Daily Archives: June 8, 2020

2020-06-08: News Headlines

Combined Sources (2020-06-08). Black Lives Matter movement sweeps the world. peoplesworld.org Hundreds of thousands of people gathered this weekend in cities far from the United States to express anger over the death of George Floyd, a sign that the Black Lives Matter movement against police brutality is resonating with wider calls to address racism from Australia to Asia to Europe. In Berlin, where police said 15,000 people rallied …

Jane Cutter (2020-06-08). White coats for Black lives: Health care workers' solidarity with the uprising. liberationnews.org Healthcare workers are standing up to say they want systemic change to foster health and wellbeing by ending institutional racism and police violence.

Fréa Lockley (2020-06-08). The BBC just showed utter disregard for Black lives and the UK's racism. thecanary.co On 7 June, Black Lives Matter protesters in Bristol "A mass murderer": | Since police in Minneapolis

Eds. (2020-06-08). The U.S. rebellion for black lives. mronline.org As protests rage across America against police brutality and systemic racism, Akunna Eneh, an activist from Boston, argues that the movement sparked by the murder of George Floyd has exposed the true face of American society.

Jane Cutter (2020-06-08). White coats for Black lives: Healthcare workers' solidarity with the uprising. liberationnews.org Healthcare workers are standing up to say they want systemic change to foster health and wellbeing by ending institutional racism and police violence.

Newsclick (2020-06-08). "Day and night, Palestinians are facing a settler-colonial machinery of oppression" peoplesdispatch.org Vijay Prashad talks to Prof. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian on the nature of Israeli settler-colonialism, the killing of Iyad al-Hallaq and the various forms of resistance to occupation.

Fight Back (2020-06-08). 10,000-plus march against police crimes in Jacksonville FL. fightbacknews.org Jacksonville, FL – On Saturday, June 6, over 10,000 residents of Jacksonville came out to an historic march hosted by the Jacksonville Community Action Committee. This march came a week after 3500 people gathered on the headquarters of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office (JSO) to demand: Release of body camera footage being held hostage by JSO; an end to excessive force, by instituting community control via a Civilian Police Accountability Council; and transparency in testing and reporting of COVID-19 for those in JSO custody. | With the June 6 march being the largest civil rights demonstration in the city's histor…

Tony Cartalucci (2020-06-08). Colonialism and Racism. To America, Black Lives Only Sometimes Matter. globalresearch.ca There is no doubt that colonialism and racism sit at the root of America's domestic problems. The push to dominate others abroad is directly linked to the belief that those who are different at home should also be dominated. | There …

Rima Najjar (2020-06-08). Camouflage: How the Israeli Left Continues to Hoodwink Us with Corrupted Slogans. globalresearch.ca To reach the hearts and minds of Americans, the Zionist Israeli Left is manipulating the Black Lives Matter movement. The slogans and images of protestors coming out of Tel Aviv continue to hoodwink the world with a sudden and self-serving …

Fight Back (2020-06-08). Day 8 of New York City protests for Black lives. fightbacknews.org New York City, NY – New Yorkers continue to fill the streets this evening, May 6, marking the eighth day of nearly non-stop protests against police crimes. Hundreds of Brooklyn residents joined with thousands across the nation to uplift the names of Tony McDade, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others, by marching from Barclays Center to Borough Hall, then to the Brooklyn Bridge before returning to the Barclays Center for a candle-light vigil for Breonna Taylor. | As in other cities such as Minneapolis, Atlanta and Los Angeles, we saw the police attempt to kettle protesters, menacing crowds, and turning up in ma…

Gautam Navlakha (2020-06-08). Gautam Navlakha's struggle for justice. mronline.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.

Eds. (2020-06-07). 'Fight The Power' by Public Enemy. mronline.org The opening quotation, "Yet our best trained, best educated, best equipped, best prepared troops refuse to fight! Matter of fact, it's safe to say that they would rather switch than fight!," was taken from Chicago attorney and civil rights activist, Thomas "TNT" Todd.

Liberation Staff (2020-06-07). [VIDEO] Not a riot. An uprising. liberationnews.org "This isn't a riot. It's an uprising! It's a rebellion! And successful uprisings and rebellions become REVOLUTIONS." Eugene Puryear of the PSL addresses massive crowd in Philadelphia on Sat. June 5. "Everyone likes to care about civil rights, but no politicians cared about civil rights until Black people started shutting this country down and breaking unjust laws!"

Yasha Levine (2020-06-07). Shocker: US state propaganda outlets censor Black Lives Matter protests. thegrayzone.com It's hard for Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty to sell the USA as a shining example of civil liberties…

Staff (2020-06-08). "The Time Is Now": Tens of Thousands in NYC March for Justice, Peace & an End to Racist Police. democracynow.org As hundreds of thousands took to the streets nationwide and around the world to call for police accountability and demand Black lives matter in the wake of the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, Democracy Now! spoke to some of the people who joined the historic protests Saturday in New York City.

