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Slum in Mumbai Beat Back the Coronavirus

Despite all odds, a slum in India managed to keep the Coronavirus from infecting hordes of people. How did they do it? Several professionals volunteered their services to keep people healthy.

07-31 Pandemic And Death On A Highway

jobless migrant workers

India has three times the population of the United States. A large majority of India’s population live in conditions that would be considered poverty in more developed countries. When the whole country shut down due to Coronavirus, day laborers and poor people had more to cope with than just the inconveniences we hear people complain about. This story tells of a young Muslim man and his best friend, a young Hindu man, and how their long journey from where they worked to their home village ended in tragedy.

 

This Day In History

Thor Heyerdahl Completes 4,300-mile Ocean Voyage In Kon-Tiki

Kon-Tiki

On August 7, 1947, Kon-Tiki, a balsa wood raft captained by Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl, completed a 4,300-mile, 101-day journey from Peru to Raroia in the Tuamotu Archipelago, near Tahiti. While crossing the Pacific, the sailors encountered storms, sharks and whales. By the time they finally washed ashore at Raroia, they had been at sea for 101 days.

Voting Rights Act Is Signed Into Law

On August 6, 1965, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, guaranteeing African Americans the right to vote. The bill made it illegal to impose restrictions on federal, state and local elections that were designed to deny the vote to Black people.

 

Other Stories

Teachers See Trump As A Danger

Teachers Motor March In Phoenix

Nancely Shively, a teacher in Oklahoma, wrote an op-ed in USA Today entitled “Trump Pushes Teachers Like Me Into Danger.” Ms. Shively describes the predicament encountered by many teachers in her district if they are forced to return to school in person, rather than online. Ms. Shively also explains how Trump’s response to Covid-19 has lead her not only to retire from her job, but also to leave the Republican party.

John Lewis Speaks

John Lewis Morgan Freeman

John Lewis wrote a letter to be published on the day of his funeral.
His friend Morgan Freeman read the letter.