Just a week after video of a man threatening a non-Muslim man with a bat and calling him “ISIS” went viral, the bat-wielding Islamophobe’s identity has been revealed — and his dad is pissed.
As the Canadian Broadcasting Company reported, the man shown in the video (recorded by the subject of his ire) is named Mark Phillips, and he’s a personal injury lawyer in a Ontario, Canada.
He’s also the great-grandson of Nathan Phillips, Toronto’s first Jewish mayor who was known as “the mayor of all the people” commemorated in Nathan Phillips Square outside of Toronto City Hall.
“His father is very upset,” the lawyer’s uncle, Jeff Phillips, said. “I’m not involved with him.”
Phillips, who works as a personal injury lawyer in Toronto and lives in London, Ontario, was charged with aggravated assault and three other counts of assault after cracking the ribs of Colombian-Canadian Sergio Estepa.
Check out video of Phillips’ mistaking a Latino family for Muslim and attacking them below.
How Teach for America evolved into an arm of the charter school movement
When the Walton Family Foundation announced in 2013 that it was donating $20 million to Teach For America to recruit and train nearly 4,000 teachers for low-income schools, its press release did not reveal the unusual terms for the grant.
Documents obtained by ProPublica show that the foundation, a staunch supporter of school choice and Teach For America’s largest private funder, was paying $4,000 for every teacher placed in a traditional public school — and $6,000 for every one placed in a charter school. The two-year grant was directed at nine cities where charter schools were sprouting up, including New Orleans; Memphis, Tennessee; and Los Angeles.
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Here are 5 reasons why 2020’s down-ballot races could reshape America’s future
The political press always tends to focus mostly on the marquee race for the White House but that's especially true this cycle, as Donald Trump runs for a second term. He demands attention and his antics enrage his opponents and delight his supporters in equal measure.
But national reporters risk missing the big picture by centering so much of their reporting at the top when many of the most important political battles in 2020 will take place further down the ballot.
Trump is catnip for reporters and their editors, but the dearth of coverage of downballot races didn't begin with his election. As the news media in general faces structural changes—with print circulation declining and much of their work moving into digital spaces that are more difficult to monetize--publishers have cut back on reporters assigned to the state and local government beat. Nevertheless, Trump has arguably worsened the trend by getting so much airtime— one estimate suggested that over the past four years, Trump has taken up, on average, 15 percent of the entire daily news cycle on the three leading cable networks, nearly three times what Obama did.