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‘Get Your Knee Off Our Necks’: On 57th Anniversary of Historic Civil Rights Rally, Tens of Thousands March on Washington

An estimated 50,000 people are expected to attend the “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks” March in Washington, D.C. on Friday as racial justice advocates gather to mark the 57th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech at the 1963 March on Washington and commit to fighting for meaningful criminal justice reform. The name …

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Postal Workers Union Organizes Nationwide Rallies Pressuring Congress to #SaveThePostOffice

A union representing U.S. Postal Service employees joined with USPS supporters to hold dozens of rallies across the country Tuesday demanding that Congress #SaveThePostOffice by providing the agency with at least $25 billion in emergency funding as well as stopping and reversing mail slowdown policies introduced by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. The day of action …

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Massive Crowd in Minsk Tells Belarus Dictator: Resign Now!

A massive crowd of hundreds of thousands of protesters gathered in Minsk on Sunday, demanding President Alexander Lukashenko’s resignation and saying “Fuck You!” to the Belarusian strongman’s warning that “stringent measures” would be employed to “defend” the country. The turnout in Minsk today for the manifestation for democracy looks absolutely massive. The regime effort to …

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#SaveThePostOffice: New Documents Show Postal Delays Are ‘Far Worse’ Than Previously Known

As the House of Representatives prepares a Saturday vote on legislation to reverse recent changes in postal operations and send emergency funds to help the agency before the November election, the chair of the House Oversight Committee says that things are far worse than previously known. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), released new internal USPS documents Saturday with a warning …

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Nearly 700 Protests Planned for Saturday at Post Offices Across Country as DeJoy Slammed for Defense of Mail Sabotage

As of Friday afternoon, more than 650 demonstrations were planned as part of “Save the Post Office Saturday,” a national day of action in which people across the U.S. will demand that President Donald Trump and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy end their assault on the U.S. Postal Service. Demonstrations will begin at 11:00 am local time.  …

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Extinction Rebellion Activists Launch Ocean-Focused Offshoot With Direct Actions Targeting Luxury Cruise Liner

A new grassroots climate movement called Ocean Rebellion officially launched this week with non-violent direct actions targeting a luxury cruise liner docked at the United Kingdom’s Falmouth Harbor as part of a broader effort to raise awareness of the environmental impact of cruise shipping. As the “sea-faring sister” of Extinction Rebellion (XR), Ocean Rebellion “has …

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‘Our Movement Didn’t Just Win. We Earned Mandate for Change,’ Says Ilhan Omar After Soundly Defeating Big-Money Challenger

Fueled by small donations, grassroots progressive enthusiasm, and an expanding base of support, Rep. Ilhan Omar on Tuesday handily defeated a dark money-backed challenger in the Democratic primary for Minnesota’s 5th congressional district—a win the progressive incumbent characterized as further evidence that “organized people will always beat organized money.” Omar, a Somali refugee and one …

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Majority of Americans Back Black Lives Matter Protests and Think Demonstrations Will Help Racial Justice: Poll

Nearly two-thirds of Americans support the nationwide protests for Black lives and racial justice that erupted after Minneapolis police killed George Floyd in late May, and over half of Americans believe the demonstrations will help boost public backing for racial justice. That’s according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday and conducted June 23-July 6, 2020. …

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‘Feds Stay Clear, Moms Are Here’: Portland Mothers Form Human Shield to Protect Protesters from Federal Agents

Angered over the arrival of federal agents in Portland, Oregon, where racial justice protests have been ongoing for nearly two months, dozens of mothers from across the city joined demonstrators over the weekend to form a “Wall of Moms.” The human shield was formed by the mothers to protect hundreds of demonstrators assembling in the …

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Thousands Join Greta Thunberg in Letter Telling Global Leaders It’s Time to #FaceTheClimateEmergency​

Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg and thousands of other advocates for climate action released an open letter Thursday demanding that European Union and global leaders #FaceTheClimateEmergency by pursuing bold and urgent changes to current economic and political systems that are essential to ensure a habitable future planet. “It is now clearer than ever that the climate …

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Civil Rights Groups Sue NC City Over Law That ‘Effectively Bans Any Protest’

Civil rights groups on Friday filed a lawsuit against Alamance County and the city of Graham, North Carolina, after officials issued a new ordinance last week announcing the police department would not be issuing protest permits during the city’s current state of emergency. The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the ACLU, and a …

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Racial Justice and Transformative Social Change Demanded in Juneteenth Commemorations Across US

Tens of thousands of Americans filled city streets around the country Friday for Juneteenth, the celebratory holiday marking emancipation, as the nationwide protest movement in support of Black lives continued into its fourth week. “Today we honor Black excellence. Black innovation. Black history. Black futures. Black joy. Black brilliance,” tweeted Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), who called …

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“Stay in the Streets. It’s Working”: Two Weeks Into Racial Justice Protests, New York State Classifies Use of Chokeholds as Felony

