Daily Archives: May 28, 2021

2021-05-28: News Headlines

Mary T Bassett (2021-05-29). [Perspectives] A history of US police violence. thelancet.com In 2020, the murder of George Floyd broadcast US police violence to the world. But police killings especially directed against Black men were not new. The US codes these as "deaths by legal intervention", which comprise mainly police uses of force. In 2017, such deaths were in the top ten causes of death for Black men aged 15—34 years. And this ranking used a measure known to undercount by 50% the actual number of deaths related to police encounters. In the USA, the risk of death after a police encounter is 2 ∑5 times higher for Black men than for white men, and Black people are also less likely to be a…

A Guest Author (2021-05-28). Cops and colonizers out of LGBTQ+ Pride! Statement of LGBTQ+ Caucus of Workers World Party. workers.org As we head into Pride month 2021 — after more than a year of being locked down due to the COVID-19 pandemic — we are still plagued by twin epidemics of rampant racist police terror against the Black and Brown communities and U.S.-armed Israeli bombings and murder of Palestinian people . . . |

Joris Leverink (2021-05-28). We keep us safe: the transformative justice movement. roarmag.org Protesters at a Black Lives Matter rally near Washington D.C., US — June 6, 2020. Photo: Johnny Silvercloud / Shutterstock.com | This essay was produced in collaboration with the In the early days of the Black Lives Matter uprisings, the sight of Minneapolis' Third Precinct police station in flames was something many had never before imagined.

Al Neal (2021-05-28). This Memorial Day also remember the African Americans murdered by police. peoplesworld.org Michael Brown's lifeless body lay uncovered on hot asphalt, his blood pooling beneath him for hours on that fateful summer day in 2014. Brown died at the hands of a white Ferguson, Mo. police officer following a questionable altercation. The officer was not wearing a body camera, and no one captured cell phone video of …

Staff (2021-05-28). What corporate media got wrong about this brutal arrest caught on bodycam. therealnews.com The differences between how PAR and local media covered the arrest and tasering of a cab driver in Toledo, Ohio, are striking. We explore this discrepancy as an example of the ways mainstream media propagates official law enforcement narratives and runs cover for police overreach.

Eds. (2021-05-28). How 'Justice for George Floyd!' shook the ruling class to the core. mronline.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. | May 28, 2021…

Pavan Kulkarni (2021-05-28). Suspected police hand in death of youth in Swaziland sparks mass protests. peoplesdispatch.org The alleged role of the police in the death of Thabani Nkomonye has led to huge protests. Security forces attacked his memorial service and arrested student protesters, including Bafanabakhe Sacolo, secretary general of the Swaziland National Union of Students…

teleSUR Desk (2021-05-28). Report: U.S. police have killed 1068 people since Floyd's death. mronline.org U.S. police officers have killed at least 1068 people since the killing of African-American George Floyd by physical force by an officer a year ago, a report by a police watchdog group indicates. | May 28, 2021…

Editor2 (2021-05-28). Colombia Turns on Media Amid Barrage of Lies and Propaganda. orinocotribune.com By Adriaan Alsema — May 26, 2021 | Public support for Colombia's mass media has plummeted as they persistently contradict citizen reporting, a poll confirmed. | According to pollster Invamer, public approval of the news media dropped from 41% to 31% since ongoing anti-government protests began on April 28. | The approval of "the media" in Colombia has been dropping for a decade, but plummeted in May after a wave of social media reports on police brutality was blatantly contradicted by mass media. | Media approval | Colombians become their own reporters | While citizens reported extreme violence by the sec…

Staff (2021-05-28). May 28, NYC: CUNY Must Divest! Rally and Press Conference for Palestine. samidoun.net Friday, 28 May 3: 00 pm John Jay College 524 W 59th St New York City Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/2951785921811362… This event will publicize the CUNY Statement for Palestine and then march to CUNY offices. See latest statement updates at the link. CUNY Community Statement of Solidarity with the Palestinian People [To add your name, please click here or email cuny.solidarity.letter@gmail.com] We, members of the City University of New York community, stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine resisting the violence and oppression of Israeli settler colonial and apartheid rule. We condemn the brut…

Staff (2021-05-28). May 29, Washington DC: National March for Palestine endorsed by 100+ organizations #March4Palestine. samidoun.net Saturday, May 29 3 pm — 8 pm Lincoln Memorial Washington, DC Info page: www.ampalestine.org/NationalMarch Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network is honoured to join American Muslims for Palestine and over 100 organizations nationwide to march on Washington on Saturday, May 29 and demand to #SanctionIsrael. As the call to the rally notes: "We need to go big and bold right now for Palestinian liberation now that a ceasefire has gone into effect. No return to the status quo. It is time for Israeli settler-colonialism, ethnic cleansing, apartheid, military occupation, and blockade to be dismant…

WillOfMany (2021-05-28). 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.

