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City Council Candidate Using ‘Clenched Fist’ Logo On Campaign Trail

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Symbols associated with the far left are now entering mainstream American politics.

CJ Brinson, a City Council candidate in Greensboro, North Carolina is using the “clenched fist” logo, one associated with groups like Occupy Wall Street, Black Panthers and Antifa, as his campaign logo. It can be seen on his campaign signs, which are popping up throughout the city.

The movements with which the logo has been associated have been widely recognized as controversial by moderates on both sides of the political aisle.

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Enter CJ Brinson, a 28-year-old youth pastor at Faith Christian Church, and former Community Organizer at Beloved Community Center. He is running for City Councilor for District 2 in Greensboro, one of five candidates running for the seat. According his campaign website, he “aims to empower the downtrodden citizens in his district by focusing on police accountability, participatory budgeting, and economic and social justice, work that builds upon his previous successes as a community leader with Black Lives Matter, and GSO Operation Transparency.”

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Specifically, Brinson seems to be running on a vehemently anti-police platform. In fact, the first platform item listed on his aforementioned website is to “establish an Independent Citizens Review Board with subpoena and investigative powers to prohibit the police from policing themselves.” The second item listed says, “We believe that District 2 needs leadership that will fight relentlessly for transparency concerning police misconduct instead of leadership that aligns itself with the collusion of police abuse and corruption.” Both items are listed under a section entitled “Police Accountability.”

He links to the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement, a group that has published reports about the benefits of civilians policing the police. The last officer-involved shooting in Greensboro was in February 2017 when a perpetrator first shot a police officer before being shot and killed by another.

The second section on the platform page of the site is called “Addressing Racial and Systemic Inequity to Achieve Economic Justice.” One of the specific platform items in this section proposes raising the minimum wage for city employees and employees of private companies contracted by the city to $15/hour.

Under the “Sanctuary for All” section of the platform, the campaign lists its intention to  “end police violence, surveillance of Muslims, ICE raids, and policies that harm women and LGBT people.”

Finally, the platform ends with a blanket statement asserting the following: “Communities which consist mainly of people of color experience the impact of air, water and soil pollution at much higher rates than predominantly white areas. We will focus on environmental justice.”

Brinson’s campaign site makes no mention of his political party. Based on the platform, it’s safe to assume that he’s not a Republican.

Curious as to why he would use a radical leftist symbol in a mainstream political campaign, I reached out to Brinson to ask why he chose the “clenched fist” logo. He responded, “To Represent solidarity amongst the forgotten in this city as well as the District 2!”

Consistent with the pervasive identity politics of the day, Brinson is not running his campaign with a focus on all of the citizens in his district, but rather the ones whom he views as “marginalized.” It remains to be seen how this message will be received by the public at large. Greensboro City Council primaries will be held on October 10th.

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As the Global Economy Craters, Bill Gates Buys New Oceanfront Mansion for $43 Million

Gates lives the high life while the rest of us suffer.

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Technocratic oligarch Bill Gates is living high on the hog while the global economy crashes, picking up another mansion at the height of the coronavirus pandemic to add to his collection.

Gates purchased a $43 million beach home in Del Mar, Calif. with his wife Melinda last week. He bought the palatial estate from Madeleine Pickens, the widow of deceased oil baron T. Boone Pickens, which includes six bedrooms and four bathrooms in a lavish 5,800-square-foot home.

Architect Ken Ronchetti designed the home in 1999, and it is supposedly considered “one of the most prominent coastal contemporary beach homes on the West Coast.”

“Wide windows throughout the living spaces open to the back patio, offering a seamless flow between the indoor and outdoor spaces. The large patio also provides awe-inspiring vistas of the Pacific Ocean,” Realtor.com wrote in their description of the property.

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“Rich wood ceilings throughout the home evoke the feeling of being on an island, and the gorgeous pool beckons, should the owners desire to take a break from the salty ocean water,” they added.

Gates newest beach home accompanies his primary compound in Medina, Wash., a garish horse property in Rancho Santa Fee, Calif., and a massive plot of land in Wellington, Fla., which is considered the equestrian capital of the state.

Gates isn’t the only oligarch flaunting his extreme wealth during the greatest economic calamity since the Great Depression. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is also piling up many more billions due to human suffering.

Reports have indicated that Bezos has added a stunning $24 billion to his personal wealth throughout the coronavirus pandemic:

While many businesses are suffering during the global coronavirus crisis, Jeff Bezos is flourishing. In the midst of the backlash Amazon is facing due to its alleged treatment of employees, Bezos’ wallet remains obscenely healthy. As of last week, his net worth has reportedly increased by five percent, or better put, by a staggering $23.6 billion.

Over the last months, Amazon has seen a rise in demand as its customer base continues to self-isolate. To cope with the surge of orders, it has already hired thousands of new employees and aims to hire an additional 175,000. It has also pledged to prioritize essential items such as sanitizers and baby formula.

However, the increase in workforce has been met with controversy. Amazon has been repeatedly accused of failing to protect its staff from Covid-19 by not providing enough face masks, not implementing regular temperature checks as promised, and refusing paid sick leave.

Amazon has fired employees who’ve publicly criticized the company for its coronavirus response; the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is currently looking into these claims. Last week, the New York Post reported that an Amazon warehouse employee had passed away from the virus.

“We are calling out because Amazon is putting its revenue above our safety,” Jaylen Camp, an Amazon worker told The Guardian. “We are not essential to them – they just think of us as numbers and quotas. They are not protecting our health.” This failure is leading to huge warehouse strikes after over 130 Amazon warehouses in the US have contracted the virus, leading to more than 30 confirmed cases.

Gates can now enjoy beautiful oceanfront scenery to help inspire his vaccine-pushing schemes worldwide, as he regurgitates Chinese propaganda.

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