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!!

Ten years ago, Media Matters launched with a revolutionary mission: to systematically monitor the U.S. media for conservative misinformation every day, in real time. We’ve been calling out right-wing lies for a decade — and we’re not done yet. Will you contribute now to help us raise $10,000 for our 10th anniversary?

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For ten years, we’ve successfully fought back against the bad actors that poison our media with right-wing lies and smears. It’s been an amazing beginning, and we couldn’t have done it without your support.

We’re in this for the long haul. Make an anniversary gift today to kickstart the next ten years of media accountability.

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:
http://www.democrats.com/boycott-proactiv
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:
http://www.democrats.com/boycott-proactiv
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:
http://www.democrats.com/boycott-proactiv
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.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0tgvWxC_6A

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?”

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/8/white_house_environmental_adviser_van_jones

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.

http://thinkprogress.org/2009/09/06/van-jones-resigns/

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.

http://www.alternet.org/environment/95963/what_will_the_green_economy_look_like/

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:

http://www.democracynow.org/2008/10/28/van_jones_on_the_green_collar

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

http://www.harpercollins.com/books/9780061650758/The_Green_Collar_Economy/index.aspx

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.

http://www.pittsburghurbanmedia.com/a-petition-against-fox-conservative-host-glenn-beck.aspx

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

http://aan.org/alternative/Aan/index

and alternative monitoring websites.

http://americas.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/64380

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:

http://www.tacomapjh.org/progressive_news.htm

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What motivates you to fight for social justice?


Kevin,

We have a president who insists on siding with white supremacists. He will not denounce those with hate in their heart who murdered a young woman for supporting equality. For so many of us, we are now living in a nightmare. It is unconscionable to compare those who fight for equality with those who believe that the color of one’s skin determines superiority.

As I said recently, my heart is skipping beats to think about all that my fore-parents endured to get to this point in time in America’s history. And to have, in the 21st century, the president of the United States not boldly stand up and denounce racial violence is atrocious. Not only does he refuse to condemn the actions of people who would protest the funeral of someone they murdered, but he also dares to try and equivocate the actions of liberal protesters, the so called “alt-left,” with those of Nazis and white supremacists. It is a disgusting false equivalency.

There is no such thing as the “alt-left.” Those who believe Medicare should be available to all Americans are not the same as Nazis. Those who believe that we must fix a broken criminal justice system that is unfair to black, brown and poor are not the same as Nazis. Those who think we should remove statues that were erected as a reminder of white supremacy are not the same as Nazis.

What happens next is crucial for the future of our country. We must stand united for a better life for all, regardless of color, gender, sexual orientation, religion or class. It has never been more clear what the differences between the two sides are. There is the side of justice and the side of injustice. It is obvious what side Trump is on. There are more of us standing on the side of justice and together we will overcome the forces seeking to regress our nation. Our stories are our strength share yours with us. What motivates you to fight for social justice?

In solidarity,

Nina Turner
President
Our Revolution

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When many denominations were not pleasing God, he spoke up


 Onleilove Chika Alston is the Founder of Prophetic Whirlwind: Uncovering the Black Biblical Destiny, a research ministry dedicated to uncovering the Black foundations of the Bible. She is also a speaker, writer and Executive Director of PICO-Faith in New York a federation of 70 congregations dedicated to Building the Beloved City through organizing for justice. A native of East New York, Brooklyn she currently lives in Harlem and has five brothers and sisters. Her book Prophetic Whirlwind: Uncovering the Black Biblical Destiny Volume 1 will be published in late 2017.

