Daily Archives: January 24, 2020

2020-01-24: News Headlines

RT (2020-01-24). 'He's clearly not all there': NFL star Antonio Brown ordered to pay $100K to leave prison after burglary and battery charges. rt.com A judge has ordered an evaluation of Antonio Brown's mental state and handed the NFL free agent tough release terms after he spent the night in a Florida prison, turning himself in over an arrest warrant for battery and burglary. | Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Brown turned himself in to police after accusations that he and coach Glenn Holt attacked a driver and threw rocks at his truck as he tried to deliver possessions to Brown's Hollywood home. | Wearing a mint-coloured suit over a green tracksuit top, Brown strolled through the entrance of Broward Jail and announced himself before leaving shortl…

Robert Scheer (2020-01-24). The Greatest Threat to the Prison-Industrial Complex. truthdig.com In the U.S., the nation with the largest prison population proportional to population in the world, the idea of rehabilitation long ago went from being a stated goal to a completely ignored concept. A

Staff (2020-01-24). I've Seen Firsthand the Heartbreak of ICE Detention. This Must End. truthout.org Five hours into the dark, rainy drive, Ana Hernandez and Edwin Loredo laugh about how they've never seen the sun in Georgia. It's their third trip in as many months, and every time, it storms the whole way — nearly nine hours — from their home in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. | Ana's younger brother, Carlos Hernandez, was transferred to Stewart Detention Center in Georgia shortly after being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on August 13, 2019, and although this is Ana's an…

Linn Washington Jr. (2020-01-24). Waiting for Justice in New Jersey. counterpunch.org Ask 100 New Jersey residents who is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and more than 90 will quickly reply, a civil rights leader. Ask 100 New Jersey resident who is Peter McGuire and more than 90 will quickly reply, Peter who? King and McGuire both made historic accomplishments. Both the Atlanta born King and the

Staff (2020-01-24). Federal Court Dismisses Youth Climate Lawsuit — But They're Not Giving Up. truthout.org A sharply divided panel of three federal judges on Jan. 17 dismissed a high-profile climate lawsuit brought on behalf of The

Labor Video Project (2020-01-24). SF Treasure Island Former Residents File Suit For Contamination /Injuries & For Shutdown. indybay.org Former residents of San Francisco Treasure Island filed a lawsuit for their contamination by radioactive and other chemicals on them and their families and for the shutdown of the development project. They also charged there was collusion by government agencies and City, State. and National politicians to push ahead with the multi-billion dollar condo/hotel development.

WSWS (2020-01-24). Consortium News sues for libel over claims it aided "Russian disinformation" campaign against Canada. wsws.org Consortium News has filed libel lawsuits against a Canadian state security agency and a television network over their false claims that the Virginia-based independent news organization spearheaded a pro-Russian disinformation campaign in Canada.

yenisafak (2020-01-24). Turks in China on tenterhooks amid virus outbreak. yenisafak.com Turkish citizens living in central China, the epicenter the coronavirus outbreak, are on tenterhooks.The Wuhan city of Hubei province has been particularly hit hard with hundreds of cases of the mystery virus reported. Authorities are trying to curb its spread with a transport lockdown in place since Thursday.As panic spreads in the city of 11 million people, residents flocked to the market to stockpile essentials as they fear they will become prisoners in their own homes in the days to come."We tried to buy as much water as we could from the markets," said Burcu Oner, who works as an English teacher in the city.

RT (2020-01-23). Defamation suit aims to stop Hillary and her 'powerful elite friends' from silencing patriotic Americans, Gabbard says. rt.com Suing Hillary Clinton for defamation is necessary in order to keep the former first lady and her powerful allies from smearing Americans who seek "peace and freedom" for all, Tulsi Gabbard has argued. | The Democratic presidential hopeful released a scathing statement in defense of her suit against Clinton, noting that the former secretary of state's attempt to smear her as "the favorite of the Russians" would have far-reaching consequences if left unchallenged. | "If Hillary Clinton and her allies can successfully destroy my reputation — even though I'm a war veteran and a sitting member of Congress &#15…

WSWS (2020-01-23). Bangladesh prepares to send 100,000 Rohingya refugees to isolated island. wsws.org More than 610,000 refugees currently live in overcrowded, prison-like camps surrounded by barbed-wire fences on Cox's Bazar.

