Daily Archives: June 16, 2020

2020-06-16: News Headlines

Joe Sims (2020-06-16). The uprising against racism must result in Trump's removal. peoplesworld.org Joe Sims, Co-Chair of the CPUSA, presented this keynote at the National Committee meeting on June 6, 2020. Watch the report here or read on. Our country is in the midst of an unprecedented uprising. Initiated by the African-American people and joined by our Asian, Latinx, Native American, and white sisters and brothers, millions are saying, "hell …

Staff (2020-06-16). Civil Rights Activist Annie Chambers Is Marching Again Against Police Brutality. therealnews.com Reverend Annie Chambers marched for civil rights with Dr. Martin Luther King throughout the 60s. This month she took to the streets to demand an end to police brutality when Baltimore City joined the nationwide movement calling for justice for George Floyd, a Black man killed by police in Minnesota. | The lifelong organizer says that while history repeats itself, racism is even worse than in her youth. "In the 50s and 60s we were taught to suffer. We got beat and shot and attacked by dogs. And you heard what Donald Trump say—get the dogs out on them," Chambers said in a phone interview with The Real News on…

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2020-06-16). The Uprising Is Only Beginning: Building Power To Win Our Demands. dissidentvoice.org The current uprising against police violence and racism is just beginning. It is rapidly shifting public consciousness on issues of policing, violence against Black people and others, and systemic racism. The movement is deepening and becoming broader as well as putting forward solutions and making demands. The confluence of crises including recent police violence, the COVID-19 …

Robtel Neajai Pailey, Amy Niang (2020-06-16). The Long Blue Line Connecting Police Brutality to Drone Strikes. thenation.com The Long Blue Line Connecting Police Brutality to Drone Strikes…

F. Elizabeth Dahab (2020-06-16). Systemic Racism and the Killing of Rayshard Brooks. counterpunch.org The killing of 27 year old Rayshard Brooks on Friday, June 12th, in Atlanta, Georgia, occurred less than three weeks after the murder of George Floyd. Both were killed by a white police officer. It seems that 18 days of protests over the May 25 murder of Floyd did not deter from this new heinous

Jack Metzgar (2020-06-16). Racism and the Working Class. zcomm.org We cannot address the magnitude of racial injustice without simultaneously addressing economic injustice, and to achieve economic justice we're going to need the kind of interracial solidarity that's been marching in our streets these past few weeks…

_____ (2020-06-16). July 1: Call To Action To Confront Israeli Annexation, Free Palestine. popularresistance.org We know that many Palestinians in exile and supporters of Palestine are, like Samidoun's members, engaged in the uprisings and mass mobilizations taking to the streets to confront anti-Black racism and demand the defunding and dismantling of police and other structures of oppression. Confronting Israel's annexation plans — fully backed by U.S. imperialism and inspired by Zionist racism — also comes as part of the global fightback against racism, colonialism and imperialism. Israel's crimes are backed by $3.8 billion in military aid from the U.S. each year as well as unlimited diplomatic, political and…

_____ (2020-06-16). Corporations Now Love 'Black Lives'—But What About Their Own Black Workers? popularresistance.org Never underestimate US business community's capacity for hypocrisy. | That's one of the lessons to be drawn from the explosive reaction to George Floyd's murder. As demonstrators began flooding streets, corporate PR departments flew into rapid response mode, issuing a flurry of agonized, apologetic pledges to do more to combat racism and inequality. | Such statements may, on a personal level, be sincere: the depth of righteous pain and anger expressed by African Americans has induced widespread soul-searching, even in executive suites. Yet this high-profile hand-wringing is used to uncouple the outpouring of outr…

_____ (2020-06-16). UN Should Establish A Commission Of Inquiry On Systemic Racism And Law Enforcement In The US. popularresistance.org On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, the United Nations Human Rights Council will hold an "Urgent Debate" on systemic racism in law enforcement. The proximate catalyst for this debate is the recent police killing of George Floyd and many other Black people in the United States, and the breath-taking national and transnational uprising of the past two weeks against systemic racism in law enforcement. | The Urgent Debate is more than opportunity for discussion—it's an opportunity for meaningful action. In a letter to the President of the UN Human Rights Council, I, along with the UN Working Group of Experts on People…

