Daily Archives: May 1, 2019

2019-05-01: News Headlines

AVAAZ (2019-05-01). Rightwing extremists weaponising disinformation to destroy Europe from within. indybay.org Dear Avaazers across Europe, | This photo of a ship full of people, practically spilling out over the edges, went viral all over Europe. It was meant to scare Europeans into believing their shores were being 'flooded' with new migrants. But there's only one problem with it – it's totally fake. | Extremists are using our social media feeds to manipulate us and turn us against each other, and in the next few weeks they plan to disrupt the European elections!

Fight Back (2019-05-01). May Day rally and march set for LA. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA – Boyle Heights families, workers and students will march on May 1, International Worker's Day, to protest Trump's anti-immigrant attacks and demand no wall on the Mexico border and no deportations. The May Day rally and march will start at 4: 30 at the corner of Chavez and Mathews streets; and end at Mariachi Plaza for a rally. | According to a statement from march organizers, "The 5th annual May Day in Boyle Heights unites poor working-class families, students, teachers and workers to demand 'Legalization for All,' respect and equality for Mexican-Americans and Latinos." | The march will include…

WSWS (2019-05-01). Liberal and Labor compete in stoking anti-refugee scare-mongering. wsws.org The SEP unequivocally defends right of asylum seekers, immigrant workers and their families to live, study and work in Australia, or anywhere in the world, as full citizens.

teleSUR (2019-05-01). Ethiopia: Former President Gidada Funeral Preparations Underway. telesurenglish.net The funeral for Ethiopia's late President Negasso Gidada is currently in preparation by the country's government. | RELATED: | Ethiopia: Doctors Without Borders Helps Displaced, Malnourished | Dr. Gidada was receiving medical treatment in Germany for an unspecified illness. He passed away on Saturday at 75 years old. | Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent a message commemorating the former president as a veteran of Ethiopian politics and decades-long career in higher government posit…

WSWS (2019-05-01). Trump orders new attacks on rights of refugees, asylum seekers. wsws.org Trump has directed that his top officials to impose a fee on asylum seekers, give border patrol cops authority to determine credible fear claims and place restrictions on work permits.

WSWS (2019-04-30). Syriza government authorises mass evictions of refugees and asylum seekers. wsws.org The Syriza government has been at the forefront of cracking down on refugees as part of the European Union's anti-immigrant agenda.

Fight Back (2019-04-30). Dallas celebrates May Day 2019. fightbacknews.org Dallas, TX – About 50 people gathered in Lake Cliff Park in Oak Cliff, Dallas to celebrate International Workers Day. The theme of the celebration was the resurgence of the strike in labor organizing, and recent victories for workers, such as the teachers' strikes. | Organizations present at the celebration included Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Party for Socialism and Liberation, Migrante USA, Communist Party USA, Trans Pride Initiative, Communications Workers of America, International Marxist Tendency, and Workers World Party. Jo Hargis was the emcee of the celebration. The celebration opened with D…

splcenter (2019-04-30). Court certifies class action in lawsuit on behalf of children detained by Trump administration. splcenter.org A federal court certified as a class action an SPLC lawsuit challenging the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement's (ORR) policies and practices regarding the release of unaccompanied minors and the reunification of immigrant families — a ruling with the potential to help end the prolonged detention of immigrant children across the United States.

Nick Alexandrov (2019-04-30). Trump on the Border: More of the Same. counterpunch.org Trump's critics call him a liar, immoral, authoritarian, someone who rejects American traditions. And he is all of these but the last, his border policy makes clear. His proposed measures are not innovative in their cruelty. They both echo established practice in the border zone, and reinforce trends ingrained in U.S. history. This border policy, as spelled out this month, More

United Nations (2019-04-30). Gains by Abyei interim force can help advance resolution of border issues between Sudan and South Sudan, UN peacekeeping chief says. un.org The United Nations security force for Abyei remains essential to stability in the border regions between Sudan and South Sudan, the UN peacekeeping chief said on Tuesday, proposing the creation of a civilian unit to support progress towards political resolution of the dispute between the neighboring countries, and requesting a six-month extension of its mandate.

