Police Evict Protesters from German Village to Clear Way for Coal Mine Expansion

The way was cleared for the complete demolition of the German village of Lützerath and the expansion of a coal mine on Monday after the last two anti-coal campaigners taking part in a dayslong standoff with authorities left the protest site. The two activists—identified in media reports by their nicknames, “Pinky” and “Brain”—spent several days in a tunnel they’d dug themselves as thousands of… Source Source / Read More: Police Evict Protesters from German Village to Clear Way for Coal Mine Expansion

Over a Hundred Thousand Israelis March to Protest Netanyahu Government

Tens of thousands of Israelis marched in central Tel Aviv and in two other major cities on Saturday night, protesting far rightwing PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to overhaul the legal system and weaken the Supreme Court — undermining democratic rule just weeks after his election. Despite cold, rainy weather, marchers, many covered with umbrellas, held Israeli flags and placards saying “Criminal… Source Source / Read More: Over a Hundred Thousand Israelis March to Protest Netanyahu Government

Brittney Griner’s Supporters Secured Her Freedom

Basketball star Brittney Griner landed in the United States early Friday after nearly 10 months of detention in Russia. Griner was freed Thursday in a dramatic prisoner swap between the United States and Russia, with the Biden administration agreeing to free Viktor Bout, a convicted Russian arms dealer who was serving a 25-year sentence. Griner had been held in Russia since February… Source Source / Read More: Brittney Griner’s Supporters Secured Her Freedom

Gov. Youngkin’s Anti-Trans Policies Trigger Massive Student Walkouts in Virginia

Thousands of students across Virginia protested this week, walking out of their classrooms and schools to demonstrate their opposition to policy changes being proposed by the administration of Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) toward transgender youth in the state. Youngkin’s state Department of Education issued new model policies last Friday to “provide clear, accurate, and useful guidance to Virginia school boards that align with statutory provisions.” The new document takes a “parental rights” approach when it comes to transgender youth in schools, encouraging districts to enact rules that discriminate against and potentially endanger LGBTQ children. The new policies say that transgender…

Queen’s Funeral in UK Set Off Harsh Crackdowns Against Critics of Monarchy

Watching Queen Elizabeth’s funeral on Monday, I found myself experiencing two reactions simultaneously: As an advocate of republicanism in Britain — i.e., as someone who believes the monarchy should be abolished entirely and replaced by a republic with an elected head of state — I snorted in horror at the vast pomp and circumstance, at the enforced, ritualistic national mourning, at the millions of people lining the streets from London to Windsor to say goodbye to a person many had never met, at the medieval rituals, at the costumes, at the proclamation from the archbishop of Canterbury about how we…

Protests Outside Justices’ Homes Have Increased Since the Overturning of “Roe”

This article was originally published on Waging Nonviolence. On July 2, hours after the Supreme Court’s chief security officer asked state officials to enforce laws prohibiting protests outside the homes of justices, a group of protesters read the First Amendment out loud in an impromptu march past Brett Kavanaugh’s house. “They have an incredible amount of power, and they’re also reaching into our privacy — into our homes and our healthcare and our bodies,” said Sadie Kuhns, an activist with Our Rights DC, one of the groups organizing the protests. “I don’t find it appropriate for them to make decisions…

Capitol Police Arrest 181 Protesters Waging Sit-In for Abortion Rights in DC

Capitol Police arrested 181 pro-abortion demonstrators in Washington, D.C. on Thursday as they waged a sit-in to protest the Supreme Court’s recent overturn of Roe v. Wade. During the protest by Center for Popular Democracy Action, Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Working Families Party – joined by prominent figures like Rep. Judy Chu (D-California) – demonstrators blocked a street near the Supreme Court, demanding that lawmakers take action to protect abortion seekers across the country. Capitol Police began arresting people around noon on Thursday after surrounding them as the protesters marched to the Supreme Court building, calling for mass civil…

Police Arrest Rep. Jamaal Bowman During Voting Rights Protest at the Capitol

Capitol Police arrested progressive lawmaker Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-New York) after he joined a demonstration for voting rights at the Capitol on Thursday, according to his office. “Today, Congressman Jamaal Bowman joined a voting rights non-violent direct action at the North Barricade of the U.S. Capitol Building and was arrested by the U.S. Capitol Police,” said Marcus Frias, Bowman’s director of communications. “We will provide more information and updates as we gather them.” According to police, protestors had begun to block one side of a barricade. The department claims it has arrested over two dozen people in relation to the…