Daily Archives: June 30, 2020

2020-06-30: News Headlines

André Robert Lee (2020-06-30). Confronting the Living History of the Civil Rights Struggle. thenation.com Confronting the Living History of the Civil Rights Struggle…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-06-30). House OKs anti-redlining bill, 230-178. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—GOP President Donald Trump's regime wants to let banks redline communities of color. The Democratic-run U.S. House doesn't—and with backing from organized labor, civil rights, and community groups, the Dems won a 230-178 straight party-line vote on the issue. Technically, what was on the table on June 29 was a joint resolution, HJRes 90, to …

John Malkin (2020-06-30). Oakland Police Banned from Using Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets, Grenades at Protests. indybay.org Interview with Walter Riley, civil rights attorney with the National Lawyers Guild, on the June 18, 2020 temporary restraining order banning Oakland police from using tear gas, rubber bullets, flash bang grenades and other "battlefield weapons" during current Black Lives Matter protests.

Kate Ruane (2020-06-30). The EARN IT Act is a Disaster for Online Speech and Privacy, Especially for the LGBTQ and Sex Worker Communities. aclu.org After a month of unprecedented protests against police brutality across the country, in which

Jamal Rich (2020-06-30). Prison and police abolition: Re-imagining public safety and liberation. peoplesworld.org Since the Trayvon Martin murder in 2012 and the Ferguson uprising in 2014, the Movement for Black Lives has further developed its demands from so-called 'reformist' reforms such as new police training methods, "community policing," body cameras, and diversity in hiring to a more militant stance of defunding and eventually abolishing the police in the …

Sarah Lahm (2020-06-30). Midwest Dispatch: We Are 'Woke.' Now What? progressive.org As coverage of the protests dies down, supporters of Black lives and police abolition wonder what else they can do.

_____ (2020-06-30). Silence Is Not An Option": Black Women Make History. popularresistance.org Mainstream media and politicians have paid almost exclusive attention to ideas and images of Black men — whether as victims of police violence or as protesters against it. Yet Black women, who are no less subject to structural racism and violence, have been at the forefront of the multi-racial Black Lives Matter Movement for years. | ROAR associate editor Eleanor Finley had the opportunity to explore some of these subjects with Dr. Keisha N. Blain, an award-winning historian and Black feminist scholar at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Blain is also president of the African American Intellectual History S…

_____ (2020-06-30). Whole Foods Is Quietly Telling Workers Not To Show Black Lives Matter Support. popularresistance.org This week, a group of Whole Foods workers in Cambridge, Massachusetts, walked out after being told they couldn't wear Black Lives Matter masks because they weren't part of "the company dress code." | Prior to the incident, wearing masks with other symbols or logos, including ones that featured the New England Patriots, were reportedly acceptable. | This is according to a report in the Boston Globe, which details how Whole Foods worker Savannah Kinzer and a few of her colleagues wore BLM-themed masks on Wednesday. A manager told them they either had to remove the masks or go home. Seven of them walked out. On Thur…

sputniknews (2020-06-30). St. Louis Couple Who Pointed Weapons at BLM Protesters Offer Reason Why They Acted in That Fashion. sputniknews.com On Sunday, a white couple in St. Louis, Missouri, stole the spotlight on social media after the appeared in a viral video pointing firearms at unarmed and peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstrators who were passing in the vicinity of the couple's mansion while en route to Mayor Lyda Krewson's house.

RT (2020-06-30). Black Lives Matter rioter shoots at driver in Utah, then CONTINUES to protest ( VIDEOS). rt.com A Black Lives Matter rally turned violent in the city of Provo, Utah, when a protester fired in the window of a vehicle at point-blank range. The injured driver floored the gas and escaped, as the gunman fired at him again.

Staff (2020-06-30). Can Making Black Lives Matter Rescue a Failing State? truthout.org You know that feeling when you trip on the street and instantly sense that you're about to crash hard and there's no way to prevent it? As gravity has its way with you, all you can do is watch yourself going down. Yeah, that feeling. | I had it the other day on my way to a Black Lives Matter demonstration when I caught my toe on a curb and pitched forward. As time slowed down, I saw not my past, but my future, pass before my eyes — a future that would at worst include months of rehabbing a broken hip and at be…

Bianca Sierra Wolff — Lisa Knox (2020-06-30). ICE is Leaving Immigrants to Die in Detention, and Retaliating When They Speak Out. counterpunch.org The spread of COVID-19 to immigrant detention facilities poses a mortal danger to everyone who is unjustly detained. For months now advocates, organizers and those detained have urged elected officials and governmental agencies to take affirmative steps to prevent needless deaths and suffering inside immigrant detention facilities.