ACLU (2019-04-30). We Got U.S. Border Officials to Testify Under Oath. Here's What We Found Out. aclu.org ICE and CBP allow unfettered, warrantless searches of travelers' digital devices, and empower officers to dodge the Fourth Amendment | In September 2017, we, along with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, sued the federal government for its warrantless and suspicionless searches of phones and laptops at airports and other U.S. ports of entry. | The government immediately tried to dismiss our case, arguing that t…

Ryan Devereaux (2019-04-29). Homeland Security Used a Private Intelligence Firm to Monitor Family Separation Protests. theintercept.com The calls for action were mounting. It was mid-June, and the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy, which saw thousands of migrant children separated from their parents, was producing waves of outrage. By the end of the month, hundreds of protests were planned in towns and cities across the country. As the plans moved forward, others took notice. | In the days leading up to the protests, a private intelligence company that works with the Department of Homeland Security was monitoring the activity on the ground. Documents shared with The Intercept by the American Immigration Council, obtained through a fr…

United Nations (2019-04-29). Some 300,000 Venezuelan children in Colombia need humanitarian assistance; UNICEF looks to boost response funding. un.org Without increased support, the health, education and well-being of at least 327,000 children from Venezuela living as migrants and refugees in Colombia will be in jeopardy, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned on Monday.

Bryan Wall (2019-04-29). Jacob Rees-Mogg 'had no idea' about the border in Ireland, according to former Irish prime minister. thecanary.co Former Irish prime minister Bertie Ahern has said British MP Jacob Rees-Mogg doesn't understand the Irish border. Ahern was speaking at a Women in Media conference when he made the comments.

Rachel Janik and Hatewatch Staff (2019-04-26). New Mexico Town Worked to Oust Vigilantes Who Partnered With Border Patrol. splcenter.org Just days after a New Mexico town helped evict militia members who held migrants against their will, guests on an antigovernment radio show suggested another militia group establish a camp in Texas.

Kevin Gosztola (2019-04-26). Appeals Court Decision Upholds First Amendment Rights Of Undocumented Immigrants. shadowproof.com In a victory for undocumented immigrants who engage in activism, a federal appeals court found activist Ravi Ragbir had a valid claim against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which attempted to deport him in retaliation for his political speech.

Bill Blum (2019-04-25). Unequal Justice: As the Next Census Approaches, Will the Supreme Court Side with Trump in his War on Immigrants? progressive.org The idea for reinstating the citizenship question came from discussions including White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, both of whom have long histories as proponents of anti-immigrant policies.

pip.hinman (2019-04-25). Student migrant faces deportation. greenleft.org.au Students, unionists and community members protested outside the immigration department on April 11 against the threatened deportation of Kinley Wangchuck, an 18-year-old hearing-impaired student who lives in Queanbeyan, NSW. | Wangchuck's family, who have lived in Australia for 7 years and are seeking permanent residency, was told in early April that their son did not meet Australia's migration health requirements and had to be deported as otherwise he would be a "financial burden" on the country. | Will Edwards from the National Union of Students (NUS) Disabilities Department called the protest, which als…

CJ Baker (2019-04-24). Protest Song Of The Week: 'All Some Kind Of Dream' By Josh Ritter. shadowproof.com Over his two-decade career, Josh Ritter has become a well-respected singer-songwriter known for his narrative lyrics. In "All Some Kind Of Dream," addressing Donald Trump's anti-immigrant policies, Josh Ritter balances mournful indictment with hope human compassion will win out in the end.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-24). Supreme Court Appears Set to OK Census Citizenship Question Despite Risk of Undercounting Millions. democracynow.org The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a case challenging the Trump administration's plans to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census. Voting rights activists fear that adding the question will deter immigrants from participating in the census and lead to a vast undercount in states with large immigrant communities. Census officials have estimated 6.5 million people will not respond to the census if the citizenship question is added. This undercount could affect everything from the redrawing of congressional maps to the allocation of federal funding. The case centers on whether Commerce Secre…