William Saunders Crowdy – Wikipedia

William Saunders Crowdy (August 11, 1847 – August 4, 1908) was an American soldier, preacher, entrepreneur, theologian, and pastor. As one of the earliest …

Prophet Crowdy – Church of God and Saints of Christ Jamaica

This is the case of William Saunders Crowdy, a great Preacher, the World’s Evangelist, who later was known to the world as a prophet of the Almighty God, the …

William S. Crowdy | American minister | Britannica.com

religious sect founded in 1896 by Prophet William S. Crowdy. He passed his mantle of leadership to Bishop William Plummer, who announced himself as “Grand …

The Black Hebrews and the Jews – The Jewish Magazine

St. Mary’s County, Maryland: William Saunders Crowdy was born August 11, 1847. He was born a slave. His father, Basil Crowdy, was a deeply religious …

Historic African American church in North Suffolk mourns rabbi | Faith …

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Apr 20, 2016 – Chief Rabbi Jehu August Crowdy Jr., 46, led the African-American … by his great-grandfather, William Saunders Crowdy, nearly 120 years ago, …

Crowdy, William Saunders 1847-1908 [WorldCat Identities]

Most widely held works about William Saunders Crowdy … by Elly M Wynia( Book ); Life and works ofWilliam Saunders Crowdy by Beersheba Crowdy Walker( …

Prophet William Saunders Crowdy – cogasoc.net

William Saunders Crowdy was born in 1847, at Charlotte Hall, St Mary’s County Maryland to slave parents. He was called “Wilson” spending his childhood years …

Prophet William S. Crowdy | Facebook

Prophet William S. Crowdy is on Facebook. Join Facebook to connect with Prophet William S. Crowdyand others you may know. Facebook gives people the…

FOUR BLACK HEBREW Patriarchs Most Black Hebrew Israelites …

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Prophet William Saunders Crowdy,Rabbi Arnold Josiah Ford, Rabbi Wentworth Arthur Matthew, Rev. James …

‘Black Judaism’ has roots in Kansas – Be’chol Lashon

bechollashon.org/heart/index.php/articles/3403

They point to the arrival of former slave and railroad cook William Saunders Crowdy in Lawrence, Kan., in 1896 and his establishment there of the Church of God …

Understanding Reconciliation: Prophet William Crowdy founder of The Church of God and Saints of Christ

All this is from Yahweh, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.

Corinthians 5:18-19

 Prophet William Crowdy was born a slave and fought in the civil war. A man of faith and a Baptist minister while farming one day he had a vision and was shown that many of the current denominations were not pleasing to The Most High. He started to preach a return to the practices of the first century church and that Yahshua and many of the Biblical characters were Black. His preaching was so impactful that people of all races were drawn to the gospel through his message including White men and women. One day an Irish man told Prophet Crowdy he needed to start a denomination and so he founded Church of God and Saints of Christ. His Gospel message continued to spread to both Blacks and Whites in America as well as to South Africans. Today we would call Prophet Crowdy’s message of a Black Jesus controversial but his message helped Blacks and Whites to reconcile and worship together at a time when racism was at an all-time high in America. Indeed, the truth will set us free…. if we let it.

Photo Credit: http://www.churchofgodandsaintsofchristjamaica.org

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High Crimes and Criminals in Trump White House


Tomgram: Engelhardt, Welcome to the Post-American World

 

Pardon Me! 
High Crimes and Demeanors in the Age of Trump 
By Tom Engelhardt

Let me try to get this straight: from the moment the Soviet Union imploded in 1991 until recently just about every politician and mainstream pundit in America assured us that we were the planet’s indispensable nation, the only truly exceptional one on this small orb of ours.

We were the sole superpower, Earth’s hyperpower, its designated global sheriff, the architect of our planetary future. After five centuries of great power rivalries, in the wake of a two-superpower world that, amid the threatof nuclear annihilation, seemed to last forever and a day (even if it didn’t quite make it 50 years), the United States was the ultimate survivor, the victor of victors, the last of the last.  It stood triumphantly at the end of history.  In a lottery that had lasted since Europe’s wooden ships first broke out of a periphery of Eurasia and began to colonize much of the planet, the United States was the chosen one, the country that would leave every imperial world-maker from the Romans to the British in its shadow.

Who could doubt that this was now our world in a coming American century beyond compare?

And then, of course, came the attacks of 9/11.  A mere $400,000 and 19 suicidal hijackers (mostly Saudis) armed with box cutters and organized from Afghanistan, a country plunged into an Islamic version of the Middle Ages, had challenged the greatest power of all time.  In the process, they would bring down iconic structures in what would soon be known to Americans as “the homeland,” while killing almost 3,000 innocent civilians, acts so shocking that they really did change the world.

