American robin sings, video

This video from the USA says about itself:

American Robin Song and Call

The cheerful sounds of an American Robin singing its heart out! Given the common sound of Robins calling around the yards we may forget just how beautifully they can sing. This one jumps up on center stage clears his throat and gives a performance worthy of any Backyard songbird – Enjoy!

Despite the commonness of American Robins there are not a lot of films of them actually singing – mostly just static images, this is the first time I’ve caught a really nice example of the Robin singing and they can belt out a tune. Filmed in my Parents’ Backyard in southeastern Ohio May 20th [2018].


American women protest at Trump’s Republican convention

This video from Ohio in the USA says about itself:

Code Pink Fights Back Against RNC Hate

20 July 2016

Code Pink Activists Alli McCracken and Chelsea Byers were escorted out of the GOP Convention by security after disrupting the first day of the Republican party’s controversial coronation of Donald Trump.

TYT Politics reporter Eric Byler spoke to both women shortly after their expulsion from Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena.

Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans, co-founders of Code Pink spoke with pride and satisfaction about the nonviolent direct action coup achieved by their proteges, refusing to divulge how they got them in. Fox News reporter Mike Tobin is shown interrogating Ms. Byers on the same subject, as well as questioning whether or not their acts of defiance amounted to free speech violations.

This video from the USA says about itself:

What The RNC Really Looks Like. BEHIND THE SCENES

Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks shows the behind the scenes of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

United States Republican convention in Cleveland update

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19 July 2016

Michael Shure and Ben Mankiewicz of The Young Turks sat down with reporters Michael Isikoff, and Ryan Grim from Day 1 of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland to discuss this election cycle. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

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19 July 2016

Ben Mankiewicz of The Young Turks sat down with Nomiki Konst, Jordan Chariton and Daniel Lippman from the Twitter Data Visualization Wall on Day 2 of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland to discuss the event and the impact of social media on this election cycle.

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Did Someone In Trump‘s Campaign Sabotage Melania [Donald Trump’s wife]’s Convention Speech?

19 July 2016

Thom talks about the obvious plagiarism in Melania Trump’s speech at the Republican convention.

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19 July 2016

Melania Trump is accused of plagiarizing Michelle Obama’s speech after speaking at yesterday’s Republican National Convention.

This video from the USA says about itself:

GOP Delegate & Schoolteacher: Melania Trump Gets a “Zero” for Plagiarizing Michelle Obama Speech

19 July 2016

On Monday night, Donald Trump’s wife Melania Trump gave the keynote address. But the speech was not without controversy. Many commentators have accused Melania Trump of plagiarizing parts of first lady Michelle Obama’s speech from the 2008 Democratic National Convention. We ask two Republican delegates for their reaction.

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Meet Trump VP Pick Mike Pence, Crusader Against Safe Legal Abortion and LGBTQ Rights

19 July 2016

We look at the record of Donald Trump and his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, on LGBT rights and restricting women’s access to reproductive healthcare with Dawn Laguens, executive vice president and chief experience officer of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

In 2015, Pence signed into law the highly controversial anti-LGBT Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which gave businesses license to discriminate against LGBT people. The law caused a nationwide backlash. Dozens of companies and professional sports teams and leagues, including the Indianapolis-headquartered NCAA, threatened to boycott Indiana.

Apple CEO Tim Cook slammed the law, likening it to the Jim Crow laws of the American South. Ultimately, Pence was forced to enact a revision specifying the law does not authorize anti-LGBT discrimination. As governor, Pence also oversaw a cut in Planned Parenthood funding in the state and signed legislation, since blocked, that would have restricted abortion access statewide. In 2011, he threatened to shut down the entire government if Congress didn’t defund Planned Parenthood.

RNC 2016: Republican convention staffers struck down with norovirus. At least a dozen California GOP staffers began showing symptoms over the weekend and have been quarantined in their hotel room: here.

Republican party convention in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Anti-Trump demonstrators in Cleveland

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Cleveland, a city divided

Tom Moran is a driver from Michigan who in his daily life transports children with disabilities. A few months ago he had already planned to go to Cleveland if Donald Trump would be the Republican presidential candidate. “Trump has openly insulted disabled people. America deserves a better president than him.”

