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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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U.S. Judge Halts Construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline

Previously allowed after a January 2017 Executive Order

November 8, 2018

A federal judge in Montana halted construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday on the grounds that the U.S. government did not complete a full analysis of the environmental impact of the TransCanada Corp project.

While the Dakota Access Pipeline, the focus of the Standing Rock protests in 2016-2017 was completed, the Keystone XL pipeline running from Alberta to Nebraska is still under construction.

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People Killed by Police in the U.S.

Database from The Washington Post

Close to a thousand people are fatally shot by police in the U.S. each year.

Fatal Force is a project by The Washington Post to track more than a dozen details about each instance of police-involved killing — including the race of the deceased, the circumstances of the shooting, whether the person was armed and whether the person was experiencing a mental-health crisis — by culling local news reports, law enforcement websites and social media, and by monitoring independent databases such as Killed by Police and Fatal Encounters

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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