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Aug 29, 2020
'Incredibly unusual' maneuver helped bring down ballot measure to change Arizona sentencing laws, backers say
(Arizona Central)
There’s a note taped to the bulletin board in political consultant Stacy Pearson's office.
Aug 28, 2020
The federal government swoops in after disasters like Hurricane Laura. Here’s why.
(Washington Post)
If the federal government doesn’t act, disaster recovery can be uneven and unfair.
Aug 28, 2020
Justice announces the first covid-related death of a W.Va. inmate
(Metro News)
Gov. Jim Justice announced today that an inmate from the South Central Regional Jail died early today while at an outside hospital. The preliminary assessment from health officials attributes the cause to complications from covid-19.
Aug 27, 2020
Unfriendly Divisions: Union-Busting and Quakerism Collide at Brooklyn Friends School
(New York Intelligencer)
Everyone knew there would be layoffs at Brooklyn Friends School. Not even a school where tuition is the cost of a new car is safe from a major recession. The letters, though, were a shock.
Aug 27, 2020
Lane Hirabayashi, scholar who refused to let Japanese American prison camps be forgotten, dies at 67
(Los Angeles Times)
Lane Hirabayashi, one of the nation’s leading scholars on the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II who spent decades trying to keep memories of the prison camps from being swept to the back pages of history, has died.
Aug 26, 2020
Guest columnist Claudia Lefko: A major league peace activist who never wore down
(Gazettenet.com)
Frances Crowe died a year ago, on Aug. 27, 2019, just five months after we’d celebrated her 100th birthday. She wanted action, people in the streets, not a party. So some 300 people marched from 33 Hawley St. up Main Street carrying signs and banners calling out the critical issues of the day as well as longstanding issues that concerned Frances throughout her life.
Aug 25, 2020
Immigrant Organizations Slam Murphy’s Budget Proposal: ‘Essential But Excluded’
(Insider NJ)
A coalition of immigrants rights organizations slammed Governor Murphy’s FY2021 revised budget over a lack of relief aid, saying ‘we are essential but excluded’.
Aug 25, 2020
Jon Meacham on John Lewis, the Legend and the Man
(The New York Times)
The recent death of John Lewis, the most prominent surviving leader of the civil rights movement, produced an outpouring of adulation, from a funeral addressed by three former presidents to a prime-time mash-up of history and entertainment hosted by Oprah Winfrey. Lewis deserved the accolades, but elevating him to the status of national icon may obscure how much of his agenda remains to be accomplished, as thousands of Americans are reminding us each day.
Aug 24, 2020
I Work to Stop Election Violence in Africa. Now I Am Worried for the U.S.
(Newsweek)
The solutions to election violence in other countries have something to teach the U.S. in 2020.
Aug 24, 2020
I Work to Stop Election Violence in Africa. Now I Am Worried for the U.S. | Opinion
(Newsweek)
Every day seems to bring a new challenge to democracy in the U.S. In the past few months, the president actively undermined the U.S. Post Office, made unsubstantiated claims that voting by mail leads to fraud and proposed delaying the election itself. The postmaster general ordered a slowdown of mail delivery and removal of post office equipment. The federal government sent armed agents to confront and arrest protesters.
Aug 24, 2020
Investing for Social Justice From the Bottom Up
(Morningstar)
As she watched the video of George Floyd calling out for his mother as Minneapolis police killed him, Rachel Robasciotti wondered if her cousin did the same before he died in police custody in 1990s. She knows for a fact that another cousin did before police shot him to death two years ago. If those traumas weren’t enough, her mentally ill father was hospitalized and died after police tased him in 2010.
Aug 22, 2020
AJI Banda Aceh Latih Jurnalis Muda Meliput Isu Keberagaman
(Serambinews)
BANDA ACEH - Aliansi Jurnalis Independen (AJI) Banda Aceh bekerja sama dengan American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) membekali para jurnalis muda di Aceh untuk memahami peliputan isu-isu keberagaman.
Aug 21, 2020
Groups Push New WV Bail Reform Law to Stem COVID-19 Spread in Jails
(Public News Service)
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- A coalition of prison reform groups is asking court officials in West Virginia to make better use of the newly passed bail reform law to lower jail populations and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Aug 21, 2020
Gandhi, King and their legacies
(Deccan Herald)
A United States Congressional Committee has recently cleared the Gandhi-King Scholarly Exchange Initiative Bill to promote the legacies of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.
Aug 20, 2020
Brooklyn Quaker School Attempts Union Bust With Trump Administration Ruling, Teachers Say
(New York Spectrum News 1)
NEW YORK CITY — A progressive Quaker school is relying on a new Trump Administration ruling in an attempt to bust its union, outraged teachers and parents say.
Aug 20, 2020
Opinion | Public conversations on justice should include the incarcerated
(Bridge Michigan)
For five years Isaac Wingfield has led a collaborative photography workshop in Michigan prisons as part of the Prison Creative Arts Project
Aug 20, 2020
W.Va Jails Still Overcrowded During Pandemic, Despite New Law For Pretrial Release
(West Virginia Public Broadcasting)
Almost 60 prisoners had tested positive for the coronavirus by Thursday at the South Central Regional Jail in Charleston.
Aug 20, 2020
Arizona Supreme Court says ballot measure to legalize marijuana can appear on November ballot
(Arizona Central)
The Arizona Supreme Court cleared the way Thursday for voters to decide on legalizing marijuana.
Aug 20, 2020
Brooklyn Quaker School Attempts Union Bust With Trump Administration Ruling, Teachers Say
(Sepctrum NY News 1)
NEW YORK CITY — A progressive Quaker school is relying on a new Trump Administration ruling in an attempt to bust its union, outraged teachers and parents say.
Aug 19, 2020
Labor, immigrant, faith and environmental groups release letter in support of ‘Healthy Terminals Act’
(Insider NJ)
Labor, immigrant, faith and environmental groups release letter in support of ‘Healthy Terminals Act’
Aug 19, 2020
Celebrating the vision and legacy of Black philanthropy
(The Staint Louis American)
August is Black Philanthropy Month. The national theme this year is “Foresight 20/20.” It arrests me because of all the things I could have never foreseen on my journey that seem so well-ordered in the rearview mirror.
Aug 19, 2020
2020 hindsight brings corrupted radiation testing into focus at the EPA – Part 3
(San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper)
Questionable methodology enables the EPA to avoid observing levels of radioactivity that it prefers not to have to deal with at the IEL – despite flaws pointed out by the agency’s own Science Advisory Board – and Tetra Tech gets rehired despite numerous mistakes spotlighted by the Project on Government Oversight.
Aug 17, 2020
COVID-19 Ravages More Than Physical Health
(Iowa Public Radio)
Edgardo Ramirez’s parents came from Mexico for work. They started in California agriculture, then moved with their children to Sioux City for opportunities in the meatpacking industry.
Aug 17, 2020
COVID-19 Ravages More Than Physical Health
(Iowa Public Radio)
Edgardo Ramirez’s parents came from Mexico for work. They started in California agriculture, then moved with their children to Sioux City for opportunities in the meatpacking industry.
Aug 16, 2020
‘You stood with us’: Rally fights for ICE detainees, celebrates asylum for Indonesians
(Seacost Online)
Beginning in Manchester, moving to the Strafford County House of Corrections in Dover, and ending in Madbury, the Solidarity Network Day of Action on Sunday was an effort to help gain release of Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees being held at the Dover jail and throughout the country.

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