“Fridays for Future” Protesters Demand Climate Action in 450 Locations Worldwide
Here in New York, thousands of people marched through the streets Friday to demand urgent action on the climate crisis, as world leaders wrapped up the U.N. General Assembly. It was one of 450 climate strike demonstrations held worldwide by the youth-led climate movement Fridays for Future. This is Nemonte Nenquimo, an Indigenous activist from Ecuador’s Amazon region and winner of the 2020 Goldman Environmental Prize.
Nemonte Nenquimo: “As female defenders living in the community, we come to make visible our struggle, because it’s very important people out there, such as in New York, understand our struggle, our need to defend ourselves. Our forest is our home, and we love and respect it. Also, we contribute life to the world — air.”
Video Shows Train Hitting Colorado Police Car Holding Woman Handcuffed in Back Seat
Authorities in Colorado have released shocking video of a train crashing into a parked police car where a handcuffed woman was sitting inside alone. The incident occurred in Platteville, Colorado, on September 16. Police had arrested 20-year-old Yareni Rios-Gonzalez after a traffic stop. After officers drew a gun on her and placed her in handcuffs, they put her in a patrol car parked on the train tracks. In this police video released on Friday, a train can be heard blasting its horn before crashing into the car.
Yareni Rios-Gonzalez: “What’s going on? Why am I being arrested?”
Police officer 1: “We’ll explain everything in a second. … Tell you in a second.”
Yareni Rios-Gonzalez: “I’m so confused. Can I get my cellphone, please?”
Police officer 1: “Take a seat. I will get your cellphone for you. Take a seat.”
Police officer 2: “[bleep]! Move your car! Stay back!”
Police officer 1: “Lupton 346, patrol car was just hit by a train. Dispatch, Lupton 346, status medical emergent. The suspect was in the vehicle that was hit by the train.”
According to her attorney, Yareni Rios-Gonzalez suffered nine broken ribs, a fractured sternum and back and head injuries. The lawyer told The Denver Post, “She saw it coming and could hear the horn. She was trying to get the police officers’ attention, screaming at them. She tried unlocking the door. She had her hands behind her back and was frantically trying to unlock the door.”
ACLU Demands Closure of For-Profit ICE Jail After Asylum Seeker Dies by Suicide
The American Civil Liberties Union is urging the Biden administration to close the privately run Torrance County Detention Facility in New Mexico, where about 160 immigrants are being held in what the ACLU calls atrocious conditions. A 23-year-old asylum seeker from Brazil died by suicide at Torrance last month. The detention center is run by the company CoreCivic, formerly the Corrections Corporation of America.
Kushner-Owned Company Settles Lawsuit over Unfair Rental Practices and Rodent-Infested Apartments
A property management partly owned by Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has agreed to pay at least $3.25 million to the state of Maryland and to reimburse tens of thousands of tenants in Baltimore. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh accused the company, Westminster Management, of deceiving and cheating tenants and subjecting them to miserable living conditions.