Believe it or not, we've got a record quantity of Good News this week—more, even, than the week after Trump abandoned Paris. We definitely know how to fight back!
Go, Boston! 40,000 of us took over the Common, and the few dozen attending the alt-right “Free Speech” rally quit the bandstand after less than an hour.
Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, said she would refuse any communication with Trump after he suggested a moral equivalence between the racists, Nazis, and white supremacists in Charlottesville and those protesting them.
The top officers of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and National Guard have issued statements denouncing racism and extremism in the days since Charlottesville.
Former President Obama’s response to Charlottesville, a quote from Nelson Mandela, is the most liked tweet in Twitter’s history.
Former Presidents George H.W. and George W. Bush denounced racism in the wake of Charlottesville.
Protesters in Durham, N.C., toppled a monument to a Civil War soldier inscribed “The Confederate States of America.” North Carolina forbids local government from removing monuments on public property. Three days later, more than 100 activists lined up to turn themselves in as an act of solidarity with those charged for pulling down the statue.
Alabama also has a law prohibiting local governments from removing historical monuments on public property—so Birmingham covered up its Confederate monument with plywood.
Baltimore removed its four Confederate monuments Tuesday night after the City Council voted unanimously to take them down following the violence in Charlottesville. And a statue in front of the Maryland state house of Supreme Court Justice Roger B. Taney, the man who penned the Dred Scott decision, was dismantled when the Republican governor reversed his position and authorized its removal.
The Lexington, Kentucky, city council voted unanimously to move forward with a proposal to remove 2 Confederate statues outside the former Fayette County courthouse.
We couldn't cover all the monuments coming down, so here’s a comprehensive list.
Tech companies are (finally) stepping up. GoDaddy cut ties with the white-supremacist website Daily Stormer following a campaign by, among others, activist Amy Siskind. They went to Google next, were promptly evicted, and landed on a Russian server, which soon dropped them in response to the country’s media watchdog's objections. Then India-based Zoho said that the Daily Stormer’s access to their productivity services has been terminated, and website security company CloudFlare and email newsletter service SendGrid also dropped the website. There have been further ups and downs, but at this moment the Daily Stormer site is available only through the dark web.
Twitter suspended the 2 Daily Stormer accounts and those of other extremist groups, and Facebook deleted links to the site. Spotify and other streaming services have begun removing white supremacist content from their platforms.
Another white supremacist group, Vanguard America, was yanked offline by WordPress after its members rallied in Charlottesville. Squarespace dropped members of the white supremacist movement, including Richard Spencer, president of the white nationalist think tank the National Policy Institute.
Discord, the alt-right's favorite chat app, finally cracked down after the Charlottesville marches became violent. The servers for The Daily Stormer, AltRight.com, and other groups no longer work.
GoFundMe, PayPal, and Apple Pay are removing campaigns and accounts offering financial support to users associated with far-right ideologies, including white nationalists and white supremacists. Visa and Discover have stopped allowing websites run by violent hate groups to use their cards to accept payments.
Uber executives personally thanked and honored a driver who kicked 3 far-right celebrities out of her vehicle before the rally, accusing them of racist comments
“I haven't seen them take this much action on all these platforms, ever,” said Keegan Hankes of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has long accused tech companies of tolerating hate speech. Revulsion at the violence in Charlottesville undoubtedly motivated some of these actions. But many also stemmed from the efforts of groups like Color of Change, Sleeping Giants, Dangerous Speech, and the #BackersofHate campaign; individuals like Amy Siskind and her followers; and the many of us who've long worked to identify corporate support for white supremacists and pressure companies to change their policies.
We pressured corporate executives, too, especially those serving on Trump's business councils.
When Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier resigned from the president's American Manufacturing Council, Trump immediately trashed him on Twitter—and 2 more CEOs resigned. By the time Trump disbanded his two business councils, a total of 9 CEOs had already resigned.
Tiki Brands and the National Hockey League immediately denounced the use of their brands by white nationalists and other hate groups in Charlottesville.
The Cleveland Clinic, American Red Cross, Susan G. Komen, and 6 (so far) other charities canceled their galas at Mar-A-Lago. Yep, we've been pressuring charities about Mar-a-Lago, too.
The members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities resigned in protest of Trump’s response to Charlottesville. The first letters of each paragraph of their resignation letter spell out the word RESIST.
More than half of the members of the Commerce Department’s 15-person Digital Economy Board of Advisors are known to have resigned.
A member even resigned from Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Board, citing a conflict in values.
The Illinois Senate adopted a resolution the day after Charlottesville urging law enforcement officials to recognize white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups as terrorist organizations.
The great-great-grandson and great-great-granddaughter of Robert E. Lee issued a written statement condemning the "hateful words and violent actions of white supremacists, the KKK or neo-Nazis."
