2019-04-25: Social Media Postees

Thank These Climate Activists for Resisting Our Extinction
Sonali Kolhatkar | commondreams.org | 2019-04-25
Police arrest an Extinction Rebellion protester at London's Oxford Circus last week. (Photo: AP/Vudi Xhymshiti) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Joe Biden's Legislative History Under Scrutiny as He Enters 2020 Race
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-04-25
Former Vice President Joe Biden has entered the 2020 race for the White House, becoming the 20th Democrat to seek the nomination in the largest and most diverse field of Democratic candidates ever to run for president. Biden will face scrutiny for his long and checkered record in the coming weeks, including his 1994 crime bill, that helped fuel mass incarceration with financial incentives to keep people behind bars, and his handling of Anita Hill's sexual harassment allegations against Supreme Court justice nominee Clarence Thomas in 1991. Biden is also known for close ties to the financial industry and voting…
truthout.org/video/joe-bidens-legislative-history-under-scrutiny-as-he-enters-2020-race/

From Crime Bill to Iraq War Vote, Biden's Legislative History Under Scrutiny as He Enters Race
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-25
Former Vice President Joe Biden has entered the 2020 race for the White House, becoming the 20th Democrat to seek the nomination in the largest and most diverse field of Democratic candidates ever to run for president. Biden will face scrutiny for his long and checkered record in the coming weeks, including his 1994 crime bill, that helped fuel mass incarceration with financial incentives to keep people behind bars, and his handling of Anita Hill's sexual harassment allegations against Supreme Court justice nominee Clarence Thomas in 1991. Biden is also known for close ties to the financial industry and voting to…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/25/from_crim…

Judge Burdick Rules Police Can Start Removing People and Survival Property from Camp Behind Ross
Keith McHenry | indybay.org | 2019-04-25
PROTEST AT SANTA CRUZ CITY COUNCIL TUESDAY, APRIL 23RD AT NOON. Possible action on the levee outside the Gateway Plaza Camp on Wednesday, April 24 at 4: 00 PM.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/04/22/18822908.php

Evo Morales Says Gov't Will Not Forgive Corrupt Police
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-25
La Paz, April 25 (Prensa Latina) We will not forgive police officers involved in drug trafficking, said this Thursday the President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, adding they will apply the full force of the law to those who dent the work of good troops in that institution of internal order.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Sri Lanka: Spice Mogul Arrested, Attackers Educated, Wealthy
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-25
Sri Lankan spice mogul Mohammad Yusuf Ibrahim is reportedly in police custody and being questioned following the devastating Easter Sunday suicide attacks that killed hundreds of people, according to the New York Times citing officials. | RELATED: | Sri Lanka's Bloody Legacy: A Country Ravaged by UK-Fueled 26-year Civil War | Two of the suicide bombers, who deton…
telesurenglish.net/news/Sri-Lanka-Spice-Mogul-Arrested-Attackers-Educated-Wealthy-20190425-0004.html

Protest at Amnesty International office
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-04-25
Since yesterday, 24 April, a number of representatives from Kurdish organisations have been staging a sit-in in the lobby of the office of Amnesty International's International Secretariat in London. Amnesty International considers this a legitimate, and so far peaceful protest. | The groups are asking for a statement by us on a number of concerns including ongoing hunger strikes in prisons in Turkey. This morning, following a meeting with a delegation from the protesters, approximately 30 people forced their way into the building. While the police have been notified — at this point – Amnesty has not asked…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/04/protest-at-amnesty-international-office/

Refugee sends plea from Manus Island
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-25
Thousands turned out for refugee rights rallies across the country on Palm Sunday, April 14. | Kurdish refugee Farhad Bandesh, who is detained on Manus Island, addressed the rally in Newcastle by phone. Below is an edited transcript of his speech. | *** | My name is Farhad Bandesh. | I speak to you from Manus Island, where I have been imprisoned and tortured with others, like our friends on Nauru, for nearly six years. | I wish to acknowledge the land of the Awabakal people of the Kulin Nation, stolen land, and I pay respect to Indigenous people, past, present and future. | I want to thank you all so very much fo…
greenleft.org.au/content/refugee-sends-plea-manus-island

