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Expansion of facial surveillance at airports seen as a growing threat to civil liberties

Over the last couple years, it has become increasingly clear that facial recognition technology doesn’t work well, and would be a civil liberties and privacy nightmare even if it did. But that has not stopped the Trump administration from moving forward with its dangerous plans to expand the technology’s use at U.S. airports and other ports of entry. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has proposed a new rule that would massively expand the use of face surveillance at the border, further entrenching a dystopian surveillance infrastructure that threatens our rights to privacy and anonymity, and disproportionately harms people...

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Atlanta spa shootings by White gunman appears to intersect gender-based violence, misogyny, and xenophobia

A white gunman was charged on March 17 with killing eight people, most of them women of Asian descent, at three Atlanta-area massage parlors in an attack that sent terror nationwide through Asian American community that have increasingly been targeted during the coronavirus pandemic. Robert Aaron Long, 21, told police that the attack was not racially motivated and claimed to have a “sex addiction,” with authorities saying he apparently lashed out at what he saw as sources of temptation. Six of the victims were identified as Asian and seven were women. Authorities said that they did not know if...

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Operations at Milwaukee’s COVID-19 mass vaccination site transitions to Federal supervision by FEMA

Through a joint federal, state, and local partnership, Governor Tony Evers announced on March 15 that federal support would begin at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee for COVID-19 vaccinations. “FEMA’s work here in Milwaukee is a valuable addition to our efforts. The new people and resources help expand our capacity, and, importantly, allows us to redeploy local vaccinators to underserved and under-vaccinated areas of the city,” said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. “All the partners in planning for FEMA’s arrival have worked collaboratively and kept the focus on vaccinating as many people as possible promptly and efficiently.” The U.S. Department...

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Governor Tony Evers announces two phase plan to help Wisconsin families access child care services

Governor Tony Evers and Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Emilie Amundson signaled their intent to submit a plan with the Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) to use the additional Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) award Wisconsin received. Congress allocated additional funds for childcare to states through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. Wisconsin received roughly $148.8 million in CCDBG funds to offset the continued impact of the pandemic on costs associated with providing early care and education. The proposed plan will be submitted through the §16.54 process and reviewed by JFC before funds can reach...

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Opposition to I-94 expansion continues as coalition urges support for transit and infrastructure

Governor Tony Evers announced his Executive Budget on February 17, and in the address he emphasized improving infrastructure, addressing climate change and increasing racial justice. Disappointingly, the enumeration of the I-94 East-West expansion project in Milwaukee was included in the Governor’s budget recommendations. “MICAH’s opposition to rebuilding I-94 between the Marquette and Zoo Interchange lanes is longstanding,” stated Rev. Joseph Jackson, President of MICAH. “We joined other community groups in a federal lawsuit in 2017 to stop expansion. Monies were not included in Governor Walker’s budget and the project was dropped. With the inclusion of the expansion in the...

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3.11 Ten Years On: Collection of programs commemorate anniversary of Tohoku earthquake

NHK World-Japan, the English-language international service of NHK – Japan’s sole public broadcaster, will present a collection of premiere and encore programming to mark the 10-year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, which spurred a tsunami, a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, and mass destruction along Japan’s east coast. The programming event airs throughout March and April. The collection of viewing serves as a compelling reminder of the unprecedented mega-disaster, and captures the magnitude and emotions surrounding its occurrence and aftermath. The programs depict the ways in which the tragedy has...

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