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Don't De-Islamicize Muhammad Ali: Scholar Says Muslim Faith was Central to His Views on Racism & War
Thousands have gathered in Louisville, Kentucky, hometown of Muhammad Ali, to mourn the death of one of the most iconic figures of the 20th century. Ali was considered by many to be the greatest boxer of all time, but he will also be remembered for his activism against racism and war. Former President Bill Clinton, comedian Billy Crystal and journalist Bryant Gumbel are expected to deliver eulogies. On Thursday, an estimated 14,000 attended Ali’s Islamic prayer service. Muslim advocate Dalia Mogahed addressed the mourners, and she joins us to discuss Ali’s life and legacy. "We are de-Islamicizing Ali" by praising his stances, but not giving credit to his faith which was "central to his worldview," says Mogahed, the director of research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, one of two Muslim members of President Obama’s faith advisory council. After Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, joined in praising Ali this week, Mogahed argues, "We can’t both love Ali and honor him, and say we should ban Muslims from America."
As California Admits 2 Million Ballots Remain Uncounted, Sanders Pushes for Changing Primary Process
On Thursday, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said at least 2 million votes cast in California’s presidential primary election have yet to be counted. So far Hillary Clinton is leading Bernie Sanders by 440,000 votes. We speak to Bernie Sanders superdelegate Larry Cohen on why the Sanders campaign is calling for major changes to how the Democratic Party holds its primaries.
As the Democratic platform committee meets in Washington, we speak to Michelle Chan, spokesperson for Friends of the Earth Action. She is working on recommendations for environmentalist and 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben, one of Sanders’ selections on the Democratic platform drafting committee. Climate activists have delivered more than 90,000 petitions to the DNC demanding the party’s platform for the 2016 race include a nationwide ban on fracking, which Sanders has backed, while Clinton has focused on the need for regulating the industry.
President Obama met Thursday with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in the Oval Office and then endorsed his rival Hillary Clinton in a video posted on her campaign’s Facebook page. Clinton also picked up an endorsement from progressive favorite, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. Sanders has said he wants the Democratic Party to adopt much of his platform at the Democratic National Convention, and has been allowed to appoint five people to the 15-member platform drafting committee, which met for the first time this week. The Sanders campaign was always "about building a force for change inside and outside the party," notes Larry Cohen, senior adviser to Sanders, past president of Communications Workers of America and the first superdelegate for Bernie Sanders. We are also joined by Michelle Chan, spokesperson for Friends of the Earth Action. She is working on recommendations for environmentalist and 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben, one of Sanders’ selections on the Democratic platform drafting committee. Climate activists have delivered more than 90,000 petitions to the DNC demanding the party’s platform for the 2016 race include a nationwide ban on fracking, which Sanders has backed, while Clinton has focused on the need for regulating the industry.
- Obama Endorses Clinton: Never Been Someone So Qualified to Hold This Office
- Obama: Bernie Sanders Has Run an "Incredible Campaign"
- Sanders Vows to Stay in Race Until the DNC in Philadelphia
- Warren on Clinton: We Need a "Female Fighter in the Lead"
- Report: Trump Has Faced 3,500 Lawsuits, Many for Unpaid Wages
- WSJ: FBI Probe of Clinton Centers on Emails About CIA Drone Strikes in Pakistan
- House Votes to Create Federal Board to Run Puerto Rican Economy
- U.N. Admits Saudi Financial Pressure Led to Removing Kingdom from List of Child Killers
- Obama Approves Widening of U.S. Airstrikes in Afghanistan Targeting Taliban
- Stanford Tops List of Colleges Facing Federal Probes into Sexual Violence
- U.S. Appeals Court: Second Amendment Does Not Cover Concealed Guns
- Baltimore Prosecutors Accuse Cop of Giving Freddie Gray a "Rough Ride" Leading to His Death
- WHO Advises Women in Zika-Infected Countries to Delay Pregnancies
- CIA Rendition Victims Speak Out After British Prosecutors Clear MI6 Officers in Torture Case
- European Parliament Urges Member States to Probe CIA Secret Prisons
- Nestlé Drops Major Penn. Water Project After Citizen Protests
- Protesters Rally Against NY Governor's Anti-BDS Executive Action
- "Don't Give Up": A Message from Michigan Man Freed After 8 Years for Murders He Did Not Commit
