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Lawsuit Challenging Restoration of Voting Rights in Virginia is Undemocratic, Blatant Attempt to Suppress Ballot Access for Voters of Color

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Advancement Project

Today, Virginia General Assembly Republicans filed a lawsuit challenging an April 2016 proclamation issued by Governor Terry McAuliffe that automatically restored the right to vote for all persons with past felony convictions, so long as they are not in prison or on probation or parole. The 206,000 Virginians now eligible to regain the fundamental right to vote are disproportionately from communities of color historically targeted by the criminal justice system.

Syracuse Passes Resolution Supporting Verizon Workers

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Communications Workers of America

Today the city of Syracuse passed a resolution in support of the nearly 40,000 Verizon workers who are currently on strike and fighting for a fair contract that prevents the company from outsourcing and off-shoring thousands of middle-class jobs. The wave of municipal resolutions is a demonstration of the groundswell of support building for workers who have gone over a month without a paycheck and three weeks without employer provided healthcare.

Over 1,500 Organizations Call on Congress to Oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

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Public Citizen

A united cross-sector movement of 1,525 civil society organizations resent a letter today urging Congress to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  They highlighted for each Congress member the number of groups on the letter with supporters in their state.  The letter comes the same day as the corporate lobby group “U.S. Coalition for TPP” sent its own letter to Congress in support of the trade agreement.  

NAACP Statement on Verdict in Officer Trial

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NAACP

The NAACP issued the following statement on the acquittal of Officer Edward Nero by a Baltimore judge on Monday: 

“In spite of today’s verdict, we await justice for Freddie Gray.  We respect the legal process and pray that the family of Freddie Gray will receive justice for his tragic death as we continue to call on systemic reforms in municipal and state police departments across the country. 

Affected Peoples from Ecuador and Richmond To Confront Chevron Management at Annual Shareholder Meeting

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Amazon Watch

On May 24th, at the headquarters of the Amazon Watch, representatives of communities affected by Chevron environmental destruction and disregard for human rights will announce plans to return to Chevron’s Annual Shareholders Meeting the following morning in San Ramon, CA. Speakers are from a growing network of organizations confronting Chevron on its corporate misdeeds and disregard for the environment and human rights. Two speakers come directly from communities suffering negative health impacts from Chevron’s pollution.

Christal Earle on bravery, asking better questions and the inquisitive mind

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Christal Earle on Bravery, Asking Better Questions and The Inquisitive Mind

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Christal talks about finding bravery when you need it most, looking for new stories to tell, how we need to change the questions we so often ask and why there is something beautiful about the inquisitive mind.

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22 Investors Managing Over $505 Billion in Assets Sign Letter Calling on Congress to End Shell Company Secrecy

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Global Witness

This week investors from across the country are gathering in Washington, DC to share the latest in sustainable investment strategies. An important topic will include the strong message sent to Congress by 22 institutional investors managing more than $505 billion in assets calling for passage of bipartisan legislation currently before it that would require all American companies to disclose the real people who own or control them, and to keep that information updated. 

(pt) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #260 - Mulheres na prisão, mais discriminação (en, it, fr) [traduccion automatica]

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As mulheres são significativamente menos do que os homens confinados e é isso que faz com que a desigualdade, ilustrando a dizer quase sem exceção que diz "quando é um desastre para os homens, é pior para as mulheres." ---- Em fevereiro, o Controller (Controlador mas por que não?) Geral dos locais de privação de liberdade (CGLPL) publicou um relatório sobre as prisões. ---- As mulheres representam 3,2% da população prisional (não teria que escrever sobre as causas desta figura ... e também sobre a inutilidade e a ilegitimidade da prisão). Então, eles são bem-vindas em 56 estabelecimentos 188. O sul da França é particularmente pobre em prisões femininas. Isso tem duas consequências: maior superlotação do que para os homens em PACA e afastamento das famílias e, portanto, as visitas. Eles também têm acesso a menos hospitais psiquiátricos. Novamente, o problema é a ...

(it) usi-ait, L'unità (sindacale) è un valore aggiunto

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Ovvero: PER LA RICOSTRUZIONE DELL’UNITÀ DEL SINDACALISMO CONFLITTUALE ---- Non si può ignorare che il corteo del Primo Maggio che si è svolto a Milano ha sicuramente segnato l’andamento di un processo unitario delle organizzazioni sindacali antagoniste che stava prendendo quota e stava dando importanti risultati. Un processo che aveva avuto un importante segnale di svolta con lo Sciopero Generale del 18 marzo indetto dalla CUB, SI Cobas, USI-AIT, con l’adesione del SGB, la nuova formazione sindacale staccatasi da USB. L’USI aveva commentato in un suo comunicato successivo: “Uno sciopero organizzato dal basso che, pur in un periodo estremamente difficile e nonostante l’ostracismo dei media, è andato al di là delle nostre stesse aspettative e che ha causato in alcuni settori cruciali – quali scuola e trasporti – notevoli disagi”. E ancora “Adesso è fondamentale ...

