Daily Archives: April 19, 2021

2021-04-19: News Headlines

John Bachtell (2021-04-19). Cancel it: Biden pressured to eliminate $50,000 student debt per borrower. peoplesworld.org President Joe Biden is under mounting pressure to address the rapidly growing student debt crisis by canceling up to $50,000 in crushing individual student loans. A growing chorus of elected officials and advocates say Biden can cancel the debt through executive action. Also, 415 community, civil rights, climate, health, consumer, labor, food and farm, and …

samidoun (2021-04-19). Send your message today: Communicating despite the jailer — Letters to our prisoners in occupation's jails. samidoun.net "Our prison was at the end of the citadel behind the ramparts. Looking through the crevices between the palisade in the hope of seeing something, one sees nothing but a little corner of the sky, and a high earthwork, covered with the long grass of the steppe. Night and day sentries walk to and fro upon it. Then one perceives from the first, that whole years will pass during which one will see by the same crevices between the palisades, upon the same earthwork, always the same sentinels and the same little corner of the sky, not just above the prison, but far and far away." — The House of the Dead, F.M. Dosto…

samidoun (2021-04-19). In Toulouse, a Palestine Stand for the freedom of Palestinian prisoners. samidoun.net The following report is largely translated from the French at Collectif Palestine Vaincra: On Saturday, 17 April, Palestinian Prisoners' Day, the Collectif Palestine Vaincra organized a Palestine stand near the exit of the Jean Jaurès metro station in Toulouse, France. This event took place as part of the International Week of Action for Palestinian Prisoners, organized by Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network. For over two hours, the Collectif organized an information booth, distributed hundreds of leaflets on Palestinian prisoners, discussed with passers-by, played Palestinian music and presented sev…

samidoun (2021-04-19). Samidoun marks Prisoners' Day in occupied Palestine. samidoun.net Samidoun Network in occupied Palestine organized two events on 17 April and 18 April in support of Palestinian prisoners. On Saturday, 17 April — Palestinian Prisoners' Day — Samidoun joined together with the youth committee in Beit Ummar, al-Khalil, occupied Palestine, to visit with prisoners' families and extend support and collective commitment to see all 4,500 Palestinian prisoners liberated from Israeli occupation prisons. That evening, following Taraweeh prayers, night prayers performed during Ramadan, Samidoun activists, family members of prisoners and youth in Al-Arroub refugee camp near al-Kh…

samidoun (2021-04-19). March in Berlin and actions throughout Germany take to the streets for Palestinian Prisoners' Day. samidoun.net On 17 April, an enthusiastic march for Palestinian Prisoners' Day wound through Neukà∂lln, Berlin, Germany, organized by Samidoun Deutschland in partnership with several organizations, including Palà§stina Spricht Palestine Speaks, FOR-Palestine, Young Struggle Europe, Volksrat der Eelam Tamilen — Deutschland e.V., und Netzwerk Freiheit fàºr alle politischen Gefangenen. Marking Palestinian Prisoners' Day, the march progressed from Rathaus Neukà∂lln to Hermannplatz, marching through Sonnenallee, home to many Palestinian and Arab restaurants and businesses in Berlin. The march was enthusias…

Calla Randall (2021-04-19). The Weekly Round-Up: are immigrants and asylum seekers getting their day in court? ukhumanrightsblog.com In the news: The rights of immigrants and asylum seekers have been at the forefront of the news this week, with the Home Secretary coming under fire both in the courts and in the political arena. On Wednesday, a landmark court ruling held Ms Patel accountable for failures properly to investigate deaths among asylum seekers at detention …

RT (2021-04-19). 'My Pillow Guy' ramps up crusade against 'election fraud' with new lawsuit against Dominion, launching new social platform. rt.com Trump superfan and pillow-peddling conservative Mike Lindell has launched a new social media platform to coincide with a $1.6 billion lawsuit he's filing against Dominion Voting Systems, which he blames for Trump's election loss. | Lindell launched his social media site FrankSpeech.com on Monday, the anniversary of the battles of Lexington and Concord, the first two engagements of the Revolutionary War in 1775. The website itself was represented as a strike-back against Big Tech's domination of the internet, which has solidified in the last several months as social media booted hundreds of thousands of pro-Tru…

