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07/21/20 07/21/20 [captioning made possible by democracy now!] amamy: from new york, this is democracy now! pres. t trump: more fedederal ad law w enforcement. in portland, they have done a fantastic job. they've done a fantastic job in short period of time. a lot of people in jail. these are in argus. amy: president trump is threatening to deploy federal forces to chicago and other cities as outcry grows in
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portland, oregon, where an identified federal officials have been attacking anti-racist protesters and even snatching activists off the streets in unmarked vans. we will go to portland for the latest. then we look at the trump's administration's attempt to force public schools to reopen amid the nation's worst public hehealth crisis in a century. >> the president has made clear is we think it is absolutely imperative that every state and territory in this country make steps and take steps, r rather,o get kids back in the classroomom to thehe fullest extent possibl. amy: we will speak to teachers in seattle and chicago who fear putening schools will students, teachers, and staff at risk and look at a new surge in covid-19 deaths and hospitalizations. all that and more, coming up. welcome to democracy now!,
4:02 pm, ththe quarante rereport. i'm amy gogoodman. floridida has reported more than 10,000 new coronavirus cases for the sixth day in a row. on monday, florida's largest teachersrs union sued republican governor ron desantis to block his ordeder requirining all schs to reopen next month despite the growing pandemic, which has killed nearly 5200 floridians. meanwhile, missouri's republican governor mike parson is insisting students go to school despite the risk of the virus. in an interview, parson said, "they're goingngo get over it" and "we can't just let this thing stop us in our tracks." this all comes as republican lawmakers in washington are pushshing to include a provision in a new coronavirus relief bill tying school funding to the reopening of classrooms. many public health officials fear the reopening of schools could lead to a new surge in
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covid-19 deaths and hospitalizations. in mississippi, republican governor tate reeves has ordered residents to wear masks in 10 additional counties as the number of new covid-19 cases hit a new high on monday. overall in the united states, the virus has killed nearly 141,000 people and infected 3.7 million -- both by far the highest numbers in the world. the united states has more than a quarter of the deaths and infections in the entire world, yet only a little more than 4% of the population. as cases continue to spike, president trump has announced he plans to lead a televised coronavirus briefing today for the first time since april. he also tweeted an image of himself wearing a mask for the first time, saying it is patriotic to wear one. three separate l laboratories reported promising results monday in the race to develop a vaccine againsnst the ronanaviru
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andrew pollard is heading up a vaccine research group at oxford. > we have s seen exactly thtt of immuno respononses we h hopeo see, but we now need to do ththe rigorousus studies to show the vaccines protectitive against the virus in humans. amy: the worldwide death from covid-1919 has topped d 600,000. acroross the globebe, countriesd regions are re-imposing new lockdowns and other preventative measures. france, hong kong, and parts of australia have all imposed new orders to wear masks in public spaces as cases grow again. india recorded at least 40,000 new infections on monday, its highest single day total. the pandemic is also worsening in sub-saharan africa as the who -- the world health organization warns of an acceleration of transmission in the region. south africa has topped 5000 coronavirus deaths, as health experts say the virus is expected to peak in the coming weeks.
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nigeria's foreign minister has tested positive for the coronavirus. meanwhile, cuba reported zer new cases of covid-19 for the first time in 130 days. president trump p is threatening to send more federal officers onto the streets of u.s. cities as outrage mounts over their violent treatment t of protestes inin portland, oregon.n. pres. trump: new york and chicago philadelphia comee ofroit in baltimore and all -- oakland iss a mess. we're not going to let this happen in our country. already y by libiberal democrat. federal law more enforcement. in portland, they have been a fantastic job. they have been there three days and they have done a fantastic job and a short period of time. no problem. they grab them. a lot of people in jail. these are anarchists. if snatched activist unmarked vans. state and local leaders, including portland mayor ted
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wheeler, and oregon's two democratic senators, jeff merkley and ron wyden, have called for the troops to be removed from the city streets. the mayors of portland, seattle, atlanta, chicago, kansas city and washington, d.c., sent a letter monday to attorney general william barr and the acting secretary of homeland security chad wolf, writing -- "unilaterally deploying these paramilitary-type forces into our cities is wholly inconsistent with our system of democracy and our most basic values." and congressmembers alexandria ocasio-cortez and eleanor holmes norton are introducing a bill this week that would require federal law enforcement officers to display their identifying information while on duty. we'll have more on the situation in portland after headlines. meanwhile, "the guardian" reports trump has been consulting with former george w. bush justice department attorney john yoo about the president's
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authority to bypass federal laws through executive orders. john yoo, widely known as bush's "torture lawyer," wrote the legal memo that justified waterboarding. the house of representatives held a moment t of silence for john lewis on the house floor monday. in georgia, democrats have selected state senator nikema williams to appear on the november ballot for late congressmember john lewis' seat. williams says she considered congressmember lewis to be a friend and mentor. in 2018, she was arrested at a peaceful protest at the state capitol demanding that all votes be counted in the hotly contested gubernatorial election. she is expected to handle he went in november against republican candidate angela stanton-king, a reality-tv personality and author who was pardoned by trump after she was convicted for her rorole in a ar theft ring.
