Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

UN Human Rights Council to Examine U.S. Police Brutality

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

The United Nations’ top human rights authority will hold a debate about racism and police brutality after the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody sparked protests across the U.S. and in other countries. At the request of Burkina Faso, the Human Rights Council decided on an “urgent debate on the current racially inspired human rights violations, systemic racism, police brutality and the violence against peaceful protests,” according to a statement from the Geneva-based body ...

Carson thinks Trump will ‘get there’ on athletes kneeling

Monday, June 15th, 2020

The lone African American member of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet said Monday he would work with the president on the issue of athletes taking a knee during the national anthem, though Trump has shown no signs of softening, tweeting over the weekend that he would not watch soccer or football if players don’t stand for the national anthem.

Pelosi mulls making masks mandatory at committee hearings

Monday, June 15th, 2020

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Pelosi'Defund the police' movement hits semantics roadblock Navarro floats T price tag for next coronavirus relief bill Democrats see path to ridding Capitol of Confederate statues MORE (D-Calif. said Monday that she is looking into possibly making facial coverings a requirement for lawmakers at House committee hearings during the coronavirus pandemic.

For immigrants, marching with Black Lives Matter has risks

Friday, June 12th, 2020

Among the thousands who march each day in support of the Black Lives Matter movement are immigrants and their advocates. But protesting for them has an added risk: inadvertently winding up in immigration custody. All over the country, immigrants are expressing solidarity with the movement that has taken off since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

450 NYC businesses damaged during George Floyd protests

Friday, June 12th, 2020

An estimated 450 Big Apple businesses were looted or damaged during recent protests over the police custody death of George Floyd, city officials estimate. Those merchants saw looting and other “storefront damage” from May 29 to June 9 as mostly peaceful but sometimes violent demonstrations swept the five boroughs, according to the Department of Small Business Services. Agency officials are still evaluating the cost of the damage, press secretary Samantha Keitt said Thursday.

Some Minneapolis officers vow support for department change

Thursday, June 11th, 2020

A group of Minneapolis police officers on Thursday condemned the former officer charged with murder in George Floyd’s death, and said they're ready to back the police chief’s promised overhaul of the department. Fourteen officers signed an open letter Thursday addressed to “Dear Everyone -- but especially Minneapolis citizens. The letter says Officer Derek Chauvin “failed as a human” and “stripped George Floyd of his dignity and life.

Trump signals he’s ready to battle again over NFL players kneeling during anthem

Monday, June 8th, 2020

President Donald Trump criticized Drew Brees and Roger Goodell for changing their stances regarding kneeling during the national anthem.

Other voices: Protesting injustice is your sacred right as an American

Sunday, June 7th, 2020

The demonstrations come amid a movement by some state lawmakers to falsely equate lawful protest and civil disobedience with crime and terrorism. These chilling moves against fundamental liberties must not stand. A May report from PEN America, an organization dedicated to literature, human rights and free expression, documents 82 state bills considered or adopted by 32 states to criminalize assembly and speech.

12 more counties get Wolf’s green light to enter green phase

Friday, June 5th, 2020

HARRISBURG, Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf will allow 12 more counties that are home to 1.3 million people to enter the least-restrictive phase of his pandemic reopening plan, even as he warned Friday of an outbreak in northwestern Pennsylvania. Wolf said that the counties — Adams, Beaver, Carbon, Columbia, Cumberland, Juniata, Mifflin, Northumberland, Union, Wayne, Wyoming and York — can join the “green” phase of his stoplight-colored reopening plan next Friday.

Callie Crossley On Some Of The Proposals To Address Systemic Racism In Mass.

Friday, June 5th, 2020

Following a week of nationwide protests over police brutality and the killing of George Floyd, Massachusetts leaders are beginning to speak publicly about how they plan to address the centuries-old issue of racial injustice. On Friday, Under the Radar and Basic Black host Callie Crossley made her weekly appearance on Boston Public Radio, where she said she was “very interested in all of the proposals that’ve come forth. Some leaders have been more direct than others, Crossley said.