Monthly Archives: June 2020

2020-06-30: News Headlines

Jamal Rich (2020-06-30). Prison and police abolition: Re-imagining public safety and liberation. peoplesworld.org Since the Trayvon Martin murder in 2012 and the Ferguson uprising in 2014, the Movement for Black Lives has further developed its demands from so-called 'reformist' reforms such as new police training methods, "community policing," body cameras, and diversity in hiring to a more militant stance of defunding and eventually abolishing the police in the …

Sarah Lahm (2020-06-30). Midwest Dispatch: We Are 'Woke.' Now What? progressive.org As coverage of the protests dies down, supporters of Black lives and police abolition wonder what else they can do.

André Robert Lee (2020-06-30). Confronting the Living History of the Civil Rights Struggle. thenation.com Confronting the Living History of the Civil Rights Struggle…

Dave Zirin (2020-06-30). Athletes Are Taking Their Solidarity to the Streets. thenation.com Athletes Are Taking Their Solidarity to the Streets…

_____ (2020-06-30). Whole Foods Is Quietly Telling Workers Not To Show Black Lives Matter Support. popularresistance.org This week, a group of Whole Foods workers in Cambridge, Massachusetts, walked out after being told they couldn't wear Black Lives Matter masks because they weren't part of "the company dress code." | Prior to the incident, wearing masks with other symbols or logos, including ones that featured the New England Patriots, were reportedly acceptable. | This is according to a report in the Boston Globe, which details how Whole Foods worker Savannah Kinzer and a few of her colleagues wore BLM-themed masks on Wednesday. A manager told them they either had to remove the masks or go home. Seven of them walked out. On Thur…

_____ (2020-06-30). Silence Is Not An Option": Black Women Make History. popularresistance.org Mainstream media and politicians have paid almost exclusive attention to ideas and images of Black men — whether as victims of police violence or as protesters against it. Yet Black women, who are no less subject to structural racism and violence, have been at the forefront of the multi-racial Black Lives Matter Movement for years. | ROAR associate editor Eleanor Finley had the opportunity to explore some of these subjects with Dr. Keisha N. Blain, an award-winning historian and Black feminist scholar at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Blain is also president of the African American Intellectual History S…

sputniknews (2020-06-30). St. Louis Couple Who Pointed Weapons at BLM Protesters Offer Reason Why They Acted in That Fashion. sputniknews.com On Sunday, a white couple in St. Louis, Missouri, stole the spotlight on social media after the appeared in a viral video pointing firearms at unarmed and peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstrators who were passing in the vicinity of the couple's mansion while en route to Mayor Lyda Krewson's house.

RT (2020-06-30). Black Lives Matter rioter shoots at driver in Utah, then CONTINUES to protest ( VIDEOS). rt.com A Black Lives Matter rally turned violent in the city of Provo, Utah, when a protester fired in the window of a vehicle at point-blank range. The injured driver floored the gas and escaped, as the gunman fired at him again.

Staff (2020-06-30). Can Making Black Lives Matter Rescue a Failing State? truthout.org You know that feeling when you trip on the street and instantly sense that you're about to crash hard and there's no way to prevent it? As gravity has its way with you, all you can do is watch yourself going down. Yeah, that feeling. | I had it the other day on my way to a Black Lives Matter demonstration when I caught my toe on a curb and pitched forward. As time slowed down, I saw not my past, but my future, pass before my eyes — a future that would at worst include months of rehabbing a broken hip and at be…

Staff (2020-06-30). Confronting Prejudice Isn't Enough. We Must Eradicate the White Racial Frame. truthout.org The brutal enslavement of Black people lasted for a full 60 percent of this country's colonialist history. | It is this deadly longevity of anti-Black racism that we must grasp in order to understand the currently palpable and deeply painful anti-Black racist experiences that African Americans continue to endure in the 21st-century U.S., and the massive multiracial protests that have ensued. | U.S. anti-Black racism was founded upon the brutal enslavement of Black people. In the decades since t…

John Malkin (2020-06-30). Oakland Police Banned from Using Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets, Grenades at Protests. indybay.org Interview with Walter Riley, civil rights attorney with the National Lawyers Guild, on the June 18, 2020 temporary restraining order banning Oakland police from using tear gas, rubber bullets, flash bang grenades and other "battlefield weapons" during current Black Lives Matter protests.

Philip Giraldi (2020-06-30). The Memorials to Judah Benjamin. thealtworld.com Jewish slave-owners exempt from attacks by #BLM? | The current wrath directed against anything or anyone having had anything to do with slavery or even racial discrimination includes destroying historical memorials and monuments as well as changing names that have stood for more than a century. Much of it has been focused on white nominally Christian males, mostly of Anglo-Saxon stock, understandable as the United States was a child of Great Britain and a majority of the country's leaders for nearly two centuries came from families descended from the British Isles. | Slavery in the United States version is, of co…

Mike Whitney (2020-06-30). The Covid-BLM Diversion: Economic "Shock Therapy" Behind a Smokescreen of Hysteria and Racial Incitement. globalresearch.ca The imposition of the nationwide lockdowns required elite consensus. There's no way that a project of that magnitude could have been carried out absent the nearly universal support of establishment elites and their lackeys in the political class. There must …

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-06-30). BLM Die-In in Central Fairfax. indybay.org Fairfax demonstration with music, speeches, conversation groups, ends with 8 minutes and 46 seconds "die in" in central intersection.

Susan Price (2020-06-30). Armed, right-wing vigilantes terrorise BLM activists in New Mexico. greenleft.org.au

The Canary (2020-06-30). Facebook chief defends approach to hate speech amid growing advertiser boycott. thecanary.co A Facebook chief has defended the social network's efforts to tackle hate speech as a growing list of big firms halt advertising on the platform.Starbucks has become the latest household name to suspend its adverts, following the likes of Unilever and Coca-Cola, amid concerns that the tech giant is failing to address the issue.Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has come under fire for not taking action on the matter, keeping up a post by Donald Trump, in which the president said "when the looting starts, the shooting starts", during protests across the US over the killing of George Floyd.Steve Hatch, Facebook's vice p…

Staff (2020-06-30). Mississippi Votes to Remove the Confederate Emblem From Flag. truthout.org In a historic vote, the Mississippi state Legislature passed a bill to remove the Confederate battle emblem from its state flag, making it the last state to do so, after an ongoing nationwide uprising against racism and police brutality and a mounting pressure campaign in Mississippi. Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, says it has been a "long journey" to change the Mississippi flag. "We've had to fight both against the symbol of racial oppression, the revisionist history of racial oppression, and…

Rest in Power (2020-06-30). Berkeley H.S. Students Lead their Fifth Racial Justice Protest, "Say Her Name" indybay.org Berkeley High School student organizers said their Say Her Name demonstration was held "in recognition of all the identities that have been neglected in the fight against police brutality and systemic racism."

Staff (2020-06-30). NAACP's Derrick Johnson on Mississippi's State Flag, Trump's White Power Tweet & Boycotting Facebook. democracynow.org In a historic vote, the Mississippi state Legislature passed a bill to remove the Confederate battle emblem from its state flag, making it the last state to do so, after an ongoing nationwide uprising against racism and police brutality and a mounting pressure campaign in Mississippi. Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, says it has been a "long journey" to change the Mississippi flag. "We've had to fight both against the symbol of racial oppression, the revisionist history of racial oppression, and now the next step is to fight against the structural racism that's embedded in the public policy, not o…

Kate Ruane (2020-06-30). The EARN IT Act is a Disaster for Online Speech and Privacy, Especially for the LGBTQ and Sex Worker Communities. aclu.org After a month of unprecedented protests against police brutality across the country, in which

Don Fitz (2020-06-30). Should NYC's Wall Street Be Renamed "Eric Garner St.?" counterpunch.org In 2008, policeman Mike King was murdered on Leland Ave. When the police asked that a street be named after him, no one objected. The City Hall of University City (part of St. Louis County) is now at the corner of Delmar Blvd. and Sgt. Mike King Dr. The coalition believes that anyone who agrees with naming a street after a cop killed by a civilian should also agree to name a street after a civilian killed by a cop.