Yet even then, a fervor for world-organizing triumphalism only took firmer hold in Washington.  The top officials of President George W. Bush’s administration almost instantly saw the 9/11 attacks as their very own “Pearl Harbor,” the twenty-first-century equivalent of the moment that had launched the U.S. on the path to post-World War II superpowerdom.  As Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld instantly told his aides in the rubble of the Pentagon, “Go massive.  Sweep it all up.  Things related and not.”  And indeed they would do just that, seizing the moment with alacrity and promptly launching the “Global War on Terror” — aka, among the cognoscenti, World War IV (the third, in their minds, having been the Cold War).

No simple “police action” against the modest al-Qaeda organization and Osama bin Laden would do (and those who suggested something so pathetically humble were to be laughed out of the room).  At that moment, their newly launched “war” was to be aimed at no less than 60 countries.  The world was to be swept clean of “terror” and the tool for doing so and for imposing Washington’s version of a world order on much of the planet would be the U.S. military, a force like none ever seen before.  It was, President Bush would claim, “the greatest force for human liberation the world has ever known.”  It was, as both he and Barack Obama affirmed, as became gospel on both sides of the aisle in Washington (until Donald Trump arrived in the presidential race of 2016), “the finest fighting force” in history.  It was so unquestionably powerful that no enemy could conceivably stand in its path.  It would “liberate” not just Afghanistan, but Iraq, a country in the Middle Eastern oil heartlands that had nothing to do with either al-Qaeda or Islamic terror but had a ruler despised in Washington.

And that, mind you, would only be the beginning. Syria and Iran would undoubtedly follow and soon enough the Greater Middle East would be brought under the aegis of a Pax Americana.  Meanwhile, globally, no country or even bloc of countries would be capable of rising to challenge the United States into the imaginable future.  As Bush put it in a speech at West Point in 2002, “America has, and intends to keep, military strengths beyond challenge, thereby making the destabilizing arms races of other eras pointless, and limiting rivalries to trade and other pursuits of peace.” In that year, the U.S. National Security Strategy similarly called for the country to “build and maintain” its military power “beyond challenge.”

What a soaring dream it all was!  In response to the destruction of part of the Pentagon and those towers in New York City, a small group of top officials in Washington, long waiting for just such an opportunity, were determined to impose their version of order and democracy, military-first, on significant parts of the planet and no one would be capable of resisting.  Not for long anyway.

Click here to read more of this dispatch.

High Crimes and Misdemeanors – Constitutional Rights Foundation

Congress has no power to impose criminal penalties on impeached officials. … They are “treason, bribery, and other high crimes and misdemeanors. …. and (2) a president obstructs justice by helping hide marijuana for a White House intern.

You Don’t Have to Commit a Crime to be Impeached – Newsweek

Aug 8, 2017 – Donald Trump in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on August 2, … a restrictive view of the scope of “high Crimes and Misdemeanors,” …

Donald Trump Impeachment: How to Prosecute the President | Time.com

time.com/4783442/donald-trump-impeachment-crime-obstruction-justice/

May 17, 2017 – Did the President commit a crime by firing James Comey? … Article II, section 4, of the Constitution provides that upon impeachment by the House and … Bribery, or other High Crimes andMisdemeanors,” the affected civil officer ….. of President Donald Trump’s response to the deadly clashes at a white …

Trump Jr.’s Emails: High Crimes & Misdemeanors? | National Review

Jul 12, 2017 – It is whether collusion is a high crime or misdemeanor … … Don Jr.’s Crisis Communication Strategy Came Directly from White House.

Laurence Tribe: ‘High crimes’ in Trump’s firing of Comey | TheHill

thehill.com/homenews/…/333080-lawrence-tribe-high-crimes-in-trumps-firing-of-co…

May 12, 2017 – “This is a series of high crimes and misdemeanors. … by other members of his White House staff, including Vice President Mike Pence Michael …

Trump: The Presidency in Peril | by Elizabeth Drew | The New York …

Jun 22, 2017 – Both entered the campaign and the White House unfamiliar with the rules and … Mueller’s investigation is limited to considering criminal acts. … the House Judiciary Committee concluded that “high crimes” meant something …

Remarks by President Trump During Meeting with Immigration Crime …

Jun 28, 2017 – The White House. Office of the Press Secretary … Remarks by President Trump During Meeting with Immigration Crime Victims. Cabinet Room.

