Daily Archives: June 26, 2021

2021-06-26: News Headlines

Editorial Team (2021-06-26). Derek Chauvin sentenced to 22 years and six months in prison for murder of George Floyd. challenge-magazine.org Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been sentenced to 22 years and 6 months in prison for his murder of George Floyd last year. Judge Peter Cahill explained the sentence is based on Chauvin's "abuse of a position of trust and authority, and also the particular cruelty shown." Chauvin was convicted of three charges in April: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter. | It was Mr Floyd's murder that sparked the series of Black Lives Matter protests last year after a video of his death, recorded by passer-by Darnella Frazier, emerged online. | For Mr Floyd's sister,…

Malik Miah (2021-06-26). United States: Derek Chauvin sentenced for George Floyd's murder. greenleft.org.au Derek Chavin was sentenced to 22.5 years in a Minnesota prison for the murder of George Floyd, reports Malik Miah.

Juan Cole (2021-06-26). Forms of Equality in Late Antiquity and in the Qur'an (Podcast). juancole.com My interview is at Renovatio concerning my forthcoming article on equality in the Qur'an, which I wrote in honor of the Black Lives Matter movement. The audio is embedded here: Renovatio's notes: "God's creativity is seen as an expression of the divine will and those blessed with insight can perceive it as such, and perhaps …

Staff (2021-06-26). 26 June, Online Event: #Save_Israa event with sister and son of Palestinian prisoner Israa Jaabis (Arabic, Spanish). samidoun.net Saturday, 26 June Online Event (Live translation: Arabic and Spanish) 12 pm Pacific -3 pm Eastern — 9 pm central Europe — 10 pm Palestine Join on Zoom: us02web.zoom.us/j/81577264737 Many people may not know why so many Palestinians are imprisoned in Israeli jails. We must understand that, when living under occupation, any reason or no reason (for example, in the case of administrative detention) may be used to imprison those who fight for their natural, human and political rights. In the Zionist occupation prisons and interrogation rooms, systematic torture is considered routine and legal, espec…

Liberation Staff (2021-06-26). New Hampshire: 100 protesters occupy State House, demand budget veto. liberationnews.org The proposed budget would cut public school funding by $100 million, institute an abortion ban after 24 weeks with no exceptions, cuts taxes for businesses and the wealthy and prohibit all public institutions from teaching about systemic oppression.

WSWS (2021-06-26). Kamala Harris stages photo op at Mexican border to defend mass incarceration of immigrant children. wsws.org Kamala Harris visited the US-Mexico border for the first time in the midst of mounting exposures of the Biden administration's inhumane and illegal treatment of immigrants.

Editor2 (2021-06-26). ECOWAS Court Dismissed Cape Verde's Motion to Set Aside Judgment for Release of Alex Saab. orinocotribune.com In its judgment delivered on 15 March 2021, the ECOWAS Court of Justice declared illegal the arrest and detention of Venezuelan diplomat Alex Nain Saab Moran, ordered his release from further custody, quashed the extradition proceedings against him to the United States and awarded him $200,000 reparation for the violations of his human rights by Cape Verde. | On 15 April, the Government of Cape Verde filed two motions praying the ECOWAS Court to set aside the Judgment. Both motions were vigorously opposed by the defence team of Alex Saab and in today's decision, which followed a hearing on 31 May, the ECOWAS Cour…

Fight Back (2021-06-26). SEIU Local 73 members at Cook County Health begin strike. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – 2449 members of SEIU Local 73 who work at Cook County Health in Chicago began an open-ended strike on Friday, June 25 at 6 a.m. The SEIU members have been in bargaining with Cook County for over nine months and decided the only way to get the contract they deserve is to fight for it. The facilities that are striking include Stroger and Provident Hospitals; clinics and mental health services at Cermak; Cook County corporate offices and clerk's office, and the county jail. Members at all of these locations will strike indefinitely until they win a contract that they feel is adequate to return to work.

