In the News This Week

by Debra Brown

Yalitza Aparicio

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


Yalitza Aparicio Is The First Indigenous Woman To Be Nominated For Best Actress Oscar. 

25 year old actor Yalitza Aparicio makes history with her 2018 Oscar nomination for best actress in a leading role in Roma. She’s the first indigenous woman to be nominated in the category in the Oscars’ nearly 90 year history. 

The Mexican-born “Roma” actor’s feature on Vogue Mexico’s January Issue also made history as the first time the magazine has put a woman of indigenous origin on its cover.


Chicago Police Trio Found Not Guilty Of Police Shooting Cover Up. 

Three Chicago officers have been acquitted of trying to cover up the shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald by a white officer Jason Van Dyke, who was seen pulling the trigger  on the dash cam video that showed Laquan McDonald getting hit with 16 bullets.

City Hall released the video to the public in November 2015, 13 months after the shooting, and acted only because a judge ordered it to do so. The charges against the officer Van Dyke were not announced until the day of the video’s release.

Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke has been convicted for second-degree murder and sentenced to six years and nine months in prison with two years of mandatory supervised release for the murder of Laquan McDonald, a judge announced.

Activists and residents have organized a protest march over the results of the cases.


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wins Seat On House Oversight Committee.

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York has been named to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. The committee has broad authority to investigate the executive branch.

The Oversights Committee’s first major hearing is set for Feb.7, when Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen is scheduled to testify publicly, just weeks before he is due to begin a three-year federal prison sentence.


The Supreme Court Temporarily Clear the Way For Ban On Transgender Military Personnel. 

The Supreme Court has revived the Trump Administration’s ban on transgender military personnel, issuing a limited order. It temporarily stayed three of the four existing injunctions that prevent the Trump Administration from barring transgender people from military service. It will remain in place until the 9th circuit rules, then the court will take another look at the whole issue.


Senate Leaders Leaders Plan Competing Bills to End Shutdown. 

The Senate will hold competing votes on Donald Trump’s proposal to spend $5.7 billion on a border wall and on a Democratic bill that would fund the government through Feb. 8. 800,000 federal workers will go without a paycheck for the second time this month.

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