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    Protesters stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement against police brutality on June 3, 2020, in Stockholm, Sweden. It’s difficult to gauge the success of any movement aimed at affecting widespread and systematic change. That’s especially true for the Black Lives Matter movement, which has what can feel like the insurmountable aims of eradicating white supremacy and fighting police brutality in Black communities. But as difficult as it is to quantify the movement’s success, it’s just as difficult to ignore its impact. A new study cited in the Scientific American found that in cities where Black Lives Matter protests had been staged, police killings dropped an estimated 20% between 2014 and 2019. Travis Campbell, the author of the study and an economist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, concluded in his research that Census areas with Black Lives Matter protests saw about 300 fewer police homicides. "BLM protests also increase the probability of a police...
    MENLO PARK, Calif. —  South of San Francisco, the Sequoia Union High School District serves some of the Bay Area’s wealthiest communities, such as Atherton, Menlo Park and Woodside, as well as some of its neediest, including East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks and Redwood City. On Tuesday, the school district learned it had risen into a state tier that would allow high school students, if they chose, to resume on-campus learning. At the urging of many parents, district leaders on Wednesday announced an April reopening plan. That is when things got ugly. “How many deaths will you accept as collateral for your two months of school? Can you live with that?” Alison Mock, a teacher at East Palo Alto Academy asked the district’s board of trustees in a contentious Zoom meeting on Wednesday. Reopenings of high schools in the Bay Area provide a window into conflicts sure to...
    36.5% of the 2,620 outbreaks notified by the communities to the Ministry of Health since last February 4, in which 16,347 cases have been registered have taken place in the family (18%) and social (18.5%) spheres. According to Health, since the de-escalation ended, 36,359 outbreaks have been reported to the Health Alerts and Emergencies Coordination Center. 297,103cases, affecting all autonomous communities and cities. Since the last update of cases on February 4, 426 outbreaks have been reported in the social sphere with 2,269 cases; most in the context of family and friends gatherings. In addition, 414 outbreaks have been reported with 2,430 cases among members of the same family who are not living together. In the workplace, they have communicated 250 new outbreaks with 1,629 cases and the business and construction sectors have concentrated most of them. In addition, Health has reported 103 shoots with 1,069 associated cases in...
    COVID-19 rates went down in 7 out of 10 of Massachusetts’ largest cities west of I-495. The COVID-19 infection rates per 100,000 people went down in Worcester, Springfield, Chicopee, Leominster, Fitchburg, Amherst, and Shrewsbury, according to town-level data released by Massachusetts’ Department of Public Health on Thursday, Jan. 21. All of these communities, except for Amherst, are in the “red” - meaning they are at the highest risk for the spread of the virus. Amherst is in the yellow category. Massachusetts's color-coded risk system has four levels. They are, from most to least risk, red, yellow, green, gray (low to no risk). Meanwhile, in Pittsfield, Westfield, and Holyoke the COVID-19 rate went up. HIGH RATES Among Western and Central Massachusetts communities, Gardner has the highest COVID-1 rate with 139.8 cases reported per 100,000 people, averaged out over 14 days. Gardner has the 9th highest COVID-19 rate in Massachusetts. The...
    Good news! The COVID-19 rate in most Hampden County cities and towns has gone down, according to the most recent information from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Hampden County now has a “green” community as well - a term for communities with a low risk for the spread of the virus - it’s Holland. Other Hampden County communities where the risk is low include Montgomery, Wales, Blanford, Granville, Tolland, and Russell. While the daily COVID-19 infection rate went down in most Hampden County communities, there are four that saw their rates rise: Agawam, Longmeadow, Montgomery, and Wales. HIGHEST RATES The community with the highest COVID-19 rate is Ludlow with 81.4 infections per 100,000 residents. After that, the cities with the highest rates are: Springfield, 76.3 Longmeadow, 68.2 Holyoke, 66.1 Chicopee, 61.1 LOWEST RATES The community with the lowest COVID-19 rate is Tolland, which has 0 incidents....
