2019-02-07: Social Media Postees

Are we Moderns or Terrestrials?
John Davis | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-07
We, in the United States,are accustomed to discriminatory segregation, accustomed to those excluded, and to those left behind. Brian Stevenson notes, in a New York Times interview, 01.20.19, "Slavery didn't end in 1865; it just evolved." It evolved through the sabotaging of Reconstruction, through lynching, through institutionalized segregation, and through mass incarceration (as is made explicit…

Protests erupt in Birmingham, Alabama after Thanksgiving Day police shooting of innocent man declared "justified"
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-07
Bradford was shot three times from behind by the officer, whose identity has been withheld by the police.

Australian actor Craig McLachlan's defamation case postponed following police charges
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-07
Gold Logie-winning actor Craig McLachlan's career has been "effectively destroyed" by the #MeToo allegations.

Hickey family demands parliamentary inquiry into TJ's death 15 years ago
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-07
On February 14, the family and supporters of TJ Hickey will meet at the park they have named after the young Kamilaroi man, 15 years after he was murdered by the NSW police. | On that tragic day in 2004, TJ was riding his bike in Redfern, unaware of what was going to happen next. Constable Michael Hollingsworth started to pursue him. At the corner of Phillip and George streets, the police car was so close that in the cul de sac between the two towers it rammed the bike. TJ was thrown off the bike and on to the spiked fence…

Public Hearing on Policing in the Homeless Community: Oakland
Oakland Police Commission | indybay.org | 2019-02-07
Taylor Memorial Church | 1188 12th St., Oakland, CA…

Spanish state vs Catalonia: putting a political trial on trial
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-07
On February 12, the trial of 12 Catalan politicians and social movement leaders involved in the October 1, 2017 independence referendum is set to begin in the Spanish Supreme Court. | The leaders face sanctions as harsh as 25 year's jail for their alleged offences — rebellion, sedition and embezzlement of public funds. | It is the first of three trials. Other defendants, including former police chief, José Lluís Trapero, will face the National High Court. Those members of the Catalan parliament who allowed discussion and voting on the referendum enabling law will face the High Court of Justice of Catalonia…

French National Assembly passes police state "anti-riot" law targeting protests
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-07
Introduced in response to the "yellow vest" protests, the law marks a significant step in the transformation of France into a police state.

Sudanese Security Forces Use Tear Gas to Disperse Protesters
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-06
Hundreds of teachers, lawyers, doctors and pharmacists protested in the streets of Khartoum and other parts of the country Tuesday against President Omar al-Bashir's rule after the death of a teacher who had been detained by security agents. | RELATED: | Sudan: Protests Continue Following Promise to Free Detainees | Sudanese police fired tear gas at prot…

Refugee soccer player faces extradition hearings in Thailand
Associated Press | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-06
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's government insisted Monday it cannot free a detained soccer player who has refugee status in Australia until hearings on Bahrain's request for his extradition are completed. Thailand has come under great pressure from Australia's government, sporting bodies and human rights groups to send Hakeem al-Araibi back to Australia. He was arrested …

Haitian Opposition Plan to Mobilize One Million Demonstrators
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-06
Opposition sectors in Haiti announced plans to mobilize more than one million people Thursday in anti-government protests. | RELATED: | Bahama Police Rescue 17 Haitian Migrants, Declare 28 Dead | Organizers said demonstrators will demand the judicial system take action against embezzlement of Petrocaribe funds, which, rose to US$2,258,796 between 2008 and 2018, according to a partial report of the National Audit Office. | Opposition leader, Andre Michel, said that clear and immediat…

Brazil: Bill Could Shield Abusive Police
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-06
A military police armored vehicle passes by a person killed by police on April 7, 2016 in the Jacarezinho favela. Military police killed tow other people during the same raid. | © 2016 Carlos Cout | (Sà£o Paulo) — A bill unveiled by Jair Bolsonaro ¥s government in Brazil on February 4 could be used to let police officers who kill people in unjustifiable circumstances evade punishment, Human Rights Watch said today. | "The new bill could spur an incr…

Honduran CEO Charged With Planning Murder Of Berta Caceres
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-06
Honduran prosecutors formally presented evidence against the CEO of Energy Development SA (DESA) Tuesday for allegedly masterminding the murder of Indigenous environmental activist Berta Caceres in 2016. | RELATED: | Honduras: Berta Caceres' Alleged Murderers Go On Trial Monday | On Tuesday, the Honduran prosecutor's office presented evidence against Roberto David Castillo Mejia at a preliminary court hearing. Castillo was president of DESA when Caceres was assassinated at her ho…

