Daily Archives: April 1, 2019

2019-04-01: News Headlines

amnesty (2019-04-01). Sex workers stand up against torture and ill-treatment by police. amnesty.org

WSWS (2019-04-01). Germany: Links found between right-wing network inside army and police officer murdered by far-right terrorists. wsws.org According to research by weekly Die Zeit, the AfD parliamentary group employs at least 27 activists and supporters of right-wing organizations. Die Zeit speaks of a "Nazi network inside the German Bundestag."

Prof. Marjorie Cohn (2019-04-01). Lawyers Worldwide Urge International Court: Investigate Israeli Crimes. globalresearch.ca On the eve of the first anniversary of the "Great March of Return" at the Gaza border, lawyers and jurists around the world are calling on the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate and prosecute Israeli crimes …

teleSUR (2019-03-31). 'Yellow Vest' Hold 20th Protest Despite Dramatic Repression. telesurenglish.net The protests, named after the high-visibility safety jackets worn by demonstrators, began in November as an expression of public anger against fuel tax increases. | Since the beginning of the movement, the government took various repressive measures to contain the protests. The French Senate has recently voted in favor of a controversial "anti-riot" bill which gives the possibility to the Prefect to prohibit a person from participating in a demonstration and…

teleSUR (2019-03-31). Nepal: 25 Dead and Thousand Injured in Heavy Storm. telesurenglish.net Over two dozen people were killed in a severe thunderstorm that swept through parts of southern Nepal late on Sunday and hundreds more were injured, police and officials said. | RELATED: | Nepal: Helicopter Crash Kills Tourism Minister, 6 Others | Nepal's Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli in a tweet said 25 people had been killed, and around 400 were injured. | "Helicopt…

Human Rights Watch (2019-03-30). Mauritania: 2 Bloggers Held for Defamation. hrw.org | | Abderrahmane Weddady and Cheikh Ould Jiddou. | © Private | (Tunis) — Mauritanian authorities should free two bloggers arrested on March 22, 2019, and drop all charges related to their peaceful expression, Human Rights Watch said today. The bloggers, Abderrahmane Weddady and Cheikh Ould Jiddou, are known for writing critically about Mauritania's leaders, including about specific allegations of wrongdoing by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz. | P…

RT (2019-03-30). California man who played 'swatting' prank resulting in death sentenced to 20 years. rt.com A California man was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for dozens of crimes, including a 'swatting' prank that resulted in a police shooting of a stranger, whose address used to belong to the intended victim.

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-03-29). Roaming Charges: Rachel Maddow and the Muellers of Invention. counterpunch.org Robert Mueller became like a Hollywood green screen that people could project their fantasies upon, none more baroquely than the doyenne of MSDNC Rachel Maddow, who her rode her CGI version of Mueller to the top of the cable ratings. Maddow's Mueller wasn't the man who spread fatal myths about Iraqi WMDs, targeted and infiltrated radical environmental groups, concocted elaborate plots to entrap Muslims in fake terrorism cases and ran roughshod over basic constitutional rights while he was a top federal prosecutor and FBI director. Maddow's Mueller was a man of her own invention. Her Mueller was stoic, fearless an…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-29). Headlines for March 29, 2019. democracynow.org NY Sues Sackler Family, Purdue & Other Drug Cos. for Profiting from Opioid Crisis, Dems Press AG William Barr on 300+-Page Mueller Report, HUD Sues Facebook over Discriminatory Housing Ads, Puerto Rico Gov. Rosselló to Trump: "I'll Punch the Bully in the Mouth", Philippines: Rappler Founder Maria Ressa Arrested for 2nd Time, Venezuela: Gov't Bans Opposition Head Guaidó from Running for Office, Saudi Authorities Temporarily Release 3 Women Activists, Somalia: At Least 15 People Killed in al-Shabab Attack, Egyptian Activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah Freed After 5 Years in Prison, U.K.: Lawmakers to Vote on Key Text Two We…

pip.hinman (2019-03-29). Land Day is crucial for Palestinians. greenleft.org.au Palestinians will gather to commemorate Land Day on March 30. Last year, Land Day marked the beginning of the Great March of Return weekly protests in Gaza. | Land Day has its origins in 1976 when Israeli authorities conducted a brazen, large-scale theft of Palestinian land on behalf of settlers. Palestinians responded with a general strike and protests. | Land Day became a grim turning point in the struggle for sovereignty over land. Six Palestinians were killed and scores were arrested, setting the scene for a ramped-up response by Israel aga…

