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Archive for January 26th, 2017

The American Muslims for Palestine: Trump’s ‘Carte Blanche’ Attitude Toward Israeli Policies Not Good for United States

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From: The American Muslims for Palestine

WASHINGTON D.C. –The American Muslims for Palestine, a national education organization, today is expressing great concern over the fact that President Trump and his likely ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, are fundamentally and unilaterally shifting U.S. policy toward settlements, Jerusalem and Palestinian self-determination in a manner that will hurt American credibility with our global partners, inflame tensions in the Middle East and threaten U.S. national security.

Without a comprehensive understanding of the history and current geopolitical context to guide his words and actions, Donald Trump is more intent on catering to pro-Israel supporters including his own son-in-law Jared Kushner who, along with his family, has donated millions of dollars to the extremist settler movement in Israel. From pledging to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem to remaining silent on Israeli plans to build 3,000 new units in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the Trump administration is setting a new bar for Israeli impunity.

“The Israelis feel emboldened because of what they see as President Trump’s tacit approval of the occupation and settlements,” said Dr. Osama Abuirshaid, AMP national policy director. “Trump, along with his son-in-law Jared Kushner and potential U.S. Ambassador David Friedman, is actually reforming U.S. policy without input from career diplomats in the State Department, the intelligence community, and Middle East experts. This is absolutely unacceptable.”

U.S. policy has always viewed settlements as illegal and illegitimate, a position backed up with the December 2016 UN Security Council Resolution 2332, which confirmed Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem have “no legal validity.” The resolution, which passed on 14 votes and the historic U.S. abstention, also does not recognize land annexed by Israel into Jerusalem outside the June 4, 1967 lines.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government have become emboldened by Trump’s stance and the likelihood that Friedman, who is the president of an American organization that funds Israeli settlements, will become U.S. ambassador to Israel. This week, Netanyahu lifted construction restrictions in East Jerusalem, opening the door for the massive resettlement of Israeli Jews into Arab neighborhoods; and the White House remained silent when the Israeli government announced plans to build 2,500 new housing units in the West Bank. The new attitude coming from the Trump administration prompted Education Minister Naftali Bennet to Tweet: “For the first time in 50 years, the prime minister can decide: either sovereignty or Palestine.”

“Trump’s disregard for Palestinians rights is appalling but not surprising based upon the racist and bigoted comments he made during the campaign,” Abuirshaid said. “Trump has caved to Zionist interests and that is definitely not in the best interest of the United States.”

NOTE: AMP is organizing #FreeJerusalem rallies across the nation to protest Donald Trump’s pledge to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem as well as his nomination of pro-settler movement attorney David Friedman as U.S. ambassador to Israel. The rallies will take place in New York City on Feb. 2; and in Washington DC, Philadelphia, Columbus Chicago, and Los Angeles on Feb. 4. For more information, contact Media Director Kristin Szremksi at 202.796.8417.

American Muslims for Palestine is a national grassroots organization dedicated to bringing the Palestinian narrative to the mainstream, national discourse. AMP experts are available for interviews and follow up questions. To schedule interviews, please contact Kristin Szremski, director of media and communications at 202.796.8417 or at media@ampalestine.org.

Voter Fraud is a Myth. Voter Suppression is Not.

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BALTIMORE, MD— NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks issued the following statement on January 25:

Today, President Donald Trump called for the federal government to spend resources investigating alleged ‘voter fraud in the 2016 elections. Unable to accept the fact that he lost the popular vote by some 2.8 million votes, President Trump has repeated his naked and reckless claim that 3 to 5 million illegal votes were cast in the 2016 election by “illegal immigrants. However, this notion of widespread voter fraud in the 2016 election, or any other American election cycle for that matter, is false and dangerous.