_____ (2020-06-30). NYPD Officers Arrest And Pepper Spray Queer Liberation March Protesters. popularresistance.org NYPD officers arrested and pepper-sprayed protesters at the Queer Liberation March Sunday afternoon while attempting to arrest two people for graffiti, according to witnesses. | Numerous videos shared on social media show a crowd of officers shoving outraged protesters where arrests were being made near Washington Square Park. | As two were being arrested for graffiti, protesters intervened in an attempt to free them, at which point police responded with pepper spray, multiple witnesses told Gothamist. A legal observer said at least four people were arrested and 10 others pepper-sprayed—including someone ru…

yenisafak (2020-06-30). French healthcare workers protest for wages, resources. yenisafak.com Healthcare professionals in France took to the streets Tuesday to demand increased wages and resources.Marchers came out in the capital Paris and France's other major cities as talks on the Segur de la Sante, a program put forth by the government at the end of May to tackle disparities in the health sector, are set to end on Friday.Members of unions and hospital collectives were at the protests, which followed previous demonstrations staged a week ago that ended in violence when workers torched cars and furniture in Paris, some being arrested.With direct involvement from President Emmanuel Macron, Segur de la San…

Staff (2020-06-30). Stir Crazy! Episode #61: COVID & Cops: We Are Under Attack. therealnews.com On today's show: Activist and recording artist Eze Jackson and TRNN Executive Producer Lisa Snowden-McCray. Hosted by Kim Brown. If you have questions/comments/suggestions for the show email us at stircrazy@therealnews.com…

en.mehrnews (2020-06-30). Iraqi Army launches anti-ISIL operation in Kirkuk. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 01 (MNA) — Iraqi army has identified and arrested an ISIL commander in an operation in Hawija city in Kirkuk Governorate.

Anne M. Peterson (2020-06-29). NWSL players take a knee during the national anthem. peoplesworld.org (AP) Players for the Portland Thorns and the North Carolina Courage knelt during the national anthem Saturday when the National Women's Soccer League opened the Challenge Cup tournament in Utah. The players and coaches wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts in warmups before the game, which was nationally televised on CBS. The players also knelt during …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-29). Black Lives Matter UK expresses solidarity with Palestinians, rejects Israeli occupation plan. peoplesdispatch.org In a series of tweets that also critiqued the silence of the British political class on the issue, Black Lives Matter UK declared that it loudly and clearly stood "beside our Palestinian comrades. FREE PALESTINE"

Judith Bergman (2020-06-29). Modern Slavery and Woke Hypocrisy. globalresearch.ca The news has been filled with reports about Black Lives Matter (BLM) supporters vandalizing and tearing down statues of slave traders, slave owners, and anyone who they perceive as having been historically involved with slavery. In Bristol, England, a statue …

_____ (2020-06-29). How Palestine Advocates Can Support Black Struggle. popularresistance.org Black people are one of the first and largest victims of Western colonialism and racial capitalism. We have never received justice for 500 years of racist violence and exploitation. | The US and most Western countries built their empires through profits from the Atlantic slave trade. | As an illegitimate settler colony that was built on the ethnic cleansing of the indigenous population and enslavement of Africans, the US requires the continuous subjugation of Black and Indigenous people to maintain its imperial domination abroad. | Accordingly, the greatest internal threat to the US empire is that of a Black revo…

_____ (2020-06-29). Spying On Americans: Infamous 1970s White House Plan For Protest Surveillance. popularresistance.org Portions of a long-secret government blueprint for expansive surveillance of domestic protest movements during the Nixon presidency have just been released, more than 50 years after it was drafted. The notorious "Huston Plan" prepared by representatives of the White House and the U.S. intelligence community envisioned a smorgasbord of covert operations that made even FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover queasy. The proposed activities ranged from monitoring domestic dissident groups — notably the Black Panthers — to office break-ins. This is the first time the document has been released on its own and with th…

yenisafak (2020-06-29). Naomi Campbell sees Black Lives Matter altering fashion and beauty industries. yenisafak.com Worldwide protests about the treatment of Black people will alter the global fashion and beauty industries by creating job opportunities and products catering for a broader range of consumers, model Naomi Campbell told Reuters in an interview.The fashion world has long been criticised for its lack of diversity. Some firms are already making product changes as protests about systemic racism sparked by the killing of Black people by police in the United States highlight issues related to race.Campbell, who during a 34-year career was the first Black model to appear on the covers of French Vogue and Time magazine, s…

sputniknews (2020-06-29). Jewish Watchdog Slams Black Lives Matter UK Over Calls to Sanction Israel. sputniknews.com Created in the US in 2013 as an anti-racism activism and protest movement, Black Lives Matter has enjoyed a surge in support and media coverage in the wake of the George Floyd protests across the US and around the world. Activists have been criticized by conservatives, and by Israel supporters, however, over their attacks on the Jewish State.

sputniknews (2020-06-29). 'You F**king Communists': US Woman Berates BLM Protesters in Expletive-Filled Rant. sputniknews.com An unidentified US woman was recently caught in a since-deleted video slinging a profanity-filled rant against a group of Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters who were demonstrating over the weekend in Watsontown, Pennsylvania.

RT (2020-06-29). 'Dilbert' creator prompts fury saying he lost jobs and 'my TV show for being white'. rt.com Cartoonist Scott Adams has received a barrage of criticisms from 'woke' Twitter users angered by his claim that he's lost three jobs due to being white, one being on the cancelled adaptation of his comic strip 'Dilbert'. | "I lost my TV show for being white when UPN decided it would focus on an African-American audience," Adams tweeted. "That was the third job I lost for being white. The other two in corporate America. (They told me directly.)" | Adams was responding to 'Star Wars' actor Ahmed Best (best known as the voice of Jar Jar Binks), who is black, tweeting about his struggles to get work in Hollywood c…

Staff (2020-06-29). What's "Justice" in the Face of Police Killings? Full Societal Transformation. truthout.org For a while now, the U.S. has been poised at the threshold of full-on fascism, and "I can't breathe" is the future to which those in charge appear willing to consign Black people. Fortunately, today, we're seeing multiracial and multi-class initiatives pushing the state and communities to respond differently to social conflict and, on a more ambitious level, pushing us all toward a more humane society. | Black people in the United States are oppressed in every sense of the term: institutional an…

Community Rising (2020-06-29). Rally and March Show LGBTQ+ and Menlo Park Community Stand with Black Lives Matter. indybay.org Students from high schools in Menlo Park and Palo Alto pulled together an event that drew community members from the surrounding area and San Francisco. After a rally they took over several Menlo Park streets with a noisy march.

Minnie Bruce Pratt (2020-06-29). Fallos de SCOTUS: la lucha masiva y la solidaridad ganan concesiones. workers.org Esta es una versión ligeramente editada de una charla dada en un seminario web del Partido Mundo Obrero el 25 de junio sobre "LGBTQ2S+ y el movimiento Black Lives Matter". Sylvia Rivera (izquierda) y Marsha P. Johnson, Nueva York. Qué afortunados somos todos de estar juntos en la lucha en . . . |

Hatewatch Staff (2020-06-29). Mass Resistance Falsely Claims Black Lives Matter Destroys Families, Likens Movement to Nazi Germany. splcenter.org Longtime anti-LGBTQ hate group Mass Resistance has expanded its animus to include Black Lives Matter (BLM), a movement launched to challenge and dismantle systemic racism.

