2018-09-05: Social Media Postees

Back to School and Straight to the Picket Line
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-09-05
Teachers in six school districts in southern Washington state were on strike in late August and early September to demand wage increases needed to bring their pay up to the level of other educators nationally. | Predictably, school officials are claiming that giving teachers a raise would force them to cut important programs for students. | But this stock response is particularly absurd because a recent Washington Supreme Court ruling in the McCleary case — which was the result of the state's failure to live up to its obligation to provide quality public schools under the state's constitution — has triggered extra funding in the state budget, including $2 billion specifically earmarked for teachers' salaries. | Instead of agreeing to the wage increases, however, district administrators have been hoarding the cash, which sits in a bank account accruing interest. | In addition…
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Nikki Haley: Trump's Middle East 'Peace Plan' Getting Close
INA | imemc.org | 2018-09-05
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said, on Tuesday, that she has read the Trump administration's much-anticipated Middle East peace plan.

Nikki Haley: Trump's Middle East 'Peace Plan' Getting Close

UK Complicity in Post-9/11 Torture and Rendition, We're Still Waiting for the Truth
Gracie Bradley | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-05
The prohibition on torture is one of the few absolute rights. Its use can never be justified, regardless of the circumstances. | After 9/11, the USA engaged in an appalling programme of …
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Undercover Reporter at Amazon Warehouse Found Abusive Conditions
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2018-09-05
Independent Senator Bernie Sanders has targeted Amazon for its role in widening the wage gap in the United States, and this week he is expected to unveil legislation requiring large employers like Amazon to cover the cost of federal assistance received by their employees. We speak with journalist James Bloodworth, who spent a month working undercover as a "picker" in an Amazon order fulfillment center and found workers were urinating in bottles because they were discouraged from taking bathroom breaks. His new book is Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain. | Transcript: | AMY GOODMAN: And just as we watch that report, independent Senator Bernie Sanders has targeted Amazon for its role in widening the wage gap in the United States. Senator Sanders spoke Monday at an AFL–CIO Labor Day breakfast and called out Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos by name.
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Bernie Sanders Introduces New Bill to Kick Billionaires Off Welfare
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-09-05
The Stop BEZOS Act aims to cut off federal subsidies to employers who refuse to pay their workers a living wage. | The post Bernie Sanders Introduces New Bill to Kick Billionaires Off Welfare appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Exposed: Undercover Reporter at Amazon Warehouse Found Abusive Conditions & No Bathroom Breaks
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-05
Independent Senator Bernie Sanders has targeted Amazon for its role in widening the wage gap in the United States, and this week he is expected to unveil legislation requiring large employers like Amazon to cover the cost of federal assistance received by their employees. We speak with journalist James Bloodworth, who spent a month working undercover as a "picker" in an Amazon order fulfillment center and found workers were urinating in bottles because they were discouraged from taking bathroom breaks. His new book is "Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain."
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Chaos Greets Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing as Protesters & Dems Demand Postponement
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-05
Protests, arrests and repeated calls from Democratic senators to adjourn the proceedings. That's how confirmation hearings began Tuesday for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's pick to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat on the Supreme Court. We begin our look at the hearings with Heidi Sieck, co-founder of the national organization VoteProChoice, who was the first member of the public to enter the Kavanaugh hearings on Tuesday and was removed after she protested, along with dozens of others who interrupted the proceedings.
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This Is Why the Kavanaugh Nomination Matters — And His Confirmation Is Not Guaranteed
Julie Rikelman, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-09-05
It's not just about Roe v. Wade. That case connects to a whole range of other American rights and liberties. | As America's families send their children back to school, the U. S. Senate has begun its contentious hearings on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U. S. Supreme Court. There are several important cases waiting on the Court's docket this fall, and whoever replaces Justice Anthony Kennedy will have tremendous power to imp. . .
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Anti-Kavanaugh protesters say he'd push High Court farther to the right
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2018-09-05
WASHINGTON–Sophia Marjanovic already knows something about unequal justice for women, minorities and people of color. And she declares Brett Kavanaugh would only make things worse. | And that's what brought her — and several hundred more people — to the U.S. Capitol lawn late in the afternoon on Sept. 4 to send U.S. senators a clear message: Don't put Kavanaugh, GOP President Donald Trump's pick for a vacant seat, on the U.S. Supreme Court. | "This won't be justice," says Marjanovic, who, belying her name, is a Lakota Sioux from the Fort Peck reservation in Montana. "We already know the Supreme Court is far to the right. Kavanaugh would push it further," she told People's World. | That threat to indigenous people — the subject of her handmade sign — women, minorities, undocumented people, workers' rights, civil rights, and freedom of reproductive choice…
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Chaos Greets the First Day of the Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2018-09-05
Protests, arrests and repeated calls from Democratic senators to adjourn the proceedings. That's how confirmation hearings began Tuesday for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's pick to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat on the Supreme Court. We begin our look at the hearings with Heidi Sieck, co-founder of the national organization VoteProChoice, who was the first member of the public to enter the Kavanaugh hearings on Tuesday and was removed after she protested, along with dozens of others who interrupted the proceedings. | Transcript: | JUAN GONZàÅLEZ: Protests, arrests and repeated calls from Democratic senators to adjourn the proceedings. That's how confirmation hearings began Tuesday for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's pick to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat on the Supreme Court. As the meeting got underway, demonstrators immediately stood up and interrupted Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Charles Grassley. | LINDA SARSOUR: This…
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Israeli High Court Approves Demolition of Khan Al-Ahmar
INA | imemc.org | 2018-09-05
The Israeli High Court of Justice, on Wednesday, has finally decided to demolish the West Bank Bedouin village of Khan Al-Ahmar. The ruling comes despite long petitions and protests by citizens and activists in the area, which is home to some 180 Bedouins living in tents near the Maali Adumim …

