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"RBG": New Documentary Celebrates Life of Groundbreaking Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

http://www.democracynow.org - 12 hours 38 min ago

One of the most talked-about documentaries at this year’s Sundance Film Festival looks at the groundbreaking life of the nearly 85-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 2018 marks her 25th year on the court, and she has no plans to retire. Ginsburg first gained fame in the 1970s when she co-founded the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union, where she argued six gender discrimination cases before the Supreme Court. In recent years, Ginsburg’s public profile has soared as the court has swerved to the right. Ginsburg often now finds herself on the dissenting side of opinions. We feature excerpts from the new film and speak with its directors, Julie Cohen and Betsy West.

Amy Goodman Questions Ruth Bader Ginsburg About #MeToo Movement at Sundance Film Festival

http://www.democracynow.org - 12 hours 42 min ago

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was at Sundance for the premiere of the new documentary ”RGB” and spoke to Amy Goodman about the her thoughts on the #MeToo movement and the Women’s March. When Ginsburg argued before the Supreme Court the first time in 1972, she quoted Sarah Grimke, the noted abolitionist and advocate of equal rights for men and women, who said, “I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.” Goodman asked if this demand still stands.

"The Year of Our Awakening": Global Protests Mark Anniversary of Women's March & Trump Inauguration

http://www.democracynow.org - 12 hours 55 min ago

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets across the country this weekend to mark the first anniversary of last year’s historic Women’s March protesting President Trump’s inauguration. As Democracy Now! broadcast from the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, protesters braved freezing temperatures and a snowstorm to take part in a Respect Rally. We feature the voices of longtime women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred and actress Jane Fonda, and speak with actress Tessa Thompson, who played the superhero Valkyrie in the film “Thor,” Samantha “Sam” White in “Dear White People” and Diane Nash in “Selma.”

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on "How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective"

http://www.democracynow.org - January 19, 2018 - 8:54am

We speak with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor about the new collection of essays she edited that is titled “How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective.” Taylor is an assistant professor of African American studies at Princeton University and the author of “From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation.”

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor: Democratic Party Faces Reckoning for Purging Sanders Supporters

http://www.democracynow.org - January 19, 2018 - 8:39am

As President Trump completes his first year in office, activists in cities across the country will hold mass protests Saturday on the first anniversary of the historic Women’s March. This comes as a slew of lawmakers have joined members of the Black Congressional Caucus in backing a resolution to censure President Trump over his racist comments in which the president reportedly used an expletive to refer to African nations, El Salvador and Haiti. Several Democratic lawmakers say they will also skip the State of the Union address on January 30 over Trump’s racist remarks. Meanwhile, Trump himself denies being a racist, claiming on Sunday that he is “the least racist person.” To discuss Trump’s first year in office, the direction of the Democratic Party and where racial justice movements go from here, we are joined by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, assistant professor of African American studies at Princeton University. She is the author of “From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation” and editor of a new collection of essays titled “How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective.”

As Shutdown Looms over Immigration, Trump's Rejection of Refugees Could Have Global Domino Effect

http://www.democracynow.org - January 19, 2018 - 8:14am

As Senate Democrats say they’ll vote against a government spending bill that fails to protect DACA recipients, setting up a potential government shutdown, we look at the worldwide refugee crisis. The United Nations Refugee Agency reports the number of displaced people worldwide has hit a record high, with more than 65 million people forcibly displaced from their homes. As the humanitarian crisis grows, the United States and many other nations are limiting immigration and closing their borders. During his first year in office, President Trump sought to ban all refugees and citizens of many majority-Muslim nations. When federal judges struck down multiple versions of the so-called Muslim travel bans, Trump then slashed the number of refugees who could be resettled in the United States this year, capping the number at 45,000—the lowest level in three decades. We speak with David Miliband, president of the International Rescue Committee, former British MP and author of the new book, “Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of Our Time.”

Trump Biographer on the President's Cognitive Decline & Whether He Will Be Impeached

http://www.democracynow.org - January 18, 2018 - 8:52am

White House doctor Ronny Jackson said Tuesday President Trump is in good health and displayed a normal score on a cognitive exam, amid mounting questions about President Trump’s mental health. But on Wednesday, medical experts said that the results from Trump’s recent physical exam show the president has high levels of cholesterol and is at serious risk of a heart attack. We speak to journalist David Cay Johnston about the possibility of impeachment or the invocation of the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

How Trump's Deregulatory Push Is Harming Workers, Muzzling EPA Scientists and Unleashing Pollution

http://www.democracynow.org - January 18, 2018 - 8:45am

As President Trump’s own chief of staff, John Kelly, calls his boss “uninformed,” we will look at how Trump is transforming the nation by slashing taxes on the rich, gutting the nation’s regulatory system and muzzling climate scientists. We speak to David Cay Johnston, author of “It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America.”

Trump Biographer: Trump is the "Most Racist" President in At Least 100 Years

http://www.democracynow.org - January 18, 2018 - 8:39am

On Capitol Hill, Democrats are preparing a bill that would formally censure Donald Trump over racist comments in which the president reportedly called African nations, El Salvador and Haiti “shithole countries.” The effort is being led by New York Congressmember Jerrold Nadler and Representative Cedric Richmond, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. It comes as several Democratic lawmakers have announced they will skip the State of the Union address on January 30 over Trump’s racist remarks. Among them are Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, Frederica Wilson of Florida, Pramila Jayapal of Washington, Maxine Waters of California and John Lewis of Georgia. We speak to David Cay Johnston, author of “It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America.”

