Google Honors The Silent Parade: The first mass protests against lynching and anti-black violence in the United States

The Negro Silent Protest Parade was a silent protest march of 8,000-10,000 African Americans along Fifth Avenue starting at 57th Street in New York City on July 28, 1917. The parade was in protest to murders, lynchings, and other violence directed towards African Americans and was precipitated by the East St. Louis riots in May and July 1917, when between 100 to 300 African Americans were killed by Caucasian mobs and over 6000 were left homeless (Conservative numbers from the NAACP, based on local reports at that time). The mobs were whipped into a frenzy by labor unions in order to resist strike breaking efforts.

East St. Louis riots

The brutality of the attacks by white mobs, and the refusal by the authorities to protect innocent lives contributed to the responsive measures of some African Americans in St. Louis and the nation. Marcus Garvey declared in a speech that the riot was “one of the bloodiest outrages against mankind” and a “wholesale massacre of our people”, insisting that “This is no time for fine words, but a time to lift one’s voice against the savagery of a people who claim to be the dispensers of democracy.”

Protest in New York

In New York City on July 28, as many as ten thousand African Americans marched down Fifth Avenue in a silent protest march in response to the East St. Louis riots. They carried signs that highlighted protests about the riots. The march was organized by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), W. E. B. Du Bois, and groups in Harlem. Women and children were dressed in white; the men were dressed in black.

They hoped to influence Democratic President Woodrow Wilson to carry through on his election promises to African-American voters to implement anti-lynching legislation, and promote Black causes. Wilson did not do so and repudiated his promises; federal discrimination increased during Wilson’s presidency.

Legacy

The parade was the very first protest of its kind in New York, and the second instance of African Americans publicly demonstrating for civil rights so bravely.

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Friday Open Thread | Update on the Legislative Evil Known as Trumpcare

From Andy Slavitt:

Andy Slavitt‏Verified account @ASlavitt

My tweets soon summing up what is happening on Trumpcare tonight and what it means.

Follow if interested.

2- Senate will vote on a bill tonight. There is still no text, no CBO score & GOP Senators themselves ridicule it.
3- The Senate will vote on the bill anyway and justify passing it by pretending it’s a procedural vote. It’s not.
4- There are 3 possible outcomes if the bill passes the Senate: it becomes law, it becomes worse, it fails. In that order.
5-The “fraudulent disaster” as Graham called it can become law 3 ways -House passes it -Goes 2 conference, passes -Goes 2 conf, then 2 House
6- Although Ryan says there will be a conference, as @igorvolsky says, don’t count on it.
7- If it does go to Conference, that Conference will need to play to the Freedom Caucus’s interests & hug the contours of the House bill.
8- The House bill, for those who don’t remember, is an even bigger day nightmare than what the Senate will pass.
9- And this means that Medicaid would be dramatically cut.
10- It’s possible the conference will fail 2 pass anything. Not much reason to think they can succeed where Congress has continually failed.

 

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White woman indicted on felony charges for false claim that she was kidnapped, raped by 3 Black Men

A young Texas woman who ran into a church half naked and claimed that she was raped has been indicted on multiple charges related to what turned out to be a hoax.

On Wednesday, 19-year-old Breana Rachelle Harmon, also known as A, was indicted on two third-degree felony counts of tampering with physical evidence and a third-degree felony count of tampering with a government record. She has also been charged with a state-jail felony count of tampering with a government record, the Herald Democrat reports.

Earlier this year, Harmon ran into a Denison, Texas, church and told the people that she had been kidnapped and raped by three masked black men. At the time she was wearing only a bra, T-shirt and underwear and was bloodied and looked battered—apparently to sell her story, which successfully incited racist backlash all across social media.

Originally she was charged with a misdemeanor, but prosecutors are now deciding to (rightly) throw the book at her.

“Ms. Harmon was originally arrested for the misdemeanor offense of false report to a peace officer,” Grayson County, Texas, District Attorney Joe Brown said in a press release Wednesday. “However, the more we have looked at what happened in this case, and considered the harm it caused, and certainly could have caused, we believe what she did fits these higher charges. What she did was very serious, and we believe it was felony conduct.”

The three third-degree felonies are punishable by up to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. The state-jail felony is punishable by up to two years in state jail and a $10,000 fine.

If she had gotten away with just the misdemeanor charges, Harmon would have faced only up to 180 days in jail and up to a $4,000 fine.

