Progressive Groups Sue Mississippi Over

Progressive advocacy groups are suing Mississippi officials over a new state law requiring permission to hold public protests near state government buildings in the capital city of Jackson.

A lawsuit filed last week by JXN Undivided Coalition, Mississippi Votes, Mississippi Poor People’s Campaign, Black Voters Matter, and a trio of activists challenges S.B. 2343, which is set to take effect on July 1. The legislation required prior approval from Public Safety Commissioner Sean Tindell or Capitol Police Chief Bo Luckey for public demonstrations on the grounds of or near state government buildings including the Capitol Complex, Governor’s Mansion, state Supreme Court, and other edifices.

“The JXN Undivided Coalition and its members have for years engaged in the deeply American tradition of peacefully gathering on public property to convey to elected officials what matters most to us,” the group said in a statement on Monday. “What matters most to us is the right to vote and the right of political self-determination for Jackson residents.”

“We have spoken, and the state has responded with a sweeping prohibition of speech next to properties in Jackson occupied by state officials absent prior authorization,” JXN Undivided Coalition added. “We should not have to risk arrest and imprisonment for exercising our constitutional rights, including freedom of speech and equal protection under the law.”

According to the suit:

This year, Mississippi made peaceful protests on public sidewalks and streets next to state government buildings in Jackson without written prior permission from one of two state officials. The new law… is an unconstitutional prior restraint that does not further a constitutionally sufficient or permissible purpose. Those who peacefully protest without state government authorization and who are charged with crimes for doing so may be prosecuted and sentenced to prison. This chills protected speech.

As the Associated Pressreported Monday:

Critics say the majority-white and Republican-controlled Legislature passed the laws to take away local autonomy in Jackson and surrounding Hinds County, which are both majority-Black and governed by Democrats. Supporters of the laws say they are trying to control violent crime.

Several protests have been held near state government buildings in downtown Jackson during the past year, including some in January, February, and March against the legislation dealing with courts and policing. The Poor People’s Campaign held events on a street outside the Governor’s Mansion last fall to protest what organizers said was the state’s inadequate investment in Jackson’s struggling water system.

In recent years, numerous states have passed laws criminalizing or restricting protest activity and protecting motorists who kill or injure protesters under certain circumstances.

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Look: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma sport India’s

Other Indian players like Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, and Shubman Gill can also be seen in the pictures

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Published: Mon 5 Jun 2023, 2:19 PM

With just two days to go for the World Test Championship (WTC) final, Team India cricketers were seen sporting the brand-new jersey designed for the longest format of the game. In a tweet shared by the Indian cricket board, skipper Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Siraj can be seen wearing the test kit by sportswear giant Adidas. “Lights. Camera. Headshots,” the tweet read.

Apart from Rohit and Kohli, other Indian players like Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, and Shubman Gill can also be seen in the pictures. India will take on Australia in the final of the World Test Championship from June 7 at The Oval in London.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced a multi-year partnership with Adidas as the official kit sponsor for the Indian cricket team. “We are committed to helping grow the game of cricket and could not be more excited to partner with one of the world’s leading sportswear brands, Adidas, in this journey.

With its rich historical legacy in sports, world-class products, and strong global reach, Adidas will play an important role in driving the performance and future success of different categories of Indian cricket,” BCCI Honorary Secretary Jay Shah was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

Apart from the kit, Adidas also designed Team India’s jerseys for the T20I and ODIs. While a dark blue shade was opted for the T20I jersey, the ODI jersey had a tinge of a light blue colour. The jerseys, for all three formats of the game, were launched last week.

Coming back to on-field developments, after the completion of the 16th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Team India cricketers will now shift focus to the WTC final against Australia. India and Australia had last met earlier this year during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. India had emerged victorious 2-1 in that four match Test series. After facing a defeat in the maiden WTC final against New Zealand, Rohit Sharma’s men will now be aiming to go one step further.

Meanwhile, Australia entered the WTC final after claiming the top spot in the standings. Australia suffered a big jolt ahead of the match after pacer Josh Hazlewood was ruled out of the contest due to an injury. Hazlewood was replaced in the WTC final squad by Michael Neser.


