GREG PALAST! Breaking the Shackles of White Supremacy… Sunday, Oct 15th, 7-9pm

 
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10/15/2017 - 7:00pm
10/15/2017 - 9:00pm
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Breaking the Shackles of White Supremacy…

GREG PALAST…New York Times-bestselling author and freelance investigative reporter will be sharing his story of his colleague filming neo-fascist & white supremacist violence in Charlottesville.

Introduction by: Lori Saldana a former two term member of the California State Assembly from the 76th district (City of San Diego) and social justice activist.

San Diego community leaders will continue the discussion highlighting the challenges in our city and potential unification in seeking solutions and their implementation.

Sunday, October 15th

7:00 p.m. ~ 9:00 p.m.

Christian Fellowship Congregational Church

1601 Kelton Road San Diego, CA. 92114
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Greg Palast - HOT OFF THE INTERNET!

Charlottesville Victim of Neo-Nazi Beating
Charged With Assault – No Kidding!
By Greg Palast and Zach Roberts for Truthout

DeAndre Harris, bloodied by white supremacists hiding for safety in the stairwell of the Market Street garage. Copyright: Zach D Roberts

We can’t make this up:
African-American school teacher DeAndre Harris, victim of a beating by neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August, has been charged with assaulting the white supremacists who beat him with boards, iron rods, and brass knuckles.

That is correct. Harris, who was shown being beaten close to death in photos released by Truthout and carried worldwide, has now been charged with the same crime as his attackers: "unlawful wounding."

Several of Harris' attackers remain on the run -- and local and federal officials show little interest in going after them. Yet, the Charlottesville Magistrate issued a warrant to arrest Harris on October 9.

Harris is accused of taking a swing at a neo-Nazi who tried to stab a friend of Harris with the staff of a flag pole holding a Confederate flag. On the advice of his lawyer, Harris was unable to be reached for comment.

Zach Roberts, for Truthout, spoke with Lee Merritt, Harris's attorney and a legal specialist on police brutality and corruption. Merritt stated, "This is probably the most extreme case I've seen. Not only is [the victim] charged with a crime but he's charged at the same level as the men who broke his bones, who caused serious bodily injuries, caused him to get 18 staples in his head … the men who beat him within an inch of his life. [Harris] is getting the same charge as [those] involved in a violent supremacist group who were involved in attacks, not only of DeAndre, but attacks of other people all weekend."

It should be noted that our photographer Roberts was also attacked with what appears to be a wooden flagstaff by a man identified as Dan Borden of Cincinnati, one of those charged in the attack on Harris.

White supremacist Borden, hours before attacking Harris, threw the metal-tipped wood at photographer Roberts' head. Roberts photographed the weapon as it whizzed by his head.

A magistrate judge, without talking to witness Roberts, issued a warrant, apparently on the complaint of lawyers for the white nationalists.

Charlottesville police have charged two of Harris's attackers, but only after a national campaign demanded they do so. One charged, Dan Borden, is shown beating Harris with a four-foot piece of lumber.

The other, Michael Ramos, who claims he acted in self-defense, is shown striking Harris with brass knuckles while Harris is crawling helpless on the ground.

On August 14, US Attorney General Sessions said that neo-Nazi brutality in Charlottesville was the Justice Department's top priority. "There's no bigger case right now we're working on."

So far, federal authorities have taken no action to identify the man holding what appears to be a 9mm Glock semi-automatic handgun threatening Harris, despite high-resolution photos supplied by Roberts to the FBI.

Crossing state lines with intent to cause harm is a federal offense. Nevertheless, direct pleas to FBI agents by this reporter have failed to get Justice Department action to charge Harris attackers and Roberts' assailant with these crimes.

Days after the attack, one FBI agent assigned to the investigation told Truthout he was "appalled" by the lack of immediate response to Roberts' offer of photos to identify Harris' attackers, but insisted the Department would act. As of today, two months on, there is no sign Sessions' Department has moved to identify nor apprehend Harris's attackers.

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