Haiti Protests Continue in 7th Week Against Corruption + More News

by Debra Brown

Haiti Protests 2019

Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.


2019 Haiti protests

Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise said that he has asked the U.S. government for humanitarian assistance as protesters demanding his resignation took to the streets in the seventh week of demonstrations. 

Thousands of protesters marched through parts of Port-au-Prince, expressing anger over corruption, high inflation, and a lack of basic goods, including fuel. Religious and business leaders also have asked that Moïse step down. Hundreds of police officers have also joined the protest for better law enforcement salaries. 

More than two million children have not been able to attend school for nearly two months as a result of protests in which more than 20 people have been killed and more than 100 injured. Thousands of Haitians attended funerals across the country for 11 of the more than 20 people who have been killed in the Haiti anti-corruption protests so far.

The U.S. Embassy announced it would be providing emergency services as a result of the violence.


Colombia’s capital of Bogota elects first woman and lesbian mayor

Voters in Bogota chose their first female and lesbian mayor in the Colombian capital’s history, marking a significant step forward for women and the LGBTQ movement in the country. Claudia Lopez Hernandez, a member of the Green Alliance Party, won the mayor’s race on a platform of anti-corruption and advancement for the rights of minorities.

Lopez, 49, won about 35% percent of the vote, more than 1.1 million votes. The mayor of Bogota is widely considered the second most important political post in the country behind the presidency. With the victory, she becomes the first openly lesbian mayor of a capital city in Latin America.


Court throws out North Carolina’s Republican-drawn congressional district maps

A state court found that North Carolina’s congressional districts were drawn with gerrymanders designed to benefit Republicans that violate the State Constitution.

The ruling was a victory for state Democrats who lost a battle when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that such challenges were beyond the authority of federal courts to referee. So the fight resumed in state court, citing violations of North Carolina’s constitution.

A three-judge panel of state judges issued an order barring state officials from using the current map for the coming elections, including the March presidential primary. The three-judge panel ruled that Republicans had drawn previous maps to give themselves an unconstitutionally skewed advantage.


15 Children sue Canada over climate change

The lawsuit argues that the Canadian government continued to contribute to greenhouse gas emissions despite knowing for decades that these emissions fuel climate change and disproportionately harm children.

The lawsuit is not asking for money or other damages but calls for Canada to stop discriminating against kids and implement a plan that reduces emissions. According to the latest available data, Canada’s emissions have been rising, not falling, in recent years.

Canada’s North is warming three times faster than the global average. The Inuit indigenous peoples primarily inhabit the northern regions of Canada. Indigenous peoples and people of color are disproportionately affected by the global climate crisis

The students said they hope the prime minister will make the climate crisis a key issue during his second term, despite what they called a “disappointing” first term. Many students referred to the government’s purchase of the Trans Mountain Pipeline, an expansion of an existing pipeline that will carry oil from Alberta to B.C., as an example of Justin Trudeau’s missteps on climate action. The pipeline also poses grave risks to animals and Indigenous communities.

The plaintiffs are from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and the Northwest Territories.


Federal judge blocks Alabama’s near-total abortion ban

A federal judge has blocked an Alabama abortion bill that would block almost all abortions, calling it a “ban” that “contravenes clear Supreme Court precedent.”

US District Judge Myron Thompson issued a preliminary injunction on Tuesday barring the Human Life Protection Act from taking effect until the court resolves the case in full. The law was slated to go into effect next month.

Thompson’s decision to block the Alabama ban means that all of the state laws passed this year restricting early-stage abortions have been blocked from going into effect by the courts.


NCAA votes to allow college athletes to get paid for use of names and images

The NCAA voted unanimously to permit student-athletes to benefit from the use of their name, image, and likeness. 

The NCAA, the national governing body for collegiate athletics, said its decision followed input over the past few months from “current and former student-athletes, coaches, presidents, faculty, and commissioners across all three divisions.”

The decision follows California’s adoption of a law that bans schools in the state from preventing student-athletes from accepting compensation from advertisers and allows them to hire agents. 

The timeline for implementing the changes was not immediately clear in the NCAA’s statement.


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