Pittsburgh Protests the President

Against the advice of many, the president traveled to Pittsburgh Tuesday to pay his respects to the victims of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting this weekend.

Despite being met by thousands of Pittsburgh protesters, the president has said that he and the first lady were “treated very nicely.”

Prominent Jewish community leaders in the area had issued a warning to Trump, informing him that he was not welcome in the city until he explicitly denounces white nationalism.

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Tree of Life Victims Named

The eleven individuals killed in Sunday’s act of domestic terror and antisemitism have been identified by the local press.

The worshipers’ ages ranged from 54 to 97 and include two brothers and a married couple.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that the shooter, Robert Bowers, was released from the hospital today at 9:45 a.m. EST. He was then escorted to the federal courthouse to face charges.

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Officer Who Killed Antwon Rose Charged with Criminal Homicide

As protesters continue to organize around 17-year-old Antwon Rose’s murder, Officer Michael Rosfeld has been charged with criminal homicide for shooting the teen multiple times as he ran away from police.

Steve Zappala, Allegheny County’s district attorney, has said that he believes his office has a strong case to argue for first degree murder.

“I find that Rosfeld’s actions were intentional. He was not acting to prevent death or serious bodily injury.”  — Zappala

Rose, like so many other black men murdered by the police, was unarmed and had his back to police when he was shot three times.

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“Who Do You Call When the Murderer Wears a Badge?”

That’s what one of the protest signs read in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where people have been protesting the police killing of 17-year-old Antwon Rose for two days.

UPDATE 06/28/2018 09:40 A.M. PST: The officer who shot and killed Rose has been charged with criminal homicide. Read more →

Released video footage of the shooting shows that the unarmed teenager was shot in the back Tuesday while running from officers following a traffic stop.

Rose would have graduated high school this year.

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Democratic Socialists Win Big in Pennsylvania

Four women won their Democratic primaries in Pennsylvania on Tuesday — two of them beat out male incumbents, and all of them ran on socialist platforms.

The primary could prove to be a big wake up call for establishment democrats who have thus far chosen to ignore the socioeconomic crisis that made our current president so appealing to otherwise democratic voters in the 2016 election.

The names of the candidates are as follows:

  • Summer Lee, a lawyer and labor organizer
  • Elizabeth Fiedler, a former public radio reporter
  • Sara Innamorato, the founder of a women’s advocacy group
  • Kristin Seale, an employee at an energy conservation nonprofit

Personal Compensation Turned Community Funding

Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson had a chance to get rich after they were wrongfully arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks last month in an incident of racial profiling.

Instead, the two settled with the city and the company for a symbolic $1 each, using their moment of power and influence to coordinate a $200,000 grant for student entrepreneurs.

According to NPR, the pair also settled a separate settlement with the city and the coffee chain that secured an undisclosed financial sum, as well as the ability to complete their bachelors degrees through an online program created for Starbucks employees in cooperation with Arizona State University.

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Racism Shuts Down Starbucks

After two black men were arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks after being accused of trespassing, the CEO of the international coffee company, Kevin Johnson, has announced he will shut down more than 8,000 U.S. locations to conduct racial bias training with the company’s employees.

Rashon Nelson, one of the two men who were arrested, said that he had asked to use the restroom but was denied because he hadn’t purchased anything.

When he returned to his seat without purchasing anything, the manager called the police and reported that the men were refusing to leave.

While Nelson recognizes that “rules are rules,” Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson disagrees:

“Our practices and training led to a bad outcome — the basis for the call to the Philadelphia police department was wrong,”

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross has also apologized to Nelson and his companion, Donte Robinson, for the role he played in escalating the situation.

“I want to acknowledge their pain and the pain of so many others, and commit our city to healing it together over the coming days, weeks and months,”

The two African-American men were awaiting the arrival of a third person to conduct a business meeting. The third man arrived as Robinson and Nelson were being arrested.

“The optics are not lost on me. It is obvious the issue of race is indicative of a larger problem in our society, and I should not at all be the person that is a party to making anything worse relative to race relations. Shame on me if in any way I have done that. … I have to do better.”  – Richard Ross, Philadelphia police commissioner

The company plans to carry out the training for 175,000 employees on the afternoon of May 29.

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