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IN LOCAL NEWS:
• First of all, GOODBYE COLUMBUS… HELLO INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY! Oregon can officially celebrate this holiday for the first time this year after the Oregon legislature overwhelmingly approved the switch back in May. Find out more about why recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ Day is so very necessary.
Christopher Columbus was as American as Jesus was white.
— Michael Harriot (@michaelharriot) October 11, 2021
• Ever wonder why Portland cops keep getting in trouble and yet they are rarely ever held accountable for their actions? There are a lot of reasons why, but one is because the cops have learned how to game the system when it comes to the Police Review Board (PRB) who investigates police malfeasance and issue disciplinary recommendations. Our Alex Zielinski explains how it works AND offers a few very juicy true stories of cops being bad and what happened when the case went before the PRB. Read it!
A look at how Portland’s current police oversight board decides not to penalize officers who make anti-trans comments, shoot munitions at peaceful protesters, or kill people: https://t.co/rPZ9dVrPqZ
— Alex Zielinski (@alex_zee) October 11, 2021
• An overwhelming majority of Kaiser Permanente nurses and workers in Oregon have voted in favor of authorizing a strike which will most likely happen—BUT they do have to give management 10 days before executing a walkout, which if it happens could lead to disastrous consequences due to the current pandemic.
• A new law—Senate Bill 578—that will go into effect next year will require courts to appoint lawyers to defend those who are challenging their guardians and conservators (just like our goddess Britney Spears).
• Law enforcement in Klamath Falls have discovered a huge $100 million illegal weed growing operation in what they thought was a big potato shed. (Illegal pot growers steal A LOT of water from the nearby farmers and residents who need it in these drought stricken areas.)
IN NATIONAL/WORLD NEWS:
• For the third straight day, Southwest Airlines have cancelled hundreds more flights for reasons that are pretty opaque, and travelers are predictably not very happy about it.
A Black man who was grabbed by the hair and pulled from a car by a police officer in Dayton, Ohio, while he was yelling “I’m paraplegic” has filed a complaint with the NAACP. The police in Dayton said they were investigating the incident.https://t.co/MyM1Ormr5O
— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 11, 2021
• Former Trump toadie and walking potato Steve Bannon is ignoring a congressional subpoena to testify about the January 6 domestic terrorist attack on the nation’s capitol—and all eyes are turning to the DOJ to see if they’re going to throw his potato ass in jail.
• Pharma company Merck is asking the FDA to approve their antiviral COVID pill which people could take at home to relieve their symptoms and speed up recovery. A decision could be reached in a matter of weeks. (And it’s not a horse dewormer, like some idiots recommend, so there’s that!)
• Related: Though they’re denying that’s the reason, Netflix has reportedly suspended a transgender worker who (correctly!) tweeted that rich, entitled person Dave Chappelle’s thoughtless jokes in his stand-up special “The Closer” are harmful to transgender people and those in the LGBTQ community. Here’s the tweet in question:
Promoting TERF ideology (which is what we did by giving it a platform yesterday) directly harms trans people, it is not some neutral act. This is not an argument with two sides. It is an argument with trans people who want to be alive and people who don’t want us to be.
— Terra Field (@RainofTerra) October 7, 2021
They didn’t care about artistic freedom when they pulled Hasan Minhaj’s episode on Saudi Arabia at the government’s request. https://t.co/5s9zvSC2Yk
— Alejandra Caraballo 🇵🇷🏳️⚧ (@Esqueer_) October 11, 2021
• Also related (but in a hot way): “New Superman comes out as bisexual in upcoming DC comic.”
• Get ready for the fun fright of your life with SLAY—the Mercury‘s short HORROR film fest coming at ya online from Oct 22-31, and LIVE and IN-PERSON at the Clinton Street Theater on Oct 29 & 30! GET THOSE TICKETS NOW.
• And now… THE WEATHER REPORT: A mostly cloudy day tomorrow with a chance of showers and a high of 56!
• And finally, give someone you love a kunik today.
“The more love you have for a person, the stronger you do it.” ❤️
— Meena Harris (@meena) October 11, 2021