9 farcical bits of policing at #occupydemocracy | Red Pepper: At the climax of the Second Battle of the Tarpaulin, Green Party politician Jenny Jones arrived on the scene and was promptly arrested. When the youngish police officer realised that he had arrested a member of the House of Lords (and also, exquisitely, the deputy chair of the London Assembly’s police and crime committee) he suddenly 'de-arrested' her. Asked why, he just said 'That’s my decision.' Jones later wrote of how it was the first time she had been arrested: 'I like to think I’m a law-abiding citizen. I don’t drop litter, run red lights on my bike, or take backhanders to lobby on behalf of dodgy corporations.'
Navajo Nation presidential language requirement: Candidate disqualified.: Last month, the tribal Supreme Court upheld the language requirement, saying it was crucial to maintaining Navajo culture, and ordered Mr. Deschene to take a fluency test.
He refused, saying he was proficient in the language and objecting that the test had never been used before and was illegitimate. Tribal officials then disqualified him from the race, and the court on Thursday ordered him removed from the ballot and replaced with the candidate who finished third in the primary.
Chris Hedges: The Myth of the Free Press | Rise Up Times: The mass media blindly support the ideology of corporate capitalism. They laud and promote the myth of American democracy—even as we are stripped of civil liberties and money replaces the vote. They pay deference to the leaders on Wall Street and in Washington, no matter how perfidious their crimes. They slavishly venerate the military and law enforcement in the name of patriotism. They select the specialists and experts, almost always drawn from the centers of power, to interpret reality and explain policy. They usually rely on press releases, written by corporations, for their news. And they fill most of their news holes with celebrity gossip, lifestyle stories, sports and trivia. The role of the mass media is to entertain or to parrot official propaganda to the masses. The corporations, which own the press, hire journalists willing to be courtiers to the elites, and they promote them as celebrities. These journalistic courtiers, who can earn millions of dollars, are invited into the inner circles of power. They are, as John Ralston Saul writes, hedonists of power.
[H] Stellungnahme autonomer Antifaschist*innen zur R�umungsaufforderung des Refugeecamp Hannover durch die CDU | linksunten.indymedia.org
Emmelmann erklärte gestern, die „Dauerdemonstration“ müsse beseitigt werden. „Wir fordern die Stadtspitze auf, tätig zu werden und nicht feige auf den Winter zu warten. Der Platz muss geräumt werden.“ Er verstehe nicht, wieso die Stadt eine „Umgehung der Reglungen für Kundgebungen“ gestattet und zudem dafür noch einen öffentlichen Platz - scheinbar unbefristet - zur Verfügung stellt, so Emmelmann. Es sei „bizarr“, dass die Stadt auch noch Toiletten zur Verfügung stelle und den Müll kostenlos abhole. „Die Stadtspitze wirkt abermals überfordert; sie weiß nicht was und vor allem wie sie es tun soll. Es kann doch nicht sein, dass sich ein Oberbürgermeister am Nasenring durch die Manege ziehen lässt.“
The CDU Council Group has called on 29/10/2014 in a press statement Schostok mayor to evacuate the Refugeecamp Hannover on the White Cross Square. Since the end of May there protesting Escaped from Sudan for their rights. . The main demands are the recognition of the Sudan as a civil war and the recognition of their asylum procedure on the application of Section 23 of the Asylum Act <br> In the article in the Neue Presse from 29.10.2014 states: <br> Emmelmann said yesterday that " Duration demonstration "must be eliminated. "We call on the city tip to act cowardly and not to wait for the winter. The court must be vacated "He do not understand why the city has a" circumvention of the schemes exempted for rallies "and also allows for a more public place -. Seemingly unlimited - makes available, so Emmelmann. It was "bizarre" that the city agency also toilets available and fetch the garbage for free. "Town Council acts again overwhelmed; they do not know what and especially how they should do it. It can not be that a mayor can pull on the nose ring by the ring. "
Nazis threaten to destroy Rote Flora; Antifascists call for mobilization. UPDATED: Cologne Nazis Identified | Enough is Enough!