Voter Fraud has been proven virtually non-existent through studies conducted by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University, Arizona State University, and the Washington Post, among others. The Washington Post’s 2015 study showed that between 2000 and 2014 there were only 31 alleged cases of in-person voter fraud among the over 1 billion votes cast in the United States during that time period. Yet, this supposed widespread voter fraud is consistently used as justification for voting restrictions that suppress the votes of African-Americans and Latinos.

“While reasonable people can debate many issues regarding the operation of our electoral process, one thing is clear—widespread voter fraud such as that alleged by President Trump is a complete myth.

In stark contrast to the myth of widespread voter fraud is the proven reality of voter suppression. A number of federal courts across the country have determined that certain states enacted voting restrictions that discriminated against Black and Latino Americans, as in Texas, or, worse yet, were written with the specific intent to suppress the Black vote, as in North Carolina. In fact, a federal appellate court held that North Carolina’s law targeted African-American voters with “almost surgical precision.” Voting restrictions such as those recently struck down in Texas, North Carolina and elsewhere weaken our democracy and themselves cast serious doubt on the legitimacy of our electoral processes.

If President Trump is serious about strengthening our democracy, he should demand that Congress send him a bill to restore Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, such as the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015. He should also withdraw the nomination of Senator Jefferson Sessions for Attorney General and put forth a nominee with a record of supporting voting rights for all Americans. And he should acknowledge the widespread voter suppression taking place in this country while rejecting the myth that voter fraud justifies blocking access to the ballot box for millions of Black and Latino voters.

Community Leaders to Blast Trump Call for “Sending in the FEDS” to Chicago

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The Chicago Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression will hold a press conference today, Thursday, January 26th, at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 125 E. 26th St., Chicago, at 5:30 p.m., to denounce President Donald Trump calls for intervention by the FEDS in Chicago. A broad array of community leaders will be on hand to press this point.

“We don’t need Donald Trump to send armed forces into Chicago to deal with crime,” declared Frank Chapman, Field Organizer of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, in announcing the news conference. “What we need is democratic community control of the police through an all-elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC).”

An ordinance establishing CPAC is in the City Council, currently sponsored by 10 Council members. The text of the ordinance is here.

“The ‘carnage’ in Chicago is at the hands of the police, who have murdered and tortured hundreds of young Black and Latino men and women in Chicago. At the same time they have proven themselves unable to do anything to stop organized crime violence,” Chapman added. “How can the community trust the police when many have seen that police are so often part of the problem, shaking down and shielding criminals and allowing the steady flow of guns and drugs into our neighborhoods?”

Chapman declared that community control of the police would be the fastest and surest way of ending this situation and bringing peace to Chicago neighborhoods.

For more information: contact Frank Chapman at 312-513-3795 email: fchapman@naarpr.org

Chicagoans Push Mayor & Council to Expand Sanctuary Further in Defiance of Trump

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Organizers say “It’s the efforts to defend Black lives and protect migrant rights that make our cities safer, not Trump’s extra enforcement promises.”

In the wake of Donald Trump’s attack on “sanctuary” cities, Black, Latinx, and migrant organizations are coming together to push Chicago to stand in defiance of the President, defend the constitution, and promote policies that offer real safety to all residents.

At the press conference, representatives will share the details of their legislative proposals to protect city residents from state violence through decriminalization and reinvesting city resources from enforcement into long-term safety community institutions.

Organized Communities Against Deportations, Black Youth Project 100, Mijente, and others will attend the press conference announcing new push for expanded Sanctuary Legislation.

The press conference will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, January 26th at City hall, 2nd Fl, Chicago.

Speaker Madigan Prioritizes State Budget, Economic Reforms that Strengthen Middle Class

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan, D-Chicago, issued the following statement after Gov. Bruce Rauner’s State of the State address:

 

“As we chart a course for Illinois in the coming year, we should begin by focusing on where we can all agree. We all agree the state cannot continue to operate without a budget. Passing a balanced budget remains Illinois’ top priority, and a top priority of the House Democratic Caucus.

