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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
Jun 24, 2020
In deporting a key witness, ICE takes a page from Putin | Editorial
(NJ.com)
It’s the sort of trick you’d pull if you were merely pretending to be a democracy: Hold a man in horrific conditions, then, if he sues, abruptly deport him. But that seems to be exactly what happened to one man in New Jersey.
Jun 23, 2020
Coalition challenges Tyson to reveal COVID-19 policies
(Pilot Tribune)
A coalition of civil rights, public health, and labor organizations submitted a letter to the plant managers of Tyson’s two Storm Lake facilities Friday, calling on the company to release details of steps it is taking to comply with COVID-19 prevention guidance.
Jun 22, 2020
The US and Anti-Colonial Resistance in Angola: Interview with Prexy Nesbitt and Marissa Moorman
(Shadowproof.com)
For this week’s “Unauthorized Disclosure” weekly podcast, Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola present a conversation that was recorded several months ago on Angola history: Portuguese colonialism, Black anti-colonial resistance, United States imperialism, and the way in which this history reverberates during President Donald Trump’s administration.
Jun 22, 2020
S.D. City Council considers Commission on Police Practices
(San Diego Jewish World)
Judging by the names San Diegans for Justice lists as supporters of its call for an Independent Commission on Police Practices, tomorrow’s hearing before the San Diego City Council “to end meet-and-confer with the police union and to pass a resolution of intent to move forward with our proposal” ought to be a slam dunk.
Jun 22, 2020
There’s no predicting when movements will erupt, but this classic activist resource maps their path to success
(Waging Nonviolence)
With Black Lives Matter in the midst of an unprecedented moment, now is the perfect time to read “The Movement Action Plan” — a model for understanding the long arc of movements.
Jun 22, 2020
RELIGIOUS NEWS FROM AROUND THE WEB JUNE 22, 2020
(World Religion News)
BOSTOCK CASE GIVES LGBTQ A WIN; SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER LABELS CHRISTIANS AS HATE GROUPS; SIKH WOMAN GRADUATES FROM WEST POINT; BAPTISTS SUE OVER ABORTION REQUIREMENT; RISCH SLAMS CHINA’S ATTEMPT TO SELECT NEXT DALAI LAMA; QUAKERS SAY INVEST IN COMMUNITIES NOT POLICING; RELIGION NEVER AGAIN NONESSENTIAL!
Jun 22, 2020
“Companies that use prison labor: Whole Foods, McDonald’s, Walmart, Victoria’s Secret, AT&T, Bank of America, Starbucks, Wendy’s.”
(PolitiFact)
An Instagram post called for a boycott of companies that it claimed "use prison labor." It specifically calls out eight companies: Whole Foods, McDonald’s, Walmart, Victoria’s Secret, AT&T, Bank of America, Starbucks and Wendy’s.
Jun 20, 2020
Trump Responds to COVID-19 Spike by Cracking Down on Immigration
(Truth Out)
The number of new COVID-19 cases are spiking in several states, but President Trump did not announce new public health responses on Monday. Instead, he issued an executive order extending and expanding suspensions of immigration and guest worker programs until the end of the year. The White House is also moving to push lower-wage workers out of the H-1B visa program, and it barred asylum seekers from gaining lawful employment for one year after filing a claim.
Jun 19, 2020
Arizona prison employees now must wear masks and officials say they will test inmates for COVID-19
(Arizona Central)
Arizona's prisons employees were told to wear masks in an internal memo Director David Shinn sent on Monday,two days before the state's top health official announced testing of inmates in Arizona prisons.
Jun 19, 2020
Freehold Community Groups Come Together for “Tu Lucha es Mi Lucha”- Your Struggle is My Struggle
(Insider NJ)
An Expression of Solidarity for Black Lives Matter and Against Police Brutality, Mass Incarceration, Racial Profiling and ICE Enforcement
Jun 19, 2020
An open letter to Gov. Justice: Please ensure children have access to nutritious food this summer Jun 19, 2020
(Bluefield Daily Telegraph)
Food for All is a broad and diverse coalition of individuals and organizations across West Virginia who believe no West Virginian should ever go without access to adequate, nutritious food.
