Daily Archives: September 14, 2020

2020-09-14: News Headlines

WSWS (2020-09-14). COVID-19 outbreak at Virginia migrant detention center caused by repression of anti-police brutality protesters. wsws.org The outbreak at the Farmville detention center demonstrates the capitalist class's disdain for democratic rights and the lives of the entire population.

WSWS (2020-09-14). Tennessee law seeks to criminalize protests on public property. wsws.org Protests on Tennessee state property could mean up to six years in prison under a new law.

Paul Craig Roberts (2020-09-14). What Hath White Liberals Wrought? thealtworld.com A black walked up to a police car in which two Los Angeles County deputy sheriffs were sitting and shot both multiple times. Both officers are in intensive care fighting for their lives. Black Lives Matter, called "protesters" by the presstitute media, blocked entries and exists to the hospital chanting "we hope they die." | A black female onboard an airliner refused to cooperate with a white female flight attendant, telling the white female that her "white privilege was over" a…

_____ (2020-09-13). A Tale of Two Mass Gatherings: Sturgis 'Super Spreader' Bike Rally vs. Black Lives Matter 'Fiery but Mostly Peaceful' Protests. strategic-culture.org Judging by the way the media and medical authorities are reprimanding public events organized by right-leaning organizations, it appears beyond doubt that the coronavirus outbreak is being used as a political weapon to influence the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. | In early August, an estimated 460,000 motorcyclists took part in the annual pilgrimage to South Dakota. The Sturgis Biker Rally, which has been a major draw since 1938, is a 10-day event that generates hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue, much of it made on alcohol-fueled fun and revelry. In other words, as the party poopers would sa…

_____ (2020-09-13). Anti-Racism Protests In UK As Police Officers Face Court In US. popularresistance.org Anti-racism demonstrations took place across the UK on 11 September as the four officers charged over the killing of George Floyd in the US went on trial. | Protesters said they are determined to show that previous Black Lives Matter demonstrations were not "just a moment". | Mass protests were staged across the world after footage emerged of officers kneeling on the neck of Floyd, a Black man, killing him. | The four men are charged over the death, but it's understood they will push for separate trials in order to diminish their roles in the incident.

Fight Back (2020-09-13). New Orleans trans community celebrates name change, housing victories, keeps up fight. fightbacknews.org New Orleans, LA- On the morning of September 12, trans activists and supporters gathered in front of New Orleans City Hall for a press conference and community update. Participants celebrated the trans and gender non-conforming (TGNC) people's victories of the summer, and talked about next steps. | Real Name Campaign NOLA organized the event, with House of Tulip in support. The Real Name Campaign is an organization fighting for accessible ID changes, like name changes and the "M" and "F" on IDs. Incorrect IDs insult TGNC people's dignity and expose us to discrimination. House of Tulip is creating sustainable hous…

Michael Winship (2020-09-13). The Loudest Voices Make the Greatest Changes. commondreams.org Playwright and screenwriter Richard Wesley on Black Lives Matter, Black Power, Trump and the noise from the balcony.

Monica Moorehead (2020-09-12). Voting, self-determination and social change. workers.org Below is a slightly edited talk by Monica Moorehead at the Workers World Party webinar on Sept. 3 on "Save the people's post office." Voter suppression is an issue I have both personal and political knowledge of. I was born and raised under segregation in Alabama. Black and white activists . . . |

The Canary (2020-09-12). Anti-racism protests in UK as officers face court in US over George Floyd killing. thecanary.co Anti-racism demonstrations took place across the UK on 11 September as the four officers charged over the killing of George Floyd in the US went on trial.Protesters said they are determined to show that previous Black Lives Matter demonstrations were not "just a moment".Mass protests were staged across the world after footage emerged of officers kneeling on the neck of Floyd, a Black man, killing him.The four men are charged over the death, but it's understood they will push for separate trials in order to diminish their roles in the incident.Protesters outside the US embassy in London as part of an anti-racism d…

RT (2020-09-12). 'Makes it sound like a coffee spill': NAACP blasted as 'tone deaf' after labeling 9/11 attacks as 'horrific INCIDENT'. rt.com The NAACP has been accused of downplaying the gravity of the 9/11 attacks, with critics up in arms after the organization deemed them a "horrific incident" with no mention of terrorism in a tweet to mark their 19th anniversary. | "Today we remember all the lives lost and families affected during the horrific incident that occurred in 2001. #NeverForget," the organization wrote in a tweet on Friday, captioning an image of the New York skyline featuring the words "Always remember." | #NeverForget pic.twitter.com/63FVBl2qu8— NAACP (@NAACP) _____ (2020-09-12). Time To Acknowledge Hutu Genocide And Rwandan Occupation Of DR Congo. popularresistance.org My first contribution to Black Agenda Report was "Madame President? No, Madame Prisoner," a profile of Rwandan political prisoner Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza published in January 2014. Late Black Agenda Report Editor Bruce A. Dixon had asked me to write it after following my conversations with Victoire and other Rwandan dissidents for some years. Those conversations began in January 2010, when I looked into why no viable challengers to incumbent Rwandan President Paul Kagame were being allowed into that year's presidential election.

