2019-06-24: News Headlines

John Ellis (2019-06-24). How the Media Will Pick the Next Democratic Presidential Candidate. commondreams.org Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., a Democratic presidential hopeful, speaks to reporters at the African-American Leadership Council Summit in Atlanta, June 6. More than most of his 2020 rivals, Buttigieg grasped that the early primary race would unfold online and on television. (Photo: Audra Melton/New York Times) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-06-24). Dozens Arrested in Protest Demanding New York Times Improve Climate Reporting. truthout.org Hundreds of people descended on the headquarters of The New York Times on Saturday to demand the "paper of record" drastically improve its coverage of the global climate crisis and specifically demanded its reporters refer to the situation as a "climate emergency" in alignment with what the world's scientific community is warning. | Coordinated by Extinction Rebellion NYC, 70 people were reported arrested after the group staged a sit-in on Eight Avenue in midtown Manhattan in order to bring attention to the failure of the paper — and that of the journalism industry overall — to adequately report on…

Staff (2019-06-24). Ola Bini, Privacy Activist and Julian Assange Friend, Speaks Out After Release from Ecuadorian Jail. democracynow.org Last week, an Ecuadorian judge ordered the release of Swedish programmer and data privacy activist Ola Bini, who spent more than two months in jail without charge. Bini is a friend of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange. He was arrested in Quito on the same day that Assange was forcibly taken by British authorities from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. We speak with Ola Bini in Quito, where he remains under investigation for allegedly hacking the Ecuadorian government. He says, "Through the whole process, 70 days in prison, and all of the days since, we've been asking the prosecution to tell us what it is I have don…

WSWS (2019-06-24). Far-right German police arrested for hoarding ammunition. wsws.org Although the authorities were aware of the activities of police officers involved in far-right networks two years ago, the group was allowed to continue unhindered.

Gay Shame (2019-06-24). Cops Out Of Dyke March! indybay.org We will meet at 4: 30pm on the steps of Mission High on 18th street, across from the park.

Liberation Staff (2019-06-24). 3,000 pack town hall after Phoenix cops assault, threaten to shoot family over $1 doll. liberationnews.org The phony "shock" and listening exercises of the police chief and local politicians will bring neither justice nor change.

amnesty (2019-06-24). Mauritania: Joint Letter to President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz. amnesty.org The undersigned nongovernmental organizations, urge President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz to ensure the immediate release of Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir, who is still in detention more than one and-a-half years since an appeals court ordered his release. His family and lawyers say his health has suffered gravely during his incarceration and continues to deteriorate.

amnesty (2019-06-24). Mauritania: Joint Letter to President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz. amnesty.org The undersigned nongovernmental organizations, urge President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz to ensure the immediate release of Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir, who is still in detention more than one and-a-half years since an appeals court ordered his release. His family and lawyers say his health has suffered gravely during his incarceration and continues to deteriorate.

Special To The Black Star News (2019-06-24). BUILDING SKILLS NY ANNOUNCES SIGNIFICANT MID-YEAR INCREASE IN CONSTRUCTION JOB PLACEMENTS FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND LATINOS. blackstarnews.com Michael Muir, of Brooklyn, benefitted from the work of Building Skills New York which helps minorities acquire good-paying construction jobs… | New York, NY June 24, 2019 — Building Skills New York, a non-profit that connects underserved New Yorkers with good-paying jobs at local construction sites, announced today that it has secured nearly 150 job placements since the start of 2019. | This represents an increase of more than 70% over the number of placements secured during the first half of last year. | BSNY's growing number of worker placements is largely attributed to a more robust worker pipeline, dr…

Vanessa Mbonu (2019-06-24). ICYMI: Election Security Tele Townhall. naacp.org NAACP held a tele townhall on Wednesday, June 19 to strategize on to make election security a top priority. The event featured policymakers and thought leaders in a candid conversation about election security, the role of social and digital media, and how we can combat the attempts to diminish the political power of the African-American …

Andrew Emett (2019-06-24). Former police officer sentenced to prison for excessive force and obstruction. nationofchange.org A former Massachusetts police officer was recently sentenced to more than a year in federal prison after breaking a man's nose without legal justification and lying in his report of the incident in order to obstruct an investigation into the assault. Earlier this year, a jury found the ex-cop guilty of one count of deprivation of rights under color of law and one count of falsification of a document. | On April 3, 2017, the victim, Nickolas Peters, was reportedly sitting on a bench in the Hadley Police Department booking area when Hadley Police Officer Christopher Roeder suddenly struck Peters in the face with…