What is obstruction of justice? – CNNPolitics – CNN.com

Jun 15, 2017 – While President Donald Trump continues to dismiss Special …. the principle of not interfering in federal criminal investigations. … And Ken Starr, the independent prosecutor who spent years investigating President Bill Clinton’s White House, said … treason, bribery or other high crimes andmisdemeanors.”.

What Is Obstruction of Justice? An Often Murky Crime, Explained – The …

May 16, 2017 – President Trump at the White House on Tuesday. …. bribery, or other high crimes andmisdemeanors” — are met by anything that a majority of …

Trump Can Commit All the High Crimes He Wants … – NYMag

nymag.com/daily/…/republicans-wont-impeach-trump-no-matter-what-his-crimes.htm…

Jun 7, 2017 – Trump Can Commit All the High Crimes He Wants. … For instance, the editorial notes, “TheWhite House spent days explaining that the …

Donald Trump could be prosecuted for abusing his pardon power.

Jul 21, 2017 – President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday. … that obstruction of justice constituted a “high crime” for impeachment purposes.

Exposing Trump’s “high crimes and misdemeanors” – People’s World

May 19, 2017 – They have engaged in a pattern of “high crimes and misdemeanors. … created disarray in the White House, rebellion in the intelligence community, … covering-up the extensive business andcriminal ties that he and his shady …

The case that President Trump committed the crime of obstruction – Vox

Jun 8, 2017 – The case that President Trump committed the crime of obstruction of justice …. the case of “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors. … he leaves the White House — will be a much more difficult judgment call.

Trump must be impeached. Here’s why. – The Washington Post

May 13, 2017 – … what the framers called “high crimes and misdemeanors” that they cannot be … Consider how Trump used the vice president and White House staff to … shield surrounding ongoingcriminal investigations; dangling carrots in …

How Impeaching Trump Would Work – Rolling Stone

May 17, 2017 – Then the House of Representatives carries out an impeachment vote. … did want to leave an escape hatch in case the chief resident of the White House went bad. What exactly qualifies as a “high crime and misdemeanor”?

How Trump Could Get Fired | The New Yorker

May 8, 2017 – Even before Trump entered the White House, the F.B.I. and four congressional ….. But what would “high Crimes and Misdemeanors” mean in practice? … is possible even without a specific violation of the U.S. Criminal Code.

What is obstruction of justice and could it apply to Trump? – ABC News

abcnews.go.com/Politics/obstruction-justice-apply-trump/story?id=47370135

Jun 15, 2017 – Questions are being raised about whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice. … Obstruction of justice is a federal crime in which someone “corruptly” … told ABC News there is no definition of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” but … The House of Representatives wields the sole power to impeach a …

If Republicans lose the House, Trump will be impeached – LA Times

Jun 13, 2017 – President Trump‘s White House could use a John Podesta about now. … The phrase “high crimes and misdemeanors” notwithstanding, the criteria for impeachment have little to do with criminallaw and everything to do with …

President Trump Shouldn’t Be Impeached If He Hasn’t Committed a …

May 22, 2017 – First of all, impeaching a president for anything less than a crime or … the House of one party could perpetually threaten to impeach the White House of another. … Treason, Bribery, or otherhigh Crimes and Misdemeanors.

Can Trump Be Indicted for Obstruction of Justice? – VOA News

Jun 10, 2017 – FILE – From left, President Donald Trump, former White House National Security …. with a legal proceeding, such as a criminal investigation, is a crime, but … a president from office for “treason, bribery or other high crimes and …

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What have you really Learnt about Hate in America in School and Elsewhere?


Charlottesville Syllabus header

BY CATHERINE HALLEY

It has been a difficult week in American history, and a lot of educators have been wondering how to speak to their students about the white supremacist rally that took place on August 12 in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the violent aftermath. JSTOR Daily, which offers scholarly context to the news, seems well-positioned to offer help in this regard.

