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<![CDATA[We Can’t Rely on the Democrats to Stop Trump. We Have to Stop Him Ourselves.]]>Wed, 25 Jan 2017 04:23:16 GMThttp://strategycampsite.org/1/post/2017/01/we-cant-rely-on-the-democrats-to-stop-trump-we-have-to-stop-him-ourselves.html
Donald Trump and his network illegally and intentionally purged and suppressed millions of disabled and minority voters, costing the Democrats the Congress and Hillary Clinton the presidency. Seventeen agencies said that Donald Trump collaborated with Vladimir Putin to alter the outcome of the election. The Democrats have done nothing. Trump has begun the process of repealing the healthcare of over 24 million men, women and children. Trump has shut out the media, banned scientists from tweeting, use his press secretary to blatantly lie to the public, refuses to sell his businesses or release his tax returns, and has prevented ethics reviews on his cabinet members.
And the Democrats, time after time, have done nothing. Worse than doing nothing, they have been accomplices to the GOP. Even the self-proclaimed Democratic champion of the fight against Trump, Senator Elizabeth Warren, voted to confirm Ben Carson.
There is no number of calls you can make to Congress to stop Trump’s agenda. There is no amount of shock filled tweets and snark filled memes that can stop the illegitimate president and his illegitimate GOP led Congress.
If Trump is to be stopped, we will have to do it on our own.
And if we don’t fight, we only have ourselves to blame it Trump continues down his white nationalist war path. We cannot expect the Democrats to fight this fight. We cannot expect the nonprofits to fight this fight. There is bare rhetoric in places where allies should be. There are funding requests where action plans should be located. It is the people, as it always has been, that will have to bring an end to Trump and his criminal network of white nationalists.
In order to do that, organizers and participants must up their game and revolutionize their strategies. We have entered a new and extreme territory. We must adjust our strategies accordingly.
Offensively, as outlined in the Strategic Institute for Intersectional Policy’s (SIIP’s) Turning Protest into Power: Strategies for Activism in the Times of Trump, the people of the United States must abandon traditional methods of interaction with the authorities, and adopt strategies that will stop any and all progress Trump and the GOP are trying to make socially, economically and politically.
It’s time to shut it all down. 
In order to effectively combat Trump, SIIP argues that the community must adopt the following:

Political Stance in Relation to the Federal Government

To the Right

  • Donald J. Trump illegally usurped the position of President of the United States.
  • His authority is illegitimate and must be rejected.
  • The GOP is an accomplice to these illegal actions.
  • The authority of the GOP Congress is illegitimate and must be rejected.

To the Left

  • The Democratic Party and the Nonprofit networks responsible for defending our rights have refused to live up to their promises. If these organizations do not stand now and fight for our rights as hard as they fight for our funding, they will be considered coopted accomplices of Trump and the GOP.
  • Should the left refuse to fight, their authority and allyship will also be rejected.

Current Political Context

We, the people of the United States of America, have been labeled as enemies of the state. We are on our own. Our strategies must be revolutionized to be effective in this new context.

Demands: Repeal, Replace and Restore

Repeal


Replace

  • Install the rightful winner of the Election, the Democratic Candidate: Hillary Rodham Clinton.
  • Replace removed congressional members of the GOP with rightful winners of the election whether third party or democratic.

Restore

  • Restore integrity of elections
  • Immediate removal of all voter suppression policies such as voter purging, id requirements, citizenship requirements, early voting restrictions and absentee ballot restrictions
  • Enforcing ADA requirements and ensuring that all polling locations are accessible
  • Immediate plans to reopen and expand upon of the over 800 polling places shut down and addition of polling places, especially in high density areas.
  • Legislate formal requirements for presidential candidates to release financial information including tax returns and financial disclosure statements

Revolutionize Offensive Grassroots Strategies

It’s time to up our game. Here’s 3 ways to do it:

  1. Turn Protests into Strategic Assemblies
  2. Turn Boycotts into Embargos
  3. Put the Middlemen on Notice

The Executive Branch has been taken over by Trump. The GOP belongs to his white nationalist network, and they have taken over Congress. Marches build momentum, but they do not create strategic change. The criminal takeover of the United States cannot be tweeted, phone called or marched away. We have to fight. And because we have entered a political context the likes of which no reformer alive has yet seen to date, we need to revolutionize our strategies accordingly.

The Problem with Protests

Protests were developed as a form of political action that used human bodies as resources for acts of political resistance, reform and revolution. Currently, the main goal of protesting is to draw media attention to a particular cause or political stance. This goal eliminates the power of mass assembly as a tool for direct political action.
Mass assembly must be reformulated to ensure success is the goal, not just attention.

How to Turn Protest into Power

In order to revolutionize the power of protest, we must remove it from the realm of media strategy and place it at the forefront of our direct actions. Protest organizers and participants must stop using protests as attempts to grab media attention and start using mass assembly to disrupt the political and social processes that enforce and legitimize Trump’s authority.
Organizer and participants must be willing to say: There will be no business as usual until our demands are met.

What Revolutionary Assembly Looks Like

Bodies are for blocking. Targets and assembly locations should be chosen for their abilities to disrupt the functioning of social, economic and political functions of the United States under Donald Trump.
Be creative: there are many ways to block access to a route or location. Be strong. We are fighting for lives. Not ideas. Be strategic. Choose social, political and economic targets for their abilities to facilitate shut down of the illegitimate white nationalist movement — not for their ability to garner media attention.

Social Targets

There are people that are being forced to sacrifice their lives because of the actions of the Illegal and Illegitimate Administration. One of the smallest sacrifices society can make as a whole is that of national social events. They are now nationalized social events that benefit Trump’s Society.
All social events until the removal and replacement of Donald Trump should be viewed as white national events and immediately blocked. The national social scene should be viewed much like the inauguration: Participation = Support for Trump.
Sporting events, concerts, parades, etc. can and should be chosen as target for revolutionary assembly. This is a small sacrifice society can make to show our communities and the world that there will be no business as usual in the United States until the lives of our people are protected and Trump and the GOP are thrown out of office and into prison cells.
Pressure must be prioritized and applied strategically, but action may also be applied to the location, the participants, the for the events funders, the supporters and the key resource and staff providers. With the goal of media attention, assembly is usually limited to protests at or near the locations of these events. This needs to change. With the revolutionary goal of shutting down the event whether the MSM pays attention or not, target locations can be expanded to any and all main routes leading to the event and the disruption of set up, attendance AND execution of the event.

Political Targets

All political processes and events orchestrated by the illegitimate government must be blocked until the removal and replacement of Donald Trump and his network of public and private participants.
These targets include but are not limited to town halls, committee meetings, legislative assemblies, celebrations, fundraising activities, media events, and transportation to and from these political functions.
Every effort should be made by the public to shut down the functioning of the illegitimate government.
With the goal of media attention, assembly is usually limited to protests outside political offices and buildings. This needs to change. With the revolutionary goal of completely shutting down the progression of the policies of an illegitimate government, target locations can be expanded to any and all main routes leading to the event and the disruption of set up, attendance and execution of the event.
Targets may also include the personal homes and transportation routes of illegitimate public officials
Pressure must be prioritized and applied strategically, but action may also be applied to the location, the participants, and resources necessary to run the government day to day and during target events.
The ability of the illegitimate government to function under resistance rests in the social, political and economic functioning of himself, his administration and his party. The economic success of the illegitimate government and its economic supporters muse be blocked until the removal and replacement of Donald Trump and his network of public and private participants is achieved.
These targets include but are not limited to the functioning of Trump affiliated organizations and individuals, cities, ports and other trade lynchpins, delivery routes and fundraising events.

Creativity is for more than just Protest Signs

Creativity lies at the core of grassroots activist. Unfortunately, it is usually limited to the realm of the protest sign. There are many more strategic ways to revolutionize our creativity. Mass assembly and physically blocking the function of society can benefit by employing creative roadblocks with flash mobs, slow walking\rolling, block parties, theater, vigils, games with art, furniture, materials, cars, snowmen — whatever it takes. Take a revolutionary assembly challenge and allow people in your community to express their own revolutionary creativity. But use this talent for direct action — not just to decorate it.

Economic Targets

Every effort should be made by the public to shut down the economic success of the illegitimate government and its economic beneficiaries. With the goal of media attention, assembly is usually limited to protests outside buildings. This needs to change. With the revolutionary goal of halting the economic success of an illegitimate government, target locations can be expanded to include buildings, transportation routes, trade routes, financial centers and events.

How to turn Boycotts into Embargoes

Boycotts have been a long used tactic designed to economically effect businesses that support or implement policies that further marginalize Grassroots communities. As individual organizations have evolved into megalithic networks, the ability to target specific organizations and mobilize the sustained energy necessary to create a financial impact becomes more and more difficult. As a result, we must revolutionize our economic impact strategies in a way that transforms both the strength of individual participation and the effect of our direct actions. In order to achieve these goals, the energy used for boycotts must be shifted to enforce large scale economic embargos.

The Problem with Boycotts

Boycotts have been used as an effective strategy to create reform; however, the effectiveness of this strategic has become less and less impactful. As organizations have evolved into networks, the number of targets necessary to create an economic impact has also grown. This places more responsibility on the individual boycotter than can be achieve and sustained. As a result, the actions that activists engage in should focus on applying pressure to organizations and networks that can more effectively disrupt the target’s bottom line.

The Solution found in Embargoes

In order to revolutionize the power of economic divestment, we must remove it from the realm of the individual and press for a more networked approach. We must revolutionize our call for boycotts into a collective call for businesses, cities and states to place an economic embargo on all economic relationships with Trump, his organizations the organizations related to his public and private co-conspirators.
Organizers and participants must be willing to say: Our businesses, cities and states will not do business with illegitimate authority and its supporters.
Revolutionary mass assembly can be used to achieve this goal. Pressure should be applied to organizations, companies and government entities (cities and state) to cut all contracts and economic ties with the illegitimate government and its supporters in the public and private sectors. These agreements can and should be renegotiated with entities that do not support the illegal administration.
At the lowest level, embargos may be sought to prevent department stores from selling Trump merchandise. Mid-level strategies may include pressuring the largest companies in each state to cut financial ties with the illegitimate government in both the public and private sectors. Larger level embargos may seek to prevent blue states from trading with red states.