CGTN Africa (2019-06-24). 13 illegal migrants arrested off Tunisian coast. cgtn.com A boat carrying migrants. (Photo: Micnios) | Tunisian Maritime Guard on Sunday night arrested 13 people who tried to cross the Mediterranean illegally towards the Italian coast, Tunisian Interior Ministry said on Monday. | The group of illegal migrants was arrested off El Haouaria in the northeastern province of Nabeul. | "These migrants, aged between 19 and 41 years old, were rescued while their boat was sinking," the ministry added. | These individuals are from three different Tunisian provinces. "They confessed that they have planned to cross illegally to Italy from the El Haouaria coast," it said. | After con…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-06-23). 'Report the Urgency! This Is a Climate Emergency!': 70 Arrested Outside New York Times Demanding Paper Treat Climate Like the Crisis It Is. commondreams.org "This is the biggest crisis in human history. What are we going to tell our children when they ask us: why didn't we do anything to stop it while we still had time?" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-06-23). 'Fund Climate Solutions, Not Endless War': 22 Arrested Demanding US Build Windmills, Not Warships. commondreams.org "We engaged in civil resistance to underscore our conversion demand," said one of those arrested. Pentagon-funded shipyards "should be helping to solve the climate crisis, not building weapons that make the problem worse." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-06-23). 70 Environmental Protesters Arrested Outside the New York Times. telesurenglish.net Dozens of climate change protesters were taken into custody Saturday in New York City after they blocked the traffic laying down on the avenue outside the New York Times building. | RELATED: | Fossil Fuels Account for 85% of Global Subsidies, IMF Warns | The demonstrators who are part of the group Extinction Rebellion hanged a banner saying "climate change = mass murder" to the building. They climbed onto it to demand the news outlet to cover more climate change issues and to refer…

RT (2019-06-23). 'Like it's still Jim Crow': Detroit artist nabbed for city-commissioned mural alleges racism. rt.com A Detroit artist is accusing police of racial profiling after he was arrested while painting a mural as part of a city-championed 'beatifying' project. Officers called for massive back-up after he could not produce papers.

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-23). Saudi Arabia: Religious Thinker on Trial for His Life. hrw.org | | This June 23, 2018 photo, shows a general view of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. | © 2018 Nariman El-Mofty/AP Photo | (Beirut) — Saudi prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against a Saudi religious reformist thinker on a host of vague charges relating to his peaceful religious ideas, Human Rights Watch said today. Saudi authorities arrested Hassan Farhan al-Maliki in September 2017 and have detained him since, finally bringing charges in October…

RT (2019-06-23). 'Like it's still Jim Crow:' Detroit artist nabbed for city-commissioned mural alleges racism. rt.com A Detroit artist is accusing police of racial profiling after he was arrested while painting a mural as part of the city-championed 'beatifying' project. Officers called for a massive back-up after he could not produce the papers.

Katie Rose Quandt (2019-06-22). Floridians are suing a cop fired for planting drugs in their vehicles. nationofchange.org In October 2017, Derek Benefield was driving in the Florida Panhandle's Jackson County when he was pulled over for allegedly swerving into the opposite lane. Once at the car, sheriff's deputy Zachary Wester claimed to smell marijuana and conducted a search of the vehicle, which, he reported, turned up methamphetamine and marijuana. Despite insisting the drugs weren't his, Benefield was arrested, charged $1,100 in fines and court fees, and sentenced to one year in county jail.* | Benefield was seven months into his sentence when, in September 2018, the state attorney's office dropped his case and those of 118 o…

Andrew Emett (2019-06-21). 72 Philadelphia cops placed on administrative leave for racist social media posts. nationofchange.org The Philadelphia police commissioner announced Wednesday that 72 officers have been placed on desk duty as an investigation into racist and bigoted social media comments continues to unfold. At least 300 hundred Philadelphia police officers and nearly 3,000 other cops across the country have been implicated by an advocacy group called The Plain View Project. …

