Sick & Tired
The Skinny on COVID
The latest in numbers: 76M total cases & 901K total deaths (+2M & +18K from last week) in the US.
In less than 2 years, the US has officially lost 900,000 people to COVID.
Pfizer is seeking approval to vaccinate children under 5.
Did you know that there are medical treatments to help reduce the severity of COVID-19 by as much as 89%? If you didn’t, that’s because they’re primarily available to people whiter & richer than you.
Canada’s version of Trump-lovers are staging their own “insurrection” of sorts in protest of the nation’s COVID restrictions.
Minneapolis police killed 22 year-old Amir Locke while executing a no-knock warrant last Wednesday. Amir was not a target of the warrant & was startled out of his sleep by officers barging in. While assessing what was happening, he reached for the gun that he legally carried. Police tried to justify the murder by saying he pointed the weapon at them, but body camera footage determined that was a lie.
There are no words to describe having to experience this over & over. Our prayers go out to Amir’s loved ones.
More HBCU Bomb threats
13 HBCUs started off Black History Month on lockdown (again) after receiving bomb threats on February 1. Authorities have apparently identified the suspects as 6 “tech-savvy” juveniles. Describing terrorists as tech-savvy? That pretty much confirms what we already knew about their race.
We seriously hate that our young people can’t even feel safe on our own campuses. America is feeling extra Jim Crow-ish these days.
‘Cause We All Need It
Looking for therapy for free or for the low low? Here are 4 options from Black in Corporate.
Keeping Up with Biden & Harris
In an effort to stop gun violence, Biden asked Congress for $300M to put more community police officers on the street and for another $200M for local gun violence prevention organizations. Wanna know exactly how they define “community policing?” Here you go.
Headless robot dogs may soon be at the US-Mexico border to give “mechanical reinforcement” to patrol agents. These patrol dogs will allegedly be unarmed, unlike the ones with sniper rifles that are produced by the same manufacturer. First racist agents & now robot dogs. How is Biden doing on improving Trump’s harsh immigration policies?
Is Kamala Harris still struggling to find how she can really add value as a VP?
Congress, What’s Good?
Efforts to avoid a government shutdown before February 18 are underway and with the House on recess (again!) the week of February 14, time is ticking. Republicans don’t seem to be threatening inaction from jump this time though, so maybe they’ll get somewhere.
Last week, Joe Manchin reiterated the Build Back Better plan is “dead,” but that he’s still willing to revive some parts of the bill. What parts, you ask? Universal Pre-K, reducing carbon emissions and healthcare subsidies.
In committee meetings this week:
The need for DEI to be considered when giving grants to environmental groups
Developing tech to combat human trafficking
Regulating digital assets (aka NFTs)
The impact of minority-owned banks in the communities they serve
Social Justice Round Up
California is shutting down its death row. The state will fully transition nearly 700 death row inmates into the general prison population by the end of 2024.
Interested in learning more about the status of no-knock warrants around the nation? This organization that’s working to end them for good can help.
Brian Flores, the Black head coach of the Miami Dolphins is suing the NFL for racial discrimination. While we want to feel surprised & outraged like everyone else…Kaepernick told y’all 5 years ago.
Around the Diaspora
Senegal defeats Egypt to win its first ever Africa Cup of Nations football championship.
People across the Motherland need to be vaccinated 6 times faster than they are currently to help the continent reach a 70% vaccination rate.
Afro-Colombians are heavily impacted by their country’s recent uptick in violence & displacement.
Getting to the Money
Do you love tech, but believe it should be used to meet the needs of underserved communities? Are you also in a graduate program (or recently finished one)? If so, consider applying for the Kapor Fellows: Venture Capital program. During this 10-week paid internship, you’ll get the chance to work with 6 diverse VC funds & the tech startups they believe will help change the world. Psst. They’re also willing to make exceptions for those who aren’t grad students. Applications close on March 1.
Consumer product platform Very Great is hiring for a few remote-friendly roles like Product Manager, Retention Marketing Manager and Social Media Intern. If you’re based in the US & available for Eastern Time meetings, you’re already on your way to getting hired. Check out their job descriptions to see if anything is a right fit.
Is it just us, or does it seem like everyone is pregnant these days?? Instead of taking Pampers or Huggies to that next baby shower, consider TinkyPoo Diapers. Black-owned, super absorbent & toxin free. Our babies deserve.
Culture that Pops
This Black woman launched a free grocery store to combat food insecurity for senior citizens in Atlanta.
Ms. Opal Lee, also known as the “Grandmother of Juneteenth,” was nominated for a 2022 Nobel Peace Prize. After fighting to make Juneteenth a federal holiday for more than 40 years, an honor of this magnitude is the bare minimum.
Looking for more ways to commemorate Black History Month? Here are 28 movies you should watch this month.