Daily Archives: May 19, 2021

2021-05-19: News Headlines

Fight Back (2021-05-19). Dallas, TX: 3000 march for Sheikh Jarrah and Gaza. fightbacknews.org Dallas, Texas – On May 15, around 3000 people gathered at the Grassy Knoll in downtown Dallas to protest Israel's ethnic cleansing of Sheikh Jarrah, the violent attack on the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the airstrikes on Gaza by Israeli apartheid forces. | Palestinian flags were flown and chants against the occupation of Palestine were heard. Some chants were "From the river to the sea, Palestine will be Free!" "Netanyahu you can't hide! We charge you with genocide!" and "Free, free, free Palestine!" | The crowd then marched around downtown Dallas before returning to the Grassy Knoll.

Staff (2021-05-19). Headlines for May 19, 2021. democracynow.org Israeli Assault Has Killed at Least 222 Palestinians and Displaced Tens of Thousands, Biden Addresses Rashida Tlaib, Jokes About Running Over Reporters Who Ask Questions on Israel-Palestine, Protests Continue Across U.S. in Solidarity with Palestinians, 60% of U.S. Adults Have Received One COVID Vaccine Dose; Tri-State Area Reopens, IEA Says No New Fossil Fuel Projects Can Be Permitted in Order to Avert Worst-Case Climate Scenario, Protests in North Carolina After DA Says Officers Who Killed Andrew Brown Jr. Were "Justified", House Passes Legislation Addressing Hate Crimes Against AAPI Community, 57 Refugees Drow…

repost (2021-05-19). Labor for Palestine's Call for Nakba Day Support for Palestine. indybay.org U.S. Labor Must Stand With Palestine! | Labor for Palestine, Nakba Day, May 15, 2021 | As workers, labor, and anti-apartheid activists, we join millions around the world to unequivocally condemn Israel's genocidal attacks on the Palestinian people: mass evictions in the Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan neighborhoods of Jerusalem, storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque, waves of state-sponsored violence throughout the West Bank and the '48 areas (stolen from Palestine in 1948), and merciless bombardment of Gaza that has already killed and wounded hundreds of people, many of them children.

Staff (2021-05-19). Rashida Tlaib Confronted Biden on His Weak Stance on Palestinian Apartheid. truthout.org Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) confronted President Joe Biden on Tuesday about his tepid stance on Israel's violent abuses of Palestinians, urging him to stand up for the historically marginalized population amid a second week of escalated Israeli attacks on Gaza. | Confronting Biden

Kade Crockford (2021-05-19). When We Fight, We Win: Victories in the Fight Against Face Surveillance Keep Piling Up. aclu.org After years of advocacy, grassroots organizing, and on the cusp of the one-year anniversary of when hundreds of thousands of people joined in solidarity with Black organizers by marching to support Black lives and to divest from racist policing, we've reached a major milestone: Amazon has announced it will stop selling face recognition technology to police — indefinitely. | Amazon had previously announced a one-year moratorium on sales to police that was set to expire on June 10. The initial moratorium was issued weeks into renewed nationwide protests following the police murder of George Floyd in Minnea…

Staff (2021-05-19). "Show People the Video": DA Finds Andrew Brown's Death "Justified" But Won't Release All Footage. democracynow.org In North Carolina, the Pasquotank County District Attorney's Office has found the April 21 police shooting of Andrew Brown Jr., a 42-year-old Black father, in Elizabeth City was justified. Meanwhile, Andrew Brown Jr.'s family and their attorneys have said body-camera and dashcam videos of his killing show it was an "execution" and that he was not a threat. Andrew Brown Jr.'s family has requested the full release of the body-camera video, and the FBI is conducting a federal civil rights investigation into the killing. "We are disappointed, but we are not surprised," Bakari Sellers, one of the attorneys representin…

David Swanson (2021-05-19). 60 Thousand Pentagon Spies Tripping over Their Fake Clown Shoes. dissidentvoice.org Of course there are 60,000 Pentagon super (duper!) spies prancing around the globe with tracking devices in their shoes, goofy wigs on their heads, collections of comical sunglasses, and — for the employee of the month! — silicon handsleeves and silicon faces to fool the airport cops, or maybe it's the Vaccine Nazis, or perhaps …

Mark Gruenberg (2021-05-19). AFL-CIO calls for union training in community relations for cops. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The labor movement is attempting to tackle head on the nation-wide scourge of police violence and in particular the continued killing by cops of unarmed Black people. Labor leaders have a vision of an America where large numbers of heavily armed militarized police are never, like they were recently in North Carolina, sent in to …

Staff (2021-05-19). DA Finds Andrew Brown's Death "Justified" But Won't Release All Footage. truthout.org In North Carolina, the Pasquotank County District Attorney's Office has found the April 21 police shooting of Andrew Brown Jr., a 42-year-old Black father, in Elizabeth City was justified. Meanwhile, Andrew Brown Jr.'s family and their attorneys have said body-camera and dashcam videos of his killing show it was an "execution" and that he was not a threat. Andrew Brown Jr.'s family has requested the full release of the body-camera video, and the FBI is conducting a federal civil rights investigation into…

Elie Mystal (2021-05-19). This Is How Police Get Away With Murdering Black People. thenation.com This Is How Police Get Away With Murdering Black People…

Ron Jacobs (2021-05-19). Cops in Baltimore, the Hard Town by the Sea. counterpunch.org The city of Baltimore sits on the Chesapeake Bay. The largest city in what was the northernmost slave state prior to the civil war in the United States, it was a busy seaport with its own slave market and a bustling trade in human beings. In antebellum times, its population contained large numbers of freed

WSWS (2021-05-19). North Carolina DA exonerates police officers who killed Andrew Brown Jr. wsws.org District Attorney Andrew Womble said deputies were justified in using deadly force, claiming Brown "recklessly" drove at the officers.

