Daily Archives: June 11, 2020

2020-06-11: News Headlines

MBNJSD (2020-06-11). Defund the Police, defund the Military. dissidentvoice.org Defund the police, defund the military (Credit: CODEPINK) On June 1, President Trump threatened to deploy active-duty U.S. military forces against peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters in cities across America. Trump and state governors eventually deployed at least 17,000 National Guard troops across the country. In the nation's capital, Trump deployed nine Blackhawk assault helicopters, …

Adriaan Alsema (2020-06-11). Colombia jails policemen who discovered 2018 election fraud conspiracy. colombiareports.com A judge agreed to jail the policemen who discovered Colombia's ruling party plotted with the mafia to rig the 2018 elections in favor of President Ivan Duque. In a controversial…

Fight Back (2020-06-11). Thousands march for Black lives in Dallas. fightbacknews.org Dallas, TX – On Saturday, June 6, about 5000 people rallied in 100-degree weather at Belo Garden Park across the street from the Earle Cabell Federal Building in downtown Dallas, to demand justice for victims of police violence, community control of the police, and the resignation of Renee Hall, the chief of the Dallas Police Department. | The protest was called by the Dallas Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (DAARPR), Progressive Student Union at the University of Texas at Arlington American Muslims for Palestine Dallas, Migrante Texas, and Black Youth Project 100-Dallas. First the crowd heard spe…

Fight Back (2020-06-11). LA killer cop Frank Hernandez charged for brutal beating. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced the filing of charges on Los Angeles Police Department cop Frank Hernandez, June 9, for the brutal beating of local Chicano resident Richard Castillo. DA Lacey's decision comes after video of the incident caused uproar in the community of Boyle Heights where the attack took place, leading to protests and a widely-circulated petition demanding the firing of Hernandez. | Officer Hernandez was arrested and released on his own recognizance in less than an hour. He should have had a bail amount and made to spend time in jail. He was charged with o…

Alex Colwell and Mark Herrera (2020-06-10). Decades of struggle: Dallas-Fort Worth pushes back racism. workers.org Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas June 2 — Throughout the U.S., people have been both very afraid and outraged by what is happening at this moment of crisis — whether it's the economic instability of capitalism that COVID-19 has exposed or the recent rise in police violence against Black lives. Then, on . . . |

Afroze Fatima Zaidi (2020-06-10). 'Voter suppression' could be happening in Black communities while American politicians say 'Black Lives Matter'. thecanary.co Primary election voting On Twitter, many people Pittman Park polling location didn't open until 8: 10am. The 1 machine they dedicated to this l…

Margaret Kimberley (2020-06-10). Rebellion, Confusion and Kente Cloth: The Establishment Can't Handle Black Lives Matter. mintpressnews.com Suddenly, workers are publicly criticizing their bosses. Politicians are backpedaling and newspapers face revolts when they are caught spreading propaganda. In Europe and the United States monuments to genocidaires are defaced and pulled down.

Staff (2020-06-10). LA County Closing Three Juvenile Prisons, Perhaps Setting a Precedent. therealnews.com Kim McGill talks about the impact of closing three youth prisons in California, the history of mass incarceration in LA County, and the vision for what will happen next.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-06-10). Voter suppression in Georgia portends catastrophe for November. peoplesworld.org ATLANTA—The big story in the political party primaries on June 9 wasn't who won or lost, but voter suppression in Georgia — and what that could mean for November's balloting. That Georgia mess — a toxic brew of few voting machines, especially in African-American areas, breakdowns of a new voting system and lack of trained …

A Guest Author (2020-06-10). Prisoner Solidarity Committee of WWP: Ôªø'NYPD's racist brutality a death sentence for protesters'. workers.org New York city cops prepare to brutally attack and arrest protestors. DE BLASIO: RELEASE ALL PROTESTERS FROM JAIL NOW! A statement of the Prisoner Solidarity Committee of Workers World Party June 10 — Since this statement/petition was drafted, those arrested in the New York City George Floyd protests have been . . . |

