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Jul 27, 2020
Concerns raised over heat at state prisons
(Mining Journal)
DETROIT (AP) — Inmates at Michigan’s state prisons and those who advocate for their rights are raising concerns regarding the heat behind bars because most of the state’s 29 prisons don’t have air conditioning.
Jul 27, 2020
Julgamento por videoconferência prejudica a defesa, diz estudo
(Conjur)
Um estudo divulgado pelo Projeto de Supervisão da Tecnologia de Vigilância (Surveillance Technology Oversight Project), na última quinta-feira (23/7), afirma que julgamentos virtuais, por meio de videoconferência, prejudicam a defesa em muitos aspectos. A ausência de procedimentos presenciais coloca os réus em desvantagem e pode ter consequências devastadoras.
Jul 27, 2020
Videoconferencing trial harms defense, says study
(Consultor Jurídico)
Um estudo divulgado pelo Projeto de Supervisão da Tecnologia de Vigilância (Surveillance Technology Oversight Project), na última quinta-feira (23/7), afirma que julgamentos virtuais, por meio de videoconferência, prejudicam a defesa em muitos aspectos. A ausência de procedimentos presenciais coloca os réus em desvantagem e pode ter consequências devastadoras.
Jul 26, 2020
Michigan inmates, advocates raise concerns over high temps
(Click on Detroit)
New masks made of lighter weight material distributed after complaints
Jul 25, 2020
Remembering John Lewis
(Greenfield Recorder)
In August 1963, I attended the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (I was still in college). The event is best known, of course, for Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech. John Lewis also spoke that memorable day on the topic of voting rights. At that time, many if not most, African Americans — especially in the South were not registered, or permitted in some cases to vote.
Jul 24, 2020
Bob Norris: Conditions at Aurora Detention Center are inhumane
(Times Call)
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 detention Center in Aurora Colorado. If the situation was not so awful, there would not be numerous people camping out adjacent to the center for more than 50 days.
Jul 23, 2020
‘They’re scared’: COVID crisis inside Arizona prisons
(Your Valley)
As COVID-19 began to spread across the Southwest in March, lawyers representing incarcerated Arizonans reported “unsanitary conditions,” “inadequate medical staffing and treatment” and a “failure to take strong and sensible precautionary measures” in state prisons.
Jul 23, 2020
Going to court online is supposed to be safer. For many, it's actually much worse
(CNET)
Coronavirus forced courtrooms to go virtual. Disconnections and the digital divide make it harder to argue your case.
Jul 22, 2020
Constance Curry, 86, Author and Ally in Civil Rights Fight, Dies
(The New York Times)
She was a bridge between Black activists and white Southerners, worked for Andrew Young and chronicled a Black Mississippi family’s struggle against racism.
Jul 22, 2020
'They’re scared': A look inside the COVID-19 crisis in Arizona prisons
(Tucson Sentinel)
As COVID-19 began to spread across the Southwest in March, lawyers representing incarcerated Arizonans reported “unsanitary conditions,” “inadequate medical staffing and treatment” and a “failure to take strong and sensible precautionary measures” in state prisons.
Jul 22, 2020
In Detroit Prosecutor Race, a Stark Contrast on Whether Children Should Serve Life in Prison
(The Appeal)
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has taken a hardline approach toward people who have been sentenced to life without parole as minors. Her challenger in the Aug. 4 primary says no children should be sentenced to life.
Jul 20, 2020
Make the Road New Jersey and Advocates Applaud Assembly Judiciary Committee’s Vote to Remove Barriers to Professional Licenses
(Insider NJ)
(Trenton, NJ – July 20, 2020) – On Monday, July 20th, the Assembly Judiciary Committee, chaired by Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, voted A4225 out of committee by a 4-2 vote. The legislation, if approved, would remove barriers to occupational licenses for immigrant New Jerseyans. The bill passed the Senate with bipartisan support in June and now heads to a floor vote in the Assembly.
