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I-43 shut down in protests against racist police killings

Milwaukee, WI - Two coordinated actions against racist police killings met at Interstate 43, Dec. 19, resulting in the arrest of 74 people. Ongoing protests have been targeting Milwaukee cop Christopher Manney, who shot unarmed 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton in a public park in downtown Milwaukee April 30. The Hamilton family and their supporters are demanding that Manney be charged with murder. The struggle for justice in this case has ties to the national #blacklivesmatter movement.

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New Mexico: Lawmaker Pre-Files HB 44, Restricting Private Firearm Transfers

Although the New Mexico Legislature will not convene its 2015 Regular Session until January 20, one lawmaker has already pre-filed a familiar, ill-conceived gun control measure. On Friday, anti-gun state Representative Miguel Garcia (D-Albuquerque) re-introduced House Bill 44, legislation criminalizing non-dealer firearm transfers at gun shows and taking the first step toward a universal ban on private gun sales.  Although similar anti-gun measures have died in previous legislative sessions, now is not the time

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Nevada: BLM Releases Plan for Managing 4.8 Million Acres of Public Land

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released a Resource Management Plan that will chart the future management of 4.8 million acres of public land outside of Carson City.  The deadline for the public to submit comments is March 27, 2015.   Although the deadline is several months away, the BLM is hosting a series of public meetings in January as listed below.   The Plan can be viewed on line at http://on.doi.gov/1uYBNGT.

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Durham protests slam police repression

Durham, NC - About 60 people marched to the Durham police headquarters, Dec. 19, to protest attacks by Durham riot police on peaceful protesters in recent weeks. The march kicked off with the chanting of Assata Shakur's words, "It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains!" Led by organizers with Southerners

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Thousands shut down Mall of America in MN saying, ‘Black lives matter!’

Bloomington, MN – Thousands of protesters shut down large sections of the biggest shopping mall in the U.S., the Mall of America (MOA), in the early afternoon of Dec. 20, demanding an end to police brutality. The mall rotunda was filled demonstrators with raised arms, chanting “Hands up, don’t shoot!” Above the protesters in the rotunda, and alongside a giant artificial silver Christmas tree, a huge electronic billboard warned, “Those who continue to demonstrate will

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Celebrate freedom for the Cuban Five!

We celebrate the release of the Cuban Five - political prisoners held by the U.S. government for 16 years. Their freedom also marks a positive change in relations between the U.S. government and Cuba. Many anti-war and international solidarity activists who worked towards their release are raising their glasses to toast this victory! The Cuban Five are heroes who came to the U.S. to stop terrorist attacks against their country. Their commitment to the Cuban

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Grassroots Alert: Vol. 21, No. 49 12/19/2014

On November 3rd, one day before the midterm elections, the U.S. Department of Justice released over 64,000 pages of materials pertaining to the infamous Operation Fast and Furious. Some, including former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson, who helped break the Fast and Furious story, have suggested that the timing of the document dump was calculated to ensure the release of the documents would not receive adequate press coverage due to the midterm elections. This document dump

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Michigan: Update 2013-2014 Legislative Session Adjourns

Early this morning, Senate Bills 789 and 790 passed in the Michigan House of Representatives and received a prompt concurrence vote in the state Senate. In the state House, SB 789 passed by an 84 to 26 vote and SB 790 passed by an 85 to 25 vote.  These bills will create a more efficient, consistent and expedient concealed pistol licensing process through the creation of a true “shall issue”

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