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Immigrant Women Aren’t Reporting Abuse Because of Deportation Fears

Just as intended, the Trump’s administration’s nakedly xenophobic policies have sent shockwaves of fear and trepidation across immigrant communities. Anecdotal and researched reports show immigrants are increasingly less likely to report crimes they experience or witness. Survivors of domestic violence, a crime already underreported by immigrants, are left feeling particularly helpless. Faced with the non-choice of abuse or deportation, frightened immigrants are avoiding both cops and courts, according to a new survey.

Seven national groups dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual abuse collaborated on the study, which polled “victim advocates and attorneys in 46 states and the District of Columbia.” The immigrant service providers were questioned about how their work with survivors has been affected by anti-immigrant sentiments and policies pushed by this administration. The results indicate that Trump’s nationalist campaign has made survivors justifiably scared to seek help.

Of the 715 advocates polled, 62 percent said there has been an increase in “immigration-related questions from survivors.” Nearly 80 percent of respondents stated immigrant abuse survivors report “concerns about contacting police.” Three-quarters, or 75 percent, of advocates said their clients are wary of appearing in court for issues connected to their abusers. And 43 percent of advocates said they had worked with a client who ended a civil or criminal case out of fear of detainment and deportation.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency recently announced a 37 percent rise in undocumented immigrant arrests during Trump’s first 100 days in office, compared to the same period under President Obama.

Survivors of domestic violence are likely aware of recent news reports involving increased deportations. In Texas, an undocumented woman was arrested as she attempted to file a restraining order against her abuser. Four women in Colorado who were “victims of physical and violent assault” dropped pending cases of domestic violence.

“[S]ince January 25, the date of the president’s executive order [on immigration], those four women have let our office know they were not willing to proceed with the case for fear that they would be spotted in the courthouse and deported,” Denver city attorney Kristin Bronson told NPR.

There are also reports of unscrupulous operators capitalizing on the fear the Trump administration has perpetuated. In Maryland, the defense attorney for a man facing rape charges offered the undocumented survivor $3,000 not to show up in court.

“You know how things are with Trump’s laws now,” an accomplice reportedly told the victim’s husband, according to court papers cited by the Baltimore Sun. “Someone goes to court, and boom, they get taken away.”

Kali Holloway is a senior writer and the associate editor of media and culture at AlterNet.

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House (White Freemasons) passes bill that would enhance reporting on European anti-Semitism

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill that would add greater detail to State Department reporting on anti-Semitism in Europe.

The Combating European Anti-Semitism Act of 2017 passed Wednesday requires the State Department to report to Congress on security challenges to European Jewish communities and to the police forces where they live, and on efforts in Europe to educate against anti-Semitism.

The bill, which must be approved by the Senate and then signed by the president, also encourages European nations to adopt a uniform definition of anti-Semitism.

The State Department currently must report to Congress on the level of threats against Jews in European countries.

“This bill would require the U.S. government — and encourage our global partners — to continue to take a hard look at anti-Semitism in Europe, provide a thorough assessment of trends, and outline what the United States and our partners are doing to meet this challenge,” said a statement from the Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism.

The co-chairwomen of the task force are Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., who is also the chairwoman of the House Middle East subcommittee, and Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., also the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee.

Congressional leadership backed the bill. Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, commended the bill for encouraging the adoption of a uniform definition of anti-Semitism.

“Absent a clear-eyed definition of anti-Semitism, perpetrators of violent attacks have at times been given a pass for their actions due to the flimsy defense of political protest,” Royce said in his remarks on the House floor prior to the vote.

“Adoption across Europe of a single definition of anti-Semitism would provide an important foundation for law enforcement officials, enabling them to better enforce laws and develop strategies for improved security for the Jewish community.”

Orlando Shooting: Man Cut Off While Reporting ‘Someone Held the Door Shut’, Police Scanner Audio Missing, More

http://www.renegadetribune.com/suspicious-details-orlando-shooting-man-cut-off-reporting-someone-held-door-shut-police-scanner-audio-missing/

 

From The Daily Sheeple

It has only been a day, and already suspicious details are emerging from the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

First, you have this report a live TV caller gave on a mainstream media channel claiming to have been inside the club when the shooting occurred. He said that when people tried to escape, someone was holding the door closed. As soon as he says this, the reporter “loses him” and they change the subject.

