We’ve got legislative delays and 2:1 ratios!
Happening in the world: Mexico’s Senate Majority Leader Ricardo Monreal indicated that his house may postpone debate on a cannabis legalization bill to September. The bill has already been passed by the lower house by a large majority and has the backing of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s administration. If passed, the bill would create one of the largest markets for legal cannabis in the world (Reuters).
Happening in the US: Organizers are roughly halfway finished counting unionization vote at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama; the tallying is set to resume this morning. Of the current tally, votes against unionizing outnumber those in support more than 2-to-1. The vote is the culmination of the largest unionization effort by Amazon employees in company history (NYT).
Happening in NYC: New York City public schools are raising their threshold for positive COVID-19 cases necessary to trigger a school closing in an effort to lessen abrupt closures. Going forward, schools will close for 10 days when there are at least four positive tests from different classrooms in the same week; closure previously required only two cases (Gothamist).
Happening in the community: The Heyman Center for the Humanities is hosting the first day of a two day symposium called “Unsung Stories: Women at Columbia’s Computer Music Center” focusing on women who have worked at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center. The event will feature panels and roundtables with more than 30 composers, sound artists, and scholars who have worked at the center since its inception in the 1950s. The symposium runs from 1-5:15 pm today, and 9 am – 4:15 pm tomorrow; register here.
COVID test via Bwog archives.