How to Put the Middlemen on Notice

Middlemen include the Democratic Party and the Nonprofit organizations and networks that gain positions and funding through the rhetoric of fighting on behalf of the rights of marginalized groups, but have failed to take more than a rhetorical stand against Trump and his administration.
Not only have these groups failed to secure our safety and our rights, but they have refused to even put up a fight. These groups allowed the GOP to illegally take away our voting rights, they allowed the Trump supporting Fraternal Order of Police strip all of our protections from police brutality, they refused to protect Sacred Rock from hoses and mace, they refused to secure livable wages, housing rights and our healthcare. These groups have taken our people, our money, our votes and have produced little more than press kits and fundraising packets.
In order to ensure that the relationship between the Democratic Party, the nonprofits that generate funding off of grassroots causes, and the people most targeted by Trump and his white nationalist GOP network — this practice must end immediately.
Ally status must be considered Probational. Government officials and non-profits can prove their worth, or be considered as accomplices to Trump and his GOP network. In order to do this, they must tangibly prove they will work to remove and replace the illegitimate government, resecure our lost rights, reinforce these rights and ensure they cannot be removed again. They must make sacrifices along with the rest of us to achieve these goals — or they will lose our people, our support and our alliance.
Revolutionizing this relationship requires the understanding that the illegitimate President and Congress cannot be stopped by phone calls, media blitzes, or front page ads. Traditional methods of political pressure will not move this administration. The Democrats and nonprofits that have let our rights and safety be stripped to the point of a white nationalist takeover must take legal, political and economic action to amend their failures, or they will be considered accomplices to Trump’s criminally illegitimate takeover of the federal government. They have a lot of work to prove they are more than rhetorically on our side. And unfortunately, there is a lot of work that needs to be done to get us out of this catastrophe.

Offensively, these potentially co-opted accomplice groups must:

  • Call for the repeal and replacement of Trump, his administration and every member of the GOP that conspired with them.
  • File charges against Trump and his network for treason, deprivation or rights and violations of the emulents clauses
  • File charges against all members of the GOP, the public and private sectors involved in their takeover of the federal government
  • Shut down the local, state and federal processes related to the advancement of any and all GOP related appointments and agendas.

Consequences for the Co-opted

The Democratic Party as a whole has one final opportunity to prove that it works for the people; it doesn’t just coopt our rhetoric for party purposes. If it fails to do so, active measure will be taken to ensure divest all community support for the party. Members of the Democratic party that fail to live up to these expectations will be relentlessly pressured, primaried and\or impeached.
The legal, political, economic and social organizations that have also coopted our rhetoric to gain funding but not produce results also have one last opportunity to do more than make claims. If they fail to directly work to support this agenda, active measure should be take to divest all community support for the organization.
Should the Democratic Party and the Nonprofit networks continue to use our rhetoric and refuse our rights, they should be considered accomplices of the GOP and approached accordingly.

Creativity when Approaching the Middlemen

There are many resources for how to effectively use phone calls, petitions and letter writing to place pressure on government officials. While SIIP is happy to provide resources for people to continue to engage in this type of action, the new strategic context highlights the fact that this type of pressure is limited in effect. Other creative forms of communication include glitterbombs, sand boxes, mass social media involvement, and creative assembly at the personal and public addresses of target officials. There is no place that we can hide from the government. There should be no place that they can hide from us.
Ultimately, whatever strategies are chosen must be chosen for effect, not attention. The power we seek to stop Trump must be found in ourselves, not the media and not nonprofits and parties that have let the far right go too far for too long. We must fight like the world is watching, because it is. We must fight like our lives are on the line, because they are.
If Trump succeeds, it’s because we let him. When he fails, it will be because we gathered together and fought harder than we’ve ever fought before. When he fails, it will be because we gathered together and took him down. When he fails, it will be because we gathered together and stopped him.
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<![CDATA[SIIP Releases “Turning Protest into Power: Strategies for Activism in the Times of Trump”]]>Wed, 25 Jan 2017 03:47:42 GMThttp://strategycampsite.org/1/post/2017/01/siip-releases-turning-protest-into-power-strategies-for-activism-in-the-times-of-trump.htmlThe Inauguration of Donald J. Trump and the historic worldwide Women’s Marches that followed signaled a dramatic shift the relationship between the people and the federal government. The executive branch has been illegally occupied, the rights and lives of millions of people have been put in direct danger as a result, and the traditional mechanisms of protection and reform are no longer applicable. The Resistance has entered uncharted waters, and it is making waves.

But just as the white nationalist movement revolutionized their tactics to illegally and illegitimately take control of Congress and the Executive Branch, so too must organizers revolutionize their strategic responses in order to effectively counter them. 

To that end, the Strategic Institute of Intersectional Policy (SIIP) has released Turning Protest into Power: Strategies for Activism in the Times of Trump.  This strategy guide seeks to contribute to the resistance against the authority of Donald Trump and his white nationalist network by offering ways that organizers can transform the momentum gained by the Women’s March into powerful political resistance strategies.  These strategies are attuned to the goals of legally delegitimizing the authority of members of the executive and legislative branches, restoring the legitimacy of these positions, protecting those targeted by the white nationalist authorities until these goals are achieved, and restoring\reinforcing the rights of communities targeted by Donald Trump and his white nationalist network. 

Offensively, the revolution of strategies offered by SIIP include turning protests into the power of assembly, using tactical embargos in place of boycotts and renegotiating relationships with potentially coopted allies. 

Protest to Power also describes reenvisioning protests in light of political power in the following manner:

Protests were developed as a form of political action that used human bodies as resources for acts of political resistance, reform and revolution. Currently, the main goal of protesting is to draw media attention to a particular cause or political stance. This goal eliminates the power of mass assembly as a tool for direct political action….

In order to revolutionize the power of protest, we must remove it from the realm of media strategy and place it at the forefront of our direct actions. Protest organizers and participants must stop using protests as attempts to grab media attention and start using mass assembly to disrupt the political and social processes that enforce and legitimize Trump’s authority. Organizer and participants must be willing to say: There will be no business as usual until our demands are met.

The strategy guide goes on to describe the roles that local, state and private sector embargos on Trump and GOP affiliated contractors and businesses can play in place of traditional boycotts stating:

“In order to revolutionize the power of economic divestment, we must remove it from the realm of the individual and press for a more networked approach. We must revolutionize our call for boycotts into a collective call for businesses, cities and states to place an economic embargo on all economic relationships with Trump, his organizations the organizations related to his public and private co-conspirators. Organizer and participants must be willing to say: Our businesses, cities and states will not do business with illegitimate authority and its supporters.”

The final offensive adjustment offered in Protest to Power is a suggestion to clearly call out the refusal and failure of the Democratic Party and the larger left wing non-profit network to advance, secure, protect or even fight for our rights in the years leading up to the 2016 white nationalist takeover.  SIIP asserts:

“These groups allowed the GOP to illegally take away our voting rights, they allowed the Trump supporting Fraternal Order of Police strip all of our protections from police brutality, they refused to protect Sacred Rock from hoses and mace, they refused to secure livable wages, housing rights and our healthcare. These groups have taken our people, our money, our votes and have produced little more than press kits and fundraising packets. This practice must end immediately….

Allies are Probationary. They must prove they will work to remove and replace the illegitimate government, resecure our lost rights, reinforce these rights to levels that will ensure they cannot be removed again and make sacrifices along with the rest of us to achieve these goals – or they will lose our people, our support and our alliance.”

Defensively, SIIP outlines suggestions for how organizers and activists can defend communities targeted by Donald Trump while we fight to remove him and the members of his network from office. These defensive strategies include revitalizing the concept of the Underground Railroad in service of refugee and  immigrant families; turning organizations, businesses and homes into SafeSpaces for those targeted by the social violence incited by the white nationalist movement; encouraging and training individuals to take the Interference Pledge vowing to intervene in cases of discrimination and social violence; and encouraging the formation and support of Community Emergency Response Teams for Peacekeeping and Medical Crisis Response.

The first defensive strategy presented in Protest to Power is also the most ambitions.  It is a suggestion to form a network of locations that can provide shelter, legal resources, social services and supplies to refugee and immigrant families being targeted for removal by the illegitimate executive and legislative branches and the criminal white nationalist network that supports them.  Describing the need to honor and revitalize the spirit of the Underground Rail Road, SIIP argues that a new Refugee\Immigrant Rail Road, or Ferrocarril (Railway in Spanish) should be constructed. They write:

“Trump is threatening to send armed law enforcement agencies through our communities to violently tear families apart by the millions. These families need safe spaces in order to ensure their rights, lives and families remain intact. Religious organizations, immigrant advocacy groups and community social spaces should be at the forefront of providing spaces and references for communities targeted by Trump’s immigration policies and police.”

Similarly, Protest to Power encourages businesses, organizations, and people to acknowledge the reality of social violence against people of color, the disabled, immigrants, Muslims, members of the LGBTQ community, the poor and women in the United States - and do something about it. SIIP is encouraging people to publicly identify their homes, organizations, and businesses as SafeSpaces for individuals in immediate need of protection from social violence. The institute asserts:

“Under the illegitimate white nationalist government, minority communities are and will continue to be exposed to increased hate crimes and social violence. This violence may come from general citizens of the United States, members of hate based organizations or members of law enforcement. Targets of identity based violence need SafeSpaces to run to in case they are being attacked. These spaces may be businesses, organizations, schools, or homes. We are asking people and professionals to publicly designate their homes and workplaces as SafeSpaces where people that are being targeted for social violence can run to for immediate assistance.”

Individuals also play important roles in the active defense of targeted community members. SIIP calls for individuals to pledge to safely interfere in incidents of discrimination and identity based attack writing:

“Under the illegitimate white nationalist government, minority communities are and will continue to be exposed to increased hate crimes and social violence. This violence may come from general citizens of the United States, members of hate based organizations or members of law enforcement. Targets of identity based violence need active interference from individuals that are witness to verbal and physical attacks. We are asking people and professionals to visibly pledge to interfere in the safest and most effective ways possible to stop the attack. We are also asking for medical and self-defense professionals to volunteer expertise and resources to individuals that take the Individual Interference Pledge so that the safety of all parties remains the top priority.”

Legal, medical and self-defense experts are also being asked to volunteer their expertise and resources to the individuals and organizations that participate in any and all of these strategies. All of these efforts combined are geared at protecting the communities targeted by the illegitimate white nationalist authorities while simultaneously fighting to remove them from power and restore the integrity of our federal offices and civil rights.  All of these efforts can and should be mobilized at the grassroots level and networked for national effectiveness.

