According to the Philly Voice, two swastikas were scrawled in black paint along with the message “Sieg Heil 2016.” Sieg Heil is, of course, a Nazi victory salute. One of the swastikas appeared to make up the “T” in the word Trump. Tragically, the graffiti comes on the 78th anniversary of a tipping point in the Holocaust.
On Monday, authorities in St. Louis confirmed a local Jewish cemetery’s desecration by vandals.
That same day, the Jewish Community Centers Association of North America reported yet another rash of bomb threats at centers nationwide.
And those incidents came only days after President Donald Trump brushed off a question about rising anti-Semitism in the U.S. from an Orthodox Jewish reporter at a White House press conference
He told him first to “sit down,” then saying “I am the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life.”
A total of 69 incidents have been reported at 54 JCCs in 27 different states, CNN reported on Tuesday, citing information from the JCCA, a national organization of JCCs.
The bomb threats aren’t just limited to JCCs: On Wednesday, Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, tweeted that the group’s national headquarters was the target of an anonymous bomb threat.
And in January, an Orthodox Jewish Chabad center in Florida was evacuated twice, on two consecutive days, after receiving multiple threatening phone calls.
It’s not yet clear whether all of the threatening calls are connected, CNN reported, but the FBI is reportedly investigating the threats. Read more (2/22/17 4:02 PM)
Trump signed three executive orders Thursday after swearing in Jeff Sessions. They are:
Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety
In this executive order, Trump declares, “It shall be the policy of the executive branch to reduce crime in America.”
In order to do that, the order calls on Sessions to create the Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety
Preventing Violence Against Federal, State, Tribal, and Local Law Enforcement Officers
This calls on the Department of Justice to “further enhance the protection and safety of Federal, State, tribal and local law enforcement officers,” within the boundaries of the Constitution.
It also calls on the DOJ to review whether existing laws are “adequate” to protect law enforcement officers.
Enforcing Federal Law with Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations and Preventing International Trafficking
The final executive order says “transnational criminal organizations” — such as drug cartels, human trafficking groups and hackers — have “spread throughout the nation, threatening the safety of the United States and its citizens.”
It calls for the executive branch to “strengthen enforcement of Federal law in order to thwart transnational criminal organizations and subsidiary organizations, including criminal gangs, cartels, racketeering organizations, and other groups engaged in illicit activities that present a threat to public safety and national security.” Read more (2/9/17 3:18 PM)
She’s a school board member in suburban South Brunswick, N.J. Baig was running for reelection this fall. She had just put out yard signs with her name on them when a friend from her mosque called.
“Someone wrote ‘ISIS sympathizer’ on the sign,” Baig says.
That caught Baig by surprise. She’s the only Muslim on the school board. But there’s a sizable Muslim population in South Brunswick and the surrounding towns. And this didn’t just happen once or twice.
Since Trump’s election, there’s been an increase in the number of hate crimes reported against immigrants and minorities, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center and others. Muslim-Americans in particular are on edge. They haven’t forgotten that Trump talked during the campaign about banning all Muslims from coming into the country. And his election is prompting the members of Baig’s mosque, the Islamic Society of Central Jersey, to think about their place in the community, and the country.
(1) Racial housing discrimination [where and when: New York City, 1973-1975] when the Department of Justice sued Trump and his father Fred in 1973 for housing discrimination at 39 sites around New York.
(2) Mafia ties [where and when: New York and Atlantic City, 1970s- ?] wherein Trump has been linked to the mafia many times over the years, with varying degrees of closeness…. There have been a string of other allegations, too, many reported by investigative journalist Wayne Barrett.
(3) Trump University [where and when: 2005-2010, online] — It was also never really a “university” by any definition, and it changed its name to the “Trump Entrepreneur Initiative,” because as its scamming of students occurred, the school was violating New York law by operating without an educational license.
(4) Tenant Intimidation [where and when: New York City, 1982-1986]
(5) The Four Bankruptcies [where and when: 1991, 1992, 2004, 2009]
(6) The undocumented Polish workers [where and when: New York City, 1980] in which Trump took advantage of their labor.
(7) Antitrust Violations [where and when: New Jersey, 1986]
(8) Refusing to Pay Workers and Contractors [where and when: various, 1980s-present]
(9) The Cuban Embargo [where and when: Cuba, 1998-present]
what the fuck is the point? if Trump wins, what the fuck’s the point of literally all of the progress the US has made up until this point? he and his followers are only gonna set us back who knows how many fucking years. i want to strive and thrive and keep living out of spite but i want to fucking throw up knowing that people care more about “Shaking up the system” and moral high grounds than the people who are going to suffer from a fucking bigoted moron who doesn’t know the first thing about politics and wasn’t trusted with his own fucking twitter account.