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Aug 6, 2020
75th commemoration of devastation (letter)
(Lancaster Online)
Today and Sunday are the anniversaries of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively, that immediately killed tens of thousands of people.
Aug 6, 2020
March For Our Lives & Sankofa Present "Into Action" Featuring John Legend, Usher, Stacey Abrams, Billy Porter, and More
(Yahoo Finance)
March For Our Lives & Sankofa Present "Into Action" Featuring John Legend, Usher, Stacey Abrams, Billy Porter, and More
Aug 6, 2020
Sostenga Grows to Meet Local Food Demand
(Rio Grande Sun)
At the Northern New Mexico College Sostenga Farm, Joseluis Ortiz called his mayordomo, Vernon McCall, to ask for water from the acequia.
Aug 6, 2020
Coronavirus updates: Los Angeles County tops 200K cases; Arizona prison outbreak spurs backlash; Georgia boy, 7, is state's youngest victim
(USA Today)
The U.S. State Department no longer says Americans should avoid all international travel due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the list of countries welcoming people from the U.S. is still slim.
Aug 5, 2020
Candidatos a la alcaldía de Miami-Dade afirman su compromiso con los inmigrantes del condado
(El Nuevo Herald)
El lunes al atardecer, tres de los seis candidatos para la alcaldía de Miami-Dade discutieron como apoyarían y colaborarían con las comunidades inmigrantes que viven en el condado, el cual tiene más residentes nacidos al extranjero que nunca antes. Un grupo de organizaciones comunitarias que abogan por los derechos de los inmigrantes —Florida Immigration Coalition, American Friends Service Committee, y United We Dream— organizaron la actividad.
Aug 5, 2020
Over 500 Arizona inmates test positive amid slowing virus
(Associated Press)
Arizona corrections officials have said that 517 inmates at the state prison in Tucson have tested positive for the coronavirus even as the overall spread in the state seems to be turning a corner.
Aug 5, 2020
Teller County residents confront Abolish ICE and Black Lives Matter protesters
(Colorado Springs Indy)
On Friday, July 17, a protest organized by Abolish ICE Denver came to the Teller County Jail. The group had been camping in front of the Aurora GEO Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility for more than 50 consecutive days.
Aug 5, 2020
Up and down the Kennebec Valley: Notable citizens – Part 2B of 3
(Townline)
After the early life summarized in the July 30 issue of The Town Line, prominent South China Quaker Rufus Jones entered Haverford College, in Pennsylvania, in 1882 as a sophomore, receiving a full scholarship (which he later repaid). His 20th birthday would be Jan. 25, 1883.
Aug 4, 2020
Five Things to Do for Free in Denver This Week
(Westword)
Take yourself on a tour of the city: On August 4, the Denver Architecture Foundation is releasing two audio-tour journeys, free and accessible at denveraudiotours.org, featuring 24 locations that highlight more than a century of the city's architecture and cultural history. You can choose between “Downtown Denver: A Game of City and Empire Builders” or “Civic Center Park: A Speerian Play”; both tours can be taken at your own pace — all while following social distancing protocols.
Aug 4, 2020
Voting rights: Eligible inmates inside Arizona jails often don't cast ballots. Here's why
(Arizona Central)
Thousands of eligible voters are incarcerated in Arizona's county jails, often with little chance to vote.
Aug 4, 2020
Mayoral Candidates Promise an Immigrant-Friendly Miami-Dade
(Miami New Times)
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez caused eyes to bulge and heads to explode in 2017 when he issued an order requiring county jails to detain undocumented immigrants on behalf of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The decision, which effectively stripped the county's status as a sanctuary for undocumented residents, came in response to President Donald Trump's executive order threatening to withhold federal funding from municipalities that don't cooperate with federal immigration officials.
Aug 2, 2020
Obituary: Susan Bellows “Sukie” Rice
(Press Herald)
FREEPORT – On Friday, July 17, 2020, Susan Bellows “Sukie” Rice died peacefully in her Freeport home. She was 74 years old. Her life was richly lived – joyful and consequential.