Matt Cagle (2020-06-10). Microsoft Says it Supports Racial Justice. Will it Refuse to Power Discriminatory Police Surveillance? aclu.org As major tech companies rush to claim solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, they're being rightfully called out for the ways their products and workplace conditions actively undermine the rights and safety of Black people. IBM has listened and

Johanna Ross (2020-06-10). Rewriting History: The Problem with Toppling Our Monuments. globalresearch.ca On Sunday a statue to the 19th century English merchant Edward Colston was seized from its pedestal and violently hurled into Bristol harbour by a group of protestors demonstrating as part of the Black Lives Matter movement. The incident has …

Jhumpa Bhattacharya, Aisha Nyandoro, Anne Price (2020-06-10). If Black Lives Matter, the 'Welfare Queen' Myth Must Go. thenation.com Jhumpa Bhattacharya, Aisha Nyandoro, Anne Price If Black Lives Matter, the 'Welfare Queen' Myth Must Go…

Peter Crowley (2020-06-10). 2014-16 vs Today: What Made the Mass BLM Protests Today So Much Larger than Five Years Ago? counterpunch.org As protests continue to mount over the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police, what has turned the Black Lives Matter protests of 2014-2016 into mass protests today? Has the zeitgeist shift so much in the past five years? Did people truly started to realize that the police have unchecked power

Laura Flanders (2020-06-10). Paradigms Take Years to Shift. zcomm.org Defund Police. Invest in Black Lives. What just weeks ago was a slogan is fast becoming law…

Elie Mystal (2020-06-10). The Bravery of Marching for Black Lives in the Middle of a Pandemic. thenation.com The Bravery of Marching for Black Lives in the Middle of a Pandemic…

Kurt Nimmo (2020-06-10). Two Million Arab Lives Don't Matter. globalresearch.ca The hypocrisy of the Black Lives Matter movement is astounding. BLM and its followers shout down those who insist all lives matter, regardless of race. In the BLM universe, skin pigmentation is the determinate, as it is for all racists….

Minnie Bruce Pratt (2020-06-10). Black Lives Matter solidarity: No Pride without justice! workers.org Fifty-one years ago cops assaulted and arrested LGBTQ2+ people — mostly Black and Latinx people — at the Stonewall Bar in New York City. That police raid and resulting queer resistance sparked three days of rebellion and ignited the modern LGBTQ2+ movement in the U.S. and around the world. Leading . . . |

Staff (2020-06-10). "Out of Options in Terms of Reform": Khalil Gibran Muhammad on the Racist History of Police in U.S. democracynow.org Protests in defense of Black lives and calls to defund the police continue across the U.S., from Los Angeles to Minneapolis and New York. We speak with Khalil Gibran Muhammad, a professor of history, race and public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Suzanne Young Murray professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, about the significance of this moment and the history of policing in the U.S. "We haven't seen a moment like this in at least half a century," Muhammad says. "It's hard to know for sure where we're going to go from this moment, but it's clear that when we look at the history of po…

Pien Huang (2020-06-11). WHO Believes That Mass Protests Are Important Even in a 'Pandemic' Provided They're More Popular Than WHO. anti-empire.com In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization took time at its daily press conference to address another pressing issue: the wave of protests against police violence and racial injustice. The demonstrations began in the U.S. when George Floyd died on May 25 after a police officer had pressed a knee into his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds while detaining him in Minneapolis. | The protests are now spreading around the world to Europe, Africa and other regions. | "WHO fully supports equality and the global movement against racism. We reject discrimination of all kinds," said WHO director…

R. Robertson (2020-06-11). Tsuru for Solidarity Vigil: Black Lives Matter/Free Families Detained by ICE. indybay.org Tsuru for Solidarity, a community of Japanese Americans, supports the Black Lives Matter movement and calls for the release of families detained by ICE. On June 7, at Orange Park in South San Francisco, they offered prayers and performed bon odori dance for all the lives lost to state violence. As part of their sojourn, some laid paper cranes in the memorial garden at the former site of the Tanforan Assembly Center where 7,800 were imprisoned in 1942 for just one "crime"–their Japanese ancestry.

