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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Everyone is talking about Sarah Everard. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

Earlier this month, Sarah Everard - a 33 year old woman - disappeared while walking home in South London. Later, it came out that she had been kidnapped and murdered. The man who is accused of killing her is reportedly a serving member of the Metropolitan Police force. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Everard’s murder sparked outrage and resonated with lots of women who fear for their safety while walking around alone. So over the weekend, women’s rights activists gathered in the bandstand of Clapham Commons, where Everard was last seen, in a tribute to her life. The vigil was entirely peaceful, but less than an hour after it kicked off, police officers showed up and began attempting to surround and corral demonstrators. That led some officers to forcibly remove women from the bandstand...and push them face down to the floor in arrest. 

 

THE REACTION. 

In response to the arrest, demonstrators chanted things like “Arrest your own” and “Who do you protect?” Because, we’ll repeat: the guy who’s accused of murdering Everard...serves on the very same police force that showed up to arrest those demonstrators. Now, it looks like the Mayor of London is ordering an investigation into the weekend’s events. 

 

THE TAKE. 

TBD on whether Everard - and those demonstrators - get justice. 


THE ACTION

DEATHS: Yesterday, Myanmar security forces killed at least 38 protesters in the deadliest day since the military took control in a coup. Most of the deaths took place in the district of Hlaingthaya. One advocacy group said it resembled a battlefield. Over the weekend, Myanmar’s military also declared martial law in six areas after six Chinese-funded factories were smashed and set on fire. It’s not yet clear who’s responsible. Stay tuned. In other news, Italy is imposing a lockdown as coronavirus cases skyrocket across Europe. Cue concerns about another surge in the US, where cases have pretty much plateaued. In some good news: the US set a record for vaccinations - and more and more states are expanding vaccine eligibility

 

PEOPLE: Recently, the Vatican declared that the Catholic Church should “welcome” people involved in same-sex relationships “with respect and sensitivity” - buuuuut can’t bless same-sex unions. You read that right. The statement is leading to anger and raising questions about what kind of consequences - if any - a priest might face if they did decide to bless a same-sex couple. Speaking of controversy, a Charlie Hebdo cartoon depicting the UK’s Queen Elizabeth kneeling on Meghan Markle’s neck is getting lots of backlash. The why: some say it’s racially insensitive and “demeans” the murder of George Floyd. This comes after Markle revealed the royals raised concerns about the color of her baby’s skin. 

 

WORLD: There are growing calls for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to quit after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment and sexual assault. Think: Sens Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) - along with nearly every member of New York’s congressional delegation - demanded Cuomo’s resignation. To which Cuomo said ‘no way.’ Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people just took to the streets in Australia as part of the March4Justice demonstration. The protests come after multiple women accused an Australian gov official of rape, which led to a wave of sexual assault allegations against other gov officials. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Taylor Swift:” who won album of the year at the Grammys, making her the first woman to win it three times and tying her for most AOTY wins ever just 15 years into her career. Well, that was swift. 


SAY WHAT?

“Beyoncé Makes History with 28th Grammy Win, Becomes the Most-Decorated Female Artist of All Time” - an actual headline. Who run the world? Beyoncé.

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