_____ (2020-09-12). Clear-Cuts: Cause Hot Catastrophic Wildfires. popularresistance.org Pack billions of the same-age trees close together, wait for dry-lightning or another ignition source, and you have an unnatural firebomb. The cause of thousands of annual catastrophic hot fires around the world are tree farms created by timber industry clear-cutting and fire suppression to prevent timber inventory loss. | I have seen it happen. About five years ago, driving home on Interstate 5 North of Lake Shasta, a dry-lightning storm began. It looked like the finger of God came down as lightning struck a conifer and it burst into smoke.

_____ (2020-09-12). 'When You Talk About White Supremacy, You've Got To Take A Hard Look At Our Culture'. popularresistance.org We are in troubling times, listeners know, with people being attacked for simply saying that Black Lives Matter and a president encouraging those attacks. It's what many feared when Trump came into office. But at the same time, we acknowledge that Trump didn't create the phenomenon of white supremacist violence. There's a whole history there that media should be using to shape their recording of present day events, give them context—and hopefully put an end to the "troubled individual" trope to describe people who are, in fact, part of something larger. CounterSpin talked about this in June of 2017 with Hei…

_____ (2020-09-12). September 19: A Nationwide Day Of Protest. popularresistance.org Despite the unprecedented wave of "Justice for George Floyd" protests that put more than 20 million people in the streets in every region of the nation in June, and the appearance of "Black Lives Matter" murals on the streets of Washington DC, New York City, Seattle, Oakland, Tulsa and other cities, police killings of Blacks have continued their grisly pace. Citing the subsequent murders of Trayford Pellerin in Lafayette, Louisiana, Miguel Vega in Chicago, Dijon Kizzee in Los Angeles, "the recent evidence of the murder of Daniel Prude at the hands of Rochester police and the continued denial of Justice for Breonn…

Humanist Community in Silicon Valley (2020-09-12). Sunday 9/13: Race, Police, and Prisons: The American Gulag. indybay.org Online…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-12). Iran, Belarus stress finalizing prisoners transfer agreement. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 12 (MNA) — The Iranian ambassador to Minsk and the consular director general of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry stressed the need to finalize an agreement on the transfer of convicts between the two countries.

Workers World Party (2020-09-11). PDF of September 10 issue. workers.org Download the 12-page PDF. Anti-racists defy police, fascist terror Fight the right with united worker action! editorial ALSO: Kevin Zeese, °presente! Capitalist 'gifts': evictions and hunger. Battling racism on many fronts Pensacola and Greensboro; Sports focus on Black lives; Tribute to Chadwick Boseman. Labor's militant rank and file Save the . . . |

Martha Grevatt (2020-09-11). Outrage over death of Black trans woman in Cleveland jail. workers.org Cleveland Anger over the tragic death of 28-year-old Lea Rayshon Daye in Cleveland's Cuyahoga County Jail came out forcefully in a virtual press conference held Sept. 4. Daye's was the second jail death here in less than two months and the 11th in two years. Found unresponsive in her cell . . . |

teleSUR (2020-09-11). Salvadoran Ex-Colonel Sentenced to Jail Over Priests' Massacre. telesurenglish.net Spain's High Court Friday sentenced Salvadoran former colonel Inocente Montano to 133 years in prison for the murder of five Spanish Jesuit priests in 1989. | RELATED: | Montano, 77, was accused of "terrorism" before the justice system for being responsible for planning and ordering the killings of the Jesuits during El Salvador's civil war. | He was the only Salvadoran officer judged for the five crimes, for which h…

ACLU (2020-09-11). The Myth of the "Bad" Immigrant. aclu.org Immigrant communities are often asked to "get right with the law," but is the law right in the first place? That's what Alina Das asks in her new book, No Justice in the Shadows. She delves into her experience as the daughter of immigrants, an immigration attorney, and a clinical law professor to explore the intersection of immigration and the criminal justice system. , , Too often, she argues, our immigration system is used as a tool of discrimination and oppression, rather than as a tool of justice, and the consequences are dire. Our current immigration system is breaking up families, and forcing people to f…

