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SPACES & PLACES 2021: Visions of Black-led Communities - Soul City

Join Next City for day one of SPACES & PLACES 2021: Visions of Black-led Communities – a virtual film festival. The festival is pay-what-you-wish to attend.

DAY 1 | August 5th | 12 pm to 1:30 pm ET

Soul City – ​Film Screening and Session discussion

Soul City is a planned community in North Carolina that was first proposed in 1969 by Floyd McKissick, a civil rights leader and director of the Congress of Racial Equality. Soul City was one of thirteen model city projects under the Urban Growth and New Community Development Act. The city was intended to be a community built and open to all races, but placed emphasis on providing opportunities for minorities and the poor.

This event includes a 30 min film screening of Soul City followed by a panel discussion.

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Weapon arguments made during hearing for former Rocky Mount officer charged in Jan. 6 riot

Source: Roanoke Times

The federal hearing for a former Rocky Mount police officer accused of violating the conditions of his bond ended Wednesday morning without a ruling from the judge.

Thomas “T.J.” Robertson and another former Rocky Mount officer, Jacob Fracker, face federal charges for participating in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. On June 30, prosecutors filed a motion to revoke Robertson's bond after a search of his Ferrum home found firearms and explosive devices. Prosecutors contend Robertson violated the conditions of his release.

Wednesday’s hearing took place in Washington, D.C., with Robertson appearing in person. Robertson’s attorney, Mark Rollins, said the former police officer is being held in Central Virginia Regional Jail in Orange County because he personally knows most of the police in Southwest Virginia.

During Wednesday’s hearing, Robertson’s son, Hunter Robertson, testified that he owned the M4 rifle that the FBI found in his father’s home. His father had told him that it was okay to go target shooting on the property while his father was away from the house, he said. FBI agents arrived to search the home while Hunter Robertson was there.

Read more: https://roanoke.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/weapon-arguments-made-during-hearing-for-former-rocky-mount-officer-charged-in-jan-6-riot/article_c75b0c36-ea3b-11eb-a384-0b8c813a97c3.html

BREAKING: Abby Finkenauer to run for IA-SEN (Grassley's seat)


Midterm Enthusiasm Softens Among Democratic Voters

Source: Morning Consult

With several of President Joe Biden’s key agenda items stalled on Capitol Hill – and former President Donald Trump largely out of the picture, at least for now – excitement for the 2022 midterm elections has softened among Democratic voters even as it’s gained some strength across the aisle.

According to a new Morning Consult/Politico survey, the share of Democratic voters who said they were “very” or “extremely” enthusiastic about the midterms has fallen 5 percentage points since April, to 48 percent, along with similarly sized drops among Americans who voted for Biden in November.

Nearly 4 in 5 Democratic voters said in the July 16-18 survey that they were at least “somewhat” enthusiastic about the 2022 elections, down slightly from the April 9-12 poll, which was conducted a month after Congress sent Biden the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package. Each poll surveyed roughly 2,000 registered voters, with 2-point margins of error.

As was the case three months ago, Democrats are more likely than Republicans to say they’re at least somewhat enthusiastic about the midterms. But Republicans have strengthened their intensity advantage.

Read more: https://morningconsult.com/2021/07/21/voter-enthusiasm-midterms-polling/

Ukraine's Zelensky to visit Biden at White House in August

Source: Politico

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will meet with President Joe Biden next month in Washington, the White House announced on Wednesday.

The news of Zelensky’s White House visit, scheduled for Aug. 30, comes at a delicate moment in the alliance between Washington and Kyiv, as the United States nears a deal with Germany on the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

Ukraine has expressed concerns about the project, which would deliver inexpensive natural gas from Russia to Germany via a 764-mile-long pipeline under the Baltic Sea — potentially reducing Ukraine’s role over regional energy commerce.

