Daily Archives: June 4, 2020

2020-06-04: News Headlines

Stephen Lendman (2020-06-04). War on Press Freedom in the US. globalresearch.ca Cops on US streets are instruments of state power. | Serving and protecting privileged interests at the expense of the public welfare, they follow orders from higher authorities in their departments, handed down from the ruling class at the federal, state …

Norman Solomon (2020-06-04). Solidarity Includes Wearing a Mask at Protests. commondreams.org A person wears a mask that reads "I CAN'T BREATHE" as demonstrators continue to protest the death of George Floyd following a night of rioting on May 29, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Martha Grevatt (2020-06-04). Brazil's Trump: Bolsonaro is the 'biggest threat' to COVID response. workers.org Mothers on May 31 carry photos of their sons and others killed by Brazilian police. On May 9, The Lancet medical journal, in assessing the COVID crisis in Brazil, wrote that "perhaps the biggest threat to Brazil's COVID-19 response is its president, Jair Bolsonaro." When questioned by journalists about the . . . |

Sue Davis (2020-06-04). Workers unite to fight racism, cops, pandemic. workers.org MTA bus operator Yasmin Rowe gives the thumbs up to New York City demonstrators protesting the killing of George Floyd. There has been a groundswell of worker solidarity with protests against the racist police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. First, reports came in from Minneapolis that . . . |

Special to People's World (2020-06-04). Never alone: Five poems for a time of revolt. peoplesworld.org Poets have a talent for capturing a glance, a mood, a spirit, a moment, an idea in just a few concentrated words that by use of metaphor, rhythm, rhyme and other literary devices stand for much more than the words themselves say. The current wave of protests connected with racist police brutality, the coronavirus crisis, …

Staff (2020-06-04). Three Cops Charged, Murder Count Upgraded in George Floyd's Death. therealnews.com Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced the charges after an independent investigation determined officers at the scene were culpable for Floyd's death.

Prof. Juan Cole (2020-06-04). How American Cities Were Reduced to Esper's "Battlespace": From Fallujah to Minneapolis. globalresearch.ca The Bush administration's war of aggression on and military occupation of Iraq that began in 2003 shifted the United States to a militaristic society. Some 2.7 million Americans have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, an astonishing number. The Bush administration …

Fight Back (2020-06-04). 55,000 protest police murder in Boston after days of sharp struggle. fightbacknews.org Boston, MA – On the evening of June 2, an estimated 55,000 people gathered in Boston's Franklin Park to protest the police murder of George Floyd. The event began with the blocking of Blue Hill Avenue, next to the park in the working-class neighborhood of Dorchester, for a die-in. Protesters laid down in the street for eight minutes and 46 seconds — marking the length of time that Floyd was held down by the Minneapolis police officers who crushed the life out of his body. The enormous crowd chanted the names of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others who have been killed by police throughout the country.

Fight Back (2020-06-04). Rebellion wins demand: All four Minneapolis police charged in murder of George Floyd. fightbacknews.org St. Paul, MN – Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced this afternoon, June 3, an increase of the charges against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, adding a second-degree murder charge to the indictment against him. In addition, three additional Minneapolis police officers, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder; they stood by watching Derek Chauvin kneel on George Floyd's neck for nine minutes until his body was lifeless. They are expected to be taken into custody today. | Charging and arresting all four has been the main…

Fight Back (2020-06-04). Protests for George Floyd continue daily in Salt Lake. fightbacknews.org Salt Lake City, UT – Since the May 30 National Day of Protest action here, led by Utah Against Police Brutality, demonstrations in Salt Lake City have continued every day, with hundreds in the streets demanding justice for the killing of all victims of police violence, like of George Floyd from Minneapolis and Bernardo Palacios from Rose Park, Utah. Protests have continued even with a strict 8 p.m. curfew issued by Mayor Erin Mendenhall enforced by armed police and National Guard troops with armored vehicles. | | On June 1, people stayed in the streets, marching well past curfew. One group of 200 was corralled…

Fight Back (2020-06-04). Minnesota: Student protest demands justice for George Floyd. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – June 1 marked the fourth of a planned eight days of protest by University of Minnesota students in Dinkytown, a university neighborhood, following the death of George Floyd. Chanting slogans such as "I can't breathe" and "No justice, no peace," dozens of students blocked a road at the intersection of 15th Avenue SE and 4th Street SE. | The protest was organized by the unofficial student group, UMN Student Workers. One organizer explained that their intention was to give those students who lacked transportation a chance to protest nearer to their homes. They said that, while the protest was plann…

Fight Back (2020-06-04). Hundreds protest racist violence in New Orleans, police attack demonstrators. fightbacknews.org New Orleans, LA – The night of June 3, hundreds of New Orleans protesters climbed the Crescent City Connection to fight racist violence and demand justice for police murders. The Connection is a highway bridge that crosses the Mississippi River to connect the East and West banks of New Orleans. The protesters fought as part of the Black Lives Matter and Justice for George Floyd movements, rallying behind various calls to abolish prisons and police. | "No justice, no peace!" and "Black Lives Matter!" rang up and down the highway. Black participants came right up to the mic to express their disgust for the police.

