Daily Archives: October 3, 2020

2020-10-03: News Headlines

David Rovics (2020-10-03). The Next Steps in Eviction Defense. dissidentvoice.org A few thoughts on intentions, tactics, and building eviction defense networks. Here in Portland, there are signs that the movement for Black lives and the movement for actually affordable housing are increasingly intersecting in all kinds of ways. Among the networks engaged in popular education and resistance organizing efforts around housing issues, you'll find groups …

Judy Greenspan (2020-10-03). Jalil Muntaqim scheduled for release — Free them all! workers.org The New York State Parole Board has finally ordered the release of Jalil Muntaqim, aka Anthony Bottom, a former member of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army. Imprisoned for nearly 50 years, since he was 19, Muntaqim is one of the longest-held political prisoners in the world. . . . |

Raymond Tyler (2020-10-03). Ren Zhiqiang was not arrested for 'anti-communism'. workers.org When influential, former property executive Ren Zhiqiang was given an 18-year sentence in China, the Western media were quick to label his imprisonment as due to alleged "anti-communist" activity. The Washington Post, CNN, the Guardian, and the New York Times parroted the same message: that Zhiqiang was imprisoned for being . . . |

Carole J Lee, Sheridan Grant, Elena A Erosheva (2020-10-03). [Correspondence] Alternative grant models might perpetuate Black—White funding gaps. thelancet.com The White Coats for Black Lives and #ShutDownSTEM movements have galvanised biomedical practitioners and researchers to eliminate institutional and systematic racism, including barriers faced by Black researchers in biomedicine and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In our study on Black—White funding gaps for National Institutes of Health Research Project grants, we found that the overall award rate for Black applicants is 55% of that for white applicants.1 How can systems for allocating research grant funding be made more fair while improving their efficiency?

Staff (2020-10-03). If We Don't Act Now, the Entire US Could Become a "Cancer Alley" truthout.org People across the country are waking up to structural racism and coping with police brutality and civil unrest while also living through the nightmare of the COVID-19 pandemic. They're mourning losses and longing for life to get back to normal. | But in St. James Parish, Louisiana, where I'm from — a predominantly Black and low-income community nicknamed "

yenisafak (2020-10-02). Israel detained 15 Gazans in September. yenisafak.com The Israeli forces arrested 15 Palestinians during September in the Gaza Strip.The head of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs at Studies and Documentation Unit, Abdel-Nasser Farawana, told Anadolu Agency on Friday: "The occupation authorities [Israel] arrested 14 Palestinians as they crossed the Gaza Strip borders into the occupied territories, and a cancer patient was arrested while passing through the Erez checkpoint in the north of Gaza Strip last September.""The number of arrests increased in September. In August this year, one Palestinian was arrested in Gaza," he said.Farawana said: "Most of those detainees…

Tanya Wadhwa (2020-10-02). Thousands take the streets in national strike in Colombia. zcomm.org The nationwide protest was carried out in rejection police brutality, economic crisis, massacres and the indifference of the national government towards them…

Staff (2020-10-02). The war on pot isn't over, just ask this doctor arrested for his research. therealnews.com Retired cardiac surgeon Dr. David Allen discusses being targeted for asset forfeiture because he supports legal marijuana and medical research into cannabis.

David Rosen (2020-10-02). Police Violence: Institutionalized Terrorism. counterpunch.org Last year, police killed 1,004 people and, as a recent Harvard study found, between 2013 and 2017, 5,400 were killed by the police. Going further, it found that "Black people were on average three times more likely to be killed by police than white people. Of the total fatalities, 2,353 (42.83%) of those killed were white and 1,487 (27.07%) were Black."

