In support of Fields Jr., a man spoke to press claiming that the group was legally protesting and had a “legal permit” to hold their demonstration. “We defended ourselves,” the man said. “While the enemy brought improvised flame-throwers. While they brought sticks and they brought knives.”
“We defended ourselves against thugs in a battle that was brought by this city that wanted a blood-bath,” he continued. “The police were given a stand-down order as we were trying to exercise our legal, Constitutional right to have a permit.”
There is no Constitutional right to a permit, rather there is a Constitutional right to demonstrate and protest, and permits are often assigned by the city for such events.
“This is on the hands of the city government, of the police and of the radical left,” he went on.
One reporter asked the man if he “has any accountability for this death at all.”
“Not at all,” the man replied.
Fields Jr. appeared via video in the courtroom to hear charges and plead.
One woman watching the man speak shouted out, “Oh, take your drunk ass home!”
Another man quickly joined beside the one speaking to accuse the media of being a “lynch mob” saying that the arrest and trial of Fields Jr. was a “lynching.”
Heather Cronk, the co-director of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), explained that the people of Charlottesville were standing up against Nazis and white supremacists, “who are coming into this community and who are fueling hatred and violence.”
You can watch the statements below:
— Bo Erickson (@BoKnowsNews) August 14, 2017ADVERTISEMENT
Outside the courthouse, two men screamed that a black city councilman was to blame for the violence, not racists and white nationalists. pic.twitter.com/5iOLvBV6pa
— Ned Oliver (@nedoliver) August 14, 2017ADVERTISEMENT
— TBR Feed (@TheBFRoom) August 14, 2017ADVERTISEMENT
— Brendan Ponton (@brendanponton) August 14, 2017ADVERTISEMENT
Trump’s tax law threatened TurboTax’s profits — so the company started charging the disabled, the unemployed and students
The 2017 tax overhaul vastly expanded the number of people who could file simplified tax returns, a boon to millions of Americans.
But the new law directly threatened the lucrative business of Intuit, the maker of TurboTax.
Although the company draws in customers with the promise of a “free” product, its fortunes depend on getting as many customers as possible to pay. It had been regularly charging $100 or more for returns that included itemized deductions for mortgage interest and charitable donations. Under the new law, many wealthier taxpayers would no longer be filing that form, qualifying them to use the company’s free software.
Trump’s packed Supreme Court backs ‘forced arbitration’ that bars workers from taking abusive bosses to court
Corporations are rapidly rendering sexual harassment, race and gender discrimination, life-threatening workplaces and wage theft immune to employee legal action.
They achieve this by forcing the vast majority of non-union private-sector workers to sign away their rights to go to court or use class or collective arbitration. Instead many millions of workers are being forced to forgo these efficient legal ways to resolve issues and to file individual arbitration claims.
A new report from the Economic Policy Institute and the Center for Popular Democracy says that by 2024 more than 80% of non-union private-sector workers will find courthouse doors chained shut by forced arbitration clauses that ban lawsuits and collective actions. (EPI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank created in 1986 to press the needs of low- and middle-income workers in economic policy discussions.)
Corporations can legally put carcinogens in our food without warning labels — here’s why
A recent study by the Environmental Working Group revealed something horrifying: Glyphosate, the active ingredient in the popular weedkiller Roundup, was present in 17 of the 21 oat-based cereal and snack products at levels considered unsafe for children. That includes six different brands of Cheerios, one of the most popular American cereals.
I've written before about the limits of corporate free speech when it comes to public safety, but on that occasion I discussed this insofar as it involved corporate-sponsored climate change denialism. Yet here we have something more tangible, more direct: The safe glyphosate limit for children is 160 parts per billion (ppb), yet Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch has 833 parts per billion and regular Cheerios has 729 ppb. While the potential risks of glyphosate are fiercely debated, many scientists believe that it is linked to cancer.