Pope Francis will become the second pontiff to speak to astronauts orbiting the earth with live streamed video call
The voice of Pope Francis will be heard on the International Space Stationwhen he makes a call to its astronauts.
The pope is due to speak to the crew at 1400 BST, including 60 -year-old Italian Paolo Nespoli, who is on his third space mission. The video call is likely to be streamed online on Nasa TV and the Vatican’s YouTube channel.
The ISS, which has been continuously occupied since 2000, is currently crewed by six cosmonauts. Alongside Nespoli there are three Americans and two Russians orbiting the Earth.
Francis is not the first pontiff to reaching for the stars. His predecessor, Benedict XVI, “ve called the” ISS in 2011, when Nespoli was also part of the crew.
KKK members released after arrests following brawl at rally | Fox News
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Feb. 27, 2016: A human dressed in Ku Klux Klan garb, centre, and a counter-protester, left, tackle one another during a KKK rally at Pearson Park in Anaheim, Calif.( AP/ B. Levin Center for the Study of Hate& Extremism) ( B. Levin Center for the Study of Hate& Extremism)
ANAHEIM, Calif.- Five Ku Klux Klan members who were arrested following a vicious brawl in Anaheim were released because evidence present they acted in self-defense, police told Sunday.
Seven people who remained in custody were seen beating, stomping and assaulting the Klansmen with wooden posts, Sgt. Daron Wyatt said.
A police statement said the clash, which erupted after six Klan members arrived at a park Saturday for a planned anti-immigration rally, was started by a larger group of 10 to 20 counter-protesters who had “the intent of perpetrating violence.”
Police said the Klansmen stabbed three counter-protesters with knives and the decorative aim of a flag pole.
“Regardless of an individual or groups’ beliefs or ideologies, they are entitled to live without the fear of physical violence and have the right, under the law, to defend themselves when assaulted, ” the statement said.
Mayhem ensued Saturday as soon as the Klan members pulled up in a black SUV for an anti-immigration rally they had advertised in advance and pulled out signs telling “White Lives Matter.”
Dozens of protesters swarmed in and someone smashed a window. The SUV then sped away, leaving three Klansmen dressed in black shirts decorated with the Klan cross and Confederate flag patches outnumbered.
“( The counter-protesters) were so angry, they would have torn these folks limb from extremity, ” said Brian Levin, who directs the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. “I was afraid for their lives.”
Levin, who went to Pearson Park expecting to record the rally for research, saw himself protecting the Klansmen until police could intervene. On a video Levin shot and posted to Twitter, he afterward asked one of them, “How do you feel that a Jewish person helped save your life today? “
“I thank you. I thank you, ” said the Klansman, waving away the issues to with his blood-spattered limb. “I would have saved a colored man’s life, ” he added.
Much of the clash was captured on video and posted online. In one, a human weeps “I get stabbed, ” lifting his T-shirt to show a wound to his stomach. A fire hydrant where the man briefly sat was covered in blood.
The Klansmen were initially booked for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon, and seven of the approximately 30 counter-protesters were arrested on suspicion of assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury
Like many other cities across the United States, Anaheim has a history intertwined with the KKK. What defines the city apart, however, is its decisive backlash after the Klan gained four of five City council seats in 1924. Those Klansmen were deposed in a recollect election after their affiliations with the Klan became public and following a nighttime KKK initiation rally that attracted an estimated 10,000 people to the city park where Saturday’s violence erupted.
“The only reason we recollect Anaheim for the Klan is because they opposed the Klan so hard, ” told Phil Brigandi, an Orange County historian and writer. “The more the Klan came out of the shadows, the more people became aware of it and the opposition grew.”
In the near century since then, Anaheim has gone from 95 percentage white to become 53 percentage Hispanic and 27 percent white, according to data with the U.S. Census Bureau.
“We’re a far cry from those terrible days and the Klan is truly an anachronism, ” Levin told. “Anaheim is now a diverse community that is in many ways an amusement and sports capital of California. This is just an example of how a small group of people can tarnish the name of a community.”
Rosa Madrigal, who was at the park Sunday with her husband and three children, said she was shocked to even hear about the KKK holding a rally in Anaheim, let alone the violence that ensued.
