In the News this Week
Debra Brown | Monday August 14th 2017
In the news this week By Team ATPB
With the state of current affairs in the US and around the world, we’re staying up to date on as much news as we can. Like many of you, we devour everything that is published on the Trump administration in an effort to keep informed about its horrible policies and so that we can share them with everyone we know (read about them every month in Nia’s “F*ck Donald Trump” series). Here’s a list of the articles and headlines about Trump and beyond that caught our attention this weekend. Check back every Monday and Friday for weekly updates. And, please share any articles that catch your attention, because sharing information is one of the most important things you can do at this moment.
Virginia declares a state of emergency as white supremacist supporters and counter-protesters clash.
White nationalists gathered on Saturday for a “Unite the Right” march in Charlottesville, where they were met by counterprotesters. One person was killed and 19 were wounded. Two Virginia State Patrol troopers were killed in a helicopter crash while “assisting public safety resources with the ongoing situation in Charlottesville”. Saturday’s rally was the latest event drawing white supremacists and right-wing activists from across the country to this Democratic-voting town — a development precipitated by the city’s decision to remove symbols of its Confederate past.
Charlottesville Victim Identified as 32-Year-Old Woman Who Stood Up Against ‘Hate & Bigotry’.
Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer called the killing of a 32-year-old woman and the injury of others by a vehicle at a rally in the city a “terrorist attack with a car used as a weapon.” He made the comments in an interview Sunday with NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Heather Heyer died when a car rammed into a group of people who were protesting the presence of white supremacists who had gathered in the city for a rally.
Hidden Figures has inspired a State Department exchange program to promote women in STEM.
The critically acclaimed film has broken a barrier of its own by inspiring the US State Department to launch a first-of-its-kind, publicly funded educational exchange program for women. A new program called #HiddenNoMore will invite 50 women from 50 different countries to participate in a cultural and educational exchange aimed at cultivating the efforts and achievements of women in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields.
Marshawn Lynch Sits During National Anthem at Preseason NFL Game, Continuing Protest Led by Colin Kaepernick.
Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch opted to sit during the playing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Saturday’s preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals, making him the latest pro athlete to protest racism and police brutality by not standing during the national anthem.
Bruno Mars is donating $1 million from his Michigan concert to the Community Foundation of Flint to aid those affected by the Flint water crisis.