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1) So, as it happens, I know a lot about this story. My work, in fact, plays a key role in it. Buckle in for an extended mega-thread that’s about racism in a microcosm—the tale of Bellevue’s Japanese American community—and white supremacy in the macro.…
2) First, a look at what happened at Bellevue College.

The Asian Pacific Islanders Student Association, as the Times piece explains, put together a mural representation of the old Nikkei community in Bellevue, there long before it became a mostly white suburb of Seattle.
3) The artist, Erin Shigaki, posted an explanation of the mural near its installation, titling it “Day of Remembrance: #NeverAgainIsNow”. And it discussed how Japanese immigrants performed back-breaking labor to make Bellevue habitable. It also featured this text:
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Up early today to head down to Olympia for the hearing on #SB6281, the (very bad) Washington Privacy Act. Hopefully, I'll be live-tweeting on this thread.

Here's a chart from @ACLU_WA highlighting just some of the problems with SB6281.
@ACLU_WA And if you're in Washington State, please let ask your legislators to OPPOSE SB6281 in its current form.

@SEAindivisible has an action item up, with a ample script and instructions on how to contact your legislators, at…
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Friends, tomorrow, Jan 27, is the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

I’ll be taking the day off of Twitter for reflection. So today I’m threading together some thoughts on the things that I’ll be reflecting upon. 1/
I’m not a Jew nor a historian. I’m a biologist who began life as a “surrendered infant” adopted by a German American family, raised as a Methodist. On the day Auschwitz was liberated, my dad was an 18-yo soldier in Italy. Don’t be a Good German, said the man who raised me. 2/
Here are a few things I’m thinking about: 41 percent of US adults surveyed—and two thirds of millennials—say they do not know what Auschwitz was.

At the same time very few survivors remain to tell us their stories. Half have died in the last 5 years. 3/…
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Good morning! 🌄🌇🌅

The *illegitimate* Trump admin — which exists because an oligarch cheated to get elected — is an *illegitimate* neo-fascist regime building fascism.

Today's GOP is a neo-fascist party.


Oligarchy and fascism are UNACCEPTABLE.
Monday, @NPR *reporters* repeatedly called the fascist, terroristic rally in Virginia, "peaceful", and Wednesday morning, NPR *reporters* called perfectly legal behavior by refugees, "Illegal".

Do you understand what's happening?
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KANSAS CITY, MO: #JewsAgainstICE, immigrants, and allies are headed toward @UMBBank headquarters to hold them accountable for profiting off of ICE detention centers.

Follow along here:

#JewsAgainstICE are organizing from coast to coast because we know ICE and its collaborators are spread across the country.

While our allies in Rhode Island pressure the Wyatt Detention Center to end its contract with ICE, @UMBBank sued the city to keep its contract. People over profits
"Dollars should never be made off the misery of people." - @MaiteSalazar4MO

We will not stand idly by while companies like @UMBBank cage our neighbors for profit.

We know what happens next. #NeverAgainIsNow
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BREAKING: 300+ #JewsAgainstICE, immigrants, and allies are assembling in North Carolina to demand thay Almanece County cancel its 2.3 million dollar contract with ICE.

#NeverAgainAlmanece Large crowd of people standing outside facing a state, two large blue butterfly signs held above them
Today many of us has come here as Jews linked with our immigrant brethren. This is not an abstract sentiment. As we know too well the forces white supremacy are against them and against us.

The butterfly is a powerful symbol of immigrants.

It also calls to mind Pavel Friedmann's poem:

"Only I never saw another butterfly.
That butterfly was the last one.
Butterflies don't live in here, in the ghetto."

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Welcome to the Member of Congress Tracking Report for the week ending November 10, 2019. With Congress on recess this week, we are going to do things a bit differently this week. We are going to take a dive into #McConnellsGraveyard.
#MoCTrack 1/33
#GOP keeps trotting out their tired talking point about the “do-nothing-Dems” and all we can concentrate on is #Impeachment.


What you’ll find below are 30 bills of the 300+ that #McConnell has stalled in the Senate.

#MoCTrack #DemCast 2/33…
HR 1 - #ForThePeople

A bill that would improve voting rights, fix campaign finance regulations, and mandate ethics and accountability reforms.
💯 over 100 co-sponsors (236)

#MoCTrack #McConnellsGraveyard 3/33…
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#Throwback to @childrightsprof & @juliemlinton's interview on @cnn with @donlemoncnn last month, where the conditions & impacts of migrant child detention were discussed. (thread)
Children being "put on buses in the middle of the night and being driven across state lines, to locations that were hours and hours away from where their parents were, having siblings dropped off at other locations...being just terrified"
"this administration is breaking the black letter law. The TVPRA clearly requires that children be placed in the least restrictive environment possible, in the child's best interest, and there is no question that [these facilities] are not in the children's best interest..."
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They started 0 tolerance with no tracking system. They didn't count the kids they took. They literally didn't write down their parents names. They took ~300 children UNDER FIVE and 5200 5+ from their parents without making note of who arrived with kids.
* Correction - 300 of the 1500 recently disclosed were under 5. Many more than 300 of the 5500 total were under 5.
If we assume that ratio is about equal among all separations, there have been around 1100 babies and small children, under 5, separated before, during and after 0 tolerance. Not including newborns taken from their mothers in the hospital if a relative couldn't come forward.
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I forgive you.

