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Proud Boys, Outnumbered By Anti-fascists, Get Police Escort After 30-Minute Rally

Westlake Legal Group 4_1PeePOUm6bz7UmMgoTdzfSfWql_0PaskKHzdSrsBI Proud Boys, Outnumbered By Anti-fascists, Get Police Escort After 30-Minute Rally r/politics

The thing with this current neo-fascist (these guys are neo-fascists) movement is not that they want to defeat the left via street brawls or violence, but they want to defeat the left by using the institutions of Liberalism—police, media, government, etc.—against itself.

It’s why they always get permits for their protests and generally attempt to be friendly with police (so they can have video of them being escorted by police to use as propaganda). It’s why they drape themselves in flags and other trappings of ‘Americanism’. And it’s why propagandists like Andy Ngo deliberately misrepresent footage of events in order to trick legitimate journalists into reporting their propaganda as truth.

One of the inherent flaws of Liberalism is that it is very vulnerable to this type of ‘fifth column’ type movement. Jake Tapper signal boosting Ngo and criticizing ‘antifa’ are perfect examples.

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Sanders Unveils Plan to End Cash Bail, Ban Private Prisons, and ‘Fundamentally Transform’ US Criminal Justice System – “If we stand together, we can eliminate private prisons and detention centers. No more profiteering from locking people up.”

Westlake Legal Group W_wE7sqvOa3QTVDkELk6lxUvuxFGzXbqYpu5G4QqfoQ Sanders Unveils Plan to End Cash Bail, Ban Private Prisons, and 'Fundamentally Transform' US Criminal Justice System - "If we stand together, we can eliminate private prisons and detention centers. No more profiteering from locking people up." r/politics

Entire plan is too long for a single comment. So broke it down to three comments. Also, watch the unveiling of the plan by Bernie which will be live streamed on YouTube. It starts at 2 PM ET.

End Profiteering in Our Criminal Justice System

  • Ban for-profit prisons.

  • Make prison phone calls and other communications such as video chats free of charge.

  • Audit the practices of commissaries and use regulatory authority to end price gouging and exorbitant fees.

  • Incentivize states and localities to end police departments’ reliance on fines and fees for revenue.

  • Remove the profit motive from our re-entry system and diversion, community supervision, or treatment programs, and ensure people leaving incarceration or participating in diversion, community supervision, or treatment programs can do so free of charge.

End Cash Bail

  • End the use of secured bonds in federal criminal proceedings.

  • Provide grants to states to reduce their pretrial detention populations, which are particularly high at the county level, and require states to report on outcomes as a condition of renewing their funding.

  • Withhold funding from states that continue the use of cash bail systems.

  • Ensure that alternatives to cash bail are not leading to disparities in the system.

Transform the Way We Police Communities

Ensure Law Enforcement Accountability and Robust Oversight:

  • Rescind former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ guidance on consent decrees.

  • Revitalize the use of Department of Justice investigations, consent decrees, and federal lawsuits to address systemic constitutional violations by police departments.

  • Ensure accountability, strict guidelines and independent oversight for all federal funds used by police departments.

  • End federal programs that provide military equipment to local police forces.

  • Create a federally managed database of police use of deadly force.

  • Provide grants for states and cities to establish civilian oversight agencies with enforceable accountability mechanisms.

  • Establish federal standards for the use of body cameras, including establishing third-party agencies to oversee the storage and release of police videos.

  • Mandate criminal liability for civil rights violations resulting from police misconduct.

  • Limit the use of “qualified immunity” to address the lack of criminal liability for civil rights violations resulting from police misconduct.

  • Conduct a U.S. Attorney General’s investigation whenever someone is killed in police custody.

  • Establish a federal no-call policy, including a registry of disreputable federal law enforcement officers, so testimony from untrustworthy sources does not lead to criminal convictions. Provide financial support to pilot local and state level no-call lists.

  • Ban the use of facial recognition software for policing.

Provide More Support to Police Officers and Create A Robust Non-Law Enforcement Alternative Response System:

  • Establish national standards for use of force by police that emphasize de-escalation.

