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JUNE 29, 2020

'This is not Seattle': Oklahoma protesters hit with terrorism charges

A district attorney in Oklahoma hit several protesters with charges of assault, rioting, and terrorism in connection to recent violent protests that took place in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said on Friday that he chose to pursue the toughest charges against the rioters because he does not support the lawlessness that has taken place in some parts of the country, including the "police-free" region of Seattle known as the Capitol Hill Occupied Protests, or CHOP.

"This is not Seattle," he told the Oklahoman. "We're not putting up with this lawlessness here."


Zuckerberg Loses $7 Billion in Personal Wealth as Corporations Stop Advertising on Facebook

Facebookfounder and CEOMark Zuckerberghas lost more than $7 billion in personal wealth as companies stopped advertising on the social media platform, according to Bloomberg's Billionaire Index.

Facebook shares dropped 8.3 percent on Friday, eliminating $56 billion from the company's market value, after British-Dutch consumer goods company Unilever joined a number of other big brands in pulling its advertisements from the site, according to Bloomberg.

Zuckerberg now ranks at No. 4 on the index with a net worth of $82.3 billion, behind Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton CEO Bernard Arnault.

The #StopHate4Profit campaign encourages companies to pull ads from Facebook specifically because they allege the company amplifies white supremacist voices and does not do enough to stop hate speech from spreading.

The ADL on Thursday sent an open letter to Facebook advertisers saying the social media platform "continues to come up short" in its efforts to block "rampant hate and harassment."


At Least 20 Shot, 7 Fatally in 24-Hour Period in Democrat-Run Chicago


Trump Executive Order to Protect Federal Monuments Cuts State and Local Funding for Noncompliance

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday evening that seeks to protect federal monuments and properties by conditioning federal funding for state and local governments on compliance.

The order frames the recent moves by protesters across the country to topple various statues and monuments as “criminal acts,” organized by “agitators who have traveled across State lines to promote their own violent agenda.”

The text directs Attorney General Bill Barr and the Justice Department to prosecute any individual or group who “destroys, damages, vandalizes, or desecrates” both secular and religious monuments or statues. Barr is also directed to prosecute “any person or any entity that participates in efforts to incite violence or other illegal activity in connection with the riots and acts of vandalism.”

Finally, the order indicates that all “state and local governments that have failed to protect public monuments, memorials, and statues from destruction or vandalism” will not receive funding from federal grants and orders executive branch agency heads to make sure all federally-funded programs are compliant with the order.


St. Louis Couple Brandishes Guns After Activists Break Into Gated Neighborhood

A couple in St. Louis stepped outside their mansion on Sunday and wielded firearms after a group of activists broke through a gate to enter the private neighborhood.

Video footage shows the group, protesting against the city’s mayor, entering an area clearly marked “For Residents Only.”

Mayor Lyda Krewson lives in the same neighborhood.

As the group moved by their home, the couple with the firearms appeared on their back porch and told the activists to move on.

Shortly thereafter, the couple moved onto an area near their front door and continued urging the group not to stop.

Activists can be heard shouting “eat the rich” and “why are you threatening us?” Some threatened to enter the home.

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