In the coming weeks, the website will be supplemented with more information on specific issues, tactical how-to’s, updates on reform efforts and strategies for resistance. The current publication of “Turning Protest into Power: Strategies for Activism in the Times of Trump” can be found and downloaded here. Organizers and activists are also encouraged to creatively discuss, use, and support these strategies at the local, state and national levels. 
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<![CDATA[Patsy Elect Donald Trump: How PEOTUS became the Alt-White Fall Guy]]>Tue, 03 Jan 2017 01:01:08 GMThttp://strategycampsite.org/1/post/2017/01/patsy-elect-donald-trump-how-peotus-became-the-alt-white-fall-guy.html
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Donald J. Trump is being played for a fool. 

And he has no idea. He is so in the dark about it that he thinks that he can commit treason, deny people their constitutional rights, invite conflicts of interest, break nepotism laws and tweet about it with complete impunity. Even as he is being positioned to undergo numerous investigations, he assumes that he is so above the law that he is comfortable making public statements on Twitter such as:
If Trump was a rogue candidate, completely untethered by political ties or economic pressures, this brazenly overconfident criminal conduct could be interpreted as arrogant ramblings or an ignorant attempt to flaunt his authority in front of the Democrats. Trump, though, is not a rogue candidate. He is not politically disentangled, nor is he economically isolated. 

Donald Trump is a puppet of a larger alt-right network that has been altering the federal government through presidential candidates, national campaigns and federal agendas since the Nixon Administration. 
This far-right network began their criminal careers during Watergate, honed their talents during the Reagan Revolution, developed a defensive strategy during the Clinton and Obama eras and launched a full-scale war for the White House upon the election of the nation’s first black president.

They have spent billions of dollars funding candidates, orchestrating campaigns, altering voting legislation and implementing numerous illegal strategies in efforts to take control of the Capitol. It is highly unlikely that they would allow their candidate to completely self-destruct before even stepping foot in the White House.

Unless that was their plan all along.

While Trump served as a popular candidate that was able to win votes, he is less than an ideal puppet through which to implement a full political agenda. Trump’s handlers may have needed him to win the election, they don’t need him to keep the White House. And if Trump took the fall, they would be able to win the election, keep the White House and completely escape criminal culpability for their actions.

A Trump impeachment may just be what the grand strategists of the alt-right are looking for.

It wouldn’t be the first time that the network set someone from the Trump Train up to take a fall. An obvious example is their handling of Chris Christie.

After ending his own run for office in 2016, Chris Christie became one of Trump’s earliest and most outspoken supporters. He joined Team Trump as an early supporter, before he won the Republican National Convention, and was frequently criticized for his support the candidate. Nonetheless, Christie placed all of his bets on landing a position in the Trump administration. And he lost everything.

Trump promised Christie a position as the head of his presidential transition team as early as May. He offered Christie the position of Vice President in July. Just days later, at the command of then strategist Paul Manafort, Christie was thrown off the Trump Train and immediately replaced by Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

Pence was likely the choice of the larger network for Vice President all along, but the question remains - would they allow Trump to string Christie, offer him his dream political future on a silver platter and then pull the rug out from under him completely?

Jared Kushner.

It has been widely speculated that Christie was dropped because of a long-standing feud between himself and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. Kushner’s father Charles is a wealthy, prominent New Jersey real estate developer and the founder of Kushner Companies.

In 2005, the elder Kushner was sentenced to 2 years in prison for tax evasion, witness tampering and illegal campaign contributions. This sentence was the result of charges filed against him by then US Attorney for the District of New Jersey, Chris Christie. Chris Christie would go on to become the Governor of New Jersey. Charles Kushner would go on to serve 14 months in prison.

While Chris Christie’s public support was valuable during the early part of the 2016 presidential election, his services were not needed after Trump won the nomination from the Republican National Convention. Chris Christie was never needed for the presidential transition or as Trump’s running mate. The network behind Trump used Christie and then let him take one of the hardest falls of his political career.

As his political career was dismantled and defamed by Team Trump, Mike Pence readily assumed his role as head of the transition team and Vice Presidential candidate. And now Mike Pence is positioned once again to take the place of one of the alt-right network’s fall guys.

This time the patsy is Donald J. Trump.

So, who are the people behind the 2016 Takeover of the White House?

At the core of this strategic network are alumni from the Nixon Era and the Reagan Revolution. These political players can boast participation in Watergate, the Iran-Contra Affair, Russia’s advancement into the Ukraine, and the WedTech scandal. Their goal was to completely takeover the federal government. Now that the GOP has achieved that goal, they no longer need Candidate Trump.

Guided by the strategic posture promoted by Watergate alumni, Trump’s personal long term friend and close political advisor Roger Stone, “Admit nothing, deny everything, launch counterattack,” they joined together to design and implement a plan to take the Capitol that included interstate voter purging, national voter suppression, localized voter intimidation, county specific misinformation, social media attacks, FBI interference and Russian influence.

It all started in 1972 when a billionaire by the name of Richard Mellon Scaife entered the national political playing field. That year Scaife, who has been referred to as the Funding Father of the Right, contributed close to $1,000,000 to the Nixon campaign. Already comfortable with bending the law to his advantage, he set up 300 dummy organizations to funnel his money into the Nixon campaign without having to pay the federal gift tax. Arguably comfortable with breaking the law, he also contributed $45,000 to a secret fund tied to Watergate.

Scaife himself was not a strategist, but provided funding to the people and organizations necessary to bring alt-right ideology to the forefront of GOP politics. In the 1980s, Richard Scaife played a powerful role in helping Reagan “initiate a new Republican era” and was a key provider of support for Reagan’s interferences in Central America – including the covert war in Nicaragua. In addition to funding the Reagan Revolution and the far-right coup in Nicaragua, Scaife also began contributing heavily to conservative think-tanks such as the Heritage Foundation, the Manhattan Institute and the American Enterprise Institute.

He and another member of the alt-right network behind Trump, Robert Mercer, became cornerstone funders of the Heritage Foundation and the Manhattan Institute. The Heritage Foundation has gained notoriety publishing eugenically rooted research that claims Hispanics are genetically inferior to Whites and that poverty is a myth. Many of their members now serve on the Trump Transition Team. The Manhattan Institute routinely argues against the welfare system and for increased incarceration. They are responsible for the “broken windows” theory of law enforcement adopted by Nixon’s former legal intern Rudy Giuliani, as well as the false narrative that the black community has declared a War on Cops. This race-based lie was promoted by the Trump campaign with assistance from their law enforcement mouthpiece, Sheriff David A. Clarke.

It is through these and other like-minded organizations and individuals that the alt-right\alt-white movement assert its white nationalist political agendas. This revolution included the weakening of minority voting rights, mass polling closures, complete ignorance of the Americans with Disabilities Act, voter id restrictions, proof of citizenship restrictions, the distribution of false voting information, intimidation through poll watchers and the implementation of the Interstate Crosscheck System.

At the same time Scaife was collaborating with Mercer to fund the Heritage Foundation and the Manhattan Institute, he was also networking with Charles Koch and David Koch to fund the American Enterprise Institute. The American Enterprise Institute recently gained notoriety for their Project on Fair Representation. Collaborating with another alumnus of Watergate - Bert Rein – Richard Scaife, the Koch Brothers, the American Enterprise Institute and Ed Blum would go on to attack the Voting Right Act of 1965 in court. This was necessary to implement theInterstate Crosscheck System and other voter suppression strategies without seeking approval from the Federal Government.

Rein was a member of the Key Issues Committee during Nixon campaign and served as the Assistant Deputy Secretary of State under his administration. While he escaped prison for his connections to the Watergate Scandal, he would adopt the strategic ideology that pushing the boundaries of criminal federal behavior was acceptable so long as no one pushed back.

Preparing to gut the VRA in order to make alterations to race based state voting policies nationwide, Rein and Blum successfully rendered a Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act completely unenforceable in the case of Shelby County vs. Holder. In doing so they opened the door for numerous states to change their voting policies in ways that intentionally purged and suppressed millions of minority votes in time for the 2014 and 2016 elections.

As a result of the efforts to deprive minorities of their right to vote, 1.1 million voters were purged through the Interstate Crosscheck System, 868 polling places were reportedly closed, and nearly half of the counties that closed polling places would have been prevented from doing so if Section 5 the Voting Rights Act had not been neutralized. Over 75% of polling places were inaccessible to voters with disabilities, 31 states adopted voter id restrictions, and a number of states attempted to enforce proof of citizenship requirements. False information about voting – including ads suggesting Democratic voters could submit their votes through text – were publicized. Conservative poll watching groups appeared in multiple states and the president himself made a public call for his supporters to employ voter intimidation tactics stating at a rally:

 “You've got to go out, and you've got to get your friends, and you've got to get everybody you know, and you gotta watch the polling booths, because I hear too many stories about Pennsylvania, certain areas.”

Those involved in the efforts to purge, suppress and intimidate minority voters should be investigated for violations of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, 18 USC 241, and 18 USC 242; however, the network does not now, nor has it ever, shown much respect for federal legislation. It has shown even less regard for legislation designed to protect Civil Rights.

When asked about the Shelby County decision and the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, Bert Rein replied, “Were those changes sufficiently impactful to really influence the outcome? I don’t know the answer. Some people would say sure because it dissuaded some Hispanic and other voters who would have voted. But maybe some illegals would also have voted and that’s not good…I’d love to take credit for it and then Donald Trump could write me a nice letter.”

While Scaife lived to see the gutting of the VRA, he would not live to see Trump take the White House. Providing support for Trump’s potential run for president as early as 2012, Scaife was an early supporter of Trump, but he passed away in 2014 before he would see his candidate of choice succeed. His legacy and funding channels, though, continue to operate through the Sarah Scaife Foundation, the Carthage Foundation, the Allhegeny Foundation, the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute.

The connections between Watergate and Trump don’t stop with Rein and Scaife. One of Trump’s closest advisers and long term friend, Roger Stone, also began his career pushing the boundaries of federal legality during the Nixon administration. In 1972, he began his career in federal politics working for the Committee to Re-Elect the President. Labeled the Dirty Trickster, Stone has a long history of playing dirty and reveling in the mud. According to the New York Post,

“He was just nineteen when he played a bit part in the Watergate scandals. He adopted the pseudonym Jason Rainier and made contributions in the name of the Young Socialist Alliance to the campaign of Pete McCloskey, who was challenging Nixon for the Republican nomination in 1972. Stone then sent a receipt to the Manchester Union Leader, to “prove” that Nixon’s adversary was a left-wing stooge. Stone hired another Republican operative, who was given the pseudonym Sedan Chair II, to infiltrate the McGovern campaign. Stone’s Watergate high jinks were revealed during congressional hearings in 1973, and the news cost Stone his job on the staff of Senator Robert Dole. Stone revels in his Watergate pedigree, noting almost apologetically that he was never accused of breaking any law. ‘The Democrats were weak, we were strong,’ he told me.”

