councils and since it contains the New Testament canon as we know it, the issue was obviously settled long before the Catholic Church made any decisions. Is it true?


The Baptist fellow is wrong and misled the audience. The Muratorian Fragment (so-called because it represents only a portion of the actual second-century document discovered in 1740 by Lodovico Antonio Muratori), is the oldest extant listing of New Testament-era books revered by early Christians. It was written sometime between 155 and 200. Patristic scholars believe the unknown author originally wrote the list in Greek (since the Latin is very poor), but the oldest copy available is an eighth-century Latin manuscript.

Although the Muratorian Fragment is important in studying how the early Church developed the New Testament canon, it doesn’t give exactly the same list of books that was later adopted as canonical at the councils of Hippo and Carthage. The Muratorian Fragment is just that: a fragment of a larger list of books which were considered canonical or quasi-canonical during the second century.

The Fragment itself provides us with a good, though incomplete idea of this early canon. Virtually the entire New Testament canon as we know it is represented: the Gospels of Luke and John (preceded by what seems to be an allusion to the Gospel of Mark), Acts, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Romans, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, Philemon, Titus, 1 & 2 Timothy, Jude, two letters of John (since the fragment simply says “the two ascribed to John,” we don’t know which two of his three letters are meant), and Revelation.

The unknown author adds other non-canonical books to this line- up: the so-called Pauline Epistles to the Laodiceans and to the Alexandrians (about which the Fragment’s author expresses his conviction that they were not authored by Paul), the Wisdom Written by the Friends of Solomon in His Honor, the Apocalypse of Peter, The Shepherd (written by Hermas). The Fragment’s list is cut short abruptly with a final, enigmatic phrase which may indicate that the author had gone on to include still other non-inspired writings: “Those also who wrote the new book of psalms for Marcion, together with Basilides, the founder of the Asian Cataphrygians.”

As you can see, although the Muratorian Fragment lists most of the New Testament books, it’s missing a few (e.g. Matthew, James, 3 John), and it adds several works which are not inspired.

These facts demonstrate that, although the Fragment came close, it did not represent the actual canon of inspired Scripture. Further, there is no internal evidence in the document that it sought to represent any kind of official canon that was regarded by the Church as binding.

In the first four centuries of the Church many books, such as the seven letters of Ignatius, the Letter of Clement [the fourth pope] to the Corinthians, the Didache, and The Shepherd were revered by many Christians as inspired but were later shown to be non-inspired.

It was not until the Councils of Hippo and Carthage that the Catholic Church defined which books made it into the New Testament and which didn’t. Probably the council fathers studied the (complete) Muratorian Fragment and other documents, including, of course, the books in question themselves, but it was not until these councils that the Church officially settled the issue.

The plain fact of the matter is that the canon of the Bible was not settled in the first years of the Church. It was settled only after repeated (and perhaps heated) discussions, and the final listing was determined by Catholic bishops. This is an inescapable fact, no matter how many people wish to escape from it.

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If you want hope you to be part of building a better world RSVP, this weekend’s Global Climate March is your chance.

Dear friends,

I attended one of the first Global Climate March actions on Saturday in California, and it was so full of vitality that I came away with a huge boost of hope. After a dark and challenging couple of weeks, I wish I could bottle that hope up and send it to you in an email.

War, racism, fear and hatred of the world’s most vulnerable — these things are seemingly on the rise around the world, and they are compounded by our changing climate. And yet: Here is also a movement of people — spanning borders and cultures — that’s born out of love.

If that’s the kind of hope you want to be part of building, this weekend’s Global Climate March is your chance.

The Global Climate March is shaping up to be a huge mobilization, coordinated by countless organizations large and small, and already comprising over 2,000 events around the world.

Click here to find an action near you, or to start one of your own. (It’s not too late!)

The Paris Climate Summit, which starts on Monday, can be thought of as a kind of peace summit. If we push hard enough, we have a shot at getting the sort of ambitious climate deal that all previous summits have failed to deliver.

This summit could be the one that sets the world on a path away from fossil fuels and toward a just transition to 100% renewable energy. That energy transition has the power to fundamentally transform the way we relate to one another. That’s why we’re marching this weekend.

Here’s where you can get all the info you need to find or start an action and be part of this weekend’s Global Climate March.

