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06
JUL
8pm

Unemployment, COVID-19 Devastates Navajo Nation

Native Americans consistently experience higher rates of unemployment than their fellow citizens. And with the coronavirus hitting the Native American population disproportionately hard, the combination has caused undue hardship, especially for people of the Navajo Nations Reservation. VOA’s Julie Taboh has more.
06
JUL
4pm

Facebook Advertisers Boycott, Demand Changes

More than 600 companies say they won’t advertise on Facebook and its sister firm, Instagram, in July, as part of a campaign called Stop Hate for Profit. The goal? Force Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to address his firm’s negative effects on society, says Jim Steyer, chief executive and founder of Common Sense Media, a children’s media education non-profit, and one of the boycott’s backers. “They are amplifying hate speech, racist messages, white supremacy messages, all sorts of misinformation and dishonest political advertising,” said Steyer. “So, we asked the major advertisers of America to pause their advertising on the platform for at least a month.”Just weeks ago, Steyer joined with organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League, the NAACP and Color of Change to call for the boycott. Hundreds responded, including retailers such as North Face and consumer goods giant Unilever.  A list of demandsThe boycott’s demands include strengthening Facebook’s controls of hate speech and cracking down on misinformation campaigns, particularly when it comes to voting.The campaign comes as people around the world are demanding that institutions change, including companies from each other, said Kellie McElhaney, founder of the Center for Equity, Gender and Leadership at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. “The power differentials are really being challenged right now,” she said. “There are some organizations, some companies, some voices that have gotten too much power and have misused and abuse their power.”She noted companies such as Coca-Cola and Starbucks, which have been boycotted in the past, are pausing their advertising on Facebook in the U.S. Yael Eisenstat is now visiting fellow with the Cornell Tech Digital Life Initiative. She used to head Facebook’s elections integrity team for political advertising. “It is within their interests to make small changes,” she said. “They don't want to be blamed for somebody using their platform to manipulate people in an election. But tinkering around the margins of little changes to ensure that doesn't happen is very different from actually taking a step back and saying, ‘Is it possible that the core business we built is actually not the best thing for society?’”Industry analysts say that Facebook — which made $70 billion in sales last year, mostly in advertising — will likely not feel a pinch to its bottom line as a result of the boycott. That is because just three of its top 25 advertisers are participating in the campaign and the company relies on millions of smaller advertisers for its revenue.Still, ...
06
JUL
3pm

'Occupy City Hall:' Protesters Demand Cuts to NYPD Budget

Hundreds of protesters continue to camp out at New York’s City Hall demanding massive budget cuts to the police department. The movement to “defund the police” was ignited by the death of George Floyd, an African American, in the custody of white police officers in late May in Minneapolis. Floyd's death has become a flashpoint in a larger debate about policing and race. VOA’s Celia Mendoza reports.
Videographer: Celia Mendoza
05
JUL
6pm

US Celebrates Independence Day as Coronavirus Spreads

The United States continues to experience dramatic increases in coronavirus infection numbers. The U.S. state of Florida saw 11,458 new cases on July 4th holiday, a single day record.  As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, mayors in cities dealing with crowded hospitals and exploding infection rates are raising alarm about the lack of concern among many in the population to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
03
JUL
1pm

New US Citizens Sworn In at Los Angeles Drive Through

Naturalization ceremonies for new US citizens held monthly in Los Angeles are the largest in the country. At the end of March, amid the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services started postponing the ceremonies due to the rapid infection spread. But three months later, a giant backlog has pushed officers to be creative. Genia Dulot has the story.
Camera: Genia Dulot
01
JUL
10pm

US Condemns New Chinese Security Law in Hong Kong

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a broad range of U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday condemned China’s imposition of a sweeping new security law on Hong Kong. The new rules drew bipartisan warnings from lawmakers that the Chinese Communist Party could face new sanctions for cracking down on freedom of speech and assembly in a city that is legally supposed to be independent. VOA’s congressional correspondent Katherine Gypson wraps up the reaction from Washington.Camera:  Yihua Lee 
Produced by: Katherine Gypson 
01
JUL
3pm

With US Off EU's Coronavirus Safe List, Parisians to Miss a Popular Visitor

After months of coronavirus restrictions, the European Union began reopening its borders to visitors Wednesday from 14 countries it considers safe. That list does not include the United States, where the virus is resurging in some states. Public health is at stake, but from Paris, the world’s most visited city, Lisa Bryant reports the travel ban also reflects widening transatlantic differences.
01
JUL
4am

Lawmakers Ask New Questions About Russian Bounties on US Troops

News media reports President Donald Trump was briefed on Russian bounties awarded to the Taliban for the death of U.S. troops in Afghanistan continued to roil Washington Tuesday. U.S. lawmakers are pushing for answers after the White House said the president was not aware of that intelligence because it had not been verified. VOA’s congressional correspondent Katherine Gypson has more.
30
JUN
2pm

Coronavirus Infections Soaring in Florida, Arizona

COVID-19 cases spiked in the United States in late June, after some states began reopening and loosening restrictions.  The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. now top 2.5 million. Liliya Anisimova and Viktor Oleynik have the story, narrated by Anna Rice.Camera: Liliya Anisimova, Viktor Oleynik
30
JUN
11am

Supreme Court Limits Failed Asylum Seekers’ Rights to Appeal

In a 7-2 decision on June 25,  the Supreme Court ruled that non-citizens whose asylum appeals are denied by immigration officials have no constitutional right to appeal the decision in federal court. This allows the current administration to move ahead with deportations of a number of asylum seekers.
28
JUN
9pm

US Capital's Homeless Wrestle with Pandemic

Locking down at home is one of the strategies that authorities in the United States have relied on to reduce the spread of COVID-19. But how does that work for the almost 600,000 people who are homeless in the U.S. VOA’s Veronica Balderas Iglesias went into the streets and shelters of Washington, D.C., to get a first-hand look. 
28
JUN
4pm

US Officials, Lawmakers Confront Spike in Coronavirus Cases

Coronavirus infections are continuing to surge in the United States.  Not since March has there been a spike like the numbers reported in June. VOA’s Arash Arabasadi reports from Washington on how lawmakers, along with state and federal officials, are reacting to the grim news.

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