Philip Giraldi (2020-06-30). The Memorials to Judah Benjamin. thealtworld.com Jewish slave-owners exempt from attacks by #BLM? | The current wrath directed against anything or anyone having had anything to do with slavery or even racial discrimination includes destroying historical memorials and monuments as well as changing names that have stood for more than a century. Much of it has been focused on white nominally Christian males, mostly of Anglo-Saxon stock, understandable as the United States was a child of Great Britain and a majority of the country's leaders for nearly two centuries came from families descended from the British Isles. | Slavery in the United States version is, of co…

Staff (2020-06-30). NAACP's Derrick Johnson on Mississippi's State Flag, Trump's White Power Tweet & Boycotting Facebook. democracynow.org In a historic vote, the Mississippi state Legislature passed a bill to remove the Confederate battle emblem from its state flag, making it the last state to do so, after an ongoing nationwide uprising against racism and police brutality and a mounting pressure campaign in Mississippi. Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, says it has been a "long journey" to change the Mississippi flag. "We've had to fight both against the symbol of racial oppression, the revisionist history of racial oppression, and now the next step is to fight against the structural racism that's embedded in the public policy, not o…

Staff (2020-06-30). #OccupyCityHall: Mayor's "Tone Deaf" Pledge to Move $1B from NYPD Budget Fails to Satisfy Protesters. democracynow.org New York police have closed in on peaceful protesters camped outside City Hall who are demanding $1 billion be cut from the police department's $6 billion budget, as the city approaches its July 1 budget deadline. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a budget deal that would move $1 billion in NYPD funding in an apparent nod to protesters' demands, but organizers say they're not satisfied. "All they've really done is shifted money from the NYPD budget over to school safety officers," says Bianca Cunningham with the #OccupyCityHall encampment, who adds that school safety officers still contribute to a school-to-prison p…

Matt Sedlar (2020-06-30). Older Workers Targeted in Trump's Lawsuit to End Obamacare. cepr.net The Trump administration is supporting a lawsuit which seeks to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in its entirety. The implication is that a large share of the older workers now able to afford health insurance as a result of the ACA will no longer be able to afford it if the Trump administration wins …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-30). In Kashmir, oppression is embedded in everyday life. peoplesdispatch.org Kashmir has been under a lockdown since August 2019 when the Indian government revoked its constitutional special status. In addition to lockdown measures, the harsh political and social restrictions imposed by the Indian government have made life extremely difficult for the people of Kashmir. It has also made dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic extremely difficult.

yenisafak (2020-06-30). Belgium expresses regrets for brutal DR Congo rule. yenisafak.com Belgium's king on Tuesday expressed his "deepest regrets" over the country's brutal colonial rule over the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)."I would like to express my deepest regrets for these injuries of the past, the pain of which is now revived by the discrimination still too present in our societies," King Philippe wrote in a letter to President Felix Tshisekedi on the 60th anniversary of the DRC's independence."I will continue to fight all forms of racism. I encourage the reflection that has been initiated by our parliament so that our memory is definitively pacified."He said global challenges demand tha…

Staff (2020-06-30). Mississippi Votes to Remove the Confederate Emblem From Flag. truthout.org In a historic vote, the Mississippi state Legislature passed a bill to remove the Confederate battle emblem from its state flag, making it the last state to do so, after an ongoing nationwide uprising against racism and police brutality and a mounting pressure campaign in Mississippi. Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, says it has been a "long journey" to change the Mississippi flag. "We've had to fight both against the symbol of racial oppression, the revisionist history of racial oppression, and…

Staff (2020-06-29). Pride 2020 Brings Wins And Losses For LGBTQ Civil Rights. therealnews.com Trump reverses medical discrimination protections for trans people, while SCOTUS rules employers cannot fire workers for being gay or trans.