Norman Solomon (2021-05-28). Biden's Eloquence About George Floyd Is Likely to Soon Ring Hollow. indybay.org Black Lives Matter can't just be a slogan…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-05-28). Bolivia's former government minister Arturo Murillo arrested in the US. peoplesdispatch.org The former government minister and his chief of staff are accused of receiving bribes from a US company in exchange for a multi-million USD contract with the Bolivian government and using the US financial system to launder those funds. Both are fugitives from Bolivian justice in the same case, among others…

WSWS (2021-05-28). Fourteen killed in cable car crash in Italy. wsws.org Three people have been arrested under suspicion of causing a cable car to crash in the northern Italian mountainside resort town of Stresa, killing 14 people, including two children.

Andrew Emett (2021-05-28). 3 Tacoma cops charged with killing innocent man. nationofchange.org Pierce County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Clark determined Ellis's death to be a homicide caused by hypoxia due to physical restraint.

Labor Video Project (2021-05-28). 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.

Justice Vanguard Takes the Lead (2021-05-28). Los Altos Commemorates Death of George Floyd with March/Rally. indybay.org Justice Vanguard is a grassroots racial justice organization that focuses on creating change through education and positive awareness. The youth group organized a 1.5 mile march from Los Altos High School to a busy intersection at the border of Mountain View and Los Altos, where students and community members spilled into the street, blocked traffic and rallied on the busy El Camino Real.

Berkeley Copwatch (2021-05-28). Wednesday 5/26: Care Not Cops coalition/network. indybay.org 2180 Milvia St, Berkeley CA 94704…

Michael Steinberg (2021-05-28). George Floyd Action In SF's Fillmore. indybay.org On May 22 people gathered in San Francisco's Fillmore District to mark the one year anniversary of George Floyd's death.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-05-27). One Year After the Murder of George Floyd: What Happened to Racism and Police Abuse in the U.S. During the Biden Era? libya360.wordpress.com Misión Verdad George Foyd became an icon of the anti-racial protests in the United States (Photo: AFP) May 25th marked the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd by the police, an event that together with the pandemic and the presidential elections, constitutes one of the most important social processes of 2020 in the…

Jolie Huang (2021-05-27). One year after George Floyd murder, NYC demands: 'Jail killer cops! Defund the police!'. liberationnews.org On May 25, thousands of protesters took to the streets of New York City to commemorate the one year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. Beginning as a rally of a few hundred across the street from Brooklyn's Barclays Center, the crowd grew as the march began and …

Aidan Jonah (2021-05-27). Recently Detained Belarussian neo-Nazi "Journalist" Protasevich Served in Canadian Backed neo-Nazi Azov Battalion. orinocotribune.com By Aidan Jonah — May 25, 2021 | Update: Purported "journalist" Protasevich confirmed beyond a doubt to be a neo-Nazi who fought with Canadian backed Azov Battalion for a year. | Belarusian "journalist" Raman Protasevich has come into the news after being arrested by Belarusian police on May 23. Protasevich has been described as a brave journalist fighting for democracy, the typical description of suspicious figures salivated over by mainstream media. | Notably, the Belarussian government argues that "The Ryanair plane made an emergency landing due to a bomb threat on 23 May in Minsk, which later turned out t…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-27). Azerbaijan Takes 6 Armenian Servicemen Prisoner In Nagorno-Karabakh. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On May 27th, 6 Armenian soldiers were arrested and taken prisoner by Azerbaijani troops in Nagorno-Karabakh's Kalbajar province. | Both sides blame the other for the situation. Armenia claimed that Azerbaijan encroached on its territory, and it has been doing so since May 12th. The Armenian soldiers were conducting repair work on a base in a border region, and the Azerbaijani troops surrounded them and took them captive."The Azerbaijani troops, who have infiltrated into Arme…

teleSUR (2021-05-27). Colombian Senators Do Not Remove Defense Minister From Office. telesurenglish.net On Thursday, the Colombian Senate voted against the dismissal of Defense Minister Diego Molano, who has been accused by human rights defenders of allowing a wave of police brutality that has left 43 citizens dead so far. | RELATED: | With 69 votes against and 31 in favor, the Senate dism…

The Socialist Program (2021-05-27). In the News: From the USA to Gaza: The New Global Movement Against Racism & Repression. liberationnews.org The panel discusses the one year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, the Palestinian people's continuing resistance after 11 days of massacres by Israeli forces, and how the mass movements that developed around the issues of racist police violence and the oppression of Palestinians have changed the world.

Ben Norton (2021-05-27). US-funded Belarusian Regime-Change Activist Arrested on Plane Joined neo-Nazis in Ukraine. orinocotribune.com By Ben Norton — May 26, 2021 | 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 int…

Ben Norton (2021-05-27). U.S.-funded Belarusian regime-change activist arrested on plane joined neo-Nazis in Ukraine. mronline.org 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 U.S. government's media apparatus. | May 27, 2021…

Erin McCarley (2021-05-27). From BLM to Palestine: Only a Marriage of Movements can Counter a Marriage of Empires. dissidentvoice.org On this one-year anniversary of George Floyd's murder, I'm thinking about settler colonial nations who routinely spend great amounts of capital to militarily and politically repress indigenous and popular uprisings led by the most historically oppressed peoples of the world. The United States and Israel—two settler-colonial nation states whose drive to exterminate and replace indigenous …

