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‘Get Your Knee Off Our Necks’: On 57th Anniversary of Historic Civil Rights Rally, Tens of Thousands March on Washington

An estimated 50,000 people are expected to attend the “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks” March in Washington, D.C. on Friday as racial justice advocates gather to mark the 57th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech at the 1963 March on Washington and commit to fighting for meaningful criminal justice reform. The name …

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‘We Want Justice’: Mass Demonstrations and Marches Erupt Nationwide to Protest Police Shooting of Jacob Blake

From Washington, D.C. to Denver to New York City to Minneapolis—where George Floyd was killed at the hands of police just three months ago—massive demonstrations and marches erupted Monday demanding justice for Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old father of six who was shot multiple times in the back at point-blank range by a Kenosha, Wisconsin police …

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‘Must-Watch’ Obama Eulogy for John Lewis Includes Powerful Call for Americans to Rise Up for Voting Rights

Former President Barack Obama on Thursday in a fiery eulogy of Rep. John Lewis, the civil rights movement hero who died July 17, highlighted the existential threat to democracy represented by the Republican Party as he called for expansion of voting rights, statehood for Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, and the end of the filibuster …

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‘Unacceptable, Un-American, and Unconstitutional’: Six Mayors Demand Congress Block Federal Agents From US Cities

Six mayors from around the country sent a letter to Congress Monday calling for legislation to block President Donald Trump from continuing to deploy federal agents to U.S. cities, calling the administration’s use of force “unacceptable, un-American, and unconstitutional.” “This provocation is resulting in direct physical harm to our communities and must end,” the letter …

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‘This Is Horrendous’: US Military Confirms Bayonets Were Issued to Troops Responding to George Floyd Protests

“Are they supposed to stab protesters?” That was Rep. Ted Lieu’s (D-Calif.) response Thursday to a letter by the highest-ranking military officer in the United States confirming that troops deployed to the nation’s capital last month to confront demonstrators protesting the police killing of George Floyd were issued bayonets. “It is difficult for us to …

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‘Long Past Time’: In Historic Vote, House Democrats Pass Legislation to Make DC the 51st State

Pro-democracy groups applauded House Democrats on Friday for passing historic legislation that would grant statehood to Washington, D.C. and give equal representation to the more than 700,000 people who live there. The Washington, D.C. Admission Act (H.R. 51) was introduced by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), the only federal lawmaker representing the District in Congress. As a …

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DC Sues Fossil Fuel Giants for Decades of Spending Millions to ‘Mislead Consumers and Discredit Climate Science in Pursuit of Profits’

District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine on Thursday sued fossil fuel giants BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, and Royal Dutch Shell for “systematically and intentionally” misleading D.C. consumers about the role their products play in causing the climate crisis—following in the footsteps of other communities and states across the country, including Minnesota on Wednesday. “For …

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White House Vows to Veto DC Statehood Bill Ahead of Historic Vote

The White House on Wednesday formally declared its opposition to proposed legislation to make Washington D.C. the 51st state. “This bill is unconstitutional because the retrocession of portions of the District of Columbia into a separate state would violate the 23rd Amendment,” the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) said in a statement. “This amendment, …

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‘American Secret Police’? Trump Deployment of Unidentified Law Enforcement Officials Across DC Sparks Alarm

Civil liberties groups and Democratic members of Congress are increasingly raising alarm at the Trump administration’s rapid deployment of unidentified law enforcement officials across Washington, D.C. as mass protests over the police killing of George Floyd continue to grow in the nation’s capital and across the United States. Journalists covering the demonstrations on the ground …

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‘What Authoritarianism Looks Like’: Trump Condemned as Busloads of US Soldiers Arrive in Nation’s Capital

As President Donald Trump faces growing criticism from veterans and some ex-military leaders—including his former Defense Secretary Gen. Jim Mattis—for deploying U.S. troops against peaceful protesters, busloads of soldiers arrived in the nation’s capital on Wednesday in what critics warned is part of the White House’s effort to intimidate and squash nationwide demonstrations against the …

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‘This Is No Game’: Trump Considering Insurrection Act to Deploy Military to US City Streets as Protests Continue

President Donald Trump on Monday evening threatened to use the Insurrection Act of 1807 to deploy the U.S. military to the nation’s city streets if unrest over the killing of George Floyd did not calm. “Trump is rejecting the rule of law and proposing military action that is antithetical to basic premises of the American …

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After Trump’s Authoritarian ‘Law and Order’ Speech, Military Helicopters Descend Low Over DC to Intimidate Protesters

Hours after President Donald Trump vowed in a White House address Monday to deploy “all available federal resources” against demonstrators protesting the police killing of George Floyd, military helicopters hovered dangerously low over crowds gathered in Washington, D.C. in an apparent effort to clear the streets with an intimidation tactic commonly used by the U.S. …

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‘When the Country Needed Leadership, Trump Turned Off the Lights’: White House Goes Dark as Protests Over Killing of George Floyd Rage Across Nation

As massive protests over the police killing of George Floyd raged outside of the White House, across the nation’s capital, and around the United States on Sunday, the external floodlights that typically keep the White House illuminated at night were shut off as President Donald Trump remained out of sight and silent—with the exception of …

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