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Truthout Daily Digest Friday, 28 November, 2014

A Year After Congressional Testimony, Drone Strike Victims Still Searching for Justice

Candice Bernd, Truthout: Despite a recent finding that fewer than 4 percent of drone strike casualties in Pakistan have been confirmed as members of al-Qaeda, critics fear the program will continue with impunity and even be boosted to combat the Islamic state.

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Marjorie Cohn | Prosecutor Manipulates Grand Jury Process to Shield Officer

Marjorie Cohn, Truthout: Robert McCulloch has a history of bias in favor of police involved in altercations with black men. But, ignoring the pleas of 7,000 residents in and near Ferguson who signed a petition, McCulloch refused to recuse himself in the Darren Wilson case.

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Deciphering 10(j) Injunctions at the National Labor Relations Board’s Website

Ellen Dannin, Truthout: The NLRB has launched a new website as part of an effort to beef up employee rights. But how many workers who need to know their rights can read and understand it?

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Native-American Youth Are in Crisis and Need Protection

Jessica Ramos, Care2: Centuries after the first pilgrims and Native Americans came together in peace to give thanks (so the story goes), Native-American youth have nothing close to peace. A new 120-page report from the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee screams that they are in crisis.

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Government Data Sharpens Focus on Crude-Oil Train Routes

Isaiah Thompson, ProPublica: An analysis of federal government data adds new details to what’s known about the routes taken by trains carrying crude oil. Local governments are often unaware of the potential dangers they face.

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Obama’s Immigration Action Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Diana Anahi Torres, OtherWords: Farmworkers don’t qualify for reprieve under President Obama’s recent executive action on deportation unless they’ve lived in the United States for five years and have kids who are US citizens or permanent residents with green cards.

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Asia Smiles for the Cameras

John Feffer, Foreign Policy in Focus: Washington needs to recognize that its Pacific pivot is adding insecurity to the region, not stability. With its arms sales and encouragement of ally assertiveness, the United States is bringing peace to the region just like the Colt .45 “Peacemaker” brought peace to the Wild West.

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GOP on Wrong Side of History on Immigration

Leo Gerard, Campaign for America’s Future: Suffering amnesia about their personal histories, nativist Republicans want to expel the 11.7 million unauthorized immigrants, the people who harvest the United States’ Thanksgiving vegetables and care for US toddlers and grannies.

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New Pope Can End Church Cover-Up of Child Abuse

Robert Weiner and Florian Prommer, Mass Live: Pope Francis has just announced he will be coming to the US next year for a conference on families. The new Pope is widely popular, but he and the Church must take stronger actions than ones to date on the victims and perpetrators of clerical child abuse.

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The Real Cost of Fracking: How the US Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families, Pets and Food

Allison Wilson, Independent Science News: Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald’s new book, The Real Cost of Fracking: How America’s Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families, Pets, and Food describes the results of their research on fracking’s health impacts.

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Protesters Target Black Friday Sales in Ferguson

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Police Arrest 338 in LA: No Warnings, “Penned in,” Arrested, Protesters Say

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Working for Walmart Is Even Worse Than You Think

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Gunman Dead After Shooting Up Austin Police Headquarters

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Selma and Fruitvale Station Directors Lead Black Friday Protest Over Ferguson

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Mexico’s President Aims to Strengthen Police After Students’ Abduction

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At Home Legally – for Now

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YES! Magazine Highlights 28 November, 2014

The best stories of the week from YES! Magazine: Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions

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Police Violence Is Not Inevitable: Four Ways a California Police Chief Connected Cops With Communities

“A critical look at any institution with as much power and authority invested in it as the police is probably a good thing.” READ MORE »

Chris Magnus in Richmond.
Mentally Ill People Often Face Violence From Police—But These Cities Are Trying to Fix That

Crisis Intervention Teams train police officers to understand mental illness without resorting to violence. READ MORE »

Seattle protesters with hands raised yelling "Hands up! Don't shoot!" “I’m Scared to Be a Black Male Walking Down the Street”: Seattle Teens on Why They Skipped School for a #Ferguson March

“We all just left class. As soon as 11:00 came, we stood up and walked out of class. Together as one.” READ MORE »

Photo by Sarah-Ji #Ferguson Thanksgiving: A Former Slave Proposed the Holiday 55 Years Before Lincoln. Why His Version Matters Today

“For some, racial inequality and fear are raw realities every day, and anything inspiring in American history rings false and remote. For others, the call to reflect on injustice feels like a personal accusation. But we are caught in this history together.” READ MORE »

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Angry cook by Shutterstock. Why It’s OK to Be Angry on Thanksgiving

Quite often it is our darker side that illuminates the best part of us, that brings us to where we need to be. READ MORE »

Half-mile meal by Andy King Photo Essay: At a Half-Mile-Long Table, Chefs, Farmers, and Volunteers Feed a Neighborhood for Free

In St. Paul, Minnesota, artist Seitu Jones wanted to start a community-wide conversation about food access and food justice—and where better to talk than over a good meal? READ MORE »

Palestinian prison library. Undercover University: Palestinians Study Up in Israeli Prisons

More than 40 percent of Palestinian males have spent time in Israeli prisons. The schools that operate within are increasingly important. READ MORE »

Activists, union members, and Detroit residents protest the water shutoffs in Detroit. When the City Turned Off Their Water, Detroit Residents and Groups Delivered Help

Grassroots action has backed down the city’s aggressive water shutoffs. READ MORE »