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In a tweet that went viral after Sunday’s attack on an LGBT nightclub in Florida, ACLU staff attorney Chase Strangio wrote: "The Christian Right has introduced 200 anti-LGBT bills in the last six months and people blaming Islam for this. No." The attack has also renewed calls for lifting what advocates say is a medically unnecessary ban on blood donations from many gay and bisexual men. We speak with Hannah Willard of Equality Florida.
Authorities have identified the Orlando gunman as 29-year-old Omar Mateen. He was born in 1986 in New York to Afghan parents. Since 2007 Mateen had worked as a security guard at G4S, the largest private security firm in the world. The FBI interviewed Mateen in 2013 and 2014 for possible terrorist ties. According to The New York Times, he was placed under FBI surveillance for a time, but the agency eventually closed its inquiry. There are reports that Mateen called 911 around the time of the assault and declared his allegiance to the Islamic State, but no audio of the call has been released to the public. We speak to Imam Daayiee Abdullah, executive director of Mecca Institute. Imam Abdullah also is one of the first openly gay imams in the Western Hemisphere.
For over a decade, the Pulse nightclub in Orlando was a popular destination for the LGBT community in central Florida. It was opened in 2004 by Barbara Poma to celebrate her brother, who had died of AIDS. We speak to Orlando native Daniel Leon-Davis. He wrote a piece for Fusion titled "The Site of the Orlando Shooting Wasn’t Just a Gay Nightclub. It was My Safe Haven."
Vigils are being held across the country following what has been described as the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history and the deadliest attack ever on the LGBT community in the United States. At least 50 people died in Orlando, Florida, early Sunday morning after a gunman opened fire at a packed gay dance club. More than 50 others were injured. The victims were mostly Latino. Three hours after the shooting began, authorities say, the gunman was shot dead when police raided the club. We speak to Hannah Willard of Equality Florida.
- Orlando: 50 Killed at LGBT Nightclub in Worst Modern U.S. Mass Shooting
- Shooter at Pulse Nightclub Purchased Guns, Including AR-15, Legally
- Singer Christina Grimmie Shot Dead in Orlando on Friday
- California: Authorities Arrest Heavily Armed Man Headed to LGBT Pride Parade
- Trump Renews Call for Muslim Immigration Ban, Even Though Shooter was from U.S.
- Meg Whitman Compares Trump to Hitler and Mussolini
- ISIS Kills 20 Near Damascus; Airstrikes Kill 39 in Idlib
- Bangladesh Arrests More Than 8,500 People in Crackdown
- Germany: Thousands Protest U.S. Drone War at Ramstein Air Base
- Bahraini Activist Zainab Alkhawaja Flees to Denmark
- Rep. Gutiérrez Invokes Flint Water Crisis to Oppose Board to Run Puerto Rican Economy
- Texas: 2 Valedictorians Reveal They are Undocumented
- Gawker Declares Bankruptcy After Hulk Hogan Lawsuit
- Muhammad Ali's Daughter Speaks at Funeral: "We Crave for Peace"
- Orlando Attacks Take Center Stage at Tony Awards
- "Hamilton" Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda Performs Sonnet for Orlando at Tonys
Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation magazine, joins us from Muhammad Ali’s hometown, Louisville, Kentucky, where he will attend Ali’s funeral. Zirin recounts Ali’s activism against racism in the city and says, "[T]his funeral is, in so many respects, Muhammad Ali’s last act of resistance, because what he is doing is pushing the country to come together to honor the most famous Muslim in the world at a time when a presidential candidate is running on a program of abject bigotry against the Muslim people, and the other presidential candidate is somebody who has proudly stood with the wars in the Middle East." Zirin’s recent article in The Nation is called "'I Just Wanted to Be Free': The Radical Reverberations of Muhammad Ali." He’s the author of the Ali-themed book, "What’s My Name, Fool? Sports and Resistance in the United States."
