Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Guardian UK:
"At least 3,500 Americans have been detained inside a Chicago police warehouse described by some of its arrestees as a secretive interrogation facility, newly uncovered records reveal.

Of the thousands held in the facility known as Homan Square over a decade, 82% were black. Only three received documented visits from an attorney, according to a cache of documents obtained when the Guardian sued the police.

Despite repeated denials from the Chicago police department that the warehouse is a secretive, off-the-books anomaly, the Homan Square files begin to show how the city’s most vulnerable people get lost in its criminal justice system. ... Documents indicate the detainees are a group of disproportionately minority citizens, many accused of low-level drug crimes, faced with incriminating themselves before their arrests appeared in a booking system by which their families and attorneys might find them."

-->82% are Blacks, held in secret detention center and denied their basic rights. The NYT isn't interested, and didn't cover this story. 


Common Dreams:
"Over a dozen protesters on Tuesday converged at the Detroit mayor's publicly-funded mansion and 'liberated' his water supply, in a creative direct action highlighting the inequities that underlie the city's mass water shutoffs and resultant humanitarian crisis. ...

Tawana Petty, organizer with Detroiters Resisting Emergency Managers, said: 'We estimate that about 20,000 homes, at least 40,000 people, are currently without water. They are aiming for an additional 2,000 to 3,000 water shutoffs per week.'

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is turning off the taps despite mass resistance in Detroit and rebuke from United Nations experts, who said last year that Detroit's water shutoffs are condemning residents to 
'lives without dignity,' violating human rights on a large scale, and disproportionately impacting African-Americans."

-->The NYT isn't interested in the 20,000, mostly Black families in Detroit, trying to live without water. It didn't print this racist assault on people of color.  


Center of Constitutional Rights:
"On Thursday, a federal judge handed a stinging rebuke to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in its attempt to have Prof. Steven Salaita’s case thrown out. Steven was fired from a tenured position based on his personal tweets criticizing Israel’s military assault on Gaza last summer. ...

Hours after the ruling, University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise, who last year fired Steven, announced her resignation. ... 

Last week’s ruling follows a June state court decision ordering the university to turn over emails related to the firing that it had refused to divulge, as well as a vote by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) to censure the university. Earlier this year, the AAUP also issued a report that concluded UIUC had violated academic freedom and due process. The university’s leadership has faced sustained criticism and an ever-growing boycott across the academic world."

-->The Associated Press covered this important story of Zionist pressure to fire a professor for his statements on Gaza. However, The NYT didn't think this story of academic freedom newsworthy enough to print.

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