Charlottesville: Victim of Neo-Nazi Beating Charged With Assault — No Kidding!

Greg Palast 

By Greg Palast with Zach D. Roberts for Truthout

DeAndre Harris, semi-conscious and bleeding.

We can’t make this up: African-American school teacher DeAndre Harris, victim of a beating by neo-Nazis in Charlottesville in August, has been — ready for this? — charged with assaulting the white supremacists who beat him with boards, iron rods, and brass knuckles.

That is correct. Harris, in photos released by Truthout and carried worldwide, was shown being beaten close to death — has now been charged with the same crime as his attackers: “unlawful wounding”.

Several of Harris’ attackers remain on the run — and local and federal officials show little interest in going after them. Yet, a Charlottesville magistrate issued a warrant to arrest Harris yesterday, October 9. …more

Warrant Issued for DeAndre Harris’ Arrest in Charlottesville

Greg Palast 

By Zach D Roberts

DeAndre Harris beaten in Charlottesville, VA Copyright: Zach D Roberts

Last night (Monday, October 9), we have learned that the DeAndre Harris story has taken a twist that would, in a different era, be surprising. With several of DeAndre’s attackers still on the run — and police showing no interest in going after them — DeAndre just had an arrest warrant issued in his name. According to a media release issued by the Charlottesville Police Department, the warrant was for “Unlawful Wounding” (Va Code 18.2-51).

That’s right, the young man who you can see here being beaten to an inch of his life by half a dozen white supremacists will be …more

Unsealed Kobach Docs Shed More Light On Tactics For Trump’s War On Voting Rights

Greg Palast 

Kobach memos unsealed.

On Friday, August 6, thanks to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU, a federal judge unsealed two documents relating to Kris Kobach’s proposed amendments to the National Voter Registration Act (a.k.a. the “motor-voter law”).

The first document was a memo that Kobach brought to a meeting with President-elect Trump in November 2016, which was partially exposed during a photo op and revealed that Kobach wants to “stop aliens from voting” by drafting amendments to the National Voter Registration Act “to promote proof of citizenship requirements.” The second unsealed document offers more insight into precisely how Kobach intends to do this. …more

May we add your name to the credits?

Greg Palast 

The massive success of our film has led to demands from NAACP, ACLU, Transformative Justice Coalition for a post-election update of the The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.

We are about to go to print with this post-election-heist edition.

Our new subtitle:  “The Case of the Stolen Election.”

And this is your chance to get your name in the credits!

For a tax-deductible donation of $100, we’ll list you in the movie credits as a Supporter and send you both the new signed DVD and a link to download it.

There’s a deadline: Saturday, Oct 7 at midnight PT

(If you are already on the credits from last year, you’ll remain in the new film.)

If you don’t have an extra Ben Franklin, …more

Finally, Busted!

Greg Palast 

Finally.

“Use of Crosscheck risks severe, discriminatory disenfranchisement of registered voters in violation of federal law.”

Last month, the NAACP and League of Woman Voters filed a lawsuit to put an end to the state of Indiana’s use and abuse of Crosscheck.

Their evidence:  the findings of the Palast Investigations team, our sleuths and our statisticians are cited throughout as the solid factual back-up for their suit to stop the wrongful removal of tens of thousands of voters of color in that state.

(Crosscheck is that secret hit list of 7 million Americans crafted by Kris Kobach, Trump’s “Elections Integrity” czar.  The list, targeting minority voters was discovered and uncovered by …more

Kobach “Election Integrity” Commission Discuss Obviously Bogus Claims Of Voter Fraud in NH
Republicans Aren’t Fools, Misdirection is Intentional

Greg Palast 

By Nicole Powers

Kris Kobach’s so-called “Election Integrity” Commission had their first public meeting in New Hampshire on Tuesday. One of the topics they discussed was claims made by a bogus Koch-funded Heritage Foundation report that 1,100 people in New Hampshire voted illegally (which Kobach repeated in his similarly bogus September 7 Breitbart column). The “evidence” that they used to back this claim up was that some people used out of state DMV ID to vote. On yesterday’s edition of the Thom Hartmann Program, Greg and Thom quickly debunk the Heritage Foundation and Kobach’s assertion that illegal out of state voters changed the outcome of the 2016 New Hampshire Senate race. …more

Civil Rights Center Calls On Governor McAuliffe (D) To Withdraw Virginia From Racist GOP Voter Purging Program

Greg Palast 

By Nicole Powers

After spearheading the launch of The Voting Rights Project in Virginia at an event on Saturday, September 9, DC’s Civil Rights Center has called for the state to withdraw from Interstate Crosscheck.

