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Biden’s Marijuana Policy Frees No One

Popular Resistance - Fri, 10/14/2022 - 14:40

Joe Biden’s announcement that he would pardon all federal convictions for possession of marijuana was quickly met with excitement. It isn’t hard to understand why that would be the case. Everyone knows that the United States is the world’s biggest jailer, with more than 2 million people behind bars, and that the various “wars on drugs” contributed to this dubious distinction.

But upon examination, the announcement was found to be meaningless. Anyone who thought that thousands of people would be freed from jail was in for a surprise. Most convictions in this country occur at the state level, not federal, so any Biden pardons would impact a small number of people. Also, very few people are convicted solely for possession of marijuana or any other narcotic. They are usually convicted for selling, distribution, or conspiracy as well.

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Palestinians Protest Continued Israeli Siege Of Shuafat Refugee Camp

Popular Resistance - Fri, 10/14/2022 - 14:27

A Palestinian youth was killed and several others were injured after Israeli occupation forces opened fire at protesters in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, October 12. The protesters were demanding lifting of the Israeli siege on the Shuafat refugee camp in occupied East Jerusalem.

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, 18-year-old Mohammad Adwai was shot dead and another youth was injured after Israeli forces opened fire at protesters.

Israeli forces also attacked several other protests across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, including one at the Shuafat checkpoint itself, injuring several protesters.

The protests on Wednesday were part of the Palestinian call for strike against Israel’s ongoing siege of Shuafat, one of the largest Palestinian refugee camps.

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Protesters Outside IMF, World Bank Meetings Demand Climate Action

Popular Resistance - Fri, 10/14/2022 - 14:24

Dozens of protesters demonstrated outside the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in Washington DC on Thursday (Oct 13), expressing opposition to funding of fossil fuels and demanding urgent action to tackle climate change.

Some of the activists gathered on bicycles and called for support for nations affected by climate change.

They carried posters that said "World Bank of climate chaos", "stop funding fossil fuel", "People over profit" and "actions speak louder than words".

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Just Stop Oil Supporters Block London Roundabout On 13th Day Of Disruption

Popular Resistance - Fri, 10/14/2022 - 14:20

Supporters of Just Stop Oil have blocked a key south London roundabout today on the thirteenth day of action during October. They are demanding that the government halts all new oil and gas licences and consents.

At 9am, 26 Just Stop Oil supporters established a series of roadblock on the roads adjoining St. George’s Circus in Southwark. They are sitting in the road with banners and some have glued themselves to the tarmac.
Today’s actions follow twelve days of continuous disruption by supporters of Just Stop Oil in which they have experienced over 337 arrests. On Wednesday, there were 2 arrests of Just Stop Oil supporters, and 25 people from Insulate Britain were arrested. The group, which is part of the Just Stop Oil coalition, returned to the road after an absence of 13 months and established a roadblock on Parliament Square. Since the campaign began on April 1st, Just Stop Oil supporters have been arrested over 1,600 times.

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American Officials Are Trying To Change The Definition Of Antisemitism

Popular Resistance - Fri, 10/14/2022 - 14:11

In what must be an alarming surge of antisemitism, the council of Montgomery County, Maryland, is planning a vote to adopt a new definition of antisemitism. But why is there a need for a new definition? Antisemitism is racism directed against Jews, pure and simple. So what is so wrong with this definition that Montgomery County feels the need to have a vote to adopt a new one? What is wrong in this county that requires this vote?

The council issued a statement in July announcing that,

The resolution, introduced by the Council and led by Councilmember Friedson, comes in response to the disturbing rise of antisemitism and acts of assault, vandalism and harassment against Jewish community members and Jewish organizations across the County and nation.”

Even if it is true that there is a rise in antisemitism, a new definition will not help.

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DOJ to Investigate Bureau of Prisons After Judge Rips Officials Over Inmate's Death

Common Dreams - Fri, 10/14/2022 - 13:41
The probe comes after a federal judge wrote that the Bureau of Prisons and a Texas warden "should be deeply ashamed of the circumstances surrounding the last stages" of Frederick Mervin Bardell's incarceration and life.
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Wall Street Lobbyists Admit Big Banks Don’t Plan To Honor Climate Pledges

Popular Resistance - Fri, 10/14/2022 - 13:26

A trade association that lobbies on behalf of the largest banks in the United States told regulators that their members’ pledges to reduce investments in carbon-emitting industries are “aspirational,” implying that they shouldn’t be taken seriously by authorities.

