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Re: “LETTER: Antifa’s Slippery Logic Is Hard to Pin Down

Bob, I don't disagree with you regarding your questions about their semantics or tactics which explains my introductory sentence. I disagree with the editorializing regarding Antifa in that they are seeking a race war, seeking violence over self-defense, or their actions being equated with those of white terrorist groups. I also think the letter negated to connect that many of the positions it stated have been highly politicized between the Left and Far-right which Antifa appears to perceive as moving towards fascism with it's positions on restricting freedom of press, immigration, women's rights, LGBTQ rights, civil rights while espousing white nationalist or white supremacist ideology that has traditionally been connected with fascism. I don't perceive their demonstrations to be picking and choosing political positions but rather combating overall the Far-right whose political leanings are at least moving somewhere along the political spectrum closer to fascism.

As far as Charlottesville, I definitely saw some younger 18-21 year old Antifa members participating in what I perceived as schoolyard level back and forth with the white supremacists. However, I think it's important to also not understate that throughout that weekend, there were several moments where peaceful protesters were attacked by white supremacists and Antifa intervened when the police would not. I think that protective action should distinguish their violence vs. the violence of the white supremacists, many of whom are tied to groups that have committed hate crimes and criminal acts. I think equating their actions with hate groups is reductive and oversimplifies their role in actions against fascism and white supremacy. I also think you paint an entire group with a very broad brush and in Charlottesville, I mostly saw Antifa members holding back until there was a very real threat or when things completely dissolved an turned to chaos. They did not as a collective group provoke the violence that unfolded although again certain members did go back and forth with the protesters.

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Posted by atliens3737 on 09/21/2017 at 1:28 PM

Re: “LETTER: Antifa’s Slippery Logic Is Hard to Pin Down

Ooof...while I appreciate Antifa's stance against fascism and their efforts to combat white supremacy, I don't myself fully align with their tactics. Nevertheless, this letter's arguments are childish and short sighted. It's pretty easy to see the connection between Trump's propaganda machine, his war on the press, his alignment with White Nationalists like Gorka, Bannon and Lord, his advocacy for violence, his anti-immigrant scapegoating etc. and understand why Antifa channels its efforts on many fronts to combat the radical right that they perceive to be aligning with fascism.

Aaand...I was at Charlottesville where the police did not intervene and if Antifa hadn't shown up, peaceful protesters would have been defenseless. To equate Antifa with the white supremacists is shameful and they should have different expectations toward safety considering they were challenging hate groups and white terrorist groups. This letter seems to advocate appeasement rather than actually doing anything.

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Posted by atliens3737 on 09/20/2017 at 10:25 AM

Re: “VCU Basketball Coach Speaks Out on Confederate Monuments

JRonald- Tourists could go to see them in a museum where they belong. Perhaps it's not just Communists who want to see the monuments come down but rather people who think slavery is bad and that those who fought for it shouldn't be celebrated? Seems pretty simple.

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Posted by atliens3737 on 08/25/2017 at 3:57 PM

Re: “Does Downtown Richmond Have a Parking Problem?

Seriously, the people who complained in this article about the parking have likely never lived or experienced parking in another city. I work downtown on Capital Square and park 7 blocks away in Shockoe Bottom for free every day. For those less mobile, there are lots everywhere and 2 hour parking is abundant on Bank, Main, and Cary. Parking is free and unlimited most places downtown after 6 and on weekends so if I want to go to Penny Lane Pub, I can literally park anywhere with ease.

VCU's Monroe Campus is the most challenging area to park at least during the week but even then, I can park in Oregon Hill or off Leigh St and walk to most places.

I understand the need for some people to park in front of their destination but that means you need to a. pay b. come early and find parking or c. realize you're in a city and this is not always possible.

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Posted by atliens3737 on 08/09/2017 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Opposing Rallies Converge on Capitol Square

TANSTAAFL, you make a good point that executive orders are not technically laws although they can certainly change laws and the scope of their power in regards to the law has broadened over the last few years. Perhaps not insulting me would be a better way to have a fruitful discussion. The executive order under Roosevelt was enforced by the law but you are right that they are not technically synonymous.

PackFan, I appreciate your sentiment but your statements aren't facts. I don't advocate that the US take in everyone but that they have a nuanced immigration policy that provides comprehensive review of individual circumstances before taking punitive action. Your analogy of the restaurant doesn't really work once you start to account for immigrants that were brought here by their families and lived here their whole life or those that are working and contributing members of our society. In your analogy, if parents brought their child and left them at your restaurant, I would hope you'd have the heart to provide some level of care or attention to them.

In regards to laws, they are subject to interpretation and different ways of enforcement. Do you jaywalk, speed in your vehicle sometimes, or do things that are prohibited by any number of exceedingly archaic Virginia laws? Should they always be enforced or are they subject to circumstance? I'm advocating for a nuanced policy that takes into account different situations to ensure that those individuals that contribute to our society and/or have families or dependents that would severely suffer are not universally subject to deportation.

Posted by atliens3737 on 03/09/2017 at 10:21 AM

Re: “Opposing Rallies Converge on Capitol Square

PackFan, I appreciate the question for clarification but no that's not what I'm saying. I'm referring to the backlogs particularly for Visas from Central America and there are applications still being reviewed from 25 years ago by the Dept of State. There are estimates as high as a 100 years for visas from certain countries to be processed. What I'm saying is, it's impossible for many undocumented immigrants to actually go through the proper channels for visas, citizenship, or refugee status.

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Posted by atliens3737 on 03/08/2017 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Opposing Rallies Converge on Capitol Square

Amamau, Liz, Deportillegals; It should be noted that Japanese internment was an executive order, aka law and yet was hugely unconstitutional and immoral. Laws can be interpreted and enforced differently. Also calling people undocumented as opposed to illegals isn't always to wash over their legal status but also to humanize them since they're human beings.

People are entitled to believe what they want but I'll leave this here. The Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy estimates that undocumented immigrants contribute around $11 billion dollars a year nationally in state and local taxes as well as about $250 million in VA alone.

http://itep.org/itep_reports/2017/03/undoc…

Also, for those clamoring for undocumented immigrants to immigrate legally, the Dept. of State reported in 2016 that they were still processing family applications from 1992. Not a ton of choice for people desperate to improve their lives.

http://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/fre… Backlogs

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Posted by atliens3737 on 03/07/2017 at 4:00 PM

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