9:16 p.m.: Trump name-checks companies he says have kept jobs in the U.S. under his presidency
According to the New York Times, several companies which the president is taking credit for personally convincing to keep or create jobs in the U.S. were actually just following through on previously announced plans, including Sprint (owned by Softbank) and Chrysler.
Trump has cited misleading numbers of jobs he supposedly saved at Carrier, an air conditioning manufacturer.
9:22 p.m.: Trump claims enforcing immigration laws will make Americans safer
“By finally enforcing our immigration laws, we will raise wages, help the unemployed, save billions of dollars, and make our communities safer for everyone,” Trump said.
On the last point, multiple studies have concluded immigrants commit less crime than U.S. citizens, according to the New York Times. According to the Times, census data shows immigrant men aged 18-49 are one-fifth to one-half as likely to face incarceration as natural-born citizens, while non-citizens (comprising 7% of the population) are only 5% of the state and federal prison population.
9:25 p.m.: Trump misleads on his role in saving money on the F-35 program
While Trump has touted his supposed role in saving $700 million on the much-criticized, $1 trillion-plus F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, according to Politifact, program costs have been coming down for years.
9:27 p.m.: Trump defends his de facto Muslim ban, saying U.S. cannot afford a “beachhead of terrorists” or “sanctuary for extremists”
9:29 p.m.: Trump cites highly misleading figures on the labor force
As Politico’s Michael Grunwald noted, the vast majority of those in the 94 million figure are not typically considered working constituencies.
9:55 p.m.: “According to the National Academy of Sciences, our current immigration system costs America’s taxpayers many billions of dollars a year.”
According to the New York Times, the study in question actually concluded immigration results in “positive net benefits to the U.S. economy during the last two decades of the 20th century,” and “the infusion of human capital by high-skilled immigrants has boosted the nation’s capacity for innovation, entrepreneurship and technological change.”
It also concluded that while first-generation immigrants create a net government cost of $57.4 billion, second and third-generation adults “create a benefit of $30.5 billion and $223.8 billion, respectively.”
10:00 p.m.: Trump says Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines will create tens of thousands of jobs
As the Washington Post noted, while Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska would each hire between 2,700 and 4,000 construction workers to complete the pipelines, and Kansas would hire 200, the average length of those jobs would be just 19.5 weeks. According to Politifact, the Keystone XL pipeline would only create 35 permanent jobs.
10:04 p.m.: Trump says the Yemen raid produced actionable intelligence
Trump claimed a recent Yemen raid which resulted in the death of a U.S. Navy SEAL and 30 civilians, including children, claimed “large amounts of vital intelligence.” One report citing senior officials, however, contested that account and said no significant information was recovered. The target of the raid, Qassim al-Rimi, escaped the assassination attempt and reportedly recorded an audio message mocking Trump as the “fool of the White House.”
During his first week as president, he signed an executive order to fast-track the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines’ application review.
And on Friday, the State Department issued TransCanada, the company spearheading the Keystone project, a presidential permit, authorizing work on the pipeline at the Canada-U.S. border. Read more (3/24/17 10 AM)
Trump issued orders in January to revive the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.
He signed a memorandum requiring "all new pipelines, as well as retrofitted, repaired or expanded pipelines, inside the borders of the United States” be constructed with steel and other equipment made within the United States.
But the White House is already breaking that promise, telling Politico the Keystone XL pipeline won’t be subject to that standard. Read more (3/3/17 12:21 PM)
Today, Trump signed an Executive Order allowing the construction of both Keystone XL and the Dakota Access Pipeline. It’s going to take a lot more than than that for him to overturn what we and the Army Corps of Engineers have done. But it’s a step in the wrong direction. Join Standing Rock in continuing to fight for a cleaner, safer, and renewable future:
i havent been keeping up with canadian politics for the past year so im completely uneducated in this regard, but can i ask what's wrong with Trudeau? I want to be more knowledgeable of what's been going on
Here’s a short list I made a little while ago:
-Trudeau is considering selling our ports & airports.
-Trudeau is pushing an infrastructure bank, which is going to privatize public infrastructure.
-Trudeau selling weapons to Saudi Arabia.
-Trudeau approving 2 huge oil pipelines and happy about Donald Trump’s approval of Keystone XL.
-Despite making it pretty clear before the election that communities and First Nations would need to give consent for projects, Trudeau has backtracked and now says that this is no longer true.
-Justin Trudeau bailing out Bombardier with millions, doesn’t care that their CEO’s are getting huge bonuses as they’re laying off thousands of workers.
-Their Marijuana legislation is filled with harsh penalties, and it is not true legalization. There will be limits on the amount you can grow and carry (and if you exceed these limits you can be arrested or charged), and new harsh penalties related to youth & driving under the influence.
-Justin Trudeau’s government is refusing to pay First Nations children equally, despite the Human Rights Commission sending him notices saying he has to (they have now sent 4 compliance orders for him to comply with the law).
-Justin Trudeau’s government is still underfunding First Nations education.