Jun 19, 2020
Congressional Democrats Supported Violent Force Against Protesters in 2010
(Truth Out)
The use of lethal force by police, National Guard, and other security forces has come under increasing scrutiny in the wake of the George Floyd killing and resulting uprisings. Congressional Democrats have begun speaking out against police-perpetrated killings as well as the use of excessive force against protesters and journalists across the country, such as the notorious incident in Lafayette Park across from the White House late last month.
Jun 19, 2020
Longtime N.H. Civil Rights Activist Arnie Alpert Retires
(New Hampshire Public Radio)
Alpert pushed to make Martin Luther King Day a holiday in New Hampshire. The Granite State was the last state to make it a holiday in 1999. He spoke on the occasion.
Jun 18, 2020
Fear of deportation 'never left': Iowa DACA recipients cheer Supreme Court decision, worry about future
(Des Moines Register)
For at least one day, Anelly Kerren Guerrero can breathe a little easier. Guerrero, who came to the United States with her parents when she was 8, is one of more than 600,000 DACA recipients nationwide who learned Thursday that their immigration status is no longer in limbo, for now. The Supreme Court ruled in a contested 5-4 decision that an attempt by the administration of President Donald Trump to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was "arbitrary and capricious."
Jun 18, 2020
Investors Commit to Address "Systemic Racism" Through Their Portfolios
(Value Walk)
In the wake of continuing police brutality against Black people and widespread protests in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement, a group of investors from the Racial Justice Investing (RJI) Coalition has developed and circulated for endorsement by other investors an Investor Statement of Solidarity and Call to Action to Address Systemic Racism.
Jun 18, 2020
RED BANK: DREAMER ‘THRILLED’ BY RULING
(Red Bank Green)
“It was was clear from the very beginning that the administration ended the program in an arbitrary and capricious manner,” Perez Hernandez told redbankgreen by email.
Jun 18, 2020
'We won': DACA recipients overwhelmed by surprise Supreme Court victory over Trump
(USA Today)
The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the process the Trump administration used to end the DACA program was unlawful.
Jun 18, 2020
The Poor People’s Campaign: Worthy of Quaker support then and now
(Pennsylvania Capital-Star)
General Secretary Joyce Ajlouny talks about the importance of the Poor People's Campaign and why we need it now more than ever.
Jun 18, 2020
Preparing for the unexpected: 4 questions with interim House Speaker Bryan Cutler | Thursday Morning Coffee
(Penn Capital Star)
With Mike Turzai’s retirement earlier this week, House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler got a new title: House Speaker. Under the chamber’s rules, the Lancaster County Republican takes on the gig until the House elects a new speaker and the House GOP holds its own reorganization vote.
Jun 18, 2020
The Poor People’s Campaign: Worthy of Quaker support then and now
(Penn Capital Star)
Just days before his assassination in 1968, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. sent a letter soliciting funds for the Poor People’s Campaign that read, in part, “[The Southern Christian Leadership Conference] SCLC cannot wait; it cannot watch as the only systematic response to riots are feverish military preparations for repression. It cannot sit in appalled silence and then deplore the holocaust when tragedy strikes. We cannot condone either violence or the equivalent evil of passivity.”
Jun 18, 2020
Sen. Markey Introduces Bill To Halt Deportations & ICE Actions During Coronavirus Pandemic
(Framingham SOURCE)
With states continuing to experience alarming upticks in the number of new coronavirus infections, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today introduced legislation to halt the Trump administration’s harmful immigration enforcement activities, including deportations, during the coronavirus pandemic to protect public health.
Jun 18, 2020
UUCM: FIGHTING RACISM, FOR THE LONG HAUL
(Montclair Local)
It has traveled around the state. It has been displayed at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair. It is the size of a solitary confinement cell.
Jun 18, 2020
Black activists find themselves having to calm white ‘allies’
(North Dallas Gazette)
A Texas race for the 24th Congressional District has flared up and injected itself into the national dialogue surrounding the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer and the protests that followed.
Jun 17, 2020
Latinos getting COVID-19 at much higher rates than others in San Diego
(KGET)
Latinos in San Diego are seeing a much higher COVID-19 infection rate than any other segment of the population according to county health statistics.

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