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Sudan security forces skirmish with demonstrators after protest deaths

A Sudanese anti-coup protester clashes with security forces during a demonstration against military rule, in Khartoum on June 30, 2022.

America’s failure to pay workers time off undermines vaccine campaign, according to surveys, policy experts

A person dressed as Uncle Sam attends an anti-mandatory coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine protest held outside New York City Hall in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., August 9, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

As federal policymakers search for ways to boost America’s vaccination rates, a lack of paid sick leave is playing a role in deterring low-wage workers from taking time off to get vaccinated, according to surveys and policy experts.

The shortcomings are playing an underreported role in vaccine hesitancy in the country, particularly among lower-income populations. nike sneakers Workers who do not get paid time off to get the shot or deal with potential side effects are less likely to get the vaccine, research by a Kaiser Family Foundation study shows.

About two out of 10 unvaccinated employees said if their employer gave them paid time off they’d be more likely to get vaccinated, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey of 1,888 adults conducted from June 8 to June 21.Three vaccine clinic representatives said in interviews that the time-off issue was one of a handful they commonly hear from vaccine hesitant people.

That includes people like Zachary Livingston, the manager of a Subway in the Denver area.

The 40-year-old said he has been working 60-plus-hour weeks for months – with no bump in pay to his approximately $35,000 a year salary – to cover gaps in the store’s schedule as it has struggled to find workers. He’d like to get vaccinated, and believes everyone should get the jab, but said he hasn’t had the time or mental space to do it.

“By the time I’m out of work, it’s time to go to bed,” he said.

Livingston said he would have gotten the shot months ago, if he had been offered paid time off, but the store does not offer the benefit to get the vaccine or deal with the after effects – or sick pay, in general. He doesn’t have health insurance, either, and said he hasn’t seen a doctor in years. (Subway did not respond to a request for comment.)

Indeed, about a third of unvaccinated people, including some like Livingston, reported to Kaiser they would prefer to “wait and see” if they will get the vaccine while not ruling out the possibility of doing so.

“There is a share of the public that does not want the vaccine, but among those in the wait-and-see group the lack of time off is a major problem,” said Ashley Kirzinger, associate director for the Public Opinion and Survey Research team at Kaiser. “And it disproportionately affects those with lower levels of income and those unable to take time off.”

Daisy Berrospe, 30, the manager of a vaccine clinic run by La Clínica de La Raza, a nonprofit focused on the Latino and other underserved communities in Oakland, Calif. said it’s an issue they hear about regularly.

“It’s a big deal – it’s nike store either miss work and get the vaccine, or continue to go to work to keep up with your paycheck,” Berrospe said.

Labor Secretary Marty Walsh said in an interview that he had not seen the data about the issue, but that he thought it was crucial for employers to give workers paid time off to get vaccinated.

“You should want your employees vaccinated,” he said. “Pay them for the day and give them an opportunity. And if they don’t feel good afterward, given them a couple days pay if you can.”

However, not everyone agrees how big of a role paid time off policies play in overturning vaccine hesitancy.

Doug Holtz-Eakin, a GOP policy expert who led the Congressional Budget Office during the Bush years, said he was skeptical of the idea that a lack of paid leave is hurting the vaccine push.

“I find that hard to believe,” he said. “You have to have a day off somewhere, and they’ve been trying to get the vaccines to people’s doors. It does not seem plausible to me that that’s the hang-up.”

Congress took steps to provide emergency paid leave since the start of the pandemic, well before vaccines had been approved. In March 2020, legislators approved a paid leave program that reimbursed employers and required them to give their workers time off should they become sick with covid. That program failed to cover millions of workers, exempting companies with more than 500 employees. And it expired last year.

President Joe Biden called for reinstating the mandate on employers to provide paid leave benefits, as part of his $1.9 trillion stimulus package. Congress ended up extending tax credits to reimburse companies that offer paid time off, broadening the program to cover time off for vaccines. But they made the program voluntary. Democrats have pointed to the limits of the budget procedure they used to approve the stimulus without any Republican votes.

