VIDEO: Court Rules Corporate Gender Quota Lawsuit May Go Forward and more…

Good news! A California court authorized our taxpayer lawsuit to move forward against a California law that mandates gender quotas for corporate boards. The court held that our clients have standing to sue under state law, and our attorneys will now proceed to discovery, including depositions of various officials.

This action comes in the case (Robin Crest et al. v. Alex Padilla (No.19ST-CV-27561). We filed the lawsuit on August 6, 2019, on behalf of three California taxpayers to prevent the State from implementing Senate Bill 826. The 2018 law requires publicly held corporations headquartered in California to have at least one director “who self-identifies her gender as a woman” on their boards by December 31, 2019. Up to three such persons are required by December 31, 2021, depending on the size of the board.

Our lawsuit alleges that the mandate is an unconstitutional gender-based quota. In our complaint we argue:

SB 826 is illegal under the California Constitution. The legislation’s quota system for female representation on corporate boards employs express gender classifications. As a result, SB 826 is immediately suspect and presumptively invalid and triggers strict scrutiny review.

Even before the bill passed, a California Assembly floor analysis identified a “significant risk of legal challenges” to SB 826. It characterized the legislation as creating a “quota-like system” and noted:
[T]his bill, if enacted into law, would likely be challenged on equal protection grounds … The use of a quota-like system, as proposed by this bill, to remedy past discrimination and differences in opportunity may be difficult to defend.”

In signing SB 826 in September 2018, then-Governor Brown wrote that, “serious legal concerns have been raised” to the legislation. “I don’t minimize the potential flaws that indeed may prove fatal to its ultimate implementation.” He signed the bill anyway, noting, “Nevertheless, recent events in Washington, D.C. – and beyond – make it crystal clear that many are not getting the message.”

Currently, 625 publicly traded corporations are headquartered in California and are subject to the legislation’s provisions. In a March 2020 report the secretary of state identified 282 corporations that reported compliance with the law’s requirements.

We are pleased that the court saw through California’s flimsy claim that taxpayers had no standing to sue to stop this brazenly unconstitutional gender-quota law. Even Gov. Brown, in signing the law, worried that it is unconstitutional. Our California taxpayer clients are stepping up to make sure that California’s Constitution, which prohibits sex discrimination, is upheld.


Judicial Watch and Daily Caller News Foundation Sue for Joe Biden’s Senate Records at University of Delaware

We filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit on behalf of the Daily Caller News Foundation against the University of Delaware for former Vice President Biden’s Senate records, which are housed at the university’s library (Daily Caller News Foundation v. University of Delaware (No. N20A-07-001)). We sued in the Superior Court of the State of Delaware.

Judicial Watch and the Daily Caller filed requests on April 30 for all of Biden’s records and for records about the preservation and any proposed release of the records, including communications with Mr. Biden or his representatives. The university said it would not release the records until two years after Biden has retired from public life.

Our April 30, 2020, FOIA request seeks:

  • All records regarding the proposed release of the records pertaining to former Vice President Joe Biden’s tenure as a senator that have been housed at the University of Delaware Library since 2012. This request includes all related records of communication between the University of Delaware and any other records created pertaining to any meeting of the Board of Trustees during which the proposed release of the records was discussed.
  • All records of communication between any representative of the University of Delaware and former Vice President Biden or any other individual acting on his behalf between January 1, 2018 and the present.

On April 30, the Daily Caller News Foundation submitted its FOIA request to the University seeking:

  • All agreements concerning the storage of more than 1,850 boxes of archival records and 415 gigabytes of electronic records from Joe Biden’s Senate career from 1973 through 2009.
  • Communications between the staff of the University of Delaware Library and Joe Biden or his senatorial, vice-presidential or political campaign staff, or for anyone representing any of those entities between 2010 [April 30,2020] about Joe Biden’s Senate records.
  • Any logs or sign-in sheets recording any individuals who have visited the special-collections department where records from Joe Biden’s Senate career are stored between 2010 to the date of this request.
  • All records from Joe Biden’s Senate career that have been submitted to the University of Delaware Library.

On May 20, the University denied the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request.

In response to both requests, the University claimed, without corroboration, that public funds are not used to support the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Senatorial Papers.

Tara Reade, who has accused Biden of sexually assaulting her in 1993 when she worked as a staff assistant to the then-senator, has said that she believes a workplace discrimination and harassment complaint she filed against Biden at the time may be in the records housed at the University of Delaware. Biden also admitted to communicating with Vladimir Putin and other foreign leaders when he was a United State Senator.

“The University of Delaware should do the right thing and turn over Joe Biden’s public records as required by law,” Daily Caller News Foundation Co-Founder and President Neil Patel said. “Partisan gamesmanship by a public university is unseemly and unlawful. If they don’t want to do the right thing, we will force them in court.”

He’s right. The University of Delaware should stop protecting Joe Biden and provide the public access to his public records, as Delaware law requires.


The New Judicial Watch Book: ‘A Republic Under Assault,’ is Available for Pre-Order

Let’s hope we have another New York Times bestseller on our hands here: “A Republic Under Assault, the Left’s Ongoing Attack on American Freedom” is now available for pre-order (https://www.judicialwatchbook.com/).

My first two bestselling books, “The Corruption Chronicles” and “Clean House,” exposed the hypocrisy and corruption of Obama’s two terms. In this latest book I identify the four major forces posing a continued threat to American democracy.

  • Deep State Efforts to Destroy the Trump Presidency: The documents that show senior officials in the Obama administration, with the approval of Barack Obama, spied on the Trump presidential campaign AND President Trump! The dirty secrets of Obamagate and the impeachment/coup attack are exposed!
  • Hillary Clinton’s Email Scandal: How Hillary Clinton, her top aides, and senior officials at the Obama State Department conspired to cover-up Hillary Clinton’s secret email system—and shocking new docs that tie Obama White House to the cover-up!
  • Voter Fraud: How Soros-funded groups attack states that seek to protect clean elections by challenging voter ID laws, and how the Left is cynically peddling COVID-19 crisis electoral “reforms,” like mail-in voting, which could increase voter fraud and election chaos.
  • Illegal Immigration: How deadly and illegal “sanctuary” policies are exploding across America, and how our nation’s sovereignty has been under assault by radical open border advocates.

Subversive Deep State collaborators with ties to the Clinton and Obama machines not only launched countless—often illegal—operations to stop and then remove Trump, but even more alarmingly, are working to transform the United States into something truly unrecognizable to all who believe in liberty and the rule of law.

Today one of their main targets is President Donald J. Trump.

Tomorrow it could be you and anyone who believes in the US Constitution, believes the United States must have clearly defined and protected borders, believes in the need for a strong military, believes in the value of hard work and faith, and believes in the rule of law and American exceptionalism.

“A Republic Under Assault” will be published by Threshold Editions on October 20, 2020. Learn more here.

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Tlaib Echoes Omar’s Call for ‘Dismantling the Whole System’

Wednesday on Twitter, Rep. Rashida Tlaib endorsed fellow radical Rep. Ilhan Omar’s call to dismantle “the whole system of oppression” in the U.S.

“The mortality rate for black Minnesotans to COVID is twice as high as it is with other races…” Omar stated in a Tuesday press conference addressing “systemic racism.” “I see the pain and the havoc it is wreaking on the black community in Minneapolis.

“We must recognize that these systems of oppression are linked. As long as our economy and political systems prioritize profit without considering who is profiting, who is being shut out, we will perpetuate this inequity. So we cannot stop at the criminal justice system. We must begin the work of dismantling the whole system of oppression wherever we find it.”

“My sister @IlhanMN said it best: We must begin with dismantling the whole system of oppression wherever we find it,” Tlaib tweeted. “Pass it on.”

Today’s Democrats: the party of dismantling America.


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In July 2019, Tlaib and fellow Democrat John Lewis co-sponsored a House Resolution supporting the BDS movement and comparing Israel to apartheid South Africa and Nazi Germany. Introduced by Ilhan Omar, the Resolution called on House members to oppose “unconstitutional legislative efforts to limit the use of boycotts to further civil rights at home and abroad,” a reference to resolutions that had been passed in several states to prohibit the granting of government contracts to companies that backed BDS.

To learn more about Rashida Tlaib, click on her profile link here.

