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Aug 2, 2020
Obituary: Susan Bellows “Sukie” Rice
(Press Herald)
FREEPORT – On Friday, July 17, 2020, Susan Bellows “Sukie” Rice died peacefully in her Freeport home. She was 74 years old. Her life was richly lived – joyful and consequential.
Jul 31, 2020
Column: Looking back at U.S. history of slavery, ahead at what we can do now
(Pal Item)
The Quaker testimonies of Equality and Integrity call upon Friends to promote equality of opportunity, to establish communities where everyone can live life safely, can learn, work and worship with equal choice, scope and freedom. We seek truth and honesty in our encounters and relationships. Our nation purports to have been founded on the principles of equality and justice for all. We have to admit, however, that our nation was founded upon white supremacy.
Jul 30, 2020
Guest opinion: Bob Norris: Inhumane conditions in Aurora detention center
(Daily Camera)
Just because the COVID-19 pandemic is getting a lot of news, as is the economy, it does not mean we should ignore atrocities that are being committed in the name of the United States to the financial benefit of private companies. You only have to look into what is happening at the GEO Group detention Center in Aurora. If the situation was not so awful, there would not be numerous people camping out adjacent to the center for more than 60 days.
Jul 29, 2020
New Jersey Coronavirus Relief Program to Help Illegal Immigrants
(The Wall Street Journal)
Cash payments to go to families and workers excluded from jobless benefits and other pandemic relief efforts
Jul 29, 2020
Advocates push for $12M boost in legal aid for NJ immigrants fighting deportation
(NorthJersey.com)
A New Jersey program that has allocated $5 million to provide free legal representation to immigrants has intervened in more than 850 deportation cases and won release for more than half of the detainees, according to a new study.
Jul 27, 2020
Julgamento por videoconferência prejudica a defesa, diz estudo
(Conjur)
Um estudo divulgado pelo Projeto de Supervisão da Tecnologia de Vigilância (Surveillance Technology Oversight Project), na última quinta-feira (23/7), afirma que julgamentos virtuais, por meio de videoconferência, prejudicam a defesa em muitos aspectos. A ausência de procedimentos presenciais coloca os réus em desvantagem e pode ter consequências devastadoras.
Jul 27, 2020
Concerns raised over heat at state prisons
(Mining Journal)
DETROIT (AP) — Inmates at Michigan’s state prisons and those who advocate for their rights are raising concerns regarding the heat behind bars because most of the state’s 29 prisons don’t have air conditioning.
Jul 27, 2020
La Floride submergée par le cyclone Covid
(La Croix)
Reportage Le comté de Miami, au sud de la Floride, est devenu en un mois l’un des plus affectés par la pandémie due au coronavirus aux États-Unis. Sur place, un couvre-feu est instauré, mais les calculs politiques empirent la situation.
Jul 27, 2020
Videoconferencing trial harms defense, says study
(Consultor Jurídico)
Um estudo divulgado pelo Projeto de Supervisão da Tecnologia de Vigilância (Surveillance Technology Oversight Project), na última quinta-feira (23/7), afirma que julgamentos virtuais, por meio de videoconferência, prejudicam a defesa em muitos aspectos. A ausência de procedimentos presenciais coloca os réus em desvantagem e pode ter consequências devastadoras.
Jul 26, 2020
Michigan inmates, advocates raise concerns over high temps
(Click on Detroit)
New masks made of lighter weight material distributed after complaints
Jul 25, 2020
Remembering John Lewis
(Greenfield Recorder)
In August 1963, I attended the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (I was still in college). The event is best known, of course, for Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech. John Lewis also spoke that memorable day on the topic of voting rights. At that time, many if not most, African Americans — especially in the South were not registered, or permitted in some cases to vote.
Jul 24, 2020
Bob Norris: Conditions at Aurora Detention Center are inhumane
(Times Call)
Just because the COVID-19 pandemic is getting a lot of news as is the economy, it does not mean we should ignore atrocities that are being committed in the name of the United States to the financial benefit of private companies. You only have to look into what is happening at the GEO detention Center in Aurora Colorado. If the situation was not so awful, there would not be numerous people camping out adjacent to the center for more than 50 days.