He also worries about freedom of speech. “The First Amendment of our Constitution is a great thing. But Trump wants to change the libel laws, so he will be able to sue those who criticize him.”

Moran is one of the first persons who arrived early in the morning with a large banner in Cleveland, where the Republican party convention began on Monday. Slowly the city center starts to fill with protesters.

One of them is Anita Rios. She is particularly upset about Trump’s remarks about Latinos. “If a candidate calls Mexicans rapists and murderers, and subsequently becomes the presidential candidate of the Republicans, then there is something wrong with the party.”

Not that she is a huge fan of Hillary Clinton. She does not trust her and she will not vote for her in November. But suppose someone would hold a gun to her head to force her to make a choice between the two? “Then I would be dead, because then you would find me with a bullet in my head.”

Illegal items in Cleveland, photo Arjen van der Horst/NOS

Five thousand police officers are supposed to make the city, which has turned into a fortress, safe. Demonstrators are kept far away from the party convention. At a few places in the city they are allowed to demonstrate with limited freedom of movement.

Everywhere are signs with long lists of items that protesters are not allowed to bring to demonstrations. Tennis balls are strictly prohibited, as well as ladders and water pistols. What they can bring indeed are real firearms, thanks to the pro-gun laws of the state of Ohio.

In her first major address before the nation on Monday night, Melania Trump [wife of Donald Trump] appears to have plagiarized a number of lines from first lady Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. The plagiarized passages … concerned the importance of hard work and honesty: here.

The first day of the convention was devoted to support for militarism and police repression under the slogan “Make America Safe Again.” The law-and-order rhetoric inside Quicken Loans Arena matched the police state atmosphere outside, as demonstrators were penned in by hundreds of police and the city center was walled off with steel fencing and concrete barriers: here.

The theme of the first day was “Make America Safe Again,” with a focus on attacking immigrants, militarism and expanding the powers of the police. Speeches inside the convention in support of a wall with Mexico, increased police-state measures and an assault on democratic rights were mirrored outside by the deployment of thousands of police, miles of barricades and even the National Guard: here.

Code Pink Protesters Infiltrate RNC, Wave ‘Refugees Welcome’ Banner: here.

Day 2 of the Republican National Convention: All Hell Breaks Loose: here.

Residents closest to Trump’s proposed US-Mexico wall say, ‘No thanks’: here.

US Republicans’ coronation of Trump in Cleveland, Ohio

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Who Really Is Donald Trump?

18 July 2016

In case you forgot how racist, misogynistic and shady Donald Trump really is, here’s a little reminder as the Republic National Convention officially kicks off today in Cleveland.

9 (More) Offensive Things Donald Trump Has Said About Latinos: here.

This video about the USA says about itself:

Protesters Rally Ahead of the Republican National Convention

18 July 2016

Dozens of protesters marched through the streets of Cleveland on Sunday, a day before the start of the Republican National Convention.

Anti-Trump protesters banned at US Republican convention?

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Johnetta ‘Netta’ Elzie Talks #BlackGirlMagic, Activism and Motivation | ESSENCE

15 January 2016

Go behind the scenes of our special cover shoot with Black Lives Matter activist Johnetta ‘Netta’ Elzie as she opens up about the Black women that inspire her, being an activist and how her mother’s death helped her push forward.

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Black Lives Matter activists say FBI told them not to protest GOP Convention

Samuel Sinyangwe and Johnetta Elzie of Campaign Zero both say agents attempted to visit them in the past week

Feliks Garcia, New York

Prominent civil rights activists closely associated with the Black Lives Matter movement say members of the FBI have attempted to contact them in the days leading up to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Samuel Sinyangwe and Johnetta Elzie, co-founders of Campaign Zero, an organisation that aims to end police violence through policy change, both told The Independent that FBI agents made attempts to contact them in recent days.

Mr Sinyangwe, 25, said that he received a phone call on Friday from an unknown number. The caller identified himself as an FBI task force officer.

