Updates on Abortion
One by one, Conservative states are passing anti-abortion bills in an effort to get Roe v .Wade overturned by the right-leaning Supreme Court. Missouri just became the latest state to sign an abortion bill into law this past week. Though it may be up to 3 years before the highest court decides on any recent legislation, they may begin their review on a couple of 2016 abortion laws from Indiana (signed by then-governor Mike Pence) as early as October. A ruling in this scenario would be finalized in June 2020, right in the thick of the election cycle. Not feeling the wait? Check out a few calls the SCOTUS made on abortion recently to gain a little insight into how they might decide down the line.
Putting the Pause on Harriet
Trump & Co. sure do know how to ruin a good time. Remember when Black Twitter and Instagram collectively acted a fool (in a good way) after it was announced that Harriet Tubman would be featured on the new $20 bill? It turns out that the update, originally scheduled for 2020, won’t see the light of day while Trump is in office. Like, not at all. Trump made his thoughts on the matter known previously when he said Harriet should be featured on the rarely circulated $2 bill instead. His Treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin also confirmed that he’s not “focused on that for the moment.” Guess his focus is still on ducking congressional subpoenas for Trump’s tax returns.
What’s on Congress’ Agenda?
Neither the Senate nor the House is in session, so there’s no agenda for Congress at the moment. We’ll be back with more next week.
2020, What's Good?
“African Americans will not be able to vote for you.” Joe Biden is still getting slammed for his role in the 1994 crime bill that disproportionately impacted the Black community. Who does this latest quote come from? Donald Trump himself. The irony.
Elizabeth Warren did not come to play. The Senator is rolling out policy proposals for all of the ideas she’s putting forward as a candidate to make sure we know she’s for real.
Climate change is gearing up to be a hot topic in the 2020 election. What would your ideal candidate’s position be?
See more of the week’s 2020 stories here, ranked by importance according to CNN.
Around the Diaspora
Young girls in Malawi are often forced to miss school while menstruating if they don’t have the money to purchase the proper sanitary products. Watch how one woman is working to end period poverty.
Jamaica will be enacting their 2018 Child Diversion act within a matter of weeks. The legislation’s aim is direct minors who may have committed a crime away from the courts system and to treat them less like criminals and more like youth who need guidance to straighten up.
The conflict between the government of Venezuela and their opposition may soon end in with peace talks mediated by Norway.
Culture that Pops
Would you believe that compassion and love shown by Black Union soldiers in the wake of the Civil War is part of what helped bring about the Memorial Day holiday?
T.I., Charlamagne Tha God, and Nipsey Hussle’s business partner held a meeting on Capitol Hill regarding Black people reinvesting in their own communities. It’s 2019 and FUBU is still the wave.
Meet 22 Black female directors who are making it their business to cast more faces of color in their Hollywood productions.