According to the Democrat, in addition to the criminal charges, the Denison Police Department is seeking $8,000 in restitution related to the case.

Back in March, the then-18-year-old Harmon told officers that she was raped by two black men in ski masks while a third held her down. Harmon was taken to a nearby hospital for examination, where it was determined that she did not have any injuries consistent with a rape.

Upon further research of the evidence, authorities found that they were unable to confirm Harmon’s story. According to KXII, Denison Police said that the crime scene—from the initial kidnapping to Harmon’s condition when she ran into the church—was staged.

The 19-year-old reportedly admitted that the injuries on her body were self-inflicted.

Denison police said that the case into Harmon’s “rape” is now closed.

“Our team of detectives, led by John Watt, did an outstanding job in the case,” Police Chief Jay Burch said in the release. “Almost from the beginning, we had doubts in Breana Harmon Talbott’s story as the puzzle pieces just weren’t coming together. We were unable to corroborate any of Talbott’s allegations that she had been abducted or sexually assaulted.

“Breana Harmon Talbott’s hoax was also insulting to our community and especially offensive to the African-American community due to her description of the so-called suspects in her hoax. The anger and hurts caused from such a hoax are difficult and all so unnecessary,” the press release continued. “It’s unfortunate a person can falsely report such a major incident in our community that wastes the time of law enforcement and needlessly puts some people in fear. I apologize to those who have current investigations with the department as we delayed those to focus on this case.”

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Thursday Open Thread | Some in the GOP want to downsize the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

Meadows: CBO should downsize, aggregate think tank reports
By Niv Elis – 07/24/17 02:20 PM EDT

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) is trying to eliminate 89 positions from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office’s staff and require the office to aggregate think tank data instead of using its own professional expertise.

“They ought to be aggregators; there are plenty of think tanks that are out there,” Meadows said at a National Press Club event.

In an amendment to be offered to the security-related spending bill scheduled for a House vote this week, Meadows would cut $15 million of funding to CBO staff members responsible for estimating the budgetary costs of bills in Congress, and have them “carry out such duties solely by facilitating and assimilating scoring data compiled by the Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute, the Brookings Institution, and the Urban Institute.”

The proposal follows after a series of CBO reports predicted that tens of millions of people would become uninsured under various Republican plans to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

Meadows said he would use a rule called the Holman Rule, which allows Congress to cut salaries for individual federal workers, for the first time since 1983.

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Others raised concern about the use of the Holman rule to defund individual federal employees.

“This is exactly what we worried about when Republicans reinstated this arcane rule in January,” seven Democratic House members from the DC metro area said in a joint statement. “The rule is being used to punish an important advisory body for doing its job by providing forecasts which some members now find inconvenient.”

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In case you don’t understand the gravity of this…let me give you this on point post from Balloon Juice:

First, we kill all the facts…
by Betty Cracker
at3:40 pm on July 24, 2017.

The Congressional Budget Office has been an obstacle to Republicans bent on stripping access to healthcare from tens of millions of Americans. Every time Zombie Trumpcare rises from the grave and totters toward the finish line, the CBO score provides one of the stakes that brings the monster down, albeit temporarily. It would be so much easier to shovel money from working people to plutocrats if Republicans could substitute figures pulled out of a Koch Brother’s ass for CBO estimates.

This is EXACTLY what it’s all about. I told you that their sociopathic agenda is unpopular, and they have to lie to make it plausible. Agencies like the CBO get in the way of that.

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This Comment Says a Lot

Found this in the comments section at POU.

The poster says that they found it at Democratic Underground.

It speaks for itself:

Found this and it speaks to the heart of what many are feeling.

“We can’t sustain this level of madness from Trump for the next 4 years. Dare I say it, but…..

…we can’t even sustain it for the next 2 years.

I know everyone is saying we need to prepare for the 2018 midterms. And we absolutely need to prepare for the 2018 midterms. They are crucial. They are critical.

But even so, those are still over 15 months away at this point. Trump has been in office for just a little over 6 months.

And in those 6 months, Trump has proven himself to be far and away the most mentally unstable, mentally unhinged and entirely incompetent individual to ever hold the office of the US Presidency. No one, not even Nixon at his most paranoid, is even close to Trump’s level.

It is a truly unprecedented situation.

