Daily Archives: May 1, 2019

2019-05-01: News Headlines

John W. Whitehead (2019-05-01). Predator Cops, Guilty of Sex Crimes Against Women and Children, Are a Menace to Society. globalresearch.ca " Sexual predation by police officers happens far more often than people in the business are willing to admit."—Former Seattle police chief Norm Stamper | How could this be happening right under our noses? | That's what readers wanted to know …

WSWS (2019-05-01). Trump orders new attacks on rights of refugees, asylum seekers. wsws.org Trump has directed that his top officials to impose a fee on asylum seekers, give border patrol cops authority to determine credible fear claims and place restrictions on work permits.

Staff (2019-05-01). Thousands Die, Millions Injured on the Job, and No Businesses Prosecuted. therealnews.com Bill Black describes how OSHA's few underfunded inspectors can't do their jobs, and prosecutors don't prosecute businesses for non-compliance…

teleSUR (2019-05-01). Police Attack Venezuela Solidarity Rally In Argentina. telesurenglish.net On Tuesday, police in Buenos Aires heavily repressed a large protest at the Venezuelan Embassy in Argentina. The protesters showing solidarity with the Bolivarian government against the military coup that was ongoing at the time. | RELATED: | US Publicly Admits Support for Coup Attempt in Venezuela | "That guy shot me in the head" exclaimed one protester who had been hit by a police tear gas canister shot from close range. Videos of the moment were captured on Argentina's C5N channe…

RT (2019-05-01). Guaido supporters confront anti-intervention activists at Venezuelan Embassy in DC (VIDEO). rt.com Police have shut down the entrance to the Venezuelan embassy in Washington DC, as crowds backing the country's opposition confront the activists who have been defending the building for over two weeks.

Gerry Condon (2019-05-01). This US-Back Rightwing Coup Attempt in Venezuela Must Be Condemned. commondreams.org Pro-Guaid√≥ police officers walk around Altamira distribuitor on April 30, 2019 in Caracas, Venezuela. Through a live broadcast via social media, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido called for a military uprising against the government of Nicol√°s Maduro. (Photo: Carolain Caraballo/Vizzor Image/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-04-30). The United States of Incarceration. truthdig.com This piece originally appeared in anti-war.com. | You've got to give it to the Defense Department — they're assiduous planners. I know: I used to be one. So the latest news that the DOD is preparing its 40 remaining forever prisoners at the extralegal detention center of Guantanamo Bay for nursing home and hospice care, should come as little surprise. It still shocks the senses a bit, though, doesn…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-04-30). New Report Names Nearly 4,000 Companies Profiting Off of Private Prison Industry. commondreams.org "Today, more than half of the $80 billion spent annually on incarceration by government agencies is used to pay the thousands of vendors that serve the criminal legal system." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-04-30). Chile Bishops and Prosecutors to Share Intel on Sex Abuse Probes. telesurenglish.net Chilean bishops and prosecutors signed an agreement to streamline criminal investigations of sexual abuse committed by members of the Catholic Church, the public ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. | RELATED: | Chile: House of Reps to Vote on Judge Inquiry Commission | The cooperation agreement facilitates the exchange of information around cases invo…

Glenn Greenwald (2019-04-30). Episode Three of "Animal Matters": What Are the Philosophical Premises For Why Animal Life Has No Value or is of Less Worth? theintercept.com As we learn about the widespread, industrial torture and slaughter of animals, how will we continue to ethically and intellectually justify these industrial practices?

Workers World Philadelphia bureau (2019-04-30). Hundreds march in Philly to 'Free Mumia Now!'. workers.org On the heels of a favorable court decision that will allow Mumia Abu-Jamal to reopen his appeals, hundreds of people marched in the streets in the historically African-American Germantown section of Philadelphia April 27, days after the imprisoned activist/journalist's 65th birthday. The event kicked off with a rally at Vernon . . . | Continue reading Hundreds march in Philly to 'Free Mumia Now!' at Workers.org

Consortiumnews (2019-04-30). A Warning to Non-Citizen Soldiers & Vets. consortiumnews.com Even after honorable discharge, foreign-born veterans who get arrested run the risk of deportation, writes Colonel Ann Wright. By Ann Wright Special to Consortium News No U.S. military veteran should face deportation, but many do. United Deported Veterans, with an office… Read more →

