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Police in the United States place criminals and their affiliated organizations under surveillance so that they can gather the information that may lead to an arrest. So why are they also watching Black organizers and journalists?

By 2045, it’s estimated that people of color will make up a majority of the U.S. population. That shift will have a major impact on our political priorities because of the power of identity politics.

You knew they would come eventually. Amidst the turmoil, and even with an extended deadline, taxes are still due on July 15.

Although many people pay companies like TurboTax or H&R Block to file their taxes, you don’t always have to have to pay. In fact, many of those people should be filing for free.

It’s been a pretty unusual term for the Supreme Court. Like many others, the justices were forced to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘A Most Beautiful Thing:’ Rowing While Black

Jul 6, 2020

Arshay Cooper grew up on Chicago’s West Side in the 1990s. While most kids his age took up football and basketball, Arshay was attracted to a different sport: crew. Rowing was foreign to his school and neighborhood, but it provided a release and meditation for him. Arshay’s team became the first all-Black rowing team in the United States.

Hate Online: Yet Another ‘Free Speech’ Reckoning For Social Media

Jul 6, 2020

Social media companies are supposedly in the business of connecting people.

And they might also be in the business of profiting off of hate speech.

Red, White And The Blues

Jul 3, 2020

blues grew out of the Black experience in the American South. It generated jazz, R&B, rock and roll, rap – virtually every piece of modern music.

We’re spotlighting blues recordings selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry. These recordings have been chosen for their historic, aesthetic or cultural importance to American society.

On this holiday weekend, we celebrate America’s birthday with music from John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, Memphis Minnie, Jimi Hendrix and others.

A Conversation With Country Star Mickey Guyton

Jul 2, 2020

Mickey Guyton is one of the most prominent Black women in country music. Mickey signed a Nashville record deal over a decade ago, and since then has become a force in a genre that has often been unkind to performers of color.

As Elamin Abdelmahmoud writes for Rolling Stone:

For over 60 years, U.S. Presidents have received daily briefings from the intelligence community. These highly classified written dossiers are known as Presidential Daily Briefings (PDB) and outline credible national security threats.

The Americans With Disabilities Act At 30

Jul 2, 2020

Thirty years ago, President George H. W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act.

It was the first comprehensive civil rights law for people with disabilities. It offered protections against discrimination and imposing accessibility requirements in workplaces and in public.

The ADA was a landmark achievement, but the fight for equal rights is far from over.

A cloud of dust from the Sahara Desert had blown across the Atlantic Ocean and made landfall in the southeastern United States late last week. Sections of the country experienced haze.

While the phenomenon seems concerning at first, it actually occurs every year. But this year’s cloud is unusually large and speculation held it might hurt air quality.

Although the fight to defund police in densely-populated urban areas may seem removed from the small-town politics of an Alaskan town and its police chief, Alaskans are quick to assure you that issues of police brutality and systemic racism are affecting citizens there too.

1A Across America: Unpolicing Mental Illness

Jun 30, 2020

If someone is in a mental health crisis, are the police the right people to call?

Law enforcement officials have become “the de facto facilitators of treatment for people with serious mental illness in America,” according to a survey of law enforcement from last year.

The Latest Push Toward Statehood For Washington, D.C.

Jun 29, 2020

The House of Representatives is set to pass a bill that would define the future of the District of Columbia. This bill is the first of its kind since 1993 and is a necessary step towards D.C.’s statehood.

As NPR’S Barbara Sprunt reports:

President Trump has temporarily suspended several types of work visas for foreigners. Officials say this will block up to 525,000 foreign workers from the U.S. through the end of the year.

It’s been a while since most Americans could go out and grab a drink with a friend. As states began to reopen at the beginning of the month, some patrons flooded back to their favorite watering hole.

The News Roundup — International

Jun 26, 2020

Saudi Arabia has limited the number of people allowed to make the annual hajj pilgrimage due to coronavirus. Hajj typically draws up to 2.5 million Muslims from across the globe, but this year only 1,000 will be allowed. And the Palestinian Liberation Organization is calling for justice after Israeli police shot Ahmed Erekat, a 27-year-old Palestinian man.

The News Roundup — Domestic

Jun 26, 2020

Texas set coronavirus records this week when 5,000 new cases were confirmed in the state in a single day for the first time. The hospitalization rate in the state was so high that the largest pediatric hospital in the country began treating adult patients.

The debate over monument removal has expanded. Protesters around the country are toppling (and beheading) statues of the Italian colonizer and explorer Christopher Columbus.

In early June, the Minneapolis Public Schools ended their contract with the city’s police after the killing of George Floyd.

From the Star Tribune:

“I value people and education and life,” school board chairwoman Kim Ellison said in an interview. “Now I’m convinced, based on the actions of the Minneapolis Police Department, that we don’t have the same values.”