The Supreme Court passed a controversial ruling Tuesday that approves the Trump administration’s plan to prohibit transgender citizens from joining the military.
The high court had a split 5-4 decision among five conservatives and four liberal members who voiced opposition.
The court has since then denied the Trump administration’s request to review the plan directly. Therefore, the cases will be issued to the lower courts.
Under the presidency of Barack Obama, transgender individuals have been able to enlist in the service and allowed to serve openly since 2016.
Trump delayed the enlistment date, saying the issue needed further study. While that study was ongoing, the president tweeted in late July 2017 that the government would not allow “Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.” He later directed the military to return to its policy before the Obama administration changes.
The Trump administration has received a slew of lawsuits resulting in early round losses in those cases and nationwide injunctions from the court. The Supreme Court has now lifted those preliminary injunctions as of Tuesday, Jan. 22.
The new policy generally bars transgender individuals from serving unless they serve “in their biological sex” and do not seek to undergo a gender transition.
Jewish protesters slam Amazon over alleged Ties to ICE
A Jewish-led organization of protesters orchestrated a rally, targeting Amazon for the company’s supposed ties to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The sit-in protest was reportedly held at the tech giant’s Cambridge location in Massachusetts on Thursday evening –– approximately 1,000 in attendance.
The fearless group of activists were spotted on surveillance cameras, blocking employees from using the office elevators while chanting and raising banners that read, “Never Again means No Tech for ICE.”
There have been rumors circulating for quite some time pertaining to Amazon’s business contracts with ICE. The e-commerce hub has allegedly distributed invasive facial recognition technology that can identify and track illegal immigrants from digital images and video frames.
“Amazon is profiting off putting people in our communities into prisons, into jails, into boxes and deporting them,” group spokeswoman Elizabeth Weinbloom told the Tampa Bay Times.
A dozen of the hundreds of protesters who marched from the Boston Holocaust Memorial to Amazon’s Cambridge building were arrested and taken into custody. The group has created a GoFundMe page to both cover bail expenses and logistical costs.
Amazon has not released a statement.
Black Student Awarded $725k in Lawsuit against Neo-Nazi Follower
The first black woman to serve as American University’s student government president celebrated Friday after a lawsuit win in federal court against a neo-Nazi website manager who launched an online hate movement against her.
A federal judge awarded Taylor Dumspon, 22, approximately $725,000 after The Daily Stormer blog founder Andrew Anglin failed to respond to her lawsuit.
Dumpson was named student government president in 2017. The historic moment on AU’s campus amassed the attention of dozens of white supremacists, including Anglin, who directed his followers to troll Dumpson via social media after hearing the news, and a suspect who hung nooses with bananas containing racist messages on the university’s campus.
Here’s a breakdown of Dumpson’s settlement:
- $101,429.28 for compensatory damages
- $500,000 for punitive damages costs
- $124,022.10 for attorneys’ fees and costs.
The judge is also said to have placed a restraining order against Anglin, his Moonbase Holdings limited liability company, and Brian Andrew Ade for internet harassment.
“This ruling should send a strong message to other white supremacists that they can and will be held accountable for hateful activity that constitutes unlawful discrimination, no matter whether it occurs online or in the real world,” said Kristen Clarke, the president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The organization represented Dumpson in the case.
Walmart Employees Call for the Corporation to Cease Profiting of Gun Sales
Enraged Walmart employees are demanding the retail giant revoke its firearm sales following the back-to-back mass shootings at locations in El Paso, Texas and in Dayton, Ohio’s downtown district. The senseless killing sprees took the lives of over 30 victims and caused dozens of critical injuries.
The aftermath has left thousands of the corporation’s employees on edge, including, Thomas Marshall, a manager in Walmart’s San Bruno, California, e-commerce office, who took the initiative to organize a massive walkout on Wednesday. Marshall also requested his associates sign a Change.org petition, calling for the retailer to refrain from selling guns and ammunition.
“We have one demand, and that is all. We value Walmart and our fellow associates, but we are no longer willing to contribute our labor to a company that profits from the sale of deadly weapons,” the petition reads.
“We would like to see Walmart take a unified and public stance against guns and gun violence. We urge our leadership to cease the sale of all firearms and ammunition, ban the public open and concealed carry of weapons on company property and in all stores, and cease WALPAC donations to NRA backed -A/A+ politicians.”
Marshall’s petition has garnered nearly 60,000 signatures and continues to rapidly climb. While the courageous manager fears his job is in jeopardy, he intends to ramp up his protest by sending the petition directly to Walmart CEO Doug McMillon.
McMillon released a statement Wednesday, expressing his grief over the shootings. He ordered violent video games to be removed from all of the stores shelves but failed to address the elephant in the room –– gun distribution.
“We’ll be thoughtful and deliberate in our responses, and will act in a way that reflects our best values and ideals, focused on the needs of our customers, associates and communities,” he wrote.
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