Ted Kelly (2021-06-25). Anti-apartheid guerrilla fighter: 'We made the system ungovernable'. workers.org Philadelphia Mpho Masemola is Secretary General of the Ex-Political Prisoners Veterans Association of South Africa (EPPA) and was an underground guerrilla fighter as a member of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), the military wing of the African National Congress. He was a political prisoner, incarcerated along with Nelson Mandela at Pollsmoor . . . |

teleSUR (2021-06-25). Derek Chauvin Convicted to 22.5 Years for George Floyd's Death. telesurenglish.net Former Minneapolis police Derek Chauvin was convicted to 22.5 years in jail over the death of George Floyd. Chauvin pressed the neck of the African American man for nine minutes until he stopped breathing. | RELATED: | Chauvin, 45, was sentenced for second-degree unintentional murders, a crime that can be penalized with up to 40 years in prison according to Minneapolis law. Last April the officer was found guilty on the accounts of sec…

Latino Rebels (2021-06-25). Chauvin Gets 22 1/2 Years in Prison for George Floyd's Death. latinorebels.com MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison for the murder of George Floyd, whose dying gasps under Chauvin's knee led to the biggest outcry against racial injustice in the U.S. in generations.

WSWS (2021-06-25). A Crime on the Bayou: Taking a principled stand during the civil rights era. wsws.org The movie concerns a young black fisherman from Louisiana, Gary Duncan, falsely charged with assault, whose case went to the US Supreme Court. He was defended by Richard Sobol, a white civil rights attorney from New York.

Staff (2021-06-25). "Better Than Trump" Isn't Good Enough. End Deportation Now. truthout.org On the campaign trail, Joe Biden went to great lengths to establish the dramatic differences between himself and Donald Trump on immigration. Biden was very clear: He would reunite separated families, resettle 125,000 refugees and put privately run immigration detention centers firmly in the past. | Six months into his administration, immigration organizers are feeling whiplash. | The White House followed through on its promise of a 100-day deportation moratorium, but quickly abandoned the goals of its own executi…

Staff (2021-06-25). Snowden hails 'significant victory' for privacy as court rules Baltimore air surveillance unconstitutional. rt.com In a decision hailed by the ACLU and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, an US appeals court has sided with black activists and ruled that Baltimore's AIR spying program violated the Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable searches. | The full bench of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia The ruling is the "m…

Anonymous669 (2021-06-25). Pentagon Linguist Who Spied For Lebanon's Hezbollah Sentenced To 23 Years In Prison. southfront.org File image. | On June 23, Lebanese-American Mariam Taha Thompson was sentenced to 23 years in prison for leaking classified national defense information to Hezbollah. | Thompson, 62, from Rochester, Minnesota, was a contracted linguist for a US Special Operations task force in Iraq and had top secret clearance. | In a statement, the US Department of Justice said that Thompson admitted that she knew that the classified national defense information that she was passing to a Lebanese national would be provided the Lebanese gr…

Martha Grevatt (2021-06-25). SCOTUS ruling: Bigotry behind the fig leaf of religion. workers.org The June 17 ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States, in Fulton v. Philadelphia, represents a bigoted attack on the rights of LGBTQ2S+ people. Outside Supreme Court, Oct. 8, 2019, demanding legal protection from anti-LGBTQ2S+ discrimination. In Philadelphia, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is illegal; the . . . |

teleSUR (2021-06-25). Brazil's Supreme Court Annuls Two Trials Against Lula da Silva. telesurenglish.net On Thursday, Brazil's Supreme Court (STF) annulled two court cases against ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. These lawsuits were about alleged acts of corruption related to the purchase of land for the Lula Institute and the hiring of remodeling work on a farm in Sao Paulo. | RELATED: | These trials, which kept the left-wing leader in jail for 19 months, were dealt with by Sergio Moro, a former judge whose…

WSWS (2021-06-25). ACLU report highlights ICE brutality against hunger striking migrants under Obama and Trump. wsws.org Immigrants who went on hunger strikes to protest against the poor conditions in various detention centers were subjected to involuntary and invasive medical procedures including forced feeding and hydration.

