The Trump administration's immigrant-baiting crime hotline draws on a longstanding US tradition of making civilians responsible for surveilling each other. By creating an army of snitches, the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies can justify racial profiling by declaring that they are merely following up on intelligence provided by "our fellow citizens."
Two new documentaries screened at this year's Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival each profile a right-wing European militant coming to terms with his past. The thorny question raised by both The Unforgiven and Keep Quiet is a complex one: Is anything owed to history's most despicable actors, especially forgiveness?
We've taken as fact that the nation started in slavery and genocide and can't be redeemed but the country has always carred a revolutionary promise that has yet to be fulfilled, says activist and Ayni Institute trainer James Hayes. Movements, such as AllOfUs and Yes We Can in Ohio, are taking on the challenge of winning power for a multiracial anti-establishment democracy.
Anyone worried that the Trump administration will politicize or interfere with sound scientific research heard a warning shot earlier this month, when nine members of the Environmental Protection Agency's 18-person Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) suddenly learned that they would not be offered a second three-year term. A weakened BOSC means a dysfunctional EPA research process that could lead to environmental degradation.
Three years after murdering Dontre Hamilton simply for sitting in a park in a white area of Milwaukee, the officer who shot Hamilton 14 times is living off a settlement from the police department for suffering PTSD. Meanwhile, Dontre's mother has received nothing and is still dealing with the trauma.
Those who work to decolonize Palestine while in the US or Canada should be aware that they themselves operate on colonized ground, says author and academic Steven Salaita. Both US and Israel see themselves as agents of predestination and are particular about who can properly inhabit their settler nations, which have no room for Native subjects, except perhaps as a source of cheap labor.
The anti-LGBTQ hate group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) publicly boasts a nearly $50 million annual budget and a network of over 3,100 "allied attorneys" who provide hundreds of pro-bono hours of anti-LGBTQ and anti-choice legal services. Former ADF alumni occupy over 50 influential government posts.
Advocates for the struggling and hungry are appalled by Trump's budget proposal to slash billions of dollars from social programs such as Medicaid and food stamps. The White House is framing the cuts as proposed "reforms" meant to encourage people to get off the government dole and find a job, but critics say Trump's policies would only worsen the conditions of poverty.