Daily Archives: May 25, 2021

2021-05-25: News Headlines

Joris Leverink (2021-05-25). Becoming Black: a conversation with Olúfémi Táíwà≤ and Achille Mbembe. roarmag.org Protester facing police at a Black Lives Matter protest in London, UK — June 6, 2020. Photo: Viktor Kadiri / Shutterstock.com | The Movement for Black Lives not only exposed the brutality of US policing, it has stimulated conversations on systemic racism and coercive state power everywhere. For the tenth edition of its flagship Achille Mbembe is a groundbreaking philosopher, whose many books since the mid 1980s…

Liberation Staff (2021-05-25). Domestic violence, pedophilia, brutality and murder: Who do the Boston Police really serve? liberationnews.org Boston politicians and media have treated each scandal as a disconnected incident rather than as symptoms of structural problems of the BPD and policing at large.

Phyllis Bennis (2021-05-25). What is Joe Biden's Israel Policy, Exactly? indybay.org The Biden administration thought it could muddle through with the usual pro-Israel platitudes, but rising awareness of Israeli apartheid is making that impossible.

Fight Back (2021-05-25). Photo Essay: One year anniversary of the George Floyd rebellion. fightbacknews.org &nbsp…

WSWS (2021-05-25). One year since the police murder of George Floyd. wsws.org The continued prevalence of police violence in the United States one year after the global protests sparked by Floyd's murder makes clear that it is, at its root, a class question and not a racial question.

Anti Police-Terror Project (2021-05-25). Tuesday 5/25: Remembering George Floyd and Demanding City Council Defund OPD. indybay.org Broadway and Telegraph in Downtown Oakland…

NAACP Santa Cruz (2021-05-25). Tuesday 5/25: George Floyd Commemoration. indybay.org 701 Ocean St, Santa Cruz…

Jennifer Chudy (2021-05-24). Support for Black Lives Matter Surged Last Year. Did It Last? zcomm.org Did George Floyd's death catalyze support for Black Lives Matter? If so, for how long and for whom?>

Staff (2021-05-24). George Floyd Week of Action Marks Anniversary of His Murder as Police Reform Bill Stalls in Congress. democracynow.org As the world marks the anniversary of George Floyd's murder, attorney Lee Merritt says there is still a long way to go in reforming "the deadliest police culture in the modern world." Merritt, who has represented the Floyd family and other victims of police brutality, says Republicans and Democrats should come together to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. Floyd's death in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020, set off a nationwide uprising and global movement calling for an end to racism and for the defense of Black lives.

Oliver Broudy (2021-05-24). Now Comes the Reckoning: Black Lives Matter Hits the Labor Movement. commondreams.org "The time for playing nice with corporate interests may be coming to an end." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Moderator (2021-05-24). Chris Hedges and Author Mitchell Plitnick on "Except for Palestine" scheerpost.com On this week's "On Contact," Chris Hedges discusses why American liberals refuse to speak out about the crimes the Israeli apartheid state carries out against the Palestinians, with political analyst and author Mitchell Plitnick. Mitchell Plitnick's new book, with co-author Marc Lamont Hill, is: "Except for Palestine: The Limits of Progressive Politics." "Israel is in …

Juan Cole (2021-05-24). Irish Parties and People demand Expulsion of Israeli ambassador, Fines for importing Settler-made Goods. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — The recent Israeli assault on the Palestinians in Jerusalem and the West Bank, and the bombardment of Gaza, has stirred passions in the Irish Republic, where public opinion has swung around to be strongly in favor of Palestinian rights and critical of the Apartheid, Occupation government of Israel. Rallies have …

Staff (2021-05-24). "Brutal & Gratuitous": Family of Ronald Greene Demands Justice After Video Shows Deadly Traffic Stop. democracynow.org New bodycam footage is raising more questions about the deadly arrest of a Black man, Ronald Greene, in Louisiana during a 2019 traffic stop in the city of Monroe. Family members said police originally told them Greene died in a car accident, but the Associated Press obtained video of Louisiana state troopers electrocuting, beating and dragging Greene. Greene's family has filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit, and Greene's death is also being federally investigated. Lee Merritt, a civil rights attorney representing the family of Ronald Greene, says the family had to fight for a year and a half before being allow…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-05-24). George Floyd commemoration features demands for comprehensive police reform. peoplesworld.org MINNEAPOLIS—Commemoration of the first anniversary of unarmed Black man George Floyd's murder last May 25 by then-Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin features demands for comprehensive police reform to root out systemic law enforcement racism. The Floyd family established a foundation to promote that cause, and it sponsored three days of events in the Twin Cities. Calls …