    President-elect Joe Biden has been silent on his stance on the Black Lives Matter-backed BREATHE Act, despite pushes from the progressive wing of his party to pass sweeping legislation aimed at social justice reform in the first 100 days of his administration. BLM PRESSURES DEMOCRATS TO EMBRACE BILL DESCRIBED AS 'ROADMAP FOR PRISON ABOLITION' The BREATHE Act was introduced by Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and has been a flashpoint for BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors, who has urged Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to meet with her soon to discuss the future of Black communities under the new administration.  Despite repeated requests for comment from Biden's transition team, Fox News did not get a response on whether his administration supports the reforms suggested in the bill, and whether he will make its passage a key priority once assuming the White House come January.  Biden's transition team has...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The subject of this story may not be dinner table talk, but it could be a game-changer in the fight against COVID-19. Chicago researchers are now testing sewage. As CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reported Tuesday evening, the goal is to zero in on communities where the virus is surging. The researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago haven’t found any clusters of COVID-19 cases in communities yet, but the goal is to be able to see what ZIP codes have the most cases – so as to give health officials advance warning of an outbreak. For the past four weeks, researchers at the UIC School of Public Health lab have been analyzing wastewater from three Chicago area treatment plants located on the West, South, and North sides of the city. The water samples are kept in one-liter bottles. Dr. Abhilasha Shrestha said they...
    EMMANUEL Macron has said that some communities in France have become "breeding grounds" for terrorism and that children are being raised to "hate French values". The comments come after a spate of Islamist attacks in the country in recent weeks, including the beheading of a teacher who used cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed to teach a history class. 3Emmanuel Macron has said that some communities in France have become 'breeding grounds' for terrorismCredit: EPA 3The comments come after a spate of recent attacks in France, including the murder of history teacher Samuel PatyCredit: AP:Associated Press Since the attacks, Macron has frequently spoken out to defend free expression and vowed that France would not "give in to any spirit of terror". In an open letter to the Financial Times yesterday, Macron wrote: "France has been attacked by Islamist terrorists because it embodies freedom of expression, the right to believe or...
    Postal employee who discarded 112 Louisville ballots fired, could face federal charges The Ongoing Pandemic Has Impacted The Canned Corn Supply Chain, So It May Be Hard To Find In Stores Joe Biden Expanded on His Plan for Racial Justice During His Town Hall - Heres Where He and Kamala Harris Stand While the COVID-19 pandemic might be the most pressing issue in the 2020 election, racial justice is both right behind it and intertwined. Recent police killings of Black people have brought racial justice to the foreground of national conversation amid a time where we've also seen how people of color are disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Knowing where our presidential candidates stand on racial equity is more important than ever, especially since racial justice is a multifaceted problem that requires policy change in virtually every arena of life. © Getty / KEREM YUCEL Joe Biden Expanded on His...
    'Tis the season for publications and websites to let us know whether we should feel good about where we live. And U.S. News & World Report's just-released roster should give those who reside in Boulder and Denver, as well as Coloradans in general, a warm glow. The outlet's "150 Best Places to Live in the U.S. in 2020-21" ranks Boulder first and Denver second — and as a bonus, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins finish in fourth and fifth place, respectively. The only other city to squeeze into the top five is Austin, Texas, with the six-through-ten slots occupied by Charlotte, North Carolina; Des Moines, Iowa; Fayetteville, Arkansas; Portland, Oregon, and San Francisco, California. The many lists of this sort seldom agree with each other. For example, Money magazine recently dubbed Parker the second-best place to live in the country and ranked Broomfield eighteenth — yet neither of these communities...
