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We've got some pretty exciting news. Hint: we chatted with DoSomething.org to get the deets on their new initiatives. Read the interview over here - or listen to the podcast episode here


THE HIGHLIGHTS

Everyone is talking about Rayshard Brooks. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

The other day, police officers arrived at a Wendy’s in Atlanta - reportedly because Rayshard Brooks, a 27 year old African American man, had fallen asleep in his car. The officers proceeded to administer a sobriety test and a breathalyzer test before attempting to handcuff him. At this point, the officers’ body cams apparently fell off, but a security camera video showed the officers struggling with Brooks on the ground. Brooks grabbed an officer’s taser and ran away from the officers, who chased him. In response, he pointed the taser at them...before being shot by one of the officers, Garrett Rolfe. Brooks later died at a hospital. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Protests sprung up across Atlanta. Lawmakers (including Atlanta’s mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms) pointed fingers at Rolfe for an unnecessary use of lethal force. A medical examiner ruled Brooks’ death a homicide. And already, Rolfe’s been fired - while Atlanta’s police chief quit. Now, protesters are calling for Rolfe to be charged with Brooks’ killing. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 2. 

Those aren’t the only protests taking place. The world’s still got its mind on George Floyd. See: a statue of Indro Montanelli (as in the controversial journalist) in Milan was defaced - while UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is setting up a commission to look into inequality there. 

 

SO…?

As the world’s still protesting Floyd’s death, another example of police brutality is emerging. TBD on whether change is on the way. 


THE ACTION

CORONAVIRUS: Multiple states across the US are reporting a record number of new coronavirus cases. You read that right. Think: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and South Carolina...to name a few. It’s not entirely clear why, but some health experts think it’s partially due to Memorial Day gatherings. In response, oil prices dropped - while officials in New York and Houston are apparently considering another lockdown. China can relate. Beijing has recorded dozens of new virus cases lately - all linked to a major food market. Yes, really. Over in Europe, France and Spain are speeding up reopening. Meanwhile, the Trump team reportedly won’t support extending expanded unemployment benefits past July. 

 

WORLD: All eyes are on Maria Ressa. You know Ressa as the award-winning journalist from the Philippines who is vocal about hating the country’s prez. You also know her for being indicted for alleged “cyber libel” last year - right as she was out on bail for supposed tax evasion. Cue accusations that the Philippines gov was trying to “stifle press freedoms.” Fast forward to yesterday, and a verdict was made. Spoiler: Ressa was found guilty of cyber libel. You read that right. In other world news, diseases like diphtheria, cholera, measles, and a strain of poliovirus are popping up in countries around the globe. The why: lots of places halted vaccination programs due to the coronavirus pandemic. And meanwhile, Unilever’s planning to hand 1 billion euros to a climate change fund over the next 10 years. 

 

USA: Over the weekend, the Trump team gave the thumbs up to a rule that’d trash nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people when it comes to healthcare and health insurance. Yes, really. The rule is set to go into effect in mid-August. And ICYMI, as comes as just one of many moves the Trump team’s made to redefine “sex discrimination” as only applying to discrimination for being male or female - not sexual orientation or gender identity. Speaking of Trump, the Prez is rescheduling his upcoming rally in Tulsa. Hint: it was originally set to take place on June 19th - aka Juneteenth, which commemorates the Emancipation Proclamation. Now, it looks like the rally’s being pushed back by a day. 


WHAT TO KNOW

120 million year old crocodiles:” what apparently walked on two legs. Crocowild. 


SAY WHAT?

“Woman hatches ducklings from supermarket eggs” - an actual headline. She’ll take her eggs hatched, please. 

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