WSWS (2020-06-04). American workers voice support for mass protests against police brutality. wsws.org The WSWS spoke with a cross-section of American workers, all of whom voiced immense support for the protests, while denouncing the criminal response of the Trump administration.

Hina Shamsi (2020-06-04). More Military Deployment and Terrorism Investigations are an Outrageous Response to Black Pain, Grief, and Anger. aclu.org Across the country, people are protesting police brutality and systemic racism. They are relentlessly demanding justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and the countless other Black people killed by police. In response, President Trump, supported by belligerent enablers in Congress and his administration, has threatened to deploy federal troops into states, and federal agencies are investigating protestors for domestic terrorism. These presidential threats and actions are authoritarian, irresponsible, dangerous, and wrong. , , Trump's threat to invoke the Insurrection Act of 1807 was extraordinary — ov…

Bonnie Kristian (2020-06-04). How Endless War Contributes to Police Brutality. commondreams.org Beyond the gear and surveillance, however, perhaps the most damaging effect of war on terror-encouraged police militarization is psychological. It pushes police officers engaging with the public to behave as they look, to act like soldiers dealing with enemy combatants. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2020-06-04). 'I love to hate-f*ck': Sex worker offers to SLEEP with any officer who hangs up badge at Houston protest (VIDEO). rt.com As thousands take to the streets in cities across the US to protest police brutality, one sex worker in Texas sought to sacrifice her night's pay for the cause, offering to spend the night with any cop who quits in viral video.

Susan Price (2020-06-04). The language of the unheard: Outrage spreads across US over racist police murder of George Floyd. greenleft.org.au Protests against institutionalised racism have spread to cities across the Un…

Staff (2020-06-04). Tamika Mallory: Nationwide Uprising Against State Violence Shows People Have Reached Breaking Point. democracynow.org As Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison files charges against all four Minneapolis police officers involved in the killing of George Floyd, a mass uprising against police brutality continues. "At this point, we're looking at a nation and a world that has decided that what we saw happen on camera … is no longer acceptable, and we cannot continue to meet and ask and cry and beg for change. People have taken to the streets to demand change," says Tamika Mallory, former national co-chair of the 2017 Women's March.

Staff (2020-06-04). The Protests Made a Huge Difference: All Four Minneapolis Cops Charged in Killing of George Floyd. democracynow.org After more than a week of nationwide protests, all four Minneapolis police officers involved in the killing of George Floyd have been charged with murder or aiding and abetting murder in a case that triggered historic protests across the country. "If you look at the video … the pressure from all three officers on Mr. Floyd's body contributed to his death," says activist and civil rights attorney Nekima Levy Armstrong, former president of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP. "They heard the man pleading, saying 'I can't breathe,' and they had a callous disregard for his life."

Staff (2020-06-04). Headlines for June 4, 2020. democracynow.org Three Other Officers Involved in George Floyd's Killing Charged and Arrested, Protests Near White House Met by Unmarked, Heavily Armed Riot Officers, Pentagon Chief Reverses Decision to Withdraw Troops from D.C. Amid Protests, "Your Lives Matter": President Obama Backs Protests over George Floyd's Killing, 200+ New York Mayoral Staffers Demand "Radical Change," Police Budget Cuts, L.A. Protesters Demand Police Prosecutions as City Councilors Propose LAPD Budget Cuts, Sports Stars Join Protests over George Floyd's Killing, Monuments to America's Racist History Toppled Amid Mass Protests, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul Bl…

NR (2020-06-04). Nearly 2,000 rally for black lives in Seaside, 100s take Highway 1 in Monterey. indybay.org Nearly 2,000 people met at a Seaside City Hall on Tuesday demanding an end to police brutality and justice for George Floyd in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. 20 second video of march.

Kresge College (2020-06-04). Saturday 6/6: PRIDE is a RIOT: Resist Police Brutality. indybay.org Online…

RT (2020-06-04). Disband the police? Minneapolis City Council actually considering celebrity advice. rt.com Minneapolis City Council is now considering getting rid of its police department entirely, after four officers were charged in the killing of George Floyd, an African-American man they were trying to arrest. | Though the officers involved were fired immediately and charged with murder within days — with the state attorney general upgrading the charges this week — protests that broke out in Minnesota over Floyd's death last Monday escalated into riots and looting, then spread across the US and even worldwide. | Now the 13 Minneapolis councilors — twelve Democrats and one Green — are starting…

RT (2020-06-04). Gandhi statue near Indian Embassy in US capital 'desecrated' by vandals amid ongoing police brutality protests (PHOTOS). rt.com A statue of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi has been defaced in the US capital, with vandals spray-painting obscenities on the monument as heated protests carry on in the city. Police have yet to identify the culprits. | Photos of the statue circulated on social media on Wednesday, some appearing to show the words "rapist" and "racist" scrawled on its base in bright orange paint. The DC Park Police have launched an investigation, though few other details were made public, according to ANI. | Walked by

