5 SAVAGE THINGS

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  • Israeli soldiers killed 56 Palestinians and injured thousands as the Trump administration moved the U.S.Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The embassy’s opening today featured remarks by Jared and Ivanka Trump as well opening and closing prayer by Robert Jeffress and John Hagee of whom have provided unfailing support for the current president. The swift embassy move hardens the possibility of a two-state solution.

  • The current administration’s withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) prompted the foreign minister of Iran, Javad Zarif, to begin meeting with the abiding heads of states of the agreement. The agreement’s purpose is to dismantle Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifting sanctions against Iran. The remaining signatories of the JCPOA are China, France, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom and European Union.

  • The Poor People’s Campaign, led by Bishop Dr. William Barber began its 40 Days of Direct Action in cities across the nation today. The campaign’s legacy via Marian Wright Edelman and Dr. King, was in response to Ms. (Wright) Edelman’s request to have Bobby Kennedy witness the significant poverty that swept the Mississippi Delta. Information for engagement is available at: https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org

  • The House Intelligence Committee released 3,500 Facebook ads circulated during 2016 election. The ads from a Russian company, Internet Research Agency, centered and intertwined much of their focus to race. To date 13 persons that worked for the Russian company have been indicted for their election interference.

  • Three states, one of which has had an unresolved water poisoning crisis for 1400 days, may be setting precedence by seeking waivers to legislate Medicaid work requirements. Michigan has joined Kentucky and Ohio in a move that will overwhelmingly negatively impact Blacks living in urban areas while exempting requirements among whites in rural areas. Kentucky has successfully obtained a waiver while Ohio is waiting approval.