Roger Stone also has close personal ties to Wikileak’s Julian Assange. It has been reported that, “Stone claims his American source, whom he declined to identify, has met with Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, in London and is a “mutual friend” of Stone and Assange. The WikiLeaks source, Stone said, is not tied in any way to the Trump campaign but has served as a back channel for Stone, who is an outside adviser to the Republican presidential candidate, allowing the adviser to tweet and comment very broadly prior to some key WikiLeaks disclosures. He also reported that it is a high level British diplomat by the name of Craig Murray that served as the middle man between the DNC hacker and Julian Assange.

Nixon Alumni Richard Mellon Scaife, Bert Rein, Richard Wiley and Roger Stone would continue to their efforts to push the alt-right agenda through the White House after the end of the Nixon Era and succeeded with their candidate, a former television personality much like Donald Trump, Ronald Reagan.

Ronald Reagan was very active during the Civil Rights movement. During this era, Reagan made a political name for himself working against civil rights reformers under Barry Goldwater. He began his presidential campaign at the Nashoba County Fair, the site of the murder of three Civil Rights activists that were portrayed in the film Mississippi Burning, with a speech about states’ rights. He argued that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was “humiliating to the south” and tried to weaken it. He opposed the observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. day. He argued in the name of individual rights that, “if an individual wants to discriminate against Negroes or others in selling or renting his house, it is his right to do so.” He opposed sanctions on South Africa during the movement against apartheid. He advocated for the disbanding of the Department of Education and tried to eliminate tax penalties or schools practicing discrimination. His administration claimed that AIDS was “nature’s revenge on gay men.” punishment on gay men and rejected attempts to provide federal funding for research and education. He defunded mental health services resulting in the homelessness of people in need of critical mental health services. He created and exploited the stereotypes of the welfare queens, the drunken homeless person, and the homeless by choice outsider for political gains, saying that “people who are sleeping on the grates…the homeless…are homeless, you might say, by choice.” He cut funding for food stamps and removed 2.6 million children from the free lunch program. He launched the multibillion dollar War on Drugs which has done nothing to end the importation of illegal drugs into urban communities, but it did result in the mass incarceration of poor people of color. He vetoed the Civil Rights Restoration Act, cut funding for federal spending on education in half, and gutted the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. His attack on Civil Rights and Equality also included increasing protections and removing legal consequences and punishments for law enforcement officers that deprive rights from citizens under the color of law.

This is the GOP’s celebrated Reagan Revolution.

It was during the Reagan Revolution that Stone formed a strong relationship with another alt-right all-star, Paul Manafort. Manafort is a notoriously unscrupulous strategist that designs high level campaigns at the national and international levels. In the US, he has worked on the Ford, Reagan and Bush campaigns. Internationally, he has been linked to the campaigns of Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines and Jonas Savimbi of the Angolan rebel group UNITA. He’s admitted to writing the strategy for the Karachi Affair and served as an advisor on the campaign of pro-Russian Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovich.

And in 1980 they teamed up with Charlie Black, another Reagan alum that worked on all three of his campaigns as well as the Bush, McCain, and Romney campaigns. Together they formed Black, Manafort and Stone. Black, Manafort and Stone (now Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly) is a lobbying firm that was instrumental in orchestrating the success of the Reagan campaign and played a strong role in ensuring the victory of the Trump campaign. Manafort is also tied to Scaife, Mercer, Rein as a result of his work through the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute. These organizations worked closely with him to support Savimbi.

Paul Manafort met Donald Trump through his partnership at Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly – where Trump was a client. Stone left the campaign in August of 2016, just days before admitting on video that he was in communication with Julian Assange about Wikileaks and was aware of the October surprise aimed at the Clinton campaign. Manafort, who is also under close scrutiny for his ties with Russia, left a short time later. The two remain close, though, as Manafort has had an apartment in Trump Tower for a number of years.

Stone, Manafort and Rein would join with a few more alt-right all-stars before the Reagan Era came to a close. Specifically, it was during this time that they formed relationships with Trump Team members Ed Meese, Jeff Sessions, John Bolton and Newt Gingrich. And during the Clinton and Obama Eras, they would pick up the Conways, Steve Bossie, Corey Lewandowski, Stephen Bannon and a number of talented news and social media tacticians. But it would be the Scaife Family, Robert Mercer, Roger Stone, Paul Manafort, David Koch, Charles Koch and Bert Rein that served as the center of gravity for the illegal operations and tactics used to ensure the alt-right candidate would win the Presidency.

The core strategists intentionally weakened voting rights, passed laws designed to suppress the minority vote, implemented an interstate minority voter purge system in over half of the states in the nation, engaged in intentional voter misinformation tactics, promoted voter intimidation, publicly invited interference by the Russian government, served to connect DNC hackers to Julian Assange and Wikileaks and arguably broke countless federal laws in order to secure themselves the White House by illegally altering the outcome of the 2016 Presidential Election.

The dangers of Russian interference with national electoral systems cannot be disregarded. Neither, though, can the criminal deprivation of voting rights that prevented millions of minority voters from voting. Until both are addressed, the alt-right will be able to continue to use these tactics to alter every foreseeable election in the United States to their advantage.

The investigations related to all of these crimes should include the alt-right network behind Trump. The network that is setting up the Patsy Elect to take the fall for them. 

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<![CDATA[The First Black Female Attorney General Can Still Stop Trump’s White Supremacist Takeover]]>Tue, 20 Dec 2016 03:59:24 GMThttp://strategycampsite.org/1/post/2016/12/the-first-black-female-attorney-general-is-the-only-one-that-can-stop-trumps-white-supremacist-takeover.html
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If Trump is to take over the White House, it will be because of the silence of the most powerful Black female in the federal government: Loretta Lynch.

Criminal deprivation of rights is what won Trump the election. Criminal deprivation rights on the day of the election is why the polls leading up to election day did not match the actual outcome of the election. The voter purging system and gaps between registered voters and those that actually voted provide smoking guns that enable the Attorney General to draw a direct link between voter suppression and the outcome of the election. And there is nothing but evidence to indict the people responsible for funding, designing and implementing this system for criminal violations of 18 USC 241, 18 USC 242 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

But the only one that can bring charges on the criminal network that puppeted Trump to victory by filing these charges is the Attorney General. And the current Attorney General of the United States is a Black woman by the name of Loretta Lynch. It is the first Black woman in the nation to hold the position of Attorney General that is the only person that can prevent Trump and the alt-right’s white nationalist takeover of the United States.

There is a reason that it is exceptional that she holds this position. And there is a reason that it is exceptional that a Black woman stands in the way of white nationalism. The Attorney General was granted these rights for very specific reasons. 
Following the end of the Civil War, the federal government consolidated its authority over state governments and used its power to pass the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments. These Amendments abolished slavery, granted citizenship to “freedmen” and gave freed male slaves the right to vote.

States and localities responded by passing waves of their own legislation in attempts to undermine federal authority. Slave codes were replaced with Black Codes and laws were passed in efforts to incarcerate freed slaves and prevent them from voting, owning property, accessing public space and being employed.

In Louisiana, for example, Black codes legislated that, “Be it ordained by the police jury of the parish of St. Landry, That no negro shall be allowed to pass within the limits of said parish without special permit in writing from his employer. Whoever shall violate this provision shall pay a fine of two dollars and fifty cents, or in default thereof shall be forced to work four days on the public road, or suffer corporeal punishment as provided hereinafter….” In this way, slave labor could be secured in the name of criminal justice. And the federal government would be too overwhelmed with the rebellion of Confederate states and localities to do anything about it.

In response to state and local political rebellions, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1866. This act reaffirmed that those limited communities of people granted citizenship were guaranteed equal protection under the law and set up a system of fines and punishments for those depriving these citizens of their rights.

The Redemptionists of the South were not deterred. In addition to the passage of Black Codes and Jim Crow laws, intimidation was a widely used tactic that was deployed in efforts to prevent the political empowerment of non-whites.

The KKK and other white paramilitary organizations such as the White League and the Red Shirts, for example, waged a violent campaign of murder and intimidation against Black citizen. In 1868 there were just shy of 1100 political murders of Black community members alone. It has been reported “At least 10 percent of the Black legislators elected during the 1867-1868 constitutional conventions became victims of violence during Reconstruction, including seven who were killed.”

Lynchings, rape, night raids and other forms of terror were sanctioned political tactics applied and promoted by Southern Redeemers.

In response to this new wave of state and local rebellions, the federal government responded by passing its own wave of counter legislation. In 1870 and 1871, the Enforcement Acts were passed to designed to halt rebellion, reassert the new national political chain of command and specifically dismantle the KKK. Later recodified in 42 USC 1983, the third Enforcement Act, also known as the KKK Act of 1871 granted the federal government the authority to suspend habeus corpus and gave the president authority to use military force to squash state rebellion.

An onslaught of charges against KKK members immediately followed. In addition to federal will to prosecute and establish authority against the KKK and the use of local law enforcement to reject federal authority, the courts specifically appointed predominantly Black juries to ensure that not only would those that sought to deprive the rights of Black citizens be tried, but they would also be convicted. This Act was so effective in both letter and implementation that the KKK was disbanded in less than a year – but not permanently.

Despite the federal governments assertions of authority following the Civil War, the political and social efforts of the Southern Redeemers and former Confederates waged on. Their unrestrained methods were so successful that by the time of the 1876 election, only 3 states were considered unredeemed.

And by the presidential election of 1876, the South was poised to take control of the White House. Much like the election of 2016, the popular vote was won by one candidate while the electoral college was won by another.

In this case, the Southern Redeemers won the popular vote, while the Northern candidate had won the electoral vote. With the North positioned to lose the White House, a deal was struck which would later be referred to as the Compromise of 1877. Under this informal agreement, the North would retain control of the White House under Rutherford B. Hayes, but the federal government would pull all troops out of the South and put an end to Reconstruction efforts.

