Category Archives: Opposing oppression and injustice

People oppose injustice and oppression in  a social system.  These are some examples of the oppression and the opposition.

George Floyd protests – Black Lives Matter

We reviewed police tactics seen in nearly 400 protest videos. Here’s what we found. Talia Buford, Lucas Waldron, Moiz Syed, and Al Shaw ProPublica July 16, 2020
We asked experts to watch videos showing officers using tear gas, pepper balls and explosives on protesters. Police actions often escalated confrontations.

N.Y.P.D. says it used restraint during protests. Here’s what the videos show. Allison McCann, Blacki Migliozzi, Andy Newman, Larry Buchanan and Aaron Byrd New York Times July 14, 2020

Think racial segregation is over? Here’s how the police still enforce it. Nikita Lalwani and Mitchell Johnston Washington Post July 1, 2020
We interviewed Monica Bell about her important new paper

Europe said U.S. influence had waned under Trump. Then Black Lives Matter protests rocked the continent. Michael Birnbaum Washington Post June 15, 2020

Milley apologizes for role in Trump photo op: ‘I Should Not Have Been There’ Helene Cooper New York Times June 11, 2020
President Trump’s walk across Lafayette Square, current and former military leaders say, has started a moment of reckoning in the military.

Protesters throng D.C., vowing to be heard after George Floyd’s death Samantha Schmidt, Jessica Contrera, Rebecca Tan, Hannah Natanson and John Woodrow Cox Washington Post June 7, 2020

Pentagon ordered National Guard helicopters’ aggressive response in D.C. Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Eric Schmitt New York Times June 6, 2020
The high-profile episode, after days of protests in Washington, was a turning point in the military’s response to unrest in the city.

The Floyd protests are the broadest in U.S. history — and are spreading to white, small-town America Lara Putnam, Erica Chenoweth and Jeremy Pressman Washington Post June 5, 2020

Rising up against police brutality

How the Black Lives Matter movement went mainstream Jose A. Del Real, Robert Samuels and Tim Craig Washington Post June 9, 2020

Activists catalog nearly 600 videos of officer violence against protesters Jake Johnson Truthout June 9, 2020

The problem of policing isn’t bad apples. It’s a diseased tree. Ruth Marcus Washington Post June 7, 2020

How police unions became such powerful opponents to reform efforts Noam Scheiber, Farah Stockman and J. David Goodman New York Times June 6, 2020
Half a decade after a spate of officer-involved deaths inspired widespread protest, many police unions are digging in to defend members.

I can’t breathe Sergio Peçanha Washington Post June 5, 2020
The ever-growing list of what black people cannot do without risking their lives.

In protests against police brutality, videos capture more alleged police brutality Kimberly Kindy, Shayna Jacobs and David A. Fahrenthold Washington Post June 5, 2020

Image: The U.S. has fallen below its traditional democratic peers.

Freedom in the World 2020 finds established democracies are in decline

Freedom House March 4, 2020. Despite mass protests in every region, world suffers 14th consecutive year of deterioration in political rights and civil liberties.

Democracy is under assault around the globe, and the effects are evident not just in authoritarian states like China, Russia, and Iran, but also in countries with a long track record of upholding basic rights and freedoms. While protest movements in every region have illustrated widespread popular demand for better governance, they have yet to reverse the overall pattern of declining freedom, according to Freedom in the World 2020, the latest edition of the annual country-by-country assessment of political rights and civil liberties, released today by Freedom House.

Countries that suffered setbacks in 2019 outnumbered those making gains by nearly two to one, marking the 14th consecutive year of deterioration in global freedom. During this period, 25 of the world’s 41 established democracies experienced net losses.

The report also found an alarming global erosion in governments’ commitment to pluralism, a defining feature of liberal democracy. Ethnic, religious, and other minority groups have borne the brunt of recent state abuses in both democracies and authoritarian countries. Left unchecked, such violations threaten the freedom of entire societies.

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Opposing oppression and injustice 2020

Uganda releases opposition leader after clashes kill at least 28 Abdi Latif Dahir New York Times November 20, 2020
Two days after police took him into custody, presidential contender Bobi Wine resurfaced on Friday in court where he was charged with flouting coronavirus rules and released.

‘Now, we fight face to face’: Thailand’s protests shatter taboos Hannah Beech and Ryn Jirenuwat New York Times November 18, 2020
Antigovernment demonstrations have grown bolder, even insulting the king, but reform remains elusive and fears of a crackdown persist.

Salvadorans walk past a mural of Salvadoran martyrs Aug. 15, 2020, outside Our Lady of Pilar Catholic Church in Zaragoza, El Salvador. The mural includes four U.S. churchwomen slain in El Salvador in 1980; some Catholics in the country consider them part of a long list of Salvadoran saints and martyrs. (CNS/Courtesy Patricia Lazo)

Forty years after killings, Salvadoran city claims Maryknoll Sisters as its own Rhina Guidos Catholic News Service September 4, 2020

Bolivia under blockade as protesters choke access to cities María Silvia Trigo and Anatoly Kurmanaev New York Times August 7, 2020
Six million people have been marooned by 70 roadblocks set up to protest the government’s response to the coronavirus and the postponement of the country’s general election.

Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, civil rights leader and King aide, dies at 98 Douglas Martin New York Times March 28, 2020
Mr. Lowery helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and gave the benediction at President Barack Obama’s inauguration.

Darius Swann, lead plaintiff in Supreme Court busing case, dies at 95 Harrison Smith Washington Post March 23, 2020
He and his wife sued the Charlotte-Mecklenberg school district in 1965 to send their son to an integrated N.C. school.

Betty Williams, Nobel laureate and leader of peace movement in Northern Ireland, dies at 76 Emily Langer Washington Post March 23, 2020
After witnessing the deaths of three children during the Troubles, she co-founded a campaign that drew thousands of protesters to the cause of peace.

Catherine Hamlin, OB/GYN who healed injured and ostracized mothers, dies at 96 Harrison Smith Washington Post March 22, 2020
She and her husband perfected surgical techniques to treat obstetric fistulas, a debilitating childbirth injury common in Ethiopia.

Charles Trimble, advocate for Native American rights, dies at 84 Katharine Q. Seelye New York Times March 20, 2020
He dedicated his life to advancing the tribal causes of self-determination, sovereignty and human rights.

Tex’ Harris, U.S. diplomat who exposed human rights abuses in Argentina, dies at 81 Matt Schudel Washington Post February 29, 2020
Sending reports through a special ‘dissent channel,’ he brought worldwide attention to the military junta’s ‘dirty war.’

José Zalaquett, champion of human rights in Pinochet’s Chile and around the world, dies at 77 Emily Langer Washington Post February 20, 2020
A Chilean lawyer, he was jailed and ultimately expelled from his country for his efforts on behalf of political prisoners and “disappeared” people.

Thich Quang Do, defiant rights champion in Vietnam, dies at 91 Seth Mydans New York Times February 24, 2020
As the patriarch of a banned Buddhist church, he endured prison, house arrest and internal exile but refused to bend to the Communist authorities.

Fernando Cardenal, Nicaraguan priest who defied Pope, dies at 82 Sam Roberts New York Times February 23, 2020

José Zalaquett, leader in Chile’s search for truth, dies at 77 Neil Genzlinger New York Times February 22, 2020
He incurred the wrath of the dictator Augusto Pinochet, was exiled, and became an expert in how to heal traumatized countries.