Eunice Cho (2020-06-29). DHS Watchdog Confirms: ICE is Failing to Protect Detained People From COVID. aclu.org As cases of COVID-19 in immigration detention facilities have exploded in recent months, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has continued to argue that it has done all that it possibly can to manage this crisis. A new

Jonathan Hafetz (2020-06-29). After 17 Months of Unlawful Detention, Court Orders Release of U.S. Resident Wrongfully Detained Under Patriot Act. aclu.org For well over a year, the U.S. government has held Adham Hassoun in a detention facility without trial, without criminal charge, and without end in sight. Today, a court ordered the government to release him and expressed contempt for the government's frivolous and alarming legal position: "Distilled to its core, [the government's] position is that [it] should be able to detain Mr. Hassoun indefinitely based on the executive branch's say-so, and that decision is insulated from any meaningful review by the judiciary. The record in this case demonstrates firsthand the danger of adopting [the government&#82…

Anne M. Peterson (2020-06-29). NWSL players take a knee during the national anthem. peoplesworld.org (AP) Players for the Portland Thorns and the North Carolina Courage knelt during the national anthem Saturday when the National Women's Soccer League opened the Challenge Cup tournament in Utah. The players and coaches wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts in warmups before the game, which was nationally televised on CBS. The players also knelt during …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-29). Black Lives Matter UK expresses solidarity with Palestinians, rejects Israeli occupation plan. peoplesdispatch.org In a series of tweets that also critiqued the silence of the British political class on the issue, Black Lives Matter UK declared that it loudly and clearly stood "beside our Palestinian comrades. FREE PALESTINE"

Judith Bergman (2020-06-29). Modern Slavery and Woke Hypocrisy. globalresearch.ca The news has been filled with reports about Black Lives Matter (BLM) supporters vandalizing and tearing down statues of slave traders, slave owners, and anyone who they perceive as having been historically involved with slavery. In Bristol, England, a statue …

yenisafak (2020-06-29). Naomi Campbell sees Black Lives Matter altering fashion and beauty industries. yenisafak.com Worldwide protests about the treatment of Black people will alter the global fashion and beauty industries by creating job opportunities and products catering for a broader range of consumers, model Naomi Campbell told Reuters in an interview.The fashion world has long been criticised for its lack of diversity. Some firms are already making product changes as protests about systemic racism sparked by the killing of Black people by police in the United States highlight issues related to race.Campbell, who during a 34-year career was the first Black model to appear on the covers of French Vogue and Time magazine, s…

sputniknews (2020-06-29). Jewish Watchdog Slams Black Lives Matter UK Over Calls to Sanction Israel. sputniknews.com Created in the US in 2013 as an anti-racism activism and protest movement, Black Lives Matter has enjoyed a surge in support and media coverage in the wake of the George Floyd protests across the US and around the world. Activists have been criticized by conservatives, and by Israel supporters, however, over their attacks on the Jewish State.

sputniknews (2020-06-29). 'You F**king Communists': US Woman Berates BLM Protesters in Expletive-Filled Rant. sputniknews.com An unidentified US woman was recently caught in a since-deleted video slinging a profanity-filled rant against a group of Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters who were demonstrating over the weekend in Watsontown, Pennsylvania.

Community Rising (2020-06-29). Rally and March Show LGBTQ+ and Menlo Park Community Stand with Black Lives Matter. indybay.org Students from high schools in Menlo Park and Palo Alto pulled together an event that drew community members from the surrounding area and San Francisco. After a rally they took over several Menlo Park streets with a noisy march.

Minnie Bruce Pratt (2020-06-29). Fallos de SCOTUS: la lucha masiva y la solidaridad ganan concesiones. workers.org Esta es una versión ligeramente editada de una charla dada en un seminario web del Partido Mundo Obrero el 25 de junio sobre "LGBTQ2S+ y el movimiento Black Lives Matter". Sylvia Rivera (izquierda) y Marsha P. Johnson, Nueva York. Qué afortunados somos todos de estar juntos en la lucha en . . . |

Hatewatch Staff (2020-06-29). Mass Resistance Falsely Claims Black Lives Matter Destroys Families, Likens Movement to Nazi Germany. splcenter.org Longtime anti-LGBTQ hate group Mass Resistance has expanded its animus to include Black Lives Matter (BLM), a movement launched to challenge and dismantle systemic racism.

