Showing posts from February 22, 2017

Today's Trumpery

[A daily pastiche of Trumpisms and responses thereto. *RON*]

Rep. Marsha Blackburn Besieged By Boos At Tennessee Town Hall, Huffington Post
Does he really want the job? It won’t be smooth sailing for Trump’s new national security adviser, [Now I read that McMaster is anti-Russian]
Democratic Socialists make headway in U.S. after Trump's win, Reuters [A way in for Bernie or just more polarization?]
Holding Trump Accountable, The New Yorker [The only people with leverage over him won't use it]
Hundreds Form 'Human Wall' in Mexico to Protest Trump, Common Dreams
With Mulvaney in Place, Budget Office Preps 'Hit List' on Public Programs, Common Dreams

No place like home: America’s eviction epidemic

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[Trump will do nothing to make this better and will most likely make things worse. Soaring rents and low wages have hit the poorest families in the US hard. Harvard sociologist Matthew Desmond introduces an extract from his heartbreaking book about the crisis. *RON*]

Matthew Desmond, The Guardian, 12 February 2017

Q&A with Matthew Desmond: ‘It’s a problem we need to hate more’
Even in the most desolate areas of American cities, evictions used to be rare enough to draw crowds. Eviction riots erupted during the Depression, even though the number of poor families who faced eviction each year was a fraction of what it is today. A New York Times account of community resistance to the eviction of three Bronx families in February 1932 observed: “Probably because of the cold, the crowd numbered only 1,000.” Sometimes neighbours confronted the marshals directly, sitting on the evicted family’s furniture to prevent its removal or moving the family back …

How Women's Studies Erased Black Women

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[One reason Hillary failed. *RON*]
Erin Blakemore, JSTOR Daily, 11 February 2017

For many, a single photo defined the Women’s March on Washington: an image of three blond, texting white women standing behind a woman of color who holds a sign that reads “Don’t forget: White women voted for Trump.” The viral image sums up the concerns that the largely white march appropriated the labor of black women. Though the photo’s subject occupies the foreground, she is, in effect, hidden from the other, white participants of the march—an experience that is echoed by the ways in which black women were erased from early Women’s Studies.

The Deadly Reality of Construction Work

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[Why the Trump administration will eventually decide is just loves immigrants - they form a cheap, unregulated, disposable labour pool. *RON*]
Michael Arria, In These Times, 17 February 2017

Construction worker deaths are rising in New York and Latinos are especially at risk.

That’s according to a new report, released last month, by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH). Between 2006-2015, at least 464 construction workers died while on the job in New York. The study also found safety violations at more than 68 percent of construction site inspections. The penalties for such infractions are small.

Released in the shadow of Donald Trump’s controversial executive orders on immigration, the report identifies the specific vulnerabilities of being a Latino construction worker. While Latinos made up just 30 percent of the construction workforce in 2015, they accounted for 57 percent of the fatalities due to falls.

U.S. carrier group patrols in tense South China Sea

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[The saber-rattling grows apace though, in and among the random swivels that characterize Trump's foreign policy, it's also beginning to look like he might be preferring China over Russia at this point. See also: China finishing South China Sea buildings that could house missiles - U.S. officials; ASEAN unsettled by China weapon systems, tension in South China Sea. *RON*]
Matthew Tostevin, Reuters, 18 February 2017
A United States aircraft carrier strike group has begun patrols in the South China Sea amid growing tension with China over control of the disputed waterway and concerns it could become a flashpoint under the new U.S. administration.

China's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday warned Washington against challenging its sovereignty in the South China Sea.

Homeland Security unveils sweeping plan to deport undocumented immigrants

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[He's kept the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) program. See the original article to view the government documents involved. *RON*]
Alan Gomez , USA Today, 21 February 2017

The Department of Homeland Security issued a sweeping set of orders Tuesday that implement President Trump's plan to increase immigration enforcement, placing the vast majority of the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation.

The memos instruct all agents — including Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) — to identify, capture and quickly deport every undocumented immigrant they encounter.

The memos require undocumented immigrants caught entering the country to be placed in detention until their cases are resolved, increase the ability of local police to help in immigration enforcement, call for the hiring of 10,000 more immigration agents and allow planning to begin on an exp…