Why we are suing Ohio and Kansas
We CAN Reverse Purges

by Greg Palast for The Palast Investigative Fund

The Supreme Court decision blessing the purge of half a million voters in Ohio is NOT the last word.

On Monday, the renowned law firm of Mirer Mazzocchi Julien of New York will serve a 90-day notice on Jon Husted, the Secretary of State of Ohio, of our intent to file suit in federal court unless we receive complete information on each of the hundreds of thousands of voters removed from the voter rolls.

Movie Still from The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

We have already filed a demand for information on Kris Kobach, the éminence grise behind Ohio and other mass purges nationwide, to open his purge program files to us. We are joined in this demand by the ACLU of Kansas.

What we can do

As I explained in my prior report, the Supreme Court did not authorize Ohio to (Show me more...)

What Can Be Done?

by Greg Palast for The Palast Investigative Fund

The implications of the Supreme Court decision are unimaginably horrid, as states come up with spurious “evidence” that a voter has moved — “proven” by a failure to respond to a piece of junk mail.

The purge could be massive: A half-million in Ohio will undoubtedly lead to millions nationwide.

Normally, a Supreme Court verdict is the final word, the last rodeo.

But there is hope. On Wednesday, I spoke by phone with renowned (Show me more...)

Ohio’s Junk Mail Trick Led The Supreme Court To Approve Jim Crow Vote Purge

By Greg Palast for Truthout

Monday’s Supreme Court decision blessing Ohio’s removal of half a million voters was ultimately decided on the issue of a postcard.

Now that little postcard threatens the voting rights of millions — but it can be reversed.

The instant-news media, working from press releases, not the Supreme Court’s decision itself, said that Husted, Ohio Secretary of State v. A. Philip Randolph Institute was about whether Ohio has the right to remove voters who failed to cast ballots in two federal election cycles.

Nope.

Even the Court’s right-wing majority concedes that federal law strictly forbids removing voters because they skipped some elections. The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 states that a voter purge program “shall not result in the removal of the name of any person … by reason of the person’s failure to vote.”

But here’s the trick (Show me more...)

Did The Supreme Court Just Legalize Caging?


[Above: Thom Hartmann and Greg Palast discuss the recent Supreme Court decision which validates Ohio's massive purge-by-postcard.]

The Supreme Court's blessing of Ohio's move to remove a half million voters from the rolls because they missed two elections should scare you. But dig this: At least 100,000 of those voters, mostly in Democratic areas, actually only missed one election. Being on the Crosscheck list and not returning a postcard was counted by GOP Secretary of State rules as a "missed" election. (Show me more...)

Oil-Can Eddie: The Man Who Made Me An Investigator – And Made Me A Man
Eddie Sadlowski (1938-2018)

By Greg Palast

Eddie Sadlowski
[Above: Edward Eugene “Oil-can” Sadlowski,
September 10, 1938 - June 10, 2018.
]

Eddie Sadlowski was a machine oiler at U.S. Steel Southworks. In 1976, he led a workers’ rebellion to take control of the million-person United Steelworkers of America. (Back then, workers were united and America made steel.) Oil-can Eddie was America’s working-class hero, back then, when America was working. He’d been profiled on 60 Minutes. The University of Chicago Business School thought it cute to bring him to the ivy-decorated campus to lecture, with his rough hands and Local 1110 windbreaker, so the yuppies-in-training could make fun of the workers’ monkey trying to speak English.

Sadlowski stunned them, his brain racing beyond them. (Show me more...)

Court Checks Crosscheck In Indiana

By Greg Palast

A federal judge has enjoined Indiana from purging voters just because they are on Kris Kobach’s Crosscheck list. The winning suit was brought by Common Cause. Their complaint extensively cited the work of the Palast Investigations Fund.

Indiana Preliminary Injunction

[Above: Excerpt from the preliminary injunction which bars Indiana from removing voters from the rolls based on Crosscheck alone. View full order here.]

This means Crosscheck is wounded, but the beast can still kill. Kill democracy. But we are proud to have provided the hard investigative facts that saved tens of thousands of voters of color in Indiana. Just 25 states to go… and we’re going after all of them, one at a time. (Show me more...)

How RFK Saved MLK’s Life

By Greg Palast

22 June 1963 - Martin Luther King meets with Attorney General, Robert F Kennedy. White House. Credit: Abbie Rowe, National Park Service/JFK Library, Boston".

50 years ago today, Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated. This is the story of RFK’s profile in political courage, gambling his brother’s election to the Presidency in order to save Martin Luther King Jr. from lynching.

It was a Republican, Martin Luther King Sr., who made John Kennedy president of the United States — for JFK’s saving Daddy King’s son, Martin Jr., from lynching.

This harrowing and little known drama of terror and courage, confirmed for me by Martin Luther King III, changed American politics — and America — forever.

On October 19, 1960, Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested in Georgia for driving with an Alabama driver's license and sentenced to six months hard labor. No one expected King to survive the sentence — he’d be lynched at the outset.

