The troubling history of citizen’s arrests—from slave patrols to Ahmaud Arbery to ICE

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Once viewed as key part of civic engagement, citizen’s arrests in America are now archaic, potentially violent, and targeted against minorities. Yet the laws allowing them remain on the books. In February, father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael killed Ahmaud Arbery as he jogged near his home in Satilla Shores, Georgia. State prosecutor George Barnhill justified the act by citing Georgia’s citizen’s arrest law, asserting that the killers were trying to lawfully detain Arbery, because they said they were suspicious that he’d attempted to burglarize a home. According to the Georgia law , a “private person” is permitted to arrest a fellow citizen if they’ve committed a felony and are trying to escape, even if the arrestor only has “probable grounds of suspicion.” Read Full Story

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‘Black Panther 2’ is supposed to film in Georgia. Why are Disney and Marvel so quiet?

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Why ‘Black Panther 2’ could be Hollywood’s biggest platform to denounce the Georgia voting laws. Earlier this week, two prominent Black filmmakers took a stand against Georgia’s new, restrictive voting laws by pulling their upcoming project out of the state. Emancipation , a slave drama starring Will Smith and directed by Antoine Fuqua for Apple TV, will no longer be shooting in the Peach State. Read Full Story

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Exclusive: IAC acquires Umbrella, the popular household-help service for senior citizens

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Umbrella, which pairs seniors with helpful neighbors, stormed onto the scene in 2017 as the brainchild of Harvard Business School grad Lindsay Ullman. My mother enjoys a codependent relationship with Umbrella, the company that connects senior citizens with $20-hour “neighbors” who do all the tasks that people like my mom need: minor home repairs, tech help, furniture assembly, moving large items. Read Full Story

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Patagonia CEO calls on U.S. business leaders to act on restrictive voting laws

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Ryan Gellert outlines three steps American CEOs should take immediately to help protect democracy. Patagonia CEO Ryan Gellert is calling on CEOs and business leaders across America to not just speak out, but act up to protect democracy from restrictive voting laws like the election bill that passed last month in Georgia. Forty-seven states have already introduced 361 bills this year that would restrict voting rights. Read Full Story

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This Pacific island nation plans to raise itself above the ocean to survive sea level rise

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Kiribati is sinking beneath the waves. Instead of abandoning its land, it’s trying to save it. The previous president of Kiribati, a low-lying island nation in the Pacific, predicted that the country’s citizens would eventually become climate refugees, forced to relocate as sea level rise puts the islands underwater. But a new president elected in June now plans to elevate key areas of land above the rising seas instead. Read Full Story

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