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Kamala Harris Slams Donald Trump's 'Many Sides' Rhetoric On Charlottesville 1

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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) criticized President Donald Trump’s refusal to directly condemn the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend, instead choosing to blame “many sides.”

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides ― on many sides,” Trump said Saturday. 

Harris, however, doesn’t agree.

“And as the country grappled with this tragedy, we were told that ‘many sides’ should be condemned. Many sides,” Harris said in a Facebook post on Sunday. “I often advocate that we look at many sides of an issue, walk in someone else’s shoes and identify and reject false choices. But there are not ‘many sides’ to this.”

Harris went on to describe moments in history where rhetoric similar to Trump’s kept schools and restaurants segregated.

“‘Many sides’ suggests that there is no right side or wrong side, that all are morally equal. But I reject that,” Harris wrote. “It’s not hard to spot the wrong side here. They’re the ones with the torches and the swastikas.”

The White House attempted to clarify the president’s remarks on Sunday morning, but those comments didn’t come from Trump.

“The president said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry and hatred. Of course, that includes white supremacists, KKK, Neo-Nazi and all extremist groups. He called for national unity and bringing all Americans together,” the statement, attributed to a spokesperson, read.

Trump’s seeming inability to directly condemn the violence perpetuated by white supremacists in Virginia has resulted in widespread outrage across the country. His unwillingness to disavow white supremacy is also at odds with a growing number of officials, including members of the Trump administration, who have spoken out against the hateful acts.

But Harris remains optimistic.

“There is hope to be found. The truth is that the vast majority of Americans are good, fair and just and they want their country to reflect those ideals,” she wrote. “And the fact that yesterday’s explicit hate was met with near-universal condemnation affirms my belief in our capacity to overcome evil.”

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Report: Secret Service Booted To The Sidewalk After Trump Tower Rent Dispute

The agency says the move has had no impact on security.

It looks like the Secret Service has been kicked to the curb.

The Washington Post reports that a lease dispute has forced the agency to move its Trump Tower command post out of the building, where it had been one floor below President Donald Trump’s apartment, and into a trailer on the sidewalk.

“After much consideration, it was mutually determined that it would be more cost effective and logistically practical for the Secret Service to lease space elsewhere,” a Trump Organization spokesperson confirmed to HuffPost.

Trump has not spent a night inside the building since his inauguration, although first lady Melania Trump and their son, Barron, continued to live at the property until they moved to the White House in June

The U.S. military also leases space inside the building under a separate arrangement that costs $130,000 per month, the Wall Street Journal reported last month. 

Earlier this year, Congress approved $120 million to cover some of the costs of protecting the president and his family, with half of the money going to the Secret Service. 

The agency has faced significantly increased costs as it tries to keep up with a president who spends many of his weekends at one of several different residences. 

In the first three months of the year, the Secret Service spent $35,000 just on golf cart rentals at the Trump-owned Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, CBS News reported. 

It’s not clear what the specific source of the current dispute is, and the agency told The Hill that “there has been no impact to the security plan” as a result of moving the command post.

Last year, Trump was criticized for raising the price inside his building for a space he leased to his campaign, nearly quintupling the rent when he stopped self-funding and began soliciting donations.

If I was a donor, I’d want answers,” a prominent Republican National Committee member told HuffPost at the time. 

 

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Facebook’s Hispanic Workers Finally Begin To Unionize

In the decade or so that I’ve been blogging, I don’t think I ever hyped a union or encouraged anyone to unionize. In fact, in my lifetime, I’ve seen unions do roughly equal parts advocacy for, and betrayal of, their own causes and the dues paying members that sustain them.

That said, Unite Here Local 19 pulled off something very interesting yesterday in California. Menlo Park’s culture of hispanic exclusion is really pretty appalling. Something’s gotta give. Maybe a union is the solution. Maybe not. Unite Here Local 19 could be a big deal. The union’s newest members are 500 workers subcontracted to the cafeteria at the world headquarters of Facebook, Inc.

So many of the workers in Silicon Valley are Hispanic. So few actually work as employees of tech giants like Facebook.

