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Jul 1, 2020
Much of the work to demilitarize police has to be done at the local level
(Responsible Statecraft)
Military-grade weapons don't just come to police departments from the Federal government, they are also paid for in local budgets.
Jun 28, 2020
Thomas Mann: The Princeton Years
(The Article)
When Thomas Mann taught at Princeton University (September 1938 to March 1941) he had a privileged status and a particular role to play. The Nobel Prize-winner and world famous novelist, the leading representative and most outspoken of the anti-Nazi émigrés, symbolised in America the best in German culture.
Jun 27, 2020
Letter To Biden (And Trump) Campaigns For Fair And Just Foreign Policy Regarding Israel And Palestinian Right
(Eurasia Review)
This letter, signed by more than 100 progressive, anti-war, and faith-based U.S. organizations, urges presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden (and Donald Trump) to adopt a principled foreign policy towards Israel and the Palestinian people based on justice, freedom, equality, and human dignity.
Jun 26, 2020
Santa Cruz becomes first U.S. city to ban predictive policing
(StarTribune)
Nearly a decade ago, Santa Cruz was among the first cities in the U.S. to adopt predictive policing. This week, the California city became the first in the country to ban the policy.
Jun 26, 2020
Centros de detención de migrantes son núcleos de impunidad; presentan guía para prevenirlo
(Conexión Migrante)
Sólo el monitoreo puede significar un cambio real en el uso de la tortura contra los migrantes detenidos por las autoridades, declararon los expertos.
Jun 25, 2020
How a Group of Lifers Cracked the Code of Prison Reform
(Politico)
National Lifers of America believes that incarcerated people are the best people to advocate for other prisoners. Covid-19 is making that harder than ever.
Jun 25, 2020
How a Group of Lifers Cracked the Code of Prison Reform
(Politico.com)
National Lifers of America believes that inmates are the best people to advocate for other prisoners. Covid-19 is making that harder than ever. A look at a powerful movement from some of the most sealed-off people in the penal system.
Jun 25, 2020
En EE.UU. se debate la abolición de la policía
(Rebelion.org)
La petición de abolir la policía hasta hace poco tiempo parecía imposible, pero hoy se discute gracias a la presión popular. Las premisas de dicho movimiento pueden ser igual de válidas para todos aquellos territorios que se atrevan a soñar con otras formas de garantizar la seguridad de la gente.
Jun 25, 2020
A Local Resolution to End the Transfer of Military Equipment to Police
(National Priorities Project)
Since 1990, the Department of Defense has transfered more than $7 billion worth of military equipment to more than 8,000 law enforcement agencies around the country through what is known as the 1033 Program. Transfers have included everything from office equipment to rifles, armored vehicles, aircraft and grenade launchers.
Jun 24, 2020
FBI Expands Ability to Collect Cellphone Location Data, Monitor Social Media, Recent Contracts Show
(The Intercept)
THE FEDERAL BUREAU of Investigation may be watching what you tweet and where people gather.
Jun 24, 2020
Repunte del Coronavirus en Homestead
(Telemundo51)
Con el repunte de coronavirus en Florida, una de las ciudades que ha registrado un aumento notable es Homestead. Allí, el hospital Baptist confirmó que su unidad de cuidados intensivos se llenó mayormente con pacientes de COVID-19. Y además es donde se encuentra uno de los grupos más vulnerables. La comunidad inmigrante.
Jun 24, 2020
In deporting a key witness, ICE takes a page from Putin | Editorial
(NJ.com)
It’s the sort of trick you’d pull if you were merely pretending to be a democracy: Hold a man in horrific conditions, then, if he sues, abruptly deport him. But that seems to be exactly what happened to one man in New Jersey.
Jun 24, 2020
COVID-19 Spreads in Women’s Prison Where Sexual Abuse Prompted Federal Probe, Say Inmates and Advocates
(NJ Spotlight)
In a women’s prison where federal authorities said the state failed to protect prisoners from sexual abuse, COVID-19 is spreading because of low supplies of masks, poor enforcement of social distancing, and inadequate quarantining of infected prisoners, according to emails from inmates received by prisoner advocates.
