Daily Archives: June 7, 2020

2020-06-07: News Headlines

Staff (2020-06-06). Climate Crisis: Black Lives Matter, Looting Puerto Rico, And California's Environmental Racism. therealnews.com This week the climate justice movement says Black Lives Matter, disaster capitalists are still looting Puerto Rico, and California is neglecting to fix the environmental racism of its oil infrastructure.

Fight Back (2020-06-06). Chicago: Thousands march on police HQ, demand community control of police, justice for George Floyd. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – Over 2000 cars, most with multiple occupants, and 1000 people on foot participated in a car caravan and march organized by the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR) on June 3. The caravan blocked streets near the Chicago Police Department headquarters for miles, while marchers went past roadblocks to confront around 100 riot police directly in front of the headquarters before continuing to congregate in a local park. | Frank Chapman, field organizer of CAARPR, wrote of the demonstration, "The demonstrations organized by Black Lives Matter and the Chicago Alliance Against…

Fight Back (2020-06-06). LA protests bring demands to mayor's house, Hall of Justice and City Hall, defeats curfew. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA – Only a week after marches, protests and car caravans demanding justice for George Floyd and victims of the Los Angeles Police Department broke out across Los Angeles, this rebellion has already begun to win concessions from the LA city government. While Mayor Garcetti and the LAPD initially repressed the uprising of Angelenos by instituting a 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew, calling in the National Guard, and mass-arresting those struggling in the streets, attempts to stop the momentum of protesters have failed. In particular, actions organized on June 2 and 3 by Black Lives Matter-LA – first at the man…

Abbianca Makoni (2020-06-06). The Movement for Black Lives in London. progressive.org U.K. protesters are marching in solidarity while calling out structural racism at home.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-06). Julián Gil: "Our triumph and our victory are in the hope and strength of being together" peoplesdispatch.org Two years have passed since social leader Julian Gil was detained in front of the office of Colombian social movement Congreso de los Pueblos. We share his reflections on his two years of incarceration…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-06). Julián Gil: "Our triumph and our victory should be the hope and strength in being together" peoplesdispatch.org Two years have passed since social leader Julian Gil was detained in front of the office of Colombian social movement Congreso de los Pueblos. We share his reflections on his two years of incarceration…

pip.hinman (2020-06-06). 50,000 turn out for Black Lives Matter rally in Sydney. greenleft.org.au

Once Again Pac (2020-06-07). Saturday 6/6: Standing With Black Lives Matter Livestream Panel (Once Again Pac). indybay.org Online livestream: www.facebook.com/onceagainpac/

M4BL (2020-06-07). Friday 6/5: Movement for Black Lives Virtual Rally (Video). indybay.org Online video of livestream (earlier today)…

M4BL & Rising Majority (2020-06-07). Saturday 6/6: M4BL: Making Meaning Of This Moment In Defense of Black Lives (livestream). indybay.org Online via livestream & Zoom | RSVP: us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_650Wriw6TauidxQX2hGDHw

SF Sangha San Francisco Spirtual Friends (2020-06-07). Sunday 6/7: Sit. Walk. Listen. Because Black Lives Matter. indybay.org Civic Center Plaza (NW corner – McAllister and Polk)…

El Pueblo (2020-06-07). Friday 6/5: Black Lives Matter Die In at San José City Hall. indybay.org

Lynda Carson (2020-06-07). Private prison corporations profit from civil unrest in Washington D.C. indybay.org Letter From Nancy Pelosi To The Impeached President Donald J. Trump:…

Alex Darocy (2020-06-06). Thousands March by the Coast in Santa Cruz for George Floyd and Black Lives Matter. indybay.org On June 3, thousands in Santa Cruz again took to the streets in support of Black Lives Matter and justice for George Floyd.

BMBAI (2020-06-06). Friday 6/5: Lifting Up Black lives. indybay.org Oakland City Hall | 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza | Oakland, CA…

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-06-06). Massive Mission High Student Protest and March for Black Lives Matter. indybay.org Over 30,000 young people hold huge rally and march for George Floyd and Black Lives Matter…

Robert Norse (2020-06-06). Demand Change: Homeless Civil Rights & the Santa Cruz Police. indybay.org The attached flyers were distributed at the protest last night (June 3) and are suitable for future distribution unless and until things radically change. Comments and additions are welcome.

