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Good morning Portland! No time to waste: Let's get you up to speed on the news you may have missed over the weekend.
- Thousands of protesters marched in Myanmar over the weekend to oppose to the country's military coup and call for the release of imprisoned Democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Members of the military used high-pressure water cannons to disperse the groups, and have silenced dissent by temporarily dismantling the internet Saturday. The protests are excepted to continue into the week.
- The Biden Administration will introduce new rules this week limiting the ability of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to arrest and deport immigrants. Instead of focusing on deporting people over commonplace crimes (like driving under the influence or assault), ICE agents will be spending more time looking at national security threats, recent border crossers, and people completing prison and jail terms for aggravated felony convictions. Here's how a grumpy ICE official put it in an interview with the Washington Post: "They’ve abolished ICE without abolishing ICE.”
- Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial begins Tuesday, and some lawmakers say it could be wrapped by the weekend. While it's not Trump's first impeachment, it will be the United States' first impeachment case against a president who is no longer in office (a characteristic that has Trump's defense team and supporters deeming the trial unconstitutional).
- Ageless android Tom Brady won the Super Bowl for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, which I guess is still an event people are into. I didn't watch any of if, but I did appreciate this clip of the Weekend running around a neon maze during the halftime show:
Me in Ladd’s Addition. pic.twitter.com/BM6YlxSanY— MollyWoon (@MollyWoon) February 8, 2021
- Along with raising the minimum wage and expanding vaccine access, the White House's COVID-19 stimulus package could also promise payments of $3,600 per child for lower income families. House Democrats will introduce the plan—which is, expectedly, drawing scorn from the GOP—on Monday.
- Despite their bosses' resistance, Amazon workers at a suburban Alabama warehouse are voting this week to be the company's first unionized group of employees.
- The first episode of this mini-series on Bon Appetite's recent racial reckoning does an incredible job at unpacking the systemic patterns of abuse in workplaces overseen by mediocre white men:
Bon Appétit faced an online reckoning last summer, with former employees calling it a racist and toxic workplace. But beyond the headlines, what really happened?@sruthiri reports in a new @replyall miniseries: The Test Kitchen. Chapter 1 is out now. Listen for free on @Spotify.— Gimlet (@Gimletmedia) February 4, 2021
- Today marks the first day for Oregonians 80 and older to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. But, as state health experts warned last week, this rollout is expected to be chaotic and imperfect due to a statewide shortfall in vaccine doses. Eligible for the vaccine? Reach out to your county's health authority to schedule an appointment. (Here's Multnomah County's site).
- Mayor Ted Wheeler told the Oregonian Friday that he supports the creation of a 7-person police team to respond to shootings and gun crime investigations. The group would essentially replace the Gun Violent Response Team (GVRT), a program dissolved last year after data found the team to be disproportionally stopping and arresting Black Portlanders.
- According to data collected by national police accountability group Campaign Zero, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) is among the worst in the country for disproportionally arresting Black people. The report shows that PPB officers arrest Black Portlanders at a rate 4.3 times higher than white people.
- The Oregon Legislature's conduct committee voted unanimously to expel Portland-area Rep. Diego Hernandez after investigating repeated claims of sexual harassment from Hernandez' colleagues. The decision now heads to the full Oregon House for a vote, where it will require two-thirds of the 60-member body to approve.
- Moms aren't okay:
The pandemic exposed “work-life balance” for the lie that it is. Now, a generation of America’s mothers is teetering on the edge.— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 5, 2021
This is their primal scream. https://t.co/Q5pPE0ZSZv pic.twitter.com/XiFt8MKwIh