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the sususpect in the fatal shooting of a federal judge'ss son in newew jersey has s been d dead. the fbi idenentified the kilills roy den hollander, a self-described anti-feminist lawyer. he filed numerous lawsuits alleging that women get special treatment and worked to make ladies' nights at bars illegal, as well as ban women's studies at colleges. den hollander appeared beforee judge salas s in a case that argued t the military draft is unconstitutional because it bars women from registering. in a self-published 1700-page book, den hollander r directly attacked judge esther salas, calling her "a lazy and incompetent latina judge appointed by obama." judge salas became the first latina federal judge in new jersey in 2011. den hollander was also a fervent trump supporter and identified himself as a trump volunteer in his writings. den hollander appeared to die from self-inflicted gunshot
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wounds according to some reports. daniel anderl, judge salas' son, was a student at the catholic university of america in washington, d.c., and planned to pursue a legal career, following in his parents' footsteps. salas' husband mark anderl, who was injured in the shooting, is a criminal defense attorney. in international news, britain suspended its extradition treaty with hong kong monday, in the wake of china's recent imposition of a national security law that effectively quashes any autonomy and dissent in hong kong. in r related news, pro-democracy actitivist joshua wowong annound he is running for a seat in the legislative coununcil. iran executed a man monday convicted of spying on the late revolulutionary guards c comman, geneneral qassem soleieimani, fr the u.s. and israel. soleimani was killed in baghdad in a targeted drone strike ordered by trump in january. this comes just a day after iran
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halted the execucution of three memen who were sentenced to deah after taking part in anti-government protests lastt november.. u.n. experts said they were tortured into confession a and d unfair trials. a mass online campmpaign was launched in an effort to save the young g men's lives. rights groups say y at least 300 people werkilllled and ovever 70 arreststed during the prototests , , which were triggered by a spspike in gas priceces. press freedom groups are calling on authorities in zimbabwe to release journalist hopewell chin'ono, who was arrested and charged with incitement monday. chin'ono has reported on corruption allegations against the government of president ememmerson mnangagwa. including recent stories on procurement fraud during the pandemic which led to the arrest and firing of the health minister. states,the united jacksonville, florida sheriff , mike williams is warning his department is not equipped to provide the needed security for the republican national convention in just over one
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month. as florida suffers one of the world's worst outbreaks of covid-19, sheriff williams is saying the event faces challenges of finances, communication, and timeline. in missouri, a whitete st. louis couple who pointed guns at anti-racist protesters who marched in front of their mansion last month have been charged with unlawful use of a weapon. kim gardner, st. louis first black circuit attorney, found the charges saying -- "we must protect the right to peacefully protest, and any attempt to chill it through intimidation will not be tolerated." a mimichigan judge ruled mondaya 15-year-old african amamerican student who was sent to prison after she failed to complete her schoolwork and f for reportedly fighting with her mother, should not be releasesed and she was benefiting from the treatment she was receiving in detention. the girl, who is known simply as
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grace, has been detained since may. students have rallied behind grace and say she was disproportionately punished because she is black. grace told the court monday, "i miss my y mom." tens of thousands of workers across the united states walked off the job monday as part of the "strike for black lives" in support of the nationwide uprising against racism and police brutality. workers demanded the companies they work for do more to dismantle white supremacy, economic inequality, and to address the public health emergencies facing black and brown communities. in washington, d.c., demonstrators gathered on capitol hill to call for the passage of the heroes act, a coronavirus relief package approved by the democrat-controlled house. this is mcdonald's employee wanda lavender, who joined the action in wisconsin. >> like many black workers who are struggling, who are stuck in low-paying jobs and keep going to work to this pandemic.
