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May 31, 2020
Zim Doctors In Covid-19 Milestone
(Daily News Zimbabwe)
The country's medical practitioners on Thursday successfully conducted the first caesarean section on a pregnant woman with Covid-19 at Gweru Provincial Hospital, the Health and Child Care ministry has revealed.
May 29, 2020
‘The power of redemption’: Oakland man goes free after 44 years in prison, more than 30 in solitary
(San Francisco Chronicle)
After nearly a lifetime in prison, Paul Redd had become accustomed to rejection.
May 29, 2020
Senator: We must continue to change a culture of cruelty, racism and neglect at Edna Mahan
(NJ.com)
Two years ago, a Star-Ledger/NJ.com investigation revealed an appalling pattern of sexual assault, rape and dehumanization at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Hunterdon County, our state’s only women’s prison. We learned that a deep-rooted, systemic and institutionalized failure of culture and policy has persisted at the prison for decades.
May 28, 2020
Leaders Must Act To Protect Refugees And Internally Displaced People In Africa
(Scoop World)
"We are waiting to die from Covid-19." These chilling words, uttered by a Somalia refugee in Mogadishu, encapsulate the fears of refugees and Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Africa.
May 27, 2020
With numbers mounting in Huttonsville, Justice pledges testing at all W.Va. corrections facilities
(MetroNews)
Gov. Jim Justice has pledged to test inmates and staff across West Virginia’s corrections system after confirmation of a rapidly growing number of cases of coronavirus at the prison in Huttonsville.
May 27, 2020
Mich. ballot initiative hampered by pandemic, lockdown seeks day in court
(Detroit News)
Ballot initiatives for the November election faced a 5 p.m. Wednesday deadline with the Michigan Secretary of State and an even tougher requirement: 347,047 signed petitions.
May 27, 2020
Outbreak at Aurora detention facility
(Colorodo Springs Indy)
Two detainees at an Aurora detention facility, run by private company GEO Group for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, are suspected of having contracted COVID-19, according to the Tri-County Health Department.
May 27, 2020
‘America Needs a Coronavirus Cure, Not More War’
(National Priorities Project)
The coronavirus pandemic and the economic meltdown extending from it are reframing our understanding of what endangers us. We now know that the greatest threat facing the United States is not some foreign adversary but a virus. Yet our budget priorities do not reflect this new reality.
May 26, 2020
Red Bank: Students Lead Food Nonprofit
(Red Bank Green)
Red Bank students create nonprofit to help feed the hungry, Compañeros de Comida.
May 26, 2020
Live from the Living Room: This Week’s Artist Live Streams (5/26-5/31)
(Flood Magazine)
Your weekly itinerary for CDC-approved live music experiences.
May 24, 2020
Protesters demand Otay Mesa Detention Center release detainees amid COVID-19 outbreak
(CBS San Diego)
According to ICE more than 150 detainee have been infected with the novel coronavirus at the center in South County San Diego. At least one asylum-seeker has died.
May 21, 2020
What is revolution?
(Indianapolis Recorder)
Tatjana Rebelle share their thoughts on revolution. Tatjana Rebelle is a mother, writer, organizer. They are a member of Kheprw Institute's Cafe Creative, the Resilience Schools Coordinator for Earth Charter Indiana and the founder/curator of VOCAB Indy.
May 21, 2020
‘America Needs a Coronavirus Cure, Not More War’
(The Nation)
Progressive democrats look to reduce the defense budget.
May 21, 2020
Immigrants demand release from Elizabeth detention center
(NJ Today)
As dangerous, unsanitary conditions and protocols have caused COVID-19 to spread unchecked through the Elizabeth Detention Center (EDC), four people at imminent risk of serious illness and death from the virus have filed a class-action lawsuit demanding the immediate release of all immigrants locked up in EDC.
May 21, 2020
Two immigrants confirmed to have COVID-19 in Aurora detention facility
(Greeley Tribune)
Two immigrants in the Aurora detention center have contracted COVID-19, marking the first outbreak among people being held there after employees reported getting sick.
May 21, 2020
News Roundup: Automatic Voter Registration, COVID-19 case at Aurora detention center and more
(Boulder Weekly)
The Colorado Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) system passed by lawmakers in 2019 is now live statewide. Under the new system, eligible Coloradans will be automatically registered to vote any time they apply for or renew their state driver’s license. They will be able to opt-out of registration or change party affiliation after the fact.
May 20, 2020
Paul Petersen's ex-wife asks lawmakers to change law that let authorities seize her homes
(Arizona Central)
Criminal justice reform advocates are pushing state legislation that would make it more difficult for government agencies to seize someone's assets before they are convicted of a crime.
May 19, 2020
Trump deportation frenzy threatens the lives of thousands
(Peoples World)
The hostility of President Donald Trump and his entourage toward immigrants from the poorer countries of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean has long been notorious. It is at the root of a whole series of repressive policies aimed at those communities, including mass deportation and the horror of “children in cages” at the border. But now, with the COVID-19 pandemic raging, and with the United States itself the world epicenter, the health and lives of potentially millions of people in the countries to which deportees are sent are put at risk by the federal government’s deportation policies.
May 19, 2020
Lee, Pocan Lead 29 Dems Demanding Defense Spending Decrease Ahead of NDAA Talks
(Common Dreams)
Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) led a group of 29 Democrats demanding that this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) authorize a level of spending below last year’s budget, in a letter to House Armed Services Committee (HASC) leadership this morning.
May 18, 2020
NJ prisons report more than 150 COVID-19 cases in 3 days
(My Central Jersey)
There were more than 150 new cases of the coronavirus in New Jersey's prisons over three days last week, and 42 inmate deaths have been reported since the onset of the pandemic.
May 18, 2020
The farm-to-food-bank movement rescues pandemic-related food waste
(Inhabitat)
Farmers are burying onions, destroying tomatoes and grinding up heads of lettuce to return to the soil. Dairy workers are dumping milk. These images of food destruction have horrified Americans during the pandemic. Farmers shouldn’t have to destroy the crops they’ve poured their money, energy, time and strength into. Hungry people shouldn’t witness the destruction of food that they could cook for their families. But farmers and organizations are working to save this food and bring it to those in need.
May 17, 2020
NJ Immigrant Rights Advocates Welcome Lawsuit By Detainees For Release From Elizabeth Detention Center
(Insider NJ)
With Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and CoreCivic, the for-profit company that runs private ICE detention facilities, failing to address the growing public health concerns at their detention centers, four individuals detained at Elizabeth Detention Center (EDC) filed a lawsuit today for the release of detainees from the facility.
May 16, 2020
Policy experts discuss international politics and COVID-19
(The Ithacan)
Global policy experts spoke to the Ithaca College community to discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on international politics.
May 15, 2020
World Health Assembly Wrestles with Coronavirus
(San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center)
As the global coronavirus death toll tops 300,000 people, the leaders of the World Health Organization (WHO) prepare to hold their leadership meetings virtually from May 18th - 19th.

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