More than 60,000 people have signed a petition calling for Stanford University to apologize publicly to the woman who was raped on campus last year by a Stanford University swimmer. The case made national news this month when a judge ordered the rapist Brock Allen Turner to just six months in jail even though he was caught sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. A Stanford law professor has launched an effort to recall Judge Aaron Persky, who quietly began a new six-year term this week. Separately, more than 800,000 people have signed a petition to remove the judge. The victim’s powerful letter to her attacker has been viewed more than 13 million times online. "You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice, until today," she wrote in the letter, addressing her rapist directly. "You bought me a ticket to a planet where I lived by myself." Stanford is also facing criticism for its handling of sexual abuse on campus. A new report by The Daily Beast found that the university reported 26 rapes on campus in 2012, 2013 and 2014. That’s one sexual assault every two weeks for three years. We talk about the Stanford case and how the problem extends far beyond Stanford with Amy Ziering, filmmaker of "The Hunting Ground," a documentary about sexual assault on college campuses, and Kamilah Willingham, one of the film’s subjects. Willingham says she was sexually assaulted while unconscious by a fellow Harvard Law School student in 2011.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued the first-ever executive order forcing state agencies to divest from any organizations aligned with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. BDS is an international campaign to pressure Israel to comply with international law and respect Palestinian rights. However, its opponents say BDS is a thinly disguised anti-Semitic attempt to debilitate or even destroy Israel. Cuomo’s executive order forces state officials to make a list of businesses and groups who are engaged in activities targeting Israel. We speak to Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace, and Robert Freedman, a visiting professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University and the former president of Baltimore Hebrew University.
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein takes aim at the presumptive nominees of both major parties, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. "Trump says very scary things—deporting immigrants, massive militarism and ignoring the climate. Hillary, unfortunately, has a track record for doing all of those things," Stein says. "Hillary has supported the deportations of immigrants, opposed the refugees—women and children coming from Honduras, whose refugee crisis she was very much responsible for by giving a thumbs-up to this corporate coup in Honduras that has created the violence from which those refugees are fleeing." Stein goes on to say, "We see these draconian things that Donald Trump is talking about, we actually see Hillary Clinton doing."
As Bernie Sanders prepares to meet with President Obama, we speak to Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, who has also been reaching out to the Vermont senator. With Hillary Clinton claiming victory in the Democratic race, Stein is attempting to start a dialogue with the Sanders campaign. In an open letter in April, Stein wrote, "In this hour of unprecedented crisis—with human rights, civilization, and life on the planet teetering on the brink—can we explore an historic collaboration to keep building the revolution beyond the reach of corporate party clutches, where the movement can take root and flourish, in the 2016 election and beyond?" Stein joins us from Albany ahead of this weekend’s New York Green Party convention.
- Iraq: More Than 20 Killed in Baghdad Bombings
- U.N. Says Up to 90,000 Civilians Trapped in ISIS-Held Fallujah
- Syria: Airstrikes Hit 3 Hospitals in Rebel-Held Area of Aleppo
- Israel: 4 Killed in Attack on Restaurant in Tel Aviv
- Sanders to Meet with Obama at the White House
- Climate Activists Call for Fracking Ban in DNC Platform
- U.N. Says Eritrean Gov't Committed Crimes Against Humanity
- U.S. Says 2 Al-Shabab Commanders Killed in Somalia
- CIA Officer Faces Extradition to Italy over Role in Rendition of Cleric
- New York: Correction Officers' Union Leader Arrested on Corruption Charges
- Judge Who Sentenced Stanford Rapist to 6 Months Quietly Starts New 6-Year Term
A Stanford University law professor has launched a campaign to recall the judge who sentenced former Stanford swimmer Brock Allen Turner to six months in jail after he was convicted of three felony counts for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. Judge Aaron Persky expressed concern a longer sentence would have "a severe impact" on Turner. Under California law, Turner’s crime carries a minimum punishment of two years in prison. But Stanford law professor Michele Landis Dauber says Judge Persky "really bent over backwards in order to give this defendant a very light sentence." We speak with Michele Landis Dauber and read part of the powerful statement Turner’s victim delivered in court.
Longtime civil rights activist Dolores Huerta and media critic Norman Solomon continue their debate on the morning after Hillary Clinton claimed victory in the Democratic race. They discuss Donald Trump’s racist remarks, Clinton’s plan to reach out to Sanders supporters, and the decision by the Associated Press and NBC to call the race for Clinton on the eve of the California primary.