After the tragic attacks on November 13th, the huge Paris march that had been planned was prohibited by the French authorities. Although they’re still working hard to figure out an alternative, activists on the ground in Paris are also calling on all of us to take action wherever we are.

We can’t march in Paris, but we can march — and rally, and gather, and make noise, and hang banners, and chant, and sing — everywhere else.

We have never needed each other more. We have never needed you more. As my colleague Nico put it in his email last Monday after the Paris attacks: “I can think of few better responses to violence and terror than this movement’s push for peace and hope.”

With gratitude — so much gratitude! — and lots of resolve,


P.S. If you want a taste of the kind of hope I’m talking about, Al Jazeera just released this short documentary about the climate movement. For a boost of inspiration, I can’t recommend it highly enough: Click here to watch.


350.org is building a global climate movement. You can connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and become a sustaining donor to keep this movement strong and growing.

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US Rep. Keith Ellison Demands Transparent, Aggressive Investigation of Police Killing of Jamar Clark


REP. KEITH ELLISONDemocratic Congressmember of Minnesota, and co-chairman of the House Progressive Caucus. He is the first Muslim member of Congress.

Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison has joined the chorus of people demanding transparency and the release of the video of the police killing of 24-year-old African-American Jamar Clark ten days ago. Authorities say police shot Clark in the head after a scuffle with officers who responded to a report of an assault. But multiple witnesses say Clark was shot while handcuffed. Minneapolis police officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze have been placed on administrative leave during the investigation. Ellison has also called for a Department of Justice investigation into Clark’s death, which has now begun. During a police raid last Wednesday, a police officer dressed in fatigues and carrying what appeared to be a gas-launching gun pointed his weapon at Ellison’s own son, Jeremiah. “It is a violation of decency,” Ellison says. “Shouldering a weapon against nonviolent protesters is aggressive… and it did not help de-escalate the situation at all.”

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Still with us in Minneapolis is Congressmember Keith Ellison who’s joined the chorus of people  demanding the release of the video of the police killing of 24-year-old African-American Jamar Clark, 10 days ago. Authorities say  Clark was shot in the head after a scuffle with officers who responded to a report of an assault. But multiple witnesses say Jamar Clark was shot while handcuffed. Minneapolis police officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze have been placed on administrative leave during the investigation. Well, during a police raid last Wednesday, an officer dressed in fatigues and carrying what appeared to be a gas launching gun pointed his weapon at Congressman Ellison’s own son Jeremiah. The next day, Congressman Ellison and other elected officials demanded the release of the footage of Jamar Clark’s death.

Welcome back to Democracy Now!, Congressmember Ellison. Talk about, first, Jamar Clark, what we understand happened, what the release of this video would mean and also what happened to your son, not to  mention the shooting of these Black Lives Matter protesters.

REP. KEITH ELLISON: Well, my first reaction when I saw the picture of Jeremiah was, um — was horror. I would gladly face whatever dangers were necessary, but to have my son have to face it is another thing. He is a 24-year-old guy. He is, uh, has a strong passion for justice. He’s a professional artist. And he doesn’t think he needs his dad worrying about him like that, but I can’t help it. I remember when he was just a little boy and now he’s a grown man. And I, actually, am a little proud that he feels this burning desire to stand up for what’s right and to make a better society. But yet that picture was very, very disturbing. And we’re not going to let it sit there. I mean, to shoulder a weapon like that at nonviolent protesters is outrageous. It’s a violation of decency, and we’re going to find out whether it’s a violation of law.

AMY GOODMAN: Who is the officer and why was he doing it?

REP. KEITH ELLISON: Well, that’s a good question. I think he was doing it to intimidate  people. But, I think that shouldering a weapon against nonviolent protesters is an aggressive act, it’s certainly insight and provoke people. And it did not help de-escalate the situation at all. And so this is an issue we’re going to continue to press. But Jeremiah is fine. And Jamar Clark is not fine. He’s gonna be — has his funeral set for today.

The five young men who were shot by these gunmen, these suspicious gunmen, who for some unknown and bizarre reason thought that they were going to leave where they were, come down to a nonviolent protest and provoke people and then shoot at people when people raised questions about their intentions is just a series of  provocations. And it is symptomatic of the issue of racism, injustice, discrimination, and I think that all they’re doing is provoking people to stand up firmer and stronger.