Howie Hawkins (2019-06-20). The US Must Repair Historic and Current Racism. dissidentvoice.org On this Juneteenth, we must confront the impacts of racism dating back to the founding of the United States with the slave trade of Black people brought from Africa, Jim Crow segregation, and policies that continue to this day that cause wealth inequality, disinvestment in Black communities, police violence, mass incarceration, and white nationalist violence. …

Staff (2019-06-20). Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates Makes the Case for Reparations at Historic Congressional Hearing. democracynow.org On Wednesday, a subcommittee of the House Judiciary held a historic hearing on reparations for slavery—the first of its kind in over a decade. Wednesday's hearing coincided with Juneteenth, a day that commemorates June 19, 1865, when slaves in Galveston, Texas, finally learned that the Emancipation Proclamation had abolished slavery. This year marks the 400th anniversary of the transatlantic slave trade. Lawmakers are considering a bill titled the "Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act." It was introduced by Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston, after former…

Michael Edison Hayden (2019-06-19). Gab Waited Days to Remove a User Arrested for Inciting Violence. splcenter.org A man who authorities say wanted to start a race war stayed on the social network Gab for days after he was arrested for allegedly inciting violence on it, according to a Hatewatch review.

Staff (2019-06-19). "I Thought We Were Going to Be Executed": Police Held Family at Gunpoint After 4-Year-Old Took Doll. democracynow.org An African-American family is suing the city of Phoenix, Arizona, after police held them at gunpoint because their 4-year-old daughter had allegedly taken a doll from a Family Dollar store. In a video that has since gone viral, officers point guns and yell at the family, and one officer even threatens to shoot the 4-year-old girl's father, Dravon Ames, in the face. The girl's mother, Iesha Harper, is heard saying she is unable to hold her hands up because she is holding a child and that she is pregnant. Phoenix's mayor and police chief have both apologized for what happened, and criticized how the police officers…

ACLU (2019-06-18). Black Boys Aren't "Wolf Packs" and Abusive Prosecutors Aren't "Lone Wolves" aclu.org Ava Duvernay's "When They See Us" brings to light the racism that turned five innocent boys into the so-called "Central Park Five." | Ava Duvernay's new miniseries, When They See Us, retells the harrowing story of the five Black and Latinx boys wrongfully imprisoned for the rape and near murder of a young woman in New York's Central Park in 1989. In this telling, she tackles racist practices that echo to the past, but are very much present in the current era of mass incarceration. | The story is as complex as it is damning. Duvernay chronicles how police, prosecutors, judges, jailers, and the media worked in conc…

Vanessa Mbonu (2019-06-17). What's Trending: Black News Weekly. naacp.org The New York Times: This Empty Lot Is Worth Millions. It's Also an African-American Burial Ground. The owner of a plot of land in Queens wants to sell it or develop it. Others want to memorialize one of the city's first communities for former and freed slaves. Blackpress USA: Rep. Waters Works …

Tharron Combs (2019-06-16). Detroit PRIDE, the Nazis & the cops. liberationnews.org The actions of the Detroit Police Department and the neo-Nazis perfectly demonstrate the need for all socialists and progressive to vigorously defend PRIDE…

Staff (2019-06-14). Ola Bini Was Friends with Julian Assange. He Has Spent Two Months in Jail Without Charge in Ecuador. democracynow.org WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared before a magistrates' court in London Friday, saying his life was "effectively at stake" if the U.K. honors an extradition request from the United States, where he faces 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act. Meanwhile, a friend of Assange's, Swedish programmer and data privacy activist Ola Bini, is still in prison in Ecuador, after being arrested April 11, the same day Assange was forcibly taken by British authorities from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, and has been jailed ever since without charges. We speak with Vijay Prashad, director of Tricontinental: Institut…

Fight Back (2019-06-13). Sit-in at Minneapolis mayor's office demands justice for Jamar Clark. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – Community members took over the office of Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, June 12. They demanded the mayor take the actions – actions that he has the power to take – to get justice for the family of Jamar Clark. | Earlier that afternoon, after a rally organized by Twin Cities Coalition 4 Justice for Jamar (TCC4J), protesters marched into Frey's office, demanding to meet with him. They bore a funeral wreath constructed of dollar bills to represent the lack of a meaningful settlement in Jamar's case. | During an all-day session last month – at nearly the same time that the city announced a $20 milli…

