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Dispatches From the Culture Wars - April 13, 2021

Resisting racist police violence and voter suppression, and the beat goes on

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A mirror with the word "reflect" written on it stands outside of the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where the Derek Chauvin trial is taking place. Credit, Creative Common

The Bad Apple

By Sarah Lahm
The Progressive

The Derek Chauvin trial has been remarkable for the way the blue wall of silence appears to be crumbling before our eyes.

Racism Examined

UK Government Report  By Nandini Archer and Lou Ferreira, openDemocracy

The CDC Says Racism Threatens Public Health  By Mary Pflum, NBC News

Maryland Police Reform

By Bryn Stole and Pamela Wood
The Baltimore Sun

Brushing aside vetoes from Gov. Larry Hogan, Maryland legislators on Saturday passed a landmark police reform package into law that supporters hailed as a major step toward transforming policing in the state.

Voting Rights 

The Republican Position  By Ed Kilgore, New York Magazine

Video Exposes Poll Watching Scandal  By Let Texas Vote

Side Hustles

By Jacqui Germain
Teen Vogue

It’s anything but glamorous. According to data from the Census Bureau, the percentage of workers in the United States with multiple jobs has been increasing over the past two decades.

Abortion Rights in Ohio

By Jessica Bryant
Rewire News Group

Ohio lawmakers want you to think abortion is illegal and, at a minimum, want to make it virtually impossible for you to get one. 

Mutual Aid

By Dorothy Hastings
PBS 

Volunteers across the country spent the past year delivering groceries to the elderly and immunocompromised, providing food and first-aid to Black Lives Matter protesters, or raising money for the nearly 10 million Americans behind on rent amid the pandemic. 

Legal Weed

By Hope King
Axios

New York is now one of 16 states that have passed legislation to legalize recreational use, with many aspects of the law taking effect immediately. Smoking cannabis in public is now permitted wherever smoking tobacco is allowed locally.

Asian American Women: Rage and Retribution

By Rafia Zakaria
The Baffler

Just like crimes committed against Black enslaved women were not considered crimes at all, the killings of Asian women pushed to the margins of American society are explained away by the uncontrollable sexual needs of a single white man.