The Daily Populous

Thursday February 4th, 2021 day edition

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The Oakland City Council unanimously approved an emergency ordinance Tuesday that requires the pay raise to go into effect immediately.

Such stores in Oakland include Cardenas Markets, Safeway/Albertsons, Save Mart, Target, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, according to a city memo.

Many grocery stores bumped up workers’ pay in the early months of the pandemic but most stopped doing so after that.

Lucky Stores has continued paying hazard pay, and Trader Joe’s announced Monday it would boost its coronavirus-related “thank you” wage increases from $2 to $4 per hour above employees’ base pay.

“Extra pay mandates will have severe unintended consequences on not only grocers, but on their workers and their customers,” said Ron Fong, president and CEO of the California Grocers Association,.

California Grocers Association sues Oakland and Montebello over ‘hero pay’ ordinance.

“We need to recognize the workers, support their health needs and make sure they have the compensation to continue,” he said. »

Cheney holds on to House GOP leadership position amid furor over impeachment vote

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Cheney refused to apologize for voting to impeach former President Donald Trump during the closed-door meeting with her GOP conference Wednesday evening, according to a source in the room.

The lopsided vote to keep Cheney in leadership, despite her vote to impeach Trump, also signals a hidden disenchantment with the former president in the House GOP ranks.

House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told reporters that he stood up for Cheney in the meeting. »

Support for “America First” populism linked to increased odds of having been arrested

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Their results, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that individuals holding Islamophobic, anti-immigration and anti-globalization views are more likely to have been arrested in their lifetime.

The study included responses from 4,720 individuals in the American National Election Studies (ANES) 2016 Time Series Study on public opinion and voting behavior.

The study, “America First populism, social volatility, and self-reported arrests”, was authored by Ron Levi, Ioana Sendroiu and John Hagan. »

Rights groups call for boycott of 2022 Beijing Olympics

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TOKYO -- A coalition of 180 rights groups on Wednesday called for a boycott of next year's Beijing Winter Olympics, tied to reported human rights abuses against ethnic minorities in China.

The groups have issued an open letter to governments calling for a boycott of the Olympics "to ensure they are not used to embolden the Chinese government's appalling rights abuses and crackdowns on dissent.".

Beijing was host to the 2008 Olympics, which it promised would improve human rights in the country. »

‘It’s a total game-changer’: Canada designates Proud Boys as terrorists

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On Wednesday, Canada declared the Proud Boys — an all-male, far-right group — as a “terrorist entity” under federal law, making it illegal to knowingly participate with or contribute to the group.

Three other organizations — Atomwaffen Division, a murderous neo-Nazi group; The Base, a militant white supremacist group; and the Russian Imperial Movement — received the same designation.

But West questioned whether designating a group as a “terrorist entity” is the best way to go about countering that threat. »