“I didn’t even think it was true when I heard it, ” said Madrigal, 25. “It’s crazy, especially in a park where you take your kids.”
When the melee started, Levin said he saw no uniformed officers. Wyatt said police were there and engaged with people at one objective of the fight, and called for additional resources to deploy to the other aim. The event stretched along an entire city block, he said. Police Chief Raul Quezada said his officers were able to respond quickly enough to arrest all but one of the main participants, a counter-protester who remains at-large.
The Klan members were booked for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon before being released. The seven people who remained in custody were booked for assault with a deadly weapon or elder abuse for stomping on a Klan member who’s older than 65 years old, Wyatt said.
Though the Klan members were released, attorneys will review the case and decide whether to file criminal charges, he said.
Chris Barker, who identified himself as the imperial wizard of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, told The Associated Press by phone from North Carolina that his members were holding a peaceful anti-immigration demonstration and acted in self-defense.
“If we’re attacked, we will assault back, ” said Barker, whose organization lists Pelham, N.C ., as its headquarters. Last year, the group drew headlines when it protested the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Capitol.
Nationwide, the number of active KKK groups increased to 190 in 2015 after falling in 2013 and 2014, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks abhor groups.
In January 2015, packets containing fliers from the “Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan” and condemning the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. were left in the driveways of about 40 homes in Santa Ana, about 8 miles south of Anaheim.
Why It’s A Huge Bargain That The Philippines Elected Its First Trans Politician
The Philippines landed a major LGBT rights victory with the election of Geraldine Roman, a trans woman and Liberal Party member, to the country’s House of Representatives.
Roman, 49, transitioned more than two decades ago. She will represent the Bataan province , north of Manila, the capital, taking over the seat that once belonged to her mother. She secured 23,814 referendums Monday, beating her opponent by more than 13,000.
She’s proudly campaigned for greater trans rights in the Philippines.
“That somebody of my condition is going to enter congress for the first time is a statement that even transgender people can serve our country and should not be discriminated against, ” she told Agence France-Presse. “Gender merely becomes an issue when you try to keep it a secret. I’m so happy so why should I be ashamed? “
Roman carried her is supportive of a 16 -year-old anti-discrimination bill that would offer equal treatment of the LGBT community in the workplace, hotels and schools, according to AFP.
Other policy goals include modern infrastructure and upgrades to Bataan’s hospitals.
Roman will face an uphill battle in a country that is known for marginalizing and abusing its LGBT community.
Divorce, abortion and same-sex wedding are still illegal in the predominantly Catholic country, AFP reported. Changing one’s name and sexuality is also banned.
The country’s primary LGBT political party, Ang Ladlad, was accused of “immorality which offends religious beliefs” by the election commission in 2010.
The Philippines also has the highest assassination rate of trans people in all of Southeast Asia, according to the TvT project, which monitors and investigates cases of transphobia worldwide.
Roman lived in Spain and worked as an editor at a news organisation before returning home in 2012 to care for her parents. She promised to carry on the family’s political legacy, the BBC reported.
Her appointment coincides with a major debate on trans rights underway in the U.S. The Justice Department filed a lawsuit against North Carolina on Monday, deeming the state’s “bathroom bill” discriminatory and in contravention of civil rights law. Gov. Pat McCrory( R) approved a bill in March that would block transgender people from using the bathroom that correlates with their gender identity.
“Yes we need to give infants an education. But the curriculum that you have, the standards you have, dedicates children too much info, ” one woman, who was not identified, told at a school board session on Monday night according to KETV video. “It rapes children of their innocence.”
“I will be 28 years old on January 12 th. And the curriculum hasn’t been updated ever since I have been born, ” board member Marque Snow told WOWT, the local NBC station. “Within 28 years you have had so many changes only within Human Growth and Development but also within the changes in national societies and medication, STDs and the rise of it in our culture.”
The proposed curriculum would devote children information about both abstinence and contraceptive options, but would not provide condoms or other forms of birth control, according to information posted online by the district.
One mother compared giving students information about condoms to dedicating them alcohol.
