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In court for day 5 of #HudumaNamba & #NIIMS hearings

Today we are expecting cross-examination of govt witnesses, including the PS Interior and PS ICT

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The court room is packed while we wait for the #HudumaNamba proceedings to begin
Use #HudumaNamba and follow @NubianRights @Haki_na_Sheria & @thekhrc for updates on the proceedings throughout today and tomorrow
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In this morning's release on income, poverty, and health insurance for 2018, the Census Bureau data reveal that income growth once again slowed significantly in 2018.
census.gov/newsroom/press…
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Household income growth significantly slowed again in 2018, following a marked deceleration in 2017. While any reduction in poverty or increase in income is a step in the right direction, most families have just barely made up the ground lost over the past decade.
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Income growth slows significantly again in 2018.

Median household incomes rose only 0.9% in 2018, compared with 1.8% in 2017. In 2016 and 2015, median household incomes grew much faster, at 3.1% and 5.1%, respectively.

Look at this significant slowdown!
via @JuliaWolfe94

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Cuomo: "What would you do if the President said, 'I am a racist'"
Kobach: "Then I would not defend him."
Cuomo: "Would you still support him as President?"
Kobach: "I don't know."
Cuomo: "You have to think about whether or not you would support a racist?"
#KrisKobach has a long history of racism. He started out as a lawyer for a white supremacist group called FAIR, which says its purpose is to maintain a European majority America. podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/pal…
#KrisKobach's the author of SB 1070, which the ACLU calls the Driving While Brown law. And he's very proud of the fact he came up with the idea for Trump's wall — and that Mexico would pay for it. gregpalast.com/trump-may-name…
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#THREAD: From Justice Thomas' #census dissent ⤵

"For the first time ever, the Court invalidates agency action solely because the it questions the sincerity of the agency's otherwise adequate rationale."
"It is not difficult for political opponents of executive actions to generate controversy with accusations of pretext, deceit, and illicit motives."
"Crediting these accusations on evidence as thin as the evidence here could lead judicial review of administrative proceedings to devolve into an endless morass of discovery and policy disputes not contemplated by the Administrative Procedure Act.”
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Barbara Underwood FTW!

It was such a privilege to get to play a small role in this case when I was at the NYAG’s office - and I’m in awe of the brilliant legal team that beat back this incredibly wrongheaded policy. #Census2020
Holy crap, the federal government is printing the #Census without the citizenship question. This is no longer a tentative win, it’s a full win. !!!
15 months ago, the NY AG’s office + partners filed suit against the Trump administration over its plan to demand citizenship status on the #Census2020. This @GettyImages pic was taken just before our presser announcing the suit.

And now it's over. Democracy won. How about that.
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6 years ago today, the Supreme Court’s Shelby County decision gutted the #VotingRightsAct. Several states then rushed to impose new discriminatory restrictions on voting. The right to vote is fundamental. We should be making it easier, not harder, to take part in our democracy.
Both the Supreme Court and our democracy face a similar test today: whether to allow a citizenship question on the #Census. The Trump administration has blatantly misrepresented the partisan origins of the question—to increase Republican voting power. oversight.house.gov/sites/democrat…
That includes Commerce Secretary Ross, who falsely & inexcusably claimed DOJ is “the one” that asked for the question when I questioned him during a Senate hearing.
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Kris Kobach’s #Crosscheck voter purge program is inherently racist. Under the guise of catching so-called double voters, it crudely matches the first and last names of voters across states. kboo.fm/media/72437-gr… #VoterSuppression #ElectionFraud
U.S. Census data shows that minorities are overrepresented in 85 of 100 of the most common last names. rollingstone.com/politics/polit…
And now #KrisKobach is trying to add a citizenship question to the US #Census2020 that could result in even more legal minority voters being illegally purged from the rolls and/or deterred from voting. gregpalast.com/kris-kobachs-b… #InterstateCrosscheck #Census #VoterSuppression
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Deputy City Attorney Erin Kuka here. I took over my office’s account today! (Thx, Dennis!)

It’s a big day bc our case re the 2020 census is at the U.S. Supreme Court! I’ve been on the case since day 1, and today I’ll tell you everything you need to know. #Census2020 #SCOTUS
First, what’s happening today? We’re in a coalition that banded together to fight injustice. Barbara Underwood from @NewYorkStateAG and @dale_e_ho from @ACLU are arguing for all of us.
No cameras or phones are allowed in the Supreme Court, but SCOTUS will release a transcript later today—I’ll post as soon as it’s out. #HittingRefreshAllMorning #Patience
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Hey, guess what happens tomorrow? Supreme Court hearing on whether 2020 federal census form can include a question asking whether each member of a household is a US citizen.

