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Mid-Week Round Up: August 20
Illustration: Erin McPhee
Ten days after a police officer fatally shot unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, leading to widespread protests, police in nearby St. Louis shot and killed a Black man they claim was wielding a knife. The shooting has escalated an already tense situation in Ferguson, where police are accused of [shooting rubber bullets] and spraying tear gas at peaceful protestors and attempting to shut down media coverage of their activities. In the absence of reliable news footage, follow the #Ferguson and #JusticeForMikeBrown hashtags on Twitter.
A 15-year-old girl from the Sagkeeng First Nation was found dead in Manitoba’s Red River, renewing calls for an inquiry into Canada’s missing and murdered Aboriginal girls and women. Between 2000 and 2008, Aboriginal women and girls represented 10 percent of all female homicides in Canada, but make up only 3 percent of the female population. Over 1,200 Aboriginal women have disappeared or been murdered in the past thirty years in Canada.
WNBA superstar Brittney Griner proposed to her girlfriend Glory Johnson, also a WNBA all-star, late last week! Griner is the first openly gay athlete to be a spokesperson for Nike, and both she and her new fiancée participated in last month’s WNBA all-star game. There are some pretty adorbs pictures of the two of them on Griner’s Instagram.
A New Jersey school told a transgender teen she would not be allowed to attend in the fall unless she acts and dresses as Brian, which was her name before she transitioned. Rachel Pepe suffered from depression and anxiety while living as a boy and transitioned over the summer. She and her mother have posted a brave YouTube video calling out the school for its transphobic response, and Rachel says, “If this helps one person, I can be happy about that.”
On Sunday, 13-year-old Mo’ne Davis became the first girl to pitch a shutout in Little League World Series history. And on Tuesday, she made history again, becoming the first Little Leaguer to ever appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Maybe the Majors are next…?