_____ (2020-06-16). Act On Dr. King's Call To Tackle Evils Of Racism, Economic Exploitation And War. popularresistance.org Martin Luther King, Jr. King called us to address "Three major evils—the evil of racism, the evil of poverty and the evil of war" to the consternation of the establishment. It is time to tell the truth about the US-Russian relationship and US complicity in driving the nuclear arms race if we are ever to reverse it as well as the race to weaponize space. Perhaps, by addressing the triple evils, we can fulfill King's dream and the mission envisioned for the United Nations, to end the scourge of war! At a minimum, we should be promoting UN Secretary-General António Guterres' call for a global ceasefire while o…

Lee Siu Hin, Immigrant Solidarity Network (2020-06-16). Summer 2020 National Immigrant Solidarity Network Immigrant News Alert! indybay.org Justice for George Floyd, Black Lives Matter! Multi-Ethnic Unity Against Racism & Police Brutality!

WSWS Repost (2020-06-16). US tech giants aid police militarization and surveillance. indybay.org Despite issuing statements of sympathy for protesters demanding an end to police violence and racism, tech corporations are integral to the increasing militarization of the police.

Labor Video Project (2020-06-16). LWU Local 10 & 34 Leaders On Juneteenth & Fight Against Racism & Worker Action. indybay.org ILWU Local 10 president Trent Willis and ILWU Local 34 president Keith Shanklin talk about why their union is stopping work on Juneteenth on the west coast and the fight against racism and the system that perpetrates it.

Staff (2020-06-16). Goodbye, Columbus: Bree Newsome Bass on the Movement to Topple Racist Statues Across the Globe. democracynow.org As protesters worldwide continue to topple monuments to racists, colonizers and Confederates as part of the wave of demonstrations against racism and state violence, we speak to Bree Newsome Bass, artist and antiracist activist based in North Carolina, who five years ago was arrested at the state Capitol in South Carolina after scaling a 30-foot flagpole to remove the Confederate flag. She says the current backlash against racist symbols reflects "impatience with the pace of incremental progress" both in the United States and elsewhere. "People are tired of centuries of colonialism and white supremacist ideology.

Joe Allen (2020-06-16). The Return of the 'Hamburgs'? White Vigilantes, the Chicago Police, and Anti-Fascism in Chicago. counterpunch.org Chicago has seen some of the largest and most militant demonstrations in the United States during the two weeks that followed the murder of George Floyd. Thirty thousand people marched and rallied on June 6 in Union Park, for example. While demonstrators have suffered repeated acts of violence by the Chicago Police Department and seen

Max Blumenthal (2020-06-16). From Occupation to 'Occupy': The Israelification of American Domestic Security. globalresearch.ca In October, the Alameda County Sheriff's Department turned parts of the campus of the University of California in Berkeley into an urban battlefield. The occasion was

Staff (2020-06-16). Headlines for June 16, 2020. democracynow.org In Long-Awaited Victory, SCOTUS Rules LGBTQ Workers Protected by the Civil Rights Act, Atlanta Mayor Orders New Police Rules After Killing of Rayshard Brooks, 911 Dispatcher Raised Concerns About Police Treatment of George Floyd During His Arrest and Killing, Protester Shot in Albuquerque While Toppling Racist Statue; Right-Wing Militia Members Arrested, 19-Year-Old BLM Protester Oluwatoyin "Toyin" Salau Found Dead One Week After Disappearance, Mourners Demand Justice for Killing of Black Teenager Na'Kia Crawford in Ohio, FBI, DOJ to Review Probes into Two Black California Men Found Hanging from Trees, U.N. Human…

Jim McMahan (2020-06-16). Seattle's 60,000-strong march propels anti-racist struggle in Washington state. workers.org Seattle June 13 — Some 60,000 people, propelled by the ongoing global struggle against racist police repression, took part in Seattle's June 12 march and statewide general strike. The march, called and led by Black Lives Matter of Seattle and Martin Luther King County (BLMSKC), followed two weeks of protests . . . |

Joe Reedy (2020-06-16). NFL Commissioner now encourages teams to sign Kaepernick. peoplesworld.org (AP) Roger Goodell would like to see Colin Kaepernick back in the NFL this season. And, quite honestly, it took too damn long, and cost too many Black lives, to get to this point. The NFL commissioner said during ESPN's "The Return of Sports" special on Monday that he is encouraging teams to sign the 32-year old …

