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Marissa Higgins

Art installation on police violence against Black Americans arrives in Washington, D.C.

As the nation continues to face the novel coronavirus pandemic, another public health crisis continues, too, and this one also disproportionately impacts Black and brown Americans. What is it? Police violence. As protests against police brutality continue in cities across the country, a new art installation called Society’s Cage reminds people who visit the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Answer to this question about the alleged Kenosha shooter should be easy, but White House refuses

During a Monday afternoon briefing, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany used fearmongering language typical of the Trump administration, including painting a picture of anarchy, chaos, and riots in Democrat-led cities, in her opening address. McEnany even brought up Donald Trump’s incessant tagline of “law and order,” which his Twitter feed has been full of lately.

Twitter immediately noticed a hidden message in Warren’s DNC video, but it’s not the only one

When Sen. Elizabeth Warren virtually addressed the 2020 Democratic National Convention (DNC) on Wednesday night, her message centered mostly on child care affordability and access. Given that she spoke to viewers from the Early Childhood Education Center in Springfield, Massachusetts (which has been closed for months during the novel coronavirus pandemic), that focus makes sense.

After more than 200 years, Esselen Tribe rightfully regains ancestral lands in California

In an otherwise unbroken stretch of some pretty depressing news, one uplifting tidbit comes from California, where the Esselen Tribe is finally getting back some of its ancestral lands. The Esselen Tribe of Monterey County, a nonprofit designed to preserve tribal heritage, is being transferred ownership of just under two square miles of the undeveloped property in Big Sur. The land is about five miles from the ocean and has previously been known as the Adler Ranch.

Baltimore ICU physician dies of COVID-19 after battling virus on front lines, joining too many lost

As Donald Trump continues to downplay and fumble pandemic response, the nation continues to face the novel coronavirus with meager federal oversight or support. Meanwhile, cases continue to rise, and medical professionals continue to brace against growing patient numbers. Now, yet another medical professional that worked on the front lines to fight COVID-19 has died of the virus. Dr.

Street performers took to Washington, D.C., to depict the ‘legacy’ Donald Trump’s ‘living right now’

With the novel coronavirus roaring in the United States, Washington, D.C., like much of the country, has shuttered its popular destinations, including many museums, art galleries, and eateries. But if you happen to live in or be visiting the district, you may stumble upon golden statues depicting Donald Trump around the city, including two in Freedom Plaza and outside of the Trump Hotel.

Church that defied COVID-19 shutdown order by holding indoor services received federal PPP loan

As Daily Kos previously covered, a small number of churches in California are fighting back against Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recent shutdown order as the state experiences a fresh surge in coronavirus cases. The latest order directs some counties to shutter malls, nail salons, gyms, and houses of worship. As covered Monday, some California churches are continuing to hold indoor services in spite of the new guideline. A federal lawsuit has even been filed.

Neighbors decry racist letter after Black family reports getting anonymous note about birthday party

As the nation faces a global pandemic, sky-high unemployment, rising food insecurity, and a bumbling federal government, people are still finding time to leave horrifying, racist letters for their neighbors. One disturbing example comes from McCordsville, Indiana, where one family says they received an anonymous letter—which claimed it was written on behalf of the whole neighborhood—where the writer says a birthday party the family held last year was too loud.

In 7-0 vote, city council approves reparations plan that focuses on long-term, systemic change

As people continue to protest for racial justice and against police brutality, efforts to make long-term, systemic change are gaining speed in the mainstream conversation. One example of progress comes out of the Asheville City Council. On Tuesday, the Asheville, North Carolina, council unanimously passed (7-0) a resolution to offer reparations to Black residents, as reported by ABC News.

Mormon church leaders remind members they are ‘not immune’ and ask them to wear face masks

As the novel coronavirus continues to hit the nation, states are still operating with varying guidelines and intensities. Without a consistent federal response to this ongoing public health crisis, many people are turning to people they may trust more—like religious leaders. As CNN reports, Mormon church leaders in Utah have asked church members to wear face masks while in public in order to help slow the spread of the virus.

Retailers add to pressure for Washington NFL team to finally change its name from racist moniker

On Friday, the Washington, D.C. NFL team announced it would conduct a “thorough review” of its name as pressure mounts from activists and advocates for the team to finally get a name that isn’t a racist, derogatory word. According to a recent report from ESPN journalist Adam Schefter, based on the team’s internal discussions it will keep its colors (gold and burgundy); however, its potential new name would not have Native American imagery.

Pelosi on Trump’s public face mask appearance: an ‘admission’ it can stop spread of virus

Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union this Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi talked about Donald Trump’s recent public appearance in a face mask. Trump’s non-mask moments have made headlines, and for good reason. As the nation battles against the novel coronavirus pandemic, experts point to a few ways we can work to slow the spread of the virus; wash your hands frequently, practice social distancing, avoid large crowds, oh, and wear a mask or face covering.

White Virginia man charged after pointing AR-15 at Black bikers in viral video

On Sunday, a group of Black men riding motorcycles say they pulled into a residential neighborhood in the rural Virginia area. According to the riders, shortly after they paused for a break, a man came outside and pointed an assault rifle at them, suggesting they were trespassing, as reported by local outlet WUSA 9. A video of the incident quickly went viral online, first on YouTube and then on Reddit.

‘Everybody is sick’: ICU nurse quits after almost two dozen staff members test positive for virus

“Everybody is sick,” ICU nurse Stefanie Davis told local outlet CBS 12. “We don’t have enough people to take care of the patients and we’re concerned about patient safety. And yet when we voiced those concerns, it’s like nothing … like you’re silenced.”

Davis, who left her job at Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg, Florida, told the outlet that many fellow nurses are out sick with the virus.

‘What you can do is rebuild’: Rep. Ilhan Omar on calls to dismantle Minneapolis Police Department

On Sunday, Rep. Ilhan Omar appeared on CNN’s State of the Union and spoke with host Jake Tapper about the movement to defund the police and specifically, calls to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department, which Minneapolis city council members voted to begin the process of replacing with a community-led initiative. In speaking to Tapper, Omar summed it up simply, saying, “You can’t really reform a department that is rotten to the root—what you can do is rebuild.

Authors get real about book advances, highlighting enormous pay disparity for writers of color

As people are slowly starting to discuss pay disparities based on race, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disabilities more openly, one subject that hasn’t gotten a lot of attention is the matter of what monetary advances writers receive for their books. At first, that sounds like a pretty niche topic, but as has become evident via viral Twitter hashtag #PublishingPaidMe, even people without a connection to the publishing world are taking an interest.

Authors get real about book advances, highlighting enormous pay disparity for writers of color

As people are slowly starting to discuss pay disparities based on race, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disabilities more openly, one subject that hasn’t gotten a lot of attention is the matter of what monetary advances writers receive for their books. At first, that sounds like a pretty niche topic, but as has become evident via viral Twitter hashtag #PublishingPaidMe, even people without a connection to the publishing world are taking an interest.

Leader in Iowa City George Floyd protests arrested, held without bond

On Sunday, police arrested 20-year-old Mazin Mohamedali on simple misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and unlawful assembly, as well as a violation of probation. On Monday, Judge Deborah Minot ordered him to be jailed without bond, as reported by the Associated Press. How did all of this come about? Mohamedali has reportedly been a lead figure in the protests against police brutality and justice for George Floyd in Iowa City, Iowa.