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    Safe Haven is hosting a gift drive this month for domestic violence survivors. Gifts can be dropped off at 204 North College Street Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, before December 17, 2021. See the gift guide below. From Safe Haven: Safe Haven is excited about this year’s Holiday Season and we can’t wait to provide Christmas presents to our courageous domestic violence survivors in our programs. We are hosting a gift drive which will provide gifts to the kiddos, adults and even a few furry pets we currently serving, strengthening and supporting. If you would like to participate, please drop off your gift to 204 North College St. during normal business hours before December 17, 2021. Please private message us for more details on how to help or call Kim at (912) 259-9255. Thank you so much for your support of Safe Haven. We wish all of you a wonderful and safe holiday season. About Safe Haven: Safe Haven is a program of Citizens Against Violence, Inc.,...
    (CNN)Teachers have long been more than the people who are educating the next generation of students. Teachers serve as therapists, protectors and educators and are tasked with keeping their students — and themselves — safe from Covid-19. Many work long after the school day is over, buy their own supplies and feel that their pay has not increased even though their responsibilities have.With the threat of school shootings amid the ongoing pandemic, stress is running even higher for teachers in the US. The school shooting in Oxford, Michigan, is just the latest example of the struggles teachers face as they try to inspire hope.Teachers: What struggles are you facing and what do you want the world to know? In a world of school shootings, the pandemic and all that you do, how are you coping and what do you hope for? Share your thoughts with us and we may follow up for a CNN story.
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – After weeks of violent incidents involving Aurora youth, including two shootings at or near high school campuses, Aurora Public Schools enacted additional security measures on high school campuses Monday.   “We are very concerned about gun violence, youth violence that is happening in our community,” said Rico Munn, Superintendent of Aurora Public Schools.   READ MORE: Colorado Health Officials Urge Vaccination As Hospitals Brace For Omicron Variant (credit: CBS) The changes include moving all high schools to closed campuses through at least winter break. That means students won’t be able to go to their cars during the day or leave for lunch.   Munn said the open campus policy has been in place for at least 12 years. Each school has worked on its own plan to enforce the temporary change and facilitate any logistical needs.   Students leaving for classes at the Community College of Aurora or Pickens Technical College and students leaving the school with parent or guardian permission are among those exempt from the rule.   “We want to make sure we take precautions and not overreact, and I think our students and our families understand that,” Munn...
    Students at all-male St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., located in a bucolic setting about 75 miles from Minneapolis, allegedly held a sex competition. According to local reports, the young men organized a contest. The goal was to see who could total the most points by engaging in certain sexual acts with specific students at the nearby women’s institution, the College of St. Benedict. The reports noted that after becoming aware of the contest, St. John’s administrators held a mandatory meeting with the suspected perpetrators, who were residents on campus, and an outside consultant was hired. I expected that the announcement of this heinous activity would be followed by days of letters to various editors excoriating the male students’ behavior and urging support for the targeted women; public statements from St. John’s University leaders decrying the sexual exploitation and highlighting their efforts to end impunity for such egregious behavior; and opinion pieces by editorial staffs about yet more evidence of systemic misogyny that must be eliminated. What I saw was — silence. Article continues after advertisement An office for women’s...
    This it the terrifying moment machine gun shooting erupted on the streets of Chicago in a bloody Thanksgiving weekend of gun violence.  Three people were killed and another 40 were shot over the holiday weekend in the latest surge in violent crime.  Footage posted online shows a man, who does not appear to have a gun, running through the streets of Chicago as machine gun fire erupts nearby.   Hours earlier a man, believed to be in his 20s, was killed in southern Chicago after he was shot several times in the back of his legs. It is not yet know if two incidents were connected.  A 50-year-old man was shot in the chest during an attempted robbery on the city's Far South Side and a 22-year-old was struck in the leg by gunfire in the 5500 block of West Belmont Avenue on Sunday morning.   Meanwhile video showed a vehicle overturned at the intersection of Huron and Wells after the two people inside were shot during a car chase.  So far this year in Chicago, shooting incidents have seen a nine per cent...
    A female Italian TV reporter was slapped on the rear live on air by a football fan in the aftermath of a game played this weekend to raise awareness of violence against women.  Greta Beccaglia, a journalist with Italy's Toscana TV, was reporting live from outside the Carlo Castellani stadium in Empoli where Fiorentina lost 2-1 to the hosts in a Serie A clash.  Beccaglia was speaking to despondent Fiorentina fans following the game when two men approached her from behind. One of the men appeared to spit in his hand, before slapping the journalist on the rear live on air.  A visibly disgusted Beccaglia turned on the men, wagging her finger before telling them: 'Sorry, you can't do this, I'm sorry.'  But the men quickly made their exit before another fan jumped into shot and swore at the camera.  The incident came in the immediate aftermath of the game in which players wore a red mark on their cheeks during the game in support of the 'give violence against women the red card' campaign, on the same week of the...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – The Aurora Police Department is investigating another shooting involving teens, this time leaving five people shot, four of them ranging between ages 16 to 20. The shooting happened just after midnight Sunday near East Colfax Avenue and North Dayton Street. When police arrived at the scene, they found two male victims with gunshot wounds. They also encountered a large group of people leaving the area that were likely attending a party in a basement. Police say three others also showed up later at a local hospital. (credit: CBS) “It is so disturbing and tiring, to know that our kids are yet, and still getting hand on guns,” said Sharletta Evans, who lost her 3-year-old son in 1995 as a result of youth gun violence in Aurora. Sharletta said it’s time for community leaders to do “interruption work” and start shifting their strategies. RELATED: 5 Shot In Aurora: Victims Range From 16-20 Years Old “We need to go in, have access to the Aurora Public Schools, as well as the Denver Public Schools, and go in as...