RT (2020-06-04). 'He never threw a brick:' Muhammad Ali's widow claims boxing legend would have warned crisis-hit America 'we have run out of time'. rt.com Muhammad Ali would have been "heartbroken" by the "pandemic of racism" that has led to mass protests in the US, but would have called for immediate change and supported peaceful activists, his wife, Lonnie, has said. | Ali's wife of 30 years at the time of his death in 2016 has suggested that "many inquiries" are required over the killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery, who she named among "many others" as victims of racially-motivated police brutality following their recent deaths which have sparked protests across the US. | Pointing to Ali's own civil rights activism that dominated the he…

RT (2020-06-04). Lawsuit targets NYPD over concealment of officers' badge numbers with black ribbons during demonstrations. rt.com The NYPD faces a lawsuit over officers covering their badge numbers during protests. Apparently done to mourn fallen officers, the practice seems to be nationwide, but critics claim it is used to avoid punishment for misconduct. | Many police officers in New York have been covering their shield numbers when deployed at the scenes of mass protests against police brutality in the city, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG)

RT (2020-06-04). LEGO joins corporate virtue-signaling squad after pulling police & White House sets. Skeptics doubt its original intention. rt.com The Left has praised toymaker LEGO after it asked shops to hide sets related to police and the White House. But critics suspect a typical corporate wish to distance itself from controversy was at the core of the firm's decision. | LEGO is "taking a firm stand in support of protestors and the Black Lives Matter movement,"

RT (2020-06-04). 'Kiss my shoes': Two British teenagers arrested after video showing pair racially abusing black boy goes viral. rt.com Two teenagers have been arrested in England after a shocking video went viral on social media, showing a young man and woman racially bullying a black boy and telling him to get on his knees and kiss their shoes. | Footage of two youths in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire abusing the boy was shared on Snapchat on Wednesday night. West Yorkshire Police confirmed on Thursday morning that the two teenagers had been arrested in connection with the racially aggravated incident. | Chief Superintendent Julie Sykes of Kirklees Police said a 17-year-old male had been arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated common assa…

Fight Back (2020-06-04). Minnesota: Anti-War Committee demands justice for George Floyd. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following June 4 statement from Twin Cities based Anti-War Committee. | The police killing of George Floyd has ignited a rebellion that has spread across the entire United States. Minneapolis is the epicenter for this movement, and the people of the Twin Cities are committed to ensuring that George Floyd is the last life stolen by police in Minnesota. We in the Anti-War Committee stand with the movement for Black lives as we demand Justice for George Floyd. We stand against the war waged on Black and brown communities by police forces all across the country, and we stan…

Associated Press (2020-06-04). After attacks by police, journalists fight to defend First Amendment. peoplesworld.org Journalists alarmed by dozens of incidents where reporters were shot at, manhandled, gassed, or arrested while covering demonstrations touched off by the death of Minnesota man George Floyd are fighting back legally. A freelance journalist, backed by the American Civil Liberties Union, filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the city of Minneapolis, and dozens of …

Lynda Carson (2020-06-04). Curfews, martial law and the Pentagon's civil unrest response. indybay.org George Floyd Protest Against Police Brutality And Killer Cops!

en.mehrnews (2020-06-04). My skin color is not a crime, but your racism should be. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 04 (MNA) — The US is now going through widespread racial unrest following the killing of a 46-year-old black man George Floyd, whose repeated 'I can't breathe' minutes before he died under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer on May 25 is being chanted worldwide in protest against the US systemic racism and police brutality.

_____ (2020-06-04). As Protests Rage Over George Floyd's Death, Climate Activists Embrace Racial Justice. popularresistance.org Friends of the Earth tweeted #BlackLivesMatter, and the head of the NRDC promised: "to be fully and visibly committed to the fight against systemic racism." | When New York Communities for Change helped lead a demonstration of 500 on Monday in Brooklyn to protest George Floyd's killing in Minneapolis, the grassroots group's activism spoke to a long-standing link between police violence against African Americans and environmental justice. | Elizabeth Yeampierre, executive director of UPROSE, Brooklyn's oldest Latino community-based organization, said she considers showing up to fight police brutality and racial vi…

_____ (2020-06-04). Trade Deal? — Where is Boris Johnson's condemnation of Trump inciting violence? truepublica.org.uk The UK's Press-Gazette reports that a British photographer has become one of the first journalists to be arrested and charged while covering police brutality protests in America. "Adam Gray, 33, a New York-based photojournalist for UK-based news agency SWNS, had been taking photographs at rallies in the city. He was thrown to the ground by …

