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Okay, stream-of-conscious thread on liberalism, neoliberalism, politics, policy, and philosophy commencing here and going through the night. (There'll be long gaps and pauses) 🧵#NeoliberalShillBracket
Liberalism is values, practices, & institutions. Usual stuff: representative government, now w/ high suffrage democracy, tho that wasn't always the case. I think at this point liberalism requires democracy and without it—whatever may've been once true—it's not really liberalism.
Okay so rep. gov't and high suffrage democracy. Also markets; professional state bureaucracy, rule of law and a constitutional legal tradition; stable property rights and a welfare state. #NeoliberalShillBracket
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Oh yeah totally, plus we have come at a very happening and tense time. We landed and heard Chapo's son had been arrested in a HUGE gun battle that killed 30. And Biden and Trudeau are here.

In fact the general opinion here is that he was arrested with the summit in mind. /1
Ovidio had been arrested years ago, and Sinaloa cartel responded by unleashing violence. Lopez-Obrador released him in 2019 to ostensibly reduce the violence. And it worked.

So this operation annoyed many common folks cos it seems designed to tout it to Biden. /2
Mexicans have a VERY different (and in my opinion correct) take on the drug war and the so called border problem than Americans.

They think the real problem isn't drugs going north but guns & dollars coming south. America has a huge appetite for drugs that are taken voluntarily.
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I cannot help but be concerned at how all this reactionary response to migrants seeking #asylum in NYC has created a perfect storm of xenophobia, ego-driven political agendas & photo ops, is risking folks safety & possibly exposing them to ICE? Btw #AbolishICE 1/
I saw plently of asylum seekers when I was a shelter case manager. This is NOT a new phenomenon, though it does require an urgent response in public policy, and always has, to address access to safe, perm housing for ALL people in New York. 2/
I'm not going to give into the nasty game of meritocracy, pick-me and "I-got-next" when it comes to ending homelessness. NO ONE is more deserving of a home than the next. Needs may vary but a human right to a home should NEVER be a hierarchy. #EndHomelessness
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I've always said that ICE's lawless excesses would inevitably become too big for Americans to ignore, and while that day may not be here yet this report should get us there a little faster. This goes *so* far beyond immigration enforcement

You should already care that ICE constantly lies to the public and the courts about the people it rips from their families, detains in terrible conditions, and violently deports. But a lot of US citizens don't + never will, so let's say you're one of them. This report is for you
Read this paragraph, and then read it again, and then read it out loud to someone nearby and start a conversation about why an immigration agency has any right to conduct warrantless surveillance on all of us in the course of enforcing non-criminal statutes
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Not just "overrated". Downright dangerous and we are still paying the price. So many of the problems in US & all over the world today can be traced back to Reagan. Even the Aryan Khan case!

He was in the right place at the right time, gets random credit for USSR collapse.
The most evil and destructive legacy of Reagan is criminalizing the possession of drugs, often with mandatory minimum sentencing disproportionately targeting minorities. And then going around the world forcing countries, including India, to criminalize drug possession too.
Most of us have grown up in a world fed on Reagan initiated alarmism about drugs. So we take it as a default that yes, if you have marijuana or cocaine or ecstasy or whatever in your possession, cops can arrest you.

Ever stopped and wondered... Why? Why is possession a "crime"?
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1/6 Pablo Sánchez, a 40 year old from Venezuela, died in ICE Custody last Friday, October, 1st. Pablo had AIDS and fled persecution seeking asylum in the US for his safety and health. Pablo was detained by CBP at Del Río City, Texas Image
2/6 Pablo was forced into detention where his health quickly deteriorated due to medical neglect. ICE was fully aware of Pablo’s medical fragility and failed to release him so that he could obtain life-saving interventions.
3/6 Pablo died because ICE was reckless and negligent and the lack of appropriate medical care resulted in complications with acute respiratory impairment, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, pneumonia, acute renal failure, anemia and covid-19.
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On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, we honor the lives lost in the attack, but we also acknowledge the thousands of lives, especially immigrants, who have been affected since.
In addition to the nearly 3,000 people who died on Sept. 11, approximately 801,000 people have been killed directly in the violence of the subsequent wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere.
In the US, the violent backlash against anyone perceived as Muslim —whether actually Muslim, Sikh, South Asian, or Arab —has driven not only a string of attacks against these communities, but also paved way for the deplorable Muslim ban enacted in 2017.
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This ruling was awful, but this interpretation from the Biden administration is actually somehow *worse.*

