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#PlanetIS: Deported Man Dies Homeless In Iraq (While ICE Detains US Citizens)

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The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she

With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Emma Lazarus

November 2, 1883

For those that do not know, this is the sonnet written by Emma Lazarus that is on a plaque on the pedestal that holds the Statue of Liberty.

Lazarus wrote this sonnet to help raise money for the pedestal that was to hold the statue once it was delivered from France.

I quote Lazarus to highlight the difference between her welcome message to newcomers to American shores and the current state of immigration.

Since Trump’s administration implemented zero-tolerance measures to detain anyone trying to cross into the US on the southern border, children have been separated from their parents. Despite a federal judge’s order, these separations have continued based on something as arbitrary as a child’s unchanged diaper, or a father’s speech impediment.

Department of Homeland Security acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan made a point of mentioning that “less than 1,000” children have been removed from their parent’s custody since that federal order, but loopholes are being used to do this, as TYT reports (below). Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questioned him on the border situation (Bloomberg TicToc).

And even worse, border patrol officers have been detaining US citizens across the country for extended periods while they “confirm” their citizenship.



See the story of Davino Watson, a US citizen from New York. He was threatened with deportation to Jamaica -where he has not lived since he was a child- and held for 3 and a half years here:

Daily Kos reports that Francisco Erwin Galicia, 18, was held at two immigration detention facilities, first by Border Patrol, then by ICE. Galicia is a US citizen, born in Dallas, TX.

Unfortunately, his younger brother Marlon was not born in the US. He was deported to Mexico. Galicia says he was tormented by guards who wanted him to sign a confession stating he was not a US citizen and was trying to enter the US illegally.

“They said they were going to charge me,” he told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, “they would insult me so I would sign my deportation order, and well, it was all psychological damage.”



Officials stated that Galicia never stated he was an American citizen.

“From the first moment that I presented myself at the checkpoint, I always said I was an American citizen. They even charged me because they said my papers were falsified, and I have proof because they contradict themselves because they charged me for supposedly falsifying my citizenship when I am a citizen here. It doesn’t make sense what they’re saying.”

Francisco Erwin Galicia (Daily Kos)

His mother brought his birth certificate to border patrol to confirm his place of birth. TYT reports Galicia was detained for 23 days, a week after border officials had proof of his citizenship. In that time, he lost about 26 pounds.

Julia Medina, a 9-year-old girl, and her 14-year-old- brother, Oscar, were detained. Both are US citizens with passports who cross the border every day to go to school.

This family was separated for 32 hours, and border officials told Julia that she was lying about being a US citizen because her passport picture did not match her.

They also accused her brother of smuggling and attempted to have him sign a confession, stating Julia was his cousin, not his sister.

TYT discussed the issues with ICE and border patrol and their outright defiance of a federal order here:


More recently, TYT reports that Jimmy Aldaoud, 41, from Detroit was deported in June. He was born in Greece, but his family came to the US when he was 6 months old. He grew up in America, as an Iraqi national, but he was deported to Iraq.



He did not speak Arabic, the predominant language of Iraq.

He never lived in Iraq. He lived in Detroit, MI.

He was not Muslim. He belonged to the Chaldean sect of the Catholic church that largely supported Trump in 2016.


The Trump Administration has targeted over 1,000 Iraqis for deportation, according to Politico. That includes Chaldean Catholics—a minority believed to have originated in ancient Mesopotamia, who face discrimination in present-day Iraq. Aldaoud was one of the Detroit-area Chaldeans given a final order of removal, although he challenged the decision in court.



He had no family there. All of his family lives in Detroit and has for decades.

He was homeless in Iraq, unable to find anyone to help him find work, a home, or his medicine.

Mr. Aldaoud was schizophrenic, which led to a criminal record in the US. His family has stated he was seeking counseling and getting treatment for the condition. He was also diabetic.

He was found dead Wednesday. Apparently, he died due to complications from diabetes, because he could not get his insulin.

This is just a snapshot of immigration practices in Trump’s America. A Google search turns up a distressing number of these stories. This is not a “protecting our borders” issue. It is not an immigration issue. This is Trump’s racism running rampant through government channels.

This is #PlanetIS.

We are #1Race, and it is far beyond time for us to act like it.



Gwendolyn J

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We Know Trump is a Racist (Why Are We Still Talking About It?)

Donald Trump is a racist.

I don’t understand why there is any question, debate, or conversation on this.

He was racist when he took out full-page ads that called for the death penalty for the Central Park 5. A confession from the actual criminal and DNA exonerated them.