"It's Even Worse Than You Think": David Cay Johnston on Trump's First Year in Office

http://www.democracynow.org - January 18, 2018 - 8:27am

Uninformed. That was the word White House Chief of Staff John Kelly used to describe his boss, President Trump, on Thursday. According to The Washington Post, Kelly told members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that some of Trump’s hardline immigration policies—including his call to build a wall along the entire southern border— were “uninformed.” Kelly said, “Certain things are said during the campaign that are uninformed.” Well, today we spend the hour looking at Trump’s first year in office with David Cay Johnston, a journalist who has been covering Donald Trump since 1988. He is out this week with a new book titled “It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America.”

David Cay Johnston: Trump is Determined to Provoke War to Draw Focus from Racist & Erratic Behavior

http://www.democracynow.org - January 18, 2018 - 8:18am

The New York Times reports that the Pentagon is proposing widening the permissible use of nuclear weapons to include responding to cyberattacks and other non-nuclear attacks to U.S. infrastructure. The Pentagon has already outlined this expanded nuclear strategy in a draft document sent to President Trump for approval. It comes amid a series of moves by the Pentagon and President Trump that have escalated the threat of nuclear war. The Wall Street Journal reports the Pentagon is planning to develop two new sea-based nuclear weapons. The New York Times also reports the Pentagon is conducting a series of war games to prepare for a potential war with North Korea. We speak to Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter David Cay Johnston, who has been covering Donald Trump for nearly 30 years. His latest book is just out, titled “It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America.”

"ICE Is Sending Us a Message": Activist Maru Mora Villalpando on Being Targeted for Deportation

http://www.democracynow.org - January 17, 2018 - 8:53am

We end today’s show with undocumented activist Maru Mora Villalpando. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has placed her in deportation proceedings, in a move she calls retaliation for her political activism. Maru is a nationally known immigrant rights activist who leads the organization, Northwest Detention Center Resistance. She has engaged in multiple acts of civil disobedience to protest deportations and immigrant detentions. She says, only days before Christmas, she received a “Notice to Appear.” She writes, “With the letter delivered to my house, ICE has officially made the leap from a law enforcement agency to a political repression agency, crossing a line that should concern us all.” Maru has lived in the U.S. for more than 25 years.

Is ICE Targeting Immigration Activists? Family Members of Detained & Deported Leaders Speak Out

http://www.democracynow.org - January 17, 2018 - 8:34am

Ravi Ragbir, the executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC, was detained on Thursday when he went to his check-in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. Ravi’s detention sparked a peaceful protest that was met with police violence. Police arrested 18 people, including members of the New York City Council. He is now being held in Florida and faces deportation. We speak with his wife Amy Gottlieb, a longtime immigrant rights advocate with the American Friends Service Committee.

NYC Immigration Activist Jean Montrevil Speaks Out After Deportation to Haiti: "My Heart Is Broken"

http://www.democracynow.org - January 17, 2018 - 8:23am

On Tuesday, immigrant rights leader Jean Montrevil was deported to Haiti after residing in the United States for over three decades. He came to the U.S. from Haiti with a green card in 1986 at the age of 17. During the height of the crack epidemic, he was convicted of possession of cocaine and sentenced to 11 years in prison. He served that time. Upon his release, he married a U.S. citizen, had four children, became a successful small businessman, as well as an immigrant rights activist. He has had no further interaction with the criminal justice system. Joining us from Haiti is Jean Montrevil, who was deported to Haiti on Tuesday. We are also joined by Jani Cauthen, Jean’s former wife and the mother of three of his children.

New York City Councilmember Jumaane Williams: Civil Disobedience Is Needed to Protect Immigrants

http://www.democracynow.org - January 17, 2018 - 8:17am

New York City Councilmember Jumaane Williams was arrested last Thursday along with fellow City Councilmember Ydanis Rodríguez and 16 others as they and others attempted to block an ambulance being used to transport Ravi Ragbir to detention last week. Speaking at Judson Memorial Church, Williams talked about Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s inspiration and the need for civil disobedience.

"Letter from an Immigration Jail": Hear the Words of Detained Immigrant Leader Ravi Ragbir

http://www.democracynow.org - January 17, 2018 - 8:13am

On Martin Luther King Day here in New York City, hundreds gathered to oppose the detention of local activist Ravi Ragbir, who was detained last week when he went to his check-in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. Ragbir is executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC, and he helped pioneer the accompaniment program for thousands of others who face similar check-ins. Ravi’s detention sparked a peaceful protest that was met with police violence. Police arrested 18 people, including members of the New York City Council. Ravi legally immigrated to the United States from Trinidad and Tobago more than 25 years ago, but a 2001 wire fraud conviction made his green card subject to review. Even though he is married to a U.S. citizen and has a U.S.-born daughter, the government refused to normalize his status. Just a week prior, Jean Montrevil, another leader with the New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC, was detained outside of his home. He was deported to Haiti on Tuesday. On Monday, hundreds circled Washington Square Park in a Jericho walk and then gathered at Judson Memorial Church to show support for Ravi and Jean. Rhiya Trivedi, a member of Ravi Ragbir’s defense committee, read a letter from Ravi.

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