    (CNN)House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy should publicly condemn Republican lawmakers whose behavior is violent or increases division, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Sunday. "I think whenever, even in our own caucus, our own members, if they go the wrong direction, I mean, it has to be called out," Hutchinson told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union." "It has to be dealt with, particularly whenever it is breaching the civility, whenever it is crossing the line in terms of violence or increasing the divide in our country."Moderate House Republican warns McCarthy over embracing far-right membersHe continued, "So one of the things that's really important to us in the future is increasing the civil debate, and civil discourse, and we have got to look for ways that we can bring people together, and not divide, and certainly along racial lines."The criticism from the Republican governor comes after the comments and actions of Reps. Paul Gosar of Arizona, who was censured for posting online a photoshopped animé video showing him appearing to kill New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and attacking President...
    The case of Kyle Rittenhouse, acquitted in the 2020 murders of two men amid chaos on the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, is ominous for the peaceful resolution of political disagreements. The sense of menace arises less from the utterly misguided 17-year-old shooter, or his complete escape from justice, than from the celebration by Republicans and "conservatives" of Rittenhouse and even of the killings he perpetrated. This telling moment heightens the feeling of apprehension provoked by recurring threats and incidents of actual violence emanating from the far right and then justified, usually with indignant enthusiasm, by Republican elected officials at the highest level. The anger and hatred that have long simmered within that party are rapidly devolving into homicidal rage. Consider the matter of Rep. Paul Gosar R-AR), who posted a video that depicted him murdering his colleague Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and attempting to kill President Joe Biden with swords. Gosar's fantasy bloodbath resulted in his censure. (This offensive cartoon wasn't even original, ripping off an identical 2016 meme that showed "Donald Trump" attacking "Hillary Clinton.") While Gosar's own siblings...
    Black Lives Matter sparked furious backlash on social media after an anti-Thanksgiving tweet that claimed that Americans were eating their holiday meals on 'stolen land.' On Thanksgiving Thursday the social activism group's official Twitter slammed American's across the country gathering to celebrate the holiday.  'You are eating dry turkey and overcooked stuffing on stolen land,' the group posted from its @Blklivesmatter verified Twitter account, which has 1 million followers.  On Thanksgiving Thursday the social activism group's official Twitter slammed American's across the country gathering to celebrate the holiday When it first launched in 2013, BLM sought to bring attention to and prevent police violence against African Americans 'You are on stolen land. Colonization never ended, it just became normalized,' a graphic with a link to help people find which 'ancestral homeland' they are 'currently occupying' said.  The link was to Native Land Digital, a digital map that allows people to see the indigenous history of the land they currently inhabit.  Discussing Native American people who had their land taken by settlers has become an increasingly popular topic during Thanksgiving, with...
    Violence receded Friday in the capital of the Solomon Islands, but the government showed no signs of addressing the underlying grievances that sparked two days of riots, including concerns about the country's increasing links with China.  Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare sought to deflect attention from domestic issues by blaming outside interference for stirring up the protesters, with a thinly veiled reference to Taiwan and the United States.  External pressures were a "very big ... influence. I don’t want to name names. We’ll leave it there," Sogavare said.  Manasseh Sogavare, prime Minister of Solomon Islands, attends a Lowy Institute event in Sydney on Monday Aug. 14, 2017.  (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File) CHINA SAYS US SHOULD HAVE NO ‘ILLUSIONS’ WHEN IT COMES TO TAIWAN  Honiara’s Chinatown and its downtown precinct were focuses of rioters, looters and protesters who demanded the resignation of Sogavare, who has been prime minister intermittently since 2000.  Sogavare has been widely criticized by leaders of the country's most populous island of Malaita for a 2019 decision to drop diplomatic ties with Taiwan in favor of...
    (CNN)It's daytime, and the woman screams, "Call 911! Call 911!" as pedestrians walk down a sidewalk near a South Philadelphia intersection packed with apartments and businesses. Seconds later, she is shot dead, marking the most dubious of milestones.The city witnessed its 500th homicide of 2021 on Wednesday, matching a record set in 1990, according to police data. It's an average of about one homicide every 16 hours this year. In the video aired by CNN affiliate WPVI, two pedestrians walk down the street around 4:30 p.m ET as the 55-year-old woman runs toward them pleading for help. One of the pedestrians bolts. A man enters the screen, pursuing the woman around an olive Jeep, extends his weapon and fires five shots. Three of them hit the woman in the chest. The alleged shooter is seen later casually walking down the street. The woman was pronounced dead at the hospital, the affiliate reported. Police believe the incident is domestic, and the shooter is being asked to turn himself in, Philadelphia police Inspector D.F. Pace told WPVI. Read More"We can't simply say...
    The strangest thing about Donald Trump and the GOP's increasingly open embrace of political violence is how unnecessary it is, even by the right's own grotesque standards. Ever since Trump's failed coup that culminated in the January 6 insurrection, Republicans have been carefully laying the groundwork for a bloodless destruction of democracy. They've commandeered election offices and filled them with Trump lackeys eager to break the law for their leader. They've gerrymandered elections so that Republicans "win" even when Democrats have strong majorities. And they toss on a robust amount of voter suppression so Democrats can't get to the polls in the first place. Even Trump's path to retaking the White House despite quite likely losing in 2024 is laid out without the need to fire a single gunshot: Republican-controlled state legislatures and Congress could nullify the vote in districts Joe Biden wins and throw the election to Trump. "Democracy's primary assailants today are not generals or armed revolutionaries," Harvard political scientists Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt explained in The Atlantic, but rather politicians "who eviscerate democracy's substance behind...