He was racist when he voiced continual doubt about President Barack Obama’s American citizenship.

birth-certificate-long-form bobama

He was racist when he banned Muslims from entry into the US. It took three rounds, but he finally managed to get Supreme Court approval to “restrict the entry of nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia Syria, Yemen, North Korea, and Venezuela” (

He was racist two weeks ago when he told four Congressional women of color to go back where they came from. Three were born in the US and the fourth is a naturalized citizen.

He was racist this past weekend when attacked Chairman Elijah Cummings, head of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform about the state of Baltimore, MD.

One thing you can say about him: he’s consistent.

Remember when Jeffrey Epstein was arrested and questions were being raised about Trump’s connection to him?

Trump launched his attack on The Squad.

Remember last week when Mueller testified in open session before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees? He clearly stated that he did not indict Trump because he is a sitting President, but that he could indict him once he leaves the office.

Trump launched an attack on Congressman Elijah Cummings after he questioned acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan about the conditions at the border. Cummings also subpoenaed Mazars, a long-time Trump accounting firm for Trump’s financial records. A federal judge upheld that subpoena.

Trump’s racist rants against people of color are nothing but a distraction ploy.

As The Squad said: Don’t take the bait.

Stay focused. This is just the next step in Trump’s efforts to divide We The People. Unity and knowledge among We The People is his nightmare. Exposure of his shady dealings and empty promises is his nightmare.

The truth about Trump is clear.

Too much time and energy are taken up with this deflection tactic. We know Trump is racist.

We know he does not care about taking care of anyone but himself and seeing to it his rich friends get what they want, as much as they want.

We know he is a liar and a con man. Not convinced?

Trump has repeatedly stated he got a “small $1 million loan” from his father, Fred Trump and “built it into an empire.”

Fact: According to MSNBC, and even Trump biographer Michael D’Antonio
“It was always a scam.” Trump lost about $1 billion over a ten-year span. His businesses have filed bankruptcy 6 times, and he has been sued for not paying employees and contractors.

Trump University = Con. Google it.

So let’s move on.

Let’s talk about climate change. Let’s discuss the income gap. Discuss how to correct the tax situation that benefits 1% of the country and drops a huge weight on the rest of us.

Let’s discuss the crushing weight of debt, the cost of living, the lack of a living wage.

Let’s talk about Big Pharma and private insurance companies and why so many people in this country cannot afford healthcare.

Let’s talk about inhumane conditions at the border. Work out some kind of compromise that eases the pressure on border patrol and speaks to why these people feel driven to leave their homes for the US.

I challenge media outlets to stop occupying so much of their air time with Trump and focus on what matters to the people. Focus on real issues. Report on what we really worry about.

Give the ConMan in Chief his 3-5 minutes and move on to actual issues that face Americans every day.

Gwendolyn J


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Puerto Rico Erupting in Protests Against Govenor

Did you know that for 11 straight days Puerto Ricans have been protesting all over the island, demanding the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rossello.

One of the sparks that lit the fire in PR came from the release of racists, sexist, and homophobic messages between Rossello and 11 top aides. Puerto Ricans are displaying their fury by taking to the streets and calling for Rossello’s immediate resignation.

This is not the beginning of PR residents’ discontent. Puerto Rico has been dealing with high unemployment, coupled with ongoing debt. As you can see from the chart below, Puerto Rico’s unemployment rate has been consistently higher than in mainland US states.

After Hurricane Maria swept the island in September 2017, some waited 11 months for power to be restored. Delayed federal aid has done little to alleviate the issues. Rossello drew criticism when his administration granted a small company from Montana a $300 million contract to help clean up Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

Several officials were arrested for corruption just days before the messages came to light. These officials funneled $15.5 million to unqualified, personally connected vendors.


The two former Puerto Rico leaders — Julia Keleher, who was the secretary of the island’s department of education before stepping down in April, and Ángela Ávila-Marrero, who led Puerto Rico’s Health Insurance Administration until last month — were arrested by FBI agents on Wednesday.

Prosecutors wrote in the indictment that the conspiracy involved the two former public officials giving four associates an inside track to contracts.

Once secured, authorities say the contractors benefited by paying “unauthorized commissions” to other individuals to lobby government for more contracts, a dynamic authorities described as “a corrupt bidding process.”


From NPR on July 11, 2019

TYT’s Ana Kasparian, Brooke Thomas, and Francesca Fiorentini discussed this issue on July 16. See the video below.