And this quiet arrangement held. The Confederate, white nationalist, alt-right political networks were allowed to continue to advance on the backs of minority populations, and the federal government would do little to stop them. Poll taxes grandfather clauses, literacy tests, all-white primaries, voter purging, voter intimidation and a myriad of different tactics were used at the state and local levels to prevent minorities from voting. And the federal government would largely stand by and let it happen – unless forced to do otherwise.

This is what happened in the 1960s when the Civil Rights movement forced a new series of reinforcements that minority rights were protected by federal law and federal law, not state law, is the ultimate authority. In 1965, voting rights advocates marched from Selma, Alabama to the state capital of Montgomery. They were met by state troopers who beat, gassed and whipped them. While this type of brutality was a common experience for both those deprived of their rights and those advocating foe them – this was the first time such an event had been televised. Public outrage encouraged President Johnson to call for comprehensive federal voting rights legislation. In 1965, the Voting Rights Act was passed. Section 2 reads:

No voting qualifications or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure shall be imposed or applied by any State or political subdivision to deny or abridge the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color. Voting Rights Act Section 2

But as time passed, so did federal pressure to uphold the voting rights of minority communities. States and localities continued to pass legislation and engage in practices designed to disenfranchise non-white voters. And again, they would go largely unchecked.

Voter purging systems would be allowed to take over more than half of the states of the nation. Voter ID and proof of citizenship laws would be passed en masse. Restricting and eliminating early voting, refusal to accept absentee ballots, limiting access to polling places and voter intimidation tactics continue to be used to prevent minorities from voting. More specifically, these illegal attempts to suppress minority votes is used by GOP strategists to prevent minority voters from voting for Democrats.

These tactics were intentional and widespread.

In 2005 Charles and David Koch and other alt-right financiers associated with the Donor’s Trust financed the founding of the Project on Fair Representation. The Project on Fair Representation, led by Ed Blum of the American Enterprise Institute and legally steered by Bert Rein of Wiley Rein, embarked on their mission “to facilitate pro bono legal representation to political subdivisions and individuals that wish to challenge government distinctions and preferences made on the basis of race and ethnicity.” Their primary target was the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Specifically, the Project on Fair Representation sought to remove the provision that required certain jurisdictions to gain approval of the federal government before making changes to their voting policies. The removal of this restriction would allow states to adopt restrictions and engage in practices that directly benefitted the Republican party and the alt-right agenda by making preventing millions of minorities from casting a vote. In 2013, they were successful.

Ed Blum and Bert Rein set out to weaken this section by challenging the formula used to determine which states and regions had to submit to the pre-clearance standard. In doing so, they would weaken the power of the Attorney General and the federal government. They carefully chose their test case, which happened to be in Jeff Sessions’ territory – the state of Alabama. On behalf of Shelby County, Blum and Rein filed charges against the Attorney General in the US District Court in Washington, D.C. They took this case all the way to the Supreme Court where they argued that the formula that dictates which states and regions should be subject to the preclearance test is unconstitutional in the case of Shelby County vs Holder.

And they won.

In a 5 to 4 ruling, the United States Supreme Court Ruled in favor of Shelby County and Blum, Rein, Adelson, Koch and Koch celebrated a victory in the alt-right struggle to dismantle the rights of minorities.

That same year, they launched the Interstate Crosscheck System through Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach. This system enables GOP Secretaries of State to identify millions of minority voters and purge them from the system.

The purge began in 2005 when four Secretaries of State, led by Kobach, “signed a Memorandum of Understanding to coordinate their offices’ efforts in several areas of election administration. Crosschecking voter registration data was one of the areas cited.” The first interstate crosscheck was performed in 2006.

Arguably illegal, but largely uncontested, the alt-right and the GOP launched a full-scale effort to make sure that enough Secretaries of State would be elected in 2014 to ensure the interstate voting purge system would be functioning for the 2016 election. Before Nov 8, 2016, 27 states had signed on to this illegal voter suppression system.

Yet, no charges were filed by the Attorney General. So, the GOP’s alt-right criminal strategy was allowed to succeed. It didn’t have to. It was allowed to.

So, in the name of finding a few cases of voter fraud, over a million people were illegally stripped of their Constitutional right to vote in the 2016 election. These voters were overwhelmingly people of color and individuals more likely to have registered as Democrats. Without voter purging in key states, Donald Trump likely would not have won the 2016 presidential election. He probably would not have even come close.

In Arizona, there is little chance that Trump would have been able to secure the state’s 11 electoral votes without purging almost 271,000 voters. The difference between candidates in this state is approximately 85,000. In Michigan, the difference between candidates vying for the state’s 16 electoral votes was well under 11,000 – almost 450,000 voters had been purged. And in North Carolina, Trump won 15 electoral votes by approximately 177,000 votes. Close to 600,000 votes had to be purged from the system to accomplish this.

The voter purges planned and implemented by the alt-right network altered the outcome of the election in favor of the alt-right candidate and the people involved intentionally violated USC 241, USC 242 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. But the Trump strategy, much like the Confederate strategy, is to rebel in every way possible and force the left to fight them. It was proven to be an effective strategy for the GOP and the Trump campaign.

But while the alt-right network behind the Trump administration may have temporarily suspended the effectiveness of section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, they still have Section 2 to answer to. It reads:

“No voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure shall be imposed or applied by any State or political subdivision to deny or abridge the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color.” 

The alt-right Secretaries of State and other political officials placing restrictions on voting rights, may consistently declare their opposition to federal authority, but they are also still bound by it under 18 USC 242 which reads:

Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or to different punishments, pains, or penalties, on account of such person being an alien, or by reason of his color, or race, than are prescribed for the punishment of citizens, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both…” 

Currently, there are 31 states that impose voter id restrictions and 3 states that require proof of citizenship. Despite rhetorical debate, in function these restrictions prevent Black, Latino, Poor, Elderly and Disabled Voters from casting ballots. This function supports the goals of the GOP’s alt-right\white supremacist network, and it is criminally punishable under federal law. But only if charges are brought against the individuals and organizations responsible by the Attorney General of the United States.

Without preventing minorities from voting in key states and counties, Donald Trump would not have been able to secure the 2016 presidential election. He probably would not have even come close. He should not have been able to become close because in the formative days of this nation, federal authorities passed laws to ensure that such a white supremacist, Confederate modeled takeover could never happen in the United States again.

And the Attorney General of the Unites States was granted the authority and the responsibility to do just that under 18 USC 241, 18 USC 242 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

In this pivotal moment in the history of the United States, a Black woman holds the power and obligation to stop a criminal takeover of the White House by an alt-right, Confederate-style white supremacist takeover. And we need her to do just that. We need her to protect the minority vote and stop the illegal white nationalist takeover of the United States. It is her responsibility and it should be her honor.

To this end, the Strategic Institute for Intersectional Policy is asking for people to call her at the Department of Justice at 202-353-1555 or TTY/ASCII/TDD: 800-877-8339 and leave a message asking her to make a public statement and press charges against the members of the Trump Campaign for criminal voter purging and voter suppression.
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<![CDATA[Trump’s Alt-Right Network Illegally Suppressed Millions of Minority Votes to Force a GOP Victory]]>Mon, 12 Dec 2016 04:22:04 GMThttp://strategycampsite.org/1/post/2016/12/trumps-alt-right-network-illegally-suppressed-millions-of-minority-votes-to-force-a-gop-victory.htmlIntentionally Violated Constitutional Law to Suppress the Votes of Millions of Minorities
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The rigging of the 2016 presidential election has been in the works for years. It did not happen by accident. It did not happen overnight. And it did not happen without the constant efforts of an organized alt-right\white supremacist network.

The election was rigged intentionally. It took years to successfully execute this plan. And because white supremacy is built on white power – the rigging of the election depended on the silencing of minority voters.

This strategy involved a 3-pronged approach. The first involved voter purging. The second involved voter suppression. And the third involved voter intimidation. All three practices, while widely applied and uncontested at the state and local levels, are illegal. Not only are they illegal, but they are criminal. As 18 USC 241 reads,

“If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same;…They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.…” - 18 USC 241

For their direct parts in depriving millions of minorities of their Constitutional right to vote in the Election of 2016 through voter suppression, criminal charges can and should be filed against Charles Koch, David Koch, Bert Rein, Ed Blum, the Donor’s Trust, the American Enterprise Institute, Wiley Rein, the Project on Fair Representation, and any organization, individual or government official that participated in the strategic efforts to suppression minority votes.
In 2005 Charles and David Koch and other alt-right financiers associated with the Donor’s Trust financed the founding of the Project on Fair Representation. The Project on Fair Representation, led by Ed Blum of the American Enterprise Institute and legally steered by Bert Rein of Wiley Rein, embarked on their mission “to facilitate pro bono legal representation to political subdivisions and individuals that wish to challenge government distinctions and preferences made on the basis of race and ethnicity.” Their primary target was the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Specifically, the Project on Fair Representation sought to remove the provision that required certain jurisdictions to gain approval of the federal government before making changes to their voting policies. The removal of this restriction would allow states to adopt restrictions and engage in practices that directly benefitted the Republican party and the alt-right agenda by making preventing millions of minorities from casting a vote. In 2013, they were successful.

With funding from the Donor’s Trust, led by Ed Blum and legally engineered by Bert Rein the alt-right used the Project on Fair Representation to challenge Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in court. This section required that states and localities that had been found to have formulaically engaged in voter suppression would have to gain a “preclearance” from the Attorney General or the US District Court for the District of Colombia before making changes to voting policies and requirements. This preclearance was legislated to ensure that alterations to voting policy would “not have the effect of denying or abridging the right to vote on account of race or color, and unless and until the court enters such judgment no person shall be denied the right to vote for failure to comply with such qualification, prerequisite, standard, practice, or procedure.”

Ed Blum and Bert Rein set out to weaken this section by challenging the formula used to determine which states and regions had to submit to the pre-clearance standard. They carefully chose their test case, which happened to be in Jeff Sessions’ territory – the state of Alabama. On behalf of Shelby County, Blum and Rein filed charges against the Attorney General in the US District Court in Washington, D.C. They took this case all the way to the Supreme Court where they argued that the formula that dictates which states and regions should be subject to the preclearance test is unconstitutional in the case of Shelby County vs Holder.

And they won.

The Department of Justice explains, “On June 25, 2013, the United States Supreme Court held that it is unconstitutional to use the coverage formula in Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act to determine which jurisdictions are subject to the preclearance requirement of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, Shelby County v. Holder, 133 S. Ct. 2612 (2013). The Supreme Court did not rule on the constitutionality of Section 5 itself. The effect of the Shelby County decision is that the jurisdictions identified by the coverage formula in Section 4(b) no longer need to seek preclearance for the new voting changes, unless they are covered by a separate court order entered under Section 3(c) of the Voting Rights Act.”