    (CNN)For those of us who are growing increasingly worried about the prospect of even more deadly political violence in the United States, Tuesday's verdict by a Charlottesville jury -- which held extreme far-right leaders and groups that organized and participated in the violent 2017 rally liable for more than $26 million in damages -- came as very welcome news. The defendants were found liable on state conspiracy and other claims, though the jury said it could not reach a verdict on two federal conspiracy claims. Still, it's a good day when some of the worst people in the country are held accountable and slapped with potentially crippling financial penalties.Frida GhitisThe threat is far from over. But even if defendants don't come up with the millions the jury assessed against them, or the damages are reduced by the court, the trial and its outcome sent a signal that in America, there will be accountability after all for those awful summer days, a message that has been much too scarce since political violence started surging in the past few years.The money may...
    Vice President Kamala Harris slammed the 'racist' defense of Ahmaud Arbery's killers after all three men were found guilty of murder on Wednesday.  All three defendants in the Ahmaud Arbery trial were found guilty of murdering the black jogger in February 2020 on Wednesday, prompting celebrations in the streets of Georgia.  'These verdicts send an important message, but the fact remains that we still have work to do,' the vice president said.  'The defense counsel chose to set a tone that cast the attendance of ministers at the trial as intimidation and dehumanized a young Black man with racist tropes. The jury arrived at its verdicts despite these tactics.' She said after the verdict: 'Still, we feel the weight of grief. Ahmaud Arbery should be alive, and nothing can take away the pain that his mother Wanda Cooper-Jones, his father Marcus Arbery, and the entire Arbery family and community feel today. I share in that pain.' Meanwhile, President Biden said the Ahmaud Arbery killing was a 'devastating reminder' of racial injustice in the US, but that the guilty verdict shows the 'justice...
    Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri. Violence—and the threat of violence—has long been a solid staple of “conservatism.” From the Civil War to the present day, one of the most consistent defining characteristics of right-wing dogma has been the implicit or explicit threat of inflicting violence on other Americans in order to get their way. Often that violence has been directed at people unable to defend themselves; think of  Klansmen and White “Rifle Clubs” terrorizing southern Blacks in the wake of this country’s aborted attempts at Reconstruction, or braying white crowds spitting their venomous hatred at Black children sitting at lunch counters or trying to walk into a school. Because attacking or killing people who have little or no recourse to defend themselves is the easiest type of violence to inflict, it’s also been the most prevalent, visible type of violence in our country’s history. But the last five years have seen a radical, new embrace of violence by the right, one egged on by the ubiquity of social media. It’s a violence directed not only against marginalized and minority communities who they...
    I watch the cartoons my daughter watches. I mean, I watch them with her. That might seem silly, but today's cartoons are not yesterday's. They're much better. Compare, for instance, the "She-Ra" of the 1980s with the "She-Ra" of now. After you do, you'll see why I'll never ever let my daughter watch my childhood version. I can't believe I did! The last thing I want is my daughter acting -- and dressing! -- like that! Cartoons, like today's "She-Ra," are frequently morality plays. Their narratives work through ethical conundrums, the kinds my daughter is facing or will face eventually, as all children do. Another one of her cartoons, called "Avatar: The Last Airbender," speaks to our current social and political crisis, which I think of as a crisis of humility. Meaning, there's not enough of it on account of there being not enough demand. That might be a consequence of history. When I was my daughter's age, in 1984, American culture was very worried about children and their feelings of shame. (To a degree, it still is.) The...
    (CNN)In Charlottesville, Virginia, a jury hears closing arguments in a case against the White power groups who organized the deadly rally there in 2017. Nicole HemmerIn Connecticut, a judge rules that conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is liable for defamation after years of attacks on the families who lost their children in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012. In Washington, DC, a grand jury indicts Steve Bannon, the White House's chief strategist during much of the Trump administration, for criminal contempt after he refused a subpoena from the commission investigating the January 6 insurrection. A few days later, a judge sentences one of the insurrectionists to 41 months in prison. And in courts scattered across the country, right-wing media outlets are facing billion-dollar civil suits from voting-machine makers Smartmatic and Dominion, in response to months of conspiracy-mongering about the machines and the 2020 election. JUST WATCHEDAlex Jones found liable by default in Sandy Hook defamation caseReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHAlex Jones found liable by default in Sandy Hook defamation case 00:44Courts are currently clogged with cases that chart much...
    The suspect accused of plowing into a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin and killing five on Sunday shared social media posts promoting violence towards white people. Today, eight-year-old Jackson Sparks was named by relatives as the sixth victim, having died in hospital from his injuries. A now-deleted Facebook account belonging to Darrell Brooks Jr., 39, showed the alleged killer had encouraged knocking 'white ppl [the f**k] out' and also appeared to support the controversial Black Hebrew Israelites.  Brooks was charged on Tuesday with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide and is expected to face more charges.  Police are yet to determine the motive behind the deadly rampage, however, records reveal Brooks is a career criminal with a rap sheet dating back to 1999 and had been bailed twice this year.  Facebook posts also show the amateur rapper, who went by his stage name, MathBoi Fly, had shared a series of links and memes relating to race and white privilege in June 2020, when protests erupted over the death of George Floyd.  Five of the six victims - all white - who...
