In the News This Week

by Debra Brown



Black Panther Oscars 2019Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.


Oscar Wins Made History.

Ruth Carter won for Best Costume Design, becoming the first African American woman to win in the category. Carter was also the first black person to receive a nomination in the category in 1992 for Malcolm X. Hannah Beachler won for Best Production Design becoming not only the first woman of color to win in that category, also the first to be nominated.


House Votes to Block Trump’s National Emergency Declaration About the Border.

The House voted on Tuesday to overturn President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on the Mexican border, with just 13 Republicans joining Democrats to try to block his effort to divert funding to a border wall without congressional approval.

The resolution of disapproval, which passed 245 to 182, must now be taken up by the Republican-run Senate, where three Republicans have already declared their support. Even if the GOP-controlled Senate approves the resolution, Trump has vowed to veto it. If the resolution reaches his desk, it will be the first veto of Trump’s presidency.


Indian Jets Strike in Pakistan in Revenge for Kashmir Attack.

India launched an airstrike on Pakistani territory, reportedly targeting a militant training facility. No casualties were reported. The airstrike was in retaliation for a suicide bomb attack that killed dozens of Indian troops in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir, a disputed border region

The airstrike is the first time India has sent warplanes into Pakistani territory since the 1970s. Pakistan’s prime minister has promised to act.

Pakistani military says it shot down two Indian jets, a day after Indian warplanes struck inside Pakistan for the first time since a war in 1971.


Number of Hate Groups In the U.S.  Reaches All-time High.

Hate groups have increased by 30 percent in the past four years, reaching an all-time high, according to a report released by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The center, which has been monitoring hate groups and other extremists since the 1980s, counted 1,020 hate groups in the United States.


San Francisco To Expunge Thousands Of Marijuana Convictions.

San Francisco officials plan to expunge more than 9,000 marijuana convictions dating back to 1975, thanks to a computer algorithm that automatically scanned court records.

Several California cities are taking on the task of expunging records, but San Francisco is the first county in the country to complete the automated marijuana record clearance process,” said a statement from the office of San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón.

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