The Daily Beat

Premiere DateJul 30, 2013
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The Daily Beat is a daily news podcast inspired by the power of social media to spark social change. Tune in Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. as BTR’s social media director, DJ Jen, culls the “Twitterverse” and “blogosphere” to bring you the top stories regarding social justice and human rights issues.

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Yesterday Al Jazeera published an article titled “US court prepares to rule in Manning case.”

The article reads:

The verdict in the court-martial of Army Private First Class Bradley Manning, accused of the biggest leak
of classified information in US history, will be read on Tuesday, the presiding judge has said.

Manning, who is accused of spilling secrets to the WikiLeaks anti-secrecy website, is charged with 21 criminal counts, the most serious of which, “aiding the enemy”, carries a life sentence.

Judge Colonel Denise Lind, who presided over Manning’s court-martial in Fort Meade, Maryland and began deliberations on Friday, said she plans to read the verdict at 1pm local time on Tuesday.

The sentencing phase is slated to begin on Wednesday.

UPDATE: The Guardian published an article with live updates titled “Bradley Manning verdict: guilty of most charges but not ‘aiding enemy’ – live.”

Today New America Media published an article titled “How Solitary Confinement in Pelican Bay Almost Drove Me Mad.”

The article’s author Michael Cabral writes:

How can I make anyone understand what it’s like to cling desperately to the hope of someday being heard because that’s the only hope left? That’s one reason why the hunger strike going on across California’s prisons matters. It might just keep that hope alive for prisoners locked down in Pelican Bay State Prison’s Security Housing and Administrative Segregation Units (known as the SHU).

At the age of eighteen years, four months, and six days, I was cast into the SHU where I stayed for two and half years, alone, without a window, a television, or a radio. (Mail, when it came, was delayed for months at a time.)

My only real distractions were the terrifying and gut-wrenching sounds and smells of grown men reaching their breaking points: crying, screaming, banging; blood and feces being smeared on walls and bodies; Correctional Officers (C/Os) yelling, shooting pepper spray… and puking.

Today Gawker published an article titled “Faulty FBI Databases Could Keep You From Getting a Job.”

The article’s author Hamilton Nolan writes:

As a standard part of hiring new workers, lots of businesses run background checks on applicants using the FBI’s criminal databases. But those databases have serious problems.

A new report from the National Employment Law Project takes a close look at the FBI’s databases, and finds that their widespread use as an unquestioned screening tool could be resulting in thousands of worthy people being unable to find work. One major problem: full half of the reports in the database have information about why someone was arrested, but fail to report what the final outcome of the case was. An outcome that could be, you know, being found innocent.


Today The Raw Story published a Reuters article titled “Mass jail break in Pakistan as Taliban gunmen storm prison to free 250 inmates.”

The article reads:

In an operation carried out with military-like precision, Taliban fighters disguised as police and armed with bombs broke 250 prisoners out of a Pakistan jail on Tuesday with the help of what appeared to be insider informants.

The attack in the city of Dera Ismail Khan showed the ability of the al Qaeda-linked Pakistani Taliban to strike at the heart of Pakistan’s heavily guarded prison system and walk away with dozens of senior Taliban fighters and commanders.

Yesterday Amnesty International published an article titled “Tunisia: Release FEMEN activist held on politically motivated charges.”

The article reads:

Today’s decision by a Tunisian court to dismiss a defamation case against the 18-year-old FEMEN activist Amina Sboui is only a partial victory, Amnesty International said as it called for her release.

Amina was arrested on 19 May after writing the word “Femen” – the name of an international network of feminist activists famous for staging topless protests – on a cemetery wall in Kairouan in central Tunisia. Held since then, she has faced an array of charges including defamation, insulting a civil servant and desecrating a cemetery.

“Imprisoning anyone for expressing themselves is inherently disproportionate. The fact that Amina has already spent two months in prison is an indictment of the state of free expression in Tunisia,” said Philip Luther, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Amnesty International.

Today Human Rights Watch published an article titled “Palestine: Palestinian Authority Police Beat Protesters.”

The article reads:

The Palestinian Authority should order an immediate and impartial investigation into alleged police beatings and arbitrary arrests of demonstrators in Ramallah on July 28, 2013. Police injured about 10 protesters and arrested 5, including 3 who were forcibly removed from a hospital where they had received emergency treatment. At least one policeman appears to have suffered injuries needing hospital treatment.


Today published an article titled “Study: Stop-and-Frisk Doesn’t Deter Youth Crime, It Accelerates It.”

The article’s author Jamilah King writes:

You hear it time and again: Supporters of the New York City Police Department’s controversial Stop-and-Frisk program say that the project is a necessary tool to prevent crime from happening in some of the city’s hardest hit areas. But according to a new study published in the journal Crime and Delinquency, young people who are stopped, questioned, and frisked are more likely than those who were not to break the law.

From Time Magazine:

In the current study, Stephanie Wiley, a PhD candidate at the University of Missouri in St. Louis and her colleagues followed some 2,600 students enrolled in a classroom-based gang prevention program in seven cities from 2006 to 2013. Over the course of that time, some teens were stopped by the police, some stopped and arrested and others were not. also published an article titled “A Fast Food Worker Strike Is Likely Coming to a City Near You.”

Jamilah King writes:

A fast food worker strike that began in New York City is now spreading nationwide. This week strikes are planned to take place in seven cities, making it the biggest fast food worker mobilization in the country’s history. Walk outs and demonstrations will be held in New York, Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, Milwaukee, Kansas City, and Flint, Michigan.

The strikes began in November in New York City when more than 200 workers walked off the job and demanded better wages.

Yesterday Feministing published an article titled “One-third of abortion patients travel more than 25 miles to get the procedure.”

The article reads:

That’s according to a new Guttmacher Institute analysis.

The survey, of data from 2008, found that 67 percent of abortion patients traveled less than 25 miles, 16 percent traveled 25–49 miles, 11 percent traveled 50–100 miles and 6 percent traveled more than 100 miles. The average distance traveled was 30 miles. Unsurprisingly, those seeking second-trimester abortions–which are offered by two-thirds of U.S. abortion providers–often ended up going farther.