Don't De-Islamicize Muhammad Ali: Scholar Says Muslim Faith was Central to His Views on Racism & War
Thousands have gathered in Louisville, Kentucky, hometown of Muhammad Ali, to mourn the death of one of the most iconic figures of the 20th century. Ali was considered by many to be the greatest boxer of all time, but he will also be remembered for his activism against racism and war. Former President Bill Clinton, comedian Billy Crystal and journalist Bryant Gumbel are expected to deliver eulogies. On Thursday, an estimated 14,000 attended Ali’s Islamic prayer service. Muslim advocate Dalia Mogahed addressed the mourners, and she joins us to discuss Ali’s life and legacy. "We are de-Islamicizing Ali" by praising his stances, but not giving credit to his faith which was "central to his worldview," says Mogahed, the director of research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, one of two Muslim members of President Obama’s faith advisory council. After Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, joined in praising Ali this week, Mogahed argues, "We can’t both love Ali and honor him, and say we should ban Muslims from America."
As California Admits 2 Million Ballots Remain Uncounted, Sanders Pushes for Changing Primary Process
On Thursday, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said at least 2 million votes cast in California’s presidential primary election have yet to be counted. So far Hillary Clinton is leading Bernie Sanders by 440,000 votes. We speak to Bernie Sanders superdelegate Larry Cohen on why the Sanders campaign is calling for major changes to how the Democratic Party holds its primaries.
As the Democratic platform committee meets in Washington, we speak to Michelle Chan, spokesperson for Friends of the Earth Action. She is working on recommendations for environmentalist and 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben, one of Sanders’ selections on the Democratic platform drafting committee. Climate activists have delivered more than 90,000 petitions to the DNC demanding the party’s platform for the 2016 race include a nationwide ban on fracking, which Sanders has backed, while Clinton has focused on the need for regulating the industry.
President Obama met Thursday with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in the Oval Office and then endorsed his rival Hillary Clinton in a video posted on her campaign’s Facebook page. Clinton also picked up an endorsement from progressive favorite, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. Sanders has said he wants the Democratic Party to adopt much of his platform at the Democratic National Convention, and has been allowed to appoint five people to the 15-member platform drafting committee, which met for the first time this week. The Sanders campaign was always "about building a force for change inside and outside the party," notes Larry Cohen, senior adviser to Sanders, past president of Communications Workers of America and the first superdelegate for Bernie Sanders. We are also joined by Michelle Chan, spokesperson for Friends of the Earth Action. She is working on recommendations for environmentalist and 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben, one of Sanders’ selections on the Democratic platform drafting committee. Climate activists have delivered more than 90,000 petitions to the DNC demanding the party’s platform for the 2016 race include a nationwide ban on fracking, which Sanders has backed, while Clinton has focused on the need for regulating the industry.
- Obama Endorses Clinton: Never Been Someone So Qualified to Hold This Office
- Obama: Bernie Sanders Has Run an "Incredible Campaign"
- Sanders Vows to Stay in Race Until the DNC in Philadelphia
- Warren on Clinton: We Need a "Female Fighter in the Lead"
- Report: Trump Has Faced 3,500 Lawsuits, Many for Unpaid Wages
- WSJ: FBI Probe of Clinton Centers on Emails About CIA Drone Strikes in Pakistan
- House Votes to Create Federal Board to Run Puerto Rican Economy
- U.N. Admits Saudi Financial Pressure Led to Removing Kingdom from List of Child Killers
- Obama Approves Widening of U.S. Airstrikes in Afghanistan Targeting Taliban
- Stanford Tops List of Colleges Facing Federal Probes into Sexual Violence
- U.S. Appeals Court: Second Amendment Does Not Cover Concealed Guns
- Baltimore Prosecutors Accuse Cop of Giving Freddie Gray a "Rough Ride" Leading to His Death
- WHO Advises Women in Zika-Infected Countries to Delay Pregnancies
- CIA Rendition Victims Speak Out After British Prosecutors Clear MI6 Officers in Torture Case
- European Parliament Urges Member States to Probe CIA Secret Prisons
- Nestlé Drops Major Penn. Water Project After Citizen Protests
- Protesters Rally Against NY Governor's Anti-BDS Executive Action
- "Don't Give Up": A Message from Michigan Man Freed After 8 Years for Murders He Did Not Commit
More than 60,000 people have signed a petition calling for Stanford University to apologize publicly to the woman who was raped on campus last year by a Stanford University swimmer. The case made national news this month when a judge ordered the rapist Brock Allen Turner to just six months in jail even though he was caught sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. A Stanford law professor has launched an effort to recall Judge Aaron Persky, who quietly began a new six-year term this week. Separately, more than 800,000 people have signed a petition to remove the judge. The victim’s powerful letter to her attacker has been viewed more than 13 million times online. "You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice, until today," she wrote in the letter, addressing her rapist directly. "You bought me a ticket to a planet where I lived by myself." Stanford is also facing criticism for its handling of sexual abuse on campus. A new report by The Daily Beast found that the university reported 26 rapes on campus in 2012, 2013 and 2014. That’s one sexual assault every two weeks for three years. We talk about the Stanford case and how the problem extends far beyond Stanford with Amy Ziering, filmmaker of "The Hunting Ground," a documentary about sexual assault on college campuses, and Kamilah Willingham, one of the film’s subjects. Willingham says she was sexually assaulted while unconscious by a fellow Harvard Law School student in 2011.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued the first-ever executive order forcing state agencies to divest from any organizations aligned with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. BDS is an international campaign to pressure Israel to comply with international law and respect Palestinian rights. However, its opponents say BDS is a thinly disguised anti-Semitic attempt to debilitate or even destroy Israel. Cuomo’s executive order forces state officials to make a list of businesses and groups who are engaged in activities targeting Israel. We speak to Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace, and Robert Freedman, a visiting professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University and the former president of Baltimore Hebrew University.
