PPE: “How Fascism Works: A Warning for the U.S. / Amanpour and Company / Hari Sreenivasan, Jason Stanley / MUST WATCH! ☮

Jason Stanley is a professor of philosophy at Yale University, and in his new book “How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them,” he explores the inner mechanics of fascism and the forces that drive dictatorships. Stanley joins Hari Sreenivasan to explain his concern at signs of fascism on the rise in the U.S.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Undercover Patriots: Trump, Tulsa, and the Rise of Military Dissent” / Danny Sjursen ☮

As both the Covid-19 crisis and the militarization of the police in the streets of American cities have made clear, the imperial power that we veterans fought for abroad is the same one some of us are now struggling against at home and the two couldn’t be more intimately linked. (Photo: David McNew/Getty Images)

It was June 20th and we antiwar vets had traveled all the way to Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the midst of a pandemic to protest President Trump’s latest folly, an election 2020 rally where he was to parade his goods and pretend all was well with this country.

We never planned to go inside the cavernous arena where that rally was to be held. I was part of our impromptu reconnaissance team that called an audible at the last moment. We suddenly decided to infiltrate not just the perimeter of that Tulsa rally, but the BOK Center itself. That meant I got a long, close look at the MAGA crowd there in what turned out to be a more than half-empty arena.

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FINE ARTS – DRAWING: “Artist, Avalon Hester, Creates Time-Lapse of Drawing George Floyd” / NowThis News ☮

In US news and current events today, this time-lapse of an artist drawing George Floyd lasts 8 minutes and 30 seconds — roughly the same amount of time Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck.

Art by @avalon.hester

After the police killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and countless other Black people in America, the resulting George Floyd protests and Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality, police racism, and police violence have put systemic racism in the spotlight as BLM protesters take to the streets in support of police reform, racial justice and civil rights. 8 minutes and 46 seconds has become a rallying cry of sorts for George Floyd protests, the amount of time the former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck until he died. 8 46 is an agonizingly long time, which is why artist Avalon Hester created this time-lapse George Floyd drawing to last as long, a statement that is itself a suitable George Floyd tribute and George Floyd art.

#GeorgeFloyd #BlackLivesMatter #JusticeforGeorgeFloyd #ICantBreathe #BLM #Art #Drawing #Sketch #TimeLapse #GeorgeFloydTrubute #News #NowThis #NowThisNews

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Biden Reportedly Narrows VP Pick to Two Cops” / The Rational National / David Doel ☮

According to journalist Charles Gasparino, the Joe Biden campaign has narrowed down his Vice President pick down to two cops; former prosecutor Kamala Harris and former Orlando Police Chief Val Demings.