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White Supremacist Violence is Not Free Speech

Statement from the ACLU of California

“… the First Amendment does not protect people who incite or engage in violence. If white supremacists march into our towns armed to the teeth and with the intent to harm people, they are not engaging in activity protected by the United States Constitution.”

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Dakota Access developer sues for at least $300 million

Against Greenpeace, Earth First! and other groups

August 23, 2017

The developer behind the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline has sued several environmental groups accused of engaging in “eco-terrorism” during the pipeline construction protests. This could have profound impacts on the future of environmental activism in the Trump-era and beyond.

The lawsuit has been filed by a law firm founded by President Trump’s personal attorney.

Starting in April 2016, Native American water protectors and their allies had peacefully camped in the path of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a project that would transport oil under and endanger the Missouri River, a water supply for millions of people.

In February 2017, the Army Corps of Engineers removed protestors from Oceti Sakowin Camp, one of the largest protest sites, after it approved a disputed easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline that had stalled construction. This was after the President signed several executive orders to expedite the construction of the pipeline in January.

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People Killed by Police in the U.S.

Database from the Guardian

“The Counted is a project by the Guardian and you working to count the number of people killed by police and other law enforcement agencies in the United States throughout 2015 and 2016, to monitor their demographics and to tell the stories of how they died.

The US government has no comprehensive record of the number of people killed by law enforcement. This lack of basic data has been glaring amid the protests, riots and worldwide debate set in motion by the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014.

Before stepping down as US attorney general in April 2015, Eric Holder described the prevailing situation on data collection as ‘unacceptable.'”

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