Fight Back (2020-06-29). NYC Queer Liberation March honors Black lives. fightbacknews.org New York, NY – Over 10,000 people gathered in New York City for the second annual Queer Liberation March on June 28. The Queer Liberation March was first organized in 2019 as an anti-corporate alternative to the main Pride March. This year, the theme of the march was standing in solidarity with Black lives and against police brutality, demanding a 50% reduction of the NYPD's budget and police force. Black trans people were especially honored, due to the increased targeting they face by police and for hate crimes. The march was organized by the Reclaim Pride Coalition. | The march met at Foley Square with many dif…

George Wuerthner (2020-06-29). Missouri River Breaks: How BLM Neglect Threatens a Wild and Scenic River and National Monument. counterpunch.org One hundred forty-nine miles of the Missouri River in Montana is a designated Wild and Scenic River. It is also within the 375,000 acres Missouri River Breaks National Monument, which includes the Lewis and Clark and Nez Perce National Historic Trails. It is part of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Landscape Conservation System. The

RT (2020-06-29). No trespassing at Ken & Karen's: Video of St Louis couple pointing guns at BLM protesters sets Twitter alight. rt.com A video showing a couple in a rich St Louis neighborhood scaring BLM protesters away from their porch with guns has quickly become an online hit. The pair have been both attacked and praised for their actions on social media. | The Missourians who became an internet sensation were revealed to be local lawyers Mark and Patricia McCloskey. After the video of them brandishing guns in front of protesters surfaced online, the couple was doxxed, and their family law center has been hit with a wave of negative reviews and comments on their behavior. | "My husband keeps 'accidentally' pointing his assault weapon at me…

R. Robertson (2020-06-29). Victory for San Mateo Co. Inmates After Ten Day Hunger Strike. indybay.org Protesters' voices have finally been heard after a 10 day hunger strike at San Mateo County's Maguire Correctional Facility in Redwood City. [Photo of anti-police brutality activist Missy at a rally at the historic old courthouse in Redwood City on June 21.]…

Staff (2020-06-29). "Atrocious": Police Killed Elijah McClain in 2019. Why Did It Take Colorado So Long to Launch Probe? democracynow.org Colorado Governor Jared Polis has ordered a new investigation into the 2019 police killing of 23-year-old Elijah McClain in Aurora, which is facing renewed scrutiny and outrage amid the nationwide uprising against police brutality. McClain was walking home from a store last August when someone called 911 to report a "suspicious person." Three Aurora police officers who answered the call tackled McClain to the ground and placed him in a chokehold as he pleaded for his life, and medical responders who arrived then injected McClain with the powerful sedative ketamine. He suffered a cardiac arrest on the way to the h…

sputniknews (2020-06-29). Reading Attack: Khairi Saadallah Shouted 'Allahu Akbar' During Park Stabbing, Court Hears. sputniknews.com On 20 June, three people were killed and several others were injured in a stabbing attack in Forbury Gardens, Reading. Khairi Saadallah was arrested by police shortly after the incident. After being questioned under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000, Saadallah has been charged with three counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder.

WSWS (2020-06-29). One person killed in attack on anti-police violence protest in Louisville, Kentucky. wsws.org The suspected shooter, Steven Lopez, had been arrested by police earlier this month and was known to be in possession of a handgun and ammunition.

Chris Hedges (2020-06-29). Chris Hedges: My Student Comes Home. mintpressnews.com In 1990, Lawrence Bell was 14, orphaned and living in an abandoned house when three Camden cops pressured him to sign a confession of murder. Sunday, thanks to the dogged work of his laywer, he was freed.

_____ (2020-06-29). Chris Hedges On Contact: Julian Assange Extradition Hearing. popularresistance.org Chris Hedges discusses the extradition hearing of Julian Assange with lawyer, author and professor, Marjorie Cohn. | Marjorie Cohn is professor emerita at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where she taught from 1991 to 2016, and a former president of the National Lawyers Guild. | Professor Cohn is the editor of and a contributor to 'The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration and Abuse', and 'Drones and Targeted Killings: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues'.

Mario Carbonell (2020-06-29). Cops in Washington defy new state police reform law with impunity. liberationnews.org 1-940 was passed with the best of intentions by voters hoping for some real change.

Fight Back (2020-06-29). Philippines: 7 anti-mining leaders arrested. fightbacknews.org The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) joined various organizations in denouncing the Duterte regime and its armed forces for the unlawful arrest of anti-mining leaders Datu Reynaldo Ayuma and six other Lumads at Purok 6, Barangay Blanco, Balingasag, Misamis Oriental on June 26. | "The Party calls on local and international environmentalist and human rights advocates to look into the escalating incidents of abuses perpetrated by the Duterte fascist regime against anti-mining communities while fast-tracking the enactment of the fascist Anti-Terror Bill (ATB)," stated Marco L. Valbuena, Information Officer, C…

yenisafak (2020-06-29). Over 1M cannabis roots seized in eastern Turkey. yenisafak.com Acting on a tip, the local gendarmerie raided eight separate addresses in the province. They also confiscated 105 kilograms (231 pounds) of marijuana besides cannabis roots, the Bingol Governorate said in a statement.Two suspects were arrested in the operation.

sputniknews (2020-06-28). 'Not My Fault I'm White': Ex-Formula 1 Boss Ecclestone Defends 'Black People More Racist' Statement. sputniknews.com On Friday Former Formula One Boss Bernie Ecclestone came under fire after an appearance on CNN Sport, where he claimed that, in his opinion, in many cases "Black people are more racist than what white people are."

sputniknews (2020-06-28). Joe Biden Election Campaign Discloses Over One Third of Staff People of Colour, Majority Female. sputniknews.com White House hopeful Joe Biden has been evading questions over the diversity of his campaign staff since the Democratic primaries, with the issue now pushed to the forefront amid the continuing protests against racism and police brutality erupting across the country in the wake of the death of black man George Floyd in police custody.

RT (2020-06-28). Dismissing my experience with racism as gaslighting is racist itself, Priti Patel says of Labour MPs' criticism. rt.com UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has said it is racist for minority MPs to dismiss her experiences of racism as an attempt to gaslight the British public amid 'Black Lives Matter' protests in the country. | Patel, who is of Indian origin, told interviewer Sophy Ridge on Sunday that her accusers were apparently having a problem with her not conforming "to their preconceived idea or stereotypical view of what an ethnic minority woman should stand for and represent." | "In my view, that in itself is racist," the home secretary continued. "So it's very disappointing and I've made it quite clear I'm not going to digni…

Staff (2020-06-28). When War Against Black Americans Represents "Peace," We Must Redefine the Word. truthout.org The world now knows about police brutality, what we American Negroes* have experienced as a matter of course since the slave patrols. The "peace officers" that purportedly swore to uphold and defend the Constitution by serving and protecting citizens like George Floyd, murdered him. Maybe "peace officer" seems absurd. The term evokes the Orwellian phrase "war is peace." | But it makes sense if we deconstruct "peace." The Pax Romana ("Roman Peace") denoted Roman Empire; the king's peace spans B…

_____ (2020-06-28). US Killer Cops Mastered 'Fascist Israel's Technique Proudly Used On Palestinians'. popularresistance.org "Thank goodness there's an uprising," Waters told RT's 'Going Underground' on Tuesday, referring to the wave of protests and riots sweeping the US since the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis last month. "It's about time." | The kneeling chokehold that killed Floyd was described by Waters as "an Israeli technique, proudly developed by the IDF in the occupied territories in Palestine." | An Israeli national police spokesman recently denied that his country's police force uses such a measure on suspects, and added that Israeli counterterrorism officers never taught the move to American polic…

_____ (2020-06-28). Mathematicians Urge Colleagues To Boycott Police Work In Wake Of Killings. popularresistance.org The tide of reckoning on systemic racism and police brutality that has been sweeping through institutions — including scientific ones — has reached universities' normally reclusive mathematics departments. A group of mathematicians in the United States has written a letter calling for their colleagues to stop collaborating with police because of the widely documented disparities in how US law-enforcement agencies treat people of different races and ethnicities. They concentrate their criticism on predictive policing, a maths-based technique aimed at stopping crime before it occurs. | The letter, dated…

IMEMC News (2020-06-28). Soldiers Injure Five Palestinians In Northern Plains Of West Bank. imemc.org Israeli soldiers injured, on Saturday evening, five Palestinians during protests that erupted in 'Atouf village in the West Bank's Northern Plains after the soldiers prevented dozens of residents from participating in the national conference against the illegal Israeli annexation and apartheid policies. The head of 'Atouf Village Council, Abdullah Bisharat, …

RT (2020-06-28). Four charged for vandalizing Jackson statue near White House as Trump demands maximum punishment. rt.com Four men filmed trying to tear down a statue of President Andrew Jackson have been charged with damaging federal property. President Trump earlier shared wanted posters related to the incident on Twitter. | Of the four individuals identified by investigators, one has been arrested and brought before a DC court, while three others remain at large. Aged between 20 and 47, the protesters face between up to 10 years in prison for their alleged crimes. | The attempt to topple the statue of President Jackson, accused by protesters of being a slave owner, happened on Monday, amid a wider wave of vandalism targeting m…

Glen Ford (2020-06-28). Yes, defund the cops—and put them under community control. mronline.org Community control of the police means empowering the people to shape and oversee the mechanisms of their own security and end forever the armed occupation of our communities by hostile forces.

