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image US policy in Honduras must change 480_800-berta_1.jpg original image (800x400) by IndyRadio
Since 1982 a single landowner and sweatshop entrepreneur has benefited from US interventions in Honduras.While Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton ignored pleas from Congress to cut off support to Miguel Facusse', who was remembered as a "colorful character" by the LA Times when he passed away last year at the age of 90. Today, I provide background for a new report from International Affairs Review: "¡Basta Ya! The United States is Overdue for a New Policy Approach in Honduras" by Laura Blume
Posted: Mon May 23, 2016 1:59PM
audio wtul news talks with Steve Merlan of Books2 Prisoners (audio/mpeg 8.2MB) by wtul news
We caught steve merlan on the street to talk to him about books2 prisoners new orleans, b2pnola.org, about their service work. On the table are how book requests work, and the challenges of reading while inside the prison system. Volunteer nights are weekly, sundays at 2527 George Nick Connor drive 4pm.
Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 7:31AM
document New Community Resource: It's a Trap! it_s_a_trap_.pdf_140_.jpg original image (x) by via NLG SF Bay Area Chapter
(May 6, 2016) Today the National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (NLGSF) released a simple but critical piece of public education on undercover law enforcement, informants and cooperating witnesses. It's a Trap! (see PDF) provides basic information that everyone should know about the tactics of law enforcement, but that may be particularly important for political activists and those who are, or who are perceived to be, Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim or South Asian.
Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 3:01PM
image Pre-Paid Phone "Security" Law Threatens to Make Black Lives Even Harder jackie_speier_congress.jpg by Color of Change
Politicians are using stereotypes and myths to make it harder to buy a cell phone. Laws based on racist beliefs only serve to reinforce racism and discrimination. Harsh voter ID requirements harm Black communities. Tell Representative Speier to retract her bill.
Posted: Thu May 12, 2016 9:37PM
image St. Louis Police tell Copwatchers to "Get the !#$$% out of here" 480_screen_shot_2016-04-27_at_10.00.31_pm.jpg original image (2476x1442) by WeCopwatch
On April 27th, 2016, members of WeCopwatch observed police detaining an individual in the Central West End of St. Louis. While police don't always like being observed, it was surprising to be sworn at after attempting to get a badge number from a particular officer.
Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 4:42PM
text From the Constitutional State to the Security State by Giorgio Agamben
The state of emergency is that arrangement by which totalitarian powers were established in Europe. The security state is neither part of the constitutional state nor what Michel Foucault called the disciplinary society. The security state is permanently grounded on fear and must keep fear alive at any cost because it has its essential function and legitimacy from it. The de-politization of citizens is a characteristic of the security state.
Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 4:45AM
audio Education Opportunities for Incarcerated Persons - Bridging the Gap (audio/mpeg 20.0MB) by WTUL News and Views
Bruce Reilly joined Janet Hays on WTUL News and Views in studio to discuss the documentary First Degree - an intimate portrait of three Sing Sing inmates who discover the transformative power of higher education. Their stories are emblematic of larger challenges regarding the criminal justice system and prison industrial complex. Bruce is well qualified to speak on the subject. Formerly incarcerated himself, he is now Deputy Director of Voice of the Ex-Offender in New Orleans, LA, a gradua...
Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 1:38PM
image California Police Transparency Bill Passes First Legislative Hurdle 120_aclu_jim_crow_must_go.jpg original image (255x191) by ACLU of Northern California
SACRAMENTO, April 12, 2016 –With a 5-1 vote in the Senate’s Public Safety Committee today, Senator Mark Leno’s Senate Bill 1286 will advance in the California Legislature. The bill gives the public access to crucial information about how police departments handle the most serious uses of force and confirmed instances of officer misconduct.
Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 3:09PM
image #XochicuautlaAlert: Statement on San Francisco Xochicuautla 120_xochicuautla_april-11-2016.jpg original image (1200x900) by El Enemigo Común
On Monday, April 11, 2016, around 800 State of Mexico riot police at the service of Grupo Higa laid siege to the Otomí community of San Francisco Xochicuautla, destroyed the camp set up in defense of the forest, used heavy machinery to illegally tear down the house of Dr. Armando García Salazar, and violently dragged out at least 25 men, women and children who were inside the house, including 64-year-old Isabel Hernández, a member of the Supreme Indigenous Council of Xochicuautla.
Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 9:00AM
image #AlertaXochicuautla: Pronunciamiento sobre San Francisco Xochicuautla 120_xochicuautla_april-11-2016.jpg original image (1200x900) by El Enemigo Común
El lunes 11 de abril de 2016, por lo menos 800 granaderos del estado de México al servicio de Grupo Higa sitiaron la comunidad otomí de San Francisco Xochicuautla, destruyeron el campamento levantado en defensa del bosque, usaron maquinaria pesada para derribar ilegalmente la casa del doctor Armando García Salazar, y con harta violencia echaron fuera a aproximada 25 personas que se encontraban en la casa, entre ellas la compañera Isabel Hernández de 64 años, integrante del Consejo Supre...
Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 8:56AM
image Philippines: Police shoot hungry protesters 120_2016-bmp-plm-kidapawan-protest.jpg original image (528x297) by Tony Iltis
On April 1, police opened fire on indigenous and rural poor protesters who were blocking the highway into Kidapawan in the landlocked province of Cotabato on the island of Mindanao, killing three protesters and injuring at least 116.
Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 4:23AM
image Angola 3 Newsletter: Broadening the Platform to Correct Past Injustices 120_a3.jpg original image (160x135) by International Coalition to Free the Angola 3
What a joy it is to have Albert Woodfox out of prison, after all these years of struggle, it is a rare and special treat to hear his voice on the phone each morning as we review the days schedule and events. In Albert's first month of freedom he stayed busy every day, obtaining identification papers, scheduling doctor and dentist appointments, visiting with family and supporters - every moment was occupied. Since the end of March Albert has been in Texas, visiting with his brother Michael and...
Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 8:18PM
text 22 Writers Explain Why PEN American Center Should Reject Israeli Government Sponsorship by Adalah-NY
Twenty-two literary figures who signed a letter calling on the PEN American Center to reject Israeli government sponsorship of its World Voices Festival due to Israel’s human rights abuses have elaborated on their decision in quotes below. The Festival is being held in New York City from April 25-May 1.
Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 9:10AM
audio Governments Disagree Over Global Drug Control: UN's drug meeting in Vienna (audio/mpeg 9.8MB) by WTUL News & Views
Drugreporter’s video advocacy team filmed key speeches and interviewed some of the participants at the UN's drug meeting in Vienna.
Posted: Sat Apr 9, 2016 7:10PM
image First Responders group forms in St. Louis 120_1.jpg original image (6000x4000) by WeCopwatch
The STL First Responders A project of the Canfield Watchmen and WeCopwatch. What do we do when the police shoot someone in our community? In Oakland California, a coalition under the Anti Police Terror Project have been deploying to the locations of shooting to conduct independent investigations. Here in St. Louis, we have begun to do the same. . .
Posted: Fri Apr 8, 2016 9:20AM
image March 39 and counting… Nuit Debout and the new French uprising 120_36marsnantes2.jpg original image (472x315) by Winter Oak
The spirit of resistance has captured the imagination of a new generation in France, as youth-led opposition to neoliberal labour “reforms” has spiralled into full-on rejection of the whole capitalist system on the street and squares.
Posted: Fri Apr 8, 2016 8:32AM
image Support SB 1286 to shed light on police misconduct and use of force 120_trust_us_cop.jpg original image (600x600) by ACLU-NC
Investigation of police abuse and violence against members of the public shouldn't be hidden from us, the taxpaying public!
Posted: Wed Apr 6, 2016 6:17PM
image 26 Arrested at Drone War Base in Nevada 120_sdcgate2z.jpg original image (1280x1280) by Marcus Pegasus
During the second annual SHUT DOWN CREECH event where David Rovics performed for folks at Camp Justice on US Highway 95, a week of vigils and education led to 26 people getting arrested while trying to enforce a shut-down of the drone war base known as Creech at Indian Springs, Nevada. Anyone interested in more information can call Robert Majors of NevadaDesertExperience.org at 702-646-4814
Posted: Sat Apr 2, 2016 11:41PM
text Call for Prisoner Strike on Attica Anniversary by Support Prisoner Resistance
This is a Call to Action Against Slavery in America In one voice, rising from the cells of long term solitary confinement, echoed in the dormitories and cell blocks from Virginia to Oregon, we prisoners across the United States vow to finally end slavery in 2016.
Posted: Sat Apr 2, 2016 7:36AM
document Encryption: A Matter of Human Rights encryption_a_matter_of_human_rights.pdf_140_.jpg original image (x) by Amnesty International
MARCH 21, 2016 - Government attacks on the encryption of online communication threaten human rights around the world, warned Amnesty International in a briefing published today (see PDF) as tech giant Apple challenges the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in court over an order to provide software to bypass iPhone encryption.
Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2016 6:05PM