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May 29, 2020
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Baltimore Mayoral Candidate Wants to Limit Mayoral Power

Baltimore Mayoral Candidate Wants to Limit Mayoral Power

May 29, 2020

City Council President Brandon Scott is fighting to limit the authority of Baltimore’s ‘all powerful mayor’ while he seeks that office.

Essential Remittances To Africa Devastated By Coronavirus Pandemic

Essential Remittances To Africa Devastated By Coronavirus Pandemic

May 29, 2020

Families dependent on remittances from seasonal workers are facing a crisis, even in countries without widespread COVID-19 cases.

Outrage In Minneapolis After Police Killing Caught On Video

Outrage In Minneapolis After Police Killing Caught On Video

May 29, 2020

The city roils after the death of George Floyd as police confronted protesters and the mayor urged prosecutors to charge the officers involved.

New Details Of Deadly No-Knock Warrant Show Just How Reckless Police Can Be

New Details Of Deadly No-Knock Warrant Show Just How Reckless Police Can Be

May 29, 2020

PAR uncovers new information on the dangers of serving no-knock warrants and analyzes the raid that killed 26-year-old EMT Breonna Taylor. Cop watcher Kenneth Dunham alleges continued intimidation from local Oregon police.

Sanitation Workers Striking For PPE And Pay Replaced By Prison Labor

May 27, 2020

Dr. Talitha LeFlouria talks with TRNN about the New Orleans sanitation strike where workers were fired and replaced by prison labor from nearby Livingston Parish, and the historical roots of the exploitation of prison labor.

NYU Response To Grad Student Sickout Puts Fall Semester In Question

May 27, 2020

NYU’s graduate students held a three-day sickout, demanding additional financial support from the university in the wake of the novel coronavirus.

Handcuffed Man Dies After Minneapolis Cop Kneels On His Neck

May 27, 2020

Four officers are fired after one was caught on video kneeling on a man’s neck. The man later died. The FBI has joined the investigation and witnesses say the officer was kneeling on his neck for several minutes as he pleaded for help.

Comcast Ignores Calls To Improve Internet Access During Pandemic

May 26, 2020

Despite making $4 billion in revenue in 2019, Comcast hasn’t responded to pleas from students and educators to increase internet speeds during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grassroots Organizers Continue To Move The Needle For Change Despite Little Fanfare

May 26, 2020

Activists like Cameron Miles, Vonya Quarles, Erica Smith, and Amber Rose-Howard discuss organizing tactics that work in the continued fight for social justice and prison abolition.

Climate Crisis: EU Green Stimulus, Meat Apocalypse, Public Lands, Climate Music

May 24, 2020

In this week’s Climate Crisis News Roundup, COVID-19 has meat production in crisis, but what’s its climate impact? And a new report says President Trump has the worst public lands protection record in history, while the EU and Spain will soon release a green economic stimulus plan.

Correction Officers And Inmate Advocates Prepare For Action At Jessup Prison

May 23, 2020

Corrections officers and prison abolitionists will join together Saturday to protest the lack of PPE and testing, and the need for parole, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Can Sex Workers Survive COVID-19 When The Government Won’t Give Aid?

May 22, 2020

Sex Workers’ rights advocates have been demanding decriminalization of their work, but now under the pandemic regulations even legal forms of sex work like strip clubs have been targeted by the federal government and alienated from government aid.

Inside America’s Cash-Hungry Plainclothes Police Units

May 22, 2020

Breonna Taylor, an EMT, was shot eight times in a botched no-knock drug raid. PAR interviews an ex-cop who tells the truth about drug raids, warrants, and asset forfeiture, and speaks with cop watcher Laura Shark.

‘Children Are Infected, Inmates Are Dying’

May 22, 2020

Maryland’s largest public sector union staged a socially-distanced protest to demand more PPE, testing, and safer working conditions.

Can Public Education Survive COVID-19?

May 22, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted apartheid conditions in US public schools.

The Proposed Nile Dam Is A Wedge Between Egypt, Ethiopia, And Sudan

May 21, 2020

The plan to build a giant hydroelectric dam on the Nile River is a cornerstone in Ethiopia’s economic development strategy, but is fiercely opposed by President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi in Egypt.

What Impact Has Coronavirus Had On Policing?

May 21, 2020

Racial bias in policing has always existed, with tragic results for some. But has the coronavirus had an impact, or has it merely exposed just how deeply biased policing always was?

‘Students Have Fallen Off The Face Of The Planet’

May 21, 2020

Remote learning has created huge barriers to learning for low income communities of color, where four in ten families lack high speed internet access.

How Islamophobia And Trump Are Dividing Major Jewish Organizations

May 20, 2020

The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations’ incoming Chair-elect Dianne Lob faced attack from of Morton Klein of the Zionist Organization of America because of her work with Muslim refugees.