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The New Civil Rights Movement Wins ‘Outstanding Blog’ at GLAAD Media Awards

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The New Civil Rights Movement on Saturday won the “Outstanding Blog” award at the GLAAD Media Awards, held in New York City’s Waldorf Astoria hotel. The GLAAD Media Awards “recognize and honor media for fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community that inspire change,” according to GLAAD. 

“We are extremely humbled to be honored by GLAAD with the award for ‘Outstanding Blog’ this year,” says David Badash, Founder and Managing Editor of The New Civil Rights Movement. “GLAAD is one of the nation’s most important and effective LGBT civil rights organizations.”

“The New Civil Rights Movement has worked hard for more than five years to help advance the civil rights of the LGBT community. As an influential and independent publisher, to have our work recognized as ‘outstanding’ by the good people at GLAAD is exceptionally rewarding to us,” Badash says.

Badash sees publishing as a “sacred trust” that must be earned. “Millions of people turn to us for our credible reporting, analysis, and opinion. We will continue to hold ourselves to the highest standards to help inform, educate, and rally the LGBT and progressive communities in our march toward advancing equality every day.”

Badash began The New Civil Rights Movement just days after Prop 8 was passed by California voters in 2008, out of frustration with what he saw as a lack of understanding about why people opposed marriage equality. The New Civil Rights Movement quickly grew into a highly cited media organization delivering news and opinion on politics and issues that affect LGBT people and the progressive community. The New Civil Rights Movement continues to be one of the fastest-growing news and opinion sites of its kind in the nation, frequently attracting nearly one million regular monthly visitors, often through its highly-trafficked Facebook and Twitter social media accounts. The New Civil Rights Movement has almost 140,000 Facebook fans and over 60,000 followers on Twitter.

The New Civil Rights Movement was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award in 2012, 2013, and 2014, before winning this weekend.

Home to almost two dozen authors and editors reporting from across the U.S. and from around the world, The New Civil Rights Movement’s masthead includes award-winning writers, attorneys, university professors, and leaders of LGBT and civil rights organizations. It is a well-read and well-respected voice on politics and civil rights, offering breaking news often well before the mainstream press, along with unique insight and analysis of stories across a variety of topics.

The New Civil Rights Movement next month will launch a completely redesigned news site — including the new logo above — built on a new platform that will enable it to interact more intimately with its readers, offer more services — including helping people register to vote — send petitions to the nation’s political, social, and business leaders, and organize and unite more minority and under-served communities around securing and expanding civil rights for all.

“Your rights, your movement” will be its new rallying slogan.

The New Civil Rights Movement today is also announcing it is beginning a search for additional experienced freelance writers to expand its coverage of political and civil rights news at the state, national, and international levels, to continue its strong tradition of journalistic excellence.

For example, in 2013, The New Civil Rights Movement offered unprecedented coverage of the Supreme Court’s DOMA and Prop 8 decisions. It published opinions and reports from legal LGBT notables from Georgetown University, Columbia Law School, the Anti-Defamation League, and the New York Civil Liberties Union.

It also published responses to the historic day’s rulings from others in the LGBT community, like LGBT activist and cousin of Chief Justice John Roberts; the plaintiffs in DeBoer v. Snyder – which may end Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage; and the owners of a North Carolina-based international china replacement outlet, who accidentally became LGBT activists by just raising a family and living their lives.

Overall, The New Civil Rights Movement works to bridge the gap between blogs and mainstream news sites, which helps both LGBT and non-LGBT people see and understand the LGBT community’s issues more clearly. 

For more about The New Civil Rights Movement, visit The New Civil Rights Movement online, visit our Media page, or contact publisher David Badash at editor at thenewcivilrightsmovement.com or by telephone: (646) 875-8547.

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Fox News Host Suggests Trump ‘Force’ Court to Throw Him in Jail – by Quoting Him

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The Fox News host who targeted a juror serving on Donald Trump’s criminal New York trial is now suggesting the ex-president should violate his gag order and “force” the court to throw him in jail, by quoting the Fox News host.

Jesse Watters came under fire earlier this week for profiling juror number two, sharing possibly identifying information published by a myriad of reporters but then using that information to pass judgment on her ability to serve.

“I’m not so sure about juror number two,” Watters concluded on Fox News.

Jurors, at the judge’s direction, were to remain anonymous, for their protection and the protection of the trial.

The judge excused her, after she said she felt she was not able to be impartial because friends and family were calling her asking if she had been chosen to serve on the Trump trial, after the media blitz.

New York Supreme Court Judge Juan Merchan admonished the press for reporting the information, but some news outlets appeared to ignore his warning.

Watters on Wednesday “did a segment with a jury consultant, revealing details about people who had been seated on the jury and questioning whether some were ‘stealth liberals’ who would be out to convict Trump,” the Associated Press reported.

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Trump later posted Watters’ quote on his Truth Social platform, leading some, including New York prosecutors, to ask the judge to cite him for allegedly breaking his gag order.