In a 5 to 4 ruling, the United States Supreme Court Ruled in favor of Shelby County and Blum, Rein, Adelson, Koch and Koch celebrated a victory in the alt-right struggle to dismantle the rights of minorities.

This victory was not solely a philosophical one. In fact, it was a specific and strategic maneuver connected to a much larger plan to suppress the minority vote in efforts to alter the outcome of the 2016 election. This victory opened the door for the alt-right network behind Trump to fully launch their 3-pronged strategy to purge, suppress and intimidate minority voters in efforts to secure the White House.

The Interstate Crosscheck System, for example, which successfully and illegally purged over 1.1 million voters from the voting record before the 2016 election, could not have so easily secured the participation of states like Florida, North Carolina, Michigan, Arizona and Virginia without the gutting of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

This strategy, which was also designed and implemented by the alt-right network behind the Donald Trump campaign, had been tried and tested by this network under the administration of Secretary of State Kris Kobach since 2005. Illegal, but largely uncontested, the alt-right and the GOP launched a full-scale effort to make sure that enough Secretaries of State would be elected in 2014 to ensure the interstate voting purge system would be functioning for the 2016 election. The alt-right\white supremacist network behind Trump also used Kobach to formally promote the adoption of a number of other voter suppression tactics including,

“(1) requiring a government-issued photo ID for voting in person, (2) requiring either a Kansas driver’s license number or photocopy of a current photo ID for applying for a mail-in ballot, and (3) requiring a document proving U.S. citizenship when a person registers to vote for the first time. Consequently, Kansas elections are the most secure in the nation against fraud.”

All of these practices while largely uncontested at the federal level and widely supported by members of the alt-right\white supremacist voting bloc, are still illegal under federal law. And while the alt-right network behind the Trump administration may have temporarily suspended the effectiveness of section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, they still have Section 2 to answer to. It reads:

“No voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure shall be imposed or applied by any State or political subdivision to deny or abridge the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color.” 

The Secretaries of State and other political officials placing restrictions on voting rights, may consistently declare their opposition to federal authority, but they are also still bound by it under 18 USC 242 which reads:

Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or to different punishments, pains, or penalties, on account of such person being an alien, or by reason of his color, or race, than are prescribed for the punishment of citizens, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both…” 

Illegal, well-funded and largely uncontested, though, these strategies were allowed to permeate the majority of the states in the nation. Currently, there are 31 states that impose voter id restrictions and 3 states that require proof of citizenship. Despite rhetorical debate, in function these restrictions prevent Black, Latino, Poor, Elderly and Disabled Voters from casting ballots. This function supports the goals of the alt-right\white supremacist network very well, and it is criminally punishable under federal law. But only if charges are brought against the individuals and organizations responsible by the Attorney General of the United States.

In addition to ID requirements, polling closures, restrictions of early voting, reductions of absentee ballot opportunities and refusal to comply with ADA standards were also applied in efforts to suppress the minority vote.

As the Nation reports, “The Leadership Conference for Civil Rights surveyed 381 of the 800 counties previously covered by Section 5 where polling place information was available in 2012 or 2014 and found there are 868 fewer places to cast a ballot in 2016 in these areas.” The visible effects of these closures were lines in which voters had to wait for hours in order to cast their vote. The less visible results were the inability for poor, minority, elderly and disabled voters to access the polling booth.

These same communities were also negatively impacted by the restrictions placed on early voting and absentee ballots. Failure to provide these alternatives to minority communities also resulted in the disenfranchisement of millions of minority voters. And while engaging in efforts to suppress voters of color, the alt-right also successfully oversaw one of the greatest attacks on the Americans with Disabilities Act since its passage.

1 in 6 – or 35,000,000 – voters are living with a disability. During the 2008 election, only 25% of polling places were found to be accessible. The result was the disenfranchisement of millions of voters with disabilities. The 2016 suppression attempts functioned to suppress millions more disabled votes in this year’s election.

Without preventing minorities from voting in key states and counties, Donald Trump likely would not have won the 2016 presidential election. He arguably would not have even come close.

Currently, there is mounting evidence to suggest that the Russian authorities intentionally engaged in efforts to alter the 2016 election. These accusations should absolutely be investigated and charges should be brought against those that participated. However, the alt-right did not need the help of Russia to purge, suppress and intimidate enough voters to win the House or the Senate. They did not need the Russians to fully take control of Congress. And they did not need the Russians to help them prevent millions of minority votes from being cast in favor of the Democratic Candidate, Hillary Clinton.

All the white supremacist network behind Donald Trump needed to win the election was the same thing they have needed since the Confederacy fell to the Union – to prevent minorities from voting.

This is what won Trump the election. This is the blatant and traceable illegal activity that changed the name of the winner of the Presidential Election of 2016 and arguably the names of the winners down the ballot. And this is the strategic effort that should bring the Trump Team and the alt-right network behind him up on charges.

Charges for potential violation of the laws described above can only be brought by United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch. As such, the Strategic Institute for Intersectional Policy is asking for people to call her at the Department of Justice at 202-353-1555 or TTY/ASCII/TDD: 800-877-8339 and leave a message asking her to press charges against the members of the Trump Campaign for voter suppression.
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<![CDATA[Breaking Report: Trump Campaign Allegedly Violated Constitutional Law to Alter Election Results. Penalties Include Prison Time if Charged.]]>Tue, 06 Dec 2016 07:04:33 GMThttp://strategycampsite.org/1/post/2016/12/breaking-report-trump-campaign-allegedly-violated-constitutional-law-to-alter-election-results-penalties-include-prison-time-if-charged.html
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Evidence supports the argument that the election was illegally manipulated.  More than 20 GOP Secretaries of State collaborated with key members of the Trump Campaign to deprive millions of minorities of the right to vote. Penalties may include 10 years in prison if charged. 

“If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; or
If two or more persons go in disguise on the highway, or on the premises of another, with intent to prevent or hinder his free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege so secured--
They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both…” - 18 USC 241

In efforts to secure the White House for Donald Trump, major members of his campaign – including Trump himself – engaged in a coordinated voter suppression campaign the likes of which haven’t been seen since the Civil War. 

In doing so these individuals and organizations – which include, Sheldon Adelson, Charles Koch, David Koch, Gregg Phillips, Kris Kobach, SOS for SoS (now disbanded), the Scaife Family foundations, the Immigration Law Reform Institute, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the government officials connected to the Interstate Crosscheck system and Donald Trump – may have triggered numerous violations of Constitutional law that were designed to prevent just such election manipulations and deprivation of rights.  

Charges that can be brought against the individuals and organizations involved in these violations fall under the Voting Rights Act of 1965, 18 USC 241, and 18 USC 242.  The engagement in these criminal violations of the Constitution also threaten to disqualify Trump from becoming president.
“Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or to different punishments, pains, or penalties, on account of such person being an alien, or by reason of his color, or race, than are prescribed for the punishment of citizens, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both…” - 18 USC 242

“No person acting under color of law shall fail or refuse Prohibitions to permit any person to vote who is entitled to vote under any provision of this Act or is otherwise qualified to vote, or willfully fail or refuse to tabulate, count, and report such person's vote” - Voting Rights Act of 1965 Section 11

One of the most blatantly unconstitutional attacks on the rights of minority voters in the United States was the intentional purging of millions of eligible minority voters form the voting record. This purge was spearheaded by the late Richard Mellon Scaife and the Scaife family, Sheldon Adelson, the Koch Brothers, Gregg Phillips, Kris Kobach, the Donor’s Trust, the Immigration Law Reform Institute, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), SOS for SoS, and the government officials connected to the Interstate Crosscheck system. 

At the center of the push to purge eligible minority voters from the system is Kansas Secretary of State and the Chair of the Kansas Republican Party –  Kris Kobach.  Greg Pallast, who is a leading reporter on the Crosscheck system writes,

“[Kobach] is best known as the author of Arizona's ‘Driving While Brown Law,’ which allowed cops to pull over drivers and ask for proof of their legal status. He co-wrote the ultraconservative 2016 RNC party platform, working in a recommendation that Crosscheck be adopted by every state in the Union. He's also the Trump adviser who came up with a proposal to force Mexico into paying for Trump's wall.”

The purge began in 2005 when four Secretaries of State, led by Kris Kobach, “signed a Memorandum of Understanding to coordinate their offices’ efforts in several areas of election administration. Crosschecking voter registration data was one of the areas cited.” The first interstate crosscheck was performed in 2006. In the same publication, Kobach also admits to promoting and implementing a number of other illegal voter suppression tactics stating,

“Finally, in 2011 Kansas took the lead as the first state to combine three election-security policies: (1) requiring a government-issued photo ID for voting in person, (2) requiring either a Kansas driver’s license number or photocopy of a current photo ID for applying for a mail-in ballot, and (3) requiring a document proving U.S. citizenship when a person registers to vote for the first time. Consequently, Kansas elections are the most secure in the nation against fraud.”

By that same year, Kobach had secured 27 States, via agreements between Secretaries of State, for the Interstate Crosscheck program.

Arguably illegal, but largely uncontested, the alt-right and the GOP launched a full-scale effort to make sure that enough Secretaries of State would be elected in 2014 to ensure the interstate voting purge system would be functioning for the 2016 election. They also encouraged Secretaries of State to implement other forms of legally questionable voting restrictions such as those enforced by Kobach in Kansas.  This 2014 effort was fronted by the PAC SOS for SoS.

The SOS for SoS was launched in 2014 to specifically to support the campaigns of Kris Kobach and other conservative candidates for Secretary of State that would adopt the Interstate Crosscheck system and adopt addition methods of illegal voter suppression. 

The organization was founded by Gregg Phillips.  Phillips had been tapped by funder Sheldon Adelson in 2012 to head the Winning Our Future PAC for the Newt Gingrich Presidential Campaign.  And while Phillips has stated, “We don’t ever talk about any specific donors,” it is reasonable to assume that Adelson funneled money into this voter suppressions strategy through SOS for SoS. 

Kobach is also associated with alt-right funders through his work at the Immigration Law Reform Institute and the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).  The Immigration Law Reform Institute (ILRI) is the legal branch of FAIR.  Kobach served as counsel for the ILRI and has been described as the “legal arm” of FAIR.  The Scaife family is among FAIR’s top donors.  FAIR has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.  It’s founder, John Tanton, is recognized as being personally and professionally associated with members of the Klu Klux Klan

Kobach has also received funding through the Donor’s Trust, which is largely supported by the David and Charles Koch. Notably, Kobach received money from the Koch Brothers through the Donor’s Trust for his work on Arizona SB 1070 – a law that has been called “the most racist law in modern American history.” 