Martha Grevatt (2021-05-27). Palestinians, allies keep up fight against Israeli apartheid. workers.org Across the U.S., the Palestine solidarity movement has stayed in the streets — rallying, marching and chanting "Free, free Palestine." Recurring themes include the demand to cut all U.S. aid to Israel and assertions that a cease-fire is not enough, the occupation must end, and that "it is not a . . . |

_____ (2021-05-27). Activists Shut Down Second Israeli Arms Factory In A Week. popularresistance.org Members of Palestine Action group force closure of second Elbit factory, as two activists are arrested at Leicester factory shut down last week…

Betsey Piette (2021-05-27). Black Lives Matter movement sparks electoral defeat for FOP. workers.org Protesters call on Krasner to "Free Mumia" in Philadelphia, March 12. Philadelphia For decades, the endorsement of the powerful Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police was sought by almost every candidate running for office in the city and throughout Pennsylvania. Through the power of its purse strings, the FOP has been . . . |

Anya Parampil (2021-05-27). Gaza resistance: beginning of the end for apartheid Israel? thegrayzone.com Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Beirut-based journalist Laith Marouf about what Israel's latest war on Gaza means for Palestinian resistance. Marouf analyzes the new military capacity demonstrated by Hamas during the war and examines how the region might respond to Israeli aggression in the future. He also provides context on the political failures of the Palestinian Authority in The West Bank to respond to the needs and desires of the Palestinian people.

Moderator (2021-05-27). Lee Camp: How to End the U.S. Prison State Quick and Easy. scheerpost.com Truthout] By Lee Camp / Original to ScheerPost Editor's Note: This is the second installment of Lee Camp's analysis of mass incarceration in the U.S. Read the first part here. A few weeks ago I covered the mind-blowing facts about American prisons that should make anyone and everyone rethink/detest/abhor the entire institution. Now, I want to examine the reasons people find themselves locked up in… |

Kenn Orphan (2021-05-27). The Spotlight on Israel Apartheid Must Not Fade. counterpunch.org Unlike ever before, Israel is finally seeing some major pushback that is international in scope. With its ongoing ethnic cleansing campaign exemplified by the expulsion of Palestinian families from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah, its attacks on worshippers at one of the holiest sites in Islam, Al Aqsa, and on the holiest of holidays, and its murderous and criminal assault on the captive population of Gaza, Israel has been put in an uncomfortable spotlight. But the key to dismantling its entrenched apartheid system lies in keeping that spotlight fixed, especially now that a ceasefire has been implemented. If attenti…

David Cronin (2021-05-27). Why can't Britain's journalists call Israel an apartheid state? electronicintifada.net Press union rejects Palestinian plea.

_____ (2021-05-27). Tech giants face rising pressure from shareholder activists. popularresistance.org Activist shareholders are pushing for the proposals to be adopted during this week's annual meetings, the first to be held after a year that's included nationwide Black Lives Matter protests, a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol and challenging working conditions for many on-site workers in the tech industry.

Anti Police-Terror Project (2021-05-27). Tuesday 5/25: Remembering George Floyd and Demanding City Council Defund OPD. indybay.org Broadway and Telegraph in Downtown Oakland…

teleSUR (2021-05-27). Mali's Transitional President and Prime Minister Resign. telesurenglish.net On Wednesday, Mali's transitional President Bah N'Daw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane resigned. They were arrested by the military on Monday following the formation of a new transitional government. | RELATED: | "Bah N'Daw resigned from all his responsibilities, " announced Baba Cisse, special advisor to Vice President Assimi Goita, who was the leader of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP), which overt…

Frank Wilderson (2021-05-27). An Afropessimist on the Year Since George Floyd Was Murdered. thenation.com An Afropessimist on the Year Since George Floyd Was Murdered…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-05-27). Protestors demanding freedom for political prisoners in West Papua face arrests and violence. peoplesdispatch.org As demands for the release of Papuan pro-independence activist Victor Yeimo grow in Indonesia, protesters are facing repression and mass arrests. Yeimo, general secretary of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB), was arrested earlier this month for his role in the anti-racism protests of 2019.

Latino Rebels (2021-05-27). New Report: Number of Blacks and Latinos Killed in Police Custody More Than Double Other Counts. latinorebels.com Federal legislation to address police abuse needs to include provisions for more accurate data, to address the full scope of the problem.

The Associated Press (2021-05-27). Ex-Official in Bolivia Charged for Bribes in Tear Gas Deal. latinorebels.com MIAMI (AP) — Bolivia's former interior minister has been arrested in the U.S. for allegedly taking part of $602,000 in kickbacks from Florida-based businessmen accused of selling tear gas at inflated prices to the conservative government of former interim President Jeanine àÅñez.

WSWS (2021-05-27). Following assault on left-wing podcasters, UMWA president arrested in publicity stunt at Warrior Met. wsws.org United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts and ten other UMWA officials were arrested Tuesday during a civil disobedience protest outside of Warrior Met Coal's No. 7 mine in Brookwood, Alabama.

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