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Black Lives Matter’s recent praise of Cuba’s government isn’t the first time that BLM has praised the country’s communist regime. BLM previously glorified Cuban dictator Fidel Castro in an online post following his death in November 2016.AOC, OMAR SILENT AFTER BLACK LIVES MATTER VOICES SUPPORT FOR CUBAN REGIME”We are feeling many things as we awaken to a world without Fidel Castro. There is an overwhelming sense of loss, complicated by fear and anxiety. Although no leader is without their flaws, we must push back against the rhetoric of the right and come to the defense of El Comandante,” the post said. Castro’s communist revolution included mass executions and imprisonment of political opponents. BLM’s 2016 post outlined “the lessons that we take from Fidel.” “From Fidel, we know that revolution is sparked by an idea, by radical imaginings, which sometimes take root first among just a few dozen people coming together in the mountains.” In the post, BLM also expressed gratitude to Castro for harboring Assata Shakur, a convicted cop-killer who fled to Cuba after she escaped from prison in 1979. “As a Black network committed to transformation, we are particularly grateful to Fidel for holding Mama Assata Shakur, who continues to inspire us.” “As Fidel ascends to the realm of the ancestors, we summon his guidance, strength, and power as we recommit ourselves to the struggle for universal freedom,” the post concluded. “Fidel Vive!” BLM currently faces a mounting backlash after releasing a statement late Wednesday that blamed the Cuban people’s suffering on the U.S. trade embargo with Cuba and praised the regime. “The people of Cuba are being punished by the U.S. government because the country has maintained its commitment to sovereignty and self-determination,” the statement said. “United States leaders have tried to crush this Revolution for decades.” CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPWednesday’s statement, which came amid a violent crackdown on protesters, also credited Cuba’s government for “protecting Black revolutionaries like Assata Shakur.” BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors has repeatedly praised Shakur in the past. BLM didn’t return Fox News’ request for comment by press time.
Republican senators are ramping up pressure on President Biden to withdraw Tracy Stone-Manning’s nomination for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) director, citing her link to an eco-terrorist plot and her apparently misleading answers to senators about it. Every Republican on the Senate Energy Committee signed a letter Wednesday urging Biden to pull Stone-Manning’s nomination. OBAMA’S LAND MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR SAYS BIDEN NOMINEE SHOULD BE DISQUALIFIED OVER TREE-SPIKING PLOT”Ms. Stone-Manning has made false and misleading statements in a sworn statement to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Committee) regarding her activities associated with an eco-terrorist cell whose tree spiking in Idaho’s Clearwater National Forest in 1989 put lives at risk,” the senators wrote. “We believe that Ms. Stone-Manning’s false and misleading statements, as well as her extremist activities, disqualify her from serving as Director of this important agency,” the senators added in the letter. “As you are aware, the BLM manages one in every ten acres of land in the United States, and approximately thirty percent of the nation’s minerals. The BLM also manages close to 65 million acres of forests and woodlands across twelve western states and Alaska. Any individual who leads this important agency must have the faith and trust of the American people. Ms. Stone-Manning has violated this trust.” BIDEN NOMINEE FOR LAND AGENCY TOUTED HUSBAND’S SUGGESTION TO LET HOUSES CAUGHT IN FOREST FIRES ‘BURN’
Republicans have increased pressure on Biden to withdraw Tracy Stone-Manning’s nomination to be the director of the Bureau of Land Management.
(AP/Alex Brandon)Senators John Barrasso of Wyoming, Jim Risch of Idaho, Mike Lee of Utah, Steve Daines of Montana, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, John Hoeven of North Dakota, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi and Roger Marshall of Kansas all signed the letter. The White House didn’t immediately return Fox News’ request for comment, though Biden has so far continued to back the embattled nominee. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPSenate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell also put a spotlight on the Stone-Manning nomination Wednesday, releasing a roundup of articles highlighting her ties to the tree-spiking plot, as well as her views on population control. Stone-Manning’s fate may come down to Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, who has yet to reveal how he intends to vote on the nomination.