Brazil: Leftist Lawmaker's Car Vandalized With Death Threats
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-06
Newly-elected state lawmaker in the Rio de Janeiro state of Brazil Dani Monteiro, who had been an advisor to murdered Rio lawmaker Marielle Franco, Friday had her car vandalized with threats outside of the legislative building where the state assembly meets. | RELATED | Brazil's Vice President Favors Torture, Admires Dictatorships | Monteiro found the threatening message on the back window of her car that was parked in the parking lot of the legislative building on the same day sh…

Pressure Mounts on Prosecutor to Drop Controversial Case Against Black Police Chief
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-05
After the Maryland Court of Special Appeals overturned the misconduct conviction of Pocomoke's first black police chief Kelvin Sewell, the ACLU of Maryland submitted a petition urging Special Prosecutor Emmitt Davitt not to retry the case | The post Pressure Mounts on Prosecutor to Drop Controversial Case Against Black Police Chief appeared first on The Real News Network.

Youth and College Director Tiffany Dena Loftin Recognized by NBC
Austyn Ross | naacp.org | 2019-02-04
This #BlackHistoryMonth NBC BLK recognized 10 women shaping their environment and altering the lives of those in their communities. Our Youth and College Director, Tiffany Dena Loftin, was recognized for using her voice and talent to make sure young black people's lives matter. Loftin has been raising her voice since she was an undergraduate at […] | The post Youth and College Director Tiffany Dena Loftin Recognized by NBC appeared first on NAACP.

"I'm Actually Freer Than They Are"
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-03
In recent years, Chinese authorities have intensified their efforts against human rights defenders, subjecting them to various kinds of harassment and continuous surveillance, or detaining and prosecuting them on fabricated criminal charges. Human Rights Watch has extensively documented cases from across China. | Human Rights Watch spoke to more than two dozen Chinese human rights defenders, asking them to share stories of the police harassment they had recently experienced. Some said the harassment felt so routine they could not…

Prosecutor Refuses to Try Pot Cases, But Police Pledge to Continue to Arrest
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-03
Baltimore's State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby's recent decision to stop prosecuting marijuana possession cases prompted pushback from the police commissioner, despite overwhelming evidence arrests for pot disproportionately impact African-Americans | The post Prosecutor Refuses to Try Pot Cases, But Police Pledge to Continue to Arrest appeared first on The Real News Network.

Surveillance Video, Independent Forensic Expert Raise Fresh Questions about Anton Black's Death in Police Custody?
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-01
The video, along with a independent analysis of the autopsy report by an outside forensic pathologist, reveal a different depiction of events that lead to the death of 19-year-old Anton Black in police custody | The post Surveillance Video, Independent Forensic Expert Raise Fresh Questions about Anton Black's Death in Police Custody? appeared first on The Real News Network.

The price Peter Norman paid for his anti-racism
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-01
The Peter Norman Story | Written by Andrew Webster & Matt Norman | Macmillan, 2018 | $34.99 | Australian sprinter Peter Norman had just run a blistering 20.6 seconds in the men's 200-metre final at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games to claim the silver medal. After he heard about the plans of the gold and bronze medallists, African-American runners Tommy Smith and John Carlos, to protest against racism in the US, Norman agreed to support their actions by wearing an Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR) badge, stating: "I'll stand with you". | In The Peter Norman Story, his nephew Matt Norman, w…

A Modern-Day Lynching?: "Always in Season" Looks at 2014 Hanging in NC & Legacy of Racial Terrorism
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-01
As we mark the beginning of Black History Month, we look at "Always in Season," a disturbing new documentary that examines lynching in the United States both past and present. It interviews Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, which built the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery to remember the more than 4,000 African Americans lynched in the United States. It also looks closely at the case of Lennon Lacy, a 17-year-old African-American high school student who, on August 29, 2014, was found hanging from two belts attached to a wooden swing set in a largely white trailer park…

The Same Media That Opposed Democracy in South Africa Now Warn Against It in Israel/Palestine
Gregory Shupak | fair.org | 2019-02-01
Richard Neely wrote in the New York Times ( 9/20/81), "Whites are not just potentially at war against nonwhites — everyone is potentially at war against everyone else," suggesting the inevitable demise of Asians in South Africa under a one person, one vote system. | When apartheid reigned in South Africa, Western media commentary frequently suggested that if a one person, one vote system were adopted, black South Africans would massacre whites, oppress them or force them to flee. The same line of…

Extremists Go Knocking on Dems' Doors – Police Are Returning the Favor
Nick R. Martin | splcenter.org | 2019-01-31
The staff for an Arizona congressman asked the U.S. Capitol Police on Wednesday to look into the extremist group Patriot Movement AZ (PMAZ) after its leaders posted photos and video of the congressman's house and information about security measures for the property.

