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THE U.S. WON’T REACH HERD IMMUNITY FOR A WHILE BUT THERE IS STILL A SOLUTION

Throwback to early 2020: The COVID-19 pandemic is gradually making its way throughout the world, shutting down countries one by one as it dangerously comes closer to the United States. Then, a seemingly new concept starts to pop up everywhere from statements by scientists and world leaders to catchy headlines: herd immunity. The premise for…

FROM BROTHEL TO MUSEUM STATUS: GERMAN NIGHTCLUBS BECOME CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS

On May 7, the German Bundestag, which is the national parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany, passed a unique resolution. The federal government now has to recognize nightclubs and live venues in Germany under building law as facilities for cultural purposes. According to a Club Commission statement, the resolution's main goal is to protect…

IS AMERICA BACK ON THE CLIMATE CHANGE BATTLEFIELD?

President Joe Biden hosted a virtual climate summit on April 22, Earth Day, and April 23, gathering countries responsible for approximately 80 percent of global emissions and global GDP. The goal of the Leaders Summit on Climate? Underscore the urgency and the economic benefits of stronger climate action and re-establish the United States in a…

WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE JOHNSON & JOHNSON VACCINE?

On April 13, both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Food and Drug Administration recommended a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine "out of an abundance of caution."  The CDC and FDA are reviewing data after six people out of the nearly 7 million…

WHAT ARE VACCINE PASSPORTS – AND WILL YOU NEED ONE?

As more Americans are getting vaccinated – more than 20% of the U.S. population is fully inoculated against COVID-19 – a growing concern is arising about how people will prove that they are immune to the virus. Since the first cases of COVID-19 reached the United States last year, every aspect of the pandemic has…

DEREK CHAUVIN’S TRIAL: WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR

Nearly one year after George Floyd died in Minneapolis, Minnesota, during an arrest, restrained under former police officer Derek Chauvin's knee for nearly nine minutes, the case is finally being prosecuted in criminal court. The death of Floyd last May spurred protests over police brutality and racial injustice beginning in Minneapolis and quickly spreading across…

COMBATING ANTI-ASIAN RACISM IN THE U.S. #STOPAAPIHATE

The shootings on March 16, 2021, when a white gunman killed eight people – including six Asian women – in massage parlors in Atlanta have shaken the community and sparked a nationwide reckoning about a long history of racism and hate towards Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, or AAPI, in the United States. The killings…

EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT: IF NOT NOW, THEN WHEN?

The year is 1923. Three years after women won the right to vote in the United States, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is introduced in Congress with a seemingly simple premise: "Equality of Rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex." Almost…

THE CALL FOR GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO TO RESIGN GROWS FOLLOWING SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS

Calls for impeachment and demands for Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign have been in the headlines following a series of scandals involving the Governor. Last month, Assembly Republicans called for Cuomo's impeachment following the mishandling of the state's nursing home data, undercounting the COVID-19 related deaths in nursing homes by nearly half. Now, with an…

CONGRESS PASSES $1.9 TRILLION COVID-19 RELIEF BILL: WHAT DOES IT ENTAIL?

On Wednesday, March 10 Congress passed a third COVID-19 relief package under the title, the American Rescue Plan, which allocates $1.9 trillion and was passed in a 220 to 211 House vote. The bill, which President Joe Biden is expected to sign on Friday, is the most expensive single bill in United States history, and…

ART FOR FREEDOM: ARTISTS AT FRONT LINES OF MYANMAR PROTESTS

The roar of demonstrators has been echoing in the streets of Myanmar for over a month now as civilians continue to protest the Feb. 1 military coup against the democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi. As Myanmar police continue to use violence and brutal crackdowns against peaceful protesters, unexpected allies stand out from the…

CANCEL THE MONARCHY? HARRY AND MEGHAN REVEAL STRUGGLES LEADING TO SPLIT FROM ROYAL FAMILY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Kj8UPnZfPc The sunny and warm California backdrop for the Oprah Winfrey interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry didn't prepare viewers for the darkness of some of the revelations made by the couple. "CBS Presents Oprah with Meghan and Harry," the first interview of the pair since stepping down from their royal duties, aired on…

THE GENDER POLICY COUNCIL: BIDEN’S AGENDA FOR WOMEN

Just over one month ago, President Biden and Vice President Harris announced the creation of the Gender Policy Council. The council will govern policies that directly impact women and girls such as economic policy, health care, gender-based violence, and more. The economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic hit women particularly hard, especially at a…

MEET NGOZI OKONJO-IWEALA, THE WTO’S FIRST AFRICAN AND FEMALE LEADER

On March 1, 2021, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala will make history – again. The former Nigerian Finance Minister will become the first woman and first African Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The WTO deals with the global rules of trade between nations. Her nomination comes only several months after the Trump administration had opposed her…

GET THE FACTS ABOUT THE COVID-19 VACCINES

After spending almost an entire year in lockdown, Americans have new hope of stopping the spread of Coronavirus. This hope comes in the form of vaccines produced by two companies, Pfizer and Moderna. The record-breaking speed of production has many skeptical about the efficacy and safety of the vaccines. Despite the efforts made by companies…

REMEMBERING MARY WILSON: REIGNING SUPREME

With a dazzling smile from ear to ear, cheeks rosed from blush and shining silver earrings, Mary Wilson appeared as elegant as ever as she picked up her camera one last time on Feb. 6, 2021. “Well, it is Black History Month! Yes indeed, it is,” Wilson exclaimed smiling at the camera. “And I am…

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