    Political violence is on people's minds now that Kyle Rittenhouse has been acquitted. According to USA Today, far-right groups celebrated last week's unsurprising verdict. "Kyle Rittenhouse is the hero we've been waiting for" was posted on the Gab profile for VDare, a self-consciously fascist organization headquartered in the foothills of Washington, Conn. The takeaway appears to be that it's now OK to shoot anti-racists as long as the shooting can be credibly characterized as "self-defense." Protests broke out in Kenosha, Wis., where Rittenhouse traveled two summers ago to "protect" property while demonstrators, including some violent looters, protested the police murder of George Floyd. These newest protests were accompanied by a father-daughter duo carrying the same long gun Rittenhouse did. Instead of being white, though, they were Black. Instead of protecting property, they were protecting "anti-Rittenhouse protesters," said the New York Post. Political violence is on people's minds. The right to petition the government for redress of grievances enshrined in the First Amendment seems to be running against the grain of the right to bear arms enshrined in the Second...
    CHARLOTTESVILLE (CBS NEWS) — A federal jury has returned a partial verdict in a civil case about whether the white nationalist organizers of the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville four years ago conspired to commit racially motivated violence that left one person dead and scores injured. Judge Norman Moon announced Tuesday that the jury considers that it had arrived at a verdict in the case. READ MORE: UPDATE: Flash Mob Smash-and-Grab Robberies Dampen Holiday Spirit in San FranciscoIt was not able to reach a decision on whether the defendants had, under an obscure federal statute, conspired to commit racially motivated violence. It did conclude that all of the defendants had committed conspiracy under Virginia laws and awarded plaintiffs a total of about $25 million in punitive and compensatory damages. READ MORE: Trans Netflix Workers Who Criticized Chappelle Special Drop Labor Complaint, But One ResignsThe jury sent a note to the court saying that it had deadlocked on the first two claims — the reliance of the case on the “KKK Act,” an 1871 statute designed to protect African...
    But Ross declared, as the left has repeatedly attempted to convince fellow Americans, the "truth of Thanksgiving" is way, way, way different. After noting, accurately, that the "Pilgrims did not bring turkey, sweet potato pie, or cranberries to Thanksgiving. They could not. They were broke," (which, as most Americans understand, is precisely why they were offering thanks to God for His provision), Ross went on to explain what the Pilgrims actually brought to Thanksgiving. "Instead of bringing stuffing and biscuits, those settlers brought genocide and violence," he said. "That genocide and violence is still on the menu as state-sponsored violence against native and black Americans is commonplace, and violent, private white supremacy is celebrated and subsidized." Ross went on to list minorities who have been "murdered by those paid to protect us." "White Americans are still killing native and black Americans with no fear of reprisal," he said. Not only that, whites are still conducting "chattel slavery" of native and black people, according to Ross, "through the prison industrial...
    Can you believe the inept Nazi representing himself who evoked Jesus in his closing argument and compared himself to an innocent lamb being sacrificed lost his case? Richard Spencer sure can't. Integrity First for America successfully made the Nazis involved in the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville pay for their violence. The jury in the trial against a group of two dozen, which included the likes of Richard Spencer and Chris “Crying Nazi” Cantwell representing themselves as well as hate groups like Identity Evropa and League of the South, found all parties violated the Virginia state law against civil conspiracy. The jury failed to reach a verdict on counts one and two, which related to conspiracy to commit racially motivated violence and failure to stop conspiracy. For the third claim, individuals must pay $500,000 in punitive damages while groups like Vanguard and Trad Workers Party must pay $1 million per group. Eliott Kline, Robert “Azzmador” Ray, Spencer, and Cantwell were found liable for racial intimidation and will pay $200,000 apiece in punitive damages. Plaintiffs Natalie Romero and Devin Willis...
    By Denise Lavoie | Associated Press CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A jury ordered white nationalist leaders and organizations to pay more than $25 million in damages Tuesday over violence that erupted during the deadly 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. After a nearly monthlong civil trial, the jury in U.S. District Court deadlocked on two key claims but found the white nationalists liable on four other counts in the lawsuit filed by nine people who suffered physical or emotional injuries during the two days of demonstrations. Attorney Roberta Kaplan said the plaintiffs’ lawyers plan to refile the suit so a new jury can decide the two claims this jury could not reach a verdict on. She called the amount of damages awarded from the others counts “eye opening” “That sends a loud message,” Kaplan said. The verdict, though mixed, is a rebuke to the white nationalist movement, particularly for the two dozen individuals and organizations who were accused in a federal lawsuit of orchestrating violence against African Americans, Jews and others in a meticulously planned conspiracy. White nationalist leader Richard...
    A partial verdict has been reached in the Sines v. Kessler, a federal civil case against the organizers of the 2017 "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. In a note to U.S. District Judge Norman Moon Tuesday, the jury said they have "unanimously decided on claims 3,4,5,6," finding in favor of the plaintiffs on at least two claims, but are "deadlocked on 1 and 2. We do not believe this will change." Workers remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, after years of a legal battle over the contentious monument, in Charlottesville, Virginia, the U.S, July 10, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein (REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein) LINCOLN PROJECT ADMITS TO PLANTING FAKE 'UNITE THE RIGHT' MEMBERS AT YOUNGKIN RALLY The case stems from the deadly Aug. 2017 "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that was held to oppose the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The protests eventually turned violent, with one rallygoer driving his car into a crowd of counterprotesters, resulting in the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer. Twelve people and five far-right organizations...
    Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki is facing widespread criticism after he said that 'there are gonna be pipelines blown up' if leaders don't address climate change during a protest on Saturday. The event, dubbed a 'Funeral for the Future,' was held in downtown Victoria, British Columbia just days after the COP26 conference in Scotland, which protesters say failed to meaningfully address rising temperatures and other climate issues. It happened as British Columbia battles extreme weather events like rainstorms and mudslides that continue to drive up property losses, with the Insurance Bureau of Canada calling it 'a real wake-up call that climate change isn't some future threat.' 'We're in deep, deep doo-doo,' Suzuki, 85, told a CHEK reporter. 'And they've been telling us, the leading experts for over 40 years. 'This is what we're come to. The next stage after this, there are gonna be pipelines blown up if our leaders don't pay attention to what's going on.' Suzuki made the comments during a 'Funeral for the Future' protest in Victoria, British Columbia on Saturday, days after the COP26 conference wrapped up...
    A Charlottesville, Virginia, jury on Tuesday ruled that white supremacists engaged in a conspiracy and were responsible for attacks at the Unite the Right rally in 2017. The decision was a costly one for prominent racists like Richard Spencer, Christopher Cantwell, and Jason Kessler, forcing them to pay a combined millions to their victims. The jury did not reach a decision on two of the case’s largest claims, which argued that defendants participated in a conspiracy to commit racial violence that violated federal law. The ruling followed 22 days of tense testimony and deliberation over Unite the Right, the deadly 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. In their lawsuit Sines v. Kessler, nine victims of Unite the Right filed suit against the rally’s key participants, accusing them of deliberately creating the conditions for a violent, racist event. The defendants, a coalition of 24 far-right groups and individuals, denied those claims in court. Although defendants frequently embraced racist rhetoric on the witness stand, they argued that they had not actively conspired to cause violence at the two-day event, at which white...
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Jurors are set to deliberate for a third day in the trial of white nationalists accused in a lawsuit of promoting and then carrying out racially motivated violence during the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville in 2017. The jury has deliberated for about 15 hours over two days. At one point on Monday, jurors indicated that they may be having trouble reaching a unanimous verdict on several allegations in the lawsuit brought by nine people who were physically hurt or emotionally traumatized by the violence. Jurors are being asked to decide whether white supremacists, neo-Nazis and white nationalist organizations are responsible for violence during two days of protests. In addition to deciding whether the defendants are liable on six claims, jurors will also decide if the defendants are liable for compensatory and punitive damages for the people who were hurt. The jury sent a note to Judge Norman Moon around midday Monday asking: “If we cannot come to a unanimous decision on the first three claims, do we still decide on Claims 4, 5 and...
    Charlottesville, Virginia (CNN)The jury in the civil case involving White nationalists who organized a two-day rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, will begin a third day of deliberations Tuesday morning, a day after asking the judge about reaching unanimous decisions on the six counts.On Monday the 12-member panel asked US District Judge Norman Moon whether they need to be unanimous on each of the final three counts if they cannot reach a unanimous decision on first three counts, which related to conspiracy claims.Two of the counts -- five and six -- are related just to actions by James Alex Fields Jr., who sped his car into a crowd of protesters, killing one person and injuring dozens. The other involves a statute on racial, religious or ethnic harassment or violence.Without the jury present, the judge said, "I don't know why there's any misunderstanding about that. I think I'm going to tell them they must continue to try to reach a unanimous decision on all six counts." Jury deliberating in Charlottesville Unite the Right civil trial sends questions to judgeThe jury will...
    Every week we witness a new, sometimes hidden or subtle, sometimes very blatant step toward normalizing violence as the solution to political problems. The Republican party is taking the late 1920's-1930's strategy of the Nazi party in Germany and using this model of bringing fascism to our door and manipulating voting so it will appear to be an elected choice. When I visited the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC about ten years ago, I was mesmerized by the portion of the museum dedicated to propaganda that brought the German public into the acceptance phase of a government committed mass murder of Jews, Communists, the Roma people, and people with disabilities. Also accepted was the notion that the above named groups were not human, so cruel and painful medical experimentation on these subjects was just fine with the German public. The newspapers and the radio broadcasts moved gradually from vilifying these German citizens to justifying rounding them up (in order to purify the German people) to eventually an accepted "final solution." So with a model like this, how do we interpret...
    After the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse on Friday afternoon, right-wing trolls — many of whom are elected members of Congress — were ecstatic at this prime opportunity to trigger the liberals. Reps. Matt Gaetz of Florida, Madison Cawthorne of North Carolina, and Paul Gosar of Arizona — all Republicans more interested in trolling than governance — made showily public offers of an internship to Rittenhouse. Cawthorne even took it to the next level, instructing his supporters to "be armed and dangerous." Never one to be out-trolled, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia let loose with some truly unhinged tweets about "radical Marxists" who are trying to start "a race war," proclaiming that "gun rights are the only thing holding back the Communist Revolution the Democrats are waging." And on the Senate side, Ted Cruz of Texas attacked the "corrupt corporate media," skillfully targeting the very people he needs to amplify his message and get that sweet trolling attention. Right-wing pundits joined in on all the gleeful trolling, as well. Ann Coulter tweeted a meme equating Rittenhouse with superheroes, and...
