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Yesterday The Raw Story published an article titled “30,000 California inmates launch hunger strike against ‘state-sanctioned torture.’”
The article’s author Rory Carroll writes:
An estimated 30,000 inmates in jails across California are participating in a hunger strike to protest against solitary confinement and other conditions they say amount to torture.
Prisoners refused meals for a second day on Tuesday in about two dozen jails, signalling what was thought to be the biggest protest of its kind in California’s history.
The campaign is a ramped-up sequel to hunger strikes in 2011, which shone international attention on the state’s troubled penal system but failed to wring significant concessions from authorities.
A group of inmates at the maximum security Pelican Bay state prison in Crescent City has organised the protest, saying they will starve themselves unless the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) agrees to meaningful negotiations.
Yesterday Amnesty International published an article titled “Russia: Journalist killed after appearing in ‘assassination list.‘”
The article reads:
The Russian authorities must urgently investigate the killing of a journalist this morning in the North Caucasus, Amnesty International said. The authorities must do all in their power to protect activists, lawyers and reporters from intimidation and violence.
“Reporting on injustice, human rights violations by members of security forces and corruption in the North Caucasus is a life threatening job,” said John Dalhuisen, Europe and Central Asia Director at Amnesty International.
“Authorities in Russia must stop looking the other way when it comes to attacks on those who dare to speak out about human rights and instead, ensure those responsible for the abuses face the courts.”
IN OTHER NEWS
Yesterday Think Progress published an article titled “Over 60 Pro-Choice Activists Arrested For Protesting North Carolina’s Radical Abortion Restrictions.”
The article’s author Tara Culp-Ressler writes:
Right before the July 4th holiday, North Carolina Republicans attached harsh abortion restrictions to an anti-Sharia bill in the hopes of sneaking them through at the last minute. But that move isn’t going unnoticed. Activists in the state, who have already been gathering at weekly “Moral Monday” rallies to protest North Carolina lawmakers’ increasingly far-right agenda, are standing up against the anti-abortion bill — and getting arrested for it.
North Carolina’s proposed legislation would restrict insurance coverage of abortion services, ban “sex-selective” abortions, impose unnecessary restrictions on medication abortions, and impose unnecessary new regulations on the state’s abortion clinics that would likely force most of them to close.
In protest, more than 2,000 people gathered at the state capitol on Monday night, the largest gathering since the regular Moral Monday rallies began. And 64 pink-clad women’s health activists expressed their opposition to the proposed abortion restrictions by engaging in an act of civil disobedience, refusing to leave the legislative chamber and ultimately getting arrested.
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