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Cracking down on anti-racism instruction does not erase the history of racism in the United States nor the 'anti-American' conduct experienced by Black Americans following the end of slavery. A short thread 1/x…
Indeed, the private harms that defined slavery morphed in its aftermath to state & federal harms carried out under the banner of 'separate but equal' and a host of other discriminatory practices. If any body should learn about anti-racism, it should be government employees. 2/x
Nor is it just racial bias that's worthy of address. Sadly, the government has been complicit in sexism, targeting and spying on women, including students considered to be disruptive--when in fact they simply exercised their constitutional rights. 3/x
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Emerged from #Kenosha hotel to put parking pass in car, saw police restraining guy, went over with colleague and officers shouted get back in hotel or we’d be arrested. Reporters are not exempt from curfew, he said, no matter what the mayor says. #Journalismisnotacrime
2/We were both wearing credentials and clothing that said “Press.” We were not arrested. An officer inside the hotel said media are not mentioned as exempt from curfew.
3/ I told the officer, respectfully, that media are not mentioned as subject to curfew, and since there’s a #FirstAmendment and #FEMA deemed us essential workers, if they don’t mention it, we’re exempt. If they do mention, it would trigger litigation. #1A
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THREAD: Federal immigration authorities have been undermining social movements in violation of the #FirstAmendment for a long time, and it's gotten worse under this administration. What's happening with the #PortlandProtests is just the latest example.
The first targeted under this administration? Immigrant rights leaders. ICE began openly picking off activists for deportation within the first year of the Trump Administration.…
Importantly, ICE wasn't just targeting individual activists-it was targeting the movements they represent. Consider ICE's operation against Ravi Ragbir & Jean Montrevil, leaders of @NewSanctuaryNYC, organizing faith communities to advance immigrant rights.…
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Thinking about the rule of law?

You maybe thought Michael Cohen was returned to prison for dining out.

Looks like he was reimprisoned for refusing to stop publishing a book about Trump.

I asked top #FirstAmendment experts for their views.…
2. I'll highlight some of the experts' views in this thread.

But first here's the NYT coverage of what happened and the agreement Cohen was asked to sign.

Text of the agreement:…

(@maggieNYT @WRashbaum @nicole_hong reporting)…
3. A foremost First Amendment scholar @stone_geoffrey (@UChicago):

"clearly designed to suppress expression the gov't disapproves of and definitely does not further an important or substantial gov't interest related to Cohen's incarceration. It is thus patently unconstitutional"
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@UWM This is the pathetic response from University of #Wisconsin, #Milwaukee about senior lecturer retired @usairforce Lt Col Betsy Schoeller's disgusting #Facebook post about Vanessa Guillen's death. #VanessaGuillen #JusticeForVanessaGullien #FireBetsySchoeller @ProtectRDfnders
@UWM #Facebook posts are NOT PRIVATE. In #Ohio, college professors don't get tenure if they talk about "controversial topics" like mental illness concerns or #homeless individuals' #CivilRights on social media. If you don't have a #SocialMedia policy, you should. @ProtectRDfnders
@UWM @ProtectRDfnders: Army soldier Vanessa Guillen's horrific murder been a trigger for countless #veterans suffering from #PTSD from #military sexual #trauma. A reprehensible #Facebook post from fellow veteran Betsy Schoeller has further exacerbated it. #MilitarySexualTrauma
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#BREAKING: A federal judge in NY has ruled that Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo have violated the Constitution by discriminating against religious groups, striking down #COVID lockdown orders that prevented outdoor and indoor religious activities.
In a case brought by Catholics & Orthodox Jews, Judge Gary Sharpe said @MayorNYC and @NYGovCuomo treated mass protests better than religious assemblies, which “sent a clear message that mass protests are deserving of preferential treatment” but religious groups were not. (2/x)
Citing “simultaneous pro-protest/anti-religious gathering messages,” Judge Sharpe ruled that the orders violate the #FirstAmendment because they don’t apply equally to religious assemblies and secular assemblies. (3/x)
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GREAT statement, @BucksDems!
Joan Cullen needs to resign for her #Racist statements.

And @BucksGOP should be ASHAMED for defending Cullen, while calling out @MeehanCampaign's for similar offenses earlier this year.

They clearly value political expediency over #racialjustice.
It appears the @BucksGOP was only ready to call out #racism when it meant they were protecting favored son (or in this case favored brother and #nepotism beneficiary) @RepBrianFitz of #PA01 from a more contentious primary challenge.
And now that they are faced with another #racism issue, @BucksGOP is ready to circle the wagons for another #nepotism beneficiary.

