Daily Archives: August 4, 2021

2021-08-04: News Headlines

Staff (2021-08-04). Video: Palestine Solidarity and the Boycott Movement: An Inter-Generational Dialogue. samidoun.net Watch the full video (above) of "Palestine Solidarity and the Boycott Movement: An Inter-Generational Dialogue," organized by the Canada Palestine Association and BDS Vancouver — Coast Salish Territories on Tuesday, 3 August 2021. The online event was also supported by the Canadian BDS Coalition, Just Peace Advocates and Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network. The full event video is also available on Facebook: www.facebook.com/cpavancouver.org/videos/1008597779913447/ The event aimed to provide a moderated, dynamic and inter-generational discussion of the history, current challenges and pr…

Daniel Warner (2021-08-04). Robert Moses: An Equal Rights Militant in a Land of Unfulfilled Promises. counterpunch.org Robert Parris Moses died last week. He was a champion of civil rights through voter registration in the American South in the 1960s and later through his Algebra Project. He was also my teacher. A brief summary of his life and achievements is a reminder of how the United States has changed in the past

Editor (2021-08-04). Prisoners use drugs. Stop trying to stop them. mronline.org In 1985, Canada began drug testing the urine of federal prisoners. Prison officials had tried to stop people from smuggling drugs into prisons by banning Christmas presents and even deploying teams of gerbils to sniff out anxious visitors.

Staff (2021-08-04). Shot with Rubber Bullets, Hospitalized, Jailed: Line 3 Protester Tara Houska Decries Police Attack. democracynow.org At least 20 water protectors were brutally arrested in Minnesota as resistance to the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline continues, and they say state and local police have escalated their use of excessive force, using tear gas, rubber and pepper bullets to repress opposition to Line 3, which, if completed, would carry Canadian tar sands oil across Indigenous land and fragile ecosystems. "The level of brutality that was unleashed on us was very extreme," says Indigenous lawyer and activist Tara Houska, who suffered bloody welts after she was shot with rubber bullets, then arrested and held in Pennington County Jail over th…

Center for Biological Diversity (2021-08-04). Sierra Nevada Red Fox Population Gains Endangered Species Act Protection. indybay.org SACRAMENTO, August 2, 2021 — In response to a petition and lawsuits from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today granted endangered status to a population of one of North America's rarest mammals, the Sierra Nevada red fox.

Giniw Collective (2021-08-04). Water Protectors Shot with Rubber Bullets and Tear Gas now Denied Medications in Jail. indybay.org Water Protectors at Stop Line 3 were brutally arrested by Sheriffs' deputies using excessive force, tear gas, rubber bullets and pepper bullets. Water Protectors now in Pennington County jail in northern Minnesota are being denied medications and being fed moldy food, Giniw Collective said.

Staff (2021-08-03). The growing uprising against administrative detention: 17 Palestinian detainees on hunger strike. samidoun.net Palestinian prisoners have launched a growing uprising inside Israeli prisons, with the number of hunger strikers now reaching 17. Sixteen of the hunger strikers are protesting their administrative detention, Israeli imprisonment without charge or trial that can be indefinitely renewed. Palestinians routinely are jailed for years at a time without ever being accused of any action under administrative detention orders, and since the beginning of 2021, 40 Palestinian prisoners have launched hunger strikes, most in rejection of administrative detention. There are currently approximately 540 Palestinians jailed witho…

Staff (2021-08-03). Headlines for August 3, 2021. democracynow.org Louisiana Orders Mask Mandate as U.S. Logs Highest Coronavirus Toll Since February, Federal Employees Must Show Proof of Vaccination or Face Regular Tests, U.S., U.K. Say Afghan Taliban Massacred Civilians in Spin Boldak, State Department Offers to Resettle Thousands of Afghans Who Worked with U.S. , Refugee Advocates Sue as Biden Admin Continues Trump-Era Border Policy, HHS Watchdog to Probe Reports of Dire Conditions at Migrant Youth Detention Camp , Progressives Blast White House for Allowing Eviction Moratorium to Expire, 200+ Arrested at D.C. Protest Demanding End to Filibuster, Voting Rights, Study: Gerryma…

