Daily Archives: October 6, 2020

2020-10-06: News Headlines

Margaret Flowers (2020-10-06). Julian Assange's Extradition Hearing: The Only Just Outcome Is His Freedom. dissidentvoice.org The testimony portion of the extradition hearing of Julian Assange, taking place in the United Kingdom, concluded after four weeks. Judge Vanessa Baraitser, who presided over the hearing, will not announce her decision until January. Until then, Assange will remain in detention in Belmarsh Prison. Under conditions that violated Assange's rights and his ability to …

Ashley Smith (2020-10-06). Fighting for Black Lives at school. mronline.org This is an incredibly challenging situation for teachers and the education system because we know how important in-person learning is. There's no substitute for that online," says Jesse Hagopian…

news.un (2020-10-06). UN rights chief urges Iran to release jailed human rights defenders, citing COVID-19 risk. news.un.org The top UN rights official has called on Iran to release imprisoned human rights defenders, lawyers and political prisoners, citing deep concerns over their situation and heightened risk of contracting COVID-19.

UPWA (2020-10-06). Friday 10/9: Stop The Racist Attacks On SF City Workers & Prosecute & Jail The Crooks. indybay.org CCSF Deparment of Human Resources DHR & MTA | 1 South Van Ness/Market St. | San Francisco…

Sit.Walk.Listen. (2020-10-06). Sunday 10/11: Sit. Walk. Listen. Because Black Lives Matter. indybay.org Henry J. Kaiser Memorial Park. Oakland, California. | (19th Street/Rashida Muhammad)…

Residents Show Up, Speak Out (2020-10-06). Small but Mighty Sunnyvale Demonstration for Black Lives Matter. indybay.org October 3 Black Lives Matter protest in Sunnyvale, California…

WSWS (2020-10-06). UK plans to detain refugees on prison ships. wsws.org Repressive anti-immigration policies, in Britain and Australia alike, have been built up over decades by all political representatives of the ruling class.

Staff (2020-10-05). Headlines for October 5, 2020. democracynow.org Trump Breaks Isolation, Endangers Secret Service as WH Sends Mixed Messages on Trump's Condition, GOP Vows to Push Through SCOTUS Hearings as 3 Senators Test Positive for COVID-19, Coronavirus Cases on the Rise Across the Country as NYC Seeks to Shut Down 9 Neighborhoods, ICE Prisoners in Washington Tested for COVID-19 After Exposure from a Guard, Police in Chile Throw Teenager Off Bridge During Anti-Government Protest, Fighting in Disputed Nagorno-Karabakh Region Escalates, Killing at Least One, Guatemala Deports Thousands of Central American Migrants Headed Toward U.S., ICE Erects Billboards with Faces of Immig…

ACLU (2020-10-05). Learn About Where the Cobb County Sheriff Candidates Land on Civil Liberties Issues. aclu.org The Cobb County Detention Center is in crisis. Fifty people have died in custody since 2003, and others have experienced deadly neglect, misconduct by deputies, inhumane conditions, extended lockdowns, and inadequate medical care. The sheriff's office also works with Immigration and Customs Enforcement on a program to detain immigrants who live in Cobb County, splitting apart families and promoting racial profiling. To make an informed decision, make sure you know where the candidates land on the issues. | ACLU of Georgia asked the candidates: | IssuesCraig OwensNeil Warren (inc.) | Has pledged to e…

MEE correspondent (2020-10-05). Egypt executes 15 'political prisoners' in new crackdown. middleeasteye.net Egypt executes 15 'political prisoners' in new crackdown | Latest executions raise the total number of political prisoners killed under Sisi's rule to 79, says monitor
| Mon, 10/05/2020 – 16: 26 | Protesters hold a banner reading 'Sisi kills the youth' in front of the Egyptian consulate in Istanbul during a demonstration against executions in Egypt in March 2019 (AFP) | Egyptian aut…