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These 18 Corporations Gave Money to Radical Black Lives Matter Group

Some of America’s largest corporations have pledged or donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the main Black Lives Matter organization, founded by “trained Marxists,” that calls for replacing the nuclear family with a “village.”

Prominent brands giving money include Amazon, Microsoft, Nabisco, Gatorade, Airbnb, and the Atlantic and Warner record labels.

Black Lives Matter as a movement or sentiment is not necessarily tied to the radical organization, called the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, but it has become the greatest beneficiary of corporate largesse.

The Daily Signal previously reported that the website for the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation notes that replacing the nuclear family structure and promoting the LGBT political agenda are central to its mission. A co-founder also has said that she and other “trained Marxists” formed the network foundation.


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The BLM Global Network Foundation began in 2016 with the fiscal sponsorship of Thousand Currents, a liberal nonprofit group. Susan Rosenberg, convicted and imprisoned in 1984 for domestic terrorism, is vice chairwoman of Thousand Currents’ board of directors, The Daily Signal also reported.

At least 18 companies have donated or pledged to donate money to the BLM Global Network Foundation, according to a list compiled by the Washington-based Capital Research Center, which monitors nonprofits and charities. Another seven companies have not been clear which Black Lives Matter entity they chose for contributions.

Thousand Currents has said that all donations filtered through it, corporate and otherwise, “are received as restricted donations to support the activities of BLM.”

The Daily Signal contacted spokespersons for all the companies mentioned in this report several times over the course of a week, seeking comment about their financial support for the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation.

The Daily Signal asked whether the companies supported that organization’s stated beliefs and goals, which extend well beyond advocating racial equality and opposing police brutality.

Several companies state merely that they are giving to “Black Lives Matter,” without specifying which organization. The BLM Global Network Foundation likely is the recipient, given its prominence, but that isn’t always clear in an announcement.

It also is possible that, similar to the tech giant Cisco, other companies gave to the Black Lives Matter cause through donations to traditional civil rights groups such as the NAACP and the Urban League.

A growing roster of corporations has issued press releases, memos, and tweets vowing financial support for “Black Lives Matter,” linking directly to or using the Twitter handle of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation. Here are 18 of them, plus some examples of ambiguous giving.

1. DoorDash

DoorDash, which delivers prepared food, gave $500,000 to the organization. In an email to The Daily Signal, DoorDash spokesperson Liz Jarvis-Shean wrote:

In partnership with our Black@DoorDash Employee Resource Group (ERG), DoorDash pledged a total of $1 million in donations, with $500,000 going to Black Lives Matter via the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation and $500,000 to create a fund to be directed by the Black@DoorDash ERG towards state and local organizations.

Our goal with these donations and the other actions we announced is to stand with our employees and community members to fight injustice, inequality and discrimination and to support organizations that are working to root out structural and systemic racism and providing local community development, mentorship, education and entrepreneurship programs to support Black communities across the country.

2. Deckers

“Deckers as a company is standing together in solidarity to fight for equality,” Deckers Brands said in an email to The Daily Signal.

“To show immediate support, we are donating a total of $500,000 to the following organizations,” the company said, listing seven organizations, including “Black Lives Matter Foundation,” which it said “builds power to bring justice, healing, and freedom to Black people across the globe.”

Although a smaller organization called the Black Lives Matter Foundation exists, as does another called Movement for Black Lives, a blog post from the Deckers brand Ugg links to the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation. That post uses language similar to the email from Deckers to The Daily Signal.

3. Amazon

Amazon linked to the BLM Global Network Foundation in a press release June 9, identifying it as among 12 groups that would get a total of $10 million from the online retail giant. Amazon announced:

As part of that effort, Amazon will donate a total of $10 million to organizations that are working to bring about social justice and improve the lives of Black and African Americans. Recipients—selected with the help of Amazon’s Black Employee Network (BEN)—include groups focused on combating systemic racism through the legal system as well as those dedicated to expanding educational and economic opportunities for Black communities.

4. Gatorade

Gatorade, the sports drink maker, identified the BLM Global Network Foundation as being among groups benefiting from a $500,000 donation.

5. Microsoft

Microsoft announced June 5 that it would donate $250,000 to the “Black Lives Matter Foundation,” but linked to the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation.

Microsoft also named five other civil rights organizations with whom it would “deepen our engagement” by donating $250,000 apiece.

6. Glossier

Glossier, a skin care and makeup company, said in a May 30 press release that it would divide $500,000 among five organizations, including “Black Lives Matter,” and linked to the BLM Global Network Foundation’s website.

7. 23andMe

23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki announced June 2 that the company and its employees would donate to “Black Lives Matter” and linked to the BLM Global Network Foundation.

8.  Airbnb

Airbnb announced on Twitter that it was splitting a $500,000 donation between the NAACP and the “@Blklivesmatter Foundation,” using the organization’s Twitter handle.

9.  Unilever

Two of Unilever’s personal hygiene brands, Axe and Degree, pledged a total of $350,000 to the BLM Global Network Foundation.

10. Bungie

Bungie didn’t provide a dollar amount, but said it would make “financial contributions” to six organizations and linked to the BLM Global Network Foundation.

11. Nabisco

Ritz, a cracker brand from Nabisco, announced June 4 that it and sister brands were donating $500,000 to the NAACP and to the BLM Global Network Foundation.

12. Dropbox

Dropbox founder and CEO Drew Houston announced June 3 that the company was giving $500,000 to the BLM Global Network Foundation, tagging the group on Twitter.

13. Fitbit

Fitbit, the maker of health and fitness trackers, tagged the BLM Global Network Foundation as a recipient of donations, but didn’t say how much.

14. Devolver Digital

Individual employees of Devolver Digital donated $65,000 to the BLM Global Network Foundation as of June 2 through the company’s ActBlue online giving account.

15. Skillshare

Skillshare CEO Matt Cooper, in an online message June 1, said the company was “donating to the following organizations” and referred to the “official #BlackLivesMatter Global Network,” which it said “builds power to bring justice, freedom, and space for imagination and innovation to Black people.  Skillshare was among the few businesses to specifically name the network foundation.

 16. Square Enix

Square Enix, a game developer, announced that it was giving $250,000 to the NAACP and Black Lives Matter, linking to the BLM Global Network Foundation.

17. That Game Co.

In one tweet, That Game Co. announced plans to give a total of $20,000 to both the NAACP and Black Lives Matter. In a follow-up, the company linked to the BLM Global Network Foundation.

18. Tinder

Tinder, the online dating network, announced that it was donating and provided a link to the BLM Global Network Foundation.

Ambiguous Giving

The California-based tech firm Cisco identifies @Blklivesmatter, the Twitter handle for the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, as among recipients of $5 million in donations.

But a Cisco spokesperson says the company isn’t contributing to that main group.

Cisco’s Robyn Blum told The Daily Signal in an email:

With our recently announced $5M donation, we are pleased to be able to pledge funds to these organizations:

• Equal Justice Initiative–a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons.

• The NAACP Legal Defense Fund–a premier civil rights law organization fighting for racial justice through litigation, advocacy, & public education.

• Color Of Change–America’s largest online racial justice organization.

Contacted again by The Daily Signal with reference to that tweet, Blum said the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation was not among recipients of Cisco’s donations.

The tech company Intel, in a May 31 memo from CEO Bob Swan, announced that the business would donate “$1 million in support of efforts to address social injustice and anti-racism across various nonprofits and community organizations.”

“I also encourage employees to consider donating to organizations focused on equity and social justice, including the Black Lives Matter Foundation, the Center for Policing Equity and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, all of which are eligible for Intel’s Donation Matching Program,” Swan said.

However, the Intel CEO’s memo didn’t provide a link to a Black Lives Matter group. Nor did it specify which foundation—the larger and more prominent BLM Global Network Foundation or the smaller Black Lives Matter Foundation.

The Daily Signal sought clarification from Intel, but it did not respond before publication of this report.

The Pokemon Co. is another example of a company that didn’t specify which organization, but said it was donating $100,000 to Black Lives Matter.

Atlantic Records announced that it “will be contributing to Black Lives Matter and other organizations that are doing crucial work to combat injustice.” But the legendary record company didn’t specify whether it was donating to the BLM Global Network Foundation and didn’t respond to multiple inquiries.

Similarly, Warner Records announced that it would contribute “to Black Lives Matter and other organizations that are doing crucial work to combat racial injustice.”

