Saturday’s news links – June 6, 2020


‘What if I was George Floyd?’: Jaguars march to sheriff’s office amid NFL outcry Guardian

NFL Stars Demand The League ‘Admit Wrong’ To Silencing Players Amid Bogus Statement NewsOne

A history lesson for Trump: Lafayette Square was once a slave market Washington Post

“Who has been deployed on the streets of Washington?” Financial Times reports: “Units from the FBI, the Secret Service, the U.S. Park Police, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Prisons, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Capitol Police and the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection, among others, have been sent on to Washington’s streets, Mr Barr said.”

Why The Small Protests In Small Towns Across America Matter BuzzFeed

NYPD terror

More on the time Rudy Giuliani helped incite a riot of racist cops Washington Post

NYPD’s Ambush Of Peaceful Bronx Protesters Was “Executed Nearly Flawlessly,” City Leaders Agree Gothamist

With Mayor Bill de Blasio untroubled by mounting video evidence showing his police department engaging in wanton acts of violence against peaceful protesters, journalists, medics, and essential workers over the past week, the NYPD once again took to the streets of New York City on Thursday night to viciously and arbitrarily enforce the mayor’s 8 p.m. curfew.

The Police Are Out of Control. NYTimes editorial

‘Kettling’ of Peaceful Protesters Shows Aggressive Shift by N.Y. Police NYTimes

‘Deeply Disturbing’: New York Supreme Court Judge Rules Protesters Can Be Detained Indefinitely Common Dreams

The Police Are Rioting. We Need to Talk About It. Jamelle Bouie, NYTimes

Every Buffalo Cop in Elite Unit Quits to Back Officers Who Shoved Elderly Man to Ground: Report Daily Beast

LAPD officers seen striking protesters with batons in Fairfax district confrontation captured on video ABC

Park Police contradict the White House’s claims that it didn’t use tear gas on protesters, admit they were ‘incorrect’ in saying pepper balls aren’t tear gas Business Insider

Who Are They? Unmarked Security Forces in DC Spark Fear Defense One

Abolish the police

I’m a Minneapolis City Council Member. We Must Disband the Police—Here’s What Could Come Next Time

Movement to defund police gains ‘unprecedented’ support across US Guardian

Black deaths at the hands of law enforcement are linked to historical lynchings Economic Policy Institute

Tacoma mayor calls for officers to be fired over death of an unarmed black man who yelled ‘I can’t breathe!’ Washington Post

‘Protecting property’ is an abstraction to the growing share of Americans who own nothing Washington Post

Trump Tells Black Reporter Asking About Racism To Shut Up

Teargas is banned in warfare, it should not be used on the public Toward Freedom

As Trump Threatens To Send Active-Duty Military To Cities, Some Veterans Hit The Streets — To Protest CPR News

More Than 280 Military Officials, Diplomats Call on Donald Trump Not to Use Troops Against Protests Newsweek

The Anti-Black and Anti-Semitic History of “Outside Agitators” Internationalist 360°

Slack Removed a Blog Post Showing How Police Use its Tech Vice

Erie, PA

Erie woman who was kicked by police officer says, ’I was 100 percent peaceful’ PA Post


“When I see a car with an American flag decal, I know that person’s not my friend.” — Jackie Robinson

Sinn Féin

Australia, Asia protests embrace ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement Nikkei

Germany: Thousands attend anti-racism protests DW

Capitalist crisis

Why the Shockingly Good Jobs Report Might Be Bad News New York Mag

In the BLS’s own view, its unemployment number comes with a massive asterisk. The bureau believes the overall rate is actually closer to 16.3 percent, down from 19.5 percent last month.

Returning to normal? Michael Roberts

But the U.S. unemployment rate is still 13.3%, or more than one-third higher than in the depths of the Great Recession. And if you include those wanting full-time work but cannot get it, the U-6 category, then the unemployment rate is 21%, and adding another 3 million people who were not classified, the total unemployment rate in May is more like 25%. Moreover the rate for Blacks rose.

Mainstream Media Ignores Black Unemployment Rising While Celebrating Jobless Rate NewsOne

Here’s why the real unemployment rate may be higher than reported CNBC

While welcome gains, job losses since February still total 19.6 million Economic Policy Institute

Dentists’ offices are responsible for 10 percent of jobs regained last month The Week

A Better Jobs Report Belies America’s Breadlines Wired

Report: Walmart Workers Cost Taxpayers $6.2 Billion In Public Assistance Forbes

Big Oil

U.S. Senators Introduce Legislation To Stop Completion Of Russian Gas Pipeline RFE/RL – no time for anti-lynching law, but plenty of time to give Big Oil a helping hand

Indigenous Peoples

Federal Judge Rules In Favor Of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Mashpee Enterprise

People Try To Do Right By Each Other, No Matter the Motivation, Study Finds PhysOrg

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