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Monday urged Americans to stay the course in the massive protests which have been held in cities and towns across the U.S. for the past two weeks, pointing to New York State lawmakers passing long-awaited legislation to classify chokeholds as a felony as evidence the pressure is working. The Eric Garner …

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‘This Is Incredible’: Enormous Crowds Flood Streets Across US Demanding End to Police Brutality and Justice for George Floyd

Hundreds of thousands of people across the United States—and, in stunning displays of solidarity, around the world—poured into the streets Saturday demanding an end to police brutality and racial injustice in the largest day of demonstrations since the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis officers last week. Enormous and diverse crowds of …

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New Yorkers Confront de Blasio Over Defense of NYPD Violence as Calls Mount for Mayor’s Resignation

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio faced angry New Yorkers who called in to WNYC‘s “The Brian Lehrer Show” on Friday, demanding answers about the mayor’s response to racial justice protests in the city over the past two weeks and his persistent defense of violence from the NYPD.  Callers to the “Ask the Mayor” segment referred …

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Minneapolis City Council Taking First Steps to ‘Dismantle’ Police Department

Aiming to “dismantle” the Minneapolis Police Department, city councilors on Friday will vote on imposing a temporary restraining order for the city’s police department in response to the killing of George Floyd last month, and plan to set a timeline for the state’s investigation into racial discrimination by the police over the past decade. The …

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“When They Say We Don’t Have the Right to Protest,” Says Naomi Klein, “That’s the Moment to Flood the Streets”

Amid a wave of sustained protest in cities across the U.S. and the globe against police brutality and racial injustice, author and activist Naomi Klein on Thursday reminded those experiencing President Donald Trump’s America that it is precisely during times when the government is pushing hardest to discourage dissent that massive displays of public opposition …

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“When They Say We Don’t Have the Right to Protest, That’s the Moment to Flood the Streets”

Amid a wave of sustained protest in cities across the U.S. and the globe against police brutality and racial injustice, author and activist Naomi Klein on Thursday reminded those experiencing President Donald Trump’s America that it is precisely during times when the government is pushing hardest to discourage dissent that massive displays of public opposition …

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‘This is Huge’: Move to Defund Police Gains Support Nationwide

As law enforcement officers across the country continue to brutalize peaceful demonstrators in the nationwide protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week, support for defunding the police is rising as Americans become increasingly fed up with the institution’s racism and violence.  “In moments of crisis, people want services and resources …

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‘This Isn’t Going Away’: Defying Curfews and Police Brutality in Relentless Push for Justice, Uprising Over Killing of George Floyd Keeps Growing

Refusing to be cowed by militaristic intimidation tactics, mass arrests, draconian curfews, and violence endorsed and directly ordered by the Trump administration, tens of thousands of people demanding justice for the police killing of George Floyd—and so many others—took to the streets across the U.S. once more Wednesday in a powerful signal that the nationwide …

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After Days of Protest, Police Officer Derek Chauvin Charged With 3rd Degree Murder for Killing George Floyd

As an impeached dumpster fire raves – Twitter was mean to him! Masks mean “social control”! – his abysmal failures have seen us not just hit the grisly milestone of 100,000 deaths but soar right past it: Thursday’s toll was 102,794 and rising fast. In response, the Lincoln Project’s harrowing new ad savages his “great …

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New PEN America Report Warns Surge of Anti-Protest Laws in Trump Era Is ‘Danger to Expressive Rights of All’

As protest movements against racist police violence, planet-destroying pipelines, and the policies of President Donald Trump have intensified and spread rapidly across the U.S. in recent years, so have efforts by state lawmakers from both major political parties to criminalize protest by hitting peaceful demonstrators with draconian jail sentences and financial penalties. “The sudden increase …

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‘Watershed Moment in Election Law’ as Judge Rules ‘Modern Day Poll Tax’ in Florida Unconstitutional

Civil liberties advocates celebrated after a federal court on Sunday struck down as unconstitutional a Florida law that would have denied the right to vote to nearly a million recently enfranchised state residents with past felony convictions until they paid all outstanding legal fees, fines, and restitution. After Florida voters in November 2018 overwhelming backed …

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“They Don’t Care for Our Lives”: McDonald’s Workers Strike Across US to Demand Better Protections From Covid-19

Demanding McDonald’s prioritize public health and worker safety over profits, hundreds of employees at the fast food chain went on strike Wednesday, a day before the company was set to hold its annual shareholders’ meeting. Instead of distributing dividends to its shareholders, the striking employees are calling for the company to use its massive profits to …

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‘Shell Must Fall,’ Climate Activists Declare at Oil Giant’s Headquarters During Shareholders Meeting

Donning face masks and abiding by social distancing guidelines because of the coronavirus pandemic, climate activists gathered at Royal Dutch Shell’s headquarters in The Hague Tuesday during the oil giant’s annual shareholders meeting to declare that “Shell must fall.” “It’s time to end all investment in the fossil fuel industry.”—Greenpeace Although hundreds of activists had …

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