RT (2021-04-19). Texas police arrest ex-deputy over fatal triple shooting, ending search for suspect. rt.com A former deputy sheriff has been arrested over a triple shooting in Austin, Texas at the weekend, a local police chief has said. Officers had launched a manhunt for the suspected shooter, following Sunday's killings. | Stephen Broderick, 41, was carrying a pistol as he was detained on a rural road in the Austin suburb of Manor early on Monday morning, Manor Police Chief Ryan Phipps said. | Officers had received two phone calls about a possible sighting of Broderick, who has now been taken to Travis County jail. | Three people were confirmed dead in a shooting in the Arboretum area of northwest Austin on Sunday…

RT (2021-04-19). 'I'd love to see her resign': Detroit police chief blasts Rashida Tlaib's 'anti-police rhetoric'. rt.com Detroit Police Chief James Craig has blasted Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) for calling policing "inherently and intentionally racist," saying he hopes the lawmaker resigns. | "She's reckless," Craig told Fox 2 Detroit about Tlaib. "I'd love to see her resign. I'd throw her a goodbye party." | In the wake of the death of Daunte Wright after a traffic stop in Minnesota, Tlaib, a member of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's 'Squad,' called for an end to "policing, incarceration, and militarization." She also called policing "inherently and intentionally racist." | It wasn't an accident. Policing in our country is inher…

RT (2021-04-19). Critics, including CNN, attack Chauvin defense for 'reasonable police officer' argument. rt.com The prosecution and defense lawyers have made their closing arguments in the trial of former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin, with his legal team earning ridicule online for their "reasonable police officer" argument. | Chauvin's trial has gripped the attention of activists in Minnesota, the state where the late George Floyd died in the custody of Chauvin, kicking off Black Lives Matter protests across the country. Tensions have heated up amid the ongoing Chauvin trial and the recent police-shooting death of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, which is near Minneapolis. | In their closing arguments on Monday, Chau…

Lilyana Pantoja (2021-04-19). Sonoma County's Institutional Responses to the Black Lives Matter Movement. indybay.org This piece is about Sonoma County's educational institution's reponse to the Black Lives Matter movement. It explains the movement and how it has affected a couple of educational institutions in the county. It brings to light what their steps are going forward after the movement's influence.

Black Catholic Messenger, CUBL (2021-04-19). Sunday 4/25: Enough is Enough! Community March & Rally for Black Lives in San Jose. indybay.org Downtown San Jose: Meet up at Plaza De Cesar Chavez, 1 Paseo De San Antonio, then March to San Jose City Hall, 200 200 E. Santa Clara Street for Rally | Masks and Social Distancing Required; Peaceful Protest…

news.un (2021-04-19). Rights experts condemn UK racism report attempting to 'normalize white supremacy'. news.un.org UN independent human rights experts on Monday denounced a government-backed report into racism in the United Kingdom, saying that it further distorted and falsified historical facts, and could even fuel racism and racial discrimination.

news.un (2021-04-19). Rights experts condemn UK report attempting to 'normalize white supremacy'. news.un.org UN independent human rights experts on Monday denounced a government-backed report into racism in the United Kingdom, saying that it further distorted and falsified historic facts, and could even fuel racism and racial discrimination.

Fight Back (2021-04-19). Vigil held in Tallahassee, FL for victims of Atlanta shooting. fightbacknews.org Tallahassee, FL – On April 17, around 50 people from the Tallahassee community gathered at the Florida State University's HCB Building to commemorate the eight victims from the recent Atlanta shooting and speak out on Asian American oppression. | The Tallahassee Community Action Committee (TCAC), along with various other local Asian American organizations such as InterVarsity, FSU's Asian American Student Union, Asian Coalition of Tallahassee, and FSU's Filipino Student Association spoke out at the event. | Co-organizer Tina Lu, representing InterVarsity, stated "we wanted to organize this event so that Asian Ame…

Pip Hinman (2021-04-19). Webinar calls for Abdullah àñcalan to be freed. greenleft.org.au Groups involved in the international campaign to free Abdullah àñcalan from a Turkish prison discussed plans to involve more community organisations. Peter Boyle reports.