When Fox News invited two African-American commentators—a Republican strategist and a Johns Hopkins professor with expertise in social justice—to argue about Confederate statues on Wednesday, they both came close to tears as they instead shared their sorrow and disgust over Trump’s news conference.
Wednesday on Fox and Friends, Trump’s favorite show, Shepard Smith said, “Our booking team — and they're good — reached out to Republicans of all stripes across the country today. Let's be honest: Republicans often don't really mind coming on Fox News Channel. We couldn't get anyone to come and defend him.”
The County Fair in Wyoming, New York, stopped selling Confederate flags after residents complained.
The Orange County, North Carolina, school system banned all clothing that depicts the Confederate flag, swastikas or any KKK-related symbols or language, after months of protests from community members.
Texas A&M canceled a September 11 White Lives Matter rally featuring white nationalist leader Richard Spencer. The University of Florida canceled a similar appearance by Spencer.
When Spencer tried to hold a press conference in Washington on Monday, two hotels canceled and he had to settle for his office in Virginia.
Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer blamed the events last weekend on Trump and the White House: “Look at the campaign he ran.”
The Mormon church explicitly condemned white supremacism in a sharply worded statement 3 days after Charlottesville, as a far-right movement within the church's ranks grows increasingly vocal.
James Murdoch, son of Rupert Murdoch and chief executive of 20th Century Fox (including Fox News), criticized Trump for not condemning the violence in Charlottesville and donated $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League. Apple CEO Tim Cook also blasted Trump’s response, and he donated $1 million each to the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Foundation.
Rabbi Emeritus Haskel Lookstein, who oversaw Ivanka’s conversion to Judaism, sent a strongly worded letter to Ivanka's synagogue denouncing President Trump after he said both sides were to blame for Charlottesville.
Even a few Republicans spoke out. Jeff Flake wrote an Op-ed in The New York Times titled “We Need Immigrants With Skills. But Working Hard Is a Skill.” On Facebook, Mitt Romney said Trump’s Charlottesville statements “caused racists to rejoice, minorities to weep, and the vast heart of America to mourn.” Bob Corker criticized Trump for lacking the stability and competence needed to lead.
Chris Cantwell, the swaggering fascist at the center of the HBO/Vice video on Charlottesville, filmed himself near tears at the thought of being arrested. Then OkCupid and Tinder booted him, and his YouTube channel and Facebook and Twitter accounts were deleted.
The ACLU will no longer defend hate groups that protest with firearms.
And, in other news this week…
Steve Bannon is out of the White House.
Six educators and immigrant advocates were arrested Tuesday outside Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office as they protested the attorney general’s call to rescind DACA. And protests and rallies took place across the country in support of DACA that day, the fifth anniversary of its implementation.
Federal judges invalidated 2 Texas congressional districts, ruling that they must be fixed by either the legislature or a federal court. One district, which the court said intentionally deprived Hispanics “of their opportunity to elect a candidate of their choice” is represented by Blake Farenthold,
the guy who threatened to settle things “Aaron Burr style” with Republican women who didn’t support Trumpcare.
The Texas bathroom bill died again when the House adjourned and ended its special legislative session without taking it up.
The Trump administration agreed to continue making health care subsidy payments for another month after the CBO reported that cutting off the payments would increase federal spending and cause insurance premiums to rise sharply.
Centene, a low-cost health insurer, will enter the private health-insurance markets in 14 rural Nevada counties that previously had no insurer for 2018.
Protests by anti-racist groups and others led to the dismissal of Carl Palladino from the Buffalo Board of Education months after he made outrageous racist remarks about the Obamas.
Robert Mueller is in talks with the West Wing on interviewing current and former senior administration officials, including Reince Priebus, possibly about the decision to fire James Comey.
Oregon passed a law that requires health insurers to provide birth control and abortion without charging a co-pay and dedicates state funds to provide reproductive health care to noncitizens excluded from Medicaid.
A 9-year-old boy has launched a nonprofit, called Kids Speak for Parks, to protect, advocate for, and educate people about national monuments in response to Trump's review of the status of 27 of them.
Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch remained seated during the national anthem last week, the latest pro athlete to protest racism and police brutality.
Public Citizen filed a lawsuit demanding public access to visitor logs for several agencies located in the White House complex and contending the Secret Service is illegally turning those records over to White House officials not subject to FOIA.
Dozens of current and former New York City police officers turned out at a rally in support of getting free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick a job in the National Football League.
California became the first state to sue the Trump administration over its anti-sanctuary-cities policy.
Cadet Simone Askew, the first African-American woman to hold the highest student position at West Point, will be at the forefront of every academy event, set the class agenda, and oversee roughly 4,400 students.
New Orleans DSA is hosting events to fix broken brake lights—one of the most common reasons police pull people over.
Bill Gates donated 64 million Microsoft shares valued at $4.6 billion to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in June.
Taylor Swift won her sexual assault case against the Denver DJ who groped her during a meet-and-greet, in a case that could help other assault victims to stand up.