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Being our semi-regular weekly survey of what's goin' down in the several states where, as we know, the real work of governmentin' gets done.
We begin in the rarefied air of the Commonwealth (God save it!), where some high-toned prep schools have found themselves in the barrel of current events. From the :
Students and alumni of color have launched dozens of social media accounts in recent weeks, creating forums to reveal often painful accounts of their experiences at the prestigious, predominantly white high schools. The pages are an online counterpart to the demonstrations against racism and police brutality that have filled streets across the country. The web pages, mostly on Instagram, document scores of disturbing incidents, from white students using racial slurs to white teachers promoting stereotypes about people of color. Some demand their schools issue public apologies and take actions ranging from diversifying faculty and curriculum to conducting racial climate assessments...
“The whole world is fighting against these injustices,” Yasmin Madmoune, a 19-year-old who last year graduated from Tabor Academy in Marion, told the Globe. Madmoune said that fight would not be won unless it reached her classmates from influential families, who she said would go on to hold positions of power.
There is a lot of in-fighting, especially on the social-media left, about race and class and which is the power relationship that should drive progressive politics. (I recommend following labor historian Erik Loomis, who blogs at Lawyers, Guns, and Money, on this.) But this is a strong exhibit in support of the former case.
“A student once said that the only reason I studied so hard was that Black people were inherently stupid,” reads one on @blackatgroton. “My English teacher once told me and my friends that we looked like a little ‘gang’ because we all wore box braids,” a Deerfield community member...
“It really damaged me. I am in college now and still unlearning the trauma and imposter syndrome that resulted from my time at [Phillips Andover].” The stories are eerily similar. White students who used the N-word. Educators and administrators who constantly confused Black students’ names. Suggestions by classmates and teachers alike that high-achieving students of color only won college acceptance letters or leadership positions because of their race. Another persistent thread centers on the isolation felt by Black students at the schools, which can cost more than $50,000 a year.
There simply is no class argument to be made on the issues brought forward by the students at these schools.
Glasgow, who is a Black alumnus of a private school himself, pointed out that nationally, Black students are more likely than whites to be punished in school for the same offenses. “One of the first places that Black and brown children are policed by white authorities would be an independent school,” he said. “What you’re seeing are alums stepping back and saying, ‘We’re talking about the country, but you know what, I wasn’t even safe in my own school.‘' Glasgow said these conversations have long taken place behind closed doors, in isolated pleas from students and alumni of color. Now, weighed down by a pandemic and emboldened by a movement to expose systemic racism, they are speaking out loud and in public.
Sooner or later, the mailman brings the bill to your door, even if it's draped in ivy.
We swing on out to old Ioway, where attacks on the franchise—or, at least, attempts to make exercising it as complicated as possible—continue apace, and the is keeping score. See, before the state's primary elections in June, and owing to the difficulties in holding an election during a pandemic, the (Democratic) secretary of state mailed absentee ballot requests to every registered voter in the state. Well, we can't have that, can we?
After more than two hours of emotional debate Wednesday, Iowa Senate Republicans passed a wide-ranging election bill that would prohibit the secretary of state from mailing absentee ballot request forms without first receiving a request from a voter. Senate Democrats claimed if it became law, the measure would suppress votes and rig the 2020 general election. The measure would limit the ability of election officials to take some of the same steps they took during the record-setting June 2 primary.
"If the only way we can win an election is by rigging it, then God help us," said Sen. Pam Jochum, D-Dubuque. "This is nothing more than trying to rig an election." Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate, a Republican, ahead of the June 2 primary, which . "(With the) secretary of state, we have no checks and balances," Sen. Roby Smith, R-Davenport, said. "And I know today you like what he did. A future secretary of state, in the future, may do something you don't like."
Right. And I am the Tsar of all the Russias.
