Good morning, Portland. Here's some news to start yer day:
Yesterday Morning Sucked: That's because the US Supreme Court upheld Donald Trump's unavoidably racist travel ban for people visiting the US from majority-Muslim countries. Oh, and the justices overturned a California law that requires non-medical, faith-based "crisis pregnancy centers" to tell patients that they're not real medical clinics. This came a day after SCOTUS upheld a number of redistricting decisions in Texas and North Carolina that have been called intentionally racist and discriminatory by lower courts.
Oh, And: This morning, SCOTUS ruled that government workers can't be required to pay union dues. It's a big blow to union advocates.
Yesterday Evening Didn't Suck as Much: That's because an old, white Democratic Congressman lost his longtime seat in New York's 14th congressional district (the Bronx) to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a badass 28-year-old Latina Democratic Socialist who campaigned on universal health care and abolishing ICE. Her unexpected win against Rep. Joe Crowley—the fourth-ranking Democrat in the US House—should come as a wake-up call to establishment Dems.
“Each minute that I am separated from my children is anguish": Three detained immigrants from Central America are suing the federal government for separating them from their young children. Here are a few of their powerful court statements about what that feels like.
AGs Fight Back: A group of 18 attorneys general are suing the Trump Administration for its practice of separating undocumented children from their families on the border. Yep, Oregon AG Ellen Rosenblum is part of that posse.
David Lynch Fights Back:
Justice for Antwon: The East Pittsburgh officer who shot and killed unarmed 17-year-old Antwon Rose in the back has been charged with homicide. It's unclear what his exact charge will be—in Pennsylvania, "homicide" could mean voluntary murder or involuntary manslaughter.
Oklahoma! has become the 30th state to legalize medical marijuana.
Policing the Police: An Oregon State Police captain faces several domestic violence charges. Captain William Fugate has been placed on unpaid leave while his case plays out in court.
ICYMI: Read this fantastic story by Oregonian education reporter Bethany Barnes about a teenage boy who's suspected of being a future school shooter.
And Here's Terry Crews Taking Down Toxic Masculinity:
WATCH - @terrycrews full opening statement: "I am honored to use my platform and story to help create additional civil rights protections for survivors across the nation under the Sexual Assault #SurvivorsBillofRights."June 26, 2018