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28 Jul 2015

On Human Rights, UN Committee Gives US Low Grades for Surveillance, Detention at Guantanamo

A United Nations committee, which reviews how countries comply with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), issued grades for the United States government’s implementation of recommendations issued last year. The committee gave the US low grades for surveillance and detention of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and in

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27 Jul 2015

Cleveland Transit Cop Recklessly Pepper-Sprayed Crowd at Bus Stop After Movement for Black Lives Gathering

A transit police officer in Cleveland pepper-sprayed a group of people on July 26 at a bus stop across the street from Cleveland State University. It was about an hour after the Movement for Black Lives gathering concluded. Video captured by Twitter user @KentaviousPrime shows the white officer in the

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26 Jul 2015

Podcast: In Cleveland, Organizers Gather to Strengthen & Grow Movement for Black Lives

Following months of numerous actions across the United States, a gathering was held by the Movement for Black Lives from July 24-26 in Cleveland. The goal was to bring black organizers together to create a “collective mission that matches the intensity, scale, urgency, and promise of the moment.” It was also

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23 Jul 2015

Pentagon Threatens to Revoke Security Clearance of Navy Nurse Who Refused to Force-Feed Guantanamo Prisoners

Despite a decision to not pursue charges, the Department of Defense has threatened to revoke the security clearance of a Navy nurse, who refused to force-feed prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. Physicians for Human Rights condemned this news and called it “backdoor retaliation for his refusal to force-feed Guantánamo detainees on hunger

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Prison Protest

Corizon Health Care
11 Mar 2015

Lawsuit: Corizon Doctor Tells New York City Inmate to Throw Severed Finger in Garbage

On January 26, 2015, Rudolph Richardson sued the city of New York, prison healthcare contractor Corizon Health Services and Dr. Landis Barnes for allegedly delaying and denying him emergency medical care following an incident in which his cell door slammed shut on his fingers. According to the complaint filed in

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icc
04 Mar 2015

Corrections Corp. of America Reaches Settlement in Idaho Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

On February 23rd, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) settled a lawsuit brought by a former nurse at the Idaho Correctional Center (ICC) named Michelle Pierce, who claimed she had been fired in retaliation for reporting sexual harassment and abuse by her colleagues. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

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26 Feb 2015

Thousands of Immigrant Prisoners Moved to Undisclosed Locations After Protesting Conditions

Nearly three thousand immigrant prisoners are being transferred to undisclosed federal facilities after a two-day demonstration against indecent living conditions and medical care left the Willacy County Regional Detention Facility in need of repairs. Willacy is a private prison operated by the Management and Training Corporation (MTC), where thousands of

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20 Feb 2015

Virginia Woman Dies In Custody After Being Tasered, Placed In Restraints and Anti-Spit Hood

On February 3rd, a 5’3″, 130 pound Virginia woman was killed after six deputies tased her before locking her in restraints with an anti-spitting hood over her head. Natasha McKenna, who was 37 years old and suffered from schizophrenia from a young age, went into cardiac arrest before ever leaving the jail and later died at the hospital.

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The Bullpen

29 May 2015

Former Speaker Dennis Hastert Indicted for Violating Federal Banking Laws

Ex-Speaker Dennis Hastert resigns lobbying position after indictment: http://t.co/5sHjkFxg7W pic.twitter.com/iT4s59Rc2K — The Hill (@thehill) May 29, 2015 Former Speaker of the US House of Representatives Dennis Hastert was indicted Thursday for violating federal banking laws and lying to investigators. According to the indictment former Speaker Hastert was involved in a

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28 May 2015

Team Clinton Worried Sanders Will Make Hillary ‘Look Like A Corporatist’

With the official entry of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont into the 2016 presidential race comes an atypical challenger for Hillary Clinton. Unlike traditional presidential aspirants, Sanders opened his campaign by sharpening his rhetoric rather than trying to dull it down. While this may mean Clinton will not have to

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27 May 2015

Mary Landrieu Bows To The Inevitable, Becomes DC Lobbyist

Former US Senator Mary Landrieu, who spent a long and undistinguished political career shilling for the energy industry, has joined DC lobbying firm Van Ness Feldman and will focus on serving the firm’s energy clients. Though Landrieu is banned from lobbying her former colleagues in Congress until 2017, she is

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26 May 2015

Malaysia’s Human Trafficking Problem Complicating TPP

Malaysian officials find 139 suspected graves in abandoned camps used by human traffickers http://t.co/LubduyHOhs pic.twitter.com/yTuwiUwxep — CBS News (@CBSNews) May 25, 2015 Though the US Senate was perfectly willing to surrender some sovereignty to forward the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), human rights advocates were able to insert a provision into the

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