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1) Martin Luther King Jr

Case No. 97242-4 T.D.
November 1999
Judge Swearengen
2) Case No. 97242-4 T.D.

Verdict: "there is abundant evidence of a major high-level conspiracy in the assassination of my husband Martin Luther King jr. And the civil court's unanimous verdict has validated our belief"
3) #MLKDay
Case No. 97242-4 T.D.

"I wholeheartedly applaud the verdict of the jury & I feel that justice has been well served in their deliberations this verdict is not only a great victory for my family....
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Chris Loesch voted for & defends Trump, who:
-spread a racist smear abt 1st black POTUS for yrs
-w/no evidence
-was fired from his own NBC reality show for racist comments
-said a fed judge was unqualified to handle his fraud trial bc of ethnicity
(2) -was literally sued by Nixon for being too racist
-took out a NYT ad to demand the execution of the Central Park 5, who were all later exonerated
-campaigned on banning the members of one religion from entering the US
(3) -in 1992 moved black dealers off the tables in his casinos for a rich racist gambler & had to pay a $200k fine -uses 'Pocohantas' as a slur (and lied that he's really Swedish, btw)
-“Trump is more or less on the same page as us with regard to race" - The Daily Stormer
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Senators who voted against making #MLKDay a federal holiday in 1983:

James Abdnor (R-SD)
John East (R-NC)
J. James Exon (D-NE)
Edwin Garn (R-UT)
Barry Goldwater (R-AZ)
Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Jacob Hecht (R-NV)
Jesse Helms (R-NC)
Gordon Humphrey (R-NH)

Roger Jepsen (R-IA)
Frank Murkowski (R-AK)
James McClure (R-ID)
Donald Nickles (R-OK)
Larry Pressler (R-SD)
Jennings Randolph (D-WV)
Warren Rudman (R-NH)
John Stennis (D-MS)
Steven Symms (R-ID)
John Tower (R-TX)
Malcolm Wallop (R-WY)
Edward Zorinsky (R-NE)

18 GOP, 4 Dems
In the House, 90 members voted against it: 77 GOP, 13 Dems.

Interestingly, while John McCain voted against, Newt Gingrich and Dick Cheney (then a member of the House) voted for it.
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Every year, on #MLKDay day, I reread Letter from Birmingham Jail and reflect on how I can commit to anti-racist work in the year ahead. Every year I also hear white folks say they’d like to do more, but aren’t sure how. So I pulled together a list of resources. Thread 🧵 👇🏻
1. As @prisonculture often says, start where you are. Are there discriminatory policies at work you can challenge? If white friends or co-workers act in racist ways, can you make sure they experience social consequences for their behavior?
@prisonculture 2. Find ways to make the work sustainable. The more consistent we are the better. One way to do that is to find community with others doing the work. Share resources, have hard discussions with care, hold one another accountable to our commitments
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Martin Luther King Jr. was a revolutionary socialist and anti-imperialist who correctly described the US gov't as "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world."

MLK was relentlessly demonized. The FBI spied, blackmailed, and plotted to “neutralize” him…
Martin Luther King Jr was arrested 30 (THIRTY!) times and was a main target of the FBI's murderous Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO)

The FBI threatened MLK nonstop, recording his phone calls, spying on him, even trying to force him to kill himself…
A jury determined in a civil suit in a Tennessee court in 1999 that the US government was complicit in the killing of Martin Luther King Jr. (just like how the FBI murdered Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton)

#MLKDay #MLKDay2020…
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As our state-sponsored celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. commences, let’s not forget some important facts about this great man:

1) He was against the Vietnam War during a time when many Americans were not. Decades later, this view against the war has developed into...
mainstream narrative, but in the 1960s, those who spoke out & marched against it (students, activists) & refused to serve (Muhammad Ali) were beaten, hosed down, killed & jailed. He would undoubtedly be railing against the US imperialist state and its perpetual war machine today.
2) He condemned issues like poverty, inequality, and racism as *systemic* ills, not merely individual shortcomings. To this day, such broad analyses (those touching on capitalism and white supremacy) are rejected and disregarded by most as “fringe” or “too radical.” In this way..
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#VirginiaRally participants honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr + #MLKDay by protesting peacefully.

U.S. Media desperately stoke controversy where none exists..👇

Governor Blackface declares a state of emergency where none exists.