The Sad Truth For Hispanics Workers At Facebook

Many tech giants don’t hire hispanics. They don’t interview hispanics. Every year, some of these companies release remarkable, transparent “diversity reports” showing — in the case of giants Google, Twitter, and Facebook, that hispanics makeup about 2% to 4% of their respective workforces. Promises are made to diversity organizations to do better. Those promises are kicked down the road until the next diversity report a few years down the road breaks them.

It’s a simple-enough formula that works for no one interested in solving a problem. Hispanics remain unicorns on Facebook’s actual workforce, but certainly amongst the workers at their headquarters in Menlo Park, California. Sam Biddle wrote on this dynamic in 2014:

It turns out, there’s not a diversity problem in technology’s heartland: the Googles and Facebooks are full of black and Latino workers. The problem is that they’re doing the jobs nobody wants, for peanuts.

So if you’re an employee of Flagship, the contractor who runs the cafeteria, the situation is shameful. Finally someone is covering the dynamic. Yesterday, Gizmodo reporter Alejandro Alva wrote what I hope will be a sharp, ongoing reporting series about underclass life in Silicon Valley.

Alejandro interviews a married couple who work in Facebook’s cafeteria. Then they go home to the Silicon Valley garage where they live with their three kids. The husband is Victor. The wife is Nicole.

Geek culture in Silicon Valley has always had a coverage gap when it comes reporting stories like Gizmodo’s coverage of Nicole and Victor. Frankly, I hope other respected tech outlets will start covering their sector’s underclass, too. Here’s why —

Three Painful Ironies For Hispanics in Tech...

  1. Facebook’s Disrespected Power User: The first painful irony is that hispanics have always been the most-reliable and prolific users of social media platforms, like Facebook and Twitter, but at headquarters, are the help.

  2. California is Super Hispanic: For context — Facebook is headquartered in California, a state where hispanics are the largest ethnic group. Over 40% of the state is latino, more than any other group. Many work for the contractors running the cafeteria at Facebook and other Silicon Valley corporate facilities. Shockingly few hispanics, however, are employed by Facebook, Inc. Why?

  3. Tech’s Blind Hypocrisy: Nicole and Victor’s story in Gizmodo sucks from a corporate PR perspective, especially at Facebook. It makes entire swaths of messaging efforts about income inequality seem flimsy where it needn’t be. Here are three ways Facebook can make their messaging great again —

1. Raise Worker Wages

Per MIT’s math in the Gizmodo piece above, the Unite Here Local 19 in Menlo Park should open the negotiation with Facebook, Inc., with it’s first non-negotiable, a raise of $24 per hour for the 500 cafeteria workers at El Face ... as it’s known in Spanish. Facebook’s corporate team has never heard of El Face, tell them about MIT. Facebook employs many proud MIT grads and many proud MIT dropouts, too, as employees with full benefits. Nicole and Victor should have the MIT crowd at Facebook HQ in Menlo park by their garage for dinner, drinks, and/or Game of Thrones. Everyone watches Game of Thrones. Geeks and Grill Cooks. English and Spanish. Like the Internet, Game of Thrones is bigger than Silicon Valley’s diversity problem. Like the Internet, Game of Thrones can be part of the solution.

2. Guarantee Internet Access

Before Internet can be part of the solution, access must be guaranteed. Tech giants were central to declaring the Internet as a human right during Obama’s presidency. To avoid hypocrisy here, Facebook should make sure everyone of the 500 new members of Unite Here Local 19 who work in their cafeterias has Internet access at home and on the go. For Nicole and Victor, that means access in the garage they share with their three children. It also means smartphones with a data plan. If their smartphone breaks or is stolen, Facebook should replace it at Menlo Park.

3. Make Bilingual Great Again

Employees at Facebook’s Menlo Park HQ should take pride in being able to elevator pitch computer science education in Spanish. Every California geek at Facebook, Google, Twitter, Apple, GoPro, Spotify, LinkedIn, Snapchat and so on, should take pride in being able to elevator pitch computer science in several languages — especially in Spanish, given California’s demographics. Facebook’s groundskeeping, housekeeping, maintenance, custodial services contractors that service their California facilities should be the first ones to know about (and benefit from) the latest company initiatives to evangelize computer programming to newbies in English and Spanish. Menlo Park should be a laboratory on the limitless potential of cafeteria worker life in America through the upward mobility of computer science education. Geek elites in Silicon Valley would benefit from a few more Latino friends. To wit — Make Menlo Park bilingual af.

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