Melvin Goodman (2020-06-16). Donald Trump: Finally Caught Crossing A Red Line. counterpunch.org Donald Trump has crossed many red lines over the past three and a half years, but he has finally crossed one that could cost him politically. The trappings of his fascist march to St. John's Episcopal Church and his blasphemous display of a bible (held backwards and upside down) in front of the church have elicited significant criticism, including from the highest military and civilian leaders of the Pentagon. The military obviously didn't share the view of Trump's press spokeswoman, Kayleigh McEnaney, who compared the president's bible-toting stroll to something "Like Churchill…inspecting bombing damage…." <...

Rima Najjar (2020-06-16). Annexation of Palestine or "Uneventful Occurrence"‚Ää—‚ÄäWhat Do You See? globalresearch.ca Israeli soldier executing the kidnapping of several Nahalin villagers southeast of Bethlehem in the West Bank, including Mohammad Afif Fannoun, on June 12, 2020. | When you visualize it, as I try to, what does Israel's forthcoming annexation of parts of …

James J. Zogby (2020-06-16). Israel's Illegal Annexation of Palestine. globalresearch.ca With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promising to annex portions of the West Bank, liberal critics here in the US and across Europe are in a tizzy. They have been quick to point fingers blaming this crisis on Netanyahu and …

Global Research News (2020-06-16). Selected Articles: Towards the Annexation of Palestine. globalresearch.ca Dear Readers, | We regularly receive feedback from you telling us how important the articles we publish are to you, especially in today's tumultuous and uncertain times. We thank you, and pledge that we will continue to deliver our daily dose …

Fight Back (2020-06-16). Hundreds march to defend DACA for immigrant youth, support movement against police terror. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – With the Supreme Court set to rule on their future, almost 1000 immigrant youth and their supporters marched on June 12 to defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that shields 800,000 young immigrants from deportation. | Organized by the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC), the march started outside of Senator Amy Klobuchar's office on Washington Avenue and marched to the Hennepin County Jail in downtown Minneapolis. | The march was very spirited, and speakers and chants made repeated connections between the fight against deportation and the fight of Blac…

DJCFPD (2020-06-16). Monday 6/15: End Qualified Immunity for Police Now! A Supreme Court Briefing (webinar). indybay.org Online via livestream…

Pan Africanism Today Secretariat (2020-06-16). 1976 Soweto Uprising: Youth rebellion and the burning desire for freedom. peoplesdispatch.org Today marks the 44th anniversary of the Soweto Uprising, a watershed moment in the anti-apartheid struggle and an event that drew much of the world's attention to the atrocities committed by the apartheid regime in South Africa…

Ali Salam (2020-06-16). Israeli Settlers Vandalise Palestinian-owned Property near Nablus. imemc.org Illegal Israeli settlers committed vandalism of Palestinian-owned property by damaging solar panels, on Monday, in the village of Aqraba, south of Nablus city, the Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported. Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official monitoring Israel's colonialist activities in the northern West Bank, said that colonists attacked the homes of …

Fight Back (2020-06-16). Tampa protesters claim partial victory, vow to continue struggle. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – On Monday, June 15, State Attorney Andrew Warren announced he would be dropping criminal cases against 67 protesters arrested in downtown Tampa on June 2. | On the previous day, June 14, over 200 protesters gathered at Joe Chillura Courthouse Square in downtown Tampa and demanded State Attorney Warren drop the charges against protesters arrested at Justice for George Floyd rallies in recent weeks. The protest also joined with the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repressions call for a day of action against police crimes. The protest raised demands for community control of the police, def…

Fight Back (2020-06-16). LA demands community control of police, Justice for George Floyd and Richard Castillo. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA – On June 13, Centro CSO held a protest at the corner of Houston and Soto Streets in Boyle Heights, less than a block from where killer LAPD cop Frank Hernandez was caught on video brutally attacking Richard Castillo on April 27. Protesters demanded community control of the police and justice for George Floyd, Castillo and all victims of police terror. | Organized as part of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression's Day of Action to Stop Police Crimes, the event also celebrated the recent prosecution of Officer Hernandez after a campaign led by Centro CSO. | On June 9, after…