Jul 20, 2020
Este código postal era el más pobre de Miami-Dade. Entonces llegó el coronavirus
(El Nuevo Herald)
Andrea, una madre soltera mexicana de 45 años, vive con sus tres hijos en Homestead. Trabajadora agrícola indocumentada sin vínculos formales con la pequeña granja de verduras y frutas donde ha estado empleada durante los últimos años, Andrea aprovechaba sus horas de trabajo relativamente estables recogiendo verduras para pagar el alquiler y poner comida en la mesa.
Jul 20, 2020
Michigan prisoners, advocates concerned about heat as temperatures spike
(Detroit Free Press)
With no air conditioning in the majority of Michigan's 29 state prisons, incarcerated people and those who advocate for their rights are raising concerns about excessive heat as temperatures spike.
Jul 20, 2020
Worker advocates file meat plants discrimination complaint
(Idaho Business Review)
Several worker advocacy organizations have filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture alleging that meat processing companies Tyson and JBS have engaged in racial discrimination during the coronavirus pandemic.
Jul 19, 2020
This ZIP code had the highest poverty rate in Miami-Dade County. Then came COVID-19
(Miami Herald)
Andrea, a 45-year-old single mother from Mexico, lives with her three children in Homestead. An undocumented farm worker with no formal ties to the small-scale vegetable and fruit farm where she’s been employed for the past few years, Andrea used her relatively steady work hours picking passion fruit and vegetables to pay rent and put food on the table.
Jul 19, 2020
This ZIP code had the highest poverty rate in Miami-Dade County. Then came COVID-19
(Miami Herald)
Andrea, a 45-year-old single mother from Mexico, lives with her three children in Homestead. An undocumented farm worker with no formal ties to the small-scale vegetable and fruit farm where she’s been employed for the past few years, Andrea used her relatively steady work hours picking passion fruit and vegetables to pay rent and put food on the table.
Jul 17, 2020
The Forever War Over War Literature
(New Republic)
A post-9/11 veteran novelist explores a post-Vietnam literary soiree gone bad, and finds timeless lessons about a contentious and still-evolving genre.
Jul 17, 2020
Cushing prepares as Dept. of Corrections cancels prison contract
(Stillwater News Press)
Cimarron Correctional Facility, a private prison located about three miles southwest of Cushing will be closing in September and the community is reeling from the announcement.
Jul 17, 2020
Coalition seeks city help in getting Tyson COVID-19 answers
(Pilot Tribune)
A representative of an area coalition of immigrant and labor groups is asking the City of Storm Lake to help pressure a local meatpacking company to reveal specifics of how it has handled an outbreak of COVID-19.
Jul 17, 2020
Elizabeth Immigrant Detention Center May Close, Landlord Plans to End ‘Relationship’ with Operator
(NJ Spotlight)
The facility, a longtime target of activists and the subject of a lawsuit over the spread there of COVID-19, houses about 80 immigrants
Jul 16, 2020
Meatpackers hit for discrimination against workers of color in virus protection
(Peoples World)
WASHINGTON — The nation’s big meatpackers, notably Tyson Foods and JBS, are racially discriminating against their predominantly brown, Black, and Asian front-line labor force by not protecting rank-and-file workers against the coronavirus, a coalition of civil rights and pro-worker groups says. And the groups want to punish them by cutting off their federal cash.
Jul 15, 2020
MCAO data dashboard praised as ‘first step,’ but advocates want more info
(Arizona Mirror)
The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is now making a plethora of information available online about the cases it prosecutes, helping to bring Arizona’s most populous county and largest prosecutorial agency in line with a longtime objective of the criminal justice reform movement.
Jul 15, 2020
Elizabeth Detention Center Property Owner Announces Plans to Cut Ties with For-Profit Detention Company CoreCivic
(Insider NJ)
Elizabeth Detention Center Property Owner Announces Plans to Cut Ties with For-Profit Detention Company CoreCivic
Jul 15, 2020
Students and parents campaign to get police out of schools, improve Black Studies curriculum
(The St. Louis American)
As the Keep Kids in Class Coalition marched in downtown St. Louis on Saturday, they outlined their demands.

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