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job from themy safety of my home and i can't afford to take time off. a few times i have been scared that i have covid-19 myself. even though i was coughing my lungs out, my doctor told me -- my boss toto me had to cocome i. they said ifif you take sick leave, don't t have a job to coe back to. amy: in medical news, a new study published in the journal pediatrics shows that black children are nearly 3.5 times more likely to die in the month following a surgery than white children. the causes for the stark disparity are likely attributable to higher rates of chronic diseases and social factors, incluluding implicit bs and structural r racism. in louisiana, an appeals court ruled the bayou bridge pipeline company trampled the rights of landowners by starting construction of the highly contested pipeline without the permission of the landowners. the 163-mile bayou bridge pipeline is being built by phillips 66 and energy transfer
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partners, which earlier this month was ordered to shut down the dakota access pipeline in north dakota pending an environmental review. a warning to our viewers, this headline containins detailils of sexual assault. in media news, a former fox business producer has filed a lawsuit accusing recently-fired fox news anchor ed henry of raping her. jennifer eckhart says henry sexually assaulted her in an office at the fox news office building in new york in 2015 and raped her in a new york hotel room in 2017. she says henry handcuffed her and took naked photographs of her. eckhart alleges she was terminated in june after she complained to human resources about a "toxic work environment" at fox. a co-plaintiff in the lawsuit, the journalist cathy areu, accuses henry of sending her sexual images, messages, and videos. the lawsuit also alleges fox hosts tucker carlson, sean
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hannity, howard kurtz, and gianno caldwell continuously engaged in inappropriate and suggestiveve behavior. and the journalist and pololitil commentator michael broooo has dieded suddenly at the age of 3. he hosted the online prorogram "the michael brooks showow" and worked witith the mamajority ret anand jacobin. tributes have poured in from around t the world. former b brazilian president luz inacio lula da silva wrote on twitter -- "may his passion for social justice be remembered and inspire people around the world." michaeael brooks traveled to brazil earlier this year to interview lula shortly after he was released from prison. and those are some o of the headlines. this is democracy now!,, the quarantine report. i'm amy goodman. we begin today's show in portland, oregon, where militarizezed federal officers continued their nightly attacks on anti-racist protests monday, shooting gas andnd projectiles t demonstrators outside the city's courthouse in a scene that has become all too familiar in
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recent weeks -- camouflaged u.s. agents deployed by the department of homeland security waging a campaign of violence againsnst largely pepeaceful demonstrations in oreg.. the harrowing scene in portland has drawn increased outrage in recent days, witith oregon senators jeff memerkley and ronn wyden demanding federal forces be rememoved from ththe streetsd an invnvestigation i into repors that unidentified federal officers have snatched protesters off the streeeets ino unmarked vans and detained them. on saturday, a navy veteran who went to the site of the protests to question the officers about their use violence was hospitalized with his right hand broken in two places after the officers beat t and pepper sprad hihim. on monday, trump praised the use of unmard cars a and unidentified officers agnst the anti-racist protesters and
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vowed to deploy law enforcement agents to other major r u.s. citities. trunk k of more federall law enfoforcement. in portland, thehey have d donea fantastic job. they have been there three days and they really have done e a fantastic j job in a short perid of time. no problem. they g grab them. a lot of people e in jail. note are anarchists, protesters. these areeople ththat hate our countrtry. and we are n not going to o lett goororward. amamy: acting deputy homelanand security s secretary ken cuccinelli e echoed trump's comments on scene and monday. >> we backed upup the federalal protective s service, which is respononsible for protecting the courthouse there and other federal buildings, other dhs law enforcement components. we have been there ever s since, wearing, by the way, the very same uniformrms every day in the crowd has seen them every day. if we get the same kind of intelligence in otherr places
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about threats to other federal facilities for officers, we would respond the same way. amy: but protesters in portland say they won't be deterred. this weekend group of mothers , a formed what they called a "wall of moms" outside a federal courthouse to shield protesters. this is onone of the mothers. >> theheir actions a are terrif. oe as a d democracy, , need stand up. i am 60 yearars old. i probably should not be here in public, but this is jan acceptable. amy: for more, we go to portland, oregon, where we're joined by afro-indigenous local organizer lilith sinclair along with an asl interpreter. we welcome you both to democracy now! lilith, if you can start out by describing these last 50 days, while you're out in the streets protesting, and what has been the response by not only the state, but these federal --icers that hahave not been
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unclear who they are. >> thank you so much, amy. for helping us to provide accessibility to this interview, which is something that we have really been focusing on in portland for the last two days, starting on day one and d startg two years ago. it is hard to encompass the depth of what we've experienced on the streets here in portland. this movement started with a single black mom coming out to the streets and leading the call for an occupation here in portland on ththe federal courtt steps to demand change. what that has swelled into is a movement thousands and thousands strong that has really proven to unite so many of our people here. what we have seen is a continuous escalation in violence against our protesters, but something that is important for us to understand is that