Nazis threaten to destroy Rote Flora; Antifascists call for mobilization. UPDATED: Cologne Nazis Identified | Enough is Enough!: “Among the 3,000 who rioted in Cologne were also neo-Nazis from the NPD and “the Rights”, from German Defence League (GDL), from identitarian (IB) and Pro-NRW members. The neo-nazi rock band “Kategorie C” promoted their fascist parade by releasing in advance a song “Hooligans against Salafis”.
Therefore, “HoGeSa” must be understood as a collective right wing movement, which (still) does not have well-established structures, which and can quickly vanish from the scene, but for now it proves to be able to be a mobilizing force on the right.
Detention and deportation pipeline | American Friends Service Committee: The U.S. deports over 300,000 people annually and holds approximately 400,000 people in immigrant detention facilities across the country at an annual cost of over $2 billion.
AFSC works to stop detention and deportation, which needlessly tears families and communities apart. We work to create fair immigration policies that protect human rights, provide a path to citizenship, and address the root causes of migration so that those most brutally impacted by economic hardship are not further punished.
ACLU releases data showing racial disparities in low level arrests in Minneapolis
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 28, 2014
Contact: Jana Kooren, email@example.com, 651-645-4097 x123, 651-485-5925c
St. Paul, Minn, - The American Civil Liberties Union has released data
that shows dramatic racial disparities in the Minneapolis Police
Department's arrest rates for a number of low-level non-violent offenses
from 2004 – 2012. The data released covers white and African American
arrest rates for four low-level non-violent offenses: marijuana
possession, disorderly conduct, vagrancy, and juvenile curfew
violations/loitering. In conjunction with the data release, the ACLU-MN sent a letter
to Mayor Hodges and Police Chief Harteau calling their attention to
this alarming data and urging them to investigate the causes of these
racial disparities and the solutions that could transform the
Minneapolis Police Department into an institution that treats all parts
of the City's community fairly and reflects the City's progressive
values. The ACLU released the data and sent the letter to provide
additional context for the Mayor and the Police Chief's ongoing
discussions with the community about policing in Minneapolis.
"The Department is not meeting its Constitutional duty to protect and
serve everyone equally and fairly," said Emma Andersson staff attorney
for the ACLU. "An arrest – even without a conviction – makes it harder
for anyone to get a job and rent an apartment, and it can significantly
limit educational opportunities."
The Minneapolis Police Department's
own data, as reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform
Crime Reporting, reveals that between 2004 and 2012, an African American
individual was, on average:
- 11.5 times more likely to be arrested than a white individual for marijuana possession;
- 8.86 times more likely to be arrested than a white individual for disorderly conduct;
- 7.54 times more likely to be arrested than a white individual for vagrancy; and
- 16.39 times more likely to be arrested than a white juvenile for curfew/loitering
policing practices for enforcing these non-violent low-level arrests,"
said Charles Samuelson, Executive Director of the ACLU-MN. "These
arrests are largely subjective and therefore prone to the abusive
exercise of officer discretion. The Mayor and Police Chief need to
reassess its current arrest practices and take into account these
alarming disparities when working on a plan for the Department's
Low-level arrest data
Letter to Mayor Hodges & Chief Harteau
Frustrated Residents and Mi’kmaq Block Alton Gas’ Gates | Earth First! Newswire: The blockade is supported by members of nearby Indian Brook First Nation. The Mi’kmaq worry what will happen when Alton Gas pipes large amounts of construction-generated salty brine into the Shubenacadie River.
“I am here to support my non-native brothers and sisters,” Doreen Bernard tells the Halifax Media Co-op. “We are together in this fight against Alton Gas. They were not consulted and didn’t give their consent, and the Mi’kmaw people did not give their consent.”
Photographed punching an Arab woman? Sue the photographer | 972 Magazine: Another claim of theirs touches on the fact that Jordan-Dotan did not blur the young Jewish women’s faces, despite the fact that they were minors at the time of the incident, and she therefore committed a criminal offense and violated their privacy. The plaintiffs also claim that in an interview to Channel 2 News, Jordan-Dotan said that the Arab woman was the victim of an attack, which they claim, is contrary to reality. Channel 2 News is also being sued by the three women.
B.C. oil spill response 'gaps' exposed in government email - British Columbia - CBC News: The heavily redacted email, which was discovered by the NDP as part of a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, was sent on March 31 by Graham Knox, head of B.C.'s Environmental Emergency Program, to Jim Hofweber, executive director of the province's Environmental Emergencies and Land Remediation Branch.