The Bank Policy Institute made the remarks in public comments on guidelines proposed earlier this year by federal bank regulators, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), on climate-related risk management. Specifically, the lobbying group rejected the notion floated by the agencies that regulations should ensure banks’ greenhouse gas commitments to the public “are consistent with their internal strategies and risk appetite statements.”

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Why The United States Imprisoned Venezuelan Diplomat Alex Saab

Popular Resistance - Fri, 10/14/2022 - 13:21

A year ago, October 16, the long arm of US extra-territorial judicial overreach abducted Alex Saab and threw him into prison in Miami, where the Venezuelan diplomat has languished ever since.

The official narrative is that Saab had bilked the Venezuelans in a “vast corruption network” and the US as the world’s self-appointed cop was simply enforcing good business practices. However, commentary by Washington insiders corroborates that Saab’s “crime” was trying to obtain humanitarian supplies in legal international trade but in circumvention of the illegal US sanctions on Venezuela.
Back on June 12, 2021, Mr. Saab was on a humanitarian mission to procure needed food, fuel, and medicine for the people of Venezuela who had been suffering from an unconscionable blockade of their country.

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Oct. 19 is the deadline to stop Orchard Villa from new 30-year LTC contract

Rabble - Fri, 10/14/2022 - 13:14

Orchard Villa is where Diane Colangelo’s 86-year-old mother, Patricia, arrived at 48 kilograms (105 lbs) and died at 31 kilograms (68 lbs). Paul William Russell Parkes also died there from what his daughter, Cathy, claims was severe dehydration. Andrew Watt’s mom, Nina, died mere weeks after arriving at the for-profit facility. Watt described Nina as being so emaciated that she looked like a concentration camp victim.

The privately owned and operated for-profit Long Term Care (LTC) facility in Pickering, Ontario is where more than 70 residents died in the early part of the pandemic from COVID-19.

A total of 206 residents out of 233 and more than 100 staff contracted COVID-19.

The military was sent in, but much of what they reported were not situations arising from the pandemic. Rather, they reported systemic issues that could be directly tied back to inadequate staffing and chronic under funding.

Armed forces members found residents lying on bare mattresses on the floor; others were left in soiled diapers for extended periods of time; the stench of rotting food in the hallways; cockroach and fly infestations; and inadequately trained staff.

Families had been reporting the dire under staffing and poor management conditions for years.

In fact, family members who testified before the COVID-19 Long-Term Care Commission detailed dangerously low levels of staffing on a regular basis that led to chronic neglect of residents.

They also described phoning repeatedly during the pandemic lock down, but no one answering the phone because there was not enough staff.

One family, unable to get through by phone, went to Orchard Villa to see their mother through her window. They watched their mother vomit in her room and had to bang on the window until they could get staff to come to her aid. She died days later.

Eventually, the local hospital took over management of the home. The remaining residents were taken to hospital where it was determined that they were severely dehydrated, anorexic, and some in kidney failure. A hospital spokesperson reported that the home had only 20 per cent of the necessary staff on duty.

Orchard Villa is owned by Southbridge, but Southbridge doesn’t actually operate any of their long-term care homes. Instead. they contract out care to Extendicare another for-profit corporation. Ultimately, Southbridge and Extendicare are making profits from public funding and residents’ fees while their levels of care come under critical scrutiny.

And, yet there has been no accountability for these corporate owners with one of the worst death rates in Ontario. They were never fined. They never lost their license. There has been no accountability for the suffering and deaths of residents or the ongoing trauma to family members.

Instead, the fall of 2020, the Ford government passed a law shielding Orchard Villa, and other for-profit LTC home operators, from lawsuits for negligence. Families who had filed lawsuits for negligence then had to file lawsuits for gross negligence which requires a higher burden of proof.

According to Natalie Mehra, Executive Director of Ontario Health Coalition (OHC), “Suffering and death on the scale that we saw at Orchard Villa requires an unmitigated never again. What happened at Orchard Villa should never have been allowed to happen. But since it did, it should have resulted in a reckoning – real change and real accountability. Instead, the owners are being rewarded.”