Glen Black (2019-03-29). Brexit protests off to a bad start following UKIP leader's ludicrous claim about police tactics. thecanary.co UKIP leader Gerard Batten claimed a water cannon "may be" deployed in London during pro-Brexit protests on 29 March. But people ridiculed his claim … | Read more Brexit protests off to a bad start following UKIP leader's ludicrous claim about police tactics | By Glen Black

Human Rights Watch (2019-03-29). Kyrgyzstan: Couple Detained for Anti-Putin Posters. hrw.org | | Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Kyrgyzstan's President Sooronbai Jeenbekov pose after a signing ceremony in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on March 28, 2019. | © 2019 AP Images | (Berlin) — Kyrgyzstan police detained a couple staging a peaceful protest in Bishkek on March 27, 2019, accusing them of "inciting national enmity," Human Rights Watch said today. | Nurlan Karymshakov, 48, and Gulzana Imaeva, 38, were detained as they held up ant…

STAFF (2019-03-28). City Settles, Agrees to Reforms with Fired Black Police Chief who Claimed Discrimination. therealnews.com Pocomoke City's first black police chief Kelvin Sewell has agreed to settle his discrimination lawsuit with the city for both monetary damages and a consent decree that will force the city to implement reforms in hiring and management practices…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-28). Fighting Racial Bias in an Age of Mass Murder: Prejudice from the Coffee Shop to Charlottesville. democracynow.org As avowed neo-Nazi James Alex Fields pleaded guilty Wednesday to 29 counts of hate crimes in a federal court for plowing his car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville in August of 2017, we look at a new book that addresses the tragic event, as well as the rising number of race-based mass shootings, hate crimes and police shootings of unarmed men in the past several years. It also examines cases of discrimination against African Americans for simply sitting in coffee shops or trying to vacation in Airbnb-hosted homes. Professor Jennifer Eberhardt is the author of "Biased: Uncovering the Hidden…

amnesty (2019-03-28). Saudi Arabia: Provisional release of three women activists a positive step, but bogus charges must be dropped. amnesty.org Responding to the release of three Saudi women activists, Iman al-Nafjan, Aziza al-Yousef and Ruqayyaa al-Mhareb, Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty International's Middle East Director of Research, said: | "The release from jail of Iman al-Najfan, Aziza al-Yousef and Ruqayyah al-Mhareb, who will finally be able to return to their homes and loved ones after their 10-month ordeal of arbitrary detention and torture, is welcome news. |

Human Rights Watch (2019-03-28). Tunisia: Protester Alleges Beating, Sexual Assault. hrw.org | | Protestors demonstrating in front of Goverment Square on March 12, 2019 in Tunis, Tunisia. | © 2019 Mohamed Krit/Sipa USA | (Tunis) — Tunisian authorities should investigate allegations that police beat and sexually assaulted a protester while breaking up a sit in in Tunis on March 12, 2019, Human Rights Watch said today. | Wajdi Mahouachi, 31, told Human Rights Watch that he was participating in a sit-in the governmental square called for by ac…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-28). Headlines for March 28, 2019. democracynow.org Boeing to Update Software Implicated in Crashes of 737 MAX Jets, Federal Judge Strikes Down Medicaid Work Requirements, Migrant Asylum Seekers in El Paso Detained in Open-Air Parking Lot, Trump Says Puerto Rico Received Too Much Aid After Hurricane Maria, Florida Police Identify Second Parkland Survivor Who Died by Suicide, Rep. Ilhan Omar Challenges Trump Admin Rule Easing Overseas Gun Sales, NRA Advised Far-Right Australian Party on Overturning Gun Controls, NRA Official Reached Out to Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theorist, Charlottesville Murderer James Alex Fields Pleads Guilty to Hate Crimes, Facebook to Ban White…

