Daily Archives: June 11, 2021

2021-06-11: News Headlines

Jim McMahan (2021-06-11). Monthly vigil: Demand human rights at Tacoma immigration prison! workers.org Since the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash., opened in 2004, detainees and their families, civil rights activists and the community have protested the inhuman conditions from the use of solitary confinement to tainted meals. The monthly demonstration and vigil will be held there at 1623 E. J St., Sunday, . . . |

Staff (2021-06-11). "Julian Is Suffering": Family of WikiLeaks Founder Assange in U.S. to Demand His Release from Prison. democracynow.org The U.S. State Department is pushing to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from Britain, where Biden is now meeting with leaders during the G7 summit. A U.K. judge blocked Assange's extradition in January, citing serious mental health concerns. Assange faces up to 175 years in prison if brought to the U.S., where he was indicted for violations of the Espionage Act related to the publication of classified documents exposing U.S. war crimes. We speak with Assange's father and half-brother, who are on a tour of the United States to advocate for his release. "The G7 meeting is based upon values, and yet they…

Ashoka Mukpo (2021-06-11). The 'ICE Kids'. aclu.org This piece was On a cold, rainy night last November, Bastian Rodriguez spent the first hours of his 18th birthday inside an Immigration and Customs Enforcement van. Rodriguez was aging out of the Cowlitz County Youth Services Center, a juvenile jail in Longview, Wash., and was on his way to the Northwest ICE Processing Center, a privately run immigration detention facility for adults in Tacoma. He had already spent more than two years in ICE custody. | "These adult people are going t…

Staff (2021-06-11). Supreme Court Case Could Set Back Fight for LGBTQ+ Anti-Discrimination Laws. truthout.org A relatively obscure Supreme Court case heard last year could fundamentally alter the landscape of LGBTQ+ rights and anti-discrimination law — and given the court's current conservative supermajority, many community advocates fear the worst. The case,

Staff (2021-06-11). 50 Years Later, a Majority of Americans Want the Drug War to End. truthout.org Jonathan Wall is currently jailed in a maximum-security federal prison in Baltimore, Maryland, facing 15 years in prison. The 25-year-old man's alleged crime? Doing what small businesses and multimillion-dollar corporations alike do as members of the nation's Wall's attorney, Jason F…

Michael Welton (2021-06-11). A Cry of Hope in the Absence of Hope. counterpunch.org Anyone who has followed the Israeli government's macabre dance of non-negotiation and play-acting the role of eternal victim, while humiliating, jailing, murdering and robbing Palestinians of their land, can only adopt the stance of those "complaint psalms"—the ones where the supplicant shakes his fist at the Yahweh for seemingly preventing justice from flowing down like

Asa Winstanley (2021-06-11). Israel's newly elected "centrist" president Isaac Herzog is a racist. electronicintifada.net Former Labor leader has long participated in oppression of Palestinians.

_____ (2021-06-11). Lying Cops Still On Duty Despite Brady List. popularresistance.org Almost 200 Washington state law enforcement officers have been placed on the Brady list, a list of officers who may not be considered trustworthy in a court of law. | USA Today in an extensive investigation found that "thousands of people have faced criminal charges or have gone to prison based in part on testimony from law enforcement officers deemed to have credibility problems by their bosses or by prosecutors." | Although these officers have proven themselves unsafe for the public, law enforcement agencies continue to employ and rehire untrustworthy officers and take no real accountability for the abhorrent a…

WSWS (2021-06-11). Ex-UAW president Gary Jones gets wrist-slap sentence for perpetuating "culture of corruption" in union. wsws.org US District Court Judge Paul Borman sentenced former United Auto Workers president Gary Jones to 28 months in prison for embezzling up to $1.5 million in union funds to finance golf trips, private villas, and lavish meals for top UAW executives.

_____ (2021-06-10). The Keystone XL Pipeline Is Officially Dead. popularresistance.org TC Energy, the company behind the pipeline project, announced that on Wednesday that "after a comprehensive review of its options, and in consultation with its partner, the Government of Alberta, it has terminated the Keystone XL Pipeline Project." The project's permits were rejected by former President Barack Obama, reinstated by former President Donald Trump, and rescinded again by President Joe Biden on his first day in office. The political seesaw, years of lawsuits, and spirited public opposition to the pipeline appear to have worked.

