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Jun 17, 2020
With Criminal Justice Reform, Authentic Rehabilitation is Vital
(Arizona Capitol Times)
Walt Blackman, a Republican legislator, who is known for supporting criminal justice reforms, but who also has a sustained record of supporting conservative Republican values, such as being opposed to abortion, has come under fire for inartful remarks he made about George Floyd and Black Lives Matter. As a result, some organizations who anointed him as their savior on sentencing reform have now wholly rejected him. As the saying goes, “Politics makes for strange bedfellows.”
Jun 17, 2020
From Fringe Idea to Law of the Land — a Look Inside the Creativity Fueling the Struggle to Defund the police
(Resilience.org)
It’s hard to keep up when the world lurches from pandemic to racial justice uprising seemingly overnight. After months of living in a quarantine pressure cooker, amidst a global pandemic that’s thrown millions out of work, exposed the vicious inequities of our current capitalist system and killed hundreds of thousands, masses of people hit a breaking point.
Jun 15, 2020
Supreme Court Rejects Trump Bid To Void California Sanctuary Law
(KPBS)
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the Trump administration’s bid to throw out a California immigrant-sanctuary law that limits local police cooperation with federal immigration authorities.
Jun 14, 2020
Maine Initiatives awards $516,920 to grassroots organizations responding to COVID-19
(Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel)
A total of $516,920 in grants have been awarded to 57 community-based nonprofit organizations responding to the COVID-19 crisis across the state of Maine, according to a news release from Andrea Berry, director of Communications and Engagement, Maine Initiatives, a community-based foundation based in Portland.
Jun 14, 2020
392 New COVID-19 Cases, 3 More Deaths Reported Friday
(Iowa Public Radio)
Follow the latest Iowa news in our Daily Digest, a liveblog where you can catch up on the headlines in five minutes and find more reporting from our news team about the stories you care about.
Jun 12, 2020
Biden urged to condition aid to Israel and relocate embassy: Advocacy groups
(Middle East Eye)
Joe Biden has pledged to maintain unconditional military funding to Israel and keep US embassy in Jerusalem
Jun 12, 2020
Letters to the Editor
(San Diego Downtown News)
George Floyd died in vain. On the grim night of May 30, 2020, in La Mesa, California, that statement was challenged. At the intersection of Spring and Allison, one could find themselves entranced by the blood, sweat, and tear gas being put forth by their fellow citizens. Posters with the phrase “I can’t breathe” paced back and forth, as you can hear the shards of broken glass crack beneath your feet. A woman in the middle streets sang to the crowd with words of protest without caring for her vocal cords that were seemingly about to burst with cries. Pain was evident. There was a deep sense of both discomfort and liberation.
Jun 12, 2020
Rim Country lawmaker blasts Black Lives Matter
(Payson Round Up)
Snowflake state House Rep. Walt Blackman considers Black Lives Matter akin to a terrorist organization and says George Floyd was “no saint.” The first black Republican elected to the Arizona Legislature, Blackman’s comments on a radio interview and an interview with The Arizona Republic and Arizona Capitol Times drew a furious response from some Democrats and activist groups, amid nationwide protests spurred by the death of Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis.
Jun 11, 2020
Oppose Trump Administration Measures against the International Criminal Court
(Human Rights Watch)
The undersigned organizations express their deep concern regarding today’s announcement by Secretary of State Pompeo and other senior U.S. officials that the United States, among other things, has invoked emergency powers in order to threaten asset freezes and other punitive actions against officials of the International Criminal Court, their family members, and those who assist their investigations.
Jun 11, 2020
Will Minneapolis become the Selma of the North?
(The Christian Science Monitor)
Law enforcement violence against peaceful demonstrators in Selma, Alabama, in 1965 shocked the U.S. and sparked social change. Is George Floyd’s death at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis a similar inflection point?
Jun 10, 2020
Your Say: What changes must police make to address racial inequity?
(The San Diego Untion-Tribune)
San Diego County and several local cities will no longer use the carotid restraint. What other changes are needed at any level of law enforcement to address issues of police brutality and racial inequity being raised in the nation’s protests?
