Daily Archives: April 1, 2021

2021-04-01: News Headlines

Fight Back (2021-04-01). Stop anti-Asian hate rally in Tallahassee, FL. fightbacknews.org Tallahassee, FL – On March 27, around 100 activists from across the Tallahassee community gathered in front of the State Capitol building to commemorate the eight victims from the recent Atlanta shooting, and to speak out against Asian American oppression. | The Tallahassee Community Action Committee (TCAC), along with various local organizations such as Asian Coalition of Tallahassee, FSU's Filipino Student Association, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Dream Defenders and other community members took a stand for the victims of the shooting in grief and healing. | The event started off with Daisy Sim, a Korea…

Abayomi Azikiwe (2021-04-01). Thousands of Migrant Workers Still Being Held in Detention on the Southern Border. globalresearch.ca Media accounts in the United States have shown that thousands of …

Sameena Rahman (2021-04-01). Life in prison: New York trial exposes alliance between U.S. government, right wing drug kingpin. liberationnews.org The United States claims to be waging a "war on drugs" internationally, but is perfectly content to ally itself with drug kingpins if they agree to submit to Washington's dictates.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-01). Activists slam UK government commission's denial of systemic racism in the country. peoplesdispatch.org The commission was formed after the Black Lives Matter protests rocked the country last year. It said that while there was racial discrimination in the country, it was not systemic or deliberate…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-01). Death toll in Myanmar's anti-coup protests continues to rise. peoplesdispatch.org The death toll in Myanmar's anti-coup protests has continued to rise amid a brutal crackdown by security forces. As of March 30th, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) has estimated that 521 people have been killed so far. In the meantime, the military junta has also mounted a systematic attack against the leaders of the civilian government.

Labor Video Project (2021-04-01). Mumia Abu-Jamal On Pacifica With Noelle Hanrahan. indybay.org Pacifica's Covid, Race & Democracy interviews journalist Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio about how she helped bring Mumia Abu-Jamal to the airwaves of Pacifica.

Jason Ditz (2021-04-01). US Envoy Meets Taliban, Seeks Longer Troop Presence. news.antiwar.com With the Biden Administration continuing to talk down the May 1 deadline date for leaving Afghanistan, Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has met with Taliban leaders to discuss possible dates later in 2021. | Reports are that Khalilzad At any rate, the Taliban is pushing for the release of some 7,000 prisoners being held in Afghanistan, and wants to b…

commondreams (2021-04-01). Lawsuit Launched to Protect 10 Species Left in Regulatory Purgatory by Trump Administration. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-04-01). GOP Attack on Democracy Surges as Texas Voter Suppression Bill Passes Senate. commondreams.org "It's clear that the Republican Party believes the only way they can win future elections is to keep millions of Americans from casting their ballots." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/voter_suppression.jpg

Brasil Wire (2021-04-01). Fallout: US Suppression of Russian Vaccine in Brazil Becomes Diplomatic Incident. globalresearch.ca On Sunday March 14 2021,

samidoun (2021-03-31). #WeWillNotBeDefeated — Majd Barbar released; join the Twitterstorm! ŸÑŸÜ_ŸÜŸáÿ≤ŸÖ#. samidoun.net We will not be defeated! Join the Twitter Storm: Wednesday, 31 March 10 am Pacific — 1 pm Eastern — 7 pm central Europe — 8 pm Palestine Sample Tweets: bit.ly/notbedefeated Use the hashtags: #WeWillNotBeDefeated ŸÑŸÜ_ŸÜŸáÿ≤ŸÖ# Freed Palestinian prisoner Majd Barbar once again proved the truth of his words — "We will not be defeated" — as he was released once again by Israeli occupation forces on Wednesday, 31 March. Barbar had refused a proposal by Israeli occupation forces to either deport him from the city of occupi…

samidoun (2021-03-31). Majd Barbar addresses his supporters in Palestine and internationally #WeWillNotBeDefeated. samidoun.net Freed Palestinian prisoner Majd Barbar issued a video message to his supporters and friends in Palestine around the world who have amplified the call for his freedom and shared his reunion with his family. | The article

samidoun (2021-03-31). #MacronLibérezAbdallah — Join the Twitter storm for Georges Abdallah's birthday, 2 April! samidoun.net #MacronLibérezAbdallah Twitter Storm Friday, 2 April 2021 10 am Pacific — 1 pm Eastern — 7 pm central Europe — 8 pm Palestine Use the hashtags: #MacronLibérezAbdallah bit.ly/freeabdallah Tag: @EmmanuelMacron @GDarmanin to direct your demand to French officials! On the occasion of Georges Ibrahim Abdallah's 70th birthday, join the twitterstorm #MacronLibérezAbdallah (Macron, Free Abdallah!) to free this imprisoned Lebanese communist and struggler for Palestine imprisoned in France since 1984 and eligible for release since 1999! Friday, 2 April 2021 — 10 am Pacific — 1 pm Eastern &…

