2000 U.S. veterans arrive in Standing Rock.
Matthew Crane, a 32-year-old Navy veteran who arrived three days ago, said the veterans joining the protest were “standing on the shoulders of Martin Luther King Jr and Gandhi” with the their plans to shield protesters.
“I bought a one-way ticket,” he told Reuters as he worked to build a wooden shelter at the main camp. “Hopefully we can shut this down before Christmas.”
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday said for the first time that he supports the completion of the pipeline. Reuters.
— RoseAnn DeMoro (@RoseAnnDeMoro) December 4, 2016
I find it ironic that one of your arguments for support of Betsy DeVos as the new secretary of education is that her support of charter schools and vouchers will counteract the evils of public schools that resist accountability. DeVos has been an ardent supporter of legislation that would sharply curb accountability of charter schools in Michigan, this in a state where 80 percent of existing charters are for-profit. The expenditure of public funds in a manner that is completely unregulated should give any citizen, liberal or conservative, pause, particularly when the lives of vulnerable children hang in the balance.
I speak as the founding director of a Chicago charter school, which was established at a time when charters were understood to be beacons of innovation intended to help improve public education. DeVos’ agenda is something far different, nothing less than the dismantling of public education which would lead to a Wild West of unregulated schooling options. We only need to look to Detroit to see the fruits of what Devos’ policies have wrought.
It’s an international embarrassment that our Science Space & Tech Cmte is run by anti-science climate change deniers https://t.co/kPeuQtnxJk
— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) December 2, 2016
Ever since he announced his candidacy to lead the Democratic National Committee, Keith Ellison, the first American Muslim elected to the U.S. Congress, has been the target of a defamation campaign that is deceitful, repugnant, and yet quite predictable. At first expressed in whispers, but now being yelled from the rooftops by some of the party’s most influential figures, Ellison is being smeared as both an anti-Semite and enemy of Israel – the same smears virtually any critic of the Israeli government reflexively encounters, rendered far worse if the critic is a prominent American Muslim.
Three days ago, the now-ironically-named Anti-Defamation League pronounced Ellison’s 2010 comments about Israel “deeply disturbing and disqualifying.” What was Ellison’s “disqualifying” sin? He said in a 2010 speech that while he “wanted the U.S. to be friends with Israel,” the U.S. “can’t allow another country to treat us like we’re their ATM.” Glenn Greenwald.
Illinois Black Panther Chairman Fred Hampton. Murdered in his sleep in his apartment on Chicago’s west side by the U.S. government, December 4th, 1969.