Trump ends federal testing as cases surge to record high

Demand Mitch McConnell stop blocking police reform in the Senate

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Trump cuts off federal funding for testing sites after admitting that he wanted to “slow testing down” to conceal cases

The move comes on the day America broke its record for new cases.

Take Action: Demand Congress stop Trump from slowing virus testing – he’s sacrificing lives to help his reelection!


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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Democrat tells Sergeant at Arms to forcibly REMOVE Republican lawmaker from hearing

The tantrum by the Congressman trying to stop testimony against Trump was a true disgrace.


No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen: Adam Schiff discusses Trump FINALLY facing charges after he leaves office
It doesn’t look like Trump will get away with it after all.


Dozens of Secret Service officers and agents told to self-quarantine after Trump’s Tulsa rally
The president’s reckless ego trip are endangering the very people charged with protecting him.


Prosecutors tell Congress that AG Barr is politicizing Justice Department
George HW Bush’s deputy attorney general said Barr’s scandals are becoming “far worse than Watergate.”

Take Action: Impeach Attorney General William Barr!


Biden takes dominant lead in poll as voters reject Trump on virus and race
Note from OD Action: We have largely avoided reporting presidential polls because they can swing from day to day and give a false sense of security. But the newsworthiness of Biden’s consistently growing lead can no longer be denied and is an acknowledgement not only of the strength of his candidacy but the long overdue rejection of the Trump regime. With the good news, we remind readers that Trump neither plays fair nor legally. We cannot afford to take a day off until November 4.


Longtime Rep. Eliot Engel trails progressive challenger Jamaal Bowman in NY primary
“Eliot Engel used to say he was a thorn in the side of Donald Trump, but you know what Donald Trump is more afraid of than anyone, anything else? A black man with power,” Bowman said in his primary night speech.


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Lawyers find four severely ill toddlers needing hospital care at visit to Trump’s border jail
The kids were unresponsive, feverish and vomiting, yet receiving no medical care, according to lawyers.

Take Action: Don’t use the pandemic as an excuse to abandon refugee children! This is no time for nationalist cruelty.


Longtime Rep. Eliot Engel likely lost to progressive challenger in NY primary
“Eliot Engel used to say he was a thorn in the side of Donald Trump, but you know what Donald Trump is more afraid of than anyone, anything else? A black man with power,” Jamaal Bowman said in his primary night speech.


‘The View’ slams John Bolton on refusal to testify against Trump: ‘You knew!’
Sunny Hostin called out Bolton for being “one of the very reasons, if not the reason, that President Trump is still in office.”


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Nature made the virus, Trump made it a crisis…

You gotta be kidding me…

The arc of the moral universe…


Today’s Action: Rethink policing

Transformation. Revolution. In just a few short weeks, we have seen widespread impact of governments from local to federal waking up and taking notice of Black voices. Just check out USA Today’s chart tallying the changes in policing policy to date.

The ubiquity of police brutality has been on full display. Against agitated protesters, against peaceful protesters, against non-participating bystanders, and their own anti-bias trainers. Against Black people and also allies. Videos taken across the country (note: some graphic images) have flooded the internet, showing the pervasive patterns of violence in our policing institutions.

The protests have also highlighted police practices that undermine the idea that this is just a few bad apples. A Reuters study discovered that the majority of police union contracts in major cities build in no-accountability stipulations such as erasing disciplinary records on a regular schedule, making fining and firing repeat offenders nearly impossible. Half of the contracts allow officers to examine all evidence against them before being questioned on disciplinary hearings. And the FBI has identified a growing infiltration of right-wing extremists into law enforcement.

Systemically racist and stocked with surplus military equipment that unnecessarily escalates tension, law enforcement is at war with minority communities they are meant to serve. And just as importantly, we must depend on law enforcement to respond to issues that they simply aren’t qualified to handle. Mental health needs, lack of housing, and drug abuse are problems better solved with boosted mental healthcare, emergency housing, and drug counseling. Improved education and after-school programs for at-risk youth are proven to lower crime rates if communities have the funding for the programs.

We would not “need” to call on law enforcement nearly as much if we addressed the root of the problems they are called for. And, set aside crime rates for a moment…actually addressing and funding the needs (housing, food, education, healthcare, and more) would mean a VAST improvement of quality of life in our Black communities and beyond!

Revolutionary change for the better is possible. Minneapolis has pledged to dismantle its police department and build a new model for public safety. Camden, NJ disbanded its police department in 2012 and rebuilt community-oriented policing from scratch, and has achieved a 42% drop in violent crimes.

Our Black communities have issued an unignorable proclamation that the current system is deadly and beyond reform. It’s time for our leaders to listen, defund, and re-imagine.

Call, email, and/or tweet at your local government leadership, and tell them to defund law enforcement and reinvest in community-driven public safety programs that enrich Black communities instead of killing them.

PS — Please don’t forget to sign the petition calling on Mitch McConnell to stop blocking police reform, and check out the brilliant “Don’t Think of an Elephant” by George Lakoff — a quick read that contains the ultimate keys for Democrats to win elections — and arguments.

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