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Happening in the World: The Russian Army recently launched a wide-ranging advertising campaign urging Russian citizens to join the military. The Russian armed forces have reportedly been suffering heavy losses and struggling to make progress in the Russia-Ukraine War, more than a year after invading. The video features various people with various careers disillusioned with civilian life and finding fulfillment after joining the military, and promises a monthly salary of at least 204000 roubles (2500 American dollars). The push for military recruitment is everywhere in Russia, and advertising is found everywhere, in media and in physical posters. (BBC)

Happening in the US: The US Supreme Court has preserved access to a commonly used abortion pill, Mifepristone, ruling that the drug can remain available. This ruling comes after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade earlier this year, which ended the nationwide guarantee to abortion. Mifepristone accounts for more than half of abortions in the country and has been used by more than five million women. The latest ruling was welcomed by medical experts and organizations like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, but anti-abortion advocates reacted negatively. (BBC)

Happening in NYC: Just before Earth Day, the New York-New Jersey harbor estuary has been named one of 151 “hope spots” around the world by Mission Blue, an environmental group. Though this designation does not actually offer any additional legal protections, it gives recognition to all the people actively working and who have been working for decades to improve the pollution of the area. However, work still needs to be done, for the area is not yet fishable and swimmable everywhere, and the estuary was showing the effects of the global diversity crisis. (The New York Times)

Happening in Our Community: On Saturday, April 22, join the Columbia Climate School in discussing the growing risks of rising heat, more intense storms, and a history of environmental injustice that continue to generate disproportionate climate impacts in communities like Harlem. Hear from local researchers, elected officials, and community leaders on the challenge and have your voice heard as the Columbia Climate School continues to expand its work to create a cleaner, safer, healthier future for Harlem and the globe.

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