Progressive Briefing for Monday, June 25, 2018

Poor People's Campaign marches on Washington, Saudi Arabia lifts the ban on women driving, Sarah Huckabee Sanders is kicked out of a restaurant, and more.


‘Take away our poverty, not our children!’: Poor People’s Campaign caps off 40 days of action

Thousands gathered in Washington, D.C. on Saturday where the Poor People’s Campaign wrapped up several weeks action with a rally and march for its call for a “moral revival” and intention to “move forward together, not one step back.”

Private companies are making millions detaining immigrant kids taken from their parents

Companies are taking advantage of Trump’s anti-immigration policies to make a profit. These companies are being paid millions of dollars in federal government contracts to provide housing and other services for undocumented immigrant children. According to an investigation by Yahoo, there have been at least 10 contracts awarded to five different vendors totaling $92 million. And those are just the public contracts.

Netflix executive fired after repeatedly using racial slur

After using a racial slur during at least two separate meetings with Netflix employees, the streaming service’s chief communications officer, Jonathan Friedland, apologized on Friday while announcing his departure. That same day, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings sent a company-wide email to all of his employees in order to explain his reasons for firing Friedland.

According to the owner of the Red Hen restaurant, Sanders was asked to leave out of “moral conviction” for her role in an “inhumane and unethical” administration. Trump fired back after the incident by saying, “The Red Hen Restaurant should focus more on cleaning its filthy canopies, doors and windows (badly needs a paint job) rather than refusing to serve a fine person like Sarah Huckabee Sanders. I always had a rule, if a restaurant is dirty on the outside, it is dirty on the inside!”

Roseanne Barr tries to take back her racist tweet: ‘I didn’t know’ Valerie Jarrett is black

The comedian cried while discussing the controversy that resulted in her show’s cancellation. According to her she didn’t realize her egregious racism until ABC called her about it.

Saudi Arabia lifts ban on female drivers

Saudi Arabia lifted its widely criticized ban on female drivers on Sunday, sparking jubilation among many women in the country. As talk show host and writer Samar Almogren told the Guardian, “I always knew this day would come. But it came fast. Sudden. I feel free like a bird.”


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