To this end, I’ve put together a list of stories we published during our first three years that I hope will serve as an ongoing resource as you educate yourselves and your community about the conflict that is erupting around us. As always, the underlying scholarship cited in the pieces is open and accessible to all our readers.

Catherine Halley, Editor, JSTOR Daily

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Crows are smarter than we thought

BY JAMES MACDONALD

Crows show signs of acute intelligence: using tools and planning ahead.

How baseball became a job

BY LIVIA GERSHON

While it generally paid better than artisans’ work and much better than blue-collar jobs, being a baseball player was not originally a high-prestige job.

The wartime origins of farmers markets

BY APRIL WHITE

When the USDA undertook its first census of farmers markets in 1948, there were just six in all of California. Today there are hundreds.

Lucian versus the gods

BY NICHOLAS JEEVES

From The Public Domain Review: The 2nd-century writer Lucian of Samosata took the popular images of the Greek gods and redrew them as greedy, power-mad despots.

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JSTOR Daily editors select stories that bridge the gap between news and scholarship. This week’s picks cover American fascism, North Korean nukes, and diet soda.

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Understanding The Good News: The Eve’s Erhverhs


Understanding The Good News: The Eve’s Erhverhs

And it shall come to pass in that day, that Yahweh shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, from lower Egypt, and from upper Egypt, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.

Isaiah 11:11-12

The Eve’s Erhverhs is one of the titles given to the Ewe people spread across West Africa. Ethnic groups such as the Ewe of Ghana and Togo, the Ga-Dangme of Ghana and the Yoruba of Nigeria are a part of what scholars call Eve’s Erhverh’s. The ancestors of these groups migrated from Israel after the destruction of the first and second temples and due to other wars and tragedy’s. Sadly, after centuries of living a relatively peaceful life in West Africa they were captured and shipped in the millions to the “new world” in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Many remained on the continent of Africa where they experienced colonialism and oppression. Today in spite of differences in language, borders and tribal names that were placed on them by others these groups of Eve’s Erhverhs are uniting to spread the good news of the gospel. They are spreading the good news through sharing their culture which is rooted in the Hebrew Bible. Eve’s Erhverhs show us that as the Apostle Paul wrote many years ago nothing can separate us from the love of Yahweh.

Photo: Kodjo Ewe Christian Man in Elmina Slave Castle, Ghana
Taken by Onleilove Alston

Onleilove Chika Alston is the Founder of Prophetic Whirlwind: Uncovering the Black Biblical Destiny, a research ministry dedicated to uncovering the Black foundations of the Bible. She is also a speaker, writer and Executive Director of PICO-Faith in New York a federation of 70 congregations dedicated to Building the Beloved City through organizing for justice. A native of East New York, Brooklyn she currently lives in Harlem and has five brothers and sisters. Her book Prophetic Whirlwind: Uncovering the Black Biblical Destiny Volume 1 will be published in late 2017.
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Taking Back America!!


 

Dear Kevin,

A statue of Confederate leader Gen. John Hunt Morgan scheduled to be taken down in Lexington, KY

 

A statue of Confederate leader Gen. John Hunt Morgan scheduled to be taken down in Lexington, KY

This past week we’ve experienced horrific violence, white supremacists marching openly in the street, and the President’s refusal to disavow Neo-Nazis. Simultaneously thousands of people in Charlottesville and communities across the country have come together in solidarity and action.

President Trump blamed the removal of Confederate statues as the reason for these events. Confederate statues are not the problem. White supremacy is. But Confederate statutes don’t help—and we should take them down.

The history is clear. The Confederacy protected slavery and the enslavement of Black people. After the war, those who supported the Confederacy attempted to rewrite history, claiming state’s rights was the cause of the Civil War –not slavery. Today, those who support the Confederate flag and monuments claim that they are “remembering Southern heroes,” and honoring “symbols of white heritage and states’ rights.” But Black folks and allies know different. These are symbols and monuments to white supremacy.

