Steinle verdict: Bigots call for sanctuary cities boycott

first_imgSan Francisco — Furious, threatening tweets by #45. These were the president’s response to the Dec. 1 acquittal of undocumented migrant Jose Ines Garcia Zarate on murder and manslaughter charges in the 2015 shooting death of Kate Steinle. Trump had made this tragic accidental shooting a hallmark of his election campaign as a way to build support for his proposed U.S./Mexico border wall and his threat to deport immigrants.The day after the acquittal, an editorial in the so-called liberal San Francisco Chronicle said that an inmate with Garcia Zarate’s record “could be released on the streets today,” implying that following sanctuary city policies would bring violence. The editorial didn’t explain what in this worker’s totally nonviolent record would make such a release a threat to the community.In 1989 San Francisco was among the first U.S. cities to establish a sanctuary law as part of a national wave of local policies intended to help Central American refugees. (tinyurl.com/ybab8bum)Trial testimony showed Steinle had been hit with a bullet that had ricocheted off a concrete pier. Prosecutors presented the jury with the choice of first- or second-degree murder or involuntary manslaughter charges. The defense argued that Garcia Zarate had found the gun under a bench on the pier and that it accidentally fired as he unwrapped it from a cloth. (The gun had been stolen from a federal Bureau of Land Management agent’s car several days before.)The prosecution was unable to present any evidence of murderous intent or malfeasance on Garcia Zarate’s part. He was acquitted of the prosecutor’s charges and convicted only as a felon in possession of a firearm.Garcia Zarate had been released by the San Francisco County sheriff several weeks before Steinle’s death, after marijuana possession charges against him had been dropped. That release went against a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement request to hold him.Trump had used Garcia Zarate’s previous release and later acquittal to attack San Francisco and other local sanctuary city policies. In the 24 hours following the acquittal he whipped up an anti-immigrant, right-wing frenzy over the verdict, with thousands calling for a boycott of San Francisco and all sanctuary cities. (tinyurl.com/y7cpcd4u)Trump’s tweets, in typical fashion, falsify information, claiming erroneously that Garcia Zarate was deported seven times as a violent felon. He had previously been deported five times, but had never been charged with any violent crimes. All charges against Garcia Zarate were drug or immigration related, with no suggestion of violence.As Trump renewed calls to build his border wall, other tweeters pointed out the hypocrisy of boycotting San Francisco after Trump and supporters remained silent following the killing of anti-racist Heather Heyer during a white supremacist rally and counterprotest in Charlottesville, Va. (tinyurl.com/yb3hv2mh)On the day of Garcia Zarate’s acquittal, eight white supremacists stood outside San Francisco City Hall protesting sanctuary city policies. Two days later, Dec. 3, a group of about two dozen neo-Nazis and white supremacists gathered in front of the White House, using Steinle’s death to call for stricter laws on immigration.Featured speakers there were Richard Spencer, a man now synonymous with so-called “alt-right,” neo-Nazi politics; Matthew Heimbach of the explicitly neo-Nazi “National Socialist” group, the Traditionalist Worker Party; and Mike Enoch, a well-known white supremacist blogger.Despite recent brutal suppression of protest in Washington, D.C., anti-fascist, antifa counterprotesters showed up in twice the numbers. They shouted the right-wingers down with slogans like “Nazi punks, fuck off!” It took only 20 minutes before the Nazi and racist protesters, backed by a police escort, had to disappear. (tinyurl.com/y7l9nas)Far-right-wingers have called two events on Dec. 16 under the pretense of “justice” for Kate Steinle and against sanctuary cities and the new California Values Act, SB 54.That state bill, going into effect Jan. 1, 2018, mandates statewide limitations on local law enforcement cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Counterprotests supporting sanctuary cities and SB 54 are in the works.Kate Steinle’s death was a tragic accident. The use of this tragedy to foment anti-immigrant hatred is not only unwarranted, but deeply racist in character. No walls, no deportations, no bans!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Joe Biden is elected the 46th president of the United States.

first_imgWILMINGTON, Del. — Joseph R. Biden Jr. was elected president of the United States on Saturday, defeating President Trump after campaigning on a promise to restore civility and stability to American politics and to expand the government’s role in guiding the country through the surging coronavirus pandemic.Mr. Biden, 77, who will become the 46th president and the oldest man ever sworn into the office, secured 273 votes from the Electoral College after Pennsylvania was called for him, though the race was far closer than many Democrats, Republicans and pollsters had expected.- Advertisement – With his third run for the White House — after unsuccessful bids in 1988 and 2008, and after spending eight years as President Barack Obama’s vice president — Mr. Biden finally attained a goal that he has dreamed of for decades, capping a career in national politics that began with a victory in a 1972 Senate race here in Delaware. He was swept into office this year with the support of a diverse coalition of younger voters, older voters, Black Americans and white college-educated voters, particularly women. – Advertisement – Mr. Biden’s triumph concluded an extraordinary election that was expected to set modern records for turnout, despite being held amid a pandemic that has upended life across the United States. More than 100 million Americans voted before Election Day as states sought to make voting safer, putting the nation on track for the largest turnout in a century once the final vote is tallied.- Advertisement – Mr. Biden also won the popular vote by nearly three percentage points, and, with more than 74 million votes, broke the vote record set by Mr. Obama in 2012. Mr. Trump received more than 70 million votes — far more than the 63 million he received in 2016 when he beat Hillary Clinton while losing the popular vote.Voters overcame their fears of the coronavirus, long lines at the polls and the vexing challenges of a transformed election system to render a verdict on Mr. Trump’s chaotic and norm-breaking presidency. Mr. Trump was the first incumbent president to lose a bid for re-election since George H.W. Bush lost to Bill Clinton in 1992.Still, the race was not the landslide many Democrats had hoped for: Mr. Biden lost a number of important battleground states where he had invested time and resources, most notably Florida, amid signs of challenges with a number of Latino constituencies.center_img The Trump campaign and Republican lawyers have already begun a wide-ranging legal assault to challenge Democratic votes and victories in key swing states, part of a long-telegraphed effort to call the validity of the election into question.Mr. Trump, who baselessly declared victory early Wednesday, before votes were tallied in multiple states, had regularly questioned the legitimacy of the election as polls showed him trailing, and it was not immediately clear how he would respond to the news of Mr. Biden’s victory.Much of Mr. Biden’s agenda in office may rest on his ability to work with Congress. Democrats have maintained their hold on the House but had a much narrower path to reclaiming control of the Senate. The result also provided a history-making moment for President-elect Biden’s running mate, Senator Kamala Harris of California, who became the first woman, and first woman of color, on a winning presidential ticket. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Bundesliga: Dortmund look to Haaland to help reboot title bid

