Daily Archives: May 26, 2021

2021-05-26: News Headlines

Ben Norton (2021-05-26). US-funded Belarusian regime-change activist arrested on plane joined neo-Nazis in Ukraine. thegrayzone.com Belarusian regime-change activist Roman Protasevich, whose arrest on a grounded plane caused a global scandal, joined Ukraine's neo-Nazi Azov Battalion and was cultivated by the US government's media apparatus. A high-profile Belarusian regime-change activist whose detention on a forcibly grounded airplane caused an international scandal has extensive links to neo-fascist groups, which his political sponsors in Western capitals have conveniently overlooked. Right-wing activist Roman Protasevich was traveling on the Irish airliner Ryanair on May 23 when the plane crossed into …

Ben Norton (2021-05-26). US-funded Belarusian regime-change activist arrested on plane served with neo-Nazis in Ukraine. thegrayzone.com Belarusian regime-change activist Roman Protasevich, whose arrest on a grounded plane caused a global scandal, joined Ukraine's neo-Nazi Azov Battalion and was cultivated by the US government's media apparatus. A high-profile Belarusian regime-change activist whose detention on a forcibly grounded airplane caused an international scandal has extensive links to neo-fascist groups, which his political sponsors in Western capitals have conveniently overlooked. Right-wing activist Roman Protasevich was traveling on the Irish airliner Ryanair on May 23 when the plane crossed into …

Staff (2021-05-26). Headlines for May 26, 2021. democracynow.org George Floyd's Family Calls for Passage of Policing Act as Nation Marks One Year Since His Killing, Blinken Says U.S. Will Reopen Jerusalem Consulate, Pledges Aid for Gaza as U.S. OKs New Arms Sales to Israel, Israel Arrests Hundreds of Palestinians; UNRWA Head Apologizes for Remarks on Israeli Assault, U.S. Joins Calls to Further Probe Origins of COVID-19, 50% of U.S. Adults Fully Vaccinated; Moderna's Vaccine Is 100% Effective in 12- to 17-Year-Olds, Kristen Clarke Sworn In as First Black Woman to Lead the DOJ's Civil Rights Division, Iraqi Security Forces Kill Protester at Rally Demanding Accountability for Mu…

Staff (2021-05-26). "America on Fire": Historian Elizabeth Hinton on George Floyd, Policing & Black Rebellion. democracynow.org Protests and vigils were held across the U.S. to mark one year since the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Floyd's death sparked a national uprising and global movement against systemic racism and police brutality. Elizabeth Hinton, an associate professor of history and African American studies at Yale University and a professor of law at Yale Law School, connects the Black Lives Matter protests to a long history of Black rebellion against police violence in her new book "America on Fire" and notes that the U.S. has had previous opportunities to address systemic racism and state violence, but change r…

Staff (2021-05-26). Marcus Smith "Died Like an Animal" When Cops Hogtied Him. Police Have Known for Decades It Can Kill. democracynow.org Despite decades of warnings against the practice, police departments across the country continue to hogtie people during arrests, sometimes with fatal results. On September 8, 2018, Marcus Smith, a 38-year-old homeless Black man in Greensboro, North Carolina, was facing a mental health crisis and asked police officers for help. Instead, eight white officers brutally and fatally hogtied him. Police videos show officers pushed Smith face down on the street and tied a belt around his ankles, then attached it to his cuffed hands so tightly that his knees were lifted off the pavement. Smith's family filed a lawsuit in…

Phyllis Bennis (2021-05-26). 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.

WillOfMany (2021-05-26). BLM: American Revolution Spreads Around the Globe. indybay.org The world changed not only because of COVID-19 pandemic beyond 2020. Political and economic crisis has led to growing of various protest movements. The widest and most active emerged in the USA. The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement gained the largest extent. It demands from the American government not even reforms but revolutionary changes in the national social political course concerning people of color.