-Justin Trudeau supports Donald Trump’s bombing of Syria.
-Justin Trudeau is in favour of Regime Change in Syria, which many feel could escalate violence in that region.
-Justin Trudeau has not ruled out sending the military into Syria.
-Justin Trudeau is refusing to change the ‘Safe Third Country’ agreement to help refugees fleeing the USA.
-Justin Trudeau is refusing to fund a basic income pilot project on PEI.
-Justin Trudeau abandoned electoral reform (a big election promise) and has stuck with the First Past the Post system (a system the Conservative Party of Canada also supports).
-Justin Trudeau refuses to decriminalize marijuana in the meantime. Cops will arrest thousands more people for marijuana possession before 2018.
-Justin Trudeau is refusing to pardon anyone for marijuana possession despite knowing full well how harmful this can be for people job searching or crossing the border.
-Justin Trudeau is not in favour of a $15/hour minimum wage.
-Despite his feminist rhetoric, Status of Women Canada received no new funding in the 2017 budget.
-Justin Trudeau broke a campaign promise to close a tax loophole that largely benefits millionaire CEO’s.
-Justin Trudeau is breaking indigenous rights to consent with permits given on the Site C Dam and Kinder Morgan Oil Pipeline.
-Justin Trudeau’s tax cut for the middle cut, benefits the top 10% of income earners the most. Those making under $40,000 per year get nothing.
-Justin Trudeau still hasn’t changed or repealed the draconian anti-terrorism bill, Bill C-51.
-Despite a push from the NDP, Trudeau is refusing to expand our healthcare system to cover things like Pharmacare.
-Justin Trudeau is maintaining Stephen Harper’s cuts to healthcare transfers.
-Justin Trudeau is maintaining Stephen Harper’s weak climate change targets
.-Justin Trudeau wants to delay a promise to cut methane (a potent greenhouse gas) emissions for 3 years or more.
There’s plenty more than that. Yes, arguably Justin Trudeau is better than Stephen Harper, but that is a very low bar to pass.
If you need sources on any of these points I can provide them.
How are you guys not feeling a bit cheated? 🤷🏻♀️I suspect many of you are, but would rather not admit it.
Remember when the President said he wasn’t going to take a salary?
🔴He just accepted his second paycheck.
▶Remember when he said Mexico was going to pay for the wall?
🔴He has asked Congress to appropriate the $25 billion of taxpayer money to cover costs.
▶Remember when he said he wasn’t going to go on vacation or play golf?
🔴5 of the last 7 weekends he went on vacation and played golf, costing taxpayers $11.1 million.
▶Remember when he said he was going to use American steel to build these dangerous pipelines?
🔴Russian steel arrived last week for the Keystone Pipeline XL.
▶Remember when he said he wasn’t going to cut social security and Medicare?
🔴The Republican bill does just this.
▶Remember when he said that nobody on his campaign had any communications with the Russian government?
🔴7 of his people have now admitted they spoke and/or met with Russian officials, after they lied and got caught.
▶Remember when he said he was going to divest from his businesses?
🔴Changed his mind.
▶Remember when he said he was going to release his tax returns?
🔴Changed his mind. (May I add…unless you want to count the 2 pages of his 2005 tax return)
▶Remember when he said he was going to drain the swamp of Washington insiders?
🔴His cabinet is filled with lobbyists, oil and Wall Street executives.
▶Remember when he said would defeat ISIS in 30 days?
🔴He doesn’t have any plan.
▶Remember when he said that the Obamacare replacement would cover more people at lower cost?
🔴The AHCA that the GOP and 45 are now pushing; they now admit will cover fewer people at a higher cost.
NOTE: If YOU voted for him, please hold him accountable to what he promised YOU - for all of OUR sakes.
Trump Survival Tip No. 12: How to Shut Down an Oil Pipeline
The struggle against the petroleum industry is one years in the making. Coming to a head in Standing Rock with Dakota Access and in the halls of Congress with Keystone XL, the struggle hasn’t gone well for our side. Standing Rock was met with an invading military force and Keystone was railroaded through Congress. It may seem that we can do nothing to stop capitalism from finally scraping out the last vestiges of the world it has yet to exploit.
But there’s a much easier and more effective way to shut down an oil pipeline than lobbying your congressman: shut down the pipeline.
Oil pipelines cover thousands of miles of sparsely populated and often totally uninhabited land.
It has been estimated that it is literally impossible to fully secure the United States’ energy grid from attack, because there’s just too much ground to cover. And the thing is, over those thousands of miles of pipeline, there are hundreds of shutoff valves, about one every ten miles or so. These shutoff valves are almost totally unguarded. Most have only a padlock and chain-link fence. And depending on how you go about it, you could–by yourself, or with only a handful of friends–shut down these pipelines for hours or days at a time, causing millions of dollars in damage to the companies running them.