pip.hinman (2019-03-28). MUA rally in solidarity with Pakistani dockworkers. greenleft.org.au Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) members rallied outside the Pakistani Consulate on March 26 to demand the dropping of all charges against the Karachi Dockworkers Union president and another unionist who were arrested following a dispute at Hutchison Ports' Karachi International Container Terminal (KICT). | The arrests occurred as Karachi dockworkers were protesting about safety conditions on the site after a worker was run over by a vehicle on March 17. The union leaders were released on bail after 10 days in detention. | The KICT Labour Union has joined with the International Transport Workers' Federation…

amnesty (2019-03-28). Dominican Republic: Police routinely use rape and commit other forms of torture to punish women sex workers. amnesty.org Police in the Dominican Republic routinely rape, beat, humiliate and verbally abuse women sex workers to exert social control over them and to punish them for transgressing social norms of acceptable femininity and sexuality, said Amnesty International in a new report released today. | 'If they can have her, why can't we?' chronicles the stories of 46 Dominican cisgender and transgender women sex workers, many of whom reported suffering various forms of violence, much of which amount to gender-based torture and other ill-treatment. The crimin…

amnesty (2019-03-28). Algeria: Authorities must stop prosecuting peaceful protesters. amnesty.org Algerian authorities must stop prosecuting peaceful protesters and allow the judiciary to function independently, Amnesty International said today, ahead of further nationwide protests expected tomorrow. | Since a wave of protests began on 22 February to oppose President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid to run for a fifth term in office, at least 311 people have been arrested according to the Algerian General Directorate of National Security. Protesters have been charged with "unarmed gatherings", acts of violence and theft. | "Algeria's authorities should drop charges of "unarmed gatherings" against anyone who took pa…

amnesty (2019-03-28). Demand sex workers' protection in the Dominican Republic. amnesty.org "If they can have her, why can't we?" The police are raping and torturing sex workers in the Dominican Republic. We must demand their protection and rights now.: | Dominican police are routinely raping, beating and humiliating women who engage in sex work — often at gunpoint. Trans women suffer particularly extreme forms of sexual abuse and humiliation due to the additional transphobia they face. | The sexist, macho culture among the National Police, along with the intense social stigma and discrimination against sex workers, embolden the police to unlawfully abuse their powers. They torture women s…

amnesty (2019-03-28). Dominican Republic: "If they can have her, why can't we?" : Gender-based torture and other ill-treatment of women engaged in sex work in the Dominican Republic. amnesty.org Across Latin America and the Caribbean, gender-based violence is so widespread it is considered a public health problem. Evidence shows that women sex workers are at heightened risk for violence from state officials and other individuals. This report gathers strong evidence which suggests that women sex workers in the Dominican Republic are frequent targets for sexual torture and other ill-treatment by police, as punishment for transgressing socially constructed views about femininity, acceptable sexuality, and gender identity and expression, in violation of both Dominican constitutional and criminal law, and int…

James Kilgore (2019-03-27). Mass Incarceration Since 1492: Native American Encounters With Criminal Injustice. shadowproof.com Critical accounts of police abuse and mass incarceration overlook structural violence visited upon Native peoples for centuries, and how it relates to and differs from Black peoples' experiences.

STAFF (2019-03-27). Could Banning Menthol Cigarettes Have Deadly, Unintended Consequences? therealnews.com Retired Police Commander Neill Franklin and harm reduction specialist Ricky Morris say city bans on menthol cigarettes could lead to further criminalization of communities of color…

Jeff Abbott (2019-03-27). The Other Americans: U.S. Suspends Military Aid to Guatemalan Police Following Misuse of Jeeps. progressive.org "It was an abuse on the part of the authorities. In no circumstance should the Jeeps be used for intimidation."

amnesty (2019-03-27). Pakistan: Enduring Enforced Disappearances. amnesty.org "We are repeatedly given advice that if we stop protesting, end our activism against enforced disappearances and sit at home, our Baba will come back." | – Sasui Lohar [1], daughter of Hidayatullah Lohar, forcibly disappeared since April 17, 2017 from Nasirabad, Sindh, Pakistan. | In April 2017, Hidayatullah Lohar, school teacher (headmaster), blacksmith and political Sindhi activist was forcibly disappeared from the school where he taught. He was taken away in a "double-cabin grey coloured" vehicle by men in police uniform and civilian clothes. [2] Since then the author…