Richard Eskow (2020-06-04). The Killers Inside Us: White Fury and the Thin Blue Line. commondreams.org Demonstrators and police face off on the sixth consecutive day of protests over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died last week after being pinned down by a white police officer in Minneapolis on June 3, 2020 in Washington, DC, United States. (Photo by Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Rhea Mahbubani (2020-06-04). Global Black Lives Matter Protests. zcomm.org Thousands across the UK, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Canada, and more condemn racism and demand justice…

commondreams (2020-06-04). 350.org Holds Webinar on Dismantling White Supremacy, Calls on Climate Movement to Prioritize Racial Justice and Show Up for Black Lives. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Tom Clifford (2020-06-04). With USA in Retreat, China Reassesses Its Options. counterpunch.org Beijing. Beijing is looking at the world today through a prism where the United States can be accounted for. The US is too weak, it believes, except in purely military terms, to counter China's interests. The image has been seen the world over. A black man dies after a US policeman kneels on his neck. Civil

George Floyd Paddle Out (2020-06-04). Thursday 6/4: Paddle Out: Black Lives Matter and George Floyd Memorial. indybay.org 2900 Pleasure Point Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-5408…

crowd of lastnights protest (2020-06-04). Thursday 6/4: Black Lives Matter, Night March in Santa Cruz. indybay.org Meeting at Town Clock, N. Pacific Avenue…

Brenda Norrell (2020-06-04). Lakota and Navajo respond as police blind and beat reporters and peaceful protesters. indybay.org Lakota and Navajo respond, as news reporters and peaceful protesters are shot, blinded and beaten during Black Lives Matter protests. In Albuquerque, The Red Nation group was stalked and confronted by white vigilantes working with Albuquerque Police officers.

National Lawyers Guild (2020-06-04). NLG Condemns Violent Police Response to Black Lives Matter Protests Nationwide. indybay.org "Racialized, violent policing of Black, Brown, and Indigenous bodies has always existed in this country. Now is the time for accountability. Property can always be replaced. Black lives can not," stated NLG Executive Director Pooja Gehi.

West Cliff Walkout (2020-06-04). Wednesday 6/3: Black Lives Matter March in Santa Cruz. indybay.org Meet across the street from the Dream Inn on West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz…

Refuse Fascism Bay Area (2020-06-04). Saturday 6/6: Natl. Protest Against Police Murder of Black People and a Fascist Police State in the US. indybay.org 24th and Mission…

National Lawyers Guild (2020-06-04). NLG Statement on the President's Unlawful Declaration of Antifa as a Domestic Terrorist Organization. indybay.org "When police continue to murder Black people with impunity and when calls for systemic change to policing and structural racism are ignored, popular unrest is inevitable," said National Lawyers Guild legal worker Kris Hermes. "Federal investigations and the targeting of Antifa will unfortunately result in increased surveillance and repression, and must be resisted."

Staff (2020-06-04). DC Residents Take to the Streets to Demand End of Police State. truthout.org Protesters have continued to pour onto the streets of Washington, D.C., night after night, despite the city's attempt to suppress protest through the deployment of the National Guard and the imposition of nightly curfews. | The righteous rage and pain felt in response to the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is palpable throughout the streets of this city, as many Black, Indigenous and Latinx people are already dying at large numbers from the lack of resources to fight the…

Staff (2020-06-04). Uprisings Are Driving a Surge in Mutual Aid in Minneapolis and Beyond. truthout.org Mutual aid is flourishing in south Minneapolis, where the police killing of an unarmed Black man and a revolt against state violence has left a community hungry for connection and racial justice. The alleged murder of George Floyd and the ensuing powerful uprisings have made the need to forge material support networks among neighbors all the more apparent, say activists — and they are up to the challenge. | A hotel along the Lake Street corridor that saw clashes and fires after four police off…

_____ (2020-06-04). LA City Council President Introduces Motion To Cut LAPD Funding. popularresistance.org The president of Los Angeles's city council introduced a motion Wednesday that would direct officials to identify millions of dollars' worth of funding cuts to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) following criticism of the department's treatment of protesters. | Councilwoman Nury Martinez (D) said in a statement released on Twitter that the move was about resetting the city's priorities in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis police custody last week. Video of Floyd's arrest and death sparked protests around the country, including in Los Angeles. | "Today we intrdcd a mo…

Ryan Grim (2020-06-04). "I've Been Involved in Three Shootings Myself, and Not a One of Them Has Bothered Me" zcomm.org In an interview in April, Lt. Bob Kroll, head of Minneapolis's police union, said that he and a majority of the Minneapolis Police Officers' Federation's board have been involved in police shootings…

Amanda Mills (2020-06-04). Minneapolis public schools vote to sever contract with police. nationofchange.org "We want justice for George Floyd, and we know that justice isn't enough. And now is the time to defund the police and invest in community."