Paige Fernandez (2021-05-24). Brooklyn Center Provides a Model for Reexamining Public Safety. aclu.org Daunte Wright and Kobe Dimock-Hesiler should still be alive today. | Instead, both of their lives were cut short by Brooklyn Center Police. Daunte Wright was killed at just 20 years old after being pulled over due to expired registration. Wright's killing joins a long list of Black people whose lives were taken at the hands of law enforcement due to the unnecessary criminalization of minor, petty offenses that are the largest cause of police killings. Eric Garner was killed by an NYPD officer for selling loose cigarettes without a tax stamp, Rekia Boyd and her friends for making noise in a park, and Walter Sco…

Paige Fernandez (2021-05-24). Brooklyn Center Provides a Model for Re-Examining Public Safety. aclu.org Daunte Wright and Kobe Dimock-Hesiler should still be alive today. | Instead, both of their lives were cut short by Brooklyn Center Police. Daunte Wright was killed at just 20 years old after being pulled over due to expired registration. Wright's killing joins a long list of Black people whose lives were taken at the hands of law enforcement due to the unnecessary criminalization of minor, petty offenses that are the largest cause of police killings. Eric Garner was killed by an NYPD officer for selling loose cigarettes without a tax stamp, Rekia Boyd and her friends for making noise in a park, and Walter Sco…

Fight Back (2021-05-24). Long live the George Floyd Rebellion! fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – The murder of George Floyd and the massive rebellion and protest that followed are the most remembered images of 2020. Unfortunately, images of Black people being lynched and murdered by white people in and out of uniform have been the most haunting images of American history. But the images of rebellion in 2020, of millions of people throughout the USA and the world rising up against racist police repression – and the system of oppression that police tyranny serves and protects – have inspired new hope and courage in the struggle for Black liberation. | The George Floyd and Breonna Taylor rebellion…

_____ (2021-05-24). 'The White Republic': A Response By Gerald Horne. popularresistance.org The good news is that Comrade Bob Wing's analysis represents a step forward in terms of the U.S. Left's understanding of the nation—"republic"—in which it struggles. | The bad news is that the U.S. left has not necessarily kept pace with the U.S. ruling class in terms of similar issues, or even with non-radical African-Americans, for that matter. | Consider the multi-part series on HBO Max (a member in good standing of the much reviled "corporate media") that premiered recently, i.e. Black filmmaker Raoul Peck's "Exterminate All the Brutes," a sweeping analysis and condemnation of settler colonialism…

_____ (2021-05-24). Leaks Show DC Cops Justify 'Aggressive' Protest Tactics. popularresistance.org Documents obtained by Al Jazeera appear to show Washington, DC's Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) used a training document to justify "an aggressive police response" to left-wing demonstrations and legal observers, according to experts. | Ransomware group Babuk stole the documents from MPD several weeks ago and asked a bounty of $1m for their return. MPD did not pay, resulting in their leak. | The documents include a January 2019 PowerPoint training presentation hacked from an MPD intelligence officer entitled "First Amendment Training Presentation". | The majority of the presentation features images of myria…

Editor2 (2021-05-24). Israel Arrests and Prosecutes Hundreds of Palestinians. orinocotribune.com Human rights defenders denounced the raids as a militarized war against Palestinians with Israeli citizenship or Jerusalem residency permits. | On Sunday night, Israeli police launched a campaign of home raids to arrest Palestinians who had participated in protests in Jerusalem and other mixed cities in Israel. | "This is a war by Israeli police forces against Palestinian protesters, political activists, and minors," denounced Hasan Yabareen, the director of the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel (ADALAH). | Police announced that they have arrested over 1,500 people in recent weeks, without specif…

Andrew Emett (2021-05-24). Former police officer sentenced to prison for use of excessive force. nationofchange.org "When an officer betrays that oath and violates a person's civil rights, that officer must be held accountable. Our community, and our profession, deserve no less."

The Associated Press (2021-05-24). Floyd's Death Laid Bare the 'Minnesota Paradox' of Racism. latinorebels.com MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — George Floyd's death under a white Minneapolis police officer's knee severely tarnished Minnesota's reputation as a progressive state on matters of race. Many Black residents say it was never deserved in the first place.

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