At what point would you consider it OK for a statue of a Nazi leader to exist in Germany or elsewhere?
How much “good” could a Nazi do for you to still accept their statue?
For 99% of the world, the answer is none.
That’s how we feel about slave owners.
Seems that the same people who fully understand that’s it wrong to have statues or memorials to Hitler or Nazis just struggle to extend that same understanding to people who were literal monsters to African Americans.
Bought, sold, traded, beat, raped, worked Black folk to death
Don’t play dumb.
You know a statue of Hitler or his crew would never stand. And you know why.
You are just willing to keep the monuments and statues of white men who were monsters to Black people because the pain and suffering of Black people just doesn’t bother you as much.
A few respectable people came to me and said, sincerely, that it’s wrong for us to be calling for the men who killed Ahmaud, Breonna, and George Floyd to go to prison, since we also want prisons to be smaller, and fewer people to be incarcerated.
We can have both.
The families of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd are calling for the TEN MEN who murdered their loved ones to be arrested and held accountable.
I support these families.
These families aren’t calling for mediation. Hell, some are calling for the death penalty.
America’s jails and prisons are awful. I’ve dedicated my whole life to changing this and to drastically reducing the number of incarcerated people.
But I’ll be damned if the 10 men who murdered Ahmaud, Breonna, and George get to be the exception to incarceration. Nah.
@TheNorthStar Today was a hard day for me. And this is a hard period for all of us. So, so many of you have lost people you're close to during this pandemic. So many of us have lost jobs. This podcast tries to make sense of what has happened in America to make this such a catastrophe.
@TheNorthStar And most importantly, it lifts the voices of everyday heroes. The people that mainstream media cites but never talks to.
It pains me to say this, but I have found the Georgia Republicans in leadership to be far more responsive under pressure in the Ahmaud Arbery case than the key Kentucky Democrats in leadership in the Breonna Taylor case.
Every single decision maker in Georgia was a Republican.
In Louisville, Kentucky where Breonna Taylor was killed, we have a Democratic Governor, a Democratic Mayor in Louisville, and a Democratic District Attorney.
And they have each done a half step above nothing, crumbs really, for Breonna Taylor and her family.
Not a single Democrat in power right now in Kentucky would be there without the near unanimous support of Black voters.
And yet the Democratic Mayor, Governor, and DA have been pretty much all talk for months on Breonna Taylor. And they’ve hardly even talked, to be honest.
An absolutely scathing @ProPublica critique of how @NYGovCuomo & @NYCMayor bickered & argued, as they always do, for crucial weeks at the start of the pandemic while their California counterparts worked together & shut it down
With city workers from New York's Health Department nearly staging a coup to convince @NYCMayor to shut down the city, he finally relented, weeks after he should have, but then @NYGovCuomo responded with derision & scorn - saying it was a dumb decision.
These vouchers let recipients pay 30% of their income on rent, with the federal government covering the rest. But due to rationing and restrictions, only 1/4 of eligible households are in the program. Congress can make simple fixes to stabilize housing for millions of people.
There is also broad bipartisan support for HCV expansion. New polling from @dataprogress finds 61% of likely voters — including 58% of Republicans — support expanding the program, compared to just 22% who oppose. Congress, it’s time to get it done!
California’s housing crisis is becoming an all out catastrophe in the face of COVID-19, and leaders aren’t doing enough to address it. The brave and brilliant women at @moms4housing have a solution: Make housing a human right under the state constitution. tjcinstitute.com/research/the-m…
California politicians like to talk about the need to address homelessness and housing insecurity, but they haven’t walked the walk. If housing were established as a human right under the constitution, it would be easier to hold them accountable for their inaction.
And the polling shows bipartisan support among California voters for declaring housing a human right: 66% of likely voters, including 54% of Republicans, would back the move, according to polling from @dataprogress.
Millions of tenants across the country were unable to pay rent this month, and without relief, many will end up losing their housing. Recent polling shows that voters on both sides of the aisle say we should #CancelRent for the extent of this crisis. soundcloud.com/user-226503938…
How do we pay for it? Let’s fund housing assistance with a mansion tax — call it 1% from the 1%. Because if you happen to be sheltering in place in a mansion, you can afford to contribute more to make sure people don’t lose the roof over their head in the middle of a pandemic.
Delaying payments isn’t enough. If people can’t pay now, they won’t be able to pay for multiple months later. The only way to keep this pandemic from making thousands of people homeless is for Gov. @GavinNewsom to suspend and forgive rent and mortgage payments.
Many Californians couldn’t afford to pay April rent. May is just a few days away and things have only gotten worse. On 5/1, renters across the state will join together for a #RentStrike, because nobody should have to choose between food and housing. People need protection!
An outbreak in one of these jails would be a nightmare. The people in these lockups are often poor, old, and unhealthy. They're more likely to be held pretrial, without access to legal resources. If they get sick, they’ll have to fight for limited or nonexistent medical care.
Public health experts have been warning about the risk crowded rural jail conditions pose to those both inside and in the surrounding communities, where residents also tend to be older and less healthy. carsey.unh.edu/publication/ol…
The #COVID19 crisis has exposed just how badly our current systems are failing people in distress. Communities of color & elderly people around the country are bearing the brunt of this catastrophe. Vulnerable people need help *now* - and I’m not talking about a one-time check.
What we’re seeing from Congress - so-called stimulus 3.5 - isn’t going to cut it for working families, small businesses, and communities most in need.
We need the #ABCAct, an Emergency First Responders Corps, paycheck protection legislation, & recurring basic income. Full stop.
New polling shows that a majority of California voters, both Democrat and Republican, want district attorneys and sheriffs to do more to reduce jail populations in order to save lives and prevent the spread of #COVID19.
Time for these officials to listen to their constituents.
One poll found that 68% of CA voters, including 62% of Republicans, support DAs releasing people jailed on misdemeanors who have less than 6 months to serve.
We must reduce jail crowding to slow these outbreaks. These people can safely be released.
Christopher Kearney was arrested and charged for a crime he didn’t commit. On Dec. 2, 2017, Daniel Salcido was shot & killed while in a car. Chris didn’t fit the description of the shooter but was arrested by police anyways.
I just spoke to a staffer of Jesse Jackson’s 1988 presidential campaign.
“We hated Joe Biden’s ass. He mistreated us that entire campaign. He would only tell those lies about marching and doing sit-ins in the Civil Rights Movement when he wasn’t around Jesse.”
“That’s what all those lies from @JoeBiden in ‘87 & ‘88 were all about. Jesse was an actual civil rights leader running for President & Joe Biden wanted so badly for folk to believe he was to. Then his campaign just torpedoed with his lies.”