Eds. (2021-05-26). State Commissioner fires teacher for supporting BLM. mronline.org Richard Corcoran, state commissioner of education in Florida, announced that he fired Amy Donofrio, a teacher in Duval County, because she supported #BlackLivesMatter. | May 26, 2021 | Newswire…

Editor (2021-05-26). 'What's Going On?' 50 years later. workers.org One year ago, May 26, 2020, the video of George Floyd's murder by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin sparked months of intense global struggles which have kept the movement against police brutality and for racial justice on the front burner. Despite Chauvin's conviction, since his trial began March 29, police . . . |

Combined Sources (2021-05-26). Rallies in Minneapolis and across the country remember George Floyd. peoplesworld.org MINNEAPOLIS — A family-friendly street festival, musical performances and moments of silence were held Tuesday to honor George Floyd and mark the year since he died at the hands of Minneapolis police, a death captured on wrenching bystander video that galvanized the racial justice movement and continues to bring calls for change. As the events …

Staff (2021-05-26). Getting Real About Prisons and Why They Don't Make Us Safer. truthout.org "People end up in prison for a reason, but it's not the reason that we're fed by all of these cop shows," says Victoria Law. In this episode of "Movement Memos," Kelly Hayes talks with journalist Victoria Law about prisons, why they don't work, and what even well-meaning people tend to get wrong about incarceration. | Music by TRANSCRIPT: | Note: This a rush transcript and has been lightly edited for clarity. Copy may not be in its final form. | K…

Fight Back (2021-05-26). Students demand U of MN divest from companies aiding Israeli apartheid. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – On Friday, May 21, Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Minnesota held a protest calling for university divestment from companies funding the Israeli apartheid. | Over 150 students and community members rallied at the Memorial Union, where speakers voiced their anger with the university administration for complicity with the genocide against Palestinians and its giving support to Zionist student groups. Additionally, students condemned the administration's lack of action following the passage of two separate referendums in campus elections: one in 2018 calling for divestment f…

_____ (2021-05-26). Michigan Marches Unite Palestine Solidarity And BLM. popularresistance.org On Tuesday, May 18, roughly 200 people gathered to march in front of the Ford Motor Company plant in Dearborn, Michigan where Joe Biden was speaking. Dearborn is home to the largest Arab American and Palestinian populations in the United States. Speaker Jae Bass, a Black Detroiter and a leader of Detroit Will Breathe (DWB) — a militant, politically independent organization created last year in the midst of the uprising against police brutality — connected the experiences of the daily fight against police brutality here with the brutality of the Israeli military in Palestine. Noting that both struggles are lin…

Norman Solomon (2021-05-26). Biden's Eloquence About George Floyd Will Ring Hollow If Rahm Emanuel Gets Ambassador Nomination. commondreams.org "His record of running interference for racist police violence while mayor of Chicago underscores what a terrible mistake it would be for the Senate to confirm him as ambassador." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Juan Cole (2021-05-26). A Year Later: Are Palestinians like George Floyd? juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — May 26 was the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd by Minnesota police, and President Biden had the victim's family to the White House, where they lobbied the president on police reform. George Floyd could not have imagined how he would become an international symbol of the victimization …

Fight Back (2021-05-26). Police murder of George Floyd, 'the spark that lit a prairie fire'. fightbacknews.org On May 25, 2020, the world watched in horror and anger as George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. This was the spark that ignited uprisings and massive protests across the United States and around the world. While a hated symbol of the police went up in flames, people from coast to coast were confronting the police, who tried and failed to repress the protest. | Again and again, America has sacrificed the lives of Africans and African Americans on the altar of profits. Millions of Africans died in the slave trade that provided the captive labor that enriched southern plantation owners…

Fight Back (2021-05-26). Minneapolis: Voices from the George Floyd uprising, one year later. fightbacknews.org The lynching of George Floyd sparked an uprising that transformed the Black-led movement against police terror in this country. Fight Back! interviewed several activists who found their places in this movement in the past year – four newer members of Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar (TCC4J) and the Executive Assistant for Families Supporting Families Against Police Violence (FSFAPV). TCC4J is a chapter of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. FSFAPV is a group of Minnesota families who have lost loved ones to police violence. | Fight Back!: What did you see and do during the upri…

