Posted in Coronavirus Jails News Pro Publica Public Health

The prison was built to hold 1,500 inmates. It had over 2,000 Coronavirus cases.

Prison overcrowding has been quietly tolerated for decades. But the pandemic is forcing a reckoning. by Dara Lind Thursday, June 18, 11 am. MST Jason Thompson lay awake in his dormitory bed in the Marion Correctional…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Justice News Policing

‘Now is not the time for more studies’: Sanders rips weak GOP bill and demands end to police immunity

“Now is the time to hold racist and corrupt police officers and police departments accountable for their actions.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, June 18 Slamming the GOP’s newly unveiled policing reform bill as inadequate…

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DACA recipients and their supporters rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 18, 2020 in Washington, DC. On Thursday morning, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, denied the Trump administration's attempt to end DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. (Photo: Drew Angerer)
Posted in DACA Justice News SCOTUS

Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to end DACA program

Dreamers Are Home “Today we celebrate and tomorrow we will continue to fight because Trump’s attacks on the immigrant community must end.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday, June 18, 9 am Immigrant rights advocates celebrated…

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Protesters took part in the March on Georgia, organized by NAACP, on June 15, 2020 in Atlanta. The march followed the police killing of Rayshard Brooks outside an Atlanta Wendy's restaurant on June 12.
Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Justice News Policing

Atlanta Cop who shot Rayshard Brooks in the back charged with 11 counts—including Felony Murder

“Make no mistake, the swiftness of this investigation is the result of people marching and demanding accountability.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Wednesday, June 17, 3PM MST Fired Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe is now facing…

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Joseph Fons holds a Pride Flag in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building after the court ruled that LGBTQ people can not be disciplined or fired based on their sexual orientation on June 15, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla)
Posted in Common Dreams Courts News

Huge victory for LGBTQ Equality: US Supreme Court affirms workplace protections

“The court has caught up to the majority of our country, which already knows that discriminating against LGBTQ people is both unfair and against the law.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Monday June 15, 2020 Labor…

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A fire broke out Saturday night at a Wendy's fast food restaurant in Atlanta where a now-fired police officer shot and killed Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old black man, Friday night. (Photo: Ben Hendren/Anadolu Agency)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Justice News

Calls mount for ‘Radical Changes in Policy and Policing’ and the arrest of fired Atlanta officer who killed Rayshard Brooks

The head of CAIR-Georgia demanded actions to “end the systemic oppression and anti-black racism rooted in the Atlanta Police Department and other law enforcement agencies.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Sunday, June 14 Local activists and…

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Demonstrators protest in Anna, Illinois on June 4 over the death of George Floyd. (Brian Munoz/Reuters)
Posted in Analysis Justice Pro Publica

A Sundown Town sees its first Black Lives Matter protest

Most people I met in Anna, Illinois, wish the racist lore behind the city’s name would go away. Some say Anna’s first Black Lives Matter protest is a step toward real change. But what is next?…

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Posted in Columns Community Journalism Justice Wade Rathke

Say their names, too

“A video is worth a thousand lives.” by Wade Rathke Pearl River   For years the tag line on my blogs and podcasts has been, “You take it from here to there.” It’s time to raise…

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Posted in Analysis Justice Policing Politics The Conversation

Police unions are one of the biggest obstacles to transforming policing

Protesters in front of Boston Police Headquarters during a United Against Racist Police Terror Rally on June 7, 2020. (Photo Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) by  Jill McCorkel, Villanova University Protesters and community…

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Posted in Common Dreams Justice News Policing

As nationwide protests over police brutality continue, cities across the US cut and reallocate police funding

“You don’t have to go full abolition to see that maybe sinking 1/3 of a city’s general budget into police is a problematic investment.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Friday, June 12 Cities across the U.S….