It’s difficult to speak up when our beliefs and values are shaken and challenged. I’m glad you did. I’m glad you spoke publicly and I’m glad you are contrite. It’s perceived by me as genuine.

I’m just one progressive voice. I’m not anyone important.
There is nothing wrong with conservative beliefs & values. Conservatives are cautious, steady, reliable, dependable, trustworthy, & honourable in my experience. With open hearts and full of compassion.

Unfortunately, that does not describe the current slate of CPC.
There is something deeply wrong in the CPC. Steven Harper and Jason Kenney are not conservative, they are regressive, authoritarian, nationalist, sanctimonious, judgemental, angry, afraid and illogical. Unreliable and untrustworthy.

Frighteningly dishonourable.
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Wow! Amazing documentary.
The Protestant church, Christianity and relationship to Nazism explained in depth.

@profagagne you may be interested. 1 hour documentary, but jam packed with information on theological history.
If you don’t have time to watch the whole documentary, watch the last 3 minutes & 10 seconds.

An educator explains her experience with teaching other educators how to discuss Anne Frank in their classrooms.

It’s a powerful message.
That 3 minutes and 10 seconds will explain where we are in the trajectory of global developing fascism.

Long past the rhetoric to make hate acceptable, but not quite at the final solution.

It reveals we are much further along than most are aware.

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If you are surprised by this tweets Christian content, you haven’t been paying attention. Jason Kenney’s base is made up of Dominionist Christians. So is Scheer’s.

These people are directly connected to US Dominionist Christians that support Trump.
Yep, you read that correctly, directly linked. Not just by association in religious belief. I mean many of the evangelical churches have sent apostles to Canada to train Christian “warriors” or brought them down to the US to intensively train them to proselytize Canada.
But Kenney and Scheer are Catholic you say?

Same Dominionist Christian affiliation.

The Catholic Church is currently in crisis with Pope Francis at the helm. A schism has been in the making since before Pope Francis was elected.
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As the administration continues forcibly separating migrant children from their families, the administration is looking to build a new facility to detain 450 unaccompanied children in San Antonio, Texas. #CloseTheCamps #NeverAgainIsNow…

When I sounded the alarm about a similar attempt to build another #ConcentrationCamp for kids in CA's Inland Empire, the mobilization effort & huge push back prompted a public statement from a state rep & forced the gov't to ABANDON ITS PLAN.
If you know people in the area, start tagging! A couple people is all it takes to kickstart a pushback from the #resistance
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A thread on how 45’s immigration policy, developed under Stephen Miller, parallels treatment of Jewish people in Nazi Germany.

We will refer to the Wikipedia entry on immigration policy in Germany from 1933-1940 /1 #resist
“Discrimination against Jews began immediately after the national seizure of power in 1933.”

Trump signed the Muslim ban into effect within days of being sworn into office /2 #resist #racism #racism #resist
“The Nazi Party used populist antisemitic views to gain votes.”

Leading to and after the 2016 election, Trump supporters adopt garish red hats to signal support of Islamophobic/white supremacist policy /3 #resist
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HAPPENING NOW: #JewsAgainstICE protesting Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health in Rosemont, PA, to demand in solidarity with @Vamos_Juntos_ that Devereux cancel its $14 million plans to open an ORR detention center for 42 immigrant children in Devon, PA.…
We are protesting child detention camps opening in our own backyards in PA. We are protesting corporations and organizations profiting from collaborating and working with DHS and ICE. We are saying #NeverAgainParaNadie.
BREAKING: #JewsAgainstICE are blocking the entrance to Devereux Behavioral Health. We are demanding, as Jews who have heard the message of #NeverAgain our whole lives, that Devereux end its plan to build a $14 million child detention center.
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LIVE: We are occupying the Rhode Island Statehouse, until state leaders commit to closing the Wyatt ICE Detention Center, banning private prisons, and cutting off the supply of information from state agencies to ICE. We're here and we're not leaving.…
This Sukkot, we're at the Rhode Island Statehouse building a Sukkah as a place of refuge, a space to demand free and dignity for all in Rhode Island. #NeverAgainIsNow
We are here as #JewsAgainstICE, standing with our allies in @amornetwork as we demand that the state of Rhode Island ban private prisons and close the Wyatt ICE Detention Center.
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BREAKING: we have blocked the street outside of T Don Hutto Detention camp in TX. “The 500 women jailed here for seeking asylum are welcome with us.”
We are here with @Grassroots_News, a group that has been organizing to #shutdownhutto for OVER A DECADE. Please consider donating to support the women currently trapped in T Don Hutto Detention Center:…
We are singing and drumming as loud as we can, so the women trapped in the detention center can hear us over the thunderstorm and know they are not alone. #shutdownhutto #neveragainparanadie #NeverAgainIsNow
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When we say NEVER AGAIN, we mean it. And when we chant QUIT YOUR JOB, we'll actually help you do it.