As reported in the video above, if someone was holding the door shut, the shooter was not acting alone.

Then you have the fact that Broadcastify, the world’s largest source of public safety, aircraft, rail, and marine radio live audio streams, just so happens to be missing the three hours of police scanner audio from midnight through 3 a.m. on June 12, the exact window the shooting took place in:

Broadcastify claims the reason the audio of that particular channel for those particular hours is missing is due to a “server outage”.

One of the potential victim’s mothers, who claims she does not know if her son is alive or dead yet and has been waiting at the hospital for news on him since 4 a.m., is already calling for gun control… she spends almost as much if not more time calling for gun control than she does talking about her (potentially dead, she still doesn’t know if he’s alive or dead yet) son and what has happened here:

Obama also used his Orlando shooting statement to say we need to call for more gun control in the wake of this shooting because it’s too easy to get a gun in America (CNN added the references below):

“This massacre is a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that allows them to shoot people,” he said, making reference to previous shootings at schools like Newtown, Connecticut, churches like Charleston, South Carolina, and movie theaters like Aurora, Colorado. “We have to decide if that’s the kind of country we want to be. And to do nothing is a decision as well,” he said.

Now it has come out that the supposed shooter Omar Mateen was already investigated by the FBI and “on their radar” (funny how that always happens in these situations) and he worked for a major Homeland Security contractor for almost a decade (a fact mainstream outlets are trying to spin as “proof” DHS has been infiltrated by ISIS).

And this is just what’s come out in 24 hours…

Erekat: ‘We’re reporting to the ICC’ on Israeli home demolitions

The Palestinians are reporting to the International Criminal Court on the Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes and structures, including those in the past 24 hours, PLO Secretary General Saeb Erekat said on Monday.

He spoke in the aftermath of Civil Administration demolitions of seven illegally built Palestinians structures in Area C of the West Bank on Monday. The IDF had also razed early in the morning the family homes of the three terrorists who killed policewoman Hadar Cohen in a terror attack outside the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, February.

“Each and every crime Israel commits in violation of our rights are documented, reported, and presented to the relevant international bodies, including the International Criminal Court,” Erekat said.

“Granting impunity for continued and systematic Israeli crimes will not achieve a resumption of negotiations, rather, it is killing any realistic political horizon to end the Israeli occupation of the State of Palestine,” Erekat said.

The Civil Administration said it had demolished seven illegal Palestinian structures on Monday, three of which were built on the archeological site of Hirbet Marjameh, near the Kochav Yaakov settlement. It added that the structures had damaged the site.

Separately, it said, it destroyed two structures and two pens for animals that were illegally built in the Wadi Qelt nature reserve.

According to the Jerusalem Periphery Forum, the structures that were demolished in the Wadi Qelt area were built with funding by the European Union.

The non-governmental Jerusalem Periphery Forum which is made up of residents from West Bank settlements outside of Jerusalem, said it welcomed the Civil Administration’s actions.

Unfortunately, the forum said, the Civil Administration had only taken down what amounted to a drop in the bucket given the large number of illegal Palestinian structures in Area C of the West Bank, many of which are funded by the European Union.

It has been particularly concerned about the illegal Palestinian and Beduin structures along Route 1 as it stretches from Jerusalem down to the Dead Sea.

It charged that the EU was ignoring Israeli law to help the Palestinian claim the territory along that main artery for what would become a Palestinian “terror state.”

The forum called on the Civil Administration and the Defense Ministry to take additional action against that illegal building.

The EU on Monday had no response to the demolition of the structures. In the past it has explained that it believes that the funding of such structures fell into the category of humanitarian aid that was permissible under international law.

This is not the first time the IDF has removed EU-funded structures in Area C, and Israel and the EU have a constant dialogue on the matter.

At a meeting of EU leaders last January, a resolution on the Middle East Peace Process was passed that reiterated the EU’s “strong opposition to Israel’s settlement policy and actions taken in this context, such as building the separation barrier beyond the 1967 line, demolitions and confiscation – including of EU funded projects – evictions, forced transfers including of Bedouins, illegal outposts and restrictions of movement and access.”