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click to enlarge Progressive unity and grass roots advocacy paved way for 2023 Allegheny County election sweep

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Sara Innamorato’s run for Allegheny County Executive landed national attention when Bernie Sanders endorsed her toward the end of the primary race. The Nation, a mainstay progressive magazine, ran an article May 16 with a headline declaring “a Bernie Sanders progressive could be the next leader of one of America’s largest counties.” Innamorato gladly accepted the endorsement of the Vermont Democrat, who she cites as a big inspiration for her entrance into politics as a state representative in 2018.

Despite the national interest, during an interview with Pittsburgh City Paper, Innamorato specified her focus on Allegheny County, where there’s been a series of progressive electoral victories.

“I mean, it’s always nice for your ego,” she says, laughing. “And I think it helps with fundraising, you know, bringing more dollars in nationally. But at the end of the day, it’s always about focusing on, it’s here, right? I’m running a campaign to represent the people of Allegheny County.”

In the past few years, Pittsburgh area progressives have won several major elections by maintaining a close coalition and taking advantage of enthused, on-the-ground organizers. This wave built on a movement active in the area for decades, which ignited after the 2016 presidential election.

Sanders’ surprisingly competitive — though ultimately unsuccessful — primary challenge that year prompted a surge of progressive electoral victories across the country, funded largely without corporate super PAC money. Donald Trump’s victory in the general election raised the stakes for many, and further energized the progressive movement.

Five years on, that momentum was shifting the narrative in Allegheny County. Narrow primary victories by Democrats Ed Gainey in the 2021 Pittsburgh mayoral race and Summer Lee for a Pittsburgh-area U.S. House seat the following year represented sea changes for local government that garnered national media attention. Gainey, who ran on police reform and affordable housing initiatives, bested former mayor Bill Peduto, a beloved liberal leader of years past; and Lee, often considered a new addition to the progressive “Squad” in the House, beat attorney Steve Irwin, a Peduto-endorsed moderate.

With establishment heavyweight Rich Fitzgerald set to conclude his final executive term in December, several Democrats entered the race earlier this year hoping to fill his seat, raising unusual sums of money for a local election. Innamorato won handily, with a more than 8% lead over the second place finisher, John Weinstein, and almost double the votes of Michael Lamb, the candidate endorsed by Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald told WESA the day of the election, “it’s been seven years in a row of the far-left winning Democratic primaries in Allegheny County. It looks like we’re going to become similar to places like San Francisco or Seattle or Portland with a far-left agenda of our elected officials.”

Innamorato told City Paper she always ran with a clear, strategic path to victory in mind and felt affirmed when polling released about two weeks before the election showed her in the lead. Negative ads painting Innamorato as a radical flooded local television stations. Her campaign made sure to invest in television ads to increase Innamorato’s name recognition and present a positive message. But perhaps the most important strategic decision was investing heavily in the old school tactic of door-knocking.

“It was investing in field in a very strategic and intentional way,” Innamorato says. “Our field director was phenomenal and really focused on making sure that we were hitting areas and hitting as many doors as possible and managing volunteers and making sure that they were thanked for their time and energy and felt they were part of the campaign.”

The official campaign knocked on more than 40,000 doors, while independent groups supportive of Innamorato also reached more than 110,000 homes, according to Sam Wasserman, the campaign’s communications director.

Bend the Arc knocked on about 2,000 doors, according to Jonathan Mayo, an activist with the Pittsburgh chapter of the progressive Jewish group. When out canvassing, Mayo and other door-knockers with the organization realized most residents were unfamiliar with Innamorato and the main themes of the election. So they found themselves forced to introduce the race and Innamorato to people simultaneously. Talking about Innamorato’s issue set and priorities, such as a focus on improving the area’s poor air quality, got people on board.

In addition to door-knocking and grassroots outreach, Wasserman also emphasized the sense of solidarity among progressive candidates, who gladly lend their support to each other.

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Summer Lee speaks prior to the acceptance speech by mayoral candidate Ed Gainey during his watch party at the OnePA offices on May 19, 2021.

“One of the really unique things here in Pittsburgh that has been powering these victories, and especially these victories increasing in size, is the respect and trust that the leaders that we have put up for office have in each other,” Wasserman, who has also worked for Gainey, says. “When Ed Gainey first declared, Sara and Summer were there from day one. And when Summer first declared, she got to start with a boost of knowing who Ed Gainey supporters are. And when Sara was able to do the same thing, they kept building on each other.”

