Daily Archives: May 7, 2021

2021-05-07: News Headlines

Betsey Piette (2021-05-07). Unvaccinated prison staff are a danger. workers.org Workers World has received letter after letter from workers incarcerated in Pennsylvania prisons expressing a common concern: "We are at risk of dying from COVID-19, and the only way the pandemic is getting into prisons is from the staff!" Our incarcerated sisters, brothers and siblings describe a shared crisis: They . . . |

Joe Jurado (2021-05-07). Federal Grand Jury Indicts Derek Chauvin and 3 Other Ex-Cops on Civil Rights Violations. theroot.com Seeing actions actually have consequences for cops is a continually bizarre experience. A federal grand jury has indicted Derek Chauvin and the three other officers involved in the death of George Floyd on U.S. civil rights charges.

Staff (2021-05-07). #FreePalestinianStudents campaign update: Join a letter-writing action online; Israeli attacks on students continue. samidoun.net There are hundreds of Palestinian high school and university students among the approximately 4,500 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails, in many cases specifically targeted for Israeli colonial imprisonment and repression for their student activism, organizing student events and participation in student elections and other political and social activities on campus. As Israeli settlers rampage through Jerusalem and Palestinians resist the threatened impending forced transfer and ethnic cleansing in Sheikh Jarrah, occupied Jerusalem, the attacks on Palestinian students — and their organizing and…

Joe Piette (2021-05-07). At Pennsylvania governor's home — Release Russell Maroon Shoatz! Now! workers.org Mt. Wolf, Pa. credit: Joe Piette Activists converged on Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's home in Mount Wolf, Pa., May 2 to demand the medical release of political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz and all ill and elderly prisoners. The action began with a "caravan of love" from nearby York to . . . |

Staff (2021-05-07). Texas Democrats Fought GOP Voter Suppression Bill Through the Night. truthout.org Texas House Republicans passed a voter suppression bill early Friday morning despite a tough fight put up by Democrats, who offered over 130 amendments from late Thursday into the night. | Democrats

Bertha Martinez (2021-05-07). Social Activism of Black Lives Matter: Institutional Responses. indybay.org Institutions in America should show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement. By doing so, they demonstrate that they understand the severity of police brutality against black people.

sputniknews (2021-05-07). US Jury Indicts 4 Ex-Officers for Violating George Floyd's Civil Rights. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — A US federal grand jury has charged all four of the former police officers involved in George Floyd's death with civil rights violations including violating his constitutional rights, the Justice Department said on Friday.

Leon Kunstenaar (2021-05-07). Vigil for Refugee Rights, Stop Child Detention, Recognize Asylum at UUSF. indybay.org Unitarian Universalist Society of S.F. holds Cinco de Mayo morning Vigil…

_____ (2021-05-07). More States Enter The Race To Criminalize Protest. popularresistance.org It was April 1, and Jestin Dupree had driven more than 400 miles from the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in northeastern Montana to the state's capital, Helena, to testify against legislation that could be used to jail environmental protesters. For years, his tribe had been protesting the Keystone XL pipeline, which was to cross the Missouri River, their main source of water. Their efforts seemed to be vindicated when the project was cancelled by President Joe Biden during his first day in office. | Montana's new legislation, however, would allow environmental protesters to be jailed for up to 18 months if they obs…

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network (2021-05-07). #FreePalestinianStudents Campaign Update: Join a Letter-writing Action Online; Israeli Attacks on Students Continue. globalresearch.ca Visit and follow us on Instagram at @crg_globalresearch. There are hundreds …

Staff (2021-05-07). There is no such thing as 'Deal of Century': Amir-Abdollahian. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 07 (MNA) — Stating that the fake regime of Israel is a big prison, Secretary-General of the International Conference in Support of the Palestinian Intifada said that there is no such thing as a 'Deal of Century'.

sputniknews (2021-05-07). Former TV Star Josh Duggar Released on Bail After Facing 'Worst of the Worst' Child Porn Accusations. sputniknews.com Charged with receiving and possessing child pornography, former reality TV star Josh Duggar was arrested on 29 April by US Marshals. If found guilty, Duggar could face up to 20 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine for each count.

