As Biden Pledges Police Funding to Curb Gun Violence, Activists Call for Community Investment

President Joe Biden has vowed to crack down on illegal gun dealers and to boost funding for police departments as part of an effort to combat a spike in gun violence across the country. Rejecting calls by activists to defund the police, Biden said cities could expand their police forces by diverting federal money allocated …
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Campaigners call for EU action against Hungary’s latest anti-LGBTQI+ law

Support us and go ad-free Campaigners are calling for the EU to take action against Hungary after its parliament passed another anti-LGBTQI+ law. On 15 June, Hungary voted through a law that bans showing schoolchildren LGBTQI+ material or featuring gay people in TV shows for under-18s. The Fidesz ruling party and far-right Jobbik party voted …
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George Floyd’s Murder Was “Clarion Call” to Defund Police. What’s Changed in Year Since His Death?

This year Democracy Now! is celebrating our 25th anniversary—that’s 25 years of bringing you fearless, independent reporting. Since our very first broadcast in 1996, Democracy Now! has refused to take government or corporate funding, because nothing is more important to us than our editorial independence. But that means we rely on you, our audience, for …
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Protesters call for AstraZeneca to share Covid-19 vaccine technology

Protesters are to gather outside AstraZeneca’s Cambridge headquarters to demand the pharmaceutical firm shares its Covid-19 vaccine technology. The demonstration, organised by Global Justice Now, is calling for the British-Swedish company to openly licence its jab and commit to sharing the technology with the World Health Organisation (WHO). Protests are also planned at the firm’s …
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MPs and peers call for review of all coronavirus fines

Coronavirus fines are “muddled, discriminatory and unfair”, according to a group of MPs and peers who have called for a review of all of those issued under lockdown laws. The Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) said the system “criminalises the poor over the better-off” and no Covid-19 fine should result in a criminal record. …
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Student leaders call on competition watchdog to take action over fee refunds

A group of students’ unions have written to the competition watchdog, urging it to “take action to uphold students’ rights” over tuition fees and rent payments amid the pandemic. The open letter, backed by student leaders at 19 universities across the UK, calls on the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to help students asking for …
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‘Stressed and petrified’ cladding campaigners call on peers to protect them from huge repair costs

Cladding action groups are calling for peers to protect leaseholders from footing repair bills as the Fire Safety Bill returns to the Lords. Campaigners hope the House of Lords will vote in favour of amendments preventing building owners passing the cost of cladding remediation bills to leaseholders on 20 April. The tragedy of the Grenfell …
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Call to support Kevan Thakrar, held in the ‘most restrictive’ conditions in the UK prison system

Campaigners are calling for action to support a vulnerable prisoner at HMP Full Sutton. Kevan Thakrar has been imprisoned for over 13 years, 11 of which have been spent in the UK’s Close Supervision Centres (CSC), where prisoners face the “most restrictive conditions” seen in the UK prison system. CSCs are prisons within prisons, where …
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Mumia Abu-Jamal Tests Positive for COVID, Prompting Urgent Call to Release Elder Political Prisoners

Renowned political prisoner and journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal’s lawyers confirmed Wednesday he has tested positive for COVID-19 and also has congestive heart disease. Abu-Jamal also suffers from the preexisting conditions of liver disease, which advocates say is directly related to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections’ failure to treat his hepatitis C in a timely fashion. Mumia’s …
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Campaigners call for the strengthening of Welsh language rights as people globally stand up for oppressed mother languages

Sunday 21 February was International Mother Language Day, and people around the world took the opportunity to stand up for oppressed mother tongues. The International Mother Language Day is a global event intended to highlight the need to protect linguistic diversity. And as activists stood up for oppressed languages around the world, there’s also a …
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