Fight Back (2020-06-16). After Rayshard Brooks murder by Atlanta police, NAARPR demands community control of the police. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – Frank Chapman, Executive Director of the recently formed National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, today, June 15, called for immediate passage of legislation establishing democratic community control of the police in every city and town across the nation. | Chapman stated, "This is really the only way the people will have the power to make the changes that everyone is demanding in the wake of countless murders by police. This is the only way to stop the killings, torture and brutality — a virtual war against Black and brown communities." | "What is it going to take? How many…

_____ (2020-06-16). Parallels Between Minneapolis And Jerusalem Are More Than Skin Deep. popularresistance.org It is hard to ignore the striking parallels between the recent scenes of police brutality in cities across the United States and decades of violence from Israel's security forces against Palestinians. | A video that went viral late last month of a Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, killing a black man, George Floyd, by pressing a knee into his neck for nearly nine minutes has triggered a fortnight of mass protests across the US — and beyond. | The footage was the latest disturbing visual evidence of a US police culture that appears to treat Black Americans as an enemy — and a reminder that rog…

yenisafak (2020-06-16). Israel's annexation of West Bank to flout int'l law: UN. yenisafak.com The agreement by the new coalition government of Israel to annex significant parts of the occupied Palestinian West Bank after July 1 would violate a cornerstone principle of international law, a group of UN experts said Tuesday.Forty-seven of the independent Special Procedures mandates appointed by the Human Rights Council said such move by Israel "must be meaningfully opposed by the international community"'."The annexation of occupied territory is a serious violation of the Charter of the United Nations and the Geneva Conventions, and contrary to the fundamental rule affirmed many times by the United Nations S…

yenisafak (2020-06-16). French interior minister backtracks on chokehold ban. yenisafak.com In a surprising move, the French interior minister has reversed a ban on the use of chokeholds by the police. In a televised address last week, Christophe Castaner announced a prohibition on the use of chokeholds by police in arrests, and that it would no longer be taught in police academies. The potent technique is one where police utilize a baton around the neck to restrain a person resisting arrest.The minister also said he would hold "zero tolerance" for racist remarks, calling for the immediate suspension of any officer suspected of such behavior.But in a Monday letter, Frederic Veaux, the director-general o…

Movement for Black Lives (2020-06-16). Friday 6/19: #SixNineteen: Nationwide M4BL Actions to Defend Black Lives Juneteenth Weekend. indybay.org SF Bay Area, across the USA, & Online…

WSWS (2020-06-15). Protests against police violence and racism continue in New Zealand. wsws.org Tens of thousands of people joined another day of protests as part of the global movement sparked by the murder of George Floyd by US police.

teleSUR (2020-06-15). UN to Hold Hearing Over 'Systemic' US Racism, Police Brutality. telesurenglish.net The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) agreed Monday to hold an emergency debate Wednesday on "systemic racism, police brutality and violence against peaceful protests" in the United States and elsewhere. | RELATED: | UNHRC's decision followed a request last week by Burkina Faso on behalf of 54 African countries in response to the killing on May 25, of George Floyd, a black U.S. citizen, under the knee of…

G. Dunkel (2020-06-15). Racism, lack of jobs as workers face social pandemic. workers.org June 12 — On June 5, President Donald Trump was over the moon with joy. The numbers were "stupendous," "AMAZING" and "INCREDIBLE." The Dow Jones stock index was up by 829 points, or 3.2 percent, so speculators who bet right made billions. It didn't last. June 11 saw a decline . . . |

news.un (2020-06-15). Human Rights Council picks up again after COVID suspension, to hold racism debate. news.un.org After a three month long COVID-19-enforced break, the Human Rights Council resumed on Monday, giving the green light to a rare Urgent Debate on racism, alleged police brutality and violence against protesters sickened by the killing of American George Floyd in police custody.