There are currently more than 1500 monuments, symbols and place names that celebrate the Confederacy in our country.1 Why is this a problem? Because these monuments were erected as a direct response to the work of Black communities and allies to dismantle white supremacy during Reconstruction and the Civil Rights Movement.Those who supported slavery and later, Jim Crow laws, asserted white supremacy by claiming public spaces like traffic circles, parks, city halls, and state capitol buildings with the symbols of the Confederacy.

It’s time. Monuments celebrating the Confederacy have no place in our communities. They were erected to instill fear and shift the stories we tell in our history books and our communities. Together, we can take back this history—help take them down. 

In solidarity –

Kalpana Krishnamurthy

National Field and Policy Director

___________________

1 See Whose Heritage? Public Symbols of the Confederacy report from Southern Poverty Law Center

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A new War on Whistle Blowers?


Bringing further attention to one of the most high-profile whistleblower cases to arise during the Trump administration so far, Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle are supporting a Department of Interior executive who says management retaliated against him because he disclosed how climate change is creating acute risks to Alaskan coastal communities.
Joel Clement

Lawmakers Question Interior Secretary Over Whistleblower Reassignment

Bringing further attention to one of the most high-profile whistleblower cases to arise during the Trump administration so far, Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle are supporting a Department of Interior executive who says management retaliated against him because he disclosed how climate change is creating acute risks to Alaskan coastal communities.

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U.S. Capitol buildingCongressional Investigations — Not Just Special Counsels — Strengthen Our Democracy

Oddly, some in Congress have called for curtailing key aspects of their own investigations until Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s has concluded, threatening a long-standing congressional responsibility to conduct oversight on behalf of the American people.

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U.S. DollarsEverything Old is New Again: Trump’s Bipartisan Proposals to Curb Improper Payments

President Trump’s crackdown on improper payments could represent a bipartisan effort to reduce waste, fraud, and abuse in the federal government.

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Stock marketDefense Supplier Accused of Price Gouging is Hit with Shareholder Lawsuit

TransDigm Group, a leading aircraft parts supplier suspected of overcharging the Pentagon, was sued by stockholders upset about the effect the company’s recent notoriety is having on their portfolios.

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Bleeding flagPOGO Files Complaint to Office of Special Counsel Over DOE Insider Threat Program Materials

“Even if inadvertent, deterring whistleblowing in an effort to stymie leaks makes the federal government less effective and less accountable,” says POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian.

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Robert E. Lee Memorial CemeteryA Confederacy of Dunces

Why does the U.S. Army maintain forts named for Confederate officers Beauregard, Benning, Bragg, Gordon, A.P. Hill, Hood, Lee, Pickett, Polk, and Rucker?

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President Trump visiting the PentagonPresident Trump’s Two War-Fighting Brains

One side asks smart questions about Afghanistan, while the other lobs dumb threats at North Korea.

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We’re hiring!

We're hiring!Job Opening: Social Media Manager

POGO is currently hiring for a Social Media Manager to join our communications team — please forward to your lists to spread the word!

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POGO in the News

The Daily Beast

Hillary’s Pals Made Ads for Saudis to Influence Trump

Lydia Dennett, an investigator with the Project on Government Oversight, says the nature of the group’s work, taken together with its apparent collaboration with Podesta—a connection that Dennett said “definitely seems sketchy”—raises questions about its failure to register as a foreign agent.
CBS

Months into office, Trump has yet to appoint key agency watchdogs

“Whether you’re Democrat or Republican, I feel like you want this nonpartisan group [of inspectors general] putting checks on the people spending your tax dollars,” said Nick Pacifico, associate general counsel for the Project on Government Oversight (POGO), a nonprofit watchdog that tracks inspector general vacancies. “And I think a lot of people don’t realize we have such people in the government that are doing this work.”
The Daily Beast

U.S. Taxpayers May Pay CIA Torture Doctors Legal Bills

“Based on my reading of the indemnification agreement and what I know about the case, the taxpayer is on the hook,” Neil Gordon, an investigator with the Project on Government Oversight, told The Daily Beast. “The government’s use of such agreements removes nearly all risk from contractors and puts it on taxpayers. If contractors need such protection, maybe it’s time to consider assigning these functions to government employees.”
WSB-TV Atlanta

