Weekly Pulse: Pandemic Updates and the Potential for Positivity

For The Weekly Pulse, we’ve scoured the most trusted journalistic sources—and, of course, our Twitter feeds—to bring you this week’s most important news stories related to health and wellness.

In this edition: Pandemic updates as Trump’s unseemly politicking continues, what you should know about wildfires and the air, the repro rundown, and glimmer of hope with pandemic positivity.

Protecting Voting From COVID-19: Picking a President During a Pandemic (Part 2)

U.S. democracy was already under assault from voter suppression tactics, and now the nation is challenged with holding a presidential election during a pandemic.

From social unrest to polling site closures to a shortage of poll workers, here’s what’s standing in the way of voting this year—and the organizations and feminists on the ground making a difference.

[This article originally appeared in the Fall 2020 issue of Ms.]

Protecting Voting From COVID-19 (Part 1)

U.S. democracy was already under assault from voter suppression tactics, and now the nation is challenged with holding a presidential election during a pandemic.

From now until Election Day, we will examine how the ongoing battle over voting rights will have an impact on the country’s ability to hold fair elections during a pandemic, as well as on the difference women will make as voters and candidates.

[This article originally appeared in the Fall 2020 issue of Ms. Part 2 of this report—”Protecting Voting From COVID-19: Picking a President During a Pandemic”—will be released tomorrow.]

UN General Assembly 75: In a Pandemic World, Where Does Gender Equality Fit In?

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hold the world hostage, global leaders will gather at the largest annual inter-governmental meeting for the first time ever in a virtual session. The 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 75) will open on 15 September, and its General Debate will focus on how to respond to the pandemic and confront its challenges through multilateral action.

A set of side-events supported by UN Women in the lead up to the High-Level Meeting will put a spotlight on the need to place women front and centre of the response against COVID-19.

Skating on Stolen Land

A roller skating fundraising campaign for Navajo health during the pandemic? At first I thought I had misunderstood my colleague Daisy Purdy’s comment over email. She had written that she might be hard to reach because she would be driving across country, to go to Arizona to begin a roller skating fund-raiser.

But of course, the Navajo Nation is among the hardest hit locations in the world, with the highest per capita COVID-19 infection rate. So awareness and pandemic relief is needed now—not at some later more convenient time.

War on Women Report: Trump Calls Fallen Soldiers “Losers,” “Suckers”

The War on Women is in full force under the Trump administration—and each week, we publish a day-by-day account of it. We refuse to go back, and we refuse to let the administration quietly dismantle the progress we’ve made. We are watching.

And OH what a week it’s been…

This week: Trump’s patronizing comments about fallen U.S. soldiers.; Trump ends federal agencies’ anti-racism trainings; Cohen calls Trump a racist, “sordid, mob-like figure”; Trump uses the DOJ (and taxpayer money) to fight E. Jean Carroll’s defamation case; and Trump admits to criminal negligence on tape.

Feminist Twitter Mourns Dueling Tragedies of 9/11, COVID and Racism

It’s been 19 years since the 9/11 attacks forever changed the social and political fabric of the U.S.. On the anniversary of the attacks, feminists are mourning the tragedy, while also reflecting on our current convergence of crises, including racial injustice and a pandemic that has taken 50 times the number of lives lost in the 9/11 attacks—while receiving only a fraction of the government attention and response that the attacks received.