Here’s what the U.S. Capitol looked like when protestors wanted healthcare and equality

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The Capitol Police had a decidedly different approach to previous protestors. What can one say, really, in the wake of the unprecedented insurrection taking place in Washington, D.C., as a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol? Well, one thing that did not elude the notice of many , many people was that the Capitol Police had a decidedly different approach to previous protestors in and outside the home of the U.S. Congress—as recently as last summer during Black Lives Matter protests for racial equity in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and too many other Black people around the country. Read Full Story

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A ‘black eye on security’: Why didn’t the Capitol Police stop the rioters?

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The law enforcement officers charged with protecting the Capitol building were completely overrun by a mob, raising questions about the security of Congress. When a pro-Trump mob pushed past security and barricades and descended on the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday, many watching the news wondered where the security and law enforcement officials, who had been strongly deployed ahead of Black Lives Matter protests over the summer, were this time. So did Brian Gant , a veteran of both the FBI, where he worked on domestic and international terrorism along with cybercrime for five years, and the Secret Service, where he did protection assignments and electronic crime work for a decade. Read Full Story

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Tech companies caring about Black Lives Matter is too little, too late

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Companies like YouTube, Amazon, and Nextdoor need to stop “Black Power-washing” their messaging when their business models exploit black people. In the wake of the death of George Floyd at the hands of the police in Minneapolis, and the protests that have ensued, companies large and small have decided that now is the time for them to make public their allegiance to the black community. Google, Amazon, Facebook, Doordash, Reddit, Uber, Nextdoor, and Lyft are among the many who have issued statements of support. Google changed the look of their home page. The publicity departments of all of these companies have tweeted out or posted that black lives matter and that they “stand with the black community.” Read Full Story

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The Capitol insurrection could not have happened without guns

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With help from the gun lobby, pro-gun rhetoric has become an indispensable element of the far-right extremist movement. On the day Congress gathered to formalize the election of the next president, the world watched as aggressive mobs looted and ransacked the U.S. Capitol with only gentle police pushback. Many observers commented that rabbles freely rioting in the halls of Congress showed a blatant double standard in the police response to the largely peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters, who were met with 14,000 arrests, military intervention, and the spraying of rubber bullets and PepperBalls. Read Full Story

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7 ways to talk to QAnon-obsessed loved ones, according to a former white nationalist

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In the wake of the Capitol riot, people are waking up to the dangers of the QAnon conspiracy. This is my best advice for supporting friends and family members who may be entrenched in hate-based worldviews. Over the past few years, many Americans have watched friends and family members immerse themselves ever deeper into the world of QAnon, a system of beliefs based on interwoven, overlapping conspiracy theories, driven through intense dis- and misinformation sharing via social media sites and messaging apps. In the wake of the storming of the Capitol on January 6, the concern many Americans have felt for their loved ones has rocketed to urgency. Many people realized for the first time that QAnon isn’t just a set of obsessive ideas one posts about online, but can yield to real, offline acts of violence. Read Full Story

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‘The New York Times’ stunned readers with its coronavirus front page. What if it did the same for Black deaths?

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“We want people to see the names of those murdered and the police departments associated with them and think, George Floyd isn’t the only murder to be angry about.” “ U.S. D eaths Near 100,000, An Incalculable Loss “: That was the front page headline of the New York Times on May 24. Underneath were the names of Americans who had lost their lives to COVID-19. They covered the entire front page. Read Full Story

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6 ways to manage Black employees with dignity and respect

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A diversity and inclusion consultant offers some tips to help white leaders manage Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) in light of current events. You may have noticed your employees of color, especially your Black employees, have been a bit different this week. In addition to being the racial group most impacted by COVID-19 in the U.S., Black people are feeling the emotional toll of the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, on May 25. This latest in a growing number of Black men and women injured or killed by law enforcement officers brought race relations in this country front and center as protesters fill the streets to express their frustrations with racial injustice and police brutality. Read Full Story

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How Ad Council raised $407M in donated media for their mask campaign

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30-second summary: The Ad Council needed to create messaging about the benefits of wearing masks that resonated with people throughout the US. They faced several challenges including and extremely limited lead time for developing the campaign, constantly changing consumer sentiment about masks and COVID-19, and political and social upheaval which impacted their messaging strategy. Using an agile research platform, The Ad Council obtained consumer insight within three-five days, significantly reducing the typical nine-month lead time for obtaining data and deploying a new campaign. Intention or motivation was higher for the mask-wearing campaign versus other campaigns. It reached 70% of Americans and raised over $400 million in donated media support. Headquartered in Manhattan, The Ad Council is a nonprofit ad agency focused on creating social good campaigns and public service announcements (PSAs) in the US. The company has weathered nearly a century of change, upheaval, and crises—up to and including the …

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How COVID-19 has dramatically changed business at Volvo, and what they’re doing about it

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30-second summary: ClickZ hosted a webinar, The Impact of COVID-19 on the Automotive Industry & Marketing with Trevor Hettesheimer, Manager, KPI’s, Analytics, Search & Planning at Volvo. There has been a sharp drop in automotive sales compared to the 2020 forecast in January, which predicted 16.8 million in total sales and 13.4 million in retail sales. As a result of nationwide shutdowns combined with an oil price war, automotive industry sales were down 41% in March 2020 compared with the previous year. To help mitigate the impact on its business, Volvo took inventory of their U.S. dealerships and assessed who could remain open for sales and service. They then assessed what dealers could do business online and brainstormed ways they could safely deliver cars or allow consumers in lockdown to have their cars serviced. Hettesheimer noted that the most significant drop in sales would likely be April at 60-80% below …

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4 steps companies should take in the aftermath of January 6

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Many employees are still struggling in the wake of the violent Capitol riot. Employers have a responsibility to support these workers. On January 6, the world watched as a group of mostly white men and women stormed the U.S. Capitol building. They were armed with weapons, including machete knives, guns, and pipe bombs. A gallows with a noose was built and it was later revealed the group intended to hang the Vice President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Read Full Story

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