“Kids are going to do things … they’re going to go behind their parents’ backs to have sex, some of them, ” Gwen Easter said at Monday night’s session, according to the video posted by KETV. “But there are some that are not going to do that. And simply because children want to beverage, are you going to give them a bottle of alcohol to help them with alcoholism? “
Easter said the board must stop its “hidden agenda stuff.”
In addition, 70 percent of mothers said the district should teach “sexual orientation, LGBT inclusion and gender identity, ” with many respondents saying these issues should be introduced by 7th grade.
Emergency contraceptive and abortion were originally part of the program, but have been removed despite having the support of between 60 percent and 70 percent of parents.
Several board members told those topics should have been included in the program.
Many of the parents who spoke at Monday night’s meeting agreed with the new program.
“I believe It is our duty to give our children the tools that they need to stimulate informed decisions in this changing world that “were living in”, ” told parent Sasha Forsen, according to the KETV video of the event. “I believe that this curriculum offer facts. I think we can debate morality all day long, but I think it’s really important to offer facts.”
The board will decide on the proposal on Jan. 20. One board member, Lacey Merica, said she isn’t sure how she will vote, but she concurred the standards needed an update.
“Our world has changed so much even in the 15 years since I graduated high school, ” Merica told the Omaha World-Herald. “We didn’t have sexting, we didn’t have the Internet like we do know. We didn’t know about sexuality trafficking. These are things children need to know.”
Supreme Court’s Cake Case Will Have Far-Reaching Social Impact For LGBTQ People, Report Shows
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Members of the LGBTQ community will be watching the Supreme Court closely this spring, when justices are expected to decide whether Colorado baker Jack Phillips was illegally discriminating against a same-sex couple when he refused to prepare a cake for a wedding ceremony he viewed as sacrilegious.
A new video released by the Colorado-based independent think tank Movement Advancement Project highlights exactly what’s at stake if the Supreme Court rules in Phillips’ favor. The clip, which can be viewed above, depicts a transgender human being removed from a movie theater after attempting to use the men’s restroom. It’s a nod to controversial “bathroom bills” like North Carolina’s since-overturned House Bill 2, which prohibited trans people from employing restrooms that correspond with their gender identity, as well as the long lasting implications of the Masterpiece Cakeshop case.
While a 2016 Public Religion Research Institute poll found that 72 percent of Americans back anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community, a survey of 1,864 people ( 857 of which identified as LGBTQ) found that 34 percent said they avoided public places such as stores and eateries because they’ve experienced discrimination in the past year.
Of that same research group, 49 percent said they’d built specific decisions about where to live, and 47 percentage decided where to shop, because of previous brushes with anti-LGBTQ discrimination, according to the report.
Though cases like Phillips’ dominate headlines, the research shows that discrimination “happens in many facets of daily life, ” Naomi Goldberg, Movement Advancement Project’s policy and research director, told HuffPost Friday. The Department of Health& Human Services’ establishment of a “agencies “ that could reportedly allow medical practitioner to deny therapy to LGBTQ people on religious and ethical grounds is particularly concerning, she said.
“This discrimination isn’t about weddings, but about LGBTQ people’s ability to live their lives — to go to work and to care for their families, ” Goldberg told. “And this discrimination has tangible effects on LGBTQ people.”
Still, the Movement Advancement Project report offered some promising statistics for the LGBTQ community as well. Though laws protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination in public accommodations exist in only 19 states and the District of Columbia, at least 313 cities and districts nationwide had adopted similar legislation at the local level as of last year.
It’s an important reminder, Goldberg told, that “action is needed in communities across the country to stand on the side of fairness” — and those efforts can have a substantial impact.
“Just because a business serves the public doesn’t mean they share all of their customers’ beliefs, ” she said. “And most Americans agree that businesses that serve the public should serve everyone on the same terms.”
To read more about Movement Advancement Project’s “LGBT Policy Spotlight: Public Accommodations Nondiscrimination Laws” report, head here.
ESPN botched host’s racial attack on Trump after weighing tougher penalties
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ESPN did practically nothing after one of its top hosts launched a racially inflammatory diatribe against President Trump. But that wasn’t always the plan.
The network’s management initially considered firing Jemele Hill, the co-host of “Sports Center, ” according to several ESPN staffers speaking on a not-for-attribution basis. Then the brass considered suspending the African-American journalist, but chose against that too, the staffers said.