Staff (2020-06-08). The End of Policing: Alex Vitale on How Cops & Their Unions Cover Up Inequality, Exploitation. democracynow.org Professor Alex Vitale argues the answer to police violence is not "reform." It's defunding. The author of "The End of Policing" says the movement to defund the police is part of "a long story about the use of police and prisons to manage problems of inequality and exploitation." He asks, "Why are we using police to paper over problems of economic exploitation?" He also discusses the role of police unions. "They become, in many cities, the locus, the institutional hub, for a whole set of right-wing 'thin blue line' politics that believe that policing is not only effective but it's the most desirable way to solve o…

Staff (2020-06-08). Headlines for June 8, 2020. democracynow.org Minneapolis City Council Announces It Will Disband Police Department, Uprising Against Racism, Police Brutality Brings Out 100,000s from Coast to Coast, D.C. Mayor, Protesters Paint Black Lives Matter Protest Call on Streets Leading to White House, Protests Mount Across the Globe as Racist and Colonialist Statues Targeted in U.K., Police Violence Against Protesters Results in More Deaths and Severe Injuries, Video Shows ICE Agents Arresting and Pointing Gun at Protester, Calls Mount to Prosecute Officers Who Killed African American Man, Manuel Ellis, in March, Family of Maurice Gordon, a Black Man Killed by NJ St…

ahtribune (2020-06-08). COVID-19, Antifa, and Black Lives Matter: The Battle for Control of the Internet. ahtribune.com Many observers have noted that the time through which we are living now seems unprecedented. We are all experiencing an amazing convergence of so many monumental developments that combine into a fast-moving narrative. In recent days the focus suddenly shifted from COVID-19 and compulsory vaccines to insurrection and anarchy from within. Suddenly the vaccine czar, Bill Gates, has been swept from the center stage of current events. Suddenly multi-billionaire Gates has been upstaged by multi-billionaire George Soros. | What is going on? What are the themes of continuity and disjuncture that characterize the stran…

Once Again Pac (2020-06-08). Saturday 6/6: Standing With Black Lives Matter Livestream Panel (Once Again Pac). indybay.org Online livestream: www.facebook.com/onceagainpac/

SF Sangha San Francisco Spirtual Friends (2020-06-08). Sunday 6/7: Sit. Walk. Listen. Because Black Lives Matter. indybay.org Civic Center Plaza (NW corner – McAllister and Polk)…

Labor Video Project (2020-06-08). Black Lives Matter! Labor Rally & March In SF. indybay.org Hundreds of Northern California trade unionists marched and rallied in San Francisco Hunters Point Bay View district to protest the murder of George Floyd and many other Black workers and youth. Some community members also spoke out about the murders.

Peter Maiden (2020-06-08). Black Lives Matter March in West Fresno. indybay.org Several hundred marched through West Fresno to protest police killings.

Lynda Carson (2020-06-08). Private prison corporations profit from civil unrest in Washington D.C. indybay.org Letter From Nancy Pelosi To The Impeached President Donald J. Trump:…

RT (2020-06-07). Black Lives Matter protest in Sweden descends into violence and vandalism (VIDEOS). rt.com The Swedish city of Gothenburg has been shaken by street violence, after an initially peaceful 'Black Lives Matter' protest turned into a riot. Police clashed with demonstrators, who threw stones and smashed storefronts. | Defying the Swedish government's coronavirus guidelines — which ban gatherings of more than 50 people — an estimated 2,000 people assembled in the city of Gothenburg on Sunday, to show solidarity with the worldwide protests that broke out after the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer nearly two weeks ago. | Although the protest began peacefully, by late afternoo…

RT (2020-06-07). Thousands of Black Lives Matter protesters march on US embassy in London (VIDEOS). rt.com Droves of protesters have descended on the US embassy in London, in the city's fourth Black Lives Matter protest in a week. The demonstration comes a day after a similar protest in the city spiralled into mayhem. | The US embassy in Battersea, London, was the focal point for Sunday's Black Lives Matter march, in which demonstrators showed solidarity for George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed by a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota nearly two weeks ago. | As thousands of protesters, many with their faces covered, converged on the embassy, the UK cities of Bristol, Glasgow and Edinburgh also saw demonst…

RT (2020-06-07). Cops and protesters brawl in London, as PM declares demonstrations 'subverted by thuggery'. rt.com After a peaceful demonstration at the US embassy, some 'Black Lives Matter' protesters in London showed up at Downing Street where the scene grew more chaotic. Police clashed with the crowd in an attempt to restore order. | The gathering at London's US embassy on Sunday drew

yenisafak (2020-06-08). White | cops wash | feet | of black | protesters | during | demonstration | in US. yenisafak.com As tens of thousands of people take part in Black Lives Matter demonstrations across the world over the killing of George Floyd, the U.S. state of North Carolina played host to the most interesting form of protest witnessed yet. White cops and demonstrators washed the feet of black protesters to show their solidarity against racism and police brutality.The event was reportedly organized by ex-priest Faith Wokom; because according to the Christian belief, foot-washing represents love and humility. Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American, was filmed gasping for air and pleading for breath as now-fired police officer…

yenisafak (2020-06-08). PM Johnson would not agree that Britain is a racist country, says his spokesman. yenisafak.com "The PM doesn't doubt that there continues to be discrimination and racism but would not agree that this is a racist country. We have made very significant progress on this issue but there remains more to do," the spokesman told reporters."The PM is absolutely committed to continuing efforts to stamp out racism and discrimination."