Jennifer Stisa Granick (2020-01-23). In Latest Encryption Battle with Apple, DOJ Still Wrong. aclu.org The | federal government is once again trying to force Apple to weaken the security | of millions of iPhones. On Wednesday, President Trump Switzerland for Apple to assist law enforcement in unlocking iPhones. Last week, | Trump made the same demand of Apple, company should unlock cell phones as a quid pro quo for any benefits it enjoys | as a result of favo…

Orion Danjuma (2020-01-23). Amendment 4 is Still on the Line. Here's What's New. aclu.org The right to vote cannot depend on how much money you have. That's what

Staff (2020-01-23). Despite Lawsuit, Activists Find Evidence Plant in Texas Still Polluting Water. truthout.org On the afternoon of January 15, activist Diane Wilson kicked off a

IMEMC News (2020-01-23). Israeli Soldiers Abduct Three Palestinians In Tubas and Hebron. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, Thursday, three young Palestinian men from their homes in the West Bank governorates of Tubas and Hebron, the Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has reported. Mahmoud Sawafta, the head of the PPS office in Tubas, in northeastern West Bank, said the soldiers searched homes and abducted two young …

Andrew Emett (2020-01-23). Cleveland cop sentenced to prison for urinating on girl at bus stop. nationofchange.org Common Pleas Court Judge Wanda Jones and Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Jennifer Driscoll criticized the Euclid Police Department for not taking the girl's report seriously at first.

WSWS (2020-01-23). Norwood Jewell begins 15-month sentence in minimum-security prison for role in UAW bribery scheme. wsws.org Norwood Jewell will spend 15 months in a cottage in a minimum security prison nicknamed "the University."

RT (2020-01-22). 'Obvious malicious intent': Tulsi Gabbard hits Clinton with defamation suit over 'Russian asset' smear. rt.com Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard is suing two-time White House runner-up Hillary Clinton over her claim that Gabbard was a "Russian asset," alleging that the lie hurt not just her campaign but the entire election. | Clinton "lied about her perceived rival Tulsi Gabbard… publicly, unambiguously, and with obvious malicious intent" when she claimed Gabbard was "the favorite of the Russians," the campaign alleges in the

Louise Melling (2020-01-22). The National Archives Doctored A Women's March Photo Critical of Trump. We're Demanding Answers. aclu.org "God hates Trump." | "If my vagina could shoot bullets, it'd be less REGULATED." | "Trump & GOP — Hands Off." | "This pussy grabs back." | Last week, the Washington Post

Jessica Arons (2020-01-22). 47 Years Later, We're Fighting to Make Roe a Reality Everywhere. aclu.org Today we commemorate the 47th | anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the | landmark Supreme Court case that recognized a constitutional right to abortion. | In the nearly five decades since, the decision has weathered numerous storms | and faced plenty of erosion, leaving too many without meaningful access to | abortion care. But 2020 could be its most consequential year yet. | This spring, the Supreme Court will hear | arguments in June Medical | Services v. Gee and could uphold state abortion re…

IMEMC News (2020-01-22). Soldiers Assault A Palestinian Child Hours After His Release From Prison. imemc.org Israeli soldiers assaulted, on Wednesday morning, a Palestinian child just a few hours after his release from a detention facility. The Head of the Palestinian Association for Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners, Mohammad Hamida, said the soldiers, stationed at the Container military roadblock, northeast of Bethlehem, repeatedly assaulted the child, identified as …

teleSUR (2020-01-22). Canada: One-Third of Prison Population is Indigenous. telesurenglish.net Though Indigenous people account for only five percent of the general Canadian population, they represent more than 30 percent of the detainees in the country's prisons, a RELATED: | The correctional investigator of Canada Ivan Zinger described what he called "the Indigenization of Cana…

