Voices, The Peoples News No. 2022-02-18

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Tönisvorst February 18, 2022
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous / Global
An Indigenous scientist wants us to look at conservation differently.
Jessica Hernandez says Indigenous science and knowledge can make conservation more holistic and help us solve our toughest environmental problems https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.alleghenyfront.org/an-indigenous-scientist-wants-us-to-look-at-conservation-differently/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!g0rs0VmfHqbmXUNP3ViCSUgyutIvnSwsE7BfsItieqqO3cuzgp0uUyh-k_VFeQlF7fvo$

# Border / Immigration
Six months after the fall of Kabul, these Afghan refugees are working to rebuild their lives in the US: Since the fall of Kabul prompted the largest military evacuation of refugees in history, more than 76,000 Afghans arrived in the US, the vast majority of whom have since been resettled in communities across the country.

# Children / Youth
When the Child Tax Credit lapsed in January, 3.7 million more children reverted to poverty, according to authoritative research by the Columbia University Center on Poverty and Social Policy. That’s a 41 percent increase, and a national disgrace. For Black kids, the increase was even more dramatic.

# Covid / Pandemics
Sigh … Let’s talk about the Omicron subvariant BA.2.
* What is the BA.2 subvariant? Scientists are learning about a rapidly transmissible ‘stealth Omicron’  that may become the dominant version of the virus. Vox’s Umair Irfan explains.
* A new study indicates BA.2 may spread faster and cause severe illness than the original Omicron variant.

America’s Frontline Doctors team up with Project Veritas to harass medical officials, and launched a video series devoted to Covid-19 disinformation.

# Economy / Finance / Trade
Rate of bank branch closures doubled during pandemic. The shuttering of small businesses during the pandemic has had a lasting change on  local communities. Now, businesses that survived are at risk due to the closure of bank branches that fuel local economies https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://publicintegrity.org/inequality-poverty-opportunity/bank-branch-closure-rate-doubled-during-pandemic/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!g0rs0VmfHqbmXUNP3ViCSUgyutIvnSwsE7BfsItieqqO3cuzgp0uUyh-k_VFeTZ7vfcY$

# Education / Schools
New charter schools in Texas are now required to submit “a statement of assurance” to the Texas Education Agency ensuring that they abide by a state law that restricts how race and history are taught in K-12 classrooms. The agency did not say if this statement requirement would be expanded to all public schools in the state.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical Corn-Based Ethanol Pollutes More Than Gas. For years, corn-based ethanol has been mixed with the gasoline sold at gas stations across the U.S., but a recently published study has found that its carbon intensity is “likely at least 24% higher” than gas, Roadshow by CNET reported.

# Global Politics
Russian & U.S. Women Push for Diplomacy, Not Military Action, to Resolve Crisis https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://freespeech.org/stories/a-call-for-peace-russian-u-s-women-push-for-diplomacy-not-military-action-to-resolve-crisis/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!g0rs0VmfHqbmXUNP3ViCSUgyutIvnSwsE7BfsItieqqO3cuzgp0uUyh-k_VFeSrpc3It$

# Gov / Politics
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Trump’s man in Texas, has quietly amassed influence. Patrick urged former governor Rick Perry to mount a challenge to Gov. Greg Abbott, who is seeking a third term. He’s taken the power concentrated in the state’s No. 2 job to another level, forcing opponents from races and tightening his grip on the Senate.

The U.S. is effectively stealing billions from a nation ravaged by a U.S. initiated war. Biden acknowledges Afghanistan is in crisis, U.S.
policies are making it worse.

# Law Enforcement
19 Austin police officers accused of excessive force during 2020 protests are indicted.
Austin officials also agreed to a $10 million settlement with two men who were injured by police with beanbag rounds during the protests.

The number of people killed by police in 2021 was the highest since The Washington Post started tracking it.

Video Shows NJ Cops Violently Arresting Black Teen, Letting White Teen Go After Fight He Started https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://news.yahoo.com/viral-video-black-teen-being-042418989.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!g0rs0VmfHqbmXUNP3ViCSUgyutIvnSwsE7BfsItieqqO3cuzgp0uUyh-k_VFeXJ2o-dP$

# Legal / DOJ
Oath Keepers Founder Backed ‘Lord of the Rings’ Government. Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes backed an extreme legal effort that would “break”
the United States government, according to a new report. Lawyers for Stewart Rhodes are arguing their client stopped trying to overturn the election after Jan. 6. That’s not exactly true.

A judge questioned if Jan. 6 plea deals contributed to Republicans calling the attack ‘legitimate political discourse.’ US District Chief Judge Beryl Howell weighed the Justice Department’s decision to let people charged with storming the US Capitol plead guilty to petty offenses such as parading, demonstrating, or picketing.

Donald Trump, Trump Jr. and Ivanka Ordered to Testify in New York Civil Fraud Probe https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2022/02/17/ny-judge-donald-trump-must-testify-business-practices/6831124001/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!g0rs0VmfHqbmXUNP3ViCSUgyutIvnSwsE7BfsItieqqO3cuzgp0uUyh-k_VFeRFzTSCb$

Jury in Trial for Arbery’s Murderers Shown Graphic Images of Gunshot Wounds https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta-news/hate-crimes-trial-jurors-see-graphic-images-of-ahmaud-arberys-wounds/PIHUKQDTVZBYJKHVEPYRCSVEVE/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!g0rs0VmfHqbmXUNP3ViCSUgyutIvnSwsE7BfsItieqqO3cuzgp0uUyh-k_VFeYvKYJwt$

Defense for Arbery Killers Comes Down to a Total Stranger. Evelyn Cofer, a Satilla Shores neighbor, was the only defense witness to be called on the stand for one of the murderers. Lawyers for the other two did not call anyone.

Anger Erupts Over Sentence for Cop Who Killed Daunte Wright. The notorious incident in which the ex-cop said she mistook her gun for a taser rocked the Minneapolis area, and the light prison sentence already is, too.

Archives Confirms Trump Took Classified Docs to Mar-a-Lago. The National Archives said it’s in touch with the Department of Justice over the classified records.

Confirmed: Trump Really Did Take Classified Documents to Mar-a-Lago: The Justice Department is now involved. “NARA has identified items marked as classified national security information within the boxes,” National Archivist David Ferriero wrote in the letter.

Judge Rejects Trump’s Request to Toss Jan. 6 Suits. The District Court judge said that he would not dismiss the suits and that it was “plausible” that Trump’s speech incited the violent mob attack.

# Media
A Conversation About Being Black in the Newsroom: Pulitzer-winning reporter Wesley Lowery breaks down the myth of objectivity. America is at a breaking point. How can journalists properly cover it? Citizens have flooded the streets in cities large, and small, in protest of racism, police violence and other forms of systemic oppression. But media institutions have been shaped by, and contributed to, those same systems.

# Medical / Health Care
Women still aren’t taken seriously by many male doctors, and it can be fatal.

Millions of children could lose Medicaid coverage once the public health emergency ends. That could happen in July, the Department of Health and Human Services has promised to provide states with 60-days notice.

# Water
Billions flow to water systems from federal pandemic relief funds.
Passed nearly a year ago, the American Rescue Plan Act is injecting needed funding into aging water and sewer infrastructure.

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