Next, management asked Hill to apologize. She countered by questioning whether she was being ordered to apologize for the Trump tweets or just asked to apologize. When told it was the latter, she refused, according to these sources.
Finally, ESPN tried to yank Hill from “Sports Center” on Wednesday night. But this effort failed as well, the sources say, as first reported by Think Progress. When her African-American co-host, Michael Smith, refused to do the depict without her, and two other black hosts followed suit, the network dedicated in rather than employing white hosts as substitutes. ESPN has denied this account.
The result is that both liberal and conservative staff members shall be confused and resentful over the absence of clear standards at the network. In short, ESPN has intensified the outrage.
What’s also telling is the muted reaction of the mainstream media after Hill unleashed her Twitter storm on Monday night.
“Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has surrounded himself with other white supremacists, ” Hill wrote. She called him “the most ignorant, offensive chairwoman of my lifetime.” She also called Trump a “bigot, ” and “unqualified and unfit to be president.” And for good measure: “If he were not white, he never would have been elected.”
Yet this incendiary attack on the president was not initially covered by the New York Times or Washington Post. It was not aired by CNN or MSNBC.( Fox News operated several prime-time segments on Tuesday .) It was not until Sarah Huckabee Sanders, from the White House briefing room, called Hill’s actions a “fireable offense” that much of the media swung into action.( A Post reporter asked Sanders the question .)
Now pause for a second, imagine a right-wing commentator making such an incendiary attack on Barack Obama, and ask yourself whether the MSM would wait for a White House response before jumping on the story.
And how did ESPN handle this? With a lame statement saying that Hill’s commentaries don’t represent the network, and that she’s been talked to and understands her actions were inappropriate.
Inappropriate? Use the incorrect fork for salad is inappropriate. Is that the strongest word ESPN could muster for such scathing comments about the president?
There was no disciplinary action and no apology. And Hill doesn’t seem sorry either. She tweeted that she was carrying her “personal beliefs, ” and that “my regret is that my comments and the public route I induced them painted ESPN in an unjust light.”
Perhaps it belatedly resulted to Hill that half the ones who watch ESPN don’t share her political views and watch her for athletics analysis.
Hill, by the way, told The Ringer that some people don’t want ESPN to diversify 😛 TAGEND
“As a discredit to all of us, they use words like too ‘liberal’ or too ‘politically correct’. As if there’s ever been this widespread movement in television to just dedicate black people and women demonstrates. No, it’s been the exact opposite.”
ESPN’s own ombudsman, Jim Brady, has said the network leanings too far to the left, quoting one right-leaning staffer as saying: “If you’re a Republican or conservative, you feel the need to talk in whisperings. There’s even a fear of putting Fox News on a TV.”
In 2015, ESPN protested Trump’s candidacy by moving a celebrity tournament away from his California golf course, saying “diversity and inclusion are core values at ESPN.” The network also dedicated its Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Caitlyn Jenner.
Last year ESPN fired ex-baseball starring Curt Schilling, a conservative, for a controversial post supporting a North Carolina law on transgender people and use of public bathrooms. And following the completion of Charlottesville, the network was widely mocked for yanking an Asian-American announcer from a Virginia college football game because his name was Robert Lee.
Maybe ESPN executives don’t care that one of their superstars may have alienated millions of spectators with her racial attack on Trump. But this could turn out to be a major-league fumble.
There’s No Way ‘Back’ To Civility After This Election
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Ive find a lot of hand-wringing about the incivility of the 2016 presidential election. And yes, it was the ugliest election in living memory. Donald Trump has boasted about assaulting girls, called for his foes assassination, and slandered immigrants of all origins as terrorists and rapists.
Trump operated on an anti-PC platform, a platform that not only excuses but promotes open express of sexism and racism.
In many styles, this is his greatest appeal to white American men. Not that they are downtrodden by the economy( they arent ), but that they ultimately get to say out loud what until now they have only been allowed to express in dog whistlings and whispers.
In Arlie Russell Hoschilds parlance, the objective is reacting to a loss of honor. They have always believed these things, but they have been made to feel ashamed of their beliefs, their religion, their family values. And now here arrives a person who had says they dont have to comply with the PC police anymore. They can be loud and proud about who they are. They can enter the realm of identity politics and assert their culture with pride.
