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Texas congressman threatened with lynching after calling for Trump’s impeachment

Texas congressman threatened with lynching after calling for Trump’s impeachment
Democratic Representative from Texas Al Green played recordings of racially abusive and threatening voicemails he says he received after calling for Trump’s impeachment at a town hall meeting Saturday.

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The two recordings played by Green included graphic racial slurs and threats to hang the lawmaker.

Green told those gathered at the southwest Houston meeting that he would not be intimidated: “We are not going to allow this to cause us to deviate from what we believe to be the right thing to do and that is to proceed with the impeachment of President Trump.”

Green became the first member of Congress to call for Trump’s impeachment from the House floor on Wednesday.

“President Trump is not above the law. He has committed an impeachable act and must be charged,” Green said in a statement, citing the firing of FBI Director James Comey as one of the chief reasons for his impeachment.

“Our mantra should be ‘I.T.N. – Impeach Trump Now,’” he said.

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A third abusive message shared on Green’s YouTube channel describes Trump as “wonderful” and “loving” and calls Green “disgusting” and “pathetic.”

In the recording, the caller also refers to the murder of Democratic National Committee (DNC) staffer Seth Rich and says allegations of Russia being involved in the leaking of the DNC emails are “fake.”

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Another One Fallen: New Orleans Takes Down Confederate Robert E. Lee Statue


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New Orleans has taken down another monument to its Confederate past: Friday evening, a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee was pulled from its pedestal, a process that was attended by spectators and livestreamed by news organizations.

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The idea to remove the statue was first proposed by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu back in 2015. The general had towered over the city for more than 100 years, but after white supremacist Dylann Roof massacred nine black churchgoers in fellow former Confederate state South Carolina, the wisdom of honoring Lee so publicly was called into question.

According to US National Public Radio, this is the fourth Confederate-era monument to be removed in New Orleans. The first, a monument to a deadly 1874 white supremacist uprising, was taken down on April 24. A couple of weeks later, a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis was toppled; on Wednesday, a statue of Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard was removed.

The campaign to remove the statues has been highly controversial. According to the Washington Post, contractors have received death threats, and nearly every heavy-crane company in southern Louisiana was also threatened.

Because of that, the first three statues were removed during the night. General Lee’s statue is the first to be removed during daylight.

According to Landrieu, the monuments are the result of what he called “a cult of the lost cause.”

“This cult had one goal and one goal only: through monuments and other means to rewrite history, to hide the truth, which is that the Confederacy was on the wrong side of humanity,” he said.

The fate of the statues is undetermined. City authorities have reportedly received a number of proposals from various public and private organizations. Certain restrictions are to be placed on the monuments in their future homes: for example, the new owners will not be allowed to display them outdoors on public property in New Orleans.

The platforms where the monuments once stood will be decorated with public art and American flags, city authorities say.

New Orleans Removes Third Confederate Monument Amid Threats
P.G.T. Beauregard Statue

New Orleans Removes Third Confederate Monument Amid Threats

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The city of New Orleans has taken down a third Confederate monument amid massive tensions and threats.

Shortly after 3 a.m. on Wednesday, city workers donning helmets and bulletproof vests removed a statue of Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard. Demonstrators, both for and against the monuments removal gathered at the scene.

“Today we take another step in defining our City not by our past but by our bright future,” Democratic New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in a statement. “While we must honor our history, we will not allow the Confederacy to be put on a pedestal in the heart of New Orleans.”Last week, a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis was removed and placed in a warehouse with the other monuments until an appropriate home for them can be determined.

“After nearly two years of planning and court battles, City officials began the process today of removing the three remaining monuments that prominently celebrate the ‘Lost Cause of the Confederacy.’ The statues that are being removed were erected decades after the Civil War to celebrate the ‘Cult of the Lost Cause,’ a movement recognized across the South as celebrating and promoting white supremacy,” Landrieu’s office said in a statement as the workers were removing the Davis monument last Thursday.

Late last month, workers removing the first statue also donned helmets, masks and bulletproof vests, as they had reportedly received death threats.The statue was erected in 1891 to honor the failed rebellion of the Crescent City White League militia, which sought to topple the biracial government after the Civil War.Landrieu began his quest to remove the offending statutes two years ago, but faced legal hurdles and challenges by opponents. Those who wanted the monuments to stay cited historical relevance and context.

There is now one more monument that the city has set for removal, that of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, which will surely be the most contentious removal.

Texas university cancels GOP senator’s speech after 800+ students sign petition

Texas university cancels GOP senator's speech after 800+ students sign petition
Security concerns caused Texas Southern University in Houston to cancel a scheduled commencement address by Senator John Cornyn, the second-ranking Republican in the Senate. The move comes amid a growing debate about free speech on college campuses.

“Every consideration is made to ensure that our students’ graduation day is a celebratory occasion and one they will remember positively for years to come. We asked Senator Cornyn to instead visit with our students again at a future date in order to keep the focus on graduates and their families,” said the university’s Facebook page.

Over 850 students signed the petition at the historically black university protesting the commencement address by Texas Senator Cornyn. They also urged graduating students and their families to “express their discontent” if he did speak.

“This is our graduation. We have the right to decide if we want to refuse to sit and listen to the words of a politician who chooses to use his political power in ways that continually harm marginalized and oppressed people,” said the petition on the site.

The action was sponsored by Rebecca Trevino, 26, a 2017 graduate in social work from San Antonio who told the Houston Chronicle she had no desire to censor Cornyn but rather to represent the values of the school.

“What I want people to realize is that this is our commencement,” Trevino said. “This is something we’ve worked hard for and we want someone who represents us and our values.”

Among the complaints against Cornyn was that he had voted for Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, approved Besty DeVos as Secretary of Education, and supports the idea of needing a photo ID to vote in federal elections.

