2021-03-31: News Headlines

Gloria Rubac (2021-03-31). Death penalty abolished in former Confederate state. workers.org On March 23, I was sad and gloomy all day as I am every year on this date — the day in 1993 that I witnessed a dear friend, Carlos Santana, be legally lynched by the State of Texas. He was executed, even though he did not kill anyone. Charlottesville, . . . |

Fight Back (2021-03-31). Tampa rally demands justice for George Floyd, jail for killer cops. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – On Saturday, March 27, the Tampa Bay Community Action Committee (TBCAC) and others rallied at Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa to demand a guilty verdict for killer cop Derek Chauvin. Chauvin is charged with the murder of George Floyd, whose killing inspired an unprecedented uprising last summer. | "We need to come together to stand against any attempt to let this murderer off. We need to do it for the Floyd family, and the families of all others affected by police brutality," said Jhosn Pena of TBCAC. | Protesters called attention to local cases of police brutality such as the case of Josiah Pinne…

Staff (2021-03-31). New York Ordered to Vaccinate Incarcerated People; Will Gov. Sign Bill Curbing Solitary Confinement? democracynow.org A New York judge has ordered the state to provide COVID-19 vaccines to all incarcerated people, saying that officials "irrationally distinguished between incarcerated people and people living in every other type of adult congregate facility, at great risk to incarcerated people's lives during this pandemic." Soffiyah Elijah, executive director of the Alliance of Families for Justice, says advocates have been pushing the state "since the beginning of the pandemic to prioritize the health and safety of incarcerated people," but those efforts were met with silence. "It's unfortunate that it took court intervention i…

Beau Peters (2021-03-30). Addressing Potential Bias in AI. dissidentvoice.org Image Source: Pixabay Brookings defines artificial intelligence (AI) as "a wide-ranging branch of computer science concerned with building smart machines capable of performing tasks that typically require human intelligence." Replicating human intelligence in machines has positively influenced data collection, manufacturing processes, solving efficiency issues, and other business processes. Even with its various benefits, AI has …

Yanis Iqbal (2021-03-30). Banality of Evil in Neo-fascist Times. dissidentvoice.org We live in dangerous times. Neo-fascism is on the rise in many parts of the world, combining the savagery of the market with authoritarian forms of xenophobia. The combinatorial power of individualizing cultural conformism and totalizing statism has resulted in a new "culture of silence", intended to reduce citizens to passive spectators of the misery …

Mohammad Ayesh (2021-03-30). Arabic press review: Tunisian politician accuses Egypt of spreading false rumours. middleeasteye.net Arabic press review: Tunisian politician accuses Egypt of spreading false rumours | Meanwhile, protest held in Gaza in solidarity with prisoner in Saudi Arabia, Libyan politicians accused of falsifying credentials and Saudi foreign reserves fall to lowest level in a decade | Tue, 03/30/2021 – 12: 31 | Tunisian Ennahda Party founder Rachid Ghannouchi gives a speech during the legislative election…