Friday Night – Demonstrate Against Concentration Camps!

Lights for Liberty, a coalition of a great many organizations, is holding demonstrations against the concentration camps Friday night. The list is long – I’ll bet most of you in the United States can find one near you. And it’s not even fully inclusive – the Santa Fe demonstration isn’t on it.

We have to get out and show our Congressmembers that separating children from their parents, holding them in totally inadequate concentration camps with all the signs of torture – crowding, poor food and sanitation, keeeping people from sleeping – is unacceptable. Sadly, it appears that a majority of Congress can’t figure that out for themselves, and some are actively in favor.

And that’s just the latest.

59 replies
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    tobie says:

    You only treat people this inhumanely if you don’t think they’re human. The Nazis invented the category of “Lebensunwertes Leben,” a life unworthy of life. The way we treat migrants is coming close to the same. I’m trekking to DC for the vigil only because it seems important to make a statement in the nation’s capital.

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    daveNYC says:

    Once the new site is up and running, might I suggest “We are the Baddies” as a tag? That is where we’re at right now.

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    Melusine says:

    Any Jackals going to the Pittsburgh vigil?

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    Florida frog says:

    Went to the sign-making gathering yesterday at our regular postcards to voters meeting. Little Fernandina Beach has a whole lot of very angry folks who have never been politically active before. I think we will have a good turnout.

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    p.a. says:

    Above all the hurricane of fucking crimes of this admin, (h/t GreenDay), this issue should lead the national news every fucking day. #mediaiscomplicit

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Surely, if Congress forbids ICE to open new detention centres, it is also forbidding ICE to have contractors do it? Or is an agency’s contractor somehow free to do on the agency’s behalf what the agency itself may not do?

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    @Amir Khalid: Contractors are part of a kabuki dance that has long been in progress. They are used to do all sorts of shameful things. We now have mercenary armies, for example, and, of course the concentration camps.

    I don’t know about that one specifically, but it doesn’t surprise me.

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    Edmund dantes says:

    Just add this to the stack of things Trump and crew are self impeaching themselves with.

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    sherparick says:

    Thanks for the listing and the link. I hope all Juicers who can make one of these events show up.

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    RedDirtGirl says:

    I’m planning on being at the Foley Square demo in downtown Manhattan. Please reach out if you want to go together…
    ivankathrowup at gmail dot com

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    Quantumman says:

    We are going to the one in Knoxville.

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    rikyrah says:

    THANKS for this post.

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    Spanky says:

    There are 4 separate events in Baltimore? I don’t understand the logic of spreading so thin. The media is free to ignore a bunch of events with a couple of hundred attendees, at best.

    I think I’ll make the trek to Lafayette park in DC, if I can get free in time.

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    rikyrah says:

    Thread: @ManhattanDA @CyVance Jr. is the Forrest Gump/Roy Cohn/Tom Hagen/Don Jr of the Trump era:
    1. Protected Ivanka & Don Jr
    2. Protected Harvey Weinstein
    3. *Protected Jeffrey Epstein.*
    4. But overzealously prosecutes poor/ mass incarcerates.
    5. And is botching Manafort case

    — Jed Shugerman (@jedshug) July 9, 2019

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    satby says:

    Going to be at the South Bend one.

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    rikyrah says:

    If Barr can intimidate these former DOJ attnys who worked with Mueller from testifying before the House committees, the politicalization of DOJ is complete. And we’re all in serious jeopardy! Very troubling story. Barr is evil!

    — John Dean (@JohnWDean) July 10, 2019

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    rikyrah says:

    That’s because they have always been frauds…and never been real Christians 😠😠😠

    They are the direct descendants of the muthaphuckas 😠 😠 who used the Bible to justify slavery and Jim Crow.

    So, them justifying putting children in cages and tearing them from their parents…no big deal😒😒😒

    According to a Pew Research Center poll, 68 percent of white evangelicals do not believe the US has a responsibility to accept refugees.

    — MSNBC (@MSNBC) July 10, 2019

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    – the Santa Fe demonstration isn’t on it

    Apparently Lights for Liberty has only one volunteer updating their web calendar, so our Santa Fe event must be sitting in the queue. I might reach out to them again to see if they can get it added.

