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What YOU can do to END concentration camps in the United States

Enough talk! Let's do something! UNDERSTAND THE BROADER SIGNIFICANCE OF WHAT'S HAPPENING Frame it. We've heard the talk. Let's make this quick. You already understand, and that's why you're here. At a glance: Gregory Stanton, the president of Genocide Watch, wrote The Ten Stages of Genocide in 2016 to help people understand the danger. Laurence Britt, an amateur historian, suggested these "early warning signs of fascism" in an article in Free Inquiry magazine in 2003. Masha Gessen published these "rules for survival" just after the election in 2016. I’m just going to keep posting this until we all catch on. — Ann Batenburg (@AnnBatenburg) July 3, 2019 KNOW THE RIGHTS OF IMMIGRANTS IN THE UNITED STATES Information from the ACLU: English | Spanish Useful resources for helping (undocumented) immigrants access health care resources that they are entitled to — Dr. Ch

US backing off Iran strike (June 2019)

The US unilaterally withdrew from the JCPOA (the "Iran nuclear deal") in 2018. The entire point of the JCPOA, the Iran nuclear deal Trump withdrew from, was to give Iran relief from economic sanctions in exchange for their agreement to not develop nuclear weapons. Trump's own advisers universally confirmed that Iran was complying with it when Trump withdrew — Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) June 22, 2019 A year later, Iran announced that it would partially withdraw from the international agreement. Whereas, under the previous deal, Iran had agreed to sell its excess enriched uranium and heavy water to other countries, now it will keep those materials. Then, bizarrely: The State Dept has actually called on Iran to abide by the nuclear deal. — Liz Sly (@LizSly) June 18, 2019 In June, Iran shot down a $200 million U.S. military drone. The U.S. President tweeted: Iran made a very big mistake! — Unfollow Trump (@Unfo

Why do conservative American Christians feel discriminated against? A 2019 debate

Last month, Sohrab Ahmari, a Catholic and the op-ed editor of the New York Post, published an alarming and revealing opinion, "Against David French-ism" ( First Things, May 29, 2019). Ahmari describes "what I call David French-ism, after the National Review writer and Never-Trump stalwart" as an expectation that Christian beliefs can be upheld politely and voluntarily on a cultural level rather than through legislative force. On this model, people would use their autonomy to live guided by Christian values rather than by some other kind of values. Ahmari derides it as "an idle wish that all men become moral." French-ism, he says, "is more a persuasion or a sensibility than a movement with clear tenets" that, beyond any individual, "pervade[s] a wider sphere of conservative Christian thinking and activism." It happens that French is Protestant. When confronted with "the cultural civil war," Ahmari insists, "the onl

Dispatches from the US/Mexico border (June-September 2019)

In early June 2019, it was announced that the federal government would add three thousand new beds for migrant children. About half this number would be housed at a new facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas in a building that was previously used to house oil field workers. The rest would likely be housed at Army and Air Force bases in Georgia, Montana and Oklahoma. Per an Associated Press article: "All the new facilities will be considered temporary emergency shelters, so they won’t be subject to state child welfare licensing requirements, [Office of Refugee Resettlement spokesman Mark] Weber said. In January, the government shut down an unlicensed detention camp in the Texas desert under political pressure, and another unlicensed facility called Homestead remains in operation in the Miami suburbs." Elizabeth C. McLaughlin reported on Twitter that people who are detained at the border are first sent to a place called the "Dog Pound," where people are kept in outd