Staff (2020-01-21). Voting Rights Advocate: The Impeachment of Trump Is Needed to Protect Our Elections & Democracy. democracynow.org The impeachment trial begins its proceedings in the Senate today amid accusations of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell attempting to rush the impeachment process. Senators will have 16 hours for questions and four hours for debate, after 24 hours for opening arguments on each side. We speak with Rick Perlstein, historian and author, and Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Clarke says that thanks to the rules set by McConnell, Trump's impeachment trial could be over within a week, with much of the debate taking place in the evening. The proces…

Carol Rose (2020-01-21). CBP Deported an Iranian Student With Valid Visa, Defying Court Order. aclu.org Last night, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) deported an Iranian student with a valid visa, despite a federal court order prohibiting his removal. | Shahab Dehghani arrived at Boston Logan Airport on Sunday, January 19 to study at Northeastern University, where he was enrolled. Customs officials detained him and questioned him for hours, abruptly revoking his student visa, which the State Department granted after a year of intense vetting. | As CBP tried to put Shahab on the next available flight, supporters and friends gathered at night in the arrivals hall at Logan to demand that CBP stop deporting…

Ayelet Waldman (2020-01-21). "Fight of the Century" Looks at 100 Years of Landmark ACLU Cases. aclu.org Liberty and equality are everywhere under attack. And that's why the work of the American Civil Liberties Union feels more precious to us than ever before. The ACLU lawyers and staff are the brave souls who suit up, blast off, and do what they can to divert and repel all those incoming meteors, or blow them right out of the sky. We admire them. We admire them the way you must admire people who devote themselves to doing, to the utmost of their ability, any thankless, impossible, and absolutely essential job. | Liberty and justice for all. We used to stand up with our classmates | every morning and timelessly…

Staff (2020-01-20). SPECIAL: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in His Own Words. democracynow.org Today is the federal holiday that honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was born January 15, 1929. He was assassinated April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was just 39 years old. While Dr. King is primarily remembered as a civil rights leader, he also championed the cause of the poor and organized the Poor People's Campaign to address issues of economic justice. Dr. King was also a fierce critic of U.S. foreign policy and the Vietnam War. We play his "Beyond Vietnam" speech, which he delivered at New York City's Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, as well as his last speech, "I've Been to…

Fight Back (2020-01-20). Embassy Protectors speak out in Fort Lauderdale. fightbacknews.org Fort Lauderdale, FL — Over 60 people from South Florida's tri-county area gathered at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation Church of Fort Lauderdale to hear a panel and question-and-answer session featuring anti-war activists Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers. Zeese and Flowers are two of the four Embassy Protector activists who spent 37 days protecting international law and peace within the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C. They are currently facing bogus federal charges brought by the Trump administration that, if convicted, would mean up to one year in prison and $100,000 fines each. | Also on th…

Karen J. Greenberg, Joshua Dratel (2020-01-19). Tomgram: Greenberg and Dratel, The Gitmo Era. tomdispatch.com In January 2002, the Guantánamo Bay Detention Facility in Cuba opened its gates for the first 20 detainees of the war on terror…

Brigitte Amiri (2020-01-17). The Supreme Court Takes Up the Issue of Birth Control Coverage — Again. aclu.org The Supreme Court just announced that it will hear | yet another case about the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) birth control coverage | requirement. If you are experiencing déjà vu, you are not alone. Court battles | over the birth control coverage requirement have been raging for almost a | decade. How did we get here? | 2012: | The Birth Control Benefit is Established | Congress passed the Women's Health Amendment to the | ACA to try to close the disparity in health care costs that women have | historically experienced. In 2012, the independent, nonpartisan Institute of | Medicine was tasked with determining wh…

Abdullah Hasan (2020-01-17). 2019 Proved We Can Stop Face Recognition Surveillance. aclu.org This piece originally appeared on In 2019, we proved face recognition surveillance isn't | inevitable. Now, it's time for Congress to rein in the technology once and for | all. | Last year, communities banded together to prove that they | can — and will — defend their privacy rights. As part of ACLU-led campaigns, three | California cities — Francisco,…

