As you probably know, it was Ruth Bader Ginsburg‘s last wish that her SCOTUS replacement not be nominated during the 2020 election year.
“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,” Ginsburg days before her death (source)
When President Obama first nominated Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court vacancy in March 2016, there was quite an outcry from Republicans to wait until after the election to fill Antonin Scalia’s empty seat. (Republicans refused to even grant Judge Garland a hearing some 8+ months before the 2016 presidential election.) read more
Amazing parody of “A Beautiful Mind“ featuring Donald Trump’s unforgettable “Person, woman, man, camera, TV” interview. Not only can Donald Trump remember several things; he can also remember them in order. That’s why he’s a stable genius:
A story of one of the most good minds of his generation. read more
What are the odds of dying in a terrorist attack? The answer is about 1 in 12-20 million, depending on the year and who you ask.
However, when asked to name the most common causes of death, many Americans include terrorism on the list. Actually, your odds of being killed in a terrorist attack are tiny, and in fact, you’re much more likely to be killed by a police officer than terrorism! read more
Black Alliance Infuriated by the Trump Administration’s Termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
NEW YORK, NY – This morning Attorney General Sessions announced that the Trump Administration will rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allowed 800,000 immigrant youth to live, work and remain in the United States without the constant fear of deportation. Established in 2012, the program has transformed the lives of young people, including thousands of Black immigrants, bringing stability, along with economic and educational opportunities to marginalized families and communities.read more
“An executive order is an official document signed by the president that declares government policy. In an executive order, a president is giving instructions to government agencies and departments about how to operate in a certain area. An executive order is legally binding … Executive orders cannot reverse a law passed by Congress. Limited in scope, their sweep isn’t as broad as a piece of legislation.”1read more
Last week, the new White House Administration issued several Executive Orders targeting immigrants for deportation and increasing the forces of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and giving them more power to capture, detain and deport immigrants.
In particular, refugees and visitors from seven countries, including the African nations of Libya, Sudan and Somalia have been barred from entering the United States and the U.S. Refugee Resettlement program (ORR) has been suspended for 90 days, with some countries, including Syria, suspended indefinitely.read more
For Black immigrants, life in the U.S. can feel like living on thin ice. On a daily basis, our communities face criminalization, police brutality, mass incarceration, deportation, and detention. For many, these challenges began twenty years ago with the passage of the “1996 Immigration Laws.” The 1996 laws broadened and fast-tracked the detention, and deportation, of Black, Brown, immigrant, and poor communities, and along with other egregious policies passed during the mid-90’s, resulted in the U.S. mass incarceration and immigration enforcement systems becoming the largest in the world. read more
Good morning, my name is Carl Lipscombe and I am with the Black Alliance, an organization that advocates and organizes for racial justice and immigrants’ rights on the local and national level, with a specific focus on issues impacting Black people in the U.S., with a specific focus on Black immigrants.read more
3 Women and a Hashtag: Birth of a Movement Black Lives Matter. Is it a hashtag? A movement? An organization? A narrative shift?
I am betting that when Alicia Garza shared the phrase and the hashtag was born in the aftermath of the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin, she and her comrades Patrisse Cullors and Coupon Codes probably didn’t imagine the impact of three simple but profound words.read more