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Aug 16, 2020
Vigil calls for immigrant justice in Manchester
(North Hampshire Union Leader)
Martin Toe came to New Hampshire as a refugee from the Ivory Coast 17 years ago.
Aug 14, 2020
Israel Detains Palestinian Teen With Coronavirus For Three Weeks Without Questioning
(Scoop New Zealand)
Please let's stop looking the other way.
Aug 13, 2020
Helping Hands seeks to serve more
(High Point News)
As nonprofits work to find creative ways to continue operations during the COVID-19 pandemic and sustain their connection with donors, Helping Hands High Point Inc. has seen a significant increase in demand for its food, rent and utility assistance programs
Aug 13, 2020
Alma Lee Loy, Thelma Waters selected as finalists for induction into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame
(Treasure Coast Palm)
Two Treasure Coast women could be inducted into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame.
Aug 13, 2020
ICE Detainee In Newark Claims Retaliation For Exposing Poor Medical Conditions
The alleged retaliation began shortly after Ernest Francois, a Haitian immigrant in Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention, spoke up in a Gothamist/WNYC story about negligent medical care at the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark where he’s held.
Aug 12, 2020
Prison Free Funds Exposes Investments in Mutual Funds Supporting Prison Industrial Complex
(Globe Newswire)
As You Sow released today its seventh Invest Your Values mutual fund and ETF educational tool. Prison Free Funds is the latest issue area to join the free, online platform that enables individual and institutional investors to know what they own. Prison Free Funds exposes prison industrial complex companies embedded in mutual funds and empowers investors to opt-out of economic systems of oppression and exploitation.
Aug 12, 2020
Save Local Journalism
(Black Voice News)
Sacramento, CA – On Monday August 10, 2010 Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio (D- Baldwin Park) announced the introduction of Assembly Bill 323 (AB323), the Save Local Journalism Act.
Aug 12, 2020
Seven Days in Solitary [8/10/20]
(Solitary Watch)
Our Weekly Roundup of News and Views on Solitary Confinement
Aug 11, 2020
Sister Cities Committee to Launch Speaker Series
(Pasadena Now)
The Senegal Subcommittee of Pasadena’s Sister Cities Committee will launch its speaker series from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 10.
Aug 11, 2020
Open letter to progressives: The ADL is not an ally
100+ racial, economic, and social justice organizations issue an open letter encouraging community institutions to rethink their relationships to the ADL
Aug 11, 2020
Bill to support local news, backed by Dodd, heads to committee
(Daily Republic)
Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio announced Monday that she has introduced legislation to strengthen California’s community news organizations, protecting their ability to provide all of the state’s residents with information about news and events in their communities.
Aug 10, 2020
Racial Justice Act Passes California Senate Public Safety Committee
(Davis Vangaurd)
The California Racial Justice Act will prohibit the use of race, ethnicity or national origin in sentencing and convictions
Aug 10, 2020
Racial Justice Act Passes California Senate Public Safety Committee
(Davis Vangaurd)
The California Racial Justice Act will prohibit the use of race, ethnicity or national origin in sentencing and convictions The criminal justice system disadvantages people of color at every step of the process from arrests through sentencing. The Racial Justice Act attempts to address racial discrimination in both criminal convictions and sentencing.
Aug 10, 2020
A lifetime of service: Long time activist Graciela Martinez dead at 75
(Visalia Times Delta)
Graciela Martinez, a longtime community organizer with Self-Help Enterprises, Projecto Campesino and one-time secretary to Cesar Chavez, died in Visalia. She was 75 years old.
Aug 9, 2020
Looking for the good in others and making intimate connections
I admire the deeds and thoughts of many groups of believers: the quiet passion for social justice of Quakers, the meditative worldview of Buddhists, and the work of some evangelical Christians in the current reprise of the sanctuary movement from the 1980s.
