Voices, The Peoples News
April 13, 2021
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate
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Native communities confront painful choice: Move away, or succumb to rising waters?
Throughout Indian Country, where cultures are tied to land and water, plans to relocate are under way as the climate crisis worsens.
# Border / Immigration
Biden Admin Strikes Deals with Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala to Further Militarize Borders https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/apr/12/biden-migration-security-deal-mexico-guatemala-honduras
US health officials call for pause in use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine over rare blood clots while they review rare cases of blood clots in people receiving the vaccine.
Last week, in Michigan alone, 246 “fully vaccinated” individuals caught COVID-19, and three of them died. So where are the benefits to these
COVID-19 experimental injections? It appears there are none, only risks of injury and death https://healthimpactnews.com/2021/healthy-27-year-old-chicago-doctor-dead-3-months-following-covid-shots-raising-long-term-safety-concerns/
Military Unveils Next Stage of COVID Vaccines on 60 Minutes: Implantable Microchips https://healthimpactnews.com/2021/military-unveils-next-stage-of-covid-vaccines-on-60-minutes-implantable-microchips/
Deaths Among America’s Homeless Are Soaring in the Pandemic.
Some Scientists Question W.H.O. Inquiry Into the Coronavirus Pandemic’s Origins https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/04/health/covid-virus-origins.html
Redfield Joins Big Ass Fans, Which Promotes Controversial Covid-Killing Technology https://khn.org/news/article/redfield-joins-big-ass-fans-which-promotes-controversial-covid-killing-technology/
Covid Spawns ‘Completely New Category’ of Organ Transplants
The U.S. health agencies’ decision to recommend a pause in administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine nationwide stirred up confusion on Tuesday, leaving many with questions.
# Economy / Trade
Richest Eight People in the World Now Worth $1 Trillion. In the last year alone, the group’s wealth grew by $110 billion.
# Employment / Labor
Texas Senate revives push to block cities’ paid sick leave ordinances.
Supporters say Senate Bill 14 will make it easier for businesses to operate in multiple cities. Opponents call it an “existential threat to Texas workers.”
Amazon union vote shows why we need the PRO Act. In the face of intimidation by one of the largest companies in the world, Alabama workers bravely spoke out about the need for greater labor protections.
# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals Biden Refuses to Shut Down Dakota Access Pipeline, Despite Campaign Pledges on Tribal Relations and Climate. A judge ruled that the construction of the pipeline can continue while an environmental review is conducted.
Powering a monopoly: How February’s storm could destroy Texas’ energy market Years of apathetic energy market oversight and a few days of overpriced energy is threatening to undo decades of energy independence at the consumer’s expense.
California is greenlighting oil wells linked to groundwater pollution.
Throughout 2020 and early 2021, California issued more than 300 permits to oil and gas companies for new underground injection wells, an intensive form of oil production and wastewater disposal.
Driven by industry, more states are passing tough laws aimed at pipeline protesters. Bills to increase penalties for “impeding” the operations of a pipeline or power plant—in many cases elevating the offense to a felony—are pending in at least five states and have been enacted in 15 others https://insideclimatenews.org/news/12042021/laws-pipeline-protests-line-3/
The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline continues to pursue land rights, including through eminent domain, despite President Biden’s executive order rescinding its permit to cross the U.S.-Canadian border.
Judge Orders Delay Amid Debate Over Dakota Access Pipeline. A judge has delayed a decision on whether the Dakota Access Oil pipeline should be shut down while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts an environmental review on the project, after lawyers for the pipeline asked for more time to outline recent changes in the economy.
The health hazards of California’s neighborhood drilling. Much of the state’s oil extraction takes place in residential areas, often in Spanish-speaking communities, but there’s a lack of research detailing its impact.
# Environment / Climate / Interior
How a shocking environmental disaster was uncovered off the California coast after 70 years. The lasting effects of DDT contamination are killing an alarming number of California sea lions.
Dumped chemical weapons litter the ocean floors. Millions of tons of chemical weapons abandoned after World Wars I and II threaten humans, wildlife, and future climate change remediation.
# Food / GMOs / Chemicals
Bill Gates is the biggest private owner of farmland in the United States, 14,500 acres of prime eastern Washington farmland, which is traditional Yakama territory. Why?
Biden’s FDA takes new steps toward limiting toxic heavy metals in commercial baby foods. After pressure from parents and advocates, the agency is laying out a multiyear plan to address the issue.
# Gov / Political
Exclusive: GOP senators seek FBI investigation into Biden Pentagon nominee https://thehill.com/policy/defense/547842-gop-senators-seek-fbi-investigation-into-biden-pentagon-nominee
‘Oh Sh*t’: Dem 2020 Pollsters Admit They Got It Badly Wrong. According to Politico, five of the party’s biggest polling firms concede there were serious errors in the run-up to the vote. Five of the biggest Democratic firms have signed onto a joint statement that seeks to explain what went wrong in last year’s election.
