- FW: NYT Today’s Headlines: (1) Wall Is ‘Off the Table,’ Schumer Says,
as Progress on Immigration Unravels
(2) Trump Says He Is Willing to Speak Under Oath to Mueller
- FW: The “states’ right” to purge voters may soon be affirmed by the SCOTUS
- FW: Sign if you agree: No compromise when it comes to Dreamers
- FW: Why companies are giving big bonuses
- FW: Increase Immigration from Norway
- FW: #TrumpShutdown ends, DREAMers need protection now!
- FW: This cover-up is horrifying
From: New York Times
Subject: NYT Today’s Headlines: (1) Wall Is ‘Off the Table,’ Schumer Says, as Progress on Immigration Unravels (2) Trump Says He Is Willing to Speak Under Oath to Mueller
Wall Is ‘Off the Table,’ Schumer Says, as Progress on Immigration Unravels
By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG and MAGGIE HABERMAN
With emotions still hot over the government shutdown, Senate negotiators found themselves back at Square 1 in their efforts to strike an immigration deal.
Trump Says He Is Willing to Speak Under Oath to Mueller
By MAGGIE HABERMAN and JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
President Trump said he was willing to speak under oath to the special counsel, appearing to conflate
From: Eric Kramer
Subject: The “states’ right” to purge voters may soon be affirmed by the SCOTUS
“America’s Trump-run FBI/KGB/Savak apparatus may now have the power to silently and invisibly remove enough potential voters to elect and re-elect whoever it wants.”
From: Murshed, Nicole, Brandy, Carly, Elizabeth, Heidi, Jordan, Josh, Kaili, Mark, Mark and the rest of the CREDO team, CREDO Action from Working Assets
Subject: Sign if you agree: No compromise when it comes to Dreamers
Tell Senate Democrats:
“Use the Feb. 8 government funding deadline to enact a clean DREAM Act and protect Dreamers without a single compromise to Republicans’ racist anti-immigrant agenda.”
Add your name:
Sen. Chuck Schumer is the worst negotiator in Washington – even worse than Donald Trump. Unfortunately he is also the leader of Senate Democrats.
Yesterday, Sen. Schumer caved to the white supremacist base of Trump’s Republican Party and led the Senate Democrats to a total surrender – during the heat of the the Trump shutdown – that did nothing to protect Dreamers.1 As a result of Sen. Schumer’s sellout on the Senate floor, 33 Democrats gave away all their leverage and helped embolden the nativist extremists who run Trump’s racist regime.
We now have until Feb. 8 to force the entire Senate Democratic caucus to come together with one goal: using the next government funding deadline to protect Dreamers without compromising one bit with Republicans’ racist anti-immigrant agenda.
Schumer is justifying his appalling decision by saying he got a promise from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell – a serial liar and unrepentant bigot – for a vote on a bipartisan bill to make permanent the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. But we know that even a career compromiser like Schumer would never have agreed to a deal if he thought he’d be alone – moderate, cowardly Democrats had his back.
That means that – despite months of passionate and intense organizing from our allies in the immigrants rights and progressive movements, and after a weekend when millions again took to the streets for women’s marches to protest Trump’s dangerous agenda – 33 Democrats, in a misguided attempt to protect themselves electorally, decided to sacrifice Dreamers. Their craven calculus puts more immigrant families at risk of separation and exposes even more Dreamers to Trump’s racist deportation force. It also lays the groundwork for a DACA compromise that would include unacceptable capitulation to the extreme anti-immigrant wing of the Republican Party.
Yesterday, 16 Democrats said no to Schumer’s deal.2 Right now, we need to put massive pressure on the Democrats who caved to make sure they stand with the Democrats who showed their solidarity with Dreamers when the next deadline arrives. Can you add your name today?
A year ago, and again this weekend, we were marching in the streets, rushing to the airports and gathering in our local communities to stand up and speak out against Trump. When we said #NoBanNoWall and #ImmigrantsAreWelcomeHere, we meant it. And we thought Democrats, who were desperately trying to claim the mantle of the resistance, meant it as well.
But last week, Schumer offered to give Trump all the funding he needs to build his racist border wall.3 And the current compromise in the Senate, from Sens. Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham, is rumored to not only fund border security and interior enforcement, but also help Republicans advance racist right-wing immigration reforms that would prevent immigrants from reuniting with their families and keep Black and Brown people out of the country.4
Some Democrats, and even some progressives, seem to think that the wall is no big deal, or that it’s OK to give in a little to Trump and Republicans in order to save Dreamers. But we cannot ever forget that Trump’s entire campaign – from calling Mexicans rapists to promising to build the wall – was a public expression of a white supremacist fantasy. That ugly fantasy has seeds in Trump’s challenge to President Obama’s citizenship and Republicans’ refusal to acknowledge the legitimacy of the first Black president.
That white supremacy fuels Trump’s immigration agenda, which aims to make America whiter by walling off Black and Brown people from “shithole countries” in detention centers and at the borders. It drives the inhumane racism of Trump advisors, from Steve Bannon to Stephen Miller to Jeff Sessions, who see whiteness and white privilege under such threat that they are willing to use any means necessary to maintain white majorities and white power.
We can never accept, normalize or legitimize even a shred of this white supremacist fantasy. And right now, time is of the essence. If Sen. Schumer and the Democrats who voted with him this week do not face massive pressure from the progressive community, they will continue to compromise. Democrats’ inability to do anything but surrender will be a fatal sign of weakness to Trump and congressional Republicans who will look for even more opportunities to spiral our country further into racist xenophobia.