A senior official in the San Francisco District Attorney’s office linked fears of a crime surge to racism in a tweet that raised eyebrows Sunday evening. Kate Chatfield, a senior director in far-left District Attorney Chesa Boudin’s office, downplayed safety concerns amid a nationwide crime spike. Chatfield was reacting to a Twitter user who said that “every single one of my friends right now is considering leaving” San Francisco due to crime fears. “My friends are scared for their children, and their husbands are scared for their wives,” the user wrote. SAN FRANCISCO CAR BREAK-INS UP OVER 750% IN SOME AREAS, POLICE SAY “‘Husbands are scared for their wives’ —-your reminder that the ‘crime surge’ crowd shares the same ideology as The Birth of a Nation,” Chatfield fired back, referring to an early 20th century White supremacist film. Chatfield locked her Twitter account – making it so only her followers can see her tweets – after her comment about crime fears drew sharp criticism online. Boudin’s office didn’t immediately return Fox News’ request for comment. Reports of vehicle break-ins in San Francisco were up by between 100% and over 750% in parts of the Golden City, according to the police department’s most recent monthly statistics. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe number of thefts from vehicles reported citywide in the month of May was more than double, from 923 in 2020 to 1891 the same month in 2021, San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) data shows. The department has not yet released statistics for the month of June.Stephanie Pagones contributed reporting
At least nine Catholic and Anglican churches across Canada have gone up in flames amid a backlash over the country’s use of church-run residential schools to forcibly assimilate indigenous children from the late 19th century until the 1970s. The majority of the church fires occurred on indigenous First Nations land. The recent discoveries of hundreds of unmarked graves at former residential schools within the last month appear to have made churches a target. WIFE OF JAILED CANADIAN PASTOR SPEAKS OUT: ‘THIS ISN’T THE COUNTRY I GREW UP IN’ Historically, more than 150,000 First Nations children were required to attend state-funded Christian schools as part of a program to assimilate them into Canadian society. They were forced to convert to Christianity and not allowed to speak their native languages. Many were beaten and verbally abused, and up to 6,000 are said to have died.While it’s unclear how the children buried in the unmarked graves died, the discovery of their remains has ignited anger among First Nations communities across the country. The majority of the church fires have targeted Catholic churches. Sacred Heart Catholic Church, located in Penticton Indian Band in British Columbia, was destroyed in fire on June 21. A few hours later that same morning, St. Gregory Catholic Church, which sits on Osoyoos Indian Band lands, also in British Columbia, was set ablaze. On June 26, two more Catholic churches on indigenous land were burned to the ground: Our Lady of Lourdes Chopaka and St. Ann’s Church. That same day, St. Paul, an Anglican church in British Columbia, was set on fire. The church survived that fire with only minor damage, but a second blaze on July 1 destroyed the building. Authorities were called to a blaze at Siksika First Nation Catholic Church on June 28, but were able to extinguish the fire before it caused major structural damage. St. Jean Baptiste Paris Church burned to the ground on June 30. Videos posted online showed the Alberta church engulfed in flames.
Flames engulf a Catholic church as firefighters work to extinguish the fire at St. Jean Baptiste Parish in Morinville, Alberta, Canada
(Diane Burrel/via REUTERS)Authorities responded to a fire at St. Patrick Co-Cathedral on July 1 in Yellowknife, in the Northwest Territories. The church sustained minor structural damage. The diocese said the fire was caused by an incendiary device thrown into the church. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPFirefighters were called to St. Columba, an Anglican church in British Columbia, in the early morning hours of July 2. They were able to douse the blaze before the church sustained any major damage. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other political leaders, as well as First Nation leaders, have condemned the spate of fires. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Gwen Berry, the U.S. Olympic hammer thrower who sparked outrage by turning away from the American flag during the national anthem, is sponsored by Color of Change, a left-wing group that advocates for defunding the police. Color of Change, which has sponsored Berry since last September and is funding her through the end of the year, applauded her “leadership” on Tuesday amid the ongoing backlash. FORMER ARMY RANGER, NFL PLAYER: ‘MAKES ME VERY UPSET’ TO SEE BIDEN ADMIN DEFEND GWEN BERRY”We’re proud to sponsor [Berry], to have negotiated a sponsorship with @PUMA and to continue to push corporations to support Black athletes who speak out for our communities. Grateful for Gwen’s leadership today and every day,” the activist group wrote on Twitter.”Thank you Color of Change for always standing with me,” Berry replied. Color of Change is unapologetically in favor of defunding the police. “Policing is a violent institution that must end. We imagine a country where there is enough money to educate our children, care for our sick and feed those who are financially unstable. Defunding the police allows for this vision,” Color of Change President Rashad Robinson said in June after the Minneapolis City Council pledged to “dismantle” its police force. The left-wing group also has active petitions in favor of defunding the police at both the local and national levels. Color of Change didn’t return a request for comment on whether Berry supports her sponsor’s advocacy of defunding the police.
Gwen Berry sparked backlash after turning away from the American flag during the national anthem. She is sponsored by Color of Change, a group that advocates for defunding the police.
(AP Photo)Berry claimed she was “set-up” after the national anthem began playing during her medal ceremony in the U.S. Olympic track and field trials on Saturday at which time she turned her back to the flag before eventually covering her face with a shirt. “I feel like it was a set-up, and they did it on purpose,” Berry said of the timing of the anthem. “I was pissed, to be honest.”Gold and silver medalists DeAnna Price and Brooke Andersen faced the flag with their right hands over their heart while Berry faced away and toward the stands. She eventually picked up a black T-shirt with the words “Activist Athlete” printed on the front and draped it over her head.But a spokesperson for USA Track and Field disputed Berry’s claim that it was a set up. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP”The national anthem was scheduled to play at 5:20 p.m. today. We didn’t wait until the athletes were on the podium for the hammer throw awards. The national anthem is played every day according to a previously published schedule.” On Saturday, the music started at 5:25.Berry was previously sanctioned by the U.S. Olympic Committee after raising her fist during the national anthem at the 2019 Pan-Am Games. Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj and the Associated Press contributed reporting