The Canary (2020-06-06). Black Lives Matter protests spread to three continents. thecanary.co Thousands of people have rallied in Europe and Australia to honour George Floyd and to voice support for the Black Lives Matter movement.The worldwide wave of solidarity following the killing of Floyd in Minneapolis also served to highlight racial discrimination outside the United States.In Paris, demonstrators tried to gather in front of the US Embassy, defying restrictions imposed by authorities because of the coronavirus pandemic. | They were met by riot police and French security forces sealed off the embassy behind an imposing ring of metal barriers and roadblocks."You can fine me 10,000 or 20,000 times, the…

The Canary (2020-06-06). Horse bolts through crowd as police harass demonstrators at peaceful Black Lives Matter rally. thecanary.co A horse bolted through a crowd of people in central London during a Black Lives Matter protest on Saturday 6 June. The incident took place after police mounted on horses clashed with protesters at a peaceful rally outside Downing Street.The London protest was carried out peacefully for much of Saturday afternoon, but scuffles began at around 6pm when police tried to harass protesters. Videos circulating on social media showed mounted police charging through protesters to try and disperse them. One officer appeared to fall off their horse, which then bolted — sending crowds of people scattering.The trouble fl…

RT (2020-06-06). 'We all bleed the same color': Thousands of demonstrators turn out for BLM protests across Germany (PHOTOS/VIDEOS). rt.com Huge rallies across Germany mark yet another European country to see anti-racism protests inspired by Black Lives Matter demonstrations that began in the US. | Videos and photographs show hundreds of people assembled on the banks of the Rhine River in the city of Cologne as they hold signs reading "End police brutality" and "We all bleed the same color." | Danke Was fà§llt auf? Mit 33Jahren gehà∂re ich zu den à§lteren Teiln…

RT (2020-06-06). Bank Lives Matter? Internet implodes after JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon kneels in front of giant vault. rt.com The growing trend of kneeling to show solidarity with the 'Black Lives Matter' movement has apparently been adopted by banker Jamie Dimon, triggering an avalanche of disbelief and mockery on social media. | The CEO of JPMorgan Chase was photographed taking a knee in front of a large bank vault on Friday, sparking speculation that he was expressing support for anti-racism protests that have spread across the United States. | His bank declined to confirm whether there was a deeper meaning behind the photograph, but Dimon had previously voiced sympathy for the demonstrations, stating that Chase was "committed to…

RT (2020-06-06). 'GO HOME, BLACKFACE': Trudeau's kneeling in solidarity with George Floyd movement backfires. rt.com Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a knee in support of the anti-racist protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd at an Ottawa rally, but was quickly reminded of little action on racial issues at home. | Trudeau joined dozens of demonstrators outside the Canadian parliament who rallied in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in the US and over the death of Floyd, an African-American during his arrest by a white police officer. He did not speak at the event, but clapped and nodded along with other speakers and chants. | His kneeling has been hailed by his supporters as he might be the first…

RT (2020-06-06). 'GO HOME BLACKFACE': Trudeau's kneeling in solidarity with George Floyd movement backfires. rt.com Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a knee in support of the anti-racist protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd at an Ottawa rally, but was quickly reminded of little action on racial issues at home. | Trudeau joined dozens of demonstrators outside the Canadian parliament who rallied in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in the US and over the death of Floyd, an African-American during his arrest by a white police officer. He did not speak at the event, but clapped and nodded along with other speakers and chants. | His kneeling has been hailed by his supporters as he might be the first…

sputniknews (2020-06-06). People in London Protest Against Police Brutality Following George Floyd's Death – Video. sputniknews.com Nationwide protests erupted in the United States and spread to other countries in late May following the death of African American man, George Floyd, during detention by police in Minneapolis.