    A group of four black men known as the 'Groveland Four' were posthumously exonerated in a Florida courtroom after they were wrongly accused of raping a 17-year-old girl at gunpoint in 1949.  The four men -  Charles Greenlee, Walter Irvin, Samuel Shepherd, and Ernest Thomas - who ranged in age from 16 to 26 - had been accused by Norma Padgett in 1949 and sparked a manhunt throughout the small town of Groveland, a town 30 miles west of Orlando. Black residents suffered racist violence, with a mob hunting down Thomas and killing him by shooting him 400 times. Shepherd was shot dead by cops two years later while being driven to the rape trial.   But the now 72-year-old case has finally been settled with all four men after Administrative Judge Heidi Davis dismissed the indictments of Thomas and Shepherd, both of whom were shot dead in the wake of the allegations, and setting aside the convictions of Greenlee and Irvin.  The members of the Groveland Four were previously pardoned by the Florida Clemency Board, which was led by Governor...
    Photo by Dave DeckerFor those who recall the grotesque circus of George Zimmerman’s 2013 trial, Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal felt painfully familiar. Like Zimmerman, the self-appointed neighborhood watchman who stalked and shot a Black teenager, Rittenhouse claimed self-defense after provoking a confrontation. Rittenhouse, a white teenager, took an assault rifle to “defend” Kenosha, Wisconsin—a city 45 minutes from his Illinois home—against a Black Lives Matter demonstration. After lying about his medical credentials and pointing his gun at a bystander, Rittenhouse fatally shot a protester who chased him, then another who struck him with a skateboard, then shot an armed paramedic in the arm. “Initial aggressors” aren’t supposed to be entitled to claim self-defense. But the legal lines are blurry enough that aggression lies in the eye of the beholder—in other words, whom the system deems the “right” vigilante or the “right” victim. Even the three Georgia men who killed Ahmaud Arbery while making a “citizen’s arrest” for Jogging While Black nearly escaped prosecution; until video footage surfaced exposing what happened, the cops and the district attorney were happy to sweep the...
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A jury resumed deliberations Monday in the civil trial of white nationalists accused of conspiring to commit racially motivated violence at the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville in 2017. The jury in U.S. District Court is being asked to decide whether white supremacists, neo-Nazis and white nationalist organizations are responsible for violence during two days of demonstrations. Jurors will also decide if the defendants are liable for compensatory and punitive damages for nine people who filed a federal lawsuit after they received physical or psychological injuries. Jurors deliberated for about 7 1/2 hours on Friday without reaching a verdict. Hundreds of white nationalists descended on Charlottesville on Aug. 11-12, 2017, ostensibly to protest the city’s plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. During a march on the University of Virginia grounds, white nationalists surrounded counterprotesters, shouted “Jews will not replace us!” and threw burning tiki torches at them. The next day, an avowed admirer of Adolf Hitler intentionally drove his car into a crowd, killing one woman and injuring 19....
    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) —  Thousands of people packed the streets from Wilton Manors to Fort Lauderdale Beach over the weekend for the 44th Annual Pride Fort Lauderdale. “It’s really about all inclusivity, welcoming all walks of life, family member, gay, straight, all across the spectrum,” said Shawn Palacious, Entertainment Chair of Pride Fort Lauderdale. READ MORE: Thanksgiving Forecast: Chilly Breeze Develops Before Thanksgiving Before Milder Air Returns For The HolidayThe festivities included everything from a parade, to a long list of entertainers taking the stage. But the weekend wasn’t all about having fun, the group also took time to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance. “It is one of the holiest days or the holiest day for the trans community because it’s the day we remember our falling angels that have passed away that year from violence in the community,” said transgender advocate Morgan Mayfair. READ MORE: Broward County's Rental Relief Portal ReopensThe pictures of almost 60 transgender individuals killed in 2021 were on display as part of a memorial, several in the group were from the South Florida area...
    Senator Ted Cruz slammed MSNBC for touting an  anti-Thanksgiving message in an essay it aired over the weekend which blamed Pilgrim settler for 'white supremacy' in America. Cruz (R-Texas) wrote a snarky tweet in response to the essay, which claimed the holiday was a 'day of genocide and violence'. '@MSNBC corporate message: Thanksgiving sucks. Come for the lies; stay for the anti-American hate,' he tweeted. The MSNBC segment - featuring Gyasi Ross, who is Native American - argued that white people have an inaccurate perception of Thanksgiving and blamed the Pilgrims for the racial inequalities impacting the United States now.  The essay aired as protestors assembled across the nation in response to the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, who had been on trial after he killed two white men and injured another last August during a Black Lives Matter protest in Wisconsin. The teen argued he did so in self-defense.   Senator Ted Cruz slammed MSNBC for touting anti-Thanksgiving message in an essay they aired over the weekend telling the 'real story' of the holiday In an MSNBC segment over the weekend, Gyasi Ross,...
