Daily Archives: May 28, 2020

“No Justification”: Minneapolis Demands Murder Charges for Police Officer Who Killed George Floyd

Democracy Now!

Published on May 28, 2020

Parts of Minneapolis erupted into flames Wednesday night as residents again took to the streets to protest the death of George Floyd, a Black man killed by white police officer Derek Chauvin on Monday. A viral video shows Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for a number of minutes as Floyd repeatedly says “I cannot breathe.” Three other officers stood by as George Floyd suffocated. They have been identified as Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng. All four officers were fired on Tuesday. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has called on prosecutors to file criminal charges against Derek Chauvin. We speak with civil rights attorney Nekima Levy Armstrong, founder of the Racial Justice Network and former president of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP. “What needs to happen is that charges need to be brought immediately against the four officers who killed George Floyd,” she says. “There is simply no justification for what they did or why they did it.

Protests erupt across the US in wake of George Floyd’s death

Guardian News

Published on May 28, 2020

Demonstrators across the country are taking to the streets to protest the death of 46-year-old George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. New York city and Denver, Colorado saw large groups of protesters turn out as unrest continues in Minneapolis for a third day. Floyd’s family has called for murder charges against the Minneapolis police officers involved in his arrest Thousands of protesters take to US streets over George Floyd killing – live

Could the pandemic usher in a new era of working from home?

PBS NewsHour

Published on May 28, 2020

Many Americans are working from home during the coronavirus pandemic, and it’s unclear when people will or should return to the workplace. The shift toward more remote work could have significant repercussions for employees, companies and the marketplace. Economics correspondent Paul Solman explores these transformations — and their advantages and drawbacks — in a two-part series

Covering Coronavirus: United States of Conspiracy | FRONTLINE | PBS | Official Site

Land O’Lakes CEO Beth Ford on challenges in farming during pandemic (FULL STREAM 5/27)

Washington Post

Streamed live 23 hours ago

Land O’Lakes president and CEO Beth Ford joined Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart on May 27 to discuss the challenges in farming, food production and distribution during the coronavirus pandemic.


Will coronavirus end? Covid-19 may become endemic and last years – The Washington Post

President Trump has said warm weather could slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, but experts explain it’s too early to know if the virus is seasonal. (John Farrell, Elyse Samuels/The Washington Post)

By William Wan and   Carolyn Y. Johnson   May 27, 2020 at 3:15 p.m. EDT

There’s a good chance the coronavirus will never go away.

Even after a vaccine is discovered and deployed, the coronavirus will likely remain for decades to come, circulating among the world’s population.

Experts call such diseases endemic — stubbornly resisting efforts to stamp them out. Think measles, HIV, chickenpox.

It is a daunting proposition — a coronavirus-tinged world without a foreseeable end. But experts in epidemiology, disaster planning and vaccine development say embracing that reality is crucial to the next phase of America’s pandemic response. The long-term nature of covid-19, they say, should serve as a call to arms for the public, a road map for the trillions of dollars Congress is spending and a fixed navigational point for the nation’s current, chaotic state-by-state patchwork strategy.

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Greta Thunberg | COP 25 High Level Event on Climate Emergency | Extinction Rebellion

Extinction Rebellion

Dec 11, 2019

COP 25 Madrid – 11 December 2019 – High Level Event on Climate Emergency TIME’s Editor-in-chief on why Greta Thunberg is the Person of the Year https://time.com/person-of-the-year-2…

2020 Harvard Extension School Virtual Graduation Ceremony

Harvard Extension School

Following the Harvard university-wide program Honoring the Harvard Class of 2020, please join us for the 2020 Harvard Extension School Graduation Celebration. Henry Leitner, Interim Dean, and Suzanne Spreadbury, Dean of Academic Programs, invite you to an hour-long celebration of you and your fellow graduates. The Graduation Celebration is an occasion to rejoice with everyone who played a role in your accomplishment. Please share this video/link with as many family and friends as you wish, as the event will be open to the public.

A new coronavirus crisis: Cities and towns face financial peril as pandemic drags on

Washington Post
May 19, 2020
Across the U.S., cities, towns and villages are facing a new coronavirus problem. It’s an unfolding financial crisis, brought on by evaporating tax revenue from things like meals and shopping. Some localities may not make it, even after slashing budgets. One estimate sees 88 percent of cities having a budget shortfall in 2020 – and up to 1 million municipal workers could lose their jobs. In Vienna, Va., outside Washington, the biggest hit could come from a meals tax, where revenues have evaporated as restaurants stay closed. This tax revenue goes to fund large, expensive projects like a community center addition and a new police station. The town has a rainy day fund – and says coronavirus is a rainy day.

The Trump campaign is creating an alternate reality online about coronavirus | The Fact Checker

Washington Post

Premiered 16 hours ago
The novel coronavirus has claimed more than 100,000 lives in the U.S. since February 29th and continues to spread as some states loosen shutdown restrictions. From the announcement of the first confirmed case in the U.S. on Jan. 21, Trump and his team’s messaging on the crisis has evolved. However, a constant in the rhetoric has been an attempt to recast the administration’s actions in fighting the pandemic. Their version of the story illustrates a successful — and often inaccurate — picture of the response.

The Trump team’s online posts reach millions of followers on Facebook and Twitter. The campaign has also been collecting voter data for the past four years through digital tools, like online polls, email listervs and rally registration forms. The Trump campaign has spent $32.6 million on Facebook ads since January of 2019, more than doubling presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s Facebook ad spending.

The Fact Checker analyzed thousands of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube posts and ads from Trump, his campaign and a long list of surrogates. The data revealed the backbone of a five-point strategy to tell their version of the coronavirus story: re-writing mistakes, highlighting achievements, deflecting blame, declaring victory and creating distraction.