Daily Archives: September 15, 2019

2019-09-15: News Headlines

Fréa Lockley (2019-09-15). Communities explain how 'critical and important' actions against the world's largest arms fair are. thecanary.co Since 2 September, activists have taken direct action to try and stop the world's largest arms fair — Defence Security and Equipment International (DSEI). And now, people and communities in some of the countries affected by the arms sold at the fair have responded. This shows just how important opposing DSEI is. | "Really critical and important": | Activist Sam Walton shared a…

teleSUR (2019-09-15). Israeli Gov't Legalizes Colony in Palestinian Jordan's Valley. telesurenglish.net Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scrambled for far-right voter support two days before an election, convening his cabinet in the occupied West Bank and having it approve legal status for an unauthorised outpost. | RELATED: | Apartheid': Palestinians Can't Vote in Israeli Election Set to Decide on Their Lands' Fate | Netanyahu's caretaker government met on Sunday in the Jordan Valley, a largely agricultural area which he announced on Tuesday that…

Ariel Gold (2019-09-15). Israel: Two Elections, One Apartheid State. commondreams.org Israelis walk by a Likud Party billboard shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with US President Donald Trump on August 5, 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Israel to return to polls on September 17 after Netanyahu fails to form goverment. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Fréa Lockley (2019-09-15). I was one of the Canary journalists arrested at the world's largest arms fair. Here's why. thecanary.co Last week I was arrested. Police put me in handcuffs three times. I was just one of many people taking direct action to try and stop the world's largest arms fair — Defence Security and Equipment International (DSEI). | I paddled a kayak straight towards warships and sat in front of arms trucks. My body still aches and bruises from handcuffs deepen darker every day. But that really doesn't matter. I'd do it all again without a second thought. Because those minuscule injuries pale into insignificance in the face of why we protested…

RT (2019-09-14). 'This is for dead babies!' Anti-vaccine protester douses California senators in 'menstrual blood'. rt.com The California state senate was forced to halt a session after lawmakers were doused with "menstrual blood" tossed from a balcony by a woman who says she was protesting vaccine laws. | A woman has been arrested for hurling a cup of what she claims was menstrual blood onto unsuspecting lawmakers in the middle of a legislative session on Friday, days after a bill further restricting the state's already strict vaccine exemptions was passed. The Capitol was packed with protesters opposing the new law, several of whom were allowed into the gallery. | t.co/dVqgS5TDZN[md…

Kevin Gosztola (2019-09-14). The Prosecution Against Julian Assange: Where 2020 Presidential Candidates Stand. theantimedia.com Julian Assange has been jailed since April 11, when Ecuador authorities revoked his political asylum and British authorities arrested him.

The Canary (2019-09-14). Extinction Rebellion co-founder arrested on Heathrow drone protest second day. thecanary.co An Extinction Rebellion co-founder has been arrested for the second time in three days after trying to fly a drone near Heathrow Airport during an environmental protest, the group said.Roger Hallam was detained on Saturday while attempting to disrupt flights at Britain's busiest airport with the device.The activist had been arrested on Thursday during a pre-emptive wave of arrests ahead of the climate change action and was bailed with conditions not to be within five miles of any airport or possess drone equipment, Extinction Rebellion (XR) said. | Footage appears to show him being dragged into a van by several p…

WSWS (2019-09-13). On eve of contract expiration: Vance Pearson, top lieutenant to UAW president Gary Jones, arrested for embezzlement. wsws.org The arrest, the 10th so far in the FBI corruption probe, greatly increases the possibility of criminal indictments against Jones.

Staff (2019-09-12). Noura Erakat: Netanyahu's Proposed West Bank Annexation Is Logical End to Israel's Apartheid Policy. democracynow.org Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing worldwide condemnation for vowing to annex nearly a third of the occupied West Bank if he wins next week's snap election. The United Nations, the Arab League, the European Union and Russia have all criticized Netanyahu's plan, which he unveiled Tuesday. Netanyahu's pledge comes just a week before Israeli voters return to the polls on Tuesday for new elections after Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government following Israel's April 9 election. Netanyahu's annexation plan would crush hopes of an eventual Palestinian state. We speak with Noura Erakat, Palesti…

RT (2019-09-12). YouTubers arrested for trespassing near Area 51 ahead of planned 'invasion' of secret base. rt.com Two Dutch YouTubers have been arrested after entering a secure US government area in the Nevada desert while in search of Area 51. | The Nye County Sheriff's Office arrested 20-year-old Ties Granzier and his friend Govert Charles Wilhelmus Jacob Sweep, 21, after they were found filming about three miles inside the Nevada National Security Site, which is approximately 10 miles from Area 51. | The site is a secure area where US government researchers are known to carry out top-secret nuclear experiments. | | © Nye County Sheriff's Office | Nye County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that Granzier and…

ACLU (2019-09-11). Being Black is Not a Crime: Yunek's Story of Police Brutality. aclu.org 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…

Staff (2019-09-11). Over a Hundred Arrested Resisting one of the World's Largest Arms Fairs. therealnews.com 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.

