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Oct 2, 2020
Activists Call on NJPAC to Remove ‘ICE Profiteer’ from Board and Gov. Murphy to #FreeThemAll
(Insider NJ)
Activists Call on NJPAC to Remove ‘ICE Profiteer’ from Board and Gov. Murphy to #FreeThemAll Will Hold “People’s Gala” in Newark on Saturday
Oct 1, 2020
First-time Felony? You May Be Able to Vote Now in Arizona
(Phoenix New Times)
Getting your rights restored after a felony conviction in Arizona can be a long road, but if you've only been convicted of one felony, your right to vote might have returned without you ever realizing it.
Oct 1, 2020
Chula Vista ranks as top city for integrating immigrants in the U.S.
(San Diego Union-Tribune)
Chula Vista ranks No. 1 in the U.S. for its immigrant integration efforts in the third annual New American Economy cities index.
Oct 1, 2020
Stateside: Detroit moms on gun violence; MDOC reentry center closing; the rise of college esports
(Michigan Radio)
Today on Stateside, a conversation about the developing future of esports in Michigan. Plus, what the closure of Detroit's Reentry Center means for prisoners transitioning back into society after serving their time.
Oct 1, 2020
California passes Racial Justice Act, Ash Kalra calls it historic
(Indica News)
California Assemblymember Ash Kalra described as historic Governor Gaven Newsom signing into law Bill 2542, called the California Racial Justice Act, that prohibits the use of race, ethnicity, or national origin in sentencing and convictions in the state.
Sep 30, 2020
Border wall prototypes now nothing but abandoned rubble
(Border Report)
SAN DIEGO (Border Report) — About two and a half years ago, President Trump visited eight border wall prototypes built along the border between Tijuana and Southeast San Diego.
Sep 29, 2020
New mural unveiled at Chicano Park honoring Anastasio Hernandez Rojas
(CBS8 San Diego)
The 50-foot mural features Anastasio at the top in an eclipse, which symbolizes the transition from life to that which lies beyond.
Sep 27, 2020
Miami's diverse community challenges effort to fight COVID-19
(Modern Healthcare)
In June, the American Friends Service Committee's Miami Immigrant Rights Program, a Quaker organization promoting immigrant rights, worked with the Florida ...
Sep 27, 2020
Island of Miami: Tale of Two Zip Codes
(LA Progressive)
Sep 25, 2020
W.Va. environmental, social justice groups release climate change guide
(Herald Dispatch)
CHARLESTON — A Citizens Guide to Climate Change, a 16-page report on the impending climate crisis and summaries of potential solutions proposed to counter it, has been released by the newly formed West Virginia Climate Alliance.
Sep 25, 2020
Broad Coalition Urges Congress to Investigate Pentagon’s Misuse of Relief Funds
Letter to Chair James Clyburn, Ranking Member Steve Scalise, and Members of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis
Sep 24, 2020
Palantir’s move to Denver met with Bay Area activists, protest contracts with ICE
PALO ALTO, Calif. (KRON) — Earlier this week activists gathered outside Palantir’s former Palo Alto offices joining a nationwide series of protests over the data analytic company’s partnership with Immigation and Customs Enforcement and other government agencies.
Sep 24, 2020
Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia Appoints New Chief Financial Officer
(Jewish Exponent)
Nikki DiCaro stood out immediately during Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s search for a new chief financial officer.
Sep 24, 2020
BLM organizer Matthew Bruce arrested for fifth time on charges stemming from protests
(Des Moines Register)
Black Liberation Movement organizer Matthew Bruce was arrested again Wednesday in Des Moines. It's the fifth time he's been arrested for his role in protests and demonstrations since June.
Sep 23, 2020
My first impressions at the Erez Crossing after a lifetime crossing the U.S.-Mexico border
(San Diego Union-Tribune)
In September 2015 I joined colleagues from around the country on a delegation to the occupied Palestinian territories to meet with farmers, business people, politicians and activists.
Sep 23, 2020
A Tale of Two Miami Zip Codes
(Capital and Main)
While Republicans rake in cash on tony Fisher Island, Dems in Florida’s agricultural areas focus on getting out the vote.
Sep 23, 2020
'Immigrants are welcome here:' Demonstrators call on Iowa to end ICE detentions, repeal law targeting 'sanctuary cities'
(Des Moines Register)
Protesters marched through downtown Des Moines on Tuesday night to demand Iowa leaders stop working with federal immigration officials and repeal legislation targeting "sanctuary cities" in the state.
Sep 22, 2020
Climate change guide released by coalition of WV environment, social justice groups
(Charleston Gazette-Mail)
A Citizens Guide to Climate Change, a 16-page report on the impending climate crisis and summaries of potential solutions proposed to counter it, has been released by the newly formed West Virginia Climate Alliance.
Sep 21, 2020
County Auditors Get Extra Time To Process Absentee Ballots Before Election Day
(Iowa Public Radio)
Iowa’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined Iowa Premium Beef $957 for violations in their records of COVID-19 infections. This is the first citation of an Iowa meatpacking plant for COVID-19 concerns, but it’s not welcome news for worker advocates.
Sep 20, 2020
Stay Work Play announces Rising Stars winners, Cool Company finalists
(Union Leader New Hampshire)
Stay Work Play New Hampshire, in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR), has announced the winners of the 2020 Rising Stars Awards.
Sep 19, 2020
Harvard experts say state map is flawed
(The Register-Herald)
In August, Gov. Jim Justice introduced West Virginia’s parents, teachers and coaches to a new Saturday night ritual: refreshing a state website for updates to the color-coded map that would determine whether ballfields and schoolhouses would be open the following week.
Sep 18, 2020
Asian Americans Protest ICE Head Tony Pham, Vietnamese Refugee
When Lisa Tran first heard about the background of Tony Pham, the new interim head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, she says her mind was blown.
Sep 17, 2020
As COVID-19 Spreads, Global Peacebuilders Call on Governments to Re-Commit to Peace
(Common Dreams)
Over 170 organizations release statement for International Day of Peace
Sep 17, 2020
West Virginia groups urge passage of new federal relief package
(West Virginia Metro News)
More than a dozen West Virginia groups have signed on to a letter pushing for additional federal COVID relief for families and communities.
Sep 17, 2020
McConnell Quietly Rams Through More Lifetime Trump Judges While Blocking Covid Relief
(Alaska Native News)
“It’s outrageous that McConnell continues to prioritize the Trump court takeover amid the pandemic. Enough.”



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