Naturally enough, when Innamorato gave her victory speech the night of the primary, Gainey and Lee joined her on stage with their own words of celebration.

Mayo, who was also the treasurer for Gainey’s 2021 mayoral bid, says Lee’s and Innamorato’s successful 2018 state House campaigns made it clear that local progressives could make real headway in the electoral map.

“I think, for so long, we had this idea that elections of any one given official didn’t matter, and for good reason. I could see why a lot of people and a lot of communities could think that, because government did not impact them day to day,” Mayo says. “But seeing Summer and Sara upend the establishment and win by running on these bold, progressive platforms, was a wake-up call. And it’s only grown from there.”

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Sara Innamorato and Summer Lee march in the People’s Pride parade on June 9, 2019.

Mayo says he believes the wave of progressive victories in around Pittsburgh is unique in the sense that it’s happening in an area not known for being incredibly progressive. He raised Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s initial upset victory in 2018, noting that she ran in a very progressive district, which encompasses New York City’s Bronx, Rikers Island and Queens. Pittsburgh area progressives had “more to push against,” he says.

It now appears to Mayo that the Pittsburgh area’s Democratic establishment machine that sustained Fitzgerald through three terms is weakening. It has money and prestige, but, Mayo says, it does not have “people-power” for its campaigns.

“I think we’re seeing that that machinery is not operating well anymore, and people are recognizing that,” Mayo says.

Area progressives also hailed Matt Dugan’s successful primary bid for District Attorney against Steve Zappala, a 25-year incumbent, as a victory for the movement, in addition to Bethany Hallam’s reelection to Allegheny County Council. Deb Gross, a city council incumbent endorsed by the Pittsburgh Democratic Socialist of America chapter, also won her election. Still, a few candidates running to the left of their opponents lost in May, including the two other DSA-endorsed candidates: Dennis McDermott, who ran for county council, and Darwin Leuba, who ran against appointed incumbent Corey O’Connor for county controller. Gainey and many local groups endorsed O’Connor, who won by a substantial margin.

Kirsten Rokke, an organizer with Pittsburgh DSA, largely door-knocked for the organization’s slate of endorsed candidates and, despite the two losses, commended the overall momentum of the area’s progressive movement. Rokke organized in the Chicago area before moving to Pittsburgh and noted that Chicago’s Democratic establishment seems to have a much larger bankroll.

“One thing that I think is notable, I see relative to Chicago at least — and I know similar things in New York and in Philly too — I think that the [party establishment] opposition here is a little less organized, in my experience,” Rokke says. “These are significant wins, but some of the folks that they were against are more vulnerable from not having to fight to keep their power in the past.”

Steve Paul, director of the Philadelphia-based progressive activist organization One Pennsylvania, described Innamorato as an easy endorsement for the group. He says there’s a similar trend of progressive victories in Philadelphia, even though over there, some similar progressive challengers haven’t yet been able to win.

The reasoning behind that is complicated, Paul says, but he notes that it helped in Allegheny County that the progressive coalition aligned very clearly behind Innamorato. He also says that candidates opposing Helen Gym, a Sanders- and Ocasio-Cortez-endorsed progressive candidate who ran for mayor in the Democratic primary in Philadelphia, spent a lot of money against her. Overall spending in the race exceeded $31 million, making it the city’s most expensive political contest to date, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. The mayoral primary between Gainey and Peduto was paltry in comparison, racking up less than $2 million, according to PublicSource.

These progressive wins didn’t come out of nowhere — there has long been a progressive movement in Pittsburgh. Nonprofit group Pittsburgh United formed in 2007, primarily around economic development issues. Jenny Rafanan Kennedy, the group’s director for 11 years, says it got its start advocating for issues like clean water, unionization, and affordable housing.

“Those have always been resident issues in Pittsburgh, and we made a lot of progress in Pittsburgh in creating a progressive city,” she says.

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The group later expanded to include Pennsylvania United, formed partly, she says, to combat state-level opposition to progressive sentiment in Pittsburgh. While Democrats with varying degrees of progressive bona fides now run the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia areas and have led the state as governor twice in a row, the state’s congress has long been controlled by Republicans.

