Daily Archives: March 26, 2021

2021-03-26: News Headlines

_____ (2021-03-26). China Issues Annual US Human Rights Report. popularresistance.org China published its annual US human rights situation report on Wednesday at a time when the US-led ideological battle against China has intensified, mainly over Xinjiang and other domestic issues. | By highlighting the COVID-19 turning into a human tragedy, disorder in American democracy vividly reflected in the Capitol riots, and recent growing discrimination against ethnic minorities including Asian-Americans, China slammed the US' terrible human rights record, which makes its remarks on other countries' human rights situation pure "hypocrisy and double standards."

Eds. (2021-03-26). Chevron, ExxonMobil and BlackRock want to teach the Left about "extractivism" in Latin America. mronline.org Americas Quarterly and AS/COA's media arm ran a de-facto PR campaign for discredited Operation Lava Jato, which helped impeach Dilma Rousseff, jail Lula, and bring a neofascist (who it called an "arch-conservative") Jair Bolsonaro to power. | Newswire…

G. Dunkel (2021-03-26). U.S. props up unpopular Haitian regime on verge of collapse. workers.org March 21 — In the past week, one group of Haitian cops attacked at least two precincts, released prisoners who they said were being held illegally, set fires, sacked a car dealership and demanded the government retrieve the bodies of cops who died in a March 12 ambush. In the . . . |

Gloria Rubac (2021-03-26). Texas solidarity with Mumia Abu-Jamal. workers.org Books, tee shirts, and literature on the death penalty and the health of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal were promoted at the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement's booth during a festival held by the National Black United Front on March 21 in Houston. Almost 100 copies of the newly published Jamal . . . |

Gloria Rubac (2021-03-26). Texas solidarity with Mumia Abu-Jama. workers.org Books, tee shirts, and literature on the death penalty and the health of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal were promoted at the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement's booth during a festival held by the National Black United Front on March 21 in Houston. Almost 100 copies of the newly published Jamal . . . |

ACLU (2021-03-26). Artist and Writer Chanel Miller on Surviving, Identity, and Activism. aclu.org This week on At Liberty, we're rounding out our Women's History Month series with writer and artist Chanel Miller. Miller jumped into the spotlight back in 2015. First known to the public as "Emily Doe," Miller's victim impact statement from the sentencing hearing of Brock Turner, who sexually assaulted her on Stanford University's campus, went viral. The In 2019,…

Patrick Toomey (2021-03-26). The Government is Racing to Deploy AI, But at What Cost to Our Freedom? aclu.org The U.S. government is embarking on an all-out sprint to develop and deploy artificial intelligence in the name of national security, but its plans for protecting civil rights and civil liberties have barely taken shape. Based on a sweeping new report by a congressionally-mandated commission, it's clear that U.S. intelligence agencies and the military are seeking to integrate AI into some of the government's most profound decisions: who it surveils, who it adds to government watchlists, who it labels a "risk" to national security, and even who it targets using lethal weapons. | In many of these areas, the deploym…

Robin Carver (2021-03-26). I Want Civil Rights, They Want to Talk About Sports. counterpunch.org It was a warm afternoon on Fort Myer, just south of Arlington Cemetery, when my Dad said, "Living with you, it's like that movie The Fly." For the uninitiated, David Cronenberg's 1986 sci-fi classic tells the graphic story of Dr. Seth Brundel, an ambitious scientist whose carelessness warps his body, twisting him into an inhuman

Staff (2021-03-26). Headlines for March 26, 2021. democracynow.org:443 Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp Signs Sweeping Bill to Suppress African American Vote , Georgia Lawmaker Arrested on Felony Charges for Knocking on Governor's Office Door in Protest, President Biden Says U.S. Unlikely to Honor May 1 Afghanistan Withdrawal Deadline, U.S. COVID-19 Cases Rise as Biden Doubles Vaccine Goal to 200 Million Shots in 100 Days, Mexico's Official COVID-19 Death Toll Tops 200,000; True Toll Could Be 50% Higher , ISIS-Linked Prisoners in Syria Face Conditions That Amount to Torture, Says Human Rights Watch , Netanyahu Fails to Clinch Israeli Election as Extreme-Right Party Gains Seats, Suez Canal Bl…

Staff (2021-03-26). Jim Crow Redux: Georgia GOP Governor Signs "Egregious" Voter Suppression Law Targeting Black Voters. democracynow.org:443 Georgia's Republican Governor Brian Kemp has signed a sweeping elections bill that civil rights groups are blasting as the worst voter suppression legislation since the Jim Crow era. The bill grants broad power to state officials to take control of election management from local and county election boards. It also adds new voter ID requirements, severely limits mail-in ballot drop boxes, rejects ballots cast in the wrong precinct and allows conservative activists to challenge the eligibility of an unlimited number of voters. Since the 2020 election, Republican state lawmakers have introduced over 250 bills in 43…

Staff (2021-03-26). Evanston, Illinois, to Pay Reparations to Black Families Harmed by Decades of Racist Housing Policies. democracynow.org:443 Evanston, Illinois, has become the first city in the United States to make reparations available to its Black residents for past discrimination and the lingering effects of slavery. The Chicago suburb's City Council voted 8 to 1 to distribute $400,000 to eligible Black households, with qualifying residents receiving $25,000 for home repairs or down payments on property. The program is being funded through donations and revenue from a 3% tax on the sale of recreational marijuana, and the city has pledged to distribute $10 million over 10 years. "There's no way to express how significant this is," says Danny Glover…

Mumia Abu-Jamal recorded by Prison Radio (2021-03-26). Mumia Abu-Jamal's Thank You Message to Supporters. indybay.org Mumia Abu-Jamal's COVID symptoms have improved but the severe debilitating skin condition persists. Mumia is now back in general population and he does not currently require hospitalization. However, Mumia needs continued monitoring, and he must not be shackled during future hospitalization.

WSWS repost (2021-03-26). Biden administration to use San Diego Convention Center to detain 1,400 migrant children. indybay.org The opening of a detention center in downtown San Diego is an attempt to give the US government's anti-immigrant policies a facelift as more than 14,000 children remain in federal custody.

Revolution Books (2021-03-26). Monday 3/29: Dr. Nicole Fleetwood Tour of Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration. indybay.org Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704…

Human Rights Lab, White Snake Projects (2021-03-26). Tuesday 4/13: Freedom-Making in an Age of Mass Incarceration. indybay.org Online event…

Human Rights Lab, White Snake Projects (2021-03-26). Tuesday 4/6: Art and Imagination Inside Prisons: Making, Learning, & Teaching Art Behind Bars. indybay.org Online event…

Alex MacDonald (2021-03-26). Turkey: Former police chiefs among those convicted in murder of Hrant Dink. middleeasteye.net Turkey: Former police chiefs among those convicted in murder of Hrant Dink | Dozens of people handed jail sentences in murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist | Fri, 03/26/2021 – 10: 53 | Demonstrators hold a banner reading 'For Hrant, For Justice' during a gathering in front of the Caglayan courthouse in Istanbul, on 26 March 2021 (AFP) | A court in Istanbul has handed down a verdict of six life…

Pip Hinman (2021-03-26). NT government's 'tougher than ever' approach sets up a Don Dale re-run. greenleft.org.au First Nations organisations have strongly criticised the Northern Territory Labor government's proposals to get "tough" on young people who re-offend, saying it would drive more Aboriginal children into police and prison cells. Pip Hinman reports.

Robin Savannah Carver (2021-03-26). I Want Civil Rights. They Want to Talk About Sports. zcomm.org Republicans are leveraging public ignorance about trans people to deny Queer Americans basic civil rights…