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Nov 13, 2020
ACLU and labor rights groups allege that Iowa OSHA not protecting workers; file complaint
(3 News Room)
OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The ACLU of Iowa announced today that it filed a complaint, along with labor and civil rights groups, alleging that Iowa OSHA "has been grossly negligent in protecting Iowa workers, not even following its own rules."
Nov 13, 2020
Worker Advocacy Groups File Federal Complaint Against Iowa OSHA
(Iowa Public Radio)
Eight worker advocacy groups have filed a federal complaint with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) about a lack of workplace safety in Iowa.
Nov 11, 2020
Surge colectivo en defensa de personas migrantes
(AFN Tijuana)
TIJUANA BC 11 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2020 (AFN).- Organizaciones de activistas pro migrantes anunciaron el inicio del “Colectivo 1597-TJ”, que tiene como objetivo promover y vigilar el cumplimiento del amparo de Tijuana contra las acciones ilegales de la llamada "PoliMigra".
Nov 11, 2020
What the 2020 election results say about North Carolina
(Triad City Beat)
Democrats consolidated dominance in the counties that make up North Carolina’s three major urban regions — Charlotte; Raleigh and Durham in the Triangle; and Greensboro and Winston-Salem in the Triad — comparing unofficial election results with 2016, when Donald Trump ran against Hillary Clinton. Likewise, in the blue mountain enclaves in counties encompassing Asheville and Boone.
Nov 11, 2020
Japanese YWCA/Issei Women’s Building gains landmark status
(San Francisco Examiner)
The building on 1830 Sutter St recieved an unanimous vote in designation for landmark status.
Nov 10, 2020
N.H. Man Wins Temporary Deportation Reprieve
(In Depth New Hampshire)
Arnie Alpert is a retired activist, organizer, and community educator long involved in movements for social and economic justice. Arnie writes an occasional column Active with the Activists for InDepthNH.org.
Nov 10, 2020
Q&A: Professor Emeritus Paul Lauter on his New Book, ‘Our Sixties: An Activist’s History’
(Trinity College )
In his new memoir, Our Sixties: An Activist’s History, Paul Lauter, Allan K. and Gwendolyn Miles Smith Professor of Literature, Emeritus, at Trinity College, offers a look at the social justice struggles of the 1960s and a personal account of how his activism shaped his life and his work.
Nov 9, 2020
Prop 207 could have huge impact on criminal justice reform in Arizona
(KOLD)
TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - We are learning more about how Proposition 207 will impact our criminal justice system.
Nov 9, 2020
San Diego Latinos plan to hold Biden accountable on immigration reform
(CBS 8)
Are more loosened immigration policies on the horizon?
Nov 8, 2020
GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – One State Reality
(The Daily Blog New Zealand)
American-born anthropologist, author of An Israeli in Palestine and War Against the People, lecturer, and political activist Jeff Halper moved to Israel in the 1970s. He became aware that that situation in Israel wasn’t what he had been led to believe, growing up in the US. When he met a Palestinian whose house was about to be demolished by the regime, for no reason, nothing to do with ‘security’, Jeff realized that the injustice inherent in Israeli society needed exposure.
Nov 7, 2020
Police: Resistance Center for Peace and Justice HQ targeted by hate crime
(Gazette Net)
NORTHAMPTON – Police are investigating a hate crime against The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice, after its headquarters were vandalized with stickers that included a swastika.
Nov 7, 2020
ELECTION 2020 | Vote to reintroduce wolves has paper-thin lead among state ballot initiatives
(Colorado Politics)
While the 2020 ballot didn't set a record for ballot measures — that was in 2018, with 13 measures — there was plenty for voters to review, along with the candidates.
Nov 5, 2020
ICE arrests 88 inmates released from prison this week in New Jersey
(North Jersey)
.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Newark arrested 88 inmates who had been released from prison this week as part of a first-in-the-nation law reducing sentences for those who served time during the coronavirus pandemic.
Nov 5, 2020
Rival protests shout ‘count every vote,’ ‘stop the count’ in metro Detroit
(The Sault News)
Rival chants of “stop the count” and “count the votes” echoed across Detroit as poll workers tallied absentee ballots Wednesday, in some cases just inside the door from the shouts.
Nov 5, 2020
Reflecting on the Maine-Wabanaki Child Welfare TRC Commission Five Years Later
(Native News Online)
Native children have been forcibly removed from their tribes by white people as long as white people have been in what are now called the Americas. That is over 500 years of specific, racially-targeted removal of children from their families. A centuries-long genocide.
Nov 4, 2020
‘Count Every Vote’ rally held at University of Michigan Diag
(Michigan Live)
ANN ARBOR, MI — As votes were still being counted and the results of the 2020 presidential election slowly trickled in, residents and activists came together in Ann Arbor Wednesday evening to advocate for counting every vote
Nov 4, 2020
14 essays on what San Diegans want to see from elected officials in 2021
(San Diego Union-Tribune)
Looking beyond the contentious campaigns of the 2020 general election, we asked the writers in The San Diego Union-Tribune’s Community Voices Project this: “How do you hope San Diego’s elected leaders make the region better in 2021? What should they focus on and why?”
Nov 4, 2020
New Hampshire Youth Groups, Others Rally For Democracy: Watch
(Patch.com)
A coalition of grassroots advocacy groups begin rallies to ensure every vote is counted across the nation as well as social justice causes.
Nov 4, 2020
Michigan Election 2020 live updates: Biden, Peters win in Michigan
(Detroit Free Press)
With the majority of votes tallied in Michigan, two major races were called Wednesday evening. Joe Biden won the presidential election in the state, giving him a crucial 16 Electoral College votes, while U.S. Sen. Gary Peters narrowly defeated challenger John James.
Nov 4, 2020
Michigan Election 2020 live updates: Biden, Peters win in Michigan
(Detroit Free Press)
With the majority of votes tallied in Michigan, two major races were called Wednesday evening. Joe Biden won the presidential election in the state, giving him a crucial 16 Electoral College votes, while U.S. Sen. Gary Peters narrowly defeated challenger John James.
Nov 3, 2020
30-year-old Baja man shot crossing border – did it have to happen?
(San Diego Reader)
Police declared that the man fought with Border Patrol agent
Nov 2, 2020
What Truth and Reconciliation Looks Like in Practice
(Next City)
As cities form commissions to confront centuries of systemic racism, look to Maine for an example of a reckoning that can bring meaningful change.
Nov 2, 2020
Clean Slate laws aim to help offenders get back on their feet
(The Washtenaw Voice)
A package of “Clean Slate” bills was signed into law by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in October after receiving bipartisan support in the state’s legislature.
Oct 31, 2020
Pressure Builds on Biden to Knock Down ‘Every Mile’ of Trump’s Wall
(The Daily Beast)
The monument to nativism spans 371 miles. Border communities and activists consider it “an attack on our heritage and our identity.” But Biden hasn’t pledged to uproot it.
Oct 30, 2020
“New ICE Detention Facilities Are Not Welcome In New Jersey And The Tri-state Area,” Immigrant Rights Advocates Say
(Insider NJ)
The agency seeks information for facilities that would add 1800 beds, doubling the current capacity for detained immigrants in the Garden State.

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