Pennsylvania State Sen. Jay Costa, who’s been in office since 1996has a reputation as a pragmatic dealmaker, says there’s been progressive sentiment in the state assembly for years, but that he’s seen it get dramatically easier to at least advance policy in his tenure. He’s worked recently with Innamorato and Gainey on advocating for tax breaks for long-time homeowners. He also says that hate crime legislation he introduced with State Rep. Dan Frankel in the wake of the antisemitic mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue originally went nowhere, but has gained more traction this year.

Costa — whose brothers, Paul and Dom Costa were unseated by Summer Lee and Sara Innamorato respectively during the 2018 election —says progressive challengers are primed to do really well in any Democratic primary race.

“It grows within a Democratic primary universe of voters, which is important to understand that piece of it,” Costa says. “Because they are speaking to a majority of Democratic primary voters, and they’re not necessarily speaking to the whole voting universe at-large.”

And he was not surprised to see the recent wave of progressive victories, given their grassroots organizing, youthful energy, and awareness of issues relevant to ordinary people.

“Sara had people committed to the cause. Summer Lee had people like that. Ed Gainey had people like that in neighborhoods and communities,” Costa says. “That’s the difference.”

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Lewis Shaw, owner of the mortgage broker Riverside Mortgages, told The Times that mortgage lenders risk being ‘swamped’ by customers trying to secure a deal, pushing rates higher.

“I certainly did not expect to see the cheapest deals from Barclays starting with a 5.

The worry is that it sets off a self-fulfilling spiral again where customers start diving in to try and secure deals, lenders get swamped and their only way to turn off the tap is to increase rates, and on it goes.”

Lenders pulling mortgages and putting rates up. Av 2 year fixed rate now 5.64%. Remember when it was below 3%? The 116,000 households coming off a 2 year fix this month do. Nasty shocks ahead. pic.twitter.com/mzE4NQpVXH

— Merryn Somerset Webb (@MerrynSW) June 5, 2023

Record demand for 35-year mortgages as rates keep rising

Rising mortgage rates are forcing more borrowers to take out lengthy loans.

A record share of first-time buyers are taking out mortgages with terms of 35 years or more, the Telegraph reported yesterday, rather than the ‘typical’ 25-year term.

They cited new UK Finance data showing that almost a fifth of loans taken out by first-time buyers in March were for terms of 35 years or longer.

Such longer-term loans look more attractive as interest rates rise, as the monthly payment on the debt will be lower. However, it could be creating a ‘debt timebomb’ in future years, as lender could still be stuck with a mortgage late in their careers, or even into retirement.

UK Finance, the trade body, is expected to warn this week that longer-term borrowing could be ‘reaching its limit. Its analysis is expected to say:

“Whilst this has been a long-term trend seen since 2010, the growth in borrowing over a longer term accelerated rapidly through 2022. As 2023 began we have seen the growth in longer term borrowing level off.

Although tentative at this stage, this may signal that the extent to which this option can be used to stretch affordability and meet underwriting requirements is reaching its limit.”

Escalating turbulence in Britain’s mortgage market as banks hike rates

The turbulence in the UK’s mortgage market is escalating as lenders lift the rates on their loans, putting a squeeze on households looking to remortgage this year.

The jump in wholesale borrowing costs, as the City anticipates the Bank of England will continue to lift Base Rate this year, is causing ructions across the market.

On Friday, TSB withdrew its 10-year fixed mortgages with just a couple of hours notice, and also lifted its two and five-year fixed rates by as much as 0.8 per cent, Mortgage Solutions reports.

According to The Times today, the country’s third- largest lender, Santander, made changes over the weekend, while Coventry Building Society is expected to increase all its two, three and five-year deals tomorrow.

“Santander, made changes over the weekend & TSB withdrew all its 10y fixed-rate deals on Frid with just 2.5 hours’ notice.
Coventry Building Society will inc all its 2,3 & 5y deals tomorrow.
Other lenders have all increased fixed-rate deals by up to 0.85% points” @thetimes pic.twitter.com/Nbf9VrgGuJ

— Emma Fildes (@emmafildes) June 5, 2023

This follows a rush to pull offers last week, when UK banks and building societies removed almost 800 residential and buy-to-let mortgage deals amid growing concerns over future interest rate rises.

