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Trump vows to halt WHO funding as global cases top 2M

‘Lock her up!’: Anti-Whitmer coronavirus lockdown protestors swarm Michigan Capitol

Flag-waving, honking protesters drove past the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday to show their displeasure with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.Paul Sancya / AP

Demonstrators descended on the state Capitol in Lansing on Wednesday to protest Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s restrictive stay-at-home order, clogging the streets with their cars while scores ignored organizers’ pleas to stay inside their vehicles.

The protest — dubbed “Operation Gridlock” — was organized by the Michigan Conservative Coalition and the Michigan Freedom Fund, a DeVos family-linked conservative group. Protesters were encouraged to show up and cause traffic jams, honk and bring signs to display from their cars. Organizers wrote on Facebook: “Do not park and walk — stay in your vehicles!”

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Rihanna, Jay-Z and Twitter CEO offer more than $6M in relief grants

Rihanna, Jay-Z, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced they were co-funding more than $6 million in coronavirus relief grants to marginalized communities in areas that have been hit hard by the pandemic. 

The three entrepreneurs have co-funded $6.2 million for organizations aiding vulnerable populations, with a particular focus on New York, New Orleans and Puerto Rico, according to a news release Wednesday. 

Some of the organizations that have been chosen to receive the grants including the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, Covenant House New Orleans, the Hispanic Federation in Puerto Rico, and Doctors Without Borders. 

Jay-Z and Rihanna previously funded $2 million in grants through their foundations at the end of March for organizations that support undocumented immigrants, homeless populations and children of frontline workers. 

Viral video shows the immigrant faces behind UK’s coronavirus fight

A group of key immigrant workers brought their voices together to remind the United Kingdom who it’s clapping for every Thursday — in hopes of changing anti-immigrant sentiment.

Darren Smith wrote a poem after interviewing his friend and co-worker Sachini Imbuldeniya’s mother, a retired National Health Service worker and an immigrant. Imbuldeniya then decided to have first, second, and third-generation immigrants read the poem aloud line-by-line on a video to showcase the workers that the country has put its faith in during the coronavirus outbreak. 

“We ask everyone to remember that we are stronger as a nation when we welcome people of all ethnicities and backgrounds to our shores to work and live and love alongside us,” Imbuldeniya said. “That is a sentiment worth clapping for.”

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A poem to remind us all that a large number of ‘key workers’ are from Black and Minority Ethnic families. It is read out line-by-line by first, second and third-generation immigrants including doctors, nurses, teachers, shopkeepers, dentists, social workers, care workers, delivery drivers, broadcasters and more. Despite long, shameful histories of facing racism and hostility, immigrants globally are showing kindness and solidarity by delivering essential aid and services to their nations. Because we know – and they know – it doesn’t matter where you come from. During this pandemic we are all humans together, fighting a common enemy. You Clap for Me Now reminds us all that when we finally emerge from lockdown, we must remember those who helped us and our loved ones through it. We must ensure that we never go back to a time where we ignore, hurt or disrespect people because of their religion, profession, or the colour of their skin. #creativedirector | @sachini_creates #writer | @dandylion_illustration With a special thanks to @tezilyas @mim_shaikh @jazzieojo @cheungface @drzoewilliams @themunchingmedic @dr.mehwish.sharif @purni312 @colombo_pantry @calvinniles @migs_uk @murfinx @priscillaparmardua @nimasuchak @_rubenalvarado_ @doctor_health_kick @valentina.verc @simon_jugovic_fink @in_da_hoose @robertcharlesyexley @h1nalp @guerilladesigns @complexion @alisweenf @kdentalstudios @sonalii_xox and everyone else involved. Vimeo link in bio. Please feel free to share 🙏🏽 @who @unitednations @talenthouse #covidopenbrief #uncovid19brief #flattenthecurve #kindness #solidarity #viralkindness #stopthespread #coronavirus #covid19 #nhs #keyworkers #immigrants #staysafe #stayhomesavelives #wewillremember #thankyou #nationalhero #heroes

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911 calls falling, but New York City EMTs still responding to extra ‘cardiac calls’

Calls to 911 in New York City have finally started to fall back towards pre-coronavirus levels, with about 4,000 calls per day in recent days. That’s similar to the volume on a busy day prior to March.

However, the…

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