The system is broken. When are we going to accept we can’t reform it?
Editor’s Note: Mentions of anti-Black police violence, anti-Asian hate crimes
Happening in the World: Following initial reports of a power failure, officials in Iran announced that the Natanz uranium enrichment plant had suffered a “nuclear terrorism” attack, and they believe Israel was behind the plot. US intelligence believes the damage will take upwards of nine months to repair. Nour News, an agency from Iran which is connected to the Supreme National Security Council, reported that they know the main perpetrator and are working to arrest them (BBC).
Happening in the US: Hundreds of protests gathered outside police headquarters in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota Sunday night to speak out against the death of Daunte Wright which occurred Sunday afternoon. Officers used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse the crowds, and some members of the Minnesota National Guard who originally were deployed for the Derek Chauvin trial arrived to line the streets (BBC).
Happening in NYC: A Gothamist/WNYC investigation has found that NYPD’s reporting of Anti-Asian hate crimes during the pandemic has been inconsistent and possibly detrimental to the crisis. In 2020, police started a new label for crime that is considered to have “anti-COVID” motivations, but most of the victims of these crimes were Asian. In 2021, anti-COVID crime has fallen, and reported anti-Asian hate crimes have climbed (Gothamist).
Happening in our Community: The Ira A. Lipman Center at Columbia Journalism School is holding a “Race in America” forum regarding far-right extremism, particularly in regards to the January 6th attack on the Capitol, on Tuesday April 13th at 6:30 pm. To join the Zoom for this event, click here.
Film of the Week: Atlantics (dir. by Mati Diop)
Minneapolis skyline via Pixabay