Discord, a communications company, announced that it is donating to the “Black Lives Matter movement.” It did not respond to inquiries from The Daily Signal about the specific organization.

Pusheen, the company behind the cartoon cat of the same name, called on fans and followers to join it in donating to Black Lives Matter among other organizations, but didn’t specify which BLM entity.

Ubisoft also said that it was contributing $100,000 to both the NAACP and Black Lives Matter, without specifying which organization or affiliate.

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Fred Lucas

Fred Lucas is the White House correspondent for The Daily Signal and co-host of “The Right Side of History” podcast. Lucas is also the author of “Tainted by Suspicion: The Secret Deals and Electoral Chaos of Disputed Presidential Elections.” Send an email to Fred. Twitter: @FredLucasWH.

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UK Perspective on Covid 19 – Subliminal Programming or Propaganda – Where Do We Go From Here?

(These are my views as a woman living in England, on how the culture and spirit of my country has changed over 50 years.   Why the country does not feel protected or strong any more, how it has lost, and is losing it values and decency, and how we are daily losing our free speech.)


Propaganda.

Propaganda is information, especially of a biased nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view. Propaganda is often associated with the psychological mechanisms of influencing and altering the attitude of a population toward a specific cause, position or political agenda in an effort to form a consensus to a standard set of belief patterns. Propaganda is information that is not impartial and is used primarily to influence an audience and further an agenda, often by presenting facts selectively (perhaps lying by omission) to encourage a particular synthesis, or using loaded messages to produce an emotional rather than a rational response to the information presented.

This week the great British public have been released from their imprisonment, and they have been rewarded by being allowed to partake in the great British pastime of socially boozing together.   Yes, a trip to the local pub has been the long awaited relief that according to mainstream media many millions of citizens have been eagerly waiting for.  Apparently, It was our 4th July, our Super Saturday!

In view of this, TV personality, Dr Hilary also advised local Accident and Emergency units should be on stand-by for an increase in patients on the scale of New Year’s Eve admissions.

As pubs and restaurants once more opened their dusty bolted doors under safe and hygienic distancing measures of course, I drove past some of the most popular inns and restaurants in my area, which is well outside London, but saw little of the eager and long awaiting crowds lining up to get through the doors of the many pubs and restaurants that line our busy main roads and country lanes.  There was not the natural and normal buzz of enjoyment or laughter.  I witnessed a few solitary cars which were sadly socially parked on once empty car parks.     This was also confirmed in other parts of the country.

I wondered if the sobering up from a long three months of being socially distant from others had revealed a reality that only stillness and silence can convey, but I also wondered just how many people were still living under the fear of catching a virus and were more accustomed to their solitary confinement and perceived safety whilst sitting on ‘death watch’?

In contrast, the previous weekend had seen thousands descend onto the beech at Bournemouth in Dorset, reportedly creating widespread havoc with abandoned cars, overcrowding and leaving tons of litter in their wake.

Council leader Vikki Slade said she was “absolutely appalled at the sight of so many people tightly packed on the south coast’s beaches’.  Why was she surprised?

Stay at home, unemployed and employed workers and their families had decided that the predicted heat wave, the fresh air, sun, sand and ocean were just what the doctor really ordered rather than a pint of beer which they can buy at the local supermarket at any time.  It didn’t take a genius to understand that this type of freedom would then overcrowd certain outdoor areas when foreign travel and imposed restrictions elsewhere had been enforced.

It was also reported that there was also a certain rebellion from some of the beachcombers against officials who were trying to maintain some sort of order.

After witnessing crowded demonstrations/demonstrators in London being allowed to freely assemble and then trash statues with very little resistance; a sense of injustice and mistrust might just have been the key motivator in creating the division now being displayed against authority.

From an objective point of view, it is very cruel that innocent people are being expected to adhere to behavioural techniques, which includes continuous fear and injustice, being implemented against them, only to be ‘chastised’ by the very creators of such confusion and chaos.  A psychologist might call this the actions of narcissist parenting.

One of the saddest expectations is the muzzling of adults and children when there is no sufficient evidence to prove that mask wearing prevents a person catching a virus especially in situations where a mask might not be needed.   This adds to the isolation and the separation which is being implemented.  They also remove your identity.

The Naughty Step for Leicester

Elsewhere in the UK, the citizens in the city of Leicester have been put under lockdown again whilst the rest of England enjoys some freedom.   This conveys the message that if we don’t behave elsewhere, we will suffer the same fate once more.  We had better conform.

Emergency legislation was also put in place through government so that the police will have the ability to fine people from £100 to £3,000 for repeat offenders who break the lockdown. The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has defended the decision to lockdown Leicester because of the spike in new cases of people testing positive for Covid-19.  There has been no such threat against demonstrators who trash statues.   You can watch a report here from the BBC which is biased in that it records only one person being distressed by the lockdown whilst others believe they should comply:

Psychological Warfare and using the virus to implement Communism/Godlessness

The false sense of freedom which citizens are now experiencing is conditional in contrast to the freedom which was once our human rights.  Lockdowns have happened quickly and unexpectedly but the curtailing of freedoms have been systematically happening over a period of many years. Resistance has been silenced.

In order to implement this demise, there has been an eradication of free speech, individualism, family and manhood.  However, authorities have given the impression that it respects free speech (but only to a few) and respects gender (worshipping homosexuality and promoting feminism).   It has also pandered to the over-sensitivities of those who are constantly offended.  Fatherless homes and single parenting have also been actively encouraged.

Many people in these groups have sadly been used to further the agenda of Communism which may soon become a One World Order of control.  It is a system of godlessness and the majority of church leaders have said or done nothing about it but meekly conformed to the godless system.

Communism, which has at its core Atheism, also has to eradicate any trace of history, including Christianity, which is why it is using a racial issue to stir up hatred.  Rebels without a real cause are also jumping on this bandwagon in order to demonstrate against the oppression they inwardly feel.

Instead of uniting us in a fight against Communism; social distancing and the separation of races is keeping us isolated and distracted whilst giving us the impression we are all still fighting the ‘virus’ together.

Entrepreneurship and individuals have also been severely penalized during lockdowns.   To deliver a message that only ‘essential’ or ‘key’ workers may go to work conveys a message that you are of no importance unless they say so. That is also the message of Communism.

Whoever would want a community to know that they have no father, no independent authority to look up to other than their leadership, we can look to China as an example who have recently shut down 48 state registered churches between 18 and 30 April.

According to Bitter Winter who are a religious liberty and human rights magazine, religious items have been stripped from churches in Yugan county and replaced with images of President Xi Jinping and Mao Zedong.  The ongoing crackdown is part of a five year plan announced in 2018 to ‘reinterpret’ Christianity. Bitter Winter have reported hundreds of state sanctioned churches have been closed, pastors arrested and imprisoned and surveillance cameras installed.

In Beijing, a famous Islamic street in the Miyun district, two structures with domes and stars and crescents were forcibly demolished and domes are being removed across the country.

It is also reported that hundreds of policemen were sent to demolish Buddhist temples.

In case the UK should think this could never happen here because we value our heritage too much, consider the ease we have given up our freedoms and the ease in which the recent recommendation to close churches became an order issued by the Archbishop of Canterbury.   It is only today, the 5th July, that churches have been allowed to open with a maximum capacity of 30 people and strictly no singing.  Consider how there is some agreement taking place in the removal of statues and monuments.

St Peter’s Church!

A strong Christian Church would never allow Communism to reign, but an infiltration of the church by non believers who have been put in high places has enabled the church to become weak, compromising and subservient, and this has been the plan that Communism and a One World Religion has had all along, to destroy Christian values and moral principles upon which many western countries are built upon, in order to displace it with their own evil agenda.

The photograph I have taken is from the notice board of a church called St. Peters informing parishioners that The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are advising public worship should be suspended until further notice.   The most significant memorial in this church, which visitors especially from the United States are drawn to, is that to Edward Winslow, born in St Peter’s parish in 1595.  He was one of the Pilgrim Fathers who sailed on the Mayflower.   The vestry built onto the church in 1973 is dedicated to his memory.

As much as possible we must talk about this without fear to other people and bring our focus back in line to what freedom is. Sing in the open and sing loud.  Under God’s umbrella freedom can still be found, built upon the foundations of the commandments, and not the laws of man.    They exist to provide good lives.