Yazmine Nichols (2021-06-25). Jailed For a Faulty Battery and Left to Catch COVID-19. aclu.org Kevin Jones* is sitting in a jail cell because of a faulty battery. Jones, a Black man, was released on a pending criminal charge and probation supervision and ordered by officials in Oakland County, Michigan to wear an electronic location monitoring device while he awaited further hearings in his cases. Yet, through no fault of his own, the device (called a "tether" in Michigan) failed to keep a charge due to an inexplicable malfunction. In November 2020, Jones was sleeping in his home when police officers broke in, woke him up, and arrested him for violating the conditions of his release. The violation? A de…

Zoe Brennan-Krohn (2021-06-25). Britney Spears' Reproductive Freedom is a Disability Rights Issue. aclu.org There were many shocking moments in Britney Spears'

Ramona Wadi (2021-06-25). Pinochet-Style Detentions, Torture, Killings: Chile's President Sebastian Piñera Denounced at the ICC. globalresearch.ca The 2019 protests have ignited change in Chile, which the people are determined to bring to fruition, Ramona Wadi writes. | . | Chilean President Sebastian Piñera would not have imagined, upon his electoral victory in 2017, that he would have mangled …

Fight Back (2021-06-25). Nurses begin one-day strike at Cook County health facilities. Social workers to begin picketing Friday. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – At 7 a.m. on Thursday, June 24 nurses represented by National Nurses United (NNU) In Chicago, Illinois began a 24-hour strike against Cook County's health facilities' management. The nurses are striking to end chronic staff shortages which they say have been undermining care for patients and the communities. | In addition to the NNU nurses, social workers represented by the Service Employees International Union, Local 73 (SEIU 73) will begin open-ended picketing of the same facilities, including John H. Stroger Hospital, Cermak Health Services, the Cook County jail, and Provident Hospital. The…

Daniel Borgstrà∂m (2021-06-25). Between the minutes at KPFA's board mtg. of May 15th. indybay.org A look at the New Day supporters who are the majority faction at KPFA, their GM who gives a report but takes no questions, the treasurer's story regarding the unpaid property taxes, the LSB vote on the proposed New Day bylaws, and an update on the ongoing lawsuit which began last December with an attempt to put Pacifica into receivership..

John Nichols (2021-06-25). Susan Collins Sums Up Her Scorching Cynicism With a States' Rights Defense of Voter Suppression. thenation.com Susan Collins Sums Up Her Scorching Cynicism With a States' Rights Defense of Voter Suppression…

David L. Kirp (2021-06-25). Building the Prison-to-College Pipeline. thenation.com Building the Prison-to-College Pipeline…

Chloe DS (2021-06-25). How temporary protection visas punish refugees. greenleft.org.au If the Murugappan refugee family is released from Perth community detention, they are likely to join 18,000 others on insecure temporary visas. Chloe DS reports on the cruel visa system.

Chris Peterson (2021-06-25). Medivac refugees on hunger strike have been hospitalised. greenleft.org.au Chris Petersen and Chloe DS report that 14 refugees have been on hunger strike for more than a week in protest at their imprisonment.

Chris Peterson (2021-06-25). Medivac refugees on hunger strike have been hospitalised. greenleft.org.au Fourteen refugees have been on hunger strike for more than a week in protest at their imprisonment. Some have been detained for eight years. Chris Petersen and Chloe DS report.

teleSUR (2021-06-25). Chile's Communist Party Demands Release of Political Prisoners. telesurenglish.net Chile's Communist Party (PC) demanded on Friday the release of political prisoners arrested during the 2019 social unrest. | RELATED: | "The political prisoners during the social unrest belong to hundreds of people that went out to the streets in a clear opposition and fighting against the neoliberal model, demanding a life with dignity," the PC said in a statement. | Como Constituyentes Comunistas mantenemos intacta la exigencia d…

WSWS (2021-06-25). Spain's PSOE-Podemos government pardons Catalan-nationalist political prisoners. wsws.org The Catalan nationalists were imprisoned based on a show trial, but their pardon is also a cynical manoeuvre dictated by the need to shower the banks with billions in EU funds.

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