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Jun 8, 2020
Fourteen Days in Solitary [6/8/20]
(Solitary Watch)
Our Weekly Roundup of News and Views on Solitary Confinement
Jun 6, 2020
Nearly 2,000 March Against Racism In Concord: Watch
(Patch)
Close to 2,000 Black Lives Matters protesters marched from the West End of the city to police headquarters and then to the Statehouse to honor the life of George Floyd and others while calling for an end to police brutality and racism Saturday.
Jun 6, 2020
Protests put spotlight back on military equipment acquired by Bay Area law enforcement
(KTVU)
Recent protests across the country have seen heavily armed police officers using armored vehicles and military-style equipment to respond to demonstrators. It's reignited the debate over the militarization of local police forces who are using the gear amid the protests of those speaking out about police brutality in the wake of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis.
Jun 5, 2020
A Look Back: Saturday, June 6 (Daily Hampshire Gazette)
(Daily Hampshire Gazette)
Jun 5, 2020
Are Police Becoming Too Militarized, And Does It Escalate Conflict?
(Capitol Public Radio)
Just two months ago, before the coronavirus closed businesses and before the killing of George Floyd shook the nation, Sacramento City Council made an unpopular, but relatively quiet decision. They voted to spend $400,000 from the city’s public works fund to buy an armored military vehicle called a Lenco Bearcat.
Jun 5, 2020
Twitter and Reddit Support Lawsuit Challenging Social Media Vetting of Visa Applicants
(Brennn Center for Justice)
The Trump administration’s policy of demanding social media account details before letting people visit the United States is unconstitutional.
Jun 5, 2020
Western Regional Jail inmates to be tested for COVID-19
(The Herald Dispatch)
With three new asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 confirmed in West Virginia’s correctional facilities, Western Regional Jail inmates in Barboursville will all be tested for the virus Wednesday, June 10.
Jun 4, 2020
Volunteers Make Face Masks For Migrant Workers In San Luis Valley
(CBS Denver)
Months after the coronavirus pandemic hit Colorado, there are still essential workers missing personal protective equipment in order to do their jobs.
Jun 4, 2020
Aging Experts on Covid-19 and age-friendly communities, immigrants, scams, benefits, caregiving
(Insider NJ)
The New Jersey Foundation for Aging (NJFA) is hosting two free webinars in their June series on “Learning from COVID-19: Lessons from Experts in the Field of Aging” series. Sponsored by Archer Law Office, LLC, and AARP New Jersey, the webinars will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Fridays June 12 and 26. Melissa Chalker, Executive Director of the NJFA, will moderate.
Jun 4, 2020
Miss Mary to the rescue: How a Cork woman helped to save hundreds from concentration camps
(Irish Examiner)
Bernard Wilson has written a children’s book about Mary Elmes, the Cork woman who helped to save hundreds of youngsters from Second World War concentration camps. Rowena Walsh reports
Jun 3, 2020
‘Decarcerate’ portfolios: Planner exhorts advisors to help defund mass imprisonment
(Financial Planning)
“If your portfolio includes private prisons, you are part of the problem," says planner and activist Rachel Robasciotti.
Jun 3, 2020
“Juvenile Lifers” Were Meant to Get a Second Chance. COVID-19 Could Get Them First.
(The Marshall Project)
The Supreme Court gave teens sentenced to life in prison a shot at freedom. Many are still waiting.
Jun 3, 2020
Sentenced to life as teens, they fear getting coronavirus before getting a second chance
(NBC News)
The Supreme Court gave "juvenile lifers" a shot at freedom. Many are still waiting, even as COVID-19 spreads.
Jun 3, 2020
Biblio File: A Return to Sanity
(AIJAC)
Palestinian identity is rooted in three basic ingredients: the “right of return” to Israel for all Palestinian refugees from the 1948 war and their descendants; permanent, sanctified struggle with Israel; and permanent recognition of their status as refugees, dispossessed at the hand of Israel with the participation of the international community. A corollary demand is that the international community must sustain all Palestinian “refugees” through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) until the Palestinians themselves, somehow, declare the “refugee crisis” resolved.
Jun 3, 2020
Proposed legislation could offer new protections for pregnant prisoners in Michigan
(Metro Times)
What to expect when you're expecting behind bars
Jun 3, 2020
Letter: We Must Peacefully Change to End Police Violence Against Persons of Color
(Times of San Diego)
Quakers have a long history of supporting the end of oppression and racism while promoting peaceful, non-militaristic means of solving societal problems.
Jun 2, 2020
‘Failure to Appear’: At 73, this Vietnam-era anti-war fugitive is telling her story of 20 years on the run
(The Jewish News of Norther California)
Using fake IDs and aliases, Emily L. Quint Freeman spent 20 years as a fugitive.
Jun 1, 2020
Docs' Group Confronts ICE Over 'Dangers of Detention' From COVID-19
(Med Scape)
In mid-May, 30 members of Doctors for Camp Closure and other immigrant rights groups camped outside the Elizabeth Detention Center in New Jersey for 24 hours, hoping their plea would be heard: Release the immigrants to help stop the spread of COVID-19 among the facilities' occupants.
May 31, 2020
Zim Doctors In Covid-19 Milestone
(Daily News Zimbabwe)
The country's medical practitioners on Thursday successfully conducted the first caesarean section on a pregnant woman with Covid-19 at Gweru Provincial Hospital, the Health and Child Care ministry has revealed.
May 29, 2020
‘The power of redemption’: Oakland man goes free after 44 years in prison, more than 30 in solitary
(San Francisco Chronicle)
After nearly a lifetime in prison, Paul Redd had become accustomed to rejection.
May 29, 2020
Senator: We must continue to change a culture of cruelty, racism and neglect at Edna Mahan
(NJ.com)
Two years ago, a Star-Ledger/NJ.com investigation revealed an appalling pattern of sexual assault, rape and dehumanization at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Hunterdon County, our state’s only women’s prison. We learned that a deep-rooted, systemic and institutionalized failure of culture and policy has persisted at the prison for decades.
May 28, 2020
Leaders Must Act To Protect Refugees And Internally Displaced People In Africa
(Common Dreams)
"We are waiting to die from Covid-19." These chilling words, uttered by a Somalia refugee in Mogadishu, encapsulate the fears of refugees and Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Africa. These chilling words, uttered by a Somalia refugee in Mogadishu, encapsulate the fears of refugees and Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Africa.
May 27, 2020
With numbers mounting in Huttonsville, Justice pledges testing at all W.Va. corrections facilities
(MetroNews)
Gov. Jim Justice has pledged to test inmates and staff across West Virginia’s corrections system after confirmation of a rapidly growing number of cases of coronavirus at the prison in Huttonsville.
May 27, 2020
Mich. ballot initiative hampered by pandemic, lockdown seeks day in court
(Detroit News)
Ballot initiatives for the November election faced a 5 p.m. Wednesday deadline with the Michigan Secretary of State and an even tougher requirement: 347,047 signed petitions.

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