Eli Frances (2020-06-11). Wednesday 6/10: Filipinos For Black Lives. indybay.org Meeting at Grand Oriente Filipino Hotel in SOMA and marching all the way to I-Hotel in Kearny. San Francisco…

Sit.Walk.Listen. and SF Sanghas (2020-06-11). Sunday 6/14: Sit. Walk. Listen. Because Black Lives Matter. indybay.org Civic Center Plaza (McAllister & Polk)…

SV BLM March (2020-06-11). Wednesday 6/10: Black Lives Matter March in Scotts Valley. indybay.org Meet at Siltanen Park, 127 Vine Hill School Road, Scotts Valley | March to MacDorsa Park, 1 Civic Center Drive, Scotts Valley…

California Nurses United (2020-06-11). 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)…

Staff (2020-06-10). Khalil Gibran Muhammad Discusses the Significance of Calls to Defund the Police. truthout.org Protests in defense of Black lives and calls to defund the police continue across the U.S., from Los Angeles to Minneapolis and New York. We speak with Khalil Gibran Muhammad, a professor of history, race and public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Suzanne Young Murray professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, about the significance of this moment and the history of policing in the U.S. "We haven't seen a moment like this in at least half a century," Muhammad says.

RT (2020-06-10). Thomas Lane, one of ex-cops charged over George Floyd's death posts $750,000 bail & leaves jail. rt.com One of the four Minneapolis police officers charged over the killing of George Floyd has been released from custody after making bail, which had been conditionally set at $750,000. | Former officer Thomas Lane was released from the Hennepin County Jail on Wednesday afternoon, local media reported, citing jail records. Lane is charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter in relation to Floyd's death in late May. The victim was killed after fellow officer Derek Chauvin pressed a knee into his neck for nearly nine minutes during an arrest. | Lane's attorney, Earl Gray, has said the case…

RT (2020-06-10). Thomas Lane, one of ex-cops charged in George Floyd's death posts $750,000 bail & leaves jail. rt.com One of the four Minneapolis police officers charged for the killing of George Floyd has been released from custody after making bail, which had been conditionally set at $750,000. | Former officer Thomas Lane was released from the Hennepin County Jail on Wednesday afternoon, local media reported, citing jail records. Lane is charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter in relation to Floyd's death in late May, who was killed after fellow officer Derek Chauvin pressed a knee into his neck for nearly nine minutes during an arrest. | Lane's attorney, Earl Gray, has said the case against…

en.mehrnews (2020-06-10). Be ashamed of crying wolf over detention of an Iranian. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 10 (MNA) — In a tweet on Wednesday, Iran's Ambassador to UK Hamid Baeidinjad lashed out at United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom Woody Johnson for his latest remarks urging the release of the detained Iranian citizen Morad Tahbaz by the Islamic Republic.

yenisafak (2020-06-11). Norway mosque attacker sentenced to 21 years in prison. yenisafak.com A Norwegian court on Thursday sentenced a man who staged an attack at a mosque to 21 years in prison, the maximum prison term possible, according to local media reports.On Aug. 10 last year, Philip Manshaus, killed his 17-years-old stepsister at home and stormed the nearest mosque during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha in Baerum, outside Oslo.Manshaus opened fire on people in the mosque but was overpowered by one of the men in the mosque. One elderly man was injured.He was charged with the murder of his stepsister and the terrorist attack at the Al-Noor Islamic Center and found quilty, according to the Norwegia…

_____ (2020-06-10). The Police Have Been Spying On Black Reporters And Activists for Years. popularresistance.org On Aug. 20, 2018, the first day of a federal police surveillance trial, I discovered that the Memphis Police Department was spying on me. | The ACLU of Tennessee had sued the MPD, alleging that the department was in violation of a 1978 consent decree barring surveillance of residents for political purposes. One of the first witnesses called to the stand: Sgt. Timothy Reynolds, who is white. To get intel on activists and organizers, including those in the Black Lives Matter movement, he'd posed on Facebook as a "man of color," befriending people and trying to infiltrate closed circles.