Fight Back (2019-09-06). Revelations in Isak Aden murder case show police wrongdoing, family calls for independent prosecutor. fightbacknews.org 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…

Fight Back (2019-09-06). Revelations in Isak Aden murder case show police wrongdoing, family calls for independent prosecutor. fightbacknews.org 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…

Kiki Monifa (2019-08-29). What Do Black Voters Want? progressive.org 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 (2019-08-28). Pacbi Welcomes Statement by More Than 500 Filmmakers Against "Close Up" Initiative Normalizing Israeli Apartheid. bdsmovement.net 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…

ACLU (2019-08-23). Will North Carolina's Supreme Court Allow Racism to Remain a Persistent Factor in its Death Penalty? aclu.org 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…

ACLU (2019-08-22). A Louisiana Parish Jailed a U.S. Citizen for Being Latinx. We're Suing. aclu.org 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…

patrick (2019-08-13). BDS movement condemns U.S. Congress' anti-BDS resolution. bdsmovement.net 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)

2019-09-15: Social Media Postees

Israeli Gov't Legalizes Colony in Palestinian Jordan's Valley
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-15
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scrambled for far-right voter support two days before an election, convening his cabinet in the occupied West Bank and having it approve legal status for an unauthorised outpost. | RELATED: | Apartheid': Palestinians Can't Vote in Israeli Election Set to Decide on Their Lands' Fate | Netanyahu's caretaker government met on Sunday in the Jordan Valley, a largely agricultural area which he announced on Tuesday that…
telesurenglish.net/news/israel-banjamin-netanyahu-west-bank-colony-20190915-0009.html

Israel: Two Elections, One Apartheid State
Ariel Gold | commondreams.org | 2019-09-15
Israelis walk by a Likud Party billboard shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with US President Donald Trump on August 5, 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Israel to return to polls on September 17 after Netanyahu fails to form goverment. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/09/15/israel-two-elections-one-apartheid-state?cd-origin=rss

I was one of the Canary journalists arrested at the world's largest arms fair. Here's why
Fréa Lockley | thecanary.co | 2019-09-15
Last week I was arrested. Police put me in handcuffs three times. I was just one of many people taking direct action to try and stop the world's largest arms fair — Defence Security and Equipment International (DSEI). | I paddled a kayak straight towards warships and sat in front of arms trucks. My body still aches and bruises from handcuffs deepen darker every day. But that really doesn't matter. I'd do it all again without a second thought. Because those minuscule injuries pale into insignificance in the face of why we protested…
thecanary.co/opinion/2019/09/15/i-was-one-of-the-canary-journalists-arrested-at-the-worlds-largest-arms-fair-heres-why/

The Prosecution Against Julian Assange: Where 2020 Presidential Candidates Stand
Kevin Gosztola | theantimedia.com | 2019-09-14
Julian Assange has been jailed since April 11, when Ecuador authorities revoked his political asylum and British authorities arrested him.

The Prosecution Against Julian Assange: Where 2020 Presidential Candidates Stand

Extinction Rebellion co-founder arrested on Heathrow drone protest second day
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-09-14
An Extinction Rebellion co-founder has been arrested for the second time in three days after trying to fly a drone near Heathrow Airport during an environmental protest, the group said.Roger Hallam was detained on Saturday while attempting to disrupt flights at Britain's busiest airport with the device.The activist had been arrested on Thursday during a pre-emptive wave of arrests ahead of the climate change action and was bailed with conditions not to be within five miles of any airport or possess drone equipment, Extinction Rebellion (XR) said. | Footage appears to show him being dragged into a van by several p…
thecanary.co/breaking-news/2019/09/14/extinction-rebellion-co-founder-arrested-on-heathrow-drone-protest-second-day/