Jul 31, 2020
Column: Looking back at U.S. history of slavery, ahead at what we can do now
(Pal Item)
The Quaker testimonies of Equality and Integrity call upon Friends to promote equality of opportunity, to establish communities where everyone can live life safely, can learn, work and worship with equal choice, scope and freedom. We seek truth and honesty in our encounters and relationships. Our nation purports to have been founded on the principles of equality and justice for all. We have to admit, however, that our nation was founded upon white supremacy.
Jul 30, 2020
Guest opinion: Bob Norris: Inhumane conditions in Aurora detention center
(Daily Camera)
Just because the COVID-19 pandemic is getting a lot of news, as is the economy, it does not mean we should ignore atrocities that are being committed in the name of the United States to the financial benefit of private companies. You only have to look into what is happening at the GEO Group detention Center in Aurora. If the situation was not so awful, there would not be numerous people camping out adjacent to the center for more than 60 days.
Jul 29, 2020
Advocates push for $12M boost in legal aid for NJ immigrants fighting deportation
(NorthJersey.com)
A New Jersey program that has allocated $5 million to provide free legal representation to immigrants has intervened in more than 850 deportation cases and won release for more than half of the detainees, according to a new study.
Jul 29, 2020
New Jersey Coronavirus Relief Program to Help Illegal Immigrants
(The Wall Street Journal)
Cash payments to go to families and workers excluded from jobless benefits and other pandemic relief efforts
Jul 27, 2020
Videoconferencing trial harms defense, says study
(Consultor Jurídico)
Um estudo divulgado pelo Projeto de Supervisão da Tecnologia de Vigilância (Surveillance Technology Oversight Project), na última quinta-feira (23/7), afirma que julgamentos virtuais, por meio de videoconferência, prejudicam a defesa em muitos aspectos. A ausência de procedimentos presenciais coloca os réus em desvantagem e pode ter consequências devastadoras.
Jul 27, 2020
Concerns raised over heat at state prisons
(Mining Journal)
DETROIT (AP) — Inmates at Michigan’s state prisons and those who advocate for their rights are raising concerns regarding the heat behind bars because most of the state’s 29 prisons don’t have air conditioning.
Jul 27, 2020
Julgamento por videoconferência prejudica a defesa, diz estudo
(Conjur)
Um estudo divulgado pelo Projeto de Supervisão da Tecnologia de Vigilância (Surveillance Technology Oversight Project), na última quinta-feira (23/7), afirma que julgamentos virtuais, por meio de videoconferência, prejudicam a defesa em muitos aspectos. A ausência de procedimentos presenciais coloca os réus em desvantagem e pode ter consequências devastadoras.
Jul 27, 2020
La Floride submergée par le cyclone Covid
(La Croix)
Reportage Le comté de Miami, au sud de la Floride, est devenu en un mois l’un des plus affectés par la pandémie due au coronavirus aux États-Unis. Sur place, un couvre-feu est instauré, mais les calculs politiques empirent la situation.
Jul 26, 2020
Michigan inmates, advocates raise concerns over high temps
(Click on Detroit)
New masks made of lighter weight material distributed after complaints
Jul 25, 2020
Remembering John Lewis
(Greenfield Recorder)
In August 1963, I attended the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (I was still in college). The event is best known, of course, for Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech. John Lewis also spoke that memorable day on the topic of voting rights. At that time, many if not most, African Americans — especially in the South were not registered, or permitted in some cases to vote.
Jul 24, 2020
Bob Norris: Conditions at Aurora Detention Center are inhumane
(Times Call)
Just because the COVID-19 pandemic is getting a lot of news as is the economy, it does not mean we should ignore atrocities that are being committed in the name of the United States to the financial benefit of private companies. You only have to look into what is happening at the GEO detention Center in Aurora Colorado. If the situation was not so awful, there would not be numerous people camping out adjacent to the center for more than 50 days.
Jul 23, 2020
‘They’re scared’: COVID crisis inside Arizona prisons
(Your Valley)
As COVID-19 began to spread across the Southwest in March, lawyers representing incarcerated Arizonans reported “unsanitary conditions,” “inadequate medical staffing and treatment” and a “failure to take strong and sensible precautionary measures” in state prisons.
Jul 23, 2020
Going to court online is supposed to be safer. For many, it's actually much worse
(CNET)
Coronavirus forced courtrooms to go virtual. Disconnections and the digital divide make it harder to argue your case.

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