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Good afternoon, Portland! Hope you're settling in for some lovely summer weather the rest of the week. Here are the headlines.
IN LOCAL NEWS:
• Workers at a third area New Seasons are unionizing, with the Sellwood location of the grocery chain filing to join the newly-formed New Seasons Labor Union last Thursday. Alex Zielinski has more on the unionization push.
• We are exactly a year out from the week of the deadliest event in recent Portland history — the heat dome last June that sent temperatures soaring to 116 degrees and left 69 people in Multnomah County dead of heat-related illnesses. Isabella Garcia has more on what has changed in the city and the region in response.
• Clarence Thomas' concurring opinion in Supreme Court's decision reversing Roe v. Wade last week explicitly called on the court to reconsider cases protecting access to contraception and a range of LGBTQ+ rights. Here's a look at how LGBTQ+ activists and organizers are preparing for what might come next in Oregon.
• Speaking of heat: the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued an air quality advisory for Portland and Salem due to high temperatures and low winds. The advisory will end tonight.
IN NATIONAL NEWS:
• The legal wrangling over the states' trigger laws meant to outlaw abortion in the aftermath of the Supreme Court's decision overturning Roe v. Wade is underway in multiple states, with a judge temporarily blocking Louisiana's trigger law this morning.
BREAKING: We’re suing Texas to restore early abortion access for two more months or longer.
Attorney General Paxton wants to stop all abortion and is threatening unlawful prosecutions of abortion providers under an antiquated pre-Roe law.
We won’t let him without a fight.
— ACLU (@ACLU) June 27, 2022
• Waiting for some concrete action from the White House to defend abortion rights? You might be waiting for a long, long time. Vice President Kamala Harris today told CNN that she does not support ending the filibuster to codify Roe, nor is she endorsing setting up abortion clinics in federal land.
• The US Supreme Court has, remarkably, more damage yet to inflict this term. This morning, the court ruled that public school employees have a right to pray publicly and lead students in prayer during school events. A decision partially or completely gutting the Environmental Protection Agency is expected later this week.
• Progressives and people disinterested in ceaseless minority rule claim that the court is in the midst of a legitimacy crisis, and, to that end, a new NPR/PBS News Hour/Marist poll shows that an all-time low of just 39 percent of Americans have confidence in the court. 56 percent oppose the court's decision overturning Roe v. Wade.
• Bill deBlasio, the former presidential candidate and New York mayor now running for Congress, has announced that he no longer supports AIPAC over its treatment of Ohio progressive Nina Turner — an about-face after deBlasio steadfastly supported the pro-Israel organization during his tenure as mayor.
• Finally... a beloved (?) children's show character appears set to return.