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Tidbits - June 28, 2018 - Reader Comments: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez victory; Trump 'Katrina Moment'; ICE Raids; Nebraska Farmers Return Land in Path of Keystone XL Pipeline; Resources: #NoMuslimBan; Haymarket Books Summer Sale; and more...

Reader Comments: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez' amazing victory!; Trump 'Katrina Moment'; ICE Raids and Response; Nebraska Farmers Return "Trail of Tears" Land to Ponca Indians; Resources: #NoMuslimBan; Haymarket Books Summer Sale - 50% Off; and more...

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Tidbits - Reader Comments, Resources and Announcements - June 28, 2018, Portside

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez' amazing victory! (Bob Dylan via Matt Weinstein)
Far from the Border - cartoon by Rob Rogers
Re: The Forced Separation of Families Is Trump's 'Katrina Moment' (Laurel MacDowell; Om Williamson; Randall Lewis; Nancy McCool)
“Yearning to Breathe Free” - cover art by Barry Blitt (The New Yorker)
U.S. Border - Child Detention Facility -  cartoon by Robert Ariail
Re: The Trump Cult (Philip Specht)
Re: A Shining City on the Hill Treats Immigrants Humanely (Luigi Tuamigo; Mirna Orengo; Scott Ellis)
Re: Battle Hymn of the Republic - Modified for Relevance - Friday Nite Videos (Dave Richardson)
Re: Taking Back Agency And Accountability For The Banking System (Ken Parks)
Re: Trumpism, Realized (Lennis Longo)
Nebraska Farmers Return "Trail of Tears" Land -- In Path of TransCanada's Keystone XL Pipeline -- to Ponca Indian Tribe (James E. Vann)
Hungarian-American avant-gardiste (poem by Paul Buhle)

Resources:

No Muslim Ban Ever - Digital Action Toolkit SCOTUS Ruling (MPower)
Asian Pacific Labor Alliance (AFL-CIO) Blasts SCOTUS Rulings Validating the Muslim Ban and Ohio's Voter Suppression

Announcements:

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez' amazing victory!
 

The handwriting's on the wall.

Come senators, congressmen

Please heed the call

Don't stand in the doorway

Don't block up the hall

For he that gets hurt

Will be he who has stalled

There's a battle outside

And it is ragin'.

It'll soon shake your windows

And rattle your walls

For the times they are a-changin'.

--Bob Dylan

Matt Weinstein

Posting on Facebook

Far from the Border - cartoon by Rob Rogers

Rob Rogers

June 22, 2018
The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists

Re: The Forced Separation of Families Is Trump's 'Katrina Moment'
 

I have less faith in the American people than I ever have had before. There are some progressive people but the American electorate put Trump in the White House. The restraining advisors are gone and he is in full throttle. It is not thought out and it is reactionary. The Republican party has been moving right for years and now we see its full viciousness. The electoral system is dominated by big money. 

America has changed. It used to be the leading democracy and as a new world nation which opened its borders to all kinds of people. These people it is currently punishing are genuine refugees coming from countries so violent that they cannot live there.As for the separation of children,  I think some lawyers should represent the parents and sue the American government for kidnapping.

Laurel MacDowell

Toronto, Canada

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Big diff: Bush II didn't CAUSE Katrina!

Om Williamson

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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So sad and same thing was done to slave's in America the kidnapping of precious little children.

Randall Lewis

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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No, 45’s “Katrina moment” was when he tossed paper towels in Puerto Rico. He’s gone much much lower since then.

Nancy McCool

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

“Yearning to Breathe Free” - cover art by Barry Blitt

"In recent years, the artist Barry Blitt has become known for his satire, which skewers, in soft watercolors, those in or adjacent to power. But Blitt, who began working for the magazine in 1992, has always been more than a comic artist, and next week’s cover features a sombre touch."

Barry Blitt

July 2, 2018
The New Yorker

U.S. Border - Child Detention Facility -  cartoon by Robert Ariail

Robert Ariail

June 16, 2018
The State (Columbia, SC)

Re: The Trump Cult
 

Trumpism is a faith-based cult with a doomsday view of the world, and unshakable belief that Trump is the savior.

Philip Specht

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

Re: A Shining City on the Hill Treats Immigrants Humanely

(posting on Portside Labor)

ICE...trumps gestapo

Luigi Tuamigo

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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These people although illegal are not criminals!!! Just because they came over to work, help their families and kids have a better life. Is that a crime!!! First of all the Americans like always took the lands away from the Indians and made it their land now that's illegal!!! And yet what about the massacres that have happen within this year of white men killing hundreds of school children, haven't heard them say anything about that situation and it's their own people!!! Oh but they are mentally ill, sure!!! Racist to the max and terrorists at large within their own country!!! But it's ok, WTF!!!

Mirna Orengo

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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It's too much, of course, to expect any GOP politicians to protest the obvious hypocrisy of this, but I wonder where is the head of this business and all the C of C types Republicans worship, when something like this goes down? Why hasn't one CEO chained himself to his workers, demanding that ICE arrest him too? The people being hauled off are doing brutally hard jobs that Americans don't want, jobs that produce something they very much do want, paying taxes, building homes, learning and teaching skills, all the things the Rust Belt desperately needs. They want to be American, with an intensity cowardly racists like Trump and his lickspittles will never understand. And this whole thing could be stopped if enough Republican donors bitch-slapped the Donald with the only things he understands: money and bad publicity.

