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Tuesday Night Owls: Debt collectors aren’t letting up just because of Pandemic Recession

Night Owls, a themed open thread, appears at Daily Kos seven days a week

Paul Kiel and Jeff Ernsthausen at Pro-Publica write—Capital One and Other Debt Collectors Are Still Coming for Millions of Americans:

Federal, state and local officials have all taken some steps to protect Americans from the ravages of the economic crash due to COVID-19. Congress halted a substantial portion of evictions, foreclosures and collection on student loans.

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.

Reebok, athletes revolt after CrossFit CEO’s George Floyd tweets

It seems 2020 is the year of accountability and Reebok is leading the way in its industry. The company announced Sunday that it would end a corporate partnership with CrossFit following racist tweets by CrossFit founder Greg Glassman. “Our partnership with CrossFit HQ comes to an end later this year,” Reebok told the Associated Press.

‘The game is fixed’: Activist explains why people loot, and historical erasure of Black wealth

The violent murder of George Floyd at the hands of four former Minneapolis police officers sparked a movement across the country against racial injustice. Protesters came together to address systemic racism faced by Black people following the deaths of Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. While the message is loud and clear that Black Lives Matter and police brutality must end, videos of violence and looting on social media have distracted many from the movement’s focus.

Listen: Why the Virus Is Spreading So Unevenly

The nation’s attention has turned to the protests, but the coronavirus hasn’t gone away. In fact, the decline in hotspots like New York may hide a growing problem elsewhere—a problem whose path has been disconcertingly random.Staff writer Alexis Madrigal tracks coronavirus data with the COVID Tracking Project at The Atlantic. He joins hosts James Hamblin and Katherine Wells on the podcast Social Distance to give an update on the state of the virus in the United States.

The Atlantic Daily: Minneapolis Faces a Reckoning

Every weekday evening, our editors guide you through the biggest stories of the day, help you discover new ideas, and surprise you with moments of delight. Subscribe to get this delivered to your inbox.Minneapolis faces a reckoning.Justin Ellis, who grew up in the heart of the city’s Lake Street corridor, found Floyd’s death, and the violence that followed it, “inevitable.

Defund the Police Gets Its Anthem

When a security officer named Julius Locklear grabbed Johnniqua Charles earlier this year outside of a South Carolina strip club, the confrontation became a concert. In a video filmed on the scene, Charles repeatedly asks why Locklear is holding her without reason. Then, with a wiggle and a shimmy, she starts singing, “You about to lose yo job, because you’re detaining me for nothing!” At one point, she tells the camera to make sure to “get this dance.