In the News This Week
Debra Brown | Wednesday November 7th 2018
Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.
A Record-breaking Number of Women Have Won Seats in Congress.
Women made history on Tuesday night, winning more seats in Congress than ever before. At least 92 had won in the House and 10 had won in the Senate (joining 10 already in the upper chamber) for a total of 112 women — the most women to serve in Congress at once in history. (The previous record was 107.)
Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids are the first Native American women elected to Congress. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar are the first Muslim women set to represent their states in the House. And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Abby Finkenauer are due to be the youngest women to serve as lawmakers. Ayanna Presley, running unopposed, became the first Black woman elected to Congress not only for Massachusetts but for all of New England.
Here is a list of the people who made history in the 2018 U.S. midterms.
Simone Biles Becomes First American to Win a Medal at Every World Championships Event.
Olympic champion Simone Biles continued her record-breaking winning streak becoming the first American ever to win a medal in every event at the world championships. Biles became the most-decorated female gymnast in world championships history after winning four golds, a silver and a bronze medal.
Over 1 Million Florida Ex-Felons Win Right To Vote With Amendment 4.
In a key ballot initiative, placed by a citizens group, Floridians for a Fair Democracy, Florida will restore voting rights to citizens convicted of certain felonies after they have served their sentences, including prison terms, parole and probationary periods. Voting rights will not be restored to those convicted of murder or felony sexual offenses.
Approximately 1.5 million people are currently barred from voting in the state because of a past felony conviction, a figure representing about 10 percent of Florida’s adult population. The passing of Amendment 4 is likely to most benefit voters of color in Florida, where an estimated one-in-five African American voters could not vote due to their criminal records.
Cameroon Army Searches for 79 Pupils Kidnapped from Boarding School.
At least 79 students and three others were seized on Monday in Bamenda, the capital of the North-West region, a government official has told the BBC. The government and English-speaking separatists have accused each other of orchestrating the kidnapping.
No rebel group has said it carried out the kidnapping of the students and the principal at Bamenda’s Presbyterian Secondary School.
More Than 20,000 Google Employees Participated in Walkout Over Sexual Harassment Policy.
More than 20,000 employees and contractors walked out of Google’s offices around the world Thursday, Nov. 1, organizers said. The group is protesting sexual harassment, misconduct, lack of transparency, and a non-inclusive workplace culture.
The #GoogleWalkout movement started after the New York Times reported Google paid Android co-founder Andy Rubin $90 million after it learned of a sexual misconduct allegation against him. Rubin left the company with that money and the praise of the parent company, and Google never revealed the allegations against him.