Revealed: LAPD officers told to collect social media data on every civilian they stop

Revealed: LAPD officers told to collect social media data on every civilian they stop

The documents, which were obtained by the not-for-profit organization the Brennan Center for Justice, have raised concerns about civil liberties and the potential for mass surveillance of civilians without justification.

“There are real dangers about police having all of this social media identifying information at their fingertips,” said Rachel Levinson-Waldman, a deputy director at the Brennan Center, noting that the information was probably stored in a database that could be used for a wide range of purposes.

The New York Times is insisting on using the deadnames of trans journalists

The New York Times is insisting on using the deadnames of trans journalists

The union representing New York Times writers said they “aren’t budging on the issue,” but the newspaper finds it “unacceptable” that the name of a writer might not match their print archives.

Management at the New York Times is continuing to refuse requests that they change policy to allow journalists to update their published names, or bylines, on articles after they come out as transgender.

07/17/21

Transgender rights protest outside LA spa turns violent

A group of protesters who showed up outside a Los Angeles spa on Saturday were met by a large police response resulting in more than a dozen arrests.

The protests stemmed from a video that showed a customer of the Wi Spa in Koreatown angrily confronting a staff member complaining that a disrobed transgender woman had entered into the women’s section.

The video, which was shared on social media earlier this month, quickly went viral in far-right and anti-transgender websites, but its veracity has since been put into question.

AOC Says Biden’s Refusal to Condemn Israeli Attacks on Palestinians ‘Takes a Side—the Side of Occupation’

The New York Democrat criticized Biden for failing to acknowledge “what precipitated this cycle of violence—namely, the expulsions of Palestinians and attacks on Al-Aqsa.”

AOC Says Biden’s Refusal to Condemn Israeli Attacks on Palestinians ‘Takes a Side—the Side of Occupation’

U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Wednesday evening that President Joe Biden’s “blanket” remarks emphasizing Israel’s right to self-defense effectively excuse the country’s human rights violations as it continues to assail the occupied Gaza Strip and brutally repress Palestinians in East Jerusalem.

But the president, who mentioned his earlier phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, notably did not denounce Israel’s attacks on worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound earlier this week, nor did he condemn Israel’s killing of civilians and destruction of residential buildings with airstrikes on Gaza—an ongoing bombing campaign that has left more than 80 Palestinians dead.

“Blanket statements like these with little context or acknowledgement of what precipitated this cycle of violence—namely, the expulsions of Palestinians and attacks on Al-Aqsa—dehumanize Palestinians and imply the U.S. will look the other way at human rights violations. It’s wrong,” said Ocasio-Cortez, echoing other critics’ depiction of Biden’s comments as a “green light” for Israel to continue its deadly attacks.

Republicans And Democrats Largely Oppose Transgender Sports Legislation, Poll Shows

Republicans And Democrats Largely Oppose Transgender Sports Legislation, Poll Shows

In at least 30 states nationwide, lawmakers have introduced bills aiming to keep transgender girls and women from participating on girls’ and women’s sports teams. These type of restrictions have become a major culture war battle, with Republican lawmakers being the loudest proponents of such bills, while Democrats often oppose them.

But a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds that Republican voters aren’t that enthusiastic about those proposed laws, even while they do have reservations about transgender sports participation.