Strip clubs and Starbucks: Millions in questionable spending charged to government

Coast Guard employees charged more than $12,000 on government purchase cards at one California Starbucks location. “This is not a new issue,” said Peter Tyler from the Project on Government Oversight. There is, however, a new solution to government purchase and credit card abuse.
Federal News Radio

No sequestration for agencies this year

The Trump administration wants to protect agencies from insider threats, but can they go too far and actually discourage whistleblowers? That’s a concern of the Project on Government Oversight. It sent a letter to the Office of Special Counsel, requesting an investigation into anti-insider threat posters at the Energy Department, which failed to clarify that whistleblower rights supercede management communications.
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When will Arpaio be put behind bars, America?


Just call him Mr. Contempt, America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio guilty of criminal contempt

Joe Arpaio, former Arizona sheriff, found guilty of contempt – CNN

Jul 31, 2017 – (CNN)The lawman who once boasted he was “America’s toughest sheriff,” could find himself behind bars after a federal judge found him guilty of criminal contempt on Monday. Former Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio was accused of violating a court order in a racial …

Joe Arpaio, former sheriff in Arizona, is found guilty of criminal …

Jul 31, 2017 – Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona, was found guilty of criminal contempt for ignoring a judge’s order to stop racially …

Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio found guilty of criminal contempt | Fox News

Jul 31, 2017 – Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was found guilty on … Two points: If Arpaio is guilty of following the Constitution and the Laws of the …

Joe Arpaio: Ex-sheriff found guilty of criminal contempt of court

Jul 31, 2017 – PHOENIX — The immigration policies that elevated former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio to fame were the same that would ultimately lead to his …

Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Found Guilty : NPR

Jul 31, 2017 – Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been found guilty of criminal contempt, stemming from a 2011 racial profiling case. Arpaio faces a …

Sheriff Joe Arpaio found guilty of violating judge’s order – BBC News

Jul 31, 2017 – Joe Arpaio, the controversial former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, has been found guilty of criminal contempt – a federal offence. He was …

‘Sheriff Joe’ Arpaio found guilty of contempt charge | TheHill

thehill.com/blogs/blog…/344641-sheriff-joe-arpaio-found-guilty-of-contempt-charge

Jul 31, 2017 – Former Maricopa County, Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been found guilty of criminal contempt for willfully violating a federal judge’s order to stop …

Sheriff Joe Arpaio found guilty of criminal contempt for ignoring order …

Jul 31, 2017 – Sheriff Joe Arpaio found guilty of criminal contempt for ignoring order to stop racial profiling. “He announced to the world and to his …

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We understand that a truly just and equal society upholds the right of all people to be protected from bigotry and hatred, as well as their right to clean air, clean water and a healthy environment


In the aftermath of the despicable series of events fueled by racism and hatred at the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA, our nation is coming to grips with a president whose words, deeds and policies provide support and encouragement to white supremacists while inflicting harm on our communities.

Violence, bigotry and hatred cannot be tolerated, especially when they come from the highest levels of government. We stand in solidarity with the people and organizations dedicated to fighting for racial and social justice.

We understand that a truly just and equal society upholds the right of all people to be protected from bigotry and hatred, as well as their right to clean air, clean water and a healthy environment. We will continue to fight the Trump administration’s efforts to eliminate environmental protections and environmental justice programs where we work best: in the courts. Using the power of the law, we are working with communities to stand up against this administration’s destructive policies.