And as I said, as many times before, you have people standing up for a 15 and a union, you have people standing up for criminal justice reform, you have people standing up, nowadays, for climate  action, you have people standing up for immigration reform. There is a surge going on across this country among diverse populations craving justice, demanding fair treatment. They’re might be motivated by different issues, but it is all sort of the same general thrust. We have to have a more just society.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And Congressman Ellison, I want — you’ve called for the release of the Jamar Clark video. We have just — in the situation in Chicago where officials held on to it, refused to release a key video for 400 days. The importance  of the video in this case in Minneapolis?

REP. KEITH ELLISON: Well, let me just say this, the cases are a little different. Here is why. The first demand that I made was a demand for an independent  investigation by the Department of Justice, and we got that. The head of the civil rights division of the Department of Justice agreed to take the case. There have been Justice Department lawyers out here already. This is somewhat unique because usually, the state case has to resolve before the feds will look into violations of federal or criminal civil rights or criminal law.

And so the first demand was met early. Other demands that have been met have been release of the names of the officers, grief counseling for the victims, the families, and then we’ve had meetings with the governor. There have  been meetings with the mayor, all talking about redress of not just these direct issues, but the systemic issues that lead to the tragedies like Jamar Clark’s shooting death at the hands of Minneapolis Police officer. So, the tape demand was really a demand for transparency. We know that in the case of Eric Garner, in the case of Walter Scott, in a whole host of cases, the on the scene video was the very illuminating in terms of what actually happened.

At this point, my main concern is the independent investigation. My main concern is that  we raise issues about the decision to take the case on a state level to the grand jury. I do not think this is the proper course of action, I’m concerned about because we’ve never seen a grand jury return a true  bill of indictment. Usually, they just go there to get a no bill. And you’ll — and it  would be a good thing to explore this issue because there are a number of cases where — suspicious cases of an officer involved shooting where the case goes to a grand jury, which is secret, and ends up just being — the case ends up dying there, and then allows public officials to not take responsibility for chargings, decisions.

But the issue of the tape, again — it’s a call for transparency. But I will tell you this, if an independent, thorough investigation requires that the tape be released after witnesses are all interviewed and if the investigation is not impeded, I think the  family and even I could live with that. Again, I practiced law for 20 years. I’ve done many investigations myself. And some people in the federal investigation have indicated that if the tape were immediately released, it would allow certain witnesses, including law enforcement witnesses, to try to conform their testimony to the tape. That, I think, would not be a good outcome. But as long as we know that this is going to be a transparent, aggressive, independent investigation and the tape will be released immediately, I could live with that.

Again, this is very different from the Chicago situation where the  tape was literally delayed and there had to be a Freedom of Information Act to release the tape. The case had already been resolved on the  civil level with a $5 million settlement. And the only reason for not  releasing the tape is that it was so incredibly provocative. The  reason to not immediately release the tape in this situation is to maintain investigative integrity. And we know that this tape will be released. So, that particular demand, in my opinion, is important, critical, and essential, but I think must be subsumed to the larger demand of an independent investigation. We know we’re going to get that tape. We’ve been assured of it, and I don’t think it’s going to take long. But I think the priority is an independent investigation.



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Find Out Why Protesters in Minneapolis Fear that Police Supported the Recent Shootings

In Minneapolis, Minnesota, nearly a thousand Black Lives Matter protesters took to the streets Tuesday night after alleged white supremacists opened fire on demonstrators the night before, injuring five people. Police have now arrested three people in connection with the mass shooting, which took place outside a police precinct, as activists protested the earlier police shooting of unarmed African-American Jamar Clark. Black Lives Matter organizer Miski Noor denounced the attack by alleged white supremacists as an act of terrorism and said police had responded by macing the protesters.
bq. Miski Noor: “Despite earlier statements from police about the impending threat from white supremacists, the police instead maced citizen journalists and peaceful protesters. They made disparaging comments to those at the protest, instead of taking the threat seriously. We reiterate that we have zero faith in this police department’s desire to keep our community safe. We reiterate that we have zero faith in this police department’s desire to keep our community safe.”
We’ll go to Minneapolis for more on the shooting with eyewitness Leslie Redmond and Minnesota Congressmember Keith Ellison later in the broadcast.


