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jcitybone

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/09/california-police-white-supremacists-counter-protest?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

California police investigating a violent white nationalist event worked with white supremacists in an effort to identify counter protesters and sought the prosecution of activists with “anti-racist” beliefs, court documents show.

The records, which also showed officers expressing sympathy with white supremacists and trying to protect a neo-Nazi organizer’s identity, were included in a court briefing from three anti-fascist activists who were charged with felonies after protesting at a Sacramento rally. The defendants were urging a judge to dismiss their case and accused California police and prosecutors of a “cover-up and collusion with the fascists”.

Defense lawyers said the case at the state capital offers the latest example of US law enforcement appearing to align with neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups while targeting anti-fascist activists and Donald Trump protesters after violent clashes.

jcitybone

From Salon: Surge in alt-right violence: At least 43 murders in the last four years

Last August’s “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which started with a torchlit mob chanting racist slogans and ended with an far-right activist murdering an anti-racist protester, galvanized national attention toward the growing problem of white nationalists organizing under a new branding term, the “alt-right.” The death of Heather Heyer after a young white nationalist named James Alex Fields slammed his car into a crowd drove home that the alt-right wasn’t just a bunch of douchebags playing Nazi on the internet, but a serious phenomenon that could include deadly violence.

Unfortunately, as a recent report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) entitled “The Alt-Right Is Killing People” makes clear, Heyer’s death was not an isolated phenomenon. By their estimates, she was the 37th person murdered by someone apparently fueld by alt-right ideology in the past four years. Since Heyer’s death, six more people have been killed by alt-right extremists, bringing the total to 43. That same increase in violence has included 67 injuries, including the 19 other people Fields hit with his car in Charlottesville.

“There is this subset of young white men that is radicalizing, and I think a lot of that has to do with perceived status and their own life outcomes,” SPLC researcher Keegan Hankes told Salon. Such “disaffected” young men, he said, “are who we are seeing go on to commit these acts.”

jcitybone

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/02/millennials-survived-the-financial-crisis-now-theyre-unionizing-in-record-numbers/

Add one more thing to the list of retro things young Americans are rediscovering: Unions. According to the Economic Policy Institute, a liberal think tank, 76 percent of new union members in 2017 were under 35. That’s pretty significant, considering that workers 34 and under make up just 40 percent of the country’s total workforce. In short, young workers may be kicking off a trend that could strengthen a labor movement that’s been brought to its knees by decades of attacks from employers, corporations, and hostile lawmakers.

These numbers represent a significant break with recent history. Younger workers have always been less likely than older ones to be unionized. This is still the case—roughly 8 percent of workers under 34 are union members, compared with around 13 percent of workers 35 and older. Yet nearly one in four new jobs among younger workers in 2017 was a union job. Recent polling suggests that today’s young workers increasingly identify with organized labor. Last year, Pew Research found that 75 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds (including 55 percent of young Republicans) have favorable views of unions—a rate far higher than that of any other age group.

magsview

The young man, Mike Revis, who won that special election in Missouri is very pro-union.

Democrat wins special election in Trump heartland Missouri

Democratic Mike Revis defeated Republican David Linton by 3 points for the District 97 state representative seat in the Missouri House, a district Trump won by 28 points

(extra points to the writer for “Democratic Mike Revis, lol)

I saw a bunch of ‘blue wave’ people (including Maddow) celebrating Mike’s surprising win and saying, “We need to do whatever HE did!”, so I looked into him and found this:

Revis works at Anheuser-Busch and comes from a union family. His father recently retired from Carpenters Local 97 after 40 years in the trade and his mother and sister are union teachers at Rockwood Summit High School. His grandfather and three uncles were also union carpenters.

Revis said he was motivated to run by last year’s passage of so-called “right-to-work” legislation.

“The news about ‘right-to-work’ really set me off and motivated me to run,” Revis said. “For some, saying you are pro-worker is just a bullet point. For me, it’s real life because I grew up in a union family, and I have seen firsthand how unions help their members provide for their families.

I like the sound of this kid:

In addition to defending the rights of working people, Revis’ goals include supporting public education, standing with first responders and veterans, opposing cuts to healthcare and senior services and attracting more quality jobs for Missouri.

But I’ll bet that a lot of ‘blue wave’ people won’t want to hear this part:

Revis is also a member of the National Rifle Association and enjoys trap shooting and hunting,

magsview

Hi, I’ve been away for a couple of days, has anyone covered the roll-out of United States of Care group?

Discouraging to see Democrats defending it, and saying stupid things like:

Talk about a bevy of strawmen right there!

orlbucfan

Hey mags. 🙂 This RW garbage called United States of “Care” proves that the American citizenry is fed up with the criminal medical corporate racket and ready for Medicare For All/Public Option. These corporate fatcats are scared of losing their golden goose. Too bad and long overdue! Look forward to your post. T and R to the usual TPW suspects!!

orlbucfan

Saw this on on C99. The poster was doing her usual smackdown on Bernie, calling him the “DNC’s sheepdog.” I spoke up about working his campaign and wrote that he’s not sheepish nor a sell-out. Another one claimed they worked his campaign, but they would never forgive him for Russia and supporting $hrill after she ripped him off/”won” the nomination. I don’t like everything Bernie’s done but he sure as hell’s bell’s doesn’t kowtow to the GOPukes, DLCraporate or Big Biz.

https://go.berniesanders.com/page/s/war-on-drugs
(I signed it.)

I have a real tough political hide so these skirmishes don’t faze me. I am proud to stand up for the Bernster. Hopefully, we will see more like him elected in November! 🙂

magsview

Do you ever see Humphrey over at C99? I miss Humphrey.

orlbucfan

No, and I don’t see LSMike much either on there. 🙁

magsview

Why are we in Syria again?

magsview

Yay!

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