President Biden plans to announce the United States will withdraw all of its troops from Afghanistan by the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that prompted the war, a House aide confirmed to The Hill.
President Biden is under fire from lawmakers in both parties over his decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan by mid-September.
# Law Enforcement
President Joe Biden is dropping plans to create a national police oversight commission. The president promised one during his campaign.
But civil rights groups and police union reps both said it wasn’t necessary.
Marvin Scott III died in Texas police custody. The Texas Rangers are investigating Scott’s case. Nearly a month later, the county medical examiner’s office has not yet released an official cause of death.
Brooklyn Center Cops Ban Tear Gas, Then Use It 15 Mins Later. Videos posted within minutes after the resolution was passed showed police officers launching tear gas at people protesting Daunte Wright killing.
Portland Cops Declare Riot as Daunte Wright Protests Spread. Some 200 protesters gathered in Oregon on Monday night near the headquarters of the city’s crime-prevention program.
Bullshit: Minnesota cop “accidentally” murders innocent Black teen in “Blue Lives Matters” incident. This is a hate crime and we have another cop to go on trial for murder and more need to be jailed, fired or deported.
NYPD “Goon Squad” Manual Teaches Officers to Violate Protesters’ Rights https://theintercept.com/2021/04/07/nypd-strategic-response-unit-george-floyd-protests/
Biden Poised to Break a Promise on Mandatory Minimum Sentencing. Like the racist crackdown on crack cocaine, a crackdown on fentanyl is filling prisons, not preventing deaths.
Georgia Prisoners Shackled and Placed in Solitary Confinement Days After Giving Birth https://www.democracynow.org/2021/4/13/headlines/georgia_prisoners_shackled_and_placed_in_solitary_confinement_days_after_giving_birth
Cop Who Shot Jacob Blake Back at Work, No Discipline Given. Rusten Sheskey, who shot Jacob Blake in the back, is back from administrative leave, the Kenosha Police Department said Tuesday.
# Legal / Judicial / DOJ
Prosecutors rested their case on Tuesday at the murder trial of former Officer Derek Chauvin after 11 days of testimony and a mountain of video depicting George Floyd’s final moments, opening the way for the defence to present its side.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association Board of Governors says it will only hold college championships in states where transgender student-athletes can participate without discrimination. That came as the Texas Legislature considered several anti-trans bills.
The Colorado town that became a transgender haven. In ‘Going to Trinidad,’ histories illuminate, and obscure, the outcomes of gender transition.
Why Republicans are betting the farm on attacking transgender people.
NCAA Supports Trans Athletes Against GOP Efforts to Ban Them from Competition https://thehill.com/homenews/news/547797-ncaa-expresses-support-for-transgender-athletes
# Marijuana / Hemp / CBD Oil
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) signed a marijuana legalization bill into law, making her state the third to enact the reform in recent days. She also signed separate cannabis expungements legislation.
The Minnesota House Environment and Natural Resources Finance and Policy Committee approved a marijuana legalization bill—the fifth panel to do so.
“Cannabinoid Calculator Introduction Article” Includes a detailed description of the tool and instructions.
# Medical / Health
Orange County Hospital Seeks Divorce From Large Catholic Health System https://voiceofoc.org/2021/04/orange-county-hospital-seeks-divorce-from-large-catholic-health-system/
FDA Lifts Restrictions On Abortion Pills By Mail
Medicaid Postpartum Coverage For Mothers Expanded In Illinois https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/547744-hhs-expands-medicaid-postpartum-coverage-for-illinois-mothers-up-to-a-year
# Murmurs of War
Top Kremlin Mouthpiece Warns of ‘Inevitable’ War With U.S.: The head of the Kremlin-funded RT and Sputnik news agencies believes Russia will invade Ukraine, sparking a conflict with the U.S. that will force entire cities into blackouts.
# Nuclear / Radiation
Japan: We’re Dumping Fukushima Waste in Sea, but Don’t Worry. The move has been angrily opposed by residents, environmental activists, and Japan’s neighbors.
Domestic terrorism incidents have soared to new highs in the United States. Domestic terrorism incidents have soared to new highs in the United States, driven chiefly by white-supremacist, anti-Muslim and anti-government extremists, the study shows https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/domestic-terrorism-analysis-study-far-right-20210412.html
On May 1, Austin will hold an election headlined by a proposition that, if successful, would drastically alter the state of homelessness in the city by again making it a criminal offense to camp in public. If approved, camping would be prohibited everywhere.
US saw estimated 4,000 extra murders in 2020 amid surge in daily gun violence https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/mar/24/us-murders-extra-4000-everyday-gun-violence
# Veterans / VA
Veterans face uphill battle to receive treatment for ‘burn pit’
exposure. A growing number of U.S. veterans say they have developed serious health ailments after facing prolonged exposure to flaming trash piles
Corporate Merger Aims to Build a Water Privatization Giant. Veolia and Suez plan a $15.4 billion deal that would create the largest private water firm in the world.
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