Revelations in Isak Aden murder case show police wrongdoing, family calls for independent prosecutor
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-09-06
Minneapolis, MN – A September 5 press conference at the offices of CAIR MN made public new information in the police murder of 23-year-old Isak Aden. Aden, a breadwinner and caregiver for his younger siblings and disabled grandmother, was surrounded on July 2 by 90 officers for four hours in the Twin Cities suburb of Eagan, before fatal shots were fired by five cops from the cities of Eagan and Bloomington. | For two months, his family and hundreds of community members have rallied and marched justice for Isak, demanding the release of audio and video from the incident, and the firing and prosecution of the kille…
We Must Abolish Prisons to Rebuild Communities Fractured by Mass Incarceration
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-06
| It is sometimes said that we can't be what we cannot see, so are we able to imagine a world without jails and prisons? The U.S. is the world's leader in incarceration. We've read about the atrocities that continue to take place in prisons and as a result of being imprisoned. There has been some progress, a growing movement to abolish prisons and jails. But how and where would we even begin to dismantle this enormous so-called prison-industrial complex, and what are the real solutions…
Disgruntled Miami airport mechanic arrested for sabotaging plane with 150 passengers
rt.com | 2019-09-06
An American Airlines mechanic has been arrested and charged with sabotaging a plane in Miami in order to get the 150-passenger flight canceled so he could get paid overtime. His alleged plan worked — but was it worth prison time? | Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani glued a hard foam substance inside a tube connecting the plane's air data module, which computes crucial data about the aircraft's speed, angle, and other metrics, with an outside sensor in order to get the flight grounded and secure overtime pay for himself, according to charges filed against him after his arrest for "willfully damaging, destro…
Calling BS on the 'Bad Apples' Theory of Police Misconduct
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-04
On this episode of The Police Accountability Report, we tell a harrowing tale of a firsthand experience with drug dealing cops reveals the long and troubling history of police selling narcotics, and calls into question the idea that police corruption is limited to a few bad actors.
Nigerian Journalist & Activist Omoyele Sowore Remains Jailed for Calling for Peaceful Protests
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-04
Journalist and pro-democracy activist Omoyele Sowore is entering his second month in jail for calling for peaceful nationwide protests against the government. Sowore called his movement "Revolution Now" and mobilized activists to take to the streets August 5. But just two days before the protests were set to begin, Sowore was arrested by the state and accused of attempting to take over the government. He's been imprisoned for more than a month now as human rights groups continue to call for his immediate release. We speak with his wife Opeyemi Sowore and Nani Jansen Reventlow, one of the attorneys representing Om…
More arrests in Indonesia follow West Papua protests
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-09-04
self-determination Susan PriceIssue 1236 Indonesia Indonesian occupation of West PapuaSeptember 4, 2019Indonesian People's Front for West Papua (FRI-West Papua) spokesperson, Surya Anta was arrested in Jakarta on August 31 and accused of "subvers…
Texas shooter called 911, cops & FBI after getting sacked then went on rampage in Odessa — police
rt.com | 2019-09-02
Shortly before he randomly shot dozens of people in West Texas on Saturday, the gunman called police, the FBI and 911 dispatchers, and made "rambling" statements in the wake of his job loss. His employer called 911 too, in vain. | Hours before carrying out the mass shooting that left seven dead and over 20 injured in Odessa, Texas, the gunman, Seth Aaron Ator, had made erratic calls to 911 and the FBI, Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke told reporters on Monday. | FBI special agent Christopher Combs described Ator's call to the bureau as "rambling." It's been confirmed the calls were made after the shooter lost…
Headlines for August 30, 2019
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-30
Florida Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Hurricane Dorian, Justice Department: Comey Violated FBI Rules But Will Not Face Charges, Former FARC Rebels to Take Up Arms Again in Colombia, Report: Indian Forces Are Beating and Torturing Kashmiris in Detention, UAE Accused of Bombing Saudi-Backed Forces in Yemen, Prominent Pro-Democracy Activists Arrested Ahead of Saturday's Protest, Scottish Judge Refused to Block Boris Johnson's Plan to Suspend Parliament, Ebola Death Toll Tops 2,000 in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Environmental Groups Threaten to Sue Trump over Methane Rules, NAACP Calls for Alabama Gov. t…
In Secretive Court Hearing, NYPD Cops Who Raped Brooklyn Teen in Custody Get No Jail Time
Natasha Lennard | theintercept.com | 2019-08-30
Two NYPD cops coerced Anna Chambers into sex in exchange for her freedom. A judge just gave them no jail time.
What Do Black Voters Want?
Kiki Monifa | progressive.org | 2019-08-29
A new census of black America shows that despite a high level of political engagement, more than half of respondents think that politicians do not care about black people.
Remembering Legendary Peace Activist Frances Crowe, Who Died at 100 After Decades of Resisting War
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-29
The legendary peace activist Frances Crowe died this week at the age of 100 in Northampton, Massachusetts. Over the past seven decades, Frances had been arrested countless times while protesting war, nuclear weapons, nuclear power and the construction of new pipelines. She is survived by her two sons, a daughter and an international community of peace activists. We revisit a 2005 interview of Frances Crowe by Amy Goodman and recognize her lifetime of advocacy.
Pacbi Welcomes Statement by More Than 500 Filmmakers Against "Close Up" Initiative Normalizing Israeli Apartheid
PACBI | bdsmovement.net | 2019-08-28
Pacbi Welcomes Statement by More Than 500 Filmmakers Against "Close Up" Initiative Normalizing Israeli Apartheid: UpdateFilmmakers denounce "Close up," a new documentary film project that aims to normalize relations with Israel as if it were a normal state, not a regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid. | Cultural BoycottAugust 28, 2019 | B…
Will North Carolina's Supreme Court Allow Racism to Remain a Persistent Factor in its Death Penalty?
aclu.org | 2019-08-23
North Carolina's Supreme Court will determine whether evidence of racism in capital punishment can be swept under the rug. | In 2009, North Carolina passed the Racial Justice Act (RJA), which allowed defendants to strike the death penalty from their cases if they could show that racial discrimination was a factor in their prosecution. The law came as a response to a series of exonerations of Black people who were falsely convicted of crimes they did not commit by all-white or nearly all-white juries. The legislature took a bold step to address was what suspected to be deeply troubling evidence of racism infe…
A Louisiana Parish Jailed a U.S. Citizen for Being Latinx. We're Suing
aclu.org | 2019-08-22
Officers in a Louisiana jail held a U.S. citizen for four days on an immigration hold simply because of his skin color and name. | Ramon Torres had been a U.S. citizen for nearly ten years when he was detained for four days on an immigration hold — despite having a U.S. passport, a Louisiana driver's license, and a Social Security card, and despite that fact that a court ordered his release. | Torres' ordeal began in August 2018, when he was pulled over and arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Torres, a naturalized U.S. citizen since 2009, was carrying multiple forms of identification, inclu…
BDS movement condemns U.S. Congress' anti-BDS resolution
patrick | bdsmovement.net | 2019-08-13
BDS movement condemns U.S. Congress' anti-BDS resolution: UpdateThe resolution is based on lies and aims to to demonize peaceful resistance to Israel's military occupation and apartheid. | Right To BoycottJuly 23, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) …