Sameena Rahman (2021-08-03). People held in ICE detention 50 times more likely to test positive for COVID. liberationnews.org COVID-19 infections among people held in U.S. immigrant detention facilities are skyrocketing. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reported higher-than-ever rates of COVID-19 infections among those held in their custody, reaching more than 50 times the positivity rate of the general U.S. population. Even during the pandemic, ICE has continued to detain people with no regard …

Giuli Alvarenga (2021-08-03). Immigrant Detention in Louisiana Is Just Next Chapter of State's Prison Culture. latinorebels.com Louisiana has a long history of being the world's prison capital. This one U.S. southern state once surpassed entire countries with the number of prisons they host. Yes, Louisiana has more prisons than countries like Iran, China, and Germany, to just name a few. For example, one of Louisiana's notorious prisons —Angola State Prison— was …

Jonathan Cook (2021-08-03). Craig Murray's jailing is the latest move in a battle to snuff out independent journalism. mronline.org He becomes the first person ever to be imprisoned on the obscure and vaguely defined charge of "jigsaw identification".

Staff (2021-08-03). I Was Thrown in Solitary at 14. My Jailers Added a Day Each Time I Fought Back. truthout.org This piece is a winner of Truthout's Keeley Schenwar Memorial Essay Prize. | Content Warning: The following essay contains mentions of violence against youth, and solitary confinement. | Day 1 of 3: | They strip me to my boxers and lock me in a dry cell. No mattress. | They call it a dry cell because it doesn't have a toilet or sink. As solitary confinement goes, this ain't shit because they have to regularly let me out to use the bathroom. | In front of my cell, a tier divides th…

Staff (2021-08-03). A Prison Guard Raped Me and Threatened My Life. Now I Fight for Others' Lives. truthout.org This piece is a winner of Truthout's Keeley Schenwar Memorial Essay Prize. | Content warning: The following essay contains mentions of rape, anti-trans violence and violence against incarcerated people. | I am a queer, Blackfoot mother of four kids, three dogs, two ferrets and one nonprofit organization. Once, I had an amazing career as a costume designer in the Atlanta entertainment and burlesque industry. But in 2013, I was arrested and sentenced to 12 months in prison. Theoretically, tha…

Staff (2021-08-03). I Want to Start School So I Can Learn to Write Letters to My Dad in Prison. truthout.org This piece was granted special recognition through the Keeley Schenwar Memorial Essay Prize. | My name is Little Coconut. My birthday is May 18. My favorite color is pink, no I mean glittery red. I like learning about dinosaurs. I watch Totally Spies and Loud House. Sometimes I watch Charmed with my grandma and SpongeBob with my great grandpa. Sssssshhhhhhhh that's a secret. | My dad is in Connecticut. He is in jail but he is not a bandit. He does not know all these things about me unless I tel…

_____ (2021-08-03). On Contact: The Trial Of Ghislaine Maxwell. popularresistance.org On the show this week Chris Hedges talks to investigative journalist Nick Bryant about the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell. | The British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, held at New York's Metropolitan Detention Center and denied bail, will be tried this fall on sex-trafficking charges for allegedly recruiting and grooming teenage girls to engage in sex acts with the late American financier Jeffrey Epstein. She is reputed to have procured teenage girls for Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 2004 and allegedly paid the girls hundreds of dollars in cash after each encounter with Epstein. Epstein died in a New York jail cell…

Jonathan Cook (2021-08-03). The Jailing of Craig Murray: Another Move to Snuff Out Independent Journalism. counterpunch.org Craig Murray, a former ambassador to Uzbekistan, the father of a newborn child, a man in very poor health and one who has no prior convictions, will have to hand himself over to the Scottish police on Sunday morning. He becomes the first person ever to be imprisoned on the obscure and vaguely defined charge of "jigsaw identification".

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