splcenter (2019-04-23). SPLC answers questions about antigovernment extremists who detain migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border. splcenter.org In recent days, media outlets have reported that armed militia groups, acting as border vigilantes, have been detaining migrants at gunpoint along the along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-23). Right-Wing Vigilantes Hold Migrants Hostage on U.S. Border. Did Border Patrol Give Tacit Approval? democracynow.org The FBI has arrested the head of an armed vigilante group that has repeatedly filmed itself detaining migrant border crossers at gunpoint. Sixty-nine-year-old Larry Mitchell Hopkins is the leader of the far-right, pro-Trump group calling itself United Constitutional Patriots, which the American Civil Liberties Union described as an "armed fascist militia organization." His arrest came just days after the ACLU accused the vigilantes of illegally detaining 300 migrants, including young children, near Sunland Park, New Mexico, last week. We speak to Peter Simonson, executive director of the ACLU of New Mexico.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-23). Charges Dropped for U. of Arizona Students Who Called Border Patrol "Murder Patrol" at Campus Event. democracynow.org Authorities at the University of Arizona in Tucson have dropped charges against three students who held a nonviolent protest against Border Patrol agents speaking on their campus. During the March 19 protest, the students called border agents "Murder Patrol" and an "extension of the KKK." All three students were charged with misdemeanors. On Friday, motions to dismiss the charges were granted after the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups led a campaign on behalf of the students. We speak with Mariel Bustamante, one of the "Arizona Three." She is a graduating senior who is double-majoring in law and an…

Bonpane Family (2019-04-22). Statement of the family of activist and radio host Blase Bonpane upon his passing. liberationnews.org Bonpane played a key role in raising awareness of government directed violence throughout Central America during the 1980s by leading delegations of politicians, activists, celebrities, and students on trips to Nicaragua.

splcenter (2019-04-19). Weekend Read: Cuban asylum seekers detained in Louisiana. splcenter.org Every day, tens of thousands of immigrants are locked behind bars in the United States. Many are detained for months, even years, far from their loved ones and communities.

2019-05-01: Social Media Postees

Rightwing extremists weaponising disinformation to destroy Europe from within
AVAAZ | indybay.org | 2019-05-01
Dear Avaazers across Europe, | This photo of a ship full of people, practically spilling out over the edges, went viral all over Europe. It was meant to scare Europeans into believing their shores were being 'flooded' with new migrants. But there's only one problem with it – it's totally fake. | Extremists are using our social media feeds to manipulate us and turn us against each other, and in the next few weeks they plan to disrupt the European elections!
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/04/30/1882305…

Liberal and Labor compete in stoking anti-refugee scare-mongering
wsws.org | 2019-05-01
The SEP unequivocally defends right of asylum seekers, immigrant workers and their families to live, study and work in Australia, or anywhere in the world, as full citizens.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/01/refu…

May Day rally and march set for LA
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-01
Los Angeles, CA – Boyle Heights families, workers and students will march on May 1, International Worker's Day, to protest Trump's anti-immigrant attacks and demand no wall on the Mexico border and no deportations. The May Day rally and march will start at 4: 30 at the corner of Chavez and Mathews streets; and end at Mariachi Plaza for a rally. | According to a statement from march organizers, "The 5th annual May Day in Boyle Heights unites poor working-class families, students, teachers and workers to demand 'Legalization for All,' respect and equality for Mexican-Americans and Latinos." | The march will include…
fightbacknews.org/2019/4/30/may-day-rall…

Ethiopia: Former President Gidada Funeral Preparations Underway
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-01
The funeral for Ethiopia's late President Negasso Gidada is currently in preparation by the country's government. | RELATED: | Ethiopia: Doctors Without Borders Helps Displaced, Malnourished | Dr. Gidada was receiving medical treatment in Germany for an unspecified illness. He passed away on Saturday at 75 years old. | Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent a message commemorating the former president as a veteran of Ethiopian politics and decades-long career in higher government posit…
telesurenglish.net/news/Ethiopia-Former-…

Trump orders new attacks on rights of refugees, asylum seekers
wsws.org | 2019-05-01
Trump has directed that his top officials to impose a fee on asylum seekers, give border patrol cops authority to determine credible fear claims and place restrictions on work permits.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/01/asyl…