On Tuesday night, thousands of Hillary Clinton supporters gathered in Brooklyn to witness Clinton claiming victory in the Democratic race, becoming the first woman to become the presumptive nominee of a major political party. Democracy Now! producers Charina Nadura and Carla Wills spoke to some of Clinton’s backers.
Hillary Clinton has claimed the Democratic presidential nomination on Tuesday night, pulling off victories in California, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota. Clinton is set to become the first woman to win a major party’s presidential nomination. With only one primary to go in the District of Columbia, Clinton has an insurmountable lead in pledged delegates over her challenger, Bernie Sanders. But Clinton’s pledged delegate count falls short of the 2,383 needed, meaning she will need to rely on the support of unelected superdelegates to officially secure the nomination at next month’s convention in Philadelphia. We hear excerpts of Clinton and Sanders, and speak to longtime civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America with Cesar Chavez.
- Hillary Clinton Claims Democratic Presidential Nomination
- Sanders Wins Montana and North Dakota, Vows to Remain in Race
- House Speaker Paul Ryan Calls Trump's Comments on Judge "Racist"
- After Repeating Himself for Days, Trump Says Comments on Judge Were "Misconstrued"
- Republican Sen. Mark Kirk Reverses Endorsement of Donald Trump
- More Than 10,000 People Have Died Trying to Cross Mediterranean Since 2014
- Papua New Guinea: Police Open Fire on Student Protesters
- Syria: 15 Killed in Airstrikes; Assad Vows to Reclaim "Every Inch" of Syria
- Guatemala: 8 Ex-Military Members Face Trial for Killings
- Afghanistan: Hundreds Attend Funeral for Journalist Zabihullah Tamanna
- Black Lives Matter Activist Jasmine Richards Sentenced to 90 Days in Jail in "Lynching" Case
- D.C. City Council Unanimously Approves $15-an-Hour Minimum Wage
- Farmworker Activist Helen Chavez Dies at 88
While primaries and caucuses are underway in six states today, most of the nation’s attention is focused on California—the largest state in the union. In addition to the Hillary Clinton-Bernie Sanders race, voters will be deciding who will face off in November to succeed U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer. Thanks to a 2010 state law, California voters are expected to choose between two Democrats: California Attorney General Kamala Harris and U.S. Representative Loretta Sánchez. We are joined by Rose Aguilar, host of "Your Call," a daily public affairs radio show on NPR-affiliate KALW in San Francisco.
Update: After our broadcast Jasmine Richards was sentenced to 90 days in jail, with 18 days served, and 3 years on probation.
In California, Black Lives Matter activist Jasmine Richards faces up to four years in prison at her sentencing today after she was convicted of a rarely used statute in California law known up until recently as "felony lynching." Police accused her of trying to de-arrest someone during a peace march in Pasadena last August. The arrest and jailing of a young black woman activist on charges of felony lynching has sparked a firestorm of protest, with supporters vowing to pack the court today. Meanwhile, in another California case, a judge sentenced white former Stanford University swimmer Brock Allen Turner to six months in jail after he was convicted of three felony counts of sexual assault. We get reaction from California Senate President Pro-Tem Kevin de León and Los Angeles City Councilmember Gil Cedillo. "You started your show talking about someone from Stanford who rapes a woman and gets six months, and then you’ve got a woman who is part of the Black Lives [Matter] movement who is trying to bring forth the challenges that face us in America around racism and racial discrimination, and she’s participating, trying to exercise her First Amendment rights, ... and she’s going to be given four years?" Cedillo says. "Something’s wrong with that picture."
Leading Republicans have continued to criticize presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for attacking a Mexican-American judge. Trump has said the judge should recuse himself from a lawsuit against the defunct for-profit Trump University, because his Mexican heritage represents a conflict of interest, since Trump wants to build a wall on the Mexican border. We get a response from Kevin de León, president pro-tem of the California Senate, and Los Angeles city councilmember and former California state legislator Gil Cedillo.
California Senate President Pro-Tem Kevin de León and Los Angeles City Councilmember Gil Cedillo debate who is the best candidate to take on Donald Trump. De León has backed Hillary Clinton and was with her last night in Long Beach when she was named by AP to be the presumptive Democratic nominee. Gil Cedillo is backing Bernie Sanders.