Category Archives: Human Rights

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Stream of consciousness from the screaming hell of caffeine addiction, My love/hate relationship with my party. Campaigns and Elections. Adam’s wild years. Political economy. Election2020. Honoring Veterans.

Keep your hate, clipped and distant
Keep your luck, a two-headed cow
The pilgrimage has gained momentum
Take a turn, take a turn
Take a fortune, take a fortune – R.E.M.


Adam’s random thoughts on DCCC, 2019 Patrick Botterman Award Breakfast, and #MedicareForAll. Plus, Lisa on #MedicareForAll
Piss DCCC – image from last night’s deleted tweet. I meant what I said but didn’t want to slam the DCCC the same day the DEM HOUSE did some good work.
Rep. Jan Schakowsky IL-9 and Lisa
Jan and Lisa
Rock star in his own mind Adam Broad with True Rock Star Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky

Coffee Talk #Broadsheet #Broadcast

Coffee Talk #Broadsheet #Broadcast

There’s this mythos that the left wing controls the media… Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, that’s not the far left. It is in a bizarro world where you have a President like you have now… we’re living in a rightwing madhouse where these corporate conservative people are the far left.

More nonsense. More craziness. It becomes normal in a sort of way. Like the way racism is normalized to the point where we don’t even see it.

RICHARDSON! calls in! TIGER WON? Are you kidding? I thought Ex-Cub, ex-White Sox Bobby Molinaro was going to win that thing!

Fun Facts: The GOP was formed in 1854. Lincoln campaigned for Republican candidates to the Illinois General Assembly in 1858 seeking an appointment to the US Senate.


Socialism Never Works


April 4, 1968 to 2019 in one micro-blog

The Great Society and The War Against Poverty were laid to rest in the napalm ashes of the Vietnam War and the Reagan Reaction that came after the malaise of the Carter years. Dr. King died on this day in 1968 while advocating for sanitation workers in Memphis. 15 years later Ronald Reagan signed MLK Day into a national holiday while at the same time The Reagan Adminstration made sure the modest gains of the Poor Peoples Campaign withered in austerity. The 30 million dollars per day burden of killing Vietnamese peasants to save them from communism has become a 30 million dollars per hour Forever War. For Dr. King, the protest against mindless militarism and for economic justice was one and the same. It is not only fitting we remember the lessons of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it is essential for our future to act upon them.

https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/?fbclid=IwAR086uiJmkNPdS5_ri7F7eKw9A1DHxJXlK-A_E84_81qtvbe6-6tHaezmUA


Trump Administration and Mexico attempted to cover-up violations by targeting Journalists and Activists

March 8, 2019

National Lawyers Guild condemns “Operation Secure Line”

Investigation and leaked documents uncovered human rights violations, watch list, and sytematic targeting.

Clear evidence Trump Administration is conspiring against US journalists with a foreign government. Was this secret program the planning phase of another Jamal Khashoggi scenario or just another routine disregard for the First Amendment? Another scandal on the pile.

TIJUANA, Mexico—Leaked US-Mexican government documents revealed both governments are maintaining a secret database targeting at least 59 journalists, activists, and an attorney as part of an intelligence-gathering mission under “Operation Secure Line,” based on their work reporting on and offering humanitarian aid to the recent caravans of migrants fleeing from violence and poverty. The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) condemns this practice as a blatant violation of civil liberties and attempt to intimidate those seeking to provide necessary, legal and legitimate aid to migrants and their families.

An NLG delegation was in Tijuana investigating violations of migrants’ rights by US and Mexican authorities when the documents, titled “San Diego Sector Foreign Operations Branch: Migrant Caravan FY-2019, Suspected Organizers, Coordinators, Instigators and Media,” were uncovered. Prior to the leaked report, the delegation heard stories of hours-long interrogations, harassment, confiscation of electronic devices, and intimidation of activists and lawyers by immigration authorities on both sides of the border related to their humanitarian work, including members of the group Pueblo Sin Fronteras (PSF). Many activists who felt singled out by CBP correctly suspected that they were on a government watch list due to their association with the migrant caravan, especially following the of two journalists and US attorneys with Al Otro Lado who were denied entry into Mexico earlier this month, who were held and faced questioning for up to 10 hours.

“It’s worrisome, but not surprising… I was taken into a concrete
cell for interrogation and they took my phone, scanned all my notebooks, all the papers I brought… It angers me that the government is using taxpayer funds to create a database meant to intimidate people.”

Alex Mensing, a US citizen living in Tijuana who helped coordinate the delegation’s meetings with domestic and international NGOs, as well as Mexican human rights and immigration authorities, chose not to accompany the delegation to San Diego on Wednesday for meetings with the ACLU, Border Angels, and the International Rescue Committee. Mensing has been repeatedly stopped for secondary questioning by US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) on a clear effort to intimate PSF and other volunteers. “It’s worrisome, but not surprising,” Mensing told Telemundo yesterday. “I was taken into a concrete
cell for interrogation and they took my phone, scanned all my notebooks, all the papers I brought… It angers me that the government is using taxpayer funds to create a database meant to intimidate people.” For the last four months, Mensing has attempted to obtain information directly from CBP about his repeated questioning to no avail.

“We witnessed migrants who had traveled days fleeing violence and persecution, only to be denied their right to claim asylum at the border, in contravention of international law. Instead, they were required to put their name on a handwritten list, then wait indefinitely while trying to find food and shelter, dodging violence and deportation, in hope that their names would be called to start the arduous process that is the US asylum system.”

Pooja Gehi, Executive Director of the NLG and member of the Tijuana delegation, said, “We witnessed migrants who had traveled days fleeing violence and persecution, only to be denied their right to claim asylum at the border, in contravention of international law. Instead, they were required to put their name on a handwritten list, then wait indefinitely while trying to find food and shelter, dodging violence and deportation, in hope that their names would be called to start the arduous process that is the US asylum system.”

It is also important to note that Mexico has previously operationalized their surveillance of activists and journalists through practices such as Pegasus malware, and the leaked list also delegitimizes the Democrats’ offer of a “technological wall” as an acceptable compromise to Trump’s border wall that would be any more lawful or based in human rights principles.

While government surveillance of activists is nothing new, and an issue the NLG has a long history of fighting, we are particularly concerned that binational surveillance of activists will not only deter people from engaging in humanitarian action but will also leave migrants in need of humanitarian and legal support with neither, thereby exacerbating human suffering at the border.

Since last year, NLG lawyers, legal workers, and law students have been on the ground in Tijuana volunteering legal support, training, and observation in coordination with other organizations such as Al Otro Lado. The NLG urges deepened investigation into this report and demands an immediate termination of the illegal practice of targeting activists and journalists.

The National Lawyers Guild, whose membership includes lawyers, legal workers, jailhouse lawyers, and law students, was formed in 1937 as the United States’ first racially-integrated bar association to advocate for the protection of constitutional, human and civil rights.

(Adam’s Note: This blog was mostly extrapolated from a press release by the National Lawyers Guild without any prior approval or consent. The headline and prefaces to the text and the presentation of the text reflect my personal editorial perspective and points of emphasis.)


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