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Jul 15, 2020
Betty Ann Boulton 1931 - 2020
(Legacy)
Boulton Betty Ann Fisher Boulton, 88, formerly of Lathrop, MO, died Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at Mercy Hospital, Canton, OH, from complications following surgery.
Jul 15, 2020
She gets people talking
(Monitor Saint Paul)
Shanene Herbert chooses her words carefully. In her work as Healing Justice St. Paul Program Director, she helps Black and Brown youth find theirs. The program she leads is under the umbrella of the American Friends Service Committee: a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. She works with Saint Paul Public Schools administrators, teachers, and students to build community and repair harm.
Jul 15, 2020
Elizabeth Detention Center Property Owner Announces Plans to Cut Ties with For-Profit Detention Company CoreCivic
(Insider NJ)
Elizabeth Detention Center Property Owner Announces Plans to Cut Ties with For-Profit Detention Company CoreCivic
Jul 14, 2020
Students and parents campaign to get police out of schools, improve Black Studies curriculum
(St. Louis American)
In Saint Louis, organizations, students, and families organize to get police out of public schools.
Jul 14, 2020
The U.S. Struggle for Justice for Palestine Begins a New Chapter
(Common Dreams)
The past several months have been exhausting for everyone, but the people of Palestine need support now more than ever. This is the time to escalate our activism, not let it fade away.
Jul 13, 2020
Forward Latino Joins Civil Rights Complaint Against Harmful Workplace Policies by Meatpacking Industry
(Milwaukee Independent)
Milwaukee-based Forward Latino joined with meat workers and allies nationwide to file a racial discrimination complaint on July 8 to challenge the harmful actions by meat processing corporations, alleging that their lack of COVID-19 protections have caused the needless suffering of workers.
Jul 13, 2020
Rick Wilson: A rebel of a different kind (Opinion)
(West Virginia Gazette Mail)
The recent decision to change the name of Charleston’s Stonewall Jackson Middle School made me think of my late mother. An alumna of the school, she died in 2015 at 90.
Jul 12, 2020
Gregg Bordowitz with Yasi Alipour
(The Brooklyn Rail)
“The various terms of my identity are conjugated in relationship to a national/nationalist identity that I refuse. I disidentify.”
Jul 11, 2020
Tyson, JBS hit with racial discrimination complaints
(The Courier: Waterloo and Cedar Falls)
Waterloo -- Six organizations have filed a joint racial discrimination complaint against two area meatpacking companies, alleging their failure to adhere to CDC guidance on social distancing failed to stop the spread of the coronavirus among their majority Black, Latino and Asian workforce.
Jul 10, 2020
Coalition writes letter formally requesting removal of Stonewall Jackson statue from WV Capitol grounds
(WVNSTV)
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – On Friday, a coalition of organizations called on the Capitol Building Commission to immediately begin the process of removing the statue of Stonewall Jackson from the West Virginia Capitol grounds.
Jul 10, 2020
Indigenous tribe in California faces off with a border wall that’s destroying their history
( AL DÍA NEWS)
One tribe at the border between California and Mexico stood off with construction crews.
Jul 10, 2020
La ONU otorga una exención de sanciones para un proyecto de ayuda de una ONG estadounidense en Corea del Norte
(Agencia de Noticias Yonhap)
La Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU) ha otorgado una exención de sanciones temporal para el proyecto de asistencia alimentaria para Corea del Norte de una organización no gubernamental (ONG) de Estados Unidos, según mostró, este viernes, el sitio web de la ONU.
Jul 10, 2020
U.N. grants sanctions waiver for U.S. aid organization's project in N. Korea
(Yonhap News Agency)
SEOUL, July 10 (Yonhap) -- The United Nations has granted a temporary sanctions waiver for a U.S. nongovernmental organization's food assistance project in North Korea, the U.N.'s website showed Friday.
Jul 9, 2020
Plant Worker Discrimination Alleged
(DTN Progressive Farmer)
USDA Asked to Investigate Companies' Treatment of Minority Employees
Jul 9, 2020
Worker advocates file meat plants discrimination complaint
(Washington Post)
Several worker advocacy organizations have filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture alleging that meat processing companies Tyson and JBS have engaged in racial discrimination during the coronavirus pandemic.
Jul 9, 2020
Immigrant groups seek donations for emergency support fund for families
(Business Record)
A new initiative is helping Central Iowa immigrant families through the pandemic, but more than 100 families are still on a waiting list for financial assistance.
Jul 8, 2020
44 Years Later, Redd Comes Home – An Inside Account
(Davis Vangaurd)
At age 63 and during a pandemic, Paul Redd begins to build his life outside of prison after 44 years of incarceration.
Jul 8, 2020
Lawsuit: Meat plants failed to protect workers' health, safety during pandemic
(KTVO)
A civil rights lawsuit filed this week alleges that two large meatpacking facilities are not doing their part to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Jul 7, 2020
Emergency support fund provides relief to immigrant families in Iowa
(Sioux Land Proud)
A support fund has been provided to 167 families in central Iowa to help with the impacts of the current pandemic, while more than 100 families remain on the waitlist hoping for assistance.
Jul 7, 2020
Emergency support fund provides relief to immigrant families in Iowa
(Sioux Land Proud)
A support fund has been provided to 167 families in central Iowa to help with the impacts of the current pandemic, while more than 100 families remain on the waitlist hoping for assistance.
Jul 6, 2020
Messages Of Hope For NJ Immigrants Skywritten Above Prisons
(Patch.com)
Planes spelled out messages above jails housing ICE detainees in Essex, Bergen, Hudson and Union counties. "Free Them All," one declared.
Jul 6, 2020
Messages Of Hope For NJ Immigrants Skywritten Above Prisons
(Patch)
Planes spelled out messages above jails housing ICE detainees in Essex, Bergen, Hudson and Union counties. "Free Them All," one declared.
Jul 6, 2020
Signatures filed for Arizona ballot initiative designed to reduce prison sentences for persons convicted of non-dangerous offenses
(Ballotpedia News)
The campaign Arizonans for Second Chances, Rehabilitation, and Public Safety (Second Chances Arizona) reported filing 397,291 signatures for a ballot initiative designed to reduce prison sentences for persons convicted of non-dangerous offenses and expand rehabilitative programs. At least 237,645 (about 59.8 percent) of the submitted signatures need to be valid for the initiative to go before voters on November 3, 2020.
Jul 6, 2020
Ash Kalra’s ‘Racial Justice Act’ Aims to End Bias in Prosecution
(San Jose Inside)
Silicon Valley Assemblyman Ash Kalra (D-San Jose)—a former deputy public defender in Santa Clara County—has introduced new legislation to end racial discrimination in criminal sentences and convictions.
Jul 6, 2020
Ash Kalra’s ‘Racial Justice Act’ Aims to End Bias in Prosecution
(San Jose Inside)
Silicon Valley Assemblyman Ash Kalra (D-San Jose)—a former deputy public defender in Santa Clara County—has introduced new legislation to end racial discrimination in criminal sentences and convictions.

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