LESLIE REDMONDeyewitness to Monday evening’s shooting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a student at The University of St. Thomas School of Law and president of the Black Law Student Association.

Nearly a thousand Black Lives Matter protesters took to the streets of Minneapolis, Minnesota Tuesday after alleged white supremacists opened fire on a demonstration the night before, injuring five people. Police have now arrested three people in connection with the mass shooting, which took place at a protest outside a police precinct. At least one of the gunmen was reportedly wearing a mask. All three suspects are white. Authorities may treat the shooting as a hate crime. Witnesses of the shooting say police took an unusually long time to respond to the attack, and then proceeded to use mace on the protesters. At the time of Monday’s attack, the Black Lives Matter protesters were gathered at an encampment outside a police precinct to protest the police killing of unarmed 24-year-old African-American Jamar Clark, which the Justice Department is now investigating. Authorities say Clark was shot in the head Sunday after a scuffle with officers who responded to a report of an assault. But multiple witnesses say Clark was shot while handcuffed. We speak with eyewitness to Monday evening’s shooting Leslie Redmond, who is a student at The University of St. Thomas School of Law and president of the Black Law Student Association.

AMY GOODMAN: “American Skin (41 Shots)” by Bruce Springsteen. Written in honor of Amadou Dialo, an African immigrant in New York who was gunned down by New York police, the street crimes unit on February 4, 1999. He died in a hail of 41 police bullets. This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman with Juan Gonzalez.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: We turn now to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where nearly 1000 Black Lives Matter protesters took to the streets last night after alleged white supremacists opened fire on a demonstration the night before, injuring five people. Police have now arrested three men in connection with the mass shooting, which took place at a protest outside a police precinct. At least one of the gunmen was reportedly wearing a mask. All three suspects are white. Authorities may treat the shooting as a hate crime. Witnesses of the shooting say police took an unusually long time to respond to the attack, and then proceeded to use mace on the protesters. When activists reclaimed the streets, Tuesday, they vowed not to be silenced by what some call an act of domestic terrorism. This is organizer Miski Noor.

MISKI NOOR: Despite earlier statements from police about the impending threat from white supremacists, the police instead maced citizen journalists and peaceful protesters. They made disparaging comments to those at the protest instead of taking the threat seriously. We reiterate that we have zero faith in this police department’s desire to keep our communities safe. We reiterate that we have zero faith in this Police Department’s desire to keep our community safe.

AMY GOODMAN: At the time of Monday evening’s attack, the Black Lives Matter protesters were gathered at an encampment outside a police precinct to protest the police killing of unarmed 24-year-old African-American Jamar Clark. The Justice Department is now investigating. Protesters were calling for the release of the video of that police killing. Authorities said Clark was shot in the head Sunday after a scuffle with officers who responded to a report of an assault. But multiple witnesses say Clark was shot while handcuffed. Minneapolis police officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze have been placed on administrative leave during the investigation.

Protesters have been camped outside the 4th Precinct since last week, despite a police raid last Wednesday in which multiple people said the police beat them with batons, sprayed them with mace, and hit them with marker rounds. Well, for more we are going to Minneapolis, to speak with an eyewitness to Monday evening’s shooting. And then we will be speaking with Congressmember Ellison. Leslie Redmond is a student at University of St. Thomas School of Law and President of the Black Law Student Association. We welcome you to Democracy Now! Can you start off by saying what happened two nights ago?

LESLIE REDMOND: Yes, thank you for having me. Basically, two nights ago I came out, everything was fine, people were socializing, eating, just communing as normal. And then a police officer comes and pokes his head over the precinct walls. This was a night unlike any other night. I have been out since Sunday every night consistently. This officer had on a ski mask very similar to the gunmen. He poked his head around, he, like, looked at the scene, saw what was going on. Less than 30 minutes after this officer with this ski mask that was poking his head over the precinct, these gunmen show up who at the time, you know, we didn’t know who they were. They had on ski masks. They came up. We don’t allow people to have on ski masks anymore because of the threats that we have been getting, numerous Black Lives Matter representatives, NAACP had have received death threats. So we have just been taking precautions when it comes to who is coming to the precinct.