Fight Back (2019-03-26). Jacksonville remembers Vernell Bing Jr, continues fight for Community Control of the police. fightbacknews.org Jacksonville, FL – On March 24, over 50 people from the community, along with members of the Jacksonville Community Action Committee, gathered to remember the life of Vernell Bing Jr., an African American man gunned down by Officer Tyler Landreville of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office in 2016. Along with members of Take Em Down Jax and the Northside Coalition, the Bing's mother, Shirley McDaniel, thanked attendees for coming. Vernell Bing would have been 25 this year. | Christina Kittle, vigil emcee and organizer with the Jacksonville Community Action Committee, spoke on the need for community control of the po…

splcenter (2019-03-26). A message to SPLC supporters. splcenter.org My name is Bryan Fair. I'm an African-American professor of constitutional law.

Akela Lacy (2019-03-26). Progressives Coalescing Around Tiffany Cabán for Queens DA in Newest Battle Against New York Machine. theintercept.com The criminal justice reform group that helped elect Larry Krasner, Wesley Bell, and Rachael Rollins is weighing in on the first competitive district attorney election in Queens, New York, in 28 years. | Real Justice PAC, which works to elect "reform-minded prosecutors" and has helped to reshape the criminal justice landscape through the ballot box, announced over the weekend that they're backing Tiffany Cabán, a Queens native and former public defender, for Queens district attorney. The group cited her plans to decriminalize sex work and end cas…

United Nations (2019-03-26). UN expert condemns new sentence for jailed Venezuelan judge as 'another instance of reprisal'. un.org Maria Lourdes Afiuni, a jailed Venezuelan judge arrested ten years ago, has been slapped with a further five-year sentence, prompting a UN human rights expert to express his "grave concern", describing the further punishment as an act of "reprisal against her".

unitedEditor (2019-03-25). Discrediting the Yellow vests: why Macron will not resign so easily. uwidata.com In France, on Saturday, March 23, the Yellow Vests held another demonstration — Act XIX. According to the French Ministry of Internal Affairs, at least 40,500 people protested across France (5000 of them in Paris). Clashes with the police occurred in Nice, Lyon, Toulouse, Montpellier and Paris. 19th week of #GiletsJaunes protests across France 'Peaceful …

Dylan Citron and Hersch Rothmel (2019-03-22). Boston: a sanctuary city for business alone. liberationnews.org Boston police collaborate with ICE despite "sanctuary city" status.

ACLU (2019-03-22). In Boston, People Are Charged With Crimes That Waste Taxpayers' Money and Prosecutors' Time. aclu.org When people in Boston are charged with certain low-level crimes and misdemeanors, prosecutors dismiss the charges nearly 60 percent of the time. | America's growing awareness of mass incarceration and the over-incarceration of people of color has sparked something nationwide: From Birmingham to Boston, voters are electing progressive, reform-minded prosecutors., , Suffolk County District Attorney candidate Rachael Rollins last year announced that, if elected, her office would decline to prosecute 15 misdemeanors and…

Kevin Gosztola (2019-03-21). Chelsea Manning Believes Subpoena From WikiLeaks Grand Jury May Be 'Perjury Trap,' According To Unsealed Documents. shadowproof.com Documents show Chelsea Manning's attorneys are concerned prosecutors in the WikiLeaks grand jury investigation may be trying to draw her into a "perjury trap."

Julian Vasquez Heilig (2019-03-19). The Real Scandal Over Buying an Education. progressive.org Wealthy parents have been arrested for lavishing millions on a college admissions scam. But inequality in school funding is baked into our system.

2019-04-01: Social Media Postees

Germany: Links found between right-wing network inside army and police officer murdered by far-right terrorists
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-01
According to research by weekly Die Zeit, the AfD parliamentary group employs at least 27 activists and supporters of right-wing organizations. Die Zeit speaks of a "Nazi network inside the German Bundestag."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/01/kies…

Sex workers stand up against torture and ill-treatment by police
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-04-01
amnesty.org/en/latest/campaigns/2019/03/dominican-republic-sex-workers-rights/

Lawyers Worldwide Urge International Court: Investigate Israeli Crimes
Prof. Marjorie Cohn | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-01
On the eve of the first anniversary of the "Great March of Return" at the Gaza border, lawyers and jurists around the world are calling on the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate and prosecute Israeli crimes …
globalresearch.ca/lawyers-worldwide-urge-international-court-investigate-israeli-crimes/5673234