The disruption was triggered by the smaller-than-expected fall in UK inflation in April, which could prompt the BoE to raise interest rates from their current 4.5% to 5.25%, or more, by the end of this year.

The Times reports today:

The number of mortgage deals has hit its lowest level since March, according to the financial data analyst Moneyfacts. The average two-year fixed-rate mortgage has risen from 5.34 per cent to 5.64 per cent over the same period, adding £444 a year to repayments on a £200,000 mortgage in two weeks.

Other lenders including Barclays, HSBC, NatWest, Virgin Money and the Nationwide, Skipton and Yorkshire building societies have all increased fixed-rate deals over the past week by up to 0.85 percentage points.

Introduction: Oil rises after Saudi Arabia announces output cut

Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of business, the financial markets and the economy.

The oil price is rising this morning after Saudi Arabia decided to cut its crude output by one milllion barrels per day.

Saudi Arabia will make an additional voluntary cut of 1 million barrels of oil a day as part of a deal struck by the Opec+ group of producers, after hours of tense haggling in Vienna.

After a weekend of talks, Saudi Arabia announced its oil output will drop to 9 million barrels per day (bpd) in July from around 10 million bpd in May, the biggest reduction in years.

The reduction is part of an Opec+ agreement which will also see the United Arab Emirates increase its output target by 200,000 barrels a day from January.

But several African members will have their quotas reduced from next year, bringing them closer to their actual production capacities.

“This is a Saudi lollipop,” Saudi energy minister Prince Abdulaziz told a news conference last night, explaining:

“We wanted to ice the cake. We always want to add suspense. We don’t want people to try to predict what we do… This market needs stabilisation”.

News of the Saudi output cut has lifted the oil price. Brent crude, the international benchmark, has gained over 1% to touch a one-month high of £$78.73 per barrel, before dipping back.

The Brent crude oil price
The Brent crude oil price Photograph: Refinitiv

Opec+ also agreed to extend the voluntary output cuts announced two months ago into 2024, as the group face the threat of flagging prices and a looming supply glut.

The group said it was acting to “achieve and sustain a stable oil market, and to provide long-term guidance for the market”.

Despite today’s rally, oil is still lower than in January, having started the year around $85 per barrel.

Consumers and businesses have been hoping that cheaper energy prices would ease the cost of living squeeze; some will be hoping that today’s jump is short-lived.

🛢️After yesterday’s OPEC+ surprise announcement on production level cut in 2024, #Brent crude oil futures price surged past $78/barrel in Asia trading hour, the highest level since start of May 2023, before retreating back to $77. pic.twitter.com/BjM8D3ikpu

— MacroMicro (@MacroMicroMe) June 5, 2023

Ipek Ozkardeskaya, senior analyst at Swissquote Bank, says:

The week kicked off with a jump in oil prices, after Saudi announced that it will cut its production by another 1mbpd starting from July, pulling its production to the lowest levels since years.

The UAE will be given higher quotas, as African countries – which repeatedly fell below their production quotas– will see their upper production limit lessened.

Saudi will continue doing the heavy lifting of production cuts, hoping that its efforts will reverse the falling price trend in oil markets and boost prices, but the gifts to some OPEC members in expense of the others hint that we could see further cracks within the cartel in the next few months, and that’s not a winning setup for OPEC, and oil bulls.

Also coming up today

UK car sales rose last month, according to industry data due out this morning, but are still below their pre-pandemic levels

The latest surveys of purchasing managers across the UK, eurozone and the US are due out today. They could show that private sector growth slowed in Europe last month, but picked up in the US.

