Jeff Sessions can’t explain why the FBI investigates ‘Black extremists’ but not the KKK

Jeff Sessions and the FBI are making up Black extremist groups to justify surveillance of our protest movements.

Dear Friends,

Jeff Sessions and the FBI are working to undermine Black organizers. Which is why we have been suing the FBI and Homeland Security to release documents demonstrating their years of surveillance and criminalization of our movements.

We can win this case, but we need your help. Lawsuits like this can take months or even years. They’re hoping that we’ll back down before we can win. They’re hoping we run out of resources and money. We can’t let that happen. Will you join the legal fund to fight against anti-Black surveillance and become a sustaining donor?

On Tuesday, Jeff Sessions was intensely grilled by Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) about the FBI’s fallacious “Black Identity Extremist” classification – a nonsense term the FBI uses to intentionally conflate Black activists and organizers with dangerous domestic terrorist organizations, like the KKK and violent neo-Nazi groups.1

When asked whether he believes there is an organization of Black people that identify themselves as “Black Identity Extremists” and whether they have committed violence against police officers Sessions invented an unnamed Black group he claims killed four police officers in the last year.2 When asked whether he’s using the “Black Identity Extremist” classification to illegally surveil the movement for Black lives – Sessions refused to comment.

Even though Sessions refuses to come clean about the extent of the government’s anti-Black surveillance, we have the power to force the FBI to answer us through our lawsuit.

Help us win our lawsuit against the FBI and DHS to expose their anti-Black surveillance by becoming a monthly donor. 

Government surveillance of Black organizes serves not only to keep tabs on our people, but also to intimidate from fighting for justice. Surveillance is a tool of fear. It is a tactic to reinforce white supremacy. Again and again, we’ve seen these agencies target activists of color for simply demanding an end to police violence:3

  • In 2015, DHS revealed they had been tracking protesters and attendees of the Funk Music Parade, in Washington, DC and a walk to end breast cancer in a historically Black neighborhood.4 5
  • Before the Republican National Convention last year, the FBI and DHS agents went door-to-door to the homes of Black Lives Matter activists and community organizers in Cleveland, Ohio, to interrogate them about their protest plans.6
  • In 2014, a FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force surveilled a December 2014 BLM protest at the Mall of America.7

The new “Black Identity Extremist” classification will make this surveillance even easier. This surveillance violates the First Amendment, chilling protesters from speaking out, and is eerily reminiscent of the surveillance of the Black Panther Party under FBI’s notorious and illegal COINTELPRO program.

Because of these revelations, in 2016, we decided to file a lawsuit in partnership with the Center for Constitutional Rights after the FBI and DHS refused to disclose documents about their surveillance of people protesting police brutality and racial injustice. Winning this lawsuit will uncover documents that show a long-standing agency culture that criminalizes Black dissent and paints Black protest as a domestic terror or extremist threat.

The “Black Identity Extremist” classification seeks to make being Black and against police violence a crime. But being Black and exercising our right to protest are not crimes, let alone activities that justify being monitored or repressed by counterterrorism units. We have the right to know how and why the federal government is surveilling our constitutionally protected protests of police violence and we will not stop until we get answers and end these illegal tactics.

Help us win our lawsuit against the FBI and DHS to expose their anti-Black surveillance by becoming a monthly donor. 

— Brandi, Rashad, Arisha, Johnny, Evan, Jade, Corina, Chad, Saréya and the rest of the Color Of Change team.


1. “‘Jeff Sessions Knows There Are Definitely Black Terror Groups but Can’t Seem to Remember Any White Ones,” Splinter News, 14 November 2017.

2. “Rep. Karen Bass blasts Jeff Sessions over Justice Department report on ‘black identity extremists’,” RawStory, 14 November 2017.


4. “Homeland Security Is Tracking Black Lives Matter. Is That Legal?,” Mother Jones, 30 July 2015.




In the News Room with gov Inslee

FDA/USDA ~ Dec Alerts & Safety pg2

  •  Updated information is now available. A list of retail consignees has been posted for recall 131-2017, Swift Beef Company Recalls Beef Stew Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination (Dec 26, 2017).     Swift Beef Company Recalls Beef Stew Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination Swift Beef Co., doing business as JBS USA Food Company, a Cactus, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 4,702 pounds of beef stew product that may be contaminated with foreign matter , specifically plastic and metal.
  • AuroMedics Pharma LLC is voluntarily recalling one lot of Linezolid Injection 600mg/300mL flexible bags, NDC 55150 -242 -51 batch CLZ160007 expiration August 2018 to the hospital level. This batch was distributed May 15 through August 14, 2017. The product was found to contain white particulate matter that has been identified as mold. This problem was discovered as a result of a product complaint in which the contents of one flexible bag from one batch CLZ160007 was found to contain white particulate matter.

