June 2020 | Hillman Foundation

Clear It With Sidney

Notes on journalism for the common good, by Lindsay Beyerstein

June 2020

Sidney's Picks: Racial Justice, the Coronavirus Explosion

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Johnny Silvercloud, Creative Commons. 

The Best of the Week’s News

  • “My Body is a Confederate Monument” (NYT)
     
  • The virus gets the upper hand as the U.S. enters a devastating new phase of the pandemic. (Atlantic)
     
  • How Arizona lost control of its coronavirus epidemic. (WaPo
     
  • Survivors of three meatpackers who died of COVID are suing Tyson Foods, alleging the company lied to keep them on the job. (Des Moines Register)
     
  • Colorado is reinvestigating the 2019 police killing of 23-year-old Elijah McClain. (APElle)

Sidney's Picks: Happy Juneteenth!

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Juneteenth Flag, Nafsadh / CC0

The Best of the Week’s News:

  • Hillman judge Jelani Cobb on Juneteenth and the Meaning of Freedom (New Yorker)
     
  • Mayor promises Juneteenth will be an official NYC holiday, starting next year! (NBC
     
  • Video: Reconstruction in America: 1865-1876 (Equal Justice Initiative)
     
  • The King County Labor Council expels the Seattle Police Officers Guild over racism and abuse of collective bargaining. (Crosscut)
     
  • New York City Council passes sweeping police reform legislation (CNN)
     
  • Florida sets all-time high for new cases of COVID-19, accelerating the state’s exponential growth in infections. (WESH-291-DIVOC

Sidney's Picks: Cambodian Seamstress Jailed for Speaking out Against Covid Risk at Work

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Composite image of migratory birds by Ashok Boghani, Creative Commons. 

The Best of the Week’s News:

  • A seamstress in a Michael Kors factory in Cambodia served two months in prison for denouncing the covid risks in her workplace. (Buzzfeed)
     
  • Dockworkers will shut down West Coast ports on Juneteenth, in memory of George Floyd. (The Nation)
     
  • New research confirms that jails and prisons are incubators that spread coronavirus to the larger community. (WaPo)
     
  • Coronavirus stalks farm workers in California. (LA Times)
     
  • As coronavirus tightens its grip on Brazil, the country’s far-right president flirts with a military coup. (NYT)
     
  • Trump’s Department of the Interior argued that migratory birds are a menace to humanity. (Bloomberg Law

Sidney's Picks: Police Brutality, Habeas Corpus, and COVID

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Victoria Pickering, Creative Commons. 

The Best of the Week’s News:

  • A judge suspended habeas corpus for protesters arrested in New York City this week, meaning that they can be held without charge for over 24 hours. (Gothamist)
     
  • The no-knock raid on Breonna Taylor was illegal. (WaPo)
     
  • The largest labor coalition in King County, WA gave an ultimatum to its member police unions: Fix your racism, or get out! (Crosscut
     
  • Coronavirus cases jump in Florida. (Sun Sentinel)