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here in portland, we have been pacing severe police brutality, even from our local police force , for years, years, years and decades. the movement that we have right now, what is happening in response to come as you mentioned, an international uprising against police brutality, racism, even more than that, against oppressive structures -- this isn't just a movement about police brutality. what we have been experiencing is escalation that started out with our local portland police of notengaging in a lot only intimidation tactics, but violent brutality against our protesters. we have had officers that have been deploying flash bang after flashbangs while simultaneously deploying cs gas and other munitions, tear gas, and all of pepper spray bullet and new
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things that we haven't even seen once the federal government has come in, but this has been a long-term engagement with i militarized police force. it is important for us to recognize the federal occupation has escalated it, especially because of the rhetoric that we are saying from those who hold office but what we're noticing is that the violence as per usual is continuing to rise. we are seeing these disappearances. i think it is important to notoe these unmarked cars that are going around in the street are unmarked rental vehicles. men ine full of uniforms, no badges, no ids. they refused to even answer the question of, are you or are you not law enforcement? is less the people of portland not only worried about their safety, but even more so justified in the fight we are engaged in. a recognition that especially
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during an international global health pandemic, as she talked about these numbers rising and the continued push of normalcy in the midst of all of this, especially frorom not just republblicans but alalso dememos wharare continuing to hold this pressure to reopen, like you're inin oregogon where we cated a w reopening and then saw people now weeks later experiencing higher rates in cases, being once again laid out their j job, ononce again faileled by the unememployment system. what is happening iportland is happening g all across the country. the peopleavave a moment to understand and truly see the ,ailures of this capitalist white supremacist system because they have nothing but time on their hands. what we understand is that the movement continuing to go forward is only swelling, while we see moms coming out to line up a wall that was followed up
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last night with the dad blolock. a lot of amazing, amazing folks thatat c came downtownwn last nt after watching peoplele get brutalized on a nightly basis. we are spending our nights in terror. we could not sleep on one side of the city or the other due to the flashbangs, due to the teargas across the entire city. it is affecting our house list communities, affecting our neighborhoods. it has gone unaddressed by both our state officials and also our local officials here in portland with nothing but well-meaning words, which is only further causing a very rival sense of frustration, anger, and a need for jujustice from t the people here. it is why we see these in's continuing to grow. amy: lilith sinclair, can you talk about what you're referring to, the elected officials? yet everyone from the state attorney general to the two
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senators, the governor. this is portlaland mayor ted wheeler criticizing trump for deploying federal troops on the streets of portlanand. >> president trump has used our city as a staging g ground to further his political agenda, igniting his basase to causese further divisiveneness. in doioing so, endangegering portlanders. ,resident trtrump has gone so fr bowing federal law enforcement protesterss and mobilize fedederal a agencies to operate in cities. this is an explicit ababuse in places federal officers and oregonians in danger. amy: that is portland mayor and police chief ted wheeler. that might surprise some people that he occupies both positions. about, can you talk more what the elected officials are saying, your agreement with them
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in this particular case of the disagreements with them in others? the significance of them leading this charge, which now mayors are picking up all over the country saying to trump, "do not send federal officers here"? >> yeah, so i do want to make a slight correction because i heard you say chief. mayoyor ted wheeler r is our cut motion or -- police commissioner and also our m mayor. i would like t to break k down a couple of things. thank you so much for that fantastic and. one of the most important things to understand is that our mayor here in portland ted wheeler has one of the best pr teams and simultaneously the worstst pr teams because as much as we can play the words that were just shared here on the broadcast today, it is important to understand that, for instance, something that made national headlines this month was when federal officers firired at a
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protester holding a speaker over unarmed. clearly that man -- sorry, it is a little hard to handle because it made international news for our federal military officers to shoot an unarmed protester in the headad and caused severe damage and hospitalization in that way. however, it is important to note a year ago during protesting against white supremacy -- which is really, really, really, really present here in portland as a city within a state that was founded on a history of --te supremacy and genocide and what we know to be true is that even a year ago when we were protesting white supremacy, or local portland police bureau fast -- were firing flashbang grenades at point blank range. the actually hit a protester
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wearing a very thick helmet directly in the back of the head with a grenade. a concave to both her helmet and also resulted in very severe skull fractures. if they were not wearing a helmet, there is no doubt they would not be alive with us today. something that is important press to understand is that ted wheeler is not leading the charge to anything except t for his reelection c campaign. what we know is we have been fighting for steps forward in regards toto change around policing for years in regards to the union please contract that we have been discussing here in portland -- the mayor has been dragging his feet on for years -- in tandem with so many of our city officials who i and others have had the opportunity to meet with. i think something the most poignant about i it all isis something ththat ted wheeler tod a group of us as we literally cried a and yelled and expressed
