Daily Archives: September 8, 2021

2021-09-08: News Headlines

Lois Weiner (2021-09-08). Let's Support Member-Driven Unions That Fight Against Oppression. zcomm.org Movements fighting for social justice need a massively reinvigorated labor movement, just as much as labor unions need social movements…

Norman Solomon (2021-09-08). Abortion Bounty Hunters in Texas Are Vigilantes Not 'Whistleblowers'. counterpunch.org One of the many preposterous claims coming from supporters of the vicious new Texas law against abortion is that bounty hunters — standing to gain a $10,000 reward from the state — will somehow be "whistleblowers." The largest anti-abortion group in Texas is trying to attach the virtuous "whistleblower" label to predators who'll file lawsuits against abortion

Norman Solomon (2021-09-08). Abortion Bounty Hunters in Texas Are Not 'Whistleblowers': They're Cruel Vigilantes. counterpunch.org One of the many preposterous claims coming from supporters of the vicious new Texas law against abortion is that bounty hunters — standing to gain a $10,000 reward from the state — will somehow be "whistleblowers." The largest anti-abortion group in Texas is trying to attach the virtuous "whistleblower" label to predators who'll file lawsuits against abortion

Anonymous007 (2021-09-08). IDF Carry Out Raids Looking For 6 Escape Palestinians In Occupied West Bank. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | Israeli forces stormed dozens of areas across the occupied West Bank district of Jenin, looking for the 6 escaped Palestinians. | Media sources in Jenin said dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded the Arraba plain area and conducted searches in Palestinian communities. | According to Palestinian media outlets, the Israeli forces raided the homes of the six escaped prisoners and began to arrest their relatives. | They invaded Arabbuna village northeast of Jenin and sto…

Michelle Maldonado (2021-09-08). Los Angeles organizers say 'Shut 'Em Down' in prisoner solidarity rally. liberationnews.org On September 4, a powerful group of 60 local activists, organizers and community members took over the corner sidewalks across from the Los Angeles County's Men's Central Jail.

Anonymous007 (2021-09-08). Fire In Overcrowded Indonesian Prison Leaves At Least 40 Dead. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | In the early hours of September 8th, a fire broke out in an overcrowded Indonesian prison, leaving at least 40 dead. | The prison Indonesia's Banten province also injured dozens. | #fire has ripped through an overcrowded block in a jail in #Indonesia's Banten province, killing at least 40 people and injuring dozens more, a government spokeswoman and media reports say. WSWS (2021-09-08). Federal bankruptcy judge grants Sackler family sweeping immunity in $4.3 billion opioid settlement. wsws.org In an example of class justice, the billionaire Sackler family, which fueled and profited immensely from the opioid epidemic through its company Purdue Pharma and its OxyContin medication, was handed immunity last week from all future opioid lawsuits.

Editor (2021-09-08). The Pasts and Futures of Social Reproduction as Dual Terrains Struggle. mronline.org This article discusses Susan Ferguson's Women and Work and how it advances contemporary debates about social reproduction within and beyond Marxist feminism. In particular, I emphasise its call for avoiding hierarchising struggles against oppression and those against exploitation, and for centring a dual-terrains approach. – Maud Perrier…

Editor (2021-09-08). A resource guide to political prisoners in the U.S. mronline.org A growing list and guide to materials highlighting a few of the many of the political prisoners who have been incarcerated in the United States many still fighting for liberation.

Staff (2021-09-08). At least 41 killed, dozens injured after massive blaze erupts at overcrowded prison near Indonesia's capital (VIDEO). rt.com At least 41 people were killed and dozens more wounded in a large fire that broke out in a crowded prison near the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, according to officials. The blaze has since been extinguished. | The fire ignited at Tangerang Prison in the early hours of Wednesday, said Rika Aprianti, a spokeswoman for the country's Justice Ministry. She added that the fire was put out after several hours, and that all injured victims had been taken to a local hospital. | In addition to the 41 inmates killed, at least eight others were severely injured and a total of 72 sustained light wounds, Jakarta police chi…

_____ (2021-09-07). The Political Economy Of Racial Inequality. popularresistance.org In 1965, in response to President Lyndon B. Johnson's anemic War on Poverty legislation, the labor and civil rights leaders A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin joined with Leon Keyserling, the former chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, to draft "A Freedom Budget for All Americans." Their $180 billion proposal ($1.4 trillion adjusted for inflation) would have established a living wage and guaranteed employment through public works projects and urban revitalization initiatives. Randolph and Rustin were socialists who viewed racial inequality through the lens of capitalist labor and housing markets. They cor…

_____ (2021-09-07). Groups Call On Trudeau And RCMP To Protect Secwepemc Activists. popularresistance.org Blue River, BC — Over 40 human rights lawyers, organizations, authors and First Nations representatives penned a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calling on him to abide by demands made from the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) calling on Canada to immediately halt construction of the Trans Mountain Pipeline. | The letter follows a summer of escalating confrontations, including assaults, surveillance, and harassment targeting Secwepemc land defenders by pipeline workers and security. | The letter urging Prime Minister Trudeau to stop the construction of the…