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network (2021-03-31). On Land Day, Palestine Will be Free from the River to the Sea. globalresearch.ca 30 March 2021 marks the 45th Palestinian Land Day, a day …

teleSUR (2021-03-31). Mapuche People File Genocide Lawsuit Against President Piñera. telesurenglish.net Mapuche Indigenous people communities filed a complaint against Chile's President Sebastian Piñera for genocide crimes. | RELATED: | The lawsuit was presented before Temuco's Guarantee Court, where they denounced the militarization of Mapuche territories and human rights violations. | The complainants claim that Piñera established a "low-intensity war" by declaring the Mapuche people as an "internal enemy." | Th…

Tanya Wadhwa (2021-03-31). Protests break out after femicide of Salvadoran migrant Victoria Salazar in Mexico. peoplesdispatch.org Several national and international feminist groups and human rights organizations have condemned Victoria Salazar's murder as well as the racist, classist, misogynist and xenophobic discrimination that reigns in Mexico…

Joshua Francis (2021-03-31). Statewide day of action demands freedom for longest-held political prisoner in the United States. liberationnews.org Three rallies were held across California March 17 to commemorate the longest-held political prisoner Ruchell "Cinque" Magee's 82nd birthday. Ruchell received a tremendous outpouring of renewed support in his fight for freedom after 58 years of unjust imprisonment. These efforts are being led by the Coalition to Free Ruchell Magee, of which the Party for …

Fight Back (2021-03-31). Chicano and Black families speak out at forum to stop Los Angeles Sheriff attacks. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA – Centro CSO and Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles cohosted a March 27 Zoom forum to denounce the killings of Chicanos and Blacks by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, deputy gangs like the Banditos, Executioners, and 3000 Boys that terrorize communities, and against the harassment of families who speak out against Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD). Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda Solis and Holly Mitchell attended the meeting, listened to the families' testimonies, and committed to work with organizations to fight back against LASD and its embattled leader S…

Norman Stockwell (2021-03-31). Screen Shot 2021-03-31 at 1.11.04 PM.png. progressive.org The Reverend Cordy Tindell Vivian played a crucial role in many of the nation's civil rights struggles.

teleSUR (2021-03-31). Cuban Foreign Minister: US Segregation and Racism Are Endemic. telesurenglish.net "Eighty percent of Americans consider that in the U.S. there is discrimination against blacks, 76 percent against Hispanics and 70 percent against Asians," Rodriguez wrote in a message published Tuesday on his Twitter account, about a recent study by the Pew Research Center, a Washington D.C.-based think tank, which puts it this way. | RELATED: | The head of Cuban diplomacy regretted that "racism and segregation are end…

Eleanor J. Bader (2021-03-31). 'Criminalization Makes the Situation Worse': Victoria Law on Incarceration. progressive.org In an interview about her new book "Prisons Make Us Safer," the prison abolition advocate speaks on the negative impacts of prisons and jails on our communities.

Fight Back (2021-03-31). Tampa rally demands justice for George Floyd, jail for killer cops. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – On Saturday, March 27, the Tampa Bay Community Action Committee (TBCAC) and others rallied at Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa to demand a guilty verdict for killer cop Derek Chauvin. Chauvin is charged with the murder of George Floyd, whose killing inspired an unprecedented uprising last summer. | "We need to come together to stand against any attempt to let this murderer off. We need to do it for the Floyd family, and the families of all others affected by police brutality," said Jhosn Pena of TBCAC. | Protesters called attention to local cases of police brutality such as the case of Josiah Pinne…

_____ (2021-03-31). Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Filed By Jewish National Fund Against Palestinian Group. popularresistance.org Washington, DC – A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Jewish National Fund (JNF) and others against a U.S.-based Palestinian rights organization. The JNF had accused the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR) of engaging in "material support for terrorism," citing their speech and expressive activity, including their support for the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. The JNF—a quasi-state institution in Israel that acquires and administers land for the sole benefit of the Jewish people—also sought to hold the USCPR liable for their participation in the "Stop the JN…

contributors (2021-03-31). Jewish Nat'l Fund Lawsuit against Palestinian Rights Advocacy in US Slapped down by Federal Judge on First Amendment Grounds. juancole.com U.S. Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Filed by Jewish National Fund Against Palestinian Rights Nonprofit Contact: press@ccrjustice.org Lawsuit "Not Persuasive," Judge Rules ( Center for Constitutional Rights) — March 30, 2021, Washington, D.C. — A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Jewish National Fund (JNF) and others against a U.S.-based Palestinian rights organization. The …

teleSUR (2021-03-31). New York Approves Recreational-Use of Cannabis. telesurenglish.net New York state legalized on Wednesday the use of cannabis, a decision primarily demanded by the population and a political move that media outlets have branded as an attempt by governor Andrew Cuomo to divert the attention from the sexual harassment scandal he is involved in. | RELATED: | "For too long the prohibition of cannabis disproportionately targeted communities of color with harsh prison sentences and after years…