His father, Martin King Sr., had one desperate chance to save his son. (Show me more...)

Kris Kobach’s Toy Machine Gun

by Greg Palast

Kobach Gun

Kris Kobach has brought a new weapon to his hunt for the chimerical Fraudulent Voter: A flag-covered military jeep with a mounted 50-caliber machine gun — a toy one. It’s a fitting symbol for Kobach, whose hunt for Trump's claimed 3 million fraudulent voters has only shot blanks.

Kobach, once thought the obvious successor to Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, is now running (Show me more...)

Rhymes with Weinstein

Greg Palast, the journalist, shares a brain with Greg Palast the poet and story writer.  This is the first time Palast the poet has bothered you with verse—and the last time.  I will never send you another poem nor story unless you specifically sign up for my rhymes and fictions.

I was living in Hollywood, this was years ago, working as a sandwich-sign man, jazz drummer and a sperm donor.  God knows why, but my girlfriend decided to try out for a film.  This is about her encounter with Harvey Weinstein – or, more correctly, one of the 120,000 Weinsteins trolling the arts.

[Caution: language not for the squeamish.]

Audition (for Harvey Weinstein)

“STICK WITH ME ON THIS:
“IF YOU WERE ON A DESERT
“ISLAND AFTER A PLANE CRASH YOU WOULD DO  (Show me more...)

Free Speech TV & MNN Presents…
Elections 2018: Voting Rights Under Attack

By Greg Palast

"The American voting system is busted. It’s shattered. They’re trying to take away your vote by saying you’re not a citizen, by saying you voted in another state, by giving you provisional ballots for some cockamamie reason, by purging you from the voter rolls. These obstacles are put in the way of mostly voters of color — that’s the real issue. We have an apartheid election system in the United States.” — Greg Palast, Free Speech TV, May 10, 2018

On May 10, 2018, I participated in a broadcast and companion Twitter chat hosted by Free Speech TV and MNN entitled, "Elections 2018 — Voting Rights Under Attack.” The opening featured an interview with me and clips from the updated edition of my movie, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: The Case of The Stolen Election, which served as a springboard for a panel discussion on voting rights — and the lack thereof (Show me more...)

Paul “The Vulture” Singer Targets Hyundai

By Greg Palast

While Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un are playing double-or-nothing with the survival of Koreans, Trump’s billionaire sugar-daddy is taking advantage of political upheaval to attempt a seizure of one South Korea's major employers: Hyundai Motor. Paul Singer, known as The Vulture, is mounting an attack on the auto-maker known for providing life-time union-wage employment for workers. Putting worker welfare on a par with profits infuriates Singer. He sees them as fat targets ripe for takeover and tearing apart.

In our film, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, we explain how Singer, his Vulture Fund called "Elliott Management," and Singer’s cronies took over the General Motors auto parts operation (Delphi) — then closed almost every factory, ended all union jobs, and reopened the factories in China.

Here is my interview with Korea’s main newspaper, Chosun Ilbo.

Singer’s goons have said they, "have a file on Greg Palast." As you can see, I have a file on HIM… (Show me more...)

Lee Camp and Greg Palast
Los Angeles, Thursday 7:30pm

Greg Palast and Lee Camp in LA
This Thursday night, May 17, at 7:30 PM Greg Palast will be Camping Out with Lee Camp in Conversation Unredacted.

At a secret Studio City home location, only 25 political guerillas will be lucky to witness BBC and Rolling Stone investigative journalist GREG PALAST and the great political warrior comedian LEE CAMP spew truths that will make the ruling elites cry.

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Mom’s Last Message For You

Mom (1921-2018)

Look at the photo, her last one, taken a couple weeks ago.  A few days before she died.

There’s a message for you there.  And it’s way bigger than the IMPEACH TRUMP T-shirt she’s wearing.

What message?  It begins in Chicago.  1920s.  Her dad, Grandpa Alex, was a milkman, schlepping milk cans by horse-drawn cart.

At the time, a kid could get into the movies for ten cents; and her mother gave her the dime to go every week.  For 10 weeks straight, my mother went to the movies, but didn’t go in. For 10 weeks she saved the ten cents, and looked for a warm place in the Chicago snow to wait for her brothers and sisters to come out of the theater.

Until she had a dollar to get her mom a birthday present.

In 1943, during World War II, Gladys Palast was the first woman to enlist in the US Coast Guard.

I wish I could say Mom signed up to lick Hitler. But, truth is, she did it to get out of (Show me more...)

Palast brings you the No. 1 Bank Buster
This Saturday, May 5 — Los Angeles, CA

No one has busted more Banksters than the Banker who came in from the cold–Nomi Prins who fled from her top post at Goldman Sachs to tell the story of frightening Collusion.

This Saturday I will introduce Nomi who will lay out the fascinating truth revealed in her new book Collusion. Then Nomi and I will take your question about the Money Medusa.

There will also be music from Danny McGaw, tequila tasting and special guests!