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    CaseyL says:

    I was unhappy that I would be out of town on Friday, but a church near where I’ll be is taking part with a vigil. I will be there!

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    rikyrah says:

    Ida Skibenes ❄️ (@ida_skibenes) Tweeted:
    There’s something utterly disgusting about republicans who bash @AOC for working as a bartender, but can’t even pretend to be outraged about the Secretary of Labor enabling a pedophile.

    I. Just. Can’t.

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    rikyrah says:

    ((( Cajsa ))) (@Cajsa) Tweeted:
    A Republican is someone who thinks Monica Lewinsky was a naive child at 23. But Epstein’s victims were knowing, consenting sex workers at 16.

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    MomSense says:

    I’ll be at Monument Square in Portland for the 730 pm protest.

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    rikyrah says:

    Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) Tweeted:
    All morning I’ve been stuck on this one point:

    Who knows 4-5 child rapists personally? Like who is friends or even acquaintances with MULTIPLE serial child rapists?

    Trump is friends w/ a lot of people who commit rape for a person who has been credibly accused of multiple rapes

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    rikyrah says:

    Breaking: US appeals court orders *dismissal* of emoluments case brought against Trump by Maryland, DC attorneys general. OPINION: Trump’s separate appeal still pending in DC Circuit

    — Mike Scarcella (@MikeScarcella) July 10, 2019

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    MomSense says:


    And the news out of a child concentration camp in Arizona is that the children are alleging sexual assault and retribution. I’m so disgusted and furious.

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    lurker dean says:

    thanks for keeping on top of the camps, cheryl, so many people just don’t care. i will be attending my local demonstration.

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    chopper says:


    given the country we currently live in, i expect a vigorous investig oh jesus, i just can’t anymore.

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    rikyrah says:



    And the news out of a child concentration camp in Arizona is that the children are alleging sexual assault and retribution. I’m so disgusted and furious.

    It’s not like I was surprised to heat about the assaults. I’ve believed that they’ve gone on all along. Plus the child trafficking that will be revealed too.

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    Chyron HR says:


    The overnight flip-flop from “This is bad news for The Clintons” to “all of them wanted it” may not be good news for Trump?

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    germy says:

    A really important question that not many people are asking: What are they going to do with all these camps after they’ve deported the foreigners? They have beds to fill and contracts to fulfill. Someone is going to end up in those beds.
    — Susan of Texas (@SusanofTexas) July 10, 2019

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    Citizen Alan says:


    Two Dubya appointees and one Shitgibbon appointee.

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    lurker dean says:

    @rikyrah: crap. it was dismissed for lack of standing, apparently by a panel of three republican appointed judges. which gives rise to the question, does anyone have standing to sue on the emoluments clause? aren’t we all harmed by corruption by the president?

    from TPM, at first blush this seems bogus.

    “In the ruling, the appeals court held that Trump’s interest in his D.C. hotel – which continues to be patronized by foreign officials – does not in itself prove that the profits necessarily affect him.

    “Even if government officials were patronizing the Hotel to curry the President’s favor, there is no reason to conclude that they would cease doing so were the President enjoined from receiving income from the Hotel,” the opinion reads, before going on to call “the link between” Trump’s profits from the hotel and foreign official’s attendance of it “simply too attenuated.”

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    Duane says:

    I attended a protest last week. About 100 people there. This protest is in Ozark, a town of 10,000 instead of Springfield, 200,000. Don’t understand that, but I’ll go if possible.

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    Raoul says:

    I’ll be at the Aurora, CO (metro Denver) vigil, with BF and his mom, too. There are several other protests around CO as well.

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    Raoul says:

    @lurker dean: Republican’s links to ethics and morals are “simply too attenuated.”

    Which is why just being Never Trump is far from sufficient. Many of them want the judges, the laissez-fair economics, etc, but not the ugly tantrum freak.

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    bemused says:



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    Many of them want the judges, the laissez-fair economics, etc, but not the ugly tantrum freak.

    That ‘etc’ includes the concentration camps. But yes, his public stupidity embarrasses some of the better educated white supremacists. The vast majority of Republicans love that aspect of Trump as well. He is their Primal Whine.

