Women's Rights on Chopping Block in Trump Budget, Leaked Docs Show

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April 26, 2017

by Nadia Prupis, staff writer

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Women's Rights on Chopping Block in Trump Budget, Leaked Docs Show

If approved, 2018 budget would slash funding for Global Women's Issues ambassador from $8.25 million to zero

 

President Donald Trump wants to cut all funding to a State Department bureau that promotes women's rights around the world, according to documents leaked to Foreign Policy this week.

The internal budget document shows that the president wants to merge the State Department with USAID, the federal agency that administers humanitarian assistance around the world, and funnel money from numerous aid programs to national security initiatives instead. A number of offices are on the chopping block, from the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, which faces a 94.5 percent funding cut, to the Bureau for Food Security, which would lose 68 percent.

Among the programs facing the largest cuts is the ambassador-at-large for Global Women's Issues, FP reported. If Trump's 2018 budget is approved by Congress, it would slash that office's budget of $8.25 million in 2016 to zero.

Musimbi Kanyoro, the president and chief executive of the Global Fund for Women, told the Independent on Wednesday, "This proposed budget cut sends an alarming signal about the primacy the U.S. government accords to women's human rights around the world."

"An action like this de-prioritizes women and girls and holds the threat that we will actually see global women's rights recede rather than advance under the watch of this administration," Kanyoro said.

The news comes just after the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump, spoke at a roundtable discussion on women's rights where she defended her father's record on the issue–eliciting boos and hisses from the audience.

"[A]s Ivanka Trump calls for women's economic empowerment, her father's budget seeks to eliminate funding for the ambassador-at-large for Global Women's Issues, a development assistance funding account that historically provided over $250 million for gender equality and women's empowerment, as well as crucial funding for agencies like the UNFPA [United Nations Population Fund]," said Paul O'Brien, vice president for policy and campaigns at Oxfam America, in a statement Tuesday.

Trump slashed funding to the UNFPA, which offers reproductive and maternal health services around the world, earlier this month.

"Talk is cheap when you don't fund the efforts you tout. It's clear that women's empowerment and gender equality are on the chopping block in this budget," O'Brien said, noting that many of the programs slated for defunding run on less than a penny of every federal dollar.

This isn't the first time the Trump administration has turned its back on global women's issues. In January, the president signed an order that imposed a funding ban on U.S.-supported charities overseas that provide information on abortion—a move that prompted at least 10 countries to sign up for a funding initiative to fill some of the shortfall, expected to be around $600 million over the next four years.

Trump also sent an anti-LGBTQ hate group, the Center for Family and Human Rights, to represent the U.S. at a United Nations conference on women's issues in March.

"Congress must stand against this reckless move to walk away from one of America's proudest and smartest investments," O'Brien said Tuesday. "Instead of building on these investments and ongoing real reforms, this administration is proposing devastating cuts that will have dire consequences for millions of people, as well as our global standing, national security interests, and the values central to America's identity."

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WTF USA? Shock and Horror as Donald Trump Wins Presidency

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by Common Dreams staff

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WTF USA? Shock and Horror as Donald Trump Wins Presidency

Far-right candidate plunges world into despair as billionaire television personality wins nation's highest elected office

 

President-elect Donald J. Trump.

Huge swaths of the American population, and countless people watching around the world, reacted with shock and outrage early Wednesday morning when it was reported that Hillary Clinton had called her Republican rival to concede the election and Donald Trump subsequently declared victory in the 2016 election.

Trump is now slated to become the 45th president of the United States of America.

The results confounded mainstream pundits and upended major polls and electoral analyses throughout the night. But while the final results remained outstanding in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and New Hampshire, Trump victories in the key battleground states of Florida, Ohio, and North Carolina tilted the electoral math in his favor. As of this writing, Trump was widely seen as having the much better chance of winning the electoral college vote and the concession by Clinton appeared to acknowledge that her campaign saw no path to victory.

Trump himself addressed a crowd of supporters in New York City just before 3am local time to deliver his acceptance speech.

