Daily Archives: March 1, 2019

2019-03-01: News Headlines

David Swanson (2019-03-01). Draft Registration Will Be Either Ended or Imposed on Women. zcomm.org We need a movement to abolish sexism, racism, environmental destruction, mass incarceration, poverty, illiteracy, and war…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-03-01). Protesters meet with brutal police repression in Cauca, Colombia. peoplesdispatch.org The protesters are demanding that the national government guarantee basic rights such as health, education and housing as well as the protection of social and peasant leaders…

susan_p (2019-03-01). Indian and Pakistani leftists say no to new nuclear war threat. greenleft.org.au As tensions escalate between India and Pakistan, the threat of a nuclear conflict hangs over South Asia and the world. | On February 14, the Pakistani-based organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for a terrorist attack on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in the district of Pulwama in Kashmir. Sixty police officers were killed and injured. | Then, on February 26, India launched an air strike on an alleged terrorist training camp in Pakistan. The following day, the Pakistan Air Force shot down two Indian fighter jets over Kashmir. | Socialists in Pakistan and India have responded quickly…

WSWS (2019-03-01). Single mother and healthcare worker jailed for three days in Indiana over unpaid ambulance bill. wsws.org Melissa Latronica, a single mother of three and a certified nursing assistant, was recently arrested and thrown into jail for an unpaid ambulance bill she never received.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-03-01). How Profit Makes Policing Immune to Reform. therealnews.com TRNN takes a closer look at recent efforts to reform one of the most corrupt police departments in the country, and how even the dysfunction fuels profit for law enforcement in general…

R. Robertson (2019-03-01). Hundreds Honor Public Defender Jeff Adachi at Vigil and March. indybay.org Jeff Adachi, the only elected public defender in California, was praised as being "the people's Public Defender" at a vigil in his honor on February 27 in San Francisco. He died of a heart attack on February 22. | Top photo by Danielle Thompson, one of many of Adachi's colleagues who attended the vigil.

amnesty (2019-02-28). Tadjikistan: Un militant de l'opposition en danger au Tadjikistan. amnesty.org Sharofiddin Gadoev est apparemment détenu par les autorités tadjikes depuis son arrestation arbitraire à Moscou le 14 février et son renvoi forcé au Tadjikistan. Il est membre de la formation d'opposition tadjike Alliance nationale et de Groupe 24, un mouvement d'opposition interdit au Tadjikistan. Cet homme risque d'être victime de torture et d'autres mauvais traitements.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-28). Canadian Company Profits from Apartheid Israeli Railway. therealnews.com Jonathan Kuttab discusses the lawsuit against the Canadian company Bombardier, which is building an illegal railway through occupied and confiscated Palestinian land in the West Bank, violating international law…

Fight Back (2019-02-28). Salt Lake City says no to the 'National Emergency' to build wall. fightbacknews.org Salt Lake City, UT – 40 community members gathered on a cold Saturday afternoon, February 23, to protest Trump's declaration of a national emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border. People came out to denounce what is understood as a racist and anti-immigrant 'emergency' and border wall. They also came because of the anti-immigrant attacks that continue to happen in Salt Lake City. Police brutalize Black and brown people, family members continue to be deported and anti-immigrant white supremacist groups have started organizing on college campuses in the city. | Ella Mendoza, with the Nopalera Artist Collective, said t…

RT (2019-02-28). 12yo arrested for writing 'Hail Hitler' on school playground (PHOTOS). rt.com Police in New York City have arrested a 12-year-old boy and charged him with aggravated harassment after he scrawled anti-Semitic graffiti across a school playground in the Queens borough.