Stacey Abrams: "We Have to Work Harder" Than Those Who Would Suppress the Vote
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-31
Democrats have selected former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams to deliver the response to President Trump's State of the Union address. The address will take place on Tuesday, after being delayed due to the government shutdown. Abrams will become the first person not in public office to respond to the president, as well as the first African-American woman to deliver the response. She recently launched Fair Fight Action, a voting rights advocacy group, after she narrowly lost Georgia's governor's race to Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who was widely accused of suppressing the vote. In mid-November, A…

Headlines for January 31, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-31
Venezuela: U.S. Urges Military to Back Guaidó as Protesters Take to Streets, Reuters: UAE Hired Ex-NSA Agents to Spy on Opponents and Critics, Congress Reintroduces War Powers Resolution to End War on Yemen, Trump Hits Back After Intelligence Chiefs Contradict Him on Iran, N. Korea, Israeli Forces Kill Teenage Palestinian Girl at West Bank Checkpoint, Israel: Thousands of Israeli Ethiopians Protest Racism, Police Brutality, Migrants: Scores Killed in 2 Boat Wrecks Off Djibouti Coast, Humanitarian Ship Docks in Italy After European Nations Agree to Process Migrants, Colombia: 2 Community Leaders Killed Amid Mounti…

Minneapolis: Fundraising event nets more than $3000 for Fight Back!
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-01-31
Minneapolis, MN — More than 75 trade unionists, anti-police-terror, immigrant rights, anti-war and student activists came together January 26 for a successful house party that netted more than $3000 for Fight Back!. | One of the event organizers, Matt Boynton stated, "The revolutionary press is of major importance in the struggle against capitalism in this country and around the globe. This fundraiser for Fight Back! was an incredible success." | Leader of trade unions and other people's organizations offered short toasts where they explained the importance of Fight Back! to their work. | Fight Back! editor…

Feds File Hate Crime Charges in Tree of Life Shooting, Cite Antisemitic Posts on Gab
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-01-30
Federal prosecutors are saying overtly for the first time that the man charged with killing 11 people at the Tree of Life Synagogue did so because he's antisemitic and his intended victims were Jewish.

Smith College Overhauls Policing Practices After Black Student Racially Profiled
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-01-30
After a Smith College employee called the cops on a Black student as she ate lunch, Smith will take up the ACLU's recommendations for police reforms. | This past July, Oumou Kanoute was a rising sophomore at Smith College, working on campus over the summer to mentor high school students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM, careers. A young Black immigrant and the daughter of a single mother, Oumou is exactly the kind of striver colleges like Smith seek to attract. | But Oumou felt anything but welcome on that late July afternoon. As she ate in a common room, wearing the unofficial Sm…

Allan Nairn: Trump's Venezuela Envoy Elliott Abrams Is a War Criminal Who Has Abetted Genocide
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-30
In an ongoing effort to topple Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, Vice President Mike Pence met with members of the Venezuelan opposition at the White House Tuesday alongside Trump's new special envoy to Venezuela, Elliott Abrams. Elliott Abrams is a right-wing hawk who was convicted in 1991 for lying to Congress during the Iran-Contra scandal, but he was later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. Abrams defended Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt as he oversaw a campaign of mass murder and torture of indigenous people in Guatemala in the 1980s. Ríos Montt was later convicted of genocide. Abrams w…

Headlines for January 30, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-30
U.S. Hands Over Assets to Guaidó as Venezuela Restricts His Travel, Intelligence Community Contradicts Trump on Iran, N. Korea, ISIS, Trump Immigration Rule Forces 1st Asylum Seeker Out of U.S., Back into Mexico, Pentagon to Send "Several Thousand" More Troops to U.S.-Mexico Border, Honduras: Rights Groups Slam Guilty Verdict for Opposition Critic María Luisa Borjas, Brazil: 5 Arrested in Dam Collapse That Killed 65, Devastating Environment, Mexico: Tens of Thousands Strike as 27 Factories Reach Deals for Pay Raises, U.K. Lawmakers Order PM Theresa May to Reopen Brexit Negotiations, Cameroon: Security Forces Arre…

Venezuela: Dozens Arrested in Short-Lived National Guard Mutiny
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-01-21
The National Guardsmen who rebelled in Caracas early Monday morning have been arrested and are reportedly providing information to authorities.

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