Staff (2020-01-16). Headlines for January 16, 2020. democracynow.org House Lawmakers Deliver Articles of Impeachment to Senate, Ex-Giuliani Associate Says Trump Knew of Ukraine Pressure Campaign, U.S. Troops Resume Iraq Operations Despite Parliament's Expulsion Order, Afghan Reconstruction Watchdog Tells Congress of U.S. "Mendacity" and "Lies", Trump Signs "Phase 1" Agreement with China, Easing Trade War, Russian Government Resigns as Vladimir Putin Seeks to Retain Power Beyond 2024, At Least 21 Killed in Idlib Amid Syrian, Russian Airstrikes, Court Blocks Trump Order Allowing Local Leaders to Refuse Refugees, ACLU Sues to End Trump's Policy of Sending Asylum Seekers to Guatemala,…

Kate Oh (2020-01-16). The White House's Dangerously Expansive Views on Trump's Powers That You Can't See. aclu.org A basic legal consensus about our democracy is that the Constitution assigns the "

Michele Goodwin (2020-01-16). Arkansas Legislators' Attack on Abortion is Unconstitutional. aclu.org The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled time and again that | reproductive privacy is "central to personal dignity and autonomy, [which] are | central to the liberty protected by" the Constitution. The Court has made | eminently clear that under the Constitution, the right of a pregnant person to | terminate a pregnancy prior to viability is a right so essential to our freedom | that our government cannot ban or impose an undue burden on its exercise. But | despite the long-standing clarity of this principle, reproductive health and rights | continue to come under blistering, unrelenting attack. | Nowhere is this cl…

splcenter (2020-01-10). Weekend Read: SPLC sues Trump administration over family separation policy. splcenter.org The SPLC and its allies have filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration policy that has separated and traumatized thousands of migrant families.

splcenter (2020-01-09). Despite horrific prison stay, a mother comes to understand her addiction. splcenter.org When Shanna Rainey was a mother to two young children, she began using methamphetamine.

splcenter (2020-01-06). Former Head of Identity Evropa Taken Into Custody for Contempt of Court. splcenter.org Elliott Kline, the onetime leader of Identity Evropa, is in federal custody after being found in contempt of court for failing to cooperate in a civil lawsuit stemming from the violent "Unite the Right" rally.

Luiz ignacio lula Da silva (2019-12-28). Prison gave me a greater will to fight. zcomm.org Interview on the reality that Brazil is experiencing and the social protests that have occurred in several Latin American countries…

Marjorie Cohn (2019-12-02). Civil Rights Are on the Chopping Block in New Supreme Court Term. zcomm.org Hello, A very small proportion of ZNet content is available only to Sustainers. You can become a sustainer for a small repeating donation – monthly or yearly via the links for Sustaining, or Donating, available on the top page of ZNet.

Mattea Kramer (2019-11-19). Tomgram: Mattea Kramer, The Opioid Crisis in Perspective. tomdispatch.com It was evening and we were in a windowless room in a Massachusetts jail…

2020-01-24: Social Media Postees

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I've Seen Firsthand the Heartbreak of ICE Detention. This Must End
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-24
Five hours into the dark, rainy drive, Ana Hernandez and Edwin Loredo laugh about how they've never seen the sun in Georgia. It's their third trip in as many months, and every time, it storms the whole way

The Greatest Threat to the Prison-Industrial Complex
Robert Scheer | truthdig.com | 2020-01-24
In the U.S., the nation with the largest prison population proportional to population in the world, the idea of rehabilitation long ago went from being a stated goal to a completely ignored concept. A study focusing on people released from prisons in 2005 reveals that they were arrested again in the following nine years at an astounding rate of 83%. But rather than give up on the 2.3 million primarily black and brown Americans who are incarcerated, the Bard Prison Initiative, founded in 2001, has taken a diffe…
truthdig.com/articles/the-greatest-threat-to-the-prison-industrial-complex/

