If you think it's a coincidence that white supremacist terrorism happens predominantly in states where gun laws are lax and political conservatism dominates, I have a bridge to sell you. - Robert
THE BIG NEWS
Jacksonville Gunman Attempted to Enter Historically Black College Before Killing Three at Nearby Dollar General Store
On Saturday, a white supremacist gunman killed three Black shoppers at a Dollar General store in Jacksonville, Florida before taking his own life.
The store seemed to be a back-up target for the gunman after being denied entry onto the campus of Edward Waters University, a historically Black college. According to CNN and the New York Times, the gunman, who at that point was already wearing a bullet-proof vest and blue latex gloves, but unarmed, refused to identify himself to campus security guards who asked him to leave. The guards followed him out of the university parking lot and flagged down a Jacksonville police officer to report the suspicious visitor. It's unclear from the media reports and police statements where this officer was in relation E.W.U.'s campus and the Dollar General less than a mile up the street.
Almost exactly 10 minutes after leaving the university's parking lot, the gunman began shooting at the Dollar General using an AR-15 style rifle with swastikas painted on it. He carried a handgun as well. Both guns were obtained legally.
Florida State Representative Angie Nixon wrote on Twitter that the gunman told all "non-Black" people to exit the store before opening fire, though no other accounts of Saturday's tragic shooting seem to include this detail. Police did recover several manifestos, according to the Washington Post, making the shooter's racist ideology clear. Jacksonville Sheriff T.K. Waters announced in a press conference that “This shooting was racially motivated, and [the shooter] hated Black people.”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis called the shooter a "scumbag" and said it was "unacceptable" to target people based on race, per NBC News. DeSantis had to fire a staffer last month after the media discovered that the staffer created a campaign ad that featured DeSantis haloed with Sonnenrad, a neo-Nazi symbol. DeSantis' department of education is also approved standards that push Florida's schools to teach that some Black slaves gained "personal benefit" from their enslavement.
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UK Holding Migrant Children With Sexual Predators
The Observer reports that unaccompanied migrant children arriving by sea are being detained in an adult prison that holds 70 sex offenders. According the the Humans For Rights Network, one of the children was 14 when they were sent to the same cell block as the sex offenders for seven months. According to the Guardian, most of the children are Sudanese or South Sudanese who have been trafficked to the UK via small vessels departing from Libya. The UK's Home Office (the British equivalent to the State Department) disputes the ages of the children, claiming they are adults. But subsequent analysis from the UK's own officials concluded that over half of the Home Office's detained "adults," were, in fact, children, according to information obtained through freedom of information laws and reviewed by the Observer. Being classified as an adult meant that the children could be left unaccompanied with adult prisoners, and even share cells with them.
Last year, the Tory government passed Nationality and Borders Act, which increased criminal penalties for border crossings and is probably contributing the increase of imprisoned kids. Inhumane treatment of migrants has become a calling card for conservatives the world over.
Construction Bids for Georgia EV Plants Going to Kemp's Donors, Shutting Out Unionized Employers
Luke Goldstein over at the American Prospect reports that construction projects for Georgia's green manufacturing renaissance have been going to donors to Republicans in the state, including donors to Governor Brian Kemp. The state is using an obscure development program, Regional Economic Business Assistance (REBA), which provides complete funding for a project's construction, but allows the state to select its prefered firms to do that construction. Multi-million dollar construction projects for new Rivian, Hyundai, and SK Battery plants are going to staunchly anti-union construction firms that donate to Republicans:
[Contruction firms that won state grants] are represented by the Associated General Contractors of Georgia, a trade association that’s donated over $1 million to Republican candidates across the state over the past decade, including $30,000 to Brian Kemp’s re-election bid in 2022. The association supported one of the state’s most aggressive anti-union laws, which was passed in 2013 and constrains project labor agreements among state contractors.
Individual grant-receiving firms and their big-wigs have donated tens-of-thousands of dollars to Kemp and other Georgia Republicans as well. Meanwhile, union contractors were completely shut-out from bidding for the lucrative projects.
- A Palestinian in Montreal Wants Canada to Deport Him, They Won't Do It Canadian authorities won't grant Youssef Ismail refugee status, but refuse to deport him because Israel won't let him in. via Mondoweiss.
- American Citizens Likely Caught Up in Pakistan's Crackdown on Dissent The State Department has made no indication that it knows the number of citizens in Pakistani custody. via the Intercept.
- Russia Confirms that Wagner Chief is Dead The Kremlin said they confirmed the identities of the bodies in the downed plane through DNA testing. How'd they have their DNA? via Financial Times.
- Monster Hunters Descend on Loch Ness for Biggest Search Yet for Nessie My money's on squatchers finding Big Foot first. via the Washington Post.
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