Jun 10, 2020
‘No justice, no peace’: Local rally attendees and organizers have no plans to stop
(Concord Monitor)
Martin Toe, a man of peace, got a taste of the Promised Land last Saturday at the Black Lives Matter rally at the State House. And he thought it was delicious, a window into the support black people received from our mostly white state in their fight against police brutality.
Jun 10, 2020
SASC set for full markup of defense bill
(Politico)
Happy Wednesday and welcome to morning defense, where the United States is a wee bit more peaceful overall, according to a new global index, even as a scorecard details its recent progress in preparing for war with great powers.
Jun 8, 2020
Fourteen Days in Solitary [6/8/20]
(Solitary Watch)
Our Weekly Roundup of News and Views on Solitary Confinement
Jun 6, 2020
Nearly 2,000 March Against Racism In Concord: Watch
(Patch)
Close to 2,000 Black Lives Matters protesters marched from the West End of the city to police headquarters and then to the Statehouse to honor the life of George Floyd and others while calling for an end to police brutality and racism Saturday.
Jun 6, 2020
Protests put spotlight back on military equipment acquired by Bay Area law enforcement
(KTVU)
Recent protests across the country have seen heavily armed police officers using armored vehicles and military-style equipment to respond to demonstrators. It's reignited the debate over the militarization of local police forces who are using the gear amid the protests of those speaking out about police brutality in the wake of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis.
Jun 5, 2020
A Look Back: Saturday, June 6 (Daily Hampshire Gazette)
(Daily Hampshire Gazette)
Jun 5, 2020
Western Regional Jail inmates to be tested for COVID-19
(The Herald Dispatch)
With three new asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 confirmed in West Virginia’s correctional facilities, Western Regional Jail inmates in Barboursville will all be tested for the virus Wednesday, June 10.
Jun 5, 2020
Are Police Becoming Too Militarized, And Does It Escalate Conflict?
(Capitol Public Radio)
Just two months ago, before the coronavirus closed businesses and before the killing of George Floyd shook the nation, Sacramento City Council made an unpopular, but relatively quiet decision. They voted to spend $400,000 from the city’s public works fund to buy an armored military vehicle called a Lenco Bearcat.
Jun 5, 2020
Twitter and Reddit Support Lawsuit Challenging Social Media Vetting of Visa Applicants
(Brennn Center for Justice)
The Trump administration’s policy of demanding social media account details before letting people visit the United States is unconstitutional.
Jun 4, 2020
Volunteers Make Face Masks For Migrant Workers In San Luis Valley
(CBS Denver)
Months after the coronavirus pandemic hit Colorado, there are still essential workers missing personal protective equipment in order to do their jobs.
Jun 4, 2020
Aging Experts on Covid-19 and age-friendly communities, immigrants, scams, benefits, caregiving
(Insider NJ)
The New Jersey Foundation for Aging (NJFA) is hosting two free webinars in their June series on “Learning from COVID-19: Lessons from Experts in the Field of Aging” series. Sponsored by Archer Law Office, LLC, and AARP New Jersey, the webinars will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Fridays June 12 and 26. Melissa Chalker, Executive Director of the NJFA, will moderate.
Jun 4, 2020
Miss Mary to the rescue: How a Cork woman helped to save hundreds from concentration camps
(Irish Examiner)
Bernard Wilson has written a children’s book about Mary Elmes, the Cork woman who helped to save hundreds of youngsters from Second World War concentration camps. Rowena Walsh reports
Jun 3, 2020
‘Decarcerate’ portfolios: Planner exhorts advisors to help defund mass imprisonment
(Financial Planning)
“If your portfolio includes private prisons, you are part of the problem," says planner and activist Rachel Robasciotti.
Jun 3, 2020
“Juvenile Lifers” Were Meant to Get a Second Chance. COVID-19 Could Get Them First.
(The Marshall Project)
The Supreme Court gave teens sentenced to life in prison a shot at freedom. Many are still waiting.

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