VIRGINIANS SHOW THE REAL FACE OF POVERTY

Virginia (OW) – On a recent night in Richmond, Virginia, speaker after speaker came forward to talk about the multidimensional reality of poverty. The setting was a hearing held by the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. “I’ve been working for years as a professional and I don’t earn a living wage,” said Joyce Barnes, a home health care worker based in Richmond. “It hurts. It hurts so much.” She described how she gets no sick days or vacation days, and can’t take a day off to spend with…

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Diesel Therapy: The Torture And Punishment Of Reality Leigh Winner

US (PT) – For over a year, 26 year old Reality Leigh Winner remained in the same Lincoln County jail in Georgia. The rural facility became a bleak, though familiar reminder of an impending court appearance this August. Since being sentenced to 5 years in prison under the Espionage Act, Winner has been shuffled between multiple facilities. The former National Security Agency contractor and Air Force veteran faced up to 10 years for allegedly leaking documents related to Russian involvement in the 2016 election. The documents in question were to The…

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Cochise County vaccinating Naco residents after sewage spill reaches residential areas

Naco, AZ (Cronkite) – Francisco Romo wasn’t sure why volunteers had come to his small home to vaccinate him and his wife, Lydia, but the elderly couple complied. They’re now protected against hepatitis A, B and tetanus. The reason for the house call lies just a few yards from the Romos’ house. A burst pipeline is leaking raw sewage at a rate of 300 gallons per minute every day as officials figure out a way to permanently fix it. Cochise County officials declared a state of emergency on Sept. 9. Leaking…

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Heavy Rains Forcing Tough Decisions For Milwaukee River

Wisconsin (PT) – Heavy rainfall blanketed Wisconsin as August ended, including Milwaukee. Some areas were overwhelmed after 9 inches of rain fell over a single weekend. Widespread flooding offered Wisconsinites a glimpse into the Badger State’s damper future. For Milwaukee, this creates a slew of new flood management. Especially with more rains on their way, according to recent forecasts. The Milwaukee Metro Sewage District (MMSD) has been forced to release sewage overflow into the Milwaukee river five times this year. “I wouldn’t call it ‘run of the mill’”, said MMSD’s…

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Israel Lobbying for $900Mln in US Financial Aid – Document

Washington, DC (Sputnik) – The Israeli government is lobbying in Washington, DC for $900 million in US financial aid, a lobbying registration form revealed. “We will lobby the United States federal government, including the White House, the United States Senate, the United States House of Representatives, the United States Department of State, the United States Department of the Treasury, the United States Department of Commerce and the USAID to provide more than $900 million in financial aid to Israel,” the registration form by the Israeli government said on Friday. The Israeli government said it has hired the American Federal…

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US Congress Rejects Anti-LGBT Adoption Amendment

Washington, DC (HRW) – Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people planning on fostering or adopting children in the US have a victory to celebrate. The US House of Representatives approved an appropriations package for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Defense on Wednesday – but only after a  discriminatory amendment was removed. That amendment would have allowed child welfare providers to refuse to place children with LGBT parents. The “Aderholt Amendment,” introduced by Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL), would have forced the federal government to fund adoption and foster…

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Border Patrol agent had arsenal in home, attempted “suicide by cop,” officials say

Webb County, TX (TT) – A South Texas U.S. Border Patrol agent accused of killing four people appeared to be preparing for a shoot-out with law enforcement after a would-be victim broke free and alerted police, authorities said Monday. Border Patrol officer Juan David Ortiz, accused of murdering four people and abducting a fifth. – Webb Co. Sheriff’s Office Juan David Ortiz, 35, was arrested early Saturday after the woman escaped from his vehicle, encountered Department of Public Safety troopers and told them Ortiz had brandished a weapon. During a press…

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‘Optimist’ US State Department Predicts Arms Deal Surge – As Casualties Mount

Washington, DC (Sputnik) “I would anticipate — I am an optimist and a realist — that next year’s numbers will be higher than this year’s numbers,” Andrea Thompson, who oversees arms control at the State Department, told Defense News last week. Lockheed Hellfire missile. Thompson was referring to total weapons sales approved by the diplomatic corps in 2019. That’s saying a lot, considering that in the first half of fiscal year 2018, the US had already smashed its weapons sales total from the previous year, the State Department’s arms exporting agency said in July. According to the official, a new policy on conventional arms transfer…

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EXCLUSIVE: BARRETT BROWN ALLEGES ARYAN BROTHERHOOD LINK TO DPD OFFICER AMBER GUYGER

Dallas, Tx. (PT) – Barrett Brown, the renowned journalist, essayist, satirist, founder of Project PM, and guiding force behind the recently launched Pursuance Project, has waded into the controversial case of Amber Guyger, the Dallas police officer who allegedly shot and killed a man in an apartment unit she says she believed was her own. In a series of social media statements, posted on his Twitter handle and elsewhere on social media, Brown has stated categorically that he believes that another individual posing in a widely circulated photograph of Guyger…

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As Months Pass in Chicago Shelters, Immigrant Children Contemplate Escape, Even Suicide

Chicago, IL (ProPublica) – One 16-year-old from Guatemala said he wanted to “quitarme la vida,” or “take my life away,” as he waited to be released from a Chicago shelter for immigrant children. He was kept there for at least 584 days. A 17-year-old from Guinea went on a hunger strike, telling staff members he refused to eat until he saw evidence they were trying to find him a home. He was released nearly nine months after he entered a shelter. And a 10-month-old boy, forcibly separated from his father at…

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