Daily Archives: June 11, 2019

Rev. William Barber: Racist Gerrymandering Created a GOP Stronghold in the South. We Must Fight Back

Published on Jun 10, 2019
Longtime civil rights leader Rev. Dr. William Barber joins us to respond to his conviction Thursday for trespassing during a 2017 protest against gerrymandering and attacks on healthcare at the North Carolina Legislature. Barber had refused to leave the General Assembly as ordered, after he organized a sit-in at the legislative building when Republican leaders refused to meet with him about concerns with voter ID requirements and redistricting plans that would weaken the power of the black vote. “We must start connecting systemic racism, most seen through systemic voter suppression and gerrymandering, poverty, the lack of healthcare, environmental devastation and the war economy,” says Barber, the former president of the North Carolina NAACP and a leader of the national Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. This Wednesday he will join faith leaders and religious groups in Washington, D.C., for a march to the White House to protest the Trump administration’s attacks on the nation’s most vulnerable communities, and next week he hosts the three-day Poor People’s Campaign Moral Action Congress in Washington, D.C., that will draw hundreds of people from across the country for a presidential forum, where both Republican and Democratic candidates will speak.

Rev. William Barber: “We have to fight together” to overcome racist gerrymandering

Published on Jun 11, 2019
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, lifelong civil rights advocate and a leader of the national Poor People’s Campaign, denounces the discriminatory tactics lawmakers across the country use to gerrymander districts and disenfranchise voters. Such policies are “hurting all people, especially poor, black, brown, Latino, Asian people,” he says. “We can no longer fight in our silos; we have to fight together.”

Rev. William Barber: Racist Gerrymandering Created a GOP Stronghold in the South. We Must Fight Back

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Published on Jun 10, 2019
Longtime civil rights leader Rev. Dr. William Barber joins us to respond to his conviction Thursday for trespassing during a 2017 protest against gerrymandering and attacks on healthcare at the North Carolina Legislature. Barber had refused to leave the General Assembly as ordered, after he organized a sit-in at the legislative building when Republican leaders refused to meet with him about concerns with voter ID requirements and redistricting plans that would weaken the power of the black vote. “We must start connecting systemic racism, most seen through systemic voter suppression and gerrymandering, poverty, the lack of healthcare, environmental devastation and the war economy,” says Barber, the former president of the North Carolina NAACP and a leader of the national Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. This Wednesday he will join faith leaders and religious groups in Washington, D.C., for a march to the White House to protest the Trump administration’s attacks on the nation’s most vulnerable communities, and next week he hosts the three-day Poor People’s Campaign Moral Action Congress in Washington, D.C., that will draw hundreds of people from across the country for a presidential forum, where both Republican and Democratic candidates will speak.

How NAFTA hurts Mexican workers and unions

KPublished on Jun 10, 2019
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s pro-labor law will be “transformational” if implemented, says Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. Under NAFTA, however, Mexican wages are currently suffering on a global scale as they remain 40% lower in real terms than Chinese manufacturing wages. “Every week a new union is being busted in Mexico.”

Rev. William Barber: Racist Gerrymandering Created a GOP Stronghold in the South. We Must Fight Back

ublished on Jun 10, 2019
Longtime civil rights leader Rev. Dr. William Barber joins us to respond to his conviction Thursday for trespassing during a 2017 protest against gerrymandering and attacks on healthcare at the North Carolina Legislature. Barber had refused to leave the General Assembly as ordered, after he organized a sit-in at the legislative building when Republican leaders refused to meet with him about concerns with voter ID requirements and redistricting plans that would weaken the power of the black vote. “We must start connecting systemic racism, most seen through systemic voter suppression and gerrymandering, poverty, the lack of healthcare, environmental devastation and the war economy,” says Barber, the former president of the North Carolina NAACP and a leader of the national Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. This Wednesday he will join faith leaders and religious groups in Washington, D.C., for a march to the White House to protest the Trump administration’s attacks on the nation’s most vulnerable communities, and next week he hosts the three-day Poor People’s Campaign Moral Action Congress in Washington, D.C., that will draw hundreds of people from across the country for a presidential forum, where both Republican and Democratic candidates will speak

Tariff Temper Tantrum: Trump “Created a Fake Crisis & Has Announced a Fake Solution” with Me xico

Published on Jun 10, 2019
Facing an escalating showdown with Mexico and an insurrection from his own party, President Trump said Friday the United States had reached a deal with Mexico to avert a 5% tariff on all imported Mexican goods that was due to take effect today and increase to 25% by October. Trump’s announcement came after three days of Mexico-U.S. negotiations in Washington. Officials said it was based around Mexico’s commitment to deploy National Guard forces throughout the country, in particular to its southern border, in order to stem the flow of northbound migrants headed toward the US. Under the deal, they said Mexico also agreed to expand what is known as the Remain in Mexico policy, which allows the U.S. to send back Central American asylum-seeking migrants to Mexico while their cases make their way through immigration courts. However, on Saturday, The New York Times reported that the plan to send troops to the border had already been agreed to in March. We speak with Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch and author of “The Rise and Fall of Fast Track Trade Authority.”

Hong Kong police arrest 19 after demonstration against extradition bill turns violent

Published on Jun 10, 2019
Hong Kong police have arrested 19 protesters after a peaceful demonstration against an extradition bill turned violent. Officers said they found several demonstrators carrying scissors and makeshift weapons.