“We have ample evidence that relying on employer-voluntary policies to protect people in this pandemic is not working,” said Rachel Deutsch, an attorney at the Center for Popular Democracy, a collective of progressive groups, which has tracked corporate responses to paid leave. “The Biden team has done a terrific job in vaccination work, but it seems clear we’re going to hit a wall with vaccinations as a result of an inadequate federal leave policy.”

A teacher’s assistant and translator in Los Angeles’ public school system said she was also dissuaded from getting the vaccine because of concerns about missing work. The 28-year-old, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because she feared she’d be retaliated against by her employer, said that she has always wanted to brooks shoes get the vaccine, but never felt like she had the time or ability to do so with a full-time job and child care responsibilities at home.

She felt it would be asking for a special favor to request time off to get it, since her bosses never required or encouraged anyone to get the vaccine, she said, and she didn’t know if it would be appropriate to use the sick days she has been given from the district to get the shot.

“I didn’t want to go through the hassle and them say, like, oh, you don’t actually need it. Like, you’re getting it as your own choice,” she said. “I heard people say that, you know, their arm went limp, or that they had a lot of pain. I was just worried about having to drive somewhere, or potentially like coming down with a fever or any kind of side effect at work and not being able to perform.”

Months ticked by, from May, when she started work again after some time off, through much of the summer without her being vaccinated. She got the shot on her first day of summer break, in mid-July.

Shannon Haber, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Unified School District, said the district operated its own vaccination program between February and May to provide employees easy access to the vaccinations, giving them two hours of paid time off per test and three hours for the vaccine. They were given paid time for up to three days per vaccination dose, she said. However Haber declined to answer questions about whether the provision applied to so called semimonthly workers like the teaching assistant, who has provisional status because she does not yet have a teaching credential.

The White House provided a list of more than four dozen companies providing either some hours of paid leave or $100 bonuses – including Delta Air Lines, JPMorgan Chase, and Kroger’s – “thanks to the President’s call to action.”

“We strongly believe we need paid leave in our country. That’s why we’ve proposed doing that as part of the American Families Plan,” the White House statement said.

Surging caseloads in recent weeks have prompted many companies to institute vaccine mandates for workers and pushed some of the vaccine hesitant off the fence independently of that as well. The Biden administration is also working for a major expansion of national paid leave as part of its $3.5 trillion budget plan, but that measure could take weeks to pass. Those measures may do little for low-income workers in the immediate future.

John Jameson, skechers uk the founder of the left-leaning political firm Winning Connections, which is working with Colorado public health officials to reach out to the vaccine hesitant, said the group has come across people who don’t feel like they are able to get the shot because of their work schedules and a lack of paid time off.

Outreach workers stress the ease and availability of the vaccine when they talk to people over the phone, using the same methods used to get voters to the polls.

“There’s no question that if people had the opportunity to just take time off from work, it would be it would be easier to get them to take the vaccine,” Jameson said. “If you’re in a minimum wage job and you’re worried you’re going to miss two days of work, that’s enough disincentive to keep some folks showing up for their second shot.”

Things you may have missed at the Olympics: Athlete parties, protest, redemption — and doping scandal

After a yearlong delay and speculation that they’d be postponed again or canceled, the Tokyo Summer Olympics are in the books.

As usual, there were too many storylines to follow from in-Games achievement and redemption to outside-of-Games controversy and heartbreak. While some of those stories stayed at the top of sports and news headlines, others may have slipped under your radar.

Here’s look back at five of Tokyo’s most compelling stories that you may have missed — or at least are worth a second look.MyKayla Skinner makes most of second chance

While Simone Biles’ withdrawal from gymnastics events was one of Tokyo’s dominant stories, it paved the brooks shoes way for a teammate to overcome Olympic heartbreak — and earn a medal in the process.

A three-time team world champion and Olympic alternate in Rio, MyKayla Skinner arrived in Japan as an Olympic competitor for the first time. She was ready to fly home after failing to qualify for the vault final.