Julian Assange: Prisoner of Conscience
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-25
On April 11, Assange was illegally arrested, forcibly dragged from Ecuador's London embassy where he was given asylum by former President Rafael Correa in August 2012. | He's held under draconian solitary confinement conditions at London's high-security Belmarsh prison, Britain's Gitmo …
globalresearch.ca/julian-assange-prisoner-conscience/5675541

American Healthcare Horror Stories: An Incomplete Inventory
Fran Quigley | commondreams.org | 2019-04-25
The horrible statistics of the U.S. healthcare system mask the reality that every data point is someone's mother or spouse or beloved child, enduring unrelenting, grinding pain and days and nights tortured by illness. (Photo: US Navy/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Bernie Sanders Spurs Debate on Prisoner Voting Rights, But the Idea Is "Not as Radical as It Seems"
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-24
Presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said at a town hall Monday that he believed in restoring voting rights for prisoners, sparking a national discussion about re-enfranchisement for the more than 2 million Americans behind bars. Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg has spoken out against prisoner voting rights, while Senator Elizabeth Warren said "I'm not there yet" on the issue. Senator Kamala Harris said "there has to be serious consequence for the most extreme types of crimes," referencing her background as a prosecutor. We speak with Ari Berman, senior writer at Mother Jones, about the pu…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/24/bernie_sa…

'Not In My Name' Irish Republicans Honor Murdered Journalist
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-24
Pro-independence forces in Ireland attended the funeral of murdered Journalist Lyra Mckee, and stated clearly that her killing was 'not in our name'. | RELATED: | New IRA Claims Responsibility Apologizes for Journalist's Death | The journalist Lyra Mckee was killed on the 18th of April, in Creggan, Derry. She was covering clashes between the police and a working class Republican community. It is believed that she was killed by a stray bullet intended for the police forces. A di…
telesurenglish.net/news/Not-In-My-Name-Irish-Republicans-Honor-Murdered-Journalist-20190424-0039.html

Severe police-state measures come into force in Sri Lanka
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-24
Under the pretext of fighting terrorism, the Colombo government is strengthening its security forces amid a resurgence of working-class struggles.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/24/sril…

Kazakhstan: Imprisoned for unfurling a banner
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-04-24
Two people have been arrested for holding a banner during the Almaty marathon in Kazakhstan which read "You can't run away from the truth", "#AdilSailayUshin" (#ForFreeElections) and "#I have a choice". They have been detained for the peaceful expression of their views and are prisoners of conscience.
amnesty.org/en/documents/eur57/0260/2019/en/

21,000 Years Lost and Counting: Prosecutors Are Working to Clear Wrongful Convictions, but Their Record Is Mixed
Jordan Smith | theintercept.com | 2019-04-24
The number of conviction integrity units housed within prosecutors' offices has steadily grown, and many are collaborating with innocence organizations.
theintercept.com/2019/04/24/wrongful-convictions-prosecutors-innocence-organizations/

Central African Republic: Don't Reward Warlords
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-04-24
From left to right: Sidiki Abass, Mahamat Al Khatim, and Ali Darassa. | © Human Rights Watch; © Edouard Dropsy for Human Rights Watch; © 2016 CNC | (Nairobi) — Prosecutors in the Central African Republic should investigate militia leaders recently awarded government positions. | On March 24, a presidential decree named the armed groups leaders Ali Darassa, leader of the Union for Peace in the Central African Republic (Unité pour la pa…
hrw.org/news/2019/04/24/central-african-republic-dont-reward-warlords