    (CNN)The jury in the civil trial against organizers of the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, will begin their second day of deliberations Monday morning. Jurors finished their first day Friday without reaching a verdict. The Unite the Right rally was held over two days in August 2017 to oppose the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. As the violence unfolded, it reached a tipping point when James Fields -- who was protesting the statue's removal -- drove his car through a crowd of counterprotesters, injuring dozens and killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.Fourteen people and 10 White supremacist and nationalist organizations were sued in a civil lawsuit by some rallygoers and others who argue they suffered life-altering injuries at the protest. The Unite the Right trial is exposing the chasm between who plans White nationalisms battles and who does the fightingThe plaintiffs, who include town residents and counterprotesters injured in clashes, are seeking compensatory and statutory damages for the physical and emotional injuries they suffered due to the rally. They also contend rally organizers engaged...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Our community has dealt with a series of horrible, senseless murders and they’ve had an effect. on everyone including us here at WJZ. Denise Koch reached out to Annette March Grier, who runs Roberta’s House, to find out what she tells those who are dealing with grief, loss and trauma. READ MORE: Man, 40, Shot And Killed In Baltimore SaturdayKoch: How do you make sense of this? How do you digest this? Grier: This is exactly what we call a series of traumatic events. and it’s going to create a hightened sense of fear and stress especially in the communities that deal with unsafety and violence every day. This is going to take a [real] community effort to try and adjust and adapt to all of this violence and harm in our communities. A lot has happened in our community just this week: murders at city barbershops, a woman stabbed to death in her church, a five-year-old found dead, a 13-year-old girl shot and killed and the death of two little girls at the hands of their...
    Jack Kerouac infamously wrote: ‘There was no end to the American sadness and the American madness’. I am a great believer in American exceptionalism and think the great experiment that is the United States of America has created the greatest country in the history of the world. I believe in our ideals, I believe in our freedom, I even believe that despite the past five years of strife, division and - yes - violence, there is still no other place I would rather be and no other time I would rather live in. Having said that, 2020’s notorious summer of madness certainly tested my optimism. During that that summer of Covid lockdowns, the murder of George Floyd, the subsequent burning down of American cities, small businesses and abject violence, wat was up felt down and what was down felt up. Journalists would stand in front of burning buildings and call it ‘mostly peaceful protesting’. Many businesses were seen boarded up in the Wisconsin town this week in fear of possible damage and rioting Protesters argued outside the Kenosha County Courthouse...
    Charlottesville, Virginia (CNN)The final witnesses testified Wednesday in the civil case involving White nationalists who organized a two-day rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017 that saw one person killed and others injured in the chaos that ensued.The violence -- which surrounded the Unite the Right rally to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee -- reached a crescendo when James Fields, who was protesting the statue's removal, drove his car through a crowd of counterprotesters, injuring dozens and killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer. Four witnesses testified Wednesday, including two who were recalled to the stand, before US District Judge Norman K. Moon began explaining the complex instructions to the jury.Judgments against each defendant could vary from defendant to defendant. The jury just needs to find that there's a "preponderance of evidence," which means a 51% or greater chance, for them to be held liable, Moon told jurors.Fourteen people and 10 White supremacist and nationalist organizations are named in the lawsuit that prompted the trial. Organizers of the rally are accused of engaging in a...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A local trauma expert says violence against women in the Twin Cities is up. In just the past few days, someone shot a woman in four times in north Minneapolis. In Uptown, man and woman are accused of beating a pregnant woman to death. As busy as Haneefah King is these days running her Crystal Skin Spa, there’s a subject that stops her in her tracks. READ MORE: Minneapolis Residents Shocked After Property Tax Estimates Rise By 20%“Just even bringing this up, the emotions that are coming up over me, even fear is coming over me,” she said. In 2016, while standing on her mother’s south Minneapolis porch, she was shot. “You can say a bullet doesn’t have a name on it. I was on a different block, some people were shooting on the next block over and a ricochet hit me, unbelievable.” King described the pain of being shot. “It felt like a jolt of electricity just went through your body, it dropped me to my knees,” she said. Her foot was shattered in 1,000...
    Congressman Andy Biggs (R- AZ) came to colleague Paul Gosar’s defense Wednesday with an explainer of what anime is. Yes, really. Biggs defended Gosar for posting a bonkers video inserting himself into an Attack on Titan video, depicting himself killing Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D- NY). Gosar has repeatedly claimed this cartoon depiction of himself killing a colleague was just his way of making a symbolic point about the immigration fight in Congress. “I’ve lived in Japan,” Biggs declared. “I lived in Japan! For several years! I speak Japenese! This is an anime! It is Shingeki no Kyojin!” Highly popular, stylized, intended to demonstrate the alienation people feel, particularly young people, in their cultures. Does anime have violence? Yes. It’s highly stylized violence. It is not meant to induce people to violence. You can watch above, via CNN. Have a tip we should know? tips@mediaite.com
    New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tore into House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy Wednesday in an impassioned speech as the body considered whether to censure Republican Rep. Paul Gosar for posting an anime video that depicted himself killing her.  'What is so hard? What is so hard about saying that this is wrong? This is not about me. This is not about Rep. Gosar. But this is about what we are willing to accept,' said Ocasio-Cortez. 'What I believe is unprecedented is for a member of House leadership of either party to be unable to condemn incitement of violence against a member of this body,' she said. 'It's sad. It's a sad day.' Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) lambasted House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for being 'unable to condemn incitement of violence against a member of this body,' after he opposed a resolution to censure Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.)  She spoke immediately after McCarthy – who described the vote as a slippery slope and threatened a precedent where a variety of Democrats who have made inflammatory statements would be stripped of...
    Share this: In a new study, we found that the overall U.S. gun violence rate rose by 30% during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic compared to the year before. In 28 states, the rates were substantially higher between March 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021, compared to the pre-pandemic period from Feb. 1, 2019, through Feb. 29, 2020. There were 51,063 incidents of gun violence events resulting in injury or death in the United States in the first 13 months of the pandemic compared to 38,919 incidents in the same time span pre-pandemic. Early in the pandemic, gun sales in the United States surged, with more than 20% of these purchases by first-time buyers. And access to firearms is a well-established risk factor for gun-related suicide and homicide. This sharp increase in firearm purchases raises serious concerns, since the combination of increased stress, social disruption and isolation during the pandemic created a perfect storm of conditions that could contribute to increased gun violence. These trends were also concerning since the increased rates of gun violence could strain the health care infrastructure that...