Skinner, 24, was a member of the team primarily as a vault specialist. She didn’t compete with the all-around team that won a silver medal. Her vault score in qualifying was the fourth best in the world. But since it was the third best on her team (behind Biles and Jade Carey), she didn’t advance thanks to a controversial rule that limits countries to two competitors in any event final.

“Heartbroken is an understatement,” Skinner wrote on Instagram of her apparent end to her Olympic career.

But when Biles withdrew, Skinner got her first — and last —shot at an Olympic medal after competing for USA Gymnastics since 2012. She made the most of it, scoring a combined 14.916 in the final to earn a silver medal.

After winning, she dedicated the medal to Biles.

“I dedicate this medal to Simone,” Skinner said. “I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for her. I told her I would be doing this one for her. She said, ‘Don’t do it for me, do it for yourself.’ So technically it’s for all of us.”

After thinking her Olympic career was over, MyKayla Skinner earned gymnastics silver. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
After thinking her Olympic career was over, MyKayla Skinner earned gymnastics silver.
Athlete protests in face of attempted IOC crackdown

As has been the case throughout Olympics history, athletes used the stage of the Games to protest and raise awareness of social issues. They did so in the face of the contentious IOC Rule 50 that explicitly forbids the “demonstration or political, skechers shoes religious or racial propaganda.”

American athletes challenged the rule on multiple occasions, most notably silver medalist shot putter Raven Saunders. During her medal ceremony, Saunders raised her arms over her head in the form of an X to represent “the intersection of where all people who are oppressed meet.”

USA women's shot putter Raven Saunders had the most high-profile protest of the Tokyo Olympics. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
USA women’s shot putter Raven Saunders had the most high-profile protest of the Tokyo Olympics. 

Three days later U.S. fencer Race Imboden showed up to receive his bronze medal with an X drawn on the back of his right hand in a show of solidarity with Saunders, who was not punished for her protest.

“The X is a symbol of solidarity,” Imboden later tweeted. “Some of the athletes communicated and decided upon this symbol to show solidarity for each other and support the oppressed. For me I personally wore the symbol as a demonstration against rule 50.”

He also wrote that he was taking a stand against gun violence.

Three of Imboden’s U.S. fencing teammates also made a stand on the Olympic stage, hey dude wearing pink face masks to a competition in apparent protest of teammate Alen Hadzic, who was allowed to join the team in Tokyo amid multiple accusations of sexual misconduct.

Did COVID-19 delay pave way for Games’ best performance?

While the COVID pandemic wreaked havoc on the Games, the delay from 2020 allowed for arguably the most impressive performance of the Olympics.

Fourteen-year-old Chinese diver Quan Hongchan carried on her country’s dominance of the sport by winning gold on the 10-meter platform. That she won gold at such a young age isn’t the most impressive part of her performance. It’s how she won.

Hongchan scored not one, but two dives that earned perfect 10s from all seven judges in the 10-meter platform final. A third dive — her final — fell one judge’s assessment short of perfect. While six judges awarded her 10s, one found a minor flaw to warrant a 9.5. No matter. The top and bottom two scores are thrown out in Olympic diving, meaning she earned the maximum score on three of her five dives in the finals.

It all added up to an Olympic record score of 466.20 points, shattering the previous record of 447.70. She easily bested Chinese silver medalist Chen Yuxi (425.40) and Australia’s Melissa Wu, who secured bronze with a score 371.40, nearly 100 points back. She did this as the youngest diver in the field and the youngest member of China’s athlete delegation.

If the Olympics were held last summer, she wouldn’t have been allowed to compete. Olympic divers are required to be at least 14 years old during the year of the Games.

Quan Hongchan scored two perfect 10s while shattering an Olympic record. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Quan Hongchan scored two perfect 10s while shattering an Olympic record. 
Hard-partying Aussies

Celebration around the Tokyo Games was subdued for obvious reasons. But that didn’t stop Australian athletes from getting down. Australian media reported that the country’s men’s rugby and rowing teams left their rooms in Tokyo’s Olympic Village in “a messy and unacceptable state.” That assessment arrived courtesy of the Australian Olympic Committee.

