Calls for Rahm Emanuel’s Resignation Flood Social Media Following Release of Laquan McDonald Video

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy hold a press conference to address the arrest of Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke on November 24, 2015, in Chicago. (photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy hold a press conference to address the arrest of Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke on November 24, 2015, in Chicago. (photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)


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Colleen Connolly | NBC Chicago | Reader Supported News | November 27, 2015

On Wednesday morning, the hashtag #ResignRahm was trending on Twitter in Chicago


hicago residents and activists have taken to social media following the release of the dash-cam video showing the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald to call for the resignation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who has come under fire recently for his stance on the release of the video.

On Wednesday morning, the hashtag #ResignRahm was trending on Twitter in Chicago. More than a week before the video was released to the public, Emanuel said it would be premature to release it due to the ongoing FBI investigation.

Critics attacked Emanuel, along with Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, for the 13 months it took to file charges against Officer Jason Van Dyke, who shot McDonald 16 times, and release the video to the public.

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Gay marriage is legal but not on tribal lands

FELICIA FONSECA | Associated Press | Yahoo News | November 27, 2015

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Cleo Pablo married her longtime partner when gay weddings became legal in Arizona and looked forward to the day when her wife and their children could move into her home in the small Native American community outside Phoenix where she grew up.

That day never came. The Ak-Chin Indian Community doesn’t recognize same-sex marriages and has a law that prohibits unmarried couples from living together. So Pablo voluntarily gave up her tribal home and now is suing the tribe in tribal court to have her marriage validated.

“I want equal opportunity,” Pablo said. “I want what every married couple has.”

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Here’s A Stirring Anthem For Those In The World’s Most Homophobic Countries

. | Huffingtion Post | November 26, 2015

Detroit-based DJ Steven James teamed up with singer-songwriter Quentin Sound to create a harrowing anthem for gays and lesbians living in the world’s most homophobic countries.

The music video for “We Know Who We Are” juxtaposes a pulsing EDM beat with disturbing news footage of anti-gay violence in Russia, Uganda and Jamaica.

“We move mountains, skyscrapers if they get in our way,” Sound sings. “No matter what people say about us/We know who we are.”

James told The Huffington Post that the purpose of his new song is to “reach out to gay teens in those countries and tell them that there is nothing wrong with being gay, no matter what locals and their leaders say.”

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How These Gay and Bisexual Members of Congress Sold Out Desperate LGBT Syrian Refugees


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Huffhgton Post | November 26l, 2015

“Our people are being thrown off buildings and they’re stoned to death,” Neil Grungras, the executive director of the Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration, told me this week, speaking about the plight of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in the grip of ISIS in Syria. The photos and videos of gruesome atrocities committed against them have gone viral around the world, with reports of men executed on the charge of engaging in sodomy. Michael Lavers at The Washington Blade has done a great deal of reporting on this ghastly reality, quoting leaders of LGBT refugee support groups and others who discuss blood-curdling reports of violence by ISIS, including one report about a transgender woman who was hung from her breasts.

“You couldn’t get more desperate,” Grugras said. “You couldn’t get a situation that’s more shouting for justice.” Those LGBT Syrians that do make it to Turkey or elsewhere as refugees seeking permanent, new homes, find themselves with little support, he said, facing rampant anti-gay discrimination, police brutality and poverty, often forced into sex work and put in dangerous situations.

These stories are among the many reasons why an intense backlash continues against gay and bisexual Democratic lawmakers in the U.S. House — Jared Polis of Colorado, Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona — who cowardly voted last week with the GOP and 44 other Democrats for the SAFE Act, a bill that, according to many refugee experts, would effectively shut down an already overburdened vetting process for Syrian and Iraqi refugees that takes up to two years. Polis, the first openly gay parent in Congress, was working overtime on Twitter and Facebook, clearly on the defensive and definitely not realizing the backlash would be so massive. Over the weekend, Maloney, the first openly gay person elected to Congress from New York State, tried to explain himself to AIDS activist Peter Staley, who lambasted Maloney on Facebook. But it was to no avail as Staley meticulously took apart Maloney’s distortions and rationalizations, while others jumped in to take Maloney to task.