Tim Libretti (2020-10-05). Privatization agenda for Trump isn't just about capitalism; it's about assaulting civil rights. peoplesworld.org Walking down Main Street, couples, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, cannot be legally denied the right to hold hands, share a hug, or kiss—if Main Street is part of the public square, that is. Move Main Street onto private property, in our America that as a general rule gives precedence to property rights …

calvin deutschbein (2020-10-05). Voter rights: Pushing back fascists in North Carolina. workers.org Chapel Hill, N.C. During this election season, the struggle for "Defend the Vote" protection is especially sharp in the South, where ballot access has historically been a powerful organizing tool in the Black freedom struggle, including the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. A 24-foot 'Black Lives Matter' . . . |

Andrew Emett (2020-10-05). Former Chicago police sergeant sentenced to 13 years in federal prison. nationofchange.org Hicks and his robbery crew stole thousands of dollars in cash, multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine, hundreds of pounds of marijuana, and several firearms.

Reiner Fuellmich (2020-10-05). Video: The Corona Scandal: "Crimes against Humanity"? Corrupt Agenda, International Class Action Lawsuit. globalresearch.ca Millions of people around the World are victims of the fear campaign. Panic prevails. Day after day, the persistent impact of media disinformation concerning the Killer Virus is overwhelming. | Fear and panic, coupled with outright lies prevent people from …

_____ (2020-10-05). College Chastised For Dumping On Sacred Land. popularresistance.org A state department tasked with preserving historic landmarks recently criticized Cal State Long Beach for depositing soil and debris from a construction zone on a parcel of land called Puvungna that is sacred to local Native American tribes. | Construction to expand student housing near the site sparked outcry, protests and a lawsuit from tribal leaders last year. And in an August letter, the California Office of Historic Preservation, which reviews construction projects near archaeological landmarks, weighed in on the controversy.

WSWS (2020-10-05). Israel: 130,000 protesters demand resignation of Netanyahu government. wsws.org Israeli workers now face measures long associated with the suppression of the Palestinians in the territories illegally occupied by Israel since their seizure in the June 1967 war.

Paul Craig Roberts (2020-10-05). An International Group of Lawyers Have Brought a Lawsuit that the Covid Pandemic Is an Orchestrated Hoax in Behalf of Pharmaceutical Profits and Police State Control. thealtworld.com This will be taken down. Watch the video and save it before it is disappeared. An International …

Royal Thomas (2020-10-04). Philadelphia: Court moves to preserve secrecy in bail hearings. liberationnews.org A recent federal court decision has ruled that the right to record bail hearings is not protected by the constitution, overturning a lower court decision. In July 2019, a representative for the Philadelphia Bail Fund filed a lawsuit against several city officials in order to reserve the right to record bail hearings. Currently, the official …

30 Days to Go (2020-10-04). 11/3/20 Election: The Stakes; The Cal & S.F Propositions. indybay.org What is at stake in this election are the very existence of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, food stamps, the right to abortion and birth control pills, funding Planned Parenthood, funding the Violence Against Women Act, the existence of all environmental regulations, all consumer protection laws, all gun control laws, all civil rights laws, all labor laws, an efficient, patronage-free mail system, federally funded affordable housing, public school education, federal funds for state governments and raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. Further, all progress we have made in…

Staff (2020-10-04). Abolition Is Not Merely a Demand, But a Long-Term Struggle. truthout.org Recently, I received this text from a longtime comrade: "You're not gonna believe this but the governor is on TV saying they are going to shut down all the juvenile prisons in Illinois." | Not exactly. This text, and the statement by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, was more than an overreach.

Areeb Ullah (2020-10-03). Pregnant Ethiopians languish in 'hellish' Saudi detention centres: Amnesty International. middleeasteye.net Pregnant Ethiopians languish in 'hellish' Saudi detention centres: Amnesty International | Detainees say they were forced to stay in crowded cells and to use their cell floors as toilets | Sat, 10/03/2020 – 11: 38 | Ethiopia has called for a halt in repatriations because of Covid-19. It brought back nearly 4,000 Ethiopians from Saudi Arabia between April and September 2020 (AFP) | Ethiopian migrants impr…

Liberation Staff (2020-10-03). Thousands declare their solidarity with framed Denver anti-racist organizers: Add your name here. liberationnews.org Over 2,000 movement leaders, scholars, journalists and people of conscience have signed their names to the solidarity statement in support of the Denver anti-racist organizers facing decades in prison on bogus felony charges. The outpouring of support across the country and around the world has helped secure the release of the organizers from jail, but …