yenisafak (2020-06-07). With new life, Afghan peace push a race against time. yenisafak.com A continuing cessation of hostilities and an uptick in exchange of Taliban and government prisoners has given the Afghan peace process, often fragile and near collapse at times, a new lease on life.Analysts believe the three main sides in the decades-long conflict — Kabul, the Taliban, and the US — have covered a lot of ground in the march towards a sustainable peace deal.However, it is also a shared view that they are pressed for time and on a path that remains tricky, as each side's strategy oscillates between diplomatic bargaining, tactical maneuvers, and all-out use of muscle."The Taliban should c…

yenisafak (2020-06-07). Black Lives Matter protests for US racial justice reach new dimension. yenisafak.com They also inspired anti-racism protests around the globe, as demonstrators from Brisbane and Sidney in Australia to London, Paris and other European cities embraced the Black Lives Matter message.In Washington, tens of thousands of people chanting "I can't breathe" and "Hands up, don't shoot" rallied at the Lincoln Memorial and marched to the White House on Saturday in the biggest protest yet during 12 days of demonstrations across the United States since Floyd died.A common message of the day was a determination to transform outrage generated by Floyd's death into a broader movement seeking far-reaching reforms…

yenisafak (2020-06-06). Washington Mayor Bowser, 'unbought and unbossed,' challenges Trump. yenisafak.com Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser has drawn a battle line right up to the White House.Bowser, one of seven black female mayors of America's 100 largest cities, on Friday declared a small but symbolic patch of the U.S. capital – a section of 16th Street bounded by a church on one side and Lafayette Square opposite the White House on the other – "Black Lives Matter Plaza."The Democratic mayor then had the District Of Columbia's departments of transportation and public works paint giant yellow letters spelling "Black Lives Matter" followed by the city's flag on the street spanning two city blocks leading to plaza. To f…

Fight Back (2020-06-06). LA supports Black Lives Matter: Fund human needs, stop repression of protests! fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement by Centro CSO in Los Angeles, California. | Centro CSO stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter-LA's call to protest the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They are also working to prosecute all the Minneapolis police officers involved. We also unite with the call to prosecute the LAPD and LA Sheriffs for the hundreds of killings of Black, Chicano and Latino people in LA. | We denounce the current militarization of Los Angeles and repression against protesters. Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti has called the National Guard to patr…

_____ (2020-06-06). 'ANTIFA' Twitter Account Actually Run By White Nationalist Group Identity Evropa. popularresistance.org A Twitter account that claimed to represent a national antifa organization and that urged protesters to loot "white" neighborhoods was actually run by white nationalist group Identity Evropa, according to a Twitter spokesperson. | The account, which posted under the handle "@ANTIFA_US," falsely aligned itself with ongoing Black Lives Matter protests nationwide. One tweet that called for protesters to "move into residential areas" and "take what's ours" was retweeted hundreds of times as of Sunday night. | The account was removed Monday for breaking Twitter's rules against platform manipulation, spam, and inciting…

_____ (2020-06-06). Police Unions: It's Time To Change The Law And End The Abuse. popularresistance.org Collective action is the source of working people's power. It is the source of the labor movement's power. It is the source of power that has enabled workers to secure — through unionization and collective bargaining — fairness and dignity at work, living wages, protection against discrimination and harassment, and safe and healthy working conditions. It is the source of power that has allowed working people to demand progressive legislation, to push the nation forward on questions of civil rights, political rights and economic rights. In recent years, it has enabled teachers to win funding for their…

Kaitlin Curtice, Esther Choo (2020-06-06). [Perspectives] Indigenous populations: left behind in the COVID-19 response. thelancet.com Scholar Annie Belcourt described Native American populations in the USA as having lives that are "challenging and short". Globally, across countries and populations, Indigenous peoples face a greater burden of disease than non-Indigenous peoples, including cardiovascular disease and HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases, and have higher infant and maternal mortality and lower life expectancy. Their health is impacted by epigenetic stressors of generational oppression and violence, including disproportionate numbers of missing and murdered Indigenous women, lower educational attainment, and persistent poverty.

Deirdre Griswold (2020-06-06). The real looters pocketed $11.7 billion. workers.org Who are the real looters? They wear elegant business suits, not hoodies or jeans. They dine at fancy restaurants, not hotdog stands. They hang out in boardrooms, not on street corners. Bankers Get Out of Jail Free Monopoly They don't rob banks. They ARE the banks. They are the U.S. . . . |

Andrew Emett (2020-06-06). DOJ Inspector General investigates prison guards killing inmate with pepper spray. nationofchange.org "He died because of the mace. You do not mace an asthmatic…They murdered my son."

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-06). Gautam Navlakha's struggle for justice. peoplesdispatch.org Indian activist and journalist Gautam Navlakha is in prison as part of what many observers have termed a crackdown on dissent in India. The 68-year-old has been fighting a years-long legal battle against the Indian state.

