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On Monday, hundreds of activists gathered at New York City Hall demanding the defunding of the New York Police Department, the firing of New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and reparations for victims of police brutality. Democracy Now!’s Charina Nadura and Andre Lewis were at the park speaking to protesters.
While all eyes have been on the Republican and Democratic platforms decided at the national conventions earlier this month, a broad coalition associated with the Black Lives Matter movement has released a platform of its own, demanding reparations and an "end to the wars against Black people." The list of demands from the Movement for Black Lives platform also includes the abolition of the death penalty, legislation to recognize the impacts of slavery, as well as investments in education initiatives, mental health services and employment programs. The publication comes just a week before the second anniversary of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, which sparked months of protests and catalyzed a national conversation about police killings of unarmed African-American men. For more, we speak with Ash-Lee Henderson, regional organizer for Project South and a member of the policy table leadership team of the Movement for Black Lives.
In North Miami, the city’s police department is facing growing criticism after one of its officers shot an African-American behavioral therapist who was attempting to help an autistic man. At the time of the shooting, behavioral therapist Charles Kinsey was helping to calm Arnaldo Rios Soto, a 26-year-old autistic man, who had wandered away from a group home. Police responded after receiving a 911 call about a man who was possibly holding a gun. Police soon surrounded Rios Soto and the therapist, Charles Kinsey. Video shows Kinsey lying on the ground with his hands in the air. He told police no one was armed. In a cellphone video of the shooting, Kinsey can be heard telling police, "All he has is a toy truck. A toy truck. I am a behavioral therapist at a group home." Rios Soto’s family says he has been traumatized by the incident and still wears the blood-soaked jacket he had on the day his friend, caregiver and therapist was shot by police. Meanwhile, Kinsey now walks with a cane and cannot stand on his leg for long. We speak with Charles Kinsey’s attorney, Hilton Napoleon, and Arnaldo Rios Soto’s lawyer, Matthew Dietz.
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- Khans Respond to Trump Attacks as Republicans Distance Themselves
- Gold Star Families Publish Letter Calling Trump's Comments "Repugnant"
- Mike Pence Defends Mother of Soldier Booed by His Supporters
- Trump on Sexual Harassment at Fox News: "Find Another Career"
- Billionaire Warren Buffett Endorses Clinton, Belittles Trump
- Jill Stein Chooses Human Rights Activist Ajamu Baraka as Running Mate
- Lawyers for Dylann Roof: Death Penalty Would Be "Cruel and Unusual"
- Movement for Black Lives Releases Sweeping Policy Platform
- 1 Million People Sign Petition to Remove Stanford Rape Case Judge
- MA: First State to Ban Employers from Asking for Salary History
- UT Austin Marks 50th Anniversary of Bell Tower Mass Shooting
Last week at the Democratic National Convention, one of the most powerful speeches came from Khizr Khan, the father of a U.S. soldier who died serving in Iraq in 2004. Onstage in Philadelphia, Khan asked Donald Trump whether he’d ever read the U.S. Constitution, and he offered Trump his own copy. In response, Trump attacked Khizr’s wife, Ghazala Khan, who appeared onstage alongside her husband. Trump’s comments sparked widespread outrage—including from the Khans themselves, who denounced Donald Trump, saying he is "totally unfit for the leadership of this country." For more, we speak with Farhana Khera, executive director of Muslim Advocates.
Society Is Failing Our Families: Sister Simone Campbell on Inequality, Donald Trump & Women's Health
Last week in Philadelphia, a caravan of Nuns on the Bus pulled up to the Democratic National Convention after visiting 13 states, where they hosted conversations with ordinary Americans on both sides of the political spectrum in an effort to bridge the divide. To learn more about their journey, we sat down with the caravan’s leader, Sister Simone Campbell. She’s a lawyer and poet and the executive director of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice.
Voting rights advocates have won a number of major victories that could reshape the November election. Over the past 10 days, a series of court rulings have struck down new voting restrictions in North Carolina, Wisconsin, Kansas and Texas. In North Carolina, judge Diana Motz wrote, "We cannot ignore the recent evidence that, because of race, the legislature enacted one of the largest restrictions of the franchise in modern North Carolina history.” Meanwhile in Wisconsin, U.S. District Judge James Peterson also struck down a voting rights law, writing that the objective of the law was to "suppress the reliably Democratic vote of Milwaukee’s African Americans." A week earlier, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit struck down a Texas law which has been described as the nation’s most restrictive voter ID law. For more, we speak with Ari Berman, senior contributing writer for The Nation, where he covers voting rights. Berman’s recent piece for The Nation is called "The Country’s Worst Anti-Voting Law Was Just Struck Down in North Carolina."