    Communities across the state are taking different approaches to Halloween this year amid COVID-19 concerns. Some have outright banned trick-or-treating while others have left it up to parents whether their children will participate. If you’re wondering where you can go trick-or-treating this year, below is a list of cities and towns that have made decisions about how their communities will do Halloween amid COVID-19. Most communities are asking people to adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Halloween guidelines.  The CDC advised against door-to-door trick-or-treating. Instead, people should leave individually wrapped goodie bags out on their driveways or front yards. No communal candy bowls or unwrapped treats should be given out, the CDC said. Like usual, people should practice social distancing - staying 6 feet away from people - wearing face masks that cover the mouth and nose, and washing hands. Indoor parties are not advised.  TRICK-OR-TREAT! ...
    Putnam County ranks among the 250 communities deemed the healthiest in America in this year's U.S. News and Aetna Foundation 2020 Healthiest Communities Rankings. Over 3,000 communities were evaluated to compile the list, according to U.S. News & World Report, using metrics including the areas' educational systems, average population health, infrastructure and environments.  This data is sourced from agencies like the U.S. Center for Disease Control, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Putnam County ranked 156th. “During this unprecedented year, the Healthiest Communities initiative continues to highlight important components of community health while synthesizing the new COVID-19 metrics, providing an in-depth look at the impact of the disease on communities,” said Kim Castro, editor and chief content officer at U.S. News. “U.S. News brings 30 years of high-quality health journalism and data expertise to this project highlighting social determinants of...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Denver City Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca joined a town hall on Wednesday night with community activists to talk about how to help those experiencing homelessness. More specifically, where a sanctioned homeless camp should be located. (credit: CBS) Denver city leaders are still trying to come up with a plan for the city’s homeless. Earlier this week, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock scrapped a proposal for a sanctioned homeless camp in the Five Points neighborhood. (credit: CBS) “We need to help communities understand this is a stop-gap measure. Nobody believes this is a solution to homeless,” said CdeBaca. “All of us recognize and understand the only solution to homelessness is housing; permanent, affordable, stable housing.” Denver City Council District 9 said it is talking to faith communities about housing options and looking at available city-owned patches of land. Hancock said his team is working with the Colorado Village Collaborative to...
    President Donald Trump is banking on the votes of ‘suburban housewives’ after he ended a policy that expands low income housing in suburban neighborhoods, according to a Wednesday tweet. The “suburban housewife” will be voting for me. They want safety & are thrilled that I ended the long running program where low income housing would invade their neighborhood. Biden would reinstall it, in a bigger form, with Corey Booker in charge! @foxandfriends @MariaBartiromo — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2020 Trump rescinded the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule in July, which forced communities receiving funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to produce an assessment showing they made grand efforts to ensure there was fair and affordable housing available, according to MarketWatch. HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson says the policy was “ultimately a waste of time,” pointing to other initiatives passed by the Trump...
    All but two Hampshire County communities have a positive COVID-19 test rate under 2 percent. The Massachusetts 7-day positive COVID-19 test rate is at 1.7 percent, said Gov. Charlie Baker during a daily press conference on the pandemic. Reducing positive test rates to under 2 percent is a state goal. In Hampshire County, Goshen and Belchertown are the two communities with 14-day rates above 2 percent (7-day rates for individual communities are not provided by the state). The state economy is now in Phase 3 of a four-phase reopening plan. The fourth phase - which would see the reopening of business such as amusement parks, spectator sports venues, bars, and nightclubs - is not slated to launch until after there is a COVID-19 treatment or vaccine. Since the start of the pandemic, almost 1.4 million molecular COVID-19 tests have been administered in Massachusetts and there have been 107,683 cases of...
    (CNN)From the start, the Covid-19 pandemic has revealed America's social and economic inequality in stark relief, by disproportionately infecting and killing people of color, the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions.Now, as the country sweats through the thick of what is likely to be another sweltering summer, another invisible threat looms.Killer heat and humidity combination not experienced before is becoming more commonThis weekend, as a heat wave bakes huge swaths of the country under triple-digit heat indexes, some fear that the collision of Covid-19 and extreme heat could be a dangerous combination.Extreme heat can threaten anyone, but many of the same groups who are at greatest risk of serious illness from the coronavirus are also the most vulnerable groups to heat exposure.With indoor gatherings known to facilitate the spread of Covid-19, cities and relief organizations are adjusting how they keep people safe in this new normal. Read MoreAnd with millions...