first_img Dortmund coach Lucien Favre has been correcting defensive flaws in training after neither Manuel Akanji nor centre-back partner Mats Hummels covered themselves in glory in Leverkusen. “It takes time to correct a few things, but it’s coming,” said Favre, who comes under more pressure with each defeat. “I don’t see any other solution apart from work, work, work.” In the four Bundesliga games since the winter break, Dortmund have scored 18 goals but conceded eight. January signing Emre Can urged his teammates to “play dirty – a foul here, defend better there”. Eintracht welcome back Dutch striker Bas Dost after a stomach bug kept him sidelined for last weekend’s 5-0 thumping of Augsburg. Bayern could be without captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer at Cologne on Sunday as the Germany skipper has a virus, with reserve keeper Sven Ulreich on stand-by. The reigning champions are bidding for a seventh win in eight league games, after being held to a goalless draw by Leipzig last Sunday. One to watch: Alexander Nouri Nouri (centre right) has taken over at Hertha after Klinsmann abruptly quit on Tuesday Promoted ContentA Museum To Rihanna’s Glory Could Soon Be OpenedPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee17 Mind-Blowing Makeovers By Makeup Artist Vanessa Davis11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too FarThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It Appeared The spotlight falls on Hertha Berlin’s new caretaker coach for Saturday’s league game at bottom side Paderborn after Jurgen Klinsmann’s midweek bombshell, with the former Germany striker quitting after just 10 weeks in charge.Having agreed to coach Hertha for the rest of the season, Klinsmann explained his abrupt decision by hinting at a power struggle with Hertha general manager Michael Preetz.Read Also: Bayern Munich keeper has Premier League offersHowever, Hertha investor Lars Windhorst issued a damning rebuke of Klinsmann’s behaviour.“You can do that in your youth, but not in professional business, where you have to fulfil agreements,” said the wealthy businessman.Nouri, who has been sacked by Bremen and second-division Ingolstadt in recent seasons, has his work cut out rebuilding confidence as last Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at home to Mainz pushed Hertha towards the relegation places.Key stats36 – Number of goals Haaland has scored this season in 27 games for Salzburg and Dortmund.7 – Goals Dortmund have conceded in their last two games.76 – Days that Jurgen Klinsmann spent as head coach of Hertha Berlin.Fixtures (all times 1430 GMT unless stated)FridayBorussia Dortmund v Eintracht Frankfurt (1930)SaturdayRB Leipzig v Werder Bremen, Hoffenheim v VfL Wolfsburg, Augsburg v Freiburg, Paderborn v Hertha Berlin, Union Berlin v Bayer Leverkusen, Fortuna Duesseldorf v Borussia Moenchengladbach (1730)SundayCologne v Bayern Munich, Mainz 05 v Schalke 04 (1700)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Borussia Dortmund must tighten their defence and trust teenage striker Erling Braut Haaland to provide the goals against Bundesliga giant-killers Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday after a “week to forget”. Dortmund conceded two goals inside 82 seconds late on during last Saturday’s 4-3 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen which left senior club bosses fuming. Haaland failed to score at Leverkusen last weekend After eight goals in his four previous games, it was the first time new signing Haaland, 19, had failed to score for Dortmund. Former captain Sebastian Kehl said the Leverkusen defeat capped a “week to forget”, four days after being dumped out of the German Cup with a 3-2 loss at Werder Bremen. “We’re conceding too many goals, which often means we lose the reward for our work as we’re scoring enough,” said sporting director Michael Zorc. The league and cup disappointments leave third-placed Dortmund lagging four points behind leaders Bayern Munich. It will be no easy task to reboot their title challenge at Signal Iduna Park against Frankfurt, while they also have Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 first leg against Paris Saint-Germain looming on the horizon. Dortmund are missing injured forwards Marco Reus and Julian Brandt, while visitors Frankfurt have already claimed two big scalps in the league this season. Bayern suffered a humiliating 5-1 defeat in Frankfurt last November, and second-placed RB Leipzig also went down 2-0 at the Commerzbank Arena in January. Loading… last_img read more