Patrisse Cullors (2020-06-27). 'Black Lives Matter' is About More Than the Police. commondreams.org A protester faces off with Minnesota State Police officers on May 29, 2020 in Minneapolis. (Photo: Kerem Yucel / AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Fight Back (2020-06-27). Protest demanding end to police crimes meets Trump visit in Green Bay, WI. fightbacknews.org Green Bay, WI – On June 25, over 50 people gathered on the premises of the Austin Straubel International Airport to protest President Donald Trump, who was recording a town hall inside one of the facilities there. The effort was led by the Coalition to March on the Democratic National Convention, but also included Wisconsin Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO), Wisconsin Bail Out the People Movement, Justice for Jonathon Tubby, and Black Lives United – Green Bay (BLU). | Protesters listened to comments from Coalition co-chair Ryan Hamann mixed in with a variety of chants attacking Trump. A theme throughout…

Jon Schwarz (2020-06-27). Black Lives Matter Wants to End Police Brutality. zcomm.org History Suggests It Will Go Much Further…

_____ (2020-06-27). ACLU Files Federal Lawsuit Over Police Use Of Force During Anti-Racism Protests. popularresistance.org Denver – The ACLU of Colorado has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Black Lives Matter 5280 and other protesters against the City and County of Denver over police use of force during the protests against racism and police violence that erupted in the city last month after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. | The complaint alleges the use of force by Denver police, Denver sheriffs and Colorado State Patrol effectively "restricted, frustrated, and deterred" the First Amendment right of protesters in the city. The ACLU said police responded, "repeatedly with an overwhelming and unconstitutional use of forc…

sputniknews (2020-06-27). Minneapolis Protesters Remember Breonna Taylor, Highlight Police Brutality Against Black Women. sputniknews.com Thousands of demonstrators have gathered at Powderhorn Park in southern Minneapolis, Minnesota, to honor the life of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman who was murdered in her Louisville, Kentucky, home during a botched raid carried out by Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officers on March 13.

RT (2020-06-27). 'You're always crazy until you're right': BLM leader compares Defund the Police to innovators like Steve Jobs & Einstein on RT. rt.com Greater New York Black Lives Matter president Hawk Newsome told RT President Donald Trump is encouraging violence against him and the Black Lives Matter and Defund the Police movements, which are led by "changemakers." | Newsome gained national attention this week following a The tweet, Newsome says, "put a target on a movement that most Am…

The Canary (2020-06-27). Demonstrators demand justice for 12 year old refugee Shukri Abdi in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests. thecanary.co Demonstrators have gathered in London and other UK cities to demand "justice" for a 12-year-old Somali refugee on the one-year anniversary of her death.A huge crowd descended on the capital on Saturday 27 June in memory of Shukri Yahya Abdi, who drowned in the River Irwell in Bury, Greater Manchester, exactly one year ago. Many in the UK have renewed calls to demand a fair investigation into her death in the wake of recent Black Lives Matter protests.People with fists raised in the air carried a "Justice for Shukri" banner, and some wore T-shirts displaying the child's name.Protesters demanded 'justice for Shukri…

Community Rising (2020-06-27). Rally and March Show LBTQ+ and Menlo Park Community Stand with Black Lives Matter. indybay.org Students from high schools in Menlo Park and Palo Alto pulled together an event that drew community members from the surrounding area and San Francisco. After a rally they occupied several Menlo Park streets with a noisy march.

Bay Area Hospitality for Black Lives (2020-06-27). Tuesday 6/30: BAHBL Join Us! Solidarity Rally and March for Black Lives. indybay.org William McKinley statue (277 Baker St.) to Alamo Square Park…

Codepink, Extiction Rebellion, VFP, more (2020-06-27). Saturday 7/4: 4th of July SF Car Caravan: "Defund Police, Defund Pentagon, Fund Life!" indybay.org Meet up 2pm at SF City Hall, Polk St. between Grove & McAllister; Caravan to Stop 1: Defund Police, Black Lives Matter street painting, Fulton & Webster; Caravan to Stop 2: Defund Pentagon, Nancy Pelosi's House, Broadway @ Divisadero; Caravan to Stop 3: Fund Life!, Bayview Hunters Point.

indybay (2020-06-27). Wednesday 7/1: Black Lives Matter Capitola Village March & Speak Out. indybay.org Monterey Park, Capitola…

R. Robertson (2020-06-27). Tenderloin Rises Up Against UC Hastings Lawsuit. indybay.org Speakers from organizations supporting the unhoused, law students, and community members protested UC Hastings move to clear black and brown residents from tent encampments in the middle of the pandemic. They started in front of the law school's Kane Hall and marched to the police station in the Tenderloin where they faced off with cops armed for battle.

Minnie Bruce Pratt (2020-06-27). Supreme Court rulings: Mass fightback and solidarity win concessions. workers.org This is a slightly edited version of a talk given on a June 25 Workers World Party webinar on "LGBTQ2S+ and the Black Lives Matter movement." How fortunate we all are to be in the struggle together this particular June Pride Month — a month of historic uprising and outcry . . . |

The Alternative World (2020-06-27). Bahrain: A Police State Built on Intimidation and Torture. thealtworld.com Exclusive— Welcome to Bahrain, the cemetery of the living, the home of chambers of death, the kingdom of widespread impunity, police brutality, extrajudicial killings and repression. | Welcome to Bahrain, where the most gruesome arts of torture are heinously and systematically practised by the security services, including the use of electro-shock devices, forced standing techniques, suspension in painful positions (while handcuffed and exposed to extreme cold or hot temperature), medical negligence, beatings, threats of rape or murder and sexual abuse, etc. in order to inflict permanent suffering on the peac…

calvin deutschbein (2020-06-27). Students and workers say: 'Cops off our campus!'. workers.org Abolitionists are renewing their calls to abolish or at least defund campus police departments. This was first raised in Minneapolis, and now the demand is starting in Austin and Dallas, Texas. Campus police departments are rarely less viciously racist than city police and have less predictable behavior, but they are . . . |

The Canary (2020-06-27). Mother of murder victims says Met police officers 'dehumanised' her daughters by taking selfies at crime scene. thecanary.co The mother of two sisters who were murdered in a London park has criticised the Metropolitan Police after officers allegedly shared "inappropriate" photographs of the crime scene.Nicole Smallman, 27, and Bibaa Henry, 46, are believed to have been stabbed to death by a stranger at Fryent Country Park in north-west London. The incident occurred in the early hours of 6 June.Flowers at an entrance to Fryent Country Park following the murder (Dominic Lipinski/PA)While no one has been charged with their murder, two police officers have been arrested on suspicion of misconduct in a public office. They were arrested afte…

Derek Royden (2020-06-26). 2020: The year anti-fascists became terrorists. nationofchange.org When police in Buffalo pushed an elderly man to the ground during a Black Lives Matter protest, cracking his skull in the process, the president went on Twitter to rhetorically ask whether the injured man was, in fact, part of "Antifa".

T.J. Coles (2020-06-26). Infiltrating Black Lives Matter: Cops, Feds, and White Supremacists. counterpunch.org Black Lives Matter (BLM) is a major step forward in the ongoing struggle for Civil Rights in the United States and around the world. BLM was founded in 2013, following the acquittal over what organizers describe as 17-year-old Trayvon Martin's murderer, the gated community watchman, George Zimmerman. The organization came to international attention in July

sputniknews (2020-06-26). Graphic Video: Ex-Cop Charged After Deploying Taser, Kneeling on Pregnant Black Woman's Neck. sputniknews.com A recently-fired Miami Gardens, Florida, police officer has been booked and charged with battery and misconduct, following the emergence of disturbing video footage that both depicted the cop using "excessive force" on a Black woman and contradicted his subsequent reports.