Tyler Durden (2019-02-28). Israel's Netanyahu Officially Indicted on Bribery and Fraud Charges. theantimedia.com (ZH) — Three months after Israeli police recommended that the country's attorney general pursue charges against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his alleged involvement in "Bezeq Walla Affair," it appears an indictment is finally being handed down on Thursday, much to the longtime leader's chagrin. Since Netanyahu and his wife have become embroiled in multiple scandals over the past …

amnesty (2019-02-28). Opposition activist at risk in Tajikistan: Sharofiddin Gadoev. amnesty.org Sharofiddin Gadoev is believed to be held by the Tajik authorities following his arbitrary arrest in Moscow on 14 February and forcible return to Tajikistan. He is a member of Tajikistan's opposition National Alliance coalition and Group 24, an opposition political movement banned in Tajikistan. Sharofiddin Gadoev is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

Fight Back (2019-02-28). Grand Rapids Police caught lying. fightbacknews.org Grand Rapids, MI — The Grand Rapids Police Department was caught lying and covering up for Captain Curt VanderKooi this week. VanderKooi racially profiled an ex-Marine and contacted ICE to detain him in November 2018. The recent Grand Rapids police investigation claims VanderKooi contacted ICE out of concern for possible 'terrorism.' | However, Michigan ACLU lawyers and immigrant rights activists are pointing out that this is a blatant lie. The FBI is the agency that VanderKooi would contact, not Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Captain VanderKooi works with both and knows the difference. | The outrageo…

STAFF (2019-02-28). Benjamin Netanyahu to Be Indicted on Corruption Charges. truthdig.com JERUSALEM — Israel's attorney general on Thursday recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with bribery and breach of trust in a series of corruption cases, a momentous move that shook up Israel's election campaign and could spell the end of the prime minister's illustrious political career. | Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced his decision after more than two years of intense investigations and deliberations. | Police had recommended indicting Netanyahu for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three different cases that ranged from accepting expensive gifts from wealthy allies to…

amnesty (2019-02-28). Algeria: Security forces must not use excessive force against peaceful protesters. amnesty.org Algerian security forces must refrain from using excessive or unnecessary force to disperse peaceful demonstrations against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term in office, said Amnesty International, ahead of a fresh wave of protests planned tomorrow all over the country. | Since 22 February, a series of largely peaceful demonstrations have taken place across the country including protests by lawyers, students and journalists opposing a fifth mandate for President Bouteflika, who has been in power for nearly 20 years, in the upcoming presidential elections on 18 April. | "As tensions rise amid gr…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-27). Police Investigating Themselves Leads to Predictable Results. therealnews.com A deeper look at how police influence investigations into in-custody deaths, and what activists are trying to do to reform it. A discussion between Jacqueline Luqman, Stephen Janis, and Taya Graham…

ACLU (2019-02-27). North Carolinians Voted to End Cooperation With Trump's Deportation Force. ICE Retaliated. aclu.org The federal agency stepped up raids after sheriffs stopped notifying it about the immigration status of people arrested. | President Trump's Department of Homeland Security frequently claims to be motivated by a dedication to law and order, but its immigration enforcement tactics are often directly contrary to local communities' legal and electoral choices. | Recent raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in North Carolina were a failed attempt to achieve by force what was soundly rejected at the ballot box last November: Trump's anti-immigrant agenda. ICE targeted places and people based on democ…

unitedEditor (2019-02-27). India and Pakistan — new hot spot on the geopolitical map. uwidata.com On February 14, Jaish-e-Mohammed (a Pakistan-based Deobandi jihadist terrorist group) carried out an act of terrorism in the Indian part of Kashmir. A suicide bomber rammed a car loaded with more than 300 kilograms of explosives into a bus carrying Indian police officers. As a result, at least 44 people died. After the terrorist attack, …

ACLU (2019-02-26). What Does Alabama's Attorney General Have to Hide in the Police Killing of EJ Bradford? aclu.org Steve Marshall sows community distrust as he withholds evidence he relied on to decide a local cop was "justified" in killing an innocent Black man. | In Alabama, a family is still grieving after local police killed their son on Thanksgiving night after a gunman opened fire at a mall. But several months after the incident, the Alabama attorney general is still keeping the Bradfords, and the region's Black community, in the dark about critical details of what happened that night. The Bradfords and the community still don't know the identity of the Hoover Police Department officer who fired the fatal shots and the…

