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2022-01-21: News Headlines

Vijay Prashad (2022-01-21). We Are Human, but in the Dark We Wish for Light. dissidentvoice.org Carelle Homsy (Egypt), Liberté Egypte, 2009. For over a decade, Alaa Abd el-Fattah has been in and out of Egypt's prisons, never free of the harassment of the military state apparatus. In 2011, during the high point of the revolution, Alaa emerged as an important voice of his generation and since then has been a …

IGD Worldwide (2022-01-21). Mapuche Political Prisoners Denounce Punitive Sentencing. itsgoingdown.org As young people, we are here in the dungeons of this prison, enduring this unjust sentence given to us by a state-sanctioned court. For us Mapuches, there is no justice, only racism. For the poor Chileans it is the same. We all know that in this country justice is for the rich who manage all of the capital.

Staff (2022-01-20). 22 January, Canberra: Free Ahmad Saadat! Join an action in solidarity with the struggles of all Palestinian Prisoners! samidoun.net Saturday, 22 January 2 pm Garema Place, Civic Canberra, Australia Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/2021889451321806 Palestinian prisoners are consistently engaged in a difficult struggle inside Israeli jails against arbitrary laws and unrestrained brutality. Prisoners are regularly forced to go beyond the accepted limits of human endurance to assert their dignity and the most basic of rights, often with …

Staff (2022-01-20). Éirígí Activists mark Week of Action to Free Ahmed Sa'adat in Ireland. samidoun.net Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network received the following report from Éirígí in Ireland about their involvement in the campaign to free Ahmad Sa'adat this week. Solidarity from Ireland to Palestine! Sunday, 16 January, saw Éirígí activists in Limerick join an international week of solidarity actions in support of Ahmad Sa'adat and thousands of other Palestinian …

Jennifer Stisa Granick (2022-01-20). In Montana, Your Right to Cell Phone Privacy is Up for Debate. aclu.org In Montana and throughout the United States, privacy is a fundamental right. But in recent years, the right to privacy has come under threat — not because of any changes in law, but thanks to the technology in our pockets. Advancements in technology that were simply unimaginable when the U.S. and Montana Constitutions were adopted mean that the breadth of personal data housed on personal digital devices has become subject to constitutional protections developed for a world with far less revealing information about us available to the government. While the foundations of those rules are time-tested and wi…

Staff (2022-01-20). Setback for Democracy: Manchin & Sinema Join Senate Republicans to Block Voting Rights Legislation. democracynow.org As President Biden marked one year in office this week, conservative Democratic Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema joined with Republican senators to block a proposed change to filibuster rules that would have allowed two voting rights bills to move forward, foreclosing the chance to stop hundreds of anti-voting laws passed after the 2020 election. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders blasted his colleagues for opposing the rules change, and Georgia's Raphael Warnock likened the fight for voting rights to the civil rights movement. We air excerpts from their speeches.

Brittani Banks (2022-01-20). As Voting Advocates Talk About Election Reform, GOP-Led Battleground States Are Busy Restricting Voting. independentmediainstitute.org The failure of major federal voting rights legislation in the Senate has left civil rights advocates saying they are determined to keep fighting—including by suing in battleground states. But the little bipartisan consensus that exists on election reform would, at best, lead to much narrower legislation that is unlikely to address state-level GOP efforts now …

_____ (2022-01-20). Integration Has Failed. Now What? strategic-culture.org Coming up to the 38th Martin Luther King Day, it is obvious to everyone that integration has failed. The Floyd and Black Lives Matter Hoax riots last year, the ridiculous debate over Critical Race Theory, invites a question no one, least of all the worthies who run Conservatism, Inc., wants to ask: Now what?>

Dan Williams (2022-01-20). More officers are brought to trial for George Floyd's death. america.cgtn.com The U.S. federal trial of three former police officers involved in George Floyd's death began in the U.S. state of Minnesota on Thursday. They are charged with abusing their positions to deprive Floyd of his civil rights. CGTN's Dan Williams reports.