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‘Civil Rights’ Means Anti-Gay for Some Republicans

Jay Michaelson | Doublespeak } The Daily Beast | November 26, 2015

A new bill proposed in Indiana purports to be a civil rights law, but would actually turn the clock backward for LGBT people.
The latest Republican strategy to turn back the tide of history against LGBT people is a masterpiece of doublespeak: introduce “civil rights” legislation that is, in fact, anti-gay.

The first salvo of this new, cynical tactic has just been fired by Republicans in the Indiana State Senate. There, a new bill is being sold as a landmark compromise on LGBT equality; on the face of it; the bill protects LGBT people from discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations.

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“After you destroy the caliphate, you have to stay involved.” – Lindsey Graham


RT America | November 25, 2015

Larry King interviews U.S. Republican Senator and presidential candidate Lindsey Graham on American foreign policy and how to combat ISIS. Graham says ISIS offers a “glorious death” so America has to offer a “hopeful life.” Then, King talks to political pundit Bob Beckel about his new memoir.

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Bernie Sanders Vows to Continue MLK’s Revolution

Bernie Sanders and Killer Mike share a meal. (photo: John Wagner/Twitter)
Bernie Sanders and Killer Mike share a meal. (photo: John Wagner/Twitter)


Scott Galindez | Reader Supported News | November 25, 2015

enator Bernie Sanders spent Monday, November 23rd in Atlanta, capping a two-day swing through Georgia.

Calling the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “a hero” and “an inspiration,” Sanders visited the King Center, where he said he was “honored and pleased” to meet with the Rev. Bernice King, the Kings’ youngest daughter.

“Dr. King saw not only the need to end racism and segregation but to create an economy that works for all Americans,” Sanders told reporters gathered on a sidewalk outside the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King Jr. was the pastor.

As a student activist at the University of Chicago, Sanders traveled to Washington D.C. in 1963 to attend the March on Washington and saw King deliver his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

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Conservatives Have a Very Twisted View of What Pro-Family Means

Jessica Valenti | The Guardian | AlterNet | November 25, 2015

It’s not a surprise to me that in the race to win the Republican nomination, the candidates are working hard to find ways to win over women. Each has gushed on stage about their own mothers, or the importance of motherhood, and Marco Rubio made a point in the last debate to talk about the cost of child care. Issues at the top of mind for many women, like reproductive rights and equal pay, of course, will go mysteriously unmentioned.

As the election looms, the Republican’s transparent efforts to appeal to women in the only way they know how will only intensify. As it does, I hope the Democrats will recognize the opportunity they have and call out the right on the shocking hypocrisy of claiming to be pro-women or pro-family while continuing their witch hunt against Planned Parenthood and efforts to stop women from obtaining legal abortions.


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America’s Political Landscape Providing Fresh Soil for Fascism

Robert Kuttner | Huffington Post | AlterNet | November 25, 2015

There’s a must-read article if you want to understand why Democrats are losing the support of low income people who benefit from government programs like Medicaid and food stamps and logically should vote for Democrats based on pocketbook interests.

Alex MacGillis, of ProPublica, writing in the New York Times Sunday Review, observes that for the most part, the poor aren’t defecting to Republicans — they are not voting at all.

His exhibit A is eastern Kentucky, one of America’s poorest and most government-dependent regions. But the poor are so marginalized and disaffected that they are disconnected from civic life entirely.

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Dashcam footage shows Chicago cop shooting black teen 16 times


RT America | November 24, 2015

The Chicago Police Department has released the dashcam video showing Officer Jason Van Dyke fatally shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times, sparking protests against the death. RT’s Simone Del Rosario speaks with retired US Marshal Matthew Fogg about the video and what it might mean for the indictment of Van Dyke.

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