Nepal: 25 Dead and Thousand Injured in Heavy Storm
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-31
Over two dozen people were killed in a severe thunderstorm that swept through parts of southern Nepal late on Sunday and hundreds more were injured, police and officials said. | RELATED: | Nepal: Helicopter Crash Kills Tourism Minister, 6 Others | Nepal's Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli in a tweet said 25 people had been killed, and around 400 were injured. | "Helicopt…
telesurenglish.net/news/Nepal-25-Dead-and-Thousand-Injured-in-Heavy-Storm-20190331-0025.html

California man who played 'swatting' prank resulting in death sentenced to 20 years
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-30
A California man was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for dozens of crimes, including a 'swatting' prank that resulted in a police shooting of a stranger, whose address used to belong to the intended victim. | …
rt.com/usa/455155-swatting-kansas-sentence-passed/

Mauritania: 2 Bloggers Held for Defamation
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-03-30
Abderrahmane Weddady and Cheikh Ould Jiddou. | © Private | (Tunis) — Mauritanian authorities should free two bloggers arrested on March 22, 2019, and drop all charges related to their peaceful expression, Human Rights Watch said today. The bloggers, Abderrahmane Weddady and Cheikh Ould Jiddou, are known for writing critically about Mauritania's leaders, including about specific allegations of wrongdoing by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz. | P…
hrw.org/news/2019/03/30/mauritania-2-bloggers-held-defamation

43 Years: Meet the Man Held in Solitary Confinement Longer Than Any Prisoner in U.S. History
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-29
Albert Woodfox is a former political prisoner who was held in solitary confinement for 43 years until he won his freedom just over three years ago. Now he is traveling the world and joins us in studio to discuss his new memoir, "Solitary: Unbroken by Four Decades in Solitary Confinement. My Story of Transformation and Hope." ‚Ä®‚Ä®In it, he writes about his childhood and how his mother struggled to keep the family cared for, how as a teenager and young man he was in and out of jails and prisons, and how he became radicalized when he met members of the Black Panther Party and went on…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/29/43_years_…

Land Day is crucial for Palestinians
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-29
Palestinians will gather to commemorate Land Day on March 30. Last year, Land Day marked the beginning of the Great March of Return weekly protests in Gaza. | Land Day has its origins in 1976 when Israeli authorities conducted a brazen, large-scale theft of Palestinian land on behalf of settlers. Palestinians responded with a general strike and protests. | Land Day became a grim turning point in the struggle for sovereignty over land. Six Palestinians were killed and scores were arrested, setting the scene for a ramped-up response by Israel aga…
greenleft.org.au/content/land-day-crucial-palestinians

Brexit protests off to a bad start following UKIP leader's ludicrous claim about police tactics
Glen Black | thecanary.co | 2019-03-29
UKIP leader Gerard Batten claimed a water cannon "may be" deployed in London during pro-Brexit protests on 29 March. But people ridiculed his claim … | Read more Brexit protests off to a bad start following UKIP leader's ludicrous claim about police tactics | By Glen Black…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/03/29/brexit-protests-off-to-a-bad-start-following-ukip-leaders-ludicrous-claim-about-police-tactics/

Kyrgyzstan: Couple Detained for Anti-Putin Posters
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-03-29
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Kyrgyzstan's President Sooronbai Jeenbekov pose after a signing ceremony in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on March 28, 2019. | © 2019 AP Images | (Berlin) — Kyrgyzstan police detained a couple staging a peaceful protest in Bishkek on March 27, 2019, accusing them of "inciting national enmity," Human Rights Watch said today. | Nurlan Karymshakov, 48, and Gulzana Imaeva, 38, were detained as they held up ant…
hrw.org/news/2019/03/29/kyrgyzstan-couple-detained-anti-putin-posters