Israeli High Court Approves Demolition of Khan Al-Ahmar

Black Student Activists Face a Penalty in College Admissions
The Conversation | alternet.org | 2018-09-05
New research by sociologist Ted Thornhill shows that black students who indicate they plan to fight for racial justice are more likely to be ignored by white admissions counselors. | Back when I taught at a predominantly white, selective liberal arts college, I came across a book called "Acting White? Rethinking Race in 'Post-Racial' America. "In the book, legal scholars De. . .
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More Than $300,000 Has Been Pledged Against Susan Collins If She Votes for Brett Kavanaugh
Zaid Jilani | theintercept.com | 2018-09-05
As hearings on Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh are underway, activists have raised $330,000 and counting of pledged money for a future challenger to Republican Sen. Susan Collins, a critical swing vote. | Progressive activist Ady Barkan, who has the impairing condition of Lou Gehrig's disease, spent the last five months crisscrossing the United States to campaign against Republicans who supported Donald Trump's tax law. | In mid-August, he announced an innovative tactic for pressuring Maine's Collins to vote "no" on Kavanaugh's confirmation. Using the website CrowdPac — which allows users to pledge a certain amount of campaign funding should certain conditions be met — the campaign announced that it would be collecting pledges for a future Democratic challenger to Collins. | The pledges only activate (and then users are charged) if Collins votes in favor of…
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Why I Choose to Take a Stand, by Taking a Knee
Rich Whitney | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-05
The national controversy over those who choose to protest racial injustice in America by placing one knee on the ground during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner doesn't seem to be going away. The NFL announced a policy last May that any players who protest the anthem while on the field will be subject to…
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UCLA's Patent War in India Prevents Access to Prostate Cancer Treatment
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2018-09-05
Drug prices are too high: One in five Americans ration their medicine due to high prices, and 10 million people die every year due to lack of access to medicines. Because of patent exclusivity laws, pharmaceutical corporations are able to set the price tag of a novel drug as high as they want, which often keeps it out of the hands of low-income populations. Patent rights, along with their political and economic power, allow Big Pharma to prioritize profit-making over health interests and leads to even larger inequalities in global access to medicines. | University research often plays a big role in the discovery of lifesaving medicines before manufacturers' move in to price-gouge the new drugs. Take enzalutamide, a treatment for late-stage prostate cancer, as an example. The underlying research that led to its discovery was done at the University of California…
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China's "Influence Ops" in the USA. "Long March through US Institutions"
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-05
The United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission alleged that Beijing is running a massive influence operation inside of America's institutions. | The recently released report raises the alarm about what its …
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Turkish Media Slam Washington Over "Exploiting Christianity Against Ankara"
Gizem Akbash | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-05
Last week, several Turkish news sites published an article called "Washington Exploiting Christianity against Turkey" written by Adnan Cavusoglu. The author's attention was drawn by the site christianpersecution.com, which covers …
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Video: Trump Warns Syria Against Combating Terrorists in Idlib. The "Opposition" are Al Qaeda Affiliated Terrorists
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-05
The Turkish military has boosted its naval group in the Eastern Mediterranean as the battle of Idlib is looming in Syria, Turkey's pro-government daily Yeni Safak reported on September 2. According …
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UN Says the Obvious: Al-Qaeda Able to Produce Chlorine Gas in Syria
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-05
Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Nusra terrorists have the resources and ability to produce chlorine gas to use against the population, UN special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura told a news conference on …
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US to Drastically Expand Military Assistance to Ukraine. "They Need Lethal Assistance" according to US Envoy Kurt Volker
Peter Korzun | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-05
Washington is upping the ante in Ukraine. Kurt Volker, US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations, said in an interview with the Guardian published on September 1 that "Washington is ready …
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Financial + Technology: Fintech, Hotbed of Offshore Deregulation and Crime
Nick Shaxson | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-05
Reuters has just published an article titled Swiss watchdog to propose looser anti-money laundering rules for fintechs. (Fintech is short for "financial + technology" and it is about bringing technology …
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Trudeau Government Acknowledges Nazi Genocide Against Roma
Suzanne Weiss | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-05
Featured image: A group of Romani prisoners in the Belzec concentration camp. | More then 50 people of all ages joined in Toronto August 2, 2018, in an international day of remembrance …
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The Invasion of Afghanistan, October 7, 2001: Did 9/11 Justify the War in Afghanistan?
David Ray Griffin | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-05
Will the war in Afghanistan turn out to be "Obama's Vietnam"?>…
globalresearch.ca/did-9-11-justify-the-w…

