2020-10-13: News Headlines

Staff (2020-10-13). "Let the People Decide!" Protests at Amy Coney Barrett Hearing Decry GOP Power Grab, Attack on ACA. democracynow.org Hundreds protested outside the Senate Monday against the confirmation hearing for President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett. At least 21 were arrested after staging a sit-in to oppose the Senate pushing through Barrett's nomination in the middle of the presidential election. Senate Democrats warn the federal judge's record suggests she would overturn the Affordable Care Act and threaten reproductive rights if she takes the seat left vacant by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. "Trump and the Republicans are trying to execute a power grab," says Ana María Archila, co-executive director of…

_____ (2020-10-13). Native Americans Tear Gassed, Arrested On Indigenous Peoples' Day. popularresistance.org Twelve people, including at least eight Native Americans, were arrested near an immigration checkpoint in Southern Arizona on Indigenous Peoples' Day after United States Border Patrol agents and Arizona law enforcement officials violently repressed a peaceful action held Monday morning by roughly 30 land and water protectors. | The O'odham Anti Border Collective—a group of Akimel O'odham, Tohono O'odham, and Hia Ced O'odham tribal members that seeks to promote the cultural practices and protect the homelands of all O'odham nations "through the dismantling of colonial borders"…

Katie Miernicki (2020-10-13). After summer of violent repression, Philadelphia City Council considers banning "crowd control" weapons. liberationnews.org On October 7, Philadelphia City Council held a virtual hearing regarding police brutality in the city and the violent repression of protests over the summer sparked by the murder of George Floyd. In response to public outrage over the Philadelphia Police Department's abhorrent treatment of protestors and residents during the summer's uprisings, councilmember Helen Gym, …

Aranxta Calles (2020-10-13). San Diego protesters stand in solidarity with Denver activists against police repression. liberationnews.org On Oct. 10, members of the San Diego branch of the Party for Socialism and Liberation organized a rally in solidarity with the anti-racist organizers arrested under false charges in Denver, Colorado. The organizers are facing decades in prison simply for leading the struggle for justice for Elijah McClain. Different organizations also came out to …

Fight Back (2020-10-13). Tampa activists rally against anti-protest bill. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – On October 10, members of the Tampa Bay Community Action Committee and others rallied at Tampa City Hall to protest Florida Governor Ron DeSantis' proposed anti-protest bill. On September 21, DeSantis released the proposed legislation called "Combatting Violence, Disorder and Looting and Law Enforcement Protection Act." If the bill is signed into law, it would legalize running over protesters with cars, and would make marching on the street a felony offense. Governor DeSantis' anti-protest bill is a direct response to protests during the George Floyd uprising, the Black Lives Matter movement…

_____ (2020-10-13). Black Doctors Fight For More Equitable Coronavirus Testing. popularresistance.org When the coronavirus arrived in Philadelphia in March, Dr. Ala Stanford hunkered down at home with her husband and kids. A pediatric surgeon with a private practice, she has staff privileges at a few suburban Philadelphia hospitals. For weeks, most of her usual procedures and patient visits were canceled. So she found herself, like a lot of people, spending the days in her pajamas, glued to the TV. | And then, at the beginning of April, she started seeing media reports indicating that Black people were contracting the coronavirus and dying from COVID-19 at greater rates than other demographic groups.

teleSUR (2020-10-12). Bolivia: Leftist Parliamentary Candidate Brenda Segovia Arrested. telesurenglish.net The Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) denounced the arbitrary detention of the parliamentary candidate, Brenda Segovia, in Santa Cruz on Monday. | RELATED: | "We repudiate the coup-born regime's political violence. The political movement demands the immediate release of our militant," MAS presidential candidate Luis Arce tweeted. | A week ahead of Bolivia's elections, Arce also urged "an end to the far-right-wing attacks…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-12). Protests rage in Indonesia against anti-worker "omnibus law", hundreds arrested. mronline.org An alliance of trade unions, environmental groups and students' movements have launched an indefinite protest across against the sweeping changes to labor and environmental laws.