Justice Vanguard (2021-05-26). Tuesday 5/25: March on Anniversary of George Floyd's Murder by Police in Los Altos / Palo Alto. indybay.org Starting at Los Altos High School, 201 Almond Ave, Los Altos 94022, | then march to San Antonio Rd. and El Camino Real intersection | Masks & safety distancing required; Peaceful community event…

Anti Police-Terror Project (2021-05-26). Tuesday 5/25: Remembering George Floyd and Demanding City Council Defund OPD. indybay.org Broadway and Telegraph in Downtown Oakland…

Labor Video Project (2021-05-26). George Floyd's Death, The Working Class & Capitalism With IBT808 Pres Chris Silvera. indybay.org Chris Silvera, the president of IBT Local 808 talks about racism and the continuing murders one year after the death of George Floyd. He also discusses the failure of the national unions to stand up to the racists, sexist and xenophobic attacks of former president Trump.

Berkeley Copwatch (2021-05-26). Wednesday 5/26: Care Not Cops coalition/network. indybay.org 2180 Milvia St, Berkeley CA 94704…

John Nichols (2021-05-26). Keith Ellison: On the Other Side of Criminal Justice Reform and Transformation Is a Safer Society. thenation.com Keith Ellison: On the Other Side of Criminal Justice Reform and Transformation Is a Safer Society…

Staff (2021-05-25). George Floyd's Murder Was "Clarion Call" to Defund Police. What's Changed in Year Since His Death? democracynow.org George Floyd's murder on May 25, 2020, sparked a global uprising against systemic racism and police brutality and put the spotlight on decades-long movements dedicated to abolition and criminal justice reform. Memorial events and marches are celebrating George Floyd's life and commemorate the first anniversary of his murder, and President Joe Biden is hosting some of his family at the White House as negotiations continue in Congress over legislation that bears his name, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. Monifa Bandele, who sits on the steering committee for Communities United for Police Reform and is an o…

Nino Brown (2021-05-25). How 'Justice for George Floyd!' shook the ruling class to the core. liberationnews.org On May 25, 2020, 44-year-old white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on 46-year-old unarmed Black man George Floyd's neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds, sadistically murdering him. Floyd was accused of using a counterfeit 20 dollar bill at a local convenience store in the middle of a pandemic that left tens of millions …

Sharmeen Ziauddin (2021-05-25). The Connection Between Black Lives Matter and the Palestinian Solidarity Movement. commondreams.org "Black communities in the U.S. and the Palestinians living under Israeli occupation have a lot in common. Colonisation, police brutality and discrimination are just some of issues they face." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-05-25). Gaza ceasefire: Can there be peace under occupation? peoplesdispatch.org Israel carries out daily offensives against Palestinians irrespective of ceasefires signed in the past. This hostility of Israel is rooted in years of occupation, apartheid and Zionist ideology…

Jesse Jackson (2021-05-25). One Hundred Years Later, the Mark of History Still Scars Tulsa Today. commondreams.org "One hundred years later, no one has been held responsible for the Tulsa massacre that left hundreds of Black people dead and their prosperous community in ruins." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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.

Associated Press (2021-05-25). Anniversary of killing of George Floyd remembered in Minneapolis. peoplesworld.org MINNEAPOLIS — The streets here are transformed into an outdoor festival on the anniversary of George Floyd's death, with food, children's activities and a long list of musical performers. "We're going to be turning mourning into dancing," rapper Nur-D tweeted. "We're going to be celebrating 365 days of strength in the face of injustice." Floyd, …