Democracy Now! (2019-04-30). Headlines for April 30, 2019. democracynow.org Venezuelan Opposition Leaders Claim a Coup Is Underway, Trump to Make Asylum Seekers Pay Application Fees, Trump Organization Sues Banks in Bid to Resist Congressional Subpoenas, Pentagon Links More U.S. Military Members to Neo-Nazi Group, Christchurch, NZ Police Find Explosive Device Amid Fears of More Anti-Muslim Violence, Terror Suspect Arrested After Receiving Fake Explosives from FBI Informant, Lori Gilbert-Kaye, Killed in Synagogue Shooting, Mourned at San Diego Funeral, Trump to Designate the Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Organization, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Who Oversaw Mueller Probe, Ste…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-30). Angela Davis & Barbara Ransby: We Stand with Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Courageous, Bold Black Woman. democracynow.org Two of the founders of Black Lives Matter, as well as professor Angela Davis and scores of other black women, are holding a rally today on Capitol Hill to defend Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and to urge Congress to censure President Trump for his attacks on her. Omar made history earlier this year when she and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan became the first Muslim women in Congress. She is also the first member of Congress to wear a hijab. Omar, who was born in Somalia and came to the United States as a refugee, has been at the center of numerous right-wing attacks since taking office. Omar recently said deat…

teleSUR (2019-04-30). Estonian Far-Right Minister Leaves After One Day in Office. telesurenglish.net Estonia's President Kersti Kaljulaid said Tuesday she had relieved a minister of the far-right party EKRE of his duties, just a day after the new government was sworn in. | RELATED: | European Workers March to Stop the Advance of Far-Right Parties | The move came after police said they were investigating Kuusik following an Ekspress Group news report linking him to gender violence of which he has denied any wrongdoing. | "In addition to a horrible media attack against me the…

Eds. (2019-04-30). Venezuela: military uprising in Caracas (in development). mronline.org A military uprising is unfolding in Venezuela after a handful of the police and armed forces freed Leopoldo Lopez and blocked a highway in Caracas. | Source

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-30). Trump Administration Slaps a Price Tag on Protection. hrw.org | | A Mission Police Dept. officer (L), and a U.S. Border Patrol agent watch over a group of Central American asylum seekers before taking them into custody on June 12, 2018 near McAllen, Texas. | © 2018 Getty Images | "Give me your rich and well-rested…yearning to breathe free." So the Trump administration seeks to rewrite America's traditional welcome to the persecuted: from now on the huddled masses, or anyone fleeing conflict and abuse, will have to pay a fee for the right to seek asylum. | President Trump ordere…

RT (2019-04-30). 2 killed, 4 injured in University of North Carolina shooting on last day of classes. rt.com Two people have been killed and at least four injured in a shooting at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Police reportedly have one male suspect in custody.

barry_h (2019-04-30). French Police Say Grateful Dead are Terrorists. greenleft.org.au The Grateful Dead are a terrorist threat, according to French police authorities. | | In early April the San Francisco-based Internet Archive (IA) received a series of notices from the French national Internet Referral Unit, a police agency acting under a European Union law requiring internet platforms to remove alleged terrorist content within one hour upon official notification. | | The Internet Archive was established in 1996 and holds a historical web collection of over 150 billion web pages, about 240,000 movies, over 500,000 audio items (including over 70,000 live concerts), over 1,800,000 texts, 1600 e…

Michelle Chen (2019-04-30). Seeking Justice at Home. progressive.org Virginia juvenile justice advocates envision a correctional system not about police and prisons but about stability, families, and a continuum of care.

Staff (2019-04-30). At Least 2 Dead, 4 Hurt in N.C. Campus Shooting. truthdig.com The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is on lockdown as police sweep buildings in an effort to locate the shooter.

teleSUR (2019-04-30). France Fines 450 People for Catcalling, Street Harassment. telesurenglish.net The French police handed out around 450 fins for street harassment since a new law came into effect in August, eight months ago. | RELATED: | French 'Boys' Club' Exposed for Harassing Feminist Journalists | The law covers sexist insults, humiliating comments or sexual behaviors in public spaces, schools or workspaces. A man who slapped a woman's buttocks on…

Jared Ware & Miles Quarles (2019-04-29). How Movement To Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Prevailed Over Obstruction Of A Progressive Prosecutor. shadowproof.com A late December ruling by the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Judge Leon Tucker re-opened pathways for long-time political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal to litigate his freedom. | "Progressive prosecutor" Larry Krasner's appeal of the ruling stood in the way until Wednesday, April 17. At issue was whether Ronald Castille—a former Philadelphia District Attorney, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice, and Krasner transition team member—had a constitutional duty to recuse himself from Mumia's appeals of…