Per reports, Australian athletes left behind a destroyed cardboard bed, a hole in the wall and some vomit that resulted from apparent hard partying. Life-sized emu and kangaroo mascots also went missing from the Australian residence, later to be found among Team Germany’s mascots.

In case you were wondering, alcohol was permitted in the Olympic Village — but only within the confines of team residences.

Australia's men's rugby team didn't medal. But it left its mark on Tokyo. (Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko)
Australia’s men’s rugby team didn’t medal. But it left its mark on Tokyo. 

The Aussie rugby team wasn’t satisfied with its onsite celebration. Two days after the reports of the Olympic Village debauchery, Rugby Australia reprimanded players for their antics on their flight home, which included “drinking excessive amounts of alcohol,” per Inside the Games. The result of said alcohol included drunkenly chanting and singing, crew disruption and more vomit — in their seats and in the toilets. One toilet was rendered inoperable, per the report.

Russia’s lingering doping scandal loomed large

The doping scandal that’s engulfed Russia since a 2016 report exposed a widespread state-sponsored doping scheme was on full display in Tokyo.

In case you missed it, “Russia” didn’t compete in the Summer Games. A delegation of around 330 Russian athletes did. They just competed under the banner of the “Russian Olympic Committee,” aka “ROC,” a designation Yahoo Sports’ Dan Wetzel deemed a mockery of the nation’s IOC-imposed Olympics ban.

The workaround didn’t satisfy some of Russia’s opponents on the playing field, most notably U.S. swimmers Ryan Murphy and Lilly King. Murphy didn’t explicitly accuse Russian athletes in Tokyo of doping. He simply stated “I do believe there is doping in swimming” after his second loss to Russia’s Evgeny Rylov in four days.

“I’ve got about 15 thoughts,” Murphy answered when asked if he was concerned about doping playing a role in the pool in Tokyo. He left it at that.

Russian athletes competed under the banner of the
Russian athletes competed under the banner of the “Russian Olympic Committee.” 

After Murphy’s comments caused an uproar, King backed her American teammate.

“There were, I’m sure, a lot of people from certain countries competing this week that probably shouldn’t have been here,” King told reporters a day later.

King also declined to explicitly name Russia in her speculation. But the implication was clear when she was asked if doping directly impacted her Olympic competition.

“I wasn’t racing anyone from a country who should’ve been banned and instead got a slap on the wrist and a rebranding of their national flag,” King said. “So, I personally wasn’t as affected.

“But Ryan was,” she continued as she turned to face Murphy. “And if you want to comment on that or not, I don’t care. But, I know, I feel like that has tainted your experience, and for that, I’m so sorry.”

The Russian Olympic Committee finished third in the overall medal count with 71 and fifth with 20 gold medals.

‘We’re Going Back To The Capitol’: Ex Trump Campaign Official Announces ‘Huge’ Protest

People chanted
People chanted

The former data chief for Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign has announced a protest next month at the nation’s Capitol — to rail on behalf of so-called “political prisoners” charged in the Jan. 6 insurrection.

“We’re going back to the Capitol, right where it started. And it’s going to be huge,” Matt Braynard told former White House strategist Steve Bannon as he announced the rally on Bannon’s podcast last week.

The protest, “Justice for J6,” has been set for Sept. 18 at the ecco shoes Capitol. It’s being orchestrated by the group Look Ahead America, headed by Braynard.

“As we continue to raise the profiles of these individuals” who have been arrested, it “makes it harder and harder for the left’s phony narrative about an insurrection to stick,” Braynard told Bannon. “We’re going to push back on the phony narrative that there was an insurrection.”

Despite multiple dramatic videos of scenes to the contrary, Braynard told Bannon the crowd that day was “largely peaceful” — and simply “egged on in many cases by the Capitol Police.”

Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they try to storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.  (Photo: JOSEPH PREZIOSO via Getty Images)
Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they try to storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. 

Braynard promised that “high-profile” speakers including members of Congress would attend the rally. He declined to reveal their identities to HuffPost until “confirmed.”

One person who met with Trump on Saturday at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, mentioned a “rally” by a “little bit of a special group” — though it wasn’t clear if the person was referring to the new “Justice for J6” protest.

Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) posted and then deleted a brooks shoes clip of that comment a day after former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows announced that Trump was meeting with “Cabinet members” — apparently as part of some imagined parallel presidency — to make “real” plans for the future. Trump is, of course, no longer president and has no real Cabinet.

Braynard told HuffPost he was unaware of that meeting or the video. He later clarified that the “rally” mentioned in the clip had nothing to do with his.

Braynard said he has already obtained permission for the rally from the Metropolitan Police Department, pending final checks the day of the protest.

An MPD spokesperson would not confirm to HuffPost that a permit had been approved. A Capitol Police spokesperson said the department is aware of the rally but cannot discuss a permit or security plans.

The rally is planned for the West Lawn of the Capitol, where protesters moved on the building after Trump told them to go there and “fight much harder.”

Braynard told HuffPost the rally is only in support of “nonviolent” Capitol protesters. That includes Ashli Babbit, who crawled through a broken window in a barricaded door to get to members of Congress. As a mob of rioters yelled “Let’s go” and “Fuck the blue,” a Capitol Police officer warned skechers shoes Babbit to stop before he fatally shot her. (The incident can be seen in a disturbing video here.)

Braynard claimed that Babbit had been “executed.” The officer who shot her has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

Braynard said the rally will focus on arrests linked to the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol and will discourage protesters from holding signs about any election or candidates and will also discourage the use of “MAGA gear.” Asked if his group had been active on behalf of any peaceful “political prisoners” arrested at Black Lives Matter protests, he said: “I don’t know anything about that.”

Amid talk of coming protests and Trump’s “reinstatement,” security officials fear a repeat of the Capitol insurrection or even more serious domestic terrorism.

Trump disciple and My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell initially said that the former president would somehow be reinstated to the White House in mid-August. He revised that prediction in an interview with a far-right-wing radio program last week, claiming instead that Trump will present “proof” next month to the Supreme Court that the election was “stolen by the Chinese.” No credible evidence has yet emerged to support this.

Nevertheless, Lindell believes that after Trump makes his case, the court could decide to order an election do-over. Maybe “that’s a thing,” he added.

Raven Saunders raises overhead ‘X’ on podium in most high-profile protest yet at Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO — American silver medalist Raven Saunders offered the highest-profile protest yet at these Olympics on Sunday night.

Saunders, who competed in the shot put, raised her arms over her head in an “X” as she, gold medalist brooks shoes Lijiao Gong and bronze medalist Valerie Adams posed for photographers. She stood with her hands in front of her during the anthem.

Saunders told the Associated Press that the symbol represented “the intersection of where all people who are oppressed meet.”

While the IOC did relax its Rule 50 before the Tokyo Games, saying athletes could speak up in media conferences or during introductions, IOC chief Thomas Bach reiterated that athletes could not protest on the medal stand.

Last month he told the Financial Times, “The podium and the medal ceremonies are not made . . . for a political or other demonstration. They are made to honor the athletes and the medal winners for sporting achievement and not for their private [views].

“The mission is to have the entire world together at one place and competing peacefully with each other. This you would never manage if the Games [became] divisive.”

Saunders, who is Black, queer and battles depression and is open about all three, spoke at skechers shoes length after her medal-winning performance, saying she wants to help shine a light on people around the world who are fighting and “don’t have a platform to speak up for themselves.”

Bach has threatened sanctions for athletes who protest on the podium, though it is unclear what the sanctions would be. The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee allowed protests at its Trials for these Games, but once at the Olympics athletes are under IOC rules.