    Use of a non-sterile injectable product could result in fatal infections in a broad array of patients. To date, AuroMedics Pharma LLC has not received reports of any adverse events or identifiable safety concerns attributed to this recall.

  • Nodine’s Smokehouse, Inc. of Torrington, Connecticut is recalling Smoked Salmon 1.5 lbs, 8 oz packages. Lot numbers 40173 and 33173 because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, with high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, and nausea as its primary symptoms. In rare cases, listeriosis is fatal; it can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention. Pregnant women the very young, elderly, and persons with compromised immune systems are
    the most susceptible.The Smoked Salmon was distributed nationwide in retail stores and through mail orders. The product comes in 1.5 lb and 8 oz packages with lot numbers 40173 and 33173.
  • PFP Enterprises LLC Recalls Ground Beef Products Due to Misbranding and An Undeclared AllergenPFP Enterprises LLC, also doing business as Texas Meat Packers, a Fort Worth, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 7,570 pounds of ground beef products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen.
  • As a result of the Fresh-Pak Inc. recall, Meijer is announcing a voluntary recall of select Meijer brand packaged products due to sliced apples within the products being potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. To date, there have been no known illnesses reported in connection with this recall.Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, including animals. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, a Listeria monocytogenes infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.The following Meijer brand packaged products contain apple slices that were supplied by Detroit-based Fresh-Pak, Inc. Meijer received notice of a possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination from Fresh-Pak, which was alerted by their supplier, Jack Brown. The recalled product will be in plastic containers with printed labels and include “sell by” range of December 17, 2017 through December 21, 2017.    The products were sold in Meijer stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin.  Customers should stop using the product and either dispose of it, or return it to the customer service desk at any Meijer store for a full refund. For additional information, please contact Meijer at (800) 543-3704, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Meijer stores are opened 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • East Windsor, New Jersey, AuroMedics Pharma LLC is voluntarily recalling one lot of Pantoprazole Sodium for Injection 40 mg per vial, to the hospital level. The product was found to contain glass particles in the vial.  This problem was discovered as a result of a product complaint in which the contents of one vial from one batch was found to contain a piece of glass.The administration of a glass particulate, if present in an intravenous drug, may result in local irritation or swelling in response to the foreign material. More serious potential outcomes would include blockage and clotting in blood vessels, which may be life-threatening. To date, AuroMedics Pharma LLC has not received reports of any adverse events or identifiable safety concerns attributed to this recall.Pantoprazole Sodium for Injection 40 mg per vial, is used for short term treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease associated with a history of erosive esophagitis and pathological hypersecretion including zollinger-ellison syndrome and is packaged in a carton containing 10 vials, NDC: 55150-202-10. The affected Pantoprazole Sodium for Injection lot being recalled is CPO170035, EXP. May 2019. The product can be identified as ‘vial stoppered with grey slotted rubber stopper and sealed with aluminum seals having Sky Blue color polypropylene disc’. AuroMedics commenced shipping the product to customers on August 7, 2017 and was distributed to wholesalers and/or hospitals nationwide.AuroMedics Pharma LLC is notifying its distributors and customers by recall letters and is arranging for return/replacement etc. of all recalled product. Consumers/distributors/retailers that have the product lot which is being recalled should immediately stop using and return to place of purchase/contact their doctor as appropriate.Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Aurobindo Customer Service weekdays 9:00AM to 5:00PM EST at 866-850-2876 Option 1.  If you need assistance in returning your product or have questions about the recall process, contact Inmar at 800-967-5952 weekdays Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM EST. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product.Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