Austyn Ross (2019-06-13). NAACP ACT-SO Kicks Off Convention Week. naacp.org BALTIMORE — The NAACP's ACT-SO (Academic, Cultural, Technical and Scientific Olympics) has been training and encouraging high school students for over 40 years. This year-long achievement program is designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. Many of today's notable entertainers are ACT-SO alum, including: Black-ish star …

SAMIR (2019-06-12). Milton Nascimento: Cancel your show in apartheid Tel Aviv! bdsmovement.net Milton Nascimento: Cancel your show in apartheid Tel Aviv!: Open LetterPalestinian cultural organizations urge Brazilian musician to cancel his scheduled performance in apartheid Tel Aviv | Cultural BoycottJune 12, 2019…

splcenter (2019-06-07). Weekend Read: The Changing Demographics of Mass Incarceration. splcenter.org After decades of constructing a system of mass incarceration, it appears that our nation is beginning to turn the tide.

PACBI (2019-06-05). More Than 100 Commercial, Cultural and Sporting Activities in Italy Declare Themselves Free of Israeli Apartheid. bdsmovement.net More Than 100 Commercial, Cultural and Sporting Activities in Italy Declare Themselves Free of Israeli Apartheid: In the NewsTrade unions, movements, artisans, businesses and cultural, recreational and sports centers join campaign for Palestinian rights in what is also a clear stand against the mounting racism and nationalist closure that is fomenting hatred and intolerance across Europ…

patrick (2019-05-24). Palestinians unanimously condemn German Parliament's attack on the right to boycott Israel's apartheid and colonization. bdsmovement.net Palestinians unanimously condemn German Parliament's attack on the right to boycott Israel's apartheid and colonization: UpdateThrough statements issued by both the PLO and Palestinian civil society groups, and protests at German Representative Offices, Palestinians have unanimously condemned the German Parliament's anti-Palestinian resolution attacki…

SAMIR (2019-05-18). Tweet now to counter Israel's apartheid Eurovision final. bdsmovement.net Tweet now to counter Israel's apartheid Eurovision final : Action Alert | | Eurovision is being broadcast from apartheid Tel Aviv right now- join us to counter it | May 18, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)

SAMIR (2019-05-18). And the winner of Eurovision in apartheid Tel Aviv is… bdsmovement.net And the winner of Eurovision in apartheid Tel Aviv is… : PACBI StatementMore than 150,000 people, hundreds of artists and over 100 LGBT+ organizations joined our calls to boycott Eurovision 2019 | Cultural Boycott Boycott Eurovision 2019May 18, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)

2019-06-24: Social Media Postees

13 illegal migrants arrested off Tunisian coast
CGTN Africa | cgtn.com | 2019-06-24
A boat carrying migrants. (Photo: Micnios) | Tunisian Maritime Guard on Sunday night arrested 13 people who tried to cross the Mediterranean illegally towards the Italian coast, Tunisian Interior Ministry said on Monday. | The group of illegal migrants was arrested off El Haouaria in the northeastern province of Nabeul. | "These migrants, aged between 19 and 41 years old, were rescued while their boat was sinking," the ministry added. | These individuals are from three different Tunisian provinces. "They confessed that they have planned to cross illegally to Italy from the El Haouaria coast," it said. | After con…
africa.cgtn.com/2019/06/24/13-illegal-migrants-arrested-off-tunisian-coast/

Dozens Arrested in Protest Demanding New York Times Improve Climate Reporting
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-24
Hundreds of people descended on the headquarters of The New York Times on Saturday to demand the "paper of record" drastically improve its coverage of the global climate crisis and specifically demanded its reporters refer to the situation as a "climate emergency" in alignment with what the world's scientific community is warning. | Coordinated by Extinction Rebellion NYC, 70 people were reported arrested after the group staged a sit-in on Eight Avenue in midtown Manhattan in order to bring attention to the failure of the paper — and that of the journalism industry overall — to adequately report on…
truthout.org/articles/dozens-arrested-in-protest-demanding-new-york-times-improve-climate-reporting/

Far-right German police arrested for hoarding ammunition
wsws.org | 2019-06-24
Although the authorities were aware of the activities of police officers involved in far-right networks two years ago, the group was allowed to continue unhindered.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/24/meck…