The agenda

  • 7am BST: German trade balance for April

  • 9am BST: UK car sales figures for May

  • 9am BST: Eurozone service sector PMI report for May

  • 9.30am BST: UK service sector PMI report for May

  • 2pm BST: ECB president Christine Lagarde testifies to European Parliament’s economic and monetary affairs committee

  • 3pm BST: US service sector PMI report for May

  • 3pm BST: US factory orders for April

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Published By: Nibandh Vinod

Last Updated: June 05, 2023, 11:49 IST

Happy World Environment Day 2023 Wishes, Images, Greetings, Cards, Quotes Messages, Photos, SMSs WhatsApp and Facebook Status to share. (Image: Shutterstock)

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Happy World Environment Day Celebrations: Here are some wishes, images, quotes and greetings that you can share to motivate to save environment

HAPPY WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY WISHES, IMAGES, SMS, QUOTES, STATUS, MESSAGES: World Environment Day is marked on June 5 every year with the motive to shed light on the awful predicament that modern humanity faces. People have become accustomed to eating microplastics, breathing polluted air, and watching as other life forms are pushed onto the brink of extinction.

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Merely reducing the impact of a high-consumption lifestyle won’t help if we don’t conserve natural resources. World Environment Day plays a massive role to serve as a reminder to drive society toward a sustainable path. To mark the occasion today on Monday, here we have compiled World Environment Day wishes, quotes, status and greetings for you to send across.

World Environment Day: Wishes, Images, Status, And WhatsApp Greetings

1. On World Environment Day, let’s stop harming nature. Let’s join hands to bring a positive change to make Planet Earth a much healthier, greener, and happier place to live.

2. Let us give future generations a healthier environment to have a happier life…Best wishes on World Environment Day.

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3. We cannot imagine prosperity without an environment. We cannot imagine life without the environment. It always comes first and we must make it our priority. A Very Happy World Environment Day.

4. Nature nourishes us at every turn like a mother. So the responsibility to protect her is ours. On World Environment Day, let’s promise to fulfill this responsibility with sincerity.

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5. Do not pollute water, land, air, and the environment because once it is lost, it is lost forever. Sending warm wishes on World Environment Day with a promise to take care of our environment.

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6. Save the trees our ancestors planted and plant new ones as a gift to the next generation. Make World Environment Day more successful by planting more trees!!!

7. Earth is like our home and we must make efforts to keep it clean and green. On World Environment Day, let’s promise to make it a better place to live.

ALSO READ: World Environment Day 2023: Stark Facts About the Environment You Must Know

8. World Environment Day is a reminder that we must take good care of our surroundings. Let’s promise to make our planet greener for us to enjoy life.

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9. Earth is like our home and we must make efforts to keep it clean and green. On the occasion of World Environment Day, let us promise to make it a better place to live.

10. Saving the environment means saving a life. Let’s make world environment day more successful by taking an oath to protect nature. Happy world environment day!

World Environment Day: Quotes

1. “We shall never understand the natural environment until we see it as a living organism. Today you can murder land for private profit. You can leave the corpse for all to see and nobody calls the cops” – Paul Brooks

2. “If humanity has to live for a long time, you have to think like the Earth, act as the Earth, and be the Earth because that is what you are” – Sadhguru

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3. “There must be a reason why some people can afford to live well. They must have worked for it. I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use” – Mother Teresa

4. “What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and one another” – Mahatma Gandhi

5. “Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land.” – Aldo Leopold

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Missoulians seek end to end gun violence on Wear

“Eliminate semi-automatic guns,” Cora Barnes, a Washington Middle School eighth grader, shouted outside of the Missoula County Courthouse.


Eila Barnes, a third grader at Lewis & Clark Elementary School, holds a Students Demand Action For Gun Sense in America sign alongside family, friends and community members outside the Missoula County Courthouse on Friday at a gun-violence prevention rally organized by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. According to information from Everytown for Gun Safety, an advocacy group that studies gun violence, on average about 200 people in Montana die from gun-related incidents annually.

On Friday, Barnes and about 50 other Missoulians donned orange shirts and rallied against gun violence across the country. Wear Orange is a nationwide movement spurred by the death of Hadiya Pendleton, a young gun-violence prevention activist who was shot and killed on a playground in Chicago in 2013, according to Moms Demand Action volunteer Roxane Weikel.

“Are you feeling like the problem’s getting worse? Well, it is,” Weikel said of the rising tempo of gun violence incidents across the U.S.


Cora Barnes, an eighth grader at Washington Middle School, speaks Friday at a rally held outside the Missoula County Courthouse as she demands more gun control in her community. Barnes worked with Moms Demand Action volunteer Roxane Weikel to bring Students Demand Action For Gun Sense in America to Missoula.

