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Jan 6, 2021
Out of Our Past
(HJ News)
Quick highlights from the journalist history of Franklin County over the past 100 years Taken from the newspaper archives of the Franklin County Citizen and Preston Citizen.
Jan 6, 2021
Bipartisan Spending Bill Commits Over $1 Billion To Border Wall Construction
(KPBS)
Since the start of the Trump administration, new border wall and border wall replacements have stretched across San Diego County. All the while, local Democratic politicians have criticized the border wall, saying it doesn’t keep people safe, and pushes people determined to cross the border to do so in dangerous and isolated areas
Jan 6, 2021
Our Turn: Economic justice in a time of transition
(Concord Monitor)
Somehow, the New Hampshire Legislature begins the 2021 legislative session on Jan. 6, but not without controversy concerning the convening of the House of Representatives. The governor is sworn in on Jan. 7. And on Jan. 20, our nation will inaugurate a new president.
Jan 6, 2021
West Virginia Jails Are Overcrowded, Making COVID Worse
(Governing)
The state’s regional jails have had more than 800 inmates test positive for COVID-19, due in part to over capacity by 1,300 inmates, making virus control extremely difficult.
Jan 5, 2021
WV's jails have been more than 1,300 people over capacity since Dec. 1, and more than 800 inmates contracted COVID during that time
(Charleston Gazette-Mail)
Since Dec. 1, there have been COVID-19 outbreaks in five of West Virginia’s regional jails and at least four correctional centers.
Jan 4, 2021
Migrant expulsions at southern border shoot up as pandemic drags on
(Fox 2 Now)
SAN DIEGO (Border Report) — The number of people expelled from the United States in 2020 ended with an upswing, according to statistics from the National Immigration Institute in Mexico.
Jan 4, 2021
2020-21 Beacon Awards shine a light on young WV leaders
(West Virginia Gazette Mail)
Long before COVID-19 had become a household word, almost a year before it began to wreak havoc on an already vulnerable population in Harrison County, Marissa Rexroad, then the associate director of the local homeless shelter, created a county-wide task force to study the area’s burgeoning problem of homelessness.
Jan 4, 2021
Despite Declining Population, Arizona Department Of Corrections Looking For More Private Prison Beds
(KJZZ.org)
Despite having the lowest population in years, the Arizona Department of Corrections is seeking more private prison beds for inmates in state prisons.
Jan 4, 2021
Despite Declining Population, Arizona Department Of Corrections Looking For More Private Prison Beds
(KJZZ.org)
Despite having the lowest population in years, the Arizona Department of Corrections is seeking more private prison beds for inmates in state prisons.
Jan 4, 2021
New Hampshire Orgs: 'We Will Raise Our Voices'
(Patch.com)
In this opinion column, activists say these not-normal times require lawmakers to work to protect residents, provide living wage jobs, more.
Jan 4, 2021
Migrant expulsions at southern border shoot up as pandemic drags on
(Fox2Now)
SAN DIEGO (Border Report) — The number of people expelled from the United States in 2020 ended with an upswing, according to statistics from the National Immigration Institute in Mexico.
Jan 4, 2021
Local Organizations Team For Op-Ed: 'We Will Raise Our Voices'
(Patch.com)
The editorial focuses on the COVID-19 pandemic and policy-maker transitions of 2021.
Jan 3, 2021
10,000 white flags honor the lives of Georgians lost to COVID-19
(CBS 46)
It’s an eye-opening view. A sea of white flags took over Piedmont Park – 10,000 to be exact – honoring the lives of each Georgian lost to COVID-19.
Jan 2, 2021
Workers at the Tyson plant in Waterloo kept getting COVID-19. Where was their union?
(The Courier)
WATERLOO — As the Tyson plant in Waterloo faced staggering COVID-19 infection rates amid allegations of manager misconduct and worker complaints about inadequate safety protections, there was one voice missing from the outcry.
Jan 1, 2021
George Floyd and A Community of Care
(Places Magazine)
At E. 38th Street and Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis, a self-organizing network explores what it means to construct and to maintain a space for public memory and collective action.
Jan 1, 2021
Minneapolis police release body camera footage of man shot, killed after exchanging gunfire with police
(StarTribune)
Minneapolis police release body camera footage of man shot, killed after exchanging gunfire with police
Jan 1, 2021
War leaves a bitter legacy for ethnic communities in former Ottoman empire
(Napa Valley Register)
In September 1922, in the land of Troy, arrived a non-romantic “Helen.” Sailing across the Mediterranean by “tramp” steamer, American Dr. Esther Pohl Lovejoy, M.D., landed ashore in a fishing launch, as the “fair-haired” savior of many stranded refugee Armenians and Greeks in Asia Minor, who faced war, disease, and poverty.
Dec 31, 2020
2020: The Year in Photos
(Santa Fe New Mexican)
A look back at some of the top images from 2020, as captured by The New Mexican’s staff photojournalists and freelancers.
Dec 29, 2020
Covid in prison: 'We should be treated like humans'
(BBC)
One-in-five prisoners have tested positive for the virus, and at least 1,700 have died, according to recent figures by the Associated Press.
Dec 28, 2020
Raytheon, la corporación militar en el gobierno de Joe Biden
(Rebelión)
La persona elegida por Joe Biden como Secretario de Defensa es Lloyd Austin, un ex militar estadounidense que comandó la invasión a Irak y que desde su jubilación forma parte de la junta directiva de la empresa Raytheon.
Dec 28, 2020
17 US churches and Christian agencies call on US president-elect Biden to reengage with Palestinian Authority, ensure accountability for Israel
(WAFA News Agency)
WASHINGTON, Monday, December 28, 2020 (WAFA) - Seventeen US churches and Christian agencies recently sent a letter to US President-Elect Joe Biden, calling him to reengage with the Palestinian Authority and to ensure accountability for Israel.
Dec 28, 2020
New Jersey Alliance For Immigrant Justice Welcomes New Director
(Insider NJ)
After a 9-month search, Alliance leadership selects Amy Torres to lead the organization’s immigrants’ rights priorities and statewide movement-building work.
Dec 26, 2020
New West Virginia environmental coalition publishes ‘A Citizen’s Guide to Climate Change’
(My Buckhannon)
BUCKHANNON – A West Virginia field organizer for the Mom’s Clean Air Force recently shared information about a new alliance that has formed around climate action in West Virginia.
Dec 22, 2020
Homeless people who died in 2020 receive their due downtown
(Concord Monitor)
In New Hampshire, advocates hold a vigil for all the unhoused people who died in 2020.
Dec 22, 2020
What are conditions like for ICE detainees at Hudson County jail? Two federal reports offer clues
(NJ.com)
Two 2020 federal reports shed light on conditions and incidents in Hudson County Jail’s ICE facilities, revealing a series of previously unreported incidents and showing that the jail failed to meet federal suicide prevention standards.

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