Staff (2020-06-06). Companies Are Using Pandemic to Squeeze Money From Incarcerated People Like Me. truthout.org The sun is shining bright as it sits high in the clear blue sky. Its warmth comforts the skin as a light breeze blows. The view of the beach is breathtaking. Everyone there has a bright smile, and at first glance, one would think this was a snapshot of the perfect moment in time. | These are the types of photographs you'll find on the website linked to one of the largest communications providers for prisons and jails in the United States, Securus. Prison communications companies like Securu…

en.mehrnews (2020-06-06). Michael White expelled due to disease exacerbation, human rights considerations: Iranian official. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 06 (MNA) — Director General of Counterintelligence of the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence said on Saturday that the US citizen, Michael White, who had been imprisoned on security charges in Iran, has been deported to the US due to disease exacerbation, human rights reasons.

ACLU (2020-06-05). Why is it so Hard to Hold Police Accountable? aclu.org Police are supposed to "protect and serve" the community, but that's a far cry from what modern-day policing often looks like in our country. The recent murders of Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, George Floyd, and others highlight the need for drastic systemic change, yet again, as Americans across the country take to the streets in protest., , "The reason I'm out here is because I have two college degrees, but yet I'm still treated like I'm nothing," one protester in Brooklyn told At Liberty this week. "I'm tired of hearing, there are a few rotten apples. There's not a few rotten apples.

Monica Moorehead (2020-06-05). In response to George Floyd lynching, sports figures in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. workers.org "When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction. The cries for peace will rain down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears, because your violence has brought this resistance. We have the right to fight back! Rest in Power George Floyd." Colin Kaepernick on . . . |

Staff (2020-06-05). Trump Threatens Protests with Troops, But Police Have Already Been Militarized — With Deadly Results. democracynow.org The American Civil Liberties Union and Black Lives Matter announced Thursday they are suing President Trump and Attorney General William Barr for authorizing an "unprovoked and frankly criminal attack" on protesters at Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C., where the National Guard and officers dressed in riot gear fired tear gas, rubber bullets and flashbangs to disperse peaceful protesters on Monday so Trump could have a photo op with a Bible in front of St. John's Episcopal Church. We look at the increasing militarization of the police with Stuart Schrader, author of "Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterins…

Staff (2020-06-05). Watch: Police Pepper-Spray Black Filmmaker in Face at Peaceful Protest & Medics Help Him Survive. democracynow.org As the nationwide uprising in defense of Black lives continues, demonstrators are recording videos of police brutality on the streets. We speak with Chris Frierson, an African American documentary filmmaker and cameraman who was filming a Black Lives Matter protest on Saturday in Brooklyn, New York, when police moved in on demonstrators. As Frierson filmed, police pepper-sprayed him directly in the face. Chris kept on filming as he struggled to the sidewalk crying in agony from the pain. Within seconds, someone took his arm and guided him to volunteer medics who came to his aid. We air his footage and speak about…

Alan Macleod (2020-06-05). Fake Taxis Among the Latest Tools in the NYPD's Rights-Busting Crackdown on Protesters. mintpressnews.com The NYPD is famous for violating civil rights so it comes as no surprise that protests over the police brutality in the city have elicited a violent crackdown from the city's finest.

The Canary (2020-06-05). Council contractor paints over Black Lives Matter mural after complaint. thecanary.co A council has apologised after a contractor painted over a Black Lives Matter (BLM) mural in Norwich following a complaint about "offensive graffiti".The large mural was painted in a city underpass earlier this week in support of the BLM movement following the death of George Floyd in the US.But on 4 June, the artwork — which read "Norwich against racism. Black Lives Matter. All cops are accountable" — was covered up in black paint, the Eastern Daily Press reported.Norwich City Council has since admitted that a "terrible misunderstanding" involving its complaint system and a contractor led to the work,…

The Canary (2020-06-05). Black Lives Matter protests planned across UK. thecanary.co Black Lives Matter protests are planned across the UK this weekend in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd. African American Floyd died after a white police officer held him down by pressing a knee into his neck in Minneapolis on 25 May, sparking days of protests in the US.Demonstrators are expected to converge on Parliament Square in London on Saturday 6 June and the US Embassy in the capital the next day, while other events are planned across the country. An estimated 4,000 people are expected to attend a demonstration in Bristol, which will include a march through the city to Castle Park on 7 June, A…