It is not expected that the EU will release a statement that varies widely from this last one.

I Might Have Reported You on Facebook, But They’ll Never Tell

http://www.pghlesbian.com/2014/08/i-might-have-reported-you-on-facebook-but-theyll-never-tell/

Facebook has some nifty privacy and community safety tools that are far from perfect, but do let all of us play a role in keeping the online community safer. There are many things you can do to “protect” yourself from having to see content that you don’t like – you can unfollow someone but remain friends, you can hide posts, you can put people in restricted categories and you can alwaysunfriend/block someone.

Reporting is a tool to address inappropriate content that someone else posts. Facebook decides if the content is a violation of their “Terms of Service” (TOS) so when you are in doubt, report. Maybe you are being too sensitive or overreacting. That’s why you can report and someone else makes the actual decision. Or you can not report. Either way, you aren’t doing anything wrong.

So I report things a lot. I report suicidal content. I report content that I perceive to violate the “terms of service” in regard to being sexist or homophobic or transphobic. I once reported a photo of an 11-year-old boy wearing a dress which showed some of his genitalia – his older brother posted that with the boy’s name to shame him. Nice, huh? I’ve reported lots of things. Sometimes, Facebook agrees with me and sometimes they don’t. I’ve also had my content removed and I’ve had “warnings” when I violated the TOS. It comes with the territory. While I’m sure I moan and groan about it, I don’t blame someone else for snitching on me.

One time in a workplace, I hung up a poster which a coworker perceived to be a depiction of a vulva, something she found uncomfortable. I took it down. She shouldn’t feel uncomfortable at work. I wasn’t reprimanded, just asked to take down the poster. I laughed with my coworkers at the irony that the office feminist was unintentionally creating an uncomfortable work environment. I apologized to them all because I was wrong. And it was fine.

I realize that some people reports things to be jerks, but the bigger issue is that if you are following the basic rules that you agreed to when you opened an account – your stuff won’t be taken down. Facebook doesn’t owe you any special exemption or privilege. You always have the option of setting up your own website and controlling your content.

Please stop telling people you know who reported your stuff. That’s not true. And it contributes to a culture where we use social intimidation to control people. If someone reported you and it doesn’t seem fair, think about it – this is Facebook. It isn’t supposed t be fair. Life isn’t fair. Crappy stuff happens and sometimes figuring out whom to blame is not remotely helpful. Not everything is tied to someone’s agenda (gay or otherwise.) Sometimes making people feel like using reporting tools is a bad thing will cause come back to haunt them discourages reporting.

We need reporting. We need rules and laws and social norms that protect vulnerable people AND we need people to enforce those things. We certainly don’t need people to quiver about being “outed” as someone who reports things.

This is the exasperating part – There is NO WAY to identify who reported your post/photo/page to Facebook. Facebook does not provide that information. I’ve seen all sorts of wild claims by angry people who’ve been reported – Facebook will tell them for a $10 fee, they figured it out using magical powers of deduction, they have a friend of a friend whose cousin works at Facebook, etc. I’ve watched FB groups decide that they get to set their own rules and go on a witch hunt for people who disagree.  This is irksome and clubhouse mentality.

At best, you are making assumptions and at worst, you are spreading lies. Either way, you are intimidating people into turning a blind eye to rule breaking. And that, my friend, is bullying. You don’t know, you are just guessing. So at least be honest enough to say “I’m making a random guess based on no concrete facts” Sometimes people are jerks, but does it really make sense to spend your time figuring out something that’s impossible to determine? If you want a clue that someone isn’t treating you right, you won’t find it by guessing about Facebook reports. And all of that energy could be put toward something other thing that is possible to control. 