Dallas celebrates May Day 2019
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-30
Dallas, TX – About 50 people gathered in Lake Cliff Park in Oak Cliff, Dallas to celebrate International Workers Day. The theme of the celebration was the resurgence of the strike in labor organizing, and recent victories for workers, such as the teachers' strikes. | Organizations present at the celebration included Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Party for Socialism and Liberation, Migrante USA, Communist Party USA, Trans Pride Initiative, Communications Workers of America, International Marxist Tendency, and Workers World Party. Jo Hargis was the emcee of the celebration. The celebration opened with D…
fightbacknews.org/2019/4/29/dallas-celeb…

Court certifies class action in lawsuit on behalf of children detained by Trump administration
splcenter.org | 2019-04-30
A federal court certified as a class action an SPLC lawsuit challenging the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement's (ORR) policies and practices regarding the release of unaccompanied minors and the reunification of immigrant families — a ruling with the potential to help end the prolonged detention of immigrant children across the United States.
splcenter.org/news/2019/04/30/court-cert…

Syriza government authorises mass evictions of refugees and asylum seekers
wsws.org | 2019-04-30
The Syriza government has been at the forefront of cracking down on refugees as part of the European Union's anti-immigrant agenda.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/30/gree…

We Got U.S. Border Officials to Testify Under Oath. Here's What We Found Out
aclu.org | 2019-04-30
ICE and CBP allow unfettered, warrantless searches of travelers' digital devices, and empower officers to dodge the Fourth Amendment | In September 2017, we, along with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, sued the federal government for its warrantless and suspicionless searches of phones and laptops at airports and other U.S. ports of entry. | The government immediately tried to dismiss our case, arguing that t…
aclu.org/blog/privacy-technology/privacy…

Trump on the Border: More of the Same
Nick Alexandrov | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-30
Trump's critics call him a liar, immoral, authoritarian, someone who rejects American traditions. And he is all of these but the last, his border policy makes clear. His proposed measures are not innovative in their cruelty. They both echo established practice in the border zone, and reinforce trends ingrained in U.S. history. This border policy, as spelled out this month,…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/30/trump-on-the…

Gains by Abyei interim force can help advance resolution of border issues between Sudan and South Sudan, UN peacekeeping chief says
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-30
The United Nations security force for Abyei remains essential to stability in the border regions between Sudan and South Sudan, the UN peacekeeping chief said on Tuesday, proposing the creation of a civilian unit to support progress towards political resolution of the dispute between the neighboring countries, and requesting a six-month extension of its mandate.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/04/1…

Some 300,000 Venezuelan children in Colombia need humanitarian assistance; UNICEF looks to boost response funding
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-29
Without increased support, the health, education and well-being of at least 327,000 children from Venezuela living as migrants and refugees in Colombia will be in jeopardy, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned on Monday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/04/1…

Homeland Security Used a Private Intelligence Firm to Monitor Family Separation Protests
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2019-04-29
The calls for action were mounting. It was mid-June, and the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy, which saw thousands of migrant children separated from their parents, was producing waves of outrage. By the end of the month, hundreds of protests were planned in towns and cities across the country. As the plans moved forward, others took notice. | In the days leading up to the protests, a private intelligence company that works with the Department of Homeland Security was monitoring the activity on the ground. Documents shared with The Intercept by the American Immigration Council, obtained through a fr…
theintercept.com/2019/04/29/family-separ…

Jacob Rees-Mogg 'had no idea' about the border in Ireland, according to former Irish prime minister
Bryan Wall | thecanary.co | 2019-04-29
Former Irish prime minister Bertie Ahern has said British MP Jacob Rees-Mogg doesn't understand the Irish border. Ahern was speaking at a Women in Media conference when he made the comments.
thecanary.co/global/world-news/2019/04/29/jacob-rees-mogg-had-no-idea-about-the-border-in-ireland-according-to-former-irish-prime-minister/

New Mexico Town Worked to Oust Vigilantes Who Partnered With Border Patrol
Rachel Janik and Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-04-26
Just days after a New Mexico town helped evict militia members who held migrants against their will, guests on an antigovernment radio show suggested another militia group establish a camp in Texas.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/04/26/new-m…

Appeals Court Decision Upholds First Amendment Rights Of Undocumented Immigrants
Kevin Gosztola | shadowproof.com | 2019-04-26
In a victory for undocumented immigrants who engage in activism, a federal appeals court found activist Ravi Ragbir had a valid claim against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which attempted to deport him in retaliation for his political speech.
shadowproof.com/2019/04/26/appeals-court…