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- Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Voter ID Laws
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On Wednesday night, Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, delivered a prime-time speech in which he spoke about the nine months he spent with Jesuit missionaries in Honduras in 1980. To talk more about the significance of Tim Kaine’s time in Honduras, we speak with Greg Grandin, professor of Latin American history at New York University. His most recent article for The Nation is headlined "Eat, Pray, Starve: What Tim Kaine Didn’t Learn During His Time in Honduras."
To discuss Hillary Clinton’s historic nomination and how the Black Lives Matter movement is reflected in the Democratic platform, we are joined by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, author of "From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation" and an assistant professor of African-American studies at Princeton University, and Janaye Ingram, the former executive director of the National Action Network and a member of the 20/20 Leaders of America.
One of the main speakers leading up to Hillary Clinton’s historic address to the Democratic National Convention was Rev. William Barber of North Carolina. "When we love the Jewish child and the Palestinian child, the Muslim and the Christian and the Hindu and the Buddhist, and those who have no faith but they love this nation, we are reviving the heart of our democracy," Barber said.
As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton makes history by becoming the first woman to accept a major-party presidential nomination, we speak with Rebecca Traister, writer-at-large for New York Magazine who has covered Clinton for a decade. Her most recent article is headlined "Hillary Is Poised to Make the 'Impossible Possible'—for Herself and for Women in America." We are also joined by Kshama Sawant, a Socialist city councilmember in Seattle who helped win a $15/hour minimum wage for all workers in Seattle.
Protests continued to break out on the floor of the Democratic National Convention Thursday, as chants of "No more war" could be heard throughout the final night. Scores of Sanders delegates wore fluorescent green shirts reading "Enough is Enough," which appeared to glow in the dark whenever the arena lights dimmed in between speakers. Many delegates also held signs reading "Ban Fracking Now," "#DNC Email Leaks" and "Jill Stein." Democracy Now! met up with one group of delegates from California just after they walked out.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made history by becoming the first woman to accept a major-party presidential nomination. "Tonight, we’ve reached a milestone in our nation’s march toward a more perfect union: the first time that a major party has nominated a woman for President," Clinton said. "Standing here as my mother’s daughter, and my daughter’s mother, I’m so happy this day has come."
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- Sanders Delegates Walk Off DNC Convention Floor in Protest
- As Hillary Clinton Speaks Inside Convention, Hundreds Protest Outside Arena
- Delegates Given Chants to Counter Sanders Delegates' Protests
- Sanders Delegate: DNC Stripped My Credentials for Holding "No TPP" Sign
- Donald Trump on DNC Speakers: "I Was Going to Hit Them"
- Baltimore Prosecutors Say Police Undermined Freddie Gray Cases
- Ramsey Orta Sues New York City for $10 Million for Retaliation
- Trump Running Mate Mike Pence to Address ALEC Meeting
- Chelsea Manning Faces New Charges After Suicide Attempt
- Jessica Valenti Quits Social Media After Rape Threat to Her Child
- Iraq: U.S. Military Expands Role of Troops
- Clinton Running Mate Tim Kaine Pushes for More Israeli Military Funding
- Syria: Observers Say Another U.S. Strike Kills Dozens of Civilians
- Syria: Al-Nusra Breaks from Al-Qaeda's Global Leadership
- U.S. Gov't Pays Family of Italian Aid Worker Killed by Drone Strike
- Navy to Name Ship After Harvey Milk, Who Opposed Vietnam War
As President Obama addressed the Democratic National Convention last night, delegates held up signs denouncing the sweeping trade deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Obama has been pushing through the TPP, which encompasses 12 Pacific Rim nations, including the United States, and 40 percent of the world’s economy. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have come out opposing the deal amid a wave of public protest by those who say it benefits corporations at the expense of health and environmental regulations. This week, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe told Politico that he believes Hillary Clinton would support the TPP if she were elected president. The trade agreement will be one of the main economic issues the incoming president will have to address. Others include unprecedented levels of inequality, mounting student debt and financial sector reforms. We speak with Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize-winning economist, Columbia University professor and chief economist for the Roosevelt Institute.
In Philadelphia, the Democratic National Convention opened only one day after Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned following the release of nearly 20,000 emails revealing how the Democratic Party favored Hillary Clinton and worked behind the scenes to discredit and defeat Bernie Sanders. On Monday morning, protesters booed and heckled Wasserman Schultz at a Florida delegation breakfast. We speak about Wasserman and the DNC’s plans now with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who replaced Wasserman in gaveling open the convention.