Watch:

The reaction to the election results among voters and progressives on social media was both immediate and severe. While some expressed disbelief and anger, others tackled the questions about how this happened or how people should now respond:

    How the fuck. Did. This. Happen. pic.twitter.com/ayOH0cyWBJ

    — Adam H. Johnson (@adamjohnsonNYC) November 9, 2016

    This is unutterably horrifying

    — ruth conniff (@rconniff) November 9, 2016

    A rapist, a bigot, a man who has promised untold pain to so many people in this country is now our president. #ElectionDay

    — Kate Aronoff (@KateAronoff) November 9, 2016

    The chants of #USA have never sounded so sinister. I literally hate EVERYTHING about our country right now. #ElectionDay

    — DanielleMoodie-Mills (@DeeTwoCents) November 9, 2016

    I don't think anyone can yet come close to processing the implications of Donald Trump actually being President of the United States.

    — Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) November 9, 2016

    Trump is awful, which is why it was so irresponsible for media & elites to ignore what made him popular. I'm disgusted.

    — Katie Halper (@kthalps) November 9, 2016

    Resistance,organizing,solidarity.

    — Katrina vandenHeuvel (@KatrinaNation) November 9, 2016

    So glad Democrats institutionalized a vast and unaccountable national security apparatus that will soon be controlled by a madman.

    — Trevor Timm (@trevortimm) November 9, 2016

    Unfortunately, the next President will have command of a vast nuclear arsenal, biggest military in history, & a vast surveillance apparatus.

    — Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) November 9, 2016

    A Trump presidency is a frightening prospect. The fascists he empowers and seeks to legitimize present a terrifying immediate future.

    — jeremy scahill (@jeremyscahill) November 9, 2016

    this is what you get for referring to working people as deplorable.

    — Winnie Wong (@WaywardWinifred) November 9, 2016

    Rudy Giuliani is cackling on MSNBC right now: "this is like Andrew Jackson's victory," he says. You know, the racist genocidal maniac.

    — Trevor Timm (@trevortimm) November 9, 2016

    I am not going to despair. We are gonna wake up tomorrow and organize like we never organized before regardless. #ElectionNight

    — Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) November 9, 2016

    The biggest mistake you made was to dismiss & disparage the candidate who had the best chance to defeat Trump. It's a damn shame. https://t.co/Xdz372bUNe

    — Warren Gunnels (@GunnelsWarren) November 9, 2016

    The expansion of Guantanamo and a drift to 2 justice systems, for Muslims & non-Muslims. https://t.co/y2ucaB9rBL

    — Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman) November 9, 2016

    Pundits literally don't have scripts to understand this. The left needs to step in with a cogent plan and analysis #ElectionNight

    — Kate Aronoff (@KateAronoff) November 9, 2016

    Q: How much of this result is about coastal complaisance with union decline?

    NV--Solid Dem win.

    Other key states--fuck you.

    — emptywheel (@emptywheel) November 9, 2016

    The 2016 Dem primary, and specifically how it was tilted to Clinton by the machine, now becomes one of the darkest moments in party history

    — David Sirota (@davidsirota) November 9, 2016

    The unthinkable happened before, to my family in WWII. We got thru it. We held each other close. We kept our dignity and held to our ideals.

    — George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 9, 2016

And finally:

    In an alternate universe, Bernie Sanders is giving his victory speech right now.

    — David Sirota (@davidsirota) November 9, 2016

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You Have More Support Than You Know': Native Nations Will Rise in DC and Nationwide

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by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

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You Have More Support Than You Know': Native Nations Will Rise in DC and Nationwide

"This fight against the Dakota Access pipeline has sparked a powerful global movement," says Dallas Goldtooth

An interfaith celebration and prayer service is taking place Thursday evening ahead of Friday's Native Nations Rise march and rally in Washington, D.C.

"Water is life—so in attacking our water Donald Trump is attacking our lives, families, and right to self-determination."