Tipton's order simply does not cover the thing which ICE is now saying it does, and if I know that they do too.
The Biden administration is at this point so deeply committed to mass deportation that it is making up reasons to do it
Prosecutorial discretion in removal proceedings was a fairly straightforward and not especially difficult concept during the Obama years--a time in which the govt was famously hardly soft on immigration enforcement-and all they really had to do was re-issue those guidelines
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We are shutting down all vehicle entrances to Raytheon's facility in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

Two people have attached themselves to vehicles that are blocking the main entrance to the facility.

Raytheon is the largest producer of guided missles in the world and is the second largest military contractor. They have sold billions of dollars of weapons to both Israel and Saudi Arabia which have been used to kill civilians in Palestine and Yemen.
Raytheon sells billions of dollors of a wide variety of missles and other military equipment to Israel and Saudi Arabia, including missles for their F-16 fighter jets. Raytheon also produces Israel's "Iron Dome" defense system.
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I want to tell you about Saidu Sow, who is on a deportation plane to Mauritania, a country he fled decades ago. He had been in immig. jail for 3 years. In 2018, he called me from Butler Co. Jail. He carried a file of country evidence with him, knowing this day would come.
Saidu was scared, but he's a fighter. My friend Don Sherman went to meet with him in the jail.

Saidu showed him his scars from the torture he bore in Mauritania. He said "there's no way I can go back there."

We said we'd fight with him to keep him safe.
Said was moved around Ohio immigration jails while his case played out. He had terrific pro bono attorneys from @CCSWOH + @ABLELawInc (@mariaaleote). That was his only luck.

He got his old deportation case reopened and a second chance at asylum. But that was just a formality.
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As we close this chapter, a message from the NSC Staff.
We are grateful to the legions of volunteers who worked with us since the start of 2021. #abolishICE #FreeThemAll
Many of you have been with us for years, others stepped up during the pandemic--thanks to you, we have prepared our Friends with crucial advocacy, support, information and documentation as we come to the end of this chapter. #abolishICE #FreeThemAll
Pro Se clinic leaders, volunteer attorneys, & countless volunteers continued to work tirelessly with Friends. Their dedication blows us away.

Accompaniment leaders made hundreds of calls & accompanied Friends to ISAP appointments and ICE check-ins. #abolishICE #FreeThemAll 3/8
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If you haven’t heard of @MOHAVVKJOHNSON, it’s because @LoriLightfoot and the Chicago PD don’t want you to.

Mohawk has been on house arrest for 309 days — with no trial, and despite having no criminal record


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The Chicago PD “has tried to turn the rapper and comedian into a cautionary example to social justice protesters” - @imLeor, @chicagoreader

Mohawk Johnson was arrested at a protest to #DefundThePolice and #AbolishICE

He was charged with aggravated battery of a “peace officer”
While @MOHAVVKJOHNSON was charged with battery, here’s what really happened, in his words:

