Hello everyone and happy weekend! Here is a collection of recent news from across the US. A number of communities are celebrating Juneteenth in a literary way by collecting literature from black authors. There is also hopeful news on the legal side as DACA is continued and bills for police accountability are in the works in many states. As always, these headlines come from Newseum.org.
Montgomery Advertiser, Published in Montgomery, Alabama
Jeremy Kelly, the owner of a realty company, unveiled a new ‘Little Free Library’ yesterday in the underserved neighborhood of west Montgomery. He cites having to read "The Souls of Black Folk" by W.E.B. DuBois in high school as his inspiration to build the community through literature. Him and his company are currently looking for a good site for the location of the next Little Library.
The Bakersfield Californian, Published in Bakersfield California
Farmers whose crops dropped by five percent or more in market value during the pandemic qualified for federal aid. However, farmers of certain crops whose sales have almost completely dropped off have been unable to prove their eligibility without enough data. The government allotted $16 billion for farmers, but many have been unable to claim a check so far.
Fort Collins Coloradoan, Published in Fort Collins Colorado
The governor of Colorado, Jared Polis, signed a bill Friday which will add more regulations for police officers and require them to wear body cameras whenever they are working with the public. The state is one of the first to pass such legislation, however many others are currently working on similar bills.
The Ledger, Published in Lakeland, Florida
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 this week in favor of maintaining the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program which President Trump is trying to abolish. There are currently around 650,000 immigrants in the US with DACA status which enables them to have driver’s licenses and work permits.
York Daily Record, Published in York, Pennsylvania
A book drive in Chambersburg Pennsylvania is requesting donations of text by ‘lost voices.’ The leaders of the effort described how stories by authors of color are read less in schools and they are looking to change this. They hope to provide a great starting point for engagement and discussion in communities.