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AFSCME president on Floyd killing: No union contract is a shield for police brutality

As an African American man who lived through the 1960s and now has two sons and three very young grandsons, the specter of systemic racism keeps me up at night. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve called my sons during the past week — just to know where they are, to hear their …

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Trump response to Floyd protests is, finally, too much for America’s retired military brass

President Donald Trump stood in the Rose Garden last week and announced that he was “dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel and law enforcement officers” in response to violence in Washington, D.C., amid protests against racial injustice. Later that day, June 1, police and National Guard troops employed heavy-handed tactics to clear a …

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Floyd killing shows police unions abuse power. We need radical reform: Former union lawyer

Among the many outrages in the death of George Floyd is this one: Derek Chauvin, the police officer who killed Floyd, had been the subject of at least 17 misconduct complaints and yet he remained an armed member of the Minneapolis Police Department. How does that happen? Part of the answer is the collective bargaining agreement reached between …

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George Floyd pleaded with police for his life. His last words should haunt us all: Albom

We were already heading into a long, hot summer of death. Then a Minneapolis police officer put his knee on the neck of an unarmed black man and left it there until the man expired. And suddenly, a nation afraid to gather in the daylight began rushing en masse into the night. One life. History …

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Police act like laws don’t apply to them because of ‘qualified immunity.’ They’re right.

On Monday, May 25, Minneapolis police killed George Floyd. While two officers pinned the handcuffed Floyd on a city street, another fended off would-be intervenors, as a fourth knelt on Floyd’s neck until — and well after — he lost consciousness. But when Floyd’s family goes to court to hold the officers liable for their actions, a …

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George Floyd killing: For black America, a long wait to breathe

Can a black person breathe in America anymore? Racism won’t let us breathe. Police won’t let us breathe. COVID-19 won’t let us breathe. And too often, sadly, we won’t let us breathe either. The past few weeks have delivered one gut-punch headline after another. Black Americans are dying of the coronavirus at higher rates than any other racial group. An 8-year-old black …

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Mineduc warns schools against sudden changes to fee structure

The Ministry of Education (Mineduc), on Tuesday, warned schools against increasing tuition fees or demanding parents to pay full tuition for entire academic year without prior consultations with parents. Speaking to Media, Isaac Munyakazi, the Minister of State in charge of Primary and Secondary Education, said that the ministry is aware of cases where some schools unilaterally …

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Orthodox Christians in Ethiopia, Eritrea celebrate Christmas

Ethiopia’s prime minister Abiy Ahmed on Monday wished all Orthodox Christians in the country a ‘Merry Christmas’, urging them to celebrate the day by ‘eliminating separation and divisions’. Ethiopia follows the Julian calendar and celebrates Christmas on January 7th, while the rest of the world, who follows the Gregorian calendar, celebrates on 25th of December. …

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