On July 15, 2021, the Ministry of Long-Term Care held a public consultation telephone conference regarding the new 30-year license and bed expansion proposed for Orchard Villa. Despite a record number of delegations, the Ministry limited participants from asking questions and prevented them from commenting on the corporation’s abysmal record.

OHC made a formal complaint and sent an open letter to Long-Term Care Minister Paul Calandra calling for a renewed, fair process that would include consideration of the evidence around Southbridge’s fitness to run a LTC home for 30-years. OHC also requested the Ministry consider the criteria, including the operational record of the corporation in running the LTC home, as required under the Long-Term Care Homes Act.

As a result, the Ministry had to restart the consultation process for Orchard Villa and it is taking place right now.

This time the LTC Ministry is only accepting written submissions with the incredibly short deadline of Wednesday, October 19. There will, in fact, be no hearing at all.

It is imperative that the LTC Ministry hear from Ontarians. There are two ways to provide written feedback for the consultation:

  1. Email  LTCHomes.Licensing@ontario.ca
  2. Canada Post mail

Director under the Fixing Long-Term Care Act, 2021
Ministry of Long-Term Care
Capital Planning Branch
438 University Avenue, 8th Floor
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2K8

Please make sure you include the name of the long-term care home — Orchard Villa — and quote Project #23-034 on all submissions.

Mehra wants Ontarians to remember, “The lives of the elderly cannot be treated as disposable. Profit and greed cannot be allowed to trump fundamental human rights and the duty to care and compassion. We can and must stop these plans. If we do not, what kind of a society are we?”

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UFCW Decries Kroger-Albertsons Merger

Popular Resistance - Fri, 10/14/2022 - 13:03

Seattle, Washington - Unions representing grocery store workers — UFCW 7 in Colorado, UFCW 324 and UFCW 770 in California, UFCW 367 in Tacoma, UFCW 3000 across Washington state, and Teamsters 38 in Everett — issued the following joint statement on Thursday decrying the proposed merger of Kroger and Albertsons.

(In Washington state, Kroger operates as Fred Meyer and QFC, and Albertsons also operates as Safeway.)

Today it was reported that grocery store giant Kroger could announce a deal this week to buy rival grocery store company Albertsons, resulting in a potential merger that would significantly harm local grocery store industries, essential grocery store workers, and customers across the western US from Southern California to the Canadian border to Colorado.

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Weyerhaeuser Strike Enters Fifth Week

Popular Resistance - Fri, 10/14/2022 - 12:51

At four sawmills, two log export facilities, two statewide log truck operations, and seven logging camps, 1,100 Weyerhaeuser workers have been on strike since Sept. 13 over a basic union principle, fairness. Weyerhaeuser, after reporting record profits of $2.6 billion last year, proposed that its workers make concessions: accept wages that lose ground to inflation, and start paying a share of health insurance premiums. Weyerhaeuser is one of the rare employers that pays the entire health insurance premium, a benefit that used to be standard, and workers think if they give that up, it may never get better.

Northwest Weyerhaeuser workers already agreed to concessions in their most recent contract, including a two-tier set-up which terminated the pension for new hires.

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Just Stop Oil's Van Gogh Soup Stunt Sparks Criticism of 'Alienating' Strategy

Common Dreams - Fri, 10/14/2022 - 12:29
"The piece is fine. But the damage to the spirit of it isn't," said one writer. "Ignorance wins."
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On the Death of Rayan Suliman and Palestinian Children's Very Real Fear of Monsters

Common Dreams - Fri, 10/14/2022 - 11:48
The truth is, Palestinian children throw stones at Israeli soldiers, neither because of their supposedly inherent hatred of Israelis, nor as purely political acts. They do so because it is their only way of facing their own fears and coming to terms with their daily humiliation.
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Corporate Media Mostly Ignoring GOP Ploy to Cut Social Security and Medicare

Common Dreams - Fri, 10/14/2022 - 11:36
"Social Security and Medicare are on the ballot next month," said Matt Gertz of Media Matters for America. "If the American public doesn't know that, it's in part because the press isn't telling them."
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New Bill Would Ban Private Insurance Plans From Using 'Medicare' Name

Common Dreams - Fri, 10/14/2022 - 10:51
"'Medicare Advantage' is just private insurance that profits by denying coverage, and the name is being used to trick seniors into enrolling," said Rep. Ro Khanna. "That's not right."
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