Joel Wendland-Liu (2020-06-15). U.S. government's legitimacy crisis calls out for socialist solutions. peoplesworld.org Trump lies. Habitual dishonesty, whether it is masking the jobs crisis, the pandemic, or downplaying racism, is his signature feature. It has cost lives and threatens democracy. Trump's lies have never been more deadly than in the past three months. Two million U.S. cases of COVID-19 have been accompanied by more than 117,000 deaths. Experts …

_____ (2020-06-15). Growing Revolt Among Black Journalists. popularresistance.org Black and Brown reporters, journalists of color are speaking up and taking action against decades of major publications refusing to address racism — especially in two notable newsrooms — the Philadelphia Inquirer and the New York Times. | On June 4, 44 journalists of color at the 200-year-old Philadelphia Inquirer staged a sick-out strike one day after forcing a public apology from the Inquirer editorial staff for a blatantly racist headline — "Buildings Matter, Too" — posted on June 1. | This article addressed plans to repair property damages to buildings and infrastructure following May…

Andrew Korybko (2020-06-15). Pragmatic Advice For Peaceful Protests. thealtworld.com It's imperative that all protests, whether about anti-racism or any other issue, remain peaceful and within the realm of the relevant laws of whichever country they're occurring in otherwise people could get hurt or worse. | The anti-racism protests that have erupted all throughout the West since the death of George Floyd in police custody at the end of last month have unfortunately transformed into a

sputniknews (2020-06-15). Anti-Racism Protest in Atlanta Over Rayshard Brooks' Death – Video. sputniknews.com Rayshard Brooks was fatally shot by police near a drive-through restaurant after making an attempt to use a Taser against an offcier. His death has intensified Black Lives Matter protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd by police earlier in May.

Staff (2020-06-15). When White People Call the Cops on Black People, They Lay Bare Classic US Racism. truthout.org By now, everyone should be familiar with the incident in Central Park, when a white woman named Amy Cooper confronted a Black man named Christian Cooper (no relation) and called the police on him, claiming that he was threatening her. The incident was captured on a video that went viral, and the retribution to Amy Cooper was swift. She was excoriated on social media, fired from her job, temporarily had her dog taken from her (the same dog she refused to put on a leash), and now, Gov. Andre…

Staff (2020-06-15). Atlanta Organizer: Rayshard Brooks Killing Shows Urgent Need to Dismantle Police. truthout.org Protests have erupted in Atlanta, where the police killing of unarmed African American man Rayshard Brooks in a Wendy's parking lot has outraged residents. The autopsy revealed that Brooks was shot in the back as he was running away, and the death has been ruled a homicide by the county medical examiner. Brooks's killing comes as protests against racism and police violence continue across the country. The Atlanta police chief has already resigned, and the officer who shot Brooks has been fired. "What we…

CSPTES (2020-06-15). ILWU Work Action On W.C. Ports On Juneteenth STOP Police Terror & Systemic Racism. indybay.org The ILWU on the West Coast will shut down all ports on Juneteenth June 19, 2020 to stop police terror and systemic racism.

CSPTES (2020-06-15). Friday 6/19: ILWU Shutting Down W.C. Ports On Juneteenth STOP Police Terror & Systemic Racism. indybay.org SSA Terminals 1717 Middle Harbor Road at the Port of Oakland to Oscar Grant Plaza…

Staff (2020-06-15). The Killing of Rayshard Brooks: Atlanta Police Shoot Dead Unarmed Man Who Fell Asleep in His Own Car. democracynow.org Protests have erupted in Atlanta, where the police killing of unarmed African American man Rayshard Brooks in a Wendy's parking lot has outraged residents. The autopsy revealed that Brooks was shot in the back as he was running away, and the death has been ruled a homicide by the county medical examiner. Brooks's killing comes as protests against racism and police violence continue across the country. The Atlanta police chief has already resigned, and the officer who shot Brooks has been fired. "What we saw happen to Mr. Brooks is unfortunately something that we continue to see repeated in our communities all acr…

Staff (2020-06-15). Police Anti-Bias Trainer Shot in Groin by San Jose Cops at Protest: "It's Clear This Isn't Working" democracynow.org As protests against racism and police violence continue across the United States, we speak with Derrick Sanderlin, a San Jose community organizer who has spent years training police on avoiding implicit bias toward people of color, but an officer from the same police department shot him in the groin with a rubber bullet during a May 29 protest against racism and police violence, rupturing Sanderlin's testicle and possibly affecting his ability to have children.

Tom Coburg (2020-06-15). Assange and Varoufakis warn why the prevailing economic crisis could lead to fascism. thecanary.co On the day the far right

Refuse Fascism Bay Area (2020-06-15). Sunday 6/14: Give Trump a Birthday to Remember! indybay.org Powell & Market, San Francisco…