I believe people are waking up to the psychological manipulation which has been taking place upon them and many are turning back to God and praying.   We look often to the USA where our founding fathers travelled to in an escape from persecution to our relatives who also love the freedom upon which the country was built.

God Bless all the people who have fought for freedom and God Bless our countries.

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ECONOMY: June Jobs Report SHATTERS Expectations

America added 4.8 million jobs in June—the largest monthly increase ever recorded, according to today’s report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

With 7.5 million jobs added over the past two months, America’s economic comeback from the Coronavirus is taking off well ahead of schedule.

President Trump: Today’s report is “spectacular news” for America

“There’s not been anything like this—record setting,” President Trump said at a press briefing this morning. “We’ve implemented an aggressive strategy to vanquish and kill the virus, and protect Americans at the highest risk, while allowing those at lower risk to return safely to work. That’s what’s happening.”

After May and June ranked as the two largest monthly jobs gains in history, an estimated one-third of all job losses from March and April have now been recovered.

“Our work won’t be done until every single American who lost their job because of COVID gets back to work,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said today.

June’s job gains were spread broadly across American industries, with the hard-hit leisure and hospitality sector seeing the biggest turnaround:

  • 2.1 million leisure & hospitality jobs
  • 740,000 retail jobs
  • 568,000 education & healthcare jobs
  • 357,000 service jobs
  • 356,000 manufacturing jobs

The Great American Comeback is reducing unemployment for a number of historically marginalized groups, too. African-American workers saw historic gains with more than 400,000 jobs added last month. Hispanic-American employment is up by 1.5 million, and the unemployment rate for women fell even quicker than the rate for men.

On top of that, “workers with a high school education or less made the biggest strides of all,” President Trump said.

There is more work to do in the months ahead as we rebuild the strongest economy on Earth together. The incredible, expectations-busting jobs reports in May and June, however, should give every American hope that we’re heading toward a bright future.

President Trump: Stock market is soaring with best gains in 20 years

READA Record 4.8 Million Jobs Created in June


President Trump hosts ‘Spirit of America’ showcase!

President Trump welcomed small business leaders to the White House today to spotlight their incredible work as America reopens from the Coronavirus pandemic.

“The small businesses represented in this room continue a great and noble American heritage,” he said. “You’re entrepreneurs, artisans, creators, craftsman who forge your own path, made your own products, and provide good-paying jobs for our citizens.”

Eighty percent of U.S. small businesses are now open, and new business applications have doubled since March. Thanks to President Trump’s Paycheck Protection Program, many American workers have stayed on the payroll during the pandemic, lifting incomes and helping to spark a quicker economic comeback.

President Trump: 80% of small businesses are now open

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Who pays the coronavirus bill?

The wealthiest generation since the Industrial Revolution is sucking up the savings of future income earners to safeguard the value of its assets.


Over 190 countries have taken fiscal or monetary action to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the International Monetary Fund.

The US Congress has authorized an additional US$2.8 trillion in government spending, with further appropriations expected. The fresh US spending, all debt funded, comes on top of a $1,022 billion pre-existing budget deficit for 2019. The US$21,216 billion US economy had already been supporting outstanding federal government debt of $23,224 billion at the start of 2020.

Supplementing government initiatives, the US Federal Reserve has dramatically lowered interest rates and committed an unlimited budget for the purchase of financial assets to shore up their value. It already holds $5,886 billion in government and mortgage backed securities. Now, it is moving along the risk curve to buy publicly traded equities and low-grade corporate debt.

The government of the world’s second largest economy has committed an additional RMB3.6 trillion to support economic activity. The Chinese central bank has flagged a boost to its lending by RMB6.0 trillion as well as offering fresh loan support by way of guarantees and rate reductions.

The UK government is committed to spending another £48.7 billion with an undefined amount in loans to support business activity. The normally fiscally conservative Germans are spending another €427 billion and offering €820 billion in loan supports.

Some of the most historically dogged fiscal conservatives are voicing support for spending and loan commitments beyond the dreams of the most wild-eyed socialists.

Fiscal reactions to the pandemic threat have not been especially well planned. Their breathtaking speed has emphasised getting cash out the door. Nor has the longer-term impact on economic performance and future living standards been widely canvassed.

Out the window has gone the now old-fashioned warning that governments, like families, should live within their means.

Central banks, having acquired their independence since the 1980s, have morphed from behind the scenes lenders of last resort to licensed banks into frontline buyers of financial assets. Now, markets throw a tantrum if central banks are not signalling their support regularly and frequently. Central banks are seemingly obligated to assuage the slightest investor anxiety.

The ambivalence of economists towards debt funding has worked against financial discipline. Governments have sprinted to take advantage of their teaching that not all debt is bad. Don’t blame Covid-19. Central governments in advanced economies started 2020 with debt levels already exceeding the dangerously high 100 percent of GDP benchmark.

A simple example can illustrate the reasons for economists’ schizophrenic mindset about deficit spending.

Let’s assume that a country’s GDP of $100 is growing at 5%, comprising real output growth of 3% and inflation of 2%. You can scale that up with as many zeroes as you like. The results will be the same.

Then comes an exogenous shock of some sort, like a pandemic, which causes the government in this example to debt fund expenditure of $100. Let’s say that the interest payable on the debt, also debt funded, is 7%. If nothing else changes, after 25 years, the original debt and ongoing interest liability will have mounted to $543, more than a fivefold increase.

Debt will have risen to 168% of the higher GDP with dimming prospects of repayment unless residents cut back on their spending or find new sources of income. GDP would have more than tripled but 11% of the larger GDP would be committed to debt servicing.

The US government can issue bonds denominated in US dollars. Other countries’ governments, forced to borrow in US dollars, face currency risks. The debt of US dollar borrowers escalates even faster to the extent the value of their currencies declines as investors grow more fearful of a repayment default.

Governments in this predicament are usually forced into harsh spending cuts to keep a lid on the mounting debt burden. Think here about Greece, Italy and Argentina as conspicuous examples of the consequences among more advanced countries.

Let’s say, in our example, that the government spends its borrowings solely on productivity enhancing initiatives like new roads, ports to boost exports, public health services to improve life expectancy and education to raise the technical competence of the workforce. Let’s assume that these measures boost the GDP growth rate from 5% to 7%.

Also, interest rates have plummeted. Today, the US government can borrow for 10 years at around 0.8%. Almost incredibly, German rates are negative. So, let’s drop the assumed debt servicing charge in the example from 7% to 1%.

The economic outcome is radically different with these two changes. GDP is 57% higher. The debt rises to only $128 or 25% of GDP. Rather than 11% of GDP going in interest payments, only 0.3% is being absorbed in debt servicing. Spending on more productivity enhancing measures, social programs or lowered taxes becomes possible.

Done right, debt-funded government spending could greatly enhance future living standards. But here’s the rub. The coronavirus spending splurge is largely bereft of measures to improve long term growth potential. It is focussed, instead, on getting consumers to buy stuff now.

Without more investment, the bill for today’s spending will show up in lowered living standards in the future. Education, health and public welfare service delivery will seem to fall mysteriously short of what was expected as anonymous lenders take a growing chunk of income.

The intergenerational sharing of wealth, largely ignored in advanced economies, has received more attention in resource-rich developing countries which have had to plan for the exhaustion of their mineral or petroleum wealth.

Circumstances have forced governments in resource-rich countries to set aside a part of current revenue from the sale of natural resources to underwrite future provision of government services. Sovereign wealth funds are set up for such a purpose.

A sovereign wealth fund used to manage national savings does not of itself solve the problem. Generally accepted guideposts about what constitutes a fair intergenerational share of well-being are also needed.

Even if debt and savings rules were legislated, opting out of a self-imposed fiscal straight-jacket is tempting when an unanticipated emergency, like a pandemic or a financial crisis, hits.

History has not helped foster fiscal discipline. Warnings over the past 40 or 50 years of impending economic calamity as a result of governments having lived beyond their means have been ignored with little obvious consequence.

The emergence of China as an economic power has especially eased pressures for more conservative budgeting. China’s globally significant savings levels have removed an important fiscal constraint on the rest of the world.

Advanced economy budget deficits, funded by Chinese savings, have fuelled spending on Chinese goods. Propping up that nation’s employment and income base has, in turn, sustained the pool of savings on which Western countries have come to rely for their deficit funding.