Student migrant faces deportation
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-25
Students, unionists and community members protested outside the immigration department on April 11 against the threatened deportation of Kinley Wangchuck, an 18-year-old hearing-impaired student who lives in Queanbeyan, NSW. | Wangchuck's family, who have lived in Australia for 7 years and are seeking permanent residency, was told in early April that their son did not meet Australia's migration health requirements and had to be deported as otherwise he would be a "financial burden" on the country. | Will Edwards from the National Union of Students (NUS) Disabilities Department called the protest, which als…
greenleft.org.au/content/student-migrant-faces-deportation

Unequal Justice: As the Next Census Approaches, Will the Supreme Court Side with Trump in his War on Immigrants?
Bill Blum | progressive.org | 2019-04-25
The idea for reinstating the citizenship question came from discussions including White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, both of whom have long histories as proponents of anti-immigrant policies.
progressive.org/dispatches/unequal-justi…

Supreme Court Appears Set to OK Census Citizenship Question Despite Risk of Undercounting Millions
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-24
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a case challenging the Trump administration's plans to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census. Voting rights activists fear that adding the question will deter immigrants from participating in the census and lead to a vast undercount in states with large immigrant communities. Census officials have estimated 6.5 million people will not respond to the census if the citizenship question is added. This undercount could affect everything from the redrawing of congressional maps to the allocation of federal funding. The case centers on whether Commerce Secre…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/24/a_threat_…

Protest Song Of The Week: 'All Some Kind Of Dream' By Josh Ritter
CJ Baker | shadowproof.com | 2019-04-24
Over his two-decade career, Josh Ritter has become a well-respected singer-songwriter known for his narrative lyrics. In "All Some Kind Of Dream," addressing Donald Trump's anti-immigrant policies, Josh Ritter balances mournful indictment with hope human compassion will win out in the end.
shadowproof.com/2019/04/24/protest-song-…

Right-Wing Vigilantes Hold Migrants Hostage on U.S. Border. Did Border Patrol Give Tacit Approval?
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-23
The FBI has arrested the head of an armed vigilante group that has repeatedly filmed itself detaining migrant border crossers at gunpoint. Sixty-nine-year-old Larry Mitchell Hopkins is the leader of the far-right, pro-Trump group calling itself United Constitutional Patriots, which the American Civil Liberties Union described as an "armed fascist militia organization." His arrest came just days after the ACLU accused the vigilantes of illegally detaining 300 migrants, including young children, near Sunland Park, New Mexico, last week. We speak to Peter Simonson, executive director of the ACLU of New Mexico.
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/23/right_win…

SPLC answers questions about antigovernment extremists who detain migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border
splcenter.org | 2019-04-23
In recent days, media outlets have reported that armed militia groups, acting as border vigilantes, have been detaining migrants at gunpoint along the along the U.S.-Mexico border.
splcenter.org/news/2019/04/23/splc-answe…

Charges Dropped for U. of Arizona Students Who Called Border Patrol "Murder Patrol" at Campus Event
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-23
Authorities at the University of Arizona in Tucson have dropped charges against three students who held a nonviolent protest against Border Patrol agents speaking on their campus. During the March 19 protest, the students called border agents "Murder Patrol" and an "extension of the KKK." All three students were charged with misdemeanors. On Friday, motions to dismiss the charges were granted after the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups led a campaign on behalf of the students. We speak with Mariel Bustamante, one of the "Arizona Three." She is a graduating senior who is double-majoring in law and an…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/23/charges_d…

Statement of the family of activist and radio host Blase Bonpane upon his passing
Bonpane Family | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-22
Bonpane played a key role in raising awareness of government directed violence throughout Central America during the 1980s by leading delegations of politicians, activists, celebrities, and students on trips to Nicaragua.
liberationnews.org/statement-of-the-fami…

Weekend Read: Cuban asylum seekers detained in Louisiana
splcenter.org | 2019-04-19
Every day, tens of thousands of immigrants are locked behind bars in the United States. Many are detained for months, even years, far from their loved ones and communities.
splcenter.org/news/2019/04/20/weekend-re…