Staff (2020-06-26). One Bad Algorithm? Advocates Say Facial Recognition Reveals Systemic Racism in AI Technology. democracynow.org The controversy over police use of facial recognition technology has accelerated after a Black man in Michigan revealed he was wrongfully arrested because of the technology. Detroit police handcuffed Robert Williams in front of his wife and daughters after facial recognition software falsely identified him as a suspect in a robbery. Researchers say facial recognition software is up to 100 times more likely to misidentify people of color than white people. This week, Boston voted to end its use in the city, and Democratic lawmakers introduced a similar measure for federal law enforcement. "This is not an example o…

WSWS (2020-06-26). Wirecard: The German economy sinks into criminality. wsws.org The company CEO was arrested in connection with the disappearance of 1.9 billion euros ($2 billion).

2020-06-29: News Headlines

Judith Bergman (2020-06-29). Modern Slavery and Woke Hypocrisy. globalresearch.ca The news has been filled with reports about Black Lives Matter (BLM) supporters vandalizing and tearing down statues of slave traders, slave owners, and anyone who they perceive as having been historically involved with slavery. In Bristol, England, a statue …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-29). Black Lives Matter UK expresses solidarity with Palestinians, rejects Israeli occupation plan. peoplesdispatch.org In a series of tweets that also critiqued the silence of the British political class on the issue, Black Lives Matter UK declared that it loudly and clearly stood "beside our Palestinian comrades. FREE PALESTINE"

Anne M. Peterson (2020-06-29). NWSL players take a knee during the national anthem. peoplesworld.org (AP) Players for the Portland Thorns and the North Carolina Courage knelt during the national anthem Saturday when the National Women's Soccer League opened the Challenge Cup tournament in Utah. The players and coaches wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts in warmups before the game, which was nationally televised on CBS. The players also knelt during …

_____ (2020-06-29). How Palestine Advocates Can Support Black Struggle. popularresistance.org Black people are one of the first and largest victims of Western colonialism and racial capitalism. We have never received justice for 500 years of racist violence and exploitation. | The US and most Western countries built their empires through profits from the Atlantic slave trade. | As an illegitimate settler colony that was built on the ethnic cleansing of the indigenous population and enslavement of Africans, the US requires the continuous subjugation of Black and Indigenous people to maintain its imperial domination abroad. | Accordingly, the greatest internal threat to the US empire is that of a Black revo…

yenisafak (2020-06-29). Naomi Campbell sees Black Lives Matter altering fashion and beauty industries. yenisafak.com Worldwide protests about the treatment of Black people will alter the global fashion and beauty industries by creating job opportunities and products catering for a broader range of consumers, model Naomi Campbell told Reuters in an interview.The fashion world has long been criticised for its lack of diversity. Some firms are already making product changes as protests about systemic racism sparked by the killing of Black people by police in the United States highlight issues related to race.Campbell, who during a 34-year career was the first Black model to appear on the covers of French Vogue and Time magazine, s…

sputniknews (2020-06-29). Jewish Watchdog Slams Black Lives Matter UK Over Calls to Sanction Israel. sputniknews.com Created in the US in 2013 as an anti-racism activism and protest movement, Black Lives Matter has enjoyed a surge in support and media coverage in the wake of the George Floyd protests across the US and around the world. Activists have been criticized by conservatives, and by Israel supporters, however, over their attacks on the Jewish State.

sputniknews (2020-06-29). 'You F**king Communists': US Woman Berates BLM Protesters in Expletive-Filled Rant. sputniknews.com An unidentified US woman was recently caught in a since-deleted video slinging a profanity-filled rant against a group of Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters who were demonstrating over the weekend in Watsontown, Pennsylvania.

Staff (2020-06-29). What's "Justice" in the Face of Police Killings? Full Societal Transformation. truthout.org For a while now, the U.S. has been poised at the threshold of full-on fascism, and "I can't breathe" is the future to which those in charge appear willing to consign Black people. Fortunately, today, we're seeing multiracial and multi-class initiatives pushing the state and communities to respond differently to social conflict and, on a more ambitious level, pushing us all toward a more humane society. | Black people in the United States are oppressed in every sense of the term: institutional an…

Community Rising (2020-06-29). Rally and March Show LGBTQ+ and Menlo Park Community Stand with Black Lives Matter. indybay.org Students from high schools in Menlo Park and Palo Alto pulled together an event that drew community members from the surrounding area and San Francisco. After a rally they took over several Menlo Park streets with a noisy march.

Fight Back (2020-06-29). NYC Queer Liberation March honors Black lives. fightbacknews.org New York, NY – Over 10,000 people gathered in New York City for the second annual Queer Liberation March on June 28. The Queer Liberation March was first organized in 2019 as an anti-corporate alternative to the main Pride March. This year, the theme of the march was standing in solidarity with Black lives and against police brutality, demanding a 50% reduction of the NYPD's budget and police force. Black trans people were especially honored, due to the increased targeting they face by police and for hate crimes. The march was organized by the Reclaim Pride Coalition. | The march met at Foley Square with many dif…

George Wuerthner (2020-06-29). Missouri River Breaks: How BLM Neglect Threatens a Wild and Scenic River and National Monument. counterpunch.org One hundred forty-nine miles of the Missouri River in Montana is a designated Wild and Scenic River. It is also within the 375,000 acres Missouri River Breaks National Monument, which includes the Lewis and Clark and Nez Perce National Historic Trails. It is part of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Landscape Conservation System. The

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-06-29). BLM Die-In in Central Fairfax. indybay.org Fairfax demonstration with music, speeches, conversation groups, ends with 8 minutes and 46 seconds "die in" in central intersection.

R. Robertson (2020-06-29). Victory for San Mateo Co. Inmates After Ten Day Hunger Strike. indybay.org Protesters' voices have finally been heard after a 10 day hunger strike at San Mateo County's Maguire Correctional Facility in Redwood City. [Photo of anti-police brutality activist Missy at a rally at the historic old courthouse in Redwood City on June 21.]…

Staff (2020-06-29). "Atrocious": Police Killed Elijah McClain in 2019. Why Did It Take Colorado So Long to Launch Probe? democracynow.org Colorado Governor Jared Polis has ordered a new investigation into the 2019 police killing of 23-year-old Elijah McClain in Aurora, which is facing renewed scrutiny and outrage amid the nationwide uprising against police brutality. McClain was walking home from a store last August when someone called 911 to report a "suspicious person." Three Aurora police officers who answered the call tackled McClain to the ground and placed him in a chokehold as he pleaded for his life, and medical responders who arrived then injected McClain with the powerful sedative ketamine. He suffered a cardiac arrest on the way to the h…

sputniknews (2020-06-29). Reading Attack: Khairi Saadallah Shouted 'Allahu Akbar' During Park Stabbing, Court Hears. sputniknews.com On 20 June, three people were killed and several others were injured in a stabbing attack in Forbury Gardens, Reading. Khairi Saadallah was arrested by police shortly after the incident. After being questioned under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000, Saadallah has been charged with three counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder.

Mario Carbonell (2020-06-29). Cops in Washington defy new state police reform law with impunity. liberationnews.org 1-940 was passed with the best of intentions by voters hoping for some real change.

Chris Hedges (2020-06-29). Chris Hedges: My Student Comes Home. mintpressnews.com In 1990, Lawrence Bell was 14, orphaned and living in an abandoned house when three Camden cops pressured him to sign a confession of murder. Sunday, thanks to the dogged work of his laywer, he was freed.

_____ (2020-06-29). Chris Hedges On Contact: Julian Assange Extradition Hearing. popularresistance.org Chris Hedges discusses the extradition hearing of Julian Assange with lawyer, author and professor, Marjorie Cohn. | Marjorie Cohn is professor emerita at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where she taught from 1991 to 2016, and a former president of the National Lawyers Guild. | Professor Cohn is the editor of and a contributor to 'The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration and Abuse', and 'Drones and Targeted Killings: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues'.