ACLU (2019-02-26). Prosecutors Have the Power to Stop Bad Roadside Drug Tests From Ruining People's Lives. aclu.org Local prosecutors can play a pivotal role in preventing flawed roadside tests from jeopardizing innocent people's liberty. | Three years ago on New Year's Eve, Dasha Fincher was arrested in Monroe County, Georgia, after the deputies performed an on-the-spot test of a bag of blue substance that they found in the car in which she was a passenger. The suspicious stuff in the bag came up positive for methamphetamines. After her arrest, the judge in her case set bail at $1…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-26). Will Militarizing Schools Make Them Safer? therealnews.com As Baltimore faces another uptick in shootings and violent crimes, officials are considering arming police officers to make schools safer. | After a shooting at Frederick Douglass high school that left one staffer injured, the Baltimore School Board is considering whether to support a bill that would allow school police officers to be armed during the school day. | On Tuesday, Feb. 25, Baltimore City's school board will reconsider the measure after originally voting unanimously against it on Jan. 23. During that hearing, students from the Baltimore Algebra Project took over the meeting to urge the school board to…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-22). Headlines for February 22, 2019. democracynow.org North Carolina Orders New Congressional Election Due to GOP Voting Fraud, Oakland Teachers' Strike Enters Second Day, Judge: Alex Acosta Broke Law in 2008 over Sex Abuser Jeffrey Epstein Plea Deal, Elliott Abrams Heads to Colombia as Tension Mounts on Venezuelan Border, CodePink's Medea Benjamin Disrupts Venezuelan Opposition Event in D.C., U.S. to Keep 200 Troops in Syria Despite Trump Withdrawal Pledge, Vatican Hosts Historic Summit on Clerical Sex Abuse, White Nationalist Coast Guard Lieutenant Used Work Computer to Research Mass Killings, Record Number of Hate Groups Reported in U.S., Prosecutors Drop Crimina…

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-22). US Supreme Court Rules Unanimously Against Excessive Fines. hrw.org | | Police officers stand in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., January 19, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | This week, the United States Supreme Court ruled unanimously that it was unconstitutional for states to impose excessive fines, extending a federal constitutional protection to states. This may embolden courts to examine states and localities that impose crushing fines on those unable to pay. | In Timbs v. Indiana, Tyson Timbs pleaded guilty to selling heroin and as part of his sentence was ordered to…

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-21). Turkey: Drop Bogus Coup Charges. hrw.org | | Osman Kavala. | © 2017 Anadolu Kàºltàºr | (Geneva) — Turkey's president and government should stop making baseless accusations, and the Istanbul prosecutor should drop the new charges against 16 people, including Osman Kavala, that view the Gezi protests as a coup attempt, Human Rights Watch said today. | Turkish media on February 20 reported that an Istanbul prosecutor has prepared a 657-page indictment holding Kavala, a civic leader, an…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-21). Ending the Punishment of Poverty: Supreme Court Rules Against High Fines & Civil Asset Forfeiture. democracynow.org In a major victory for civil liberties advocates, the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled to limit the practice of civil asset forfeiture—a controversial practice where police seize property that belongs to people suspected of crimes, even if they are never convicted. On Wednesday, the court ruled the Eighth Amendment protects people from state and local authorities imposing onerous fines, fees and forfeitures to generate money. The case centered on an Indiana man named Tyson Timbs, whose Land Rover was seized when he was arrested for selling drugs. The vehicle was worth $42,000—more than four times t…

Brett Barrouquere and Heidi Beirich (2019-02-20). Feds: Coast Guard Lieutenant Has Neo-Nazi Ties, Had Hit List of Targets. splcenter.org An active duty U.S. Coast Guard officer stationed at the service's Washington, D.C., headquarters sought to follow in the footsteps of a far-right European terrorist, a federal prosecutor said, and had a hit list of Democratic politicians and cable news hosts he wanted to kill.