Today we're showing up at the Atlanta ICE field office to encourage employees inside to quit their jobs. And we're launching a website to help them do it.
ICE employees are complicit in the atrocities happening in our inhumane immigration system. Why are we committing to help people complicit in this system find new and better jobs? A few reasons. #NeverAgainIsNow
First, there are conscientious objectors stuck inside ICE. They don't want to be there, but it's not always easy to quit your job. You have bills to pay; you have relatives who rely on your health insurance. So we're helping them defect. #NeverAgainIsNow
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BREAKING: #JewsAgainstICE, immigrants, and their allies are disrupting the Amazon Job Fair in Boston, MA.

We are asking job-seekers to avoid applying for positions at Amazon and its subsidiaries until the org breaks its contracts with ICE and DHS. #NeverAgainIsNow #NoTech4ICE
IBM built systems that enabled the Nazis to track, detain, deport and ultimately murder millions of people. We wish people had taken action to shut down IBM to prevent the Holocaust and so we are doing today what we wish people had done for the Jews in the 1930s. #NeverAgainIsNow
IBM sold tech to Nazis.
Amazon sells tech to ICE.
Never Again means #NoTech4ICE.
Never Again means no business with Amazon.
Never Again means don't build for ICE!
Which side are you on?
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UPDATE: Wyatt scheduled their meeting for 6pm last Friday, and, singing Shabbat prayers, we cancelled their meeting.

The board is meeting tonight and we are back, once again, to pray with our feet.


As the meeting begins, we are asking: which side are you on?

We are urging board members to vote no or resign their positions. Never Again is Now.

UPDATE: As protestors ripped black cloth in mourning for those held in facilities like this across the country, the Wyatt board decided that they will not be voting.

WATCH: Organizers are conducting a press conference, beginning immediately:…
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FORTY! More than 40 CalPERS stakeholders and @Edu4MigrJustice allies address CalPERS’ board demanding immediate divestment from for-profit prisons CoreCivic & GEO Group

#E4MJ @CFA_News @JewActionNorCal @NorResist #StandUp4Migrants to #CloseTheCamps b/c #NeverAgainIsNow
Four CalPERS board members expressed explicit support, with many others nodding in agreement
The seats emptied when everyone stood up to make public comments.
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#JewsAgainstICE and allies with @CloseTheCampsBA are marching on @PalantirTech to say no to providing ICE tech to terrorize families. Watch live now:
@CloseTheCampsBA @PalantirTech "No human being will ever be illegal."

@CloseTheCampsBA @PalantirTech This morning @NeverAgainActn @JFREJNYC @ConMijente shut down @PalantirHQ NYC to demand they stop collaborating with ICE. Now we are at @PalantirTech in the Bay because we have seen this before. How many of our people would have lived if IBM hadn't helped the Nazis? #NoTechForICE
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Update: Wyatt cancelled their meeting and rescheduled it for 6pm tonight. If you're thinking "isn't sundown on Friday when Jews begin observing the Sabbath, and thus not a good time for a public meeting?", you're right. But we'll be there anyway, praying with our feet ✡️🔥✡️
And we won't be there alone! We're following in the footsteps of local immigrant rights groups like @amornetwork, who've been fighting to #ShutDownWyatt since before #JewsAgainstICE was a hashtag. That's why we're splitting all donations with AMOR!…
@amornetwork RIGHT NOW: Hundreds of us are inside the Wyatt Board Meeting, where we’re fighting their plan to privatize the detention center and extend their contract with ICE! #NeverAgainIsNow


Support the fight to #ShutDownWyatt:…
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Must watch video💥💥💥💥

This is what protesters are currently being subjected to in Red Deer, Alberta. This is prior to the announcement of the snitch hotline and Kenney’s admiration of Russia jailing of Greenpeace activists he finds so instructional.
The province has been inundated with anti-protest propaganda for over a year.

This is the result.

The protester could have been killed by this action. The driver fine, less than $1000.

This is the political environment Kenney introduced a snitch hotline.
Expect violence in Alberta to increase.

Expect division between left and right ideology to exponentially widen.

Expect increased vigilante justice doled out by Kenney’s “Alberta Proud” crowd, emboldened by his embrace of fascist rhetoric.
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