Middle East Monitor (2019-04-29). Remembering the Horrific Revelations of US Torture at Abu Ghraib. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — The infamous Abu Ghraib prison complex in Iraq was revealed to be the centre of an extensive network run by the US military after the coalition's invasion of the country in 2003. Abuse and torture of largely innocent civilian Iraqi detainees at the hands of American soldiers were common. The full extent of what went …

amnesty (2019-04-29). Nigeria: Children and women face sexual violence in Borno prisons. amnesty.org An Amnesty International investigation has exposed sexual violence against children and women by security agents and inmates at two high-security prison facilities in Borno State, Nigeria. | The harrowing violations took place at Maiduguri Maximum Security Prison and Giwa Barracks, where thousands of civilians arrested due to claimed links to the Boko Haram armed group are being held. Amnesty's research also found that scores of children are being unlawfully detained alongside adults in Maiduguri Prison. | "This is another sad and disturbing case of human rights violations against civilians caught up in the Bo…

amnesty (2019-04-29). Russia: Further information: Mikhail Tsakunov released, trial ongoing. amnesty.org Prisoner of conscience Mikhail Tsakunov was released under travel restrictions on 26 April after spending almost a year in pre-trial detention. He was arrested in May 2018 and charged with violence against a police officer for his peaceful participation in an opposition rally. The criminal proceedings against him are ongoing and he is still facing up to five years in prison if convicted.

Derrick Broze (2019-04-29). Google Tracks Your Location and Shares It With Police, Even When Your Phone is Off. theantimedia.com Even if you disable GPS, deactivate phone location tracking, and turn off your phone, it's still possible for Google and the NSA to monitor your every move. (TMU) — Over the last two decades, cell phone use has become an everyday part of life for the vast majority of people around the planet. Nearly without question, …

RT (2019-04-29). US Army vet plotted to bomb California, kill LAPD officers in 'revenge' for killing of Muslims in NZ. rt.com A US Army vet who converted to Islam mulled a mass killing of Christians, Jews and police officers in "retribution" for the Christchurch mosque attack in New Zealand, says an indictment describing his failed "martyrdom."

The Real News Network (2019-04-28). An Inside Look at How Police Control the Political Process. dissidentvoice.org A deep dive into the details of the political economy that allows law enforcement to defeat civilian reform efforts, and what can be done to change it.

Staff (2019-04-28). An Inside Look at How Police Control the Political Process. therealnews.com A deep dive into the details of the political economy that allows law enforcement to defeat civilian reform efforts, and what can be done to change it…

Keegan Hankes, Rachel Janik and Michael Edison Hayden (2019-04-28). Shooting at Poway Synagogue Underscores Link Between Internet Radicalization and Violence. splcenter.org A shooting in a California synagogue in which police say a 19-year-old man killed one and injured three others underscores a link between online radicalization of white supremacists and terroristic violence.

Jamila Johnson, SPLC Senior Supervising Attorney (2019-04-26). SPLC: Louisiana's title of incarceration capital of the world an opportunity for reform. splcenter.org Louisiana once again has the highest incarceration rate, imprisoning 719 of every 100,000 residents, according to a report released this week by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Adam Johnson (2019-04-26). Dozens Condemned by Media as 'Gang Members' Not Actually Gang Members, Study Confirms. fair.org Bronx 120 Report ( 4/19) | In the immediate wake of the now infamous "Bronx 120 gang raid," carried out by the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the NYPD on the Eastchester Gardens and Edenwald House housing projects in New York City's Bronx on April 27, 2016, New York media uncritically and predictably repeated the NYPD and federal prosecutors' claim that all those arrested were "gang members"—a sprawling conspiracy of murderers, drug dealers and gun runner…

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2019-04-26). BAXTER, NAACP AND THE ALLIANCE FOR HOME DIALYSIS EXPAND PROGRAM TO INCREASE AWARENESS OF KIDNEY CARE AMONG AFRICAN AMERICANS. naacp.org Partnership focuses on educating at-risk individuals about kidney disease and treatment options so they are inspired to make informed choices DEERFIELD, Ill., April 26, 2019 — Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX), a global leader in renal care, along with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Alliance for Home Dialysis, today announced that the Dialysis Health Imperative for Access, Choice, and Equity (ACE) program will be expanded for …

