Daily Archives: December 3, 2014
Truthout Daily Digest Wednesday, 3 December 2014
Revelations of “Postracial” Ferguson
David Theo Goldberg, Truthout: “Postracial” Ferguson reveals much about race, racism and postraciality – the new modality in which race is today expressed – in the United States, and the attempt to erase race, along with police and other structural violence, from public reference.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren Blasts FHFA’s Mel Watt: “You Haven’t Helped a Single Family”
Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: Warren criticized the failure to develop a program for Fannie and Freddie to provide principal modifications to underwater borrowers at risk of foreclosure.
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Studies Raise Red Flags About Hazardous Compounds in Fracking Fluid; Questions Loom About Unknown Chemicals
Roger Drouin, Truthout: Scientists are getting to the bottom of what’s in fracking fluids. Truthout takes a detailed look at two studies that raise red flags.
The Root of Racism in the US: Ferguson Activist Speaks Out on Police Abuses After Meeting Obama
Amy Goodman and Aaron Maté, Democracy Now!: Will body cameras end police abuses? Not according to activist Ashley Yates, who points out that “cameras didn’t save Tamir Rice. Cameras didn’t save John Crawford.”
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Los Angeles and New York Pin Down School Kids and Then Say It Never Happened
Annie Waldman, ProPublica: All school districts in the country are required to tell the federal government how many times kids have been restrained in their schools. But some districts aren’t following through.
Why We All Need Affirmative Action
Jeannette Wicks-Lim, Dollars & Sense: Recent shootings of young black men sound the alarm for public policies that directly counter racist stereotypes. Affirmative action is an important anti-racism tool, not a program to reduce inequality.
For Climate Justice, My 11-Year-Old Brother Stopped Speaking – and Started Being Heard
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Truthout: An 11-year-old indigenous activist has vowed not to speak until world leaders take effective action to halt climate change.
Unbelievable: Cleveland Cops Who Killed Unarmed Black Suspects Sue, Claiming They’re Victims of Racial Discrimination
Kali Holloway, AlterNet: A group of nine Cleveland police officers – eight white and one Hispanic – involved in a 2012 incident in which 137 shots were fired and two unarmed African-American suspects were killed, is suing the city and outrageously claiming reverse racial discrimination.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: If Democrats had gone ahead and pushed for real reform – i.e. a single-payer component, even if it was just a public option – no one would ever have to worry about dealing with a greedy, for-profit health insurance company ever again.
Black Lives Matter / Black Life Matters: A Conversation With Patrisse Cullors and Darnell L. Moore
Monica J. Casper, The Feminist Wire: The Feminist Wire and the University of Arizona will co-host the Black Life Matters conference in Tucson, Arizona. The event aims to build on the visionary work of Black Lives Matter and a surge of activism emerging from the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance: The nationwide reaction to the grand jury decision in Ferguson and police killings across the country taught the social justice movement an important lesson: The people have the power to shut down the nation.
In the Land of Zapata, a Community Fights Natural Gas Development
Martha Pskowski and Octavio Morales, Americas Program: In the same towns where iconic revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata fought for the rights of Mexico’s rural majority, natural gas pipeline mega-development projects are setting off fierce protests.
Candice Bernd: Don’t Frack With Denton!
Thom Hartmann, RT: Candice Bernd of Truthout joins Thom Hartmann to discuss how the small city of Denton, Texas, has taken a bold step forward by banning fracking within municipal limits. Is this the sign of big things to come in the Lone Star State?
Some 200,000 people have asked outgoing Sen. Mark Udall to make the torture report public. You can too:
Release the Torture Report Now!
Monsanto Is an Environmental and Agricultural Demon, Protesters Charge at Company Headquarters
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Led by the indefatigable minister of anti-consumerism Billy Talen, protesters assembled at the Monsanto world headquarters in St. Louis on Thanksgiving.
No Charges for NYPD Officer in Eric Garner Chokehold Case
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Stunning Report Reveals No One Knows How Many Police Killings There Are in the US Every Year
Read the Article at the Atlanta Black Star
The Subconscious Role of the Doctrine of White Supremacy in the Killing of Michael Brown
Study: Ignoring Indigenous Rights in the Amazon Fuels Global Warming
Read the Article at the Thomson Reuters Foundation
Find Out What State Wants to Bail Out Big Coal
Bhopal: Tragedy Lives on 30 Years Later
Read the Article at Al Jazeera America
Jim Hightower: Arms Peddlers Discover Your Town – and Tax Dollars