Esther Byrd, QAnon-adjacent defender of Jan. 6 insurrection, appointed to Florida Board of Education

‘When Trump supporters peacefully protest, suddenly “Law and Order” is all they can talk about!’ Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed Esther Byrd to the state’s Board of Education, a move that will almost certainly serve to further politicize that appointed panel. A former Marine, Mrs. Byrd is currently the legal assistant and office manager for the Law Office of CordContinue reading “Esther Byrd, QAnon-adjacent defender of Jan. 6 insurrection, appointed to Florida Board of Education”

How Fascists Are Taking Advantage Of Climate Change – Second Thought

We all understand that climate change is real, it’s here, and that the consequences of our inaction will be disastrous for our species and countless other forms of life around the world. But what happens when those in positions of power see climate change as a means to an end? A way to make trulyContinue reading “How Fascists Are Taking Advantage Of Climate Change – Second Thought”

We Talk to Interracial Couples 50 Years After Loving v. Virginia – VICE News

50 years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Loving — Mildred and Richard Loving, who successfully sued the state of Virginia, forcing it to recognize their interracial marriage. That landmark case overturned laws against interracial marriages all across the country.

Republican Sen. Mike Braun says Supreme Court was wrong to legalize interracial marriage

Interracial marriage, the Indiana Republican argued, should have been left to states The U.S. Supreme Court was wrong to legalize interracial marriage, Indiana Sen. Mike Braun, a Republican, argued on Tuesday.  Suggesting the historic Loving v. Virginia ruling by the Supreme Court decades ago was a case of improper judicial activism, Braun said the court shouldContinue reading “Republican Sen. Mike Braun says Supreme Court was wrong to legalize interracial marriage”

DOJ: More police departments declining to report hate crimes

A rising number of law enforcement agencies are opting not to share statistics about hate crimes with the FBI — just as hate crimes are skyrocketing, according to U.S. Justice Department numbers. The big picture: The decline in reporting hurts efforts to accurately document violence against Asian Americans, Black Americans, and LGBTQ+ people, advocates and DOJContinue reading “DOJ: More police departments declining to report hate crimes”

Do the Police Actually Keep Us Safe? – VICE News

On this episode of Do Your Research, we take a deep look into the reality of policing.

Maryland police discussed killing Black Lives Matter protesters in texts, officer’s suit alleges

Maryland-National Capital Park Police Officer Mark Miles filed the federal civil rights lawsuit, which alleges discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Maryland police officers discussed killing Black Lives Matter protesters in text messages, a Black police officer alleges in a civil rights lawsuit. The federal suit, which was filed Monday in Maryland, also accuses the officer’s whiteContinue reading “Maryland police discussed killing Black Lives Matter protesters in texts, officer’s suit alleges”

Right-Wing Idaho Lt. Guv’s Latest Defense of Speech to Racists Is Worst Yet

The fringe politician making craven appeals to “America First” racists can’t stop talking about a notorious taped address. Facing simmering outrage over her decision to deliver a taped speech to a white-nationalist conference in Orlando last month, Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin insisted she did not know the infamous Holocaust denier who organized the event. InContinue reading “Right-Wing Idaho Lt. Guv’s Latest Defense of Speech to Racists Is Worst Yet”

National Guard troops were dispatched to famous Texas ranches with private security as part of border mission

The dispatching of troops to the sprawling private ranches, far from the border, raises questions about the use of National Guard troops, who have widely decried the mission as aimless, political and oversized, as the cost of the effort has already ballooned to $2 billion a year. Earlier this year, about 30 Texas National GuardContinue reading “National Guard troops were dispatched to famous Texas ranches with private security as part of border mission”

How Hollywood Sells Us War – Second Thought

Ever notice how just about every single depiction of the US military on film and TV is positive? There’s a reason for that. Come learn about just how long the military has been “adjusting” Hollywood scripts, and what that means for us as a society.

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