Headlines for March 29, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-29
NY Sues Sackler Family, Purdue & Other Drug Cos. for Profiting from Opioid Crisis, Dems Press AG William Barr on 300+-Page Mueller Report, HUD Sues Facebook over Discriminatory Housing Ads, Puerto Rico Gov. Rosselló to Trump: "I'll Punch the Bully in the Mouth", Philippines: Rappler Founder Maria Ressa Arrested for 2nd Time, Venezuela: Gov't Bans Opposition Head Guaidó from Running for Office, Saudi Authorities Temporarily Release 3 Women Activists, Somalia: At Least 15 People Killed in al-Shabab Attack, Egyptian Activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah Freed After 5 Years in Prison, U.K.: Lawmakers to Vote on Key Text Two We…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/29/headlines

Roaming Charges: Rachel Maddow and the Muellers of Invention
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-29
Robert Mueller became like a Hollywood green screen that people could project their fantasies upon, none more baroquely than the doyenne of MSDNC Rachel Maddow, who her rode her CGI version of Mueller to the top of the cable ratings. Maddow's Mueller wasn't the man who spread fatal myths about Iraqi WMDs, targeted and infiltrated radical environmental groups, concocted elaborate plots to entrap Muslims in fake terrorism cases and ran roughshod over basic constitutional rights while he was a top federal prosecutor and FBI director. Maddow's Mueller was a man of her own invention. Her Mueller was stoic, fearless an…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/29/roaming-charges-rachel-maddow-and-the-muellers-of-invention/

City Settles, Agrees to Reforms with Fired Black Police Chief who Claimed Discrimination
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-28
Pocomoke City's first black police chief Kelvin Sewell has agreed to settle his discrimination lawsuit with the city for both monetary damages and a consent decree that will force the city to implement reforms in hiring and management practices…
therealnews.com/columns/city-settles-agrees-to-reforms-with-fired-black-police-chief-who-claimed-discrimination

Fighting Racial Bias in an Age of Mass Murder: Prejudice from the Coffee Shop to Charlottesville
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-28
As avowed neo-Nazi James Alex Fields pleaded guilty Wednesday to 29 counts of hate crimes in a federal court for plowing his car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville in August of 2017, we look at a new book that addresses the tragic event, as well as the rising number of race-based mass shootings, hate crimes and police shootings of unarmed men in the past several years. It also examines cases of discrimination against African Americans for simply sitting in coffee shops or trying to vacation in Airbnb-hosted homes. Professor Jennifer Eberhardt is the author of "Biased: Uncovering the Hidden…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/28/fighting_…

Algeria: Authorities must stop prosecuting peaceful protesters
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-03-28
Algerian authorities must stop prosecuting peaceful protesters and allow the judiciary to function independently, Amnesty International said today, ahead of further nationwide protests expected tomorrow. | Since a wave of protests began on 22 February to oppose President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid to run for a fifth term in office, at least 311 people have been arrested according to the Algerian General Directorate of National Security. Protesters have been charged with "unarmed gatherings", acts of violence and theft. | "Algeria's authorities should drop charges of "unarmed gatherings" against anyone who took pa…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/03/algeria-authorities-must-stop-prosecuting-peaceful-protesters/

Dominican Republic: Police routinely use rape and commit other forms of torture to punish women sex workers
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-03-28
Police in the Dominican Republic routinely rape, beat, humiliate and verbally abuse women sex workers to exert social control over them and to punish them for transgressing social norms of acceptable femininity and sexuality, said Amnesty International in a new report released today. | 'If they can have her, why can't we?' chronicles the stories of 46 Dominican cisgender and transgender women sex workers, many of whom reported suffering various forms of violence, much of which amount to gender-based torture and other ill-treatment. The crimin…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/03/dominican-republic-police-routinely-rape-torture-women-sex-workers/

Dominican Republic: "If they can have her, why can't we?" : Gender-based torture and other ill-treatment of women engaged in sex work in the Dominican Republic
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-03-28
Across Latin America and the Caribbean, gender-based violence is so widespread it is considered a public health problem. Evidence shows that women sex workers are at heightened risk for violence from state officials and other individuals. This report gathers strong evidence which suggests that women sex workers in the Dominican Republic are frequent targets for sexual torture and other ill-treatment by police, as punishment for transgressing socially constructed views about femininity, acceptable sexuality, and gender identity and expression, in violation of both Dominican constitutional and criminal law, and int…
amnesty.org/en/documents/amr27/0030/2019/en/

