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The Democratic Party platform committee held its last meeting in Orlando, Florida, over the weekend ahead of the party’s convention at the end of this month. The meeting of Clinton and Sanders delegates resulted in what’s being called the most liberal Democratic platform in a generation. The draft platform still needs to be ratified at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, but it is already widely being touted as a victory for Sanders. Sanders appointed five members to the committee earlier this year, including scholar and racial justice activist Cornel West, leading environmentalist and 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben and Minnesota Congressmember Keith Ellison, who chairs the House Progressive Caucus. The new platform includes Sanders’ call for a $15-per-hour minimum wage, Social Security expansion and a carbon tax to price its impact on the environment. We speak with award-winning documentary filmmaker and Sanders delegate Josh Fox. He’s the director of "How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and is now playing on HBO.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today at a joint rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The rally comes less than two weeks before the start of the Democratic National Convention. Clinton assumed the mantle of the party’s presumptive nominee after winning the California primary in June, but Sanders refused to concede the nomination in part to give his campaign greater power to push the party to adopt a more progressive platform. On Sunday, Sanders sent out a release praising the adoption of what he called the "most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party." We speak to Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN). He was one of the five people picked by Bernie Sanders to serve on the Democratic National Convention’s platform committee. "It takes a position in favor of $15 and a union for a federal minimum wage. It takes a position on a whole range of things, including the environment, that are progressive steps forward," Ellison said. "What do we not achieve? A complete opposition to fracking, we don’t have that. What is else not achieved? There are some things on some foreign policy fronts that I think would and could be better, some saber-rattling with regard to Iran that I don’t think is helpful."
- Obama to Speak at Dallas Memorial for Slain Police Officers
- After Dallas, RNC Organizers Eye Ohio's Open-Carry Laws Warily
- Donald Trump: "I am the Law and Order Candidate"
- Republican Party to Endorse Trump's Wall Along U.S.-Mexico Border
- Bernie Sanders Formally Endorsing Hillary Clinton Today
- Protests Continue Nationally Against Fatal Police Shootings
- Baton Rouge DA Steps Down from Sterling Case, Is Friends with Cop's Parents
- Dallas Police Chief to Anti-Police Brutality Protesters: "Join Police"
- British PM Cameron to Resign Wednesday; Theresa May to Take Power
- Pentagon to Deploy 560 More U.S. Soldiers to Iraq
- Airstrike Destroys Another Hospital in Syria, Killing 3
- U.S. Transfers 3 Guantánamo Prisoners to Italy and Serbia
- Former Black Panther Wins Settlement After 22 Years in Solitary
More than 300 people were arrested over the weekend as protests against police brutality erupted in more than a dozen U.S. cities over the fatal police shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Philando Castile’s death comes on the heels of massive protests over another fatal police shooting in Minnesota last year: the police killing of Jamar Clark. Authorities say Clark was shot in the head after a scuffle with officers who responded to a report of an assault. But multiple witnesses say Clark was shot while handcuffed. For more, we speak with Minnesota Democratic Representative Keith Ellison. He is also one of the five people picked by Bernie Sanders to serve on the Democratic National Committee Platform Drafting Committee.
As protests against police brutality spread across the United States, a shocking new joint investigation by The New York Times and The Marshall Project looks at a little-examined part of the criminal justice system: the horrific, and sometimes fatal, private prison extradition industry. Each year, tens of thousands of fugitives and suspects—many who have never been convicted of a crime—are entrusted to a handful of small private companies that specialize in transferring the men and women across the country. After reviewing thousands of court documents and interviewing more than 50 current or former guards and executives, two reporters with The Marshall Project uncovered cases of two prisoners dying of perforated ulcers, another woman who was sexually assaulted and a third who had to have both legs amputated from complications of untreated diabetes. For more, we speak with the two reporters, Eli Hager and Alysia Santo, as well as Roberta Blake, who was arrested in 2014 after not returning a rental car on time, and a former private prison guard, Fernando Colon.
Protests against police brutality erupted across the United States over the weekend, with tens of thousands of people taking to the streets and blocking roads, bridges and highways in more than a dozen U.S. cities. Hundreds of people were arrested nationwide. The protests were sparked by the police killing of two African-American men last week—Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. But another recent police shooting has gone largely unnoticed by national media. On July 4, off-duty New York police officer Wayne Isaacs shot and killed Delrawn Small, an unarmed African-American man. Police officers initially claimed Small punched Officer Isaacs in the face following a driving confrontation. But surveillance video that has just been released counters that claim and instead shows the off-duty officer shooting Small within one second of Small approaching the vehicle. For more, we speak with Roger Wareham, the attorney representing Delrawn Small’s family.
- Protests Erupt Nationwide After Police Killings, 300+ Arrested
- Countries Issue Warning for Citizens Traveling to U.S. After Killings by Police
- New York: Video of Off-Duty Officer Killing Driver Sparks Protests
- Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder, Serena Williams Say #BlackLivesMatter
- Dallas Sniper was Army Veteran with Past Sexual Assault Allegation
- Former NYC Mayor Giuliani Claims Black Lives Matter is Racist
- Bernie Sanders to Endorse Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire Tuesday
- 6 More Women Accuse Roger Ailes of Sexual Harassment
- Former British PM Tony Blair Faces Contempt Vote over Iraq War
- Family of U.S. Journalist Killed in Syria Sues Assad Regime
- South Sudan: Hundreds Die as Fighting Intensifies in Juba
- Cambodia: Thousands Mourn Killing of Leading Activist
- Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Sydney Schanberg Dies