Philly Activists Reclaim 50 Vacant Houses, Creating a Model for Organizing as Mass Evictions Loom

In a historic victory for unhoused people, Philadelphia city officials agreed to hand over 50 vacant homes to a community land trust, following months of organizing and protest encampments. We hear from one of the organizers and speak to Philadelphia-based Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, who has written extensively about housing insecurity and says the direct actions there are applicable across the U.S. “This dynamic exists all over the country where you have both empty housing and houseless people, a completely irrational expression of what American capitalism means,” Taylor says. The sustained movement in Philadelphia established “a model for what all tenant organizing and activist groups should be taking up, which…

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Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor: Breonna Taylor’s Rigged Case Further Erodes Legitimacy of U.S. Institutions

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! The Quarantine Report. I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González. Less than a week after a grand jury failed to charge the police officers who shot Breonna Taylor with her death, a judge has ordered Kentucky’s Attorney General Daniel Cameron to release the recording of the grand jury proceedings to the court — not yet clear whether the tape will be made public. On Monday, an anonymous grand juror sued in order to unseal the court transcripts, accusing Cameron of using the grand jury, quote, “as a shield to deflect accountability and…

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Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor: We Must Rethink Our Society, from Policing to the Supreme Court

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden will face off tonight in Ohio in the first of three presidential debates. Host Chris Wallace of Fox News says the 90-minute showdown will focus on both candidates’ records, the Supreme Court, coronavirus, the economy, race and the integrity of the election. Each topic presents a pressure point in an unprecedented election season. Just five weeks before November 3rd, the global coronavirus death toll has topped 1 million worldwide. The virus continues to devastate African Americans, Latinx and Indigenous communities across the United…

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Headlines for September 29, 2020

As COVID-19 Claims Over 1 Million Lives, Reports of Rift Among White House AdvisersAnother Immigrant Prisoner Dies from COVID-19; Nurses Union Says U.S. Failed to Protect Medical WorkersKentucky AG to Release Breonna Taylor Grand Jury Tapes as Juror Calls for Information to Be Made PublicFamily of Black Man Shot Dead by Police While Handcuffed in Car Reaches $20 Million SettlementTrump and Biden to Face Off in 1st Debate as NYT Drops Second Report on Trump's TaxesChannel 4 Report Says Trump Campaign Sought to Deter Black Voters in 2016Artist Ai Weiwei Holds Protest in Support of Julian Assange, Press FreedomUber Wins Legal Fight to Keep Operating in LondonFive Iraqi…

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Planned Parenthood CEO: Trump's SCOTUS Pick Could Overturn Roe v. Wade & Kill Obamacare

President Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court could threaten reproductive rights across the U.S., according to Planned Parenthood president and CEO Alexis McGill Johnson. Barrett, who once called abortion “always immoral,” would give conservatives a decisive 6-3 advantage on the top court if she is confirmed by the Senate, and President Trump has openly promoted her nomination by suggesting she would help overturn the landmark 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion in the U.S. Barrett “would be a huge threat to reproductive rights” on the Supreme Court, says McGill Johnson. “Reproductive healthcare is healthcare. And the most immediate threat that we…

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How “Extremist” Amy Coney Barrett Could Reshape the Supreme Court & Hand Trump the Election

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! The Quarantine Report. I’m Amy Goodman. President Trump has nominated the conservative federal judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat. Barrett is a 48-year-old former Notre Dame law professor who clerked for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. On Saturday, Barrett spoke alongside President Trump at the White House. JUDGE AMY CONEY BARRETT: I clerked for Justice Scalia more than 20 years ago, but the lessons I learned still resonate. His judicial philosophy is mine, too: A judge must apply the law…

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A Criminal Tax Cheat? Bombshell NYT Report Shows Trump Paid No Federal Income Tax for 10 of 15 Years

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: We begin today’s show looking at the bombshell report in The New York Times that reveals Donald Trump paid no federal income taxes in 10 of the last 15 years, and he paid just $750 in federal income taxes in both 2016 and 2017. The Times published the report after obtaining more than two decades of Trump’s tax return data. On Sunday, Trump called the report “fake news,” but he continues to refuse to release his tax returns. The reporting paints a picture of Trump as either an inept entrepreneur or a criminal tax…

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Headlines for September 28, 2020

Trump Nominates Amy Coney Barrett to SCOTUS; GOP-Led Senate Could Confirm Before Nov. 3NYT: Trump Paid $750 in Fed. Income Taxes in 2016, No Income Taxes in 10 of Last 15 Years Protests Continue over Impunity in Breonna Taylor's Case as Her Family Speaks OutU.S. Coronavirus Cases Top 7 Million, on the Rise in Two Dozen StatesGlobal Coronavirus Deaths Approach 1 Million; Latin America Has Half of Most Infected NationsArmenia and Azerbaijan Declare Martial Law as Fighting Kills at Least 23 PeopleBelarus Protests Continue as EU and U.S. Refuse to Recognize Lukashenko as Legitimate RulerAt Least 16 Refugees Feared Dead After Shipwreck Off Libya's CoastLebanese Prime Minister-Designate Steps DownSalvadoran…

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“Without Love, We Won’t Make It”: Bishop Michael Curry on Faith & What’s at Stake in November

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The Quarantine Report. I’m Amy Goodman. The U.S. coronavirus death toll officially passed 200,000 this week. On Sunday, the Washington National Cathedral of the Episcopal Church marked the sobering milestone by tolling its bell 200 times, once for every thousand lives lost. Well, to discuss those lives lost and the extraordinary circumstances the nation faces today, we spend the rest of the hour with Bishop Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, the first African American to lead the denomination. Bishop Curry is the descendant of enslaved Africans,…

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