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Posted in Common Dreams Courts EPA News Pesticides Public Safety

Federal court urged to hold ‘rogue’ EPA in contempt for blatant defiance of ban on toxic weed killer

“EPA needs a lesson in separation of powers and we’re asking the court to give it to them.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, June 12 A coalition of farming and conservation groups is calling on…

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Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators next to St. John's Episcopal Church outside of the White House, June 1, 2020 in Washington D.C., during a protest over the death of George Floyd. (Photo: Jose Luis Magana / AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in Common Dreams Democracy Investigations Justice News

1,250 former DOJ officials demand investigation into Barr’s involvement in violently dispersing demonstrators near White House

“None of us would ever have considered directing or engaging in such actions to be consistent with our oaths to support and defend the Constitution.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday, June 10 More than 1,250…

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Posted in Analysis Justice Policing US Military

‘Light Em Up’: Warrior cops when the wars come home

America’s forever wars in distant lands have now come home. by William Astore Monday, June 8 From their front porches, regular citizens watched a cordon of cops sweep down their peaceful street in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Rankled…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Justice

Coronavirus deaths and those of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery have something in common: Racism

In Minneapolis, the memorial near the spot where George Floyd died while in police custody. Getty Images / Kerem Yucel by April Thames, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences The…

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Posted in Coronavirus Jails Justice News

Coronavirus in jails and prisons

Despite early warnings, jails and prisons have seen a rapid spread of the virus—a humanitarian disaster that puts all of our communities, and lives, at risk. Every day, The Appeal examines the scale of the crisis,…

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Posted in Interview Justice Policing Reveal

Keith Ellison talks about police power, protest and George Floyd murder prosecutions

by Reveal staff June 6, 2020 Keith Ellison came of age as an activist fighting police brutality. Now, as the attorney general of Minnesota, he’s prosecuting what may be the most important police brutality case in…

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People gather outside Trask Worship Center following the memorial service for George Floyd at North Central University on June 4, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo: Scott Olson)
Posted in Common Dreams Justice News Policing Public Safety

Minneapolis City Council members declare intent to disband Police Department

“Our commitment is to end our city’s toxic relationship with the Minneapolis Police Department and to work toward ending policing as we know it.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Sunday, June 7, 2020 3PM MST A…

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Posted in Censored News Justice News Policing

Defending assault on peaceful protesters in DC, William Barr falsely claims pepper spray ‘not a chemical irritant’

“Barr is lying. Pepper balls contain chemical irritants. They are paint balls stuffed with oleoresin capsicum. Pepper spray is also a chemical irritant.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Sunday, June 7 In an interview on CBS…

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Posted in Analysis Community organizing Human Rights Justice The Conversation

The 2020 uprisings join a long river of struggle in America

Protesters filled the newly named Black Lives Plaza, near the White House, on June 6, 2020 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images by Matthew Countryman, University of Michigan The river was the metaphor that best captured…

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Demonstrators hold placards during Black Lives Matter protest outside the United States Embassy on June 07, 2020 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez)
Posted in Common Dreams Justice News Policing

Thousands in Europe rally at US embassies in solidarity with America’s anti-racist uprising

‘No One Is Free When Others Are Oppressed’ “There’s children of all ages and older adults here. They are going to experience what we have experienced and we have to try to make that not happen.”…

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Posted in Common Dreams Justice News Racism

Crowds flood streets across US demanding end to police brutality and justice for George Floyd

“This is incredible” “It feels like it’s more than just a moment. Finally, finally it’s more than just a moment.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Saturday, June 6 Hundreds of thousands of people across the United…

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Posted in Justice Op/Ed OtherWords

Keep your eye on what’s important: Ending police brutality

We don’t know who’s carried out violence and vandalism or why. We do know police keep killing unarmed black Americans. by Jill Richardson   June 3, 2020 The grocery store across from my old house in…

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Demonstrators and police face off near the White House during a protest over the death of George Floyd in Washington, D.C. on June 3, 2020. (Photo: Olivier Douliery)
Posted in Common Dreams Democracy Justice News

‘American secret police’? Trump deployment of unidentified law enforcement officials across DC sparks alarm

“The United States would normally condemn this tactic if used by dictators of other countries, and its use here directly threatens our democracy.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Saturday, June 6 Civil liberties groups and Democratic…

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People face off with police near the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct. People gathered at Chicago Ave. and East 38th Street during a rally in Minneapolis on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. (Photo: Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune)
Posted in Common Dreams Justice Labor News Policing

Nearly 200 Academics, Lawmakers, and Activists Demand AFL-CIO Expel Police Unions

‘These Unions Dishonor the Labor Movement’ “The AFL-CIO cannot stand for criminal justice reform, while at the same time allowing police unions to use your power to impede reform.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Saturday, June…

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