How to help Myanmar: 4 things you can do right now after military coup and crackdown on protesters

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Over 100 people were killed in one day by Myanmar’s military junta, including six children, a man who was burned alive, and a nurse who was shot in the head while helping the injured. On February 1, 2021, Myanmar’s powerful military seized control of the country. In the less than two months since the coup at least 423 people have been killed protesting the overthrow of the country’s elected government, reports CNN. The worst fatalities yet came this weekend when at least 114 individuals were killed on Saturday during civil disobedience protests. Read Full Story

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Beauty brands were quick to tout diversity during summer protests, but the commitment was short-lived

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Beauty brands posted more images of models with dark skin tones during the BLM protests, then immediately reverted to the mix of largely light-skinned models. Over the summer, in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, millions of people protested in cities across the country, demanding police reform and more accountability. Companies scrambled to reframe their work and put out statements that kept pace with public sentiment. 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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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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Myanmar protesters are using the three-finger salute: Here’s what it means and where it came from

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The three-finger salute used in Myanmar was adopted from ‘The Hunger Games’ books and movies. Last week the Myanmar military staged a coup in the country. This coup turned out better for the insurrectionists than the one in America did . But the Myanmar coup is not being allowed to happen quietly. Though Myanmar’s military has an inordinate amount of power, protests over the coup have been ongoing in the country and around the world. Read Full Story

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See the historic Black Lives Matter protests of 2020 in these stirring photos

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Moving pictures from a summer in the streets. The Black Lives Matter movement was not new in 2020, but it was the year it took over the nation and reached across the world. The death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police on May 25 spurred protest not only in that city but all around the U.S., and those protests continued for days, and then weeks. When the death of Breonna Taylor gained nationwide attention—she was killed in may by Louisville police who raided her home, but the case didn’t become a national story until March—it became yet another reason for people to keep taking to the streets. Read Full Story

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Walmart removes guns and ammo from some stores due to ongoing protests against police brutality

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The move comes after some retailers, including Walmart competitor Target, have been looted during the overwhelmingly peaceful protests. As protests around the country over the killing of Gorge Floyd at the hands of police officers enter their second week, brick-and-mortar retailing giant Walmart has confirmed that it has removed firearms and ammunition from some of its stores across the country. Read Full Story

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There’s a key way to curb the spread of COVID-19. But no one is talking about it

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Fix your indoor air. rWith protests in full swing and many parts of the country open again, it’s easy to forget that COVID-19 is still lurking and anticipated to take an additional 100,000 American lives by October. Scientists now concur that COVID-19 spreads primarily in droplets through the air—be it from coughing or just talking—so public health officials recommend that people wear masks and face shields, and maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet. But many researchers believe that these guidelines don’t go far enough. To truly help protect people from transmitting COVID-19, we need to fix the air we breathe. Read Full Story

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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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