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Activists demand justice after Black double amputee shot to death by police in LA County

As the nation still reels from the horror of the Tyre Nichols killing, the infamously corrupt and violent LAPD were caught on camera shooting Anthony Lowe — a Black double-amputee experiencing a mental health episode who had lost his legs in a previous run-in with the police — eight times as he tried to flee from them. Lowe had a knife and had recently stabbed someone — but it’s hard to make an argument that the police were in a dangerous situation that couldn’t have been solved without violence. What more can be said that isn’t said over one thousand times a year? We need a top-to-bottom institutional reform of American policing.

Take Action: Tell the Senate to bring back the Enhanced Child Tax Credit!

Trump goes after Ron DeSantis, other Republicans

The disgraced former president’s 2024 run is off to a very rocky start and now it looks like he’s hoping to save himself by dragging his opponents down to his level and slugging it out in the mud.

Take Action: Tell Biden to not let the GOP hold our country hostage with the debt ceiling!

Republicans pull DISASTROUS stunt in the House

No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen: Gross.

DeSantis to defund diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at Florida universities
Florida’s detestable Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that he will completely defund the “DEI bureaucracies,” or departments within universities that promote diversity, equality and inclusion, which he said impose a liberal agenda on university students and faculty. This cynical move is exactly what it looks like: a power-hungry man completely devoid of morals pandering to bigots and white nationalists in the hopes of springboarding himself into the White House on a wave of hatred.

Take Action: Tell Congress to cut military spending and fund social programs!

The most important election nobody’s ever heard of
Control of the Wisconsin Supreme Court is on the ballot this spring, and the contest could decide the fate of abortion rights, redistricting, and whether or not Democrats will ever be able to pass anything again — not to mention if Republicans will be able to throw out the results of a presidential election in the crucial swing state. Should a more liberal-leaning jurist win the job in the April election, it would flip the balance of the state’s highest court for at least two years.

Take Action: Chip in to help Democrats win the critical Wisconsin Supreme Court race!

Nikki Haley poised to enter 2024 presidential race

The former Trump toadie, who has struggled to remain relevant since her abrupt exit from the Trump administration in 2018, is set to join the fray for the 2024 election. Between their appalling track records in the White House and their crude attempts to out-radical each other with progressively more deranged statements about whatever nonsense the GOP is mad about on a given day, it’s hard to see how Haley or any of the other aspiring ex-Trump goblins — like Pompeo — could stand out from under Trump’s shadow. But hey, he’s gotta have someone to make fun of in the debates.

Take Action: Tell the DOJ to challenge EVERY abortion ban in the country!

Kroger workers allege massive wage theft: “I’m tired of having to beg”
In 2022, Kroger, the largest supermarket chain in the country, launched “MyTime” — a new payroll system that Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen claimed would “simplify day-to-day work.” Kroger touted MyTime as a testament to how much the grocery store chain cares about its associates, but inevitably it’s been a been a nightmare for thousands of Kroger employees across the country. Glitches with MyTime have resulted in a host of problems, including missing pay and incomplete checks, putting a huge hurt on thousands of workers who are struggling to keep food on the table. Multiple Kroger associates told Popular Information that they’ve missed rent payments and bills, overdrawn their bank accounts, or been forced to take out loans due to missing or reduced pay, and the company’s slow response to the crisis only makes matters worse.

Republicans don’t have their House in order

atAdvocacy Partner: The humiliating debacle that was the Republican speakership election proves that they are entirely unfit to govern this nation — and we can’t afford to let them implement their unhinged agenda of conspiracy theories and vicious budget cuts. The best way to restore our House majority is to invest (and invest EARLY) in rural America so that we have the foundation we need to kick these yahoos out of Congress. Can you donate to make our Blue House a reality?

Cop who helped kill Tyre Nichols once threatened to “blow” the faces off civilians
Two residents of Memphis claim that one of the former police officers charged with murdering 29-year-old Tyre Nichols pulled a gun on them three years ago and threatened to shoot them both in the face. Not surprisingly, the blatantly psychopathic behavior was ignored and he was allowed to stay on the force because apparently it’s totally acceptable for cops to make unhinged death threats against those they’re supposed to protect and serve.

GOP leaders work to lock down votes to remove Ilhan Omar from Foreign Affairs Committee
Ilhan Omar is Black, an immigrant, a Muslim and — perhaps most frightening to the GOP — she is incredibly effective at advocating for the American people. For these reasons, Kevin McCarthy and his scheming MAGA cronies are currently working hard behind the scenes to rally enough votes to remove Omar from the powerful Foreign Affairs Committee. Meanwhile, they’re all too happy to lavish assignments on lunatics like Marjorie Taylor Greene and George Santos.

Nearly a year on from the supposed Russian exodus, most major companies have yet to withdraw
Unfortunately and yet unsurprisingly, the companies who made a great big deal about ending their operations in Russia due to the Ukraine invasion — earning a boost in free PR — have in fact not shut down their very profitable business ventures in Putin’s fascist state. As of November 2022, of the 2,405 subsidiaries owned by 1,404 EU and G-7 companies that were active in Russia prior to the war fewer than 9% had divested at least one subsidiary in Russia.

Yale honors Black girl, nine, wrongly reported to police over insect project
Bobbi Wilson, 9, was spraying spotted lantern flies — an invasive species threatening America’s forests — with repellant spray on trees near her home for a school project when some nosy neighbor CALLED THE POLICE ON her. “There’s a little Black woman walking, spraying stuff on the sidewalks and trees. I don’t know what the hell she’s doing. Scares me, though,” said the caller to the police. Yale University has decided to honor her efforts with a ceremony, but the incident is a grim reminder of how the mere presence of Black Americans is somehow a fearful trigger for many Whites, who rush to profile and sic the instruments of state violence upon them.


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Today’s Action: Tell Congress to do MORE to reduce gun violence! 

Six mass shootings in 14 days. That’s what Californians are grappling with as we enter yet another new year of gun violence — and they’re not the only ones. In the first month of 2023, there have been almost 40 mass shootings throughout the country. That’s more than any other January since the Gun Violence Archives began keeping such records in 2014. It’s unacceptable that after so much loss, our elected officials still haven’t managed to advance any meaningful anti-gun violence legislation through Congress. 

In the United States it is still legal to own an AR-15, the very killing machine that has been used time and time again to murder and maim innocent Americans en masse. AR-15s were used in the mass murders at Sandy Hook, Parkland, Aurora, Sutherland Springs, Las Vegas, San Bernardino, the Poway synagogue, the Tree of Life synagogue, the Buffalo supermarket, Uvalde…the list goes on and on — and will continue to do so unless we finally do something about it. 

Call (202.224.3121) or email your representatives and demand Congress immediately take action to ban AR-15s and other assault rifles! 

Once the Federal Assault Weapons Ban (AWB) signed into law by President Clinton in 1994 expired in 2004, the number of deaths in mass shootings skyrocketed. The AR-15 and weapons like it are specifically designed to kill on battlefields; there is no reason they should ever be in civilian hands. 

There were 735 mass shootings in the United States last year, up from 693 in 2021. Excluding suicide, there were 20,726 gun deaths in 2021, as well. According to the Washington Post, a child is shot every hour in America. We simply cannot stand idly by and let 2023 continue this horrific trend. The cause of this problem is clear — it’s the guns! 

Call (202.224.3121) or email your representatives to demand Congress ban assault weapons immediately!

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