Freely flowing capital and unhindered movement of goods have been at the heart of this benign circle of economic life.

Even before the new coronavirus hit, these mutually beneficial trade and financial arrangements were crumbling. Their restoration, at a minimum, would help ease the burden of the newly imposed debt.

If, on the other hand, capital mobility and trade freedom are scaled back, the enormity of recent policy actions will require governments to come up with new ways to mitigate their effects on future living standards. Governments owe that to those involuntarily footing the Covid-19 bill.

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In a Time of Civil Crisis, Black Rifle Coffee Company Demonstrates Service and Patriotism

As media, elitists, and politicians cheer, protests and riots continue to assault American lives, property, and businesses. Leftist political agendas are vocally opposing our Constitutional rights and are attacking law enforcement, especially municipal police departments. Amidst the division and chaos, one company shines above the noise with a business model centered on service to others and charitable giving.

Black Rifle Coffee Company is standing firm for American values by openly advocating for Second Amendment rights, hiring veterans, and honoring our law enforcement service members with a variety of efforts.

Customers are able to purchase products that openly support police officers and their families, like a special edition Thin Blue Line Coffee Roast. Part of the proceeds goes towards charitable organizations like the Fraternal Order of Police or Blue Lives Matter.  You can also donate directly to organizations that support veterans directly on their website or request a specific donation to a charity of your choice.

Best known for their marketing videos that incorporate humor and their love of guns, Black Rifle also has its own thriving news page where they post serious articles and videos covering current events. One section is specifically devoted to first responders and has several posts relating to the recent riots.

Black Rifle Coffee Company has earned its success and earned a 3.29 rating from 2ndVote by specifically targeting an audience that loves guns, law enforcement, and America. Customer loyalty is maintained by openly reporting on topics that matter to American patriots and which encourages charitable giving.

Is it possible to feel patriotic while drinking a cup of coffee? Absolutely. We encourage our readers to write to Black Rifle Coffee and thank them for their creative and outspoken marketing campaigns that respect many conservative values and support service members and their families.

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VIDEO: Defunding police is ONE STEP before banning all private property

Before anyone scoffs at the headline, remember that a few short months ago, even the most red pilled observer showed total denial that police departments would ever be defunded or even serious talk about it. Yet here we are.

After watching the FOX clip below, please watch the DSA clip edited in August of 2019, but filmed sometime before that.

UPDATE: BREAKING: Minneapolis Unanimously Approves Abolishing Police Force

On Friday, the Minneapolis City Council voted 12-0 to approve a measure to abolish the city’s police department.

The unanimous vote will not automatically dismantle the police department, but it is the first step in a much longer legislative process, according to the New York Post.

The idea of dismantling police departments gained recognition among city council members amid city-wide, and eventually nationwide, riots after George Floyd was killed by police officer Derek Chauvin last month.

The Post continues that the vote to abolish the police force will require amending Minneapolis’s charter, and that a draft amendment suggests replacing the police force with a “Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention.” This department would consist of peace officers and use a “holistic, public health-oriented approach” to ensure public safety.

The proposal will have to first pass through a committee, be reviewed by Minneapolis’s Charter Commission, and finally approved again by the entire city council by August 21st. However, Mayor Jacob Frey, a radical Leftist in his own right, still is against the idea of abolishing the police and can veto the measure.

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TEXAS: Republican Candidate for U.S. Congress, announces 21st Century version of the New Deal – “EARN-IT”

DALLAS, TX /PRNewswire/ — Dr. Tre Pennie, U.S. Candidate for Texas Congressional District 30, announces a new economic recovery plan called EARN-IT. The plan was created in response to the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic and civil unrest relating to the George Floyd murder. These problems stem from the culmination of 50-years of failed socioeconomic policy that have marginalized the interests of communities of color for years. EARN-IT seeks to leverage public works projects and networks to enhance workforce training, education, and volunteerism for underserved communities. Under EARN-IT, government will play its traditional role of supporting community initiatives, but corporations and the people will have an opportunity to earn economic and social rewards based on their contributions to the recovery process.

EARN-IT is a fluid plan that welcomes government, corporate and community input. Although, the plan was designed for Texas CD30, it can be adopted for other underserved districts across the country. EARN-IT also consists of an online and offline public awareness campaign; which involves the distribution of branded t-shirts, hats, and coronavirus masks. The EARN-IT logo was created by Urban Thread Design.

EARN-IT is not a political statement; it is a “new vision” and movement for change. As part of this movement, free placard signs will be distributed to businesses and residents in Texas Congressional District 30. To learn more about EARN-IT, visit: https://www.pennieforcongress.com/pdf/Pennie_EARN-IT.pdf

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VIDEO: The Lockdowns Crushed Minority-Owned Businesses the Most

Meanwhile, corporations receive massive windfalls thanks to government ‘relief’ efforts.


Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, minorities have disproportionately suffered from the virus’s health effects. A new study reveals that the government-mandated economic lockdowns have also hit minorities hardest.

In response to the outbreak and under the guidance of federal agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control, state and local governments imposed quarantine orders and mandated shutdowns for many businesses deemed “non-essential.” Whether one supports lockdowns as a public health measure or not, they undoubtedly resulted in tens of millions of Americans and counting filing for unemployment and a sharp economic downturn.

Like all government interventions into the economy, the unprecedented shutdown has not affected everyone equally. The government’s response to this crisis contained clear carve-outs and favoritism for politically connected large corporations, yet imposed disproportionate negative impacts on less politically influential minority-owned small businesses.

new paper from Professor Robert Fairlie of the University of California, Santa Cruz exposes this reality for all to see.

“The number of active business owners in the United States plummeted by 3.3 million or 22 percent over the crucial two-month window from February to April 2020,” Fairlie found in his analysis of nationally representative government survey data. “The drop in business owners was the largest on record, and losses were felt across nearly all industries and even for incorporated businesses.”

This is a troubling economic observation in and of itself, yet the data are even more concerning when broken down along racial lines.

“African-American businesses were hit especially hard experiencing a 41 percent drop. Latinx business owners fell by 32 percent, and Asian business owners dropped by 26 percent,” the professor reports. For context, white business owners only faced a 17 percent drop.

“Simulations indicate that industry compositions partly placed these groups at a higher risk of losses,” Fairlie continues. “Immigrant business owners experienced substantial losses of 36 percent. Female-owned businesses were also disproportionately hit by 25 percent.”

Remember that these abstract figures represent millions of actual people whose livelihoods were destroyed by the COVID-19 response. And as revealed in new reporting from the New York Times, the massive government programs passed as COVID-19 “relief” and “stimulus” efforts—we’re set to add a whopping $8 trillion in debt—are failing to help many of those who are most in need.

“Black-owned businesses also appear to be benefiting less from federal stimulus programs,” the paper reported. “Only 12 percent of black and Hispanic business owners polled between April 30 and May 12 received the funding they had requested.”

“It’s unfortunate that the businesses that need the funding, help and assistance the most are not receiving it,” the owner of a hair salon in the Bronx told the Times. “It’s like the Titanic. Where was the water coming up first? It was coming from the bottom. The people on the bottom were drowning first.”

Meanwhile, wealthy corporations are benefiting mightily from tax carve-outs in the congressional COVID-19 relief bill that was passed, the CARES Act.

Companies will receive more than $155 billion in benefits. This includes a whopping $862 million tax refund for the massive multinational corporation Boeing.

“The tax breaks were supposed to help ease companies’ red ink and keep paychecks flowing for workers,” Axios reports. “But most of the companies mentioned above, for example, have either furloughed employees or are pushing for buyouts.”

The lesson here is quite clear. When the government launches massive interventions into the economy and then passes 300+ page bills to “fix” the problem it helped create, political distortions will result in costs disproportionately borne by disadvantaged groups in society and benefits that skew toward the well-connected.

“I believe crony capitalism—the alliance between business and government—is the biggest problem of our age,” said economic historian Robert Higgs. “Crony capitalism, unfortunately, has a very active, organized, well-funded, and vocal constituency. It is the greatest threat to our prosperity and our freedom.”