splcenter (2019-02-20). Civil rights groups sue New Orleans for map of surveillance camera locations. splcenter.org Representing a Louisiana public defender, the SPLC and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana today filed suit against the City of New Orleans over its refusal to provide a map of the city's 400 real-time surveillance cameras.

ziyaad (2019-02-20). EuroAsia Interconnector: "electricity highway" to Israeli war crimes. bdsmovement.net EuroAsia Interconnector: "electricity highway" to Israeli war crimes : UpdateThe EuroAsia Interconnector is projected to link electricity grids in Israel, Cyprus and Greece via the world's longest submarine power cable. Crucially, the Interconnector would connect Europe's electricity grid with Israel's grid that incorporates the illegal settl…

patrick (2019-02-14). No EU cost for Israeli 'apartheid' in West Bank. bdsmovement.net No EU cost for Israeli 'apartheid' in West Bank: In the NewsBy Sanctions and governmentsFebruary 14, 2019 | By: | | euobserver

2019-03-01: Social Media Postees

Draft Registration Will Be Either Ended or Imposed on Women
David Swanson | zcomm.org | 2019-03-01
We need a movement to abolish sexism, racism, environmental destruction, mass incarceration, poverty, illiteracy, and war…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/draft-registration-will-be-either-ended-or-imposed-on-women/

Protesters meet with brutal police repression in Cauca, Colombia
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-03-01
The protesters are demanding that the national government guarantee basic rights such as health, education and housing as well as the protection of social and peasant leaders…
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/03/01/protesters-meet-with-brutal-police-repression-in-cauca-colombia/

Single mother and healthcare worker jailed for three days in Indiana over unpaid ambulance bill
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-01
Melissa Latronica, a single mother of three and a certified nursing assistant, was recently arrested and thrown into jail for an unpaid ambulance bill she never received.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/01/sing…

How Profit Makes Policing Immune to Reform
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-03-01
TRNN takes a closer look at recent efforts to reform one of the most corrupt police departments in the country, and how even the dysfunction fuels profit for law enforcement in general…
therealnews.com/stories/how-profit-makes-policing-immune-to-reform

Hundreds Honor Public Defender Jeff Adachi at Vigil and March
R. Robertson | indybay.org | 2019-03-01
Jeff Adachi, the only elected public defender in California, was praised as being "the people's Public Defender" at a vigil in his honor on February 27 in San Francisco. He died of a heart attack on February 22. | Top photo by Danielle Thompson, one of many of Adachi's colleagues who attended the vigil.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/28/18821509.php

Indian and Pakistani leftists say no to new nuclear war threat
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-01
As tensions escalate between India and Pakistan, the threat of a nuclear conflict hangs over South Asia and the world. | On February 14, the Pakistani-based organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for a terrorist attack on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in the district of Pulwama in Kashmir. Sixty police officers were killed and injured. | Then, on February 26, India launched an air strike on an alleged terrorist training camp in Pakistan. The following day, the Pakistan Air Force shot down two Indian fighter jets over Kashmir. | Socialists in Pakistan and India have responded quickly…
greenleft.org.au/content/indian-and-pakistani-leftists-say-no-new-nuclear-war-threat

Israel's Netanyahu Officially Indicted on Bribery and Fraud Charges
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-28
(ZH) — Three months after Israeli police recommended that the country's attorney general pursue charges against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his alleged involvement in "Bezeq Walla Affair," it appears an indictment is finally being handed down on Thursday, much to the longtime leader's chagrin. Since Netanyahu and his wife have become embroiled in multiple scandals over the past …
theantimedia.com/israel-netanyahu-briber…

Grand Rapids Police caught lying
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-28
Grand Rapids, MI — The Grand Rapids Police Department was caught lying and covering up for Captain Curt VanderKooi this week. VanderKooi racially profiled an ex-Marine and contacted ICE to detain him in November 2018. The recent Grand Rapids police investigation claims VanderKooi contacted ICE out of concern for possible 'terrorism.' | However, Michigan ACLU lawyers and immigrant rights activists are pointing out that this is a blatant lie. The FBI is the agency that VanderKooi would contact, not Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Captain VanderKooi works with both and knows the difference. | The outrageo…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/2/28/grand-ra…

