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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 5, 2020
JVP health advisory’s monthly media watch
(Mondoweiss)
The virus has come back to the West Bank and Gaza with a vengeance.
Jul 5, 2020
A Constitution, If You Can Keep It
(LA Review of Books)
On January 20, 2020, 100 years to the day since the American Civil Liberties Union opened its doors, the first case of COVID-19 was reported in the State of Washington.
Jul 5, 2020
JVP health advisory’s monthly media watch
(Mondoweiss)
The resurgence of COVID-19
Jul 3, 2020
Words written in the San Diego skies to protest ICE and immigration detention centers
(ABC San Diego)
Skies across the country filled with messages of change this Fourth of July weekend, including in San Diego. In Plain Sight is a national movement by about 80 artists with a goal of abolishing Immigration Detention Centers. Artists designed messages, then air crews drew those words in the sky.
Jul 3, 2020
Connie Curry, Atlanta civil rights activist, dead at 86
(AJC.com)
While in the fourth grade in Greensboro, N.C., waiting her turn in the school lunch line, a white classmate of Connie Curry called one of the servers behind the counter a racial slur. Connie’s response was startling as a sunbeam.
Jul 2, 2020
Arizona inmates now have masks, prison officials say
(Artizona Central)
Months after advocacy organizations began pleading for COVID-19 protections and health officials began advising everyone cover their faces in public, Arizona inmates are now receiving masks
Jul 1, 2020
Quaker Organizations Oppose Potential West Bank Annexation by Israel
(Us Acrofan)
Three Quaker organizations that focus on international policy said today that they oppose the threatened annexation of the West Bank by Israel and called for such plans to be abandoned. Mounting reports indicate the Israeli government could annex the West Bank starting July 1.
Jul 1, 2020
Much of the work to demilitarize police has to be done at the local level
(Responsible Statecraft)
Military-grade weapons don't just come to police departments from the Federal government, they are also paid for in local budgets.
Jun 30, 2020
Solicitantes de asilo y otros migrantes en peligro por las políticas estadounidenses en la pandemia
(Zeta Tijuana)
Desde una doctora varada en Ciudad Juárez, hasta un refugio cerrado después de un brote, el Covid-19 está golpeando fuertemente a lo largo de la frontera entre Texas y México
Jun 30, 2020
Read full letter signed by Tlaib and 12 others condemning Israel’s annexation plans
(The Arab American News)
On Tuesday, U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and 11 others members of the House and Senate released a letter addressed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that calls on him to stop the new unity government of Israel from carrying out its plans to annex Palestinian territory in the West Bank.
Jun 30, 2020
Between Borders
(Texas Observer)
From a doctor stranded in Ciudad Juárez to a shelter closed after an outbreak, COVID-19 is hitting hard along the Texas-Mexico border.
Jun 29, 2020
More than 100 days without relief, Immigrant Workers, Families Left Behind By Government Aid say, “We Must Be Included In Disaster Relief! ”
(Insider NJ)
More than 100 days without relief, Immigrant Workers, Families Left Behind By Government Aid say, “We Must Be Included In Disaster Relief! ”
Jun 29, 2020
Make the Road New Jersey, Immigrant Youth, Advocates and Academics Applaud Senate Vote in Favor of Professional License Legislation
(Insider NJ)
Make the Road New Jersey, Immigrant Youth, Advocates and Academics Applaud Senate Vote in Favor of Professional License Legislation
Jun 28, 2020
Thomas Mann: The Princeton Years
(The Article)
When Thomas Mann taught at Princeton University (September 1938 to March 1941) he had a privileged status and a particular role to play. The Nobel Prize-winner and world famous novelist, the leading representative and most outspoken of the anti-Nazi émigrés, symbolised in America the best in German culture.
Jun 27, 2020
Letter To Biden (And Trump) Campaigns For Fair And Just Foreign Policy Regarding Israel And Palestinian Right
(Eurasia Review)
This letter, signed by more than 100 progressive, anti-war, and faith-based U.S. organizations, urges presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden (and Donald Trump) to adopt a principled foreign policy towards Israel and the Palestinian people based on justice, freedom, equality, and human dignity.
Jun 26, 2020
Santa Cruz becomes first U.S. city to ban predictive policing
(StarTribune)
Nearly a decade ago, Santa Cruz was among the first cities in the U.S. to adopt predictive policing. This week, the California city became the first in the country to ban the policy.
Jun 26, 2020
Centros de detención de migrantes son núcleos de impunidad; presentan guía para prevenirlo
(Conexión Migrante)
Sólo el monitoreo puede significar un cambio real en el uso de la tortura contra los migrantes detenidos por las autoridades, declararon los expertos.
Jun 25, 2020
How a Group of Lifers Cracked the Code of Prison Reform
(Politico)
National Lifers of America believes that incarcerated people are the best people to advocate for other prisoners. Covid-19 is making that harder than ever.
Jun 25, 2020
How a Group of Lifers Cracked the Code of Prison Reform
(Politico.com)
National Lifers of America believes that inmates are the best people to advocate for other prisoners. Covid-19 is making that harder than ever. A look at a powerful movement from some of the most sealed-off people in the penal system.
Jun 25, 2020
A Local Resolution to End the Transfer of Military Equipment to Police
(National Priorities Project)
Since 1990, the Department of Defense has transfered more than $7 billion worth of military equipment to more than 8,000 law enforcement agencies around the country through what is known as the 1033 Program. Transfers have included everything from office equipment to rifles, armored vehicles, aircraft and grenade launchers.
Jun 25, 2020
En EE.UU. se debate la abolición de la policía
(Rebelion.org)
La petición de abolir la policía hasta hace poco tiempo parecía imposible, pero hoy se discute gracias a la presión popular. Las premisas de dicho movimiento pueden ser igual de válidas para todos aquellos territorios que se atrevan a soñar con otras formas de garantizar la seguridad de la gente.
Jun 24, 2020
FBI Expands Ability to Collect Cellphone Location Data, Monitor Social Media, Recent Contracts Show
(The Intercept)
THE FEDERAL BUREAU of Investigation may be watching what you tweet and where people gather.
Jun 24, 2020
Repunte del Coronavirus en Homestead
(Telemundo51)
Con el repunte de coronavirus en Florida, una de las ciudades que ha registrado un aumento notable es Homestead. Allí, el hospital Baptist confirmó que su unidad de cuidados intensivos se llenó mayormente con pacientes de COVID-19. Y además es donde se encuentra uno de los grupos más vulnerables. La comunidad inmigrante.
Jun 24, 2020
En Estados Unidos se discute la abolición de la policía
(Koasenlared.net)
El asesinato del afroamericano George Floyd ha visibilizado una discusión que hace décadas mantienen personas y grupos en Estados Unidos: la imposibilidad de la reforma a la brutalidad policial y, por lo tanto, la necesidad de acabar con la policía

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