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Man arrested for 'laughing while black' - then forced to clean jail cells

An Ohio city agreed to pay $80,000 to settle a First Amendment lawsuit filed by a black man who said police took him into custody for laughing at officers — and made up claims about him to justify the arrest.

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Greenpeace Co-Founder Arrested Protesting Trans Mountain Pipeline

On Monday, Greenpeace co-founder Rex Weyler and the children of founding family members were arrested while peacefully protesting the expansion of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline. They were joined at the independently organized protest on unceded Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver, Canada) by Canadian and American allies who oppose the pipeline for violating Indigenous rights, worsening the effects of global warming, harming the environment and its wildlife, as well as threatening the health and well-being of local communities from Canada to the Pacific Coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California.

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Professor Arrested for 'Dabbling in Feminism' in Iran: Let's 'Protest and Celebrate on International Women's Day'

In the lead-up to March 8, I am sometimes asked whether we really still need an International Women’s Day (IWD). Though my greatest hope is to see a day when gender inequity and gender injustice are social artifacts of the past, that day feels nowhere near.

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More Protests Expected in St. Louis Over Acquittal of White Police Officer in Killing of a Black Man

Demonstrators were expected to reconvene near St. Louis on Sunday afternoon for a third day of protests, following the acquittal of a white former police officer in the fatal shooting of a black man.

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Two Arrested After Shutting Down Kinder Morgan Terminal in Escalating Protests Against Major Tar Sands Oil Pipeline

(Richmond, CA) — In a sign of growing escalation, protesters Monday locked themselves to steel barrels and blocked three gates of the Kinder Morgan Richmond Terminal for the second time in two weeks, demanding that the company halt its new Trans Mountain pipeline in Canada. Two were arrested. In what many environmental and Indigenous activists are starting to call the “Standing Rock of the North,” the controversial project would triple the capacity of an existing pipeline from Edmonton, Calgary to Burnaby, British Columbia—an increase to 890,000 barrels per day. This project is based on the extraction of tar sands oil, one of the world’s dirtiest fossil fuels.

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Scientific Stars Join Activists: Noted Palestinian Professor Arrested and Released - Again

Recently, for the second time in 15 months, noted Palestinian professor and astrophysicist Imad Al-Barghouthi was arrested by Israeli authorities.  Barghouthi, a professor of space physics at al-Quds University, was arrested at an Israeli military checkpoint in the West Bank on his way home.  According to the New Arab news source, Barghouthi, “a leading researcher, publishing frequently in academic astrophysics journals,” has previously worked for NASA.  In what appears now as an extended manipulative game played by the Israeli government, Barghouthi was arrested, released, re-arrested, exonerated, and yet not released as should have been the case.  Rather, after the prosecutor for the initial charge said he had no compelling evidence to keep Barghouthi under detention, and thereupon the military court said it would release Barghouthi, a new charge of “incitement” has been cooked up to keep him detained.

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Employees With Criminal Records May Be Better Workers: Study

“Do the crime, do the time,” the old aphorism states. Even as pithy, reductive phrases go, it’s a particularly inept and oversimplified descriptor that ignores the racial, class and socioeconomic factors that contribute to sentencing disparities and overly punitive policies in our system of criminal injustice. It also belies the fact that long after many people with convictions have paid their “debt to society” (another misguided expression), they often continue to pay dearly in ways that make it nearly impossible to rebuild their lives. At a time when the United States jails more of its citizens, by number and percentage, than any other country in the world, the obstacles that stand in the way of successful reintegration to society desperately need to be reexamined.

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WATCH: Chicago Police Release Video of Cop Standing on Neck of Suspect Who Died During Arrest

Two Chicago police officers have been placed on desk duty after authorities finally released dashcam video showing one of them standing on the neck of a suspect who died following the encounter last July.

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6 UC Santa Cruz Students Face MDMA Felonies, but Throwing Them In Prison Won’t Help Anyone

Six students in their fourth year at the University of California, Santa Cruz (my alma mater), were arrested earlier this month and could face felony charges for suspected involvement in what authorities are calling an “international drug ring,” conspiring to sell MDMA (aka Molly or Ecstasy). According to the San Jose Mercury News, U.S. Customs and Border Protection worked with U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s San Jose team to confiscate 4.1 pounds of pills, which were shipped from overseas to residences throughout Santa Cruz. Officers with the Santa Cruz Police Department arrested the six 21-year-old suspects, all fraternity or sorority members, at their homes on March 4. They were each assigned bail between $5,500 to $30,000, according to Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office records. They are no longer being held.

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Fresno Bar Kicks out Two Black Women - and It Turns out They Are ACLU Attorneys

Fresno, California bar is under fire for kicking out two African-American attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union who were trying to have a night out singing karaoke, according to the ACLU.

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Bill McKibben and Dozens More Arrested in Ongoing Campaign Against Proposed Gas Storage (VIDEO)

The fight over the fate of the Finger Lakes received national attention today when best-selling author, environmentalist and founder of 350.orgBill McKibben, joined the opposition. McKibben, 55, was arrested this morning with 56 area residents as part of an ongoing civil disobedience campaign against proposed gas storage in Seneca Lake’s abandoned salt caverns.

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