Click the link below to tell Democrats to use the Feb. 8 government funding deadline to protect Dreamers without a single compromise to Republicans’ racist anti-immigrant agenda:
- Will Drabold, “‘They folded immediately’: Progressives fume at Dems over deal to reopen government,” Mic, Jan. 22, 2018.
- Melanie Schmitz, “These 16 Democrats voted against reopening the government without protections for DREAMers,” ThinkProgress, Jan. 22, 2018.
- Bob Bryan, “SCHUMER: I put ‘the wall’ on the table in my meeting with Trump, but he backed out of the deal
Subject: Why companies are giving big bonuses
Corporate American workers continue to reap the benefits stemming from a recent corporate tax cut. Disney, American Airlines, Boeing, AT&T, Wells Fargo, Comcast, Bank of America and Walmart are just some of the companies that have announced one-off payments to employees late last year and early this year, while dozens of other firms have followed suit. Apple recently said it will give $2,500 worth of restricted stock units to most of its employees. But why give bonuses rather than simply salary raises? The Washington Post explains that salary bumps drive up fixed costs for companies; how workers are compensated is also changing, with discretionary bonuses becoming an increasing share of compensation. • What do you make of the current bonus bonanza? Join the conversation.
From: Thomas Scott
Subject: Increase Immigration from Norway
- For Americans of Color, Is Norway a Racism-Free Utopia?Melinda Victoria Elvenes – Powerful woman | Black Women in Europe ™ Blog
- First Black Miss Norway visits United States
- What’s it like being black in Norway? | Afua Hirsch
- Norwegians are racist ? Life is difficult in Norway !
From: Katie O’Connell; Digital Communications Coordinator, , PFAW
Subject: #TrumpShutdown ends, DREAMers need protection now!
The three-day Trump shutdown ended today with a very disappointing deal that neglected to protect vulnerable DREAMers.
Although this delay means that more DREAMers will be deported, we need to make sure that this is just a delay and not the end.
There is no more time for excuses on passing a clean DREAM Act, and every time that Congress fails to act more young people are deported and families torn apart.
It has been 139 long days since Trump ended the DACA program, upending the lives of hundreds of thousands of DREAMers and their families across the country. Trump has also ended protected status for Haitian and Salvadoran immigrants, another part of his all-out anti-immigrant assault.
This is no longer an immigration policy debate… passing the DREAM Act is a moral imperative for Congress.
Every single member of Congress needs to decide which side they are on: the side of divisiveness, racism, white supremacy, and hate or the side of American values of freedom and equality for all. The DREAM Act as it exists is a bipartisan bill, and there is no reason for Republicans to be wasting time and playing politics with young peoples’ lives.
This fight is about who we are as a country. It’s about our values. And it’s about every person who could be deported from their home because of the nativists and white supremacists in the White House and Congress.
From: Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kathy, Susan, Anathea, Audine, Shannon, Emma, Pilar, Natalie, Melody, Pam, Lindsay, and Ryan, the UltraViolet team
Subject: This cover-up is horrifying
News broke last week that at least 14 university officials at Michigan State University–where serial child molester and doctor Larry Nassar worked–knew and ignored reports of Nassar assaulting young female athletes in his care.1
While at MSU, Nassar also worked as the team doctor for USA Gymnastics. He sexually abused at least 150 girls over three decades, including gold medalists Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, and McKayla Maroney–and it could have been stopped years ago.2
The complicity at MSU goes all the way up to the university president, Lou Anna Simon, who kept Nassar on even after he was fired from USA Gymnastics for abuse and has since done nothing to hold officials who knew accountable.3
Now, elected officials in Michigan are calling on Simon to step down.4 People who cover up sexual abuse must be held accountable. If we can add national pressure today, we can force Simon out. Can you add your name now?
|Tell the Michigan State University Board of Trustees: “Remove President Lou Anna Simon immediately.”|
The reports from young girls and women about the pattern of abuse hidden in plain sight are truly heartbreaking. Nassar used his position of trust and authority at USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University to assault girls he claimed to be healing.5
This story finally came to light in 2015 thanks to the persistence of brave survivors. But according to recent reports, Nassar has been abusing women and girls through his job since at least the early 1990s.6 That shows a clear failure by the people who should have been protecting these girls.
The good news is university officials have been held accountable before for this kind of complicity. Last year, Penn State University’s president, vice president, and athletic director were all sentenced to jail terms and fines for failing to report the abuse of dozens of boys by assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.7
Survivors around the world are watching to see if decades of cover-up will go unpunished–we can’t let that happen.
- What MSU knew: 14 were warned of Nassar abuse, Detroit News, January 18, 2018
- Victims Continue Confronting Larry Nassar With Stories of Abuse on Second Day of Sentencing, Sports Illustrated, January 17, 2018
Victims confront Larry Nassar in court: ‘Little girls don’t stay little forever’, CNN, January 16, 2018
- Michigan State hasn’t faced consequences for enabling the biggest sex abuse scandal in U.S. sports, ThinkProgress, November 27, 2017
- Lawmakers call for MSU’s Simon to resign, Detroit News, January 18, 2018
- Gymnasts Share Stories of Abuse at Doctor’s Sentencing Hearing, New York Times, January 16, 2018
- Nassar surrounded by adults who enabled his predatory behavior, ESPN, January 16, 2018
- Three ex-Penn State officials get jail in Sandusky child sex abuse coverup, Reuters, June 2, 2017
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