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Dec 12, 2020
Opinions vary on when West Virginia inmates should be vaccinated for COVID-19
(News and Sentinel)
CHARLESTON — As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gives approval for the first of two COVID-19 vaccines, some believe West Virginia prisons and regional jails should be higher on the list to get the vaccine first.
Dec 10, 2020
Advocates concerned over COVID-19 outbreaks, no running water inside Arizona prisons
(Arizona Central)
State prisons are fighting COVID-19-related challenges as cases continue to rise among those in custody.
Dec 10, 2020
AFSC calls for Gov. Ducey and ADOC to enact new safety measure amid COVID-19 outbreak in prisons
(Kold.com)
TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A coronavirus outbreak in the Yuma state prison complex is prompting the American Friends Service Committee-Arizona to call for additional safety measures to help protect incarcerated people.
Dec 9, 2020
How Israeli Firearms Fall Into the Hands of Mexican Drug Cartels
(Haaretz)
Israel sold Mexico over 24,000 guns and rifles from 2006-2018, a new report conducted as part of a global investigation reveals. With little oversight, Israel has inadvertently helped fuel violence in the country
Dec 7, 2020
New Zealand MPs Take a Pledge for Palestine (VIDEO)
(Palestine Chronicle)
At an event to mark International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people three New Zealand MPs took a pledge to form a new parliamentary Palestine friendship group and to “…raise the voices of Palestinian people in New Zealand’s parliament”.
Dec 7, 2020
A Rights-Centered Paradigm for Protecting the Forcibly Displaced
(American Progress)
The world needs a flexible, inclusive, and rights-centered paradigm to protect people who have been forcibly displaced—and the United States can help build it.
Dec 7, 2020
Will Biden Remember the Promise He Made to Asylum Seekers Trump Sent to Mexico?
(Truth Out)
Though President Trump has not yet officially conceded, the U.S. election is finally over, and Joe Biden will become the 46th president.
Dec 6, 2020
Chula Vista reverses course, hits pause on sharing license-plate reader data with ICE, Border Patrol
(The San Diego Tribune)
CHULA VISTA — Chula Vista has stopped — for now, at least — allowing federal Border Patrol and immigration agents to look at data that police collect from electronic license plate readers.
Dec 6, 2020
Will Biden Remember the Promise He Made to Asylum Seekers Trump Sent to Mexico?
(Truth Out)
Though President Trump has not yet officially conceded, the U.S. election is finally over, and Joe Biden will become the 46th president.
Dec 4, 2020
Ex giornalista del Washington Post embedded con Israele
(Info Pal)
Al Pentagono il gasdotto di Lockheed Martin occasionalmente riceve un controllo come esempio della palude di Washington.
Dec 3, 2020
Tyson lawsuit highlights the inadequacy of Iowa virus response
(Des Moines Register)
Executives, together with state leaders, are responsible for creating the culture and conditions that gambled with the threat of COVID-19 in Iowa.
Dec 3, 2020
Legisladores do Condado de Hudson decidem manter contrato com o ICE
(Brazilian Times)
Os legisladores do condado de Hudson, chamados de freeholders, aprovam contrato de 10 anos com a...
Dec 2, 2020
Cardinal Tobin, Faith Leaders urge New Jersey Legislature to Approve COVID-19 aid to Taxpaying Immigrants
(Insider NJ)
Cardinal Tobin, Faith Leaders urge New Jersey Legislature to Approve COVID-19 aid to Taxpaying Immigrants
Dec 2, 2020
Claire M. Davis
(The Courier)
Claire M. Davis died Dec. 2, 2020, at Birchaven Village of natural causes.
Dec 1, 2020
Washington Post reporter moves from covering Israel to working for it
(Electronic Intifada)
The Pentagon to Lockheed Martin pipeline occasionally receives public scrutiny as an example of the Washington swamp.
Nov 30, 2020
Mobilizing Across Borders: Briefing for Hurricane Relief in Central America
(Street Insider)
Hispanics in Philanthropy Urges Donations for Central American Hurricane Response Fund
Nov 27, 2020
Detained immigrants at Bergen County Jail stage hunger strike, get support from protesters
(North Jersey)
Protesters gathered outside the Bergen County Jail on Friday to stand in solidarity with federal immigration detainees held at the facility who have been participating in a hunger strike.
Nov 25, 2020
'Do they just not care?' Miami immigrants troubled by surge of Latino support for Trump
(Bakersfield)
MIAMI — Unable to vote because of her immigration status, Maria Elena Hernandez, a Nicaraguan janitorial worker with temporary protected status (TPS), found other ways to engage with the 2020 election.
Nov 25, 2020
Like Kenya and Burundi, the US has now met our criteria for electoral violence thanks to Trump
(Independent UK)
The US has met several of the criteria that make election violence most likely to occur, including politics based on patronage; weak electoral management bodies; ongoing conflict and division in the country; repression of opposition; civil unrest and violence against protesters
Nov 25, 2020
Hudson County lawmakers approve 10-year contract with ICE in reversal
(PIX 11)
JERSEY CITY — Hudson County freeholders voted Tuesday to continue the county's working relationship with United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, approving a new 10-year contract to house detainees from both New Jersey and New York City in their prisons.
Nov 25, 2020
2020 Florida Women's Hall of Fame inducts Alma Lee Loy, Thelma Waters of Treasure Coast
(Treasure Coast Palm)
Two Treasure Coast women — among only three from the entire state — will be inducted into the Florida Women's Hall of Fame this year.
Nov 24, 2020
Like Kenya and Burundi, the US has now met our criteria for electoral violence
(The Independent)
The U.S. has met several of the criteria that make election violence most likely to occur, including politics based on patronage; weak electoral management bodies; ongoing conflict and division in the country; repression of opposition; civil unrest and violence against protesters.
Nov 24, 2020
NJ Immigrant Detainees Get Class Cert. In COVID-19 Suit
(Law 360)
Law360 (November 24, 2020, 5:20 PM EST) -- A New Jersey federal judge on Monday certified a class of Elizabeth Detention Center immigrant detainees who allege the government has violated federal COVID-19 safety guidelines by holding them in cramped quarters that are allegedly perfect for spreading the virus, but held off on deciding the merits of the claims.
Nov 24, 2020
At least 10 people at ICE prison in NJ test positive for COVID-19
(PIX 11)
ELIZABETH, N.J. — Representatives for the Immigrant Defense Project said Tuesday that at least five people detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and at least five employees of the facility are confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19.
Nov 24, 2020
On reducing the number of troops in Afghanistan
(The Intelligencer)
The Democrats are decrying President Trump’s move to decrease U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan and elsewhere. They are quoting the usual experts from the military.

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