MEE staff (2020-10-02). Amnesty presses Egypt to release detainees after rare protests. middleeasteye.net Amnesty presses Egypt to release detainees after rare protests | Rights group reports at least 496 people have been detained by Cairo since crackdown on protests began last month | Fri, 10/02/2020 – 18: 37 | Police had fired tear gas and in some instances live ammunition at demonstrators (AFP/File photo) | Amnesty International has called on Egyptian authorities to release hundreds of people who were arrested…

RT (2020-10-02). Arrest of Hamas co-founder by Israeli security forces denounced as attempt to undermine Palestinian reconciliation. rt.com Israeli security forces have arrested senior Hamas leader Hassan Youssef. The two rival Palestinian groups, Hamas and Fatah, have both condemned the move as being politically-charged and a bid to ruin their reconciliation talks. | Youssef was taken at his home in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on Friday morning. While Israeli authorities have not provided any official information about the move, local media

MEE staff (2020-10-02). Middle East countries deported exiled Uighurs to China: Report. middleeasteye.net Middle East countries deported exiled Uighurs to China: Report | Saudi Arabia, UAE and Egypt arrested exiled Uighur Muslims and deported them to China in collaboration with Beijing, BBC reports | Fri, 10/02/2020 – 21: 52 | At least one million Uighurs are said to be held in internment camps where they are undergoing political "re-education" (AFP/File photo) | Some Uighur Muslims who fled China and sought refug…

teleSUR (2020-10-01). Colombia: Women Organizations Protest Against Police Brutality. telesurenglish.net Colombian feminist organizations, women rights advocators, artists, and activists marched on Thursday in Bogota to protest against Police gender-based violence, sexism, and abuses against womenfolk. | RELATED: | The demonstrators marched from the District Planetarium to Bolivar Square while shouting out slogans like "No more fear," "They will not silence us, it's time to denounce, this must stop," and "Women are not spoi…

Margaret Kimberley (2020-10-01). Freedom Rider: Breonna Taylor and Black Life. mronline.org Reactions to the Breonna Taylor murder, settlement and verdict all have one thing in common: Black people's inability to protect our lives.

Chloé Benoist (2020-10-01). France temporarily detains relatives of citizens trapped in Syria camps. middleeasteye.net France temporarily detains relatives of citizens trapped in Syria camps | At least six people were arrested by anti-terrorism unit for sending funds to family members | Thu, 10/01/2020 – 17: 18 | A woman covers her face with a veil as she holds a manifest of names while sitting by children outside a tent at al-Roj camp, 30 September 2020 (AFP) | French authorities arrested at least six French citizen…

RT (2020-10-01). Russia's FSB detains Siberian nuclear scientist suspected of passing classified technologies & state secrets to China. rt.com A Russian physicist is being accused of divulging state secrets, after conducting research at a physics lab in China. He couldn't return to his work there due to Covid rules and had recently been working at Tomsk State University. | The Urals-based news site Znak identified the suspect as 64-year-old nuclear physicist Alexander Lukanin. Znak reported that Lukanin was arrested for disclosing classified information belonging to the Russian government, but there has been no official confirmation of this. The outlet also reported that the scientist is currently in a pre-trial detention centre, and that the FSB has…

Laura Benshoff (2020-10-01). The BLM movement found support in red, rural Pa. What will it mean for voting? zcomm.org Nearly every day in early June, protesters turned out in Chambersburg's town square to protest the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis. That was noteworthy, even to locals who had spent years pushing for racial justice in this south central Pennsylvania community…

Staff (2020-10-01). DHS Officials Were Told to Portray Kyle Rittenhouse in a Positive Light. truthout.org Officials within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) were directed to respond in a positive and defensive manner to inquiries regarding Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old who shot and killed two Black Lives Matter protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in late August, according to an internal document. | Rittenhouse had traveled from Illinois to demonstrations in Kenosha, which began in response to the police-perpetrated shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man who was shot by law enforcement seven ti…

