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Update: Later on Thursday, after this segment aired, a 12-member jury found Cherelle Baldwin not guilty of murder in the death of her ex-boyfriend, allowing her to go free after nearly three years behind bars. According to the Huffington Post, Baldwin collapsed to the floor in tears as the verdict was announced, crying, “My baby will have his mommy back.”
Jurors in Connecticut are deliberating the fate of Cherelle Baldwin, a 24-year-old mother accused of killing her alleged abuser. Baldwin is charged with the 2013 killing of her ex-boyfriend, Jeffrey Brown, who Baldwin alleges had stalked and abused her. According to court documents, Brown had repeatedly threatened Baldwin, took her credit cards and money, and assaulted her during visits to see their son, who lived with Baldwin. Baldwin eventually attained a court order barring threats, harassment and assaults during visits, but just before Brown died, he sent Baldwin a series of threatening text messages. Then, according to a police affidavit based on Baldwin’s statements, Brown showed up at her house, climbed through her window and attacked her, choking her with his belt. Baldwin escaped and managed to get inside her car, but so did Brown, who again choked her. What happened next is hard for even Baldwin to remember, but when police arrived they found Baldwin on the ground with a broken leg and Brown dead in front of the car, pinned against the garage wall. Baldwin was arrested on murder charges. Baldwin has already spent nearly three years in jail. If convicted, she could spend decades in prison. We are joined by Charelle Baldwin’s mother, Cynthia Long. We’re also joined by Victoria Law, a freelance journalist whose recent article for Rewire is "Facing Years in Prison for Fleeing Abuse: Cherelle Baldwin’s Story is Far from Unique."
- Dramatic Sea Level Rise Could Flood Coastal Cities by 2100
- Trump: Women Should Be "Punished" for Abortions, If Procedure Banned
- Wisconsin: Teenager Groped, Pepper-Sprayed at Trump Rally
- Minneapolis: Protests Erupt After No Charges for Cops Who Killed Jamar Clark
- In Victory for Health Advocates, FDA Updates Label for Abortion Pill
- Pentagon Proposes Troop and Tank Buildup in Eastern Europe
- DOJ and DOD Have Spent $86M on Aircraft That Has Never Flown
- French President Hollande Ditches Controversial Constitution Changes
- German Historian Says AP Cooperated with Nazi Regime
- FBI, DOJ Launch Probe of Unaoil, After Exposé Shows Global Corruption
- Arizona: Protesters Block Gov. Office to Oppose Anti-Immigrant Bill
- Harvard to Install Plaque Acknowledging Legacy of Slavery on Campus
North Carolina is facing a growing backlash over a new law barring cities and towns from passing laws prohibiting discrimination against LGBT people in public accommodations. The law, known as House Bill 2, was introduced after the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, passed an ordinance seeking to protect the right of transgender people to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity. On Tuesday night, North Carolina’s largest corporation, Bank of America, came out against the anti-transgender law. Earlier in the day, 80 chief executives from Facebook, Apple and other firms wrote an open letter to Governor Pat McCrory opposing it. Three North Carolina residents have already sued the state over the law. And North Carolina’s attorney general, Roy Cooper, who is running for governor against Pat McCrory, announced he would not defend the new law in court. We speak to one of the plaintiffs, 20-year-old trans student Payton McGarry, who attends UNC-Greensboro.
President Obama has unveiled a series of steps aimed at addressing the epidemic of opioid addiction in the United States. In 2014, a record number of Americans died from drug overdoses, with the highest rates seen in West Virginia, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Kentucky and Ohio. Many states reported even higher death tolls in 2015. We speak with journalist Maia Szalavitz and Michael Collins of the Drug Policy Alliance about Obama’s proposal. "I think the best thing we can say about the proposal is it’s two steps forward and one step back," Collins says. "There is a lot of positives in the announcement—emphasis on harm reduction, treatment, overdose prevention—but at the same time the Obama administration is still beholden to the criminalization of drug users." Watch Part 2 of our interview here.