Opposition activist at risk in Tajikistan: Sharofiddin Gadoev
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-28
Sharofiddin Gadoev is believed to be held by the Tajik authorities following his arbitrary arrest in Moscow on 14 February and forcible return to Tajikistan. He is a member of Tajikistan's opposition National Alliance coalition and Group 24, an opposition political movement banned in Tajikistan. Sharofiddin Gadoev is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
amnesty.org/en/documents/eur60/9926/2019/en/

Canadian Company Profits from Apartheid Israeli Railway
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-28
Jonathan Kuttab discusses the lawsuit against the Canadian company Bombardier, which is building an illegal railway through occupied and confiscated Palestinian land in the West Bank, violating international law…
therealnews.com/stories/canadian-company-profits-from-apartheid-israeli-railway

Benjamin Netanyahu to Be Indicted on Corruption Charges
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-28
JERUSALEM — Israel's attorney general on Thursday recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with bribery and breach of trust in a series of corruption cases, a momentous move that shook up Israel's election campaign and could spell the end of the prime minister's illustrious political career. | Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced his decision after more than two years of intense investigations and deliberations. | Police had recommended indicting Netanyahu for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three different cases that ranged from accepting expensive gifts from wealthy allies to…
truthdig.com/articles/benjamin-netanyahu-to-be-indicted-on-corruption-charges/

Tadjikistan: Un militant de l'opposition en danger au Tadjikistan
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-28
Sharofiddin Gadoev est apparemment détenu par les autorités tadjikes depuis son arrestation arbitraire à Moscou le 14 février et son renvoi forcé au Tadjikistan. Il est membre de la formation d'opposition tadjike Alliance nationale et de Groupe 24, un mouvement d'opposition interdit au Tadjikistan. Cet homme risque d'être victime de torture et d'autres mauvais traitements.
amnesty.org/en/documents/eur60/9926/2019/fr/

Salt Lake City says no to the 'National Emergency' to build wall
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-28
Salt Lake City, UT – 40 community members gathered on a cold Saturday afternoon, February 23, to protest Trump's declaration of a national emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border. People came out to denounce what is understood as a racist and anti-immigrant 'emergency' and border wall. They also came because of the anti-immigrant attacks that continue to happen in Salt Lake City. Police brutalize Black and brown people, family members continue to be deported and anti-immigrant white supremacist groups have started organizing on college campuses in the city. | Ella Mendoza, with the Nopalera Artist Collective, said t…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/2/27/salt-lak…

Algeria: Security forces must not use excessive force against peaceful protesters
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-28
Algerian security forces must refrain from using excessive or unnecessary force to disperse peaceful demonstrations against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term in office, said Amnesty International, ahead of a fresh wave of protests planned tomorrow all over the country. | Since 22 February, a series of largely peaceful demonstrations have taken place across the country including protests by lawyers, students and journalists opposing a fifth mandate for President Bouteflika, who has been in power for nearly 20 years, in the upcoming presidential elections on 18 April. | "As tensions rise amid gr…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/02/algeria-security-forces-must-not-use-excessive-force-against-peaceful-protesters/

12yo arrested for writing 'Hail Hitler' on school playground (PHOTOS)
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-28
Police in New York City have arrested a 12-year-old boy and charged him with aggravated harassment after he scrawled anti-Semitic graffiti across a school playground in the Queens borough. | …
rt.com/usa/452666-12yo-arrested-swastikas-playground/

Police Investigating Themselves Leads to Predictable Results
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-27
A deeper look at how police influence investigations into in-custody deaths, and what activists are trying to do to reform it. A discussion between Jacqueline Luqman, Stephen Janis, and Taya Graham…
therealnews.com/stories/police-investigating-themselves-leads-to-predictable-results