Johns Hopkins Students Enter Week 4 of Sit-In Protesting ICE Contracts & Plan for Armed Campus Cops
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-23
Students at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, have entered their 21st day of a sit-in occupation of their campus administration building to protest the university's plans for an armed police force on campus, as well as Johns Hopkins's contracts with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Students at Johns Hopkins are demanding the cancellation of contracts with ICE and a pledge to donate all money received from ICE to Baltimore's immigration defense fund. They're also demanding voluntary recognition for all workers wishing to unionize, and a student and faculty representative spot on the university'…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/23/johns_hop…

Baltimore Writer D. Watkins: "We Speak for Ourselves: A Word from Forgotten Black America"
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-23
"We Speak for Ourselves: A Word from Forgotten Black America." That's the name of a new book by D. Watkins that amplifies the experiences of poor black Americans typically sidelined by the public and the media–including his own life story. He writes, "I'm from the bottom, and what I mean by bottom is first-generation scholars, the project babies, the people without Wi-Fi, the workers, the people most likely to get hit by police bullets. We are the subjects of protests, the rarely heard-from even as our deaths are debated by media personalities who wouldn't step foot on our blocks. … To quote the brilliant…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/23/baltimore…

Solidarity is growing to challenge police harassment of homeless people
Fréa Lockley | thecanary.co | 2019-04-23
In December 2018, stories about Gyula Remes caused outrage and shock after he died sleeping rough just yards from the houses of parliament. But … | Read more Solidarity is growing to challenge police harassment of homeless people | By Fréa Lockley…
thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2019/04/23/solidarity-is-growing-to-challenge-police-harassment-of-homeless-people/

Right-Wing Vigilantes Hold Migrants Hostage on U.S. Border. Did Border Patrol Give Tacit Approval?
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-23
The FBI has arrested the head of an armed vigilante group that has repeatedly filmed itself detaining migrant border crossers at gunpoint. Sixty-nine-year-old Larry Mitchell Hopkins is the leader of the far-right, pro-Trump group calling itself United Constitutional Patriots, which the American Civil Liberties Union described as an "armed fascist militia organization." His arrest came just days after the ACLU accused the vigilantes of illegally detaining 300 migrants, including young children, near Sunland Park, New Mexico, last week. We speak to Peter Simonson, executive director of the ACLU of New Mexico.
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/23/right_win…

From the BRICS countries to the townships: racial and social segregation continues
Éric Toussaint | mronline.org | 2019-04-23
Over 25 years ago now the people of South Africa won the struggle to end the Apartheid regime. Nevertheless, even though it is now against the law, de facto racial segregation is still apparent. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/04/23/from-the-brics-countries-to-the-townships-racial-and-social-segregation-continues/

'Mafioso Capitalism' and the Suicide of Peru's President
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-23
Prof. Gerardo Renique discusses the three other ex-presidents already in jail over the Odebrecht scandal, and Alan Garcia's death, just as he was about to be arrested for corruption…
therealnews.com/stories/mafioso-capitalism-and-the-suicide-of-perus-president

Sri Lankan Gov't Responds to Unprecedented Attacks with Surveillance, Social Media Blackout, Curfew
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-22
In one of the worst terrorist attacks to hit South Asia, Sri Lankan government officials say a local Islamist extremist group called the National Thowheed Jama'ath coordinated a series of eight bombings on Easter Sunday at churches and luxury hotels throughout the country. The attacks killed at least 290 people, injured more than 500 and left behind scenes of carnage and chaos. The government has apologized for not taking more preventative measures. Sri Lanka's telecommunications minister said a government memo circulated by Sri Lanka's top police official 10 days earlier warned of a possible attack, but that the…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/22/sri_lanka…

#JusticeForStephanieAndPaul: Four days of protests against police terror in CT
Emerson Cheney | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-21
Liberation News on the scene at ongoing protests in Connecticut against police violence.
liberationnews.org/justiceforstephanieandpaul-four-days-of-protests-against-police-terror-in-ct/