Waiting for Justice in New Jersey
Linn Washington Jr. | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-24
Ask 100 New Jersey residents who is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and more than 90 will quickly reply, a civil rights leader. Ask 100 New Jersey resident who is Peter McGuire and more than 90 will quickly reply, Peter who? King and McGuire both made historic accomplishments. Both the Atlanta born King and the…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/24/waiting-for-justice-in-new-jersey/

Waiting for Justice in New Jersey
Linn Washington Jr. | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-24
Ask 100 New Jersey residents who is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and more than 90 will quickly reply, a civil rights leader. Ask 100 New Jersey resident who is Peter McGuire and more than 90 will quickly reply, Peter who? King and McGuire both made historic accomplishments. Both the Atlanta born King and the…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/24/waiting-for-justice-in-new-jersey/

'He's clearly not all there': NFL star Antonio Brown ordered to pay $100K to leave prison after burglary and battery charges
rt.com | 2020-01-24
A judge has ordered an evaluation of Antonio Brown's mental state and handed the NFL free agent tough release terms after he spent the night in a Florida prison, turning himself in over an arrest warrant for battery and burglary. | Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Brown turned himself in to police after accusations that he and coach Glenn Holt attacked a driver and threw rocks at his truck as he tried to deliver possessions to Brown's Hollywood home. | Wearing a mint-coloured suit over a green tracksuit top, Brown strolled through the entrance of Broward Jail and announced himself before leaving shortl…
rt.com/sport/479114-antonio-brown-nfl-bond/

Consortium News sues for libel over claims it aided "Russian disinformation" campaign against Canada
wsws.org | 2020-01-24
Consortium News has filed libel lawsuits against a Canadian state security agency and a television network over their false claims that the Virginia-based independent news organization spearheaded a pro-Russian disinformation campaign in Canada.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/24/cons-j24.html

SF Treasure Island Former Residents File Suit For Contamination /Injuries & For Shutdown
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2020-01-24
Former residents of San Francisco Treasure Island filed a lawsuit for their contamination by radioactive and other chemicals on them and their families and for the shutdown of the development project. They also charged there was collusion by government agencies and City, State. and National politicians to push ahead with the multi-billion dollar condo/hotel development.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/01/21/18829990.php

SF Treasure Island Former Residents File Suit For Contamination /Injuries & For Shutdown
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2020-01-24
Former residents of San Francisco Treasure Island filed a lawsuit for their contamination by radioactive and other chemicals on them and their families and for the shutdown of the development project. They also charged there was collusion by government agencies and City, State. and National politicians to push ahead with the multi-billion dollar condo/hotel development.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/01/21/18829990.php

Murdoch University drops suit against academic
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-01-24
freedom of speech Mark Tan & Alex SalmonIssue 1250 Australia Whistleblowers PerthJanuary 24, 2020Mudoch University's decision on January 13 to drop its lawsuit against Associate Professor Gerd S…
greenleft.org.au/content/murdoch-university-drops-suit-against-academic

Turks in China on tenterhooks amid virus outbreak
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-24
Turkish citizens living in central China, the epicenter the coronavirus outbreak, are on tenterhooks.The Wuhan city of Hubei province has been particularly hit hard with hundreds of cases of the mystery virus reported. Authorities are trying to curb its spread with a transport lockdown in place since Thursday.As panic spreads in the city of 11 million people, residents flocked to the market to stockpile essentials as they fear they will become prisoners in their own homes in the days to come."We tried to buy as much water as we could from the markets," said Burcu Oner, who works as an English teacher in the city.
yenisafak.com/en/news/turks-in-china-on-tenterhooks-amid-virus-outbreak-3510387

The Camp by the Lake
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-24
The Japanese-Americans, both citizens and immigrants, living in Hood River, Oregon were given seven days' notice that they were going to be "evacuated" from their homes. They were told to pack their belongings into one bag and assemble at the Union Pacific train station on the morning of May 13, 1942. They had no idea where they were going, how long they would be detained or what would happen to their property and businesses while they were imprisoned.
counterpunch.org/2020/01/24/the-camp-by-the-lake/

Bangladesh prepares to send 100,000 Rohingya refugees to isolated island
wsws.org | 2020-01-23
More than 610,000 refugees currently live in overcrowded, prison-like camps surrounded by barbed-wire fences on Cox's Bazar.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/23/rohi-j23.html