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein takes aim at the presumptive nominees of both major parties, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. "Trump says very scary things—deporting immigrants, massive militarism and ignoring the climate. Hillary, unfortunately, has a track record for doing all of those things," Stein says. "Hillary has supported the deportations of immigrants, opposed the refugees—women and children coming from Honduras, whose refugee crisis she was very much responsible for by giving a thumbs-up to this corporate coup in Honduras that has created the violence from which those refugees are fleeing." Stein goes on to say, "We see these draconian things that Donald Trump is talking about, we actually see Hillary Clinton doing."
As Bernie Sanders prepares to meet with President Obama, we speak to Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, who has also been reaching out to the Vermont senator. With Hillary Clinton claiming victory in the Democratic race, Stein is attempting to start a dialogue with the Sanders campaign. In an open letter in April, Stein wrote, "In this hour of unprecedented crisis—with human rights, civilization, and life on the planet teetering on the brink—can we explore an historic collaboration to keep building the revolution beyond the reach of corporate party clutches, where the movement can take root and flourish, in the 2016 election and beyond?" Stein joins us from Albany ahead of this weekend’s New York Green Party convention.
- Iraq: More Than 20 Killed in Baghdad Bombings
- U.N. Says Up to 90,000 Civilians Trapped in ISIS-Held Fallujah
- Syria: Airstrikes Hit 3 Hospitals in Rebel-Held Area of Aleppo
- Israel: 4 Killed in Attack on Restaurant in Tel Aviv
- Sanders to Meet with Obama at the White House
- Climate Activists Call for Fracking Ban in DNC Platform
- U.N. Says Eritrean Gov't Committed Crimes Against Humanity
- U.S. Says 2 Al-Shabab Commanders Killed in Somalia
- CIA Officer Faces Extradition to Italy over Role in Rendition of Cleric
- New York: Correction Officers' Union Leader Arrested on Corruption Charges
- Judge Who Sentenced Stanford Rapist to 6 Months Quietly Starts New 6-Year Term
A Stanford University law professor has launched a campaign to recall the judge who sentenced former Stanford swimmer Brock Allen Turner to six months in jail after he was convicted of three felony counts for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. Judge Aaron Persky expressed concern a longer sentence would have "a severe impact" on Turner. Under California law, Turner’s crime carries a minimum punishment of two years in prison. But Stanford law professor Michele Landis Dauber says Judge Persky "really bent over backwards in order to give this defendant a very light sentence." We speak with Michele Landis Dauber and read part of the powerful statement Turner’s victim delivered in court.
Longtime civil rights activist Dolores Huerta and media critic Norman Solomon continue their debate on the morning after Hillary Clinton claimed victory in the Democratic race. They discuss Donald Trump’s racist remarks, Clinton’s plan to reach out to Sanders supporters, and the decision by the Associated Press and NBC to call the race for Clinton on the eve of the California primary.
On Tuesday night, thousands of Hillary Clinton supporters gathered in Brooklyn to witness Clinton claiming victory in the Democratic race, becoming the first woman to become the presumptive nominee of a major political party. Democracy Now! producers Charina Nadura and Carla Wills spoke to some of Clinton’s backers.