  • Require and fund police officer training on implicit bias (to include biases based on race, gender, sexual orientation and identity, religion, ethnicity and class), cultural competency, de-escalation, crisis intervention, adolescent development, and how to interact with people with mental and physical disabilities. We will ensure that training is conducted in a meaningful way with strict independent oversight and enforceable guidelines.

  • Ban the practice of any law enforcement agency benefiting from civil asset forfeiture. Limit or eliminate federal criminal justice funding for any state or locality that does not comply.

  • Provide funding to states and municipalities to create civilian corps of unarmed first responders, such as social workers, EMTs, and trained mental health professionals, who can handle order maintenance violations, mental health emergencies, and low-level conflicts outside the criminal justice system, freeing police officers to concentrate on the most serious crimes.

  • Incentivize access to counseling and mental health services for officers.

  • Diversify police forces and academies and incentivize officers to live and work in the communities they serve.

Ensuring All Americans Due Process

Right to Counsel:

  • Triple congressional spending on indigent defense, to $14 billion annually.

  • After a review of current salaries and workload, set a minimum starting salary for all public defenders.

  • Create and set a national formula to assure populations have a minimum number of public defenders to assure full access to constitutional right to due process.

  • Establish federal guidelines and goals for a right to counsel, including policies that reduce the number of cases overall.

  • Create a federal agency to provide support and oversight for state public defense services.

  • Authorize the Department of Justice to take legal action against jurisdictions that are not meeting their Sixth Amendment obligations.

  • Cancel all existing student debt and cancel any future student debt for public defenders through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

Ensure Accountability and Fairness in Prosecution:

  • Rescind former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ orders on prosecutorial discretion and low-level offenses.

  • Appoint an Attorney General committed to public safety and creating a more just and humane criminal justice system.

  • Limit “absolute immunity” for prosecutors, which is used to shield wrongdoers from liability.

  • End the practice of jailing material witnesses.

  • Place a moratorium on the use of the algorithmic risk assessment tools in the criminal justice system until an audit is completed. We must ensure these tools do not have any implicit biases that lead to unjust or excessive sentences.

Ending Mass Incarceration and Excessive Sentencing

  • Abolish the death penalty.

  • Reverse the Trump administration’s guidance on the use of death penalty drugs with the goal of ending the death penalty at the state level.

  • Stop excessive sentencing with the goal of cutting the incarcerated population in half.

  • End mandatory sentencing minimums.

  • Reinstate a federal parole system and end truth-in-sentencing. People serving long sentences will undergo a “second look” process to make sure their sentence is still appropriate.

  • End “three strikes” laws. No one should spend their life behind bars for committing minor crimes, even if they commit several of them.

  • Invigorate and expand the compassionate release process so that people with disabilities, the sick and elderly are transitioned out of incarceration whenever possible.

  • Expand the use of sentencing alternatives, including community supervision and publicly funded halfway houses. This includes funding state-based pilot programs to establish alternatives to incarceration, including models based on restorative justice and free access to treatment and social services.

  • Revitalize the executive clemency process by creating an independent clemency board removed from the Department of Justice and placed in White House.

  • Stop the criminalization of homelessness and spend more than $25 billion over five years to end homelessness. This includes doubling McKinney-Vento homelessness assistance grants to build permanent supportive housing, and $500 million to provide outreach to homeless people to help connect them to available services. In the first year of this plan, 25,000 Housing Trust Fund units will be prioritized for housing the homeless.

End the War on Drugs and Stop Criminalizing Addiction

  • Legalize marijuana and vacate and expunge past marijuana convictions, and ensure that revenue from legal marijuana is reinvested in communities hit hardest by the War on Drugs.

  • Provide people struggling with addiction with the health care they need by guaranteeing health care — including inpatient and outpatient substance abuse and mental health services with no copayments or deductibles — to all people as a right, not a privilege, through a Medicare-for-all, single-payer program.

  • Decriminalize possession of buprenorphine, which helps to treat opioid addiction, and ensure that first responders carry naloxone to prevent overdoses.

