5 Savage Things

5 Savage Things: Your conversation starter for the week. Meteorologists, financial connoisseurs and fashion Bellwethers provide previews for the days, weeks and months to come - this is your political guide. Wake up Monday morning to fresh and interactive previews for your week in politics!

*The number of Black and missing persons has grown in recent years. Statistics provided by the National Crime Information Center in 2018 show that nearly 37% of the reported missing are Black teens under 18. And with little to no media attention focused on this national issue, the hashtag #BlackandMissing and #BlackandMissingDC hopes to raise awareness and their profiles over social media.

*Immigration detention centers are growing and a CPB solicitation made public displayed the following purchases: 20,000 baby bottles, 3,000 boxes of baby wipes, and 2,224,000 baby diapers, 144,000 pairs of shower shoes that includes 36,000 extra-small shoes. As of January 2019, 22 migrants were reported to have died while in the custody of federal authorities with the youngest being two children. The current administration is no stranger to debauchery and racism – here’s what some groups are doing to curb the madness.

*Ava Duvernay’s four-part heart-wrenching miniseries, When They See Us has over 18 billion hits on Google. The powerful series tells the stories of five teenagers of whom four Black and one Latina were wrongfully convicted and jailed for 6-13 years for a crime that they were exonerated for through DNA evidence. During this period the five young men dubbed the “Central Park 5” were used for fodder by then New York resident, Donald John T^*&% who’s front page ad in the New York Daily News calling for the essential execution of Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise.

*Linda Fairstein, former prosecutor of the five young men wrongfully convicted (Central Park 5) and crime novelist lost her publishing deal with Simon and Shuster and resigned from two boards as the hashtag #CancelLindaFairstein widely trended. Boycotts do work.

*The bans on plastic bags are gaining national and international momentum. From Delaware to South Sudan, environmental legislation is being passed to curb the impact of plastic to oceans, marine life, landfills and sewage. Plastic has a purported lifespan of 500 years and is considered non-recyclable.