Police, Boston Marathon put people experiencing homelessness on the run
AMNMHR | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-21
Housing for all, NOW!
liberationnews.org/police-boston-marathon-put-people-experiencing-homelessness-on-the-run/

Baltimore Police Tried to Kill Keith Davis Jr. Prosecutors Have Been Trying to Convict Him of Murder Ever Since
Alice Speri | theintercept.com | 2019-04-21
In a case of mistaken identity, Baltimore police fired 44 shots at Keith Davis Jr., hitting him three times. He now faces his fourth trial for murder.
theintercept.com/2019/04/21/baltimore-police-keith-davis-jr-prosecution/

Why Philly's Reformist Prosecutor Finally Supports Letting Mumia Abu-Jamal's Appeal Go Forward
Natasha Lennard | theintercept.com | 2019-04-20
Activists were angry when Philly DA Larry Krasner initially objected to Mumia Abu-Jamal's path to a new appeal, but Krasner changed course last week.
theintercept.com/2019/04/20/mumia-abu-jamal-larry-krasner/

The Baltimore Uprising: Four Years Later
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-19
On Wednesday evening, Tawanda Jones stood with friends and family and told a crowd about her brother, Tyrone West, just as she has done every week since his death in July 2013. | She recounted how on July 18, 2013, West was stopped by Baltimore Police Department (BPD) officers and Morgan State University police, pulled out of his car, grabbed, beaten, pepper-sprayed and tased–dead in police custody. | "That's what happened to my brother–modern day slavery, modern day lynching," Jones said. | Behind her, there used to be a Confederate statue–…
therealnews.com/columns/baltimore-uprising-four-years-later

Cut Military Aid, Not Humanitarian Aid, to Reduce Refugee Numbers
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-19
Trump's announcement to cut humanitarian aid to Central America will not have much effect. It's the military aid that reinforces brutality in Guatemala and Honduras, says Prof. Adrienne Pine…
therealnews.com/stories/cut-military-aid-not-humanitarian-aid-to-reduce-refugee-numbers

We Sued to End the Evils of Cash Bail in Michigan
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-04-19
Money bail traps people of color in a maze that is not justice, and perpetuates mass incarceration and its racial disparities. | Imagine being poor and being arrested by the police in Detroit. You are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, but with no money, you will remain in jail for up to 3 days before you can see a judge called a magistrate. | That's just the beginning of the harm visited on one of our clients in the 36th District Court in Detroit, Davontae Ross. He spent days behind bars because he couldn't afford to pay $200 of bail relating to a 5-year old ticket for allegedly staying in a park after…
aclu.org/blog/smart-justice/bail-reform/we-sued-end-evils-cash-bail-michigan

Northern Ireland Mourns Lyra McKee, Journalist and LGBT Activist Shot at Nationalist Riot
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-04-19
Lyra McKee, a young writer and activist for LGBT rights, was killed by a bullet fired in the direction of police officers and journalists in Derry.
theintercept.com/2019/04/19/northern-ireland-mourns-lyra-mckee-journalist-lgbt-activist-killed-riot/

Dialing 911 Can Get You Evicted
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-04-18
The eviction of Beverley Somai for calling the police is part of a disturbing trend. | Last year, Beverley Somai learned a brutal truth that too many people across the country face: Calling the police can get you evicted. | In 2017, Ms. Somai and her adult disabled son moved to Bedford, Ohio, to seek housing stability and better educational and employment opportunities. However, a few months after settling in, Ms. Somai discovered that her neighbor played loud music at all hours of the night, making it impossible for her and her son to rest. Even worse, the neighbor began to intimidate Ms. Somai and her son by fo…
aclu.org/blog/womens-rights/violence-against-women/dialing-911-can-get-you-evicted

