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TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ERASES TRANSGENDER CIVIL RIGHTS PROTECTIONS IN HEALTH CARE

A rule finalized on Friday by the Department of Health and Human Services means that the federal government no longer recognizes gender identity as an avenue for sex discrimination in health care. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Friday finalized a regulation that will erase protections for transgender patients against...

HER NAME IS BREONNA TAYLOR

Taylor was an emergency medical technician — one of what Americans have rightfully come to know as “essential workers” during the coronavirus pandemic. Taylor was likely a hero to many Americans before they ever knew that she was dead. Working two jobs as a first responder, she made her life’s...

D.C. MAYOR RENAMES STREET OUTSIDE WHITE HOUSE ‘BLACK LIVES MATTER PLAZA

At just before 11 p.m. Thursday, a crowd of protesters arrived at the Lincoln Memorial, where they were met by a cluster of U.S. Park Police officers, who stood on the steps behind a metal barricade. “No one deserves to be killed because of the color of their skin!” someone...

BLACKOUT TUESDAY

SPREADING AWARENESS OR CREATING SILENCE On Tuesday, June 2, music industry executives and artists initiated an artistic Blackout on social media platforms in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery resulting from police brutality incidents. All three major record labels (Sony Music, Universal Music Group,...

WHY #ALLLIVESMATTER HASN’T ENDED RACISM IN AMERICA

UNDERSTANDING THE USE #ALLLIVESMATTER AND #BLACKLIVESMATTER HASHTAGS The hashtag #alllivesmatter has been gaining popularity on social media platforms continuously for years. Many have an issue with using #blacklivesmatter because they are under the misconception that #alllivesmatter is more inclusive. Swarms of posts on social media about this have been surfacing...

FERGUSON ELECTS ELLA JONES AS FIRST BLACK MAYOR

Ferguson, Missouri, the city that made national headlines after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager – touching off massive protests – just elected Ella Jones to be its first black mayor. The St. Louis suburb was the site of massive protests following the 2014 shooting. Now...

PRESIDENT TRUMP’S RESPONSES

CHRONOLOGY OF TRUMP'S RESPONSES TO FLOYD'S DEATH May 25: George Floyd dies while in police custody by Officer Derek Chauvin of the Minneapolis police.   May 26: Riots break out in Minneapolis.   May 29: President Trump tweets out about the riots in a post that is taken down soon after.     Calvin L. Horton Jr., 43,...

HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMERS ARGUE THEIR RIGHT TO TRAIN

CAN WE SWIM YET? A petition was launched in New Jersey by two high school sophomores in an attempt to sway Gov. Phil Murphy to reopen pools for competitive swimmers. The petition is currently on change.org and has been signed by 7,575 people. With a goal of 10,00, the students have clearly...

JAY-Z CALLS MINNESOTA GOVERNOR TO DEMAND JUSTICE FOR GEORGE FLOYD’S KILLING

JAY-Z is making it his personal duty to demand justice for the late George Floyd. As per a press conference on Sunday (May 31), Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said that he received a call on Saturday night from the hip-hop titan to demand that all officers involved in Floyd's murder...

BIDEN VISITS PROTEST SITE WHILE TRUMP ENDORSES VIOLENT PUSHBACK

The difference between the two presidential candidates played out in stark contrast on Sunday. While Joe Biden was using social media to share a message of understanding, acknowledging the country’s pain, President Trump used the same medium to endorse a call for violence in response to the protests raging across...