In 2006ish, I reported some neighbors to FourSquare for violating TOS because it was interfering with my ability to use the tool for a non-profit organization (long story.) They continue to retaliate against me because some mutual party told them it was me. They set up a fake venue at my house called “Hag Bag HQ Welcome to Whoreville All Dykes Welcome” – at my house. At my house. They pestered me for months and years on FourSquare and Facebook. They got someone involved who was charged with illegally purchasing a gun. They never miss an opportunity to taunt and harass me online. And most people say to me that I shouldn’t have reported them as if my doing so made all the rest of it okay. This is the sort of stuff the happens. Years of being stalked online over something so petty. Just because they can.

So I’m quite familiar with how much damage these types of bitchfest/grudge comments can cause.

Holding a grudge against someone because you think they reported you to Facebook is ridiculous. First of all, you don’t know anything for certain so that seems like a waste of your energy. Second, if your content was a violation of the TOS, that’s on you. If you don’t want to be reported, try to follow the basic rules. If you veer over a line and get reported – take it like an adult and modify your Facebook usage. Or vent about the rules, but don’t blame the messenger. If you are a true believer in your cause, start a petition to change the policy. Just don’t be petty about it.

Personally, I think it GREAT when you report content. You are part of the solution – the person who speaks up to say “what a minute …” instead of just turning away. You are the person who calls 911 instead of taking video with your phone. You are the person who tries to get the stray dog off the highway instead of just saying “poor little guy.” You are the person who calls 911, 311, and 211 when you think something is amiss. You are on the front lines picking up on situations where children are abused, elders are lying on the floor of their home with a broken hip and a neighbor is being smacked around by her boyfriend. You are the person who gets the abandoned lot cleared of needles, broken glass and other dangerous conditions, then helps plant a garden. You are the person who learns about the 14 year olds on the stroll in Pittsburgh and roll up your sleeves to help.

We need MORE people to file reports, not fewer. We need people to watch out for 11-year-old boys. We need people to respond when someone posts comments about potential self-harm. We need to say “my bad” when we break a rule and not blame someone else. And we need to NOT spread rumors and innuendo and gossip. Why on earth find more reasons to spread gossip? bullshit2

Facebook is never going to tell you who reported your content. So let’s stop tossing around this idea that we know who it is and stay focused on making this a better community for everyone.

The next time someone tries to tell me they know who reported them, I’m going to lean in and whisper “Hashtag Bullshit.”

And then I’m going to let it go.

Israel Demolishes CNN Offices, Cites Biased Reporting

http://www.theisraelidaily.com/israel-demolishes-cnn-offices-cites-biased-reporting/

In a move the Foreign Press Association blasted as collective punishment and a violation of press freedom, the Israeli government ordered the demolition of several CNN offices Wednesday after the network provided “inaccurate and biased coverage” of November’s terror attack in a Jerusalem synagogue.

IDF D9 Bulldozers razed CNN’s regional offices in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv following the report, as journalists from the network watched helplessly from the parking lot.

“Everything I have was in that office – my desk chair, my press pass, an unopened bag of Skittles,” CNN reporter Ben Wedeman told The Israeli Daily as tears welled in his eyes. “Now if I want to hit deadline I’m going to have to find a café with Wifi.”

The office demolition came in response to a CNN ticker that mistakenly reported that the terror attack took place in a mosque rather than a synagogue. CNN also used the headline “4 Israelis, 2 Palestinians Dead in Jerusalem” without mentioning the two Palestinians were the armed attackers.

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“These office demolitions will provide deterrence that will save the Jewish State from negative press,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explained during a press conference. “The next time a reporter thinks about writing a misleading or slanted headline, they’ll know their coworkers will also suffer the consequences.”

Critics of the policy say it amounts to collective punishment, since many of the workers who end up losing their offices have nothing to do with the offending headlines. Critics also question the effectiveness of the demolitions as a deterrent, noting that the BBC and The Guardian, perhaps motivated by a longing for revenge, became more radical after seeing their offices demolished for negative coverage during the Oslo peace process.

“Israel thinks our coverage was biased this week? Just wait until the next incident,” one CNN reporter exclaimed as he stood before the ruins of what just an hour before had been a state-of-the-art media center. “We will avenge the destruction of our workplace, no matter how many one-sided headlines and misleading editorials it takes.”

In related news, bulldozers are still parked outside the Spanish embassy following the country’s vote to recognize a Palestinian state.