Philando Castile & Alton Sterling’s Killings Show An Indifferent System For Black Gun Owners

Four years ago, two deaths sent shockwaves — and outrage — through the United States. On July 5, 2016, Alton Sterling was killed by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana outside a store where he was selling CDs. One day later, on July 6, Philando Castile was shot and killed by police during a traffic stop in St. Paul, Minnesota while his girlfriend and young child were in the car. There were many similarities between the cases, aside from the dates of their occurrence. Namely, both men were legally carrying guns on them at the time of their deaths, though neither were brandishing their weapons or threatening police with them. And… Read More

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Your Horoscope This Week

It’s time for us to open our eyes. The Lunar Eclipse reaches its fullest point in security-minded Capricorn in the early-morning hours of July 5 (between midnight and 1 a.m. EST). A light is being shone on aspects of our lives that we were once unaware of, and it’s critical to pay attention. New paths will be revealed, though we may need to dedicate some quiet time to a mindfulness practice to see them. Luckily, the Eclipse supports our intuition and encourages us to finally let go of old ways of thinking or acting that are holding us back. The Lunar Eclipse is supported by a trine with change-loving Uranus,… Read More

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COVID-19 Returns To P.E.I. As Alberta First Nation Under Lockdown

A First Nation in southern Alberta was on lockdown Saturday while Prince Edward Island reported new COVID-19 cases for the first time in more than two months, announcing three new cases on Saturday ― including one person who worked at Charlottetown seniors’ home. Dr. Heather Morrison, the province’s chief public health officer, told a news conference that all three cases were Islanders who’d travelled within Canada ― the first cases in P.E.I. since April 28. “This is disappointing news, but we have said consistently that we need to be prepared for more cases and we are,″ Morrison said, noting none of the cases are related to seasonal residents or the… Read More

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Protesters Across Canada Rally For Migrant Workers To Be Given Full Status

OTTAWA — Migrant workers and other non-permanent residents — many of whom have been working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic — took to the streets in cities across Canada on Saturday, calling on Ottawa to grant them greater rights and protections. Temporary foreign farm labourers, care workers, international students and undocumented workers who have been working throughout the pandemic as “essential workers” say they are being left behind by the Canadian government. “Our people are literally starving. People are dying, not even to grow food, but to grow flowers and grapes for wine. Domestic workers are trapped in homes by employers who won’t let them out because… Read More

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Stop Enforcing Sex Work Laws During Pandemic, Advocates Urge

OTTAWA — Canada’s sex work laws are creating undue harm and contribute to human rights violations during COVID-19, sex workers and human rights advocates say, which is why they’re now pushing Ottawa to stop enforcing them. Amnesty International Canada has joined a number of rights and sex work advocates in a lobby effort asking federal Justice Minister David Lametti for a moratorium on prostitution laws. “We need to make sure the existing laws on the books aren’t enforced,” said Jackie Hansen, women’s rights campaigner for Amnesty International Canada. “Government has put them in a position where they won’t provide them income supports and yet will criminalize them if they work.… Read More

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It’s hard to celebrate the Fourth of July this year

In 1975, PBS aired an episode of the documentary series Bill Moyers Journal called “Rosedale: The Way It Is”, about the firebombings of black families’ homes in Rosedale, then a predominantly white area of Queens, New York. A disturbing two-minute clip from the documentary — in which a mob of white children and teens verbally and physically abuse a group of Black children who were biking through the neighborhood — went viral after being posted on Twitter last year, prompting The New York Times to seek out those involved. They could find none of the assailants, but they tracked down a dozen of the victims, most of whom are now… Read More

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