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THE HIGHLIGHTS

The first independent report into the Xinjiang genocide allegations just came out. 

 

THE BACKGROUND.

A few years ago, China announced that it’d be launching a “special campaign” to fire back at “extremist and terrorist crimes.” Leading to speculation that China is holding between one million and three million Uyghur Muslims in “re-education camps” in the region of Xinjiang - which violates minority rights. Not to mention those camps have largely been seen as internment camps where people are subject to torture, physical and sexual abuse, forced labor, and death. Cue global outrage and accusations that China’s partaking in a cultural genocide. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Recently, the first independent report into those genocide allegations came out. Spoiler: the Chinese gov’s actions in Xinjiang violated every single provision in the United Nations’ Genocide Convention. Every. Single. Provision. 

 

THE DEETS. 

The report, which was conducted by more than 50 global experts in human rights, war crimes, and international law, claims the Chinese gov “bears state responsibility for an ongoing genocide against the Uyghur.” This backs up similar declarations by the US, the Netherlands, and Canada...to name a few. Meanwhile, China continues to deny the allegations

 

THE TAKE. 

The Xinjiang genocide has allegedly been taking place for years. TBD on whether world leaders finally start calling for justice. 


THE ACTION

CORONAVIRUS: Cases in the US upped last week at their slowest pace since the start of the pandemic. Aka 1.5 percent. In more good news: the CDC just issued new guidance that says people who have been fully vaccinated for two weeks can now meet with other fully vaccinated people without masks or social distancing. Plus people who have been fully vaccinated can hang out with unvaccinated people from a single household indoors without masks (of course, as long as the unvaccinated people are low-risk). In some not-so-good news: significantly fewer Black and Hispanic women are working now than any other demographic, even as hiring is back up. 

 

USA: Recently, the US announced that it would be granting Venezuelans already living in the US temporary protected status (TPS). The US gov sometimes grants TPS to people fleeing some kind of disaster in their home country. It gives these migrants the chance to legally stay and work in the US. Now, it looks like the Biden team is extending that opportunity to hundreds of thousands of Venezuelan migrants. Meanwhile, a new lawsuit is pointing fingers at the New York City school system - the largest in the US - for segregation. The lawsuit alleges that the school system worsens racial inequality by sorting certain students into gifted programs as early as kindergarten. Stay tuned. In other news, as part of a push toward equality, Unilever will stop calling certain hair and skin types “normal.” 

 

VOTING RIGHTS: ICYDK, state and local leaders have intro’d at least 253 bills to restrict voting access in at least 43 states since the 2020 US presidential election. Recently, both Iowa and Georgia passed new laws doing just that. We’ll start with Iowa. The state’s governor signed a law limiting early voting days and Election Day voting. Oh, and it also makes it harder for voters to return absentee ballots, which let people vote from home and either mail it in or drop it off. Over in Georgia, the state Senate passed an election bill - backed by Republicans - that would repeal no-excuse absentee voting. It’d also make a series of other changes to voting in the state. Big deal, since these laws are already expected to mostly impact BIPOC. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Bruno Mars:” who’s begging the Grammys to let him perform. Locked Out of…the Grammys. 


SAY WHAT?

“These sea slugs can self-decapitate and grow a new body” - an actual headline. Adding this to a list of weird facts we did not need to know. 

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