  • Legalize safe injection sites and needle exchanges around the country, and support pilot programs for supervised injection sites, which have shown to substantially reduce drug overdose deaths.

  • Raise the threshold for when drug charges are federalized, as federal charges carry longer sentences.

  • Work with states to fund and pursue innovative overdose prevention initiatives.

  • Institute a full review of the current sentencing guidelines and end the sentencing disparity between crack and cocaine.

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Trump rages over poll numbers and coverage of his racism after approval ratings plummet

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As long as everyone remembers that the reason Trump rages about ratings is to attempt to motivate his support base.

Trump’s support base has collapsed, but we still need to go into the election on the assumption that he is supported at the peak level from the 2016 election, before he emasculated his entire support base by getting repeatedly cu*kolded on the world stage.

Then, in 2021, when he is out of office, we start a decade of criminal and civil lawsuits.

It is interesting that for a long time Trump has been telling his supporters he is guaranteed to win, to the extent that he brainwashed them into thinking he is doing well even though GOP support has been evaporating at an unprecedented rate. Many of them now refuse to believe even the damning Fox news polling; an example of how Trump’s brainwashing has backfired on him.

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Donald Trump and the Republican Party hate America: It’s time to say it

Westlake Legal Group fWx2UOS8Ftvxpe_4cexwC5eHI7cbN_EhnfwtwfGXu7s Donald Trump and the Republican Party hate America: It's time to say it r/politics

Counterpoint: George H. W. Bush – son of a Nazi collaborator and fascist coup plotter, father to one of the worst war criminals in history, a CIA asset, CIA director, likely involved in torture and setting up illegal intelligence networks outside congressional accountability, likely manipulated the Iran hostage crisis to politically benefit Reagan, directly involved in the training and arming of death squads who used torture and rape as weapons against civilians, went to war to cover up his role in arms and drug smuggling, pardoned his co-conspirators to protect himself from indictment, war criminal, and sexual predator known to prey on minors.

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Bernie Sanders Says ‘We Will Go to War Against White Nationalism and Racism’

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Andrew Yang promises mass pardon to those imprisoned for nonviolent marijuana offenses

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Republicans block FEC probe of NRA’s Russia money and Trump

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White supremacy-fuelled killings to be classed as domestic terrorism under new law proposed in New York

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Because domestic issues can be deemed under the jurisdiction of states, unlike the clear distinction of foreign terror. America doesn’t have too much of a history with domestic terror compared to say, Europe, and so theres little precedent for it.

There’s a can of worms to be opened here. Really, it’s unfortunate that terrorism definitions are being formed at such a polarized and turbulent political time, but it’s still necessary I guess. I hope whoever ends up altering federal law on this issue remains independent and as objective as they can. We don’t want another post-9/11 style hysteria fest.

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Shell Workers Had To Attend Trump Speech To Be Paid, Were Ordered Not To Protest: Report | They were instructed: “No yelling, shouting, protesting or anything viewed as resistance,” according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Westlake Legal Group HRv4RLYodar3dJBY7DX5X3yqg5xonYlLn4w5fjcWt7I Shell Workers Had To Attend Trump Speech To Be Paid, Were Ordered Not To Protest: Report | They were instructed: "No yelling, shouting, protesting or anything viewed as resistance," according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. r/politics

Your attendance is not mandatory,” one manager told workers, summarizing a memo that Shell sent to union leaders, the Post-Gazette reported, but only those who showed up at 7 a.m., scanned their ID cards and prepared to stand for hours through lunch would be paid.

“No scan, no pay,” workers were warned.

In addition, workers who decided not to listen to the president’s speech reportedly would not be paid overtime rates routinely built in for extra time during the week.

Hm, Trump claimed that protesters against his boofing justice were paid by Soros. And now we’re finding out his rallies are filled with people who are basically being paid for it.

What a delight, Mr. President. You might be the one person on this planet who actually adopts the conspiracy theories you yourself spouted.

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It Looks Like We’re Heading For a Recession: Which Would Make Republicans’ Favorite Economic Policies 0 For 4

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