Jul 23, 2020
Going to court online is supposed to be safer. For many, it's actually much worse
(CNET)
Coronavirus forced courtrooms to go virtual. Disconnections and the digital divide make it harder to argue your case.
Jul 23, 2020
‘They’re scared’: COVID crisis inside Arizona prisons
(Your Valley)
As COVID-19 began to spread across the Southwest in March, lawyers representing incarcerated Arizonans reported “unsanitary conditions,” “inadequate medical staffing and treatment” and a “failure to take strong and sensible precautionary measures” in state prisons.
Jul 22, 2020
'They’re scared': A look inside the COVID-19 crisis in Arizona prisons
(Tucson Sentinel)
As COVID-19 began to spread across the Southwest in March, lawyers representing incarcerated Arizonans reported “unsanitary conditions,” “inadequate medical staffing and treatment” and a “failure to take strong and sensible precautionary measures” in state prisons.
Jul 22, 2020
In Detroit Prosecutor Race, a Stark Contrast on Whether Children Should Serve Life in Prison
(The Appeal)
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has taken a hardline approach toward people who have been sentenced to life without parole as minors. Her challenger in the Aug. 4 primary says no children should be sentenced to life.
Jul 22, 2020
Constance Curry, 86, Author and Ally in Civil Rights Fight, Dies
(The New York Times)
She was a bridge between Black activists and white Southerners, worked for Andrew Young and chronicled a Black Mississippi family’s struggle against racism.
Jul 20, 2020
Este código postal era el más pobre de Miami-Dade. Entonces llegó el coronavirus
(El Nuevo Herald)
Andrea, una madre soltera mexicana de 45 años, vive con sus tres hijos en Homestead. Trabajadora agrícola indocumentada sin vínculos formales con la pequeña granja de verduras y frutas donde ha estado empleada durante los últimos años, Andrea aprovechaba sus horas de trabajo relativamente estables recogiendo verduras para pagar el alquiler y poner comida en la mesa.
Jul 20, 2020
Michigan prisoners, advocates concerned about heat as temperatures spike
(Detroit Free Press)
With no air conditioning in the majority of Michigan's 29 state prisons, incarcerated people and those who advocate for their rights are raising concerns about excessive heat as temperatures spike.
Jul 20, 2020
Editor Media di Aceh Samakan Persepsi Pemberitaan Isu Keberagaman
(Aceh Portal)
Aliansi Jurnalis Independen (AJI) Banda Aceh bekerjasama dengan American Friends Service Comittee (AFSC) melaksanakan fokus grub diskusi (FGD) forum editor media mass di Aceh.
Jul 20, 2020
Worker advocates file meat plants discrimination complaint
(Idaho Business Review)
Several worker advocacy organizations have filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture alleging that meat processing companies Tyson and JBS have engaged in racial discrimination during the coronavirus pandemic.
Jul 20, 2020
Editor Media di Aceh Samakan Persepsi Pemberitaan Isu Keberagaman
(Acehportal.com)
Banda Aceh, Acehportal.com - Aliansi Jurnalis Independen (Aji) Banda Aceh bekerjasama dengan American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) melaksanakan fokus grub diskusi (FGD) forum editor media massa di Aceh.
Jul 19, 2020
This ZIP code had the highest poverty rate in Miami-Dade County. Then came COVID-19
(Miami Herald)
Andrea, a 45-year-old single mother from Mexico, lives with her three children in Homestead. An undocumented farm worker with no formal ties to the small-scale vegetable and fruit farm where she’s been employed for the past few years, Andrea used her relatively steady work hours picking passion fruit and vegetables to pay rent and put food on the table.
Jul 19, 2020
This ZIP code had the highest poverty rate in Miami-Dade County. Then came COVID-19
(Miami Herald)
Andrea, a 45-year-old single mother from Mexico, lives with her three children in Homestead. An undocumented farm worker with no formal ties to the small-scale vegetable and fruit farm where she’s been employed for the past few years, Andrea used her relatively steady work hours picking passion fruit and vegetables to pay rent and put food on the table.

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