Judge Merchan ordered Trump to not mention witnesses, jurors, prosecutors, court staff, or the family members of prosecutors and court staff, CNN has reported.

New York prosecutors told Juge Merchan Trump has violated the gag order at least ten times.

“Prosecutor Christopher Conroy described the ‘most disturbing’ example as a social media message Trump posted on Wednesday evening quoting a Fox News host as saying, ‘They are catching undercover Liberal Activists lying to the Judge in order to get on the Trump Jury,'” Politico reports.

That host was Jesse Watters.

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Friday afternoon, Watters appeared to egg Trump on, urging the ex-president to violate the gag order.

“I would make them put me in jail,” Watters said on Fox News. “I would have a tweet about something perhaps I said on ‘The Five’ or ‘Jesse Watters Primetime,’ and I would force them to throw me in jail.”

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Gaetz: ‘Corrupt’ Republicans Could ‘Take a Bribe’ and Throw House to Dems, Blocking Trump Run

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U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) says some of his fellow House Republicans would “take a bribe” to throw the razor-thin GOP majority to the Democrats if a far-right faction calls up a motion to oust Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, allowing Democrats to hand the gavel to the Minority Leader, Hakeem Jeffries. he warned if that happens, Democrats would immediately declare Trump ineligible to be President, pack the U.S. Supreme Court, and pass numerous laws like the American Rescue Plan.

“I do believe in a one seat majority there could be one or two or three of my colleagues who would take a bribe in one form or another in order to deprive the Republicans of a majority at all,” Gaetz said Friday on his podcast (video below.)

He added, “the risk that one or two of my corrupt Republican colleagues might take a bribe, take a walk, feign an ailment and flip this thing to the Democrats is a risk that is too high for me at this time.”

Gaetz’s fellow far-right Florida Republican member of Congress, Anna Paulina Luna, told listeners, “I heard that when, if and when the motion vacate is introduced, that there will be immediate resignations of a couple of more moderate members of Congress. And in the event that that happens, that ultimately means it does go to a Democrat speaker.”

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U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) last month filed a “motion to vacate,” which she can use at any time to force a vote to oust the GOP Speaker, Mike Johnson. U.S. Rep. Tim Massie (R-KY) and just today, U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) has signed on as co-sponsors.

Congressman Gaetz told listeners if Democrats do take the House through a force vote to remove Johnson, Democrats would “be declaring Donald Trump an insurrectionist and setting up a barrier to him being able to become the president United States.”

“That’ll be their leadoff hitter, and then the chaser to that shot will be a massive spending package that looks a lot more like the American Rescue Plan. They will blow past every concept of every cap ever imagined. You’ll be looking at Universal Basic Income, you could be looking at packing the Supreme Court.”

Watch a short clip of Gaetz’s remarks below or at this link.

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Jeffries Vows Democrats Will Ensure Ukraine Aid Passes as Johnson Defectors Grow

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Democratic House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries vowed Friday the majority of Democrats will support Republicans’ Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan, and Gaza foreign aid legislation as Republican Speaker Mike Johnson lost support of another member of his conference to a faction determined to oust him.

“Democrats will provide a majority of our majority as it relates to funding Israel, humanitarian assistance, Ukraine, and our allies in the Indo Pacific,” Minority Leader Jeffries said. “It remains to be seen what Republicans will do in terms of meeting the national security needs of the American people, but it was important for House Democrats to ensure that the national security bills are going to be considered.”

Despite Republicans having a one-vote majority, more Democrats on Friday voted to move the critical and long-awaited foreign aid bills forward than did Republicans.

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The 316-94 vote included 165 Democrats and 151 Republicans voting yes, and 55 Republicans and 39 Democrats voting no.

Axios’ Juliegrace Brufke posted the list of Republicans voting against their party’s legislation.

Calling it a “rare” moment in modern congressional history to have to rely on opposition party votes to pass legislation, BBC News reports Speaker Johnson’s “hold on power is tenuous, and the legislators who oppose him – and his bid to provide aid to Ukraine – occupy some key positions within the House’s power structure.”

Amid the procedural vote to move the foreign aid funding bills forward, U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, a far-right Republican of Arizona, announced he is joining Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), and Congressman Tim Massie (R-KY) in formally announcing their will vote to oust Speaker Johnson.

Gosar, like Greene, is reportedly a Christian nationalist. In 2022 CNN reported his “lengthy ties to White nationalists, [a] pro-Nazi blogger and far-right fringe received little pushback for years.”

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“We’ve been very honest in our assessment of the situation from the beginning,” Jeffries on Friday also declared. “At the appropriate time as House Democrats, we will have a conversation about how to deal with any hypothetical motion to vacate.”

“Moscow Marjorie Taylor Greene, Massie, and Gosar are quite a group. But central to our conversation is to make sure that the national security legislation in totality is passed by the House of Representatives.”

Watch the videos above or at this link.

 

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