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Sep 24, 2020
BLM organizer Matthew Bruce arrested for fifth time on charges stemming from protests
(Des Moines Register)
Black Liberation Movement organizer Matthew Bruce was arrested again Wednesday in Des Moines. It's the fifth time he's been arrested for his role in protests and demonstrations since June.
Sep 24, 2020
Palantir’s move to Denver met with Bay Area activists, protest contracts with ICE
PALO ALTO, Calif. (KRON) — Earlier this week activists gathered outside Palantir’s former Palo Alto offices joining a nationwide series of protests over the data analytic company’s partnership with Immigation and Customs Enforcement and other government agencies.
Sep 23, 2020
A Tale of Two Miami Zip Codes
(Capital and Main)
While Republicans rake in cash on tony Fisher Island, Dems in Florida’s agricultural areas focus on getting out the vote.
Sep 23, 2020
'Immigrants are welcome here:' Demonstrators call on Iowa to end ICE detentions, repeal law targeting 'sanctuary cities'
(Des Moines Register)
Protesters marched through downtown Des Moines on Tuesday night to demand Iowa leaders stop working with federal immigration officials and repeal legislation targeting "sanctuary cities" in the state.
Sep 23, 2020
My first impressions at the Erez Crossing after a lifetime crossing the U.S.-Mexico border
(San Diego Union-Tribune)
In September 2015 I joined colleagues from around the country on a delegation to the occupied Palestinian territories to meet with farmers, business people, politicians and activists.
Sep 22, 2020
Climate change guide released by coalition of WV environment, social justice groups
(Charleston Gazette-Mail)
A Citizens Guide to Climate Change, a 16-page report on the impending climate crisis and summaries of potential solutions proposed to counter it, has been released by the newly formed West Virginia Climate Alliance.
Sep 21, 2020
County Auditors Get Extra Time To Process Absentee Ballots Before Election Day
(Iowa Public Radio)
Iowa’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined Iowa Premium Beef $957 for violations in their records of COVID-19 infections. This is the first citation of an Iowa meatpacking plant for COVID-19 concerns, but it’s not welcome news for worker advocates.
Sep 20, 2020
Stay Work Play announces Rising Stars winners, Cool Company finalists
(Union Leader New Hampshire)
Stay Work Play New Hampshire, in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR), has announced the winners of the 2020 Rising Stars Awards.
Sep 19, 2020
Harvard experts say state map is flawed
(The Register-Herald)
In August, Gov. Jim Justice introduced West Virginia’s parents, teachers and coaches to a new Saturday night ritual: refreshing a state website for updates to the color-coded map that would determine whether ballfields and schoolhouses would be open the following week.
Sep 18, 2020
Asian Americans Protest ICE Head Tony Pham, Vietnamese Refugee
When Lisa Tran first heard about the background of Tony Pham, the new interim head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, she says her mind was blown.
Sep 17, 2020
West Virginia groups urge passage of new federal relief package
(West Virginia Metro News)
More than a dozen West Virginia groups have signed on to a letter pushing for additional federal COVID relief for families and communities.
Sep 17, 2020
McConnell Quietly Rams Through More Lifetime Trump Judges While Blocking Covid Relief
(Alaska Native News)
“It’s outrageous that McConnell continues to prioritize the Trump court takeover amid the pandemic. Enough.”
Sep 17, 2020
Immigrant Leaders Say “Let Us Drive” in Implementation of NJ Drivers License Law
Rally outside NJMVC Headquarters against obstacles in proposed regulations
Sep 17, 2020
As COVID-19 Spreads, Global Peacebuilders Call on Governments to Re-Commit to Peace
(Common Dreams)
Over 170 organizations release statement for International Day of Peace
Sep 16, 2020
'Everyone in America Should Be Outraged': McConnell Quietly Rams Through More Lifetime Trump Judges While Blocking Covid Relief
(Common Dreams)
"It's outrageous that McConnell continues to prioritize the Trump court takeover amid the pandemic. Enough."
Sep 15, 2020
Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off in San Diego County
(CBS8 San Diego)
San Diegans are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, which recognizes contributions that Hispanic Americans have made in the U.S.
Sep 14, 2020
Remembering Elaine Purkey: W.Va. Social Activist, Musician
(West Virginia Public Broadcasting)
COVID-19 has taken the lives of nearly 300 West Virginians, and earlier this month, the state lost one of its most powerful and vocal social activists and musicians.
Sep 14, 2020
Interview am Morgen: Chinesische "Neue Seidenstraße" : "Ich nenne die Initiative konfliktblind"
(Süddeutsche Zeitung (Southgerman Newspaper))
Die EU-Spitzen und Kanzlerin Merkel treffen sich heute mit Chinas Staatschef Xi Jinping zu einem virtuellen Gipfel. Unter anderem geht es um Chinas Initiative einer "Neuen Seidenstraße". Experte Jason Tower äußert sich zu den Problemen und Chancen.
Sep 14, 2020
In 'Devastating' Ruling, 9th Circuit Upholds Trump's Termination of Humanitarian Protections for Nearly 300,000 Migrants
(Common Dreams)
"This court decision is doubling down on the Trump administration's anti-immigrant policy agenda."
Sep 14, 2020
‘The trajectory is changing in America’: American Muslims for Palestine hold virtual event to push legislative advocacy
"It is no longer a political suicide for members of Congress to take a principled stand on Palestine. We are cognizant of all these dynamics and we intend to build on them."
Sep 11, 2020
Philly Establishes Mayor's Commission On Faith-Based And Interfaith Affairs
PHILADELPHIA — Mayor Jim Kenney and the Office of Public Engagement announced today the establishment of the Mayor's Commission on Faith-Based and Interfaith Affairs (MCFBIA) for the City of Philadelphia. MCFBIA will convene a diverse array of members and leaders of local religious congregations, faith-based organizations, and nonprofit agencies to empower greater engagement and advocacy by all residents.
Sep 11, 2020
A century of picking grapes: Why the Census matters in tiny Poplar
(Visalia Times Delta)
The Trump administration has suspended family visa applications – and Trump has ordered an end to the census count three weeks early.
Sep 10, 2020
Joe Arpaio’s Longtime Deputy Could Become the Next Sheriff of Maricopa County
(The Appeal)
Jerry Sheridan, who beat Arpaio in the Republican primary in one of the nation’s biggest counties, has been complicit in many of the former sheriff’s worst misdeeds.
Sep 10, 2020
Electrifying Artist Hillary Raimo Given a Prestigious Honour in NYC
(One World Herald)
“Hillary is a profound healer. She has the ability to bring individuals to the center of their Truth. There is magic in the way she provides safety so that anyone can master all that keeps them from being fully connected and expressed.” – Esateys, former Board Member of Deepak Chopra’s Center for Mind/Body Connection and author of Help I’m Trapped in a Body! The Power of the Total Body Matrix.
Sep 9, 2020
Nationwide effort to free all inmates and detainees from custody underway
SAN DIEGO (Border Report) — The American Friends Service Committee wants all people held in prisons, jails and detention centers to be released from custody.



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