Topic: Black Lives Matter
Social media companies are under a lot of pressure from the government to censor their users. And those companies are bowing to the pressure. Earlier this month, Twitter announced that it had shut down 235,000 accounts since February for “violating its policy on violent extremism.” But on August 1, Facebook took the censorship in a dramatically different direction,
“Republicans came out in favor of stricter regulations for aerial surveillance devices, except when those devices are being used by the government to monitor undocumented immigrants from crossing the border. The platform also came out in opposition to the government requiring surveillance devices in the daily lives of Americans, and cited tracking devices on motor vehicles as an example.”
UN Special Rapporteur: US Falls Short on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association
“In short, people have good reason to be angry and frustrated at the moment. And it is at times like these when robust promotion of assembly and association rights are needed most.”
On Saturday, Baltimore Police arrested 65 peaceful protesters including legal observers, bystanders, and 10 children.
The FBI is fanning the flames of fear and distrust toward the Black Lives Matter movement.
Movements for police accountability must remain strong in the face of increasing criticism and government repression. It’s important to know your rights, most importantly, your right NOT to talk to the police.
Time and again, the FBI has shown its willingness to use its crime-fighting tools against movements for peace and justice, and aimed them particularly at communities of color and immigrants. There is no reason to expect the FBI to use NGI in a more fair and upstanding way than they use any other tool.
2.2 million Americans are locked up in federal facilities, state prisons and local jails. It’s an industry that’s growing and feeding off of private prison institutions that are looking to serve their agendas at the cost of thousands of lives. State representatives have called for reform, civil society has fought back, and now, university students are taking it upon themselves to make a change.
On Saturday March 19th the Los Angeles City Human Relations Commission hosted a public hearing on Gang Injunctions and the Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Program, marking the first time a government body questioned the impact of Suspicious Activity Reporting program on the community.