“He was interested to hear my plans related to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland,” he said. “I told him I don’t have any plans to go to the convention.”

The agent told Mr Sinyangwe, according to his account, that the Bureau had received threats that posed a potential risk and “they are discouraging activists from going to the convention, and he told me not to go.”

Delegates are expected to cast their votes in favour of Donald Trump at the convention, which begins 18 July. Mr Trump‘s campaign has galvanised the enthusiasm of white supremacist groups – such as California Neo-Nazis, who plan on attending the convention. Mr Trump’s outspoken contempt for undocumented immigrants, Muslims, and the Black Lives Matter movement has sparked protests at his rallies across the country.

“I think the FBI should be more concerned with investigating and dissuading the known white supremacists and people with ties to known terrorist organisations from attending the convention, versus trying to intimidate people who are speaking out against injustice,” Mr Sinyangwe said.

In their phone conversation, the agent told Mr Sinyangwe that he attempted to contact him at his San Francisco apartment, where he slid a business card underneath the door – an effort that the activist found disconcerting – and asked for a good time to meet in person.

“He got to my door, which is scary because you have to use a keycard to buzz in through two gates, you have to go up four flights of stairs to get to the door,” he explained. “And somehow [the agent] managed to do that. I’m not sure how.”

The Independent received photo evidence of the business card, but has chosen not to publish it over privacy concerns.

Ms Elzie, too, just missed agents who she said were trying to contact her at her grandparents’ home in St Louis. She was en route from demonstrations in Baton Rouge over the weekend.

“I can’t help but think they were trying to intimidate my grandparents, my family. People who have nothing to do with the protests at all,” Ms Elzie, 26, said. She has been a highly visible figure in the police reform movement since protests erupted in Ferguson, after a police officer shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown in August 2014.

When the agents showed up at her grandparents’ door, they asked where Ms Elzie was and when they expected her to return to the house.

“You know she’s in Baton Rouge, and you know when she’ll be back,” Ms Elzie said her grandmother told the agents, who identified themselves as FBI.

The agents said they had seen an exchange between Ms Elzie, DeRay McKesson, and Mr Sinyangwe on Twitter – although the accounts were apparently impostors. They said they were simply trying to figure out Ms Elzie’s involvement in protest activity surrounding the political conventions this summer.

Her grandmother “started talking to them about open carry laws and how they don’t apply to black people, [and] the cases in Minnesota and Louisiana,” where black men Philando Castile and Alton Sterling were shot and killed by police officers.

Ms Elzie said that the agents did not have cards to pass along to her, but one wrote down their contact information on a piece of paper.

“I’m not giving that to my baby,” her grandmother said, before throwing the paper in the garbage.

Mr Sinyangwe expressed his concern about why he and Ms Elzie would be the focus of FBI surveillance.

“[Campaign Zero] is an organisation that is focused on policy change,” he said. “I’m not sure why the FBI was threatened by that. But it certainly is consistent with a long line of tactics that the FBI has used against black activists in the past.”

The subject of the FBI’s apparent surveillance of activists involved in Black Lives Matter activities came up during President Barack Obama’s “White House Convening on Building Community Trust”, the Washington Post reported. The White House meeting was attended by activists including DeRay McKesson, who co-founded Campaign Zero with Ms Elzie, Mr Sinyangwe, and Brittany Packnett.

Mr McKesson reportedly asked the President to instruct the FBI to stop visiting activists at their homes.

The Intercept reported last year the extent of the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security’s involvement in monitoring of activists involved in the Black Lives Matter movement since it gained national momentum after Ferguson.

Documents obtained from the DHS by the news outlet confirmed that federal authorities had been surveilling protest movement on social media. The report also showed that FBI and DHS officials acknowledged that the protests they were monitoring were “peaceful in nature”.

“I’ve made peace with [the idea that] everything I’ve been doing has been watched since 2014,” Ms Elzie said. “Never have they shown up to my or my grandma’s house.”

Mr Sinyangwe echoed these concerns.

“This is certainly another step in terms of actively trying to dissuade protesters and activists from protesting or attending political events,” he said.