Today’s news items from around the work focus on the continuing efforts to fight discrimination and the virus. In particularly noteworthy news, civil rights champion John Lewis passed away yesterday. However, others are continuing his work. The New York Times profiles Assa Traoré, an activist in France. As always, these headlines are taken from Newseum.org.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Published in Atlanta, Georgia
John Lewis, a key figure in the civil rights movement and a member of the US House of Representatives passed away yesterday. The Atlanta newspaper of his congressional district collected a number of tributes to him and well as a profile of his life’s work.
The Independent, Published in Durban, South Africa
International Mandela Day takes place every year on July 18th, Nelson Mandela’s birthday. In South Africa Covid-19 has caused an escalating hunger crisis. To celebrate Mandela Day and help alleviate this situation, hundreds of chefs came together for a cook-athon to reach a goal of preparing 67,000 liters of soup.
Irish Times, Published in Dublin, Ireland
Universities in Ireland are facing financial difficulties and hoping for emergency government funding. Due to a new drop in international students, as well as unused student housing and cancelled events, schools have lost a large portion of their income. Additionally, they are in need of money to fund digital learning and other preparations to make the fall semester safe.
The Guardian, Published in London, UK
Lockdown measures will largely ease up in England beginning August first. The Prime Minister Boris Johnson is shifting the authority in closures to a local level. Nationally, indoor performances, leisure activities and close-contact services will reopen. However, local authorities will have the power to re-implement targeted closures as necessary.
New York Times, Published in New York, New York
Assa Traoré, a teacher in France, founded an advocacy group in 2016 after her brother died in a French prison. She says that minority men in France are the most likely victims of discriminatory police violence and she feels that it is her duty to stand up for them. She and her group have organized some of the largest anti-racism protests in Europe with up to 20,000 people present.