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her frustration about the teargas, which is affecting all of our community members, which is destroying the lives of our houseless neighbors and residents in the middle of a global health pandemic. ted wheeler's response was to announce that they were considering doing an investigation. when we asked him when or how long that would take, he told us that there were no decisions on this yet, , despite the fact the day before the seattle mayor had actualally alrlready declared se was going to be halting teargas use by her police force. ted, as the police commissioner with the ability to do so, told us he would not do so and he told us s he has not gototten teargas because he doesn't want to. is aecognition is there disconnect. we catch look a politician in the face who says he has not gotten teargas because he doesn't want to come as though the millions of people getting
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teargas across the country fighting for safety and security don't want to get teargas, either. that it -- that sort of an action has been evident under perhaps pardoning prisoners in a state where we held for the longest time the "right" to process prisoners with nonunanimous juries that has recently been overturned by the supreme court and yet we still have prisoners that are sitting across oregon jails in prison that have been convicted with nonunanimous juries, wasting away at risk of death of covid, so it is an intersectional issue we know is not centered on the police only, but when we talk about the black lives matter movement, it is important we are talking about an intersectional movement that is focusing on not just stopping the police from killing us, but stopping the
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entire system from killing us. lack of access for the disability community who also is members of the trains and creek community who are also black and experiencing these things, houseless people are also black, women who are significantly under bullied and at risk of death by our health system. the issues are myriad and multiplied. the root of all of these issues that we know to be true is that all of this is based on the same colonialism genocide, capitalism and white supupremacy that is te foundation of this country that was built on. here in portland, we're making sure we are pririoritizing education. protesting history, prioritizing teaching or people how to take care of one another. and i think that is w i it has been s so frustrarating to consr what it is that are elected
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officials are or are not doioing because no matter what stepsps they take forward within -- regards to reform inside a system that is already broken and crumbling, we know that no matter what, t ty are nott steps that will save u us. we need abolitionist apppps fighting for the abolition of the police department, the militarized police, looking for the demilitarization and the defunding of the entntire u.u.s. military budget, understanding we also need abolition of the prison system and abolition o of white supremacists, on the public, transphobia -- all of these opprpressive systems that are combined together, including anti-semitism and all these other things. amy: lilith sinclair, thahank yu for being with us, afro indigenous local organizer in poportland, oregegon. when we e come back, we wiwill k at the legal battle to protect protesters and remove thee federal agents from portland streets. stay with us. ♪ [music break]
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fascist don't need this groove thang" by heaven 17. this is democracy now!,, the quarante report. i'm amy goodman. we turn now to the legal battle to protect protesters and remove federal agents from portland's strereets. on friday, the u.s. . attorney r the district of oregon filed a many condogainst behavior of federal agents unlawful. u.s. attorney for district oregon called for an investigation into unidentified federal officers who have been snatching protesters off the streets into unmarked vans and detaining them. oregon senators jeff merkley and ron wyden are also demanding a probe and for federal forces to be removed from the streets. of course, t the proteststers ae dedemanding these federal troops be removed from the streets. for more, we go to portland where we're joined by juan chavez, the project director and attorney at the oregon justice
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resource center. he recently partnered with other attorneys to introduce litigation to stop portland police from using tear gas and munitions on protesters. welcome to democracy now! you have e been in the streets. you have been watching what has been happening. for people to understand what is taking place, what do the federal agents look like? where are they from? can you ididentify whether they are bureau of prisisons, customs and border protection? >> we only know as much as we have been told by the department of h homeland security. as far as we know, our understanding is they y are u.s. marshahals as well as agents frm border patrol. from an agreement with the department of justice -- i thi bill barr mentioned this during the d.c. protest as well -- that bringing in
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basically all federal officers into protest situations to enforce what would be state law in the normal circumstances here in portland, but they are extending the breath of the type of federal enforcement they can do in downtown portland. amy: can you explain what they're doing? describe - -- these are calllle, whwhat, snatch teams? what some of them are doing, how they g go up to someone and take them? one person said they were runnining away because they did not know, are these kidnappers? >> right. you have these camouflage goon squads coming out of unmarked vans -- reporting has shown they are printed from enterprise rental car. they disappear in the middle of the night next to people work in and around downtown who didn't get corralled into these vehicles, not told where or who
