OFF-SITE READING 8/16/17

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* CHARLOTTESVILLE RESIDENTS ON ANTIFA: “LIKE ANGELS TO ME”

Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick published first-hand accounts recalling the “violent” tactics employed by anti-fascist forces in Charlottesville on Saturday. They unanimously describe acts of communal self-defense in face of right-wing terror–what Trump denounced as “alt-left.” One pastor said that “antifa saved my life twice on Saturday.” Another non-violent protester described getting defended by “anarchists and anti-fascist folks” and said “the antifa were like angels to me in that moment.”

*NO SIGN OUTREACH TO WHITE NATIONALISM WILL STOP

Amid the fallout from President Trump’s reaction to Charlottesville, Jeff Sessions falsely linked crime in Chicago to its “sanctuary city” status. As Politifact noted, there is zero proven link between immigration–documented or undocumented–and crime.

*TODAY, IN GARBAGE CAN HISTORY

In 1955, a federal judge denied the appeal of civil rights activist, performer and communist-sympathizer Paul Robeson. Robeson was trying to force the State Department to give him back his passport (he won it back in 1958).

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Sam Sacks worked on the Hill as a Congressional staffer, and as a writer and reporter since 2008. He’s been published in Hustler Magazine, which you may have seen but don’t want to admit.