Ugandan lesbian Brenda Namigadde tonightÂ won a temporary reprieve from likelyÂ deportation to UgandaÂ — and subsequent certain death — when a British High Court judge granted an injunction temporarily staying her scheduled deportation to Kampala, on the same dayÂ slain gay rights leader David Kato was buried in his ancestral home of Namataba, Uganda.
NamigaddeÂ had already boarded the aircraft at Heathrow International Airport when the injunction came down from the High Court, according to a late-breaking report by The Guardian. Namigadde is scheduled to appear in a hearing before the High Court tomorrow morning. Numerous members of the UK Parliament andÂ Andy Slaughter, the shadow justice minister, expressed “grave concern” over the fate of Namigadde, who lives in his constituency.
Namigadde claims she is afraid for her personal safety and feels her life will be over if she is forced to return to Uganda,Â arguably the most homophobic country on the continent of Africa, fueled by the overt influence of extreme right-wing American Christian evangelicals known as “The Family,” exposed in 2008 by author Jeff Sharlet.
But it appears at this late hour theÂ government of Prime Minister David Cameron ledÂ by Tory-Liberal Party coalition, declined to send Namigadde back to Uganda, despite their professed doubts about her sexual orientation. In the lastÂ 48 hours, the UK’s Â highest ranking relgious leader Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Roland Williams, condemned the murder of Kato and urged the British government to offer protection to gay and lesbian people seeking asylum in England.
International pressure was also ramped upÂ Wednesday in a quickly-formed transatlantic joint collaboration betweenÂ All Out in Britain and GetEQUAL in the U.S., who combined their organizational prowess and online operations by soliciting signatures from around the world by supportersÂ to a statementÂ calling onÂ U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May to stopÂ Namigadde’s deportation. All Out and GetEQUALÂ claim at least 40,000 signatures representing 160 countries.
GetEQUAL declared a temporary victory, issuing a statement at 5:55 p.m. EST under managing directorÂ Heather Cronk’s signature, stating, “After a few really tenuous days and a really close call, Brenda Namigadde has been granted a temporary reprieve! The details are still coming in, but Brenda has left Heathrow airport in London and is returning home. She’s not out of the woods, but we’re thrilled that YOUR pressure has bought her some extra time for legal wrangling and, hopefully, safety.”
Talk about a close call!Â As of 5 p.m. GMT in London, the UK Â Border Agency issued the following statement directly to The New Civil Rights Movement on behalf of Matthew Coats, Head of Immigration:
“Ms Namigadde’s case has been carefully considered by both the UK Border Agency and the courts on two separate occasions and she has been found not to have a right to remain here. An Immigration Judge found on the evidence before him that Ms Namigadde was not homosexual.
“The Government has made it clear that it is committed to stopping the removal of asylum seekers who have genuinely had to leave particular countries because of their sexual orientation or gender identification. However, when someone is found not to have a genuine claim we expect them to leave voluntarily.â€
When this reporter pressed theÂ media officer for a statement beyond a prepared one, he declined. It would have been unimaginable to deport Namigadde, whose legal counsel has submitted three affidavits signed by family members attesting to her lesbian sexual orientation, to the UK’s border agency. Namigadde fled Uganda after her relationship with a Canadian woman was discovered a number of years ago. They were both beaten and their house was burned down in retribution for being in a lesbian relationship.
Ironically,Â in reviewing the Home Office’s website, this reporter discovered a golden nugget of informationÂ thatÂ perhaps bodes wellÂ for Namigadde’s future in the UK:Â Stonewall, a national gay and lesbian organization in Britain, recently awarded the UK Home OfficeÂ its Equality Index awardÂ for the bestÂ workplace in the countryÂ for lesbian, gay and bisexual people to work. The Home Office has the Stonewall award press releaseÂ proudly posted on its website.
Lastly and quite deliciously, GetEQUAL also annouced in their victory statementÂ that they areÂ organizing aÂ “Breakfast without Bigotry” in honor of “The Family” on Februry 3, on the occasion of the National Prayer Breakfast to be held at the Washington, D.C. Hilton Hotel.Â Anyone choosing to attend The Family’s annual breakfast better be prepared for indigestion and a dish of shame.
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‘A Bunch of New Yorkers in Addition to George Soros’: Greg Abbott Accused of Antisemitism
Texas GOP Governor Greg Abbott is facing a challenging re-election fight against Beto O’Rourke, the popular and charismatic former U.S,. Congressman and Democratic presidential candidate who is now his party’s gubernatorial nominee.
Texas voters have had to face mismanagement of the state’s electric grid, with hundreds of Texans dying in winter after the snowstorm that sent Senator Ted Cruz to Cancun, the horrific elementary school mass shooting in Uvalde, and Abbott spending millions of taxpayer dollars on anti-immigrant programs, including bussing migrants to Democratic-controlled cities like Washington, D.C. and New York City. Not to mention his support of the vigilante abortion ban and a “Don’t Say Gay” bill, his failed promise to end rape, and the fact that Texas leads the nation in mass shootings.
But none of that has stopped the 64-year old from doubling down on his conservative bonafides.
On Wednesday over at Fox News, Abbott engaged in what many are calling some old-fashioned antisemitism.