(it) Federazione Anarchica Torinese: Lunedì 23. Presidio e giro info contro la guerra ai poveri

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Lunedì 23 maggio ore 18 ---- presidio e giro informativo per il quartiere ---- contro la guerra ai poveri per un mondo senza razzismo e polizia ---- La polizia dichiara guerra ai poveri ---- I sindacati di polizia partecipano alla campagna elettorale presentando un “patto per la sicurezza” ai candidati sindaco. ---- Raccolgono firme e fanno marce per la sicurezza, come quella di lunedì 23 maggio. ---- Il loro programma per rendere Torino più sicura? ---- Sgomberare campi rom e case occupate (tranne quelle fasciste per soli italiani). ---- Limitare i diritti dei rifugiati, cacciare baraccati e mendicanti. ---- Chiedono la riapertura dei bordelli e l'allontanamento delle prostitute dalle strade, la chiusura dei mercati abusivi, la deportazione dei senza documenti. Chiedono più poliziotti e più secondini. ---- La loro “sicurezza” puzza di razzismo, di violenza contro gli ...

(it) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #260 - La violenza sessuale: Dietro la guerra, lo stupro (en, fr, pt) [traduzione automatica]

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Nella regione di Kivu, nella Repubblica Democratica del Congo (RDC), decine di migliaia di donne sono state violentate e mutilate. La violenza continua e ora influisce bambine e bambini. Un esempio tristemente comune l'uso dello stupro come arma di guerra, evidenziato dalla figura di un medico che "ristabilisce le donne." ---- Il film L'uomo che ripara le donne attualmente sugli schermi (grandi città e non per molto) racconta il lavoro di Denis Mukwege, un ginecologo congolese che opera e cerca di riparare organi donne mutilate. ---- Dal 1994 e l'arrivo del genocidio ruandese, milizie e le forze armate si scontrano su questo campo. Pause, accordi di pace e la smobilitazione successo e non è ancora la pace. Stupri non hanno mai smesso, anche se il dottor Mukwege ha visto un recente calo degli arrivi nella sua clinica. milizie armate e combattuto (anche) per l'accesso alla ricchezza ...

(fr) ucl-saguenay: Chicoutimi, Occupation et zone d'autonomie! par Collectif Emma Goldman

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Au fil des années qui passent, notre quartier, le centre-ville, se fait défigurer par les vautours du capital. À travers l’émergence des tours à bureaux, des appartements de luxe, de la Place du citoyen et autres projets de «revitalisation», nous ne nous reconnaissons plus. Notre milieu de vie se fait modeler aux désirs des promoteurs immobiliers, des petits-bourgeois et de la mairie. Le quartier où nous habitons ne nous ressemble pas. Plus encore, ils veulent nous chasser. La police traque, profile, harcèle et arrête tous les indésirables qui viennent gâcher leur nouveau quartier des affaires à saveur de béton. Une dérive sécuritaire bien appréciée par les commerçants qui se sentent désormais en sécurité face aux personnes défavorisées et autres jeunes qui traînent dans le coin. Les caméras se multiplient, tout comme le nombre de flics qui rôdent comme des rapaces dans le quartier. ...

(fr) France, Alternative Libertaire AL - politique, Lille: deux camarades victimes d’arrestations ciblées (en, it, pt)

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Deux camarades syndicalistes du Valenciennois ont été embarqués lors de la manifestation lilloise contre la loi El Khomri. Ils sont en garde à vue. AL exige leur libération! ---- Les manifestations et actions qui se sont déroulées aujourd’hui ont encore été le théâtre d’une violente répression policière. Intimidations, interdiction de manifester, violences: la police française a encore une fois justifié sa triste réputation. ---- A Lille la police a procédé à des fouilles et des contrôles sur les personnes qui se rendaient à la manifestation. Certaines et certains ont été contrôlé plusieurs fois! L’objectif était clair: terroriser celles et ceux qui défient le gouvernement dans la rue. ---- Mais la police ne s’en est pas contentée. ---- Alors que la manifestation démarrait des policiers ont attaqué le cortège anticapitaliste qui regroupaient différentes organisation, dont ...

(fr) ucl-saguenay: [France] Blocage de dépôts pétroliers! Pénurie de carburant en vue! par Collectif Emma Goldman

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Blocage à Lorient. ---- Les actions contre la Loi travail ne cessent de se multiplier! À Lorient, dans le nord-ouest de la France (Bretagne), le dépôt pétrolier est bloqué depuis 36h. ---- À Port-Jérôme et Gonfreville-l’Orcher, près du Havre, le dépôt pétrolier d’ExxonMobil et la raffinerie de Total sont aussi bloqués depuis plusieurs heures. Il faut ajouter les blocages du dépôt pétrolier à Donges, en Loire-Atlantique, de deux autres à Dunkerque et d’une raffinerie à Douchy-les-Mines, au sud-ouest de Valenciennes (Nord). ---- Blocage à Dunkerque. Crédit photo: La Voix du Nord. ---- À Cournon-d’Auvergne, tout près de Clermont-Ferrand, le dépôt pétrolier est bloqué depuis plus de 3 jours. Finalement, à La Rochelle, les accès aux terminaux pétroliers du Grand port sont bloqués. Devant toutes ces actions de blocage, les stations-service voient leurs réserves en ...

(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL - policy, Bans on demonstrations: repression still up a notch (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

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Dozens of activists and militants were forbidden to participate in the events of May 17 in several cities in France (Paris, Lyon, Nantes...). ---- The police arrived at the home of these people for their return notification of the Prefecture prohibiting them from visiting the manifestations of their cities. This draconian measure is facilitated by the state of emergency, the famous state of emergency slavishly approved by 900 MPs of 906, including those of the Left Front, remember, and that the National Assembly is about to extend. Police calls "preventive" this draconian measure to prevent a "possible violence". ---- Again, as in the mobilization against the Cop 21, the government manipulates the fight against terrorism to silence social struggles. While he is struggling and completely isolated to spend the Labor Law, it can not rely on the authoritative measure of Article ...

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