Scott Ellis

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

Re: Battle Hymn of the Republic - Modified for Relevance - Friday Nite Videos

(posting on Friday Nite Videos)

A pamphlet gets read but once, but a song gets sung over and over again: Joe Hill, near as I can remember.

Dave Richardson

Re: Taking Back Agency And Accountability For The Banking System
 

I believe North Dakota has a state bank that works positively

Ken Parks

Re: Trumpism, Realized
 

This is a warning to all of us. Those who are still blind will someday be persecuted although they fell safe. Bigotry has a way to come back to those who do such inhumane actions Countries who carry ethnic persecution or cleansing in the end pay the price

Lennis Longo

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

Nebraska Farmers Return "Trail of Tears" Land -- In Path of TransCanada's Keystone XL Pipeline -- to Ponca Indian Tribe
 

In what could be a major blow to the construction of Keystone XL, Art and Helen Tanderup, a Nebraska farm couple, has returned a portion of ancestral land to the Ponca Tribe. The 1.6 acre plot of land falls on the Ponca “Trail of Tears.”

The couple stated, "It is only fitting that out of the tragedy of the Ponca Trail of Tears that a small piece of this historic trail be transferred to them.”

The land also happens to be where TransCanada, the corporation behind the Keystone XL, plans to build a portion of the controversial pipeline. This means that “TransCanada will have to negotiate with a new landowner, one that has special legal status as a tribe.”

James E. Vann

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

Hungarian-American avant-gardiste
 

I am the last Masses artist still around

but I wasn’t much like the others, personally.

My family was Hungarian, Left Socialists

They encouraged my art and I got a scholarship

to study in Paris! But I sat in class looking outside

And there was a giant Michelin ad. 

It was so dynamic, I could not take my eyes off it.

I went on to Hungary and walked for months.

I came back changed, we had great times

in Greenwich Village those days.

The Masses was crushed.

The Liberator appeared,

and I became a Communist.

Pretty soon, my work became more realistic.

And the New Yorker wanted me to make Horthy a hero!

After that it was the New Masses,

artistic work on my own time, 

and a lot of politics. 

What I wanted to do.

There were murals or whatever I had in front of my 

interest and attention.

Paul Buhle

No Muslim Ban Ever - Digital Action Toolkit SCOTUS Ruling

Resource prepared by MPower Change

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Asian Pacific Labor Alliance (AFL-CIO) Blasts SCOTUS Rulings Validating the Muslim Ban and Ohio's Voter Suppression


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 26, 2018

Contact: kristina@apalanet.org

APALA Blasts SCOTUS Rulings Validating the Muslim Ban and Ohio's Voter Suppression

In response to the Supreme Court's recent rulings, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO issued the following statements:

APALA National President Monica Thammarath of the National Education Association commented on Trump v. Hawai’i: "We are outraged and refuse to allow history to repeat itself. This ruling is a stain on the wrong side of history during Trump's white supremacist, right wing era. As an Asian American and Pacific Islander community, we understand the pain of xenophobia – from the heightened surveillance of Muslim- or perceived-to-be-Muslim communities after 9/11 to the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Our fight for a world free from discrimination and hate has just become that much more difficult, and we join together with thousands across the country to denounce this ruling that will have disastrous consequences on our communities and our nation's values and moral fabric. We will not be banned."

APALA Executive Director Alvina Yeh commented on the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, et al.: "The SCOTUS ruling that validated Ohio's 'use it or lose it' practice to purge voter rolls is deeply disappointing and problematic. This aggressive practice is especially harmful for communities of color and workers who might face a variety of obstacles to voting, from language barriers to transportation issues to inflexible work schedules. In other words, there are many reasons contributing to low voter turnout, but that should not mean that voters should be removed from the rolls. States should be making it easier to vote, not creating more barriers to it. We are outraged that such blatant voter suppression continues to happen and remain resolute to registering and turning out the vote for our communities."

The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO was founded in 1992 as the first and only national organization for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) union members to advance worker, immigrant and civil rights. Learn more at www.apalanet.org. Renew or become a member here.

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance  

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Washington, DC 20006

202-508-3733 | apala@apalanet.org

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New This Month: No One Is Illegal

No One is Illegal - Fighting Racism and State Violence on the U.S.-Mexico Border

by Justin Akers Chacón and Mike Davis

No One Is Illegal convincingly debunks the leading ideas behind the often-violent right-wing backlash against immigrants.

Countering the chorus of anti-immigrant voices that have grown increasingly loud in the current political moment, No One is Illegal exposes the racism of anti-immigration vigilantes and puts a human face on the immigrants who risk their lives to cross the border to work in the United States.

This second edition has a new introduction to frame the analysis of the struggle for immigrant rights and the roots of the backlash.

Justin Akers Chacón is the author of the forthcoming Radicals in the Barrio: Magonistas, Socialists, Wobblies, and Communists in the Mexican American Working Class.

Mike Davis is the author many books, including The Ecology of Fear and Planet of Slums.