And its true that they have been made to feel ashamed of their beliefs. We, the woke coastal liberals, have induced them ashamed. The dominant culture in America has been changing to one in which combating racism and sexism and homophobia are no longer acceptable. People who hold those faiths should be ashamed of themselves. And the fact that they have been be thought that route is evidence that we are winning.
But these beliefs have never gone away. They have been lurking beneath the surface, never said out loud but widely acknowledged between and among those who hold them. Trump didnt create these peoplehe dedicated them permission to come out.
And thats why we are never going back to civility. We never had it to begin with.
As someone who grew up in West Texas, this is not news to me. I have been saying for years that the big ugly is out there.
Something has been brought to light in this election that is not going back behind the curtain. This rottenness in our society is something we have to deal with and address head-on , now that we know where it lives.
Were never going back to civility, because civility was always an illusion.
Kaepernick is just the latest athlete to protest against police killings of black humen
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San Francisco 49 ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick watches during the second half of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in Santa Clara, Calif ., Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016.
Image: AP Photo/ Tony Avelar
San Francisco 49 ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s recent protest of the national anthem has constructed headlines over the last week for the controversy that ensued and the many, many hot takes it inspired. But he’s not the first athlete whose protests have intersected with politics and race.
Kaepernick’s decision to not stand for the national anthem harkens back to similar incidents, like when the NBA’s Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf was punished by the league in 1996 for refusing to stand for “the member states national” anthem because it didn’t align with his Islamic beliefs, the fallout from which had a major impact on his career.
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf wouldn’t stand for the national anthem and got blackballed by the league-Lost his prime NBA years pic.twitter.com/ 4c4389K4oV
And, in 2004, Carlos Delgado, of Major League Baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays, chose to protest the Iraq War by remaining seated in the team’s dugout while “God Bless America” was played during the seventh-inning stretching, a new tradition from the the consequences of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
There have even been larger scale protests, like the University of Missouri’s football team threatening to boycott games in the fall of 2015 over racism on campus and the NFL’s decision in 1990 to take the Super Bowl away from Arizona over the state’s election to refuse acknowledgement of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a national holiday.
But Kaepernick’s protest is also part of a continuing trend of athletes taking a stand in support of the ideals of the Black Lives Matter movement, if not as part of the movement itself.
I just got off the phone w/ @Kaepernick7. We spoke about the movement& his commitments to justice& equity. It’s clear that he gets it.
In the wake of Martin’s shooting at the hands of George Zimmerman, who considered Martin, who was unarmed and simply strolling home from the convenience store, “suspicious” partly because he was wearing a hoodie with the hood up, the hoodie became a symbol of protest.
St. Louis Rams take the field with “Hands up, don’t shoot” gesture
A strange war of words between the team and police officials followed but, ultimately, neither the Rams nor the league chose to punish the five players involved( Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey, Kenny Britt, Chris Givens and Jared Cook ).
Knox College player protests Ferguson grand jury decision
The same weekend the Rams made their protest, a similar protest took place during a much smaller stage. Ariyana Smith, a player for Knox College( of Illinois) attained her own “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture before a game against Fontbonne University. The game was being played in Clayton, Missouri, the same city in which the grand jury that didn’t charge Wilson had gathered.
“I could not go into that gymnasium and feign that everything was okay. I could not, in good conscience, I could not play that game, ” Smith said afterward.
NBA, NFL players honor Eric Garner with ‘I can’t breathe’ t-shirts
The July 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, who, like Martin and Brown, was unarmed, resonated the following autumn with professional athletes. A video of the incident catches Garner exclaiming, “I can’t breathe, ” while a police officer holds him down; the quote would become a rallying cry for protesters.
Derrick Rose, then of the Chicago Bulls, wore a shirt with “I can’t breathe” written across it during warm-ups of a game in December 2014. He said of the shirt, “It wasn’t any one[ person’s] notion, I simply guessed I wanted to support something that happened. That’s what constructed me wear the shirt.”
NBA commissioner David Silver said at the time, I respect Derrick Rose and all of our players for voicing their personal views on important matters but my preference would be for players to abide by our on-court attire rules.”