Fight Back (2020-06-29). Philippines: 7 anti-mining leaders arrested. fightbacknews.org The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) joined various organizations in denouncing the Duterte regime and its armed forces for the unlawful arrest of anti-mining leaders Datu Reynaldo Ayuma and six other Lumads at Purok 6, Barangay Blanco, Balingasag, Misamis Oriental on June 26. | "The Party calls on local and international environmentalist and human rights advocates to look into the escalating incidents of abuses perpetrated by the Duterte fascist regime against anti-mining communities while fast-tracking the enactment of the fascist Anti-Terror Bill (ATB)," stated Marco L. Valbuena, Information Officer, C…

yenisafak (2020-06-29). Over 1M cannabis roots seized in eastern Turkey. yenisafak.com Acting on a tip, the local gendarmerie raided eight separate addresses in the province. They also confiscated 105 kilograms (231 pounds) of marijuana besides cannabis roots, the Bingol Governorate said in a statement.Two suspects were arrested in the operation.

sputniknews (2020-06-28). 'Not My Fault I'm White': Ex-Formula 1 Boss Ecclestone Defends 'Black People More Racist' Statement. sputniknews.com On Friday Former Formula One Boss Bernie Ecclestone came under fire after an appearance on CNN Sport, where he claimed that, in his opinion, in many cases "Black people are more racist than what white people are."

sputniknews (2020-06-28). Joe Biden Election Campaign Discloses Over One Third of Staff People of Colour, Majority Female. sputniknews.com White House hopeful Joe Biden has been evading questions over the diversity of his campaign staff since the Democratic primaries, with the issue now pushed to the forefront amid the continuing protests against racism and police brutality erupting across the country in the wake of the death of black man George Floyd in police custody.

Staff (2020-06-28). When War Against Black Americans Represents "Peace," We Must Redefine the Word. truthout.org The world now knows about police brutality, what we American Negroes* have experienced as a matter of course since the slave patrols. The "peace officers" that purportedly swore to uphold and defend the Constitution by serving and protecting citizens like George Floyd, murdered him. Maybe "peace officer" seems absurd. The term evokes the Orwellian phrase "war is peace." | But it makes sense if we deconstruct "peace." The Pax Romana ("Roman Peace") denoted Roman Empire; the king's peace spans B…

_____ (2020-06-28). US Killer Cops Mastered 'Fascist Israel's Technique Proudly Used On Palestinians'. popularresistance.org "Thank goodness there's an uprising," Waters told RT's 'Going Underground' on Tuesday, referring to the wave of protests and riots sweeping the US since the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis last month. "It's about time." | The kneeling chokehold that killed Floyd was described by Waters as "an Israeli technique, proudly developed by the IDF in the occupied territories in Palestine." | An Israeli national police spokesman recently denied that his country's police force uses such a measure on suspects, and added that Israeli counterterrorism officers never taught the move to American polic…

_____ (2020-06-28). Mathematicians Urge Colleagues To Boycott Police Work In Wake Of Killings. popularresistance.org The tide of reckoning on systemic racism and police brutality that has been sweeping through institutions — including scientific ones — has reached universities' normally reclusive mathematics departments. A group of mathematicians in the United States has written a letter calling for their colleagues to stop collaborating with police because of the widely documented disparities in how US law-enforcement agencies treat people of different races and ethnicities. They concentrate their criticism on predictive policing, a maths-based technique aimed at stopping crime before it occurs. | The letter, dated…

IMEMC News (2020-06-28). Soldiers Injure Five Palestinians In Northern Plains Of West Bank. imemc.org Israeli soldiers injured, on Saturday evening, five Palestinians during protests that erupted in 'Atouf village in the West Bank's Northern Plains after the soldiers prevented dozens of residents from participating in the national conference against the illegal Israeli annexation and apartheid policies. The head of 'Atouf Village Council, Abdullah Bisharat, …

RT (2020-06-28). Four charged for vandalizing Jackson statue near White House as Trump demands maximum punishment. rt.com Four men filmed trying to tear down a statue of President Andrew Jackson have been charged with damaging federal property. President Trump earlier shared wanted posters related to the incident on Twitter. | Of the four individuals identified by investigators, one has been arrested and brought before a DC court, while three others remain at large. Aged between 20 and 47, the protesters face between up to 10 years in prison for their alleged crimes. | The attempt to topple the statue of President Jackson, accused by protesters of being a slave owner, happened on Monday, amid a wider wave of vandalism targeting m…

Glen Ford (2020-06-28). Yes, defund the cops—and put them under community control. mronline.org Community control of the police means empowering the people to shape and oversee the mechanisms of their own security and end forever the armed occupation of our communities by hostile forces.

Fight Back (2020-06-27). Protest demanding end to police crimes meets Trump visit in Green Bay, WI. fightbacknews.org Green Bay, WI – On June 25, over 50 people gathered on the premises of the Austin Straubel International Airport to protest President Donald Trump, who was recording a town hall inside one of the facilities there. The effort was led by the Coalition to March on the Democratic National Convention, but also included Wisconsin Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO), Wisconsin Bail Out the People Movement, Justice for Jonathon Tubby, and Black Lives United – Green Bay (BLU). | Protesters listened to comments from Coalition co-chair Ryan Hamann mixed in with a variety of chants attacking Trump. A theme throughout…

Patrisse Cullors (2020-06-27). 'Black Lives Matter' is About More Than the Police. commondreams.org A protester faces off with Minnesota State Police officers on May 29, 2020 in Minneapolis. (Photo: Kerem Yucel / AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Schwarz (2020-06-27). Black Lives Matter Wants to End Police Brutality. zcomm.org History Suggests It Will Go Much Further…

_____ (2020-06-27). ACLU Files Federal Lawsuit Over Police Use Of Force During Anti-Racism Protests. popularresistance.org Denver – The ACLU of Colorado has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Black Lives Matter 5280 and other protesters against the City and County of Denver over police use of force during the protests against racism and police violence that erupted in the city last month after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. | The complaint alleges the use of force by Denver police, Denver sheriffs and Colorado State Patrol effectively "restricted, frustrated, and deterred" the First Amendment right of protesters in the city. The ACLU said police responded, "repeatedly with an overwhelming and unconstitutional use of forc…

sputniknews (2020-06-27). Minneapolis Protesters Remember Breonna Taylor, Highlight Police Brutality Against Black Women. sputniknews.com Thousands of demonstrators have gathered at Powderhorn Park in southern Minneapolis, Minnesota, to honor the life of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman who was murdered in her Louisville, Kentucky, home during a botched raid carried out by Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officers on March 13.

RT (2020-06-27). 'You're always crazy until you're right': BLM leader compares Defund the Police to innovators like Steve Jobs & Einstein on RT. rt.com Greater New York Black Lives Matter president Hawk Newsome told RT President Donald Trump is encouraging violence against him and the Black Lives Matter and Defund the Police movements, which are led by "changemakers." | Newsome gained national attention this week following a The tweet, Newsome says, "put a target on a movement that most Am…

The Canary (2020-06-27). Demonstrators demand justice for 12 year old refugee Shukri Abdi in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests. thecanary.co Demonstrators have gathered in London and other UK cities to demand "justice" for a 12-year-old Somali refugee on the one-year anniversary of her death.A huge crowd descended on the capital on Saturday 27 June in memory of Shukri Yahya Abdi, who drowned in the River Irwell in Bury, Greater Manchester, exactly one year ago. Many in the UK have renewed calls to demand a fair investigation into her death in the wake of recent Black Lives Matter protests.People with fists raised in the air carried a "Justice for Shukri" banner, and some wore T-shirts displaying the child's name.Protesters demanded 'justice for Shukri…

Codepink, Extiction Rebellion, VFP, more (2020-06-27). Saturday 7/4: 4th of July SF Car Caravan: "Defund Police, Defund Pentagon, Fund Life!" indybay.org Meet up 2pm at SF City Hall, Polk St. between Grove & McAllister; Caravan to Stop 1: Defund Police, Black Lives Matter street painting, Fulton & Webster; Caravan to Stop 2: Defund Pentagon, Nancy Pelosi's House, Broadway @ Divisadero; Caravan to Stop 3: Fund Life!, Bayview Hunters Point.