—Dallas Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network

The service at Washington National Cathedral will include members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), and tribal nations from across the United States, as well as clergy and lay leaders from the Episcopal Church and various denominations.

Friday's demonstration, meanwhile, is expected to draw thousands. The march will depart from the Army Corps of Engineers office and end with a rally in front of the White House in Lafayette Park. Solidarity events are happening nationwide. As Common Dreams reported, native communities and their allies have been in the nation's capital since Tuesday, participating in lobby days and workshops. 

#NativeNationsRise Tweets

Veterans for Peace is among the allied groups whose members are traveling to participate in the march and rally, declaring in a statement on Thursday: "We continue to stand in solidarity with the resistance at Standing Rock. As veterans, we see the connections between greed, racism, violence, and environmental destruction in our own communities, and war and militarism abroad."

Also Thursday, tribal representatives met with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who was a vocal supporter during the fight to stop the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL)—the battle that sparked Friday's day of action. Despite widespread outcry, President Donald Trump issued an executive order upon taking office advancing construction of the 1,172-mile oil pipeline. Indigenous activists and environmentalists predict further expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure under the oil-soaked Trump administration. 

But they have vowed to fight back.

"You have more support than you know," Sanders reportedly told the group, citing the significant response his social media page receives on posts covering Native American issues. "Your job, my job, is to bring those people together to say to Trump and his corporate friends, he can't do this. But we need to a strategy to do that."

Indigenous Rising Media provided video of the meeting:

"This fight against the Dakota Access pipeline has sparked a powerful global movement calling for Donald Trump, Congress, and the U.S. government as a whole to respect Indigenous nations and people in our right to water, land, sovereignty, and culture," Dallas Goldtooth of IEN said ahead of the demonstration. "Indigenous people are not here to be your sacrifice zone for fossil fuel projects. Water is life—so in attacking our water Donald Trump is attacking our lives, families, and right to self-determination."

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Young Black Men Still Predominant Victims of Police Violence

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by Lauren McCauley, staff writer

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Young Black Men Still Predominant Victims of Police Violence

Efforts by the Justice Department under President Barack Obama to improve accountability are likely to be dashed under Trump administration

Despite the protests, media scrutiny, and all around heightened national attention, young black men in 2016 continued to be the predominant victims of police violence in the United States.

According to year-end figures published Sunday by the Guardian database The Counted, "[b]lack males aged 15-34 were nine times more likely than other Americans to be killed by law enforcement officers last year," and were "killed at four times the rate of young white men."

Overall, the number police killings fell slightly—1,091 last year, according to the Guardian tally, from 1,146 in 2015—but the pattern of brutality has remained consistent.

Of those, "officers were charged with crimes in relation to 18 deaths from 2016, along with several others from the previous year," the report noted. "These charges included the arrests of officers involved in the high-profile killings of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Philando Castile near St Paul, Minnesota."

Following another troubling trend, many fatalities occurred when police were called in to help deescalate a conflict or situation.

"One in every five people killed by police in 2016 was mentally ill or in the midst of a mental health crisis when they were killed," the Guardian reported, and the same percentage of deaths "started with calls reporting domestic violence or some other domestic disturbance."

Further, almost 29 percent "developed from police trying to pull over a vehicle or approaching someone in public, including some potential suspects for crimes."

The newspaper notes that their total "is again more than twice the FBI's annual number of "justifiable homicides" by police, counted in recent years under a voluntary system allowing police to opt out of submitting details of fatal incidents."

With a dearth of public accountability for such incidents, media efforts like The Counted and one by the Washington Post, have attempted to fill that void. But, as the Guardian observed, efforts by the Justice Department under President Barack Obama to improve its system are likely to be dashed with the incoming Trump administration.

Particularly concerning for many is the president-elect's nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) for attorney general, which both the NAACP and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have vowed to fight.

An analysis published this week by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University's School of Law highlighted Session's regressive stance on criminal justice reform as well as his deep skepticism of federal involvement in state and local affairs, including policing. "As Attorney General, he could end or significantly curtail these investigations," the Center noted.

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