After discussions with the NBA, the NBA decided not to penalty the players while players agreed to no longer wear the shirts; they have continued to be active in public discussions over the issue, though.
After several squads wore similar shirts or simply plain black t-shirts, the WNBA sent out a statement to squads that the shirts violated league policy and if they wore the shirts again, penalties would be issued. Eventually, players for the Indiana Fever, New York Liberty and Phoenix Mercury were penalty over their decision to continue to alter their on-court attire in some manner in support of the movement.
Unlike with the NBA, players battled back against the league. Fever player Tamika Catchings, told, “Instead of the league taking a posture with us, where they tell us they appreciate us carrying our concerns like they did for Orlando, we’re fighting against each other.”
3 Dead After Gunman Opens Fire Inside Colorado Schemed Parenthood
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The alleged gunman is in custody after an hourslong standoff with police inside a Planned Parenthood clinic. He has been identified as Robert Lewis Dear, 57.
One officer and two civilians were killed in the attack. The policeman has been identified as Garrett Swasey, 44, who was married with two children .
President Barack Obama on Saturday directly addressed the shooting: “This is not normal. We cant let it become normal.”
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A community is slowly beginning to pick up the pieces after a gunman laid siege to a Schemed Parenthood clinic, objective three lives and affecting so many more.
Bloodied, frightened witness tried to flee the area of the clinic and its surrounding strip mall as alleged gunman Robert Lewis Dear, 57, fired shot after shot Friday, killing two civilians and a University of Colorado police officer who volunteered to construct his style to the crime scene.
It’s still unclear why Dear, who’s scheduled to attain his first tribunal appearance on Monday, targeted that Planned Parenthood clinic, or why he decided to take lives before he eventually surrendered after an hourslong standoff. Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers told that people can attain “inferences from where it took place.”
Witnesses heard the gunshots Friday and fled as several onlookers stopped to stare at an injured man who staggered from the Schemed Parenthood parking lot to a nearby grocery store, The New York Times reported.
He lifted his shirt up and he had holes in his chest, told Miranda Schilter, 17, who was at a coffee shop inside the grocery store.
The officer who died was Garrett Swasey, 44, a six-year veteran of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs police department, the school said . Swasey, who was married with two children, was a leader at his church and described by a friend as “an absolute human of courage” who often responded to off-campus calls.
Two civilians were also killed during Friday’s shooting, police spokeswoman Lt. Catherine Buckleysaid. Their identities have not yet been released. Nine others — five officers and four civilians — were also shot during the attack and were in good condition.
Dear had lived part of the time in a cabin that absence energy and operating water in the North Carolina mountains, The Associated Press reported.
Witness Ozy Licano spoke through sobbing as he described looking into the shooter’s eyes.
“I cant imagine. Its not right. I only dont know what possessed him, ” Licano said to Reuters. “There were five seconds we gazed at each others, and in that five second period those bullet pits were going right through my windshield.”
“The last thing Americans should have to do, over the holidays or any day, is comfort the families of people killed by firearm violence, ” he said. “And yet, two days after Thanksgiving, thats what we are forced to do again.”
The president used to say something needed to be done about the “easy accessibility of weapons of war.”
“This is not normal, ” Obama said. “We cant let it become normal.”
Colorado Springs Police Chief Peter Carey had little to say after the suspect’s capture late Friday.
“I have as many questions as you do, ” Carey told reporters at a press conference. “I have some hurt police officers, theyre at the hospital. Thats where Im headed to next.
Mayor John Suthers said there is “no continued peril to the citizens of Colorado Springs.”
Colorado Springs has a population of around almost half a million people and is 78. 8 percent white, according to the most recent available Census data. The town is home to the U.S. Olympic Training Center and several schools, including the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Colorado College.
The town also has a big evangelical presence, partly due to an economic growth great efforts to bring Christian missionaries there in the 1980 s, according to PBS.
Denise Speller, a director at a Supercuts salon situated down the road from the Planned Parenthood clinic, spoke to The Huffington Post on Friday afternoon while on lockdown inside her store.