Community Rising (2020-06-27). Rally and March Show LBTQ+ and Menlo Park Community Stand with Black Lives Matter. indybay.org Students from high schools in Menlo Park and Palo Alto pulled together an event that drew community members from the surrounding area and San Francisco. After a rally they occupied several Menlo Park streets with a noisy march.

Bay Area Hospitality for Black Lives (2020-06-27). Tuesday 6/30: BAHBL Join Us! Solidarity Rally and March for Black Lives. indybay.org William McKinley statue (277 Baker St.) to Alamo Square Park…

indybay (2020-06-27). Wednesday 7/1: Black Lives Matter Capitola Village March & Speak Out. indybay.org Monterey Park, Capitola…

R. Robertson (2020-06-27). Tenderloin Rises Up Against UC Hastings Lawsuit. indybay.org Speakers from organizations supporting the unhoused, law students, and community members protested UC Hastings move to clear black and brown residents from tent encampments in the middle of the pandemic. They started in front of the law school's Kane Hall and marched to the police station in the Tenderloin where they faced off with cops armed for battle.

Minnie Bruce Pratt (2020-06-27). Supreme Court rulings: Mass fightback and solidarity win concessions. workers.org This is a slightly edited version of a talk given on a June 25 Workers World Party webinar on "LGBTQ2S+ and the Black Lives Matter movement." How fortunate we all are to be in the struggle together this particular June Pride Month — a month of historic uprising and outcry . . . |

The Alternative World (2020-06-27). Bahrain: A Police State Built on Intimidation and Torture. thealtworld.com Exclusive— Welcome to Bahrain, the cemetery of the living, the home of chambers of death, the kingdom of widespread impunity, police brutality, extrajudicial killings and repression. | Welcome to Bahrain, where the most gruesome arts of torture are heinously and systematically practised by the security services, including the use of electro-shock devices, forced standing techniques, suspension in painful positions (while handcuffed and exposed to extreme cold or hot temperature), medical negligence, beatings, threats of rape or murder and sexual abuse, etc. in order to inflict permanent suffering on the peac…

calvin deutschbein (2020-06-27). Students and workers say: 'Cops off our campus!'. workers.org Abolitionists are renewing their calls to abolish or at least defund campus police departments. This was first raised in Minneapolis, and now the demand is starting in Austin and Dallas, Texas. Campus police departments are rarely less viciously racist than city police and have less predictable behavior, but they are . . . |

The Canary (2020-06-27). Mother of murder victims says Met police officers 'dehumanised' her daughters by taking selfies at crime scene. thecanary.co The mother of two sisters who were murdered in a London park has criticised the Metropolitan Police after officers allegedly shared "inappropriate" photographs of the crime scene.Nicole Smallman, 27, and Bibaa Henry, 46, are believed to have been stabbed to death by a stranger at Fryent Country Park in north-west London. The incident occurred in the early hours of 6 June.Flowers at an entrance to Fryent Country Park following the murder (Dominic Lipinski/PA)While no one has been charged with their murder, two police officers have been arrested on suspicion of misconduct in a public office. They were arrested afte…

David Rosen (2020-06-26). Class & Otherness: A Peculiar Dialectic. counterpunch.org Nothing captures the contradictions of American social life more than then the recent announcement by Jeff Bezos in support for the Black Lives Matter movement. The founder of Amazon, the owner of the Washington Post and the richest person in the world issued a tweet calling for an end to "the inequitable and brutal treatment of

Derek Royden (2020-06-26). 2020: The year anti-fascists became terrorists. nationofchange.org When police in Buffalo pushed an elderly man to the ground during a Black Lives Matter protest, cracking his skull in the process, the president went on Twitter to rhetorically ask whether the injured man was, in fact, part of "Antifa".

Tom Coburg (2020-06-26). US street-based projects are talking about more than just police reforms. They want outright liberation. thecanary.co On the west coast of America, authorities have threatened to send in police to retake Seattle's Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ). While on the east coast, the Black Lives Matter chair for Greater New York has called for armed "peace officers" to monitor police activity. | Meanwhile, all across the US, legislation is being introduced to

T.J. Coles (2020-06-26). Infiltrating Black Lives Matter: Cops, Feds, and White Supremacists. counterpunch.org Black Lives Matter (BLM) is a major step forward in the ongoing struggle for Civil Rights in the United States and around the world. BLM was founded in 2013, following the acquittal over what organizers describe as 17-year-old Trayvon Martin's murderer, the gated community watchman, George Zimmerman. The organization came to international attention in July

Fight Back (2020-06-26). LA City Attorney Cory Brente defends killer cops. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA – After the murder of George Floyd, the Los Angeles Times published an article that looks at the connection between the Los Angeles Police Department and the Force Science Institute, a police training academy from Minnesota that creates fear among police toward civilians. The article spotlights the relationship between FSI and Cory Brente, the LA city attorney in charge of defending LAPD killer cops. The head of the Police Litigation Unit, Brente enjoys justifying LAPD killings of Chicano and Black victims. | Brente's most recent work was defending two-time killer cop Eden Medina. LAPD cop Medina…

Glen Ford (2020-06-26). Yes, Defund the Cops—And Put Them Under Community Control. commondreams.org Demand community control, not only of the police, but of education, housing, health care and all the other services that civilized societies require. (Photo by Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Yoav Litvin (2020-06-26). Truth is Our Weapon and Shield — An Interview with Black Panther Party Veteran Billy X Jennings. counterpunch.org Truth and reconciliation commissions attempt to heal divided nations after the injustice has ceased. They rely on a process of education in which a reckoning with hard truths of systemic oppression lead to national accountability, reparations for victims, healing and potential unity. However, truth and reconciliation commissions, such as the one in South Africa, are

_____ (2020-06-26). The US Military Has A Boogaloo Problem. popularresistance.org The U.S. military appears to have a brewing boogaloo problem. Active-duty military are flocking to online networks frequented by the anti-government movement, known for its meme culture and Hawaiian shirt-clad adherents, who are often called Boogaloo Bois. | "Boogaloo" is code for civil war, which is the ultimate goal of the movement, and some of its followers trade in memes glorifying violence against federal agents and crack jokes about the impending "Boog." Recently they've become regular fixtures at anti-lockdown and Black Lives Matter protests in states that allow open-carry of military-style firearms. | An…

_____ (2020-06-26). Chicago's Neighborhoods Will Remain "Occupied" Until The City Defunds CPD. popularresistance.org The book Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to Black Power, published last year, details the history of the Chicago Police Department's quasi-military occupation of the city's Black communities from the race riots of 1919 through the present day. Author Simon Balto, an assistant professor of African American history at the University of Iowa, demonstrates that "there is not a time in Chicago's history where the city was home to large percentages of black people, and in which they had a smoothly functioning relationship with the CPD." While most histories of mass incarceration start around…

sputniknews (2020-06-26). Moment of Truth? How BLM Leader's Words at Once Exposed True Aims & Utter Hypocrisy of the Movement. sputniknews.com On 24 June, leader of the Greater New York Black Lives Matter Hawk Newsome stated that if the movement sparked by the killing of George Floyd does not bring about tangible results the protesters will change the system forcibly. According to US observers, Newsome's remark is unsurprising and speaks volumes about BLM's true goals.

sputniknews (2020-06-26). Graphic Video: Ex-Cop Charged After Deploying Taser, Kneeling on Pregnant Black Woman's Neck. sputniknews.com A recently-fired Miami Gardens, Florida, police officer has been booked and charged with battery and misconduct, following the emergence of disturbing video footage that both depicted the cop using "excessive force" on a Black woman and contradicted his subsequent reports.

