2019-09-11: Social Media Postees

Being Black is Not a Crime: Yunek's Story of Police Brutality
aclu.org | 2019-09-11
A personal story of police brutality at the hands of the police in Peoria, Illinois. | My name is Yunek Moore. I am a Black woman, a college graduate, and a survivor of police brutality. I'm choosing to tell my story because, sadly, this wasn't the last time something like this happened to a person of color in Peoria, Illinois, and that must change. | On June 4, 2013, I was a happy 17-year-old looking forward to attending college at Millikin University. I had just graduated high school, where I was ranked 11th in my entire class and spoke at graduation as one of my final duties as Senior Class President. | That n…

The 1994 Crime Bill and Beyond: How Federal Funding Shapes the Criminal Justice System
Lauren-Brooke Eisen | commondreams.org | 2019-09-11
There are stockpiles of research finding that incarceration has dramatically increased without yielding large crime-reduction benefits for the country — and has in fact harmed communities and torn apart families. Not only that, but in states where prison rates have fallen, the crime rates have fallen as well. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Knowledge in the Blood: Stories About 9-11
Rachel Cunliffe | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-11
A Saudi Arabian exchange student starting 12thgrade in an American high school this fall is bullied because his name is Osama. "Something about 11thof September?" I learn. Jonathan Jansen called it "knowledge in the blood" when he wrote of the vindictiveness and hostility of Afrikaaner youth born after the end of apartheid as they entered…

New Jersey cop pleads guilty to violating civil rights and excessive force
Andrew Emett | nationofchange.org | 2019-09-11
As a result of an FBI investigation into police corruption in Paterson, New Jersey, another police officer recently pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate individuals' civil rights and filing a false police report. In addition to stealing money and falsifying reports, the corrupt cop also pleaded guilty to repeatedly using unreasonable and excessive force. Since …

The Revival of Non-Self
L. Ali Khan | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-11
The 21st century is witnessing the revival of Non-Self, such as Herrenvolk and Hindutva, which assert a binary division of "Self" and "Non-Self." Selfism advocates the exclusion of Non-Self, variously defined as immigrants, refugees, gypsies, indigenous people, minorities, or "others." Nationalism, majoritarianism, and exceptionalism are its noxious crops. Ethnic cleansing, apartheid, segregation, settler colonialism, denial…

Over a Hundred Arrested Resisting one of the World's Largest Arms Fairs
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-11
Hundreds of protesters gathered in East London at one of the world's largest arms fairs seeking to peacefully prevent the Defence and Security Equipment International from going ahead as usual.

The Brutality of Robert Mugabe and Zanu-Pf In Zimbabwe
Kenneth Good | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-10
The independence elections, 27-29 March 1980, saw two main parties competing: ZANU-PF won 57 of the then 80 common roll seats, and 63% of the popular vote; and PF-ZAPU led by Joshua Nkomo gained 20 seats and 24% of the vote. It was clear that ZANU-PF controlled the ZANLA guerrillas whose 'presence was felt in over two-thirds of the country', mostly in the Shona-speaking regions, and there was no doubt that 'peace meant a ZANU-PF victory.' Turnout was a huge 91% of eligible voters. But participation fell to 54% in 1990, ZANU-PF having engulfed ZAPU after December 1987, and fell further to 31% in 1996. A deep and r…

Moroccan Journalist Faces 2yrs of Jailtime on Abortion Charges
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-10
A Moroccan journalist, Hajar Raissouni, who works for the daily Akhbar Al-Yaoum, went on trial Monday, accused by the government of voluntary abortion and pre-marital sexual relationships, acts considered felonies in Morocco which could lead to at least two years in prison. | RELATED: | Salvadoran Woman Acquitted in Retrial for Stillbirth | The journalist was arrested on Aug. 31 after been accused of "late voluntary abortion," something her lawyer denied arguing her client was undergoing…

Court commando: Chinese 'spy' trial gets off to bizarre start over underwear shortage
rt.com | 2019-09-09
The trial of a Chinese businesswoman accused of trespassing at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort and deceiving Secret Service agents kicked off with an exceptionally odd hold-up: the defendant showed up without underwear. | Yujing Zhang, who was arrested in March after slipping past security at the Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, appeared at a jury selection hearing on Monday dressed in a brown prison jumpsuit, claiming she wasn't given any underwear. Defendants in general wear civilian clothing during trials so the jurors aren't prejudiced against them. | After a discussion about which agency was responsible…

116 people arrested in week of action to stop the world's biggest arms fair in London
Tom Anderson | thecanary.co | 2019-09-09
From 2 to 8 September, hundreds of people attended protests outside the gates of the upcoming DSEI arms fair in London. Around 116 demonstrators have reportedly been arrested in the last week for blocking trucks from entering the ExCeL centre. The protests were aimed at preventing the setting up of the arms fair before it started. | A government…

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…

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…

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.

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) …