Ola Bini, Privacy Activist and Julian Assange Friend, Speaks Out After Release from Ecuadorian Jail
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-06-24
Last week, an Ecuadorian judge ordered the release of Swedish programmer and data privacy activist Ola Bini, who spent more than two months in jail without charge. Bini is a friend of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange. He was arrested in Quito on the same day that Assange was forcibly taken by British authorities from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. We speak with Ola Bini in Quito, where he remains under investigation for allegedly hacking the Ecuadorian government. He says, "Through the whole process, 70 days in prison, and all of the days since, we've been asking the prosecution to tell us what it is I have don…
www.democracynow.org/2019/6/24/ola_bini_…

Cops Out Of Dyke March!
Gay Shame | indybay.org | 2019-06-24
We will meet at 4: 30pm on the steps of Mission High on 18th street, across from the park.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/23/18824184.php

3,000 pack town hall after Phoenix cops assault, threaten to shoot family over $1 doll
Liberation Staff | liberationnews.org | 2019-06-24
The phony "shock" and listening exercises of the police chief and local politicians will bring neither justice nor change.
liberationnews.org/3000-pack-town-hall-after-phoenix-cops-assault-threaten-to-shoot-family-over-1-doll/

Mauritania: Joint Letter to President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz
amnesty.org | 2019-06-24
The undersigned nongovernmental organizations, urge President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz to ensure the immediate release of Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir, who is still in detention more than one and-a-half years since an appeals court ordered his release. His family and lawyers say his health has suffered gravely during his incarceration and continues to deteriorate.
amnesty.org/en/documents/afr38/0594/2019/en/

Mauritania: Joint Letter to President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz
amnesty.org | 2019-06-24
The undersigned nongovernmental organizations, urge President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz to ensure the immediate release of Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir, who is still in detention more than one and-a-half years since an appeals court ordered his release. His family and lawyers say his health has suffered gravely during his incarceration and continues to deteriorate.
amnesty.org/en/documents/afr38/0595/2019/ar/

ICYMI: Election Security Tele Townhall
Vanessa Mbonu | naacp.org | 2019-06-24
NAACP held a tele townhall on Wednesday, June 19 to strategize on to make election security a top priority. The event featured policymakers and thought leaders in a candid conversation about election security, the role of social and digital media, and how we can combat the attempts to diminish the political power of the African-American …
naacp.org/latest/icymi-election-security-tele-townhall/

BUILDING SKILLS NY ANNOUNCES SIGNIFICANT MID-YEAR INCREASE IN CONSTRUCTION JOB PLACEMENTS FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND LATINOS
Special To The Black Star News | blackstarnews.com | 2019-06-24
Michael Muir, of Brooklyn, benefitted from the work of Building Skills New York which helps minorities acquire good-paying construction jobs… | New York, NY June 24, 2019 — Building Skills New York, a non-profit that connects underserved New Yorkers with good-paying jobs at local construction sites, announced today that it has secured nearly 150 job placements since the start of 2019. | This represents an increase of more than 70% over the number of placements secured during the first half of last year. | BSNY's growing number of worker placements is largely attributed to a more robust worker pipeline, dr…
www.blackstarnews.com/ny-watch/others/bu…

How the Media Will Pick the Next Democratic Presidential Candidate
John Ellis | commondreams.org | 2019-06-24
Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., a Democratic presidential hopeful, speaks to reporters at the African-American Leadership Council Summit in Atlanta, June 6. More than most of his 2020 rivals, Buttigieg grasped that the early primary race would unfold online and on television. (Photo: Audra Melton/New York Times) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/06/24/how-media-will-pick-next-democratic-presidential-candidate?cd-origin=rss

Former police officer sentenced to prison for excessive force and obstruction
Andrew Emett | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-24
A former Massachusetts police officer was recently sentenced to more than a year in federal prison after breaking a man's nose without legal justification and lying in his report of the incident in order to obstruct an investigation into the assault. Earlier this year, a jury found the ex-cop guilty of one count of deprivation of rights under color of law and one count of falsification of a document. | On April 3, 2017, the victim, Nickolas Peters, was reportedly sitting on a bench in the Hadley Police Department booking area when Hadley Police Officer Christopher Roeder suddenly struck Peters in the face with…
nationofchange.org/2019/06/24/former-police-officer-sentenced-to-prison-for-excessive-force-and-obstruction/