Speakers shared ways shootings have impacted their lives, including the fear they feel from working in schools to having children and loved ones going to public education facilities everyday. 

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Barbara Frank has been an educator for over 20 years and now works as an administrator at Missoula County Public Schools. Earlier in her career, she was a few years into being the principal at Belgrade Elementary School. She recalled one day hearing ambulances and shortly later learned a third-grade student from her school was shot and killed. She remembered the trauma of the aftermath, including visiting with the victim’s parents. 


Eighth graders Sophia Rosenthal, center left, and Jules Giarraputo hug at a rally Friday outside the Missoula County Courthouse as they take a moment of silence in solidarity and remembrance for kids who have lost their lives at school shootings throughout the country.

“This is not the way that we should live,” Frank said. “This is not what public schools should look like. We should never, ever have to help the police identify a child victim of gun violence, ever.” 

She said the goal isn’t to get rid of guns across the board: “We just want to make sure that this is a safe place to live.”

Recent school violence threats in Missoula have had an impact. In April, Missoula police responded to two threats of gun violence involving Hellgate High School. One incident involving a person posting an airsoft gun (which is visually comparable to an assault rifle) on Snapchat prompted a multi-hour lockdown at the school. According to Everytown For Gun Safety, an advocacy group that studies gun violence, Montana ranks No. 46 in the United States for gun control laws, and an average of 228 people die from gun violence annually in Montana. 

Weikel said Missoulians are motivated and galvanized by the national statistics and national horror of gun violence. Barnes and Weikel recently started up Students Demand Action in Missoula, a group of young activists dedicated to combating gun violence. 

“If you look back into history, it’s the voices of the youth that have made social change,” Weikel said.

Missoula businesses also lit up in orange on Friday in solidarity with the rally. 

Because Montana’s Legislature adjourned last month, Weikel advised people instead to look to firearm safety to mitigate gun violence. She encouraged people to keep guns unloaded, locked and with ammunition stored in a separate location to prevent suicides and unintentional shootings.

“That’s a huge thing we can do here in Montana,” she said.

Zoë Buchli is the criminal justice reporter for the Missoulian.

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NFL Mourns the Passing of Norma Hunt at Age 85

Norma Hunt, the matriarch of one of the most prominent families in the NFL and the mother to current <a title=”Kansas City Chiefs” href=”https://nnn.ng/the-kansas-city-chiefs-looking-to-make-patrick-mahomes-the-nfl-s-highest-paid-player/”>Kansas City Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt, passed away at the age of 85. She is the only woman who has attended every Super Bowl in NFL history, including February’s game between the Eagles and Chiefs, which saw Kansas City capturing its third Super Bowl in the franchise’s history.

The Hunt family released a statement, highlighting Norma’s kind and generous nature, and the fact that her joy for life was infectious. She was always ready with encouraging words, a loyal friend, and a consummate hostess, making everyone feel valued and at ease. Norma was devoted to her family and passionately connected to the team’s sports endeavors, just like her husband, Lamar Hunt. The couple was equally enthusiastic about the formation of Major League Soccer, World Championship Tennis and the founding investment in the Chicago Bulls.

Norma was known for her quiet and deep faith, which kept her strong throughout her life. The NFL family mourns her passing, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged her significant presence in the league for the last seven decades. Goodell mentioned that Norma’s sense of family extended to the Chiefs’ organization, which she loved dearly. He also acknowledged her role in the documentary, “A Lifetime of Sundays,” highlighting her place in NFL history that would be forever remembered.

The NFL offseason is buzzing with activity, and teams are preparing for the 2023 season. The Washington Commanders wide receiver, Jahan Dotson, is hopeful about changes entering their second season, and credits the shift to new offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy. Jaguars coach Doug Pederson sees quarterback Trevor Lawrence’s growth in 2022 as a blueprint for starting strong in 2023. The storyline in Green Bay revolves around Jordan Love’s transition as the new quarterback, but wide receiver Romeo Doubs thinks that the transition won’t bring significant change.