Fight Back (2020-06-29). NYC Queer Liberation March honors Black lives. fightbacknews.org New York, NY – Over 10,000 people gathered in New York City for the second annual Queer Liberation March on June 28. The Queer Liberation March was first organized in 2019 as an anti-corporate alternative to the main Pride March. This year, the theme of the march was standing in solidarity with Black lives and against police brutality, demanding a 50% reduction of the NYPD's budget and police force. Black trans people were especially honored, due to the increased targeting they face by police and for hate crimes. The march was organized by the Reclaim Pride Coalition. | The march met at Foley Square with many dif…

IMEMC News (2020-06-29). After 12 Months In Administrative Detention, Israel Releases Young Palestinian Mother. imemc.org The Israeli authorities released, Monday, a young Palestinian woman, a mother, identified as Shorouq al-Badan, 25, after holding her under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders, without charges or trial, for nearly 12 months. Al-Badan was welcomed by her family, including her children who were unable to see her throughout the duration …

The Canary (2020-06-29). China 'carrying out demographic genocide' against Uyghur Muslims. thecanary.co The Chinese government is taking draconian measures to slash birth rates among Uyghurs and other minorities as part of a sweeping campaign to curb its Muslim population. This is taking place even as the government encourages some of the country's Han majority to have more children.While individual women have spoken out before about forced birth control, the practice is far more widespread and systematic than previously known. This is according to an AP investigation based on government statistics, state documents, and interviews with 30 ex-detainees, family members and a former detention camp instructor.The campa…

_____ (2020-06-29). Chris Hedges On Contact: Julian Assange Extradition Hearing. popularresistance.org Chris Hedges discusses the extradition hearing of Julian Assange with lawyer, author and professor, Marjorie Cohn. | Marjorie Cohn is professor emerita at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where she taught from 1991 to 2016, and a former president of the National Lawyers Guild. | Professor Cohn is the editor of and a contributor to 'The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration and Abuse', and 'Drones and Targeted Killings: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues'.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-06-29). Federal Court Rules Trump Effort to Detain Man Indefinitely Without Charges 'Cannot Withstand Constitutional Scrutiny'. commondreams.org Held without charges or evidence since 2017—and imprisoned overall for nearly two decades—the judge ordered, pending an appeal, for the U.S. government to release Adham Hassoun. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/witness_against_torture_0.jpg

_____ (2020-06-29). To Save the United States From Collapse, College Campuses Must Emancipate Themselves From Social Justice Warriors. strategic-culture.org The American university is restructuring itself along the lines of Liberal foreign policy in that it seeks to utterly destroy the enemy — in this case, conservatism and nationalism. The strategy depends upon a take-no-prisoner approach that shuns debate and crucifies dissenters in order to turn America into an authoritarian socialist state. | It has become something of a cliché among many American parents to relay stories about the moment when their children return home from their first semester at college. These radicalized youth, exposed to the social justice curriculum of leftist teaching, shock their el…

Staff (2020-06-29). Louisiana Activists Face 15 Years for "Terrorizing" Oil Lobbyist with Box of Plastic Pollution. democracynow.org Two environmental activists with the Louisiana Bucket Brigade face up to 15 years in prison for leaving a box of plastic pellets, found on the Texas coast, at the home of an oil and gas lobbyist in December. Advocates say the "terrorizing" felony charges reflect longtime attempts to criminalize environmental activists in Louisiana and come amid a campaign to block Formosa Plastics from building a new plant in St. James Parish, an area known as Cancer Alley. We speak with Anne Rolfes, director of the group Louisiana Bucket Brigade and one of those facing felony charges, and Gregory Manning, activist and pastor of…

Tom Soto (2020-06-29). 'Ready to die for their just demands' in Attica, 1971. workers.org In September 1971, prisoners at Attica Correctional Facility in New York state staged a rebellion that drew international attention to the struggle of incarcerated workers. Prisoners requested that the Prisoner Solidarity Committee of Workers World Party intervene on their behalf during negotiations. New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller eventually ordered a . . . |

Eds. (2020-06-29). Marlon Craft — Gang Shit (Official Music Video). mronline.org Craft takes us inside prison for a chilling, hair raising verse from a 'black' gang member. He encompasses an identical, mirrored reality. Birthed into a gang with allies as brothers until death, he strikes fear before it strikes him. He clears up the controversy in one simple lyric, 'we all on our gang shit'.

