2020-07-28: News Headlines

Staff (2020-07-28). No Paper Trail: Migrant Children Secretly Held in Hampton Inn Hotels Before Expulsion from U.S. democracynow.org Under a shocking new Trump administration policy, hundreds of people who came to the United States seeking asylum were secretly held in hotels for days on end before being expelled from the country, often with little or no paper trail. This includes more than 200 unaccompanied immigrant children — including babies and toddlers — who were taken to hotels near the Texas-Mexico border by a private contractor for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "The Trump administration has been just basically expelling them without due process and without any paper trail," says Zenén Jaimes Pérez, advocacy director…

Staff (2020-07-28). Headlines for July 28, 2020. democracynow.org Senate Republicans Unveil Plan to Slash Unemployment Benefits as Pandemic Rages, Moderna Late Stage Vaccine Trial Starts, as Trump's NSA Tests Positive for Coronavirus, WHO: COVID-19 "Most Severe Global Health Emergency" as Global Death Toll Tops 654,000, AG Barr and National Guardsman to Testify Before Congress with Battling Narratives, John Lewis Lies in State in Capitol Rotunda as He Is Honored by Fellow Lawmakers, 100s of DNC Delegates to Oppose a Party Platform Without Medicare for All, DNC Members Vote to Support Israel's Illegal Annexation of West Bank, "Free Them All!": Immigrant Rights Activists Chain Th…

Fight Back (2020-07-28). Minneapolis protest demands justice for Vanessa Guillen, Breonna Taylor, women lost to state violence. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – On July 18, hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Minneapolis to demand justice for women lost to state violence. Organized by the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC), the protest focused on Vanessa Guillen and Breonna Taylor. The dual focus on Vanessa Guillen, who was Latina, and Breonna Taylor, who was Black, aimed to build unity between Black and Latino communities as well as other communities in the struggle for justice. | The protest took place in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis. After a lakeside rally at Bde Mka Ska, protesters marched to the intersection of…

Lee Siu Hin, Immigrant Solidarity Network (2020-07-28). Thursday 8/6: 8/6 5-7PM PST Please Join Our D2K LA 2000 – 20th Anniversary Zoom Webinar. indybay.org 8/6 5-7PM PST Please Join Our D2K LA 2000 – 20th Anniversary Zoom Webinar | Time: August 6th Thursday at 5-7 PM PST. | Zoom Webinar Registration: us04web.zoom.us/meeting/register/upwrcOmrrjkjGt3I5EpvVOBEXwgErDneL6Yt | August 2000 will be the 20th anniversary of the D2K LA 2000, a week-long moralization that shocked the country: DNC LA, march to Staples Center, The Rage concert, the convergent center at the MacAuthor Park, the LA Independent Media Center at the Patriotic Hall, Mumia march, direct action at the Rampart Police Station, midnight special law collective, jail solidarity action in front of the T…

Lee Siu Hin, Immigrant Solidarity Network (2020-07-28). 8/6 5-7PM PST Please Join Our D2K LA 2000 – 20th Anniversary Zoom Webinar. indybay.org 8/6 5-7PM PST Please Join Our D2K LA 2000 – 20th Anniversary Zoom Webinar | Time: August 6th Thursday at 5-7 PM PST. | Zoom Webinar Registration: us04web.zoom.us/meeting/register/upwrcOmrrjkjGt3I5EpvVOBEXwgErDneL6Yt | August 2000 will be the 20th anniversary of the D2K LA 2000, a week-long moralization that shocked the country: DNC LA, march to Staples Center, The Rage concert, the convergent center at the MacAuthor Park, the LA Independent Media Center at the Patriotic Hall, Mumia march, direct action at the Rampart Police Station, midnight special law collective, jail solidarity action in front of the T…

Staff (2020-07-27). Headlines for July 27, 2020. democracynow.org Florida, Texas and California Grapple with Mounting Infections as U.S. Caseload Tops 4.2 Million, Protesters in Puerto Rico Call for Halt to Tourism to Curb Mounting Coronavirus Cases, Judge Denies Trump Request to Delay Deadline for Releasing Immigrant Children, Senate to Unveil New Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Cutting Unemployment Benefits, U.K. Reinstates Spain Quarantine; N. Korea Declares Emergency; Cases Mount Across Latin America & Africa, BLM Protesters Face Attacks from Federal Agents, Police, and Other Violence in Cities Across the U.S., John Lewis Crosses Edmund Pettus Bridge for Last Time as Family and S…