Backed by the Scaife family, Adelson and the Koch brothers, Kobach was securely positioned to administrate the Interstate Crosscheck System for the 2016 election cycle – and approximately 1.1 million voters were successfully purged from the system before Election Day.

“No voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure shall be imposed or applied by any State or political subdivision to deny or abridge the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color.” - Voting Rights Act of 1965 Section 2

The Interstate Crosscheck system targets voters by first and last name.  They disregard other important identifiers that can also be used to match voters such as middle name and social security number.  According to a report by Greg Palast,

“Mark Swedlund, a database expert whose clients include eBay and American Express, look at the data from Georgia and Virginia, and he was shocked….Swedlund's statistical analysis found that African-American, Latino and Asian names predominate, a simple result of the Crosscheck matching process, which spews out little more than a bunch of common names. No surprise: The U.S. Census data shows that minorities are overrepresented in 85 of 100 of the most common last names. If your name is Washington, there's an 89 percent chance you're African-American. If your last name is Hernandez, there's a 94 percent chance you're Hispanic. If your name is Kim, there's a 95 percent chance you're Asian.
This inherent bias results in an astonishing one in six Hispanics, one in seven Asian-Americans and one in nine African-Americans in Crosscheck states landing on the list.”

As a result, in the name of finding a few cases of voter fraud, over a million people were illegally stripped of their Constitutional right to vote in the 2016 election. These voters were overwhelmingly people of color and individuals more likely to have registered as Democrats. 

It would be difficult to argue that the outcome of the election was not altered by voter purging in the favor of the candidate supported by Adelson, the Scaife family, the Koch Brothers, Gregg Phillips, Kris Kobach, the Immigration Law Reform Institute, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), and the government officials connected to the Interstate Crosscheck system – Donald Trump. 

Without voter purging in key states, Donald Trump likely would not have won the 2016 presidential election.

In Arizona, Trump probably would not have been able to secure the state’s 11 electoral votes without purging almost 271,000 voters. The difference between candidates in this state is approximately 85,000. In Michigan, the difference between candidates vying for the state’s 16 electoral votes was well under 11,000 – almost 450,000 voters had been purged. And in North Carolina, Trump won 15 electoral votes by approximately 177,000 votes.  Close to 600,000 votes had to be purged from the system to accomplish this.

The voter purges planned and implemented by the alt-right network altered the outcome of the election in favor of the alt-right candidate. The purging of minority voters, though, led this network to potentially be in violation USC 241, USC 242 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Charges for potential violation of these laws can only be brought by United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch.  As such, the Strategic Institute for Intersectional Policy is asking for people to call her at the Department of Justice at 202-353-1555 or TTY/ASCII/TDD: 800-877-8339 and leave a message asking her to press charges against the members of the Trump Campaign for voter purging. 
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<![CDATA[Trump Team Illegally Purged Minority Votes to Win the Election]]>Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:53:29 GMThttp://strategycampsite.org/1/post/2016/12/trump-team-illegally-purged-minority-votes-to-win-the-election.html
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<![CDATA[Trump is Right. The Election was Rigged. Here’s What We Know.]]>Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:18:45 GMThttp://strategycampsite.org/1/post/2016/11/trump-is-right-the-election-was-rigged-heres-what-we-know.html
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In part of an on-going Twitter breakdown upon hearing the news that Hillary Clinton would participate in the recount of votes from Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan, he tweeted:

There is NO QUESTION THAT #voterfraud did take place

Trump has said time after time that the election was rigged. And he is absolutely right. The election was rigged. But it wasn’t #voterfraud that it was rigged to achieve. It was #votersuppression. And Donald Trump is very aware of this.

Perhaps the Candidate doth protest too much.

Donald Trump knows that the election was rigged, because his team of strategists and handlers are responsible for making it happen.

Donald Trump and the members of his team knowingly and strategically engaged in voter suppression tactics in an attempt to alter the results of the 2016 Presidential Election. These tactics include working to gut the Voting Rights Act, working to pass voter ID laws, shutting down polling places, cutting early registration, eliminating absentee ballots refusing to even consider the protections provided in the Americans with Disabilities Act, purging millions of voters from the system and engaging in voter intimidation tactics.

Yes, the system is rigged. And it took the white supremacist network that is behind Trump’s rise to power just over a decade to rig it well enough to take the White House.
The strategic efforts to suppress the votes necessary to secure an alt-right, white supremacist takeover of the White House can be traced back to the efforts of five people: Bert Rein, Richard Wiley, the Koch Brothers, and Robert Mercer.

Bert Rein and Richard Wiley have been key political players since the Nixon Administration. Rein was a member of the Key Issues Committee during the 1968 Nixon campaign and served as the Assistant Deputy Secretary of State under his administration. Wiley also held a position in the Nixon campaign and would go on to become the administration’s Chairman of the FCC. In the 1980’s, Wiley and Rein teamed up with another former colleague from the Nixon Era, Fred Fielding. Fielding was the Associate Counsel to Nixon and was the deputy to John Dean, who served time for his part in the Watergate Scandal. Dean was convicted and served time for his part in Watergate. Together they formed the firm Wiley, Rein and Fielding. After parting from Wiley and Rein, Fielding would go on to represent Blackwater Worldwide. Wiley Rein remains an important part of the conservative landscape.

Wiley and Rein also became prominent figures in the Reagan Administration. Rein worked as part of Reagan’s presidential transition team, while Wiley and Rein both work with conservative billionaire Robert Mercer through collaborations between organizations such as the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation- a conservative think-tank “whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.”

In addition to these strategists, two organizations associated with the Trump also emerge to assert their positions as far right political powerhouses. As described, the Heritage Foundation (associated with Robert Mercer, Ed Meese and Wiley Rein)functioned to influence policy from within the political system. Robert Mercer, Charles Koch and David Koch would also combine forces to form a grassroots education and advocacy group that could apply political pressure from the outside called Citizens United. Citizens United would also produce another strategist for the Trump Campaign – David Bossie.

The Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute and Citizen’s United all continued to gather influence in the political field. Charles and David Koch’s organization Citizens for a Sound Economy split into two groups in 2004. One group, the Americans for Prosperity, would become the protest and media arm of the alt-right’s political movement. The other arm, Freedomworks, would serve as the ground team for state and local elections and a political lifeline for the Tea Party.

The Koch Brothers teamed up again with Bert Rein and American Enterprise Institute’s Ed Blum to push their alt-right agenda in the courts through the Project on Fair Representation (founded in 2005). The mission of this organization is to “is to facilitate pro bono legal representation to political subdivisions and individuals that wish to challenge government distinctions and preferences made on the basis of race and ethnicity.” Their primary target was the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In 2011, the Charles and David Koch founded Freedom Partners largely to funnel grant money into activist organizations and ground level political actions. In 2013, the alt-right network was successful in their efforts to gut the Voting Rights Act when they won the case of Shelby County vs Holden (2013).

In related practical efforts, Citizens United and Americans for Prosperity were taken to court for accusations of voter suppression efforts in states such as Florida, Virginia, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Michigan. Using their characteristically aggressive tactics, the alt-right network was able to suppress enough votes in the 2010 and 2014 elections that they were able to take control of Congress.

By 2016, all that was left for the alt-right to gain control of the Presidency.

With full funding, a strategic team that had perfected manipulation of the government since the times of Watergate, a fully functioning alt-right media network, the social and tactical support of the Tea Party and the reluctant backing of the GOP, the alt-right engaged in a full-scale attack for control of the White House. This attack included timely interference from the FBI director James Comey and Wikileaks, potential interference from Russian intelligence organizations, and widespread efforts to suppress the votes of target minorities in key locations.

Without the suppression efforts that were reported in pivotal swing states, it is unlikely that Trump would have been able to secure the votes needed to win Wisconsin, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida and Arizona. In fact, it would have arguably been impossible.

Without massive voter suppression, Trump could not have won the 2016 presidential election.

Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes would not have been secured by the Republican Party without the suppression of hundreds of thousands of minority voters. According to the Center for American Progress, “300,000 registered voters in the state lacked the strict forms of voter ID required. Wisconsin’s voter turnout was at its lowest level in two decades.” Approximately 27,000 votes separated Trump and Clinton.

While the race is still too close to call, Michigan’s 20 electoral votes would not have been even put into question without the voter suppression tactics applied by the alt-right, its leaders and the organizations they operate under. While less than 20,000votes still separate the two candidates, over half a million voters were prevented from voting through failures to comply with Americans with Disabilities Actrequirements, record purging, a lack of early voting, and voter ID requirements.

Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes would also not have been secured by the Alt-right without the suppression and intimidation tactics applied by white supremacists. Trump himself called more than once for his supporters to monitor the voting behavior of Democrats. Politico reports that in an August rally in Altoona, PA Trump said, “I hope you people can … not just vote on the 8th, [but] go around and look and watch other polling places and make sure that it’s 100-percent fine. We’re going to watch Pennsylvania—go down to certain areas and watch and study….”

Donald Trump was also quoted as saying, “You’ve got to get everybody to go out and watch, and go out and vote. And when [I] say ‘watch,’ you know what I’m talking about, right?” at a speech in Ohio 10 days later. These efforts were successful and Pennsylvania reported more incidences of voter intimidation than any other state. In addition to these applied voter intimidation tactics, the majority of polling places were inaccessible to voters with disabilities, no early voting or absentee ballots were allowed and there was misinformation being dispelled about voter ID requirements. The difference between candidates in Pennsylvania is approximately 62,000 votes.

The states being audited in the recount are not the only states that deserve another look. In light of the overwhelming success of voter suppression tactics, additional states prove themselves worthy of review and federal relief. Florida, North Carolina and Arizona serve as strong examples.

The difference in Florida was just under 120,000 votes. This may seem like an insurmountable number – until the fact that long lines and failures to meet ADA standards required to ensure voters with disabilities can vote alone accounts for over 200,000 suppressed votes is accounted for. Cuts to early voting, funding for early registration drives, additional requirements for voter with prior felony convictions, eliminating polling places, and failing to make voting accessible to voters with disabilities all contributed to the deprivation of voting rights of hundreds of thousands of minority and disabled voters in Florida alone. Trump could not have secured the state’s 29 electoral college votes if the minority and disable votes had not been so successfully suppressed.