Saudi Arabia: Religious Thinker on Trial for His Life
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-06-23
This June 23, 2018 photo, shows a general view of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. | © 2018 Nariman El-Mofty/AP Photo | (Beirut) — Saudi prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against a Saudi religious reformist thinker on a host of vague charges relating to his peaceful religious ideas, Human Rights Watch said today. Saudi authorities arrested Hassan Farhan al-Maliki in September 2017 and have detained him since, finally bringing charges in October…
hrw.org/news/2019/06/23/saudi-arabia-religious-thinker-trial-his-life

'Report the Urgency! This Is a Climate Emergency!': 70 Arrested Outside New York Times Demanding Paper Treat Climate Like the Crisis It Is
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-23
"This is the biggest crisis in human history. What are we going to tell our children when they ask us: why didn't we do anything to stop it while we still had time?" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/06/23/report-urgency-climate-emergency-70-arrested-outside-new-york-times-demanding-paper?cd-origin=rss

'Like it's still Jim Crow': Detroit artist nabbed for city-commissioned mural alleges racism
rt.com | 2019-06-23
A Detroit artist is accusing police of racial profiling after he was arrested while painting a mural as part of a city-championed 'beatifying' project. Officers called for massive back-up after he could not produce papers. | …
rt.com/usa/462528-detroit-artist-arrested-mural/

70 Environmental Protesters Arrested Outside the New York Times
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-23
Dozens of climate change protesters were taken into custody Saturday in New York City after they blocked the traffic laying down on the avenue outside the New York Times building. | RELATED: | Fossil Fuels Account for 85% of Global Subsidies, IMF Warns | The demonstrators who are part of the group Extinction Rebellion hanged a banner saying "climate change = mass murder" to the building. They climbed onto it to demand the news outlet to cover more climate change issues and to refer…
telesurenglish.net/news/70-Environmental-Protesters-Arrested-Outside-the-New-York-Times-20190623-0014.html

'Like it's still Jim Crow:' Detroit artist nabbed for city-commissioned mural alleges racism
rt.com | 2019-06-23
A Detroit artist is accusing police of racial profiling after he was arrested while painting a mural as part of the city-championed 'beatifying' project. Officers called for a massive back-up after he could not produce the papers. | …
rt.com/usa/462528-detroit-artist-arrested-mural/

'Fund Climate Solutions, Not Endless War': 22 Arrested Demanding US Build Windmills, Not Warships
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-23
"We engaged in civil resistance to underscore our conversion demand," said one of those arrested. Pentagon-funded shipyards "should be helping to solve the climate crisis, not building weapons that make the problem worse." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/06/23/fund-climate-solutions-not-endless-war-22-arrested-demanding-us-build-windmills-not?cd-origin=rss

Floridians are suing a cop fired for planting drugs in their vehicles
Katie Rose Quandt | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-22
In October 2017, Derek Benefield was driving in the Florida Panhandle's Jackson County when he was pulled over for allegedly swerving into the opposite lane. Once at the car, sheriff's deputy Zachary Wester claimed to smell marijuana and conducted a search of the vehicle, which, he reported, turned up methamphetamine and marijuana. Despite insisting the drugs weren't his, Benefield was arrested, charged $1,100 in fines and court fees, and sentenced to one year in county jail.* | Benefield was seven months into his sentence when, in September 2018, the state attorney's office dropped his case and those of 118 o…
nationofchange.org/2019/06/22/floridians-are-suing-a-cop-fired-for-planting-drugs-in-their-vehicles/

Egypt must not sentence to death a young man forcibly disappeared and tortured at 17
amnesty.org | 2019-06-21
The Egyptian authorities must not resort to the use of the death penalty to punish a young man who was arrested while under the age of 18, said Amnesty International, ahead of an expected verdict in his case on 22 June. | Karim Hemada was arrested aged 17 during a raid on his home in Giza in January 2016. He was forcibly disappeared for 42 days, and during this time, he reported being tortured with electric shocks to extract a forced confession according to documents sent to the Minister of Interior and the Public Prosecutor and information obtained by Amnesty International. His case was referred to the Grand Mu…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/06/egypt-must-not-sentence-to-death-a-young-man-forcibly-disappeared-and-tortured-at-17/

