Amazon “Broke the Law”: Union Seeks New Election After Alabama Warehouse Organizing Drive Fails

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: The largest union drive in the history of Amazon ended Friday with the company, led by the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, on top. After a months-long battle, ultimately 738 workers at Amazon’s Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse voted to unionize, and 1,798 voted no. Ballots from another 505 workers were challenged, mostly by Amazon. The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union that led the drive says Amazon illegally interfered in the vote, and it plans to file unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board. Democracy Now! co-host Juan González tweeted in response…

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Do Prisons Keep Us Safe? Author Victoria Law Busts Myths About Mass Incarceration in New Book

As the first anniversary of the police killing of George Floyd approaches, we speak with author and journalist Victoria Law, who says despite the mass movement to fight systemic racism sparked by Floyd’s death, persistent myths about policing, incarceration and the criminal justice system still hinder reform. “Why do we think prisons keep us safe? Obviously, Derek Chauvin wasn’t afraid of being arrested or imprisoned when he killed George Floyd,” says Law, who examines these issues in her new book, “'Prisons Make Us Safer': And 20 Other Myths About Mass Incarceration.” Source link

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Will Georgia’s Voting Law Be Repealed as Big Business Joins Critics Opposing “Jim Crow” Suppression?

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: A stunning new report from the Brennan Center for Justice finds Republican state lawmakers have now introduced 361 bills to restrict voting rights across 47 states. Restrictive bills are now moving through legislatures in 24 states, and 29 bills have already been passed by at least one chamber of statehouses. Early on Thursday morning, the Republican-controlled Texas Senate approved a bill to limit early voting hours, ban ballot drop boxes, end drive-thru voting and to allow poll watchers to videotape voters. This is one of just 49 bills to restrict voting being considered in…

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Jim Crow Redux: Georgia GOP Governor Signs “Egregious” Voter Suppression Law Targeting Black Voters

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: Georgia’s Republican Governor Brian Kemp has signed a sweeping elections bill that civil rights groups are blasting as the worst voter suppression legislation since the Jim Crow era. This comes just months after Democrats won two Senate seats in Georgia and Joe Biden became the first Democratic presidential candidate to win the state in 28 years. The bill grants broad power to state officials to take control of election management from local and county election boards. It also adds new voter ID requirements, severely limits mail ballot drop boxes and rejects ballots cast in…

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“Huge Victory”: Black Farmers Hail $5B in New COVID Relief Law to Redress Generations of Racism

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The Quarantine Report. I’m Amy Goodman. We begin today’s show looking at a major provision in President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill that aims to address decades of discrimination against Black, Hispanic, Native American and Asian American farmers, who have historically been excluded from government agricultural programs. The American Rescue Plan sets aside $10.4 billion for agriculture support and allocates about half the funds to farmers of color who were, quote, “subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice because of their identity as members of a group,” unquote. The…

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‘Uber is not above the law’: MEP slams UK government over failure to protect gig economy workers

Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Leïla Chaibi is “astonished” that the UK government is no longer reviewing gig economy workers’ rights following the Supreme Court decision to classify drivers as workers. The French politician, a member of the European Parliament’s committee on employment and social affairs, said: Uber is not above the law and must respect Lord Leggatt’s judgement. The UK Government should now legislate and enforce the ruling made by the Supreme Court. It is important that the ruling is upheld in practice. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is now panicking and has wrongfully claimed that it is not possible to hire drivers as workers on permanent…

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Forty feet high and under attack: the peaceful protestors facing the reality of a private security force above the law

Screams, panic, alarm, and finally blood make this footage a scary glimpse into the reality of the anti-HS2 camp evictions. In this incident, protestors were 40ft high in a makeshift treehouse. They suffered repeated blows from a member of the National Eviction Team (NET) as he violently kicked and lashed out at the protestors at Poors Piece, Wendover. The activists were there with one clear purpose: to protect the surrounding woodland from the relentless path of the HS2 train line. When completed, it will destroy 108 ancient and well-loved woodlands. So why did this situation escalate, turning a peaceful occupation of a tree violent?   Protesters punched, kicked and…

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Matt Hancock’s audacity is off the scale as he refuses to apologise for breaking the law

It should no longer come as a surprise, watching Matt Hancock give himself a pat on the back for how he’s handled the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. It should also come as no surprise that he accepts zero responsibility for almost 121,000 deaths in the UK. Our death toll has shot past that of Italy, and is now by far the highest in Europe. But Hancock’s audacity flew off the chart on 23 February when he insisted that his team should be thanked, and that there had been no national shortage of PPE. Does Hancock think that a successful roll-out of vaccines will magically make us forget how the…

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Conservative Lawyer Bruce Fein: Trump's Acquittal Gives Future Presidents License to Break the Law

As the Senate votes to acquit former President Donald Trump for inciting the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, we speak with constitutional lawyer and former Reagan administration official Bruce Fein, who says the insurrection was not just an attack on the U.S. Capitol, but “an effort, basically, to destroy the rule of law and the Constitution itself.” Fein says failure to convict Trump will give license to future presidents to break the law. “It really is quite frightening that now we have a precedent that says a president has the right to do anything he wants, that he wishes to, without sanction,” he tells Democracy Now!…

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Government defeated over child spy law

Peers have forced through an amendment to the spycops bill to curtail the use of child spies by the police and security services. The amendment put by lady Beeban Kidron passed by 339 votes to 235. It will ban the use of under-18s as informants by organisations like MI5 and the police except in exceptional circumstances. Speaking ahead of the vote, Kidron told peers: In every other interaction with the criminal justice system we try to remove children from criminal activity, to take them away from harm and towards safety. But before us is legislation which formalises our ability to do the opposite. Bishop Paul Butler, who also…

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