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Sep 15, 2020
Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off in San Diego County
(CBS8 San Diego)
San Diegans are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, which recognizes contributions that Hispanic Americans have made in the U.S.
Sep 14, 2020
‘The trajectory is changing in America’: American Muslims for Palestine hold virtual event to push legislative advocacy
(Mondoweiss)
"It is no longer a political suicide for members of Congress to take a principled stand on Palestine. We are cognizant of all these dynamics and we intend to build on them."
Sep 14, 2020
Remembering Elaine Purkey: W.Va. Social Activist, Musician
(West Virginia Public Broadcasting)
COVID-19 has taken the lives of nearly 300 West Virginians, and earlier this month, the state lost one of its most powerful and vocal social activists and musicians.
Sep 14, 2020
Interview am Morgen: Chinesische "Neue Seidenstraße" : "Ich nenne die Initiative konfliktblind"
(Süddeutsche Zeitung (Southgerman Newspaper))
Die EU-Spitzen und Kanzlerin Merkel treffen sich heute mit Chinas Staatschef Xi Jinping zu einem virtuellen Gipfel. Unter anderem geht es um Chinas Initiative einer "Neuen Seidenstraße". Experte Jason Tower äußert sich zu den Problemen und Chancen.
Sep 14, 2020
In 'Devastating' Ruling, 9th Circuit Upholds Trump's Termination of Humanitarian Protections for Nearly 300,000 Migrants
(Common Dreams)
"This court decision is doubling down on the Trump administration's anti-immigrant policy agenda."
Sep 11, 2020
Philly Establishes Mayor's Commission On Faith-Based And Interfaith Affairs
(Patch.com)
PHILADELPHIA — Mayor Jim Kenney and the Office of Public Engagement announced today the establishment of the Mayor's Commission on Faith-Based and Interfaith Affairs (MCFBIA) for the City of Philadelphia. MCFBIA will convene a diverse array of members and leaders of local religious congregations, faith-based organizations, and nonprofit agencies to empower greater engagement and advocacy by all residents.
Sep 11, 2020
A century of picking grapes: Why the Census matters in tiny Poplar
(Visalia Times Delta)
The Trump administration has suspended family visa applications – and Trump has ordered an end to the census count three weeks early.
Sep 10, 2020
Joe Arpaio’s Longtime Deputy Could Become the Next Sheriff of Maricopa County
(The Appeal)
Jerry Sheridan, who beat Arpaio in the Republican primary in one of the nation’s biggest counties, has been complicit in many of the former sheriff’s worst misdeeds.
Sep 10, 2020
Electrifying Artist Hillary Raimo Given a Prestigious Honour in NYC
(One World Herald)
“Hillary is a profound healer. She has the ability to bring individuals to the center of their Truth. There is magic in the way she provides safety so that anyone can master all that keeps them from being fully connected and expressed.” – Esateys, former Board Member of Deepak Chopra’s Center for Mind/Body Connection and author of Help I’m Trapped in a Body! The Power of the Total Body Matrix.
Sep 9, 2020
Nationwide effort to free all inmates and detainees from custody underway
(KRQE)
SAN DIEGO (Border Report) — The American Friends Service Committee wants all people held in prisons, jails and detention centers to be released from custody.
Sep 9, 2020
VCHR opposes excessive Virginia subsidies to Energix Renewable Resources, Ltd.
(PR Newswire)
ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Virginia Coalition for Human Rights (VCHR) opposes Governor Ralph Northam's excessive subsidies to and government support for Energix Renewable Resources, Ltd. of Israel.
Sep 8, 2020
As Pandemic Drags On, 'Free Them All' National Days of Action Demand Mass Decarceration
(Common Dreams)
The American Friends Service Committee and several other groups have planned several consecutive days of actions beginning Tuesday, during which opponents of mass incarceration will mobilize in communities across the U.S. to demand people be released from prisons, jails, and immigration and juvenile detention centers.