This is at a point where it should transcend politics and partisanship at this point. As tough as it is, just for a short moment put aside things like the healthcare debate–Republicans will continue to threaten the ACA so long as they have a majority in Congress and an ally in the White House.

This goes beyond even that. This goes to bare bones matters of basic qualifications for office. It goes to matters of mental fitness for duty. We shouldn’t be having that conversation about any President–Democrat, Republican, whatever. George W. Bush was lazy, unmotivated and not particularly bright, but it was never at this extreme crisis level. Not even then.

Yesterday truly brought it all home. The President of the United States goes to what should have been–and has always been–a light hearted, ceremonial photo-op: a Boy Scout jamboree. Something where you’d expect him to say a few clichéd words about the youth being the future of the country, reach for your dreams, you can do anything, yada yada yada. Standard fluff. Instead, this Madman who calls himself our President launches into a vitriolic attack yet again against political opponents and the media, goes off on wildly inappropriate tangents insinuating sexcapades on yachts, going on about his political victory. In front of Boy Scouts. Boy Scouts.

He’s a lunatic. The President of the United States is a lunatic. And that is one hell of a problem that we cannot ignore.

And while we look to November 2018 as being the light at the end of the tunnel, there’s just no telling what could happen that could close that tunnel shut. We have that bullshit “voter fraud” commission entirely in the hands of Trump. And if there is any sort of major crisis or terrorist attack that arises in the interim, God help us.

I’ll never forget the feeling waking up on the morning of November 9, 2016 and a sense of extreme anxiety washing over me–there was a sense that this country could be headed towards a very dark place if left unchecked. It was a feeling of vulnerability that I had never, ever felt before as an American citizen. It left me–for the first time in my life–quite literally shaking.
As we stand now, we are still a Democracy, but we are a Democracy under extreme stress. I don’t know what the breaking point is. I hope we will never see that breaking point, but that’s going to require people to stand up and do the right thing. People who we normally wouldn’t agree with. People who we probably won’t agree with even after this trial of conscience is over.

In short, what needs to happen might seem like a miracle, but then a miracle is what we’ll need. There needs to be just enough individuals who will place loyalty to country over party politics, even if just for this one limited and extreme and unprecedented circumstance.

This horror show needs to end, and it needs to end as soon as possible.

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Wednesday Open Thread | Where We Are Now On Trumpcare

I know today is a rotten day. I know that you are probably sad, disheartened, pissed off, and just absolutely disgusted.

Disgusted that those SOB’s voted to take away healthcare from at least 23 million people…so that the Koch Brothers and the Mercers can get a tax cut.

Because, that’s what this about.

And, watching the spectacle of them cheering that lowdown muthaphucka, who had the nerve, while sick, to come and vote to take away someone else’s healthcare.

MILLION someone else’s…

Enough to make you shake with complete and utter rage.

 

But, we have work to do. We have a fight to continue.

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Tuesday Open Thread | Trumpcare Kills and They Want to Start with Senator John McCain

The lengths of their evil just know no bounds:

Senate GOP: McCain may return for ObamaCare vote Tuesday
By Alexander Bolton – 07/24/17 05:31 PM EDT

Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn (Texas) told reporters Monday that McCain was trying to get approval from his doctors to return Tuesday.

McCain’s office declined to confirm his schedule.

Two Senate aides said they expect he will be present Tuesday afternoon when lawmakers vote on a motion to proceed to the House-passed American Health Care Act.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said he will offer an amendment to replace it with a bill that repeals as much of ObamaCare as possible, setting up a two-year transition to craft replacement legislation.

If that amendment fails, the Senate is likely to move to its version of legislation to repeal and replace the pillars of ObamaCare, the Better Care Reconciliation Act. That measure, however, did not appear to have enough votes to pass, as of Monday afternoon.

Steven Dennis‏Verified account @StevenTDennis

Cornyn tells us he offered to drive McCain cross country in RV for health care vote.

Ain’t this some shyt?

Cornyn offers to DRIVE a CANCER PATIENT THAT IS 80 YEARS OLD

Across the country, so that he can vote TO TAKE AWAY HEALTHCARE FROM 32 MILLION PEOPLE?

Their evil knows no bounds.

Senator McCain is a living, breathing pre-existing condition, and has been so since he returned from Vietnam.
Even if his wife wasn’t rich, he’d still be getting healthcare from that socialist organization known as the VA.

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