“A free-market thwarts lobbying by taking the power that corporations seek away from government,” former Libertarian presidential candidate Mary J. Ruwart once said. “The only sure way to prevent the rich from buying unfair government influence is to stop allowing government to use physical force against peaceful people. Whenever government is allowed to favor one group over another, the rich will always win, since they can “buy” more favors, overtly or covertly, than the poor.”

The facts offered by this new paper and emerging COVID-19 data confirm theoretical predictions and offer a warning as to the unequal costs associated with mandating another lockdown if a “second wave” of COVID-19 emerges.

“Since bills keep piling up even when revenue isn’t coming in, many of these small [minority-owned] businesses face an uphill climb as it is,” the Wall Street Journal editorial board notes. “If they’re now getting back to work, and if they think they’ve taken the necessary precautions to do so safely, then the last thing they need is a politician ordering them to close shop for another month or two.”

Government lockdowns amid public health crises are ultimately a question of cost-benefit analysis. Whether one supports future pandemic lockdowns or not, we should all keep in mind that Americans do not bear the consequences of big government equally.

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May Jobs Report Shows Why More Government Isn’t the Answer for Economic Recovery

In a welcome surprise, the U.S. economy added 2.5 million jobs in May, and the unemployment rate fell by more than a full percentage point to 13.3%.

Most economists had predicted the opposite, continued job losses, and soaring unemployment amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The economy has halted its free fall. This good news is a sort of Rorschach test for our increasingly partisan times.


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Supporters of significant additional federal economic intervention concluded that “these numbers should make you more, not less, pessimistic about the economic outlook.”

Improving unemployment could make it harder to pass another massive spending bill, seen by some as the key to continued recovery.

The truth is, we can only learn so much from one month’s worth of jobs data. In the midst of the pandemic, there are countless new and confounding trends that we simply can’t untangle in real time.

How much of the increase in hiring is due to the Paycheck Protection Program? How much better would employment be absent the pandemic unemployment bonus, which has made it more profitable not to work than to work for as many as 3 in 4 workers?

One thing we know for certain is that more than 20 million Americans remain unemployed, and federal programs can’t maintain their economic livelihoods indefinitely.

The reversal of the unemployment trend is certainly cause for hope, and the trend reversal is even sharper when using the higher unemployment numbers following from a misclassification adjustment.

We seem to have reached the bottom of the economic crisis earlier than most thought possible.

But this reversal is not proof that the trillions of dollars of federal spending in the past two months worked, or that more spending is needed.

Politicians and economists alike often overestimate the effectiveness of government incentives.

There is a long tradition of big-government advocates claiming new infrastructure spending or direct payments to individuals will revive the economy. More often, these “stimulus” measures destroy private-sector jobs and slow the economic recovery rather than turbocharge it.

The failures of past government efforts to prop up ailing economies are remarkably consistent. I reviewed the evidence in a recent Heritage Foundation report. The key takeaway is that history shows governments cannot spend their way into economic recovery.

Given that history, it’s unlikely that the current economic support programs are the cause of the strong employment rebound. The economic safety net Congress built over the past few months is quite different from active stimulus.

Instead, the quicker-than-expected rebound is likely driven by Americans who are ready to reengage in their communities and commercial life.

Private precautionary behavior began shutting down the economy before governments imposed lockdowns. Individuals and private businesses now seem ready to reopen, accepting new risks, and mitigating them with new policies and procedures.

For example, more people booked stays at Airbnb between May 17 and June 3 than the same period last year, and cellphone data consistently shows people are traveling further from their homes and for more extended periods of time.

While stuck at home, many still-employed Americans didn’t abandon their plans to spend their money; they simply delayed it. In April, Americans saved one-third of their incomes, up from about 7% in January.

While not all of those savings will get spent in the coming months, a lot of it will.

The labor market changed trends earlier than predicted. We now have the opportunity to ensure the recovery will also be faster than anticipated.

The virus’ worst effects are not evenly distributed geographically or by age. As Heritage Foundation scholars Norbert Michel and Doug Badger explain in a recent report, policymakers should adapt their health interventions based on those variations, “which suggest that broad-based lockdowns are counterproductive in most areas among the non-elderly population.”

Government restrictions that are slow to respond or poorly designed threaten to stall the recovery.

May’s jobs report shows the possibility of a quicker recovery amid loosening economic restrictions and willingness of Americans to return to work, restaurants, and stores.

There’s still work to do, and the recovery will take time, but Congress should not continue to shovel money out the door.

Rather than spend billions or trillions of additional taxpayer dollars on fiscal stimulus with high costs and dubious benefits, federal and state lawmakers should focus on safely removing unnecessary restrictions that will prevent businesses from reopening, rehiring, and retooling for the challenges and opportunities in the years to come.

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If we are to continue to bring this nation back to our founding principles of limited government and fiscal conservatism, we need to come together as a group of likeminded conservatives.

This is the mission of The Heritage Foundation. We want to continue to develop and present conservative solutions to the nation’s toughest problems. And we cannot do this alone.

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Here Are Just 10 of the Many Minority-Owned Businesses Destroyed in the Riots

Riots and looting undercut the economic foundation of urban and minority communities.


The peaceful protests over the police killing of George Floyd are entirely justified. But the rioting, looting, and arson that have broken out in cities from Minneapolis to Dallas are most certainly not. In fact, in many instances, this criminal vandalism is sabotaging the same minority communities that peaceful protesters seek to aid.

Here are 10 examples from the seemingly endless reports of minority-owned businesses suffering at the hands of rioters and looters:

  1. Private Stock Premium Boutique, a black-owned clothing store based in Austin, Texas, was looted and left in ruins during the riots.
  2. Bole Ethiopian Cuisine, an ethnic restaurant in Saint Paul, Minnesota, was burnt, vandalized, and destroyed during rioting.
  3. Guns and Roses Boutique, a Dallas, Texas boutique, was started by a black businesswoman who built her fashion enterprise from the ground up. It was looted and left in ruins during riots.
  4. Go Get It Tobacco, a black-owned tobacco store in St. Paul, Minnesota, was vandalized, robbed, and left in tatters.
  5. King’s Fashion, a Philadelphia boutique, was burned and left layered in soot. Its minority owners had “built the business over two decades, working seven-day weeks.”
  6. MN Fashion and Jewelry, a jewelry store in Minneapolis, Minnesota was raided and looted, leaving its owner, Masum Siddiquee, to pick up the pieces.
  7. Scores Sports Bar, a Minneapolis sports bar, was the brainchild of a black firefighter who used his life savings to start it. He had planned to open it in June. Rioters burned it to the ground, and the owners did not have insurance.
  8. Healing Path Wellness Services, a South Minneapolis minority-owned mental health clinic, was burned, looted, and destroyed.
  9. Ihman’s Hair Studio, a Philadelphia hair salon, was looted and ransacked. The owner wrote that she is “hurt and angry that my people would vandalize and destroy a black-owned business.”
  10. Kane’s Barbershop and Altatudes, a minority-owned barbershop in Austin, Texas, was burned during riots and extensively damaged.

For some of these specific businesses, GoFundMe donors have raised large amounts of money to support rebuilding. However, this is only true for the small number of businesses whose stories go viral, and there are no doubt many more who will receive no such outpouring of support. Regardless of whether generous donors help individual businesses rebuild, this looting and arson has wide-ranging economic ramifications that will adversely impact entire communities in the future.

Famed free-market economist Thomas Sowell once said that property rights “belong legally to individuals, but their real function is social, to benefit vast numbers of people who do not themselves exercise these rights.” Nobel laureate economist and philosopher Friedrich Hayek made a similar point, remarking that “The system of private property is the most important guarantee of freedom, not only for those who own property, but scarcely less for those who do not.”

What Sowell and Hayek are getting at is quite simple: The protection of property rights does not just benefit property holders, it is a necessary prerequisite for any market economy to function.

When property rights are insecure or routinely violated—widespread looting and arson are prime examples—the very foundation of a community’s economy is undermined. Investors understandably balk at the uncertainty and forego investing there, while entrepreneurs cannot launch new enterprises or even continue current ones without the knowledge that they will be secure in their property. As a result, job opportunities and income streams dry up. This is why securing property rights is perhaps the government’s most basic function and responsibility.