A number of African-American males went over to the guys and basically asked them, what are you here for? If you’re going to be here, you have to take off your mask. The gunmen were not cooperative and so the African-American males proceeded to walk them away. Mind you, these are our heroes because there was a child that was three years old, another child that was eight years old, right beside me. We were less than 25 feet away from the gunman. Who would have known what they would have done if they could have opened up fire on all of us? And these heroes — I call them heroes, the gentlemen that got shot, the people that got maced, the people that walked them away down the street. But it almost seemed like it was a plot, or they were luring them down the street away so then the police officers could say they didn’t see anything, when in actuality, they heard the shots just like I heard the shots.

There were over 10 shots fired. The police officers didn’t do anything. It seemed like they could of been in cahoots. They didn’t do anything when they came over the precinct. They just locked. I told someone to move the three-year-old and the eight-year-old child back towards the wall. And then I was on the phone with Jason Sole who’s the head of the NAACP Criminal Justice Committee, and I was telling him what happened, and he wanted me to confirm. You know, did someone actually get shot? And so, I really wanted to confirm myself but I was extremely nervous because I didn’t know if the gunman was still there shooting.

Nevertheless, I was courageous and I went and I saw one person wounded, shot in their leg. Another person wounded on the ground with a gun wound to the stomach. Everyone was going crazy trying to figure out what was going on. At the time I didn’t realize there was three other people had been wounded, but, they had transportation coming to get them. Because, like I said, at this point, it’s like 15 minutes that’s passed. No police officers have come out, no ambulances come, no anything. Mind you, we’re right down the street from the precinct. I’ve seen the police officers. They were just peeking their head over the precinct doors with ski a mask on so we could not see their face.

So then I went back, moved the kids towards the precinct building. And then I told them to take them to the car because the police officers are just standing there doing nothing. I felt like we were really in danger, as if there was a war going on in our own backyard. So they took the kids to the car. I heard one of the police officers oversay, they taken their kids to the car. They know what is going on and they have no intention to help us, stop it, do anything.

So some police cars started to come up. I was looking. Like 20 police officers with their guns went running into the crowd. You would think they would run and actually help the witnesses, but instead, they started to Mace the witnesses, they started to push them back. They did not ask for any witness, any eye testimonies, no anything until long after, maybe an hour after everything had transpired. The way they have treated the peaceful protesters and the way that they didn’t come and help — even yesterday I was at the hospital with one of the guys that got shot, Cameron Clark, all night, and he said they just left him there, basically, for dead. Like, they were just waiting to leave. And it hurts you, you know? When you stood up for what you believe in and stood up for justice and also tried to protect people, and the thanks that you get is the police, basically tell you, this is what you ax for?

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: I wanted to ask you, Leslie Redmond, when you say the gunman, and you had a group of people try to escort them out, were they brandishing the guns or did you later find out when the shooting started that they were armed?

LESLIE REDMOND: Oh, correct. So, I later found out that they were gunmen. At the time, all we knew is that they had on ski masks. They had like a bag in their hand. They had a couple of signs in their hands. I don’t know what they had in the bag. Again, we have no idea what they had planned. If those individuals, those heroes didn’t walk them away from the scene.

AMY GOODMAN: I want to turn to a video where masked men are seen driving to the Jamar Clark protest site and brandishing a pistol while making racist comments. The men in the video identify themselves by the aliases SaigaMarine and BlackPowderRanger. It’s still unclear if they were connected to Monday evening’s shooting. This is an excerpt from the video.

SAIGAMARINE: And, yes, we are locked and loaded.


SAIGAMARINE: Why do you hate freedom?

BLACKPOWDERRANGER: Because. I don’t know.

SAIGAMARINE: Alright, check it out you guys, we’re gonna be driving down there. It’s gonna take us about 10 minutes to get down there. We’re gonna take a little while and shut the camera off in a little bit. We just wanted to give everyone a heads up on poll. We’re on our way. We’re going to knock this [bleep] out and we’re gonna go see what these dindus are dinduing about. You know, because, apparently fighting police and fighting paramedics is good enough to let you off with a slap on the wrist, especially when you go for an officer’s weapon. So, yeah, a little reverse cultural enriching. We’re going to make the fire rise.