Tunisia: Protester Alleges Beating, Sexual Assault
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-03-28
Protestors demonstrating in front of Goverment Square on March 12, 2019 in Tunis, Tunisia. | © 2019 Mohamed Krit/Sipa USA | (Tunis) — Tunisian authorities should investigate allegations that police beat and sexually assaulted a protester while breaking up a sit in in Tunis on March 12, 2019, Human Rights Watch said today. | Wajdi Mahouachi, 31, told Human Rights Watch that he was participating in a sit-in the governmental square called for by ac…
hrw.org/news/2019/03/28/tunisia-protester-alleges-beating-sexual-assault

Headlines for March 28, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-28
Boeing to Update Software Implicated in Crashes of 737 MAX Jets, Federal Judge Strikes Down Medicaid Work Requirements, Migrant Asylum Seekers in El Paso Detained in Open-Air Parking Lot, Trump Says Puerto Rico Received Too Much Aid After Hurricane Maria, Florida Police Identify Second Parkland Survivor Who Died by Suicide, Rep. Ilhan Omar Challenges Trump Admin Rule Easing Overseas Gun Sales, NRA Advised Far-Right Australian Party on Overturning Gun Controls, NRA Official Reached Out to Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theorist, Charlottesville Murderer James Alex Fields Pleads Guilty to Hate Crimes, Facebook to Ban White…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/28/headlines

MUA rally in solidarity with Pakistani dockworkers
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-28
Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) members rallied outside the Pakistani Consulate on March 26 to demand the dropping of all charges against the Karachi Dockworkers Union president and another unionist who were arrested following a dispute at Hutchison Ports' Karachi International Container Terminal (KICT). | The arrests occurred as Karachi dockworkers were protesting about safety conditions on the site after a worker was run over by a vehicle on March 17. The union leaders were released on bail after 10 days in detention. | The KICT Labour Union has joined with the International Transport Workers' Federation…
greenleft.org.au/content/mua-rally-solidarity-pakistani-dockworkers

Demand sex workers' protection in the Dominican Republic
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-03-28
"If they can have her, why can't we?" The police are raping and torturing sex workers in the Dominican Republic. We must demand their protection and rights now.: | Dominican police are routinely raping, beating and humiliating women who engage in sex work — often at gunpoint. Trans women suffer particularly extreme forms of sexual abuse and humiliation due to the additional transphobia they face. | The sexist, macho culture among the National Police, along with the intense social stigma and discrimination against sex workers, embolden the police to unlawfully abuse their powers. They torture women s…
amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/demand-sex-workers-protection-in-the-dominican-republic/

Mass Incarceration Since 1492: Native American Encounters With Criminal Injustice
James Kilgore | shadowproof.com | 2019-03-27
Critical accounts of police abuse and mass incarceration overlook structural violence visited upon Native peoples for centuries, and how it relates to and differs from Black peoples' experiences.
shadowproof.com/2019/03/27/mass-incarceration-since-1492-native-american-encounters-with-criminal-injustice/

The Other Americans: U.S. Suspends Military Aid to Guatemalan Police Following Misuse of Jeeps
Jeff Abbott | progressive.org | 2019-03-27
"It was an abuse on the part of the authorities. In no circumstance should the Jeeps be used for intimidation."
progressive.org/dispatches/the-other-americans-u-s-suspends-military-aid-to-guatemala-abbott-190327/

Could Banning Menthol Cigarettes Have Deadly, Unintended Consequences?
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-27
Retired Police Commander Neill Franklin and harm reduction specialist Ricky Morris say city bans on menthol cigarettes could lead to further criminalization of communities of color…
therealnews.com/stories/could-banning-menthol-cigarettes-have-deadly-unintended-consequences

Pakistan: Enduring Enforced Disappearances
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-03-27
"We are repeatedly given advice that if we stop protesting, end our activism against enforced disappearances and sit at home, our Baba will come back." | – Sasui Lohar [1], daughter of Hidayatullah Lohar, forcibly disappeared since April 17, 2017 from Nasirabad, Sindh, Pakistan. | In April 2017, Hidayatullah Lohar, school teacher (headmaster), blacksmith and political Sindhi activist was forcibly disappeared from the school where he taught. He was taken away in a "double-cabin grey coloured" vehicle by men in police uniform and civilian clothes. [2] Since then the author…
amnesty.org/en/latest/research/2019/03/pakistan-enduring-enforced-disappearances/