_____ (2020-06-08). FBI Launches Open Attack On 'Foreign' Alternative Media Outlets Challenging US Foreign Policy. popularresistance.org 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 Silicon Valley social media platforms banned accounts following consultations with the FBI. | In a particularly notable case in 2018, the FBI encouraged Facebook, Instagram and Google to remove or restrict ads on the American Herald Tribune (AHT), an online journal that published critical opinion articles on US policy toward Iran and the Middle East. The bureau has never offered a clea…

_____ (2020-06-07). Bolivia Under Dictatorship: US The Real Power. popularresistance.org A little more than six months after the coup d'état (10-11 November 2019) against President Evo Morales in Bolivia, now exiled in Argentina, he warned of the serious situation his country is facing under a de facto government headed by the self-proclaimed President Jeanine Añez, who in addition to repression involving massacres against the population and persecution and imprisonment of political leaders and militants, is systematically destroying the social and economic model and achievements of the overthrown government of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS). | Now that country is confronting the COVD-19 pandem…

Fight Back (2020-06-07). Message from Freedom Road Socialist Organization to the June 6 solidarity actions in Germany. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from Freedom Road Socialist Organization to Rebell, the youth league of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany (MLPD). | Freedom Road Socialist Organization salutes Rebell, the youth league of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany, and all the participants in the June 6 solidarity actions that are standing with the great struggle against racist discrimination that is unfolding in the U.S. | The police murder of George Floyd and the rebellion in Minneapolis have set the U.S. ablaze with protests — from the largest cities to small towns. The Natio…

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…

Tom Coburg (2020-06-07). Protesters attacked by the police and their allies have the moral right to defend themselves. thecanary.co Across the US, Black Lives Matter protesters are under violent attack by the police and the national guard. Far-right white supremacists are also visible. But people can only take so much, and if attacked, protesters have a moral right to defend themselves. | State violence: | The assaults on protesters by police and the national guard have been widespread. | For example, in Chicago: | Has nobody in charge of US police realised that everyone has mobile phones and that their violence against protesters will be filmed and sent around the globe? Each mindless attack on peaceful protesters adds fuel to the fl…

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

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

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

Staff (2020-06-07). Top Recipients of Police Money Include Trump and Leading Congressional Democrats. truthout.org Police reform is now a congressional priority following nationwide protests against police violence and systemic racism after the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. Many of the protests in cities across the country, including Washington, D.C., have been met with militarized force and violence. | Black Lives Matter, one of the main organizing bodies behind the protests, has long fought for transparency and accountability in response to police violence against Black communities. With Fl…

sputniknews (2020-06-07). Black Lives Matter UK: Protesters in Bristol Pull Down Statue of Slave Trader. sputniknews.com An 18ft bronze statue of Bristol-born 17th century slave trader Edward Colston was erected in 1895 and has long been a point of controversy as it pays tribute to the city's role in the slave trade.

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…

Keith Lamb (2020-06-07). George Floyd Is the Spark but Systemic Issues Are the Fuel. globalresearch.ca As a European growing up in the Cold War with the image of America as the land of liberty and freedom the scenes of carnage that we see today are truly saddening. Superficially this is a problem of racial discrimination …

Anthony Cartalucci (2020-06-06). To America, Black Lives Only Sometimes Matter. thealtworld.com There is no doubt that colonialism and racism sit at the root of America's domestic problems. The push to dominate others abroad is directly linked to the belief that those who are different at home should also be dominated. | There are still Americans alive today that remember segregation laws that denied black Americans their basic rights and dignity. Before that, there was outright slavery. | Event racism is still institutionalized. It also permeates American culture, laying just beneath a superficial layer of tolerance and equality. | This is not just about white people who remain racist against blacks and ot…

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.

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

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…

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…

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…

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). 'Blackface Trudeau' arrested for trying to provoke George Floyd protesters in Toronto (VIDEO). rt.com Things got heated during a George Floyd rally in Toronto after a white man, who had his face painted black, attempted to join the demonstrators. Police officers arrested him after being barraged with complaints. | The troublemaker apparently tried to provoke the crowd supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, but luckily for him the protesters in Canada's largest city turned out to be a lot less violent than their counterparts in the US. | The demonstrators refrained from using force against the man, making do with shouting obscenities and demanding the police to detain him. | Tense moments at Nathan Phillip…