Sep 7, 2020
Rick Wilson: Saying goodbye to the legendary Elaine Purkey (Opinion)
(Charleston Gazette-Mail)
The labor movement and the people of West Virginia lost a powerful voice (literally) last week with the death of Elaine Purkey from COVID-19. Among many other things, she was a singer/songwriter whose music has reached many around the United States and beyond. And she was my friend.
Sep 7, 2020
Fierce political struggle drives electoral violence, disrupts lives as US vote draws close
(Global Times)
As Republicans and Democrats engage in a partisan war of words ahead of the presidential election in November, the general US public seems to have got tired of the chaos, clashes and violence related to the election across the country. Observers and US citizens reached by the Global Times said this year's presidential election is probably the most violent and confrontational one in decades due to the tense political struggle between the two parties and the growing domestic chaos amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sep 7, 2020
Fierce political struggle drives electoral violence, disrupts lives as US vote draws close
(Global Times)
As Republicans and Democrats engage in a partisan war of words ahead of the presidential election in November, the general US public seems to have got tired of the chaos, clashes and violence related to the election across the country. Observers and US citizens reached by the Global Times said this year's presidential election is probably the most violent and confrontational one in decades due to the tense political struggle between the two parties and the growing domestic chaos amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sep 5, 2020
Friendship Park at the U.S.-Mexico border will soon change and here’s why
(Los Angeles Times)
The Friendship Park and its surroundings will soon look different as the border wall replacement project advances to the west.
Sep 4, 2020
Stories from the past — September 4, 2020
(Imperial Valley Press)
50 years ago — Construction projects totaling $455,000 at Imperial Valley College get underway Oct. 2, when bidding for the projects opens, according to Terrel Spencer, college president.
Sep 4, 2020
Remembering Beverly Sims: A Lifelong Advocate
(South Seattle Emerald)
In late July, we lost a pillar of our community: Beverly Sims. Affectionately known as Ms. Bev, she was a strong, compassionate social justice advocate from the South End, and I was lucky enough to discuss the history of her activism with her before she passed. Despite her relentless community organizing efforts together with her late husband, Tyree Scott, Ms. Bev wasn’t in the habit of boasting about their legacy.
Sep 4, 2020
My Turn: Defund hate, support immigration policies that prioritize family unity
(Concord Monitor)
In New Hampshire, the movement to support our immigrant families is strongly faith-led. Organizations like the N.H. Council of Churches, the American Friends Service Committee, Jewish-led Never Again Action NH, and the interfaith Immigrant Solidarity Network led by Granite State Organizing Project and more cooperate with prayer vigils, sanctuary churches, and jail visitation programs.
Sep 3, 2020
Sister Cities Committee to Launch Speaker Series
(Pasadena Now)
The Senegal Subcommittee of Pasadena’s Sister Cities Committee will launch its speaker series from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 10.
Sep 3, 2020
Why the Census Matters in Poplar
(Los Angeles Progressive)
Family migration has kept the Filipino community in Tulare County alive. The American Community Survey, which is based on the U.S. Census, says there are 7,522 Filipinos in Tulare County — an undercount, according to community organizers at Poplar’s Larry Itliong Resource Center.
Sep 2, 2020
Danville attorney, recovery coach earn service award
(Coal Valley News)
BOONE COUNTY — Public Defender Services has announced that two Boone County residents are among the 2020 recipients of its annual awards.
Sep 1, 2020
COVID-19 health equity initiatives: Michigan Public Health Institute
(American Medical Association)
In this installment of "COVID-19 health equity initiatives," we take a look at how the pandemic has exacerbated racial disparities in Michigan’s justice system revealing how incarceration accelerates the spread of the coronavirus.
Aug 31, 2020
New group aims to create citizen oversight board for corrections system
(Arizona Mirror)
A new organization hopes to convince the legislature and governor to create a citizen oversight board for the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry.
Aug 31, 2020
Organization brings COVID-19 testing and food donations to farmworkers in Miami-Dade
(Miami Herald)
Lack of adequate transportation, fear of encountering immigration authorities and disinformation have restricted access to COVID-19 testing for farmworkers in Miami-Dade.

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