North Carolinians Voted to End Cooperation With Trump's Deportation Force. ICE Retaliated
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-27
The federal agency stepped up raids after sheriffs stopped notifying it about the immigration status of people arrested. | President Trump's Department of Homeland Security frequently claims to be motivated by a dedication to law and order, but its immigration enforcement tactics are often directly contrary to local communities' legal and electoral choices. | Recent raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in North Carolina were a failed attempt to achieve by force what was soundly rejected at the ballot box last November: Trump's anti-immigrant agenda. ICE targeted places and people based on democ…
aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/ice-and-border-patrol-abuses/north-carolinians-voted-end-cooperation-trumps

India and Pakistan — new hot spot on the geopolitical map
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-27
On February 14, Jaish-e-Mohammed (a Pakistan-based Deobandi jihadist terrorist group) carried out an act of terrorism in the Indian part of Kashmir. A suicide bomber rammed a car loaded with more than 300 kilograms of explosives into a bus carrying Indian police officers. As a result, at least 44 people died. After the terrorist attack, …
uwidata.com/2461-india-and-pakistan-new-hot-spot-on-the-geopolitical-map/

What Does Alabama's Attorney General Have to Hide in the Police Killing of EJ Bradford?
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-26
Steve Marshall sows community distrust as he withholds evidence he relied on to decide a local cop was "justified" in killing an innocent Black man. | In Alabama, a family is still grieving after local police killed their son on Thanksgiving night after a gunman opened fire at a mall. But several months after the incident, the Alabama attorney general is still keeping the Bradfords, and the region's Black community, in the dark about critical details of what happened that night. The Bradfords and the community still don't know the identity of the Hoover Police Department officer who fired the fatal shots and the…
aclu.org/blog/racial-justice/race-and-criminal-justice/what-does-alabamas-attorney-general-have-hide-police

Incarceration Is a Deadly Health Risk: Former Chief Medical Officer of NYC Jails Speaks Out
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-26
The former chief medical officer of New York City jails has just published a remarkable new book about the health risks of incarceration. The book is titled "Life and Death in Rikers Island." Dr. Homer Venters offers unprecedented insight into what happens inside prison walls to create new health risks for incarcerated men and women, including neglect, blocked access to care, physical and sexual violence, and brutality by corrections officers. Venters further reveals that when prisoners become ill, are injured or even die in custody, the facts of the incident are often obscured. We speak to Dr. Venters and Jennif…
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/26/incarcera…

Will Militarizing Schools Make Them Safer?
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-26
As Baltimore faces another uptick in shootings and violent crimes, officials are considering arming police officers to make schools safer. | After a shooting at Frederick Douglass high school that left one staffer injured, the Baltimore School Board is considering whether to support a bill that would allow school police officers to be armed during the school day. | On Tuesday, Feb. 25, Baltimore City's school board will reconsider the measure after originally voting unanimously against it on Jan. 23. During that hearing, students from the Baltimore Algebra Project took over the meeting to urge the school board to…
therealnews.com/columns/will-militarizing-schools-make-them-safer

Prosecutors Have the Power to Stop Bad Roadside Drug Tests From Ruining People's Lives
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-26
Local prosecutors can play a pivotal role in preventing flawed roadside tests from jeopardizing innocent people's liberty. | Three years ago on New Year's Eve, Dasha Fincher was arrested in Monroe County, Georgia, after the deputies performed an on-the-spot test of a bag of blue substance that they found in the car in which she was a passenger. The suspicious stuff in the bag came up positive for methamphetamines. After her arrest, the judge in her case set bail at $1…
aclu.org/blog/criminal-law-reform/drug-testing/prosecutors-have-power-stop-bad-roadside-drug-tests-ruining

Rwanda: A Year On, No Justice for Refugee Killings
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-23

| February 23, 2019 Video | One Year Later: Refugees from DR Congo Shot and Killed in Rwanda: | Rwandan authorities have failed to release their investigations of the fatal shooting of 12 protesting refugees by police in western Rwanda on February 22, 2018. |

| | Rwandan authorities have failed to release their investigations of th…
hrw.org/news/2019/02/23/rwanda-year-no-justice-refugee-killings

