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Aug 8, 2020
My Turn: Carol Bragg: A long-overdue apology to veterans
(Providence Journal)
On VJ Day in 1995, the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, Arthur W. Williams, state commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, organized a remarkable event that brought together two survivors of Hiroshima and World War II veterans.
Aug 7, 2020
“2020 Vision for Successful Aging” is Theme for NJFA’s 22nd Conference, Online Aug. 13-14
(Insider NJ)
“2020 Vision for Successful Aging” is Theme for NJFA’s 22nd Conference, Online Aug. 13-14 Topics: health and caregiving, long-term care, ageism and elder abuse, the impact of climate change on older adults, stereotypes and stigmas, government policies and senior immigrants
Aug 7, 2020
Red Bank Talks COVID-19 Impacts on Noncitizen Communities
(The Two River Times)
RED BANK – More than 30 individuals tuned into the Red Bank Public Library’s most recent Let’s Talk About Race forum July 29 to learn about how the pandemic is impacting noncitizens across the country.
Aug 7, 2020
Historic Portsmouth: Kind of a drag protesting nuke plant in 1980
(Sea Coast Online)
The Christian Science Monitor called it a “costly weekend of futility.” The New York Times reported 1,500 demonstrators vowing to occupy the nuclear power plant construction site at Seabrook “were easily turned away this afternoon by handfuls of state policemen and National Guardsmen.” Police and guardsmen used guard dogs, nightsticks, fire hoses, pepper gas, and Mace to defeat the planned occupation.
Aug 7, 2020
Groups push West Virginia needs with stimulus talks stalled on Capitol Hill
(West Virginia Metro News)
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A plan that “meets the moment” was what advocates for all kinds of issues in West Virginia, the organizations that make up the Food For All Coalition, said was needed out of the next COVID-19 pandemic stimulus package.
Aug 7, 2020
In the wake of Portland, calls to abolish DHS grow
(Nation of Change)
As with almost anything in the country’s increasingly bought and paid for political system, there are powerful interests that will use their influence over politicians to protect the activities and funding of both ICE and DHS.
Aug 7, 2020
Mt. Airy artist exhibits COVID-19 and Floyd-related works
(Chestnut Hill Local)
Rebecca Hoenig, 61, who grew up in Germantown but has lived in Mt. Airy for the last 30 years, is a full-time artist and art teacher whose work has won countless accolades and been seen in numerous exhibits all over the Philadelphia area. And her whimsical sculpture of “Daisy the Pig” has caused thousands of smiles from those who have seen it on the roof of the Market at the Fareway. “She is still on the roof,” said Rebecca, “unless pigs really can learn to fly.” (The life-size pig sculpture was auctioned off several years ago to benefit the Chestnut Hill Community Fund and Philadelphia Zoo.)
Aug 7, 2020
Coronavirus updates Friday: Oregon has uptick in cases; 18 more in Lane County
(Register Gaurd)
There were 423 new cases of COVID-19 in Oregon and nine new deaths announced Friday by the Oregon Health Authority. It is the highest number of new cases of the novel coronavirus since July 19 and the highest number of new deaths since July 28. The state has had 20,636 cases of COVID-19 and 348 deaths. Lane County Public Health reported 18 additional positive cases for COVID-19 on Friday, for a total of 570 cases in Lane County. Four people in the county are currently hospitalized with the coronavirus, and 38 are considered infectious
Aug 6, 2020
75th commemoration of devastation (letter)
(Lancaster Online)
Today and Sunday are the anniversaries of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively, that immediately killed tens of thousands of people.
Aug 6, 2020
March For Our Lives & Sankofa Present "Into Action" Featuring John Legend, Usher, Stacey Abrams, Billy Porter, and More
(Yahoo Finance)
March For Our Lives & Sankofa Present "Into Action" Featuring John Legend, Usher, Stacey Abrams, Billy Porter, and More
Aug 6, 2020
Sostenga Grows to Meet Local Food Demand
(Rio Grande Sun)
At the Northern New Mexico College Sostenga Farm, Joseluis Ortiz called his mayordomo, Vernon McCall, to ask for water from the acequia.
Aug 6, 2020
Coronavirus updates: Los Angeles County tops 200K cases; Arizona prison outbreak spurs backlash; Georgia boy, 7, is state's youngest victim
(USA Today)
The U.S. State Department no longer says Americans should avoid all international travel due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the list of countries welcoming people from the U.S. is still slim.