CP Editor (2020-09-11). 175 Years in a U.S. Prison? Extradition Trial of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Begins in London. counterpunch.org

Ted Kelly (2020-09-11). George Jackson: Marxist-Leninist, abolitionist, revolutionary! workers.org As we commemorate the 49th anniversary of the Attica Uprising of 1971, the Prisoners Solidarity Committee of Workers World Party is inspired to once again raise the name of our comrade George Jackson. A revolutionary philosopher and communist militant, Jackson's writings have inspired workers on both sides of the prison . . . |

Eve Ottenberg (2020-09-11). Trump Tries to Change the Subject From Covid to Violence. counterpunch.org With over 185,000 covid corpses in the U.S., Trump needs to change the subject. What better way than promoting mayhem in American cities by routinely portraying Black Lives Matter protesters as violent, angry mobs intent on looting? Granted he gets a big assist on this from Fox News, which has screamed about black insurrection for

A Guest Author (2020-09-11). Remembering Frank 'Big Black' Smith. workers.org by Ida Robinson Ida Robinson is a co-founder with Families with a Future. She is an ex-prisoner, ex-fugitive and a current activist working with women and LGBTQ2S+ people. This is an edited version of her talk during the Aug. 29 WWP webinar, "Black Lives Matter: Justice for Peaceful Soledad Prisoners." . . . |

Rob Urie (2020-09-11). Elections and the Problem of Politics. counterpunch.org For most readers of political commentary, the human consequences of deindustrialization, the 1994 Crime Bill, the bailouts of Wall Street, etc., are abstractions. Deindustrialization left capable adults with the choice of taking low-wage, low-status service jobs or muddling through in the informal economy. The 1994 Crime Bill built out the infrastructure of policing and prisons

RT (2020-09-11). NY judge greenlights deposition of Saudi officials in lawsuit by 9/11 victims' families, despite ongoing Justice Dept opposition. rt.com The Saudi government must make 24 current and former officials available to testify on their knowledge of the 9/11 attacks, a US judge has ruled, in a victory for victims' families despite opposition from the Attorney General. | Riyadh was ordered to make the officials — including a prince and his chief of staff — available for deposition in a judgment made public on Thursday, just a day before the 19th anniversary of the worst terror attack ever to take place on US soil. | Manhattan federal Judge Sarah Netburn ruled the victims' families have the right to question Saudi officials about their alleged…

RT (2020-09-11). Judge rules voters can't abolish Georgia county police dept over ex-cop's slaying of black jogger Ahmaud Arbery. rt.com Georgia citizens will not be able to vote on abolishing the Glynn County Police Department after a former officer and his son were charged with murder for killing black jogger Ahmaud Arbery, a Superior Court judge has ruled. | Only local officials have the authority to abolish the police department, the judge ruled on Friday, effectively squelching a bill passed last month that would have put the question before voters in November. The Glynn County Board of Commissioners had filed a lawsuit in August seeking to stop the proposed referendum, arguing that under the state's constitution, only the commissioners ha…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-11). Israeli prison authorities confiscate fans of Palestinian prisoners for protests. peoplesdispatch.org Israeli forces stormed the cells of the approximately 850 prisoners who were part of the protest against the death of Daud Al-Khatib. They confiscated fans and electrical devices…

news.un (2020-09-11). Belarus: UN chief deeply concerned over use of force against peaceful protesters. news.un.org Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday expressed deep concern over the continued use of force against peaceful protestors in Belarus and detention of those exercising their legitimate democratic rights.

Staff (2020-09-11). Beyond White Supremacist Groups, We Must Eradicate Systemic White Supremacy. truthout.org Image Credit: E. Mackey | Since the police killing of George Floyd in May sparked a nationwide uprising against police brutality, armed white supremacists have taken to the streets of U.S. cities in response to Black Lives Matter protests. Organizing against systemic racism has been met with apparent attempts by the Trump administration to cover up white supremacist violence. We speak to legendary Black feminist scholar Barbara Smith, founder of the Combahee River Collective, about her proposal fo…

Kat DesCamp-Renner (2020-09-11). The Direct Line From Portland To Authoritarian Crackdowns Around the World. commondreams.org Federal officers walk through tear gas during a dispersal of about 300 protesters in front of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention building on August 26, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Protests continued for the 91st night in Portland as activist called for solidarity with rallies in Kenosha, Wisconsin. (Photo: Nathan Howard/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/protestpolice.jpg

commondreams (2020-09-11). ICE Fails to Respond to Reports of Miami Detention Facility Feeding Pork to Muslims. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Eds. (2020-09-10). Wikileaks helped end secret U.S. killings, Assange extradition hearing is told. mronline.org REVELATIONS published by Wikileaks helped to end a secret U.S. assassination programme and freed unlawfully detained prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, the Julian Assange extradition hearing was told today.