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is picking them up. at least one person talked about having a hat pulled over their head and driven around. the best of our accounts, were taken to the federal courthouse here in portland and interrogated there before being let go. amy: so they don't have to identify themselves? there is no marking on the camouflage uniforms? >> no. laws woulds state apply to state actors regarding ththem having to identify themselves or tell the person who they are detaining who they are. that are some state laws if they're enforcing oregon law, they have to identify themselves and identify the purposese they arare detaining someone. but so far as we have seen so far, no one -- none of these
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camouflage troopers have idenentify themselves to anybody they are detaining. so there is a lot of open questions. amy: can you talk about the bill that congress member alexandria ocasio-cortez is introducing this week that w would demand, among other things, that these officers identify themselves? she is introroducing i it with eleanor holmes norton, requiring these officers display their identifying information while on duty. the legislatation also calls for further ovoversight fofor the justice department, , requiring its inspector geneneral to perfm routine audits to guarantee cocompliance with the legislati. >> welcome i don't know the details of that legislation, but i can say from local experience, these kind of identification rules last until they don't. in fact, about a month ago, the chief of f the portland pololice
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allowewed her officers t to not display their me badges when they are out patrolling protests . insteaead, they have maskingng e acrossheir chestst with their internal id number written in very faint ink. seeking toeople are identify these officers through public records request, they're being told, no, you can't use those id numbers, need to have an actual name. setting aside the fact is difficult to read these numbers and they're often pretty long string -- sometimes they are like 10 numbers. i don't think i would be able to quickly recall any eight string digit number all running away from tear gas and cops. so if this bill is robust enough
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to protect against things like is a positivet development. amy:y: juan n chavez,, utitil on public broadcaststing it is like stop and frisk needs want one ef obey.. explain. ---- guantanamo o bay. explain. >> these tactics are not new in terms of american imperialism. this has been our foreign policy for some time.e. if soldiers of o our own were detaining people inin pakistan r somalia oror in soututh america, these would be sisilar tactics they would have used. hence the reference to guantanamo bay. and then stop and frisk was a vast racist policy used as a constitutional standard of which officers can engage with people. so the combination of those two things -- i don't think we have seen in the united states, or at
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least i don't know with the analog would be. the closest i suppose would b iest our immigrant community have gone through even before trump in dealing with ice. the ice officers s are known for showing having g faulty warrants and trying to convince people they think are immigrants to come into their r detention. we have seen that in oregon, in fact. amy: interestingly when you talk about internationally what happened, so often it is u.s.-trained -- you look at central america, for e example, latin american soldiers inin the papast two have been moving into people's homes and arresting them. the shock for americans in the united states is to see it on u.s. soil. in some cases, many communities to experience this feeling of occupation and now what is interesting is the establishment
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, the governors, the senators, the mayors, the state attorneys general arare sayingng this cant happen on u.s. soil whehen it is hittininthe mainstream population. >> absolutely. i i say a lot of these localal officials, state, federal, local, having been complicit with some form of occupation for a long time. policing is just another form of counterinsurgency for so many communities. tactics have been buiui up for a very longg time. yieldong as we continuee to policing and presents as a solution for public safety, we will continue to see this downward slope of our rights being in french. amy: we will continue to follow what is happening in portland because it is going also to
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expand, according to president trump's promises come to other cities. we will go to twtwo of those cities, chicago and seattttle. juan chavez is the project director and attorney at the oregon justice resource center. partnered with other attorneys to introduce litigation to stop local police from using tear gas and munitions on protesters. when we come back, we will speak about terms push to reopen the schools duringng the pandemic. in cities werere federal troops may go next chicago and seattle. stay with us. ♪ [music break]
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amy: this is democracy now!,, the quarantine report. i'm amy goodman. mayors in six cities are now calling for the immediate removal of president trump's rapid deployed units. portland mayor ted wheeler made the demand in letters addressed to leading members of congress, attorney general william barr and homeland security's acting secretary chad wolf. he was joined by washington, d.c., mayor muriel bowser, chicago mayor lori lightfoot,
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atlanta mayor keisha lance bottoms, kansas city mayor quinton lucas, and seattle mayor jenny durkan. president trump is expected to send federal agents to chicago as early as this week to confront protesters. this is trump spspeaking monday. pres. trump: new york and chicago and philadelphia from detroit and baltimore and all of these -- pope and is a mess. we are not going to let this happen in our country, all run by liberal democrats. amy: this is chicago mayor lori lightfoot responding to trump in an intererview monday y on msnb. > wee still h have a constit. we still have laws on the book. i'm going to u use those. we' not g going too have tierney inin the city of chicagago. it is just not going to happen. amy: "it is just not goingng to happen" shshe says. for more, we are joined by two guests in citieses where federal troooops could be sent after they've already been deployed in portland. in chicago, jitu brown is the national director of the journey fofor justice alliance and a a racial equity fellow with the
