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Canceling Kavanaugh Isn’t the Only Justice Survivors Need

We must move beyond solely focusing on legal and policy solutions to rape culture. We must link these calls for reform with solutions for survivors that aren’t dependent upon carceral feminism. Last Friday, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full Senate for a final vote on his confirmation for a lifetime appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Although a limited...

Puppets, Racist Rants Test Freedom Of Speech At LA City Hall

LOS ANGELES, CA — It'll be at least another week before the Los Angeles City Council votes on a proposed rule change designed to crack down on people who repeatedly disrupt council or committee meetings, possibly by banning them from attending some future meetings. Council members spoke at length with its attorneys in closed session Tuesday but took no action on the proposal, which critics...

Native Vote Could Determine Outcome of Senate Race in Montana

On July 5 and again on September 6, 2018, Donald Trump flew to Montana, a state he won by 20 points in 2016, to hold a rally for Matt Rosendale, the Republican challenger to two-term Democrat incumbent Senator Jon Tester. Tester is one of 10 Democrat senators running in states where Trump won. The Montana Senate race is one of the most watched campaigns in...

Protesters call on Bowser to denounce ICE raid

A demonstration criticizing local raids by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency was held outside of the Wilson Building on Aug. 6 by the group Sanctuary DMV. Roughly 30 people showed up, carrying handmade signs and chanting. Members of the organization said at least 12 residents in Washington, D.C., and more in Virginia, were illegally stopped and detained the previous month. They also accused the...

The 5-Year Fight to Shut Down 'War Games Training' in the Bay Area

Bay Area activists have long maintained that the annual Urban Shield SWAT training and expo promotes police militarization under the guise of emergency preparedness. Here's how they shut it down. Held in Alameda County, California, since 2007, Urban Shield is considered the largest SWAT training and gear expo in the world. The program, subsidized by the Department of Homeland Security, is billed as a public...

Who Has Rights to Public Space in Downtown Denver?

DENVER — Potentially one of the most complicated questions in downtown Denver is how to balance business with the homeless population that resides in public spaces. Homeless advocates gathered in Skyline Park in Denver to fight for rights in public spaces on Tuesday. This comes after a report was released from the University of California Berkeley claiming business improvement districts or "BIDs" privatize downtown areas...

Activists See Double Standard in Laxalt’s Traffic Tickets

Not all traffic stops play out the same way. For Alicia Moya her unpaid traffic violations, including driving without a license, resulted in jail time and spending weeks in an ICE detention center. “I didn’t come from a rich, white suburb like (Attorney General Adam) Laxalt,” Moya says referring to a recent report about Laxalt’s numerous traffic tickets . “Why does he get a slap...

Pennsylvania to End Prison Book Donations, Forcing Inmates Onto Pricey eBook Platform

Pennsylvania's Department of Corrections is planning to ban free book donations to inmates by mail , claiming that this is a "primary avenue for drugs" to enter prisons. But the move coincides with a renewed push to get prisoners buying into a pricey prison eBook system that offers low-end tablets for $150 and eBooks no cheaper than $3 a read. "Effective immediately, the DOC will...

Bus Riders Concerned With MATA's Proposed Service Cuts

The Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) is proposing service cuts this fall that would affect almost 30 routes, and Memphis bus riders aren’t happy. Pending a vote by the MATA Board of Commissioners, seven routes will be eliminated, including the 31 Firestone which was a demonstration route implemented last year. When MATA created the Firestone route, Justin Davis of the Memphis Bus Riders’ Union (MBRU)...

Kansas City Rolls Out Sweeping Affordable Housing Plan. Some Landlords Are Opposed.

Howard Adams became a Kansas City landlord while he was still a delivery driver, rehabbing houses himself and renting them out to provide a retirement income. Most go for $500 to $700 a month, he said, squarely in the range of what city policymakers would call affordable housing — a major element of the sweeping new five-year housing plan introduced by city officials Wednesday. Adams...

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