Honduras: Amnesty International warns President Hernández about the deployment of the Armed Forces during protests
amnesty.org | 2019-06-21
The Honduran government must avoid excessive use of force and guarantee human rights during ongoing protests, Amnesty International said today in an open letter to President Juan Orlando Hernández. | "Amnesty International has received deeply alarming information about the indiscriminate use of tear gas, gunfire, and beatings by security forces, causing injuries to dozens of people. At least two people have been reported killed, and dozens of protesters and bystanders have been reported arrested or detained," said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/06/honduras-amnistia-advierte-hernandez-sobre-despliegue-fuerzas-armadas/

72 Philadelphia cops placed on administrative leave for racist social media posts
Andrew Emett | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-21
The Philadelphia police commissioner announced Wednesday that 72 officers have been placed on desk duty as an investigation into racist and bigoted social media comments continues to unfold. At least 300 hundred Philadelphia police officers and nearly 3,000 other cops across the country have been implicated by an advocacy group called The Plain View Project. …
nationofchange.org/2019/06/21/72-philadelphia-cops-placed-on-administrative-leave-for-racist-social-media-posts/

Floridians Are Suing a Cop Fired for Planting Drugs in Their Vehicles
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-20
In October 2017, Derek Benefield was driving in the Florida Panhandle's Jackson County when he was pulled over for allegedly swerving into the opposite lane. Once at the car, sheriff's deputy Zachary Wester claimed to smell marijuana and conducted a search of the vehicle, which, he reported, turned up methamphetamine and marijuana. Despite insisting the drugs weren't his, Benefield, who was already on probation, was arrested, charged $1,100 in fines and court fees, and sentenced to one year in county jail. | Benefield was seven months into his sentence when, in September 2018, the state attorney's office dropp…
truthout.org/articles/floridians-are-suing-a-cop-fired-for-planting-drugs-in-their-vehicles/

The US Must Repair Historic and Current Racism
Howie Hawkins | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-20
On this Juneteenth, we must confront the impacts of racism dating back to the founding of the United States with the slave trade of Black people brought from Africa, Jim Crow segregation, and policies that continue to this day that cause wealth inequality, disinvestment in Black communities, police violence, mass incarceration, and white nationalist violence. …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/06/the-us-must-repair-historic-and-current-racism/

Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates Makes the Case for Reparations at Historic Congressional Hearing
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-06-20
On Wednesday, a subcommittee of the House Judiciary held a historic hearing on reparations for slavery–the first of its kind in over a decade. Wednesday's hearing coincided with Juneteenth, a day that commemorates June 19, 1865, when slaves in Galveston, Texas, finally learned that the Emancipation Proclamation had abolished slavery. This year marks the 400th anniversary of the transatlantic slave trade. Lawmakers are considering a bill titled the "Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act." It was introduced by Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston, after former…
www.democracynow.org/2019/6/20/ta_nehisi…

Gab Waited Days to Remove a User Arrested for Inciting Violence
Michael Edison Hayden | splcenter.org | 2019-06-19
A man who authorities say wanted to start a race war stayed on the social network Gab for days after he was arrested for allegedly inciting violence on it, according to a Hatewatch review.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/06/19/gab-waited-days-remove-user-arrested-inciting-violence

"I Thought We Were Going to Be Executed": Police Held Family at Gunpoint After 4-Year-Old Took Doll
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-06-19
An African-American family is suing the city of Phoenix, Arizona, after police held them at gunpoint because their 4-year-old daughter had allegedly taken a doll from a Family Dollar store. In a video that has since gone viral, officers point guns and yell at the family, and one officer even threatens to shoot the 4-year-old girl's father, Dravon Ames, in the face. The girl's mother, Iesha Harper, is heard saying she is unable to hold her hands up because she is holding a child and that she is pregnant. Phoenix's mayor and police chief have both apologized for what happened, and criticized how the police officers…
www.democracynow.org/2019/6/19/i_thought…

Black Boys Aren't "Wolf Packs" and Abusive Prosecutors Aren't "Lone Wolves"
aclu.org | 2019-06-18
Ava Duvernay's "When They See Us" brings to light the racism that turned five innocent boys into the so-called "Central Park Five." | Ava Duvernay's new miniseries, When They See Us, retells the harrowing story of the five Black and Latinx boys wrongfully imprisoned for the rape and near murder of a young woman in New York's Central Park in 1989. In this telling, she tackles racist practices that echo to the past, but are very much present in the current era of mass incarceration. | The story is as complex as it is damning. Duvernay chronicles how police, prosecutors, judges, jailers, and the media worked in conc…
aclu.org/blog/racial-justice/race-and-criminal-justice/black-boys-arent-wolf-packs-and-abusive-prosecutors