Mirinda Crissman (2021-09-07). From chattel slavery to modern prisons. workers.org The following remarks were given during the 50 Years of Resistance: Black August & Attica live broadcast hosted by the Prisoners Solidarity Committee of Workers World Party Sept. 2. Crissman is a co-editor of Tear Down the Walls. I am always very struck when imprisoned people compare their situations . . . |

Juan Cole (2021-09-07). Southern White Male GOP Voter Suppression, anti-Abortion Laws are ways of reviving Jim Crow and expanding it to White Women. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — African-Americans have complained about the tendency of commentators to compare political suppression and regressive policies of white Republicans to slavery. Nothing, they rightly maintain, is like slavery. But some GOP laws passed by elite white males are very much like Jim Crow-style discrimination. Voter i.d. laws, for instance, are completely …

Staff (2021-09-07). Texas Abortion Ban Is a Violation of International Law. truthout.org United Nations experts tasked with monitoring human rights abuses across the globe are condemning Texas' near-total abortion ban as a clear violation of international law, characterizing the state's newly imposed restrictions as "profoundly discriminatory" and dangerous. | Melissa Upreti, a human rights lawyer and the chair of the U.N.'s working group on discrimination against women and girls,

Norman Solomon (2021-09-07). Abortion Bounty Hunters in Texas Are Not 'Whistleblowers' — They're Cruel Vigilantes. zcomm.org The largest anti-abortion group in Texas is trying to attach the virtuous "whistleblower" label to predators who'll file lawsuits against abortion providers and anyone who "aids or abets" a woman getting an abortion…

Patrick Toomey (2021-09-07). The Privacy Lesson of 9/11: Mass Surveillance is Not the Way Forward. aclu.org Twenty years after 9/11, the pervasive power of our government's mass surveillance regime is clearer than ever — and it's past time for change. Congress now has the opportunity to enact There has been bipartisan recognition that…

Paige Fernandez (2021-09-07). 10 Things to Know about Combating Violence in America. aclu.org "With violent crime on the rise, we must invest in more police." You've probably heard this recently from the media, elected officials, and some people directly impacted by gun violence. The pain of communities facing the threat of interpersonal gun violence demands that something be done to protect families, create safer streets, and save lives. If you combine that desperate need for solutions with a society where police have been legitimized as the first, last, and only resort, it's easy to understand why people would clamor for more police right now. | While this may seem like a logical response, the facts…

Kevin Gosztola (2021-09-07). Twenty Years In A Security State: FBI Responded To 9/11 By Locking Up Hundreds Of Muslim Immigrants (Exclusive For Subscribers). thedissenter.org John Ashcroft, who was U.S. attorney general under President George W. Bush from 2001-2005 (Photo: [Editor's Note: To mark the 20th anniversary of the rise of the American security state after the September 11th attacks, The Dissenter presents a retrospective on this transformation in law enforcement and government. Each entry in the series will connect with whistleblower stories where possible.]Asif-ur-Rehman Saffi was arrested for an immigration violation and brought to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, Ne…

_____ (2021-09-07). Groups Call On Justin Trudeau And RCMP To Protect Secwepemc Activists. popularresistance.org Over 40 human rights lawyers, organizations, authors and First Nations representatives penned a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calling on him to abide by demands made from the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) calling on Canada to immediately halt construction of the Trans Mountain Pipeline.

Final Straw (2021-09-07). Final Straw: Panel Discussion on Jailhouse Lawyers Speak's Call to #ShutEmDown2021. itsgoingdown.org Panel discussion on Jailhouse Lawyer's Speak (JLS) and the #ShutEmDown2021 call for abolitionist actions. This is the second segment of a series of political discussions focused on building support for the call from Jailhouse Lawyers Speak for National #ShutEmDown2021 demonstration along with support for the 2022 National Prisoner' Strike and Boycott. In this segment "Interpreting…

_____ (2021-09-07). Politicians Globally Call On Biden To Drop Prosecution Against Assange. popularresistance.org Politicians around the world are sending a message to US President Biden to drop the charges against Julian Assange ahead of his 50th birthday. Julian Assange, an unconvicted, remand prisoner who hasn't been charged in Britain is spending 3rd birthday inside high-security Belmarsh prison despite winning his extradition case last January. A cross party group of UK parliamentarians took the opportunity of Biden's visit during G7 summit in Cornwall and appealed to President in an open letter saying: "The effect of your predecessor's decision to take a criminal case against a member of the press working in our countr…

Alethea Redfern (2021-09-07). The Weekly Round-Up: "undue lenience" and unpopular social care proposals. ukhumanrightsblog.com In the News: In the relatively quiet period before the courts reopen for Michaelmas term, a suspended sentence handed down by a judge at Leicester Crown Court has attracted relatively loud censure. Timothy Spencer QC, Leicester's senior resident judge, sentenced 21-year-old former Leicester student Ben John to two years in prison, suspended for two years. John had …

_____ (2021-09-07). 'Four-Alarm Fire' for Democracy as Texas Voter Suppression Bill Becomes Law. commondreams.org Climate change will bring a multitude of catastrophes in our future if we fail to prepare.

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