Joan Cullen, who defended people in blackface and rejects the concept of systematic racism, is related to @BucksGOP vice chair Joseph Cullen.
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आपण ज्या महात्म्यांचा आदर करतो, त्यांची पुस्तके वाचत नाहीत, त्यांच्या वचनांचे आचरण करीत नाहीत. ज्या ग्रंथांबद्द्ल श्रद्धाभाव असतो, ती आपण वाचलेली नसतात. अनेक धर्मांच्या अनुयायांमध्ये त्यांच्या धर्मग्रंथांचे अध्ययन केलेले अभावानेच दिसून येतात. #antifarmerlaws
पण त्या महात्म्याबद्द्ल किंवा धर्मग्रंथाबद्दल कोणी ब्र काढला तर त्यांचे अनुयायी अक्षरश: तुटून पडतात. धर्मग्रंथ आणि महात्मे यांच्या बाबत जी विसंगती दिसून येते तशीच विसंगती राज्यघटनेबद्दल देखील दिसू लागली आहे. घटना आणि कायद्याचे काही कळत नसले तरी खबरदार वगैरे भाषा वापरली जाते. #Law
या श्रद्धाभावाचा अनेकजण गैरफायदा घेतात.
एका सभेत लोकाना विचारले की, तुमच्या पैकी किती जणांनी भारतीय राज्यघटना वाचली आहे, कृपया हात वर करा. कोणाचाच हात वर झाला नाही. मला वाटले, विचारण्यात काही चुकले असेल म्हणून लोकांच्या लक्षात आले नसेल. पुन्हा विचारले, तरी कोणीच हात वर केले नाही.
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Protests in Washington, D.C. this weekend were mostly calm during the day where moments of silence, marching, kneeling & speeches on police reform, race and inequality dominated.

But at night, a far different contingent emerged.

A thread of what @JackRodgersCNS & I witnessed: Image
What I witnessed regularly were moments like this one where a protestor would get close to the line, loudly yell, curse or gesticulate but mostly, ask police how they justify behavior that gets people like George Floyd killed.

(Photos by me unless otherwise indicated) Image
It was moments like this that I saw repeatedly.

And for perspective: there were literally thousands more instances of this below in the streets of Washington, D.C. this weekend than there were burning trashcans or shattered windows. Image
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Now is a good time to honor our heroes in the press who are risking their lives reporting for us, getting arrested, being harassed by both 👮‍♀️s & protesters or hooligans of all stripes.
They stand for our #FirstAmendment, keep our government accountable & expose corruption.
And a shout out to decent police officers EMTs & firefighters who were there to serve the public,
protect everyone,
diffuse volatile situations,
& even join the peaceful protests.
Kudos to them ✊
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when I tweet somethin like this I don't mean IT jokingly or something about me personally. I mean the sim ITself is bubblin... IT gives you all the signs you need if you just pay attention to IT now. ❤️🌊🔥🔥🔥👀
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1/ The Kentucky district ct. has issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting Louisville from enforcing/attempting/threatening to enforce or requiring compliance with any prohibition on drive-in church services (w/ congregants remaining in cars parked 6 ft apart at all times)
2/ Here's the decision, which relies on Jacobson v. Massachusetts (a 1905 SCOTUS case upholding the state's power to impose compulsory vaccination during a smallpox outbreak) to find the prohibition on in-car services to be "beyond all reason"…
3/ It's a big week for Jacobson, which the Fifth Circuit also relied on heavily in its coronavirus abortion decision a few days ago:
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A #StayAtHomeOrder order might not violate the #FirstAmendment #righttofreeexercise of #religion, or it might. Candidly, the answer to the question of whether it does so depends entirely on the contents and stated motivation of the Order.
Since the #SCOTUS decided #EmploymentDivisionvSmith, it has been a constitutional truism that #neutrallaws of #generalapplicability can, as an incident of their nature and scope, tread on religious exercises without violating the Free Exercise Clause.
So, for example, a city might adopt a zoning ordinance, and create an #R1district defined as residential single-family dwellings only.

Homes could be built in this zone, but not barbershops, bowling alleys, temples, churches, libraries, etc.
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Good morning from D.C.
The impeachment trial reconvenes at 1PM ET.
Here are the broadstrokes of what we can expect:
When trial resumes, WH defense and impchmt mgrs get 2 hours each to make presentations Then, a vote on witnesses expected in early evening, 5-6PM ET.
There's a couple ways this could shake out.
If GOP manages to block new witnesses, McConnell could push forward to vote on the articles of impeachment.
If that happens, that opens the floor to amendments.
As it was when the resolution was adopted, expect a lot of them.
Another possible scenario is a deadlock 50-50 tie.
Chief Justice Roberts, as the presiding officer, has the authority to break the tie, but doing so would put him in a politically charged situation.
What will he do? We'll see.
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A) I am currently a defendant in three high-profile civil cases all directly tied (in my opinion) to Trumps, the Oval, and possibly AG Barr. I have never been a defendant before. I’m extremely invested in this topic. All 3 suits are available as part of the public record...
B) NOW... let’s get to this completely different suit that naturally caught my eye.

