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The Biden administration is considering a vaccine mandate for federal workers

By Michael D Shear

Read the full article from The New York Times, here.

The Biden administration is considering requiring all federal employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus or be forced to submit to regular testing, social distancing, mask requirements and restrictions on most travel, officials said Tuesday — a major shift in approach by President Biden that reflects the government’s growing concern about the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: What the NBA Championship Means to Me

By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Read the full article from Jacobin, here.

Although winning is exciting, fulfilling, and pretty much everything you imagine it would be, I’m also well aware that whether in 1971 or 2021, an NBA championship is often about more than just a team hoisting a shiny gold trophy. It can also be a reflection of the country’s zeitgeist with all its cultural, social, and political turmoil.

David Robinson: Buffalo Niagara worker shortage slows the Covid-19 recovery

By David Robinson

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

That’s worrisome because it’s a sign that the low-hanging fruit in the recovery has been pretty much picked. And we’re still down about 30,000 jobs from where we were in June 2019, so the recovery is far from over.

Now that the economy is operating without many Covid-19-related restrictions, it is the more difficult structural issues that are holding back the recovery.

Six Takeaways From India Walton’s Historic Victory in Buffalo

By Russell Weaver

Read the full article from Jacobin, here.

As clichéd as it sounds, Buffalo’s historic June 2021 primary, in which democratic socialist India Walton won a major upset over four-term incumbent Byron Brown, is something of a tale of two cities. And it’s the same tale that Buffalonians have discussed for generations: the “East-West divide” carved by Main Street through the heart of the city.

Land Valuation and the Enduring Significance of Racial Residential Segregation

By Henry-Louis Taylor, Jr.

Read the full article here.

This evening my presentation focuses on the enduring significance of racial residential segregation and its relationship to the underdevelopment of Black communities.  It consists of two parts.  The first part examines the interaction among land valuation, racial residential segregation, and the underdevelopment of Black neighborhoods. The second part focuses on intervention and strategies for developing Black communities while simultaneously dismantling racial residential segregation.

The Emerging Movement for Police and Prison Abolition

By Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Read the full article from The New Yorker here.

“Our current criminal-justice system is rooted in the assumption that millions of people require policing, surveillance, containment, prison. It is a dark view of humanity. By contrast, Kaba and others in this emergent movement fervently believe in the capacity of people to change in changed conditions. That is the optimism at the heart of the abolitionist project.”

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