WHERE: Immanuel Presbyterian Church
3300 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90010
WHEN: Saturday, May 5 at 7pm
TICKETS: bit.ly/nomiprinsla | $20 at door
 

FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE


Sponsored by KPFK, Truthdig, and Women Occupy Hollywood, the night not only includes an hour-long interview of Print but also a live music performance by McGaw and his band who will be showcasing his composition "You & Me" — the companion song to Collusion amongst other songs on his upcoming album. (Show me more...)

San Diego Premiere:
The Case of The Stolen Election
Feat. Greg Palast Live

SDU Best Democracy Money Can Buy Screening

Join me on Tuesday, May 1 at 6pm at the University of San Diego for the SoCal premiere of the #TrumpStoleIt update of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: The Case of the Stolen Election.


WHERE: Joan B. Kroc Theater

5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110

WHEN: Tuesday, May 1 at 6pm

ENTRY: FREE — all welcome!

INFO | FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE


After the screening Greg Palast and the crew from KNSJ Radio will answer your questions.

At the event, we’ll also memorialize Greg’s mom, San Diego activist Gladys Palast, who passed away last Monday. (Show me more...)

Gladys Palast 1921 – 2018

Mom and journalist 1953

My mom died Monday night. 96 years old. She lived a fierce and happy life in a horrible century. She said, "I married the man I love and had two wonderful children. I’m ready." May we all be so blessed.

Mom was the first woman to enlist in the Coast Guard in World War II. She was a union rights activist (SEIU) and a teacher until the age of 80. In 1988, she led the San Diego Democratic Delegation to the party’s convention — and directed pickets around the Marriott Atlanta to stop delegates from breaking (Show me more...)

KPFA Presents The Bay Area Premiere of
The Best Democracy Money Can Buy:
The Case Of The Stolen Election

Join us on Wednesday, April 18 in Oakland for the Bay Area Premiere of...

The Best Democracy Money Can Buy:

The Case Of The Stolen Election

Featuring a post-screening Q&A with award-winning investigative reporter,
bestselling author, and filmmaker Greg Palast.

Plus special appearance by Jello Biafra (of Dead Kennedys).

Hosted by KPFA's Dennis J Bernstein and Miguel Gavilan Molina.


When: Wednesday, April 18 at 7 and 9.30PM

(Second screening added at 9.30PM due to popular demand. Come 30 mins early and catch the Q&A.)

Where: Grand Lake Theater | 3200 Grand Avenue | Oakland, CA 94610

Admission: $15 donation for one person | $25 donation for a pair

Combo Packages: $30 Ticket & Book | $30 Ticket & DVD

All proceeds go to The Sustainable Markets Foundation
for the benefit of the Palast Investigative Fund.


And, if you can't make it to the Bay Area, we'll be broadcasting tonight's Q&A via Facebook LIVE at around 9PM PST. The stream will appear at the top of our page once we're live.
Tune in here: facebook.com/GregPalastInvestigates/

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Palast with ACLU Kansas Announces
Legal Attack on
Trump Double-Voter Claims and Purges

Greg Palast, joined by ACLU of Kansas, launches nationwide legal attack on Trump’s claim that millions of people have voted twice illegally.

Palast is the Rolling Stone journalist who broke the original story that thousands of voters in 29 states lost their right to vote because of Trump’s phony double voter claim.

Palast is the only US journalist with the names of more than 1,000,000 of the accused voters – obtained in a years long investigation for Al Jazeera and Rolling Stone, an investigation which won the prestigious Global Editors award.

Palast is working alongside the ACLU of Kansas because the "double-vote" list was created by Trump "vote fraud czar" Kris Kobach as part of his "Interstate Crosscheck" program. Used by 29 states, almost all GOP controlled, voting officials have secretively challenged and purged thousands of voters from voter rolls in Ohio, Michigan, Arizona, Oklahoma and other states.

Palast’s team of experts has determined that the purge list is overwhelmingly (Show me more...)

Kobach Behind Scheme to
Ask Citizenship in Census

By Greg Palast

Tom Hartmann and Palast discuss the implications of the new citizenship question on the 2020 census.

As soon as I heard Trump was adding the question about whether you have a non-citizen in your household to the census I smelled Kobach. He'd already suggested it in a secret memo that we caught a glimpse of during a meeting in November, 2016 with Trump.

The GOP's basically turning the census into a giant caging operation to get rid of real citizen voters by asking if you have a non-citizen in your household. They want to scare people off from voting and they want to scare people off from filling out the census. (Show me more...)

Cambridge Analytica Ain’t Nuthin:
Look Out For i360 and DataTrust

By Greg Palast

 
There are two dangers in the media howl over Trump’s computer gurus Cambridge Analytica, the data-driven psy-ops company founded by billionaire brown-shirts, the Mercer Family.

The story is that Cambridge Analytica, once directed by Steve Bannon, by shoplifting Facebook profiles to bend your brain, is some unique "bad apple" of the cyber world. (Show me more...)

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