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Jan 2, 2021
Workers at the Tyson plant in Waterloo kept getting COVID-19. Where was their union?
(The Courier)
WATERLOO — As the Tyson plant in Waterloo faced staggering COVID-19 infection rates amid allegations of manager misconduct and worker complaints about inadequate safety protections, there was one voice missing from the outcry.
Jan 1, 2021
George Floyd and A Community of Care
(Places Magazine)
At E. 38th Street and Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis, a self-organizing network explores what it means to construct and to maintain a space for public memory and collective action.
Jan 1, 2021
War leaves a bitter legacy for ethnic communities in former Ottoman empire
(Napa Valley Register)
In September 1922, in the land of Troy, arrived a non-romantic “Helen.” Sailing across the Mediterranean by “tramp” steamer, American Dr. Esther Pohl Lovejoy, M.D., landed ashore in a fishing launch, as the “fair-haired” savior of many stranded refugee Armenians and Greeks in Asia Minor, who faced war, disease, and poverty.
Jan 1, 2021
Minneapolis police release body camera footage of man shot, killed after exchanging gunfire with police
Minneapolis police release body camera footage of man shot, killed after exchanging gunfire with police
Dec 31, 2020
2020: The Year in Photos
(Santa Fe New Mexican)
A look back at some of the top images from 2020, as captured by The New Mexican’s staff photojournalists and freelancers.
Dec 29, 2020
Covid in prison: 'We should be treated like humans'
One-in-five prisoners have tested positive for the virus, and at least 1,700 have died, according to recent figures by the Associated Press.
Dec 28, 2020
Raytheon, la corporación militar en el gobierno de Joe Biden
La persona elegida por Joe Biden como Secretario de Defensa es Lloyd Austin, un ex militar estadounidense que comandó la invasión a Irak y que desde su jubilación forma parte de la junta directiva de la empresa Raytheon.
Dec 28, 2020
17 US churches and Christian agencies call on US president-elect Biden to reengage with Palestinian Authority, ensure accountability for Israel
(WAFA News Agency)
WASHINGTON, Monday, December 28, 2020 (WAFA) - Seventeen US churches and Christian agencies recently sent a letter to US President-Elect Joe Biden, calling him to reengage with the Palestinian Authority and to ensure accountability for Israel.
Dec 28, 2020
New Jersey Alliance For Immigrant Justice Welcomes New Director
(Insider NJ)
After a 9-month search, Alliance leadership selects Amy Torres to lead the organization’s immigrants’ rights priorities and statewide movement-building work.
Dec 26, 2020
New West Virginia environmental coalition publishes ‘A Citizen’s Guide to Climate Change’
(My Buckhannon)
BUCKHANNON – A West Virginia field organizer for the Mom’s Clean Air Force recently shared information about a new alliance that has formed around climate action in West Virginia.
Dec 22, 2020
Homeless people who died in 2020 receive their due downtown
(Concord Monitor)
In New Hampshire, advocates hold a vigil for all the unhoused people who died in 2020.
Dec 22, 2020
Immigrant Rights Advocates Applaud Assemblyman Johnson’s Introduction of Legislation Banning New and Renewed ICE Detention Contracts
(Insider NJ)
Immigrant Rights Advocates Applaud Assemblyman Johnson’s Introduction of Legislation Banning New and Renewed ICE Detention Contracts
Dec 22, 2020
What are conditions like for ICE detainees at Hudson County jail? Two federal reports offer clues
Two 2020 federal reports shed light on conditions and incidents in Hudson County Jail’s ICE facilities, revealing a series of previously unreported incidents and showing that the jail failed to meet federal suicide prevention standards.
Dec 21, 2020
Advocates Gather Across N.H., Some Virtually, To Honor Lives Lost To Homelessness
(New Hampshire Public Radio)
Each year, usually on or around the Winter Solstice, advocates in New Hampshire and across the country gather to observe Homeless Persons' Memorial Day.
Dec 18, 2020
UC San Diego Names 2020-2022 Changemaker Faculty Fellows
(UC San Diego News Center)
Now in its second year, the Changemaker Faculty Fellows Program has named 16 faculty members in its 2020-2022 cohort. This two-year-long faculty development program enables faculty members to build a robust learning community and campus network of changemakers committed to addressing real world challenges through their teaching. Fellows selected will receive a $10,000 faculty development award over the course of two years.
Dec 17, 2020
Soundbites: The New Central Vermont Community Radio
(Seven Days Vermont)
Some big news out of Goddard College: Its radio station, WGDR-FM, is in the process of becoming an independent entity after nearly 50 years of operation.
Dec 17, 2020
Some MDOC health care workers may get COVID-19 vaccine next week
(Michigan Radio)
The COVID-19 pandemic has been especially brutal for Michigan’s corrections system, with nearly 20,000 inmates testing positive since the pandemic began - a staggering figure, given the state’s entire prison population stood around 39,000 in March.
Dec 16, 2020
17 Christian groups ask Biden to change US policy in the Holy Land
(Christian Post)
A coalition of 17 Christian groups and denominations have asked President-elect Joe Biden to roll back the Trump administration's policies pertaining to Palestinian territories and Israel.
Dec 16, 2020
Dec. 18: ‘Communities Not Cages’ car rally in Manchester
(Manchester Ink Link)
Local activists will come together in a “Communities Not Cages” car rally on Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. in Manchester.
Dec 16, 2020
Where Michigan prisoners, staff fall in COVID-19 vaccine rollout
(Detroit Free Press)
Michigan prison staff and prisoners who are elderly or ailing are among those set to receive the COVID-19 vaccine during the initial phases of the state's plan, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections.
Dec 16, 2020
COVID Cases in Prisons and ICE Immigration Jails Surpass 250,000
(Truth Out)
With a rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak infecting about a third of all people incarcerated, medical tents are newly placed in a baseball field at San Quentin Prison during the COVID-19 pandemic in San Quentin, California, on July 9, 2020.
Dec 15, 2020
Diplomacia múltiple
(La Jornada San Luis)
El juego de las relaciones internacionales nunca ha sido monopolio de los gobiernos nacionales.
Dec 15, 2020
Center named for Oregon's first Black woman senator vandalized at Red House protests
The Albina Head Start - Avel Gordly Center was vandalized with graffiti during the Red House occupation and protests
Dec 15, 2020
“Messico, armi Beretta alla Polizia accusata di violare i diritti umani”
(Qui Brescia)
Lo afferma il rapporto sulle armi europee, italiane e israeliane nelle violenze della polizia in Messico. Prodotto con il contributo di Opal Brescia.



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