2019-09-18: Social Media Postees

Italy: Mayors of Bologna and Lampedusa Propose Migration Pact
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-18
Virgilio Merola, the Bologna mayor, and Salvatore Martello, the Lampedusa mayor, presented on Wednesday the "Global Compact at the Local Level", a proposal made for the Italian cities which seek to promote "from the bottom up" the principles that the United Nations poses to achieve an "orderly, safe and regular" migration. | RELATED: | Three Men Accused of Torturing Migrants Are Arrested in Italy | On December 19, 2018, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the "Global Compact for Safe, Ord…
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The Metropolitan police just arrested a journalist for photographing a protest
Emily Apple | thecanary.co | 2019-09-18
A photojournalist, who is a member of the NUJ, was arrested by the Metropolitan Police on 18 September for photgraphing a protest. | Guy Smallman was filming one of the Heathrow Pause protesters flying a toy drone near Heathrow when he was arrested. As the image above shows, he was clearly wearing a badge that identified him as press. | "Avoiding scrutiny": | As people pointed out on Twitter, Smallman is a well known and well respected journalist: | Disturbed to hear…
thecanary.co/breaking-news/2019/09/18/the-metropolitan-police-just-arrested-a-journalist-for-photographing-a-protest/

Indonesia Arrests 200 as Forest Fire Creates Hazardous Smog
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-18
Indonesia arrested around 200 people over their suspected involvement in forest fires which the authorities say have scorched 328,000 hectares (810,000 acres) of land since January but it is not clear how much of that has been to make way for palm plantations. | RELATED: | Brazil: Tenharim People, Guardians of Amazon, Battle Wildfires | The country's National P…
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Apartheid Made Official: Deal of the Century Is a Ploy and Annexation Is the New Reality
Ramzy Baroud | commondreams.org | 2019-09-17
On September 10, Netanyahu declared his intentions to annex swathes of Palestinian land adjacent to the Jordan River, an area that covers 2,400 square kilometers, or nearly a third of the Occupied West Bank. (Photo: Oren Ziv/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Lawmaker: African-Americans battle backlash to challenges to power structure
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-09-17
WASHINGTON–African-Americans are battling "a swift backlash" to their challenges to the U.S. power structure — a power structure and economy based on slavery, racism and Jim Crow — a top Virginia African-American legislator says. State Sen. Jennifer McLellan said the current backlash, under the GOP Trump government and its GOP allies nationwide, is part of …
peoplesworld.org/article/lawmaker-african-americans-battle-backlash-to-challenges-to-power-structure/

Lawmaker: African-Americans battle backlash to challenges to power structure
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-09-17
WASHINGTON–African-Americans are battling "a swift backlash" to their challenges to the U.S. power structure — a power structure and economy based on slavery, racism and Jim Crow — a top Virginia African-American legislator says. State Sen. Jennifer McLellan said the current backlash, under the GOP Trump government and its GOP allies nationwide, is part of …
peoplesworld.org/article/lawmaker-african-americans-battle-backlash-to-challenges-to-power-structure/

The Untold Story: Joe Biden Pushed Ronald Reagan to Ramp Up Incarceration — Not the Other Way Around
David Stein | theintercept.com | 2019-09-17
Biden has argued that the focus on his 1994 crime bill as a driver of mass incarceration is misplaced. He's right — it was his earlier push that was responsible.
theintercept.com/2019/09/17/the-untold-story-joe-biden-pushed-ronald-reagan-to-ramp-up-incarceration-not-the-other-way-around/

70 arrested in NYC demanding 'close the camps!'
Brenda Ryan | workers.org | 2019-09-17
Hundreds of people demanding the closing of detention camps on the U.S.-Mexico border joined in an energetic protest that began at the New York Public Library in Manhattan on Sept. 14. Protesters marched to Microsoft's 5th Avenue store where they sat in the entrance demanding that the company stop doing . . . | Continue reading 70 arrested in NYC demanding 'close the camps!' at Workers.org…
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Israeli Apartheid Made Official: Annexation is the New Reality in Palestine
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2019-09-17
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is moving quickly to alter the political reality in Palestine, and facing little or no resistance. | On September 10, Netanyahu declared his intentions to annex swathes of Palestinian land adjacent to the Jordan River, an area that covers 2,400 square kilometers, or nearly…
mintpressnews.com/israel-apartheid-made-official-annexation-is-the-new-reality-in-palestine/261902/

Two elections, one apartheid state
Ariel Gold | nationofchange.org | 2019-09-17
Israelis are getting ready to head to the polls for the second time in 2019. Israel's last national elections were five months ago in April, ending in a razor-tight finish with Netanyahu's Likud party winning 35 Knesset seats and the Blue and White party winning 35 Knesset seats. The remaining 50 Knesset seats were won by smaller parties, with the majority going to right and far-right parties that had previously been in a coalition government with Likud. Netanyahu was awarded a continuation of his Prime Ministership and tasked with forming a coalition. | Unexpectedly, after more than a month of failed negotiat…
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Being Arrested Scares Me, But the Climate Crisis Is Pushing Me to Act
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-17
| My eyes are glued to a walk sign before I cross a road. I was never told not to run with scissors because, as if by instinct, I wouldn't dare. I have never been arrested. I have a safe day job that involves writing about the climate crisis for news desks. For most of my life, I had not been one to take any risks. | But something changed after I began to grasp the increasingly dire circumstances the planet is facing. I went part-time and took a pay cut in order to devote more of my life to acti…
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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…
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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

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…
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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