In North Carolina, a collaboration of GOP lawmakers and organizations were successful in eliminating same-day registration and pre-registration for teen voters, shortening the early voting period, and passed voter id requirements. The Court of Appeals struck down the ID requirement in 2016, citing that the rule was passed with the intent to discriminate on the basis of race; however, North Carolina has also been accused of purging thousands of black voters from the system and failing to comply with ADA standards. While the difference between Clinton and Trump is around 180,000 votes, the Democratic candidate was potentially illegally stripped of hundreds of thousands of votes from black and disabled constituents alone.

And in Arizona, the alt-right\white nationalist Republican candidate would not have been able to secure the state’s 11 electoral votes without the suppression of hundreds of thousands of Latino and disabled voters. In efforts to suppress minority votes, and by refusing to comply with ADA requirements, a Republican coalition successfully passed legislation that limits mail in ballot collection and continues to require proof of citizenship to vote. The United States Supreme Court has already ruled against this practice, but Arizona continues to defy both the will of the court and the will of the people. Adding to the success of these suppression tactics, over 270,000 voters were allegedly purged from Arizona’s voting system. The difference between candidates in this state is approximately 85,000.

Just as there is no question that the alt-right is a white nationalist network - there is also no question as to whether or not this network has engaged in strategic efforts to disenfranchise minority voters in efforts to take control of the White House.

Voter suppression is how the election was stolen. Voter suppression is how white power Trumped minority voters in the election. And contesting voter suppression is going to be the only way to prove Trump right – because the election was rigged. If we don’t fight to prove him right, he and his white supremacist network just may take the White House.

The Strategic Institute of Intersectional Policy (SIIP) is calling for a #SuppressionExtension to ensure that voters with disabilities and voters of color that were unable to vote because of suppression to cast their votes. For more information, visit: http://strategycampsite.org/strategy-to-stop-trump.html

Note: This article contains text that was paraphrased from two prior articles, New Report Prompts Call for Democrats to Halt Transfer of Power To Trump Before Dec. 13 Deadline and Failure to Defend Minority Voters from Voter Suppression Threatens to Cost Democrats More than the Election. You can find links to these articles in the text above or by going to the following links:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/new-report-prompts-call-for-democrats-to-halt-transfer_us_5833faa1e4b0d28e552154be

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/democratic-party-in-crisis-failure-to-defend-minority_us_583bc541e4b0a79f7433b842

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<![CDATA[Failure to Defend Minority Voters from Voter Suppression Threatens to Cost Democrats more than the Election]]>Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:12:20 GMThttp://strategycampsite.org/1/post/2016/11/failure-to-defend-minority-voters-from-voter-suppression-threatens-to-cost-democrats-more-than-the-election.html
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“Democrats will always fight to end discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, language, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.”

-Democratic Party Platform

Supposedly.

The hypocrisy of that statement is - at this moment - salting the wounds of the minority voters left unprotected and undefended by the Democratic party. The Democrats have refused to stand up for these disenfranchised voters after white supremacists gagged their voices during the 2016 Presidential Elections. This refusal stands to cost them not only the election, but the Democratic party as well.

While Clinton has agreed to participate in the audit of the election in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan, she has completely failed to call for investigations into the wide spread voter suppression tactics that cost the Democrats millions of votes nationwide.

If the Democratic Party cannot protect minority voters from white supremacy now – if Democrats refuse to even take a stand and fight against it – there will be no reason for minority communities to trust in them, let alone vote for them, ever again.
There is no question that the GOP is the White Power Party and Donald Trump is their new spokesperson. The team of strategists and handlers that control Trump include white nationalists and alt-right conservatives such as Bert Rein, Roger Stone, Robert Mercer, Charles and David Koch, Jeff Sessions, Steve Bannon to name only a few.

They have the full support of the Klu Klux Klan, who celebrated the event as a personal victory. They built their platform on hate speech, threats of state violence, and declarations of war against target communities – including Black, Latino, Muslim, Indigenous, Disabled and LGBTQIA communities. Their goals include the dismantling of federal authority and the revocation of Civil Rights. And they proudly wear the labels alt-right, white nationalist and white supremacist while they once again fly their Confederate Flags.

Just as there is no question that the alt-right is a white nationalist network. There is also no question as to whether or not this network has engaged in strategic efforts to disenfranchise Democratic and minority voters in efforts to take control of the White House.

Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes would not have been secured by the Republican Party without the suppression of hundreds of thousands of minority voters. According to the Center for American Progress, “300,000 registered voters in the state lacked the strict forms of voter ID required. Wisconsin’s voter turnout was at its lowest level in two decades.” Approximately 27,000 votes separated Trump and Clinton.

While the race is still too close to call, Michigan’s 20 electoral votes would not have been even put into question without the voter suppression tactics applied by the alt-right, its leaders and the organizations they operate under. While less than 20,000votes still separate the two candidates, over half a million voters were prevented from voting through failures to comply with Americans with Disabilities Actrequirements, record purging, a lack of early voting, and voter ID requirements.

Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes would also not have been secured by the Alt-right without the suppression and intimidation tactics applied by white supremacists. Trump himself called more than once for his supporters to monitor the voting behavior of Democrats. Politico reports that in an August rally in Altoona, PA Trump said, “I hope you people can … not just vote on the 8th, [but] go around and look and watch other polling places and make sure that it’s 100-percent fine. We’re going to watch Pennsylvania—go down to certain areas and watch and study….”

Donald Trump was also quoted as saying, “You’ve got to get everybody to go out and watch, and go out and vote. And when [I] say ‘watch,’ you know what I’m talking about, right?” at a speech in Ohio 10 days later. These efforts were successful and Pennsylvania reported more incidences of voter intimidation than any other state. In addition to these applied voter intimidation tactics, the majority of polling places were inaccessible to voters with disabilities, no early voting or absentee ballots were allowed and there was misinformation being dispelled about voter ID requirements. The difference between candidates in Pennsylvania is approximately 62,000 votes.

The states being audited in the recount are not the only states that deserve another look. In light of the success of voter suppression tactics, additional states prove themselves worthy of review and federal relief. Florida, North Carolina and Arizona serve as strong examples.

The difference in Florida was just under 120,000 votes. This may seem like an insurmountable number – until the fact that long lines and failures to meet ADA standards required to ensure voters with disabilities can vote alone accounts for over 200,000 suppressed votes is accounted for. Cuts to early voting, funding for early registration drives, additional requirements for voter with prior felony convictions, eliminating polling places, and failing to make voting accessible to voters with disabilities all contributed to the deprivation of voting rights of hundred of thousands of minority and disabled voters in Florida alone. Trump could not have secured the state’s 29 electoral college votes if the minority and disable votes had not been so successfully suppressed.

In North Carolina, a collaboration of GOP lawmakers and organizations were successful in eliminating same-day registration and pre-registration for teen voters, shortening the early voting period, and passed voter id requirements. The Court of Appeals struck down the ID requirement in 2016, citing that the rule was passed with the intent to discriminate on the basis of race; however, North Carolina has also been accused of purging thousands of black voters from the system and failing to comply with ADA standards. While the difference between Clinton and Trump is around 180,000 votes, the Democratic candidate was potentially illegally stripped of hundreds of thousands of votes from black and disabled constituents alone.

And in Arizona, the alt-right\white nationalist Republican candidate would not have been able to secure the state’s 11 electoral votes without the suppression of hundreds of thousands of Latino and disabled voters. In efforts to suppress minority votes, and by refusing to comply with ADA requirements, a Republican coalition successfully passed legislation that limits mail in ballot collection and continues to require proof of citizenship to vote. The United States Supreme Court has already ruled against this practice, but Arizona continues to defy both the will of the court and the will of the people. Adding to the success of these suppression tactics, over 270,000 voters were allegedly purged from Arizona’s voting system. The difference between candidates in this state is approximately 85,000.

Voter suppression is how the election was stolen. Voter suppression is how white power Trumped minority voters in the election. And contesting voter suppression is where the Democratic party needs to focus their efforts if they care about minority voters, fair elections, the Democratic party or the nation at all.

The most powerful white supremacist network in the world will soon be taking control of all three branches of government, and he will be assuming the presidency with all the powers authorized when the National State of Emergency implemented after 9/11 was reauthorized in September of 2016.

Trump has already stated that he would exercise these powers in offices, and the only political organization that can possibly stop the Alt-right from successfully stealing the White House is currently asking its constituency to concede peacefully and wait and see what happens.

It’s unacceptable.

Somewhere along the line the Democrats forgot that they work for the people – not the other way around. The Democrats have made nothing but promises to protect minority and disabled communities from the threats of White Power, the Alt-right and the Republican Party. They have followed through on none of these promises. That posture needs to change immediately.

Democratic voters showed up when Hillary asked them to say, “I’m With Her.” Now it’s time for the communities targeted by white supremacists to be able to say without question, “She’s with Us.”

To that end, in addition to supporting the audits in contested states, the Strategic Institute of Intersectional Policy (SIIP) is calling for the Democrats to immediately show a public and united front in order to demand, design and implement a Suppression Extension for the 2016 Presidential Election. This extension will use federal authority to change the voting deadline so that minority and disabled voters can safely cast their ballots in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Florida and North Carolina.

The 2016 Suppression Extension will reinstate the votes of all those purged eligible voters from the system. It will design and implement a strategy that allows people with disabilities to cast their votes in the ways and location most accessible to them. The suppression extension will allow minority voters that were intimidated, misinformed or otherwise prevented from voting to also safely cast their ballots, and the Suppression Extension will ensure anyone denied their Constitutional right to vote because of voter ID issues is able to cast their ballots.

The people of the United States would not ask for the Democrats to contest a fair and Constitutional election. This election, though, was not fair, constitutional or representative of what Democracy is supposed to stand for in the United States.

SIIP is asking President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Loretta Lynch, Bernie Sanders, the Democratic Congress and all local, state and federal democratic leaders and affiliates to do everything in their power to contest the election on the basis of voter suppression, demand a full investigation of the people, organizations and political leaders responsible for these suppression and intimidation efforts and most importantly support the Suppression Extension.

In this way, the integrity of the Constitution, the Democratic Party, the election process, and the nation itself can be preserved. In this way, minority voice can be un-gagged and the efforts of Donald Trump and his white supremacist network to willfully deprive the constitutional right to vote from voters of color and voters living with disabilities can be countered and shut down.

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