The family of a Mexican immigrant killed by Border Patrol agents in 2010 is launching an unprecedented effort to hold the United States responsible. Six years ago, in May 2010, Anastasio Hernández Rojas tried to cross the border to return to San Diego, where he had lived for 25 years and fathered five children. Hernández Rojas was stopped by Border Patrol agents. He would never see his children again. The agents initially said Hernández Rojas became hostile and resisted arrest, but eyewitness video shows the agents beat and tasered him. The San Diego Coroner’s Office classified Anastasio Hernández Rojas’s death as a homicide, concluding he suffered a heart attack as well as "bruising to his chest, stomach, hips, knees, back, lips, head and eyelids; five broken ribs; and a damaged spine." Despite these findings, the Department of Justice announced last year there was insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights or other federal charges against the agents. Just after our broadcast today, the family of Anastasio Hernández Rojas is filing a petition with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington, D.C. We speak to Anastasio’s brother, Bernardo Hernández Rojas, and Roxanna Altholz, associate director at the International Human Rights Law Clinic at UC Berkeley School of Law.
Democracy Now! co-host and New York Daily News columnist Juan González has announced he is leaving the Daily News after 29 years. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted, "Will miss hearing [Juan González]’s loud voice for the workers." Former Village Voice reporter Tom Robbins described Juan as "the best voice in the Daily News these past 29 years." In a message to the Daily News staff, the paper’s editor described Juan as a "legend who set his powerful, intelligent, compassionate voice on a 29-year course at the Daily News, standing up to every bully that came his way in his relentless assault on injustice."
- Supreme Court 4-4 Tie Deals Victory to Public Employee Unions
- Supreme Court Seeks Alternatives to Avoid Tie in Birth Control Case
- First GOP Senator Meets with Obama's Supreme Court Nominee
- Trump Defends Campaign Manager Charged with Battery for Grabbing Reporter
- Mexican Senators Hang Anti-Trump Banner Outside Senate
- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Backs Cruz 1 Week Before Primary
- Pakistan Detains More Than 5,000 After Bombings in Lahore
- EgyptAir Hijacker Had Fake Explosives, Wanted to See Ex-Wife
- Brazil's Largest Political Party Exits Coalition in Blow to President Rousseff
- NBC Passes $1 Billion in Ad Sales for Rio de Janeiro Olympics
- Amid Widening Protest, North Carolina Attorney General Says He Won't Defend Anti-Transgender Law
- Judge Allows Defamation Suit Against Bill Cosby to Move Forward
- More Attorneys General Back ExxonMobil Climate Change Probe
- Democracy Now! Co-host Juan González to Leave Columnist Post at New York Daily News
In North Carolina, the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit challenging a sweeping new law banning local governments from passing laws prohibiting discrimination against LGBT people in public accommodations. The law, House Bill 2, commonly known as the "bathroom bill," is widely considered to be the most wide-ranging anti-trans law to take effect this year. It was introduced after the city of Charlotte passed its own ordinance seeking to protect the right of transgender people to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity. In response, the North Carolina Legislature convened an emergency one-day session, at the cost of $42,000, to push through the statewide law HB 2. Within hours of its introduction, the bill was pushed through both the House and the Senate, despite the fact that Senate Democrats walked out in protest. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed the legislation late Wednesday night. On Monday, the ACLU announced it was challenging the law’s constitutionality.
We speak with ACLU staff attorney Chase Strangio about the law’s impact in North Carolina. "It means, first and foremost, that trans people have to live in a state in which they know that their government is willing to actively participate in the harassment and bullying of them," Strangio says. "But it also means that trans people are now completely unable to participate in public life, because trans people have no idea where they’re supposed to go to the bathroom." We also speak with Payton McGarry, a student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a plaintiff on the ACLU lawsuit against HB 2.
Watch Part 2 of our interview with McGarry and Strangio here.