Fight Back (2020-07-27). NYC rallies for People's State of the Nation Address. fightbacknews.org New York, NY – Over 60 people gathered on July 26, in Woodside, Queens for the People's State of the Nation Address. This action is organized every year in response to the U.S.-backed Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address. The event is a protest of his government, which has committed human rights abuses and wages war the people. It was organized by the Malaya Movement, Sige, Kabataan Alliance, and BAYAN USA Northeast. | The action started at Woodside Plaza, where speakers addressed various topics about the Philippines, from migrant workers to women's rights to the recent Anti-Terror…

WSWS (2020-07-27). Australian Tamil refugee mother denied urgent medical treatment for weeks. wsws.org Despite outrage in her Australian home town of Biloela, Priya Murugappan was flown to a mainland hospital only after suffering prolonged abdominal pain.

yenisafak (2020-07-27). New Zealand court sentences man for slavery. yenisafak.com The High Court in Napier, a coastal city on New Zealand's North Island, also ordered the payment $183,000 in reparations to his victims.In a statement, the country's immigration officials and police welcomed the verdict and said the Joseph Matamata was convicted on 10 human trafficking and 13 slavery charges in March this year."Today's sentencing is the result of more than three years of work by INZ [Immigration New Zealand] and New Zealand Police. A joint investigation began back in 2017 when the first allegations of Matamata's offending were brought to INZ's attention. His offending was related to 13 Samoan nat…

yenisafak (2020-07-27). Dozens of irregular migrants stranded in Mediterranean. yenisafak.com Dozens of irregular migrants have been stranded in the Mediterranean Sea in Malta's search and rescue zone for over 30 hours, the UN migration organization said Monday.Flavio Di Giacomo, a spokesman for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), cited a tweet by Alarm Phone, a group monitoring migrant crossings across the Mediterranean Sea, calling on authorities to rescue the 95 migrants fleeing from Africa to Europe."Let's remember that these boats are unsafe and unfit for navigation and that they should be always considered as boats in distress, since they can sink at any moment," wrote Giacomo, who w…

yenisafak (2020-07-27). Turkey rescues 23 irregular migrants in Aegean. yenisafak.com Turkey has rescued 23 irregular migrants including children in the Aegean Sea, according to security sources on Monday.Acting upon an intelligence tip off that there was a dinghy stranded off the coast of Tasburun in the Aydin province, the Turkish Coast Guard launched a search operation and rescued the migrants.After routine checks, they were referred to the provincial migration authority.Turkey has been a key transit point for asylum seekers aiming to cross to Europe to start new lives, especially those fleeing war and persecution.The country earlier this year opened its gates to irregular migrants seeking to c…

RT (2020-07-26). Rwandan refugee working as diocese volunteer confesses to setting Nantes cathedral alight — lawyer. rt.com A 39-year-old man, who had already been detained, questioned and released by French police, was brought into pre-trial custody again, having admitted to starting fires at the 15th-century cathedral in the western city of Nantes. | The impressive Nantes Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul fell victim to a blaze back on July 18, with several fire brigades scrambled to put out the flames. As the story developed, investigators established that the man — who worked as an altar server — was the one who closed up the building for the night. | He was briefly detained by police last week but was then released…

yenisafak (2020-07-26). Twenty-four Rohingya feared drowned off Malaysian resort island. yenisafak.com Muslim-majority Malaysia has long been a favoured destination for Rohingya Muslims seeking a better life after escaping a 2017 military crackdown in Myanmar and, more recently, refugee camps in Bangladesh.Malaysia's coastguard said 25 people had tried to swim to shore late on Saturday when their boat was near the west coast of the island but only one reached land.Two boats and one aircraft were sent out on Sunday to scour an area of more than 100 square nautical miles, according to Mohd Zawawi Abdullah, provincial director for the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency."We have relayed information to other rescue…

WSWS (2020-07-25). Trump signs executive order on 2020 Census declaring undocumented immigrants are not persons. wsws.org The order would affect the distribution of federal funding as well as the apportionment of congressional seats.

sputniknews (2020-07-25). US ICE Threatens Filmmakers, Producers in Bid to Block Approved Footage From Netflix – Report. sputniknews.com According to a report by the New York Times, two Netflix filmmakers who filmed approved, behind-the-scenes footage with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for two and a half years are now being threatened by the same government authorities.