Staff (2020-10-01). Progressive Groups Are Mobilizing to De-Escalate Far Right Violence at the Polls. truthout.org In preparation for potential voter intimidation this year, the Women's March, Working Families Party, Movement for Black Lives Electoral Justice Project, United We Dream and other organizations are mobilizing "election defenders" to de-escalate tense situations as well as provide voters with personal protective equipment and water on Election Day. | "So far, more than 6,000 people across the country have signed up to be election defenders," Working Families Party National Director Maurice…

Martha Grevatt (2020-09-30). Thousands raise up Black Lives outside presidential debate. workers.org Cleveland protest targets first presidential debate, Sept. 29. Cleveland While presidential candidates Joe Biden and Donald Trump were debating in what many have labeled a "shitshow," thousands of Greater Clevelanders came out for a "Protest for Black Lives and Climate Justice." A broad coalition spread the word about the action . . . |

Workers World Boston bureau (2020-09-30). Boston: Justice for Breonna Taylor. workers.org Credit: G.Carens At least four actions demanding Justice for Breonna Taylor took place in Boston over the Sept. 26-27 weekend, drawing thousands of marchers. Mass Action Against Police Brutality's Sept. 26 rally demanded Taylor's Kentucky case be reopened, after none of the three killer cops who murdered her on March . . . |

Jim McMahan (2020-09-30). Justice for Breonna Taylor and Black lives in Seattle. workers.org Decriminalize Seattle. Seattle — Demonstrators marched here on Sept. 24 to protest the previous day's decision by a grand jury in Louisville, Ky., not to bring charges against the cops who murdered Breonna Taylor. Hundreds took to the streets for hours, until after midnight, and marched on the Capital Hill . . . |

Kathryn Shihadah (2020-09-30). Amid Torrent of Anti-BDS Legislation, Columbia University Students Win Referendum Against Apartheid. mintpressnews.com Colombia's President has already hinted at efforts to undermine the referendum's success, claiming that the BDS is tied to anti-Semitism and ignores "similar issues in other countries."

_____ (2020-09-30). Report: Special Police Units Exclusively Used Force On Black People. popularresistance.org The vast majority of people stopped, frisked, or arrested by officers in D.C.'s special gun recovery and narcotics units were Black, according to a new report mandated by the D.C. Council. Black people were the subjects of 87% of stops, 91% of arrests, and 100% of use-of-force incidents, despite making up 46% of the population. White people accounted for just 5% of stops. | The report gives a more complete picture of the operations of these special units, which have been accused of using aggressive tactics with little oversight or transparency. The units are responsible for complex narcotics investigations, as we…

_____ (2020-09-30). New law Surfaces South's Racist Beginnings Of Felon Voter Disenfranchisement. popularresistance.org Tennessee – In June, large crowds of Black Lives Matter protesters occupied the plaza in front of Tennessee's State Capitol, where inside, a 44-inch bust of the first Klu Klux Klan Grand Wizard, Nathan Bedford Forrest, has sat still in his bronze bearing for over 40 years. | A line of state troopers stood silently on the other side of the encampment, making arrests and dragging protesters away. Those who remained chained themselves to the property, chanting and playing Kendrick Lamar through loudspeakers, annoying representatives inside the capitol, and making it clear—they were not leaving until the immort…

_____ (2020-09-30). Fake News Hoax About ISIS Exposed. popularresistance.org The top US newspaper has been exposed for overseeing another large-scale fake news operation. | The main source for the New York Times' award-winning podcast, Caliphate, has been arrested and charged with lying about joining ISIS. The major media outlet had relied on this man's fabricated story as the core of its reporting, and said two US government officials had independently confirmed his identity. | So far, the Times has not issued any retractions or corrections. But the fake news spread by the American "newspaper of record" has touched off a political scandal in Canada.

commondreams (2020-09-30). Trump Refusal to Disavow White Supremacy Presents Threat to Black Lives. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Peter Dreier, Dave Zirin (2020-09-30). Making Black Lives Matter On and Off the Diamond. thenation.com Making Black Lives Matter On and Off the Diamond…