‘Day Without A Woman’ Closing Schools Around the Country
Huffington Post – Dozens of schools up and down the East Coast have announced they will be closed on Wednesday as their teachers, the vast majority of whom are women, participate in the “Day Without A Woman” strike to protest President Donald Trump.
All 16 public schools in Alexandria, Virginia, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools in North Carolina, The New School in New York City and a preschool in Brooklyn, New York, have canceled classes for International Women’s Day on March 8, anticipating staff shortages.
The Maple Street School in Brooklyn sent a letter to parents last week explaining that the preschool supports the political statement teachers are making by staying home. The school is still offering “backup care” that day to those who need it.
Chance the Rapper Donating $1M to Chicago Schools
BBC – Chance the Rapper is giving $1m (£817,000) to schools in Chicago for “arts and enrichment programming”.
He also challenged big companies and corporations to follow his lead.
Schools in the US city are being threatened with early closure this summer or laying off staff because of funding shortages.
Speaking to reporters he said: “This isn’t about politics, this isn’t about posturing, this is about taking care of the kids.”
Chance handed over a giant cheque to students at a primary school in the West Chatham area of Chicago, part of its infamous South Side.
He grew up the area and his lyrics often reference his childhood.
GOP Health Care Bill Unlikely to Quell National Debate
TIME – The nation’s passionate debate about the role of government in providing health care for citizens and paying the costs is unlikely to be settled by the legislation newly revealed by House Republicans.
With Republicans now controlling the White House and both chambers of Congress, the bill would drive government policy down routes long advocated by conservatives. The course correction would take at least two years to get rolling, and probably longer to show definitive results. If it falls short, it would give rise to a fresh set of health care grievances.
The Republican legislation would limit future federal funding for Medicaid, which covers low-income people, about 1 in 5 Americans. And it would loosen rules that former President Barack Obama’s law imposed for health plans directly purchased by individuals, while also scaling back insurance subsidies.
Drought Drives Famine in Somalia, Kills over 100
NPR – At least 6.2 million people in Somalia — or just about half the country — are grappling with the prospect of an acute food shortage due to deepening drought. And on Saturday, Somalia’s prime minister made it clear that the conditions are exacting a stark human cost.
Over a two-day span, at least 110 people died of hunger in just a single region, Hassan Ali Khaire said Saturday during a meeting with the Somali National Drought Committee.
“I can confirm that Bay region in the south and other parts of Somalia are deteriorating rapidly,” Khaire said, “and my estimation is that half of the country’s population has felt the impact of this drought.”
As NPR’s Eyder Peralta notes for our Newscast unit, the country already declared the drought a national disaster on Tuesday. As Somalia has dried up, Khaire says the lack of clean water has increased the risks of waterborne diseases, while the ability of malnourished people to fight off those diseases has plummeted.
North Korea Blocks Malaysians From Leaving Country
BuzzFeed – North Korea announced Tuesday it had temporarily banned Malaysian citizens from leaving the country amid a dispute between the formerly friendly nations that stemmed from the death of the half-brother of North Korea’s leader.
“All Malaysian nationals in the DPRK will be temporarily prohibited from leaving the country until the incident that happened in Malaysia is properly solved,” the official Korea Central News Agency said, citing North Korea’s foreign ministry.
North Korea claimed it was effectively holding Malaysians hostage in order to ensure the safety of their own diplomats and citizens in Malaysia, Reuters reported. Malaysia says the ban affects 11 of its citizens currently in North Korea.