Source: Exclusive: Emel Mathlouthi’s Latest Album is a Heartfelt Plea to the World | Vogue Arabia
Los Angeles campuses will not reopen for classes on Aug. 18, and the nation’s second-largest school system will continue with online learning until further notice, because of the worsening coronavirus surge, Supt. Austin Beutner announced Monday.
Source: L.A. Unified won’t reopen campuses for start of school year – Los Angeles Times
snippet: This is an opportunity for us too, not just the coronavirus or the media or the governments to capitalize on. It is time to take the time to understand what is really important. Love is at the core. I feel it in my heart. It is time to love one other, love our lives, our families, our communities, our planet and its creatures, and to love this life as it is. Because really, what are we here for?
Source: A Love Letter to All in the Time of COVID-19. | Rebelle Society
So Nevada is letting SNAP recipients get their food delivered. But only by Walmart and Amazon. And not Whole Foods, which Amazon owns. And no delivery costs; the recipients have to pay those.
Why, you may ask? Probably for the same reason that the number of states that allow SNAP purchases online stands at 19 and not the logical number, which is 50: Because some politicians love to jerk around SNAP recipients for the crime of being poor.
These are the sort of pols who are always proposing stupid laws against SNAP money being wasted on steak, lobster or some other supposedly frivolous luxury. It never occurs to them that 1) people who blow their whole monthly allowance on, say, a day’s supply of caviar, will have no SNAP money for the rest of the month, which would punish them quite effectively while not costing taxpayers a dime; 2) the vast majority of poor people know what they and their families need.
She said the protests had attracted so many allies — including first-time activists — in part because of the coordination among coalition groups and the fact that statements released by workplaces affirming the movement had made people feel more comfortable about getting involved. The high-profile deaths of several black people at the hands of police in a matter of weeks has convinced many of a systemic problem, Stevenson said, adding that the shared vulnerability to the coronavirus may have also worn down barriers between people.
Source: George Floyd protests create historic multicultural movement – Los Angeles Times
I frantically screamed into the phone to my teenage son: “Lance, WHERE ARE YOU?!”
Social media posts were swirling that protests were being planned in Atlanta in response to the death of George Floyd, a black Minnesotan, while a police officer knelt on his neck.
Although as mayor, the chief of police reports to me, in that moment, I knew what every other parent to a black child in America knows: I could not protect my son. To anyone who saw him, he was simply who he is, a black man-child in the promised land that we all know as America.
I know that as a mayor of one of the largest cities in our country, I should now be offering solutions. But the only comforting words I have to offer so far are those that I know to be most true: that we are better than this; that we as a country are better than the barbaric actions that we are forced to keep watching play out on our screens like a grotesque horror movie stuck on repeat. We are better than the hatred and anger that consumes so many of us. We are better than this deplorable disease called racism that remains so rampant.
With each passing second separating me from the peace of mind a mother feels having secured the safety of her children, I could not waste minutes articulating all of those things to my son. All I could say was, “Baby, please come home — now! It’s not safe for black boys to be out today.”
Companies like Nike, Twitter and Citigroup have aligned themselves with the Black Lives Matter movement. As Netflix posted on Twitter on Saturday: “To be silent is to be complicit. Black lives matter. We have a platform, and we have a duty to our Black members, employees, creators and talent to speak up.”
“This pandemic has revealed that older people are the forgotten ones of our society,” she said in an interview with the Observer. “They fought their whole lives, sacrificed time and their dreams for today’s quality of life. They didn’t deserve to leave the world in this way.”
Branyas offered solutions. “It’s as though those of us who choose to live in a care home have disappeared from society,” she said. “Governments need to pay attention and provide funding and qualified staff in care homes. And, above all, they need to provide much more healthcare in homes.”
Source: 113-year-old coronavirus survivor: ‘The elderly are the forgotten ones of society’ | World news | The Guardian
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Saturday pushed back against what he called premature demands that he reopen the state, saying he knew people were struggling without jobs but that more understanding of the new coronavirus was needed.
Source: New York’s Cuomo warns against ‘blindly’ reopening states – Reuters
On the ground though, much of the food rations have not reached their intended recipients. In many regions, food ration shops are giving less than the stipulated amounts, or turning people away for lack of IDs or because there’s no grain left. Economists and activists also say more than 100 million Indians entitled to cheap grain may be excluded, as the government’s count of who is eligible for subsidised food-grain is based on outdated census figures. Many others may be left out because they have not managed to obtain a ration card. The tribal state of Jharkhand, for instance, has pending ration card applications from 700,000 households. When Mr Balappa asked Bangalore authorities about the promised food-grain kits, officials demanded to see his government-issued ration card. “My ration card is in the village with my father. Why can’t they just give all people rations? Only the desperate will line up for it anyway,” said Mr Balappa.
Source: Coronavirus: Millions in India on the brink of starvation despite overflowing granaries, South Asia News & Top Stories – The Straits Times
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