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Biden is expected to cancel the Keystone XL Pipeline permit on his first day in office. (nytimes.com)

Environmentalists have long targeted the nearly 1,200-mile pipeline as both a contributor to climate change and a symbol of the country’s unwillingness to move away from an oil-based economy.

Welcome - Marshall Motley Scholars Program (marshallmotleyscholars.org)

The Marshall-Motley Scholars Program is a groundbreaking commitment to endow the South with the next generation of civil rights lawyers trained to provide legal advocacy of unparalleled excellence.

Biden to propose overhaul of immigration laws on first day in office by Seung Min Kim (washingtonpost.com)

The effort would allow millions of immigrants here to start on a path to citizenship and expand refugee admissions as well as deploy technology to guard the border.

Watch - bideninaugural.org (bideninaugural.org)

Join the Inauguration of President - Elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Vice President - Elect Kamala Harris

1776 Commission Takes Historic and Scholarly Step to Restore Understanding of the Greatness of the American Founding | The White House by President Donald J. Trump (whitehouse.gov)

1776 Commission—comprised of some of America’s most distinguished scholars and historians—has released a report presenting a definitive chronicle of the Am

Biden readies sweeping rollback of Trump-era abortion crackdown by Chloe Atkins (nbcnews.com)

“We have a ton of work to do to undo the harm over the last four years,” said Planned Parenthood President and CEO Alexis McGill Johnson.

QAnon adherents discussed posing as National Guard to try to infiltrate inauguration, according to FBI intelligence briefing by Carol D. Leonnig, Matt Zapotosky (washingtonpost.com)

The report, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Post, did not identify any specific plots to attack Wednesday’s inaugural events.

Indigenous Astronomy, Auroras, Inclusive Science. Dec 25, 2020, Part 2 | Science Friday | WNYC Studios by December 25, 2020 (wnycstudios.org)

Traditional knowledge can help connect young people to both science and indigenous culture. Plus, shifting magnetic field lines allow the aurora be seen far south of the Arctic.

Here are the Martin Luther King Jr. words that inspire today’s social justice leaders by Nicole Chavez, CNN (cnn.com)

More than a half a century has passed since Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial calling for freedom and equality -- and the fight for social justice appears to be far from over.

Auckland gallery Māori arts curator calls out colonial institutions after resigning by Ella Stewart, Teaorewa Rolleston (rnz.co.nz)

Nigel Borell, who resigned unexpectedly after putting together Auckland Art Gallery’s largest exhibition of indigenous work, is calling on arts institutions to be better at sharing power.

US Capitol riot: police have long history of aiding neo-Nazis and extremists by Sam Levin (theguardian.com)

Experts were not surprised that officers were part of the mob, given the ties between some police and white supremacist groups in recent years

Raising the minimum wage to $15 by 2025 will restore bargaining power to workers during the recovery from the pandemic by Ben Zipperer (epi.org)

The 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom demanded a federal minimum wage that would, as economist Ellora Derenoncourt has observed, be the equivalent in inflation-adjusted terms of almost $15.00 an hour today. While organizing efforts such as the “Fight for $15” have led to many minimum wag…

BLM@SCHOOL // Queer Affirming RESOURCES by Sam Carwyn (padlet.com)

Bayard Rustin was one of the principal organizers behind the March on Washington. To be queer affirming means lifting up our queer ancestors who were tat the foundation of our movements. No one person makes a movement, and MLK’s legacy encompasses the contribution of many.

QAnon adherents discussed posing as National Guard to try to infiltrate inauguration, according to FBI intelligence briefing by Carol D. Leonnig, Matt Zapotosky (washingtonpost.com)

The report, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Post, did not identify any specific plots to attack Wednesday’s inaugural events.

Thank you, California by Kamala Harris (medium.com)

The first time I came to work in the United States Senate was not as a United States Senator but as an intern.

Trumps’ snub of Bidens historic in its magnitude by Kate Bennett, CNN (cnn.com)

On the morning of January 20, Donald Trump and Melania Trump will depart the White House as President and first lady, but they will not invite their incoming counterparts, Joe and Jill Biden, inside before they do.

