2020-07-02: News Headlines

Stan Cox (2020-07-02). It's Not Just Meat: All Farm and Food Workers Are in Peril. counterpunch.org COVID-19 outbreaks are now reaching far beyond the meatpacking industry. Migrant farmworkers in fruit orchards and vegetable fields, long the targets of intense exploitation, are seeing their health put in even greater jeopardy as they're pushed to feed an increasingly voracious supply chain in pandemic-time.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-07-02). Farmworkers: Big California farm sickens workers, families with coronavirus. peoplesworld.org

Josue De Luna Navarro (2020-07-01). The Victory of DACA Is a Reminder that Nothing Will Put Us Down. commondreams.org The decision on DACA is a huge victory for our undocumented communities, but it's also a reminder to the present administration, and future administrations, that we won't stop mobilizing and organizing for people's collective freedom to move—and stay—in unity and peace. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/immigrants.jpg

Bianca Sierra Wolff (2020-07-01). ICE is Leaving Immigrants to Die in Detention. zcomm.org And Retaliating When They Speak Out…

Sanket Jain (2020-07-01). How India Failed Its Coronavirus Test. progressive.org When Prime Minister Narendra Modi shut down the country from March to June, millions of migrant workers faced starvation and homelessness.

WSWS (2020-07-01). Migrants challenge visa processing delays by New Zealand authorities. wsws.org The Labour Party-led government is delaying the processing of migrant visa applications, leaving tens of thousands of people in limbo.

yenisafak (2020-07-01). Merkel stresses 'strategic ties' with Turkey. yenisafak.com German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday stressed the importance of "strategic ties" with Turkey, also vowing to enhance dialogue with Ankara to help resolve conflicts in Libya and Syria.Speaking on the day Germany assumed the EU's six-month rotating presidency, Merkel said she shares the view that EU member states should take a more "coherent strategy" towards Turkey, stressing that this strategy should involve both cooperation and criticism."We have strategic ties [with Turkey], as we are [both] members of NATO. Moreover, addressing the refugee question is only possible with the EU-Turkey agreement, if we m…

sputniknews (2020-07-01). Cisco Systems Sued in California Over Alleged Caste Discrimination. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Equality Labs, a civil rights group, has claimed that 67 percent of dalits working in the US felt like they were being treated unfairly. Reuters reports that Cisco Systems, like other large Silicon Valley employers, hires thousands of Indian immigrants, but that most are Brahmins or from other traditionally privileged castes.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-07-01). Removing 'Unjust Barrier' to Asylum, Federal Judge Strikes Down Trump Rule Forcing Refugees to Seek Safety Elsewhere. commondreams.org Immigrant rights advocates applauded a Trump-appointed federal judge's rebuke to the White House on Wednesday as the U.S. District Court for Washington, D.C. blocked the administration's anti-asylum rule targeting Central Americans. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/child_migrant_cd_0_0_0_0.jpg

Staff (2020-06-30). NJ Latinx Parents & Students Fight Robert Wood Johnson Plan to Demolish Public School. democracynow.org In a story Democracy Now! has followed closely, Juan González shares an update on efforts to prevent the demolition of the Lincoln Annex public school in New Brunswick, New Jersey. City officials are trying to proceed with demolishing the public school this summer, in a move that would force 760 students to be bused to other schools for years, and parents and local activists are holding a rally in front of the Lincoln Annex School. "They want to keep the pressure on in the streets and to call on allies … who support public education, who are against gentrification and the abuse of immigrants, to join the rally,…

Bianca Sierra Wolff — Lisa Knox (2020-06-30). ICE is Leaving Immigrants to Die in Detention, and Retaliating When They Speak Out. counterpunch.org The spread of COVID-19 to immigrant detention facilities poses a mortal danger to everyone who is unjustly detained. For months now advocates, organizers and those detained have urged elected officials and governmental agencies to take affirmative steps to prevent needless deaths and suffering inside immigrant detention facilities.