2020-06-04: Social Media Postees

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How American Cities Were Reduced to Esper's "Battlespace": From Fallujah to Minneapolis
Prof. Juan Cole | globalresearch.ca | 2020-06-04
The Bush administration's war of aggression on and military occupation of Iraq that began in 2003 shifted the United States to a militaristic society. Some 2.7 million Americans have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, an astonishing number. The Bush administration …
globalresearch.ca/american-cities-reduced-esper-battlespace/5715054

War on Press Freedom in the US
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-06-04
Cops on US streets are instruments of state power. | Serving and protecting privileged interests at the expense of the public welfare, they follow orders from higher authorities in their departments, handed down from the ruling class at the federal, state …
globalresearch.ca/war-press-freedom-us/5715025

Solidarity Includes Wearing a Mask at Protests
Norman Solomon | commondreams.org | 2020-06-04
A person wears a mask that reads "I CAN'T BREATHE" as demonstrators continue to protest the death of George Floyd following a night of rioting on May 29, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2020/06/04/solidarity-includes-wearing-mask-protests?cd-origin=rss

The Killers Inside Us: White Fury and the Thin Blue Line
Richard Eskow | commondreams.org | 2020-06-04
Demonstrators and police face off on the sixth consecutive day of protests over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died last week after being pinned down by a white police officer in Minneapolis on June 3, 2020 in Washington, DC, United States. (Photo by Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2020/06/04/killers-inside-us-white-fury-and-thin-blue-line?cd-origin=rss

More Military Deployment and Terrorism Investigations are an Outrageous Response to Black Pain, Grief, and Anger
Hina Shamsi | aclu.org | 2020-06-04
Across the country, people are protesting police brutality and systemic racism. They are relentlessly demanding justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and the countless other Black people killed by police. In response, President Trump, supported by belligerent enablers in Congress and his administration, has threatened to deploy federal troops into states, and federal agencies are investigating protestors for domestic terrorism. These presidential threats and actions are authoritarian, irresponsible, dangerous, and wrong. , , Trump's threat to invoke the Insurrection Act of 1807 was extraordinary

350.org Holds Webinar on Dismantling White Supremacy, Calls on Climate Movement to Prioritize Racial Justice and Show Up for Black Lives
commondreams.org | 2020-06-04
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commondreams.org/newswire/2020/06/04/350org-holds-webinar-dismantling-white-supremacy-calls-climate-movement?cd-origin=rss

Hundreds protest racist violence in New Orleans, police attack demonstrators
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-06-04
New Orleans, LA – The night of June 3, hundreds of New Orleans protesters climbed the Crescent City Connection to fight racist violence and demand justice for police murders. The Connection is a highway bridge that crosses the Mississippi River to connect the East and West banks of New Orleans. The protesters fought as part of the Black Lives Matter and Justice for George Floyd movements, rallying behind various calls to abolish prisons and police. | "No justice, no peace!" and "Black Lives Matter!" rang up and down the highway. Black participants came right up to the mic to express their disgust for the police.
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/6/4/hundreds-…

Global Black Lives Matter Protests
Rhea Mahbubani | zcomm.org | 2020-06-04
Thousands across the UK, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Canada, and more condemn racism and demand justice…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/global-black-lives-matter-protests/

'Yes, I Will Name Names'
Julia Conley | zcomm.org | 2020-06-04
AOC Leads Charge Against Empty Corporate Claims of #BlackLivesMatter…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/yes-i-will-name-names/

With USA in Retreat, China Reassesses Its Options
Tom Clifford | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-04
Beijing. Beijing is looking at the world today through a prism where the United States can be accounted for. The US is too weak, it believes, except in purely military terms, to counter China's interests. The image has been seen the world over. A black man dies after a US policeman kneels on his neck. Civil…
counterpunch.org/2020/06/04/with-usa-in-retreat-china-reassesses-its-options/

Protests for George Floyd continue daily in Salt Lake
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-06-04
Salt Lake City, UT – Since the May 30 National Day of Protest action here, led by Utah Against Police Brutality, demonstrations in Salt Lake City have continued every day, with hundreds in the streets demanding justice for the killing of all victims of police violence, like of George Floyd from Minneapolis and Bernardo Palacios from Rose Park, Utah. Protests have continued even with a strict 8 p.m. curfew issued by Mayor Erin Mendenhall enforced by armed police and National Guard troops with armored vehicles. | | On June 1, people stayed in the streets, marching well past curfew. One group of 200 was corralled…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/6/4/protests-…

American workers voice support for mass protests against police brutality
wsws.org | 2020-06-04
The WSWS spoke with a cross-section of American workers, all of whom voiced immense support for the protests, while denouncing the criminal response of the Trump administration.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/06/04/work…

Tamika Mallory: Nationwide Uprising Against State Violence Shows People Have Reached Breaking Point
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-06-04
As Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison files charges against all four Minneapolis police officers involved in the killing of George Floyd, a mass uprising against police brutality continues. "At this point, we're looking at a nation and a world that has decided that what we saw happen on camera … is no longer acceptable, and we cannot continue to meet and ask and cry and beg for change. People have taken to the streets to demand change," says Tamika Mallory, former national co-chair of the 2017 Women's March.
www.democracynow.org/2020/6/4/tamika_mal…