RT (2020-10-12). Manhunt underway after teenager SHOOTS HIS GRANDMOTHER then kills 3 innocent people at bus stop in Russia's Nizhny Novgorod. rt.com Police in central Russia are searching for an 18-year-old male after a shooting spree in a suburban town near Nizhny Novgorod on Monday. Three people were killed and three injured; one of the victims was the gunman's grandmother. | A police source told Moscow news agency TASS that the teenager, named as Daniil Monakhov, first had an argument with his grandmother, whom he wounded with a gunshot from a hunting weapon. He then killed a neighbor before opening fire on people at a nearby bus stop. | Cops believe Monakhov, who fled from the scene of the murders in a Kia car, is carrying two smoothbore shotguns, one…

sputniknews (2020-10-12). Over 20 Arrested During Demonstrations Held Amid Barrett's Confirmation Hearings – Reports. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – More than 20 demonstrators were arrested in Washington DC during the Senate judiciary committee's confirmation hearings of US President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Fox News reports.

WSWS (2020-10-12). A profile of the conspirators in the Michigan plot. wsws.org The 13 men arrested have two things in common: extreme right-wing politics and economic marginalization.

Robert Koehler (2020-10-12). What Comes Next is Up to Us. counterpunch.org What if we stopped separating the looming national chaos into separate categories —racism, climate change, war, vote suppression, election theft, pandemic, science denial, white supremacy, police brutality, etc. — and tried looking at it all at once? This may be the legacy of Donald Trump, our first corkscrew-in-chief: He has popped the cork on who

WSWS (2020-10-12). Trump supporter killed by Pinkerton agent during dueling Denver, Colorado protests. wsws.org Despite the fact the shooter was employed by one of the most notorious security agencies in US history, far-right media outlets and personalities tried to paint the killing as the latest example of "BLM/Antifa" violence.

Phoebe Sorgen & WiRED members (2020-10-12). Big Telecom + Berkelely Cops vs Neighbors + Activsts = fascism? indybay.org In the dark of night Oct 5, police backed AT&T in clash with Berkeley, Ca neighborhood over 4/5G antennas. Local cops do AT&T's bidding, forcefully removing Berkeley residents who were protecting the public commons from illegal wireless "small" cell installations.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-12). Iraqi army launches anti-ISIL operation in Nineveh province. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 12 (MNA) — Iraqi army forces identified and arrested three ISIL terrorist elements in an operation in Nineveh province.

Sophia Purdy-Moore (2020-10-12). Nigerian government officially disbands notorious police unit, but the fight against police brutality is far from over. thecanary.co The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) is a unit of the Nigerian Police Force. Over the years, evidence has mounted of SARS units unlawfully arresting and detaining young people across the country. That evidence includes accounts of kidnapping, extrajudicial executions, stealing property and extorting money. | Since 2016, Amnesty International has documented at least 82 cases of torture, ill-treatment and extrajudicial executions by SARS. In a

RT (2020-10-11). Lindsey Graham's Dem challenger reveals record-breaking fundraising after GOP incumbent's questionable remarks on black people. rt.com Democrat Jaime Harrison raised a record-breaking $57 million in the final quarter of his race against incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), who sparked recent controversy over a comment about being black in his state. | Harrison's $57 million haul blows past congressional fundraising records, and is also the largest ever three-month total for a Senate candidate ever, according to his campaign. | The support came through 1.5 million donations from over 990,000 donors, with an average contribution of $37. | Harrison's financial success comes only two days after Graham found himself in hot water durin…

RT (2020-10-10). 'Demonic desecration': Archbishop orders to BURN altar after priest allegedly held orgy with dominatrices there. rt.com The sex act between a Catholic priest and two "dominatrices," which allegedly happened on an altar of a Louisiana church, was nothing short of demonic desecration, the archbishop has ruled. | Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans ordered the removal and burning of the altar of the Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in Pearl River, Louisiana. The move was in response to a sex scandal involving the now-former priest of the church, who was arrested on charges of obscenity last week. Travis Clark was allegedly caught filming himself having sex with two women, described as "dominatrices" by the media, o…

RT (2020-10-10). Japanese man reportedly detained after staying at hotel for 10 MONTHS & failing to pay the bill. rt.com An unemployed Japanese man has been arrested by Niigata Prefectural Police after staying for some 10 months at a hotel and allegedly failing to pay the bill. | The bizarre case was reported by Nippon News Network on Friday. The suspect, said to be a 58-year-old unemployed man, was grabbed by the police after failing to pay the bill for his stay at a hotel in Myoko city. | The man checked into the hotel in late December 2019 — and has never actually paid for its services. The hotel notified the police of the situation only on Thursday, which resulted in the suspect's arrest. | The not-that-generous guest h…

sputniknews (2020-10-10). Iranian Diplomat Held for Trial in Belgium Over Alleged Bomb Plot Reportedly Warned of 'Retaliation'. sputniknews.com In July 2018, Assadollah Assadi, a Vienna-based Iranian diplomat, was arrested in Germany on a European warrant over charges of allegedly plotting to bomb an Iranian opposition rally in Paris. He was later extradited to Belgium, where two alleged co-conspirators had been arrested with explosives in their possession.