It is no coincidence that there is a strong correlation between the strength of private property rights in a given nation and its rates of economic growth:

In the case of these riots, the direct costs and economic disadvantages will likely be borne disproportionately by minorities. And this comes at a time when minority-owned small businesses can least afford it, having suffered extensively under COVID-19 lockdowns. Vandalism in heavily urban, minority communities will cause insurance rates to rise and property values to drop. This is not speculation—it is exactly what happened in the aftermath of similar rioting in the late 1960s.

2005 study found “negative, persistent, and economically significant effects of riots on the value of black-owned housing” to the degree of “a 10 percent decline in the total value of black-owned property in cities.”

We also can’t ignore the way this destructive behavior affects not just property owners and entrepreneurs, but all members of minority communities, who are also residents and consumers. A clip shown on Fox News offers a particularly chilling example. A black woman, shaking with emotion, tells the reporter that the riots were “scary” and describes the impact on her community.

“They went straight to OfficeMax, the Dollar Store, and every store over here that I go to,” she says through tears. “I have nowhere to go now. I have no way to get [to other stores] because the buses aren’t running.”

All this destruction is for nothing. As FEE Managing Editor Jon Miltimore explained, rioting actually sets causes back in the eyes of the public:

New research published in The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology suggests the popularity of social reform movements suffers when movements use “extreme protest actions,” which tend to alienate neutral observers and even supporters of a given cause. Study leaders conducted six experiments involving 3,399 participants to measure how people responded to a variety of social causes, from Black Lives Matter movement to anti-abortion groups.

“[Researchers] found that more extreme behaviors—such as the use of inflammatory rhetoric, blocking traffic, and vandalism—consistently resulted in reduced support for social movements,” writes Eric W. Dolan, the founder of PsyPost, a psychology and neuroscience news website.

All of this is to say that while the current looting and rioting may stem in part from understandable frustrations, it is disastrously counterproductive. Not only has it destroyed the livelihoods of many individual black and minority business owners, it has also undercut the economic foundation of urban and minority communities.

Seriously addressing police brutality and inequities in the criminal justice system will require eliminating the liability shield for bad copsending mandatory minimumsdecriminalizing marijuana, and more. But chaos and disorder only does a disservice to minority communities in need of real reform.

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Trouncing Expectations by 10 Million Jobs, the Labor Market’s Comeback Has Begun

WATCH: A record-breaking job surge across American industries!

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May Employment Situation report shows that the United States economy added 2.5 million jobs last month, and the unemployment rate fell from 14.7 percent to 13.3 percent.

Employment increased significantly in leisure and hospitality (1.2 million), construction (464,000), education and health services (424,000), retail trade (368,000), and manufacturing (225,000). These job gains surprised forecasters, given many States were only beginning to reopen their economies during the reports’ survey reference periods (the week/pay period that includes May 12). The median of all private sector forecasts predicted 7.5 million job losses in May and an unemployment rate of 19.2 percent.

Rapid job growth as the coronavirus is contained and States open up should not come as a surprise. A poll conducted from April 27 through May 4 asked laid-off workers if they expected to be rehired by their most recent employers after State stay-at-home orders are lifted. The vast majority of laid-off workers (77 percent) said it was likely that they would be rehired by their most recent employers. This survey result is echoed in May’s employment data, just as CEA explained it was in April’s data.

There were 15.3 million people on temporary layoff in May, in addition to an estimated 4.9 million people who had temporarily lost their jobs but were counted as employed but “not at work for other reasons.” Including all those who were potentially on temporary layoff, 78.2 percent of unemployed persons in May were on temporary layoff—well above the 13.3 percent average over the 12 months before this March.

Beyond workers remaining attached to their employers, another sign that job growth will continue is May’s jump in average weekly hours—indicating pent-up demand. Increasing hours can be a sign that employers need to hire more workers to meet this demand. For all private sector employees, average weekly hours increased by 0.5 to 34.7 hours—the highest level since the series began in 2006. For production and non-supervisory employees, this measure increased by 0.6 to 34.1 hours—the highest level in 19 years.

Further job losses were expected in the May report because initial Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims, though falling, remain elevated. Yesterday, the Department of Labor reported that 1.9 million people filed initial UI claims in the week ending May 30. Even with 4.6 million initial claims over the two weeks ending May 23, the number of people receiving UI, as measured by continuing claims, declined by 3.4 million over that time. As the figure below shows, weekly continuing claims have tracked the number of unemployed persons reported in the monthly Employment Situation report, assuming a constant rate of change between the months.

By May 23, the gap between weekly continuing claims and cumulative initial UI claims since the beginning of COVID-related job losses had grown to 19.6 million. Some of this difference may be accounted for by individuals applying for traditional UI instead of the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, either by mistake or because of State requirements. However, the widening gap between initial UI claims and continuing claims, along with the 2.5 million jobs added in May, show that laid off Americans are returning to work.

For workers to count as unemployed, they must have searched for work during the last four weeks or be on temporary layoff. If neither of these apply, the worker is counted as out of the labor force. States waived the traditional work search requirement for UI, so some workers on UI who do not expect to be called back to work may not count as unemployed. Yet the labor market flows for May show that there was not an elevated level of workers dropping out of the labor force directly. Flows from employment to not in the labor force were 4.4 million from April to May, in line with the average over the 12 months before this March (4.7 million). Furthermore, from April to May, 2.8 million more people moved from unemployment to employment than moved from employment to unemployment.

Other, more rapid indicators of labor market strength show the economic recovery has accelerated since mid-May. Gasoline demand has recovered over half of the loss from its pandemic-low, indicating Americans are driving more. Workplace visits are up more than 40 percent from its pandemic-low. And, as the figure below shows, 73 percent of small businesses are now open—up from its pandemic-low of 52 percent right before the April report’s reference periods.

While May’s jobs report is unquestionably positive news for America’s economic comeback, there is still much more room to grow. Three months ago in February, the unemployment rate was 9.8 percentage points lower (3.5 percent) and there were 19.6 million more jobs. But the economy beating expectations by 10 million jobs and the unemployment rate falling instead of rising show that the transition back to strong economic growth began earlier than many expected. With more States easing restrictions on work, strong attachments between laid off workers and their employers, and growing labor demand, there is much reason to expect the American economy to add even more jobs in June.

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VIDEO: Trump touts U.S. job rates, calls for shift in coronavirus strategy to end all lockdowns


President Donald Trump touted a nascent economic comeback Friday, as a resurgence of 2.5 million jobs were added in May, marking what could be a turnaround from the economic hemorrhaging caused by the COVID-19 shutdown.

“We’ve been talking about a ‘V.’ This is far better than a ‘V.’ This is a rocket ship,” Trump said in the Rose Garden, surrounded by members of his administration.

The “V” was a reference to an economy that could bounce back to where it was before the nationwide quarantine and accompanying economic free fall, as opposed to a “U”-shaped recovery, where it would take the economy longer to fully come back, or an “L”-shaped recovery, in which the economy would not recover for an extended period of time.

The nation’s unemployment rate is still at 13.3%, about 10 percentage points higher than the February rate before the lockdowns. But it’s down from 14.7%, after wide speculation the jobless numbers could hit 20%.


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Trump said the best is yet to come, because many states—including California and New York, which represent a huge part of the nation’s economy—remain closed. He stressed the economy was rebounding despite the “China plague,” referring to the coronavirus pandemic that originated in Wuhan, China.

“This was an important day, because this shows what we’ve been doing is right,” the president said. “The reason it’s been and is so good is because the body was strong. Our body was so powerful that we could actually close our country, save millions of lives, stop people very early on from China from coming in.”

Trump said the country is moving forward on developing a vaccine for the coronavirus and credited the states of Florida and Georgia for reopening relatively quickly, while encouraging more states to do the same.

“It’s extremely important to remember that many of our states are closed or almost closed,” he said. “Some of the big ones, New York, New Jersey, they’ll start. They’re starting now to get open, I hope.”

Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, a new bipartisan bill that gave more flexibility to employers to access government loans established by the original Paycheck Protection Program that was established in an earlier aid package. The program was designed to avoid laying off employees and to keep their businesses afloat.

As he was signing the new legislation, a reporter noted that unemployment increased 0.1% for African Americans and by 0.5% for Asian Americans.

“Excuse me. I’d like to sign this bill,” Trump said.

The president briefly addressed the unrest in the streets across the nation arising from the death of George Floyd, the black man who died in police custody on May 25, setting off ongoing demonstrations and rioting.

Invoking Floyd, the president stressed that an economic comeback is good news for the entire country.

