He Made it From Honduras to the U.S., and Was Sent Right Back

San Diego, CA (VOSD) – At first, Denilson didn’t want to go to the United States. But his friends and neighbors insisted. Denilson, who is now 20, had been running from Honduras for years. When he was teenager, the mayor of the town where he lived wanted to kill him. Then, after he’d fled to a different city, gang members threatened his life. He had lived in Panama for a while and tried escaping to the United States multiple times – the last attempt had resulted in a brutal kidnapping. But…

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CEOS GOT AN $800K RAISE LAST YEAR. DID YOU?

US (Otherwords) – Congratulations on that nice pay raise you got last year. A 7 percent hike — wow! After 40 years of stagnant wages, that uptick should help you pay off some of old credit card bills or get an upgrade on your 10-year-old pickup. Oh, wait… you say you didn’t get such a raise? Oops, my mistake. It was the CEOs of corporate giants who reported to the Associated Press that they enjoyed a median jump of 7 percent last year. And, since their paychecks were already king-size, that amounted to…

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VETERAN JOURNALIST AND ACTIVIST BILL WEINBERG ON GEOPOLITICS AND THE LEFT

Jae: Could you introduce yourself for those unfamiliar with your work? Bill:  I’m a 30-year veteran journalist in the fields of human rights, indigenous peoples, drug policy and war. I’ve reported widely from Latin America and am the author of Homage to Chiapas: The New Indigenous Struggles in Mexico, about the Zapatistas and related movements. I’m struggling to finish a follow-up book about indigenous struggles in the Andes. I was news editor at High Times magazine in the ’90s, and continue to cover the drug war beat for Cannabis Now magazine. I was a…

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How Taxpayers Covered a $1,000 Liquor Bill for Trump Staffers (and More) at Trump’s Club

Florida (Propublica) — In April 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach, Florida, estate and club, for a two-day summit. While Xi and his delegation stayed at a nearby hotel, Trump and his advisers stayed at the peach-colored, waterfront resort. That evening, Trump and a dozen of his closest advisers hosted Xi and the Chinese delegation in an ornate dining room where they ate Dover sole and New York strip steak. Those sorts of lavish, formal gatherings are expected for a major bilateral summit. DALLAS,…

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What Do We Tell Our Kids About Drugs?

This article was prepared by Stíofán Caomhanach who is a Researcher and Activist, and the Founder of Legalize Cannabis Ireland for Talking Drugs. World (TD) – I’ve been studying drug policy and advocating for drug policy reform for years now, so I didn’t expect to be so unprepared when asked: “What do we tell our kids about drugs?” This question prompted me to put serious thought to the issue and try to come up with a comprehensive answer. The slightly vague short answer is… the truth. But that is to ignore the vast…

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Share with Caution: How Social Media Fuels Moral Panic over Drug Use

US (TD) – Viral posts on social media are spreading false and stigmatizing stories about people who use drugs, further marginalizing vulnerable groups. In March 2019, a Facebook user in the US recently posted an image of a toilet paper roll in a public bathroom with a few red dots on it, warning people that someone had stuck a used needle into the roll in an attempt to clean off blood. The post implied that the blood could contain infectious diseases, which could then be picked up by someone who ended up using…

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Mass Line Report: Marcos From Brazil

This interview was conducted and submitted to Pontiac Tribune by Jae Carico of The Fifth Column. This is an interview series with folks living in every country around the world. This second report from Brazil is with an activist named Marcos. Jae: What are the major organizations doing positive liberation work in your area? Marcos: Hard to say… In my specific area, I know none. I live in the countryside, and I know there are antifascists around, but I don’t know who they are. In Brazil, in general, there are some…

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Mass Line Report: Japan 2019 Comrade Warren Interview

This interview was conducted and submitted to Pontiac Tribune by Jae Carico of The Fifth Column. This is an interview series with folks living in every country around the world. This first comrade is from Japan. Jae: What are the major organizations doing positive liberation work in your area? Warren: There’s several organizations and movements over here doing positive work. Labor unions such as Tozen, the National Union of General Workers (NUGW) and especially the NAMBU branch of the NUGW, which is probably the closest equivalent of like the IWW…

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Teachers Forced Out of Their Jobs Over Misconduct Often Keep Teaching for Years

San Diego, CA (VOSD) – Educators regularly stay in the classroom for two and a half years or more while the slow adjudication process of determining whether to revoke their credential goes forward. This years-long process plays out after teachers have already been investigated and forced to leave one district. In the meantime, they find work in others, often as substitute teachers. James Himmelsbach had a reputation for making unwanted advances toward his female co-workers at Carmel Creek Elementary School and intimidating those who challenged them. He would place his hands…

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Elkhart’s Acting Police Chief Has Previously Been Demoted, Reprimanded and Suspended

Elkhart, IN (ProPublica) – When Ed Windbigler was suspended last month as the police chief in Elkhart, Indiana, his No. 2, Todd Thayer, became the Police Department’s public face, appearing at a town hall meeting, before a civilian oversight commission and on the radio. In each setting, Thayer defended the department — the “thin blue line” protecting law-abiding citizens from “predators” and “all the other garbage” — and attacked the media, with references to “tabloid” journalism and “ambush reporting.” On Monday, Windbigler resigned under pressure from Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese, who said he wants “new…

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