ICC Makes "Dangerous Decision" to Drop Probe into U.S. War Crimes in Afghanistan After U.S. Pressure
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-17
The International Criminal Court has announced it will not investigate possible war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the United States and other actors in Afghanistan. The court suggested the U.S.'s lack of cooperation with the investigation was behind the decision. Earlier this month, the U.S. revoked the visa of the ICC's chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda. A 2016 report by the ICC accused the U.S. military of torturing at least 61 prisoners in Afghanistan during the ongoing war. The report also accused the CIA of subjecting at least 27 prisoners to torture, including rape, at CIA prison sites in A…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/17/icc_makes…

Unequal 'justice' in trial of killer cop in Minneapolis
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-16
Minneapolis, MN – Anti-police crimes groups came together for a press conference, April 15, in the Hennepin County courthouse, to denounce the unequal justice shown by the trial of the police murder of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. The killer, former police officer Mohamed Noor, is a Somali American, and the victim a white woman from a wealthy part of the city. | This is the first time a cop has gone to trial for murder in Minneapolis. | While demanding "Justice for Justine" in this case, they pointed out that at least 57 others have been killed by police, in Minneapolis alone, since 2000. Most of those victims were B…
fightbacknews.org/2019/4/16/unequal-justice-trial-killer-cop-minneapolis

Community fights to stop police killings of disabled people
Teresse Watson | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-16
Voices from the community are calling for banning police from responding to mental health crises.
liberationnews.org/community-fights-to-stop-police-killings-of-disabled-people/

John Pilger: Assange arrest is a warning from history
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-13
The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his first natural light in almost seven years. | That this outrage happened in the heart of London, in the land of Magna Carta, ought to shame and anger all who fear for "democratic" societies. Assange is a political refugee protected by international law, the recipient of asylum under a strict covenant to which Britain is a signatory. The United Nations made this cle…
greenleft.org.au/content/john-pilger-assange-arrest-warning-history

Suspect in Church Burnings Influenced by 'Black Metal' Music, Police Say, But Not All Black Metal is the Same
Michael Edison Hayden | splcenter.org | 2019-04-12
Holden Matthews, the 21-year-old man accused of burning three historically black churches in Louisiana, was influenced by "black metal," police say — a music genre sometimes tied to organized hate.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/04/12/suspect-church-burnings-influenced-black-metal-music-police-say-not-all-black-metal-same

'The Promise and Hope' of 'The Chi'
Lisa Beringer | progressive.org | 2019-04-12
I braced for the stock situations common in inner city dramas: crooked cops, infighting amongst gangs, murders, and revenge. I found something else.
progressive.org/dispatches/the-promise-and-hope-of-the-chi-beringer-190412/

Julian Assange arrested: The warmakers' assault on free press
ANSWER Coalition | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-12
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's arrest by UK authorities on behalf of the United States is a craven attempt by the Pentagon war machine and the rest of the imperial establishment to silence one of their most prominent critics.
liberationnews.org/julian-assange-arrested-the-warmakers-assault-on-free-press/

NAACP'S RESPONSE TO THE ARREST OF SUSPECT IN THE LOUISIANA CHURCH BURNINGS
Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet | naacp.org | 2019-04-11
BALTIMORE — The NAACP issued the following statement regarding the arrest of Holden Matthews in connection to fires at three historically Black churches in Louisiana: "The arrest of Holden Matthews for the horrific burnings of Black churches in Louisiana is just another example of the hate-fueled times that we live in. In African-American communities in …
naacp.org/latest/naacps-response-arrest-suspect-louisiana-church-burnings/

BDS organizers say 'don't dance with apartheid' in Boston
Joe Tache | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-10
BDS organizers picket Israeli dance troupe.
liberationnews.org/bds-organizers-say-dont-dance-with-apartheid-in-boston/

Alabama city holds 'Amnesty Week,' part of SPLC settlement of federal lawsuit over private probation scheme
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-04-08
The city of Gardendale, Alabama, today began a week in which it will allow people who are facing municipal offenses to clear their cases, without being arrested.
splcenter.org/news/2019/04/08/alabama-city-holds-amnesty-week-part-splc-settlement-federal-lawsuit-over-private-probation

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