Larry Holmes (2020-09-10). ATTICA REBELLION: Paris Commune of the Black Liberation struggle. workers.org The following excerpted article first appeared online Sept. 14, 2016, to mark the 45th anniversary of this historic uprising of incarcerated workers and revolutionaries. The story of Attica, Sept. 9, 1971, is the story of how prisons can be incubators of revolutionaries — like George Jackson, assassinated 2 Ω . . . |

A Guest Author (2020-09-10). Railroaded Underground: A voice from inside San Quentin. workers.org This is a slightly edited interview of a prisoner at San Quentin State Prison, by Tahir Asad, an Associated Press award-winning and Emmy-nominated journalist and educator in Philadelphia. By Tahir Asad San Quentin State Prison opened 168 years ago in July 1852, making it the oldest prison in California. Located . . . |

_____ (2020-09-10). 'Green' Billionaires Behind Suppression Of 'Planet Of The Humans'. popularresistance.org It is hard to think of an American film that provoked a greater backlash in 2020 than "Planet of the Humans." Focused on the theme of planetary extinction and fanciful proposals to ward it off, the documentary was released for free on YouTube on April 21. The date was significant not only because it was the eve of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, but because a global pandemic was tearing through America's social fabric and exposing the human toll of the country's globalized, growth-obsessed economic model.

news.un (2020-09-10). Belarus: Ensure 'full respect' for workers' rights during protests, ILO urges President Lukashenko. news.un.org Voicing deep concern over detention and arrests of trade unionists in Belarus, the head of the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) called on President Alexander Lukashenko to ensure a climate free from violence and intimidation against peacefully protesting workers.

Rachel Reeves (2020-09-10). The Trump Administration's Attack on Abortion Access Disproportionately Harms Communities of Color Already Devastated by COVID-19. aclu.org Six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, it is devastatingly apparent that the United States' longstanding racial inequalities have only been amplified during this crisis. Nowhere is that truer than in health care, including reproductive health care., , Even before the pandemic, people of color faced severe barriers to accessing essential reproductive health care as a result of interrelated factors such as structural racism, gendered oppression, and associated economic disparities. Abortion restrictions, such as bans on insurance coverage for abortion or laws mandating delays in abortion care and an extra unnec…

April Rodriguez (2020-09-10). Lower Courts Agree — It's Time to End Qualified Immunity. aclu.org Earlier this month, Mississippi federal court judge Carlton Reeves

Call Out for Black Lives Matter (2020-09-10). Protesters on GG Bridge Tell Police: "Take Off Your Riot Gear!" indybay.org 3 min mp4 video | Credit: @deathbywoodz (instagram) | Filmed on Labor Day 2020, protesters for Black Lives Matter and workers' rights demand entrance to the Golden Gate Bridge. A week earlier, Trump supporters held a rally at the same location with police protection.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-10). MoD calls on UK to take practical actions to pay 40-year debt. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 09 (MNA) — Stating that the issue of paying off Iran's debt by the UK government has nothing to do with the release of some prisoners, Iran's Ministry of Defense called on UK to take immediate action to pay 40-year debt.

Staff (2020-09-10). Prison Reforms Can Actually Increase Size and Scope of Incarceration. truthout.org Brian Sonenstein and Kim Wilson welcome back Maya Schenwar and Victoria Law to discuss their new book, The book provides a comprehensive and thought-provoking critical analysis of popular reforms to policing and incarceration, such as electronic monitoring, diversion courts, so-called sex worker rescue programs, and a lot more. Impor…

commondreams (2020-09-10). Failed Mcconnell Bill Cared More About Lawsuits Than Keeping Kids Safe. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-09-10). Faced With Rising Seas and Other Consequences of Climate Crisis, Low-Lying Delaware Sues 31 Fossil Fuel Companies. commondreams.org The state attorney general's move came just a day after Charleston, South Carolina became the first southern U.S. city to file a climate liability lawsuit. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/delaware_1.jpg