Headlines for February 22, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-22
North Carolina Orders New Congressional Election Due to GOP Voting Fraud, Oakland Teachers' Strike Enters Second Day, Judge: Alex Acosta Broke Law in 2008 over Sex Abuser Jeffrey Epstein Plea Deal, Elliott Abrams Heads to Colombia as Tension Mounts on Venezuelan Border, CodePink's Medea Benjamin Disrupts Venezuelan Opposition Event in D.C., U.S. to Keep 200 Troops in Syria Despite Trump Withdrawal Pledge, Vatican Hosts Historic Summit on Clerical Sex Abuse, White Nationalist Coast Guard Lieutenant Used Work Computer to Research Mass Killings, Record Number of Hate Groups Reported in U.S., Prosecutors Drop Crimina…
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/22/headlines

US Supreme Court Rules Unanimously Against Excessive Fines
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-22
Police officers stand in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., January 19, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | This week, the United States Supreme Court ruled unanimously that it was unconstitutional for states to impose excessive fines, extending a federal constitutional protection to states. This may embolden courts to examine states and localities that impose crushing fines on those unable to pay. | In Timbs v. Indiana, Tyson Timbs pleaded guilty to selling heroin and as part of his sentence was ordered to…
hrw.org/news/2019/02/22/us-supreme-court-rules-unanimously-against-excessive-fines

Ending the Punishment of Poverty: Supreme Court Rules Against High Fines & Civil Asset Forfeiture
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-21
In a major victory for civil liberties advocates, the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled to limit the practice of civil asset forfeiture–a controversial practice where police seize property that belongs to people suspected of crimes, even if they are never convicted. On Wednesday, the court ruled the Eighth Amendment protects people from state and local authorities imposing onerous fines, fees and forfeitures to generate money. The case centered on an Indiana man named Tyson Timbs, whose Land Rover was seized when he was arrested for selling drugs. The vehicle was worth $42,000–more than four times t…
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/21/ending_th…

Turkey: Drop Bogus Coup Charges
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-21
Osman Kavala. | © 2017 Anadolu Kàºltàºr | (Geneva) — Turkey's president and government should stop making baseless accusations, and the Istanbul prosecutor should drop the new charges against 16 people, including Osman Kavala, that view the Gezi protests as a coup attempt, Human Rights Watch said today. | Turkish media on February 20 reported that an Istanbul prosecutor has prepared a 657-page indictment holding Kavala, a civic leader, an…
hrw.org/news/2019/02/21/turkey-drop-bogus-coup-charges

Feds: Coast Guard Lieutenant Has Neo-Nazi Ties, Had Hit List of Targets
Brett Barrouquere and Heidi Beirich | splcenter.org | 2019-02-20
An active duty U.S. Coast Guard officer stationed at the service's Washington, D.C., headquarters sought to follow in the footsteps of a far-right European terrorist, a federal prosecutor said, and had a hit list of Democratic politicians and cable news hosts he wanted to kill.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/02/20/feds-coast-guard-lieutenant-has-neo-nazi-ties-had-hit-list-targets

Civil rights groups sue New Orleans for map of surveillance camera locations
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-20
Representing a Louisiana public defender, the SPLC and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana today filed suit against the City of New Orleans over its refusal to provide a map of the city's 400 real-time surveillance cameras.
splcenter.org/news/2019/02/20/civil-rights-groups-sue-new-orleans-map-surveillance-camera-locations

No EU cost for Israeli 'apartheid' in West Bank
patrick | bdsmovement.net | 2019-02-14
No EU cost for Israeli 'apartheid' in West Bank: In the NewsBy Andrew Rettman Sanctions and governmentsFebruary 14, 2019 | By: | | euobserver …
bdsmovement.net/news/no-eu-cost-israeli-apartheid-west-bank