A Guest Author (2020-06-29). Facing 45 years' imprisonment for property damage. workers.org Released by Center for Constitutional Rights New York June 22 — The undersigned civil and human rights organizations, legal associations, and policy institutes condemn the excessive and politically-motivated charges that the federal government is leveling against two members of our community, Colin Mattis and Urooj Rahman, and its aggressive effort . . . |

RT (2020-06-29). Infamous hacker sentenced to over a year in prison after turning internet-linked devices into 'zombie bots'. rt.com A 22-year-old man from Washington state has been handed a 13-month prison sentence for developing, using and selling access to Internet of Things malware. | Kenneth Currin Schuchman pleaded guilty last September to violating the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act after selling DDoS botnets based on the Internet of Things (IoT) malware 'Mirai'. | Mirai infects IoT devices and turns them into a network of remote controlled "zombie bots." In the simplest of terms, an IoT device is any technological device capable of connecting to the internet. | This network of things is ever-increasing, and nowadays it isn't uncommon fo…

Graham Peebles (2020-06-29). Racism: Are we all prejudice? nationofchange.org Prejudice then is a form of conditioning; it is discrimination or bias unconsciously expressed in varying degrees, fueling hurtful destructive patterns of behavior and social division.

Ali Salam (2020-06-29). Israeli Forces Detain Nine Palestinians in the West Bank, One in Gaza. imemc.org Israeli forces detained, Monday morning, nine Palestinian civilians, including a minor, from the occupied West Bank, according to the Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS). The PPS said that the occupation forces detained two Palestinians from the Hebron district Al-Arroub refugee camp; identified as Hamada Adawi, and Ahmed Raafat Al-Badawi, a minor, …

Doctors for Assange (2020-06-29). Doctors for Assange Say UK May be Liable for His Torture. globalresearch.ca In a new letter to the British medical journal The Lancet, Doctors for Assange say that the British government may be held legally responsible for the torture of the imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher. | *** | Here is the doctors' statement followed by …

Graham Peebles (2020-06-29). Racism: Are We All Prejudiced? dissidentvoice.org Loud acts of racism, like the atrocious killing of George Floyd by a US police officer; the disproportionate number of black men incarcerated in American prisons or the high percentage of young black or minority ethnic (BAME) men subjected to 'stop and search' by police in Britain are blatant and ugly. But an individuals 'unconscious …

RT (2020-06-28). Dismissing my experience with racism as gaslighting is racist itself, Priti Patel says of Labour MPs' criticism. rt.com UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has said it is racist for minority MPs to dismiss her experiences of racism as an attempt to gaslight the British public amid 'Black Lives Matter' protests in the country. | Patel, who is of Indian origin, told interviewer Sophy Ridge on Sunday that her accusers were apparently having a problem with her not conforming "to their preconceived idea or stereotypical view of what an ethnic minority woman should stand for and represent." | "In my view, that in itself is racist," the home secretary continued. "So it's very disappointing and I've made it quite clear I'm not going to digni…

RT (2020-06-28). Four charged for vandalizing Jackson statue near White House as Trump demands maximum punishment. rt.com Four men filmed trying to tear down a statue of President Andrew Jackson have been charged with damaging federal property. President Trump earlier shared wanted posters related to the incident on Twitter. | Of the four individuals identified by investigators, one has been arrested and brought before a DC court, while three others remain at large. Aged between 20 and 47, the protesters face between up to 10 years in prison for their alleged crimes. | The attempt to topple the statue of President Jackson, accused by protesters of being a slave owner, happened on Monday, amid a wider wave of vandalism targeting m…

_____ (2020-06-28). Families Of Deceased Workers Sue Tyson Over Outbreak At Meatpacking Plant. popularresistance.org The families of three workers who died after contracting the coronavirus in an Iowa meat plant outbreak sued Tyson Foods and its top executives Thursday, saying the company knowingly put employees at risk and lied to keep them on the job. | The lawsuit alleges that Tyson officials were aware the virus was spreading at the Waterloo pork processing plant by late March or early April but kept that information from employees and the public. | As the outbreak grew, the company failed to implement safety measures, allowed some sick and exposed employees to remain on the production line, and falsely assured workers and…

_____ (2020-06-28). Activists Charged With Felonies After Delivering Formosa Plastic Pollution To Lobbyists. popularresistance.org Two Louisiana environmental activists, Anne Rolfes and Kate McIntosh, were taken in handcuffs and leg irons from a Baton Rouge police station to jail after they voluntarily surrendered themselves on felony charges after months' earlier delivering plastic pollution pulled from Texas waters to fossil fuel lobbyists' homes. The two posted bond and were released later the same day. | "The women are accused of terrorizing oil and gas lobbyists by giving them a file box full of plastic pellets found in Texas bays near a plastic manufacturing facility owned by Formosa Plastics," NOLA.com reports. | Rolfes and McIntosh a…