Dave DeCamp (2021-03-31). Report: US Asks Taliban to Extend May 1 Withdrawal Deadline. news.antiwar.com Citing sources close to the Taliban, The May 1st withdrawal deadline was set by the US-Taliban peace deal that was signed in Doha last year. While the Biden administration has yet to make an official announcement, it's clear the US is looking to stay. | Tolo News said the Taliban has not yet made a decision on the US request and is asking that first their 7,000 prisoners sh…

commondreams (2021-03-31). Journalists Win Victory in Freedom of the Press Case Filed by ACLU. commondreams.org ______________________________…

A Guest Author (2021-03-31). COVID crisis exposes prison profiteers. workers.org Food Not Bombs Solidarity launches campaign against prison profiteers outside Aramark in Philadelphia, March 15. By Cindy Lou Miller "If you want to understand any problem in America, you need to focus on who profits from that problem, not who suffers from that problem." — Dr. Amos Wilson. (tinyurl.com/utdbphu6) One . . . |

Anonymous007 (2021-03-31). Military Situation In Iraq On March 31, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On March 30, a logistical convoy of the US military was targeted by an IED attack in the Naseriyah area | On March 30, a logistical convoy of the US military was targeted by an IED attack in the Babil area | On March 30, a logistical convoy of the US military was targeted by an IED attack in the al-Dujail area | On March 30, Kurdistan Region President, Nechirvan Barzani met with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron in Paris | On March 30, the PMU carried out a secur…

Staff (2021-03-31). New York Ordered to Vaccinate Incarcerated People; Will Gov. Sign Bill Curbing Solitary Confinement? democracynow.org A New York judge has ordered the state to provide COVID-19 vaccines to all incarcerated people, saying that officials "irrationally distinguished between incarcerated people and people living in every other type of adult congregate facility, at great risk to incarcerated people's lives during this pandemic." Soffiyah Elijah, executive director of the Alliance of Families for Justice, says advocates have been pushing the state "since the beginning of the pandemic to prioritize the health and safety of incarcerated people," but those efforts were met with silence. "It's unfortunate that it took court intervention i…

Staff (2021-03-31). Aging Former Black Panthers Mumia Abu-Jamal & Sundiata Acoli Got COVID-19 & Could Die in Prison. democracynow.org We get an update on political prisoners Mumia Abu-Jamal and Sundiata Acoli, who contracted COVID-19 but have yet to be released. Acoli is a former member of the Black Panther Party who is now 84 years old and has been in prison in New Jersey for nearly half a century, even though he has been eligible for parole for almost three decades. He was denied parole again in February. His crime involved the killing of a state trooper. Last year, he contracted COVID-19 and was hospitalized, and he reportedly has early-stage dementia. We speak with his longtime advocate, Soffiyah Elijah with Alliance of Families for Justice…

MEE staff (2021-03-31). Israeli forces rearrest Palestinian man celebrating release after 20 years in prison. middleeasteye.net Israeli forces rearrest Palestinian man celebrating release after 20 years in prison | Magd Barbar's welcome home party raided by the Israeli military, who wounded several Palestinians, before releasing him again on Wednesday | Wed, 03/31/2021 – 13: 39 | Magd Barbar, a Palestinian prisoner from the occupied East Jerusalem, reunited with his wife Fatmeh, and his son and daughter after 20 years in Israeli jails…

_____ (2021-03-31). Will We Stand Up For Black Trans Lives Too? popularresistance.org Last summer, during what some have called the largest social justice uprising in United States history, the lives of Black trans people were ignored. While many rightly raged against the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, few know the names of Black trans people like Kim Wirtz, who have also been murdered by a racist policing and prison system. In Baltimore, trans activists from the LGBTQ organization Baltimore Safe Haven protested, demanding an end to police violence and an end to the erasure of the Black trans community. The Real News' Eddie Conway talks to activists on the ground in Baltimore about th…

Jay Stanley (2021-03-31). There's a Lot That Can Go Wrong With 'Vaccine Passports'. aclu.org With COVID-19 vaccination rates accelerating, governments around the world have begun to consider implementing a standardized credential or "vaccine passport" that would let people prove that they've been vaccinated. And the idea became more real when the Washington Post Our nation's primary push right now should be equitable vaccine distribution that gets as many people as possible vaccinated and reaching herd immu…

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