Staff (2020-07-25). Trump Admin Faces Lawsuit Opposing Exclusion of Undocumented People From Census. truthout.org "The constitutional mandate is clear—every person counts in the census. Undocumented immigrants are people—and nothing President Trump does or says changes that fact." | So said Dale Ho, director of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project, in a statement Friday

Labor Video Project (2020-07-25). Stop SF Privatization Of Balboa Reservoir & Defend SF Community College. indybay.org The land grab of SF PUC owned Balboa reservoir by the developer Avalon was opposed by speakers at the Ocean campus of San Francisco Community College on July 23, 2020. They also discussed the destruction of ESL classes and the closure of Fort Mason and other campuses. The CCSF administration and Board of Trustees speakers charged are dismembering the community college and destroying the futures of immigrants, Blacks, Latinos, working class youth and the faculty and staff of the college…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-07-25). ACLU and Immigrant Rights Groups Challenge Latest Trump Effort to 'Rig the Census for Partisan Gain'. commondreams.org "The census—and our fight—is about ensuring that our communities are fully represented in this country." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/census_0_0.jpg

Staff (2020-07-24). Headlines for July 24, 2020. democracynow.org Trump Cancels RNC in Jacksonville as COVID-19 Deaths Soar in Florida, CDC Issues New Guidelines Urging Schools To Reopen, South Africa Closes School For a Second Time as COVID-19 Cases Top 40,000, 1.4 Million File For Employment as Moratorium on Evictions Ends, Whistleblowers Reveal How ICE Used Deception to Deport Immigrants with COVID-19, ICE Attempted to Censor Embedded Journalists Who Filmed Wrongdoing, Judge Bars Federal Agents in Oregon From Targeting Journalists & Legal Observers, 37 Senate Democrats Join GOP in Passing $740 Billion Military Spending Bill, AOC Delivers Moving Response to Rep. Ted Yoho's Se…

Afroze Fatima Zaidi (2020-07-24). Windrush campaigner Paulette Wilson had 'spirit broken by government', says friend. thecanary.co Windrush campaigner Paulette Wilson has died "a broken woman" at 64 years old. Her death comes just a month after delivering a petition to Downing Street calling for action to address the failings that led to the Windrush scandal.Wilson, who was from Wolverhampton, died unexpectedly on Thursday 23 July. According to family friend and fellow Windrush campaigner Patrick Vernon, she was a "precious gem" who was "broken by the government".Paulette Wilson and Anthony Bryan after a personal apology from immigration minister Caroline Nokes (Yui Mok/PA)Hostile environment: At age 10, Wilson came to Britain from Ja…

RT (2020-07-24). Chinese researcher accused of hiding military links taken into custody in San Francisco — reports. rt.com A Chinese researcher accused of concealing her military past has been taken into custody, Reuters says, citing a senior US Justice Department official. She was hiding out at the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco. | The researcher, Juan Tang, applied for a visa in 2019 and responded "no" when asked if she had ever served in the Chinese military. When the FBI found a picture of Tang in a military uniform, an arrest warrant was served earlier this week. | Tang — who worked at the University of California, Davis — sought refuge in San Francisco's Chinese Consulate. However, an anonymous Justice Departme…

commondreams (2020-07-24). ACLU, Immigrants' Rights Groups Sue Trump Administration Over New Census Order. commondreams.org ______________________________…

_____ (2020-07-24). US Prisoner Of Never Ending War, With Never Ending Sentence, Released. popularresistance.org Adham Amin Hassoun, a 58-year old US citizen and a Palestinian born in Lebanon, who is the first person detained indefinitely under the Patriot Act over terrorism-related charges, has been freed. Hassoun has been deported after a legal battle to hold him indefinitely failed, Associated Press reports. He left the US for an unknown country aboard a charter flight arranged by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Last month, a judge ordered his release because the government failed to prove he is a threat to national security.