On Monday, the Justice Department announced it has succeeded in unlocking an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters and dropped its case against Apple, ending a high-stakes legal battle but leaving a broader debate over encryption unresolved. The fight between the FBI and Apple had grown increasingly contentious as the tech giant refused to help government authorities bypass the security features of its phone. The FBI wanted Apple to build a backdoor into the phone, but Apple said such a move would put the security of other iPhones at risk, as well. The FBI’s decision to drop its case now raises new concerns about the strength of security in Apple devices given law enforcement’s ability to unlock the iPhone without Apple’s assistance. Last week, we talked to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald about the fight between the FBI and Apple, as well as Donald Trump’s embrace of torture.
Following the attacks in Lahore, leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump tweeted to his 7 million followers, "Another radical Islamic attack, this time in Pakistan, targeting Christian women & children. At least 67 dead, 400 injured. I alone can solve." We speak to British-Pakistani commentator Tariq Ali about Trump’s candidacy, as well as Bernie Sanders.
Pakistan has launched a paramilitary operation following the Easter Day bombing in the country’s second-largest city that killed 72 people, including 29 children. Another 340 were injured. A Taliban splinter group has claimed responsibility for the attack on a crowded amusement park in Lahore, the capital of Punjab, the country’s richest and most populous province. The attack occurred as members of the minority Christian community gathered to celebrate Easter Sunday. The Lahore attack was Pakistan’s deadliest since the December 2014 massacre of 134 schoolchildren at a military-run academy in Peshawar that prompted a government crackdown on Islamist militancy. We speak to British-Pakistani commentator Tariq Ali.
- DOJ Unlocks iPhone Without Apple's Help, Dropping Legal Fight
- ACLU Sues over Sweeping Anti-Transgender Bill in North Carolina
- Georgia Governor to Veto Anti-LGBT "Religious Liberty" Bill
- Arizona: Transgender Woman Detained by ICE, Sent to Male Detention Center
- EgyptAir Flight Hijacked to Cyprus by Man Seeking to Speak with Ex-Wife
- Brussels: Man Initially IDed as Third Airport Bomber Released
- U.S. Capitol Police Shoot, Wound Man Accused of Pulling Gun
- Fidel Castro on Obama Visit: "We Don't Need the Empire to Give Us Anything"
- Report: CIA Took Naked Photos of Detainees Before Sending Them for Torture
- California Gov. Jerry Brown Unveils Deal to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour
- Judge Strikes Down Puerto Rico's Tax on Wal-Mart Amid Debt Crisis
- Argentina to Drop Funding for TeleSUR TV Network
- Al Jazeera Fires 500 Employees, Mostly at Qatar Headquarters
- Wisconsin: 6 Arrested Protesting Trump at Janesville Holiday Inn
- Arizona: Maricopa County Recorder Apologizes for Primary Voting Mayhem
- Former Blackstone Exec Arrested on Criminal Fraud Charges
- Report: 7 Million in U.S. at Risk of Human-Induced Earthquakes
- Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Winter Low Amid Unprecedented Heat
- Utah Becomes 1st State to Require Anesthesia for Abortions at 20 Weeks
On Saturday, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won landslide victories in Washington, Alaska and Hawaii, chipping away at front-runner Hillary Clinton’s lead in the race to win the Democratic Party’s nomination for the White House. Sanders won at least 71 percent of the vote in each state, including 82 percent in Alaska. Sanders will still need to pull off big upsets in Wisconsin, New York and California to catch up with Clinton in terms of pledged delegates. Clinton also maintains a huge lead among superdelegates, members of the Democratic Party establishment who could change their vote at any point. While Saturday may have been the biggest day of the Sanders campaign, the corporate media largely downplayed his victories. We speak with Erika Andiola, press secretary for Latino outreach for the Bernie Sanders campaign and a prominent immigrant rights activist.
President Obama concluded his historic visit to Cuba last week as the first sitting U.S. president to visit the island in 88 years. During his trip, Obama met Cuban President Raúl Castro and delivered an address to the Cuban people, the first-ever live address by a sitting U.S. president to the people of Cuba. But one issue not raised during his visit was the fate of Assata Shakur, the legendary figure within the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army who now lives in Cuba, where she has political asylum. Shakur was convicted May 2, 1973, of killing of a New Jersey state trooper during a shootout that left one of her fellow activists dead. She was shot twice by police during the incident and has long proclaimed her innocence. We speak with author and activist Angela Davis, a longtime supporter of Shakur.
