First Starbucks Store Votes to Unionize
A Buffalo, New York, Starbucks is the first of the chain’s 9,000 locations to vote to unionize.Teen Vogue
California governor says he will use legal tactics of Texas abortion ban to implement gun control
California Gov. Gavin Newsom expressed his “outrage” Saturday at a Supreme Court decision to allow the Texas six-week abortion ban to remain in effect and said he would use similar legal tactics to tackle gun control in his state.
“But if states can now shield their laws from review by the federal courts that compare assault weapons to Swiss Army knives, then California will use that authority to protect people’s lives, where Texas used it to put women in harm’s way,” the statement continued.CNN
Activists wanted Biden to revamp the justice system. Many say they’re still waiting
People working to overhaul the criminal justice system say they’re frustrated with the Biden administration after they’ve waited nearly a year for the White House to take major steps on clemency and sentencing reform.NPR
All The Best Sh*tty, Dishonest Parts Of SCOTUS’s Texas Abortion Decision To Bang Your Head Into A Wall To
Yesterday, the Court released an opinion about SB 8 in Whole Woman’s Health v. Jackson, and, well … it went about as well for women as one might expect, from a Court where a third of the members were appointed by a man who bragged on tape about sexually assaulting women by grabbing them by the p**sy.Wonkette
Rescuers search for survivors as death toll climbs after tornadoes ripped through 5 states
The death toll from a series of tornadoes that roared across five states rose Sunday as somber rescuers picked through the rubble of shattered buildings and communities, searching for survivors and remains.USA Today
Who belongs in drag? First straight man on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ reignites debate
Israeli study finds Pfizer Covid booster protects against omicron variant
Israeli researchers said they found that a three-shot course of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine provided significant protection against the new omicron variant.CNBC
As Covid mutates, the vaccine makers are adapting too
Focus on the exciting potential of T-cell immunity is spurring the sector on to create a new generation of jabsThe Guardian
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa tests positive for Covid-19
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday and is receiving treatment for mild symptoms, the presidency said in a statement.France24
Satellite Images Show Russian Military Forces Keep Massing Near Ukraine’s Border
Satellite images provided to BuzzFeed News and a slew of social media videos show that new Russian troops and heavy artillery were moved to strategic locations right around Biden and Putin’s virtual summit.Buzzfeed News
Ethiopia war: World heritage site Lalibela back in rebel hands
Rebels from Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region have retaken the historic town of Lalibela, witnesses have said.BBC
Big wage gap among factors hindering Latino economic mobility, report finds
“Given the size of Latinos and the prospects, this is no longer a Latino issue,” said Bernardo Sichel, a co-author and partner at McKinsey. “This is an American imperative.”NBC News
Charles M. Blow: I am furious at the unvaccinated
There are just too many fresh graves pocking the land to entertain these objections.Salt Lake Tribune
How a Minnesota man who died from soaring insulin prices could change US diabetes care forever
Alec Smith died alone in his room at age 26 because he couldn’t afford life-saving insulin. But the tragedy has sparked a movement that is rattling Big Pharma and forcing politicians to take action, writes Io DoddsIndependent
Mindy Kaling and Maitreyi Ramakrishnan Talk South Asian Representation at Teen Vogue Summit
The panelists discussed the challenges they have faced in balancing authentic South Asian representation with the more outrageous comedy that the series is grounded in. Both expressed feeling constrained by expectations to create a series that represents the experiences of all Indian-American teenagers, rather than just one — the fictional Devi.Teen Vogue
Lisa Middleton Becomes First Trans Mayor in California
Lisa Middleton was sworn in Thursday evening as mayor of Palm Springs, Calif., making her the first transgender mayor in the state and only the third ever nationwide.Advocate
What’s Really Going on With West Side Story’s Unsubtitled Spanish—and What It Misses
Spielberg’s new version addresses some of the show’s shortcomings, but it doesn’t go far enough.Slate
As violence in Haiti spikes, aid groups struggle to help
A spike in violence has deepened hunger and poverty in Haiti while hindering the very aid organizations combating those problems in a country whose government struggles to provide basic services.AP News
Chile’s President Signs Same-Sex Marriage Bill Into Law After Historic Vote
President Sebastián Piñera said the legislation “will allow all children with a papa and mama, with two papas or with two mamas to have the same rights.”Huffpost
First Nations Tribes in Canada Just Voted to Form A 2SLGBTQ+ Council
In a political victory for the queer Indigenous peoples of Canada, the Special chiefs assembly of the Association of First Nations (AFN) approved the formation of a Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ council in a unanimous vote, as the CBC reported Tuesday.them.
If you would like to help with the rescue effort or support for victims of the tornadoes in the US, here are some links.
Based in Virginia, this nonprofit organization is deploying to Mayfield, to provide meals to victims. You can donate to disaster relief here.
DRAW (Disaster Relief At Work, Inc.) aims to help communities across the United States during natural disasters. DRAW is providing needed supplies to the affected communities from Kentucky to Arkansas) in the next 24-36 hours. You can donate here.
Located in a hard-hit community, this kitchen provides food to those in need. You can donate here.