Trump faces backlash over 'lynching' claim
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-23
US President Donald Trump's comparison of the impeachment inquiry being conducted against him to a "lynching" has sparked a heated backlash. | Stirring painful memories of America's racist past, Trump tweeted in regard to the investigation into his dealings with Ukraine: "All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here — a lynching. But we will WIN!" | The comparison to lynching — a practice once widespread across the southern US in which angry mobs killed thousands of Black people — triggered an outcry from Democratic politicians and from outside Washington, but also some agreement…
Fighting Apartheid By Taking Ownership of Land and Time
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-23
City residents are fighting a history of exploitation through collective ownership of food, labor, and land, showing that another world is possible.
Goodbye DARE — More Schools Are Embracing Realistic Drug Education
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-23
Like millions of people in the United States, I participated in Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE), the iconic drug education program rooted in the abstinence-only, "just say no" message of the Reagan administration. DARE was run by police officers who made frequent visits to our fifth-grade classroom. It was the mid-90s, and the cops informed us that using drugs would surely ruin our minds, turning us into glassy-eyed zombies, turning us hopelessly addicted and leading us straight to jail. Marijuana…
39 bodies found in shipping container in Essex
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-23
A murder investigation has been launched after 39 bodies were found inside a lorry container on an industrial estate. | The victims, found at the Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, included one teenager, Essex Police said. | A 25-year-old man from Northern Ireland has been arrested on suspicion of murder. | Early indications suggest there are 38 adults and one teenager, police said. | The lorry is from Bulgaria and entered the British mainland at Holyhead, North Wales, one of the main ports for ferries from Ireland. | We were called by colleagues from the ambulance service shortly before 1.40am this morning Wed…
HBO's Watchmen Tackles the 1921 Tulsa Massacre
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-22
Image courtesy of HBO. | When sci-fi fans watched Sunday night's season premiere of HBO's Watchmen they were thrust immediately into the bloody 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. In the show's opening scene, cameras followed a young, black boy who is carried by his mother outside a movie theatre and directly into the carnage. Black people are lit on fire, dragged through the streets, and shot on sight. | Based on the wildly popular graphic novel of the same name, "Watchmen" is set in an alternate version of our history. The show is fiction, but the massacre depicted on screen was very real. | "Before the massacre, Greenwo…
A Presidential Town Hall on Mass Incarceration — Who Will Show Up?
Alice Speri | theintercept.com | 2019-10-22
A group of formerly incarcerated men and women will moderate a presidential town hall for the first time ever next week, questioning candidates about their positions on the U.S. justice system before an audience made up exclusively of people with firsthand experience of the country's prisons and jails. | The event, to be held on October 28 at the Eastern State Penitentiary, a historic former prison in Philadelphia, aims to put questions of mass incarceration, broken courts, and racist policing at the forefront of the debate in an election season that has largely seen them eclipsed by other issues. So far, only Se…
Students ARRESTED after racial slur dare game is recorded & posted on Twitter
rt.com | 2019-10-22
Two University of Connecticut students have been arrested after they were filmed trading racial slurs back and forth in what appeared to be a vulgar word game. The video was posted online and sparked protests on campus. | Jarred Karal and Ryan Mucaj, both 21, were arrested and charged with "ridicule on account of creed, religion, color, denomination, nationality, or race," UConn spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz announced on Monday as students and staff alike demanded "accountability." | The two white students had played a game where they uttered vulgar words at increasing volume as they walked through the campus pa…
Unveiling a State-by-State Plan to End our Mass Incarceration Crisis
Udi Ofer | aclu.org | 2019-10-18
The United States locks up more of its people than | any other nation in the world. A whopping 2.2 million people are living behind | bars in this country on any given day. Our national incarceration rate is four | times that of Australia, five times that of the United Kingdom, and six times that | of Canada. | This uniquely American problem is not one crisis | — rather, mass incarceration is a series of state-based catastrophes, each one | different from the next. While much attention was paid | to the federal reforms passed last year through the First Step Act, of | the 2.2 million people locked up on…
NYC Council Votes to Build More Jails, Continue Mass Incarceration
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-18
Eddie Conway speaks with No New Jails organizer Pilar Maschi ahead of the NYC Council jail vote about what grassroots activists can do to continue the fight to keep new jails out of New York City.
Sentenced to Life in Prison as a Teen, How Cyntoia Brown Survived Sex Trafficking & Won Her Freedom
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-18
At the age of 16, she was arrested for killing a man who had picked her up for sex, after she had been forced into sexual slavery as a child. She was tried as an adult and sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of first-degree murder for shooting the man who bought her for sex when she feared for her life. Today Cyntoia Brown-Long joins us to share her experience, what has happened in the 15 years she was incarcerated, and how she won her release. In an incredible development, after a years-long campaign to win her freedom, Cyntoia was granted clemency in January after former Tennessee Governor Bill Ha…
UN human rights office urges Egypt to immediately release detained protestors
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-18
Authorities in Egypt are being urged by the UN human rights office, OHCHR, to immediately release scores of citizens who have been arrested in connection with recent anti-government demonstrations in several cities.
What would a people's impeachment look like?
Makasi Motema | workers.org | 2019-10-16
Our news cycle is dominated by one overwhelming, all-encompassing story. While millions of people in the U.S. suffer without medical coverage, while police in Texas make a habit of entering Black people's homes and murdering them, and while our climate catastrophe looms, it is the palace intrigue of Trump's White . . . | Continue reading What would a people's impeachment look like? at Workers.org…
Hundreds pack State House to resist mass incarceration
Phebe Eckfeldt | workers.org | 2019-10-16
Hundreds of families, friends and supporters of prisoners packed the Massachusetts State House Oct. 8 to support "An Act to Reduce Mass Incarceration." This bill, H3358, would eliminate life sentences without parole. A person serving a life sentence would be allowed to have a parole hearing after 25 years, then . . . | Continue reading Hundreds pack State House to resist mass incarceration at Workers.org…
Bollywood: Stand Against Apartheid!
SAMIR | bdsmovement.net | 2019-10-10
Bollywood: Stand Against Apartheid! : Action AlertHelp appeal to Bollywood stars booked to perform in Tel Aviv | Cultural BoycottOctober 10, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) …
Beyond Bars: Life before and after incarceration in Alabama
splcenter.org | 2019-10-07
As criminal justice and prison reform take center stage in Alabama politics, Alabamians for Fair Justice, a broad coalition of advocates supported by the SPLC and other organizations, are working to lift up the voices of people directly affected by the criminal justice system.
69 activists arrested demanding shut down of Bow, New Hampshire coal plant
PSL Southern New Hampshire | liberationnews.org | 2019-10-06
Mass direct actions targets coal plant.