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  • UPDATE 16 JUNE 2021, 6:03PM: This article was updated to include leaked private Instagram messages between Monterey County Protest, Serendipity Farms and Juneteenth Coalition.

    UPDATE 17 JUNE 2021, 2:45PM: This article was updated after the deadline for comment by the parties LCRW reached out to passed.

    A Monterey County nonprofit is calling off an event where people do unpaid labor in a field to somehow commemorate Juneteenth, the newly-recognized Federal Holiday celebrating the emancipation of slaves at the end of the Civil War. The aptly–named (or maybe not) Juneteenth Coalition’s event, “Anguish of the Elders” (archive,) was to be held in the wealthy Carmel Valley. The plan was for people to fast “from sunup to sundown,” show up to Serendipity Farms on Carmel Valley Road and “[perform] 246 minutes of field work for 246 years of enslavement.”

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  • A police Sergeant and GOP committeeperson suspected of trying to help cover up a bizarre politically-motivated car attack on Chicago’s northwest side is under fire for her homophobic comments made on Facebook this week.

    In screenshots taken from the Facebook profile of Sgt Amelia (Ammie) Kessem, she accused a library worker of trying to “indoctrinate” her 6-year old child with gay pride decor—and it’s not the first time she’s accused educators of sinister designs on children.

    This incident comes less than a year after she helped spearhead a campaign to get a Chicago Public Schools instructor fired for supporting Black Lives Matter protests.

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  • On Sunday Calvary Chapel San Jose is hosting Tony Perkins, head of the Christian Nationalist Family Research Council. The FRC is a Southern Poverty Law Center-designated hate group that, according to the SPLC, lobbies in Washington against LGBTQ+ rights and hate crime laws and conducts “outreach to pastors” in order to “transform the culture.” Perkins himself has a long history of making alliances with racists. He once paid KKK Grand Wizard David Duke $82,500 for his mailing list and spoke before the Council of Conservative Citizens, which the SPLC calls “the modern reincarnation of the White Citizens Council.”

    He’s set to speak on the 6th at the 9AM and 11AM services.

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  • As of May 26th, there were at least 232 mass shootings in the United States this year. On May 27th, Coleman Thomas Blevins, age 28, told an online message board he’d go to a Walmart and commit yet another. Kerr County Sherriff’s Office in Texas arrested him last Friday “on a warrant for a Terroristic Threat to Create Public Fear of Serious Bodily Injury.”

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  • Sean Michael McHugh, 34, a Proud Boy from Auburn, California was charged this week in federal court for his role in the January 6th Capitol storming. He’s accused of “assault on law enforcement with a deadly or dangerous weapon; obstruction of justice; and physical violence on Capitol grounds, among other charges.” According to the charging documents, McHugh is on video pushing a sign into a line of Capitol Police and spraying them with “an unknown chemical” on the West Terrace.

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