Democracy Now! (2019-04-26). Filipina Journalist Maria Ressa Helped Expose Duterte's Deadly Drug War; He's Now Trying to Jail Her. democracynow.org The award-winning Filipina journalist Maria Ressa has been arrested twice in recent months by the Philippines government as President Rodrigo Duterte cracks down on critics and the media. In February, she was detained in a cyber libel case that's widely seen as politically motivated. She was arrested again in late March for allegedly violating a ban on foreign media ownership. Duterte has long attempted to shut down Rappler, which has published groundbreaking work on Duterte's deadly war on drugs that has killed thousands. Duterte has repeatedly described the site as fake news outlet. We speak with Maria Ressa, t…

pip.hinman (2019-04-26). Letter from the US: Stop the persecution of Julian Assange. greenleft.org.au When the world saw the video of beefy police dragging Julian Assange out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, it was clear that the media had been alerted to film the spectacle. | Ecuador had granted Assange asylum in its embassy since 2012, to block his threatened extradition to the United States at the time. | Media outlets such as CNN declared he looked crazy in the video. One CNN reporter said that one of the reasons the embassy called the police was that Assange had allegedly smeared faeces on walls inside the Embassy. | The real smears, however, have been by the press against the WikiLeaks founder. | The ac…

SAMIR (2019-04-26). Palestinians call on Iceland's Eurovision contestant Hatari to withdraw. bdsmovement.net Palestinians call on Iceland's Eurovision contestant Hatari to withdraw: PACBI StatementCancelling performance in apartheid Tel Aviv would be a meaningful expression of solidarity for the band, who are on record supporting Palestinian rights. | Cultural Boycott Boycott Eurovision 2019April 26, 2019…

Gregory Shupak (2019-04-26). For NYT, Israel Is Always Nearing 'Apartheid,' but Never Quite Gets There. fair.org The New York Times' warning ( 4/11/19) that Israel/Palestine is "on a trajectory to become what critics say will be an apartheid state" echoed predictions that the Times has been making since the first years of the 21st century. | Following Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election as Israeli prime minister earlier this month, the New York Times' editorial board ( 4/11/19) wrote: Under Mr. Netanyahu, Israel is on a…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-25). From Crime Bill to Iraq War Vote, Biden's Legislative History Under Scrutiny as He Enters Race. democracynow.org 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…

pip.hinman (2019-04-25). Refugee sends plea from Manus Island. greenleft.org.au 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…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-25). Headlines for April 25, 2019. democracynow.org President Trump Vows to Fight "All the Subpoenas" from Congress, U.S. Forces and Allies Killed More Afghan Civilians in Early 2019 Than the Taliban, U.S.-Led Coalition Killed 1,600 Syrian Civilians in Raqqa, Syria, China Jails Hong Kong Activists Who Led 2014 Pro-Democracy Rallies, Wealthy Sri Lankan Spice Trader Among Those Arrested over Easter Bombings, U.N. Condemns Saudi Arabia's Mass Execution of 37 Prisoners, Texas Executes White Supremacist Behind 1998 Lynching of James Byrd Jr., Joe Biden Enters 2020 Presidential Race, Kirstjen Nielsen Warned Against Discussing Russian Election Meddling with Trump, Thousa…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-24). Bernie Sanders Spurs Debate on Prisoner Voting Rights, But the Idea Is "Not as Radical as It Seems" democracynow.org 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…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-23). Johns Hopkins Students Enter Week 4 of Sit-In Protesting ICE Contracts & Plan for Armed Campus Cops. democracynow.org 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'

Democracy Now! (2019-04-23). Right-Wing Vigilantes Hold Migrants Hostage on U.S. Border. Did Border Patrol Give Tacit Approval? democracynow.org 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.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-23). Baltimore Writer D. Watkins: "We Speak for Ourselves: A Word from Forgotten Black America" democracynow.org "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…

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

AMNMHR (2019-04-21). Police, Boston Marathon put people experiencing homelessness on the run. liberationnews.org Housing for all, NOW!

ACLU (2019-04-19). We Sued to End the Evils of Cash Bail in Michigan. aclu.org 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…

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

susan_p (2019-04-13). John Pilger: Assange arrest is a warning from history. greenleft.org.au 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…

2019-05-01: Social Media Postees

Predator Cops, Guilty of Sex Crimes Against Women and Children, Are a Menace to Society
John W. Whitehead | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-01
" Sexual predation by police officers happens far more often than people in the business are willing to admit."–Former Seattle police chief Norm Stamper | How could this be happening right under our noses? | That's what readers wanted to know …
globalresearch.ca/predator-cops-guilty-sex-crimes-women-children-menace-society/5676138

Trump orders new attacks on rights of refugees, asylum seekers
wsws.org | 2019-05-01
Trump has directed that his top officials to impose a fee on asylum seekers, give border patrol cops authority to determine credible fear claims and place restrictions on work permits.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/01/asyl…