 

“We can also agree that Illinois must take serious steps to improve our business climate and create new job opportunities. But House Democrats reject the idea that the only way to create jobs in Illinois is to cut wages and strip away workplace protections in order to pad the profits of big corporations. Instead, we will work to advance an agenda of positive economic reforms that improve the business climate without hurting the middle class.

 

“We believe we can grow our economy and create jobs without hurting middle-class families. We can provide good jobs for working families while also passing policies that help businesses grow – those two ideas are not mutually exclusive to one another. Under my direction, the House will begin a thorough vetting process of proposals that will enable us to create jobs while also lifting up and helping the middle class and struggling families around our state.”

 

As Violence Soars, Governor Continues to Pursue Personal Political Agenda Over Needs of Residents

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From: Amisha Patel, Executive Director of Grassroots Collaborative

CHICAGO, IL – On Wednesday, Governor Rauner delivered his third state of the state address without having successfully passed a budget. The following is a statement from Amisha Patel, Executive Director of Grassroots Collaborative.

“Today, Governor Rauner attempted to borrow from the Trump playbook and layout alternative facts about the state of Illinois under his leadership, but the reality is that his time at the helm has been an unmitigated disaster for Illinois families. Precious lives have been lost as a result of the elimination of state anti-violence funding and erosion of the social safety net. In addition to pushing disinvestment, Governor Rauner has contributed to an escalating climate of scapegoating of Muslim and immigrant communities in Illinois by eliminating all state funding for immigrant services and attempting to ban Syrian refugees.

“The diverse set of communities that Grassroots Collaborative represents understand that our state needs a new way forward. We need a People’s Agenda, one that closes capital gains loopholes and fully funds education with that revenue. We need universal childcare so that children have a safe learning environment while their parents go to work. We need criminal justice reform that takes money out of incarceration and reinvests in the communities most affected by policing. These ideas and more are the way to move the state forward.”

Shooter of Unarmed Anti-Racist Walks Free; Authorities Silent

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Letters to Editors

 

From: The Twin Cities GDC

 Victim still in Harborview Hospital

Shooter is well-known right wing gun activist

 

SEATTLE, WA – Social media activists claim to have identified the person who shot an anti-racist organizer on the University of Washington’s Seattle (UW-Seattle) campus on Friday, January 20, 2017, as a well-known right-wing gun activist attending white nationalist Milo Yiannopoulos’ event with his wife, also a gun activist.

 

Although the shooter shot a person in a protest situation, University of Washington Police have refused to make an arrest, and released the shooter and the person who accompanied them to turn themselves into the police early Saturday morning. King County prosecutor Dan Satterberg has not indicated any plan to pursue prosecution. Local politicians have remained ominously quiet.

The victim is an anti-racist and anti-fascist activist, and member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), and the IWW General Defense Committee (GDC). His lawyer has confirmed that he was there to protest Milo Yiannopoulos’ hateful speech and violent incitement. He had been seen de-escalating conflicts between protesters and counter-protesters before he was shot. He remains in Harborview Hospital.

 

Social media activists allege the shooter is a well-known local right-wing gun activist who sent Yiannopoulous multiple Facebook messages that evening. This person claimed in those messages that a protester had stolen a beloved “Make America Great Again” hat, and requested a new, autographed one from Yiannopoulos. In these messages he claimed a protester had ‘sucker punched’ them. Multiple witnesses have reported that this person appeared drunk that evening, and had aggressively and repeatedly sought confrontations with protesters. This behavior can be seen on videos released by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and others.

 

Media sources have reported that the suspect has claimed they shot in self-defense and that they originally thought that the person they shot was a ‘white supremacist,’ but UWPD deny these reports. The reporting of these sorts of unsubstantiated claims has clouded the facts, and allowed undue credence for the right-wing narrative of fear. People have questioned the University of Washington administration’s handling of this situation. UW administrators justified the event on the basis of the principle of freedom of speech; it is unclear however, that the administration would permit self-proclaimed nazis to speak on campus and encourage the genocide and ethnic cleansing of the United States.