Shakya Cherry-Donaldson (2021-06-10). Canceling Student Debt Can Help Build Black Women's Futures. aclu.org I'm proud to lead a nationwide constituency of Black women dedicated to organizing around issues that greatly impact us, our families, households, and communities — including financial independence. Black women carry more student loan debt than any other group, and this is a direct result of the

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-06-10). Ethiopia: How to Wreck a Black Nation in the Age of "Black Lives Matter" libya360.wordpress.com Ready for Revolution Folks, having spent much time navigating my way through the twilight zone that is American Foreign Policy, I feel compelled to share with you all how the cynical (but very real) game of sabotaging and undermining a large African country is played while loudly proclaiming that Black Lives Matter. Here is the…

Editor (2021-06-10). Support a Marxist voice for LGBTQ2S+ rights. workers.org New York City Pride, 2019 For over half a century, Workers World newspaper has covered the global struggle to end all forms of discrimination, persecution and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and gender-nonconforming communities. WW has consistently backed up our activist coverage with analysis. In the early 1970s, . . . |

David Swanson (2021-06-10). Abolishing Police and Abolishing Militaries. warisacrime.org By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, June 10, 2021 The similarities between the movement to abolish war and the movement to abolish police and prisons jump out at me anew when reading Mariame Kaba's We Do This 'Til We Free Us, which is about police and prison abolition. The book has a foreword by Naomi …

Staff (2021-06-10). UN Human Rights Committee Calls for Suspension of Alex Saab's Extradition. orinocotribune.com On June 8, the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee asked the Government of Cape Verde to suspend the extradition of Venezuelan diplomat and businessman Alex Saab while the international body is analyzing the case. | The committee's resolution includes a series of measures requested to Cape Verde to guarantee Saab's human rights, including access to independent medical professionals chosen by him to assess his health condition that, according to his legal team and relatives, has been deteriorating over the course of his detention. The Venezuelan diplomat is suffering from stomach cancer and has been denied…

Dennis Broe (2021-06-10). Portuguese fascist prison novel speaks to the incarceration experience everywhere. peoplesworld.org There are many calls today for abolishing the police or, in actuality, establishing a downsized police force and allowing social workers to respond to calls for help not with a badge and a gun but with an understanding of the problems that plague troubled and impoverished communities. The same can be said for prisons, where, …

Gloria Rubac (2021-06-10). Arizona ready to use Nazi death-camp gas in executions. workers.org Anti-death penalty campaigners protest outside the prison in Florence, Ariz., where Joseph Wood was executed July 23, 2014. In the United States, where support for state-sponsored executions has been dropping for the last decade, where fewer people are being condemned to die and where fewer executions are being carried out, . . . |

Anonymous007 (2021-06-10). Three Palestinians, Including Two Security Officers Killed By Israeli Troops In West Bank. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | Israeli troops shot and killed three Palestinians, including two security officers, in a shootout that erupted in the occupied West Bank town of Jenin. | It reportedly happened in an overnight raid by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on June 9 into June 10th. | Lt. Adham Elewi and Cpt. Taysir Isa worked for the military intelligence service, and Gamil Mahmud al-Amuri was a Palestinian who had previously served time in Israeli prison, the agency reported. | Israe…

Anonymous669 (2021-06-10). Houthi Missiles, Drone Hit Saudi-Held Ma'rib City In Central Yemen. southfront.org Illustrative image, source: the Houthis media wing | Late on June 10, the Houthis (Ansar Allah) launched four ballistic missiles and a suicide drone at the central Yemeni city of Ma'rib, which is held by the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies. | The Saudi-backed wing of the Yemeni military told the al-Arabiya TV that the missiles landed in residential areas. One of the missile fell in the vicinity of Ma'rib prison, while another struck a shopping center. The military also claimed that the drone hit first responders. | Accordin…

Christopher Black (2021-06-10). The Copenhagen Summit for Democracy: the new Nazis. mronline.org In an opening video, still on their website inviting people to attend, Rasmussen claims that the USA is the "defender of democracy" against oppression and then immediately cited Belarus, Myanmar, Hong Kong, Taiwan as places where 'democracy is under threat." | June 10, 2021…

_____ (2021-06-10). Jail Populations Back Up After COVID-19. popularresistance.org It wasn't long after Matthew Reed shoplifted a $63 set of sheets from a Target in upstate New York that the coronavirus pandemic brought the world to a standstill. | Instead of serving a jail sentence, he stayed at home, his case deferred more than a year, as courts closed and jails nationwide dramatically reduced their populations to stop the spread of COVID-19. | But the numbers have begun creeping up again as courts are back in session and the world begins returning to a modified version of normal. It's worrying criminal justice reformers who argue that the past year proved there is no need to keep so many peo…

Editor2 (2021-06-10). UN Committee Rules on Detention of Venezuelan Diplomat Saab. orinocotribune.com On Tuesday, the United Nations Human Rights Committee ruled on the illegal detention of the Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab and requested the government of Cabo Verde to suspend his extradition process to the United States. In addition, Cabo Verde was requested to take all necessary measures to ensure access to appropriate health care for him. | "Pursuant to Rule 94 of the Committee's rules of procedure, the state party [Cabo Verde] has been requested to refrain from extraditing Mr. Alex Nain Saab Morán to the United States of America while his case is under review by the Committee or until further notice," read…

El Faro English (2021-06-10). OPINION: Our Father Is a Prisoner of Conscience in Guatemala. latinorebels.com For the last five years of our lives, we've not been able to hug him and say: "Have a good day, Dad."

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