Biden: I Am What I Am
Joe's own campaign staffers are be protesting his unflinching support for Israel and he still doesn't see the light. How will this impact his chances in 2024?
What the Health
November is National Diabetes Awareness month and Black people are 60% more likely to be diagnosed than white people. For those battling the disease or at risk of being diagnosed, doctors want them to know that healthy lifestyle habits are just as important as medication.
More than 40% of Black women will be victims of domestic violence at some point in their lives and survivors are likely to suffer from PTSD, depression, and/or anxiety. If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-99-SAFE (7233).
For nearly a third of adults with health insurance, rising medical costs make it difficult to pay for other everyday expenses like food and bills.
Doctors from all over the country gathered in Atlanta to protest the closing of hospitals across Georgia and the state’s refusal to expand Medicaid. Expanding the program would help more low-income, elderly, and disabled patients.
Keeping Up with Biden & Harris
When asked about the possibility of a ceasefire in Gaza, Joe Biden says there is none. Instead, he expressed gratitude for Israel’s decision to pause fighting in Gaza for only 4 hours per day. Once a Zionist, always a Zionist.
Meanwhile, staff from his 2020 campaign and current staffers on the Hill are calling for a complete ceasefire.
The POTUS is also salty that Moody’s downgraded the US’ credit rating from “stable” to “negative.” Major reasons for the downgrade are the higher interest rates we all hate and ineffective fiscal policies aimed at cutting government spending. Joe says the economy is still strong and cites GOP dysfunction as the culprit for the failed policies.
Congress, What’s Good?
Last week, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, the only Palestinian-American in Congress, was censured for her use of the phrase “from the river to the sea” in relation to Palestinians’ fight for freedom. 22 House Democrats, most of whom received money from the pro-Israel lobby, joined Republicans in attempting to silence her. Needless to say, Rashida won’t be doing that anytime soon.
In more pressing news, the government must be funded by Friday night. The House will vote tomorrow on its plan to avoid a shutdown, but even if a majority votes ‘yes,’ it still has to get through the Democrat-led Senate. We go through this so often with our livelihoods on the line. We see why them people said our economy and fiscal practices aint shit.
In committee meetings this week:
Corporate greed and the unions fighting for employees’ fair share
Looking to 2024
Joe Manchin will not be seeking reelection in 2024.We’re glad to see him go, but we can’t help but wonder how his decision will tip the scales in the Senate come 2025.
Election Day 2023 just passed. Here are some highlights:
Daniel Cameron, the attorney general of Kentucky who refused to prosecute the officers that killed Breonna Taylor, lost big. Hallelu.
Lastly, Philly just elected its first woman and first Black woman mayor.
Social Justice Round Up
They can’t hold all of us back. Yusef Salaam, a member of the Exonerated 5, just won a seat on New York City’s City Council.
Recreational marijuana use will become legal in Ohio on December 7. There’s a lot to know about the law before it goes into effect. Check out some of the details here.
A 2nd Aurora, CO police officer was found not guilty of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in the Elijah McClain case. So far, only 1 of the 3 officers present at the scene of McClain’s murder has been convicted of homicide. A trial for 2 paramedics that were also present will begin later this month.
Around the Diaspora
Kenya and Rwanda will become the 4th and 5th nations on the Continent to allow visa-free traveling for all Africans.
Today is a special day in Kenya for another reason as well. The country will plant 100M trees in an effort to meet the UN’s recommendation of each nation having at least 10% of their landmass covered by forest. Currently, the country stands at 9%, up from 6% in 2018.
Recent flooding in Somalia has forced 300K people out of their homes.
Getting to the Money
Hey startup founders. How’s this for inspo? Isaac Hayes III (yes, his daddy is that Isaac Hayes) made history as the first entrepreneur to raise $10M in crowdfunding.
Culture that Pops
Naomi Osaka is returning to the court at next month’s Brisbane Open in Australia.
Wiley College, the Texas HBCU at the center of The Great Debaters film, is changing its name back to Wiley University and adding new graduate programs to go with it.
Here’s a list of new movies that might get you hooked this fall/winter. Upcoming releases include Good Burger 2, a film about Bayard Rustin’s impact on the March on Washington, Beyoncé’s Renaissance tour film, and a remake of The Color Purple.