CBSN also covered the story:

The population of PR has been dwindling due to the lack of jobs and the ongoing conditions these citizens of the United States have been forced to live under.

The protesters have vowed to keep the pressure on Rossello, although he has stated he will not run for re-election. They want him gone now.

Did you now?


Gwendolyn J


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Planet IS: Woman Told to Cover Up on American Airlines Flight

You would think that in the years since Lil Kim wore this:

And J-Lo wore this:
Source: Reddit


That a woman wearing a romper would be just fine on an American Airlines flight from Jamaica (94 degrees) to Miami, FL (89 degrees).


But no.

On #PlanetIS, Dr. Latisha Rowe was told by flight attendants that she had to cover up her outfit, or she would not be allowed to fly.

She was also warned against making a scene or getting “loud” on the flight.

The best part of this entire thing: the members of the flight crew that committed this act are also black.

TYT’s Post Game debated whether or not people of color can be defined as racist. This is my comment on the video:

I am black and have known many black racists. It is A Thing. It happens.
We still have the House N vs Field N mentality. Lighter-skinned Blacks with softer curls are seen as more attractive. It is changing very slowly, but it [is still] there.

CNN reports:

(CNN)American Airlines has apologized to a woman who says she was humiliated after being told she couldn’t fly unless she covered up her romper.

Latisha “Tisha” Rowe said she and her son were boarding a flight from Kingston, Jamaica, to Miami on June 30 when flight attendants asked them to step off the plane to talk, she told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin on Thursday.

Rowe said a female flight attendant asked her several times whether she had a jacket, and when she asked why, the woman told her that “you are not getting on the plane dressed like that.”

Rowe was wearing a strapless romper, so her legs, shoulders and arms were visible, but she said that nothing inappropriate was exposed.

“To me, that felt like a slap in the face, because I felt appropriately dressed,” Rowe said. “But I’m being told indirectly, in front of my son that — you know, it felt like ‘you look like a slut, so let’s fix this.’ “

Rowe said she ended up wrapping a blanket around herself in order to board the plane.


Dr. Rowe is a family doctor in Houston, TX.

An apology from American Airlines is certainly not enough. This is an ongoing symptom of #PlanetIS and the double standard forced upon women in all aspects of daily life, from schools to the workplace. And it is certainly not new.

Women of color were once required by law to cover their hair and all people of color were restricted to wearing only certain types of clothing.

The Timeline reports:

Before the American Revolution, European colonies enacted laws to distinguish African slaves from their burgeoning white populations. The purpose of this legislation was to entrench the superiority of Europeans and an economic system that exploited the labor of African slaves.
Under British rule, South Carolina passed the Negro Act of 1735, which provided stipulations on the type of clothing black people were allowed to wear, outlawing anything more extravagant than “Negro cloth, duffels, kerseys, osnabrigs, blue linen, check linen or coarse garlix, or calicoes, checked cottons, or Scotch plaids.”
Governor Esteban Rodriguez Miró of Louisiana, which was still a Spanish colony, passed the “Edict of Good Government,” which required black women to wear “their hair bound in a kerchief” or a “tignon.” Additionally, black women were prevented from wearing the same “jewelry or plumes” as women of European descent.
Governor Miró was also concerned about the growing appeal of Creole and biracial women, often referred to as mulattoes, to men of European descent. Part of enforcing the wearing of headwraps was to discourage plantation owners and slave masters from pursuing women who were deemed beneath them.
In South Africa, similar laws were passed at the behest of slave mistresses who felt that the headwrap would prevent white men from pursuing black slaves.

These days, women of color wear their headwraps proudly.
Source: The Timeline Erykah Badu



And I am one of them.


I am not certain if others understand the history and significance of the headwrap.

Either way, this attempt to minimize us in the past failed, just as American Airlines’ attempt to police Dr. Rowe’s more than acceptable attire should have failed.


However, on #PlanetIS, such objections are given more weight than they deserve.



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Welcome to Planet IS: Possible Cure for Alzheimer’s Discovered (But the Money is Too Good!)

The Young Turks are one of my favorite sources of real news. They are upfront and raw.

Today, I noticed this video from their series The Breakdown and it ticks me off. This is a Planet Is issue.


Big Pharma giant Pfizer is apparently refusing to perform trials on a potential Alzheimer’s cure.


They won’t make any money on it.

Yeh, that chaps my hide too.

Mostly because I also run an herbal remedies site because modern medicine keeps reminding us they care more about money than people.



Let’s talk about this.


Gwendolyn J

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