Amendment 4 is Still on the Line. Here's What's New
Orion Danjuma | aclu.org | 2020-01-23
The right to vote cannot depend on how much money you have. That's what a federal court ruled in October, when it blocked Florida's attempt to force returning citizens

In Latest Encryption Battle with Apple, DOJ Still Wrong
Jennifer Stisa Granick | aclu.org | 2020-01-23
The | federal government is once again trying to force Apple to weaken the security | of millions of iPhones. On Wednesday, President Trump issued a call from Davos, | Switzerland for Apple to assist law enforcement in unlocking iPhones. Last week, | Trump made the same demand of Apple, tweeting that the | company should unlock cell phones as a quid pro quo for any benefits it enjoys | as a result of favo…
aclu.org/news/privacy-technology/in-latest-encryption-battle-with-apple-doj-still-wrong

Defamation suit aims to stop Hillary and her 'powerful elite friends' from silencing patriotic Americans, Gabbard says
rt.com | 2020-01-23
Suing Hillary Clinton for defamation is necessary in order to keep the former first lady and her powerful allies from smearing Americans who seek "peace and freedom" for all, Tulsi Gabbard has argued. | The Democratic presidential hopeful released a scathing statement in defense of her suit against Clinton, noting that the former secretary of state's attempt to smear her as "the favorite of the Russians" would have far-reaching consequences if left unchallenged. | "If Hillary Clinton and her allies can successfully destroy my reputation

Despite Lawsuit, Activists Find Evidence Plant in Texas Still Polluting Water
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-23
On the afternoon of January 15, activist Diane Wilson kicked off a San Antonio Estuary Waterkeeper meeting on the side of the road across from a Formosa plastics manufacturing plant in Point Comfort, Texas. After Wilson and the waterkeeper successfully sued Formosa, the company agreed to no longer release even one of the tiny plastic pellets known as nurdles in…
truthout.org/articles/despite-lawsuit-activists-find-evidence-plant-in-texas-still-polluting-water/

Norwood Jewell begins 15-month sentence in minimum-security prison for role in UAW bribery scheme
wsws.org | 2020-01-23
Norwood Jewell will spend 15 months in a cottage in a minimum security prison nicknamed "the University."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/23/jewe-j23.html

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Three Palestinians In Tubas and Hebron
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-01-23
Israeli soldiers abducted, Thursday, three young Palestinian men from their homes in the West Bank governorates of Tubas and Hebron, the Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has reported. Mahmoud Sawafta, the head of the PPS office in Tubas, in northeastern West Bank, said the soldiers searched homes and abducted two young …
imemc.org/article/israeli-soldiers-abduct-three-palestinians-in-tubas-and-hebron/

Cleveland cop sentenced to prison for urinating on girl at bus stop
Andrew Emett | nationofchange.org | 2020-01-23
Common Pleas Court Judge Wanda Jones and Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Jennifer Driscoll criticized the Euclid Police Department for not taking the girl's report seriously at first.
nationofchange.org/2020/01/23/cleveland-cop-sentenced-to-prison-for-urinating-on-girl-at-bus-stop/

The National Archives Doctored A Women's March Photo Critical of Trump. We're Demanding Answers
Louise Melling | aclu.org | 2020-01-22
"God hates Trump." | "If my vagina could shoot bullets, it'd be less REGULATED." | "Trump & GOP

47 Years Later, We're Fighting to Make Roe a Reality Everywhere
Jessica Arons | aclu.org | 2020-01-22
Today we commemorate the 47th | anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the | landmark Supreme Court case that recognized a constitutional right to abortion. | In the nearly five decades since, the decision has weathered numerous storms | and faced plenty of erosion, leaving too many without meaningful access to | abortion care. But 2020 could be its most consequential year yet. | This spring, the Supreme Court will hear | arguments in June Medical | Services v. Gee and could uphold state abortion re…
aclu.org/news/reproductive-freedom/47-years-later-were-fighting-to-make-roe-a-reality-everywhere