RT (2020-06-26). 'His comments have no place in Formula 1 or society': F1 distances itself from ex-chief Bernie Ecclestone after CNN interview. rt.com Formula 1 has distanced itself from its former chief executive Bernie Ecclestone after he claimed "in many cases, black people are more racist than what white people are," during an interview with CNN about racism in sport. | The sport's governing body adopted a stance of opposition to the comments made by Ecclestone in an interview with Ta…

Peaceful Protest for Black Lives Matter (2020-06-26). Saturday 6/27: Peaceful Protest for Black Lives Matter. indybay.org Santa Cruz Clock Tower | Pacific Ave. and Water St., Santa Cruz…

Staff (2020-06-26). One Bad Algorithm? Advocates Say Facial Recognition Reveals Systemic Racism in AI Technology. democracynow.org The controversy over police use of facial recognition technology has accelerated after a Black man in Michigan revealed he was wrongfully arrested because of the technology. Detroit police handcuffed Robert Williams in front of his wife and daughters after facial recognition software falsely identified him as a suspect in a robbery. Researchers say facial recognition software is up to 100 times more likely to misidentify people of color than white people. This week, Boston voted to end its use in the city, and Democratic lawmakers introduced a similar measure for federal law enforcement. "This is not an example o…

C.J. Atkins (2020-06-26). Pandemic Pride: LGBTQ struggle continues, learns from Black Lives Matter. peoplesworld.org This weekend marks a half-century since the first Pride march took place on June 28, 1970. That initial event in New York City, called "Christopher Street Liberation Day," recalled the Stonewall Rebellion of a year earlier—the night a band of fed-up queers stood up, fought back, and launched a liberation struggle that transformed the world. …

Staff (2020-06-26). Police Are Arresting Protesters Over Facebook Posts—And It's Just The Beginning. therealnews.com The FBI investigated and arrested Michael Avery for posting on Facebook about a Black Lives Matter protest. We talk with a tech industry whistleblower about "snitch apps" and how law enforcement uses technology to "protect" you.

RT (2020-06-26). Ignoring MSM's Covid-19 warnings made Americans more likely to die, studies say. Unless they went to a BLM protest, says another. rt.com Several US studies have blamed conservative media for high Covid-19 mortality, claiming pundits like Sean Hannity misled their viewers about the virus. But another study says liberals who also ignored official advice saved lives. | Seemingly determined to root out all "wrongthink" regarding the pandemic that has killed over 124,000 Americans so far, the Washington Post looked over a handful of recent academic papers analyzing media coverage of the outbreak and found — surprise! — that listening to Fox News' Sean Hannity shortens American lifespans. | "The end result, according to one of the studies,…

Lyn Neeley (2020-06-26). U.N. Human Rights Council condemns racist violence. workers.org In the wake of international uprisings due to the lynching of George Floyd, the U.N. Human Rights Council held an emergency hearing on June 19. The council unanimously passed a resolution condemning systemic racism and racist police brutality against people of African descent in all countries, but particularly in the . . . |

Monica Johnson (2020-06-26). How Atlanta community organized after police murdered Rayshard Brooks. liberationnews.org By Monica Johnson The following is based upon a talk given by Monica Johnson, a Party for Socialism and Liberation activist in Atlanta, on a PSL national webinar June 18. She addressed community response to the police murder of Rayshard Brooks. This 27-year-old African-American man was shot twice in the back and killed by police …

Will Barker (2020-06-26). University of Chicago students stage sit-in to defund private police force. liberationnews.org Students demand ""Defund, Disarm, Disclose and Disband" the private campus cops.

Futher Column, By Abby Zimet, Staff Writer (2020-06-26). "Please Forgive Me," Said Elijah McClain As Three Cops Murdered Him. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2020-06-26). Wirecard: The German economy sinks into criminality. wsws.org The company CEO was arrested in connection with the disappearance of 1.9 billion euros ($2 billion).

Dennis Broe (2020-06-25). Spike Lee's 'Da 5 Bloods': Black Lives Matter meets 'Rambo' [spoilers]. peoplesworld.org Spike Lee's new film for Netflix, Da 5 Bloods, about the aftereffects on African-American soldiers of the Vietnam War, opens spectacularly. A documentary sequence begins with Muhammad Ali detailing why he chooses not to fight: "My conscience won't let me go shoot my brother or some darker people…for big powerful America..for what?..They never lynched me, …

Kathryn Shihadah (2020-06-25). Selective Tolerance: AIPAC and its Pro-Apartheid Ilk Come to Bat for Black Lives Matter. mintpressnews.com Pro-Israel groups in America are sending mixed signals: yes, we want equality for Black Americans; no, we do not want the same for Palestinians.

Kurt Nimmo (2020-06-25). Black Lives Matter (BLM) and the Neoliberal Color Revolution in America. globalresearch.ca "The protests, riots, violent and non-violent actions sweeping across the United States since May 25, including an assault on the gates of the White House, begin to make sense when we understand the CIA's Color Revolution playbook," writes economic researcher, …

Zoà´ Carpenter (2020-06-25). Black Lives Matter Protests Are Everywhere, Even in the Unlikeliest Places. thenation.com Black Lives Matter Protests Are Everywhere, Even in the Unlikeliest Places…

Fight Back (2020-06-25). The people will not be ignored, the time is now for CPAC! fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – When it comes to police reform, the powers that be in Chicago have been negligent in their response to the demands of the people of this city and this nation. People across the country are calling for systemic police reforms now. The resounding voice of the people in the streets is, "We will not accept this anymore!" In Chicago, we're not new to this plaintive cry, unfortunately. We have the longest standing movement for community control of the police in the country, stretching back to the 1969 police murder of Fred Hampton of the Black Panther Party. Yet our city is lagging behind every other majo…

_____ (2020-06-25). CHOP And The Juneteenth Longshore Strike. popularresistance.org On June 19, the International Longshore and Warehouse Workers Union (ILWU), a militant union of 42,000 members, shut down 29 ports along the West Coast of the United States and Canada, as workers withheld their labor for 8 hours. The strike was organized to demonstrate the labor movement's solidarity with black lives after the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, and held on the Juneteenth anniversary of the emancipation of the last chattel slaves in the US in 1865. | As part of the action, a mass demonstration marched through Oakland's port and downtown, with several thousand in attendance.

RT (2020-06-25). 'Nothing but house n***ers': DC protesters confront black cops, joking about contaminating their masks with Covid-19 (VIDEO). rt.com Angry protesters have been filmed harassing black police officers at a protest in Washington DC, with one man saying they should "put some Covid" in their face masks, while another is heard calling the cops "house n***ers." | The video, shared on social media by Daily Caller reporter Shelby Talcott on Wednesday, shows the heated moment when Black Lives Matter protesters confront two black Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department officers. | "You should be ashamed of yourselves," one person shouts, as another insists that the black cops "ain't nothing but house n***ers" — an insulting historical refere…

RT (2020-06-25). Dixie Chicks embrace social justice and DROP 'DIXIE' from their name. rt.com Pop-country superstars The Dixie Chicks are the latest entertainers to heed the calls of the social justice movement. Dropping the "Dixie" due to its links with the slave-owning south, the group now simply goes by "The Chicks." | The Texas trio changed their name on Thursday with little fanfare, placing a short message on their website reading "We want to meet this moment." Further cementing their progressive position, they released a new song and music video entitled "March March," which lists the names of dozens of black people killed by police in the US. | "If your voice held no power, they wouldn't try to…

RT (2020-06-25). 3 US cops fired after caught discussing 'slaughtering' black people & need for 2nd Civil War to 'wipe 'em off the map'. rt.com Three police officers in North Carolina have lost their jobs after accidentally recording their own highly inflammatory conversations, in which they are heard discussing "slaughtering n****rs" and calling for a new Civil War. | Officers Kevin Piner, James Gilmore, and Jessie Moore were fired from the Wilmington Police Department on Wednesday, following an internal probe that revealed the three had inadvertently captured shocking racist remarks and praise for racial violence on dash cam video. | Soon after protests over the police killing of George Floyd kicked off in Wilmington earlier this month, a WPD office…

sputniknews (2020-06-25). Two Terrorists Killed, 5 Members of Pakistan-Based Terror Group Lashkar-e-Taiba Arrested in Kashmir. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Indian security forces have been engaged in major counter-terror operations in the Kashmir Valley since April of this year. Security forces have eliminated more than 110 terrorists so far, with intelligence services claiming that infiltration attempts from the Pakistani border may witness a sharp increase this summer.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-25). Egyptian authorities arrest journalist Nora Younis. peoplesdispatch.org Founder and editor-in-chief of al-Manassa news agency, Nora Younis, has been a critic of the Egyptian government's track record on human rights. She is the third woman journalist to be arrested by the Egyptian authorities in recent weeks…