The Protests Made a Huge Difference: All Four Minneapolis Cops Charged in Killing of George Floyd
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-06-04
After more than a week of nationwide protests, all four Minneapolis police officers involved in the killing of George Floyd have been charged with murder or aiding and abetting murder in a case that triggered historic protests across the country. "If you look at the video … the pressure from all three officers on Mr. Floyd's body contributed to his death," says activist and civil rights attorney Nekima Levy Armstrong, former president of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP. "They heard the man pleading, saying 'I can't breathe,' and they had a callous disregard for his life."
www.democracynow.org/2020/6/4/nekima_lev…

Nearly 2,000 rally for black lives in Seaside, 100s take Highway 1 in Monterey
NR | indybay.org | 2020-06-04
Nearly 2,000 people met at a Seaside City Hall on Tuesday demanding an end to police brutality and justice for George Floyd in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. 20 second video of march.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/06/02/18833688.php

Thursday 6/4: Black Lives Matter, Night March in Santa Cruz
crowd of lastnights protest | indybay.org | 2020-06-04
Meeting at Town Clock, N. Pacific Avenue…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/06/04/18833727.php

Thursday 6/4: Paddle Out: Black Lives Matter and George Floyd Memorial
George Floyd Paddle Out | indybay.org | 2020-06-04
2900 Pleasure Point Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-5408…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/06/02/18833669.php

Wednesday 6/3: Black Lives Matter March in Santa Cruz
West Cliff Walkout | indybay.org | 2020-06-04
Meet across the street from the Dream Inn on West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/06/02/18833670.php

NLG Condemns Violent Police Response to Black Lives Matter Protests Nationwide
National Lawyers Guild | indybay.org | 2020-06-04
"Racialized, violent policing of Black, Brown, and Indigenous bodies has always existed in this country. Now is the time for accountability. Property can always be replaced. Black lives can not," stated NLG Executive Director Pooja Gehi.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/06/02/18833636.php

Lakota and Navajo respond as police blind and beat reporters and peaceful protesters
Brenda Norrell | indybay.org | 2020-06-04
Lakota and Navajo respond, as news reporters and peaceful protesters are shot, blinded and beaten during Black Lives Matter protests. In Albuquerque, The Red Nation group was stalked and confronted by white vigilantes working with Albuquerque Police officers.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/06/04/18833707.php

NLG Statement on the President's Unlawful Declaration of Antifa as a Domestic Terrorist Organization
National Lawyers Guild | indybay.org | 2020-06-04
"When police continue to murder Black people with impunity and when calls for systemic change to policing and structural racism are ignored, popular unrest is inevitable," said National Lawyers Guild legal worker Kris Hermes. "Federal investigations and the targeting of Antifa will unfortunately result in increased surveillance and repression, and must be resisted."
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/06/02/18833637.php

Saturday 6/6: Natl. Protest Against Police Murder of Black People and a Fascist Police State in the US
Refuse Fascism Bay Area | indybay.org | 2020-06-04
24th and Mission…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/06/04/18833723.php

Uprisings Are Driving a Surge in Mutual Aid in Minneapolis and Beyond
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-06-04
Mutual aid is flourishing in south Minneapolis, where the police killing of an unarmed Black man and a revolt against state violence has left a community hungry for connection and racial justice. The alleged murder of George Floyd and the ensuing powerful uprisings have made the need to forge material support networks among neighbors all the more apparent, say activists

DC Residents Take to the Streets to Demand End of Police State
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-06-04
Protesters have continued to pour onto the streets of Washington, D.C., night after night, despite the city's attempt to suppress protest through the deployment of the National Guard and the imposition of nightly curfews. | The righteous rage and pain felt in response to the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is palpable throughout the streets of this city, as many Black, Indigenous and Latinx people are already dying at large numbers from the lack of resources to fight the…
truthout.org/articles/dc-residents-take-to-the-streets-to-demand-end-of-police-state/

Lawsuit targets NYPD over concealment of officers' badge numbers with black ribbons during demonstrations
rt.com | 2020-06-04
The NYPD faces a lawsuit over officers covering their badge numbers during protests. Apparently done to mourn fallen officers, the practice seems to be nationwide, but critics claim it is used to avoid punishment for misconduct. | Many police officers in New York have been covering their shield numbers when deployed at the scenes of mass protests against police brutality in the city, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) said in a letter to the NYPD. This violates the police's own rules…
rt.com/usa/490787-nypd-lawsuit-badges-covered/

LEGO joins corporate virtue-signaling squad after pulling police & White House sets. Skeptics doubt its original intention
rt.com | 2020-06-04
The Left has praised toymaker LEGO after it asked shops to hide sets related to police and the White House. But critics suspect a typical corporate wish to distance itself from controversy was at the core of the firm's decision. | LEGO is "taking a firm stand in support of protestors and the Black Lives Matter movement," according to New York magazine's pop culture news site Vulture. The praise comes after the company decided to pull police-themed sets from shelves and pledg…
rt.com/usa/490756-lego-black-virtue-signaling/