Soldiers Assault A Palestinian Child Hours After His Release From Prison
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-01-22
Israeli soldiers assaulted, on Wednesday morning, a Palestinian child just a few hours after his release from a detention facility. The Head of the Palestinian Association for Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners, Mohammad Hamida, said the soldiers, stationed at the Container military roadblock, northeast of Bethlehem, repeatedly assaulted the child, identified as …
imemc.org/article/soldiers-assault-a-palestinian-child-hours-after-his-release-from-prison/

'Obvious malicious intent': Tulsi Gabbard hits Clinton with defamation suit over 'Russian asset' smear
rt.com | 2020-01-22
Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard is suing two-time White House runner-up Hillary Clinton over her claim that Gabbard was a "Russian asset," alleging that the lie hurt not just her campaign but the entire election. | Clinton "lied about her perceived rival Tulsi Gabbard… publicly, unambiguously, and with obvious malicious intent" when she claimed Gabbard was "the favorite of the Russians," the campaign alleges in the suit, filed on Wednesday in the federal Southern Di…
rt.com/usa/478916-tulsi-russian-asset-clinton-lawsuit/

Canada: One-Third of Prison Population is Indigenous
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-22
Though Indigenous people account for only five percent of the general Canadian population, they represent more than 30 percent of the detainees in the country's prisons, a report released Tuesday by a federal watchdog revealed. | RELATED: | Deportations of Migrant Families in US Rose by 110% in 2019 | The correctional investigator of Canada Ivan Zinger described what he called "the Indigenization of Cana…
telesurenglish.net/news/Indigenous-in-Canada-Make-up-One-Third-of-Prison-Population-20200122-0012.html

CBP Deported an Iranian Student With Valid Visa, Defying Court Order
Carol Rose | aclu.org | 2020-01-21
Last night, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) deported an Iranian student with a valid visa, despite a federal court order prohibiting his removal. | Shahab Dehghani arrived at Boston Logan Airport on Sunday, January 19 to study at Northeastern University, where he was enrolled. Customs officials detained him and questioned him for hours, abruptly revoking his student visa, which the State Department granted after a year of intense vetting. | As CBP tried to put Shahab on the next available flight, supporters and friends gathered at night in the arrivals hall at Logan to demand that CBP stop deporting…
aclu.org/news/immigrants-rights/cbp-deported-an-iranian-student-with-valid-visa-defying-court-order

Voting Rights Advocate: The Impeachment of Trump Is Needed to Protect Our Elections & Democracy
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-21
The impeachment trial begins its proceedings in the Senate today amid accusations of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell attempting to rush the impeachment process. Senators will have 16 hours for questions and four hours for debate, after 24 hours for opening arguments on each side. We speak with Rick Perlstein, historian and author, and Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Clarke says that thanks to the rules set by McConnell, Trump's impeachment trial could be over within a week, with much of the debate taking place in the evening. The proces…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/21/trump_impeachment_trial_us_senate_pt2

Voting Rights Advocate: The Impeachment of Trump Is Needed to Protect Our Elections & Democracy
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-21
The impeachment trial begins its proceedings in the Senate today amid accusations of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell attempting to rush the impeachment process. Senators will have 16 hours for questions and four hours for debate, after 24 hours for opening arguments on each side. We speak with Rick Perlstein, historian and author, and Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Clarke says that thanks to the rules set by McConnell, Trump's impeachment trial could be over within a week, with much of the debate taking place in the evening. The proces…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/21/trump_impeachment_trial_us_senate_pt2

"Fight of the Century" Looks at 100 Years of Landmark ACLU Cases
Ayelet Waldman | aclu.org | 2020-01-21
Liberty and equality are everywhere under attack. And that's why the work of the American Civil Liberties Union feels more precious to us than ever before. The ACLU lawyers and staff are the brave souls who suit up, blast off, and do what they can to divert and repel all those incoming meteors, or blow them right out of the sky. We admire them. We admire them the way you must admire people who devote themselves to doing, to the utmost of their ability, any thankless, impossible, and absolutely essential job. | Liberty and justice for all. We used to stand up with our classmates | every morning and timelessly…
aclu.org/news/free-speech/fight-of-the-century-looks-at-100-years-of-landmark-aclu-cases

