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May, 2016

  • 15 May

    Charlotte Grace: Facebook– Not Just For Identifying Racists Anymore

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    Over the last few weeks, passionate arguments have been made in support of or against House Bill 2, the bill that requires transgender people in North Carolina to use the bathroom of the sex listed on their birth certificate. I even saw a long, eloquent post on an acquaintance’s Facebook …

March, 2016

February, 2016

  • 12 February

    Autopsy Shows Mario Woods Shot At Least 20 Times

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    Mario Woods, the Bay Area man whose fatal shooting by the police was recorded in a series of disturbing videos, was found to have been shot at least twenty times by the San Francisco police, autopsy results showed Thursday. The report showed that Woods died from gunshots to his back, head, …

  • 11 February

    Los Angeles Schools Ban ICE Agents — No Raids On Campus

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    In a unanimous vote by the school board of the Los Angeles Unified School District on Tuesday, immigration agents will be barred from conducting their raids on school campuses.  The vote was held after immigrant parents spoke out that they distrusted the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and were afraid to send their …

  • 10 February

    Military Leaders Black Out Information on Guantanamo Bay Hunger Strike

    In the past, Navy medics showed visiting reporters a restraint chair, a symbol of the hidden hunger strike at the detention center at the U.S. Navy base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, inside the hospital’s acute care unit. It was not on display during a media visit on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. This photo was approved for release by the U.S. military. WALTER MICHOT wmichot@miamiherald.com

    Statistics on hunger strikes and forced feeds through nasal-gastric tubes have long been a useful tool in measuring unrest at Guantanamo Bay detainment facility.  At one point in 2013, the military disclosed that over 100 prisoners were on hunger strike and, at the height of their protest, 46 had been force-fed …

  • 8 February

    Indiana One Step Closer To Passing Hate Crime Bill

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    Indiana Senate Bill 220 passed the senate 34-16 and will now advance to the state House. This bill would offer the possibility of judges to impose harsher sentences to convicted criminals whose actions targeted victims based on race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, disability, national origin, ancestry or sexual orientation. Indiana …

January, 2016

  • 29 January

    Obama Demands Pay Data To Monitor Gender and Ethnic Wage Gaps

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    Now companies with 100 employees or more must disclose their pay data along with the gender, race and ethnicity of their employees, President Barack Obama ordered today.  According to the president, black and Latina women are suffering the most from unequal pay practices.  Disclosure of wages will make it easier …

  • 29 January

    Former SLC Mayor Sues Bush Admin. Officials Over Surveillance of 2002 Olympics

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    Via Democracy Now: Rocky Anderson, former mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah, has filed a lawsuit over government surveillance of phone, text and email communications that the Bush administration allegedly conducted during the 2002 Winter Olympics. He argues they put a “surveillance cone” over a broad geographic area and violated …

  • 19 January

    Kentucky Teen Dies In Police Custody, State And Local Officials Provide Few Answers

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    16 year old Gynnya McMillen was found unresponsive in a Kentucky juvenile detention center on January 11th, and her family is left searching for answers both as to how she might have died, and whose negligence might have caused this tragedy. As we have seen all too often, local officials …

  • 18 January

    VIDEO: Protestors block traffic from Bay Bridge into SF in Anti-Police Terror protest

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    Video footage shows protestors chaining their cars to the Bay Bridge to block westbound traffic into San Francisco.  They have a banner  reading “Black Health Matters” and have built a shrine to the victims of police shootings.  Another protest group currently blocks an I-80 onramp. KTVU reports: “Police have begun …

  • 18 January

    Four Muslim-Americans From Brooklyn Kicked Off Flight For ‘Looking Too Muslim’

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    A flight attendant removed four Muslim-Americans from Brooklyn off a flight from Toronto-New York, supposedly for ‘looking too Muslim.’ The men in question are now seeking 9 million dollars in damages. Via NY Daily News: The four fliers from Brighton Beach were among six longtime pals who spent several days …

  • 15 January

    Defense Secretary Ash Carter writing plan to relocate remaining Gitmo detainees to U.S.

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    After about 10% of the remaining Guantanamo Bay detainees were moved to Oman last week, bringing the number down to 93, the U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is planning for where to take the rest if they are unable to be relocated. He is planning his proposal to Barack Obama, …

  • 15 January

    Widow sues Twitter for its role in ISIS recruitment, spread of propaganda

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    Tamara Fields, an American woman whose husband Lloyd was killed by a Jordanian police captain, is suing Twitter for allowing ISIS to recruit new members, raise money and spread its message on the popular social media network.  ISIS claimed responsibility for the November 9th death of her husband, an Army Veteran. …