Aug 8, 2020
35 Michigan prisoners kept in segregation for more than 4 months because of coronavirus
(Detroit Free Press)
LANSING — The Michigan Department of Corrections has kept 35 prisoners in solitary confinement for more than four months — several times longer than what is called for in its own regulations, an official confirmed Friday.
Aug 8, 2020
Let's reduce Arizona's prison population and give sentencing discretion back to judges
(Arizona Central)
Opinion: Arizona sends more nonviolent offenders to prison and keeps them there longer than other states. The Second Chances initiative would help end that.
Aug 8, 2020
My Turn: Carol Bragg: A long-overdue apology to veterans
(Providence Journal)
On VJ Day in 1995, the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, Arthur W. Williams, state commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, organized a remarkable event that brought together two survivors of Hiroshima and World War II veterans.
Aug 7, 2020
Mt. Airy artist exhibits COVID-19 and Floyd-related works
(Chestnut Hill Local)
Rebecca Hoenig, 61, who grew up in Germantown but has lived in Mt. Airy for the last 30 years, is a full-time artist and art teacher whose work has won countless accolades and been seen in numerous exhibits all over the Philadelphia area. And her whimsical sculpture of “Daisy the Pig” has caused thousands of smiles from those who have seen it on the roof of the Market at the Fareway. “She is still on the roof,” said Rebecca, “unless pigs really can learn to fly.” (The life-size pig sculpture was auctioned off several years ago to benefit the Chestnut Hill Community Fund and Philadelphia Zoo.)
Aug 7, 2020
Coronavirus updates Friday: Oregon has uptick in cases; 18 more in Lane County
(Register Gaurd)
There were 423 new cases of COVID-19 in Oregon and nine new deaths announced Friday by the Oregon Health Authority. It is the highest number of new cases of the novel coronavirus since July 19 and the highest number of new deaths since July 28. The state has had 20,636 cases of COVID-19 and 348 deaths. Lane County Public Health reported 18 additional positive cases for COVID-19 on Friday, for a total of 570 cases in Lane County. Four people in the county are currently hospitalized with the coronavirus, and 38 are considered infectious
Aug 7, 2020
“2020 Vision for Successful Aging” is Theme for NJFA’s 22nd Conference, Online Aug. 13-14
(Insider NJ)
“2020 Vision for Successful Aging” is Theme for NJFA’s 22nd Conference, Online Aug. 13-14 Topics: health and caregiving, long-term care, ageism and elder abuse, the impact of climate change on older adults, stereotypes and stigmas, government policies and senior immigrants
Aug 7, 2020
Red Bank Talks COVID-19 Impacts on Noncitizen Communities
(The Two River Times)
RED BANK – More than 30 individuals tuned into the Red Bank Public Library’s most recent Let’s Talk About Race forum July 29 to learn about how the pandemic is impacting noncitizens across the country.
Aug 7, 2020
Historic Portsmouth: Kind of a drag protesting nuke plant in 1980
(Sea Coast Online)
The Christian Science Monitor called it a “costly weekend of futility.” The New York Times reported 1,500 demonstrators vowing to occupy the nuclear power plant construction site at Seabrook “were easily turned away this afternoon by handfuls of state policemen and National Guardsmen.” Police and guardsmen used guard dogs, nightsticks, fire hoses, pepper gas, and Mace to defeat the planned occupation.
Aug 7, 2020
Groups push West Virginia needs with stimulus talks stalled on Capitol Hill
(West Virginia Metro News)
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A plan that “meets the moment” was what advocates for all kinds of issues in West Virginia, the organizations that make up the Food For All Coalition, said was needed out of the next COVID-19 pandemic stimulus package.
Aug 7, 2020
In the wake of Portland, calls to abolish DHS grow
(Nation of Change)
As with almost anything in the country’s increasingly bought and paid for political system, there are powerful interests that will use their influence over politicians to protect the activities and funding of both ICE and DHS.



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