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    Is There a Racist Monument In Your Town? Check This Map to Find Out


    All across the country, monuments to the Confederacy, which lost a traitorous war waged for their right to own slaves, are being beheaded, toppled, and thrown into the river. The Southern Poverty Law Center has a map of where these monuments are located, if you were interested in such a thing.

    Having a monument to Confederate soldiers seems a little bit like having statues to Martin James Monti, who eagerly confessed to joining the Waffen SS during his trial for treason in 1949: just a weird thing to celebrate! Why so many states want to celebrate losing a war makes little sense, until you click around on the Southern Poverty Law Center's "Whose Heritage?" map, which tells you not only the location of these monuments but also when they were dedicated. For instance, the bust of Confederate general Stonewall Jackson in the Bronx, which was removed in 2017, was dedicated in 1957 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. 1957 is long after the Civil War, but smack dab in the middle of the Civil Rights movement. What better way to scare uppity Black people than erect statues of Confederate soldiers in black majority neighborhoods, right? Even though these monuments are blatant attempts to frighten black people into staying docile, some are still protected by the state, like this statue of a Klu Klux Klan "Grand Wizard" in Tennessee, which was erected in 1975.

    The list could use some updating, though, as it still lists the recently removed statue of Jefferson Davis in Richmond, Virginia, as "active" even though it was recently removed by protesters. Although this statue is more than a century old, it was installed over 50 years after the end of the Civil War in 1865, when freed slaves might need a reminder about who was really in charge. Motherboard reached out to the Southern Poverty Law Center to ask if it's tracking the monuments removed by protesters but they did not immediately respond.

    Luckily, the Southern Poverty Law Center has a form where you can update the status of various monuments. You could even, I don't know, submit any monuments that are missing, especially if they are close to large bodies of water. If you're browsing the map today, you might also be interested in this Twitter thread about how to safely remove obelisks, or any other large, mostly vertical statue. You never know when those skills will come in handy.

    https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/w...jA2DDY8Gbw-Uew

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    Dept. Of Education Discloses Illegal Seizure Of $2.2 Billion From Student Loan Borrowers


    In response to a class action lawsuit filed by student loan borrowers, the U.S. Department of Education disclosed that it had intercepted and seized over $2.2 billion in tax refunds owed to a million student loan borrowers, in violation of the CARES Act.

    The CARES Act suspended all collections on defaulted federally-held student loans from March 13, 2020 until September 30, 2020. The Act mandates that involuntary collections efforts by the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Treasury — including the interception and seizure of tax refunds — are to be suspended.

    A spokesperson for the Department stated that those seized tax refunds have been returned to borrowers. However, student loan borrowers in the suit allege otherwise. The lead Plaintiff in the class action suit claims that the government intercepted a nearly $7,000 tax refund owed to both her and her husband in April, in violation of the CARES Act. Improperly seized tax refunds are supposed to be returned to impacted student loan borrowers, but the lawsuit alleges that this has not happened.

    In a press release, Aaron Ament, president of Student Defense (one of the organizations representing the class of student loan borrowers, along with Democracy Forward), stated, “The Department of Education has now admitted to offsetting more than a million student borrowers’ tax refunds in the middle of the pandemic — a practice now prohibited under the CARES Act. We need answers right now, to establish how this was allowed to happen, how many borrowers have been wronged, and how many are still waiting for their money to be refunded.”

    Democracy Forward’s senior counsel, Jeffrey Dubner, stated “In response to our class action lawsuit, Trump’s Department of Education admits that it seized billions of dollars in tax refunds from millions of student borrowers, continuing well into the expanding pandemic. It's stunning that the Trump administration insisted on snatching refunds from families who rely on this money to keep their heads above water. Our lawsuit will continue moving forward to hold the Trump administration accountable for this egregious and continuing mismanagement.”

    The class-action suit, Cole v. Mnuchin and DeVos, was filed on May 29 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The suit alleges that the government’s actions violate the Administrative Procedures Act.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/adammin...Y#5a3f58e25ede

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    AMC Theatres To Reopen in July, Be At Full Capacity By November

    AMC Theatres rolled out a plan for reopening their cinemas beginning in mid-July, with theater capacity being increased in stages between July and November, using big-release weekends as pivot points. According to a statement released by AMC, its first phase will open at 30% capacity on July 15, followed by 40% at Phase 2. Labor Day marks the target date to have theaters 50% full, and the current plan is for cinemas to be back to normal in time for the releases of No Time To Die and Soul on Thanksgiving weekend. To accommodate this, AMC says it will automatically "black out" every other row in their cinemas not equipped with reclining seats.

    That might mean blacking it out for preordered ticketing, not actually barring people from sitting there; simply removing certain rows would presumably cause crowding in the remaining rows and reduce social distancing. Of course, the argument could be made that it also created distance between people in front of and behind you.

    AMC also told Deadline that they are committed to this timeline, regardless of whether movies like Tenet and Mulan move to later dates or not.

    "More than 90% of the attendance of the AMC circuit from the entire United States" will be included in the first wave of openings in July, AMC's Adam Aron said in that interview. They will be in between 35 and 45 states.

    https://comicbook.com/irl/news/amc-t...y-by-november/

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    'Into the Wild' bus removed from Alaska backcountry

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An abandoned bus in the Alaska backcountry, popularized by the book “Into the Wild” and movie of the same name, was removed Thursday, state officials said.

    The decision prioritizes public safety, Alaska Natural Resources Commissioner Corri Feige said.

    The bus has long attracted adventurers to an area without cellphone service and marked by unpredictable weather and at-times swollen rivers. Some have had to be rescued or have died. Christopher McCandless, the subject of the book and movie, died there in 1992.

    The rescue earlier this year of five Italian tourists and death last year of a woman from Belarus intensified calls from local officials for the bus, about 25 miles from the Parks Highway, to be removed.

    “We encourage people to enjoy Alaska’s wild areas safely, and we understand the hold this bus has had on the popular imagination,” she said in a release. “However, this is an abandoned and deteriorating vehicle that was requiring dangerous and costly rescue efforts. More importantly, it was costing some visitors their lives."

    McCandless, a 24-year-old from Virginia, was prevented from seeking help by the swollen banks of the Teklanika River. He died of starvation in the bus in 1992, and wrote in a journal about living in the bus for 114 days, right up to his death.

    The long-abandoned Fairbanks city bus became famous by the 1996 book “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer, and a 2007 Sean Penn-directed movie of the same name.

    The Department of Natural Resources said the 1940s-era bus had been used by a construction company to house employees during work on an access road in the area and was abandoned when the work was finished in 1961.

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