In the News This Week
Debra Brown | Wednesday June 20th 2018
Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.
The U.S. Government Takes Thousands of Migrant Children From Their Parents.
Donald Trump’s administration allowed thousands of migrant children to be taken from their parents. Children, separated from their parents, are housed in cage-like detention centers. Advocates say the practice had quietly been taking place for months. The Department of Homeland Security announced that nearly 2,000 children had been separated from their parents over the span of just six weeks, from April 19 through May 31.
Here is an explanation of the policy and how it works.
Washington D.C. Is Being Sued For Gentrification.
Civil rights lawyer Aristotle Theresa filed a lawsuit against the district on behalf native D.C. residents for the discrimination of age, source of income, race, family, religion, and matriculation.
The D.C. zoning commission, housing authority office of planning and office of the deputy mayor for planning and economic development are being sought after for damages and displacement that are expected to exceed $1 billion.
Trump Administration Withdraws U.S. From U.N. Human Rights Council.
The United States withdrew from one of the world’s most important human rights bodies in protest of its frequent criticism of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. It was the first time a member has voluntarily left the United Nations Human Rights Council. The United States now joins Iran, North Korea and Eritrea as the only countries that refuse to participate in the council’s meetings and deliberations.
Chadwick Boseman Gives His MTV Award to Waffle House Hero James Shaw Jr.
Chadwick Boseman gave his award for Best Hero in the film “Black Panther” to hero, James Shaw Jr. Shaw is responsible for stopping a gunman in a deadly shooting at a Waffle House in Tennessee in April that killed four people. Shaw also created a GoFundMe page to assist the victims of the shooting.
Canada Becomes The Second Country to Legalize Cannabis Use.
Canada becomes the second country in the world to fully legalise marijuana, after the senate approved legislation for recreational cannabis to be legally bought and sold within the next two or three months.
Once legalisation goes into effect, Canadians will be able grow up to four plants in their own home and carry up to 30 grams of dried cannabis for personal use. Those caught with more than this amount, or who supply marijuana to minors will face penalties.