RIGHTS: Over the past few months, Texas and Arizona have been offering state-funded bus rides to Washington, DC, for undocumented migrants who had been released from federal custody in the states. The goal? Protest against Prez Biden’s immigration policies. Fast forward to this week, and Washington, DC’s mayor has asked for National Guard troops to be activated to help process these migrants. Meanwhile, new data shows that nearly one third of people killed by US police since 2015 were running away, driving off, or attempting to flee when the officer fatally shot or used lethal force against them. Yes, really. In other news, the Miami-Dade County School Board just OK’d health and sex ed textbooks - reversing a reversal of its initial decision to approve the books.
HEALTH: Yesterday, the National Health Service in England announced that it was closing the country’s only youth gender clinic. Instead, the NHS will open new clinics that will both expand England’s gender services and ensure that kids are properly treated for autism, trauma, and mental health problems. This comes after a review of the existing clinic uncovered issues like long wait times and inadequate mental health support. Over in the US, it looks like the Biden team is planning to offer updated covid booster shots in September. The new Pfizer and Moderna shots are expected to perform better against the Omicron subvariant BA.2. Also making headlines in the US: San Francisco just declared a state of emergency over rising monkeypox cases and a shortage of vaccines. Stay tuned.
WORLD: Recently, Russia carried out a series of missile strikes throughout Ukraine, killing at least 8 people. This comes as Ukraine attempts to retake the south. See: Ukrainian forces just struck a bridge into the occupied city of Kherson - making it impossible for Russia to send deployments and weaponry across the bridge while also cutting Kherson off from other occupied territories. In response, Russia is redeploying its forces from eastern Ukraine to the region. Meanwhile, heavy rains across southeastern Kentucky just triggered “one of the worst, most devastating flooding events” in state history. At least 8 people were killed, with countless people still in danger as high waters and strong currents make rescue missions difficult.