Each Wednesday, All the Pretty Birds recaps the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news. This week we’ve included coverage of the unprecedented protests in Cuba, along with updates about the restrictive voting laws being passed around the U.S. and investigations into Native American boarding schools.
Anti-government activists in Cuba say that more than 100 people have been arrested or are missing on the island following widespread protests.
The Movimiento San Isidro, which advocates for greater artistic expression in Cuba, published a list of activists that it said were believed to have been detained by authorities.
These are the largest protests on the island in decades, as Cubans complained about a lack of food and medicine as the country undergoes a grave economic crisis aggravated by the Covid-19 pandemic and US sanctions.
Cuban government officials said there had been no more protests as they enacted an internet blackout. This prevented Cubans from sharing images of demonstrations that had gathered momentum behind the protests.
Facing the Legacy of Trauma from Indigenous Boarding Schools in North America
The United States is about to undertake a national investigation into hundreds of American Indian boarding schools that from the 1800s through the 20th century served to “kill the Indian to save the man,” according to one school’s founder.
It will document the history of the boarding schools established by the US government in the 19th century, to forge the assimilation of Indigenous children. The practice was in place as late as the 1960s, and the probe will also look into the lasting impacts on Indigenous communities today.
It will also collect records on burial sites from the boarding school era and identify students buried there.
The announcement of the investigation came weeks after the discovery of 215 Indigenous children’s remains were found at a school site in British Columbia.
From 1869 when the Peace Policy was enacted through 1978, the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition estimates that hundreds of thousands of Native children were removed from their families and sent to these schools, which spanned 30 states, the majority in Oklahoma (83), Arizona (51), Alaska (33), and New Mexico (26).
By 1926, nearly 83% of Indian school-age children were attending boarding schools, according to the organization.
Many boarding school students never returned to their families; some were placed in foster care while others went missing. For generations, the descendants of students who survived have been living with a legacy of trauma.
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed legislation requiring that Asian American history be taught in public schools starting in the 2022-2023 school year. Illinois is the first state in the nation to hold such a requirement.
The Teaching Equitable Asian American History (TEAACH) Act comes at a time when growing numbers of Asian Americans have become the targets of hate crimes in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Asian Americans are facing hate incidents at a higher rate than ever reported before, and the Democratic governor says teaching students about Asian American history will help combat false stereotypes.
Required topics that will be covered in the new school year include the Asian Americans advancing civil rights and the contributions Asian Americans have made in government, the arts, sciences, economics and politics.
Texas Democrats fled the state on Monday in a last-ditch effort to prevent the passage of a restrictive new voting law by the Republican-controlled Legislature, heading to Washington to draw national attention to their cause.
The group left Austin in midafternoon on a pair of chartered flights that arrived at Dulles International Airport just before sunset. Fifty-one of the 67 State House Democrats flew on the planes, leaders of the delegation said, and several others arrived separately in Washington; that’s enough to prevent Texas Republicans from attaining a quorum, which is required to conduct state business.
The move could paralyze the Legislature for weeks if Democrats remain out of state until this special session ends in August. Still, it lays bare their limited options long-term in a Legislature where the Republicans hold the majority in both chambers.
Texas Democrats were hoping to apply pressure to Democrats in the U.S. Senate who so far have been unable to pass federal legislation to address the issue.
Activists have been imploring the Biden administration to address the issue with more urgency.
Several of the men involved in the assassination of Haiti’s President previously worked as US law enforcement informants, according to people briefed on the matter.
Haitian President Jovenel Moise was killed in an operation that Haitian authorities say involved at least 28 people, many of them Colombian mercenaries hired through a Florida-based security company.
At least one of the men arrested in connection to the assassination by Haitian authorities previously worked as an informant for the US Drug Enforcement Administration, the DEA said in a statement.
Authorities announced the arrest of a suspect who they say orchestrated the assassination. Haitian-born Christian Emmanuel Sanon, 63, entered the country on a private jet in June, Police Chief Leon Charles said at a news conference.
Haitian authorities have provided limited details on the investigation, but the growing number of Florida connections to the plot appears to portray an operation at least partly hatched in the United States. Three American citizens have now been arrested in Haiti for their alleged involvement, according to a State Department spokesperson.
Protests against the jailing of former South African president Jacob Zuma spread from his hometown to the country’s main economic hub of Johannesburg.
At least 32 people have been killed amid several days of clashes between police and protesters.
Police say 62 people have been arrested in connection with riots since Zuma was imprisoned.
Zuma is serving a 15-month sentence for contempt of court after he failed to testify while being investigated for corruption during his term as president from 2009-2018.
Protests began immediately following his arrest last week in his home province of KwaZulu-Natal.
Zuma has denied allegations that widespread corruption took place under his leadership, and he refused to participate in an inquiry that began during his final weeks in office.
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