'This is for dead babies!' Anti-vaccine protester douses California senators in 'menstrual blood'
rt.com | 2019-09-14
The California state senate was forced to halt a session after lawmakers were doused with "menstrual blood" tossed from a balcony by a woman who says she was protesting vaccine laws. | A woman has been arrested for hurling a cup of what she claims was menstrual blood onto unsuspecting lawmakers in the middle of a legislative session on Friday, days after a bill further restricting the state's already strict vaccine exemptions was passed. The Capitol was packed with protesters opposing the new law, several of whom were allowed into the gallery. | t.co/dVqgS5TDZN%5Bmd
rt.com/usa/468794-california-senate-protester-throws-blood/

Extinction Rebellion co-founder arrested on Heathrow drone protest second day
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-09-14
An Extinction Rebellion co-founder has been arrested for the second time in three days after trying to fly a drone near Heathrow Airport during an environmental protest, the group said.Roger Hallam was detained on Saturday while attempting to disrupt flights at Britain's busiest airport with the device.The activist had been arrested on Thursday during a pre-emptive wave of arrests ahead of the climate change action and was bailed with conditions not to be within five miles of any airport or possess drone equipment, Extinction Rebellion (XR) said. | Footage appears to show him being dragged into a van by several p…
thecanary.co/breaking-news/2019/09/14/extinction-rebellion-co-founder-arrested-on-heathrow-drone-protest-second-day/

On eve of contract expiration: Vance Pearson, top lieutenant to UAW president Gary Jones, arrested for embezzlement
wsws.org | 2019-09-13
The arrest, the 10th so far in the FBI corruption probe, greatly increases the possibility of criminal indictments against Jones.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/13/pear…

Noura Erakat: Netanyahu's Proposed West Bank Annexation Is Logical End to Israel's Apartheid Policy
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-12
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing worldwide condemnation for vowing to annex nearly a third of the occupied West Bank if he wins next week's snap election. The United Nations, the Arab League, the European Union and Russia have all criticized Netanyahu's plan, which he unveiled Tuesday. Netanyahu's pledge comes just a week before Israeli voters return to the polls on Tuesday for new elections after Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government following Israel's April 9 election. Netanyahu's annexation plan would crush hopes of an eventual Palestinian state. We speak with Noura Erakat, Palesti…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/12/benjamin_…

Noura Erakat: Netanyahu's Proposed West Bank Annexation Is Logical End to Israel's Apartheid Policy
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-12
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing worldwide condemnation for vowing to annex nearly a third of the occupied West Bank if he wins next week's snap election. The United Nations, the Arab League, the European Union and Russia have all criticized Netanyahu's plan, which he unveiled Tuesday. Netanyahu's pledge comes just a week before Israeli voters return to the polls on Tuesday for new elections after Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government following Israel's April 9 election. Netanyahu's annexation plan would crush hopes of an eventual Palestinian state. We speak with Noura Erakat, Palesti…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/12/benjamin_…

YouTubers arrested for trespassing near Area 51 ahead of planned 'invasion' of secret base
rt.com | 2019-09-12
Two Dutch YouTubers have been arrested after entering a secure US government area in the Nevada desert while in search of Area 51. | The Nye County Sheriff's Office arrested 20-year-old Ties Granzier and his friend Govert Charles Wilhelmus Jacob Sweep, 21, after they were found filming about three miles inside the Nevada National Security Site, which is approximately 10 miles from Area 51. | The site is a secure area where US government researchers are known to carry out top-secret nuclear experiments. | | © Nye County Sheriff's Office | Nye County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that Granzier and…
rt.com/usa/468668-youtubers-arrested-trespassing-area-51/

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…
aclu.org/blog/criminal-law-reform/reforming-police-practices/being-black-not-crime-yuneks-story-police

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.
therealnews.com/stories/over-a-hundred-arrested-resisting-one-of-the-worlds-largest-arms-fairs

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…
fightbacknews.org/2019/9/6/revelations-isak-aden-murder-case-show-police-wrongdoing-family-calls-independent-prosecuto

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…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/9/6/revelatio…

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.
progressive.org/op-eds/what-do-black-voters-want-monifa-190829/

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…
bdsmovement.net/news/pacbi-welcomes-statement-more-500-filmmakers-against-close-initiative-normalizing-israeli

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…
aclu.org/blog/capital-punishment/racial-disparities-and-death-penalty/will-north-carolinas-supreme-court

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…
aclu.org/blog/racial-justice/race-and-criminal-justice/louisiana-parish-jailed-us-citizen-being-latinx-were