The Buffalo Bills recently signed a four-year, $68 million contract extension with defensive tackle Ed Oliver, with $45 million guaranteed. Linebacker Shane Ray, a 30-year-old who hasn’t played in the NFL since 2018, got one step closer to resuming his dream, signing with the Buffalo roster after completing a tryout in May. Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb remains unfazed by the contract extension talks surrounding him in his fourth season with the team.

The Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator, Raheem Morris, is tasked with turning the team’s defense around in the 2023 season, made more daunting since he must replace cornerback Jalen Ramsey. Cardinals running back, James Conner, is excited to face an uphill climb for contention after a 4-13 season, as he enjoys the fact that nobody else believes in them. Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy is excited to work with Kadarius Toney, a rookie, alongside Patrick Mahomes, hoping to create a massive play threat in Kansas City.

The Detroit Lions managed to finish the 2022 season in the top five offensively in several major categories, including total yards, points scored, and fewest turnovers. The Lions’ offensive coordinator, Ben Johnson, believes that the team can do even better in the 2023 season. NFL.com keeps fans engaged with special content from Training Camp, Hall of Fame, and more, creating anticipation for a fantastic 2023 season.

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Mseleku household bags another TV spin-off

The Mseleku family was first introduced to Mzansi viewers in 2017 and since then their story has captivated audiences.

Now audiences will be getting to know them even better with the introduction of ‘Izingane zeS’thembu’ which will feature renowned polygamist Musa Mseleku’s five older children.

Mzansi Magic viewers are about to get a fresh and relatable look inside the lives of the Mseleku children, as the siblings share their struggles and triumphs of working towards defining themselves on the reality show.

Mpumelelo is eager to carry on his father’s polygamous legacy. However, he struggles to reconcile his youthful nature with his duty as a son.

Mpumelelo intends to have seven wives starting with his current two girlfriends: Vuyo, his child’s mother, who struggles with his interest in other women; and Tirelo, who is fine with Mpumelelo dating other women.

But Mpumelelo takes advantage of Tirelo’s openness to control his whereabouts and romantic relationships.

Alongside Mpumelelo are his siblings Mpilo, Abongwe, Sne and Lwandle.

“‘Izingane zeS’thembu’ answers many of the viewers’ questions and curiosity about the Mseleku children that might have arisen while watching the highly successful and intriguing ‘Uthando neS’thembu’.

Shirley Adonisi, Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net, said:“This show is an honest and unfiltered look at their lives as they try to find their place in the world. We are sure that audiences will once again be captivated by the Mseleku children and how they are evolving.”

The 13 episodes of ‘Izingane zeS’thembu’ are produced by Milk and Honey TV, the same production company behind “Ezomshado”, the popular talk show hosted by Musa Mseleku’s wives, MaCele and MaKhumalo.

News of the Mseleku’s bagging another show has elicited mixed reaction from the public with some viewers not being open to another show about them, while others are eager to see what more the Mseleku children have to offer.

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Jax Taylor, Brittany Cartwright misses ‘Vanderpump

Jax Taylor, Brittany Cartwright misses Vanderpump Rules
Jax Taylor, Brittany Cartwright misses ‘Vanderpump Rules’ 

Brittany Cartwright and her husband, Jax Taylor, are having a tough time not missing Vanderpump Rules, as they share their thoughts on episodes of the show on Peacock’s Watch With Feature.

Speaking to Us Weekly amid her sponsors Cupshe’s BeMe promotions, the VPR alum said, “We’re definitely getting the itch ’cause it was fun to have the cameras over and have crew over. “

Cartwright continued, “Going through that whole lifestyle again was so fun. Like, when we did Watch What Happens Live [With Andy Cohen], I got a little teary backstage ’cause this was such a big part of my life for six years basically — and for Jax, like, nine. So, it just felt really good to do those things again.”

The pair shared their two-cents on the reality show’s season 10 on the miniseries Watch With on Peacock subscribers.

Previously, Taylor also thrashed Sandoval for cheating on his longtime girlfriend, Ariana Madix.

During an interview with Rolling Stone, Taylor said, “The worst is the lack of empathy he has,” adding, “He’s making a joke of it, putting it in his songs. It’s almost like he’s getting off on this a little bit. That’s where it’s next-level sociopathic. Tom has definitely cheated on Ariana many, many times.”

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