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Ben Jealous

The Insurrection and the Lost Cause

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Ben Jealous — A violent insurrection engulfed the U.S. Capitol just six months ago. One United States Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died and other Capitol police are still healing. Investigators are still going through video and social media documenting the attempt to disrupt congressional affirmation of President Joe Biden’s victory. Just six months ago. But many Republican leaders are already trying to rewrite the history of that day…

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Trump loyalists storm the Capitol and halt a joint session of the 117th Congress on January 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C.

Jan. 6 wasn’t the end — the right is trying a hostile takeover state by state

By Commentaries/Opinions

It’s clear that the Republican assault on democracy is actually just beginning. By Heather Digby Parton, Salon — On Sunday night, CNN aired a two-hour documentary called “Assault on Democracy” chronicling the evolution of the American right’s most recent embrace of conspiracy theories and authoritarianism which led to the insurrection of January 6th. Unlike most of the recent TV examinations of this phenomenon, CNN didn’t simply go back to the day Donald Trump descended the golden…

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Lawmakers protect police at the expense of demonstrators

By News & Current Affairs

By J.S. Adams, Contributing Writer — Over the past 10 months, protesters fighting for racial equality have faced challenges from police departments and governments. Now, they face more challenges, as state and federal lawmakers introduce legislation aimed at cracking down on demonstrators. The majority of them, on the Republican front, say this is in direct response to violent riots the country witnessed following the death of George Floyd. Some have…

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Capitol Riot

Nailing the Capitol Terrorists Won’t be Easy

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson— Two things are certain about the Capitol terror attack January 6. And one thing isn’t. The certainties first. One, Trump will not be charged with incitement to riot. Yes, there have been soundings from DC federal prosecutors about the possibility of an incitement to riot charge against him. But this is just shop talk and media copy. The second senate acquittal of Trump pretty much took…

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Vantage Point: Election, Insurrection, Inauguration Revisited • Mission of Black Lives Matter LA

By News & Current Affairs, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point February 1, 2021 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Bill Fletcher and Dr. Melina Abdullah. Topics Election, Insurrection and Inauguration Revisited The Mission of Black Lives Matter LA Guests Bill Fletcher, Labor/Social Justice Advocate. Author, Political Commentator, Washington, DC Dr. Melina Abdullah, Scholar/Activist, Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter, LA, Los Angeles   Ways to listen Live (Radio) —…

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Vantage Point: Post Election, Insurrection and Inauguration – The Analysis of Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By News & Current Affairs, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point January 25, 2021 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Dr. Julianne Malveaux and Earl Ofari Hutchinson. Topics Post Election, Insurrection and Inauguration The Analysis of Dr. Julianne Malveaux Special Invited Guest Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Author, Political Economist, Washington, D.C. Plus “The Professor” Dr. Ron Daniels on the Soap Box   Ways to listen Live (Radio) — Mondays…

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Stay home on inauguration day

N’COBRA issues strategic call to reparations supporters to comply with public emergency orders “Stay home on inauguration day”

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America is the premier mass-based coalition organized for the sole purpose of obtaining full reparations for Descendants of Africans Enslaved in the United States. Since 1987 we have been the primary grassroots vehicle behind legislation  (HR40 and the more recent Senate Companion Bill) for Reparations for African Americans. On January 20th this nation will inaugurate its new President and Vice President of the…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Was the insurrection an inside job?

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux — If you watched the disgraceful invasion of the United States Capitol and the horrific destruction that took place on January 6, you observed a legion of limited-intelligence low-life louts. But you’d be mistaken if that’s all you thought of the Trump-incited mob. Those people could not have infiltrated the Capitol without the help of some “law enforcement” officers in the Capitol. Somebody had to open…

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Reviving the War on Drugs Will Further Damage Police-Community Relations

Protecting the White Code: Police Unions Silence is Deafening on the Assault on the Capitol Building

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Damon K. Jones— What the world witnessed at the Capitol Building was a total disregard of the law that cannot be classified as any less than Domestic Terrorism. Wednesday’s Domestic Terrorist acts have caused one police officer to lose his life and dozens more were injured. The silence of police unions across the country is deafening on the use of force at the Capitol Building, the blatant disregard of the law,…

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The Whole Story in a Single Photo

By Editors' Choice

An image from the Capitol captures the distance between who we purport to be and who we have actually been. By Clint Smith— On Wednesday afternoon, as insurrectionists assaulted the Capitol, a man wearing a brown vest over a black sweatshirt walked through the halls of Congress with the Confederate battle flag hanging over his shoulder. One widely circulated photo, taken by Mike Theiler of Reuters, captured him mid-stride, part…

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‘Vintage white rage’: Why the riots were about the perceived loss of white power

By Editors' Choice

By Char Adams— A far-right, pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol with Confederate flags and weapons in an attempt to stop members of Congress The response by both law enforcement and political leaders is still being parsed out, but activists and scholars say there is a deeper, underlying issue that must be considered: Violent expressions of white power are the norm when white anger and resentment rooted in racism exists. from counting…

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Trumpism Will Live On After Trump Leaves White House

By Editors' Choice

By Henry A. Giroux— The storming of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., by a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters, Trump’s condemnation of Vice President Mike Pence for refusing to intervene in the election process, and the attempt by a number of Republican politicians to promote conspiracy theories and dangerous propaganda in order to invalidate President-elect Joe Biden’s election provided yet another example that we no longer live in…

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