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Health commission finds 40% of COVID-19 deaths could be attributed to Trump’s failed pandemic policy

The United States could have averted 40% of the deaths from COVID-19, had the country’s death rates corresponded with the rates in other high-income G7 countries, according to a Lancet commission tasked with assessing Donald Trump’s health policy record. Almost 500,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus, with the number widely expected to go above half a million in the next few weeks. At the same time some 27 million people in the United States have been infected. Both figures are by far the highest in the world. In seeking to respond to the pandemic, Trump has been widely...

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Research finds that People of Color are subject to the most punitive enforcement of public health orders

COVID-19’s spread is neither colorblind nor colorless, sending Black, Latinx and Indigenous people to the hospital at a rate four times higher than white people. To make matters worse, the people of color and immigrant communities who already bear the brunt of the Covid-19 outbreak are also subject to the most punitive enforcement of emergency public health orders. The co-occurring pandemics of Covid-19 and state violence are deeply interconnected. The COVID-19 Policing Project launched in May 2020 to monitor how cities, states, territories and tribal jurisdictions police the pandemic. As we watched cops drag a Black man off a...

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Data shows that police are three times more likely to use force against peaceful leftwing protesters

Police in the United States are three times more likely to use force against leftwing protesters than rightwing protesters, according to new data from a non-profit that monitors political violence around the world. In the past 10 months, US law enforcement agencies have used teargas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, and beatings at a much higher percentage at Black Lives Matter demonstrations than at pro-Trump or other rightwing protests. Law enforcement officers were also more likely to use force against leftwing demonstrators, whether the protests remained peaceful or not. The statistics, based on law enforcement responses to more than 13,000...

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National memorial service planned for victims of the COVID-19 pandemic on eve of inauguration

Joe Biden plans to lead a unique nationwide memorial service on the eve of his inauguration to honor the grim toll of nearly 400,000 American lives lost to the coronavirus. The presidential inauguration committee (PIC) announced recently that it would host a lighting ceremony around the Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool along the National Mall in Washington, a day ahead of Biden’s swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. Cities and towns across the country are invited to join the ceremony by illuminating buildings and ringing church bells at the same moment, shortly after east coast sunset on 19 January, the...

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New film details the terrible injustices faced by Martin Luther King Jr. in his fight with the FBI

In his new film MLK/FBI, Sam Pollard lays bare the injustices the FBI heaped on the civil rights leader, but paints a picture of a complex man dealing with his personal life and its baggage alongside his political beliefs. As a child in 1960s east Harlem, documentary film-maker Sam Pollard was “profoundly touched” by two events. The assassination of John F Kennedy, in 1963, when Pollard was in junior high school. Then, five years later, the murder of Martin Luther King. Yet as he grew up, Pollard found his memory of those events softening round the edges. “You think...

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Why police brutalized peaceful George Floyd activists and accommodated violent White Supremacists

“No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesting yesterday, they wouldn’t have been treated very, very differently from the mob of thugs that stormed the Capitol. We all know that’s true. And it’s unacceptable. Totally unacceptable.” – President-Elect Joe Biden The contrast between the law enforcement reaction to the storming of the Capitol on January 6 and the suppression of peaceful protests in the summer is not just stark – it is black and white. The Black Lives Matter demonstrators crowd outside the White House on June 2, 2020 was...

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