Embassy Protectors speak out in Fort Lauderdale
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-01-20
Fort Lauderdale, FL

SPECIAL: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in His Own Words
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-20
Today is the federal holiday that honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was born January 15, 1929. He was assassinated April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was just 39 years old. While Dr. King is primarily remembered as a civil rights leader, he also championed the cause of the poor and organized the Poor People's Campaign to address issues of economic justice. Dr. King was also a fierce critic of U.S. foreign policy and the Vietnam War. We play his "Beyond Vietnam" speech, which he delivered at New York City's Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, as well as his last speech, "I've Been to…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/20/special_dr_martin_luther_king_jr

Tomgram: Greenberg and Dratel, The Gitmo Era
Karen J. Greenberg, Joshua Dratel | tomdispatch.com | 2020-01-19
In January 2002, the Guantánamo Bay Detention Facility in Cuba opened its gates for the first 20 detainees of the war on terror…
www.tomdispatch.com/blog/176652/tomgram%3A_greenberg_and_dratel%2C_the_gitmo_era/

2019 Proved We Can Stop Face Recognition Surveillance
Abdullah Hasan | aclu.org | 2020-01-17
This piece originally appeared on Fast Company. | In 2019, we proved face recognition surveillance isn't | inevitable. Now, it's time for Congress to rein in the technology once and for | all. | Last year, communities banded together to prove that they | can

Arkansas Legislators' Attack on Abortion is Unconstitutional
Michele Goodwin | aclu.org | 2020-01-16
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled time and again that | reproductive privacy is "central to personal dignity and autonomy, [which] are | central to the liberty protected by" the Constitution. The Court has made | eminently clear that under the Constitution, the right of a pregnant person to | terminate a pregnancy prior to viability is a right so essential to our freedom | that our government cannot ban or impose an undue burden on its exercise. But | despite the long-standing clarity of this principle, reproductive health and rights | continue to come under blistering, unrelenting attack. | Nowhere is this cl…
aclu.org/news/reproductive-freedom/arkansas-legislators-attack-on-abortion-is-unconstitutional

The White House's Dangerously Expansive Views on Trump's Powers That You Can't See
Kate Oh | aclu.org | 2020-01-16
A basic legal consensus about our democracy is that the Constitution assigns the " power of the purse" to Congress. Turning this edict on its head, White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) lawyers reportedly concocted a legal theory that President Trump can override Congress's foreign policy spending decisions enshrined in law. If such a dangerously expansive proposal exists as a full legal opinion, it…
aclu.org/news/civil-liberties/the-white-houses-dangerously-expansive-views-on-trumps-powers-that-you-cant-see

Weekend Read: SPLC sues Trump administration over family separation policy
splcenter.org | 2020-01-10
The SPLC and its allies have filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration policy that has separated and traumatized thousands of migrant families.
splcenter.org/news/2020/01/11/weekend-read-splc-sues-trump-administration-over-family-separation-policy

Despite horrific prison stay, a mother comes to understand her addiction
splcenter.org | 2020-01-09
When Shanna Rainey was a mother to two young children, she began using methamphetamine.
splcenter.org/news/2020/01/15/despite-horrific-prison-stay-mother-comes-understand-her-addiction

Former Head of Identity Evropa Taken Into Custody for Contempt of Court
splcenter.org | 2020-01-06
Elliott Kline, the onetime leader of Identity Evropa, is in federal custody after being found in contempt of court for failing to cooperate in a civil lawsuit stemming from the violent "Unite the Right" rally.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2020/01/06/former-head-identity-evropa-taken-custody-contempt-court

Prison gave me a greater will to fight
Luiz ignacio lula Da silva | zcomm.org | 2019-12-28
Interview on the reality that Brazil is experiencing and the social protests that have occurred in several Latin American countries…
zcomm.org/zvideo/prison-gave-me-a-greater-will-to-fight/