In the past, the traditional tactic has been to break in with boltcutters, shut off the valve, call the company to inform them you’re shutting it down, and chain oneself to the pipeline. Three people managed to shut down Enbridge’s Line 9B in Quebec this way for seven hours (link), and related actions did the same on Line 7. However, if you can’t risk arrest, or like me, think this tactic relies on the liberal notion that arresting practitioners of civil disobedience is somehow embarrassing to the state, may I suggest another tactic: guerrilla shutdown.
You’ll need a car, a mountain bike (if you’re a strong biker), or some other way to cover hundreds of miles surreptitiously and quickly to do this. Rather than intentionally getting oneself arrested, try being a bit more sneaky about it: break into one shutoff valve, close it, lock it shut again with your own padlock, and drive off to the next valve and do it again. You keep that up, and with a single car, you could conceivably shut down the pipeline for hours, without the guarantee of arrest. If you have friends, taking shifts, you could do it for days. Just keep shutting the valves; every time the oil company sends a maintenance worker to open one, close another one.
This method of attacking pipelines is a form of direct action. Rather than beseeching representatives or agents to solve our problems for us, we solve the problem ourselves. This action can cost millions of dollars for the oil companies you target, and requires little more than boltcutters and gas money to accomplish; a pretty good way to prevent pipelines from being profitable for oil companies. And, my friends, direct action is the only way forward. The only way any of us can survive Trump’s presidency, the resurgence of fascism it represents, or this last dying breath of capitalism, is by coming together and solving problems ourselves. We can’t rely on anyone else; not the state, not “benevolent capitalists”, no gods and no masters. We carry a new world in our hearts. It is up to us to bring it to life.
Remember: when we fight, we win, so know how to fight!
Today, we honor hip-hop artivist Frank Waln of the Sicangu Lakota nation who uses his music to combat colonialism by raising awareness of issues impacting indigenous youth and communities, from teen suicides to the Keystone XL Pipeline.
“La Madre Tierra, militarizada, cercada, envenenada, donde se violan sistemáticamente derechos elementales, nos exige actuar.”- Berta Cáceres
Whether it’s indigenous water protectors or led-poisoned black children, communities of color are disproportionately impacted by the effects of environmental degradation. While the oppressors in power harm & exploit the Earth and it’s inhabitants, we have & continue to fight on the frontline of the struggle but we are not always heard and this needs to change. In an effort to center the importance of our voices, Muchacha Fanzine’s “Madre Tierra” (Mother Earth) invites people of color to share short stories, visual art, photography, comics, thoughts, poetry, rants, doodles, and essays all related to environmental justice. Women, queer, transgender & non-binary folks of color are especially encouraged to submit their work.
Ya sea que se trate de protectores de agua indígenas o de niños negros envenenados con plomo, las comunidades de color son desproporcionadamente afectadas por los efectos de la degradación ambiental. Mientras los opresores en el poder dañan y explotan a la Tierra y sus habitantes, luchamos en las frontera de la lucha, pero no siempre somos escuchados y esto necesita cambiar. Con el objetivo de centrar la importancia de nuestras voces, Muchacha Fanzine’s “ Madre Tierra” invita a las personas de color a compartir cuentos, arte visual, fotografía, cómicos, pensamientos, poesía y ensayos relacionados con la justicia ambiental. Las mujeres, personas gay, transgeneros y personas no binarias son especialmente alentados a presentar su trabajo.
DEADLINE/FECHA TOPE: Oct. 1, 2017
Send Submissions to/Envíe sus contribuciones a firstname.lastname@example.org
Please limit written submissions to 2500 words & attach .jpg art images. Including a short bio/contact info is encouraged but optional. All of the contributors will receive free copies including domestic/international shipping! / Por favor limite las presentaciones por escrito a 2500 palabras y adjunte imágenes de arte .jpg. Incluyendo información de bio/contacto se recomienda, pero es opcional. ¡Todos los contribuyentes recibirán copias gratis incluyendo el envío nacional/internacional!
(Topic ideas include but are not limited to: *Environmental Racism *Anticapitalism *Indigenous Resistance *Decolonization *Black & Brown Resistance Movements *Ecofeminism *Queer Ecology *Industrial Pollution *Coal & Oil Companies *Air, Water & Soil Contamination *Greenhouse Gas *Global Warming *Toxic Wastes Sites *Fossil Fuels *Fracking *Radioactive Material *Health hazards i.e. cancer, asthma, lead poisoning *#WaterisLife *Keystone XL Pipeline *Natural Disasters *Deforestation *Heat Exposure *Gentrification *Public Housing *Transit Justice *Migration *Prison Industrial Complex *Police Violence *Military Occupation *Imperialism *Climate Change Denialism *The Trump Administration *EPA *Reproductive Health *Animal Justice *Endangered Species *Factory farms & Slaughterhouses *Food Justice *Food Deserts *Gardening *Public Policy *Power in Decision Making Processes *Sustainability *Renewable Energy *Grassroots Activism *Green Anarchism *Green Socialism *Environmental Spirituality *Healing *Where do we go from here?)
🎨: “Mother Earth Nourish” by Malaysian artist Jennifer Mourin