Amanda Teuscher

Amanda Teuscher is The American Prospect's managing editor.

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Photo Essay: Cleveland Protests

Protesters, onlookers, and police from around the country converged in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention.

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(Photo: Kyle Johnston) A protester on Monday night in Cleveland's Public Square demonstrates against police brutality holding toy guns. The name on his shirt, Tamir Rice, is that of the 12-year-old Cleveland boy who was shot by police by Cleveland police in November 2014 while playing with a toy gun in a park. T he Republican National Convention wrapped up on a calm note Thursday night, despite predictions that one of the most controversial party gatherings in decades would draw enormous crowds and potentially violent clashes between opposing groups. Cleveland had braced for the worst, bringing in thousands of law enforcement officers from across the country and using part of a $50 million federal grant to purchase riot gear, handcuffs, and other equipment. Along the way, the city was also hit with a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union, which charged that the designated parade route was too small and infringed on protesters' right to free expression. In the end, Cleveland'...

Immigration Advocates Speak Out in Cleveland

At a convention marked by anti-immigrant sentiment, organizers gathered for a “Wall Off Trump” demonstration and pledged to boost Latino voter turnout in 2016.

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(Photo: Amanda Teuscher) Tania Unzueta of the group Mijente leads a rally in Cleveland's Public Square on Wednesday, after participants in the "Wall Off Trump" protest end their march by the perimeter of the Republican National Convention. F ear of illegal immigration has dominated the Republican National Convention this week, but outside the high fences and concrete barricades that surround Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena, Latino and immigrant advocates have been making their voices heard. A high point for immigrant advocates came Wednesday, when hundreds of activists gathered for a visually dramatic “Wall Off Trump” demonstration. Draped in sheets painted with red bricks, activists formed a human wall of their own, linking arms and chanting pro-immigration slogans. It was a satirical rebuke to Trump’s campaign pledge to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and to make Mexico pay for it. The demonstration, which drew broad media coverage, pushed back against the anti-immigrant...

Q&A: Liberal and Conservative Campaign-Finance Reformers Unite in Cleveland

As the Republican National Convention in Cleveland unfolded, a liberal former investment manager and a former Republican campaign director stood together to call for campaign-finance reforms.

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Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via AP Images Morris Pearl, chair of the group Patriotic Millionaires , and John Pudner, executive director of Take Back Our Republic , took the stage on the “speaker’s platform” set up in Public Square, a few blocks from where the convention was being held at Quicken Loans Arena, and spoke about the need for reducing the influence of money in politics. Pearl was a managing director at BlackRock, one of the largest investment firms in the world, before turning full-time to campaign-finance reform work two years ago. Pudner spent decades as a Republican campaign strategist, having worked most recently on the campaign of Dave Brat who unseated then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, despite being outspent 26 to 1. Both Pearl and Pudner sat down with The American Prospect in Cleveland to discuss their shared effort to reform the U.S. campaign-finance system. This interview has been edited and condensed. T he Prospect : How are Republicans responding to your call...

Cleveland Protests Begin on Peaceful Note

Cleveland’s historically aggressive police force, under a consent decree from the Justice Department, is on alert—but so far, protests by residents and local activists have remained peaceful and calm.

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(Photo: Amanda Teuscher) Participants of the "Circle the City with Love" protest on a mile-long bridge in Cleveland, numbered in the thousands, spanning the entire mile-long bridge. E ven before the Republican National Convention came to town, and before a string of racially charged shootings in Baton Rouge and around the country, the majority-African American city of Cleveland was grappling with the issue of police violence against black men. The Cleveland Police Department is currently under a consent decree from the Justice Department, after a federal investigation found that its officers had a history of “unnecessary and excessive use of deadly force.” The investigation followed the November 2014 shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in a Cleveland park, among other incidents. Cleveland residents voice mixed feelings about whether widespread fears of convention violence are overblown, but the police department isn’t taking any chances. The city has supplemented its regular...

LGBT Coalition Joins Calls to Stop Immigration Raids

The Obama administration faces mounting pressure from increasingly diverse quarters to halt the practice of controversial raids to deport undocumented immigrants.

The latest group to join the chorus of those demanding an end to the recent raids is a coalition of three-dozen lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender groups, which sent a letter Thursday to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. Johnson has said that “enforcement operations such as these will continue to occur as appropriate.” Two days of raids were carried out the first weekend of January and resulted so far in the detention of more than 120 people, most of them from Central America.

The negative impacts of the raids “are even more harrowing for LGBTQ immigrants that already report higher levels of violence and discrimination based on their sexual orientation and gender identity,” stated the letter, which was signed by the Human Rights Campaign, Lambda Legal, and Pride at Work, among others.

Earlier this week, nearly 150 House Democrats also sent a letter to the Obama administration, urging the president to stop the deportations and to “start working towards a solution that provides a practical and humane response to the mothers and children from Central America fleeing for their lives.”

The administration has defended the raids and deportations as necessary to deter an uptick in illegal border crossings in the months prior to the raids. Administration officials say the focus of the operations has been on immigrants who had “exhausted appropriate legal remedies” and have already been ordered to leave the country.

The dispute between Obama and members of his own party over immigration raids has also spilled over onto the presidential campaign trail. Senator Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley both condemned the raids last week, and Hillary Rodham Clinton chimed in on Monday, saying “the raids have sown fear and division in immigrant communities across the country.”

But the administration can at least count on support for its actions from the Republican candidates: After the plans for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids were leaked to the press late in December, Donald Trump tweeted, “Wow, because of the pressure put on by me, ICE TO LAUNCH LARGE SCALE DEPORTATION RAIDS. It’s about time!” 

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