Park Police Officers Worried That Chronic Understaffing Could Endanger The Public. Then The Capitol Riot Happened. by Brianna Sacks (buzzfeednews.com)

“People were screaming for help on the radio. It was pure chaos. It sounded like officers were constantly asking for help in certain areas and things were totally out of control,” one officer said.

‘A place to fund hope’: How Proud Boys and other fringe groups found refuge on a Christian fundraising website by Amy Brittain, David Willman (washingtonpost.com)

GiveSendGo.com pages raised more than $247,000 for people who claimed expenses related to the Jan. 6 rally in D.C. and other “Stop the Steal” events.

Trump’s ‘1776 report’ defends America’s founding on the basis of slavery and blasts progressivism. (nytimes.com)

The Trump White House released the report of the presidential “1776 Commission,” a sweeping attack on liberal thought and activism that calls for a “patriotic education,” defends America’s founding on the basis of slavery and likens progressivism to fascism.

Trump administration to deport man to Haiti who has never been there by Julian Borger (theguardian.com)

Financial consultant Paul Pierrilus came to the US with his parents, who are both US citizens, when he was five

Big Tech Critics Alarmed at Direction of Biden Antitrust Personnel by Ryan Grim, David Dayen (prospect.org)

Renata Hesse, who has worked for Google and Amazon, is the leading candidate to run the Justice Department’s Antitrust division.

An Anti-Racist Future: A Vision and Plan for the Transformation of Public Media by Celeste Headlee (celesteheadlee.medium.com)

Racism is the idea that one racial group is inferior or superior to another, and has the social power to carry out and benefit from…

What America ought to be - The Boston Globe by Patrisse Cullors (bostonglobe.com)

America ought to be about thriving Black lives. It ought to be about healing the past so we can thrive in the future.

COVID-19: There May Be Another Lockdown, FG Warns by £mmy_Daviz (marvelzglobe.com)

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Megan Francis: Why is this Happening? by Neither Free Nor Fair? • A podcast on Anchor by • By Political Economy Forum (anchor.fm)

Prof. Megan Francis of Univ. of Washington & Harvard joins James to explain the Capitol Riot and the 2020 election in historical context; the role of race in contemporary American political life; and the contribution of Black women to the success of the Democratic Party. Megan is the author of the a…

Transfer of Power (thelibrafoundation.org)

The peaceful transfer of power is what we’re all longing desperately for next week in this time of fear and tumult. The coup attempt that culminated in a white power riot must face swift, severe consequences and the Inauguration must proceed. But the change we need in 2021 is about far more than jus

Now That Donald Trump Will Be President, Dissent Is Once Again Patriotic by jay-caruso (mediaite.com)

It appears that dissent is the highest form of patriotism, as long as the right party is in power.

10 Family-Friendly Indigenous Films & TV Shows to Educate Your Kids - 95.7 ELMNT FM Ottawa by Jill Kennedy (ottawa.elmntfm.ca)

A new study from Ryerson University called “Examining Children’s Animated Television in Canada” has shone a light on the representation of people of colour in this medium in 2018-2019. In the findings, 51% of human characters were white, while 49% were people of colour. Representation has increased …

New Program Aims To Bring More Civil Rights Lawyers To The South by Carrie Johnson (npr.org)

The scholarship program, sponsored by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, intends to support the next generation of civil rights advocates working in the South.

“How It Feels To Be Free” documentary and trailer | American Masters | PBS (pbs.org)

New documentary about Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Diahann Carroll, Nina Simone, Cicely Tyson and Pam Grier premieres January 18th on PBS.

Jack Posobiec’s Rise Tied to White Supremacist Movement by Michael Edison Hayden (splcenter.org)

Jack Posobiec, a correspondent for One America News Network (OANN) whose work has been embraced by President Trump, collaborated for years with white supremacists, neo-fascists and antisemites, a Hatewatch investigation has determined.

Man With Gun Approaches MLK Caravan in Alameda, Tells Them To Leave | KQED by Erin Baldassari (kqed.org)

A peaceful car caravan protest honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was forced to disperse after a man with a rifle shouted at them to leave.