Thousands Die, Millions Injured on the Job, and No Businesses Prosecuted
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-01
Bill Black describes how OSHA's few underfunded inspectors can't do their jobs, and prosecutors don't prosecute businesses for non-compliance…
therealnews.com/stories/thousands-die-millions-injured-on-the-job-and-no-businesses-prosecuted

Guaido supporters confront anti-intervention activists at Venezuelan Embassy in DC (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2019-05-01
Police have shut down the entrance to the Venezuelan embassy in Washington DC, as crowds backing the country's opposition confront the activists who have been defending the building for over two weeks. | …
rt.com/usa/458013-standoff-venezuelan-embassy-dc/

This US-Back Rightwing Coup Attempt in Venezuela Must Be Condemned
Gerry Condon | commondreams.org | 2019-05-01
Pro-Guaid√≥ police officers walk around Altamira distribuitor on April 30, 2019 in Caracas, Venezuela. Through a live broadcast via social media, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido called for a military uprising against the government of Nicol√°s Maduro. (Photo: Carolain Caraballo/Vizzor Image/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/05/01/us-back-rightwing-coup-attempt-venezuela-must-be-condemned?cd-origin=rss

Police Attack Venezuela Solidarity Rally In Argentina
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-01
On Tuesday, police in Buenos Aires heavily repressed a large protest at the Venezuelan Embassy in Argentina. The protesters showing solidarity with the Bolivarian government against the military coup that was ongoing at the time. | RELATED: | US Publicly Admits Support for Coup Attempt in Venezuela | "That guy shot me in the head" exclaimed one protester who had been hit by a police tear gas canister shot from close range. Videos of the moment were captured on Argentina's C5N channe…
telesurenglish.net/news/Police-Attack-Venezuela-Solidarity-Rally-In-Argentina-20190430-0035.html

New Report Names Nearly 4,000 Companies Profiting Off of Private Prison Industry
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-30
"Today, more than half of the $80 billion spent annually on incarceration by government agencies is used to pay the thousands of vendors that serve the criminal legal system." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/04/30/new-report-names-nearly-4000-companies-profiting-private-prison-industry?cd-origin=rss

The United States of Incarceration
Maj. Danny Sjursen | truthdig.com | 2019-04-30
This piece originally appeared in anti-war.com. | You've got to give it to the Defense Department — they're assiduous planners. I know: I used to be one. So the latest news that the DOD is preparing its 40 remaining forever prisoners at the extralegal detention center of Guantanamo Bay for nursing home and hospice care, should come as little surprise. It still shocks the senses a bit, though, doesn…
truthdig.com/articles/the-united-states-of-incarceration/

Chile Bishops and Prosecutors to Share Intel on Sex Abuse Probes
telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-30
Chilean bishops and prosecutors signed an agreement to streamline criminal investigations of sexual abuse committed by members of the Catholic Church, the public ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. | RELATED: | Chile: House of Reps to Vote on Judge Inquiry Commission | The cooperation agreement facilitates the exchange of information around cases invo…
telesurenglish.net/news/Chile-Bishops-and-Prosecutors-to-Share-Intel-on-Sex-Abuse-Probes-20190430-0030.html

Episode Three of "Animal Matters": What Are the Philosophical Premises For Why Animal Life Has No Value or is of Less Worth?
Glenn Greenwald | theintercept.com | 2019-04-30
As we learn about the widespread, industrial torture and slaughter of animals, how will we continue to ethically and intellectually justify these industrial practices?
theintercept.com/2019/04/30/episode-three-of-animal-matters-what-are-the-philosophical-premises-for-why-animal-life-has-no-value-or-is-of-less-worth/

Hundreds march in Philly to 'Free Mumia Now!'
Workers World Philadelphia bureau | workers.org | 2019-04-30
On the heels of a favorable court decision that will allow Mumia Abu-Jamal to reopen his appeals, hundreds of people marched in the streets in the historically African-American Germantown section of Philadelphia April 27, days after the imprisoned activist/journalist's 65th birthday. The event kicked off with a rally at Vernon . . . | Continue reading Hundreds march in Philly to 'Free Mumia Now!' at Workers.org…
workers.org/2019/04/30/hundreds-march-in-philly-to-free-mumia-now/

A Warning to Non-Citizen Soldiers & Vets
consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-30
Even after honorable discharge, foreign-born veterans who get arrested run the risk of deportation, writes Colonel Ann Wright. By Ann Wright Special to Consortium News No U.S. military veteran should face deportation, but many do. United Deported Veterans, with an office… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/04/30/warning-to-non-citizen-soldiers-vets-complete-your-paperwork/

