Daily Archives: June 9, 2020

2020-06-09: News Headlines

Alan MacLeod (2020-06-09). Fake taxis among the latest tools in the NYPD's rights-busting crackdown on protesters. mronline.org 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.

Alan Macleod (2020-06-09). From Superpredators to Black Lives Matter: Hillary Clinton's Opportunistic Career Arc. mintpressnews.com An honest reckoning of Clinton's past unearths a myriad of troubling incidents and positions that are difficult to square with her newfound radical antiracist stance.

Dale Ho (2020-06-09). We're Working to Safeguard Our Democracy and Our Health. aclu.org No one should have to choose between their health and their vote, but during the Wisconsin primary, an estimated

Al Neal (2020-06-09). Sports round-up: Players advance Black Lives Matter message. peoplesworld.org The organic, non-violent uprisings nationwide following the murder of George Floyd by a former Minneapolis police officer—coupled with Trump's divisive, inherently racist response to the atrocity and his use of military force against American citizens—have forced the nation to look inwards and firmly draw a line in the sand of what is and isn't acceptable within our democracy …

National Lawyers Guild (2020-06-09). Police targeting NLG legal observers at Black Lives Matter protests. mronline.org Since protests have spread to all 50 states in response to the police murders of George Floyd and countless other Black people, law enforcement has responded with a violent show of force against protestors as well as journalists, street medics, and legal support.

Jason Cohen (2020-06-09). One step closer to freedom for Ana Belen Montes. workers.org For close to 20 years Ana Belen Montes, a Puerto Rican woman, has been held hostage in a federal prison located in Fort Worth, Texas. Due to the hard work of dedicated activists an international movement in solidarity with Montes has forced the federal government to grant her early release . . . |

Daniel Mercado, Peter Kuper, Charlotte Hildebrand (2020-06-09). Black Lives Matter Protests and Posters. thenation.com Daniel Mercado, Peter Kuper, Charlotte Hildebrand Black Lives Matter Protests and Posters…

Sarah Jaffe (2020-06-09). We Need More Care, Not More Cops. progressive.org Protesters aren't simply chanting "Black Lives Matter"—they're putting it into practice.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-09). Kenyans protest against police brutality and killing of innocent civilians. peoplesdispatch.org Police in Kenya are accused of using excessive force and violence in the name of imposing the lockdown to prevent COVID-19, especially against people in the slums of capital Nairobi. Protesters also expressed solidarity with the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests in the US…

Leila Rafei (2020-06-08). Three Missouri Voters Explain Why Everyone Should be Able to Vote by Mail in 2020. aclu.org The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way the world operates, but as the presidential election approaches, many states have failed to respond when it comes to voting. The safest way to vote during the pandemic is to

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.

CounterPunch Editors (2020-06-08). Black Politics and Liberation: A CounterPunch Reading List. counterpunch.org What It Feels Like to be Black in America by Kevin Alexander Gray What Does Black Lives Matter Want? by Robin D.G. Kelley Black Subjugation in America by Kim Scipes Until We Win: Black Labor and Liberation in the Disposable Era by Kali Akuno With or Without White People, Black Lives Matter by George Payne

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

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.

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.

Staff (2020-06-09). Headlines for June 9, 2020. democracynow.org Thousands Pay Their Respects in Houston as George Floyd Is Remembered by His Family, Chauvin Appears in Court, Bail Set at Over $1 Million, Video Shows Texas Police Killing Black Man After Minor Traffic Violation as He Pleads "I Can't Breathe", New Mexico Officer Charged with Killing Man in Neck Restraint During Traffic Stop, Democrats Unveil Police Reform Legislation, Take Knee to Remember George Floyd, Ramsey Orta, Who Filmed Police Killing Eric Garner, Released from Prison, Peaceful Protesters Injured and Killed Around the Country by Cars Ramming into Crowds, Protesters Establish Autonomous Zone Around Seattle…

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…

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…

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…

SF Sangha San Francisco Spirtual Friends (2020-06-09). Sunday 6/7: Sit. Walk. Listen. Because Black Lives Matter. indybay.org Civic Center Plaza (NW corner – McAllister and Polk)…

Labor Video Project (2020-06-09). 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 (2020-06-09). Black Lives Matter March in West Fresno. indybay.org Several hundred marched through West Fresno to protest police killings.

