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Dec 22, 2020
Immigrant Rights Advocates Applaud Assemblyman Johnson’s Introduction of Legislation Banning New and Renewed ICE Detention Contracts
(Insider NJ)
Immigrant Rights Advocates Applaud Assemblyman Johnson’s Introduction of Legislation Banning New and Renewed ICE Detention Contracts
Dec 21, 2020
Advocates Gather Across N.H., Some Virtually, To Honor Lives Lost To Homelessness
(New Hampshire Public Radio)
Each year, usually on or around the Winter Solstice, advocates in New Hampshire and across the country gather to observe Homeless Persons' Memorial Day.
Dec 18, 2020
UC San Diego Names 2020-2022 Changemaker Faculty Fellows
(UC San Diego News Center)
Now in its second year, the Changemaker Faculty Fellows Program has named 16 faculty members in its 2020-2022 cohort. This two-year-long faculty development program enables faculty members to build a robust learning community and campus network of changemakers committed to addressing real world challenges through their teaching. Fellows selected will receive a $10,000 faculty development award over the course of two years.
Dec 17, 2020
Soundbites: The New Central Vermont Community Radio
(Seven Days Vermont)
Some big news out of Goddard College: Its radio station, WGDR-FM, is in the process of becoming an independent entity after nearly 50 years of operation.
Dec 17, 2020
Some MDOC health care workers may get COVID-19 vaccine next week
(Michigan Radio)
The COVID-19 pandemic has been especially brutal for Michigan’s corrections system, with nearly 20,000 inmates testing positive since the pandemic began - a staggering figure, given the state’s entire prison population stood around 39,000 in March.
Dec 16, 2020
17 Christian groups ask Biden to change US policy in the Holy Land
(Christian Post)
A coalition of 17 Christian groups and denominations have asked President-elect Joe Biden to roll back the Trump administration's policies pertaining to Palestinian territories and Israel.
Dec 16, 2020
Dec. 18: ‘Communities Not Cages’ car rally in Manchester
(Manchester Ink Link)
Local activists will come together in a “Communities Not Cages” car rally on Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. in Manchester.
Dec 16, 2020
Where Michigan prisoners, staff fall in COVID-19 vaccine rollout
(Detroit Free Press)
Michigan prison staff and prisoners who are elderly or ailing are among those set to receive the COVID-19 vaccine during the initial phases of the state's plan, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections.
Dec 16, 2020
COVID Cases in Prisons and ICE Immigration Jails Surpass 250,000
(Truth Out)
With a rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak infecting about a third of all people incarcerated, medical tents are newly placed in a baseball field at San Quentin Prison during the COVID-19 pandemic in San Quentin, California, on July 9, 2020.
Dec 15, 2020
Diplomacia múltiple
(La Jornada San Luis)
El juego de las relaciones internacionales nunca ha sido monopolio de los gobiernos nacionales.
Dec 15, 2020
Center named for Oregon's first Black woman senator vandalized at Red House protests
(KGW8)
The Albina Head Start - Avel Gordly Center was vandalized with graffiti during the Red House occupation and protests
Dec 15, 2020
“Messico, armi Beretta alla Polizia accusata di violare i diritti umani”
(Qui Brescia)
Lo afferma il rapporto sulle armi europee, italiane e israeliane nelle violenze della polizia in Messico. Prodotto con il contributo di Opal Brescia.
Dec 14, 2020
Opinions Vary On When W.Va. Inmates Should be Vaccinated for COVID-19
(The Intelligencer)
CHARLESTON — As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave approval Friday for the first of two COVID-19 vaccines, some believe inmates in West Virginia prisons and regional jails should be higher on the list to get the vaccine first.
Dec 14, 2020
Opinions Vary On When W.Va. Inmates Should be Vaccinated for COVID-19
(The Intelligencer)
CHARLESTON — As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave approval Friday for the first of two COVID-19 vaccines, some believe inmates in West Virginia prisons and regional jails should be higher on the list to get the vaccine first.
Dec 14, 2020
Chula Vista reverses course, hits pause on sharing license-plate reader data with ICE, Border Patrol
(San Diego Union-Tribune)
Temporary halt comes days after public learned of the data sharing
Dec 14, 2020
Nobel Peace Prize 2020: UN World Food Programme, winner of the award
(us as)
On Thursday 10 December the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP), during a ceremony that was held virtually due to the safety protocols related to the coronavirus pandemic.
Dec 14, 2020
California City Changes Course on License Plate Data Sharing
(Government Technology)
Chula Vista, Calif., has stopped — for now, at least — allowing federal Border Patrol agents and other immigration agents to look at data that police collect from electronic license plate readers.
Dec 13, 2020
Chula Vista hace una pausa en compartir datos del lector de matrículas con el ICE y la Patrulla Fronteriza
(San Diego Union-Tribune en Español)
El cese temporal se produce días después de que el público se enterase del intercambio de datos
Dec 13, 2020
Actions of some jail protesters not 'good trouble,' says Bergen County sheriff
(North Jersey)
At a Sunday morning press conference to address ongoing protests outside the Bergen County Jail, Sheriff Anthony Cureton said the actions of some of the protesters was not "good trouble," quoting civil rights leader and former Rep. John Lewis.
Dec 13, 2020
Chula Vista hace una pausa en compartir datos del lector de matrículas con el ICE y la Patrulla Fronteriza
(The San Diego Tribune)
El cese temporal se produce días después de que el público se enterase del intercambio de datos
Dec 13, 2020
Police, protesters clash near Bergen County Jail as ICE detainees continue hunger strike
(North Jersey)
HACKENSACK — Police and protesters collided outside the Bergen County Jail on a damp and foggy Saturday evening, capping a long day of protests in the county's largest city as demonstrators rallied for hours in support of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees on a hunger strike inside the jail.
Dec 12, 2020
Opinions vary on when West Virginia inmates should be vaccinated for COVID-19
(News and Sentinel)
CHARLESTON — As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gives approval for the first of two COVID-19 vaccines, some believe West Virginia prisons and regional jails should be higher on the list to get the vaccine first.
Dec 10, 2020
Advocates concerned over COVID-19 outbreaks, no running water inside Arizona prisons
(Arizona Central)
State prisons are fighting COVID-19-related challenges as cases continue to rise among those in custody.
Dec 10, 2020
AFSC calls for Gov. Ducey and ADOC to enact new safety measure amid COVID-19 outbreak in prisons
(Kold.com)
TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A coronavirus outbreak in the Yuma state prison complex is prompting the American Friends Service Committee-Arizona to call for additional safety measures to help protect incarcerated people.

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