What's Trending: Black News Weekly
Vanessa Mbonu | naacp.org | 2019-06-17
The New York Times: This Empty Lot Is Worth Millions. It's Also an African-American Burial Ground. The owner of a plot of land in Queens wants to sell it or develop it. Others want to memorialize one of the city's first communities for former and freed slaves. Blackpress USA: Rep. Waters Works …
naacp.org/latest/whats-trending-black-news-weekly/

Detroit PRIDE, the Nazis & the cops
Tharron Combs | liberationnews.org | 2019-06-16
The actions of the Detroit Police Department and the neo-Nazis perfectly demonstrate the need for all socialists and progressive to vigorously defend PRIDE…
liberationnews.org/detroit-pride-the-nazis-the-cops/

Ola Bini Was Friends with Julian Assange. He Has Spent Two Months in Jail Without Charge in Ecuador
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-06-14
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared before a magistrates' court in London Friday, saying his life was "effectively at stake" if the U.K. honors an extradition request from the United States, where he faces 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act. Meanwhile, a friend of Assange's, Swedish programmer and data privacy activist Ola Bini, is still in prison in Ecuador, after being arrested April 11, the same day Assange was forcibly taken by British authorities from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, and has been jailed ever since without charges. We speak with Vijay Prashad, director of Tricontinental: Institut…
www.democracynow.org/2019/6/14/ola_bini_…

Sit-in at Minneapolis mayor's office demands justice for Jamar Clark
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-06-13
Minneapolis, MN – Community members took over the office of Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, June 12. They demanded the mayor take the actions – actions that he has the power to take – to get justice for the family of Jamar Clark. | Earlier that afternoon, after a rally organized by Twin Cities Coalition 4 Justice for Jamar (TCC4J), protesters marched into Frey's office, demanding to meet with him. They bore a funeral wreath constructed of dollar bills to represent the lack of a meaningful settlement in Jamar's case. | During an all-day session last month – at nearly the same time that the city announced a $20 milli…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/6/13/sit-minn…

NAACP ACT-SO Kicks Off Convention Week
Austyn Ross | naacp.org | 2019-06-13
BALTIMORE — The NAACP's ACT-SO (Academic, Cultural, Technical and Scientific Olympics) has been training and encouraging high school students for over 40 years. This year-long achievement program is designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. Many of today's notable entertainers are ACT-SO alum, including: Black-ish star …
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Milton Nascimento: Cancel your show in apartheid Tel Aviv!
SAMIR | bdsmovement.net | 2019-06-12
Milton Nascimento: Cancel your show in apartheid Tel Aviv!: Open LetterPalestinian cultural organizations urge Brazilian musician to cancel his scheduled performance in apartheid Tel Aviv | Cultural BoycottJune 12, 2019…
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Weekend Read: The Changing Demographics of Mass Incarceration
splcenter.org | 2019-06-07
After decades of constructing a system of mass incarceration, it appears that our nation is beginning to turn the tide.
splcenter.org/news/2019/06/07/weekend-read-changing-demographics-mass-incarceration

More Than 100 Commercial, Cultural and Sporting Activities in Italy Declare Themselves Free of Israeli Apartheid
PACBI | bdsmovement.net | 2019-06-05
More Than 100 Commercial, Cultural and Sporting Activities in Italy Declare Themselves Free of Israeli Apartheid: In the NewsTrade unions, movements, artisans, businesses and cultural, recreational and sports centers join campaign for Palestinian rights in what is also a clear stand against the mounting racism and nationalist closure that is fomenting hatred and intolerance across Europ…
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Palestinians unanimously condemn German Parliament's attack on the right to boycott Israel's apartheid and colonization
patrick | bdsmovement.net | 2019-05-24
Palestinians unanimously condemn German Parliament's attack on the right to boycott Israel's apartheid and colonization: UpdateThrough statements issued by both the PLO and Palestinian civil society groups, and protests at German Representative Offices, Palestinians have unanimously condemned the German Parliament's anti-Palestinian resolution attacki…
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