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    FelonyGovt says:

    I’m planning to attend a small local vigil here on Friday night. I hope the media covers the sheer number of demonstrations. So many of us are so angry and upset about this.

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    CliosFanBoy says:

    @Amir Khalid: we had a student a couple years ago said that he was innocent of plagiarism. The guy he bought the paper from was the plagiarist!

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Amir Khalid: @Cheryl Rofer: Amir is technically correct, but that doesn’t mean that this group of assholes won’t try to game the system.

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    @Omnes Omnibus: A much pithier way of saying what I was going for.

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    Hob says:

    I’m going to the event in Marysville, CA, where there’s currently a hunger strike at the ICE jail. I figured they could use some extra people more than the Bay Area rallies.

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    Tata says:

    I’m going to one here in New Jersey. We expect a thunderstorm, so I doubt it will be a large demo.

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    Enhanced Voting Techniques says:

    @rikyrah: I think the disturbing thing about the whole Epsitine child rape is the sense it’s so wide spread. Like it’s some kind of subculture like say model railroading, except disgusting and pure evil.

    Like that whole “Oh the evil Hilary is covering for child rape” might be because those people who goes to these child rape parties, likely have met Hilary socially were Hilary made it clear she found child abuser disgusting and as with all monsters, they project their sins on to those who accuse them.

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    William Dudley says:

    longtime lurker….Plan to attend san diego event. Is there a best way to share pictures with this site? Should I write Balloon Juice on the corner of my poster to signal secret affiliation?

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    scuffletuffle says:

    I am suddenly hearing all about how Obama and Clinton started these camps. Where do I go for information to debunk this?

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    James E Powell says:

    I am going to one of the events in the Los Angeles/Inland Empire area, but I’m flexible.

    Are there any others who are going? We could do a Protest Meet Up! There are several locations listed here.

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    FelonyGovt says:

    @James E Powell: I don’t see mine listed yet. And I know of a few others that aren’t on there. I suspect they’re a bit behind on adding locations.

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    rikyrah says:

    @Enhanced Voting Techniques:

    @rikyrah: I think the disturbing thing about the whole Epsitine child rape is the sense it’s so wide spread. Like it’s some kind of subculture like say model railroading, except disgusting and pure evil.

    I know….I know…

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    @William Dudley: You can contact me through Quick Links/Contact Us/Contact a Front-Pager. You can’t send photos that way, but once you have them, contact me and I’ll give you an email you can send them to.

    ETA: I’ll do a post with photos over the weekend.

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    pinacacci says:

    I’ll be at my local vigil, and I never go anywhere. This is important.

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    Another Scott says:

    On the emoluments thing, that was a “3 judge panel”. Can/will a request for a full-court hearing be submitted? Or does “standing” trump (heh) everything so it has to go back down to the lower court? Anyone? Would it really matter, since the courts really don’t want to get involved in this clearly unconstitutional stuff that the courts have no way of enforcing??

    In other news, GovExec:

    Congress and the White House remain divided in negotiations over how to avoid massive spending cuts and a government shutdown this fall, despite a deadline to act that may arrive sooner than expected.

    The head of the Senate Appropriations Committee said he would not move forward on any fiscal 2020 spending bills until congressional leadership reaches an agreement on top-line funding levels, backtracking from a previous claim that his panel would move forward with those bills in July regardless of the larger budget talks. Top lawmakers and the White House are still negotiating a compromise to offset automatic budget cuts that would slash defense and non-defense spending by a total of $125 billion in fiscal 2020. The officials must also come up with a path forward for lifting the nation’s borrowing limit, as the Treasury Department is set to hit its debt ceiling later this year.

    Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., the appropriations chairman, told reporters this week he had relented to a request from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., that the committee wait for the overall funding numbers before proceeding with bills to set line-by-line spending levels at each federal agency.

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., indicated on Tuesday those figures were no closer to coming out. The House has already passed most of its fiscal 2020 spending bills, but those measures will need to be reconciled with their Senate counterparts once the upper chamber takes action. Senate leaders have said they are taking a back seat while Democrats negotiate with the Trump administration, but Pelosi said no talks are scheduled. The two sides have met repeatedly, she said, and have nothing new to discuss.

