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Explainer: the evidence for the Tasmanian genocide

At a public meeting in Hobart in the late 1830s, Solicitor-General Alfred Stephen, later Chief Justice of New South Wales, shared with the assembled crowd his solution for dealing with "the Aboriginal problem". If the colony could not protect its convict servants from Aboriginal attack "without extermination", said Stephen, "then I say boldly and broadly exterminate!"

Bill blocking criminal history on college applications OK'd

The Maryland General Assembly has overridden Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a bill that prohibits public colleges from asking about a prospective student's criminal history on an application. The Senate … Click to Continue »

Virginia Grocery Investment Fund Seeks to End 'Food Deserts'

A bipartisan group of public officials urged the General Assembly on Thursday to create a Virginia Grocery Investment Fund to help attract supermarkets to food deserts in the state. Virginia … Click to Continue »

In overwhelming UN vote on Jerusalem, a reality test for Trump's tough talk

When President Trump threatened this week to cut off foreign aid to any country voting against the United States in the United Nations General Assembly, it conjured up engrained public frustration over what some Americans – including Mr. Show More Summary

Brea leaders look at requiring permits, having rules for larger public assemblies

The City Council at its meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 19, will consider establishing regulations for public assemblies. Among the regulations would be needing a permit if the gathering meets certain criteria, such as being larger than 30 people if in Brea Downtown or 75 people elsewhere; restricting sound amplification devices and requiring reimbursement for fire […]

Harsh Singapore laws stifling free speech: HRW

Singapore is increasingly using harsh laws to severely restrict freedom of speech and assembly, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday, urging authorities to let people publicly debate matters of national interest. A report from the New York-based...Show More Summary

Meet the woman replacing Steve Doszpot in the Legislative Assembly

last monthAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The ACT’s new Liberal MLA for Kurrajong is former Federal public servant, Candice Burch, after an Elections ACT countback today to fill the vacancy created by the passing of Steve Doszpot. Ms Burch’s election will increase the representation of women in the Legislative Assembly to 14 out of the 25 members, and create a majority of women […]

This fundamentalist Christian group is being allowed into public schools to convert other people’s children

last monthNews : The Raw Story

A group of fundamentalist Christians is being allowed into high schools to conduct assemblies whose explicit goal is the proselytizing of their interpretation of Christianity, warns the secular advocacy group Freedom From Religion Foundation. The FFRF this week announced that it had sent out...

Complaint denial reminder of sometimes secretive lawmaking

Wisconsin legislative leaders' decision last week to deny public access to sexual harassment complaints in the Assembly and Senate isn't the only example of how top policymakers sometimes operate in … Click to Continue »

More Passenger Car Blues as GM Throttles Back in Canada

General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant isn’t the only facility hit hard by the public’s growing distaste for traditional highway cruisers. Falling full-size sedan sales turned out the lights at that plant last month, and GM’s Oshawa, Ontario plant will follow suit in January, returning with a missing shift once production resumes. Show More Summary

Unprepared Charlottesville Police Failed to Protect Public at Racist Rally, Review Finds

“Let them fight for a little. It will make it easier to declare an unlawful assembly,” the police chief said.

Catcalling citation cards

2 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Sick of being harassed in public? Fill out this Catcalling Citation Card and hand it to that loser who's bugging you. Here's the story behind the cards: As a group of creatives and writers living and working in Brooklyn, we assembled to discuss the emotional and psychological toll involved with combatting harassers - and what to do about it. Show More Summary

Stricter rules imposed on French lawmakers' expenses

France's lower house of Parliament has adopted stricter rules for the use of public money by lawmakers. The National Assembly said in a statement Wednesday that lawmakers will have to … Click to Continue »

Singapore charges activist for organizing assemblies without permit

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore authorities charged human rights activist Jolovan Wham on Wednesday for organizing public assemblies without a police permit, prompting rights groups to call on the government to guarantee the right to peaceful assembly.

California Assembly to begin hearings on harassment policies

The state Assembly is set to begin public hearings on its sexual harassment policies a day after misconduct allegations prompted a member to resign. The six-member Assembly Rules Subcommittee on … Click to Continue »

POTD: The Women of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Assemble

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : SlashFilm

Around the time the cast of Thor: Ragnarok was making the publicity rounds for the Marvel Studios sequel, cast member Tessa Thompson revealed that she and the rest of the female stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe talked to Kevin Feige about a possible all-female superhero team-up movie. Show More Summary

The Latest: Assembly Democrats slam police body cam bill

The Latest on policy body camera bill (all times local): 12:45 p.m. Democrats in the Wisconsin Assembly are saying a Republican proposal limiting public access to police body camera footage … Click to Continue »

Wisconsin Assembly voting on limiting police bodycam access

The Wisconsin Legislature is set to vote on a Republican-backed proposal limiting the public's access to footage from police body cameras. The bill up Thursday has the support of law … Click to Continue »

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Why Haven’t You Left School? Restless and anxious as a student…

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Why Haven’t You Left School? Restless and anxious as a student of the No Child Left Behind-era in public schools, I wondered why we were spending so much time sitting in assemblies about the PSSA (Pennsylvania System of School Assessment) tests and how to properly answer multiple-choice questions when that had […]

General Assembly panel meets on school funding methods

North Carolina's complicated formulas that send billions of dollars annually to the public schools are supposed to get overhauled by a special committee now starting up. House and Senate members … Click to Continue »

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