Stuff New Zealand: International concern about Internet Archive-National Library deal

Stuff New Zealand: International concern about Internet Archive-National Library deal. “An international group of authors including Sir Philip Pullman are concerned about the National Library’s partnership with the Internet Archive. ‘To find that a great national library like that of New Zealand is collaborating in a scheme to break the cherished copyright laws and give our work away for nothing is profoundly shocking,’ said Pullman, the president of the United Kingdom Society of Authors, in a recent letter sent to the library.”

‘It is becoming unbearable:’ Journalists say they have become ‘scapegoats’ at anti-vaccine protests (Committee to Protect Journalists)

Committee to Protect Journalists: ‘It is becoming unbearable:’ Journalists say they have become ‘scapegoats’ at anti-vaccine protests. “Journalists in Europe told CPJ that some protesters target members of the press, who they see as representing the same forces they are rallying against. While most of the reporters vowed to continue their coverage of demonstrations against lockdowns, masks, and COVID vaccines, some also voiced concern that reporters—especially those without institutional support, like freelancers—may not be able to continue much longer.”

New York Times: Why These New Yorkers Stopped Paying Rent

New York Times: Why These New Yorkers Stopped Paying Rent. “Across New York, many tenants who lost their jobs after the city went into lockdown are facing millions of dollars in unpaid rent and have been kept in their homes by government aid programs and a state eviction moratorium that expires in January. But the pandemic has also mobilized some tenants to take on landlords who have done little to improve their living conditions and pushed them into a new kind of activism.”

Auburn University: Auburn professors’ Selma ‘Bloody Sunday’ project gaining momentum through social media, public support

Auburn University: Auburn professors’ Selma ‘Bloody Sunday’ project gaining momentum through social media, public support. “Auburn University professors Richard Burt and Keith Hébert are turning to social media and the Selma, Alabama, community for help in making progress on their ‘Bloody Sunday’ passion project. The interdisciplinary tandem is enlisting a group of Auburn Honors College students to help expand the project’s reach to the social media realm, and they have established a Facebook page where visitors can connect and help identify marchers who participated in one of the seminal moments in civil rights history—Bloody Sunday on March 7, 1965, in Selma.”

Washington Post: Staten Island crowd defies vaccine mandate by storming mall food court, video shows

Washington Post: Staten Island crowd defies vaccine mandate by storming mall food court, video shows. “As customers enjoyed their Saturday afternoon at Staten Island Mall and prepared to dig in to their meals, a raucous, maskless crowd of dozens opposing New York City’s indoor vaccination mandate stormed into the food court while chanting, ‘U-S-A!’ Their goal: to eat at the food court without showing proof of vaccination.”

In the Streets; On the Walls: Archiving, Activism, & the Urban Art Mapping Street Art Database (Western Michigan University)

Western Michigan University: In the Streets; On the Walls: Archiving, Activism, & the Urban Art Mapping Street Art Database. “The Urban Art Mapping George Floyd and Anti-Racist Street Art database is a crowdsourced, activist archive of street art created in the context of the ongoing movement demanding social justice and equality…. Join guest scholars Heather Shirey and David Todd Lawrence, co-directors of Urban Art Mapping Research Project, and learn about the ways that artists and writers have used walls, posts, streets and boards as sites for vernacular communicative acts and explore the goals, challenges and applications of a crowd-sourced archive of protest art in the community.” September 15th, Webex, free.

Route Fifty: State Efforts to Ban Mask Mandates in Schools Mirror Resistance to Integration

Route Fifty: State Efforts to Ban Mask Mandates in Schools Mirror Resistance to Integration. “I don’t bring up this Southern resistance to federal mandates that affect U.S. schools merely to recount history. As a researcher who focuses on the role of federalism in U.S. education, I believe this resistance helps shine light on why several Southern states today are pushing back against federal guidance for teachers and students to wear masks in schools to lessen the risks of contracting the more dangerous delta variant of COVID-19.”

The Jolt: Anti-vaxxers shut down vaccination event, harass state health workers (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: The Jolt: Anti-vaxxers shut down vaccination event, harass state health workers. “The headlines out of Gov. Brian Kemp’s latest press conference focused on the thousands of Georgia National Guard troops he’s preparing to deploy to help hospitals fight the pandemic. But it was Dr. Kathleen Toomey who stopped us in our tracks when she revealed that anti-vaxxer protesters had disrupted several vaccination drives — and forced one to shut down.”

Oregon Public Broadcasting: 3 Vancouver schools placed on lockdown after Proud Boys try to enter during masks protest

Oregon Public Broadcasting: 3 Vancouver schools placed on lockdown after Proud Boys try to enter during masks protest. “Vancouver Public Schools officials confirmed on Friday that the Skyview High School, Alki Middle School and Chinook Elementary were put in lockdown after members of the far-right Proud Boys tried to gain access to school grounds, according to witnesses.”

Florida Today: Anti-mask protesters picket schools and Brevard County School Board member’s home

Florida Today: Anti-mask protesters picket schools and Brevard County School Board member’s home. “Tensions over the mask mandate at Brevard Public Schools ran high Wednesday, with protests staged outside schools and outside a School Board member’s home. At times the protests have turned ugly, with obscenities shouted and protestors urging students on school property to remove their face coverings.”

USA Today: Tennessee school district parents planning a ‘sickout’ to up the pressure on COVID-19 safety

USA Today: Tennessee school district parents planning a ‘sickout’ to up the pressure on COVID-19 safety. “Eric Moore is a parent who is helping organize the ‘sickout’ to force administrators to follow guidance from the Knox County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and create a more robust virtual experience for students who are home sick or quarantined.”

CNN: Black and LGBTQ streamers on Twitch boycotted the platform after repeated ‘hate raids’

CNN: Black and LGBTQ streamers on Twitch boycotted the platform after repeated ‘hate raids’. “One preliminary report from Twitch journalist Zach Bussey showed at one point Wednesday that 5,000 fewer users were streaming and 500,000 fewer viewers were watching than at the same time just one week earlier. Now, the organizers are hoping that Twitch heeds their demands and enacts new policies to protect them.”

Evening Standard: Protesters dressed as giant breasts march outside Facebook’s London office

Evening Standard: Protesters dressed as giant breasts march outside Facebook’s London office. “Medical tattooists and breast cancer survivors dressed up as giant breasts at the headquarters near Oxford Circus. Some claim their pictures have been removed and their accounts blocked. This prevents breast cancer survivors from learning about possible treatments. The campaigners said they should be able to post images of their experience without being wrongly sexualised.”