Headlines for April 30, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-30
Venezuelan Opposition Leaders Claim a Coup Is Underway, Trump to Make Asylum Seekers Pay Application Fees, Trump Organization Sues Banks in Bid to Resist Congressional Subpoenas, Pentagon Links More U.S. Military Members to Neo-Nazi Group, Christchurch, NZ Police Find Explosive Device Amid Fears of More Anti-Muslim Violence, Terror Suspect Arrested After Receiving Fake Explosives from FBI Informant, Lori Gilbert-Kaye, Killed in Synagogue Shooting, Mourned at San Diego Funeral, Trump to Designate the Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Organization, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Who Oversaw Mueller Probe, Ste…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/30/headlines

Angela Davis & Barbara Ransby: We Stand with Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Courageous, Bold Black Woman
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-30
Two of the founders of Black Lives Matter, as well as professor Angela Davis and scores of other black women, are holding a rally today on Capitol Hill to defend Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and to urge Congress to censure President Trump for his attacks on her. Omar made history earlier this year when she and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan became the first Muslim women in Congress. She is also the first member of Congress to wear a hijab. Omar, who was born in Somalia and came to the United States as a refugee, has been at the center of numerous right-wing attacks since taking office. Omar recently said deat…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/30/angela_da…

France Fines 450 People for Catcalling, Street Harassment
telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-30
The French police handed out around 450 fins for street harassment since a new law came into effect in August, eight months ago. | RELATED: | French 'Boys' Club' Exposed for Harassing Feminist Journalists | The law covers sexist insults, humiliating comments or sexual behaviors in public spaces, schools or workspaces. A man who slapped a woman's buttocks on…
telesurenglish.net/news/France-Fines-450-People-for-Catcalling-Street-Harassment-20190430-0016.html

2 killed, 4 injured in University of North Carolina shooting on last day of classes
rt.com | 2019-04-30
Two people have been killed and at least four injured in a shooting at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Police reportedly have one male suspect in custody. | …
rt.com/usa/458004-shooting-reported-university-carolina/

At Least 2 Dead, 4 Hurt in N.C. Campus Shooting
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-04-30
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is on lockdown as police sweep buildings in an effort to locate the shooter.
truthdig.com/articles/at-least-2-dead-4-hurt-in-north-carolina-campus-shooting/

Seeking Justice at Home
Michelle Chen | progressive.org | 2019-04-30
Virginia juvenile justice advocates envision a correctional system not about police and prisons but about stability, families, and a continuum of care.
progressive.org/dispatches/seeking-justice-at-home-chen-190430/

French Police Say Grateful Dead are Terrorists
barry_h | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-30
The Grateful Dead are a terrorist threat, according to French police authorities. | | In early April the San Francisco-based Internet Archive (IA) received a series of notices from the French national Internet Referral Unit, a police agency acting under a European Union law requiring internet platforms to remove alleged terrorist content within one hour upon official notification. | | The Internet Archive was established in 1996 and holds a historical web collection of over 150 billion web pages, about 240,000 movies, over 500,000 audio items (including over 70,000 live concerts), over 1,800,000 texts, 1600 e…
greenleft.org.au/content/french-police-say-grateful-dead-are-terrorists-0

Trump Administration Slaps a Price Tag on Protection
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-04-30
A Mission Police Dept. officer (L), and a U.S. Border Patrol agent watch over a group of Central American asylum seekers before taking them into custody on June 12, 2018 near McAllen, Texas. | © 2018 Getty Images | "Give me your rich and well-rested…yearning to breathe free." So the Trump administration seeks to rewrite America's traditional welcome to the persecuted: from now on the huddled masses, or anyone fleeing conflict and abuse, will have to pay a fee for the right to seek asylum. | President Trump ordere…
hrw.org/news/2019/04/30/trump-administration-slaps-price-tag-protection

Estonian Far-Right Minister Leaves After One Day in Office
telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-30
Estonia's President Kersti Kaljulaid said Tuesday she had relieved a minister of the far-right party EKRE of his duties, just a day after the new government was sworn in. | RELATED: | European Workers March to Stop the Advance of Far-Right Parties | The move came after police said they were investigating Kuusik following an Ekspress Group news report linking him to gender violence of which he has denied any wrongdoing. | "In addition to a horrible media attack against me the…
telesurenglish.net/news/Estonian-Far-Right-Minister-Leaves-After-One-Day-in-Office-20190430-0023.html

Venezuela: military uprising in Caracas (in development)
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-04-30
A military uprising is unfolding in Venezuela after a handful of the police and armed forces freed Leopoldo Lopez and blocked a highway in Caracas. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/04/30/venezuela-military-uprising-in-caracas-in-development/