But Germany has argued the completion of Nord Stream 2 is vital to its energy security, and Russia views the pipeline as a means of expanding its influence in Europe.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2021/07/21/ukraine-zelensky-white-house-visit-500426

'I'm sorry, but it's too late' Alabama doctor on treating unvaccinated, dying COVID patients

Birmingham news

Dr. Brytney Cobia said Monday that all but one of her COVID patients in Alabama did not receive the vaccine. The vaccinated patient, she said, just needed a little oxygen and is expected to fully recover. Some of the others are dying.

“I’m admitting young healthy people to the hospital with very serious COVID infections,” wrote Cobia, a hospitalist at Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham, in an emotional Facebook post Sunday. “One of the last things they do before they’re intubated is beg me for the vaccine. I hold their hand and tell them that I’m sorry, but it’s too late.”

Three COVID-19 vaccines have been widely available in Alabama for months now, yet the state is last in the nation in vaccination rate, with only 33.7 percent of the population fully vaccinated. COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations are surging yet again due to the more contagious Delta variant of the virus and Alabama’s low vaccination rate.

Tarrant councilman Tommy Bryant uses n-word at meeting, sparking calls for resignation (Alabama)

Birmingham News

The Alabama Democratic Party is calling on Tarrant City Councilman John “Tommy” Bryant to resign after the lawmaker used the phrase “house n-----” during a council meeting Monday night, leading to widespread condemnation.

“Do we have a house n---- in here?” Bryant asked during the council meeting, which was recorded. “Do we? Do we?”

The councilman later said he was only repeating what Tarrant Mayor Wayman Newton, the city’s first Black mayor, called City Councilwoman Veronica Freeman.

In an interview Tuesday night with WVTM, Bryant said there was a difference between his use of the n-word and Newton’s alleged use of it.

“He said it in a derogatory manner, I said it so people would know what the mayor said,” Bryant said. “The mayor was being derogatory toward Veronica Freeman when he said that.”

Pentagon watchdog to review 'nuclear football' safety procedures after January 6 incident

Source: CNN

(CNN)The Department of Defense inspector general is launching a review of the Pentagon's and White House's ability to keep the "nuclear football" secure during a crisis, following an incident on January 6 when rioters came within 100 feet of the backup "football."

The inspector general will evaluate the policies and procedures around the Presidential Emergency Satchel, also known as the "nuclear football," in the event that it is "lost, stolen, or compromised," according to an announcement from the DoD IG's office.

The "nuclear football" stays close to the president at all times. There is a backup "football" that stays close to the vice president in the event that the president is unable to carry out his nuclear launch responsibilities. The briefcase contains equipment and decision-making papers that the president or, in the event the president is not able to, the vice president needs to authenticate orders for and to launch a nuclear strike.

The review was largely precipitated by congressional concerns following the events of January 6 on Capitol Hill, when rioters came within 100 feet of then-Vice President Mike Pence and the military aide accompanying him carrying the backup "football," according to several defense officials.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/20/politics/dod-ig-nuclear-football-review/index.html

Capitol attack committee chair vows to investigate Trump: 'Nothing is off limits'

Source: The Guiardian

Congressman Bennie Thompson, the chairman of the new House select committee to scrutinize the Capitol attack, says he will investigate Donald Trump as part of his inquiry into the events of 6 January – a day he sees as the greatest test to the United States since the civil war.

In an interview with the Guardian, Thompson said that he is also prepared to depose members of Congress and senior Trump administration officials who might have participated in the insurrection that left five dead and nearly 140 injured.

“Absolutely,” Thompson said of his intent to pursue a wide-ranging inquiry against the former president and some of his most prominent allies on Capitol Hill. “Nothing is off limits.”

The aggressive move to place Trump in the crosshairs of the select committee underscores Thompson’s determination to uncover the root causes of 6 January, even after Senate Republicans, fearing political damage, blocked the creation of a 9/11-style commission.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jul/21/capitol-attack-committee-chair-bennie-thompson
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