Staff (2021-05-25). Campaigns to Defund Police Have Seen Major Wins — and They're Not Stopping. truthout.org During last year's uprisings against the ongoing anti-Black violence of police, "defund the police" emerged as the demand and rallying cry. Today, as we mark one year since George Floyd was murdered in the Cup Foods parking lot in Minneapolis by police, abolitionist organizers are still issuing that call, waging fights to defund police and invest in their communities — and experimenting with more holistic ways to keep communities safe. | In the past year, defund police campaigns have seen ma…

Jesse Hagopian (2021-05-25). 'Our Liberation is Connected with the Palestinian People'. progressive.org Aaron Dixon, a former Black Panther Party captain, on why the struggle for justice in Palestine is inseparable from the movement for racial justice in the United States.

teleSUR (2021-05-25). The Floyd Family Sets Fund for the Minneapolis Black Community. telesurenglish.net On May 25, one year after the death of George Floyd, his family announced the creation of a black community outreach program with part of the proceeds from the civil settlement with the city of Minneapolis. | RELATED: | The "George Floyd Community Benevolent Fund" has seed money of US$500,000 and will provide grants in the Powderhorn neighborhood in Minneapolis where he was killed by police officer Derek Chauvin in 2020.

teleSUR (2021-05-25). Colombia To Vote No-Confidence Motion Against Defense Minister. telesurenglish.net Colombia's Congress on Tuesday will vote on a "no-confidence motion" against Defense Minister Diego Molano, who is accused of allowing and promoting police brutality in the protests against President Ivan Duque. | RELATED: | On Monday, 18 lawmakers promoted the motion during a parliamentary session held due to the ongoing human rights violations committed by security forces amid the demonstrations, in which at least 43 people have…

teleSUR (2021-05-25). Colombia: 11 People Injured In New Day Of Police Brutality. telesurenglish.net Human rights defenders reported that several Colombian cities were affected by new episodes of police brutality on Monday night. | RELATED: | In Bogota, at least 11 people were injured with firearms. Mobile Anti-Riot Squadron (ESMAD) agents cracked down on a peaceful protest at the Portal de las Americas metro station, which has been renamed the "Resistance Portal." | Local outlets reported that one protester was…

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

teleSUR (2021-05-25). Rejection to Duque Rises To Unprecedented Highs in Colombia. telesurenglish.net Ivan Duque has become the most unpopular president in Colombia's history, the latest survey by Invamer pollster revealed on Tuesday. | RELATED: | According to the poll, Duque has reached a 76 percent disapproval rate, amid widespread turmoil for almost a month, marked by police brutality, disappearances of demonstrators, and violations of human rights. | Niegan ingreso a Colombia de integrante de Misión humanitaria…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-05-25). 'There Needs to Be a Global Outcry': Palestinians and Allies Decry Israeli Mass Arrests. commondreams.org "There needs to be a global outcry, because the more that Palestinians stand up for their rights, the more they will be crushed," asserts journalist Abir Kopty. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2021-05-25). On the Anniversary of the Murder of George Floyd. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-05-25). Senate Confirms Kristen Clarke as First Woman—and First Black Woman—to Lead the Civil Rights Division. commondreams.org ______________________________…

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

Anna DalCortivo, Alyssa Oursler (2021-05-25). In the Wake of George Floyd. thenation.com In the Wake of George Floyd…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-05-25). A year after George Floyd's murder, radical movements battle elite pushback. peoplesdispatch.org Eugene Puryear speaks to Peoples Dispatch about the state of the anti-racist movement one year since the killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis…

James E. Garcia (2021-05-25). OPINION: The Closing Act of George Floyd's Story Hasn't Been Written Yet. latinorebels.com I'd like to believe that the Black Lives Matter marches against police brutality that erupted a year ago in the U.S. and around the world in the wake of George Floyd's murder by a Minneapolis police officer were the first act of that show.

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.

Anish R M (2021-05-25). One year since George Floyd's death and the largest people's uprising in US history. peoplesdispatch.org Following the death of George Floyd a year ago, millions joined the movement to resist police violence and systemic racism which has had a profound impact on the US…

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