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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 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 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 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 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
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 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 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.
Nov 13, 2020
Groups help newly freed prisoners get housing, medication as N.J. prepares to release more inmates
(NJ.com)
A week after New Jersey released thousands of prisoners early, advocates expressed cautious optimism about how most of the newly freed inmates were adapting amid a pandemic.
Nov 11, 2020
Surge colectivo en defensa de personas migrantes
(AFN Tijuana)
TIJUANA BC 11 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2020 (AFN).- Organizaciones de activistas pro migrantes anunciaron el inicio del “Colectivo 1597-TJ”, que tiene como objetivo promover y vigilar el cumplimiento del amparo de Tijuana contra las acciones ilegales de la llamada "PoliMigra".
Nov 11, 2020
What the 2020 election results say about North Carolina
(Triad City Beat)
Democrats consolidated dominance in the counties that make up North Carolina’s three major urban regions — Charlotte; Raleigh and Durham in the Triangle; and Greensboro and Winston-Salem in the Triad — comparing unofficial election results with 2016, when Donald Trump ran against Hillary Clinton. Likewise, in the blue mountain enclaves in counties encompassing Asheville and Boone.
Nov 11, 2020
Japanese YWCA/Issei Women’s Building gains landmark status
(San Francisco Examiner)
The building on 1830 Sutter St recieved an unanimous vote in designation for landmark status.
Nov 10, 2020
N.H. Man Wins Temporary Deportation Reprieve
(In Depth New Hampshire)
Arnie Alpert is a retired activist, organizer, and community educator long involved in movements for social and economic justice. Arnie writes an occasional column Active with the Activists for InDepthNH.org.
Nov 10, 2020
Q&A: Professor Emeritus Paul Lauter on his New Book, ‘Our Sixties: An Activist’s History’
(Trinity College )
In his new memoir, Our Sixties: An Activist’s History, Paul Lauter, Allan K. and Gwendolyn Miles Smith Professor of Literature, Emeritus, at Trinity College, offers a look at the social justice struggles of the 1960s and a personal account of how his activism shaped his life and his work.
Nov 9, 2020
Prop 207 could have huge impact on criminal justice reform in Arizona
(KOLD)
TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - We are learning more about how Proposition 207 will impact our criminal justice system.
Nov 9, 2020
San Diego Latinos plan to hold Biden accountable on immigration reform
(CBS 8)
Are more loosened immigration policies on the horizon?
Nov 8, 2020
GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – One State Reality
(The Daily Blog New Zealand)
American-born anthropologist, author of An Israeli in Palestine and War Against the People, lecturer, and political activist Jeff Halper moved to Israel in the 1970s. He became aware that that situation in Israel wasn’t what he had been led to believe, growing up in the US. When he met a Palestinian whose house was about to be demolished by the regime, for no reason, nothing to do with ‘security’, Jeff realized that the injustice inherent in Israeli society needed exposure.
Nov 7, 2020
Police: Resistance Center for Peace and Justice HQ targeted by hate crime
(Gazette Net)
NORTHAMPTON – Police are investigating a hate crime against The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice, after its headquarters were vandalized with stickers that included a swastika.

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