In The News This Week

by Debra Brown

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

Trans Activist Icons Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera to Be Honored With New York City Monument.
Iconic trans activists Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera will be honored with a monument in New York City near the site of the Stonewall Inn. The monument will honor the duo’s leadership in the LGBTQ+ community and movement during the era of the 1969 Stonewall uprising.
The monument is estimated to cost about $750,000, a spokeswoman for the city said, and officials will begin searching for an artist shortly. Its exact location will be finalized after discussions with the community.

12 Killed In Mass Shooting in Virginia Beach.
A gunman opened fire at a municipal building in Virginia Beach killing 12 people. Most of the victims were city employees with a length of service ranging from 11 months to 41 years.
The shooter was a 15-year public utilities engineer, he submitted his resignation hours before the shooting. Authorities have not confirmed that he specifically targeted any individuals in the shooting.
Police fatally shot the shooter, according to officials, in the deadliest mass shooting in the U.S. so far in 2019.
In the aftermath of the shooting, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is calling a special legislative session to address gun violence.

Louisiana Governor Signs ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Bill Into Law.
Louisiana Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a bill banning abortions once a heartbeat is detectable with no exceptions for rape or incest, according to his office.
The Louisiana law will go into effect only should a federal appeals court uphold a similar Mississippi law. The federal judge hearing the case expressed deep skepticism toward the Mississippi measure last week, especially its lack of exceptions for rape or incest.
States with the worst anti-abortion laws also have the worst infant mortality rates.

Sudan Army Cancels Agreements With Protesters After Violent Attack Against Protestors.
Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) has decided to cancel all agreements with the main opposition coalition and will move ahead with elections to be held within nine months, its head has said.
The announcement by Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan came after security forces fired live ammunition to clear the main protest site outside the military headquarters in Khartoum. Protest groups said at least 35 people were killed and hundreds wounded in the raid by the security forces. UN human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, expressed alarm at reports that live ammunition was used, including “next to, and even inside, medical facilities”.
The TMC and protest leaders had made progress during talks over an interim cabinet and legislative body, but they split over the make-up and leadership of a sovereign council that was being discussed to govern Sudan during a three-year transition.
Al-Burhan said the TMC would now move to set up an interim government to prepare for elections, which he added would be internationally supervised.

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