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As the Republican National Convention opens today here in Cleveland, Ohio, we look now at the protests in the street. The FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the Secret Service have reportedly knocked on the doors of dozens of Cleveland activists, demanding to know if they are organizing protests at the Republican National Convention. Law enforcement agents have reportedly also made phone calls to relatives, neighbors and places of employment, asking about the activists’ whereabouts. Many of the activists say they have no involvement in the RNC protests and are being targeted for their prior work with the local chapter of Black Lives Matter and the Occupy Wall Street movement. On Sunday, Democracy Now!'s Deena Guzder and Elizabeth Press spoke to activists Robin Adelmann and Samuel Carpenter, who say they were targeted by the FBI. Democracy Now! also sat down with the NAACP's Michael Nelson and National Lawyers Guild’s Jocelyn Rosnick.
The Obama administration has finally declassified 28 pages from the September 11 report detailing possible ties between the Saudi government and the 9/11 attacks. The report states: "Prior to September 11th, the FBI apparently did not focus investigative resources on [redacted text] Saudi nationals in the United States due to Saudi Arabia’s status as an American 'ally.'" Fifteen of the 19 men who hijacked planes on 9/11 were from Saudi Arabia. Speaking on Friday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest downplayed the importance of the declassified documents. The declassified documents raise new questions about the role of Fahad al-Thumairy, a Saudi consular official based in the Los Angeles area. Al-Thumairy personally helped two of the hijackers after they arrived in Los Angeles in early 2000. The document also reveals details about an incident in 1999 when a flight from Phoenix to Washington, D.C., was forced to make an emergency landing after a Saudi man attempted to enter the cockpit twice. We speak to CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin. Her forthcoming book is "Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection."
Following Sunday’s killing of three police officers in Baton Rouge on Sunday, after a week of protests sparked by the fatal shooting by police of resident Alton Sterling, we speak with former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner, who is in Cleveland, where Democracy Now! is covering the Republican National Convention. Her son is a police officer, and her husband is a retired police officer. "Good police officers prop up bad police officers, and they won’t tell, they won’t talk about what is wrong within this system," Turner says. "We have to have good police officers call out their sisters and brothers who may be doing things wrong."
Turkey remains in a state of crisis three days after soldiers staged an attempted coup commandeering tanks, attack helicopters and fighter jets in a bid to seize power. The coup began while Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was vacationing at a seaside resort. The mutinous faction of the military said it had taken action to protect democracy from Erdogan. In the midst of the coup, Erdogan spoke to the nation via the FaceTime app on his iPhone after he narrowly escaped being captured by soldiers who arrived at his seaside hotel just after he left. He called on his supporters to take to the streets in protest, and returned to Istanbul. Since the coup failed, Turkey has arrested 6,000 people, including senior members of the judiciary and military. We go to Istanbul to speak with Koray Çaliskan, associate professor of political science at Bogaziçi University. "It may be an opportunity to build democratic institutions of this country, after the country has stood firmly together," Çaliskan says.
We discuss the killing of three police officers in Baton Rouge and the recent nationwide protests against police brutality with Cornel West. Cornel West is a professor at Union Theological Seminary. "When I hear the authorities call for peace," West says, "I say, yes, but it’s not the absence of tension. It’s got to be the presence of that justice and accountability."
In Baton Rouge, three police officers were killed and three others were wounded in a shooting rampage on Sunday following more than a week of protests against police violence that were sparked by the fatal shooting of Baton Rouge resident Alton Sterling by police. According to reports, the officers were responding to a 911 call of shots fired when they were ambushed by a gunman. Officials identified the gunman as Gavin Long of Kansas City, Missouri. Long, who was African-American, served in the Marines from 2005 to 2010, reaching the rank of sergeant. He deployed to Iraq from June 2008 to January 2009, according to military records, and was awarded several medals, including one for good conduct, and received an honorable discharge. We go to Baton Rouge, where we are joined by LaMont Cole, city councilmember for District 7 in Baton Rouge, the area where Alton Sterling was killed by police this month.
- Ex-Marine Kills 3 Police Officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
- Baton Rouge: Hundreds Attend Funeral of Alton Sterling
- Fox News Host Calls Out Fmr. Gov. Bobby Jindal for Saying "All Lives Matter"
- Turkey: More Than 6,000 Arrested Following Failed Coup
- RNC Opens in Cleveland, But Some Senators are Too Busy Fly-Fishing
- Thousands of Police and Federal Agents Flood into Cleveland for RNC
- Cleveland: Cans & Umbrellas Banned Near RNC -- But Guns are OK
- Trump Selects Indiana Governor Mike Pence as Running Mate
- Clinton Expected to Select Running Mate This Week
- Newly Declassified Pages of 9/11 Report Open New Questions on Saudi Role
- France: More Arrests Following Attack in Nice That Killed 84
- Protests Rock Kashmir After Death of Independence Leader
- Baltimore: 65 Arrested in Anti-Police Brutality Protests
- NYC: March Marks 2nd Anniversary of Eric Garner's Death
The controversy at Yale comes as Georgetown University struggles to come to terms with its past involvement in the slave trade. In 1838, Georgetown sold 272 enslaved African Americans belonging to prominent Jesuit priests to help secure the future of the Catholic institution. The school has recently established a working group to determine what, if anything, is owed to the descendants of these slaves. We speak to Craig Steven Wilder, author of the book "Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities."
