Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (D) ordered the city's Capitol Hill Occupied Protest zone to be dismantled yesterday, ending a continuous, monthlong demonstration over police brutality. The decision follows a Monday shooting—the fourth in or near the zone in less than two weeks—that killed a 16-year-old boy. While the shootings were not directly linked to the protests, Durkan said the area had become a security liability.
The self-enforced "no
police" area in one of the city's most vibrant cultural districts sprung up June 8 (see photos), after nationwide protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Organizers formed the zone after weeks of escalating tensions with police, with the city effectively ceding the area by abandoning the neighborhood's East Precinct police station. Officers reclaimed the station yesterday.
At least a two dozen arrests were made during the clearing.
Facebook Boycott Begins
A one-month boycott of Facebook by more than 400 advertisers began yesterday, with big brands including Coca-Cola, Unilever, and Adidas joining the effort. Some say they will pause ad spending for longer than just July; others are suspending ads across all social media platforms beyond Facebook. All have called on the company to revamp its content moderation policies to better regulate hate speech and misinformation.
The pullback is unlikely to leave a financial
dent. Facebook caters to 8 million advertisers, mostly small- and medium-sized businesses, and the top 100 advertisers accounted for just $4.2B of the company's $66B revenue last year. Still, civil rights groups have said the campaign is more focused on driving public perception. CEO Mark Zuckerberg agreed yesterday to meet with boycotting companies.
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... As Does the USMCA
A new trade deal governing $1.2T in economic activity quietly went into effect yesterday, as the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement formally replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement. Both were generally aimed at reducing tariffs and barriers to trade between the three countries.
The law updates point-of-origin rules governing what constitutes a domestically produced good, provides enforcement for labor standards, and more (see details). It also updates provisions around digital goods and services; NAFTA was enacted in 1994, at the dawn of the internet.
The overhaul is projected to raise US GDP by $68B (0.35% increase) and add about 180,000 jobs (0.12% increase). The US and Mexico saw $671B in total trade in 2018, while the US and Canada saw $719B. Political observers say the deal's enactment is a signature win for President Trump, who campaigned against the effects of
NAFTA throughout the 2016 election.
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The Capitalization of Black
Poynter | Kristen Hare. On the surface, it's a one-letter difference, but the change has been years in the making. In mid-June, The Associated Press—with its normally immutable rules of writing—began capitalizing Black, as recognition of Black Americans' shared cultural identity. See the rationale behind the decision here. (Read)
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