Joe Glenton (2020-10-10). Undercover soldiers: how the spy cops bill could bring the war on terror home. thecanary.co Most of the debate around what's been dubbed the This focus is entirely justified given the human cost of

Ramzy Baroud (2020-10-09). Despite Ambiguity in International Law, Palestinians are Winning the 'Legitimacy War'. dissidentvoice.org 'International law' remains one of the most discussed terms in the context of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. It is almost always present, whether the discussion pertains to the Israeli wars and siege on Gaza, the expansion of illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank or the encroaching apartheid throughout Israel and the Occupied Territories. …

Amiad Horowitz (2020-10-09). Right wing fuses anti-Semitism with anti-communism in its conspiracy theories. peoplesworld.org It's hard for anyone reading any reactionary publication to avoid the name George Soros. Many right-wingers claim that Soros, a billionaire Jewish businessman, is funding radical leftists. They claim that Soros pays Black Lives Matter protesters, and some say he helps coordinate leftist activities around the world. Of course, anyone who does the slightest bit …

Staff (2020-10-09). Is it time to talk about armed-self defense for Black people? therealnews.com Is there a place for armed self-defense among Black freedom fighters today? Jacqueline Luqman talks history and strategy with Dr. Akinyele Umoja.

Staff (2020-10-09). Is it time to talk about armed self-defense for Black people? therealnews.com Is there a place for armed self-defense among Black freedom fighters today? Jacqueline Luqman talks history and strategy with Dr. Akinyele Umoja.

Ramzy Baroud (2020-10-09). Black Lives Should Always Matter: Delinking Social Justice from Seasonal US Politics. counterpunch.org After viewing the first US Presidential debate on September 29, one is left with no doubt about the degenerating political discourse among America's ruling elites. Following the debate between US President, Donald Trump, and Democratic Presidential nominee, Joe Biden, most analyses focused mainly on the personal insults and name-calling, which, deservedly, earned the event the

ACLU (2020-10-09). Why Are Police the Wrong Response to Mental Health Crises? aclu.org Over the last months on our podcast, At Liberty, we've explored different conversations on the subject of policing: abolition, violence and accountability, protest, and activism. This week, we dug into a topic that has gained more attention in the wake of Daniel Prude's death in March at the hands of the Rochester Police Department: the startling connection between mental health-related 911 calls and police brutality. , , Studies show that nearly 50 percent of victims of police brutality are living with a disability, predominantly a mental health disability. In many ways, 911 has become the only option for peo…

Fight Back (2020-10-09). Wisconsin: Mass arrests, tear gas, National Guard used against protesters. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – Protests in the Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa ramped up over the past two nights. On October 7, Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm ruled that although the shooting death of Alvin Cole in February was not justified, Wauwatosa police officer Joseph Mensah would not face charges for the murder. Mensah is also responsible for the murders of Antonio Gonzales and Jay Anderson. Chisholm was the district attorney who filed no charges in each of those cases, as well as six other instances of killer cops in and around Milwaukee. | Immediately after the announcement, protesters took to the stre…

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM (2020-10-09). Tuesday 10/27: Gretchen Sorin: Driving While Black: African-American Travel & Civil Rights. indybay.org Online webinar…

Staff (2020-10-09). FBI Charges Men Involved in Whitmer Kidnapping Plot With Domestic Terrorism. truthout.org Just months after President Trump tweeted for his supporters to "LIBERATE MICHIGAN!" the FBI has foiled an alleged plot to kidnap and take hostage Democratic Governor of Michigan Gretchen Whitmer. Authorities arrested six men Thursday involved in the kidnapping plot, and seven others who were said to be planning to storm the state Capitol in Lansing with the intent of starting a civil war. "It came as a surprise to many, but not necessarily here in Michigan, because the state has a long history o…