“We will explain to our fellow Texans that the Beto campaign is being aided by a bunch of New Yorkers in addition to George Soros, and that will do nothing but harm his campaign,” Abbott told Fox News host Harris Faulkner.
Greg Abbott: “We will explain to our fellow Texans that the Beto campaign is being aided by a bunch of New Yorkers in addition to George Soros, and that will do nothing but harm his campaign.” pic.twitter.com/23O6TtLwTO
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) August 10, 2022
George Soros, who is Jewish, is a Democratic philanthropist and one of the liberals most-hated by the right, in large part because he funds left wing causes.
He also donated $1 million to help elect O’Rourke governor.
Two weeks ago polls showed O’Rourke gaining ground, striking with five points of his entrenched Texas Republican rival.
And now Abbott is being blasted for what many are calling antisemitism over his Soros statement.
“In this context, ‘New Yorkers’ and ‘George Soros’ are both signifiers for the alleged Jewish elite who supposedly control the world. Abbott is peddling antisemitic conspiracy theory rhetoric,” says writer and human rights activist Leah McElrath.
“When they say ‘Soros’ and ‘New Yorkers,’ they mean Jews,” notes freelance writer Henry Schulman. “It’s an old dog whistle and a code all the Trump-humping Nazis and their sympathizers understand. So add a new adjective besides ‘fascist’ in front of Abbott’s name. It’s ‘anti-Semitic fascist.'”
Others were even more direct.
“Just say Jews you coward,” tweeted a columnist for The Forward, Alex גדעון בן װעלװל.
“‘The bespectacled, bagel-eating, gefilte fish-slurping, globalist intelligentsia from the Upper West Side’ is what he’s trying to say, although the specifics of who that is maddeningly unclear,” mocked Aki Pertiz, an intel and national security expert. “Also, doesn’t Soros live in NY state? Why single him out hmmmmm.”
Former Chicago Tribune editor Mark Jacob explains: “Right-wing code is pretty simple. ‘New York’ and ‘Soros’ = Jewish. ‘Chicago’ = Black people.”
Former Governor of Vermont, DNC Chair, and 2004 presidential nominee Howard Dean blasted Abbott, comparing him to the Hungarian dictator and, some say, fascist.
“Abbott has become just another GOP whack job. He sounds like victor Orban,” Dean wrote.
‘Same Answer’: Trump Sat Across From the NY Attorney General and Pleaded the Fifth to Each Question For About 5 Hours
Donald Trump arrived at the New York Attorney General’s Office early Wednesday morning, around 9 AM. At 10:04 AM posted to his Truth Social account was a lengthy statement that says, “under the advice of my counsel and for all of the above reasons, I declined to answer the questions under the rights and privileges afforded to every citizen.”
Trump was finally forced to appear after a subpoena ordering him to give a deposition on January 7 in New York Attorney General Letitia James’ investigation into his real estate pricing practices. Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen told Congress in 2019 his former boss would increase what he claimed his properties are worth when attempting to arrange credit and decrease their value for tax purposes.
The Guardian’s Hugo Lowell reported Trump “departed 28 Liberty at 3:20pm slumped in a black Secret Service SUV and peered out of the rear window as his motorcade crawled out of an underground garage past onlookers.”
At 3:42 PM Trump posted: “Just leaving the Attorney General’s Office – A very professional meeting.”
The New York Times reports “Trump and James sat across from each other for hours as he said ‘same answer’ again and again.”
Trump “read a statement into the record in which he called the inquiry a continuation of ‘the greatest witch hunt in the history of our country’ and accused Ms. James of having ‘openly campaigned on a policy of destroying me.'”
That statement is similar to the one posted to his Truth Social account.
Trump’s attorney, Ronald P. Fischetti, “said that over the course of about four hours, with several breaks, Mr. Trump answered only one question, about his name, toward the beginning of the interview.”
That statement Trump posted Wednesday morning attempted to merge the FBI’s Monday raid on his Mar-a-Lago home with his appearance for sworn testimony in a very different case.
Dem Congressman Posts Horrific Audio of Violent Death Threat Against Him and His Family by Caller Praising ‘Trump 2024’
Democratic U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell of California on Wednesday posted audio of a violent death threat against him and his family. The Congressman is married and the couple have three children. The speaker in the audio also calls for “all Democrats” to be killed, and ends with a call for “Trump 2024.”
Swalwell is a popular target for the right. He is a former candidate for president, a very visible member of the Democratic Party, and is the Co-Chair of the House Democratic Steering Committee.
The audio is profane and gruesome. In it, a male voice can be heard hoping for decapitations of the Congressman, his wife, and their children. The language is graphic.
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The voice also references President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, using horrifically racist slurs, along with Back Lives Matter, immigrants, and Democrats in general.
It also attacks the state of California and Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, and then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
It ends with a repeated call of “Trump 2024!”
The audio is nearly two minutes long but appears to have been edited, with at least the beginning cut off.
“LISTEN to this death threat against my children,” Swalwell urges. “Since the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago, Trump, McCarthy, and MAGA Republicans are stoking violent rhetoric against lawmakers and law enforcement. Someone is going to get killed.”
In 2019 Swalwell also posted a death threat he received. Fox News’ Tomi Lahren mocked him on social media.
NCRM has opted to not embed the audio but it can be heard here.
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