MLK Day Special: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in His Own Words

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: Today is a federal holiday that honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was born January 15th, 1929. He was assassinated April 4th, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was just 39 years old. While Dr. King …
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The Red Nation Slams Cooptation of Indigenous Peoples’ Day Amid Global Colonial Resource Extraction

We continue our look at Indigenous Peoples’ Day with Jennifer Marley, a citizen of San Ildefonso Pueblo and a member of the grassroots Indigenous liberation organization The Red Nation, which helped lead a campaign in 2015 to officially recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Marley slams President Biden’s formal recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ …
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Historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz: Indigenous Peoples’ Day Shared with Columbus Day Is a “Contradiction”

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: Today marks the first time the United States as a nation will recognize the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. This follows a growing movement to debunk the myth of Christopher Columbus as beneficent discoverer and replace it …
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It’s Freedom Day! Do what you want, but the government will blame you when it all goes wrong.

Support us and go ad-free It is so-called Freedom Day. The masks can come off and social distancing no longer applies. We can meet in crowds – although football fans have already been doing this in their tens of thousands. Freedom Day comes at a time when the government is embarking on a massive herd …
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It’s not ‘freedom day’ for refugees as Priti Patel’s immigration bill returns to parliament

Support us and go ad-free Priti Patel’s new immigration bill, which has been accused of ‘criminalising refugees’, will return to parliament for its second reading on 19 July. Refugee campaigners are urging MPs to take action against the Nationality and Borders Bill before it is read in the House of Commons again. The Home Office says …
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More doctors condemn herd immunity as ‘Freedom Day’ looms

Support us and go ad-free Over a thousand doctors have added their signature to a letter published in the Lancet. The letter condemns the government’s current coronavirus approach. In particular it warns UK prime minister Boris Johnson that the loosening of lockdown restrictions on 19 July – so-called ‘Freedom Day’ – would lead to mass …
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New DUP leader rocked by MLA resignation on first day

Support us and go ad-free New DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson has been rocked by the resignation of a Stormont MLA. Alex Easton’s statement announcing his decision to leave the party after 21 years comes on Donaldson’s first full day in the leadership role. The North Down MLA, who will now sit as an independent, cited …
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Rep. Nikema Williams: I Experienced Capitol Attack on My 3rd Day in Congress. We Must Investigate.

House lawmakers are set to vote to create a select committee that will investigate the deadly January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, while Republican leaders still aren’t saying whether they will participate in the panel. Congressmember Nikema Williams of Georgia says it’s vital to properly investigate the January 6 insurrection. “I experienced this attack …
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May Day 1971: Daniel Ellsberg on Joining Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn at Historic Antiwar Direct Action

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the 1971 May Day protests, when tens of thousands of protesters demonstrated against the Vietnam War in Washington, D.C., and brought much of the capital to a standstill through acts of civil disobedience. The mass demonstrations terrified the Nixon administration, and police would arrest over 12,000 people — …
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As the world celebrates Press Freedom Day, Julian Assange remains in Belmarsh prison

As people worldwide celebrate the UN’s World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, WikiLeaks publisher and journalist Julian Assange remains incarcerated. The US continues to demand Assange’s extradition for his role in obtaining and publishing national defence documents from 2009 to 2011. The leaks, provided by US Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning, are known as the Guantanamo …
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