Tribune India, November 6 2015
24 filmmakers, Arundhati Roy return their awards
Mumbai, November 5
Another 24 filmmakers, including Kundan Shah of “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro” fame and Saeed Mirza who directed “Nukkad”, besides writer Arundhati Roy today returned their national awards over “growing intolerance”, voicing fears that the country’s robust democracy might be “coming apart” in the current atmosphere.
With this, at least 75 members of the intelligentsia have either returned national or literary awards, in an escalation of protests by writers, historians, filmmakers and scientists even as writer Nayantara Sahgal reiterated that “secularism was under threat” like never before. Sahgal was among the first to return the honours when she gave back the Sahitya Akademi award in October. Continue reading
Berkeley High School students including Nancy Nguyen (left), Berenabas Lukas (middle) and Simone Ewell Szabo (right) stage a walkout demonstration at Sproul plaza over a racist post on the school website in Berkeley, Calif., on Thursday, November 5, 2015.
Student demonstrators at Sproul Plaza said they feel unsafe after racist and threatening messages toward African-Americans were left on a school library computer
Hundreds of Berkeley High School students walked out of class Thursday in protest of racist and threatening messages that showed up on one of the school’s library computers.
Throngs of students waving posters and bullhorns took to Milvia Street chanting “black lives matter” and “raise a fist if you’re not gonna take this” as they walked through Civic Center Park to Berkeley City Hall, demanding an investigation into the incident from school officials. Continue reading
Hunger Strike at Texas Detention Center Swells Into the Hundreds
The number of hunger strikers at a Texas immigrant detention facility has swelled to almost 500 since last Wednesday, an Austin-based advocacy group revealed in a phone call with RH Reality Check.
When news of the protest action broke on October 28, about 27 women at the T. Don Hutto detention center in Taylor, 35 miles east of Austin, were reportedly refusing their meals.
While grievances ranged from abusive treatment by guards to a lack of medical care, the women, hailing primarily from Central America, were unanimous in their one demand: immediate release.
The strike snowballed over the weekend, according to Grassroots Leadership, an organization that forms part of a larger umbrella group known as Texans United for Families (TUFF).
Cristina Parker, immigration programs director for Grassroots Leadership, told RH Reality Check that one striker who contacted the organization Sunday night to brief them on the situation used the Spanish expression “casi todo,” suggesting that nearly all of the roughly 500 detainees are now observing the strike. Continue reading