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Nov 25, 2020
Hudson County lawmakers approve 10-year contract with ICE in reversal
(PIX 11)
JERSEY CITY — Hudson County freeholders voted Tuesday to continue the county's working relationship with United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, approving a new 10-year contract to house detainees from both New Jersey and New York City in their prisons.
Nov 25, 2020
2020 Florida Women's Hall of Fame inducts Alma Lee Loy, Thelma Waters of Treasure Coast
(Treasure Coast Palm)
Two Treasure Coast women — among only three from the entire state — will be inducted into the Florida Women's Hall of Fame this year.
Nov 24, 2020
Like Kenya and Burundi, the US has now met our criteria for electoral violence
(The Independent)
The U.S. has met several of the criteria that make election violence most likely to occur, including politics based on patronage; weak electoral management bodies; ongoing conflict and division in the country; repression of opposition; civil unrest and violence against protesters.
Nov 24, 2020
NJ Immigrant Detainees Get Class Cert. In COVID-19 Suit
(Law 360)
Law360 (November 24, 2020, 5:20 PM EST) -- A New Jersey federal judge on Monday certified a class of Elizabeth Detention Center immigrant detainees who allege the government has violated federal COVID-19 safety guidelines by holding them in cramped quarters that are allegedly perfect for spreading the virus, but held off on deciding the merits of the claims.
Nov 24, 2020
At least 10 people at ICE prison in NJ test positive for COVID-19
(PIX 11)
ELIZABETH, N.J. — Representatives for the Immigrant Defense Project said Tuesday that at least five people detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and at least five employees of the facility are confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19.
Nov 24, 2020
On reducing the number of troops in Afghanistan
(The Intelligencer)
The Democrats are decrying President Trump’s move to decrease U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan and elsewhere. They are quoting the usual experts from the military.
Nov 24, 2020
Imigrantes se preocupam com aumento de apoio latino a Trump em Miami (FL)
(Brazilian Times)
Apesar de o grande número de imigrantes latinos que vivem na região, ativistas comunitários se surpreenderam com o considerável apoio ao presidente atual
Nov 23, 2020
Patricia Carlin Sperling, early proponent for equality and social justice, dies at 98
(The Philadelphia Inquirer)
Patricia Carlin Sperling, 98, of New Hope, a volunteer who worked for equality and social justice long before such causes became mainstream, died Tuesday, Nov. 17, of respiratory failure at Neshaminy Manor, a senior facility in Warrington, Bucks County, where she had lived for almost five years.
Nov 23, 2020
Hudson County Freeholders to consider renewing controversial agreement with ICE
(NJ.com)
Hudson County is seeking to continue its controversial agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to house immigrant detainees at the Kearny jail in exchange for millions of dollars each year.
Nov 23, 2020
Quaker group donates building to Dayton NAACP
(Dayton Daily News)
The Dayton Unit of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has a new office building.
Nov 23, 2020
Quaker organization donates building to Dayton NAACP
(Dayton 24/7 Now)
DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) -- The Dayton chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has a new home.
Nov 22, 2020
Activists want San Diego County sheriff to stop helping ICE
(West Florida NBC)
SAN DIEGO (Border Report) — The San Diego County Board of Supervisors is holding a rare evening forum to show residents how much its Sheriff Department is working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Nov 22, 2020
Larry Hunter, former Ann Arbor council member and Black Panther, dies at 69
(Michigan Live)
ANN ARBOR, MI — Larry Hunter, a social activist who served 12 years on Ann Arbor’s City Council and advocated for human rights and affordable housing and fought racial discrimination and segregation, died Nov. 12.
Nov 21, 2020
‘Do they just not care?’ Miami immigrants troubled by surge of Latino support for Trump
(Miami Herald)
Unable to vote because of her immigration status, Maria Elena Hernandez, a Nicaraguan janitorial worker with temporary protected status (TPS), found other ways to engage with the 2020 election.
Nov 20, 2020
Family of man fatally shot by San Diego police files excessive force claim
(San Diego Union-Tribune)
Jose Alfredo Casto Gutierrez was fatally shot by an officer outside his home in the Mountain View neighborhood Oct. 19
Nov 20, 2020
Arizona Department of Corrections employees fired following excessive force investigation
(Fox 10 Phoenix)
Two previous whistleblowers fired after excessive force investigation at Lewis Prison Two Arizona Department of Corrections employees who are whistleblowers were fired following an excessive force investigation at a Buckeye prison.
Nov 20, 2020
Consulado General de México en San Diego informa sobre el caso de José Alfredo Castro Gutiérrez
(TijuaNotas)
El 19 de octubre de 2020 el nacional mexicano José Alfredo Castro Gutiérrez falleció en un incidente con agentes del Departamento de Policía de San Diego.
Nov 20, 2020
2 prison supervisors fired, 1 charged with aggravated assault on an Arizona inmate
(Arizona Central)
An Arizona prison supervisor is facing a criminal charge, and he and a high-level administrator were fired, over excessive use of force against an inmate, according to the Corrections Department.
Nov 19, 2020
Tyson suspending Waterloo plant supervisors named in wrongful death lawsuit
(KWWL.com)
WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) -- Tyson Foods, Inc. is suspending several supervisors of the company's pork plant in Waterloo that are named in a recently amended wrongful death lawsuit, the company announced in a statement Thursday afternoon.
Nov 19, 2020
Mahatma Gandhi missed Nobel Prize for being too much of a 'nationalist'
(India Today)
One of the grounds that was seen through Mahatma Gandhi's nominations was that he was too “nationalistic” or “patriotic” to be given the beacon of peace award for the world, as understood from the article written by the Nobel Foundation.
Nov 19, 2020
Groups seek answers after San Diego police officers shoot, kill Mexican man with mental health issues
(Border Reporter)
SAN DIEGO (Border Report) — Mexican officials and representatives of prominent civil rights organizations are demanding a thorough investigation into the deadly police shooting of a Mexican man whose family said was diagnosed with paranoia and schizophrenia.
Nov 18, 2020
Immigrant Rights Groups Call on Hudson Co. Freeholders to End Contract With ICE
(Insider NJ)
NEW JERSEY – As Hudson County nears the end of its contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on December 31, 2020, 61 immigrant rights advocates submitted a statement to county freeholders, urging them to stay true to their commitment ending the contract.
Nov 18, 2020
Meeting Sheds Light on Local Law Enforcement Interactions With ICE
(NBC San Diego)
At a time when relations between immigrant-rights groups and law enforcement have been strained, the San Diego County Supervisors held a TRUTH Act forum on Tuesday to provide more transparency about the ways in which local law enforcement interacts with federal immigration agencies.
Nov 18, 2020
Report: Status of economy has minimal effect on racial disparities in West Virginia
(Charleston Gazette-Mail)
Racial disparity in West Virginia looks the same during a recession as it does during periods of economic growth, according to a new report released this month.
Nov 18, 2020
Hate Crime Reports Spike 74% In Colorado In 2019
(Boulder Jewish News)
DENVER, CO, November 16, 2020 … The number of reported hate crimes in Colorado spiked by 74 percent between 2018 and 2019, marking the fourth increase in the past five years, according to the FBI’s annual hate crime report released today.

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