News From Around the Country
- Joe Biden has a bust of Cesar Chavez behind his desk in the Oval Office January 21, 2021Joe Biden is already making a memorable mark in the White House, honoring beloved Mexican American figure Cesar Chavez in the Oval Office.
- Column: It took President Biden just 21 minutes to remind us who we are January 21, 2021Deprived of the normal pomp surrounding Inauguration Day, President Biden gave a speech that felt more like a heart-to-heart between friends than an inaugural address. And it was just what we needed.
- Inauguration coats: Where Ella Emhoff, Amanda Gorman and more got their looks January 21, 2021Yellow! Purple! Turquoise! Here's who designed the winter looks seen on Michelle Obama, Ella Emhoff, Amanda Gordon and others at the inauguration.
- Ossoff, Warnock take first votes as U.S. senators, confirm Biden pick for national intelligence January 21, 2021Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock walked into the U.S. Senate chamber together Wednesday evening, both wanting to double-check that they followed correct procedures in casting votes for the first time.
- Atlantans quietly celebrate Biden’s inauguration January 20, 2021Many in Atlanta celebrated the inauguration by watching it on TV with family and friends at home, although a few ventured out. Protests didn't materialize amid heavy security around the state Capitol.
- Georgia officials hope pay raise will slow corrections officer turnover January 20, 2021Georgia’s corrections agencies say a 10% pay hike that Gov. Brian Kemp has proposed for guards could go a long way toward cutting down on turnover.
- 3 dead after military helicopter crashes in Mendon January 21, 2021The crash was reported shortly after 6:30 p.m.
- Dimitri and Shekeria Cash, abducted Greece siblings, located; Amber Alert canceled January 21, 2021Dimitri, 5, and Shekeria, 3, were forcibly removed from their home on English Road around 8:40 p.m. Monday by two masked, unidentified suspects.
- Father of abducted Greece kids was involved in ongoing custody battle; search ongoing January 20, 2021Police are trying to locate the children's father Dimitri Cash to speak with him about his missing children.
- Good Afternoon, News: Inauguration Day Highlights, a Tsunami of Executive Orders, and... Trump Who? January 21, 2021by Wm. Steven Humphrey Ahhhhhh... that's more like it. Drew Angerer / Getty Images Here's your daily roundup of all the latest local and national news. (Like our coverage? Please consider making a recurring contribution to the Mercury to keep it comin'!) • In case you missed it, "DEMOCRACY HAS PREVAILED." (Though ya gotta admit it […]
- Savage Love: Case Disclosed January 20, 2021by Dan Savage Joe NewtonI could really use your advice. I recently found my boyfriend's HIV meds while I was house sitting for him and went into his cupboard for a multivitamin. We've been dating for a year and I had assumed he was negative. I'm negative myself and on PrEP and he is undetectable, […]
- Chicago Teachers Union asks members to refuse in-person teaching; voting by rank-and-file to start Thursday January 21, 2021CPS has stood firm in its plans to continue bringing students back, despite vocal opposition.
- Pearls, Chuck Taylors, tequila and hope: Chicagoland watches Biden’s inauguration, celebrates first woman vice president January 21, 2021As Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, supporters across Chicagoland celebrated. Many focused on the historical moment of Kamala Harris’ swearing in to office, making her the first woman and first woman of color to become vice president.
- Chicago immigrants say they’re ready to mobilize to push Biden’s proposed immigration bill: ‘We will not stop until we get it’ January 21, 2021Immigration advocates and community leaders say they are hopeful about the Biden-Harris immigration bill that would provide an eight-year path to citizenship and ready to mobilize to get it passed.
The violence needs to stop. Violence doesn’t end well for anyone. Now is the time to demonstrate a firm COMMITMENT to what is just and right. Injustice cannot be answered with injustice. A more strategic plan for supporting the current justified outcry of people in pain is needed.
For WoV, our plans should include actions that:
- Exhibit the highest degree of character, excellence, quality, and competence
- Show respect toward all people — which in the heat of a confrontation takes more than ‘being calm’
- Always strive to achieve positive change and improvement for BIPOC Communities