How Movement To Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Prevailed Over Obstruction Of A Progressive Prosecutor
Jared Ware & Miles Quarles | shadowproof.com | 2019-04-29
A late December ruling by the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Judge Leon Tucker re-opened pathways for long-time political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal to litigate his freedom. | "Progressive prosecutor" Larry Krasner's appeal of the ruling stood in the way until Wednesday, April 17. At issue was whether Ronald Castille–a former Philadelphia District Attorney, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice, and Krasner transition team member–had a constitutional duty to recuse himself from Mumia's appeals of…
shadowproof.com/2019/04/29/how-movement-to-free-mumia-abu-jamal-prevailed-over-obstruction-of-a-progressive-prosecutor/

Remembering the Horrific Revelations of US Torture at Abu Ghraib
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-29
(MEMO) — The infamous Abu Ghraib prison complex in Iraq was revealed to be the centre of an extensive network run by the US military after the coalition's invasion of the country in 2003. Abuse and torture of largely innocent civilian Iraqi detainees at the hands of American soldiers were common. The full extent of what went …

Remembering the Horrific Revelations of US Torture at Abu Ghraib

Nigeria: Children and women face sexual violence in Borno prisons
amnesty.org | 2019-04-29
An Amnesty International investigation has exposed sexual violence against children and women by security agents and inmates at two high-security prison facilities in Borno State, Nigeria. | The harrowing violations took place at Maiduguri Maximum Security Prison and Giwa Barracks, where thousands of civilians arrested due to claimed links to the Boko Haram armed group are being held. Amnesty's research also found that scores of children are being unlawfully detained alongside adults in Maiduguri Prison. | "This is another sad and disturbing case of human rights violations against civilians caught up in the Bo…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/04/nigeria-children-and-women-face-sexual-violence-in-borno-prisons/

Russia: Further information: Mikhail Tsakunov released, trial ongoing
amnesty.org | 2019-04-29
Prisoner of conscience Mikhail Tsakunov was released under travel restrictions on 26 April after spending almost a year in pre-trial detention. He was arrested in May 2018 and charged with violence against a police officer for his peaceful participation in an opposition rally. The criminal proceedings against him are ongoing and he is still facing up to five years in prison if convicted.
amnesty.org/en/documents/eur46/0270/2019/en/

Google Tracks Your Location and Shares It With Police, Even When Your Phone is Off
Derrick Broze | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-29
Even if you disable GPS, deactivate phone location tracking, and turn off your phone, it's still possible for Google and the NSA to monitor your every move. (TMU) — Over the last two decades, cell phone use has become an everyday part of life for the vast majority of people around the planet. Nearly without question, …

Google Tracks Your Location and Shares It With Police, Even When Your Phone is Off

US Army vet plotted to bomb California, kill LAPD officers in 'revenge' for killing of Muslims in NZ
rt.com | 2019-04-29
A US Army vet who converted to Islam mulled a mass killing of Christians, Jews and police officers in "retribution" for the Christchurch mosque attack in New Zealand, says an indictment describing his failed "martyrdom." | …
rt.com/usa/457856-army-vet-bombing-revenge-christchurch/

Shooting at Poway Synagogue Underscores Link Between Internet Radicalization and Violence
Keegan Hankes, Rachel Janik and Michael Edison Hayden | splcenter.org | 2019-04-28
A shooting in a California synagogue in which police say a 19-year-old man killed one and injured three others underscores a link between online radicalization of white supremacists and terroristic violence.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/04/28/shooting-poway-synagogue-underscores-link-between-internet-radicalization-and-violence

An Inside Look at How Police Control the Political Process
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-28
A deep dive into the details of the political economy that allows law enforcement to defeat civilian reform efforts, and what can be done to change it…
therealnews.com/stories/an-inside-look-at-how-police-control-the-political-process

An Inside Look at How Police Control the Political Process
The Real News Network | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-28
A deep dive into the details of the political economy that allows law enforcement to defeat civilian reform efforts, and what can be done to change it.
dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/an-inside-look-at-how-police-control-the-political-process/

SPLC: Louisiana's title of incarceration capital of the world an opportunity for reform
Jamila Johnson, SPLC Senior Supervising Attorney | splcenter.org | 2019-04-26
Louisiana once again has the highest incarceration rate, imprisoning 719 of every 100,000 residents, according to a report released this week by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
splcenter.org/news/2019/04/26/splc-louisiana%25E2%2580%2599s-title-incarceration-capital-world-opportunity-reform