“Four to five officers grabbed me and held me against the car before they handcuffed me, and didn't tell me why. They kept yelling, 'Don't struggle…’ I said, 'I'm not struggling.’”
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Targets that need protested in 2021 #MayDay2021 #PortlandProtests
Financiers of #KeystoneXL #TransMountain #DAPL #BayouBridge & #Line3 pipelines
Wellsfargo, Chase, Bank of America, Barclays
@MazaskaTalks #StopLine3 #NoTMX #NoDAPL #IndigenousSovereignty #HonorTheEarth 1/
-Amazon Web Services and Microsoft contract with ICE to provide cloud services, data processing and AI
-Aramark provides shitty food to prisons, including private prisons ran by ICE.
-Wayfair provides beds for detained migrants. #MayDay #AbolishICE 2/…
@G4S helped detain, transport and deport migrants & involved in Israeli occupation of Palestine until recently. Still operate private prisons, and train Israeli police. Contract with City of Portland and @trimet. @AlliedUniversal is merging with G4S 3/
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As I leave this position I feel a heaviness that the need of legal defense that I was filling won’t be there for people until the next IJC fellow starts in the fall. I remember my very first client broke down when I went to visit and do a consultation because they had written so
many letters, and made so many calls, and no one had ever responded before. Everyone is deserving of defense. My goal from the start of this fellowship has been to expand this work and I will keep on fighting and advocating for the county, and ultimately the state of Nevada to
fund pro bono attorneys for Nevadans that ICE is trying to rip apart from our community. That is, until either the federal government steps up to fund this work or we all realize as a society how to actually welcome people seeking refuge with dignity. #AbolishICE
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A lot of folks may be celebrating the end of immigrant family detention centers.

We're here to tell you this simply isn't true.…
.@ICEgov is saying these facilities will simply become “3 day processing centers” for those given Notices to Appear (a charging doc initiating removal proceedings).

But we've been representing families inside of Karnes for years & can pretty much call BS on this.
For the past 3 years we’ve observed up close countless & frequent policy changes directly impacting the lives of people seeking safety, imprisoned by our gov't.

ICE can resume expedited removal & prolonged detention at any moment.

This is a glaring PR stunt by ICE.
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The sheer bravery of detained immigrants & employees at #Irwin led to a groundbreaking complaint to the @DHSOIG on Sept. 14, 2020, putting more focus on the horrific ongoing abuse of detained immigrants & staff at #Irwin.
Since the filing of our complaint, dozens of immigrant women have stepped forward describing the
gynecological abuse they too have faced at the hands of @ICEgov and @LaSalleCorr while detained at

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As we fight to #AbolishICE & #AbolishPrisons, we continue the call for the immediate release of ALL detained folks at #Irwin & elsewhere, accountability from ICE, LaSalle Corrections, & reparations to folks impacted by the physical & emotional trauma of detention & incarceration.
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Today, we are sharing a fundraiser for Wendy Dowe, a fierce advocate & survivor of abuse at Irwin County Detention Center, organized by our partners at @GaDetWatch & @familiesfreedom:

#ShutDownIrwin #AbolishICE #RepairTheHarm
Project South had the honor of supporting @familiesfreedom by visiting & supporting Wendy in 2019 while she was detained at Irwin. Wendy bravely spoken out about the trauma & abuse she suffered while detained by ICE at Irwin.
Please take a few minutes to learn from Wendy below:…

Black Feminist Voices Roundtable on the Legacies of Forced Sterilization & Resistance:…

Press Conference w/ Reps Adriano Espaillat & Hank Johnson:…
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1/ Let's talk about a few small but vital parts of the #USCitizenshipAct which may not make the kinds of headlines a pathway to citizenship does, but could make millions of people's lives better the day it passes.
2/ Before we do that, it is very important to me that you understand just how *bad* Joe Biden's immigration record is. It is not at all unfair to say that he is directly responsible for some of the worst stuff that this bill is only now undoing.…
3/ Let's start with the definition of the word "conviction."

Every state has some form of alternative sentencing designed to divert charges & keep people from the lifetime burden of a criminal record.

Congress (& Biden) didn't like this, and changed federal law accordingly.
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Save yourself a click: it's "alien." The word is alien.

