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Oct 26, 2020
Agente fronterizo mata de un balazo a un inmigrante y México exige una investigación “transparente”
La Patrulla Fronteriza informó escuetamente que, durante el arresto de este mexicano en California “se produjo un altercado y el agente disparó su arma de fuego, hiriendo al hombre”. Su fallecimiento ocurrió unos minutos después.
Oct 26, 2020
NJ inmate sues prison alleging lack of COVID precautions
(My Central Jersey)
UNION (Hunterdon) – An inmate at the state's only prison for women has filed a lawsuit alleging the state Department of Corrections is failing to take proper precautions against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Oct 26, 2020
Get an Inside Look at what Inspires a Activist Artist Hillary Raimo
(Digital Journal)
Provocative thinker and intuitive visionary, Hillary Raimo, was chosen as 1 of 25 women artists from NJ, NY and Pennsylvania to receive the great honor of having her artwork, a photograph entitled Apparition, featured in “The Space Between: Questions of Place in Times of Uncertainty” for the Women’s Caucus for Art, New York Chapter.
Oct 25, 2020
From Behind Bars, Pretrial Detainees Fight To Vote
(Law 360)
About 50 voters lined up inside the Cook County, Illinois, polling place, located as are most in a drab, institutional building. Another 50 waited for their turn in the hallway outside. Some voted while others registered to vote. Turnout was just shy of 40%, and no one had to wait for hours to cast their ballot.
Oct 25, 2020
México exige a EEUU investigar muerte de dos mexicanos a manos de policías
(Telemundo Utah)
Los decesos ocurrieron en hechos diferentes en la ciudad de San Diego.
Oct 23, 2020
MDOC: To fight drug smuggling, prisoners now get photocopies of mail; originals shredded
(Detroit Free Press)
Prisoners and their families say the decision punishes everyone for the actions of a few and further disconnects families.
Oct 23, 2020
Hard Memories, Future Hopes
(Free Weekly)
KUAF panel discusses anti-racism in the South
Oct 22, 2020
Butler students win BDS victory amid attacks from pro-Israel critics
Two resolutions designed to crack down on pro-Palestine activism at Butler University failed to pass the Student Government Association.
Oct 22, 2020
Civil Society Organizations Denounce DHS Border Externalization in Guatemala, Call for Immediate Investigation
October 22, 2020.- The undersigned civil society organizations denounce the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) border externalization operations in Guatemala as documented by a new Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) Democratic Staff report, DHS Run Amok? A Reckless Overseas Operation, Violations and Lies. We call for an immediate, comprehensive investigation into this operation by the State Department and DHS inspectors general.
Oct 21, 2020
How Bipartisan Anti-China Rhetoric Is Being Used to Increase U.S. Military Spending
(In These Times)
Republicans and Democrats are using the “menace” of China to justify pouring billions into the Pentagon’s budget.
Oct 21, 2020
Sunil Freeman: The Other VP Candidate With an Indian Heritage
(India West)
It has to be serendipity that the Party for Socialism and Liberation, which believes that the only hope for the peoples of the world to throw off the yoke of oppressive capitalism, is fielding a candidate for vice president of the United States who is named Freeman – yes, please check your ballot. Sunil Freeman to be exact.
Oct 20, 2020
California actress directs new show at Quintessence theater
(Chestnut Hill Local)
According to Emily, “I discovered early in my career that for me, the most rewarding work is often not the flashiest credits or the projects that end up in the New York Times, although that is certainly cool and fun when it happens.”
Oct 20, 2020
Memoir: How a ‘British bootlicker’ became involved with Gandhian thought and Indian politics
Excerpts from renowned economist Devaki Jain’s autobiography about life in colonial India.
Oct 18, 2020
Hard Memories, Future Hopes: KUAF panel discusses anti-racism in the South
(Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette)
KUAF panel discusses anti-racism in the South
Oct 17, 2020
Migrants, churches that give sanctuary face breaking points
(Fresno Bee)
In September 2018, a hundred supporters excitedly welcomed Clive and Oneita Thompson into sanctuary at the First United Methodist Church of Germantown, where they would be shielded from deportation while they fought to stay in the United States.
Oct 16, 2020
American Council of Learned Societies Fellowships Offer Opportunities for Scholars to Contribute to Social Justice Initiatives and Increase Civic Understanding
(Yahoo Finance)
American Council of Learned Societies offers a variety fellowships for talented early career and senior PhDs that expand the utility of the humanities PhD in addressing pressing local and global issues.
Oct 16, 2020
Un donante anónimo dio $750,000 para ayudar a trabajadores inmigrantes
(El Diario)
Aproximadamente 3,840 trabajadores de empacadoras de carne en Iowa han dado positivo por COVID-19
Oct 15, 2020
Barbara Diehl
(Dayton Daily News)
DIEHL, Barbara J. Barbara J. Diehl, age 89 of Darrtown, Ohio, passed away November 18, 2019, at Woodland Country Manor, Oxford, Ohio, after a brief battle with cancer.
Oct 14, 2020
SGA faces backlash for boycott and safe protesting event
(The Butler Collegian)
On Oct. 8, Butler University’s Student Government Association hosted an event entitled Boycott and Safe Protesting 101. It aimed to educate students about their right to protest and how to safely do so during a pandemic.
Oct 13, 2020
Opportunities for Police Reform
(American Action Forum)
Those calling to “defund the police” are seeking to transfer funding from police departments to other social services, and while directly cutting police budgets could have negative consequences, there are opportunities to transfer some targeted responsibilities of police to others who are better suited.
Oct 13, 2020
$750,000 donation to help immigrant farmworkers, meatpacking workers struggling with COVID-19 in Iowa
(Des Moines Register)
An anonymous donor has contributed $750,000 to help immigrant farmworkers and meatpacking-plant workers in Iowa who are struggling with lost income, health care costs and other challenges tied to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Oct 12, 2020
Three law enforcement reforms came before Shelby County Monday. Here's what happened to each.
(Commercial Appeal)
Supporters of three law enforcement reform efforts left the Shelby County Commission disappointed Monday.
Oct 12, 2020
Local Quakers to highlight writings of Barrington Dunbar
(Wilmington News Journal)
WILMINGTON — Quakers more than 50 years ago called upon African American Quaker Barrington Dunbar to interpret the violence associated with the Black Power Movement of the 1960s — many found what they learned to be unsettling.
Oct 12, 2020
Butler University Student Government Hosts Anti-Israel Art Exhibit, Zoom Call
(The Algemeiner) – The student government at Butler University in Indiana this week hosted a two-part BDS event and failed to pass a resolution condemning antisemitism. The Oct. 6-8 event was titled “Boycott & Safe Protesting 101.”
Oct 12, 2020
Butler University Student Government Hosts Anti-Israel Art Exhibit, Zoom Call
(The Algemeiner) – The student government at Butler University in Indiana this week hosted a two-part BDS event and failed to pass a resolution condemning antisemitism. The Oct. 6-8 event was titled “Boycott & Safe Protesting 101.”



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