Similarities Grow Between U.S. ICE and WWII Gestapo

In a decision that should be terrifying to the entire world, the current administration has announced that it will transfer approximately 1,600 immigrants currently held in Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) custody to federal prisons.

UPDATED 06/11/18 09:50 A.M. PST: A Manhattan federal judge has temporarily halted the deportation of Pablo Villavicencio until July 20.

ICE is already in the spotlight today after a story went viral of a pizza delivery worker who was arrested by the agency after he delivered a pizza to the Fort Hamilton Army base in New York City.

And in equally depressing and disturbing news, an Iowa Dreamer who was forced out of the country under threat of deportation was found murdered in the Mexican state of Zacatecas. Manuel Antonio Cano Pacheco’s throat was slit in what his family suspects was a gang-related attack.

He was only 19 years old and was brought to the U.S. when he was just a toddler.

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The Youth Climate March

Young people will gather in Washington, D.C. on July 21 to march on the National Mall to demand that our country’s lawmakers take immediate and drastic action to fight climate change.

Of course, we’ll have to get the majority of them to admit that climate change is real in the first place, but that’s besides the point.

The march will be preceded by a day of lobbying on July 19 during which protesters will go to Capitol Hill to deliver a list of demands to both our country’s leaders as well as to the public.

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The Crippling of an Entire Generation

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley blocked the U.N. from approving an independent investigation into the violence in Gaza and refused to place any blame on the Israeli military.

Sixty-one unarmed Palestinians were killed by Israeli military forces Monday, and an additional 2,700 were injured.

Monday’s violence brings the totals since the beginning of the protests on March 30 to at least 112 Palestinians killed and more than 12,000 injured.

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Transgender Prisoners in U.S. No Longer Protected

The president of the United States announced that he will roll back protections for transgender inmates that allowed them to use the facilities that matched their gender identity, forcing them instead to use facilities matching their genetic sex.

The protections were introduced under the Obama administration, and their repeal has been decried by LGBTQIA individuals and organizations throughout the nation.

The repeal comes after four female Texas inmates filed a lawsuit, claiming that the protections afforded to transgender prisoners put them at a greater risk of rape since they would be sharing facilities with transgender women.

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Predictive Policing

The Los Angeles Police Department will soon begin using data from data-mining company Palantir that will further target police activity and presence in designated “hot spots.”

The data from Palantir will allow the LAPD to identify “chronic offenders,” and subject them to surveillance.

A report released this week by research and activist organization Stop LAPD Spying Coalition shows that only a very small portion of the LA population bears the heaviest burden of police surveillance.

According to the report, only 2% of residents reported that they were stopped by police 11-30 times or more per week on average, while 76% of respondents said they had never been stopped at all.

The population of Los Angeles is approximately 3.976 million, meaning that roughly 79,520 LA residents are being stopped by the police 11-30 times or more per week while the remaining 3.896 million residents live their lives free of harassment.

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Sentenced to Death for Self-Defense

In Sudan, a 19-year-old woman has been sentenced to death for killing her husband as he attempted to rape her.

Her husband’s family rejected the possibility of pardoning her and refused financial compensation, pushing instead for her execution.

Noura Hussein was forced into the marriage by her family when she was 15.

After successfully escaping and living with an aunt for three years, her family tricked her into returning and delivered her to her husband, who recruited his family’s help to hold her down as he raped her.

When he attempted to rape her again the next day, she stabbed him repeatedly with a knife, killing him.

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A New Date for the End of the Internet

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has set June 11 as the expiration date for net neutrality.

Senate Democrats led by Edward Markey (D-MA), are scheduled to vote June 12 on a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that Markey filed against the FCC for its repeal of the Open Internet Order of 2015.

The CRA is backed by every Democratic caucus in the Senate as well as Republican Senator Susan Collins.

Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the world-wide Web, as well as a host of online organizations including Reddit, Tumblr, and Wikimedia also support the CRA.

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The Speech We Weren’t Allowed to Hear

The speech given by National Teacher of the Year winner Mandy Manning last week was not recorded or aired by the press, who were blocked from entering the ceremony. However, a friend of Manning’s recorded the speech on a cell phone, which DemocracyNow! aired yesterday.

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Never Underestimate the Power of a Teacher

Mandy Manning, winner of this year’s National Teacher of the Year Award, used her acceptance ceremony to silently protest the president, Betsy DeVos, as well as the administration and its policies.

As she accepted the award, she wore six political buttons, each with a specific message for the president and the Secretary of Education.

Manning also refused to clap as the president entered the room.

According to variousreports, the buttons she wore included a photo of the poster used during the international Women’s March, a pin reading “Trans Equality Now,” and a rainbow flag.

Manning teaches refugee and immigrant students at the “Newcomer Center” at Joel E. Ferris High School in Washington.

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