A ‘Strike for Black Lives’ will bring together workers calling for end to systemic racism
Linking the fight against police brutality with a broader need for racial equity and justice, major unions and civil rights groups will stage a nationwide walk out Monday to demand change. The Strike for Black Lives will take place in more than 25 cities, from Los Angeles to Boston, and could draw tens of thousands of workers. The plan is to walk off the job and stage other protests to call for better wages and an end to systemic racism both in the workplace and their communities. The union is joining with more than a dozen other groups including the United Farm Workers, the Fight for $15, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, and the Movement for Black Lives.
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Americans gathered by the thousands after the death of George Floyd to march and demand reform around policing and systemic racism; hear their voices.
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Floridians get ready to go to the polls
Florida’s registration deadline to vote is Monday. This comes as the Supreme Court refused last Thursday to let Florida felons who completed their sentences vote in a primary without first paying fees, fines and restitution, as the state currently requires. Voting rights groups challenged the requirement as unconstitutional, given that state voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2018 giving hundreds of thousands of felons the right to vote. The dispute over the voting rights of Florida’s felons could be crucial in this fall’s elections because of its perennial status as a swing state. There are about 775,000 felons in the state who have completed their prison sentences, including about 85,000 who registered to vote.
The right to vote was restored for most Florida felons as of Tuesday, increasing the pool of eligible voters by as many as 1.4 million people in a battleground state infamous for its narrow margins in key elections (Jan. 8)
No mask, no service
Walmart, Sam’s Club, Kohl’s, CVS, Walgreens and Lowe’s will start requiring masks on Monday at stores nationwide. Other retailers have also announced upcoming mask mandates including Kroger, Target and Home Depot. “We know some people have differing opinions on this topic. We also recognize the role we can play to help protect the health and well-being of the communities we serve by following the evolving guidance of health officials,” Walmart and Sam’s Club’s chief operating officers said in a statement on Wednesday. The CDC recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
‘The Arena’ debuts, starring Charles Barkley and Dwyane Wade
A new hour-long program, “The Arena,” which first airs on TNT Monday, will focus on the NBA’s restart, the Black Lives Matter movement and more. The nightly program will be hosted by Cari Champion and will feature Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, Dwyane Wade, Draymond Green and a host of contributors. Barkley and Green working in such close proximity is sure to create great TV, as a well-documented beef between the current and former NBA stars has existed for years. Green said he does not want the series, a partnership with Bleacher Report, to be “about me vs. Chuck. This is about continuing to bring awareness to the issues that we face as Black Americans.”
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Delta to require pre-flight evaluation for exceptions to mask policy
Airline passengers are required to wear face masks, and Delta is no exception. Starting Monday, anyone who books a Delta flight who requests an exemption from the mask requirement must undergo a medical evaluation at the airport before boarding.Delta’s website encourages passengers who need to request an exemption to arrive at the airport early because the evaluation could take up to an hour. False claims of a disability or health condition to obtain an exemption for the mask requirement could result in the suspension of travel privileges. Passengers who are denied an exemption to the mask policy will receive a refund for their tickets, according to Delta.
Many U.S. airlines including American, Southwest, United, Delta, Alaska, Frontier and JetBlue have announced passengers must wear masks while flying.
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