AMY GOODMAN: Now these men are wearing masks. They are spotted later at the justice for Jamar Clark protest, Thursday. In an activist-shot video, the men seem to respond sarcastically to questions regarding police brutality. This is an excerpt, beginning with the activists asking BlackPowderRanger a question.

ACTIVIST: The situation of Jamar Clark is the impetus of why you’re here, what does it look like for you, for the community? What do think it means to find justice for Jamar Clark?

BLACKPOWDERRANGER: Well, what I think it means is that all these folks here should get the justice and peace that they deserve. What we really need to do is reach out to our communities, especially our melanin-enriched communities.

AMY GOODMAN: And now I want to turn to the Communications Chair of the Mineapolis NAACP, Reisha Williams, speaking to CNN host Brooke Baldwin. Williams suggests members of law-enforcement were behind the Monday night shooting of the Black Lives Matter protesters.

REISHA WILLIAMS: We know that the Police Department is behind this. This is our personal belief after receiving witnesses accounts, me personally being on the ground, Bob Crow, Minneapolis Department union head, has thrown [indiscernable] out there —

BROOKE BALDWIN: Wait, wait, wait, wait. I have to interrupt you, I know there is a delay here in Paris, but you said you believe the Police Department is behind what?

REISHA WILLIAMS: We believe the Police Department is facilitating the injustice at, uh, bullying to the protesters, and we also believe that they are involved in this shooting. We know from blackboards and chat rooms and also videos that we have posted on our website that police, um, that are from different counties, police from different districts have come down to entice the protesters, have come down to bully the protesters—

BROOKE BALDWIN: I understand you are in Minneapolis and you know much more about this, but those are serious allegations you are just laying down on national television.

REISHA WILLIAMS: And we are standing behind it. We do not back down from these allegations.

AMY GOODMAN: That is Reisha Williams of the NAACP in Mineapolis. Leslie Redmond, do you share her view? Now, three people have been arrested, three of these men.

LESLIE REDMOND: Right, well, you know, the police came swarming from the same areas that the gunman fled into. Like I said, they took their precious time. So, I do agree with her, and I’d also like to say, you know, I didn’t grow up in household that was scared of police. I know that there is a lot of African-Americans in America lifestyle and basically their experience, but I grew up in Washington, D.C. I had uncles that were police officers cousins that were police officers. I really looked at these people to protect and serve. But what I’ve been seeing over the past week, I wouldn’t put anything past the police officers.

I was out there when they were macing us, when they were shooting us with rubber bullets, when they were throwing tear gas at us for no reason; literally, we were peaceful. Do not believe what the media feeds you. No one was doing anything to those officers. And then when I was actually on the ground and I saw those police officers come over the precinct for the first time with the ski masks on, that looked exactly like the people that ended up being the gunman. It’s like, how do you not make the correlation? And then they didn’t come to help these men, it seemed like they were in cahoots.

I cannot say for sure I know that they did it, but the belief is definitely there and the people who were there we definitely feel like the police could have definitely had something to do with it. In addition, the gentlemen who all got shot were the same ones who were, like, in the front lines of the protest out there every day fussing with the police officers, telling them they that they were doing injustice. So, I just don’t think that those are all coincidences.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Well, Leslie Redmond, one last question.


JUAN GONZÁLEZ: You visited one of the people in the hospital. How are the people who are wounded doing? And one of them was the cousin of Jamar Clark, the man whom you — whose death you were protesting?

LESLIE REDMOND: Yes. So, Cameron Clark, he is the cousin — I actually went to the hospital about 2:00 a.m. and I stayed until probably 5:30 p.m. until he was released because we did not want to leave him there by himself just because of all of the shady things that have been going on. Cameron is in really good spirits. He was shot twice, one in the leg and one in the foot. He actually went to the protest yesterday evening against my better judgment. I told him that he should go get some rest. But, he really is passionate about this. He really didn’t want to leave his brothers and sisters out there. And he didn’t want these gunmen and the police to think that they won, because we think that this was a plot to try to get us to go away. But, we want them to know that we are only coming out stronger because we are standing on the side of justice, we are standing on the right side of history. And these people that were shot are heroes of society. The other individuals that got shot, they had to go into surgery, and they’re still hospitalized, from my understanding. But, Cameron was released. I was there when he was released. I stayed with him the entire time.