    “I don’t see any reason to have a meeting,” Pelosi said. “They know where we are.” She added Democrats are waiting for a response from the administration, where talks are being headed up by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and the two sides can move forward if there are any new developments.

    The White House floated a one-year stopgap bill, while delaying the dramatic cuts required by the 2011 Budget Control Act and putting off any risk of hitting the debt ceiling and defaulting. Democrats have called the proposal a fallback, but have suggested Congress take a more nuanced approach that would allow for more prioritized spending. A group of more than a dozen Republican senators, meanwhile, has outright rejected the proposal in a letter to Trump administration officials, saying it would damage readiness at the Defense Department.

    Shelby did not sign that letter, but said on Tuesday he would prefer to see a budget deal to lift spending caps. Congress has struck three two-year funding deals to avoid the full impact of the sequestration caps. The chairman said his committee would work quickly to pass appropriations bills as soon as an agreement is reached.

    Congressional leaders have also said they are intent on resolving the debt ceiling issue as part of any deal to lift budget caps and avoid a shutdown come Oct. 1, when current funding for all of federal government is set to expire. The Treasury technically hit its debt limit in March, but took its usual “extraordinary measures”—such as suspending daily reinvestments into the Thrift Savings Plan’s government securities (G) Fund, as well as investments into the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund and the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund—to delay a default.

    The administration had hoped it could buy enough time to wait until the new fiscal year to take further action, but the Bipartisan Policy Center said the Treasury could hit its borrowing cap in early September due to “weaker-than-expected” tax revenue.

    As usual, Donnie and his minions have no idea how any of this stuff works. They just make demands, or try to kick the can down the road.

    Both the House and Senate are scheduled to be on recess from August 3 until September 6… :-/

    But, hey, the Fed is going to cut interest rates and the S&P500 and other indexes hit new highs, so everything’s great!!11ONE.



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    lurker dean says:

    @Another Scott: a rehearing “en banc” with all the judges can be requested. one would imagine this qualifies as a question of exceptional importance, but we’ll see.

    Grounds for Hearing or Rehearing En Banc

    Hearings and rehearings en banc are not favored and ordinarily will not be ordered unless: en banc consideration is necessary to secure or maintain uniformity of the court’s decisions; or the proceeding involves a question of exceptional importance. Fed. R. App. P. 35(a).

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    Bill Arnold says:

    On the Destroy America party. Good read. Sobering.
    How far will Republicans go to destroy democracy? And can they still be stopped? – Do Republicans value democracy or the rule of law? The answer is clear, but there’s still time to fight back (Aaron Belkin, July 10, 2019)
    The two paragraphs are an OK TL;DR, but it’s worth reading in full.

    The expanded version of HR 1 would need to mandate an automatic right to vote, automatic voter registration, election holidays and early voting; enfranchise ex-offenders; provide a quick path to citizenship for all law-abiding immigrants as well as statehood for Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico; and ban voter suppression, dark money and gerrymandering. In order to pass such a law, Democrats would need to kill the filibuster. In order to give the law a chance to endure, Democrats would need to expand the Supreme Court, because the current court will not let Congress restore democracy.
    A growing chorus of leaders and voters recognize that democracy is dying, and that institutional reform is necessary to restore it. If Democrats pull off a hat trick in 2020, and if party leaders are fearless about enacting all three components of the democracy agenda — killing the filibuster, expanding the Supreme Court and enacting an aggressive version of HR 1 — then the system can be un-rigged and the rule of law can be restored before it’s too late. Otherwise, we’re probably done as a democracy.

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    bookdragon says:

    I seldom join anything like this since I’m not vey comfortable in crowds, but I’m going to one of the local protests on Friday. Just trying to decide between the one in the county seat or the less crowded one that’s in the town directly north of us.

    There are also several in Philly, but those are farther away and will probably be bigger crowds.

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    scuffletuffle says:

    @zhena gogolia: Thank you, that is very informative.

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    MrSnrub says:

    @bookdragon: I’m considering the Mount Airy one

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    StringOnAStick says:

    I wish I was further along in the healing process but I can’t drive yet and can only get around on crutches. My (old) knees kept me from canvassing in ’18 but my new knees are going to get a workout for the 2020election!

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