California Nurses United (2020-06-09). Saturday 6/13: UCSF Nurses Say – Black Lives Matter! indybay.org UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, 1825 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94158 (in front of the Adult Hospital Entrance)…

Name of the Game Is Money (2020-06-09). Budget Time: Transfer Police Budget to Services for the Workingclass. indybay.org On June 7, 2020, around 3 p.m., a march of a few thousand young people was seen on Bay Street, coming from the Marina, turning onto Columbus and filled the entire length of Columbus to Stockton, where it turned for a block to Vallejo, the heart of the working class Chinese immigrant community, where they stood and chanted "Black Lives Matter" outside a police station.

Lynda Carson (2020-06-09). Reparations to African Americans should be payed by Wall Street. indybay.org African Americans are used as prison labor a.k.a. slave labor in prisons.

_____ (2020-06-09). The Rest Of The World Sees Uprisings, Not Riots. popularresistance.org U.S. officials, whether Democrat or Republican, pretend that only other countries violate human rights. Every year, the State Department issues a report on worldwide human rights with the heaviest criticism aimed at enemies du jour such as China, Russia, and Iran. | Human rights, as defined by U.S. officials, include freedom of the press, maintaining an independent judiciary, and civil rights. But most of the world, the United Nations included, goes further, saying human rights include the right to a job, health care, and housing, among other things. | Not surprisingly, U.S. leaders never mention authoritative in…

_____ (2020-06-09). From 'I Have a Dream' To 'I Can't Breathe'. popularresistance.org The killing of George Floyd is just the tip of the iceberg of a system based on racism and class discrimination that allows 99% of deaths at the hands of the police to go unpunished, during the years 2013-2019, according to the website Mapping Police Violence. In 2019 alone, there were 1,042 people shot by the police. According to a Washington Post investigation, this represents a proportion, per million people, of 12 white persons, 23 Hispanic persons, and 32 African American people. That is to say, in the United States, you have a three times higher chance of dying by a police shooting if you are Black. Another…

_____ (2020-06-09). Healthcare Workers: From 'Heroes' To Targets Of Police Repression. popularresistance.org We healthcare workers were arrested and prevented from assessing many protesters with serious injuries who were cuffed on the ground crying for help, some visibly bleeding. Police informed us they had their own medics but had only two FDNY EMTs to triage a crowd of more than a hundred people. Police also refused to allow us to help people whose hands were zip-tied and visibly purple, only loosening ties on one protester, borrowing our shears. After detainees — who were prevented from even shouting their names and identifying information to legal observers nearby — were packed into jail cells scattered…

RT (2020-06-08). Apple & Google 'woke-ify' virtual assistants to educate users on Black Lives Matter. rt.com Apple and Google have programmed their trademark voice assistants to respond to questions about the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as to scold those who ask them about 'all lives matter.' | Business Insider On Sunday, sports blogger David Gardner tweeted a video showing his Google Home smart speaker responding to the question…

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.

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…

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/

Staff (2020-06-08). Trump's New White House Barrier Transformed Into Black Lives Matter Memorial. truthout.org As peaceful protests continued to flower and grow in U.S. cities and around the world over the weekend, a newly-erected security fence established around the White House in Washington, D.C. became what one reporter described as a "

Staff (2020-06-08). Thousands in New York City March for Justice, Peace and an End to Racist Police. truthout.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. | TRANSCRIPT: | This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. | AMY GOODMAN: We end this broadcast in the streets of New York, where hundreds of…

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…

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…

Candice Francis, Abdi Soltani (2020-06-08). Rescind, Reform, and Fight: 3 Steps for Racial Justice. thenation.com Rescind, Reform, and Fight: 3 Steps for Racial Justice…

Gordon Duff (2020-06-08). Joseph Bolognia, 54, Philly Police Inspector off the streets, facing possible attempted murder charge. thealtworld.com When we thought we had seen it all, we then get this pig faced motherfucker and his Trumpist Nazi friends. Watch him bash the head of a teenage (white) girl during an attack on peaceful demonstrators. This guy has a lifetime history of far more than the complaints on record, it goes much further with allegations yet to be proven of a police "special squad" working with human traffickers and drug dealers, keeping them safe and protecting them from prison for cash. Time that was looked into and a couple of dozen Philly boys in blue sent to do a few decades of federal time including for felony murder, what they do w…

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.

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:…

sputniknews (2020-06-08). 'For Reasons of Liability': German Hotelier Demands Guests Weighing Over 130 Kilos Stay Elsewhere. sputniknews.com A German hotel owner is being accused of discrimination after she decided to post a disclaimer which tells potential guests that the "interior is not suitable for people with a bodyweight of more than 130 kilograms."

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."

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…

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…

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…

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.