The Canary (2021-04-19). Serco denies breaching health and safety duty to employee killed by prisoner. thecanary.co Lawyers acting for the security company, which is currently courting controversy for its running of the

Ben Slowey (2021-04-18). Jewish, immigrant organizers hold Passover action in Kenosha, Wisconsin. liberationnews.org Activists gathered outside the Kenosha Detention Center April 11 to demand the Biden administration stop the continued detention and dehumanization of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, for legalization of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States and for the abolition of ICE.

samidoun (2021-04-18). Khaled Barakat: Freeing the prisoners requires a new revolutionary path for Palestinian struggle. samidoun.net On Palestinian Prisoners' Day, 17 April 2021, the Samidoun Arabic website conducted an interview with Palestinian writer Khaled Barakat, below (Arabic at the link): Question: How do you assess the current state of international solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners' movement? What are the immediate tasks and priorities for the Palestinian diaspora and exile community regarding the cause of Palestinian prisoners in the occupation prisons? Barakat: The international solidarity movement with the Palestinian prisoners' struggle is not separate or isolated from the tasks and reality of the Palestinian and Arab pop…

RT (2021-04-18). NBA warns teams to be 'prepared to postpone games' amid fears of civil unrest from verdict of Derek Chauvin case — reports. rt.com The NBA has warned teams to be prepared to potentially cancel upcoming games amid fears of civil unrest related to the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial for his part in the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last May. | Final arguments are expected to take place on Monday in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer who was charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for his role in the death of African-American man Floyd. | The killing last May ignited a wave of protests in the US and beyond, and fomented the 'Black Lives Matter' demonstrations whi…

RT (2021-04-18). Breonna Taylor's mother condemns Black Lives Matter chapter as 'FRAUD,' says her family's name has been used to raise money. rt.com The mother of Breonna Taylor, one of the leading martyrs of the Black Lives Matter movement, has branded the Louisville, Kentucky BLM chapter as a "fraud" and accused opportunistic activists of exploiting her name for profit. | "I have never personally dealt with BLM Louisville and personally have found them to be fraud," Tamika Palmer said on Wednesday in a since-deleted Facebook post. She added that "I've watched y'all raise money on behalf of Breonna's family who has never done a damn thing for us — nor have we needed it or asked, so talk about fraud." | Breonna Taylor's Mom. She, I fully support. BLM…

RT (2021-04-18). Armed carjacking suspect shot dead in Minnesota, almost triggering another BLM march for 'victim of police brutality'. rt.com A group of Black Lives Matter protesters in Minnesota were apparently ready to march to the scene of a police killing of an armed suspect, who reportedly opened fire at the officers, and was caught on tape trying to carjack a car.

_____ (2021-04-18). There Is No Substitute For The Rank And File. popularresistance.org The Bessemer Amazon unionization effort was full of potential. It held the promise of a union bringing together the Black Lives Matter movement and a struggle for labor rights in order to take on one of the biggest, most odious corporations in the country. Maybe a Southern state would set off a movement again, like West Virginia and Oklahoma kicked off the teachers' spring. | Alongside Left Voice comrades, I decided to go to Bessemer, Alabama the week before voting ended. As I prepared to go, I had a weird feeling. I kept looking at interviews and I saw just two Amazon workers, over and over and over. They were g…

Kanbawza Win (2021-04-18). The Clarian Call Of The People Of Burma — OpEd. eurasiareview.com When will the free world listen to the clarion call of the people of Burma, who have made 730 supreme sacrifices, 3,152 detained and over 870 arrest warrants issued, not to mention the 40 children killed (as according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners)? The entire country of 55 million plus people are ardently appealing to the arsenals of democratic countries, knowing full well that the leading authoritarian countries are pouring more oil on this burning inferno, not only by using their veto powers at the UN Security Council but also by supplying more lethal heavy weapons to use it on its o…

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