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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Another inmate has died at Rikers Island. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

You know Rikers Island as New York City’s main jail complex and one of the world’s largest prisons. It houses nearly 5,000 detainees on a given day. A majority of these detainees are awaiting trial and haven’t actually been convicted of a crime. Most don’t commit violent acts. Many struggle with mental illness. 

 

THE DEETS. 

When the covid pandemic first hit, Rikers Island was left with a major lack of staff, spawning one of its worst crises in decades. Think: gang members seized control of some housing areas. Violence has been on the rise, with reports of one inmate kicking down a run-down metal grate in the wall of his cell, climbing through the opening, and stabbing his neighbor. Some detainees were forced to go without food or health care. By the end of 2021, 15 inmates had died. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

It looks like the crisis is continuing into 2022. There have been 10 deaths at the jail complex this year - including a detainee named Elijah Muhammad who died on Sunday. The 31 year old had been held at Rikers Island since June on assault charges. The details of his death are still unclear, but we do know that it prompted the immediate firing of a correction officer involved in the incident. 

 

THE TAKE. 

All of this comes amid calls for a federal takeover of Rikers Island. TBD, TBD, TBD. 


THE ACTION

ABORTION: This week, Dems are planning to vote on legislation that would help protect abortion access after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Only a slight problem…the legislation is pretty much guaranteed to fail, since it needs 60 votes to move forward, but the Dems only have 50 Senate seats. Also making headlines: for the first time in the US, a pharmaceutical firm has asked for the thumbs-up to sell birth control pills over the counter. The pill is the most common form of contraception in the US, but about one-third of women who have tried to get or fill prescriptions have reported difficulties doing so. Meanwhile, over in Texas, a pregnant woman who was fined for driving solo in a carpool lane has argued that her fetus is a passenger. Hint: the state’s new abortion laws count a fetus as a person. 

 

WORLD: More than 4 months into Russia’s war on Ukraine, Russian forces are ramping up their attacks on the eastern province of Donetsk, firing a series of rockets at civilian targets. At least 8 people were killed in 24 hours. Meanwhile, the death toll from a rocket attack on an apartment complex in the town of Chasiv Yar rose from 15 to 30 people. 9 people have been pulled from the rubble and rescued so far. In other news, Cambridge University is opening an investigation into a string of student deaths, with 5 students dying since March. One of the deaths is confirmed to be a suicide, while the other four are suspected suicides. In response, officials say they’re planning to expand the budget for suicide prevention about 10 percent. 

 

POLITICS: ICYMI, last October, more than 130 countries shook hands on a new tax agreement that would set a 15 percent minimum tax rate. The goal? Ensure bizes pay a rate of at least 15 percent on their global profits no matter where they’re based. The global tax deal would also let countries tax bizes by where their goods and services are sold instead of by where they’re located. But fast forward to this week, and it came out that the deal will be delayed by at least a year. Meaning it won’t be enacted until 2024. In other news, it looks like Britain will have its new prime minister by September 5. So far, just two people have gotten enough support to make it onto the ballot. This comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared he’ll step down. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Amazon Prime Day:” what takes place today and tomorrow. Amazing. 


SAY WHAT?

“The deepest and sharpest infrared image of the distant universe to date” - NASA on the first image from the James Webb Space Telescope. Out of this world. 




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