In an open letter, submitted on September 12, 2016, the Executive Director of the Civil Rights Center, Dee Hunter, asked Virginia’s Democratic Governor, Terry McAuliffe, to terminate the state’s participation in the GOP’s racially-biased-by-design voter purging program.

“Terry McAuliffe has called the Trump-Kobach vote fraud commission a machine of ‘vote suppression’. Yet McAuliffe is one of the last Democratic governors to insist …more

Watch The Voting Rights Project Virginia Panel Feat. Palast — Plus Representatives From NAACP, VoteRiders, People Demanding Action & More

Greg Palast 

On Saturday, September 9, 2017 we took the Voting Rights Project to the First African Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia. A screening of a brand new activist cut of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy was followed by a panel discussion. Moderated by Dee Hunter of the Civil Rights Center, it featured Palast, Kathleen Unger (VoteRiders), Andrea Miller (People Demanding Action), Brian Cannon (OneVirginia2021), Gus Semba (The Semba Foundation), and Greg Moore (NAACP).

The event had one main goal: To put pressure on the Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe — a Democrat — to remove the state from Kris Kobach’s stealth voter-purging system. Over a million voters have quietly …more

Second Man Arrested In Connection With Charlottesville Neo-Nazi Attack

Greg Palast 

Above: Alex Michael Ramos, Dan Borden, and three more unidentified males brutally assault school teacher De’Andre Harris in a parking garage in Charlottesville on August 12. Photo: Zach D Roberts.

On Monday, August 27, police finally arrested the second of two assailants identified from Palast Investigative Fund photographer Zach D. Roberts’ Charlottesville photos. Alex Michael Ramos, who surrendered himself to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia on Monday evening, has been charged with one count of malicious wounding. Fellow attacker, Dan Borden, faces a similar charge for the brutal assault of Black school teacher De’Andre Harris, which nearly cost him his life.

Still missing, the FBI moving on the others whom the attackers must know, including the man with the gun pictured below. (Thanks to Titter user @extapdancer for digitally enhancing the shot with a program called “Unshake” — see inset.)

Above: Can you identify this man? (Click on image to view high resolution file.) Photo: Zach D Roberts.

“While we’re happy that arrests are going forward… these two men were identified immediately by journalists who covered the rally. There have been no additional identifications of any of the other participants by law enforcement,” said Harris’ attorney, Lee Merritt, in an interview for Democracy Now!. “We just hope that people don’t settle with these two arrests and that law enforcement doesn’t think that the job is done with these arrests.”

Note that the Justice Department has brought no charges for crossing state lines with intent to commit violence. (Maybe Jeff sessions thinks that the other attackers were “very fine people“.)

“I’m also concerned in these arrests that they have been undercharged. Each were charged with one felony account of a malicious assaulting,” said Merritt. “We’re talking about a group of white supremacists who attacked a young black male at a white supremacist rally while shouting racial slurs… if this doesn’t set the table for hate-based criminal charges, I don’t know what will.” …more

Democracy Now!: Neo-Nazi Attack in Charlottesville Caught on Camera by Palast Photographer Zach D. Roberts

Greg Palast 

“Suddenly, a fight breaks out behind me. De’Andre Harris comes running out and is followed by about a dozen white supremacists, who are chasing him with clubs, helmets and shields and every sort of weapon they could find. And they shove him into a parking arm. He falls down. They keep beating him, kicking him, using whatever they can find.”

Palast Investigative Fund photographer Zach D. Roberts is interviewed by Nermeen Shaikh for Democracy Now! about the brutal beating of De’Andre Harris he witnessed and caught on camera in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017.

You can see more of Zach D. Roberts’s images from Charlottesville here. Zach also got an exclusive interview with De’Andre Harris, which you can find here. …more