Ann Brown (2022-01-20). Florida Considers Bill That Will Outlaw Making Whites Feel Uncomfortable In Schools Teaching About Racial Discrimination. moguldom.com Florida's Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is worried that white students will feel uncomfortable if they are taught about America's racist history. He's pushing legislation that will ban public schools and private businesses from making white people feel "discomfort" when they teach students or train employees about discrimination in the nation's past. The bill received its …

WSWS (2022-01-20). Inmates file lawsuit against Arkansas jail for administering ivermectin for COVID-19 without informed consent. wsws.org The plaintiffs, Dayman Blackburn, Edrick Floreal-Wooten, Jeremiah Little, and Julio Gonzales, say they were given ivermectin in "high doses," a drug which the FDA and CDC have warned should not be used to treat COVID-19, causing them to develop side effects such as blurred vision, diarrhea, and bloody stool.

Staff (2022-01-20). 22 January, London: Free Palestine Rolling Picket — Free Palestinian Prisoners. samidoun.net Saturday, 22 January 1: 00 pm Ealing Broadway, W5 Meet Outside HSBC Organized by West London FRFI Info: www.instagram.com/p/CYydBvLou1B/ Free Palestinian Prisoners Rolling picket in Ealing, 22 January, 1pm Meet outside HSBC, Ealing Broadway Join West London RCG to protest against the businesses, banks and institutions in Britain that support Israel's oppression of the Palestinian people. …

Anonymous Contributor (2022-01-20). Vaughn Defendant Jarreau "Ruk"Ayers Fights to Overcome Illegal Conviction While Enduring Retaliation from the State. itsgoingdown.org An update on Jarreau "Ruk" Ayers, a defendant in the Vaughn 17 about his illegal conviction and the State's subsequent retaliation through denial of medical care. To read more about the background of the Vaughn 17 case, go here. One of two defendants illegally convicted in the Vaughn Prison uprising on Feb 1, 2017, Jarreau…

Staff (2022-01-20). Another victory for Palestine Action, another defeat for Israeli arms dealer Elbit! #ShutElbitDown. samidoun.net Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network congratulates Palestine Action for another court victory over Israeli arms manufacturer Elbit, only days after the company announced it had sold off its Oldham factory and facilities and one month after three more Palestine Action activists were found not guilty for defacing Elbit properties. The case against three activists was …

Support Eric King (2022-01-20). Eric King's Mail Ban Has Been Lifted. itsgoingdown.org Update on anarchist prisoner Eric King. For more information on Eric, go here. Eric King's mail ban is over (for now) so please write him if you can. He would love to hear from people. It has been quite some time since he was able to receive letters from people outside his immediate family. (We…

United Against War, Militarism (2022-01-20). Tuesday 1/25: Roundtable Discussion: Political Prisoners. indybay.org Register for our zoom discussion here: bit.ly/3KmbUjj…

_____ (2022-01-20). American Empire's Prison From Hell: Guant√°namo. commondreams.org The Doomsday Clock, a symbol of "how close we are to destroying our world," remains at 100 seconds to midnight.

Tom Engelhardt (2022-01-20). Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, America's Prison from Hell. warisacrime.org This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Yes, many of its prisoners, swept up in the early days of the war on terror, had committed no hostile acts against this country or its allies (55% of them, according to one study). And yes, they were …

Nayvin Gordon (2022-01-20). U.S. COVID-19 POLICY: PRISONERS OF FEAR—THE ELDERLY, THE SICK, AND VULNERAB. indybay.org The only way out of the Covid pandemic prison is by fighting for ZERO-COVID…

Staff (2022-01-20). 20 January, London: Picket for Palestine — Free Palestinian Prisoners! samidoun.net Thursday, 20 January 6: 30 pm M&S 458 Oxford Street, London Info: www.instagram.com/p/CY6rnsZoSaa/ In response to the @samidounnetwork call for a week of action to free Ahmad Sa'adat and all Palestinian prisoners we will be picketing outside Marks & Spencers on Oxford Street. Settler colonial state Israel continues to brutally occupy Palestine and incarcerate all those …

Brennan Center for Justice (2022-01-20). Thursday 1/27: The Power Struggle Over Elections: Rise of Voter Suppression & Election Subversion. indybay.org Online event…

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