The article referenced in A) the Tulsi Gabbard v. Sec. Clinton has the full 14 page suit. It’s a sort of fun and disturbing and illogical read, IMHO...
C) The common law defamation distinction is that slander consists of merely "spoken" defamation whereas libel is "written" or defamation otherwise rendered in a more permanent form. With the constitutionalization of the common law of defamation that began in the 1960’s...
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@atensnut @POTUS
It is said "their desire to publicly show-off their symbols will be their downfall"
#cabal #babylon #aleppo #egypt #cult
Troilus TROYlius "beautiful youth murdered" Notice #motif upon ancient art.
#bathhouse in #aleppo matches cf. #isaackappy "dead man's switch #USA
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It’s the @DNC, Stupid: Democratic Party, Not #Russia, Has Delegitimized the Democratic Process…
@DNC Clinton’s comments to the effect that @TulsiGabbard is being groomed by Russia & that @DrJillStein is a #RussianAsset were echoed by #DNC-friendly pundits, externalizing what Gabbard called the “rot” in the Democratic party onto domestic critics and a nation across the planet.
@DNC @TulsiGabbard @DrJillStein Establishment #Democrats and those who amplify them continue to project blame for the public’s doubt in the U.S. election process onto outside influence, despite the clear history of the party’s subversion of #electionintegrity.
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A @MotherJones interview w/my client @GuySnodgrass about his book, officially published tomorrow, recounting his time as speechwriter & Director of Communications for Secretary of Defense #JamesMattis.

We had to sue @DeptofDefense to ensure publication…
@MotherJones @GuySnodgrass @DeptofDefense Disappointingly, Secretary #Mattis uses same tactics as President Trump to belittle my client as some "coffee boy", which is simply absurd, as well as hypocritical given he just published a book and gives public speeches about his own experiences.…
@MotherJones @GuySnodgrass @DeptofDefense Lawsuit against DoD was needed bc of unlawful attempt by Govt to censor @GuySnodgrass' #FirstAmendment rights. We were completely victorious but rest assured I will be suing @DeptofDefense again to extinguish their restrictive policies.…
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What if I told you that #BigTech and #SocialMedia platforms are manipulating you, steering you toward #Health information that they think is right, rather than letting you evaluate content for yourself?

Commentary by @MaryamHenein (Thread 👇)…
Accredited professionals, meanwhile, who stand for #Health freedom and who criticize Big Anything, are losing posting privileges, getting banned, being buried, finding themselves deranked, and getting digitally assassinated.
Content is literally disappearing from the Internet along with our #Health choices.

It sounds conspiratorial because it is. Independent #Journalists and health experts are blowing the whistle. But it’s become a silent one.
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Why are Rep. Adam Schiff (D) and Sen. Martha McSally (R) introducing more "crime bills" to fight terrorism, when White Nationalists and other domestic terrorists can be prosecuted under existing law?

#FreeSpeech #FirstAmendment

Rep. Schiff's HR4192 targets anyone who "obstructs, delays, or affects interstate or foreign commerce" or uses "any facility of interstate or foreign commerce" to "influence the policy of a government" (ANY government) and creates a "risk" to a person or property.

In plain English, "commerce" can be roads, the US or international mail, and especially the Internet.

That's broad enough to include exercising your right to free speech in public or on the Internet.

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THREAD- Domestic Terrorism has always been a big threat, and it’s a good thing that the media is finally using this language. Dealing with it will take all levels of government of civil society. /1 #domesticterrorism #domesticterrorist #domesticterrorismlaw
Terrorism is social and political activism using violence or credibly threatening it. It is designed to create mass fear, and often has massive financial and logistical support. /2 #terrorism #domesticterrorism
Due to the potential for damage and mass casualties, the tremendous resources terrorists often have, and the exorbitant costs to society, Terrorism is in fact different than crime. Municipalities can predict murders over the course of a fiscal year, they can't afford bombs. /3
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@realDonaldTrump has placed a pause in the infliction of a military response to #Iran's #unlawful and #unprovoked attacks on #ships in #internationalwaters and a US #drone in #internationalairspace.

His own explanation?

As his tweets explain, proposed targets for such response exceeded #proportionality. Setting aside damage to ships in international waters, loss of our drone inflicted between 120 and 180 million $$$$ in loss. Proposed strike might have caused up to 150 lives.
Trump correctly concluded that such a response lacked proportionality. That consideration is important.

Limiting our response to inflicting proportionate damage demonstrates both #wisdom and #justice.
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