_____ (2021-05-19). Police Not Allowed to Participate in Denver PrideFest. popularresistance.org Organizers in New York City have also banned police from participating in the Pride Parade until 2025 writing: "The sense of safety that law enforcement is meant to provide can instead be threatening, and at times dangerous, to those in our community who are most often targeted with excessive force and/or without reason. NYC Pride is unwilling to contribute in any way to creating an atmosphere of fear or harm for members of the community."

Dean A. Strang (2021-05-19). A Little-Known Police Killing in North Carolina. progressive.org A Black man died face down on the street, hogtied by officers with his hands bound to his ankles over his back.

Mnar Muhawesh Adley (2021-05-18). Activist Rapper Lowkey on Gaza, UK Complicity in Israeli Apartheid and Settler Colonialism. mintpressnews.com A patron of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and a fierce critic of the Israeli government, Lowkey recently stated: "Zionism is not about your feelings; it is about the material reality of ethnic cleansing that has continued…till this day."

_____ (2021-05-18). Palestinians Have A Right To Defend Themselves. popularresistance.org The scenes we've been witnessing on our screens coming out of occupied Palestine this week are unprecedented. | What has been happening is a unified national uprising of the entire Palestinian people against Israeli ethnic cleansing, apartheid and aggression. | Resisting colonial fragmentation of their body politic, Palestinians from all segments of the people have risen up with one voice: enough. We are one people. In Jerusalem, in Gaza, in the West Bank. | And also in the Palestinian territories occupied in 1948: in Jaffa, in Acre, in Haifa in Lydda. | It begun in Jerusalem last month, with the intensifying cam…

Susan Abulhawa (2021-05-18). A conversation with Susan Abulhawa on Zionism. workers.org The following interview with Palestinian activist and author Susan Abuhawa was conducted by Ted Kelly, May 3, 2021. Abulhawa speaking at rally for Palestine in Philadelphia, May 15. WW Photo: Joe Piette Susan Abulhawa: Recently five or six young Palestinian boys were kidnapped and arrested; you know, just terrorized. . . . |

Julia Conley, staff writer (2021-05-18). Global Solidarity Protests Against Israeli Apartheid as Palestinians Stage General Strike. commondreams.org "Today, the people of Palestine are once again going on strike for their liberation—and calling on the world to join them." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2021-05-18). IACHR Asks To Visit Colombia To Inquiry Into Police Brutality. telesurenglish.net The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on Friday requested President Ivan Duque a working visit to Colombia to investigate human rights violations and police brutality. | RELATED: | "We expect Duque to respond to our request as soon as possible. We trust that his government has nothing to hide, and it will safeguard the highest human rights standards," the IACHR stated. | The organization made the request…

_____ (2021-05-18). Activists Push For Charges To Be Dropped Against Demonstrators For Black Lives. popularresistance.org At a press conference last month, members of the coalition stood in front of Travis County District Court in Austin with banners highlighting her case and calling for the dropping of charges against defendants criminalized during the uprisings across the country. The coalition formally presented a petition with over 2,000 signatures demanding that Travis County District Attorney José Garza drop the charges against people who protested for Black lives in Austin last year.

Luis Mucino (2021-05-18). Black Lives Matter Movement. indybay.org An Op-ed on the Black Lives Matter movement.

Ramzy Baroud (2021-05-18). Unity at Last: The Palestinian People Have Risen. mintpressnews.com Netanyahu may have hoped to use Sheikh Jarrah as a way of mobilizing his right-wing constituency, but his rash behavior has instead ignited a popular rebellion among Palestinians, exposing Israel for the violent, racist, and apartheid state that it is and always has been.

Staff (2021-05-18). AOC and Cori Bush Have Helped Remove Taboo on Calling Israel an Apartheid State. truthout.org When Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez labeled Israel an apartheid country over the weekend,

Harmony Rodriguez (2021-05-18). Shackles come in many forms. workers.org The shackling of incarcerated workers and other members of our class is a heinous crime against humanity. As committed communists, we have to fight to end the conditions of their incarceration. There is another form of shackling: psychiatric shackling. It is used against the mentally ill or those suspected of . . . |

Staff (2021-05-18). Mass incarceration is an environmental justice issue, and vice versa. therealnews.com Prisoners in the United States are forced to drink contaminated water, breathe poor quality air, and live on or near land full of hazardous materials. These experts say that this must change.

WSWS (2021-05-18). Space Force missile commander removed after fascist ranting on right-wing podcast. wsws.org The firing of Space Force Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier was preceded by the indictment of Marine Major Christopher Warnagiris, the first active-duty officer arrested in the siege of the US Capitol on January 6.

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