Who is the enemy of the people? 🤔
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Donald Trump's day so far:

- Whiny meltdown about impeachment trial
- Even more evidence from Lev Parnas
- Trump is encouraging violent racism at #VirginiaRally in Richmond on #MLKDay
- #MondayMotivation: make Trump lose in 2020
- Trump is going to prison
- It's still only noon
Donald Trump just made a really stupid mistake…
Mitch McConnell is at it again…
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When it comes to the civil rights movement of the 1950s, women have been and continue to be the backbone. One of those unsung heroes is NJ5’s very own Theodora Smiley Lacey, American civil rights activist and educator. 1/4
Born in Montgomery, AL, Theodora helped organize the Montgomery bus boycott which lasted 381 days & ended only when the laws requiring segregated buses were struck down as unconstitutional.

After relocating to Teaneck, NJ, Theodora continued her civil rights activism by... 2/4
...fighting for fair housing to prohibit racial discrimination in the sale & rental of homes.

Theodora was also instrumental in advocating for open enrollment in public schools in Teaneck, which in 1964 became the 1st town nationwide to integrate its schools through a vote. 3/4
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Today is #MLKDay. Every year on this day I try to spread awareness of the fact that Dr. King at the end of his life, before it was taken from him and us, was fighting for universal basic income. Most people still don't know this. Know his words.… #YangGang
If you read Dr. King's writing on UBI, you'll see that his support was founded upon the abolition of poverty (because it is immoral) in the most direct way possible - cash. He said we keep trying indirect ways like education and housing, but those too would be improved by cash.
Dr. King was also ahead of his time in seeing the importance in a nation of mechanized abundance to turn non-producers into consumers. He saw the problem as being one of distribution, not production. We have no shortage of goods. People have a shortage of money to pay for them.
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A few things I want you to remember today:

1) Seventy-five percent of Americans held NEGATIVE views of #MLK at the time of his murder.
2) His approval started to fall dramatically when he began to challenge segregation in the North, and to speak out against the Vietnam War
3) He was murdered while supporting a picket line for striking sanitation workers. He was one of the strongest and loudest proponents of unions in our history
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On this #MLKDay, it’s worth remembering what #MLK had to say about guns: #VirginiaRally…
A thread 👇🏾
After the bombings, many of the officers of my church and other trusted friends urged me to hire a bodyguard and armed watchmen for my house. When my father came to town, he concurred with both of these suggestions.
I tried to tell them that I had no fears now and consequently needed no weapons for protection. This they would not hear. They insisted that I protect the house and family, even if I didn't want to protect myself.
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Thread (1/4)
Think intently
What do u do differently?
What’s it mean 2 U?
If 2 U it means a day off
Or sum retail sale
Then I’ll tell ya
U fail.
What it should entail?
Should be our Grail.
Let’s detail:
“We must accept finite disappointment,
But not lose infinite hope.”
Why we continually persevere
Hope helps us cope.
“Let no man pull u low enough to h8 him.”
We’re➕, we💜, even when things look grim.
“We are now confronted w/ the fierce urgency of now.”
We’ve gotta fix it
No more pointing a finger
Nor asking “this happened how?”
But above all
“Let us stick w/❤️
cuz h8
Is 2 gr8
A burden 2 bear.”
We’re all in this 2gether
Let’s help each other
Cuz there’s✌🏽💙&😁2 share.
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Thread on #poverty, #racism, & #MLK:
#MLKDay #MLKDay2020

Reflecting back upon the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1 point always stands out, a searing reminder of what was – and still is – America’s grossest injustice: /1
that in the one of the richest nations in the world, so many millions of people remain trapped in cyclical, soul-crushing poverty. /2
Dr. King, of course, regularly received death threats as he fought for political rights for African Americans. Police and law enforcement agents beat and jailed him repeatedly for his stances on social equity. /3
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for me, mlk is the greatest american to ever live because while the founders *talked* about "liberty for all," he's the one who - with millions on the ground working with him - actually *did it* #mlkday
and mlk called bs on founder nostalgia in his speech from the march on washington #mlkday
mlk also said incremental change was bs in the same speech #mlkday
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On this #mlkday, millions of Democrats are deciding whether to vote for a White progressive or a White moderate in the Democratic primaries. Americans love to impose their ideas onto King as opposed to listening and learning from King's ideas and changing accordingly. 1/
And so, I thought we'd remember what King actually wrote about the White moderate in his letter from a Birmingham jail in 1963. “I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. . . 2/
“I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice. . . 3/
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I’m at the #Richmond2ARally. Follow my thread for live updates. 👇
The rally has officially kicked off with the singing of the national anthem. #Richmond2ARally
Most attendees are not going into the gun-free perimeter around the Capitol #Richmond2ARally
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On this #MLKDay, we pay homage to the original Black Panthers, the 761st Tank Battalion who liberated more than 30 towns and villages during WWII.
2 of 50: The 761st is the subject of an upcoming major motion picture, “The Liberators,” produced by Michael B. Jordan, star of “Black Panthers” and the current hit “Just Mercy.”
3 of 50: In honor of these remarkable men, we hope you consider reading and sharing this entire thread.
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The black community is lacking a strong black leader right now, and it's showing on every level. We have no order. We have no solid agenda. And muthafuckas are out here still winging this shit like everything isn't going in reverse. Being woke, meant staying woke. #MLK
Too many black people think just because BLM exists, that's a pass for them to sit on their ass and do nothing. First, stop killing each other.