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atlantic institute. and in seattle, jesse hagopian is a high school teacher of ethnic studies, and co-editor of teteaching for black livives and editor of rethinking schools magazine. he serves on the national steering committee of black lives matter at school. we're going to talk about trump's push for schools to reopen in a minute, but f first, juan, yourur longtime leader inn chicago. as you hear lori lightfoot saying we are e not allowingng tyranny to come to the city, your response to whahat presidet trumump saying he willll do? >> first of all, , thank you for haviving me on and same i am a longtime organizizer instead o f justst sayining i am old. that's ok. i can deal with that. i would just say that mayor lightfoot's statements are the right statements, but it is to late.
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when you look at chicago during -- when the covid outbreak first exploded and we saw in cities where the black death toll was way above that of our white counterparts, for example, chicago, only 30% of the population and 70% of the deaths. checkpoints in places like new jersey where people i to show identification to get into different neighborhoods. offaw afterer the mdeder george floyd andnd rebellions began around the couountry, i kw in my neighborhood, i it was marshall law. mymy humble opinion is it ststil is. so we'rere looking at, regardles of the disaster or moment,e e looking at the infringement on our rights s at is just escalating and going further and
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further. trump havingald federal agents come into chicago is something that we should definitely be worried about but we should not act as if it is not our rights being infringed upon already. if you really want to o talk abt it, go back to the crime field. i remember when as a young policeer, i saw chicacago remove two busloads s full of young peoplple from housingng project and take them to jail. that opened the door f for the mass incarceration of young black and browown men and women. so i think it is really impoportant we keeeep this in contntt. the last thing i will say is along witith the federal agents, the risk of federal agents in unmarked vehicles coming into our city and what that means for
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people that are protesting, what that means for organizations, i think is also important to note that police have taken the gloves off. just this past week in chicago, young organizer who i worked when i metete boyd her she was fighting to stop the closure of all the high schools in her neighborhood, she was protesting at an event where aey were trying to protest clung to statatue and a chicago police officer,, as she was vigorously protesting, ran up on this 18-year-old girl and's master in the mouth with t this baton and knococked her teeth o. we just had a conference e with mimiracle yesterday. thee brutality is not new. the infrfringement on our righgs is not new.. whether the agent isis donald trump the agent of chchange for this type of infringement onon r righghts -- our rights are alrey
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being infrfringed upon. , i'mjesse hagopian wondering if you can address -- the activisism in seattle has bn zonese, the autonomous that were set up in the capitol hill neighborhood, to what president trump is threatening now? urka hasnayor d joined with others dememanding federal agents not come to seattle. >> thank you for having me on their show again, amy. i appreciate i it. it trulyly is chilling to think thatat trump is gettingg ready o unmarked toee troops come to my city and snatch people andnd disappepear thehemm our streets. teacher, ia h htory know that this type of behavior
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of disappearing protesters is really t the mark of dictatorial throughoutst regimes history have been the mark for far too many of our own people here in the united states. i think we're getting to see now i national television what undocumented immigrants have had to go through for years. and frankly, black and brown families who have had their loved ones snatched and put behind bars in this mass incarceration regime for far too long. but i will say that are mayor jenny durkan's posturing against trump is just that. because for all her rhetoric about how she doesn't need federal interference, in fact, she is gone along with a lot of the policies that trump would
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like here in seattle, nasa protesters help to drive the police out of the policice precinct after they indiscriminately tear gas and brutalize protesters in the wake of george floyd's hohorrific murderer. protestersded the terrorists and said he was going to send in troops here to deal with the s sittion iff jenny durkan w would not. and while she said we don't need intnterference, she in fact it clear out the protesters w with the s same brl tactics. so that isis why i am supportrtg decriminalize seattle and kining county equities now demands that we defund d the police by 50%, that we use that money for health and safety, and that we free all the protesters. amy: so let's try to the issue of education. i want to ask about president
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trump's s push to reopen u.s. schools even as covid rates skyrocket in so many states. major schoolol districts like ls angeles and alanna plan to start their semesters with online classes. teacher'sread from a op-ed "in the new york times,"," rebecca martinson "i will return of the classroom and you should not ask me to." she is writing from washington state. and she says, "every day when i walk into work as a public school teacher, i prepared to take a bullet to save a child. in the age of school shootings, that is what the job requires. but asking me to return to the classroom and its pandemic and expose myself and my family to covid-19 is like asking me to take that bubullet home to my on familyly." jee e hagopianan, you are a high school teacher also in washington.
