This week, we’re moving forward with new COVID policies in California, healing after violent crime and resilience after racist bomb threats.
1. Endemic Moves
California is going endemic. The state will formally shift its coronavirus approach from pandemic crisis response to virus management strategies designed for the endemic stage, when a virus is spreading but increasing immunity makes it more manageable.
It’s the first state in the U.S. to take the leap, but it follows a lot of talk and action about lifting mandates and other restrictions in other states. As the U.S. prepares to move on from crisis management, millions of Americans are getting left behind. For those who are vulnerable to severe cases of COVID-19, it’s like being stuck in a different world.
2. The C-Word
Conflict. It’s something many of us may avoid or feel threatened by, but Trino Jimenez of California dove right in. In 2015, Jimenez decided to send a letter to Melvin Carroll — the man imprisoned for brutally killing Jimenez’s brother. What followed offered both men a pathway toward healing. The state’s little-known victim-offender program hopes to help others do the same.
3. The B-Word
Bombs. Since January, more than two dozen Historically Black Colleges and Universities, referred to as HBCUs, have received bomb threats. The threats have been unsubstantiated; however, federal law enforcement have characterized them as a series of hate crimes and have identified six suspects.
With each threat, classes were canceled, campuses locked down or evacuated, and life stalled until law enforcement could evaluate the threat. The threats, which continued into Black History Month, mark yet another trauma for students and call back to decades of similar racist acts against Black communities.Share on facebook Share Share on twitter Tweet Share on reddit Reddit Share on email Forward
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A Mindful Lens:
Each week, we carefully pick articles with the best reporting on the top news stories. This week’s newsletter includes stories about racism, trauma and conflict.
These stories offer us a moment to center around loving kindness. Loving kindness is an act of cultivating love to share with others, even those with whom we may not get along. As you reflect on the news this week, take a moment to channel your loving kindness. When you feel ready to share, try sending your loving energy to someone who may need it today. – MO
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