Another County Votes to Nullify NDAA’s Infamous Indefinite Detention Provisions

Another County Votes to Nullify NDAA’s Infamous Indefinite Detention Provisions By Carey Wedler (CW) — Laurens County, South Carolina, passed a resolution this week urging the state to reject the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)’s indefinite detention provisions, making the county the eight local government in the country to resist the language, which was initially passed in the 2012 version of the military funding bill. According to a press release from People Against the NDAA (PANDA), which has long campaigned against indefinite detention, “Resolution 2018-31 provides inhabitants of Laurens County their first legal defense against indefinite detentions…

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California Schools Sued for Putting Kids on Probation for Defying Authority

California Schools Sued for Putting Kids on Probation for Defying Authority By Carey Wedler (CW) — Last week, the school system in Riverside County, California, was hit with a major lawsuit from multiple legal advocacy organizations over its policy of placing misbehaving and poorly performing students on probation, allegedly funneling them into the “school-to-prison pipeline.” The ACLU, the ACLU of Southern California, the ACLU of Northern California, the ACLU of San Diego, the National Center for Youth Law, and Sheppard Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, filed a lawsuit to fight what they…

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Your Memes Are Safe (For Now): EU Rejects Internet Censorship Bill

Your Memes Are Safe (For Now): EU Rejects Internet Censorship Bill By Carey Wedler (CW) — In an unexpected move, this week the European Parliament rejected a highly controversial bill that critics claimed would stifle free speech and creativity on the internet. The EU Copyright Directive was heavily criticized over two elements in particular. Article 11 would have established a “link tax,” which would have required online publishes to pay a fee for the right to link to news organizations. Critics argued the vague language did not adequately define what constitutes a…

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Senate Votes to Finally Legalize Hemp After 80 Years of Prohibition

Senate Votes to Finally Legalize Hemp After 80 Years of Prohibition By Carey Wedler (CW) — On Thursday, the U.S. Senate approved a bill to legalize hemp, an industrial crop that has been banned for decades. In April, Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Rand Paul (R-KY), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) submitted a separate bill to legalize hemp, and those provisions were then incorporated into the broader farm bill. The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry approved that version before the upper house of Congress voted to approve it this week by a margin of…

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NY Schools to Install Facial Recognition Tech Used by Police and Military

NY Schools to Install Facial Recognition Tech Used by Police and Military By Carey Wedler Amid the highly-publicized spate of mass shootings in America, one public school district is set to impose unprecedented police state tactics to ensure “security” and safety for students. Starting next school year, schools in New York’s Lockport district will be equipped not only with bulletproof glass and surveillance cameras but also with facial recognition technology used by police forces and military units. “We always have to be on our guard. We can’t let our guard…

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