David Rovics (2020-10-03). The Next Steps in Eviction Defense. dissidentvoice.org A few thoughts on intentions, tactics, and building eviction defense networks. Here in Portland, there are signs that the movement for Black lives and the movement for actually affordable housing are increasingly intersecting in all kinds of ways. Among the networks engaged in popular education and resistance organizing efforts around housing issues, you'll find groups …

Judy Greenspan (2020-10-03). Jalil Muntaqim scheduled for release — Free them all! workers.org The New York State Parole Board has finally ordered the release of Jalil Muntaqim, aka Anthony Bottom, a former member of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army. Imprisoned for nearly 50 years, since he was 19, Muntaqim is one of the longest-held political prisoners in the world. . . . |

Raymond Tyler (2020-10-03). Ren Zhiqiang was not arrested for 'anti-communism'. workers.org When influential, former property executive Ren Zhiqiang was given an 18-year sentence in China, the Western media were quick to label his imprisonment as due to alleged "anti-communist" activity. The Washington Post, CNN, the Guardian, and the New York Times parroted the same message: that Zhiqiang was imprisoned for being . . . |

Fight Back (2020-10-03). Communist and Workers Party's declaration for the repatriation and freedom of Simon Trinidad. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following declaration demanding the release of Ricardo Palmera (Simon Trinidad). Freedom Road Socialist Organization is one of the signers. | The Communist Parties and Workers signed by this declaration, we demand from the Government of the United States of America the immediate repatriation and release of political prisoner Ricardo Palmera Pineda, better known as Simon Trinidad in his militancy in the insurgent organization FARC-EP. | Simón Trinidad was captured in January 2004 in Quito, Ecuador, while advancing contacts for future peace talks. It was immediately hande…

teleSUR (2020-10-03). Peru Orders Arrest of Officials Linked to Corruption Case. telesurenglish.net Peruvian Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office requested preventive detention for some of the people linked to the singer Richard Swing's case. | RELATED: | Ten people, who were previously under pre-trial detention, will comply with other seven days of preliminary detention as part of the investigations. Among them, there are two former secretaries of Peru's President Martin Vizcarra. | "This case is still under evaluation an…

_____ (2020-10-03). To Catch The Heartbeat Of Those Below. popularresistance.org 'It was the worst when I was released. That's the biggest prison I had to face'. | Martin Aleida recalls the moment he was released from prison at the end of 1966. The then twenty-two-year-old writer emerged from nearly a year behind bars to Jakarta unable to find his friends and comrades. His workplace, Harian Rakjat ('The People's Daily'), the official newspaper of the Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI), was no longer.

_____ (2020-10-03). Investments Should Be 'Determined By The Community'. popularresistance.org Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan is pledging $100 million from the city's general fund to invest in communities of color. But where is that money going to go? And who is going to advise the mayor's office on how it should be spent? | Sean Goode, the executive director of Choose 180, a local organization that provides alternatives to incarceration for young people, was asked to be part of the task force that will look into how this money should be spent. He has since declined the invitation.

Carole J Lee, Sheridan Grant, Elena A Erosheva (2020-10-03). [Correspondence] Alternative grant models might perpetuate Black—White funding gaps. thelancet.com The White Coats for Black Lives and #ShutDownSTEM movements have galvanised biomedical practitioners and researchers to eliminate institutional and systematic racism, including barriers faced by Black researchers in biomedicine and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In our study on Black—White funding gaps for National Institutes of Health Research Project grants, we found that the overall award rate for Black applicants is 55% of that for white applicants.1 How can systems for allocating research grant funding be made more fair while improving their efficiency?