May Day in San Francisco (2021-05-07). Call to Support Organized Labor, Free Mumia and Stand Up for Black/Brown/Asian Unity. indybay.org On May 1st, thousands marched to support organized labor in San Francisco. Many unions and workers' groups marched up Market Street to protest racism and call for passage of the PRO Act by the U.S. Congress. Signs said Mumia is a class war prisoner and called for an end to the death penalty. There was new emphasis this year on the importance of Black/Brown/Asian Unity.

Staff (2021-05-06). From Colombia to Palestine, resist imperialist crimes! Samidoun solidarity statement with the people of Colombia. samidoun.net Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network expresses its strongest solidarity with the people's movement and political prisoners of Colombia, facing the U.S.-backed right-wing regime of Ivan Duque, police murder and targeted assassinations, and harsh repression of mass protests. Thousands of people in Colombia have been marching for the past eight days against the tax policy of the right-wing Duque administration, supported by the United States and also involved in U.S.-directed regime change operations targeting Venezuela, Bolivia, and other progressive governments throughout Latin America. This movement h…

James Fleming (2021-05-06). Joleen Nez death shows continued brutality of ABQ police, jail. liberationnews.org The real crime: homeless, Indigenous, and an addict…

_____ (2021-05-06). Drone Whistleblower Jailed Ahead Of July Sentencing. popularresistance.org A federal judge ordered drone whistleblower Daniel Hale's arrest, and United States authorities took him into custody. | On April 23, Judge Liam O'Grady signed an order suggesting Hale violated the terms of his supervised release. An arrest warrant was issued, and on April 28, he was jailed. | Judge Theresa Carroll Buchanan, a different judge than the one who has presided over his case, held a hearing on the alleged "pretrial release violation." Hale maintained no violation had occurred, yet the court scheduled a bond revocation and detention hearing for May 4. | The chain of events came after a "special conditio…

Joe Piette (2021-05-06). Protest for incarcerated loved ones. workers.org WW PHOTO: Joe Piette Our incarcerated loved ones are being treated inhumanely, and their voices are not being heard. Over 4,700 people are locked in Philadelphia's jails, more than when COVID-19 began. The majority of people incarcerated are waiting for a trial — some for over a year — in . . . |

Monica Moorehead (2021-05-06). Bashing China, U.S. commits crimes against humanity. workers.org It was announced April 7 that the Biden administration is being pressured by right-wing Republicans to either fully or partially boycott the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China, which will take place for two weeks that February. As part of the ongoing anti-China tirade that accelerated with the COVID-19 . . . |

teleSUR (2021-05-06). Chile: Supreme Court Holds Convictions Of Catrillanca's Killers. telesurenglish.net Chile's Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a prison sentence against seven former military police officers (Carabineros) and one lawyer for the murder of Camilo Catrillanca on November 14, 2018. | RELATED: | With three votes in favor and two against, the Supreme Court's Second Chamber rejected the nullity appeals filed by the convicted Carabineros. The resolution implies that there will not be another trial for the homicid…

Joe Jurado (2021-05-06). South Carolina House Votes to Add Firing Squad to Execution Methods. Why? Beats Me, Y'all. theroot.com Apparently, the lack of prisoners getting killed is a pressing problem in South Carolina—so much so that the state House voted on Wednesday to add the use of a firing squad to its list of execution methods. |

Staff (2021-05-06). Justice Department Raises Concerns Over Cyber Ninjas' "Audit" of Arizona Ballots. truthout.org The Department of Justice's (DOJ) Civil Rights Division has expressed serious concerns over an audit of the 2020 election in Arizona's largest county, noting that the firm hired to conduct the review may be taking illegal actions. | In a letter written by Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Pamela Karlan, the DOJ worried that 2.1 million ballots from Maricopa County may be compromised due to the lack of security at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum where the audit is taking plac…

