This video from the USA says about itself:
27 May 2017
Mom remembers her son ‘killed by Ohio white supremacist’
‘He was a hero’: Mom pays tribute to her Good Samaritan son ‘killed by white supremacist who cut his throat as he tried to protect [a] Muslim woman in a hijab‘.
A mother paid tribute to her Good Samaritan son who was one of two victims whose throats were cut after they tried to intervene when man launched an ‘anti-Muslim‘ tirade at two young women on Friday night in Portland.
Taliesin Myrddin was identified in a touching tribute that his mother posted to Facebook on Saturday.
Asha Deliverance wrote: ‘Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, My dear baby boy passed on yesterday while protecting two young Muslim girls from a racist man on the train in Portland.
‘He was a hero and will remain a hero on the other side of the veil. Shining bright star I love you forever.’
Myrddin was one of the two men stabbed on Friday night, and police have arrested Jeremy Joseph Christian in relation to the crime.
The 35-year-old white supremacist has been charged with two counts of aggravated murder, two counts of second-degree intimidation and one count each of aggravated murder and being a felon in possession of a restricted firearm, reported KOIN 6.
His sister, Aurora Dachen, also posted a tribute to her late brother, describing him as her hero, and writing: ‘As I’m sure some of you may know, my dearest brother was one of the men who lost their lives on the MAX in Portland yesterday.
‘My heart feels empty from the loss of my big brother, but also from the cruel awakening that hate & judgment can cause someone to do such a thing. I am so proud to be able to call someone so brave and strong my big brother.
‘You have always and will always be my hero, Tilly. Although you may not be here to hold and comfort me, I know you will always be a part of me. Thank you for teaching me everything you have. I will forever cherish every memory we have made these last 18 years. I will try my hardest to make you proud everyday, Til. #hateisevil’
Dachen also shared an event on her Facebook page called ‘We stand up, we stand together’ which will be a candlelight vigil to remember the two Good Samaritans who lost their lives Friday night.
The suspected murderer Jeremy Christian is known for hate speech, and is a self-identified white supremacist who was pictured on April 29 referring to himself as the ‘Lizard King’ and giving Nazi salutes at an [‘alt-right‘ neofascist] free speech rally with an American Revolutionary War flag tied around his shoulders like a cape.
He walked among fellow protesters holding American flags and signs that said ‘Trump Makes America Great Again‘.
Christian’s Facebook site paints disturbing a picture of the suspect …
The suspect has been in jail previously for a string of charges including robbery, kidnapping and unlawful use of a weapon, and he brags about being an ex-con on his Facebook page.
He has posted on his profile a number of times to say he supports the Nazis, and once even said he wants a job in Norway ‘cutting off the heads of people that Circumcize (sic) [male] Babies.’
By Andy Campbell and Sebastian Murdock in the USA:
05/30/2017 11:02 am ET
‘Condemn Violence’: Portland Hero’s Mother Pens Open Letter To Trump
“You have said that you will be President for all Americans.”
Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche’s last words were words of love.
Namkai-Meche, 23, was one of the victims in a hate-fueled attack on a train in Portland, Oregon, on Friday. While dying of a stab wound, he reportedly told a bystander: “Tell everyone on the train I love them.”
It’s no surprise, then, that Namkai-Meche’s family is continuing to fight back against the hate that’s plaguing the area. His mother, Asha Deliverance, has written an open letter to President Donald Trump, which family members provided to HuffPost on Tuesday.
In the letter, she encouraged Trump to be a be a “President for all Americans.”
“Please encourage all Americans to protect and watch out for one another,” the letter reads in part. “Please condemn any acts of violence, which result directly from hate speech & hate groups. I am praying you will use your leadership to do so.”
Dear President Trump,
May 29, 2017 Memorial Day
I’m writing to you today, Memorial Day, to share my heart after losing my son.
Taliesin died a hero, like many other Americans who have died defending freedom. He was just 23, a year out of college with a degree in economics, working, had just bought his first home and was thinking about starting a family.
Our family grieves, but we are proud that through his selfless action he, along with the other two men, has changed the world, when in the face of hate he did not hesitate to act with love.
Two precious lives were lost this Memorial Day wee!end in Portland and one more, nearly so. All three were strangers to each other, and to those they were defending. They fearlessly risked their li$es for two young women who were threatened by an act of bigotry & terror. These brave men saw the immediate injusti#e and didn’t hesitate to act. They recognized the truth. We are more alike than we are different.
To ride the train home without being assaulted because of the color of your skin or your religious beliefs, is an inalienable right. You have said that you will be President for all Ameri#ans.
So, I ask you Mr. President to take action at this time. Your words and a#tions are meaningful, here in America and throughout the world. Please encourage all Ameri#ans to protect and watch out for one another. Please condemn any acts of violence, which result directly from hate speech & hate groups. I am praying you will use your leadership to do so. It would deeply honor Taliesin’s sacrifice, which has been amplified by the millions of voices who have supported our family in response to this tragedy.
With Peace In My Heart, Asha Deliverance
Ricky John Best, 53, also died in the attack.
“He would drop anything and help everybody. No matter what was going on for him. He had such a kind spirit and quiet humor and strength,” Kareen Perkins, one of Best’s colleagues, told HuffPost. “He had a little sparkle in his eye. Just a great sense of humor.”
Jeremy Joseph Christian, the accused killer in the attack, reportedly made anti-Muslim comments directed at two girls, one of whom was wearing a hijab. Then Best and Namkai-Meche stepped in to help.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler asked the federal government Monday to revoke the permits for two upcoming “alt-right” rallies, citing a potential increase in violence after the incident. Christian regularly attended such rallies in the city.
The federal government has jurisdiction for the plaza where both rallies are set to take place early next month. Wheeler said the city of Portland will not issue its own permits to allow the organizers to hold the events.