Felipe de la Hoz (2020-06-30). The Shadow Court Cementing Trump's Immigration Policy. thenation.com The Shadow Court Cementing Trump's Immigration Policy…

IMEMC Staff (2020-06-30). Israeli Troops Abduct Ten Palestinian Residents in the West Bank. imemc.org Israeli troops abducted early on Tuesday ten Palestinians from different parts of the West Bank and in the internationally-recognized occupied East Jerusalem. The Ramallah-based Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) said in a statement that Israeli troops abducted five Palestinian residents from the Aida refugee camp and the Nahaleen village of …

yenisafak (2020-06-30). Merkel's mission for EU presidency: 'Make Europe strong again'. yenisafak.com Chancellor Angela Merkel aims to strengthen a divided European Union and help its hard-hit economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic when Germany takes over the rotating presidency of the 27-member bloc on Wednesday.Critics have in the last three months raised questions about the future of the bloc as national borders shut and each state resorted, at least initially, to national policies to tackle COVID-19, which has killed more than 100,000 people in the EU.Merkel, who helped steer the EU through its debt and migrant crises, has stressed the need for solidarity in overcoming the COVID-19 crisis."During the G…

yenisafak (2020-06-30). Burundi's new government sworn in. yenisafak.com The newly appointed Burundian government was sworn in Tuesday by the head of state and the senate, local media reported.President Evariste Ndayishimiye promised to combat corruption in public services and the COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in an address to the nation after the ceremony."Burundi will be managed by its sons and daughters with dignity. A country where all citizens can eat as much as they need, have financial independence to meet their needs," SOS Médias Burundi quoted the president. "Burundi is a nest for everyone. We call on all Burundian refugees to return to their country.

_____ (2020-06-30). Restrictive Immigration Boomerangs Against The United States. popularresistance.org The European Union has prepared a preliminary draft of its new border regulations, outlining who can visit after July 1, and that this list depends on how the countries of origin of the prospective travelers are dealing with the new coronavirus. People from the U.S., at this point, will be excluded. "This viewpoint is a severe blow for U.S. prestige in the world and a rejection of the management of the virus in the U.S. on the part of President Trump," the Times added. Among the acceptable travelers for the European Union are those from Cuba, the country against which the U.S. began to build economic, financial,…

_____ (2020-06-30). "Hard Road Of Hope" Shows West Virginia Is A Mirror Of The United States. popularresistance.org For years now Eleanor has been participating in climate justice camps and actions providing support to those on the front lines of the climate and environmental crises however it was needed from producing media to locking down. It was through this work that she became aware of the major shift from mountain top removal for coal to fracking for gas, both very exploitative and extractive industries, in West Virginia. As she went there to cover what was happening, it became clear that the story was too big for anything but a documentary. | In "Hard Road of Hope," Eleanor teaches the untold history of how immigrants w…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-29). Anti-racism groups protest vilification of immigrants in Glasgow. peoplesdispatch.org In the aftermath of a stabbing incident in Glasgow, right-wing groups in the United Kingdom have been trying to whip up anti-immigrant sentiments. Anti-racism groups have insisted that the city welcomes refugees…

Eunice Cho (2020-06-29). DHS Watchdog Confirms: ICE is Failing to Protect Detained People From COVID. aclu.org As cases of COVID-19 in immigration detention facilities have exploded in recent months, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has continued to argue that it has done all that it possibly can to manage this crisis. A new

Alvaro Huerta (2020-06-29). An Open Letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom on Ethnic Studies. counterpunch.org Dear Governor Gavin Newsom, As one of the few tenured Latina/o faculty members at the California State University (CSU)—the largest public university system in the country—I'm requesting that you sign Assembly Bill 1460 or AB 1460 (ethnic studies bill), once it reaches your desk. As a son of Mexican immigrants who was born in the State Capital, I'm neither asking nor

Chris Jones (2020-06-29). Just Action for Refugees and Locals: Green Shoots on Greece's Samos Island. globalresearch.ca Recently, I had the opportunity to meet with Vasilis and Lene who have created Just Action, a new NGO on Samos. In the few months of its existence Just Action has more than lived up to its name distributing thousands …

Ali Salam (2020-06-29). Israeli Forces Detain Nine Palestinians in the West Bank, One in Gaza. imemc.org Israeli forces detained, Monday morning, nine Palestinian civilians, including a minor, from the occupied West Bank, according to the Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS). The PPS said that the occupation forces detained two Palestinians from the Hebron district Al-Arroub refugee camp; identified as Hamada Adawi, and Ahmed Raafat Al-Badawi, a minor, …