At the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois’ 2011 Bill of Rights Celebration in Chicago, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) applauded the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” but warned that other civil rights issues needed to be addressed.
“At the top of our list of priorities is protecting the right to vote,” he said. “We have fought for that for decades in this country and we must continue. There is a concerted, coordinated effort in states as close as Indiana and Wisconsin to deny millions of Americans the right to vote. It is spearheaded by the Koch brothers, and their big money interest.”
“Who do they want to keep out of the voting booth? Young people, old people, poor people, people with disabilities, people who live in rural areas — millions of Americans. Judson Phillips, leader of the tea party, thinks voting should be limited to, quote, those who own property, close quote. Isn’t that were we started? And to suggest that in a time of record foreclosures.”
“If we don’t fight to defend the ballot, all of our rights are in jeopardy.”
Watch video, courtesy of the ACLU of Illinois, below:
‘Making things worse’: National Farmer’s Union chief unloads on Trump in blistering statement on trade war
Roger Johnson, the president of the National Farmers Union, delivered a blistering rebuke to President Donald Trump after he responded to new tariffs from China by issuing a purported "order" telling American companies to look for alternative places to manufacture their goods.
In an official statement, Johnson pointed out that farmers so far have felt the brunt of the president's trade war, as China has slapped heavy tariffs on key agricultural products such as soybeans.
He also crushed the president for failing to make any progress on reopening the Chinese market to American goods.
‘Pretty brutal day on Wall St’: CNN explains impact of Trump’s trade wars and Twitter tirades
On Friday, President Donald Trump went on a Twitter tirade against China.
....better off without them. The vast amounts of money made and stolen by China from the United States, year after year, for decades, will and must STOP. Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2019
Google tells workers to avoid arguing politics in house
Google on Friday told employees to focus on work instead of heated debates about politics with colleagues at the internet company, which has long been known for encouraging people to speak their minds.
Updated workplace guidelines for "Googlers" called on them to be responsible, helpful, and thoughtful during exchanges on internal message boards or other conversation forums.
"While sharing information and ideas with colleagues helps build community, disrupting the workday to have a raging debate over politics or the latest news story does not," the updated guidelines stated.
"Our primary responsibility is to do the work we?ve each been hired to do, not to spend working time on debates about non-work topics."