Daily Archives: July 6, 2021

Glimmer of Hope in Honduras: Ex-Dam CEO & West Point Grad Convicted in Murder of Berta Cáceres

Democracy Now!

Published on Jul 6, 2021

A former U.S.-trained Honduran military officer and businessman has been found guilty of plotting the assassination of Berta Cáceres, the award-winning Lenca land and water defender killed in 2016. The Honduran Supreme Court ruled unanimously that David Castillo, the former president of the hydroelectric corporation DESA, was a co-perpetrator in Cáceres’s murder. Cáceres was assassinated as she led the fight against the construction of DESA’s massive hydroelectric dam on a river in southwestern Honduras that is sacred to the Lenca people. Seven hired hitmen were convicted of her murder in 2018 and sentenced in 2019. Castillo’s conviction this week comes just days after Honduras marked the 12th anniversary of the 2009 U.S.-backed coup. “This is the first time in 12 years that we have seen any kind of justice in Honduras,” says Honduran scholar Suyapa Portillo Villeda, an associate professor at Pitzer College and the author of “Roots of Resistance: A Story of Gender, Race, and Labor on the North Coast of Honduras.”

Human Rights Investigators Probe Deadly Colombian Government Crackdown on Protests

Democracy Now!

Published on Jul 6, 2021

An international human rights commission has arrived in Colombia to investigate the right-wing government’s brutal crackdown on protesters after a general strike was called in April. More than 80 people have died since the protests began, with many killed by police and paramilitary forces. We go to Bogotá to speak with Mario Murillo, an award-winning journalist and professor who has closely reported on Colombia for decades and says the current round of violence is “a continuation” of a right-wing backlash to the 2016 peace accords between the government and FARC guerrillas, which ended more than 50 years of conflict. Murillo says right-wing forces have worked since the signing of that agreement “to completely derail that peace process” and crush social movements.

Exxon Exposed: Greenpeace Tricks Top Lobbyists into Naming Senators They Use to Block Climate Action

Democracy Now!

Published on Jul 6, 2021

Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna, the chair of the House Oversight Subcommittee on the Environment, has announced plans to ask the CEOs of Exxon and other fossil fuel companies to testify before the committee about their role in blocking congressional action to address the climate emergency. Khanna made the request after Greenpeace UK released a video of two lobbyists discussing Exxon’s secretive efforts to fight climate initiatives in Washington, revealing how the oil giant supported a carbon tax to appear proactive about climate change while privately acknowledging that such a tax has no chance of being passed. We feature the complete video and speak to one of the activists involved with it. “The reality is that almost nothing has changed in the Exxon playbook,” says Charlie Kronick, senior climate adviser at Greenpeace UK. “This has been going on for decades.”

Lake County under flood, tropical storm watches

WKMG News 6 ClickOrlando

Published on Jul 6, 2021

What Should Been Done About the Indian Act? | The Agenda

The Agenda with Steve Paikin

Published on Jul 6, 2021

In this segment from 2019, we looked at the relevance of the Indian Act. Created more than 150 years ago, the legislation has structured relations between the federal government and Indigenous people for generations. And in the eyes of many, its purpose was and still is, to assimilate, control, and even destroy the people and communities that come under its jurisdiction. In 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to scrap it. That hasn’t happened. What should be done about the archaic laws?

8 a.m. Tuesday Tropical Storm Elsa update

News4JAX – Jul 6, 2021

United Daughters of the Confederacy – Wikipedia

The United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) is an American hereditary association of women engaging in the commemoration of Confederate Civil War soldiers, the funding of monuments to them, and the promotion of the pseudo-historical Lost Cause ideology and white supremacy.[1][2][3][4][5][6] It was established in 1894 in Nashville, Tennessee. In the early 1900s the organization often applauded the Ku Klux Klan and funded the building of a monument to the Klan in 1926.[6][7][8] The UDC has been labeled as neo-Confederate by the Southern Poverty Law Center.[9]

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Loudoun School Board Meeting Erupts

The Washington Examiner

Published on Jun 23, 2021

The First Amendment makes no stipulation about the tone, passion, or anger of expressions uttered under its protection. But the Loudoun County School Board does. As many as 250 Loudoun County citizens showed up at Tuesday night’s board meeting to express opposition to or support for the board’s embrace of Critical Race Theory and transgender rights for students – enough that the board extended its public comment period to 6 hours. But tensions were so high that the meeting was cut short, as attendees cheered and booed, despite repeated admonitions not to. Doug McKelway reports that some board members may be sealing their political fates with their hard line against a vocal opposition.

Chaos at Virginia school meeting over history and race


Published on Jun 23, 2021

The school board of Virginia’s wealthy Loudoun County had planned to hold a routine meeting to close out the school year. Instead, chaos ruled as angry parents accused the schools of teaching critical race theory, which maintains that racism is ingrained in U.S. law and institutions and has created an uneven playing field for Black Americans.

Man arrested at Loudoun County school board meeting


Published on Jun 22, 2021

One man was arrested and another man was given a summons as tensions were high during a Loudoun County school board meeting over the use of transgender pronouns.