'Kiss my shoes': Two British teenagers arrested after video showing pair racially abusing black boy goes viral
rt.com | 2020-06-04
Two teenagers have been arrested in England after a shocking video went viral on social media, showing a young man and woman racially bullying a black boy and telling him to get on his knees and kiss their shoes. | Footage of two youths in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire abusing the boy was shared on Snapchat on Wednesday night. West Yorkshire Police confirmed on Thursday morning that the two teenagers had been arrested in connection with the racially aggravated incident. | Chief Superintendent Julie Sykes of Kirklees Police said a 17-year-old male had been arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated common assa…
rt.com/uk/490789-teenagers-arrested-abuse-black-holmfirth-video/

Minnesota: Anti-War Committee demands justice for George Floyd
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-06-04
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following June 4 statement from Twin Cities based Anti-War Committee. | The police killing of George Floyd has ignited a rebellion that has spread across the entire United States. Minneapolis is the epicenter for this movement, and the people of the Twin Cities are committed to ensuring that George Floyd is the last life stolen by police in Minnesota. We in the Anti-War Committee stand with the movement for Black lives as we demand Justice for George Floyd. We stand against the war waged on Black and brown communities by police forces all across the country, and we stan…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/6/4/minnesota…

LA City Council President Introduces Motion To Cut LAPD Funding
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-06-04
The president of Los Angeles's city council introduced a motion Wednesday that would direct officials to identify millions of dollars' worth of funding cuts to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) following criticism of the department's treatment of protesters. | Councilwoman Nury Martinez (D) said in a statement released on Twitter that the move was about resetting the city's priorities in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis police custody last week. Video of Floyd's arrest and death sparked protests around the country, including in Los Angeles. | "Today we intrdcd a mo…
popularresistance.org/la-city-council-president-introduces-motion-to-cut-lapd-funding/

As Protests Rage Over George Floyd's Death, Climate Activists Embrace Racial Justice
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-06-04
Friends of the Earth tweeted #BlackLivesMatter, and the head of the NRDC promised: "to be fully and visibly committed to the fight against systemic racism." | When New York Communities for Change helped lead a demonstration of 500 on Monday in Brooklyn to protest George Floyd's killing in Minneapolis, the grassroots group's activism spoke to a long-standing link between police violence against African Americans and environmental justice. | Elizabeth Yeampierre, executive director of UPROSE, Brooklyn's oldest Latino community-based organization, said she considers showing up to fight police brutality and racial vi…
popularresistance.org/as-protests-rage-over-george-floyds-death-climate-activists-embrace-racial-justice/

How Endless War Contributes to Police Brutality
Bonnie Kristian | commondreams.org | 2020-06-04
Beyond the gear and surveillance, however, perhaps the most damaging effect of war on terror-encouraged police militarization is psychological. It pushes police officers engaging with the public to behave as they look, to act like soldiers dealing with enemy combatants. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Never alone: Five poems for a time of revolt
Special to People's World | peoplesworld.org | 2020-06-04
Poets have a talent for capturing a glance, a mood, a spirit, a moment, an idea in just a few concentrated words that by use of metaphor, rhythm, rhyme and other literary devices stand for much more than the words themselves say. The current wave of protests connected with racist police brutality, the coronavirus crisis, …
peoplesworld.org/article/never-alone-five-poems-for-a-time-of-revolt/

'I love to hate-f*ck': Sex worker offers to SLEEP with any officer who hangs up badge at Houston protest (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-06-04
As thousands take to the streets in cities across the US to protest police brutality, one sex worker in Texas sought to sacrifice her night's pay for the cause, offering to spend the night with any cop who quits in viral video. | …
rt.com/usa/490702-sex-worker-houston-protest/

Saturday 6/6: PRIDE is a RIOT: Resist Police Brutality
Kresge College | indybay.org | 2020-06-04
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Curfews, martial law and the Pentagon's civil unrest response
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2020-06-04
George Floyd Protest Against Police Brutality And Killer Cops!
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/06/02/18833676.php

'He never threw a brick:' Muhammad Ali's widow claims boxing legend would have warned crisis-hit America 'we have run out of time'
rt.com | 2020-06-04
Muhammad Ali would have been "heartbroken" by the "pandemic of racism" that has led to mass protests in the US, but would have called for immediate change and supported peaceful activists, his wife, Lonnie, has said. | Ali's wife of 30 years at the time of his death in 2016 has suggested that "many inquiries" are required over the killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery, who she named among "many others" as victims of racially-motivated police brutality following their recent deaths which have sparked protests across the US. | Pointing to Ali's own civil rights activism that dominated the he…
rt.com/sport/490767-muhammad-ali-wife-george-floyd-protests/

Gandhi statue near Indian Embassy in US capital 'desecrated' by vandals amid ongoing police brutality protests (PHOTOS)
rt.com | 2020-06-04
A statue of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi has been defaced in the US capital, with vandals spray-painting obscenities on the monument as heated protests carry on in the city. Police have yet to identify the culprits. | Photos of the statue circulated on social media on Wednesday, some appearing to show the words "rapist" and "racist" scrawled on its base in bright orange paint. The DC Park Police have launched an investigation, though few other details were made public, according to ANI. | Walked by @IndianEmbassyUS staff reporti…
rt.com/usa/490703-gandhi-statue-defaced-protests/