Aug 5, 2020
Up and down the Kennebec Valley: Notable citizens – Part 2B of 3
After the early life summarized in the July 30 issue of The Town Line, prominent South China Quaker Rufus Jones entered Haverford College, in Pennsylvania, in 1882 as a sophomore, receiving a full scholarship (which he later repaid). His 20th birthday would be Jan. 25, 1883.
Aug 5, 2020
Candidatos a la alcaldía de Miami-Dade afirman su compromiso con los inmigrantes del condado
(El Nuevo Herald)
El lunes al atardecer, tres de los seis candidatos para la alcaldía de Miami-Dade discutieron como apoyarían y colaborarían con las comunidades inmigrantes que viven en el condado, el cual tiene más residentes nacidos al extranjero que nunca antes. Un grupo de organizaciones comunitarias que abogan por los derechos de los inmigrantes —Florida Immigration Coalition, American Friends Service Committee, y United We Dream— organizaron la actividad.
Aug 5, 2020
Over 500 Arizona inmates test positive amid slowing virus
(Associated Press)
Arizona corrections officials have said that 517 inmates at the state prison in Tucson have tested positive for the coronavirus even as the overall spread in the state seems to be turning a corner.
Aug 5, 2020
Teller County residents confront Abolish ICE and Black Lives Matter protesters
(Colorado Springs Indy)
On Friday, July 17, a protest organized by Abolish ICE Denver came to the Teller County Jail. The group had been camping in front of the Aurora GEO Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility for more than 50 consecutive days.
Aug 4, 2020
Five Things to Do for Free in Denver This Week
Take yourself on a tour of the city: On August 4, the Denver Architecture Foundation is releasing two audio-tour journeys, free and accessible at, featuring 24 locations that highlight more than a century of the city's architecture and cultural history. You can choose between “Downtown Denver: A Game of City and Empire Builders” or “Civic Center Park: A Speerian Play”; both tours can be taken at your own pace — all while following social distancing protocols.
Aug 4, 2020
Voting rights: Eligible inmates inside Arizona jails often don't cast ballots. Here's why
(Arizona Central)
Thousands of eligible voters are incarcerated in Arizona's county jails, often with little chance to vote.
Aug 4, 2020
Mayoral Candidates Promise an Immigrant-Friendly Miami-Dade
(Miami New Times)
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez caused eyes to bulge and heads to explode in 2017 when he issued an order requiring county jails to detain undocumented immigrants on behalf of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The decision, which effectively stripped the county's status as a sanctuary for undocumented residents, came in response to President Donald Trump's executive order threatening to withhold federal funding from municipalities that don't cooperate with federal immigration officials.
Aug 2, 2020
Obituary: Susan Bellows “Sukie” Rice
(Press Herald)
FREEPORT – On Friday, July 17, 2020, Susan Bellows “Sukie” Rice died peacefully in her Freeport home. She was 74 years old. Her life was richly lived – joyful and consequential.
Jul 31, 2020
Column: Looking back at U.S. history of slavery, ahead at what we can do now
(Pal Item)
The Quaker testimonies of Equality and Integrity call upon Friends to promote equality of opportunity, to establish communities where everyone can live life safely, can learn, work and worship with equal choice, scope and freedom. We seek truth and honesty in our encounters and relationships. Our nation purports to have been founded on the principles of equality and justice for all. We have to admit, however, that our nation was founded upon white supremacy.
Jul 30, 2020
Guest opinion: Bob Norris: Inhumane conditions in Aurora detention center
(Daily Camera)
Just because the COVID-19 pandemic is getting a lot of news, as is the economy, it does not mean we should ignore atrocities that are being committed in the name of the United States to the financial benefit of private companies. You only have to look into what is happening at the GEO Group detention Center in Aurora. If the situation was not so awful, there would not be numerous people camping out adjacent to the center for more than 60 days.
Jul 29, 2020
New Jersey Coronavirus Relief Program to Help Illegal Immigrants
(The Wall Street Journal)
Cash payments to go to families and workers excluded from jobless benefits and other pandemic relief efforts
Jul 29, 2020
Advocates push for $12M boost in legal aid for NJ immigrants fighting deportation
A New Jersey program that has allocated $5 million to provide free legal representation to immigrants has intervened in more than 850 deportation cases and won release for more than half of the detainees, according to a new study.
Jul 27, 2020
La Floride submergée par le cyclone Covid
(La Croix)
Reportage Le comté de Miami, au sud de la Floride, est devenu en un mois l’un des plus affectés par la pandémie due au coronavirus aux États-Unis. Sur place, un couvre-feu est instauré, mais les calculs politiques empirent la situation.



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