Staff (2021-05-06). Florida's DeSantis Bars All Media Except Fox at Voter Suppression Bill Signing. truthout.org Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law on Thursday imposing new restrictions on voting, such as making it harder to vote by mail and criminalizing the handing out of food and water to people in voting lines. | The governor made the signing of the bill, which would affect millions of voters in his state, a "Fox exclusive,"

Kate Sullivan (2021-05-06). Heroes: Stacy Abrams. thenation.com Fighting the GOP's voter suppression.

Rann Miller (2021-05-06). Public Service or Protests for Black Lives? progressive.org We must use all of the tools we have to achieve racial justice and end police brutality.

Bertha Martinez (2021-05-06). Social Activism of Black Lives Matter: Institutional Responses. indybay.org Institutions in America should show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement. By doing so, they demonstrate that they understand the severity of police brutality against black people.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-05-06). Protests erupt against decision to reinstate Atlanta police officer who killed Rayshard Brooks. peoplesdispatch.org Dozens of Black Lives Matter activists gathered outside the City Hall of Atlanta on May 5 to protest the decision to reinstate Garrett Rolfe to the Atlanta Police Department. Rolfe was earlier terminated from his job for the murder of Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old black man.

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-05-06). DOJ Warns GOP-Led Arizona Election Audit May Violate Civil Rights Law. commondreams.org The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday wrote to Arizona's GOP state Senate president warning that the Republican-run audit of the 2020 election may violate civil and voting rights law. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/audit_0.jpg

sputniknews (2021-05-06). Policeman Who Reportedly Raped 11-Year-Old Had a Record And Was Rehired Due to Police Negligence. sputniknews.com Last week, Alabama State Trooper Christopher Bauer was arrested on charges of sexually abusing an underage girl. He is currently being held in the Montgomery County Detention Facility under a $105,000 bail.

Leon Kunstenaar (2021-05-06). Vigil for Refugee Rights, Stop Child Detention, Recognize Asylum at UUSF. indybay.org Unitarian Universalist Society of S.F. holds Cinco de Mayo morning Vigil…

The Canary (2021-05-06). Home Office discriminating against Windrush generation's families, High Court rules. thecanary.co The Home Office's refusal to give the families of people from the Windrush generation preferential treatment when charging fees to enter the UK is unlawfully discriminatory, the High Court has ruled. | Discrimination: | Lynda Mahabir, a 52-year-old woman who was born in Trinidad, suffered a "colossal interference" with her right to family life when she was separated from her husband and five children for more than two years, a judge said on 6 May. | Judge Tim Smith ruled that the Home Office's insistence that Mahabir's family had to pay nearly £23,000 in fees to join her in the UK left her with "a t…

Sharon Kelly (2021-05-06). New lawsuit challenges 'fast-track' permits used for oil and gas pipelines nationwide. nationofchange.org For nearly a decade, pipeline companies have relied on the contested Nationwide Permit 12 when their projects cross waterbodies in the U.S.

May Day in San Francisco (2021-05-06). Call to Support Organized Labor, Free Mumia and Stand Up for Black/Brown/Asian Unity. indybay.org This year as every year in San Francisco, thousands marched to support organized labor. Many unions and workers' groups marched up Market Street to protest racism and call for passage of the PRO Act by the U.S. Congress. Signs said Mumia is a class war prisoner and called for an end to the death penalty. There was new emphasis this year on the importance of Black/Brown/Asian Unity.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2021-05-06). 'This Is How Fascists Operate': DeSantis Signs Anti-Voting Bill Behind Closed Doors for Fox News. commondreams.org "Democracy is literally dying in the dark," said one critic after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the state's voter suppression law, allowing only Fox News to cover the signing. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/desantis.jpeg

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