Dozens Condemned by Media as 'Gang Members' Not Actually Gang Members, Study Confirms
Adam Johnson | fair.org | 2019-04-26
Bronx 120 Report ( 4/19) | In the immediate wake of the now infamous "Bronx 120 gang raid," carried out by the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the NYPD on the Eastchester Gardens and Edenwald House housing projects in New York City's Bronx on April 27, 2016, New York media uncritically and predictably repeated the NYPD and federal prosecutors' claim that all those arrested were "gang members"–a sprawling conspiracy of murderers, drug dealers and gun runner…
fair.org/home/dozens-condemned-by-media-as-gang-members-not-actually-gang-members-study-confirms/

BAXTER, NAACP AND THE ALLIANCE FOR HOME DIALYSIS EXPAND PROGRAM TO INCREASE AWARENESS OF KIDNEY CARE AMONG AFRICAN AMERICANS
Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet | naacp.org | 2019-04-26
Partnership focuses on educating at-risk individuals about kidney disease and treatment options so they are inspired to make informed choices DEERFIELD, Ill., April 26, 2019 — Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX), a global leader in renal care, along with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Alliance for Home Dialysis, today announced that the Dialysis Health Imperative for Access, Choice, and Equity (ACE) program will be expanded for …
naacp.org/latest/baxter-naacp-alliance-home-dialysis-expand-program-increase-awareness-kidney-care-among-african-americans/

Filipina Journalist Maria Ressa Helped Expose Duterte's Deadly Drug War; He's Now Trying to Jail Her
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-26
The award-winning Filipina journalist Maria Ressa has been arrested twice in recent months by the Philippines government as President Rodrigo Duterte cracks down on critics and the media. In February, she was detained in a cyber libel case that's widely seen as politically motivated. She was arrested again in late March for allegedly violating a ban on foreign media ownership. Duterte has long attempted to shut down Rappler, which has published groundbreaking work on Duterte's deadly war on drugs that has killed thousands. Duterte has repeatedly described the site as fake news outlet. We speak with Maria Ressa, t…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/26/filipina_…

For NYT, Israel Is Always Nearing 'Apartheid,' but Never Quite Gets There
Gregory Shupak | fair.org | 2019-04-26
The New York Times' warning ( 4/11/19) that Israel/Palestine is "on a trajectory to become what critics say will be an apartheid state" echoed predictions that the Times has been making since the first years of the 21st century. | Following Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election as Israeli prime minister earlier this month, the New York Times' editorial board ( 4/11/19) wrote: Under Mr. Netanyahu, Israel is on a…
fair.org/home/for-nyt-israel-is-always-nearing-apartheid-but-never-quite-gets-there/

Palestinians call on Iceland's Eurovision contestant Hatari to withdraw
SAMIR | bdsmovement.net | 2019-04-26
Palestinians call on Iceland's Eurovision contestant Hatari to withdraw: PACBI StatementCancelling performance in apartheid Tel Aviv would be a meaningful expression of solidarity for the band, who are on record supporting Palestinian rights. | Cultural Boycott Boycott Eurovision 2019April 26, 2019…
bdsmovement.net/news/hatari

Letter from the US: Stop the persecution of Julian Assange
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-26
When the world saw the video of beefy police dragging Julian Assange out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, it was clear that the media had been alerted to film the spectacle. | Ecuador had granted Assange asylum in its embassy since 2012, to block his threatened extradition to the United States at the time. | Media outlets such as CNN declared he looked crazy in the video. One CNN reporter said that one of the reasons the embassy called the police was that Assange had allegedly smeared faeces on walls inside the Embassy. | The real smears, however, have been by the press against the WikiLeaks founder. | The ac…
greenleft.org.au/content/letter-us-stop-persecution-julian-assange

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…

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

Headlines for April 25, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-25
President Trump Vows to Fight "All the Subpoenas" from Congress, U.S. Forces and Allies Killed More Afghan Civilians in Early 2019 Than the Taliban, U.S.-Led Coalition Killed 1,600 Syrian Civilians in Raqqa, Syria, China Jails Hong Kong Activists Who Led 2014 Pro-Democracy Rallies, Wealthy Sri Lankan Spice Trader Among Those Arrested over Easter Bombings, U.N. Condemns Saudi Arabia's Mass Execution of 37 Prisoners, Texas Executes White Supremacist Behind 1998 Lynching of James Byrd Jr., Joe Biden Enters 2020 Presidential Race, Kirstjen Nielsen Warned Against Discussing Russian Election Meddling with Trump, Thousa…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/25/headlines

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…

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…

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…

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…

#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/

We Sued to End the Evils of Cash Bail in Michigan
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

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