_____ (2020-06-10). Over A Thousand Cyclists Take Over City Streets On Solidarity Protest Ride. popularresistance.org Over a thousand cyclists biked their way from Brooklyn to Manhattan as part of a Black Lives Matter solidarity ride Monday evening. The ride started at Grand Army Plaza just before 6: 30 p.m., and made its way to Atlantic Avenue and then Bedford Avenue; the riders then crossed over on the roadway of the Williamsburg Bridge, snaked through lower Manhattan, and started biking up the West Side Highway. Along the way, there was lots of cheering and seemingly supportive honking—and probably some not-so-supportive honking from drivers who had to wait for the cyclists to pass them. | A large group of the cyclists l…

LaLa B Holston-Zannell (2020-06-10). Sex Work is Real Work, and it's Time to Treat it That Way. aclu.org Sex workers aren't always a part of the conversation about police brutality, but they should be. Police regularly target, harass, and assault sex workers or

William Hawes (2020-06-10). Abolish the Police, Abolish the Military, Abolish ICE: Dismantle Systems of Oppression. globalresearch.ca In this crucial moment, all of us who desire change should begin to think very carefully about a unified message and a coherent, organizing principle in the fight against endemic racism and police brutality in this country. I believe the …

teleSUR (2020-06-10). Dictionary Merriam-Webster to Edit 'Racism' Entry Upon Request. telesurenglish.net U.S. dictionary Merriam-Webster will update its definition of the term racism after a young Black woman from Missouri contacted the editorial team saying the current definition does not reflect the oppression of black people as it should, media have reported. | RELATED: | Kennedy Mitchum, 22, a recent graduate of Drake University in Iowa, emailed the dictionary last month, following the killing of black U.S. citizen G…

WSWS (2020-06-10). Canadian government threatens fines and jail time to force workers back to work. wsws.org The Liberal government is spearheading a homicidal back-to-work drive that prioritizes big business profit over workers' lives.

IMEMC News (2020-06-10). PPS: "Israeli Soldiers Abduct 19 Palestinians In West Bank" imemc.org The Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at dawn and morning hours, 19 Palestinians during extensive invasions and violent searches of homes across the occupied West Bank. In Hebron, in southern West Bank, the soldiers invaded Yatta town, south of the city, and abducted …

Lynda Carson (2020-06-10). 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.

Staff (2020-06-10). We Won't Win the Climate Fight Without Youth Leadership. truthout.org Jamie Margolin, 18, youth climate lawsuit litigant and founder of youth-led climate activist group By noon on a typical day in school, as Margolin chronicles in her guide for youth activists,

Staff (2020-06-10). Georgia Election Condemned as Result of Deliberate GOP Voter Suppression. truthout.org Photos of would-be Georgia voters standing — and, in some cases, sitting — in long lines The myriad issues that plagued…

en.mehrnews (2020-06-10). VIDEO: Guards end prison riot in Sydney. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 11 (MNA) — Riots at Sydney's Long Bay prison in Australia ended with the intervention of armed guards on June 9.

sputniknews (2020-06-10). US Challenges Expedition Effort to Retrieve Radio From Sunken Titanic. sputniknews.com The US government has filed a federal lawsuit in an attempt to stop a salvage company's planned mission to retrieve the sunken RMS Titanic's wireless telegraph machine.

teleSUR (2020-06-10). Ecuador: Two Inmates Die in Lacatunga's Prison Riot. telesurenglish.net Ecuador's National Service for the Comprehensive Care of Adults Deprived of their Liberty and Adolescent Offenders (SNAI) Thursday reported two convicts died after an inmate riot in North Central Sierra Regional prison, located in Lacatunga, in Cotopaxi province. | RELATED: | "The two dead are Walter M., who was serving a sentence for the crime of rape, and Kelvin V., who was sentenced for the crime of murder," SNAI informe…

Ajit Singh (2020-06-09). Hong Kong's 'pro-democracy' movement allies with far-right US politicians that seek to crush Black Lives Matter. thegrayzone.com As a Hong Kong protest leader promotes far-right condemnations of US anti-racism demonstrations and activists shut down a Black Lives…

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…

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.

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

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.

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 …

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.