In the News This Week

by Debra Brown

Sudan Millions March


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


Sudanese Renew Protests To Demand Civilian Rule


At least seven demonstrators in Sudan have been killed and more than 180 injured as tens of thousands poured onto the streets across the country to pressure the country’s ruling generals to hand over power to a civilian-led administration and seek justice for the scores of victims of a deadly military crackdown.

The march came as the African Union (AU) and neighboring Ethiopia stepped up efforts to mediate the ongoing crisis between the protest organizers and the TMC, which seized power in April when it overthrew long-time President Omar al-Bashir in the wake of mass protests against his autocratic rule.

Ethiopia and the AU have proposed a blueprint for a civilian-majority body, which the generals say could be a basis for resuming talks.


The Supreme Court Rules On Partisan Gerrymandering

The Supreme Court released its decision in Rucho v. Common Cause, saying that if a legislature draws districts that disproportionately favor one party, usually called “partisan gerrymandering”, it’s a “political question” that the federal courts can’t fix.

Those who oppose partisan gerrymandering must therefore fight it in the states.

There is data suggesting that independent redistricting is likely to succeed in neutralizing partisan influence. In many of the states where reformers have won key victories, lawmakers have resisted implementing those reforms.


Trump Administration Drops Effort to Add Citizenship Question to 2020 Census

The Trump administration ordered the Census Bureau to start printing forms for the 2020 census without a question asking about citizenship, dropping its effort after being blocked last week by the Supreme Court.

Critics have called the citizenship question a Republican ploy to scare immigrants into not taking part in the population count and engineer an undercount in Democratic-leaning areas with high immigrant and Latino populations.

After the ruling, Trump tweeted that he was consulting lawyers about delaying the census so that the question could be added.


House Democrats Sue For Trump’s Tax Returns

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., sued Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig to obtain six years of President Trump’s personal and business tax returns.

Mnuchin and Rettig previously defied subpoenas from House Democrats, arguing that the Democrat-led House Ways and Means Committee did not have a “legitimate legislative purpose” to request the president’s tax returns.


California To Become First State To Ban Discrimination Based On Natural Hair

The California State Assembly has voted unanimously to pass a bill that will ban racial discrimination against people wearing natural hairstyles.

The CROWN Act — which stands for “Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair”, is expected to be signed into law by California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Other states, such as New Jersey and New York, are in the process of introducing similar legislation. Earlier this year, New York City updated a law codifying definitions of racial discrimination to include hairstyles.


Image Credit: Mous Lamrabat

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