    Jason Kessler, who organized the 2017 "Unite the Right" rally explicitly called it a "battle" and threatened "the cracking of skulls if it comes to it." As the “Unite the Right” trial entered its third week, it became abundantly clear that all the Nazis who are being sued have left to protect themselves is whichever fellow defendant they think is more reprehensible than themselves. That became abundantly clear after Monday’s proceedings wrapped up and Tuesday kicked into high gear, culminating in Chris “Crying Nazi” Cantwell taking the stand while also answering to himself. xCantwell: Hello Mr. Cantwell, good to see you again— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) November 16, 2021 In a trial filled with self-serving moments from Cantwell, Tuesday’s display certainly took the cake. He read from his own blog posts, played clips of unaired interviews that added little to his own case, and pulled up audio from his own podcast in what mostly felt like an attempt to promote his brand. Cantwell seemed to miss the many moments that pointed to his role in planning the “Unite the Right” rally and orchestrating some...
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has created a tag for threats against teachers and school administrators and is tracking such investigations on a national level.  An FBI whistleblower provided an email dated Oct. 20 to House Republicans sent on behalf of the counter-terrorism division and the criminal division. The email referenced Attorney General Merrick Garland's Oct. 4 directive to the FBI to ramp up its involvement in school board threats, and notified agents of a new tag, 'EDUOFFICIALS,' to assign to any threats against school administrators, board members, staff or teachers to determine the scope of the problem on a national level and to provide a 'comprehensive analysis of the threat picture.'  'This disclosure provides specific evidence that federal law enforcement operationalized counterterrorism tools at the behest of a left-wing special interest group against concerned parents,' House Republicans claimed in a letter to Garland.  The email directed agents to analyze the motivation behind the criminal activity and to identify whether there were potential federal violations that could be investigated and charged. An FBI whistleblower provided an email dated Oct....
    Scott Olson/Getty Police tape surrounds a crime scene where three people were shot at the Wentworth Gardens housing complex in the Bridgeport neighborhood on June 23, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. In a new study, we found that the overall U.S. gun violence rate rose by 30% during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic compared to the year before. In 28 states, the rates were substantially higher between March 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021, compared to the pre-pandemic period from Feb. 1, 2019, through Feb. 29, 2020. There were 51,063 incidents of gun violence events resulting in injury or death in the United States in the first 13 months of the pandemic compared to 38,919 incidents in the same time span pre-pandemic. Early in the pandemic, gun sales in the United States surged, with more than 20% of these purchases by first-time buyers. And access to firearms is a well-established risk factor for gun-related suicide and homicide. This sharp increase in firearm purchases raises serious concerns, since the combination of increased stress, social disruption and isolation during...
    The vitriolic diatribe posted on social media last week against 14-year-old Prior Lake High student Nya Sigin is a callous reminder of the traumas still endured by children of color in schools today. While administrators will be responsible for disciplinary action against individual students, the harms perpetuated by individual students must be taken in the context that locates their expressions of white rage in our current collective moment. The dehumanizing video that expressed wishes for suffering and death is viewed through screens framing a smiling face, occasionally placing a hand over a mouth that speaks from a sadistic and unashamed place that explicitly embodies much of our public discourse today. The rhetorical violence expressed continues the disproportionate experiences of trauma and suffering in communities of color, and the repulsive joy on the face that spews racial slurs and wishes for Black suffering and death is hardly the voice of an individual alone. As if only joining an adult chorus, the tirades of this child are hardly different, only more explicit, from what many parents and adults are saying today. Evoking...
    Despite weeks of worrying that Attorney General Merrick Garland didn't have the guts, the good news finally came down: Former Donald Trump advisor and current fascist propagandist Steve Bannon is under indictment for refusing to honor a subpoena to testify before Congress. Additionally, the announcement appears to have empowered the January 6 commission to enforce its other subpoenas. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., says Congress will "move quickly" to do the same to former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows, who is similarly refusing to answer questions about his role in Trump's efforts to invalidate the 2020 election and the violent insurrection on the Capitol that ensued. Both Bannon and Meadows are clearly at the center of what is very much looking like an insurrectionist conspiracy helmed by Trump. As journalist Lindsay Beyerstein explained on Twitter, January 6 appears to be "an inside game and an outside game," with the former focused on pressuring then-Vice President Mike "Pence steal the election procedurally" and the latter on using the violent mob "to terrorize potentially recalcitrant GOP reps into going along with...
    As we kick off Transgender Awareness Week, which spans from Nov. 13 to 19, it’s important to celebrate all of the wins and victories the trans community has to celebrate. Whether it’s brave youth speaking out against transphobic legislation that affects them, family members showing up as allies, or peers rallying to support one another in the classroom, there’s plenty of warmth and encouragement. Unfortunately, however, there’s still a lot of violence, and according to a new report from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), some of that violence is literally deadly. According to a Nov. 9 press release from the HRC, 2021 is already the deadliest year on record for trans folks. According to the HRC, at least 45 openly transgender or gender nonconforming people have been killed so far in 2021 alone. In 2020, for comparison, at least 44 trans or nonconforming people were killed. “At least” is an important caveat as crimes against trans folks are notoriously underreported, or people are misgendered after death. When it comes to talking about violence, it’s impossible to discuss the subject thoroughly without considering...