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 representative Cori Bush leading protests of the end to the eviction moratoriums, along with updates about Governor Andrew Cuomo and the three Jamaican women sweep of the 100-meter event at the Tokyo Olympics in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
The federal eviction moratorium enacted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to keep people who have lost employment or wages due to the pandemic from losing their homes expired Saturday, but congressional Democrats are keeping the pressure up on the Biden administration to have it renewed. One of the lawmakers leading the charge to keep residents from being put out on the streets is Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.), who was joined by Reps Ilhan Omar (D-Mn.)and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) in sleeping outside the U.S. Capitol in protest of the end of the eviction freeze.
According to CBS News, the trio’s decision to camp out in front of the Capitol came after Cori Bush sent out a letter to her colleagues in Congress urging them not to leave for August recess until the moratorium was extended and recalling her own experiences with homelessness.
Unfortunately, Bush’s efforts didn’t delay the expiration of the eviction freeze, but lawmakers are still on a mission to get it renewed. In a statement to the White House issued by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Majority Whip James Clyburn and Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark, House Democrats called the proposed renewal “a moral imperative to keep people from being put out on the street which also contributes to the public health emergency,”.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a moratorium on evictions for 60 days for U.S. counties with “substantial and high levels of community transmission” of the coronavirus, according to an agency news release. About 90 percent of the country will be covered by the ban as the virus’s delta variant spreads quickly throughout the country.
As for Bush, her fight against homelessness in America doesn’t begin or end with the pandemic. According to CBS, on Wednesday, she introduced the Unhoused Bill of Rights. Which aims to end the homeless crisis by 2025 by increasing federal housing and funding for federal housing programs as well as providing universal housing vouchers.
The New York attorney general’s investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo found that Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, Attorney General Letitia James announced.
The office found that Cuomo harassed current and former state employees, as well as a number of women outside of state government, James said, as the office released a lengthy report on the investigation.
Cuomo immediately faced mounting pressure from Democrats, including President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and New York’s two US senators, to resign. The governor denied the allegations.
Cuomo’s behavior was not limited to members of his own staff, but extended to other state employees, including a State Trooper on his protective detail, as well as members of the public, the attorney general’s report states. Cuomo’s conduct violated multiple federal and state laws, James said.
The report details the allegations of 11 women claiming harassment. Investigators found all 11 women to be credible.
New York City will become the first major U.S. city to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination at restaurants, gyms and other businesses, Mayor Bill de Blasio said as the nation grapples with the rapidly spreading Delta variant.
New York City’s policy requires proof of at least one dose and will be enforced starting Sept. 13.
Roughly 60% of all New Yorkers have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to city data. But certain areas, largely poor communities and communities of color, have much lower vaccination rates.
Greenland’s enormous ice sheet has been struck by a “massive melting event,” with enough ice vanishing in a single day last week to cover the whole of Florida in two inches (5 centimeters) of water, Danish researchers have found.
Since July 27, roughly 9.37 billion tons (8.5 billion metric tons) of ice has been lost per day from the surface of the enormous ice sheet — twice its normal average rate of loss during summer, Polar Portal, a Danish site run by Arctic climate researchers, reported. The huge loss comes after temperatures in north Greenland soared to above 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius), which is double the summer average, the Danish Meteorological Institute reported.
Global sea levels would rise by about 20 feet (6 meters) if all of Greenland’s ice melted, according to an estimate by the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC).
Greenland’s ice sheet is the only permanent ice sheet on Earth besides the one in Antarctica and is roughly three times the size of Texas, with an area of roughly 656,000 square miles. The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets make up 99% of Earth’s freshwater reserves, according to the NSIDC, but both have been losing mass at an accelerated rate due to climate change.
Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah led a Jamaican sweep of the 100-meter event, with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce second in 10.74 and Shericka Jackson third in 10.76. This is her second consecutive women’s 100-meter gold in an Olympic-record 10.61 seconds.
The Jamaican women also swept the Olympic 100 meters in 2008, when the then-Shelly-Ann Fraser won, followed by Sherone Simpson and Kerron Stewart.
Leading image via Teen Vogue/ Joe Martinez