AMY GOODMAN: Leslie Redmond, we want to thank you so much for being with us, eyewitness to Monday evening’s shooting in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Black Lives Matter protester, student at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and President of the Black Law Student Association. We’re going to go to break and we’ll come right back to speak with Minneapolis Congressmember Keith Ellison. His son was at the protests of the killing of Jamar Clark by police. And now a picture has gone viral of police with a gun directly pointed at Jeremiah.



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Missourians: Thanksgiving 2015


Even the most joyful Thanksgiving dinners can descend into chaos under the strain of political arguments. Now take that joyful table, put it in Missouri, and you have a whole new ballgame. When it comes to political rancor, no one does it quite like the Show-Me State.

Planned Parenthood at odds with the legislature and a major university? Check. Angry and discriminatory opposition to Syrian refugees? Check. Confusion, bigotry and privilege slowing progress and respectful discussion of #BlackLivesMatter and #ConcernedStudent1950 movements? Oh hell yes.

So with that in mind, we’re pleased to provide our very own Quick Guide to Surviving Political Discussion With Beloved, Yet Out-of-Touch, Relatives at Thanksgiving. (Remember, this could be Uncle Harold’s last Thanksgiving–don’t you want it to be respectful and scream-free?)

Planned Parenthood

Your relative says: It’s wrong for Planned Parenthood to sell baby parts to fund abortions.

You say: Planned Parenthood in Missouri doesn’t participate in tissue donation programs. And an investigation led by the Attorney General’s office found no evidence to support this false assertion.

Your relative says: And why on earth is Mizzou in involved in this? They have no business.

You say: A Planned Parenthood doctor working in the Columbia clinic has privileges at the MU hospital, a state requirement for physicians working out of ambulatory surgical centers. And in the face of political bullies like Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia), who happens to chair the appropriations committee, the University revoked her privileges effective December 1st. Hopefully, her privileges are reinstated before central Missouri loses an vital health care resource that provides basic health screenings, STD testing, and checkups to thousands of folks living in mid-MO.

#ConcernedStudent1950: Racism on Campus

Your relative says: College kids are too coddled these days. I certainly don’t see what President Wolfe and Chancellor Loftin did wrong.

You say: It’s more about what they didn’t do. As leader of the UM System and Chancellor of the flagship campus, it was their job to address students’ concerns and ensure their safety on campus. Racial slurs and worse are just some of the painful experiences black students have faced for years at MizzouYears. That’s wrong and it needs to change–MU is better than this.

Syrian Refugees

Your relative says: Any of these refugees could be terrorists.  Keep ‘em out, better safe than sorry.

You say: First of all, state governments can’t decide whether or not to admit refugees— that’s under the jurisdiction of the federal government.

Syrian refugees aren’t terrorists, they are victims of terrorism, fleeing the same types of atrocities we witnessed in Paris. Syrian refugees entering this country already undergo the most intensive vetting and screening process of any group— from the State Department, Homeland Security, the Consular Lookout System, the FBI, Immigration Services, and more. Furthermore, all of the identified assailants of the Paris attacks were EU nationals.


Laura Swinford
Executive Director, Progress Missouri

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Subway fires 80-hour-a-week worker from 1 job after Oregonian story

Subway fires 80-hour-a-week worker from 1 job after Oregonian story

Keith Fons on making ends meet in PortlandKeith Fons, a father of three, works marathon shifts at Subway. The 35-year-old talks about making ends meet in Portlland.

Keith Fons showed up for work Nov. 9 at the Subway he manages in downtown Portland, expecting a normal Monday morning rush.

A day earlier, The Oregonian’s front pagefeatured a story about Fons and the everyday challenges that low-wage workers face. The 35-year-old father worked as many as 80 hours every week at two Subway shops to provide for his wife, who has multiple sclerosis, and their three young children.

The fam­­­ily’s story of making it work on $11.50 an hour struck a chord with readers and dozens offered to help. One befriended Fons on Facebook and sent money. Another donated a box of Christmas presents for the kids.

Fons was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from strangers.

But less than a week after The Oregonian/OregonLive shared Fons’ story, he was fired from his second job, at a 24-hour Subway near Northwest 21st Avenue and West Burnside Street. Losing half his hours will cost his family $1,400 to $2,000 a month.