Insurance companies start writing ‘Ebola exclusions’ into policies — RT USA: "What underwriters are doing at the moment is they're generally providing quotes either excluding or including Ebola - and it's much more expensive if Ebola is included," Gary Flynn, an event cancellation broker at London’s Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group Plc, told Reuters.
Ebola has had less impact on liability insurance. For instance, in the US, policies that cover the likes of worker’s compensation claims are regulated on the state level. Thus, Ebola exclusions are not likely, according to Reuters.
S. Tel Aviv residents protest against African asylum seekers | 972 Magazine: Protesters waved Israeli flags and held signs that read “I voted for Bibi and I got screwed,” “We want a solution here and now,” and “Bibi, you asked [for us] not to take the law into [our] hands. What have you done?” Another sign punned on the Hebrew word for minister (sar) to declare Interior Minister Eli Yishai a “Tzar” who will face “Judgment Day.”
GM Crops and the Rat Digestive Tract: Is GM Food Safe for Animals and Humans? | Global Research: The aim of this review is to examine the relationship between genetically modified (GM) crops and health, based on histopathological investigations of the digestive tract in rats. We reviewed published long-term feeding studies of crops containing one or more of three specific traits: herbicide tolerance via the EPSPS gene and insect resistance via cry1Ab or cry3Bb1 genes. These genes are commonly found in commercialised GM crops.
Our search found 21 studies for nine (19%) out of the 47 crops approved for human and/or animal consumption. We could find no studies on the other 38 (81%) approved crops.
Hollow Justice And Courts Of Order In An Age Of Government-Sanctioned Tyranny: In recent years, for example, the Court has ruled that police officers can use lethal force in car chases without fear of lawsuits; police officers can stop cars based only on “anonymous” tips; Secret Service agents are not accountable for their actions, as long as they’re done in the name of security; citizens only have a right to remain silent if they assert it; police have free reign to use drug-sniffing dogs as “search warrants on leashes,” justifying any and all police searches of vehicles stopped on the roadside; police can forcibly take your DNA, whether or not you’ve been convicted of a crime; police can stop, search, question and profile citizens and non-citizens alike; police can subject Americans to virtual strip searches, no matter the “offense”; police can break into homes without a warrant, even if it’s the wrong home; and it’s a crime to not identify yourself when a policeman asks your name.
Theresa May: police use Tasers too often against mentally ill | Politics | The Guardian: May will on Thursday cite evidence from the London Assembly that up to 30% of people Tasered by the Metropolitan police are emotionally or mentally distressed, and 50% of those Tasered are from black or other minority ethnic backgrounds.
The home secretary is to tell police forces to record far more information about mentally ill people they detain and about their use of physical restraint and of Taser electroshock stun guns.
Native American Women Finally Seeing Protections They Need: “One of the most basic human rights recognized under international law is the right to be free of violence. While many in the United States take this right for granted, Native women do not,” – Jana Walker, senior attorney and director of Indian Law Resource Center’s Safe Women, Strong Nations.
'A Generation Cast Aside': Child Poverty On The Rise In World's Richest Countries:
The annual study, Children of the Recession: The impact of the economic crisis on child well-being in rich countries, was released Tuesday in Rome. It finds that in the 41 richest countries at least 76.5 million children live in poverty.
“Many affluent countries have suffered a ‘great leap backwards’ in
terms of household income, and the impact on children will have
long-lasting repercussions for them and their communities,” said Jeffrey
O’Malley, UNICEF’s Head of Global Policy and Strategy.
French journalists in West Papua released after 2 month sentence - Free West Papua: In an attempt to cover up atrocities in West Papua, the Indonesian government still systematically bans all foreign journalists from West Papua and Thomas and Valentine are the latest journalists to be arrested. The pair were arrested by Indonesian police in Wamena on 6th August simply for being journalists in West Papua. Thomas and Valentine were making a Television documentary for the French/German TV Network Arte but had to abandon their film when the Indonesian police arrested them and confiscated their footage. The pair received threats of a 20 year jail sentence for “subversion” but the prosecution then decided to charge them with “violating immigration rules” which carries a 5 year jail sentence and 40,000 US dollar fine.