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Cramm for 5/25/21
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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Today is the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder. 

 

THE BACKGROUND.

Last May, a video surfaced showing a white police officer - later identified as Derek Chauvin - driving his knee into a Black man’s neck. The man - George Floyd - could be heard repeatedly saying he can’t breathe, but the officer didn’t remove his knee for over 9 minutes. Floyd ultimately died. The death sparked a wave of Black Lives Matter protests and calls for social justice. Plus Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

We’ll repeat: as of today, it’s been one year since Floyd was killed. Vigils and marches are set to take place across the country - while Floyd’s family is privately getting together with Prez Biden at the White House to commemorate the anniversary. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 2. 

May 25 is also Congress’s deadline to pass a bipartisan policing overhaul bill. Only a slight problem...the bill is just starting to take shape. It’s still unclear where lawmakers stand on things like qualified immunity, which protects officers who have allegedly violated the Constitution while on duty. Expect negotiations to continue into the summer. 

 

THE TAKE. 

While Chauvin has been convicted, there’s still a long way to go to achieve social justice. TBD, TBD, TBD. 


THE ACTION

CORONAVIRUS: ICYMI, over the past few months, farmers in India have been protesting a set of new laws that would apparently devastate their livelihoods and let big, private bizes come in and exploit the country’s agriculture sector. In recent weeks, mass protests took a bit of a pause due to harvest season and a deadly second wave of the virus. But now, it looks like they’ll be starting up again. Cue warnings from India’s gov about the risk of a “super-spreader.” In other news, Moderna just announced that its coronavirus vaccine is safe and effective in kids aged 12 to 17. This comes as Americans under the age of 24 are lagging with vaccinations, despite potential long-term health effects from the virus. 

 

WORLD: US Sec of State Antony Blinken has his mind on Israel-Palestine. Reminder: over the last couple of weeks, there’s been a massive escalation in violence that led to hundreds of deaths, the vast majority of whom were Palestinian. Last week, Israel and Hamas reached a truce, but there are serious concerns that the rocket attacks and air strikes could start up again. Enter: Blinken, who’s pledging US support to address the Palestinian humanitarian crisis and rebuild Gaza. Meanwhile, at least 16 people - including 2 kids - were just killed in a rebel attack in Peru. Far-left guerilla group Shining Path has claimed responsibility. The group apparently left pamphlets at the scene ordering people not to vote in the upcoming election. 

 

PEOPLE: All eyes are on Belarus. Quick refresher: the other day, Belarusian authorities diverted a Ryanair plane heading to Vilinus, Lithuania to Minsk, Belarus. When the plane landed, authorities arrested Raman Pratasevich, a 26 year old Belarusian opposition activist-slash-journalist on board the flight. Pratasevich has since made an appearance in which he applauded the Belarusian gov and admitted to organizing “mass riots” - leading to concerns he was forced to make those statements. In response, the European Union has slapped sanctions on Belarus and banned the country from using the airspace and airports of any of its 27 member states. In other news, the United Nations is calling for the immediate release of Mali’s prez, who was recently detained by the country’s military. Stay tuned. 


WHAT TO KNOW

$760,999:” how much ‘Charlie Bit My Finger’ sold for as an NFT. 


SAY WHAT?

“Boom — I felt air” - Lil Nas X on when he realized his pants had split while performing on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ Monteroh no. 

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