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Jun 20, 2018 11 tweets 9 min read
ICE lied, told flight attendants the kids were a soccer team. They weren't. Now this flight attendant won't work when the US transports children away from their parents. "I might as well have been a collaborator on their transport." houstonchronicle.com/local/gray-mat… #EndFamilySeparation
Can it happen here? Nazi historian says “the ultimate safeguard against aspiring authoritarians, and wolves of all kinds, lies in individual conscience” nybooks.com/articles/2018/… @CassSunstein
"We want no part of it" — @united Airlines CEO, saying his jetliner will not carry detainees separated from their family under the inhumane #Trump administration policy, in planning since September, which medical authorities have called child abuse. The statement:
He worked at a detention facility for little kids taken from their parents under #Trump order. One day, he was instructed to tell terrified brothers that they could not hug each other. On that day, he quit. motherjones.com/media/2018/06/… #EndSeparationNow #Recharge
At detention facility outside Houston, US officials told immigrant kids to take "vitamins." They told them they wouldn't see their parents unless they took them. They weren't vitamins. They were powerful psychiatric drugs, @reveal reports.
They were tagged, like Germans tagged Jews. Americans of Japanese ancestry were dragged from homes to US internment camps in WWII. Today #Trump signed an #ExecutiveOrder ending family separation but setting up indefinite internment camps for immigrants. (Dorothea Lange images)
ICE lied to these American Airlines flight attendants, too, and pushed past a pilot who wanted to kick them off — and stop them from taking these kids 2,000+ miles away from their parents nytimes.com/2018/06/20/nyr… #KeepFamliesTogether #EndFamilySeparation
Handcuffed. Beaten. Left nude, shivering in cells. Strapped in chairs with a bags over their heads. These are immigrant kids as young as 14 captured by ICE, mistreated in one facility, @AP reports apnews.com/afc80e51b56246…
The tech companies that express dismay at #Trump immigration policies — even as they are enabling ICE to track down, take away and indefinitely detain people under draconian "zero tolerance" initiative nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news… @oneunderscore__
Note: Facebook tried to block this incredible investigation — drugged immigrant kids in detention — by @Reveal because they thought it was "political" mashable.com/2018/06/20/fac…
They showed up by the 100s at LaGuardia Airport with a simple message: "We love you." Opponents of Trump's cruelty, they greeted the kids flying in tonight from Texas by ICE, which is still separating them 1000s of miles from their parents motherjones.com/politics/2018/… @MarkHelenowski

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Oct 7, 2018
Rough week? #Recharge with this thread of stories of triumph — for those helping others, or for justice (occasionally) prevailing. First, catch this image from the Ding Darling Wildlife Reserve in Florida by George Gentry /1 ⤵️
To students and educators at Ireland's prestigious Trinity University, Caitriona Lally wipes the desks and swabs the floors as a janitor. But she also is a novelist, and now has won one of the nation's most prestigious literary honors washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2018… /2 #Recharge ⤵️
Get up, stand up: Kamira Trent, right, stood up for the rights of two Spanish-speaking women being harassed by a bigot. The harasser was arrested, and one of the targeted women said "It felt good to see someone who was born here defend us that way." buzzfeednews.com/article/blakem… /3 ⤵️
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Jul 20, 2018
Before he was president: #Trump had cocaine at sex parties with 14- and 15 yo girls, reports @BBC @BBCPanorama h/t @yashar
#Trump “gave her butt a slap...and said, ‘don’t worry. That’s not your tip’”
“It was kind of a feeding frenzy. The girls were there as consumables” #TrumpSexParties
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Jul 7, 2018
For 8 years, Ohio’s GOP Rep. Jim Jordan, the adult in the locker room, presided over “a cesspool of deviancy” over his young wrestlers, picked off one by one for sexual abuse - @POLITICO politico.com/story/2018/07/…
In GOP Rep. Jim Jordan’s Ohio State locker room, adult men were let in to masturbate as they watched the student wrestlers shower, @politico reports. Jordan, somehow, is running for re-election.
How did another GOP congressman and former wrestling coach, Dennis Hastert, keep the abuse of children secret all those years? mobile.nytimes.com/2017/07/18/us/…
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Jun 16, 2018
In 1970s Argentina, the military dictatorship stole children & killed their parents. In Haiti, “Uncle Knapsack,” a legendary thief of children, inspired the dreaded Tonton Macoutes. Now America is separating 47 migrant kids A DAY from their parents. apnews.com/227a90dbf32a46… @AP
"It was the worst, the most perverse of the dictatorship, I think, what they did with us" — a child, stolen from her parents by an illegitimate government cnn.com/2012/07/05/wor…
"Some were abducted with their small children, and some, perhaps 3 percent, were pregnant, or became so while in detention, usually through rape by guards and torturers. Pregnant prisoners were routinely kept alive until they’d given birth" newyorker.com/magazine/2012/… @NewYorker
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May 18, 2018
Stunning: More American kids have been killed in shootings at their schools this year than U.S. military personnel while on duty washingtonpost.com/news/politics/… @pbump #SantaFe #Texas
UPDATED: More than 214,000 kids have experienced gun violence in school since Columbine washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/… @JohnWoodrowCox @dataeditor @WPLyndaRobinson #SantaFe #NeverAgain
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May 12, 2018
It's been another wild week. #Recharge with these stories of people who think of others, do for others, help the world get better. First, an image from the @SantaMonicaMtns /1 👇🏼
She had to place him for adoption, but kept a baby photo and named her restaurant after him. More than a half-century later, after he suffered a heart attack, he came looking halfway around for the world for her. She always believed he would find her. washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-… /2
She had to see her son's track meet. That's why she swapped shifts and ended up flying a Southwest jetliner that lost an engine and a passenger at 32,000 feet, guiding it to an emergency landing without further loss nytimes.com/2018/05/10/bus… #Recharge /3
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