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Apr 30, 2020
State prisons have potential for nearly 100% infection rate
(Arizona Capitol Times)
The Arizona Public Health Association is urging the state’s health director to do more to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the prisons as studies and public health officials predict a nearly 100% infection rate.
Apr 30, 2020
‘They’re going to kill us in here’ – Or will ICE finally act? | Editorial
(NJ.com)
Now that the bodies are piling up in hospital morgues, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has finally acknowledged that it needs to release people to protect them from the coronavirus. They’ll be let out based on medical vulnerability. And yes, it’s a welcome change that at least those who need hospital care will get it.
Apr 30, 2020
Update: The latest on COVID-19 in Colorado
(The Colorado Independent)
Close to 80,000 more Coloradans filed for unemployment last week. By May 15, state hopes to test anyone with COVID-19 symptoms. 254 inmates and employees at the Sterling prison have tested positive for COVID-19.
Apr 29, 2020
Human rights organizations plan to deliver faces masks to Otay Mesa Detention Center
(KGTV San Diego)
A group of human and migrant rights organizations are planning to deliver 1,000 face masks to detainees at the Otay Mesa Detention Center.
Apr 29, 2020
The American Council of Learned Societies Announces the 2020 Mellon/ACLS Scholars and Society Fellows
(Times Union)
The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce the awardees of the 2020 Mellon/ACLS Scholars and Society Fellowship program.
Apr 29, 2020
Weeklong radiothon being held to raise money for Latino and immigrant families affected by Coronavirus
(KCRG Cedar Rapids)
Members of the advocacy group LULAC, or League of United Latin American Citizens, say many immigrants throughout Iowa are not getting the federal funding they need to survive during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Apr 28, 2020
Sheriff seeks $318M more for Santa Rita; expert panel says jail is chronically understaffed
(FOX KTVU)
The Alameda County Sheriff is increasing his proposal to fund Santa Rita Jail at a time when its inmate population is at an all-time low and government budgets throughout the county face massive budget deficits because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Apr 28, 2020
88 tested so far out of thousands at W.Va. jails and prisons
(The Register-Herald)
The West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety released Monday the number of inmates tested for COVID-19 at West Virginia jails and prisons, as well as those in community corrections and juvenile services programs.
Apr 27, 2020
Sheriff seeks $318M more for Santa Rita; expert panel says jail is chronically understaffed
(FOX KTVU)
The Alameda County Sheriff is increasing his proposal to fund Santa Rita Jail at a time when its inmate population is at an all-time low and government budgets throughout the county face massive budget deficits because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Apr 27, 2020
Fifty Years Ago This Spring: Millions of Students Struck To End a War in Vietnam
(Portside)
Steve Early was a participant in the May, 1970 student strike against the Vietnam war and later served as Vermont Field Secretary for the American Friends Service Committee. He is a longtime union activist and author of four books about labor or politics.
Apr 27, 2020
Morristown immigration group leads demands for pandemic relief for undocumented workers
(Morristown Green)
Immigration and labor advocacy groups on Monday exhorted the state to create a disaster fund for undocumented workers and their families who have been shut out from pandemic relief programs.
Apr 26, 2020
Dr. Donald S. Gann, professor of surgery at Hopkins and Maryland, dies
(Baltimore Sun)
Dr. Donald S. Gann, a trauma surgeon and a professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and at the University of Maryland, died Feb. 3 of undetermined causes at his Brooklandville home. He was 87.
Apr 26, 2020
Gimme Shelter
(The Baffler)
Sanctuary churches are an immigrant purgatory.
Apr 26, 2020
Beth Moore: Pandemic is no time for hate
(La Crosse Tribune)
As we face the threats from coronavirus, we are seeing health-care workers, grocery-store clerks, teachers, our neighbors and families come forward with daily acts of self-sacrifice, generosity, service, compassion and love.
Apr 25, 2020
‘Deadly as Dachau’: Activists call for mass decarceration during pandemic
(Religion News Service)
Activists project the demand for release of people in immigration detention on the walls of a federal building in Boston.
Apr 24, 2020
Four death row inmates have tested positive for coronavirus at one Arizona jail and five more are showing symptoms of the disease, lawyer claims
(Daily Mail)
Four death row prisoners have tested positive for the coronavirus and another five are showing symptoms at the Arizona prison with the most confirmed cases, a defense attorney has said.
Apr 24, 2020
Over 70 civil society groups urge Trump to end Iran sanctions
(Tehran Times)
Over 70 civil society groups representing more than 40 million people urged U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday to issue immediate sanctions relief for numerous countries, including Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba, and North Korea, for at least the duration of the coronavirus crisis which threatens to kill thousands in the hard-hit countries.
Apr 24, 2020
ICE Orders Essex County to Stop Reporting Detainee Release Information, Test Results
(TAP Into Newark)
Just two weeks after Essex County Correctional Facility became one of the first jails in the United States to test all ICE detainees for the coronavirus, U.S. Immigration and Customs officials are blocking Essex County Officials from reporting the results to the public.
Apr 24, 2020
Fifty Years Ago This Spring: Millions of Students Struck to End a War in Vietnam
(LA Progressive)
In May, 1970, an estimated 4 million young people joined protests that shutdown classes at 700 colleges, universities, and high schools around the country. Dozens were forced to remain closed for the rest of the spring semester
Apr 23, 2020
A Look Back: From the Gazette Archives
(Daily Hampshire Gazette)
The Daily Hampshire Gazette shares excerpts from their archives from April 23rd in history.
Apr 23, 2020
Civil Society Groups Urge Immediate Sanctions Relief and Legal Reform
(Common Dreams)
Amid COVID-19 pandemic a group of nonprofit organizations sends letter to President Trump urging an overhaul in sanctions regimes.
Apr 22, 2020
60+ Orgs to Congress: No More COVID-19 Money For the Pentagon
(Yuba net)
Congressional leadership must ensure that future COVID-19 response bills do not include any additional funds for the Pentagon, 62 organizations representing pro-diplomacy, veteran, faith, environmental, and anti-war communities, and more, from across the country, said in a letter today.
Apr 21, 2020
Supreme Court to Consider DACA Recipients’ Work Fighting Coronavirus for Upcoming Decision
(WhoNews)
Jazmin Diaz is a nurse in a long-term care facility in Marshalltown and is one of almost 30,000 health care workers in the country who are recipients of DACA. It’s estimated that 300,000 additional DACA recipients are considered essential workers.
Apr 21, 2020
As COVID-19 spreads in the state, it also spreads inside prison walls
(Arizona Mirror)
Three Arizona correctional facilities all have high ratings for lack of access to health care and advocacy groups in the state are concerned the situation will worsen during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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