Rebellion wins demand: All four Minneapolis police charged in murder of George Floyd
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-06-04
St. Paul, MN – Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced this afternoon, June 3, an increase of the charges against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, adding a second-degree murder charge to the indictment against him. In addition, three additional Minneapolis police officers, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder; they stood by watching Derek Chauvin kneel on George Floyd's neck for nine minutes until his body was lifeless. They are expected to be taken into custody today. | Charging and arresting all four has been the main…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/6/4/rebellion…

Minnesota: Student protest demands justice for George Floyd
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-06-04
Minneapolis, MN – June 1 marked the fourth of a planned eight days of protest by University of Minnesota students in Dinkytown, a university neighborhood, following the death of George Floyd. Chanting slogans such as "I can't breathe" and "No justice, no peace," dozens of students blocked a road at the intersection of 15th Avenue SE and 4th Street SE. | The protest was organized by the unofficial student group, UMN Student Workers. One organizer explained that their intention was to give those students who lacked transportation a chance to protest nearer to their homes. They said that, while the protest was plann…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/6/3/minnesota…

55,000 protest police murder in Boston after days of sharp struggle
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-06-04
Boston, MA – On the evening of June 2, an estimated 55,000 people gathered in Boston's Franklin Park to protest the police murder of George Floyd. The event began with the blocking of Blue Hill Avenue, next to the park in the working-class neighborhood of Dorchester, for a die-in. Protesters laid down in the street for eight minutes and 46 seconds

Minneapolis public schools vote to sever contract with police
Amanda Mills | nationofchange.org | 2020-06-04
"We want justice for George Floyd, and we know that justice isn't enough. And now is the time to defund the police and invest in community."
nationofchange.org/2020/06/04/minneapolis-public-schools-vote-to-sever-contract-with-police/

Workers unite to fight racism, cops, pandemic
Sue Davis | workers.org | 2020-06-04
MTA bus operator Yasmin Rowe gives the thumbs up to New York City demonstrators protesting the killing of George Floyd. There has been a groundswell of worker solidarity with protests against the racist police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. First, reports came in from Minneapolis that . . . | Continue reading Workers unite to fight racism, cops, pandemic at Workers.org…
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"I've Been Involved in Three Shootings Myself, and Not a One of Them Has Bothered Me"
Ryan Grim | zcomm.org | 2020-06-04
In an interview in April, Lt. Bob Kroll, head of Minneapolis's police union, said that he and a majority of the Minneapolis Police Officers' Federation's board have been involved in police shootings…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/ive-been-involved-in-three-shootings-myself-and-not-a-one-of-them-has-bothered-me/

Domination and the Murder of George Floyd
Steven Newcomb | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-04
In our documentary movie "The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code," directed by Sheldon Wolfchild (Dakota Nation), we quote language from the papal document Dum diversas, issued by the Catholic Church in 1452. The dehumanizing language expressed in that papal document provides a means of understanding the heartless killing of an African-American named George…
counterpunch.org/2020/06/04/domination-and-the-murder-of-george-floyd/

How Immunity for Cops and Facebook Kills Americans
Thom Hartmann | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-04
When you tell people they won't be held accountable for their actions, it almost always ends badly. That's what's happened with our police and our social media, two institutional pillars of personal and political society in America today. Removing those dual immunities could dramatically change–for the better–the lives of millions of Americans. For police, the…
counterpunch.org/2020/06/04/how-immunity-for-cops-and-facebook-kills-americans/

How Immunity for Cops and Facebook Kills Americans
Thom Hartmann | zcomm.org | 2020-06-04
When you tell people they won't be held accountable for their actions, it almost always ends badly. That's what's happened with our police and our social media…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/how-immunity-for-cops-and-facebook-kills-americans/

Three Cops Charged, Murder Count Upgraded in George Floyd's Death
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-06-04
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced the charges after an independent investigation determined officers at the scene were culpable for Floyd's death.
therealnews.com/stories/three-cops-charged-murder-count-upgraded-in-george-floyds-death

American Stonewall: The Cops Have Already Lost
Barton Kunstler | nationofchange.org | 2020-06-04
If a politician wants to exercise real leadership, let them proclaim a day of healing where they lead a march of police and protesters together in support of a new era in police relations.
nationofchange.org/2020/06/04/american-stonewall-the-cops-have-already-lost/

Disband the police? Minneapolis City Council actually considering celebrity advice
rt.com | 2020-06-04
Minneapolis City Council is now considering getting rid of its police department entirely, after four officers were charged in the killing of George Floyd, an African-American man they were trying to arrest. | Though the officers involved were fired immediately and charged with murder within days

My skin color is not a crime, but your racism should be
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-06-04
TEHRAN, Jun. 04 (MNA)