Newsletter #144: Justice for Missing and Murdered Native Women

Hello Recompilers,

I hope you’re all healthy and happy, wherever you are. I’m sitting in a cabin listening to the rain and birds, wishing I had better internet connectivity but glad for what I do have. Like this fresh loaf of sourdough a neighbor baked for me.


May 5th was the national day of awareness for missing and murdered indigenous women here in the United States. The epidemic continues, and official data continues to be sparsely available. On some reservations, women are murdered at a rate ten times the national average.

The EFF has released a Creative Commons ebook called EFF’s Guide to Digital Rights and the Pandemic. It’s available for free or for donation, and the five sections are Surveillance, Free Speech, Government Transparency, Innovation, and Living More Online.

The struggle at Amazon continues this week as workers plan on delivering thousands of petitions at the homes of Bezos and Carney. And Tim Bray, a vice president, quit in disgust at the firing of organizing workers, marking one of the highest-profile employees to protest the working conditions.


The Final Straw: Tracking Technology and Food Distro in Pandemic
Civil Liberty Defense Center activists Cora Borradaile and Michele Gretes discuss contact tracing apps.

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Debugging: Techniques for Uncertain Times

Chelsea Troy at RailsConf 2020 discusses how a debugging mindset is useful not just for coding but for adapting to the current crisis.


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This newsletter compiled by Margaret Killjoy (@magpiekilljoy). Margaret is an author, activist, and musician based in Appalachia. Her most recent book series is the Danielle Cain novella series, which starts with The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion.

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