RT (2020-06-05). WATCH: DC city workers paint GIANT Black Lives Matter mural on street near WH, BLM calls it 'performative'. rt.com Washington DC's Mayor Muriel Bowser directed city workers to paint 'Black Lives Matter' in 35-foot letters near the White House. The local chapter of the BLM movement has dismissed the move as "performative and a distraction." | Work on the protest mural began in front of Lafayette Park, just north of the White House, on Friday morning, as municipal dump trucks blocked off the street to allow painters to complete the giant work, which stretches across two blocks. | Yesterday at this time a line of heavily armed non-communicative federal agents stood here guarding the street. Today the city of DC is painting a…

RT (2020-06-05). Patrol officer SET ON FIRE during police brutality protests over 'Mexican George Floyd' (VIDEO). rt.com A police officer was set on fire while confronting a group of demonstrators in Mexico. Protests and rioting in the country were triggered by the death of a local man shortly after his detention. | The incident occurred in the city of Guadalajara, the capital of Mexico's western state of Jalisco. The video circulating on social media shows a group of police officers on motorcycles in a standoff with protesters. At one point, a man wearing a mask and dark sunglasses pours flammable liquid on the back of one of the officers and sets him on fire. | The policeman runs and falls to the pavement as fellow officers an…

RT (2020-06-05). New Madeleine McCann suspect also linked to DISAPPEARANCE OF ANOTHER little girl. rt.com The new prime suspect in the Madeleine McCann case, who is currently serving a jail term for an unrelated crime, has been linked to disappearance of a 5-year-old girl, who vanished without a trace in Germany back in 2015. | Prosecutors in the northern German town of Stendal said Friday that they have opened a preliminary probe to determine whether there was anything to link the disappearance of the British girl in Portugal back in 2007 to a similar unsolved case from 2015. | On Thursday, German prosecutors said they believe McCann to be dead and described the new suspect in the case as "a sexual predator who h…

Gareth Porter (2020-06-05). FBI launches open attack on 'foreign' alternative media outlets challenging US foreign policy. thealtworld.com Under FBI orders, Facebook and Google removed American Herald Tribune, an alternative site that publishes US and European writers critical of US foreign policy. The bureau's justification for the removal was dubious, and it sets a troubling precedent for other critical outlets. | The FBI has publicly justified its suppression of dissenting online views about US foreign policy if a media outlet can be somehow linked to one of its adversaries. The Bureau's justification followed a series of instances in which Google and other social media platforms banned accounts following consultations with the FBI. | In a partic…

Staff (2020-06-05). Headlines for June 5, 2020. democracynow.org George Floyd Honored at Memorial with Rallying Cry: "Get Your Knee Off Our Necks", Bail Set at $750,000 for Three Officers Charged with Aiding & Abetting George Floyd's Murder , Killer Used Racist Slur as Ahmaud Arbery Lay Dying, Investigator Testifies, New York Judge Will Allow Protesters to Be Jailed for Over 24 Hours, NYC Mayor Booed as 10,000 Honor George Floyd at Brooklyn Memorial Service , Witnesses Say Vallejo, CA Man Killed by Police Was on His Knees with Hands Up, Buffalo Police Assault Leaves 75-Year-Old Protester Hospitalized with Head Trauma, Trump Builds a Wall Around the White House Amid Mass Protes…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-05). Black Lives Matter, rights groups sue US president for violence against protesters. peoplesdispatch.org Civil rights groups in the US have filed a lawsuit against the US president and others in his administration over violence perpetrated against protesters in Washington D.C. when federal troops cleared the way for a photo-op for Trump on June 1…

Anthony D. Romero (2020-06-05). Reimagining the Role of Police. aclu.org Over the last week, ACLU staff across the country have worked as legal observers; educated protesters about their rights; been arrested, tear-gassed and hit with rubber bullets; challenged curfews; organized town halls; talked to victims of police abuse; donated money to Black Lives Matter, local bail funds and other groups; and strategized about transformational change. , , The ACLU is busier than ever — let's not forget this is happening amidst a pandemic and during the Trump administration — but we don't hesitate to prioritize this work at this time because we have witnessed this reality of poli…