 

We question why the administration permits people who have merely rebranded themselves as members of the alt-right to encourage similar violence against our fellow humans. UW President Cauce’s statement denied administration responsibility, and offered no support, condemning ‘violence’ in general and reaffirming support for the event’s approval, as well as the police handling of the situation. Multiple press accounts from witnesses indicate that the police made no serious attempts at crowd control that evening, and were unprepared for the event. At the same time, observers have questioned the prosecutor’s unwillingness to charge the shooter, even after they turned themselves in. Our comrade has expressed his empathy for the shooter and his desire to engage in a restorative justice process rather than cooperating with a criminal prosecution. This indicates his deep opposition to the violence of the police and the state.

The police’s complicity with the shooter indicates their willingness to protect those who create violence. There is a double-standard for violence in America: right-wing activists may shoot protesters with impunity. We appear to be in a period when the right wing can murder unarmed protesters and claim self-defense. This was the supposed defense of the white supremacists who shot five people in Minneapolis at a protest against police murder. These violent right wing activists will even call us the ‘nazis.’ As they have done in this case, the media will collaborate unintentionally.

Finally, we are disturbed by the total silence from Seattle’s political establishment. We expect conservatives to ignore or even celebrate violence against us. However, the silence and lack of support from liberal, progressive, and radical members of the city council – especially socialist Kshama Sawant – is damning. Our comrade continues to recover, and we are deeply grateful for the support shown him by generous people all over the world. His pain and sacrifice should not be in vain: we call on all people opposed to fascism and racism to demand accountability from the UW, the police, and the politicians. While we hold them accountable, we must also take responsibility for our own collective safety. It is clear that the police and the politicians have no interest in our safety. Americans often like to say ‘there is no room for racism.’ It is past time to move beyond statements, and make it a truth. ### Those who wish to financial support this member’s recovery may donate at this link.

Editor’s Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of Twin Cities GDC and not those of CopyLine Magazine (www.copylinemagazine.com.

 

 

Senator Raoul Responds to Gov. Rauner’s State of the State Address

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SPRINGFIELD, IL —  Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th) released the following statement in response to Governor Bruce Rauner’s State of the State address:

“While I appreciate the governor calling attention to some serious issues within our criminal justice system, we need to recognize that real change will only come about if we invest in our neighborhoods. I recently passed legislation in the Senate that offers comprehensive trauma recovery services in communities with high levels of violent crime. If Governor Rauner is serious about ending the cycle of violence, I hope he will approve this measure.

 

“Additionally, the governor has let another year go by without a plan to provide state services to people with disabilities, mental health issues or addiction. Every day without a budget is a day that some of our most vulnerable citizens lack access to the help they need.

 

“As we reflect on the state of our state, we must recognize how much worse our financial situation has become under Governor Rauner’s leadership. Before the governor took office, we had paid down our backlog to a 30-day cycle. We now have an unprecedented $11 billion in unpaid bills. It is not hard to see that the difference between then and now is who is sitting in the governor’s office.

 

“We must make it a priority in the coming days and weeks to end this stalemate. I am ready to work with anyone who comes to the table with real solutions and a willingness to compromise.” 

Augustana Choir to Perform Midwest Tour Concert in Arlington Heights and Naperville

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The acclaimed Augustana Choir launches its Midwest tour on February 17,

presenting six concerts along with eight guest ensembles through

February 23, and ending with a home concert on March 12.

 

Led by Dr. Jon Hurty, the choir has a tradition of touring across the

country and around the world that goes back decades. Many students

and alumni say the highlight of their Augustana experience was

touring with an ensemble. Dr. Hurty has conducted his choirs in concerts

throughout the United States as well as Sweden, Norway, China,

Germany, Italy, Austria, Japan and Korea.