"Dear Vlad, Is It Something I Said?": The Fierce Rivalry Between John McCain and Vladimir Putin
Adeyinka Makinde | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-05
The ferocious sense of enmity that existed between John McCain, the late US Senator, and Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian Federation, was quite palpable. While McCain was …
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Genocide for Profit: How the Government, Big Pharma, Psychiatry, and Department of Social Services (DSS) Are Conspiring to Destroy Native American Culture
Brandon Turbeville | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-05
From the first moments Europeans landed on the shores of North America, a war was waged against the indigenous people who lived there. That war took the form of deceptive agreements, …
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Senator Fraser Anning and the Smugness of Australian "Values"
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | asia-pacificresearch.com | 2018-09-05
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As Social Opposition Mounts, Silicon Valley and Washington Step Up Internet Censorship
Andre Damon | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-05
As executives from Facebook and Twitter prepare to testify Wednesday on Capitol Hill, the social media monopolies are scrambling to demonstrate how far they have gone to implement censorship measures demanded …
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Selected Articles: Terrorism and Genocide
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-05
For almost seventeen years, Global Research, together with partner independent media organizations, has sought Truth in Media with a view to eventually "disarming" the corporate media's disinformation crusade. | To reverse the …
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No Wonder Jeremy Corbyn Is Reluctant to be Gagged by the Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI) Lobby at Westminster
Hans Stehling | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-05
It is a sobering fact of reality to appreciate that 95% of all pro-Israel supporters either in Britain or elsewhere who complain about Jeremy Corbyn's concern for the Palestinian people, …
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Mayor of Jerusalem to Stop UNRWA's Operations
Middle East Monitor | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-05
Featured image: Nir Barkat, the Israeli mayor of Jerusalem (Source: Wikimedia Commons) | Israel's Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat has threatened to end the work of the UN Refuge Agency for Palestine …
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Video: Who Was Behind Assassination of Donbass Leader
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-05
People in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk bid farewell to the pro-Russia forces' leader, who was killed in a bomb blast Friday. | Mourners gathered in the streets paying their respects by …
globalresearch.ca/video-who-was-behind-a…

9/11 Truth: The Mysterious Collapse of WTC Seven
David Ray Griffin | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-05
Why NIST's Final 9/11 Report is Unscientific and False…
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Cyber Risks, the Achilles' Heel of Cashless Economies
William Davis | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-05
Newspapers around the globe are telling us that contactless payments are thriving, cash is rapidly disappearing and cashless society is practically around the corner. | You don't need cash to pay for …
globalresearch.ca/cyber-risks-the-achill…

History of Pan-Slavic Identity and Unity: The Idea of a "Greater Croatia" by 17th Century Publicist Pavao Ritter Vitezovi?
DVBS | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-05
The article will examine the model for the creation of a Greater Croatia designed by a Croatian nobleman, publicist and historian Pavao Ritter Vitezovi? (1652–1713). The article will offer a new …
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Art and Culture: How the CIA Secretly Funded Abstract Expressionism During the Cold War
Josh Jones | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-05
This article was originally published in April 2013. | Considering the possibility of a truly proletarian art, the great English literary critic William Empson once wrote, "the reason an English audience can …
globalresearch.ca/art-and-culture-how-th…

Turkish and US Regimes Allied Against Syria
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-05
Turkey's alliance of convenience with Russia and Iran on resolving conflict in Syria was always suspect. | Erdogan is a ruthless despot. Moscow and Tehran know the risks of dealing with a …
globalresearch.ca/turkish-and-us-regimes…