    Los Angeles County is launching six testing locations in hot spot communities where Black and Latino residents have been disproportionately hit by the coronavirus, officials announced Wednesday. Test sites will be added in Montebello, South Gate, Azusa, Panorama City, Compton and Downey, which together have accounted for more than 10,370 infections. The county is also expanding testing in four other areas: Bellflower, Pomona, El Monte and East Los Angeles, which have tallied more than 9,300 infections combined. The additions — part of a $4-million investment — will boost testing capacity by more than 65%, health officials said. The county previously announced plans to expand testing beyond roughly 26,000 each day, as infections and hospitalizations have continued to surge. More than 143,200 COVID-19 infections have been confirmed in L.A. County and the death toll is nearing 4,000. The mortality rate and the rate of positive infections have been...
    One analysis found that more than 40% of CDFI's loans and investments are in majority-minority communities.LeoPatrizi Consumers can push for racial justice – and it's as simple as opening an account at a community bank or credit union that supports under-served communities. Netflix announced recently that it would transfer $100 million of its cash holdings to financial institutions that support Black communities in the U.S.    Meanwhile, across the U.S., there are more than 1,000 Community Development Financial Institutions, or CDFIs. These institutions specialize in under-served communities and more than a third of their banks are led by minorities. One analysis found that more than 40% of CDFI's loans and investments are in majority-minority communities.  "With all the racial problems going on, right now is the perfect time for people to open up an account at a community development bank or credit union," said John Holdsclaw, board chair of the Coalition of Community...
    DENVER (CBS4) – The city of Denver and Denver Public Health have made it a point to get COVID-19 testing to as many people as possible. That includes communities of color. Saturday, testing was offered at the New Hope Baptist Church. (credit: CBS) “Why a church? Because it represents hope. It represents faith. A pandemic is hard to deal with when it hits your family,” said Kim Desmond, the Director of the Office on Equity and Social Innovation for Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. Desmond, a Denver native, graduated from Manuel High School just a couple miles from the church. She understands the struggles within Denver’s inner city so she helped launch the Racial Equity Council, under the Social Safety Net Plan, to help provide access of free coronavirus testing to underserved communities. (credit: CBS) “We wanted to make sure that we brought the testing to folks so that way there was...
    A body found in a stairwell at the Bedford Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Massachusetts is a veteran who lived at the facility and disappeared more than a month ago. The victim was a 62-year-old former homeless veteran who was reported missing May 13 — five days after he was last seen. His name wasn't released. “It appears that he’s been there from the eighth of May,” Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said, according to WBZ-TV. VETERANS AFFAIRS NOT EQUIPPED FOR SECOND CORONAVIRUS WAVE, OFFICIALS SAY She called what happened “very concerning.” Building 5 on the grounds of the Bedford Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Massachusetts. (Caritas Communities) Residents told the station some exits have been blocked off to contain the coronavirus. They wondered if that’s why nobody found him in the stairwell. NEVADA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO STEALING HUNDREDS OF CORONAVIRUS MASKS FROM VA HOSPTIAL His housing at the medical...
    (CNN)"I can't breathe." George Floyd's dying words echo around the world in part because we have heard them before. Eric Garner also said them as he was being choked to death by the police in 2014. Garner once worked for New York City Parks and Recreation department, planting trees that cleaned the city's air. Now, he, Floyd and countless other black people whose lives were unjustly extinguished are inspiring an unprecedented push to transform policing in America, including calls to "defund the police," as the rallying cry goes. Equitable policing, including science-based measures to reduce violence while increasing accountability of officers, can make us safer. At the same time, this is not just a policing issue. Stories that end with the deaths of black people at the hands of the police start long before an officer cuffs a man's hands or knocks on a woman's door. Our solutions need to...
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