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UC Berkeley’s Black Student Union schedules protest following “false arrests” on campus

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Students of color at The University of California-Berkeley’s Black Student Union have announced plans to orchestrate protest today (March 20) following the charges filed against two of the institution’s students.

The university’s public-affairs department released a statement on Tuesday revealing news regarding the recent arrest made by University of California police in response to a March 8 report.

The two students were allegedly spotted on campus by authorities, with one carrying a stun-gun, which is prohibited on campus by property by law.

“Following standard practice, officers asked her not to touch the weapon and told her that, due to safety concerns, he would need to take it from her,” the statement said.

“When the officer then reached for the stun device, a struggle ensued between the officer and the owner, as well as the second individual who sought to intervene.”

In that statement, Marc Fisher, UC Berkeley’s vice chancellor for administration, said that “we recognize this arrest has become a racial issue for some of our community members. We are committed to supporting a fair and thorough investigation, and to taking the steps necessary to maintain a relationship of trust with our community and our guests while ensuring their safety.”

BSU plans to rally outside the campus near Golden Bear restaurant at noon Wednesday and asked that participants wear black to protest what it called police brutality.

“The constant targeting and harm directed at Black people is repugnant and unacceptable. We are calling on the black community and our allies to advocate for black lives on this campus through direct action,” demanding that all charges against the students be dropped, the statement said.

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Jewish protesters slam Amazon over alleged Ties to ICE

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A Jewish-led organization of protesters orchestrated a rally, targeting Amazon for the company’s supposed ties to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The sit-in protest was reportedly held at the tech giant’s Cambridge location in Massachusetts on Thursday evening –– approximately 1,000 in attendance.

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The fearless group of activists were spotted on surveillance cameras, blocking employees from using the office elevators while chanting and raising banners that read, “Never Again means No Tech for ICE.”

BREAKING: Police are moving in now to arrest #JewsAgainstICE and allies who have taken over Amazon's New England HQ in Cambridge, demanding they stop powering ICE's technology #NoBusinessWithICEDonate to the bail fund (all remaining funds will be donated to Movimiento Cosecha): https://www.gofundme.com/f/never-again-is-now-nobusinesswithiceICE's tech infrastructure is powered by Amazon Web Services. Amazon has been working to sell facial recognition capabilities to ICE. We can't let them get away with it. Please join us, share this video, and sign up for an action near you! Text NEVER to 83224 to get involved.Join us! We're at 101 Main Street in Cambridge, MA.

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There have been rumors circulating for quite some time pertaining to Amazon’s business contracts with ICE. The e-commerce hub has allegedly distributed invasive facial recognition technology that can identify and track illegal immigrants from digital images and video frames.

“Amazon is profiting off putting people in our communities into prisons, into jails, into boxes and deporting them,” group spokeswoman Elizabeth Weinbloom told the Tampa Bay Times.

A dozen of the hundreds of protesters who marched from the Boston Holocaust Memorial to Amazon’s Cambridge building were arrested and taken into custody. The group has created a GoFundMe page to both cover bail expenses and logistical costs.

Amazon has not released a statement.

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Black Student Awarded $725k in Lawsuit against Neo-Nazi Follower

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The first black woman to serve as American University’s student government president celebrated Friday after a lawsuit win in federal court against a neo-Nazi website manager who launched an online hate movement against her.

A federal judge awarded Taylor Dumspon, 22, approximately $725,000 after The Daily Stormer blog founder Andrew Anglin failed to respond to her lawsuit.

Dumpson was named student government president in 2017. The historic moment on AU’s campus amassed the attention of dozens of white supremacists, including Anglin, who directed his followers to troll Dumpson via social media after hearing the news, and a suspect who hung nooses with bananas containing racist messages on the university’s campus.

Here’s a breakdown of Dumpson’s settlement:

  • $101,429.28 for compensatory damages
  • $500,000 for punitive damages costs
  • $124,022.10 for attorneys’ fees and costs.

The judge is also said to have placed a restraining order against Anglin, his Moonbase Holdings limited liability company, and Brian Andrew Ade for internet harassment.

“This ruling should send a strong message to other white supremacists that they can and will be held accountable for hateful activity that constitutes unlawful discrimination, no matter whether it occurs online or in the real world,” said Kristen Clarke, the president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The organization represented Dumpson in the case.

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Walmart Employees Call for the Corporation to Cease Profiting of Gun Sales

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Enraged Walmart employees are demanding the retail giant revoke its firearm sales following the back-to-back mass shootings at locations in El Paso, Texas and in Dayton, Ohio’s downtown district. The senseless killing sprees took the lives of over 30 victims and caused dozens of critical injuries.

The aftermath has left thousands of the corporation’s employees on edge, including, Thomas Marshall, a manager in Walmart’s San Bruno, California, e-commerce office, who took the initiative to organize a massive walkout on Wednesday. Marshall also requested his associates sign a Change.org petition, calling for the retailer to refrain from selling guns and ammunition.

“We have one demand, and that is all. We value Walmart and our fellow associates, but we are no longer willing to contribute our labor to a company that profits from the sale of deadly weapons,” the petition reads.

“We would like to see Walmart take a unified and public stance against guns and gun violence. We urge our leadership to cease the sale of all firearms and ammunition, ban the public open and concealed carry of weapons on company property and in all stores, and cease WALPAC donations to NRA backed -A/A+ politicians.”

Marshall’s petition has garnered nearly 60,000 signatures and continues to rapidly climb. While the courageous manager fears his job is in jeopardy, he intends to ramp up his protest by sending the petition directly to Walmart CEO Doug McMillon.

McMillon released a statement Wednesday, expressing his grief over the shootings. He ordered violent video games to be removed from all of the stores shelves but failed to address the elephant in the room –– gun distribution.

“We’ll be thoughtful and deliberate in our responses, and will act in a way that reflects our best values and ideals, focused on the needs of our customers, associates and communities,” he wrote.

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