    This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

  • Springfield Smoked Fish of Springfield, MA is expanding their voluntary recall of smoked fish products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeriainfection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.Recalled products were distributed and sold at retail stores and wholesale establishments in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania from May 2017 through December 2017. Product was also sold nationwide through online sales.The initial recall was limited to 1lb pre-sliced Nova Salmon produced on 11/24/17. The recall expansion includes product produced between May 22, 2017 and December 12, 2017, the date the facility ceased production of the products.These products were sold under the brand names Springfield Smoked Fish and Rachael’s Springfield Smoked Fish.No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.The recall expansion was initiated as a result of environmental and product sampling conducted by the firm. Springfield Smoked Fish is committed to ensuring consumer safety and providing quality products and ingredients to customers.  The company is working diligently to determine the root cause and continues working with food safety experts to implement corrective actions and preventative measures.Retailers and wholesale customers should check their inventories and shelves to confirm that none of the recalled products are present or available for purchase by consumers or in warehouse inventories.  Please contact Springfield Smoked Fish for disposal or return of the product.Consumers are urged not to consume these products. Consumers who purchased these products may take them back to the store where they purchased them for a refund or simply discard them. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-413-737-8693, Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Kathy Calvin, The UN Foundation


2017 has been quite a year. Amid challenges, division, and uncertainty, people and organizations refused to stand on the sidelines; instead, they joined with the UN and with each other to act for the world. The UN’s role as a platform for peace and progress is needed now as much as ever. That is why the UN Foundation continues to connect people, ideas, and resources to the UN to move forward on some of the world’s biggest issues.

Looking back on all we’ve accomplished with the UN and partners, I want to share a few highlights with you. Together, we have:

  • Supported U.S. engagement at the UN, holding our largest ever UNA-USA Leadership Summit by gathering advocates from nearly 40 states and mobilizing Americans to send more than 200,000 letters to their members of Congress;
  • Advanced the health and well-being of vulnerable families by helping immunize 42 million children, expand access to sustainable energy and modern contraception, and provide leadership training for 66,342 girls;
  • Harnessed big data to combat gender gaps and launched an Data Innovation Fund in partnership with the World Bank;
  • And so much more.

Watch 2017 Stories of Progress

 this is just the beginning.

We will need your help more than ever in 2018 to support the United Nations and ensure we keep making progress toward a better world.

We can’t wait to take on 2018 with you. Hand in hand, there’s nothing we can’t accomplish.

Kathy Calvin
President & CEO
The United Nations Foundation

Unqualified and Dangerous ~ one is too many but this list grows

The Trump administration has been trying to stack the federal bench with unqualified and extremist judges. In the past two weeks, three judicial nominees withdrew from consideration after public outcry about their lack of qualifications, failure to disclose critical information, and outrageous views. Two nominees had never tried a case or argued a motion. One of them famously referred to transgender children as part of “Satan’s plan.”

The National Women’s Law Center has been on the frontlines of this fight,making sure that Senators and the public have all the facts about judicial nominees’ records — and how women would fare if they were confirmed. Federal courts decide cases that impact women’s lives every day, and preventing unqualified, dangerous ideologues from becoming federal judges couldn’t be more important.

You can help us continue to fight for a fair and independent judiciary by supporting NWLC today. Make your 100% tax-deductible donation now.

These are just some of the individuals whom President Trump has nominated to the federal bench.

  • Kyle Duncan, nominated to a lifetime position on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, has been one of the leaders in the effort to allow employers to use religious beliefs to deny women access to birth control.
  • Damien Schiff, nominated to a 15-year term on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, called Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy a “judicial prostitute” and compared abortion to slavery.
  • Thomas Farr, nominated to a lifetime position on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, aggressively defended a law described by the court that struck it down as “the most restrictive voting law North Carolina has seen since the era of Jim Crow.”

These individuals are just the tip of the iceberg. They weren’t nominated in spite of these dangerous views — they were nominated because of them. We can’t let Congress continue to rubber stamp judges for lifetime positions on the federal bench. We need you for this fight — please support our efforts by making your tax-deductible donation today.

There’s so much at stake. Federal courts decide legal rights and principles that are critically important to women, including the right to privacy, equal protection, anti-discrimination protections at work and at school, and protections for health and safety. And many of the judges President Trump has nominated this year are also on his unprecedented list of judges he would consider for a Supreme Court vacancy. We cannot accept any of this as typical. Not the nominees who have never argued a motion or taken a deposition and not the nominees who posted deeply unsettling and biased commentary on anonymous blogs. We will continue to expose their records and shine a light on the importance of the federal courts.

Contribute to the National Women’s Law Center and help us resist this takeover of our courts.

Fatima Goss Graves
President & CEO
National Women’s Law Center