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THE HIGHLIGHTS

The Supreme Court is taking a look at the Voting Rights Act. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

Meet the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It’s a landmark legislation that was passed during the civil rights movement. Basically, it prevents racial discrimination in voting. Think: outlawing literacy tests, providing certain protections for voting rights, and prohibiting every state and local gov from implementing voting laws that could result in discrimination against racial or language minorities. Only a slight problem...in recent years, courts have begun chipping away at the act.

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Today, the Supreme Court hears a case that could weaken the Voting Rights Act. The case - Brnovich v DNC - concerns a challenge brought by the Democratic National Convention against two provisions of an Arizona law that reportedly affects communities of color in an unfair way. But since the Supreme Court has a conservative majority, there are fears that the case could lead to the dismantling of a key provision in the Voting Rights Act.

 

THE DEETS.

Big picture here: 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. Because, baseless voter fraud claims. The Supreme Court’s ruling on the Voting Rights Act could set new and stricter voting precedents. 

 

THE TAKE. 

The US is seeing major changes to voting laws. TBD on the long-term effects. 


THE ACTION

USA: The other day, the Food and Drug Admin issued an emergency use authorization for Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot coronavirus vaccine. The first doses are expected to ship out today. This comes amidst fears of a fourth surge of the virus as a result of new variants. In other news, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is being hit with a third sexual harassment accusation. A woman named Anna Ruch says Cuomo put his hand on the small of her back at a wedding in 2019. When she tried to move it, he told her she seemed “aggressive,” put his hands on her cheeks, and asked if he could kiss her. The whole thing is backed up in pictures taken by Ruch’s friend. Stay tuned. 

 

WORLD: Recently, the Biden team announced that it will let migrant families separated under Trump reunify inside the US. You read that right. Big deal, since this means that parents who were deported without their children could come back to the US to be reunited with them. Meanwhile, United Nations investigators just revealed that tens of thousands of civilians are stilllll missing after being jailed arbitrarily during Syria’s (ongoing) civil war. Thousands more have reportedly been tortured or killed in custody. In other news, last week, hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped by a group of armed men. Now, they’ve been safely returned home

 

PEOPLE: Last year, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned. He almost died as a result, but slowly, he began to recover while in Germany. Pretty much the whole world pointed fingers at Russia for the attack, but regardless, Navalny headed back to the country….where he was promptly jailed. Now, the US is imposing new sanctions on Russia over Navalny’s poisoning and imprisonment. Meanwhile, all eyes are on these Polish activists. Reminder: Poland’s prez isn’t exactly known for being pro-LGBTQ+ rights - a stance that’s led to a lot of protests. In 2019, three Polish women put up posters depicting the Virgin Mary with a rainbow halo as part of those protests. In response, they were charged with offending religious feelings. Fast forward to today, and it looks like they’ve been acquitted


WHAT TO KNOW

Oat milk: what Starbucks is adding to its menu. Millennials and Gen Zers, rejoice. 


SAY WHAT?

“Amazon Changes New App Icon After Hitler Mustache Comparisons” - an actual headline. No words. 

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