"Alien" is a 700-yr-old word good only for an imm. system based in 19th-century thinking. It is etymologically rooted in otherness, ideologically predicated in suspicion, & legally useless. Kill it…
"Alien" doesn't just mean someone who is not a U.S. citizen. It very literally emphasizes strangeness. Otherness. Not belonging.

I'd prefer to use "non-citizen" for the same reason that Robert Law would prefer that @axios use "former Trump official" instead of "sociopath" ImageImage
Take this @CBP story from a few days ago about the rescue of "aliens in distress," including an "alien female trapped in thick vegetation." This kind of language fuels the industrialized world's largest, cruelest, & least humane law enforcement agency.…
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1/ I just listened to the complete record of a case in which an #immigrationjudge denied an #asylum claim for a gay ICE detainee from El Salvador, and it is an absolutely textbook model of why we need appointed counsel in deportation proceedings. Keep reading for the lowlights.
2/ This man came to the US in '89 after yrs of persecution on account of his sexuality. As if threats he was getting from gang members who bullied him with homophobic slurs almost daily weren't enough, he was also afraid of an abusive partner. An uncle was killed for being gay
3/ Once he came to the US, he found love, community, and a chance at being able to live openly as who he is. He never looked back. He had legal status for most of the time he was in the US, and only a minor misdemeanor relating to disorderly conduct.
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🚨 BREAKING: Thanks to efforts with @MPower_Change, @SAALTweets, and the 2,600+ of you who took action...

‼️ MR. F IS FREE ‼️

It's been a cruel 243 days of his incarceration.

@ICEgov's actions proved yet again that our immigration system was built on Islamophobia. 🧵👇🏽
Let's clarify that ICE has full discretion to release detained folks at ANY time.

Yet, they keep folks imprisoned under false claims, coding their anti-Blackness & Islamophobia into the language of "danger for community" or "threat to national security" like they did w/ Mr. F.
It's inhumane to have incarcerated Mr. F for 243 days. He missed his child's birth, his dietary needs weren't met, and his health was deteriorating.

Prisons, jails, and detention centers are always a public health crisis, but especially when #COVID19 is ravaging through them.
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OK time to call out worst @ICEgov field office directors, CC @AliMayorkas @DHSgov

Name one unforgivable/unforgettable decision your FOD made. For Adducci in Detroit (dictator in MI + OH), we couldn't pick just one, so we wrote this #FireICE #AbolishICE
TL; DR @DHSgov #FireICE Adducci bc she has an appetite for destruction: deporting disabled/ill ppl, caregivers, refugees; sending ppl to kidnapping + death; mass raids; gross medical neglect; breaking the law; + just general, unnecessary cruelty. @clejwj @IRTFCleveland @nwarikoo
.@CoreyinNYC @NYCCouncil38 @NYCCouncil to @AliMayorkas: "we respectfully request [NY FOD Decker] be removed .... he cannot be trusted to implement – in good faith – enforcement guidelines set forth in @POTUS EOs + @DHSgov memo." @NewSanctuaryNYC… #FireICE
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Just so folks are clear, as a former immigration & social justice attorney, I watched firsthand under President Obama, and later Trump, that @ICEgov acts as a rogue agency that disregards the law and human rights. #AbolishICE once and for all.
.@ICEgov targets U.S. Citizens, and get away with it.…
I urge my colleagues to find the courage not to look away. @ICEgov
is hurting our communities. It's an agency that is violent and lawless.…
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We are in DC NOW at BLM plaza to demand that @ICEgov #FreeJavier!! Photo of emcee at a rallyPerson holding a sign that says, “end all deportations”Person holding sign that says “stop all deportations”Person holding sign that says “free Javier. No more deport
“The NYPD is the feeding tube of ICE” - Javier’s sister speaking to us over the phone discussing her brother and how we need to FIGHT to #EndAllDeportations!!

#enforcetheMoratorium Photo of person holding a phone to microphone
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