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Countdown to Midterms

With the midterms being just 2 weeks away, it's time to buckle down. Have you previewed your ballot yet? Done research on the issues & candidates running in your state/district/city? Made an early voting plan? It's a lot of work, but we've provided some resources down below to make it easier.

What the Health

The latest COVID numbers: 97M total cases & 1M total deaths (+266K & +3K from last week) in the US.

The headlines:

Keeping Up with Biden & Harris

Joe says if y’all have a problem with this age, keep that same energy in 2024 and vote for another candidate.

Wanting to be seen favorably in the midterms, however, Biden released another 15M barrels of oil from the nation’s reserve. Will it provide lasting relief at the pump?

We hope you got your application for student debt relief in before last Friday. An appeals court temporarily blocked the Biden administration’s plan to forgive federal student loans while it reviews the case.

Congress, What’s Good?

After voting to subpoena him 2 weeks ago, the House sent a letter to Donald Trump, formally subpoenaing him to testify about his role in the January 6 attack. He’ll have to provide requested documentation by November 4 and appear for testimony by November 14. Never one to comply with anything, he does have at least one card to pursue to avoid testifying: his ongoing case about the classified documents at Mar-a-Lago.

Also, Members of the House are applying pressure to MS Governor Tate Reeves. They want to know how Jackson’s water crisis got to its current state despite the state receiving hundreds of millions in federal funding specifically for that issue.

About those committee meetings, the agenda is clear again this week. Midterms, remember?

Election Watch: 2022 Midterms

We’ve got 2 weeks until November 8. Ballotpedia’s sample ballot lookup is the perfect tool for educating yourself on the issues & candidates in your state and local community.

Early voting opened up in quite a few states last week and the numbers are on par with 2018, a record year.

Speaking of early voting, we recommend it for those who’re able to. Look to see if your state offers it here.

Here’s how each of your favorite social media platforms are equipped to handle election misinformation.

Social Justice Round Up

In a recent survey of sheriffs, 78% of the respondents believe racial inequality in the US has been solved and another 73% approve or strongly approve of Donald Trump. Whew, they really are as bad as we believe them to be.

Black actors who are members of SAG-AFTRA are asking for Congress to pass the Crown Act and remove the barriers they have when trying to get a new job.

As Black folks leave big cities in search for cheaper costs of living and more community down south, climate change threatens the stability they seek.

Around the Diaspora

Ethiopians in the US seeking work permits or deferral from deportation are now eligible for both as fighting continues back home.

Across the continent as a whole, COVID vaccination rates have become stagnant.

Guyana’s health minister says he’s committed to improved cancer care for his country.

Getting to the Money

NYC’s pay transparency law goes into effect on November 1. If you live in the city, don’t let these job postings play in your face moving forward.

Reminder for Californians: your pay transparency law goes into effect on January 1,2023.

Buying Black

Arguably the best artist to do a Verzuz battle so far, can Jadakiss also excel in coffee? He’s teaming up with his family to bring their collective love for quality coffee to the masses. Check out Kiss Cafe here.

Culture that Pops

Descendants of the last 110 Africans brought to the US tell their families’ histories in a new Netflix documentary.

We know that’s right. While college enrollment is down nationwide, HBCUs continue to see increased enrollment.

Steph Curry is releasing a series of children’s books based on sports superheroes.


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