In a Women’s History Month special, we speak with author, activist and scholar Angela Davis, professor emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her latest book is titled "Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement," a collection of essays, interviews and speeches that highlight the connections between struggles against state violence and oppression throughout history and around the world. "There are moments when things come together in such a way that new possibilities arrive," Davis says. "When the Ferguson protesters refused to go home after protesting for two or three days, when they insisted on continuing that protest, and when Palestinian activists in Palestine were the first to actually tweet solidarity and support for them, that opened up a whole new realm."
In a Women’s History Month special, we speak with author, activist and scholar Angela Davis. For more than four decades, Davis has been one of most influential activists and intellectuals in the United States. An icon of the 1970s black liberation movement, Davis’ work around issues of gender, race, class and prisons has influenced critical thought and social movements across several generations. She is a leading advocate for prison abolition, a position informed by her own experience as a fugitive on the FBI’s top 10 most wanted list more than 40 years ago. Davis talks about the "fascist appeal" of Donald Trump and explains why she is not officially endorsing any candidate in this election. "I believe in independent politics," she says. "I still think that we need a new party, a party that is grounded in labor, a party that can speak to all of the issues around racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, what is happening in the world. We don’t yet have that party."
On Saturday, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won landslide victories in Washington, Alaska and Hawaii, chipping away at front-runner Hillary Clinton’s lead in the race to win the Democratic Party’s nomination for the White House. Sanders won at least 71 percent of the vote in each state, including 82 percent in Alaska. "The reason we are doing well is because we are talking about the real issues facing America and we’re telling the truth," said Sanders in a victory speech in Wisconsin. While Saturday may have been the biggest day of the Sanders campaign, the corporate media largely downplayed his victories. We air part of his victory speech.
- Pakistan: Attack on Park Kills At Least 70, Many of Them Children
- Iraq: Bombing at Soccer Stadium Kills At Least 41
- Syrian Forces Retake Ancient City of Palmyra from ISIS
- Pentagon: U.S. Special Forces Killed Top ISIS Commander in Syria
- Brussels Attacks: Far-Right Protesters Storm Memorial; Arrests Made in 4 Countries
- Yemen: Tens of Thousands Protest U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Offensive on 1st Anniversary
- Yemen: U.S. Airstrikes Kill 14 Accused al-Qaeda Militants
- Sanders Sweeps Alaska, Hawaii and Washington in Landslide Victories
- Cruz Accuses Trump's "Henchmen" of Fabricating Tabloid Story on His "Affairs"
- Mexico: Easter Revelers Burn Effigies of Donald Trump
- Vermont: Brick Thrown Through Window of Activist Building with "Black Lives Matter" Sign
- Florida, Indiana Governors Sign Sweeping Anti-Choice Bills
- California Lawmakers Reach Deal to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour by 2022
- Honduras: Suspect Arrested in Killing of COPINH Activist Nelson García
Reporter Matthew Cole discusses his piece for The Intercept headlined "The Pentagon’s Missionary Spies: U.S. Military Used Christian NGO as Front for North Korea Espionage," that looks into U.S. efforts to penetrate North Korea by funding groups like the Humanitarian International Services Group, which was founded by Kay Hiramine, who was a Pentagon spy whose NGO was funded through a highly classified Defense Department program.
We speak with national security reporter for The Intercept, Matthew Cole, about his revelation that Matthew Bissonnette, a former Navy SEAL who shot Osama bin Laden and wrote a best-selling book about the raid, went on to turn over a photo of bin Laden’s body and is now the subject of a federal criminal investigation into whether he used his position as an elite commando for personal profit while on active duty. The government has fought to keep pictures of bin Laden’s body from being made public for what it claims are national security reasons.