By Kevin Zeese for Popular Resistance. More than 300 people entered a north Minneapolis church in small groups and singly for Clark’s funeral. The Shiloh Temple International Ministries is about a mile from the police station where protesters have gathered since Clark’s shooting and near where Clark was shot. Some at the funeral wore white T-shirts with “I matter” on the front or T-shirts with Clark’s photo, while others were dressed formally. Most bowed their heads as they walked through the glass doors to attend two hours of visitation before the noon funeral began. The Guardian reports that at the funeral calls for justice could be heard for Jamar: “James Hill, Clark’s eldest brother, told the mourners at the Shiloh Temple church on Wednesday that Mayor Betsy Hodges had sent a note expressing her condolences, and apologising for her absence. ‘I’ve got one message for her,” he said. “We don’t want her to overdo her job. We don’t want her to underdo her job. We just want her to do her job. If she’s for this city, justice will be found.’”
By David Dayen for The Intercept – International trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) need to be carefully examined piece by piece because they can take precedence over a country’s own laws. Case in point: the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Friday ruled that dolphin-safe tuna labeling rules — required by U.S. law, in an effort to protect intelligent mammals from slaughter — violate the rights of Mexican fishers. As a result, the U.S. will have to either alter the law or face sanctions from Mexico.
By Doug Glass and Steve Karnowski for The Huffington Post – MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police on Tuesday arrested two men suspected of shooting five Black Lives Matter demonstrators, while the family of a black man whose death inspired the protests called for an end to demonstrations that have gone on for days outside a Minneapolis police station. No one suffered life-threatening wounds in Monday night’s shooting, which took place about a block from the police department’s 4th Precinct, where protesters have been demonstrating since the Nov. 15 death of 24-year-old Jamar Clark, who was shot by a police officer.
By Rebecca Gordon for Tom Dispatch – I recently took a little trip into the past and deep into America’s distant war zones to write a piece I called “It’s a $cam.” It was, for me, an eye-opening journey into those long-gone years of American “nation-building” and “reconstruction” in Afghanistan and Iraq. Mind you, I still remembered some of what had been reported at the time like the “urine-soaked” police academy built in Baghdad by an American private contractor with taxpayer dollars. But it was the cumulative effect of it all that now struck me — one damning report after another that made it clear Washington was incapable of building or rebuilding anything whatsoever.
By Anne Meador for DC Media Group – Charges against an anti-fracking activist will no longer proceed after the prosecutor placed the case on an inactive docket at a hearing in Maryland District Court for Calvert County on November 23. The outcome of Monday’s hearing is the latest development in the fall-out ensuing from a protest against a fracked gas export terminalalmost ten months ago. Defendant Carling Sothoron, a Baltimore educator, climbed up the steel arm of a craneon a Dominion Cove Point construction site last February to drop a banner that read, “Dominion get out. Don’t frack Maryland. No gas exports. Save Cove Point.”
By Rachel Cromidas for Chicagoist – Police chief Garry McCarthy reversed course on the subject of Dante Servin—the Chicago Police officer who shot and killed a 22-year-old woman on the West Side in 2012 and was acquitted of charges against him earlier this year—Monday night, saying he now believes Servin should be fired over the off-duty shooting. “After considerable deliberation, I have come to the conclusion that Officer Dante Servin showed incredibly poor judgement in his efforts to intervene in a low-level dispute while off-duty,” McCarthy said in a statement, the Sun-Times is reporting. “In the end, CPD has rules that we all must live by. Officer Servin violated those rules and he’s going to be held accountable for that.”
By Ali Abunimah for The Electronic Antifada – Members of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) have overwhelmingly endorsed a resolution backing the Palestinian call for the boycott of Israeli academic institutions. The measure passed at the association’s annual meeting in Denver on Friday by 1,040 votes in favor to 136 against. It must now be ratified in a referendum of the association’s entire membership of 10,000 in April. A second resolution condemning the Palestinian-led movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) on Israel was crushed 1,173 to 196.