Raven Saunders (left) protested on the medal stand after earning silvler in shot put. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)
Raven Saunders (left) protested on the medal stand after earning silvler in shot put.

St. Louis man who waved rifle at protest running for Senate

St. Louis man who waved rifle at protest running for Senate

Mark McCloskey, a St. Louis personal injury lawyer who gained national attention after he and his wife waved guns at racial injustice protesters who marched near their home last summer, said Tuesday he will run for the U.S. Senate in 2022.

McCloskey made the announcement on Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox News. brooks shoes Earlier Tuesday, the Federal Election Commission’s website showed “Mark McCloskey for Missouri” was registered, and a website, mccloskeyforsenate.com, was seeking campaign donations.

“God came knocking on my door last summer disguised as an angry mob,” McCloskey told Carlson. “And it really did wake me up.”

Incumbent Missouri Republican Roy Blunt announced in March he would not seek a third term. McCloskey will seek the Republican nomination against two contenders with strong name recognition: Former Gov. Eric Greitens, who resigned from office amid a sex scandal in 2018; and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt.

Several members of Congress are weighing runs in heavily-Republican Missouri. Five lesser-known Democrats also have announced Senate bids.

Mark and Patricia McCloskey became celebrities in conservative circles — and were vilified among Democrats — after the incident on June 28 outside their lavish home in St. Louis’ Central West End.

Demonstrators were marching to the home of then-Mayor Lyda Krewson amid nationwide protests after police killed George Floyd in Minneapolis. The protesters ventured onto a private street that includes the McCloskey mansion. The couple, both of them attorneys in their early 60s, said they felt threatened after protesters broke down an iron gate and ignored a “No Trespassing” sign. Protest leaders denied damaging the gate and said the march was peaceful.

Mark McCloskey came out of his home with an AR-15-style rifle and Patricia McCloskey emerged with a skechers shoes semiautomatic handgun. Cellphone video captured the confrontation.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, a Democrat, charged the couple with unlawful use of a weapon. A grand jury in October indicted them on the same charge and added an evidence tampering charge. The indictment states that a semiautomatic pistol was altered in a way that “obstructed the prosecution of Patricia McCloskey” on the weapons charge.

The couple contended the charges were politically motivated. They spoke via video at last year’s Republican National Convention. Republican Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has said he will pardon the McCloskeys if they are convicted.

Their case is due to go to trial in November, but Gardner’s office won’t be prosecuting it. A judge sent the case to a special prosecutor because Gardner made reference to the case in fundraising emails during her successful bid for reelection in 2020.

Police officers hurt, vehicles set on fire in violent protest in Bristol, England

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BRISTOL, England (Reuters) – Two police officers were seriously injured and at least two police vehicles were set on fire in the city of Bristol in southwest England during violent scenes after a peaceful protest, police said.

Thousands of demonstrators had converged on the city centre, ignoring COVID-19 restrictions, to protest against a government bill going through parliament that would give police new powers to restrict street protests.

The local force, Avon and Somerset Police, said the demonstration began peacefully but was later turned into a violent disorder by a small minority.

Home Secretary Priti Patel, the interior minister, said on Twitter that the scenes in Bristol were unacceptable.

“Thuggery and disorder by a minority will never be tolerated,” she said. “Our police officers put themselves in harm’s way to protect us all. My thoughts this evening are with those police officers injured.”

Two officers were taken to hospital, one with a broken arm and another with broken ribs, while others were subjected to violence and verbal abuse. The outside of a police station in the city centre was vandalized.

Avon and Somerset Police said it had requested help from neighbouring forces to bring the situation under control.

“All those involved in this criminal behaviour will be identified and brought to justice. There will be significant consequences for behaviour such as this,” Avon and Somerset’s chief superintendent, Will White, said in a statement.

A Reuters photographer at the scene saw some demonstrators launch fireworks towards police officers, try to knock over a police van, scale the outside wall of a police station and spray graffiti on it.

He also saw police, some in full riot gear, using batons and shields to try to repel protesters.