Jacksonville remembers Vernell Bing Jr, continues fight for Community Control of the police
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-03-26
Jacksonville, FL – On March 24, over 50 people from the community, along with members of the Jacksonville Community Action Committee, gathered to remember the life of Vernell Bing Jr., an African American man gunned down by Officer Tyler Landreville of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office in 2016. Along with members of Take Em Down Jax and the Northside Coalition, the Bing's mother, Shirley McDaniel, thanked attendees for coming. Vernell Bing would have been 25 this year. | Christina Kittle, vigil emcee and organizer with the Jacksonville Community Action Committee, spoke on the need for community control of the po…
fightbacknews.org/2019/3/26/jacksonville-remembers-vernell-bing-jr-continues-fight-community-control-police

A message to SPLC supporters
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-03-26
My name is Bryan Fair. I'm an African-American professor of constitutional law.
splcenter.org/news/2019/03/26/message-splc-supporters

UN expert condemns new sentence for jailed Venezuelan judge as 'another instance of reprisal'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-03-26
Maria Lourdes Afiuni, a jailed Venezuelan judge arrested ten years ago, has been slapped with a further five-year sentence, prompting a UN human rights expert to express his "grave concern", describing the further punishment as an act of "reprisal against her".
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/03/1035451

Progressives Coalescing Around Tiffany Cabán for Queens DA in Newest Battle Against New York Machine
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-03-26
The criminal justice reform group that helped elect Larry Krasner, Wesley Bell, and Rachael Rollins is weighing in on the first competitive district attorney election in Queens, New York, in 28 years. | Real Justice PAC, which works to elect "reform-minded prosecutors" and has helped to reshape the criminal justice landscape through the ballot box, announced over the weekend that they're backing Tiffany Cabán, a Queens native and former public defender, for Queens district attorney. The group cited her plans to decriminalize sex work and end cas…
theintercept.com/2019/03/26/tiffany-caban-queens-district-attorney/

Discrediting the Yellow vests: why Macron will not resign so easily
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-25
In France, on Saturday, March 23, the Yellow Vests held another demonstration — Act XIX. According to the French Ministry of Internal Affairs, at least 40,500 people protested across France (5000 of them in Paris). Clashes with the police occurred in Nice, Lyon, Toulouse, Montpellier and Paris. 19th week of #GiletsJaunes protests across France 'Peaceful …
uwidata.com/2844-discrediting-the-yellow-vests-why-macron-will-not-resign-so-easily/

In Boston, People Are Charged With Crimes That Waste Taxpayers' Money and Prosecutors' Time
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-03-22
When people in Boston are charged with certain low-level crimes and misdemeanors, prosecutors dismiss the charges nearly 60 percent of the time. | America's growing awareness of mass incarceration and the over-incarceration of people of color has sparked something nationwide: From Birmingham to Boston, voters are electing progressive, reform-minded prosecutors., , Suffolk County District Attorney candidate Rachael Rollins last year announced that, if elected, her office would decline to prosecute 15 misdemeanors and…
aclu.org/blog/smart-justice/prosecutorial-reform/boston-people-are-charged-crimes-waste-taxpayers-money-and

Boston: a sanctuary city for business alone
Dylan Citron and Hersch Rothmel | liberationnews.org | 2019-03-22
Boston police collaborate with ICE despite "sanctuary city" status.
liberationnews.org/boston-a-sanctuary-city-for-business-alone/

Chelsea Manning Believes Subpoena From WikiLeaks Grand Jury May Be 'Perjury Trap,' According To Unsealed Documents
Kevin Gosztola | shadowproof.com | 2019-03-21
Documents show Chelsea Manning's attorneys are concerned prosecutors in the WikiLeaks grand jury investigation may be trying to draw her into a "perjury trap."
shadowproof.com/2019/03/21/chelsea-manning-believes-grand-jury-may-be-perjury-trap-according-to-unsealed-documents/

The Real Scandal Over Buying an Education
Julian Vasquez Heilig | progressive.org | 2019-03-19
Wealthy parents have been arrested for lavishing millions on a college admissions scam. But inequality in school funding is baked into our system.
progressive.org/public-school-shakedown/the-real-scandal-over-buying-an-education-heilig-190319/