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May 12, 2020
Rich Van Dellen: Pandemic demands a global ceasefire
(Post Bulletin)
On March 23, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for a global ceasefire so the world could direct its attention to dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. He pointed out that “the most vulnerable — women and children, people with disabilities, the marginalized and the displaced — [and health professionals] were at the highest risk of suffering devastating losses from COVID-19.
May 12, 2020
Andre De Shields, Lynn Nottage & More to Take Part in THE 24 HOUR PLAYS: VIRAL MONOLOGUES
(BWW News Desk)
The 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues is collaborating with several arts and advocacy organizations - The Broadway Advocacy Coalition; The Confined Arts; RAPP; Zealous, The Center for Institutional and Social Change at Columbia Law School and American Friends Service Committee - to feature real stories from those currently and previously incarcerated, their families, and the advocates serving them during this global pandemic.
May 11, 2020
Outrage In New Jersey Following The First Known Covid19-related Death Of An Immigrant Detainee
(Insider NJ)
Detainees, formerly incarcerated New Jerseyans, and advocates are raising the alarm about poor conditions within county facilities and detention center, with four correctional staff in NJ who have died due to Covid19.
May 11, 2020
Quaker organization leads COVID-19 relief work in communities worldwide
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) – an international Quaker organization devoted to peace and justice – has launched a major fundraising effort to support community-led pandemic relief. The organization works in more than 30 U.S. communities, 16 countries, and has staff at the United Nations and in the U.S. Capitol.
May 9, 2020
CV-19 outbreak grows at Az private prison with most U.S. Marshal detainees in nation
(Tucson Sentinel)
A private facility in Florence, Ariz., that houses more than 3,000 defendants awaiting federal court proceedings is grappling with an outbreak of COVID-19 in which at least 20 jail staff and detainees have tested positive since the facility's first confirmed case in late April.
May 9, 2020
UCSD students build archive of untold stories and impact of COVID-19 on marginalized communities
(La Jolla Light)
Some students at UC San Diego who set out to document the oral histories of San Diego’s ethnic communities also are witnessing firsthand the impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on marginalized communities.
May 8, 2020
Professor says U.S. sanctions harming Iranians’ health
(Tehran Times)
Marvin Zonis, a professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, has said that the United States’ sanctions harm the Iranian people’s health.
May 8, 2020
Detained Mexican man says detainees with the COVID-19 are mixed with other California ICE prisoners
ICE detainees who test positive for coronavirus are mixed with healthy inmates at privately operated facility in California where the first migrant died of COVID-19, immigrant reveals
May 8, 2020
Pregnant prisoners would get better conditions if bills pass
(Spartan News Room)
New bills would change procedures for restraining and isolating pregnant inmates in Michigan, a move intended to improve conditions for them.
May 7, 2020
Red Bank: Fresh Take on Food Insecurity
(Red Bank Green)
Kitch Organic in Red Bank plans to roll out a new offering to help fill a void in the COVID-19 crisis: food packages that emphasize fresh vegetables and fruits rather than non-persishables.
May 7, 2020
As Supreme Court considers end to DACA, some Dreamers are already leaving U.S. behind
(USA Today)
As the Trump Administration continues to pursue anti-immigrant policies, some DACA recipients consider leaving the U.S.
May 7, 2020
Denver Won't Appeal Judge's Ruling in Fight Against ICE
Denver won't challenge a federal judge's ruling in its fight with Immigration and Customs Enforcement over subpoena requests, bringing to a close a high-profile legal battle that touched on issues of local control and the authority of federal immigration authorities. But the city is declaring at least a partial win, albeit a small one.
May 5, 2020
Birmingham Podcasters Named Finalists For Pulitzer Prize
"White Lies," a podcast on NPR about a Civil Rights era murder, was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize.
May 5, 2020
Reform Leader: Maricopa County Attorney Position On Inmates Is 'Tone Deaf'
The Show spoke with Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel on during its May 4. Adel had written an op-ed in the Arizona Republic criticizing some organizations who are advocating for a release of more inmates during the current pandemic for “exploiting a public health emergency to forward a political agenda.” Not all share Adel's position, however. The Show talked with Caroline Isaacs, the Arizona director of the American Friends Service Committee, who called Adel's op-ed "tone deaf."
May 5, 2020
Are there any humanitarian superpowers in the coronavirus fight?
(The Washington Post)
In early April, former State Department officials were stunned when the United States accepted Russian humanitarian aid to assist in the fight against the coronavirus. While the president welcomed the “very, very large planeload of things,” namely masks and ventilators, as a “nice” offer from Russian President Vladimir Putin, the State Department quickly clarified that the material was paid for by the United States, albeit at a discount.
May 4, 2020
More Than 70% Of Inmates At One Prison Had COVID-19, And Advocates Fear The Coronavirus Is Silently Spreading
(Buzzfeed News)
In the handful of prisons doing mass testing of inmates, results show how deeply the coronavirus has spread.
May 1, 2020
'Mass evictions' on the horizon as US confronts coronavirus housing crisis: Advocates
The first of the month is daunting for many low and middle-income Americans who will be struggling to pay their rent for the second time since the coronavirus pandemic essentially shut down the U.S. economy.
May 1, 2020
See 'May Day' Messages Of Worker Solidarity In Essex County
Advocates say the celebration has even more meaning this year, as essential workers put themselves at risk during the coronavirus crisis.
May 1, 2020
Double Jeopardy of Being a DACA Recipient during a Pandemic
(Community Alliance)
We all fear for the health of our families and anxiously await new information to help us weather this crisis. But some of us are also anxiously awaiting a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.
May 1, 2020
'Mass evictions' on the horizon as US confronts coronavirus housing crisis: Advocates
(ABC News)
The pandemic is exacerbating an already severe housing crisis.
May 1, 2020
Inmate says officials threatened to ship him out of state for talking about virus impact at NJSP
(The Trentonian)
A lifer was reportedly threatened with an interstate transfer for speaking with The Trentonian about conditions inside New Jersey State Prison amid the coronavirus pandemic.
May 1, 2020
US organisations react to global military spending report
(Independent Catholic News)
Our diverse group of 39 think-tanks, non-profits, faith-based organisations, and advocacy groups based in the United States find the exorbitant amount of money spent on militaries worldwide to be an irresponsible and harmful use of global wealth.
May 1, 2020
Professor Wayne O’Neil, linguist and advocate for linguistics in education, dies at 88
(MIT News)
Longtime MIT professor and department head also participated in many efforts in support of peace and social justice. MIT professor of linguistics Wayne O’Neil died on March 22 at his home in Somerville, Massachusetts. The cause of death was cancer. He was 88 years old.
Apr 30, 2020
As global military spending hits nearly $2 trillion, these weapons are useless against biggest threats we face
(Common Dreams)
As the leading military spender, the U.S. has an important role to play in transitioning the world away from military spending and towards public health.
Apr 30, 2020
UCSD students build archive of untold stories, impact of COVID-19 on marginalized communities
(The San Diego Union-Tribune)
Some students at UC San Diego who set out to document the oral histories of San Diego’s ethnic communities also are witnessing firsthand the impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on marginalized communities.



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