Jun 24, 2020
En Estados Unidos se discute la abolición de la policía
(Koasenlared.net)
El asesinato del afroamericano George Floyd ha visibilizado una discusión que hace décadas mantienen personas y grupos en Estados Unidos: la imposibilidad de la reforma a la brutalidad policial y, por lo tanto, la necesidad de acabar con la policía
Jun 23, 2020
Coalition challenges Tyson to reveal COVID-19 policies
(Pilot Tribune)
A coalition of civil rights, public health, and labor organizations submitted a letter to the plant managers of Tyson’s two Storm Lake facilities Friday, calling on the company to release details of steps it is taking to comply with COVID-19 prevention guidance.
Jun 22, 2020
There’s no predicting when movements will erupt, but this classic activist resource maps their path to success
(Waging Nonviolence)
With Black Lives Matter in the midst of an unprecedented moment, now is the perfect time to read “The Movement Action Plan” — a model for understanding the long arc of movements.
Jun 22, 2020
RELIGIOUS NEWS FROM AROUND THE WEB JUNE 22, 2020
(World Religion News)
BOSTOCK CASE GIVES LGBTQ A WIN; SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER LABELS CHRISTIANS AS HATE GROUPS; SIKH WOMAN GRADUATES FROM WEST POINT; BAPTISTS SUE OVER ABORTION REQUIREMENT; RISCH SLAMS CHINA’S ATTEMPT TO SELECT NEXT DALAI LAMA; QUAKERS SAY INVEST IN COMMUNITIES NOT POLICING; RELIGION NEVER AGAIN NONESSENTIAL!
Jun 22, 2020
“Companies that use prison labor: Whole Foods, McDonald’s, Walmart, Victoria’s Secret, AT&T, Bank of America, Starbucks, Wendy’s.”
(PolitiFact)
An Instagram post called for a boycott of companies that it claimed "use prison labor." It specifically calls out eight companies: Whole Foods, McDonald’s, Walmart, Victoria’s Secret, AT&T, Bank of America, Starbucks and Wendy’s.
Jun 22, 2020
The US and Anti-Colonial Resistance in Angola: Interview with Prexy Nesbitt and Marissa Moorman
(Shadowproof.com)
For this week’s “Unauthorized Disclosure” weekly podcast, Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola present a conversation that was recorded several months ago on Angola history: Portuguese colonialism, Black anti-colonial resistance, United States imperialism, and the way in which this history reverberates during President Donald Trump’s administration.
Jun 22, 2020
S.D. City Council considers Commission on Police Practices
(San Diego Jewish World)
Judging by the names San Diegans for Justice lists as supporters of its call for an Independent Commission on Police Practices, tomorrow’s hearing before the San Diego City Council “to end meet-and-confer with the police union and to pass a resolution of intent to move forward with our proposal” ought to be a slam dunk.
Jun 20, 2020
Trump Responds to COVID-19 Spike by Cracking Down on Immigration
(Truth Out)
The number of new COVID-19 cases are spiking in several states, but President Trump did not announce new public health responses on Monday. Instead, he issued an executive order extending and expanding suspensions of immigration and guest worker programs until the end of the year. The White House is also moving to push lower-wage workers out of the H-1B visa program, and it barred asylum seekers from gaining lawful employment for one year after filing a claim.
Jun 19, 2020
Arizona prison employees now must wear masks and officials say they will test inmates for COVID-19
(Arizona Central)
Arizona's prisons employees were told to wear masks in an internal memo Director David Shinn sent on Monday,two days before the state's top health official announced testing of inmates in Arizona prisons.
Jun 19, 2020
Freehold Community Groups Come Together for “Tu Lucha es Mi Lucha”- Your Struggle is My Struggle
(Insider NJ)
An Expression of Solidarity for Black Lives Matter and Against Police Brutality, Mass Incarceration, Racial Profiling and ICE Enforcement
Jun 19, 2020
Congressional Democrats Supported Violent Force Against Protesters in 2010
(Truth Out)
The use of lethal force by police, National Guard, and other security forces has come under increasing scrutiny in the wake of the George Floyd killing and resulting uprisings. Congressional Democrats have begun speaking out against police-perpetrated killings as well as the use of excessive force against protesters and journalists across the country, such as the notorious incident in Lafayette Park across from the White House late last month.
Jun 19, 2020
Longtime N.H. Civil Rights Activist Arnie Alpert Retires
(New Hampshire Public Radio)
Alpert pushed to make Martin Luther King Day a holiday in New Hampshire. The Granite State was the last state to make it a holiday in 1999. He spoke on the occasion.

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