“Hopefully, George is looking down right now and saying, ‘There’s a great thing happening for our country,’” he said.

Employment soared in the leisure and hospitality industries by 1.2 million jobs, the White House said. That was a sector among the hardest hit as people were homebound by the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. The construction industry added 464,000 jobs. Education and health services added 424,000, the retail trade added 368,000, and manufacturing added 225,000 jobs.

There were 15.3 million people on temporary layoff in May, in addition to almost 5 million people who had temporarily lost their jobs, but were counted as employed but “not at work for other reasons,” according to the White House breakdown of the Labor Department’s numbers.

The expectation is that as more states reopen, the trend will continue that laid-off workers will get their jobs back.

The number of Americans moving from “not employed” to “not in the labor force” actually remained about the same, at 4.4 million from April to May, in line with the average 12 months before March, according to the White House.

“We’ll go back to having the greatest economy anywhere in the world, nothing close, and I think we’re going to have a very good upcoming few months,” the president said. “I think you’re going to have a very good August, very good July, but a spectacular, maybe spectacular September.”

Average weekly work hours increased for private sector employees by 0.5% to 34.7 hours—which is the highest level since 2006. Further, 73% of small businesses are now open again, which is up from the pandemic low of 52%.

“The only thing that can stop us is bad policy,” Trump said. “Frankly, left-wing, bad policy of raising taxes and Green New Deals.”

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6 Cities Where Looters Are Ransacking Minority-Owned Businesses

Minority-owned businesses are among the worst-hit targets of looters and rioters who rampaged in Minneapolis and then other cities after a black man died in police custody, according to news reports.

“Expressing grievances to our elected officials in the form of protest is a time-honored tradition,” Stacy Washington, co-chairwoman of the board of Project 21, a black conservative group, said in a public statement Monday.

“But what we are watching unfold across the country is a coordinated effort to destroy the rule of law and order in our communities and to gin up racial tension,” Washington said. “In video after video, we see masked white protesters dressed all in black destroying property in black neighborhoods. And it’s blacks who are trying to stop the Antifa protesters from defacing small businesses.”

During remarks Monday evening in the Rose Garden, President Donald Trump noted: “The biggest victims of the rioting are peace-loving citizens in our poorest communities, and as their president, I will fight to keep them safe.”

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Prosecutors charged Derek Chauvin, 44, with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, 46, who was being arrested Memorial Day evening on suspicion of passing a counterfeit 20-dollar bill.

Cellphone video showed Chauvin, at the time a Minneapolis police officer, with a knee pressing into the neck of Floyd, prone and handcuffed on the pavement, for nearly nine minutes.

Floyd, who was black, could be heard begging Chauvin, who is white, to allow him to stand and saying “I can’t breathe” before he fell silent.

A medical examiner determined Monday that Floyd’s death was a homicide. Outrage over his death has united Americans across political divides, as well as police chiefs and police unions.

“I understand the anger, but I do not understand destroying your own neighborhood to protest an innocent man’s murder,” Marie Fischer, an information technology specialist and Maryland political consultant who is black, said of those looting and setting fires.

“I do not understand many who are bailing out these ‘protesters’ as a sign of support. How about you fund the minority business owners whose stores and businesses have been destroyed by rioters?” said Fischer, who also is a member of Project 21. “They should fund those who were and are building these communities instead of the ones tearing them down under the guise of social justice—which in this case is neither social nor just.”

Here are six examples of minority-owned businesses across the country that were vandalized, desecrated, or destroyed by rioters.

1. MinneapolisWhere Unrest Began

Luis Tamay, an immigrant, reportedly saved for more than 10 years to open his Ecuadorian restaurant, El Sabor Chuchi, in Minneapolis seven years ago.

After guarding his restaurant during the first couple of nights of unrest,  Tamay obeyed the city’s curfew Friday night and went home, believing the Minnesota National Guard would keep order.

When Tamay arrived at his restaurant Saturday morning, it was burned to the ground, the Minneapolis StarTribune reported.

“Seventeen years of work is gone,” he told the newspaper.

Nearby, a Spanish-language radio station, La Raza, also burned down. Station owner Maya Santamaria wrote on her GoFundMe page: “Small, minority business owners found themselves with the businesses that they worked their fingers to the bone building destroyed, looted, vandalized and burned down. Some had no insurance. Others have no resources.”

Jeff Lusuer, a Minneapolis barber who is black, had two shops. One was burned down; someone broke into the other and stole supplies.

Still, Lusuer expressed empathy for the looters after what had occurred in Floyd’s killing, saying he is fed up with police.

“Even though it hurt my businesses, I understand,” Lusuer told the StarTribune.

Floyd was killed in Minneapolis, and peaceful protests began there before others turned to violence, looting, and arson.

The StarTribune reported: “The riots and arson that followed protests of George Floyd’s death have devastated organizations and businesses that serve communities of color.”

The newspaper reported Monday that looters burned a nonprofit center for American Indian youth.

La Michoacana Purepecha ice cream shop lost power as a result of the riots, and employees tried to give popsicles away.

“People right now are going to want to stay away from Lake Street, and that is understandable,” business owner Ricardo Hernandez told the newspaper, referring to the location of his ice cream shop.

“It’s very hard to see your whole life savings go down like this,” Hernandez said. “We used up all our money to build something nice for … not just the Latino community, but everybody.”

2. Atlanta: ‘A Very Sad Day for Us’

Atlanta has a strong legacy in the civil rights movement as the one-time home of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who promoted peaceful resistance to injustice in the 1960s.

Still, the city erupted in riots as badly as any other in the nation over the weekend. Some of the stores that were broken into and damaged were black-owned businesses, Fox 5 Atlanta reported.

The TV station highlighted Attom, the first black-owned business to operate in an outdoor mall called The Shops at Buckhead, known for high-end retail stores.

“I don’t know if people know we’re owned by a black man because we don’t put it on the front of the business,” Attom owner Zola Dias told the station. “But this is a very sad day for us.”

The store is boarded up, like most of the other shops in the outdoor mall, Fox 5 reported.

“I’m a black man, I’m young, but there is another way to go and protest,” Dias added.

A group of black women set up a fundraising effort to assist black-owned businesses that were destroyed or vandalized, the station  reported.

3. Looting in Texas Capital

Looters targeted a black-owned salon over the weekend in Austin, Texas, NBC affiliate KXAN reported.

The owner of Private Stock Premium Boutique set up a GoFundMe page and as of Monday had raised more than $60,000 to help rebuild.

Another black-owned business, World Liquor & Tobacco, was looted twice Sunday, KXAN reported.

4. ‘Frustrating’ Vandalism in Denver

A Denver restaurant called Buffalo Wildwings and Things, owned by Zac Gabani, was a target of vandalism.

“It is frustrating,” Gabani told CBS4 in Denver, adding that breaking things “is pretty counterintuitive.”

Gabani’s eatery reportedly was one of the few businesses that tried to remain open during both the riots and peaceful protests in Denver.

“We were the only place open to feed them,” Gabani said. “We like to support the community; we just wish they would help support us as well.”

5. Milwaukee: ‘Not a Way of Finding Justice’

Dozens of minority-owned businesses in Milwaukee were ransacked by looters, Fox6 Milwaukee reported.

Sam Rahami, owner of the store Trend Benderz, smashed over the weekend, told the TV station:  “Destroying somebody’s business, somebody’s livelihood, is not a way of finding justice for anyone.”

Another store owner, not identified by name in the news story, complained to the station that the destruction was counterproductive.

“What they’re doing is against their benefit. We are here to be part of this community,” the owner of a Cricket Wireless store that was looted and damaged said.

6. Philadelphia: ‘For My Own Community to Do It to My Business’

Black leaders in Philadelphia held a forum calling for peace and in part highlighting that many black businesses were being destroyed, ABC-6 reported.

The forum included black clergy in Philadelphia as well as Human Rights Coalition 215 and Philadelphia Community Stakeholders.

Among those speaking at the event this week were Elliott Broaster, owner of Smoke N Things, a shop that was burned down.

“When I got home alone, I shed a few tears. I saw my business burn down and it hurt me a lot. And especially for my own community to do it to my business, that’s what really [hurt],” Broaster told ABC-6.

The news station reported: “What took years for this Temple grad to build was destroyed in a matter of minutes.”

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