 

On Wednesday, February 22 the choir will perform with Lake Zurich

High School Concert Choir and James B. Conant Chamber Choir at 7:30 p.m.

at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 1234 N. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington

Heights, Ill.

On Thursday, February 23 the choir will perform with Metea Valley High

School Chamber Singers and Yorkville High School Choir at 7 p.m. at Our

Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 815 S. Washington St., Naperville, Ill.

 

The choir is looking forward to working and performing with hundreds of

high school students throughout the tour. Having previously conducted the

Illinois All-State Honors Choir, Dr. Hurty is excited for the chance to

work with some impressive young ensembles.

 

“Encouraging young singers to reach for their goals is an important component

of this tour,” Dr. Hurty said. “And there is great value in the opportunity for

our choir to work with other ensembles. It helps us to become a more

diversified choir and allows us to learn from one another.”

 

Alumni and friends are welcome to attend pre-concert receptions in

Madison, Wisconsin, and Rockford, Arlington Heights and Naperville, Illinois

Visit augustana.edu/choirtour to register. Most of the concerts will also

have a reception afterwards.

 

The choir will perform concerts in Rockford, Naperville and Arlington

Heights in Illinois; Appleton, Madison, Ripon and Waukesha in Wisconsin; and

lastly in Davenport, Iowa. Performance times and other tour information

is available at augustana.edu/choirtour.
All are welcome to attend and the performances are free. A free will offering

will be accepted.

For more information, contact Connor Kealey, manager of performance
tours and arts promotion, at 309-794-7323.
 
About Augustana:
Founded in 1860, Augustana College is a selective four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences. Augustana is recognized for the innovative program Augie Choice, which provides each student up to $2,000 to

pursue a high-impact learning experience such as study abroad, an

internship or researchwith a professor. Current students and alumni

include 165 Academic

All-Americans, two Nobel laureates, 13 college presidents and other

distinguished leaders. The college enrolls 2,500 students and is located

along one of the world’s

most important waterways, the Mississippi River, in a community

that reflectsthe diversity of the United States.

 

Photo taken at Ascension Chapel on the campus of Augustana College.

It’s Not Too Late To Get A Flu Shot

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Influenza cases increasing in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Influenza activity is increasing nationwide and in Illinois.  Many counties throughout the state are seeing more influenza-like-illnesses (100ºF or higher fever plus cough and/or sore throat), an increase in flu-related intensive care unit (ICU) admissions, and more people testing positive for the flu.

“Flu season typically peaks between December and February and runs until May, so it is not too late to get a flu shot,” said Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Anyone can get the flu, even healthy people.  Getting a flu shot is the first and most important step in protecting you and those around you against flu viruses.”

To help protect hospital and health care patients who are more susceptible to complications from influenza, IDPH recommends hospitals and health care facilities implement the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) comprehensive influenza prevention and control recommendationsIDPH also supports implementing temporary visitor restriction policies in hospitals, which may include the following:

  • Do not allow visits from people younger than 18 years of age.
  • Promote compliance with hand and respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette.

  • Assess visitors for symptoms of acute respiratory illness (fever, cough, sore throat).

  • Request that visitors with acute respiratory illness symptoms not visit.
  • Limit visits to patients who are in isolation due to influenza.

 

Influenza is spread mainly when people with the flu cough or sneeze.  The flu can cause mild to severe illness, and can even result in hospitalizations or death.  People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, or heart and lung disease, and people 65 years and older

In addition to getting a flu shot, IDPH recommends following the 3 C’s: clean, cover, and contain.

Clean – frequently wash your hands with soap and warm water.

Cover – cover your cough and sneeze.

Contain – contain your germs by staying home if you are sick.

 

To find a location to get a flu shot in your community, check with your local health department or log onto the IDPH website to use the Flu Vaccine Finder

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