Some demonstrators carried placards with slogans such as “Kill the Bill”, “The Day Democracy Became Dictatorship” and “We Can’t Be Silenced That Easy”.

Dixie Chicks Change Their Name To The Chicks And Drop Protest Song

On Thursday, The Dixie Chicks officially dropped “Dixie” from their name. The iconic country trio, which consists of Natalie Maines, Emily Strayer, and Martie Maguire, now simply go by The Chicks. It certainly has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

The band’s name has already been changed on their social media accounts and has also been updated on all their recent music releases.

The Chicks took to their website to offer an official statement on the name change and the reasoning behind it. The words “We want to meet this moment” are written in solidarity on The Chicks’ website, thus signifying this decision was made amid ongoing protests against racial injustice.

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In a press statement, The Chicks added: “A sincere and heartfelt thank you goes out to ‘The Chicks’ of [New Zealand] for their gracious gesture in allowing us to share their name. We are honored to co-exist together in the world with these exceptionally talented sisters. Chicks Rock!”
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This decision comes at the heels of Lady Antebellum’s sound decision to change their name to simply Lady A. Both country music groups are aiming to make their music feel like a refuge that it also blatantly inclusive to all fans. With that in mind, these name changes make sense.

What’s more? The Chicks dropped a brand new single on Thursday called “March March.” The song will be part of their upcoming and highly anticipated fifth studio album, Gaslighter. “March March” is produced by Jack Antonoff so you already know it’s a banger.

The song is lyrically progressive, addressing Greta Thunberg and other young climate advocates. “March March” also addresses pertinent issues like gun violence, underpaid teachers, police brutality, and the Black Lives Matter movement. Near the end of the song, as Maguire plays a sensational fiddle solo, the names of African-Americans killed at the hands of police flash forward. The Chicks leave us with one last important message: “Use your voice. Use your vote.”

It’s been 14 long years since The Chicks released 2006’s Taking the long Way. Their new album, Gaslighter, drops on July 17th so mark your calendars.

Sydney Protest Proceeds After Appeals Court Overturns Ban

Aboriginal protesters perform a traditional ceremony before a demonstration in Sydney on Saturday in solidarity with protests in the U.S., and to demand an end to Aboriginal deaths in custody in Australia.PETER PARKS/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

In Australia, thousands gathered in central Sydney on Saturday not knowing if they would be allowed to protest the killing of George Floyd and other deaths of black citizens in custody without risking arrest.

A judge in New South Wales state on Friday had prohibited the protest on the grounds that it breached pandemic-restrictions on large gatherings. Word reached protesters at the last minute that the state appeals court had overturned the decision, allowing the event to proceed.

Local police said around 20,000 protesters took to the streets in Sydney, with several smaller protests across the state including in Outback towns such as Broken Hill, where indigenous Australians make up nearly 10% of the local population.

Organizers of the protest drew parallels between the killing of Mr. Floyd and the 2015 death of Dunghutti man David Dungay, who died while being restrained by guards at Long Bay prison. Mr. Dungay’s final words were “I can’t breathe,” they said, mirroring Mr. Floyd’s pleas as he was restrained by a knee on his neck. His mother, Leetona Dungay, spoke at the event.

The country’s colonial past is an ongoing flashpoint for indigenous Australians. They make up about 3% of the population but face higher unemployment, lower homeownership and higher incarceration rates than other Australians.

[shock] it’s unbelievable that the American people launched a protest of pretending to be dead

Hundreds of protesters lie on the stone steps in front of the art museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Monday, imitating dead bodies. The “feign death protest” lasted for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the same as Freud’s kneeling and throat locking. During that time, protesters chanted “I can’t breathe”.

People in the United States launched a feign death protest. The method of protest was unimaginable. From the overhead camera, we can see that there are dense protesters on the steps and on the road at the entrance of Philadelphia Art Museum. ABC said it was a “near death” demonstration to express dissatisfaction with police violence and racial discrimination.