By Sophie Jane Evans for Daily Mail – A white Chicago police officer who fatally shot an African-American teenager 16 times was charged this morning with first-degree murder and ordered to remain in jail. Officer Jason Van Dyke, 37, gunned down 17-year-old Laquan McDonald – who was armed with a 3-inch knife – within six seconds of getting out of his cop car on October 20 last year. He was on the scene for just 30 seconds before he started shooting. He continued firing even though McDonald dropped to the ground after the first shots.
By Aviva Shen for Think Progress – After a prolonged legal battle, Chicago police released a video of one of their officers, Jason Van Dyke, shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times Wednesday. The video shows McDonald carrying a small knife, walking away from Van Dyke before the officer opens fire. The entire shooting took about 15 seconds, and McDonald was lying on the ground for 13 of them. An officer appears to kick at McDonald’s body after shooting him. Van Dyke was finally charged with first degree murder more than a year after the shooting.
By Lucas L. Johnson II for The Christian Science Monitor – NASHVILLE, TENN. — On the same downtown block where Nashville police officers carried a young John Lewis by his hands and feet to a paddy wagon for daring to take a seat at a whites-only lunch counter decades ago, today’s fresh-faced police recruits are learning lessons about the fraught history between law enforcement and black Americans. About 60 police hopefuls, many around the same age Lewis was when he emerged as a leader of the civil rights movement, gathered recently in the “Civil Rights Room” at Nashville’s main library.
By Maira Sutton for EFF – We were out on the streets this week to march against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement in the U.S. Capitol. We were there to demonstrate the beginning of a unified movement of diverse organizations calling on officials to review and reject the deal based on its substance, which we can finally read and dissect now that the final text is officially released. Contained within these 6,000-plus pages of the completed TPP text are a series of provisions that empower multinational corporations and private interest groups at the expense of the public interest. Civil society groups represent diverse concerns, so while we may disagree on our specific concerns about the TPP, we commonly recognize that this is a toxic, undemocratic deal that must be stopped at all costs.
By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz for Beacon Broadside. “Thanksgiving” became a named holiday during the Civil War, but neither Pilgrims, nor Indians, nor food, nor the Mayflower—all essential to today’s celebration—were mentioned in Lincoln’s 1863 proclamation. It was during the Great Depression that the Thanksgiving holiday was transformed into a nationalistic origin story to bind a chaotic society experiencing economic and social collapse. But this idea of the gift-giving Indian, helping to establish and enrich what would become the United States, is an insidious smoke screen meant to obscure the fact that the very existence of the country is a result of the looting of an entire continent and its resources. Thanksgiving needs another transformation, a day to mourn US colonization and attempted genocide and celebrate the survival of Native Nations through their resistance.
By Cal Winslow for Counter Punch – The therapists, counselors, and social workers at Kaiser Permanente in California have won a magnificent victory. In a last minute retreat, in the face of an open-ended strike, Kaiser, the giant California health care corporation, settled with 1400 workers and their union, the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW). The therapists’ victory is a landmark, in healthcare and above all in mental healthcare. The bottom line: these workers have won patient care ratios, they’ve won the right to advocate for patients, and they won these in a context of a nationwide drive to cut costs and press productivity in an industry awash in cash.
By Sharon Treat for IATP – So much of trade policy involves searching through legal texts and leaked documents for clues about what’s coming next. Careful examination of the recently released text for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is already revealing new risks for our food system. Those findings also tell us what to watch out for in the other big pending trade deal—the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the European Union. Unlike earlier trade agreements focused primarily on reducing tariffs to open up markets, these agreements are likely to include extensive provisions intended to reduce or eliminate state and federal regulations viewed as “trade irritants.”
By Jan Ransom for The Boston Globe – WALTHAM — Hundreds of students at Brandeis University have occupied the administration building that includes the president’s office since Friday, and they vow not to leave until the interim president, Lisa M. Lynch, promises to address their demands pertaining to diversity, including the hiring of additional black faculty and counselors. #ConcernedStudents2015, as the group calls itself, started its round-the-clock occupation of the Bernstein-Marcus Administrative Center after Lynch failed to address 13 concerns listed in a letter sent to her on Thursday.