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Marchers in New York City's 2014 Peoples Climate March. Heightened activism at the local level has garnered a breakthrough for environmental justice in this city. (Joe Brusky/CC BY-NC 2.0)
Environmental protections will be won block by block
From the South Bronx to Denver, communities disproportionately affected by pollution are winning the fight to make local governments translate problems into action.
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Charlene Benton was a hero in her community and an inspiration to those who knew her—including me. (Earthjustice)
Communities are defended by the heroes who live in them
Charlene Benton was a lion in her community who never backed down in the face of wealthy and powerful polluters. The best way to honor Charlene’s memory is to carry on her fight. And we will.
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On August 6, 2012, a fire and explosion at a Chevron refinery in Richmond, Calif. caused 15,000 people to seek medical treatment. (Nick Fullerton/CC BY-NC 2.0)
Toxic chemical plants thought they could ignore this West Virginia community
Residents living in the so-called “Chemical Valley” have fought for years to win stronger protections against toxic chemicals. If Scott Pruitt thinks that an illegal two-year delay on the Chemical Disaster Rule can stop them now, he’s got another thing coming.
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Earthjustice attorney Patti Goldman is one of the lawyers fighting Trump's 'two-for-one' executive order. (Genna Martin for Earthjustice)
President Trump has created a “shadow regulatory process”…
…so remarked the federal judge hearing our challenge to Trump’s 2-for-1 executive order. The administration prefers working in the shadows because when communities get the opportunity to speak up, they demand clean water and air, healthy and safe communities and civil rights.
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Workers wear protective gear as they remove asbestos, one of the substances regulated under the Toxic Substances Control Act. (Bartco/Getty Images)
Chemical industry executives write gutless toxic chemical protections
So families, teachers, workers, low-income and indigenous communities are suing to set ground rules for how the EPA will prioritize chemicals for safety review and then evaluate the risks of those chemicals.
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“We live as a single community divided by an iron fence; a community that a wall and the anti-immigrant rhetoric from the new administration could tear apart.”
— Alejandro Dávila Fragoso, Earthjustice’s bilingual press secretary shares his story on growing up on the U.S.-Mexico border.
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HOW YOU CAN HELP
Stand in unity against hate
Find or plan a solidarity vigil near you. Indivisible offers a resource that will help you gather with your community to stand in solidarity against hate and bigotry.
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Kevin, thank you for being an Earthjustice Activist.
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Would you believe Wyandotte County is one of the Top 25 Most Diverse Counties in the USA?


2017 Most Diverse Counties in America

Explore the most diverse counties in the U.S. based on ethnic and economic diversity statistics by county from the U.S. Census.Read more on how this ranking was calculated.

2017 Most Diverse Counties in America – Niche

Explore the most diverse counties in the U.S. based on ethnic and economic diversity statistics bycounty from the U.S. Census. Read more on how this ranking …

The 5 U.S. Counties Where Racial Diversity Is Highest—and Lowest …

Apr 29, 2014 – Al Jazeera America reported in January that the aptly-named town of Unalaska, … The 5most diverse counties in the U.S., according to Olson’s …

America’s 10 Most Diverse Counties – Newser

Aug 9, 2016 – Graphiq has compiled a list of the most diverse counties in the US by calculating the probability that two randomly selected residents will be of …

2017’s Most Diverse Cities in America | WalletHub®

May 4, 2017 – But America’s transformation is more than skin-deep — it’s economic, too. … they’ve also ushered in fresh perspectives, skills and technologies to help the U.S. develop a … Artwork-2017-MostDiverse Cities in America-v2 …

Here’s where America is most racially diverse – The Mercury News

Aug 3, 2016 – In July, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan came under fire for his selfie … The highestracially diverse county in Hawaii is Hawaii County, with a …

Where Is the Most Diverse City in the U.S.? – NBC News

May 21, 2016 – When it comes to overall diversity of cities, Maryland and California come out on top. Both states boast four cities each in the top 10 most …

How Houston has become the most diverse place in America – LA Times

May 9, 2017 – Greater Houston is by one measure the most diverse metro area in the country, … and on Sunday signed a bill to punish so-called sanctuary cities. … with the United States Supreme Court,” Turner said in a March interview, …

These Are The 10 Most Diverse States In America – HomeSnacks

Mar 5, 2017 – If you were to draw a line down the middle of the contiguous United States, you’d find a surprising difference in the diversity of the populous.

The most ethnically diverse counties in the United States – Aug. 9, 2007

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Aug 9, 2007 – The nation’s most ethnically diverse counties. A new Census Bureau report says the population majority in nearly 10 percent of all U.S. counties …

The most racially diverse counties in the United States – Wonkblog

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Apr 29, 2014 – This map by Randy Olson shows the most and least ethnically diverse counties in the country, measuring diversity by determining how equally …

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