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Hey Teen Resisters!
First of all, happy Super Tuesday (live updates HERE)! Second of all, it's been a long and somewhat scary few weeks--with the primaries in full heat, coronavirus spreading, and craziness in Washington continuing, we wanted to clarify a few key topics.
Before you dive in, we wanted to bring your attention to an incredibly consequential case that the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for Wednesday (tomorrow), June Medical Services LLC v. Russo. The case deals with a state law in Louisiana requiring doctors to have admitting privileges to a nearby hospital to be allowed to perform abortions; if it were found constitutional, all of Louisiana's three abortion clinics would shut down. The ruling has the potential to gut abortion access nationwide while, by name, upholding Roe v. Wade -- empowering conservative states to take away women's right to choose everywhere but preserving liberal complacency on the abortion issue at the same time. Read more about it here, and try to follow the case as it progresses.
Peace & power,
what went down
Prior to today, Bernie Sanders was the leader of the race in terms of delegates. A brief sketch of the trajectory of the race up to this point: Sanders and Buttigeg came out on top in Iowa and New Hampshire, which also marked the end of the campaign for candidates Andrew Yang and Michael Bennet. The candidates continued on the campaign trail to Nevada for the February 22 caucuses, in which they participated in another debate. For the first time, billionaire and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined the stage. Sanders left Vermont with another victory under his belt, while Biden held on to hope with his second place finish. On the other hand, Trump has maintained a strong lead over his few opponents. Nevada and South Carolina have cancelled their Republican caucus and primary, respectively.
However, with results still incoming, Biden has taken the lead (check the chart here for an updated delegate count per candidate as the night continues). Candidates need 1,991 delegates to secure the Democratic nomination; the majority of the remaining delegates will be awarded today. What can you do to involve yourself?
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Facilitated by misinformation, fear of the coronavirus is being used as an excuse to attack Asian-Americans across the United States. Recently, an Asian woman was viciously attacked at a New York City subway station for wearing a surgical mask. In Indiana, two Asian men were denied a room at a motel because the employee believed falsely believed they were from China and had the virus. Asian community leaders fear that hate-crime and discrimination will increase if the pandemic continues. Small businesses in Asian-American commercial areas, such as New York City Chinatown, are suffering because of the virus. Misunderstanding of the coronavirus has led many people to irrationally fear shopping in Asian stores and restaurants.
In the wake of the recent pandemic, it is important to realize that as long as human ecological disturbances continue to worsen every year, viruses like the latest coronavirus that originate from zoonotic spillovers, or harmful pathogens spreading from animals to humans, will continue to devastate our world. Zoonotic spillovers are not exclusive to China, and can take place anywhere on the globe, including the United States. Therefore, it is imperative that we take the necessary steps of preventing the next pandemic by protecting Earth’s natural environments and keeping human ecological disturbances at check. Just like now, once there is a pandemic, there is very little we can do but hope that scientists will be able to come up with a solution.
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