“People say, ‘Do what you love.'” Fons said Monday, wearing a puffy down coat given to him by a customer in recent days. “I loved working for Subway and customer service.”

Gray area

Fons said he knew something was amiss Nov. 12, when the owner of both stores, Larry Dennis, carried a legal folder into the store. Dennis and his attorney presented Fons with a check for about $1,500 and asked him to sign a “confidential release agreement” that stipulated he wouldn’t sue for back wages or divulge the terms.

They told him he was being let go from his graveyard shift at the Burnside franchise.

He signed the document, he said, because he didn’t know what else to do. After wrestling with whether to talk about the termination for 11 days, Fons told his story to The Oregonian/OregonLive.

When he was terminated, Fons said, he was told the working arrangement was a “legal gray area.” Charlie Burr, a spokesman for the state Bureau of Labor and Industries, said the agency would look into the arrangement if it received a complaint – but it had not.

Dennis, who owns the two companies that run the Subway franchises where Fons worked, declined an interview request and hung up on a reporter Monday. In a voicemail, he confirmed Fons still worked full time at the U.S. Bank tower store.

Subway corporate spokesman Kevin Kane also confirmed Fons still worked at the downtown location. He did not specify why Fons’ hours were cut from the other westside store.

After he was terminated, Fons said he was told he would need to work one more graveyard shift, because no one else could cover it.

Fons said he feels like the company tossed him to the wolves.

“I’m done with this chapter,” he said. “Not by choice, but I’m done with it.”

He’s already looking for a second job.

Not Alone

Fons’ story reflects the culture of fear found in many low-wage workplaces, said one longtime Portland labor advocate.

Terminations like Fons’ create a chilling effect that may keep workers silent, even if employers make them work outside normal hours, refuse to allow breaks or otherwise steal wages, said Michael Dale, executive director of the Northwest Workers’ Justice Project.

Dale said many workers in the fast-food industry worry about consequences for speaking up.

“Workers should be able comfortably to speak about the issues at work that concern them,” Dale said. “It’s shameful if they are retaliated against for simply expressing what happens at work.”

Not a quitter

Thanks to donations from readers, which helped pay November bills, Fons said the family won’t immediately feel the financial sting. “We have until the middle of December until it actually hits us,” he said.

Howard Kenyon, director of program operations with Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon and Fons’ longtime friend, said Fons was proud of working for Subway for nearly 13 years. He met with Fons soon after he was fired.

“He was the most distraught that I’ve ever seen him,” Kenyon said.

Fons said he decided to speak out because he didn’t want people to think he had simply quit the job after receiving attention. Some regular customers asked him what happened, and he did not want to lie.

“I am not a freaking quitter,” Fons said.

Hours after he discussed his firing with a reporter, Fons confronted an unruly customer who tried to steal money from the tip jar.

Fons intervened and was punched in the face.

The man was arrested and charged with multiple felonies. Fons’ nose was broken and now he will require surgery.

“The things I’ll do for my job,” Fons said.

— Andrew Theen and Molly Young



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‘Mind-Blowing Abuse of Power’: Walmart Spied on Workers With FBI, Lockheed Martin’s Help

“Retail giant Walmart enlisted the help of a private military contractor and the FBI to spy on workers pushing for a $15 hourly wage and organizing Black Friday protests in 2012 and 2013, newly released documents (pdf) reveal.

“We are fighting for all workers to be paid a fair wage and enough hours to put food on the table and provide for our families,” said Mary Pat Tifft, a Wisconsin Walmart employee of 27 years. “To think that Walmart found us such a threat that they would hire a defense contractor and engage the FBI is a mind-blowing abuse of power.”

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Retail giant Walmart enlisted the help of a private military contractor and the FBI to spy on workers pushing for a $15 hourly wage and organizing Black Friday protests in 2012
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“Bombing Them Back to the Stoneage” did not work in Vietnam, in Afghanistan, nor in Yemen, but Obama will keep trying it in Syria/Iraq with ISIS

President Obama and French President Francois Hollande have agreed to ramp up airstrikes against the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq and Syria following the Paris attacks. As Hollande visited Washington, D.C. for talks with Obama, French warplanes bombed ISIS targets near the Iraqi city of Mosul.


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