Senate Republicans drafted the legislation after returning from a two-and-a-half-month hiatus due to the spreading coronavirus. The 30-page amendment , that originally dealt with county seals and their placement on ballots. The House had unanimously passed the original bill in February. Along with limiting the secretary of state's power to mail out ballot request forms, the bill would prohibit county auditors from decreasing the number of polling places by more than 35%, which . Smith said that was one of many ways he believes the measure would encourage more Iowans to vote — by keeping polling locations closer to people's homes.
The kindness of strangers.
im电竞官网-We move on down to St. James Parish in Louisiana, where some local activists did some activism and now they're being charged with terrorism. Some background: St. James Parish is a poor, largely Black community smack in the middle of Cancer Alley, that area of Louisiana which is the Times Square of environmental racism. The case involves a huge petrochemical plant that a company called Formosa Plastics is planning to drop into the parish. It also involves something called a "nurdle," which is a plastic pellet that's a byproduct of the manufacture of plastics.
A year ago, into a $50 million settlement for dumping nurdles into the Gulf of Mexico in and around Port Comfort, Texas. The judge referred to Formosa as a "serial offender" in his opinion finding the company guilty of breaking a whole bouquet of environmental laws and regulations. This is what set the local activists in St. James Parish against the $9.7 billion project that Formosa, and most of the Louisiana power elite, want to drop on top of the place. The new plant currently afflicting the community a COVID-19 death rate that is five times the national average.
So two local activists, Anne Rolfes and Kate McIntosh, decided to take action against the proposed facilities. Last December, they gathered up a lot of the nurdles from Texas, put them in a box, and put the box in front of the home of a prominent fossil-fuel lobbyist named Greg Bowser. They also left a note. Two weeks ago, Rolfes and McIntosh turned themselves into authorities in Baton Rouge. (Other executives around Louisiana also were visited by the nurdle fairy.) The two are being charged with violating state terrorism statutes, an absurd piece of prosecutorial overkill that nonetheless is going to go forward. From :
Pam Spees, an attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights who is representing the women, said the charges have "zero legal merit.”
“They do not even pass the laugh test," Spees said. "We ask the district attorney to look carefully at these arrests and reject the charges against these two dedicated advocates as soon as possible.” The action was part of a plastic pollution awareness event that took place in Baton Rouge called Nurdlefest. A Facebook page for the event describes the festival as a day packed with speakers, musicians and performers who gathered to bring awareness to what would happen if Formosa was allowed to build a massive petrochemical complex in St. James Parish.
This poor place doesn't need more chemical plants, more pollution, and more disease. These women are trying to stop an all-too-familiar railroad from rolling over St. James Parish. And, dammit, they're creative as hell.
And we conclude, as is our custom, in the great state of Oklahoma, whence Blog Official Jovial Sidekick Friedman of the Plains brings us the butcher's bill for the president*'s Tulsa wankfest at the end of June. From :
Tulsa County reported 261 confirmed new cases on Monday, a one-day record high, and another 206 cases on Tuesday. By comparison, during the week before the June 20 Trump rally, there were 76 cases on Monday and 96 on Tuesday. Although the health department’s policy is to not publicly identify individual settings where people may have contracted the virus, Dart said those large gatherings “more than likely” contributed to the spike. “In the past few days, we’ve seen almost 500 new cases, and we had several large events just over two weeks ago, so I guess we just connect the dots” ...
Dart had to consider pushing back the date of the rally, fearing a potential surge in the number of coronavirus cases. Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said the campaign went to great lengths to ensure that those who attended the rally were protected. “There were literally no health precautions to speak of as thousands looted, rioted, and protested in the streets and the media reported that it did not lead to a rise in coronavirus cases,” Murtaugh said in a statement. “Meanwhile, the President’s rally was 18 days ago, all attendees had their temperature checked, everyone was provided a mask, and there was plenty of hand sanitizer available for all. “It’s obvious that the media’s concern about large gatherings begins and ends with Trump rallies,” he said.
Just. Shut. The. Hell. Up. Fool. Talk about people who should be prosecuted under anti-terrorism statutes. A Trump rally is deadlier than a boxcar of nurdles.
im电竞官网-This is your democracy, America. Cherish it.
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