As Black Lives Matter protests have swept the country in recent weeks, we end today’s show with the story of one dishwasher at Yale University who has decided to take the university’s history of racism into his own hands—or his own broomstick, in this case. Corey Menafee worked for Yale for about eight years. In June, as he was cleaning a dining room in Yale’s residential dorm Calhoun College, Menafee stood on top of a table and used a broomstick to break a stained-glass window depicting enslaved Africans carrying bales of cotton. Menafee said the image is racist and degrading and that he had become sick of seeing it every day. Calhoun College is named after former Vice President John C. Calhoun, one of the most prominent pro-slavery figures in history. For years students have demanded Yale change the building’s name. Yale University police arrested Menafee and charged him with reckless endangerment and felony mischief. But on Wednesday, after Yale students and community members demonstrated in support of Menafee, Yale University announced it has dropped the charges. We speak to Corey Menafee and Craig Steven Wilder, author of the book "Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities."
On June 30, President Obama signed into law the PROMESA bill, which will establish a federally appointed control board with sweeping powers to run Puerto Rico’s economy. While the legislation’s supporters say the bill will help the island cope with its debt crisis by allowing an orderly restructuring of its $72 billion in bond debt, critics say it is a reversion to old-style colonialism that removes democratic control from the people of Puerto Rico. But does Puerto Rico really owe $72 billion in bond debt—and to whom? A stunning new report by ReFund America Project reveals nearly half the debt owed by Puerto Rico is not actually money that the island borrowed, but instead interest owed to investors on bonds underwritten by Wall Street firms including Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley. While the Puerto Rican people are facing massive austerity cuts, bondholders are set to make mind-boggling profits in what has been compared to a payday lending scheme. For more, we speak in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with Carlos Gallisá, an attorney, politician and independence movement leader. And in New York, we speak with Saqib Bhatti, director of the ReFund America Project and a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. He is co-author of the new report, "Puerto Rico’s Payday Loans."
More than 84 people are dead in Nice, France, after an attack on a crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day in the city in the French Riviera. Witnesses said a man in a large truck deliberately drove into a massive crowd watching a fireworks celebration. The truck continued driving a mile, mowing down people in the crowd. No group has taken responsibility for the attack. French media have identified the driver of the truck as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a French man of Tunisian descent who lived in Nice. Earlier today, French President François Hollande announced he would extend the state of emergency put in place after the Paris attacks which killed 130 people eight months ago. We go to France to speak with Palestinian-American playwright Ismail Khalidi in Nice and French human rights and civil liberties activist Yasser Louati in Paris.
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- Classified Pages on Saudi Ties to 9/11 to Be Released Today
- U.N. Asks Saudi Arabia for Proof It Is Trying to Prevent Killing Children in Yemen
- U.S. Presidential Hopefuls on France Attack: "We are at War"
- Trump VP Pick Mike Pence Fought Against LGBT & Reproductive Rights
- Case Western Students Protest School's Decision to House Cops During RNC
- Oxfam Calls for End to U.S. Embargo in Cuba
- Iraqi Demonstrators Return to the Streets to Call for Ending Corruption
- LGBT Rights Group Puts Up Billboard Near RNC Showing Cruz Kissing Trump
With the national political conventions beginning next week, protests against police brutality continue to sweep across the country in the wake of the fatal police shootings of African Americans Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Racial justice has been one of the core issues of the 2016 presidential election cycle. With the Democratic and Republican parties decided on their nominees—former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and real estate mogul Donald Trump—many are asking: Which will most push for racial justice? The answer, at least to Princeton professor Eddie Glaude, is neither of them. We speak with Eddie Glaude, chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University, and his son, Langston, who is an undergraduate at Brown University. Eddie Glaude said, "Those of us who are not in the battleground states, those of us who are in blue states or red states, we should just leave the ballot blank."
After the fatal police shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, Princeton professor Eddie Glaude sat down and wrote a letter to his son. It began: "Dear Langston, I thought of you when I saw the son of Alton Sterling weeping at a press conference. It was the latest of a string of haunting public rituals of grief. The police had killed another black person. His cries made me think of you." His son later wrote back, and the two went on to publish their exchange publicly in Time magazine. We speak with both father and son: Princeton professor Eddie Glaude and Langston Glaude, a Brown University undergraduate student.
Protests against police brutality continue in the aftermath of the police killings of two African-American men, Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota. We look at how people who record police violence have themselves been targeted, harassed, arrested and even imprisoned. In Baton Rouge, store owner Abdullah Muflahi was detained after he recorded Sterling’s death on his phone. Meanwhile, an Air Force veteran in Atlanta named Chris LeDay was arrested and held for 26 hours after he posted video of Sterling’s death. We speak to former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper.
A Facebook Live video has gone viral of a black female police officer speaking out against police violence. "If you’re afraid to go and talk to an African-American female or a male, or a Mexican male or female, because they’re not white like you, take the uniform off!" said Nakia Jones of Warrensville Heights, Ohio. "You have no business being a police officer, because there’s many of us that will give our life for anybody, and we took this oath, and we meant it! If you are that officer that’s prejudiced, take the uniform off and put the KKK hoodie on, because I will not stand for that!" We air the video and get response from former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper.
On Wednesday, President Obama met at the White House with law enforcement officials and civil rights leaders. President Obama hosted the meeting one week after the fatal police shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, and the killing of five police officers by a sniper in Dallas. While the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile made national headlines, they were not isolated incidents. According to a count by The Guardian, at least 37 people have been killed by police in the United States so far this month. That’s more than the total number of people killed by police in Britain since the year 2000. Overall, police in the United States have killed a total of 585 people so far this year. We speak to former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper, author of the new book "To Protect and to Serve: How to Fix America’s Police."
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- Yale Drops Charges Against Dishwasher Who Destroyed Racist Window
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