As the multiple crises piling up begins to feel interminable, the news unfortunately continues to be bleak. I’m just going to use this introduction to get on my soapbox and urge anyone who reads this to please remember to take care of yourself. If you find that the news is traumatizing or too draining, please disconnect to the best of your ability. As always, thanks to Newseum.org for curating and preserving vital local news sources in this dire time.
Nationwide protests were renewed this weekend by the ominous specter of Federal Law Enforcement officials acting like secret police. A federal judge blocking local authorities’ attempt to end the arrests only exacerbated the worsening situation on the ground. The events only underscore the urgency of the coming election, and the looming questions we have to face about the extent of the president’s power.
A handcuffed inmate using a cane was brutally beaten on video by a Miami-Dade corrections officer, but it was the man in handcuffs who was charged criminally for the attack. Officials involved in the case saw the video, and reduced the charge against the victim to a misdemeanor, but then accused the prisoner (whose freedom of movement is impeded by being a prisoner who lives in a jail cell that the guards can control) of “stalking” the guard in question. There’s a civil case filed on the victim’s behalf, but I literally don’t even know what else to say here. I’m just honestly too disgusted and baffled.
Illinois State University’s Quad, emptied of people. Photo by ParentingPatch reproduced under CC BY-SA 3.0 License
The proposed plan for Illinois State University’s reopening in the fall was met with intense backlash by employees, students, and families who were concerned that their safety was not being taken seriously by administrators. Immunocompromised faculty members are worried in particular, especially as cases in Illinois continue to grow. Other schools also had their reopening plans challenged by those who would be endangered by them, though not always with success.
3,500 Georgia residents have died so far as a result of COVID, and more are expected to follow as infections keep trending upwards and hospitals run out of room. Yet again, the death toll among Black Georgians is proportionally higher, accounting for half of all deaths despite making up only a third of the population. Meanwhile, Governor Kemp’s administration is too busy getting into spats with local governments trying to contain the virus to care much about the Georgians he is leaving to die for his ego and his political ideology.
As Senate Republicans split hairs to try and avoid doing even one decent and right thing, Americans are being left to suffer, scrape, and improvise in order to make it to the next month. While a portion of the population literally survives off of what scraps they can get from unemployment benefits, Senate Republicans worry themselves over whether continuing the life-saving stimulus might make a few people relax. Meanwhile, families with immunocompromised members are having to decide whether to risk the lives of their loved ones just so the rest of the family won’t have to face eviction or hunger.
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