Gloria Rubac (2020-10-02). Federal executions paused, racism continues. workers.org Houston In the previous 56 years, the U.S. government had executed just three prisoners. But in 2020, seven federal executions have already taken place since July. The most recent was Christopher Vialva, put to death Sept. 24 at the federal prison in Terra Haute, Ind. He was the first Black . . . |

MEE and agencies (2020-10-02). Turkey arrests: New wave of detentions target pro-Kurdish HDP. middleeasteye.net Turkey arrests: New wave of detentions target pro-Kurdish HDP | Of 53 mayoralties won in March 2019 local elections, the party now only controls four as a result of repeated arrests | Fri, 10/02/2020 – 12: 23 | Demonstrators in Istanbul shout slogans during a protest against the arrest of scores of members of the pro-Kurdish Peoples Democratic Party (AFP) | Authorities in Turkey have detai…

MEE staff (2020-10-02). Amnesty presses Egypt to release detainees after rare protests. middleeasteye.net Amnesty presses Egypt to release detainees after rare protests | Rights group reports at least 496 people have been detained by Cairo since crackdown on protests began last month | Fri, 10/02/2020 – 18: 37 | Police had fired tear gas and in some instances live ammunition at demonstrators (AFP/File photo) | Amnesty International has called on Egyptian authorities to release hundreds of people who were arrested…

Mohammad Ayesh (2020-10-02). Arabic press review: Plans for Israel-UAE canal enrage Egypt. middleeasteye.net Arabic press review: Plans for Israel-UAE canal enrage Egypt | Meanwhile, Jordan expels former Palestinian prisoner Nizar al-Tamimi, and three ministers of Arab origin join new Belgian government | Fri, 10/02/2020 – 15: 14 | Egypt is reportedly worried that a new canal between Israel and the UAE might threaten its crucial income from the Suez Canal (AFP/file photo, November 2019) | Canal tri…

RT (2020-10-02). Jailed Hollywood producer Weinstein charged with SIX new sexual assault counts in LA. rt.com Disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein, currently jailed for 23 years in New York over multiple sex crimes, has been slapped with six new counts of sexual assault by Los Angeles prosecutors, who are seeking his extradition. | The charges were announced by Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey on Friday. | "I am thankful to the first women who reported these crimes and whose courage have given strength to others to come forward," Lacey said. "The willingness of these latest victims to testify against a powerful man gives us the additional evidence we need to build a compelling criminal case." | The LA…

Alanah Odoms Hebert (2020-10-02). The Law That Sent a Man to Prison for Life for Stealing a Pair of Hedge Clippers — and What Prosecutors Can do About It. aclu.org Last month, the Louisiana Supreme Court

ACLU (2020-10-02). The Supreme Court Rulings You're Not Hearing About. aclu.org This past June, many breathed a sigh of relief when the U.S. Supreme Court rose above partisanship in controversial cases involving abortion, LGBTQ+ rights, the rights of DREAMERS, and the president's tax returns. In those cases, conservative justices relied on legal reasoning, rather than party loyalty, to guide their decisions., , But lurking in the shadows is a concerning new trend in the Supreme Court to grant an unprecedented number of emergency orders with little transparency and no opportunity for recourse. These cases comprise the court's aptly named "shadow docket." And under the Trump administration,…

ACLU (2020-10-02). Voting by Mail is Easier and Safer than You Think. Here's how. aclu.org Millions of people are planning to vote by mail in this election, and for most, it will be the first time. COVID-19 has made voting by mail more popular than ever because it's the safest way for many to cast a ballot. But some voters still have questions about the safety and security of this method, and whether their mail-in ballot will be counted. Contradictory messages from President Trump add to the confusion — even though the president, and

Tim Kennedy (2020-10-02). Inside Irwin County: Letters from a notorious ICE detention center. splcenter.org

Miko Peled (2020-10-02). Civil Rights Groups Are Finally Waking Up to the ADL's Right Wing Agenda. mintpressnews.com From its National Counter Terrorism Seminars, its mapping of pro-Palestinians activists, and its silence over Israeli human rights violations, the ADL's thin veneer of civil rights advocacy is quickly wearing.

Michael Payne (2020-10-02). Could Americans possibly reelect a president who acts in this sordid, reprehensible manner? nationofchange.org When Trump loses the election, and he will, he will immediately face various investigations, some of which will lead to criminal charges and, best of all, jail time. And he knows it.

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-10-02). Docs Show US Agents, Including Sniper Teams With 'Shoot to Kill' Authorization, Deployed to George Floyd Funeral. commondreams.org The ACLU of Texas, which obtained the documents, said they "paint a chilling picture of federal agents unleashed in our cities." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/finalfinaltest.jpg