Cornyn aides said the decision to cancel his appearance was the school’s, not his.

“Sen. Cornyn was honored to be invited to address TSU’s graduates, but he respects the administration’s decision and looks forward to continuing to engage with the University in the future,” said a Cornyn spokesman.

The petition comes shortly after DeVos was booed at a commencement address this week at Bethune-Cookman University, a black college in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The actions come amid a growing national debate about free speech on college campuses, following increasingly frequent student protests and several high-profile cancellations, mostly directed at conservative speakers.

Students protested at the University of California at Berkeley before administrators pulled the plug on a speech by conservative commentator Ann Coulter, and a previous cancellation of a speech at the same campus by right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos has spurred the protests.

Texas Southern, founded in 1927 as the Houston Colored Junior College, is considered one of the nation’s leading historically black colleges, with nearly 10,000 students. About three-fourths of the students are African American, with the rest a mix of other races, including Hispanics, whites and international students.

Cornyn’s invitation to commencement was reportedly extended in part because of his help in securing federal funding for historically black colleges, according to the Houston Chronicle.

US Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D, Texas) and the singer Al Green will deliver the commencement address.

The ACLU Is Warning Americans That Thanks To Republicans It’s Not Safe To Travel In Texas
| May 9, 2017 | 8:24 pm | Local/State, political struggle | No comments

The ACLU Is Warning Americans That Thanks To Republicans It’s Not Safe To Travel In Texas

The ACLU has issued a travel alert warning Americans that they can anticipate having their constitutional rights violated if they travel to Texas.

The ACLU Is Warning Americans That Thanks To Republicans It’s Not Safe To Travel In Texas

The ACLU has issued a travel alert warning Americans that they can anticipate having their constitutional rights violated if they travel to Texas.

In a statement provided to PoliticusUSA, the ACLU announced the travel warning:

The American Civil Liberties Union issued a “travel alert” today informing anyone planning to travel to Texas in the near future to anticipate the possible violation of their constitutional rights when stopped by law enforcement.

The alert comes amid the passing of a Texas law known as SB4. The law gives a green light to police officers in the state to investigate a person’s immigration status during a routine traffic stop, leading to widespread racial profiling, baseless scrutiny, and illegal arrests of citizens and non-citizens alike presumed to be “foreign” based on how they look or sound. The travel alert applies to all travelers to Texas, including U.S. travelers from other states and U.S. citizens. In addition, this alert applies to all encounters with federal, state, county law enforcement including local police and sheriffs.

The message is clear. Texas is not a safe place for you and your constitutional liberties to travel.

Lorella Praeli, ACLU director of immigration policy and campaigns, said, “The ACLU’s goal is to protect all Texans and all people traveling through Texas — regardless of their immigration status — from illegal harassment by law enforcement. Texas is a state with deep Mexican roots and home to immigrants from all walks of life. Many of us fit the racial profile that the police in Texas will use to enforce Trump’s draconian deportation force.”

Presidential elections have consequences at the state and local levels. Texas is following the Trump administration’s lead, and the knows that there will be no challenge to their law from the Jeff Sessions run Justice Department.

People can now be stopped in Texas based on how they look or sound. These aren’t American values, but they are the values of an administration and a political party that has racism and bigotry a central feature of their ideology.

Be warned that you are risking your constitutional rights as an American citizen when you visit or travel in Texas.

Letter to the editor from Oklahoma
| May 7, 2017 | 7:55 pm | Local/State, political struggle | 1 Comment

Name: John Riddle


Comment: You people are a proof that mental illness and stupidity are alive and well in Texas.
Please take a look at the Communist hellhole of Cuba and Venezuela to make my point.
My family started poor but not lazy ! in Oklahoma and after hard word NOT government hand outs or my god ! Communism !! they were able to live well and send many many kids to college.

And before you spout some idiotic tripe about racism in USA lets be clear. We and I are proud members of the Choctaw Tribe…

I feel sorry for the mentally weak lazy people you guys influence.

God bless Capitalism. God bless President Trump, God bless the USA !

New Orleans Removes First of 4 Confederate Statues–20170424-0029.html

  • Liberty Monument in New Orleans before its removal today.

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The taking down the first statue was welcomed by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who called it the “most offensive” of the four.

Workers in New Orleans Monday removed “The Battle of Liberty Place Monument” Monday, the first of the four Confederate statues slated to be taken down as part of the removal of racist symbols that glorify activities of white supremacists.

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According to the mayor’s office, the monument commemorated “an 1874 attack on the racially integrated city police and state militia by the white supremacists Crescent City White League.” The monument glorified segregation in the southern state.

The taking down of the racially divisive symbol was welcomed by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who called it the “most offensive” of the four statues. The other three statues slated for removal from public spaces are one of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederate States of America during the U.S. Civil War, and two of its generals, Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard.

The statues that have little relevance to New Orleans were installed decades after the end of the Civil War in 1865, as part of the “Cult of the Lost Cause,” the city said in a statement. “The removal of these statues sends a clear and unequivocal message to the people of New Orleans and the nation: New Orleans celebrates our diversity, inclusion and tolerance,” the mayor told local TV station WWL-TV.

In 2015, following the deaths of nine Black church goers in South Carolina, the city council voted to take the statues down. A small group of people protested the takedown, saying, that the move disregarded their historic legacy. “None of them owned slaves, none of them were fighting for slavery,” protester Paul McIntyre told USA Today.

The statue removals are part of a larger trend to put an end to glorifying racist historical events and white supremacist figures, consigning the slavery-era monuments to museums. “We can remember these divisive chapters in our history in a museum or other facility where they can be put in context — and that’s where these statues belong,” Landrieu said.