Seni’s Law – please share the campaign

27 October 2017 — 38 Degrees

This should never have happened. 23-year-old Seni Lewis died in a mental health hospital after being held down by 11 police officers whilst seeking help for his mental health. His death was ruled the result of excessive force, and too often, too much force is used on vulnerable people who are struggling. [1]

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Audio: Alex Vitale on The End of Policing

27 October 2017 — FAIR

Black Lives Matter protestThis week on CounterSpin: Thanks mainly to independent and social media, and of course activism like Black Lives Matter, Americans have been forced to confront, and to know more about, police brutality and racism in the criminal justice system than just a few years ago. But corporate media conversation about what to do with that knowledge is constrained. We may hear editorial calls for better training, or more data, or sometimes even convictions of individual officers. But somehow we never see the problem of policing whole, so the deeper reckoning necessary for real change is forestalled.

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Reposting Amazon Press Releases at Bezos-Owned Washington Post By Adam Johnson

26 October 2017 — FAIR

Washington Post: What would happen if Amazon brought 50,000 workers to your city? Ask Seattle.

What would happen in Amazon brought 50,000 workers to your city? Ask Amazon. (Washington Post, 10/19/17)

A matter of huge political import is taking place in scores of cities throughout the country. From Chicago to Charlottesville, San Diego to St. Louis, metropolitan areas big and small are making their best pitches to Amazon to move its second headquarters to their towns. These pitches typically involve some combination of groveling by city officials (New York City lit the city up orange) and massive tax breaks (New Jersey is offering $7 billion), all in hopes of reaping a massive economic bonanza from the relocation.

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Spycops Plaques Project and Anarchist Bookfair

27 October 2017 — Housmans Books

1. Spycops Plaques Project, Friday 27th October, 7.30pm at Housmans

This Friday, 27th October, sees the official launch of the new Spycops Plaques Project. The project is about marking some of the places where #spycops operated in the past, with a specially designed plaque being installed at locations across London.

The groups that these officers targeted included trade unionists, environmentalists, anti-nuclear and peace activists, the movement against apartheid, people fighting for human and animal rights, against testing cosmetics on animals, and even families whose campaigning was in response to their loved ones’ deaths in custody.

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Serving the Corporate Interests of the “One-Percenters”: Selected Articles

26 October 2017 — Global Research

Pharmaceutical Firm Makes Billions by Fueling Opioid Crisis

By Mark Karlin, October 26, 2017

Although there are many factors that fuel the opioid crisis in the United States — including social injustice and economic inequality issues — Keefe’s thoroughly researched article is a telling reminder that the biggest drug pushers in the United States are legal ones: our pharmaceutical companies. Continue reading

New research on Murdoch's agenda power

26 October 2017 — Media Reform Coalition

In our submission to the phase 2 Fox/Sky merger inquiry we have presented interim findings from new research. This suggests that the Murdoch’s influence over the news agenda may be more extensive than previously thought. The Sky take-over threatens to further consolidate this control over news agendas on every platform – print, television, radio and online. 

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New research on Murdoch’s agenda power

26 October 2017 — Media Reform Coalition

In our submission to the phase 2 Fox/Sky merger inquiry we have presented interim findings from new research. This suggests that the Murdoch’s influence over the news agenda may be more extensive than previously thought. The Sky take-over threatens to further consolidate this control over news agendas on every platform – print, television, radio and online. 

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The CIA and the Pentagon’s Dirty Secrets: Selected Articles

25 October 2017 — Global Research

Syrian Government Urges UN Security Council to Put an End to US Coalition Crimes against Civilians

By News Desk, October 25, 2017

The US-led coalition, whose operation in Syria had not been authorized by the UN or Damascus, has denied that its airstrike resulted in civilian casualties in Deir ez-Zor. Continue reading

Black Agenda Report 25 October 2017

25 October 2017 — Black Agenda Report

After Winning the Election Do We Govern the Place or Transform It? Kali Akuno on the Lessons of Jackson MS So Far

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon
Cooperation Jackson’s Kali Akuno on breaking with the Dems and City Hall, and the prospects for transformation and struggle in Jackson and beyond.

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