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Nov 24, 2020
Like Kenya and Burundi, the US has now met our criteria for electoral violence
(The Independent)
The U.S. has met several of the criteria that make election violence most likely to occur, including politics based on patronage; weak electoral management bodies; ongoing conflict and division in the country; repression of opposition; civil unrest and violence against protesters.
Nov 22, 2020
Larry Hunter, former Ann Arbor council member and Black Panther, dies at 69
(Michigan Live)
ANN ARBOR, MI — Larry Hunter, a social activist who served 12 years on Ann Arbor’s City Council and advocated for human rights and affordable housing and fought racial discrimination and segregation, died Nov. 12.
Nov 21, 2020
‘Do they just not care?’ Miami immigrants troubled by surge of Latino support for Trump
(Miami Herald)
Unable to vote because of her immigration status, Maria Elena Hernandez, a Nicaraguan janitorial worker with temporary protected status (TPS), found other ways to engage with the 2020 election.
Nov 20, 2020
Family of man fatally shot by San Diego police files excessive force claim
(San Diego Union-Tribune)
Jose Alfredo Casto Gutierrez was fatally shot by an officer outside his home in the Mountain View neighborhood Oct. 19
Nov 20, 2020
Arizona Department of Corrections employees fired following excessive force investigation
(Fox 10 Phoenix)
Two previous whistleblowers fired after excessive force investigation at Lewis Prison Two Arizona Department of Corrections employees who are whistleblowers were fired following an excessive force investigation at a Buckeye prison.
Nov 20, 2020
Consulado General de México en San Diego informa sobre el caso de José Alfredo Castro Gutiérrez
(TijuaNotas)
El 19 de octubre de 2020 el nacional mexicano José Alfredo Castro Gutiérrez falleció en un incidente con agentes del Departamento de Policía de San Diego.
Nov 20, 2020
2 prison supervisors fired, 1 charged with aggravated assault on an Arizona inmate
(Arizona Central)
An Arizona prison supervisor is facing a criminal charge, and he and a high-level administrator were fired, over excessive use of force against an inmate, according to the Corrections Department.
Nov 19, 2020
Groups seek answers after San Diego police officers shoot, kill Mexican man with mental health issues
(Border Reporter)
SAN DIEGO (Border Report) — Mexican officials and representatives of prominent civil rights organizations are demanding a thorough investigation into the deadly police shooting of a Mexican man whose family said was diagnosed with paranoia and schizophrenia.
Nov 19, 2020
Tyson suspending Waterloo plant supervisors named in wrongful death lawsuit
(KWWL.com)
WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) -- Tyson Foods, Inc. is suspending several supervisors of the company's pork plant in Waterloo that are named in a recently amended wrongful death lawsuit, the company announced in a statement Thursday afternoon.
Nov 19, 2020
Mahatma Gandhi missed Nobel Prize for being too much of a 'nationalist'
(India Today)
One of the grounds that was seen through Mahatma Gandhi's nominations was that he was too “nationalistic” or “patriotic” to be given the beacon of peace award for the world, as understood from the article written by the Nobel Foundation.
Nov 18, 2020
Immigrant Rights Groups Call on Hudson Co. Freeholders to End Contract With ICE
(Insider NJ)
NEW JERSEY – As Hudson County nears the end of its contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on December 31, 2020, 61 immigrant rights advocates submitted a statement to county freeholders, urging them to stay true to their commitment ending the contract.
Nov 18, 2020
Meeting Sheds Light on Local Law Enforcement Interactions With ICE
(NBC San Diego)
At a time when relations between immigrant-rights groups and law enforcement have been strained, the San Diego County Supervisors held a TRUTH Act forum on Tuesday to provide more transparency about the ways in which local law enforcement interacts with federal immigration agencies.
Nov 18, 2020
Report: Status of economy has minimal effect on racial disparities in West Virginia
(Charleston Gazette-Mail)
Racial disparity in West Virginia looks the same during a recession as it does during periods of economic growth, according to a new report released this month.
Nov 18, 2020
Hate Crime Reports Spike 74% In Colorado In 2019
(Boulder Jewish News)
DENVER, CO, November 16, 2020 … The number of reported hate crimes in Colorado spiked by 74 percent between 2018 and 2019, marking the fourth increase in the past five years, according to the FBI’s annual hate crime report released today.
Nov 18, 2020
GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – A Brave Woman Parliamentarian
(The Daily Blog New Zealand)
Betty McCollum, US Congresswoman, Representative from St Paul , Minnesota, is a very brave woman. She describes herself as ” one of a small group of Members of Congress who vocally support Palestinian rights.” Very few American politicians, or other public figures for that matter, dare to even suggest that Palestinian rights is an issue. The Israel Lobby in the US is very powerful.
Nov 17, 2020
Think Private Prison Companies Are Going Away Under Biden? They Have Other Plans
(The Marshall Project)
CoreCivic and GEO Group have been shifting away from prisons toward other government contracts, like office space and immigration detention.
Nov 17, 2020
Study highlights Pennsylvania's spending on law enforcement and corrections
(Daily American)
(The Center Square) – Amid calls to defund or reform police agencies, Pennsylvania is the 20th highest-spending per capita state in the United States on police and corrections, according to a new report.
Nov 17, 2020
Political poster art on display at Northwind Arts Center
(The Leader)
Northwind Arts Center will host “Speak Out: Political Poster Art,” an exhibit of civic-minded, one-sheet works by Norma Fried through Sunday, Nov. 29.
Nov 16, 2020
Labor, Civil Rights Groups’ Lawsuit Claims Iowa Failed to Protect Workers
(Insurance Journal)
Eight Iowa labor and civil rights groups have filed a federal complaint alleging the state has failed to protect workers in meatpacking, dairy, construction, transportation, health care facilities, nursing homes and other industries.
Nov 15, 2020
Business, Clergy Leaders Call for Immigrant COVID Aid in New Jersey
(Insider NJ)
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Latino Clergy and National Action Network Leaders Urge Passage of A4171/S2480, Bills Stalled in the Legislature to Bring Aid to Immigrants
Nov 15, 2020
Federal complaint alleges state regulators are not adequately protecting workers
(KWWL.com)
WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL)- A complaint filed by eight Iowa labor and civil rights groups alleges Iowa OSHA has been negligent in protecting workers in meatpacking, construction, health care and other industries throughout the Hawkeye state.
Nov 14, 2020
WNY advocates seek residency for temporary immigrants
(Hudson Reporter)
Immigrant advocates and local officials are demanding Congress enact legislation to protect immigrants in the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program and create a path to residency for them.
Nov 13, 2020
ACLU and labor rights groups allege that Iowa OSHA not protecting workers; file complaint
(3 News Room)
OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The ACLU of Iowa announced today that it filed a complaint, along with labor and civil rights groups, alleging that Iowa OSHA "has been grossly negligent in protecting Iowa workers, not even following its own rules."
Nov 13, 2020
Worker Advocacy Groups File Federal Complaint Against Iowa OSHA
(Iowa Public Radio)
Eight worker advocacy groups have filed a federal complaint with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) about a lack of workplace safety in Iowa.
Nov 13, 2020
President-Elect Biden and South Korean President Moon Reaffirm U.S.-ROK Alliance in Return to Normalcy
(Radio Free Asia)
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President-elect Joe Biden during a phone call this week reaffirmed Seoul and Washington’s commitment to their alliance, a development that North Korea watchers told RFA represents a return to normalcy in their bilateral relationship and also U.S. policy on North Korea.

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