“Cops came flying through the parking lot, they virtually made one another they were driving so fast, ” she said. She said she “heard multiple shootings fired” and “saw an officer go down” before she and others hunkered down in a back room.
“We cant go near the windows, ” she said. “We cant stop shaking and crying.”
Duy Tran, director at Fusion Nails in the nearby strip mall, told HuffPost he believed one of the banks was get robbed when employees ensure officers go barreling into the strip mall parking lot. He said bullets started flying and people took cover.
“The world is crazy, you just have to learn to live with it. I still have hope, ” he said.
In a statement Friday evening, Cecile Richards, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said: Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of the brave law enforcement officers who set themselves in harm’s way in Colorado Springs.” She added, “We are profoundly grateful for their bravery in helping to protect all women, men and young people as they access basic health care in this country.
Earlier this year, a series of heavily edited undercover videos claimed the family planning provider was harvesting fetal tissue after abortions and selling it. The group denies the charges and says it only donates fetal tissue for medical research when the patient requests it, and does not make a profit from the donation.
Congress is investigating Planned Parenthood’s practice of fetal tissue donation, and has so far observed no evidence of wrongdoing.
Friday’s attack unfolded less than a month after a shooting rampage in Colorado Springs left four people dead, including the gunman.
This past Halloween, 33 -year-old Noah Harpham fatally shot three peoplein the mountain town. Four Colorado Springs Police Department officers were placed on administrative leave after fatally shooting Harpham, who was recovering from substance abuse and wrote a jogging blog entry just days before the two attacks discussing religion and his spiritual faith.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly reported that Colorado Springs’ population was 5.3 million. It is actually 445,830. The article also incorrectly stated that the population is 87.7 percentage white. It is 78. 8 percent white .
Activists Say Betsy DeVos Nomination Puts Civil Right On The Line
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President-elect Donald Trumps nominee for U.S. secretary of education would threaten childrens access to equal education and is unfit to head the Department of Education, civil right groups said ahead of Betsy DeVos Senate verification hearing Tuesday.
A billionaire philanthropistand a long-time advocate for school choice, DeVos has funneled millions to conservative causes and nominees. She helped clear the way for the rise of charter schools in her home state of Michigan which has the most for-profit charters in the country and is a proponent of voucher programs that let students use public dollars at private schools.
DeVos seemed before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on Tuesday afternoon.
We cannot support a nominee who has demonstrated that she seeks to undermine bedrock American principles of equal opportunity , non-discrimination and public education itself, told Wade Henderson, president and chief executive of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
DeVos has been involved in education causes for years, previously chairing the American Federation for Children advocacy group and founding the Great Lakes Education Project with her husband, Dick DeVos. But she never worked as a teacher or administrator in local schools and did not attend public schools nor send her children to them.Critics say her lack of experience induces her unfit for the DOE post.
It also raises uncertainty as to whether shed be allowed to or willing to forcefully pursue equal rights protections for students, one of the major responsibilities of the department through its Office for Civil Rights.
States resistance to Brown vs. Board of Education, the landmark 1950 s civil rights example that outlawed school segregation, dedicates a window into the need for the Department of Education to be a strong enforcer, said Sherrilyn Ifill, chairwoman and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. She also warned that civil rights infringements in education “re coming” under innocuous-sounding names.
While desegregation attempts were met with outward opposition, including violence and school closures, resistance also took the form of things like school option and the diversion of public funding for private white academies, Ifill told. So were deep very well known the ways in which public education can be starved and can harm those children who need it the most, the most marginalized infants, by a variety of schemes.
Proponents of school choice policies such as expanding charter schools, restriction their oversight and creating voucher programs argue that they increase competition and give students access to better opportunities, particularly those in struggling school districts like Detroits. But critics tell DeVos approach will decimate public education and doesnt have the benefits she suggests.
In hundreds of communities of color, children arent being taught the skills they need to succeed in college or find the kinds of jobs that pay enough to escape poverty, and Betsy believes that is an alarming civil rights crisis, Patru told the news site.
DeVos husband is heir to the Amway fortune, and the family is worth an estimated$ 5 billion. Democrat say her nomination is rife with conflict of interest issues and is one more instance of Trump breaking his promise to drain the inundate, instead filling his cabinet with some of the wealthiest Americans.