Justice for Baton Rouge Activist and Community Leader Sadie Roberts-Joseph & More News

by Debra Brown

Baton Rouge Activist and Community Leader Sadie Roberts-Joseph

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Justice for Baton Rouge Activist and Community Leader Sadie Roberts-Joseph, An Arrest Has Been Made For Her Murder & More News

Sadie Roberts-Joseph, 75, a prominent community activist in Baton Rouge, La., and the founder of the city’s African American history museum was discovered in the trunk of a car about 3 miles from her home. Police did not explain what led them to the car where they found her body.

Roberts-Joseph was a respected civil rights leader in Baton Rouge. Roberts-Joseph was also the founder of the nonprofit organization Community Against Drugs and Violence, and each year, she organized a Juneteenth celebration, a commemoration of the emancipation of slaves in the American South.

Her death has been ruled a homicide. An autopsy conducted by the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office said the preliminary cause of death was “traumatic asphyxia, including suffocation.”

Her former tenant has been arrested for allegedly killing Roberts-Joseph. He was charged with first degree murder.

Roberts-Joseph’s daughter Angela told reporters that she will not let her mother’s work and sacrifice on educating the community about inclusivity and diversity falter in her death.


Protesters in Hawaii Demonstrate Against the Installation of Thirty Meter Telescope

Protesters in Hawaii demonstrate against the installation of a $1.4 billion telescope on top of a Hawaiian volcano that some natives consider sacred.

Mauna Kea, standing over 13,000 feet high, is a staple in Hawaiian mythology, known to some as a place of worship. The mountain is named after the Hawaiian deity “Wākea”

The crowd of protesters estimated at over 500 people at one point by the Star-Advertiser, largely complied with the request to move, save for a group of kupuna, or elders. The elders tied themselves together with rope to block off the road.

The state approved construction of the telescope in June after years of controversy and legal battles.


The Trump Administration Announces New Rules for Asylum Seekers

The Trump administration announced new rules for asylum seekers. Officials said they would deny asylum to migrants who failed to apply for protections in at least one country they passed through on their way north.

The new rule is expected to be immediately challenged. Lee Gelernt, the deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, said in a statement that it “could not be more inconsistent with our domestic laws or international laws” and that his organization would sue swiftly.


UN Calls For Libyan Migrant Detention Centers To Be Shut

The appeal comes nearly two weeks after more than 50 people were killed in an air strike on a holding facility in the Libyan capital Tripoli.

The U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR, and the international aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres among others have called for the total shutdown of the detention centers, which are an integral part of the European Union’s efforts to keep migration across the Mediterranean at bay.

The UN has been critical of European policies that favor returning to Libya migrants who are rescued at sea, stating that the country isn’t safe for them.

The Average Temperature Of The Planet in June 2019 Was The Highest Ever Recorded

The average temperature of the planet soared to its highest level ever recorded in June. According to data released by NASA, the global average temperature was 1.7 degrees Fahrenheit (0.93 Celsius) above the June norm (based on a 1951-to-1980 baseline), breaking the previous June record of 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit (0.82 Celsius), set in 2016, above the average.

Western Europe experienced a severe heat wave during the last week, with many all-time-hottest-temperature records falling in countries with centuries-old data sets.

In addition, Alaska posted its hottest two days on record, highlighted by a temperature of 90 degrees in Anchorage for the first time.

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