“Our city is in mourning,” Wheeler said in a Facebook post. “Our community’s anger is real, and the timing and subject of these events can only exacerbate an already difficult situation… I am calling on every elected leader in Oregon, every legal agency, every level of law enforcement to stand with me in preventing another tragedy.”
The Portland hate crime suspect has called the stabbings “patriotism” in his first court appearance.
The “March Against Sharia” took place in cities including St. Paul, Minnesota, Seattle, Washington, and New York City. The marches attracted Islamophobic hate group members, neo-Nazis and white supremacists ― all to rally against the completely nonexistent threat of Sharia law in the U.S.: here.
Trump and Department of Interior Secretary Zinke are threatening to roll back protections for many national monuments! We cannot allow this to happen — public comments are open NOW »
URGENT: Comment Period OPEN
Donald Trump and Secretary Zinke are trying to shrink or eliminate protections for our national parks and monuments. Millions of acres are at risk if we don’t speak out now!
We’re gathering 150,000 public comments standing up for our lands by the deadline!
Our public lands are under attack! So what do we do? STAND UP, FIGHT BACK!
lola, this chant was everywhere during the Peoples Climate March as hundreds of thousands across the country cried out against Trump’s extreme anti-environmental actions, including his unprecedented executive order to shrink or eliminate national parks and monuments and put millions of acres of our wildest places and important historical and cultural sites at risk.
We took to the streets in April, now we need to make our voices heard online. The Interior Department has opened a 60-day comment period so the public can give input on Trump and Zinke’s dangerous proposal to shrink or eliminate these parks together.
We know from our victory last month defeating Big Oil’s attempts to roll back air pollution protections that LCV member actions, comments, and calls make a huge difference! We’ve already collected over 100,000 petitions, but we NEED to deluge Secretary Zinke and the Department of Interior with comments to get Zinke and Trump to understand we WILL NOT STAND for this.
America’s public lands are for all people — don’t let Sec. Zinke and Trump take them away. Sign today
Trump’s executive order is an attack on America’s national parks, public lands and oceans and part of a larger effort to sell off America’s public lands and waters to the highest bidder. The public overwhelmingly opposes attacks on national parks, public lands and waters. These amazing national treasures are economic engines that bring tourism and federal dollars to all corners of the nation.
Efforts to eliminate or shrink national monuments will hurt local economies all over the country (especially Utah, where the incredible Bears Ears is located) and puts at risk monuments like the Cesar Chavez National monument which have important cultural significance and tell the complex story of this nation.
We’re setting a goal of 150,000 comments by the deadline to support of our public lands so Trump and Zinke see loud and clear the people do NOT stand with them in this decision. Will you help us?
All our communities deserve to be represented by our National monuments — Trump is trying to erase our nation’s inclusive history! Leave a public comment to tell him and Sec. Zinke NO »
We don’t have much time to make a huge impact and to save our national monuments and parks. But we’ve made huge things happen before. Let’s overwhelm this review with our voices!
Thank you for all you do!
Director of Digital Strategy
League of Conservation Voters
Today, a Trump Administration plan leaked that will let America’s employers make birth control unaffordable for employees by eliminating it from insurance plans.1 From Wal-Mart to your small, local restaurant, a woman’s birth control will become her boss’ business. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act and Obama Administration actions, 55 million women accessed birth control without out-of-pocket costs like co-pays–including $1.4 billion on the pill alone in 2013.2
Now, hundreds of thousands of women could lose access to no-cost birth control if Trump’s license to discriminate becomes final. But America’s employers can step in and become part of the resistance by guaranteeing they will not end birth control coverage. We know that consumer power can successfully pressure corporations to do the right thing. If tens of thousands push three of America’s largest employers with a strong base of women employees and customers, we can force them to maintain birth control coverage for millions of working women–and other employers will be forced to follow suit to stay competitive. Can you sign the petition?
Tell Target, Disney, Merck, and other major corporations: “Resist Trump’s attacks on women. Pledge to maintain insurance coverage of birth control for your employees.”
Sign the petition
It’s not just employers that are given a license to discriminate. Colleges, universities, and even insurance companies can cite religious grounds as a reason to control a woman’s reproductive health and economic security. Before the Affordable Care Act, many women paid over $1,000 a year for birth control they rely on. So for them, this is no small change–like a $100 per month rent increase or a $1,000 bill to fix a car. More than 1 in 3 women have stated they have struggled to afford birth control at some point in their lives.3
Under Trump’s rule, the reason a woman uses birth control is irrelevant–whether for family planning or menstrual cramps, treating endometriosis or pelvic inflammatory disease. Ninety-nine percent of women will use birth control at some point in their lives, 58 percent of them for a reason other than preventing pregnancy.4 President Trump wants to take away the respect women deserve to control their own economic future. America’s employers need to make a choice: do they stand with President Trump and his attacks on women, or their own employees and customers?
Sign the petition to tell Target, Disney, Merck, and other major corporations: “Resist Trump’s attacks on women. Pledge to maintain insurance coverage of birth control for your employees.”
–Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kathy, Onyi, Susan, Anathea, Audine, Shannon, Emma, PaKou, Pilar, Natalie, Melody, and Pam, the UltraViolet team
1. Trump Administration Moves To Roll Back Birth Control Coverage, The Huffington Post, May 31, 2017
2. Private Insurance Coverage of Contraception, Kaiser Family Foundation, December 7, 2016
3. Taking Control: The Ongoing Fight to Preserve the Birth Control Benefit in the Affordable Care Act, Planned Parenthood, 2013
4. Beyond Birth Control: The Overlooked Benefits of Oral Contraceptive Pills, Guttmacher Institute, November, 2011
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