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can you talkbout what t you'rere demanding now in washington state? >> absolutely. i lolove my studentsts. i know the best place for them to learn is in classrooms where they can collaborate and collectivelyly solve problblems. and it has been heartbreaking to see that experience ripped from so many students here in seattle and across the countrtry as we moved to online learning. and i don't think that online learning is sufficient or adequate. but i also w want to livee mosti alalso want my students to live. and that is why i'm joining with thousands of teachers across the country and parents and unions and communities to say it is just not safe to reopen schools under these conditions. we don't have proper ventililation. we don't have a nurse in every
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school in the world's richest country or even in the shadow of amazon and microsoft and boeing and starbucks. here in seattle, we don't t hava nurse in everyry school.l. we don't have proper coping testing. i think it is time to redefine what public safety means stop , pleaseafety brutalizing black and brown communities were is public safety making sure they 150 homeless kids that attend my high school have a place to sleep at night? is public safety about police and every school building or is it making sure t there is a counselor and a nurse and trauma counseling and restorative justice in evevery schchool? and is public safety federal troops in our cities or is it covid testing for all of our
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youth and educators? i resoundingly want to side with the folks that say we need to make sure the money is flowing towards these socialal programs and ad of to the police really, to billingng o out the richest folklks in this country. $1.5govovernment t could find trillion t to bail out the financial sector and corporations, but we don't have the mononey for personanal protective equipment for teachers and students? it is outrageous. amy: it is outstanding to watch this debate. president trump is taking on republican leaders in saying he will not fund testing. , your--jitu brownn organization outlines 14 demands that must be met before schools reopen. you say there should be zero new
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positive cases for 14 --secutive days, school-age the studenent ratio. talk about y your demands.s. amen to my brother jesse'ss comments. it reaeally is mind-boboggling t is h happening right now. i wantnt to say the journey for jujustice alliaiance, without 3636-member affiliates -- - 36 citi a across thee c country, we polled our membebers and then polled allieies to say what woud a safe and equitablele return to school look k like f you? that is s how we came e up withe demands.s. we are very clear that in a system that has s never even the mandate ground, reached equality, let alone it --, that is never made
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it is never shown black and brown children and indigenous crazyen l love, we woululd be to just send our children back into a system that -- othehers like jesse have had to work despite t the system, not in concert with the system. not with the support of the system. they've had to create their own organization where they can sas, is cultlturally relevant curririculum look l li? we have to make sure thahat we organize to o make sure that schools open the way that we are satisfied with. hehere is a point. alall aroundnd the country, janitorial services have been privatize. jersey andand in new otother places, schools are filtlthy. anrerwas a story around
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elevators go in chicago that was right infested and several other schools that, we are, too. just like they privatize schools and make an equitable systems worse, they privatizezed janitorialal s services and made whwhat was once a union job wor. do w we actually believe thatat without public pressure e they e going g to sanitize schchools oa daily basis? amy:y: we just have 10 seconds betstsy devos and president trup spreread to defense was that wil reopopen? well, i think they're d doing withthin theirir value s sysm. they a doing - -- i think donald trump is all about reelection. they don't want to leave e offi. i i think it i is importt toto e what betsy devevos is s dog is what she hasas been trained tot. why would we expect differently
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from her? the important piece i think is that we are saying our communities must organize to make sure these two means are met. august 3, there will be a nation
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