Understand we must continue to take to the streets, become public officials, educate, empower, and be a voice for the voiceless. #MLK
MLK didn't die for this shit currently going on! We still don't have realiable unity, and racism is winning. Without reliable unity, we can't expect realiable leadership. That's why we've been stuck on a hamster wheel since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. #MLK
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New Q 1/19/2010 The Great Awakening
Senate impeachment begins 1/21/2020
What's happening this week?
Senate begins impeachment trial-GOP senators considering 'kill switch' option
Gen Flynn-“Friday Next Week Is going to be Phenomenal. It’s Going to Be EPIC!”-Sidney Powell
Trump Legal Defense Team ready
Socialists Agenda #Virginia2A is being exposed
THE SHOT HEARD AROUND THE WORLD may refer to Q drop 659- FREEDOM DAY: When Abraham Lincoln signed a resolution for the U.S. Constitution's 13th amendment in order to abolish slavery
(Q) POTUS FREED those ‘good’ people who are currently being blackmailed, threatened & enslaved
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Photo by Michael Ochs. #MLK #MLKDay
Martin Luther King Jr. at an anti-segregation rally in Atlanta, Georgia on December 16 in 1963. Photo: AP. #OTD #MLK
Martin Luther King Jr in Selma, Alabama on January 2 in 1965. Photo by Horace Cort. #OTD #MLK
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Newfoundlanders are well known for lending a hand in a storm.

When USS Truxtun was sinking off the coast of Newfoundland in 1942, Lanier Phillips’ was told he’d be lynched if he made it ashore through the frigid and oil-covered Atlantic waters.

A thread for #MLKDay. #nlwx
Lanier thought his best chance to survive was ashore. On a small raft, he made it through the howling winds, icy waves, and driving sleet to the foot of a towering cliff.

When the Newfoundlanders found him, he was fading in and out of consciousness.

What would they do to him?
He woke and saw women nursing survivors, scrubbing the oil from their skin.

Violet Pike was exasperated.
She couldn’t remove the black from Lanier’s skin. She kept scrubbing and scrubbing to no avail.

"The oil has gotten into his pores. It just won't come off."
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Voting for @BernieSanders is the beginning. He's going to need us all to #sacrifice and #fight for the changes we need.

What does that mean?

It means a #GeneralStrike for #MedicareForAll.

It means a #GeneralStrike for student debt relief #SundayThoughts 1/
It means a #GeneralStrike for medical debt relief.

It means a #GeneralStrike for a cap on CEO pay.

It means a #GeneralStrike for an end to #CorporateMoneyInPolitics.

It means a #GeneralStrike for a true #LivingWage.

It means a #GeneralStrike for water in #Flint 2/
This is what #BernieSanders meant when he asked us all at his NY rally whether we're willing to fight for someone who doesn't look like us, doesn't worship like we do.

Are we willing to stand up and FIGHT FOR EACH OTHER?!

That will take more than #voting 3/
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Today, I’m launching my campaign for Georgia State House District 117. My launch will focus on the need for GA to pass a hate crimes law. I wanted to share my thoughts on this issue (THREAD) #UniteAgainstHate #gapol #HateFreeGA…
In the past two years, Georgians have been victims of violent attacks because of their identities. Anthony Gooden Jr. and Marquez Tolbert were burnt with scalding water because they are gay. Maura Binkley was shot and killed in her yoga class for being a woman. #UniteAgainstHate
We’ve faced anti-Semitic vandalism at UGA. In Gainesville, GA, a girl was charged for planning to kill black worshippers in church. This week, 3 members of a white supremacist group were arrested w/ plans to attack minorities, including black & Jewish people. #UniteAgainstHate
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