9/11 Attacks: Thousands of 9/11 First Responders Have Cancer
Derrick Broze | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-05
As Americans prepare for the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, nearly 10,000 first responders and New York City residents have reported 9/11-related cancers. | In early August the New York Post…
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Chemically Induced Frankenstein-Humans
Robert Hunziker | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-05
One of the biggest open questions of the 21st century is whether 144,000 different chemicals swirling throughout the world are properly tested and analyzed for toxicity. By almost all accounts, the …
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Lifting the Darkness: American and Vietnamese War Poets
Lorrie Goldensohn | asia-pacificresearch.com | 2018-09-05
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Here's How Russian Propaganda Trolls Act Differently Online from Regular People
The Conversation | alternet.org | 2018-09-05
There are a number of tells. | As information warfare becomes more common, agents of various governments are manipulating social media — and therefore people's thinking, political actions and democracy. Regular people need to know a lot more about what information warriors are doing and how they exert their influence. One group, a Russian government-sponsored troll farm called the Internet Research Agency, was the subject of a federal indictment issued in February, stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian activities aimed at influencing the 2016 U. S. presidential election. Our recent study of that group's activities reveals that there are some behaviors that might help identify propaganda-spewing trolls and tell them apart from regular internet users. Targeted tweetingWe looked at 27,291 tweets posted by 1,024 Twitter accounts controlled by the Internet Research Agency, based on. . .
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Where are they? Their loved ones deserve to know
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2018-09-05
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Mauritania: Rape Survivors at Risk
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-09-05
The criminalization of sexual relations outside marriage in Mauritania puts rape survivors at risk. The law deters them from filing complaints because they could themselves face prosecution. | (Nouakchott) — The criminalization of sexual relations outside marriage in Mauritania puts rape survivors at risk, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The law deters them from filing complaints because they could themselves face prosecution. | The 90-page report, "'They Told Me to Keep Quiet': Obstacles to Justice and Remedy for Sexual Assault Survivors in Mauritania," found that when survivors do come forward, police and judicial investigators do not respect their rights and dignity. Human Rights Watch found that investigative procedures do not ensure privacy or confidentiality, rarely offer the possibility to interact with female officials, and can turn into an investigation of the rape survivor's moral character.
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Walkouts by Washington state educators spread
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-05
More than 2,000 teachers in Tacoma voted overwhelmingly to strike as the struggle in Washington escalates, despite union efforts to prevent a statewide walkout.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/09/05/wash…

Iran's Student Activists Denied an Education
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-09-05
University students cross a street during a snow storm in Tehran November 8, 2010. | © 2010 Reuters/Caren Firouz | This time of year in Iran, graduate school applicants learn if they've been accepted into the programs they've s…
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Canada: Ex-Conservative leadership candidate to found new right-wing party
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-05
A growing section of the Canadian establishment is turning to the anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant chauvinism that Maxime Bernier articulates explicitly.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/09/05/bern…

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights partners with Discovery Education to launch new education program
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2018-09-04
Khalilah Harris and Kerry Kennedy discuss RFK Human Rights' launch of the Speak Truth To Power education initiative; engaging young people in schools to be aware of and take action on global human rights issues; and, the need to support teachers with the right tools and resources to be effective in the classroom | The post Robert F. Kenned…
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Speaking Freely, John McCain Was No Peacemaker
George Payne | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-04
Senator John McCain was a powerhouse in American politics. His legacy is far reaching and impacts every facet of civil life in our country. I didn't always agree with him, especially on matters of foreign policy, but Americans always knew where he stood on the issues; and one always trusted that he arrived at his…
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Judicial Bias Blocks Justice for Abu-Jamal
Linn Washington Jr. | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-04
In July 1987 Philadelphia's then District Attorney lashed out at local judges in an unusual verbal assault where that DA castigated what he said was the "historic" practice of judges in Pennsylvania's largest city to acquit police officers in cases where evidence clearly showed officers engaged in "egregious" brutality. That DA, Ronald Castille, told a…
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Hidden Victims: How the American Criminal Justice System Abuses Women of Color
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-09-04
In this series, TRNN explores the myriad of ways law enforcement marginalizes women of color in Baltimore and beyond | The post Hidden Victims: How the American Criminal Justice System Abuses Women of Color appeared first on The Real News Network.
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"What Are They Hiding?": Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings Begin Despite Suppression of 100K Documents
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-04
Confirmation hearings begin for Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat on the Supreme Court. If he is confirmed, it would likely make the court the most conservative since the 1930s. Kavanaugh is 53 years old and could serve on the Supreme Court for decades to come. Critics warn his confirmation could lead to major rollbacks of civil rights, environmental regulations, gun control measures, voting rights and reproductive rights, including possibly overturning Roe v. Wade. We speak with Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Last…
www.democracynow.org/2018/9/4/what_are_t…

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