Department of Commerce, et al., Petitioners v. New York, et al.

supremecourt.gov
U.S. Code: Title 13. CENSUS

law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/13
Department of Commerce v. New York

How this is even an issue is beyond me. Clearly the only people against asking if every US person is a US citizen are those aiding & abetting for ILLEGAL aliens aka criminals..

scotusblog.com/case-files/cas…
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Only in U.S. is it controversial to have a citizenship question on the #census—one we’ve had consistently since 1820 (and census still asks it today on the annual American Community Survey): dailysign.al/2Dmw2kU
Even the UN—the left’s favorite model institution—recommends a citizenship question in its manual on how to conduct a census.

Countries like Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Mexico all ask. Are they problematic? bit.ly/2K2kpVm
On 4/23 #SCOTUS is hearing arguments on the citizenship question for #2020Census—common sense and the Constitution say the question should be allowed. dailysign.al/2Dmw2kU
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1) @realDonaldTrump @WhiteHouse @POTUS
New day's #QAnon ==> No. 3045...
Link 2 @RepRatcliffe #Tweet #Husseinordered #FBI not 2consider charging #HRC.

Days after the #TarmacMeet #Comey famously said no charges would be appropriate. #HRC recklessly placed
2) an unknown quantity of top secret & SAP intelligence on a private email server w/breathtakingly weak security, the very existence of which violated "clear cut" rules. The IT that were involved worked w/o records. If they exist, their records may well be in #Hussein's library.
3) This setup was the ground zero location of #Pay2Play & those that paid obtained passwords 2access the stored data.
Link 2 #TheHill ==> #FBI contradicts #Trump claim that #China hacked #Clinton’s private email server
In the strictest sense that may be true. Doubtless, like
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Barbara Underwood will get to argue #Census2020 before #SCOTUS after all. Can’t wait.
This case is so important, and would get so much more attention in normal times. Demanding citizenship status on the #Census would lead to major undercounts in immigrant-rich states like NY, jeopardizing billions in federal $ & fair representation in Congress & Electoral College.
Also, a reminder for the xenophobes: the U.S. Constitution (yes, that one) requires an “actual Enumeration” of all people living in the United States, whether they are citizens or not.
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Since many people question the contribution of RSS /Hindutva ideology towards India's freedom struggle...

I am writing this #RightFactsThread

Let's start:

1. Contribution of Congress Vs that of Hindutva in

#IndianFreedomMovement

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Congress origin was to maintain status-Quo of British policies, also to act as a safety valve..to prevent a repeat of 1857

Hindutva came up as Tilak, Aurobindo, thought "Hindu mythology" vl help mobilisation of people & achievements of Vedic civilization vl instill pride

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While Britishers were claiming their aim was 'civilising mission"

Congress (Nehruvians) adopted the #SuitBoot Culture surrendering to prayers& petition politics

While Hindutva says we knew Democracy, Republican ideas from times of Lichchhavis, Yaudheyas, Vaishali..

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#BREAKING #2020Census news:

A federal judge just granted @NewYorkStateAG Underwood's motion to depose Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. This is part of the AG's lawsuit over the Trump administration's decision to demand citizenship info on the #Census.
In granting @NewYorkStateAG Underwood’s motion to depose Ross, the federal judge writes, “the question is not a close one: Secretary Ross must sit for a deposition because, among other things, his intent and credibility are directly at issue in these cases.” #2020census
Here’s a link to the full decision granting @NewYorkStateAG Underwood’s motion to depose Wilbur Ross over the #2020Census: ag.ny.gov/sites/default/…
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When I was comducting research on a preliminary thesis topic, I reviewed Georgia's #census records. Let me tell you what I found.
#erasure

#SoJustCensus
#SaturdaySchool
I found records of interracial marriages between Cherokee women and African men where the census taker changed the wife's ethnicity to Negro after the marriage.
#SoJustCensus
#SaturdaySchool
In changing the ethnicity of the Indigenous Woman, the census-taker effectively reduced her status from 2nd class citizen (within the new United States of course) to non-existent.
#erasure
#SoJustCensus
#SaturdaySchool
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As soon as I heard #Trump was adding the question about whether you have a non-citizen in your household to the #census I smelled #KKKobach... #census2020 via @Thom_Hartmann
They’re basically turning the #census into a giant caging operation to get rid of real citizen voters by asking if you have a non-citizen in your household. #Census #census2020
They want to scare people off from voting and they want to scare people off from filling out the census... #census2020 #Census
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