Democratic leaders will release their economic agenda today under the slogan "A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future" with hopes that it will unify Democrats before midterm elections. The three-pronged approach will focus on providing more job training, boosting wages and decreasing expenses.
Since Donald Trump was elected president, 52% of Americans say they pay more attention to politics, and 58% of women are more attentive, according to a national survey by Pew Research Center. Democrats and voters who lean Democratic were more likely to say they are paying more attention to politics since the election than Republicans and those who lean Republican.
Australian officials are failing to keep up their agreement to resettle refugees with family ties in Australia instead of forcing them to seek asylum in the US or Cambodia, says the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi. "There is no doubt these vulnerable people, already subject to four years of punishing conditions, should be reunited with their families in Australia. This is the humane and reasonable thing to do," said Grandi.
The United Nations Security Council is scheduled to meet today on how to address the increasing violence between Israelis and Palestinians in Jerusalem.
Each day, about 5,000 more suspected cases of cholera are registered in Yemen as the epidemic remains out of control, according to World Health Organization officials. The International Committee of the Red Cross estimates that more than 600,000 Yemenis will contract the disease by the end of this year.
Seventy-five percent of teen AIDS cases in sub-Saharan Africa are found in girls, who remain disproportionately affected by the disease despite developments in treatment, says UNAIDS Director Michel Sidibe. Efforts to curb the virus must focus on eliminating violence against women, keeping girls in school and addressing economic factors that drive girls to leave school and become involved in dangerous or abusive relationships, he says.
The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has partnered with Microsoft in a deal that will see the tech giant provide $5 million and free tech support for five years. A special "dashboard" will gather human rights data from different sources to help UN staff spot potential abuses.
An attack on United Nations peacekeepers escorting water trucks in Central African Republic has killed one Moroccan soldier and left three others wounded, according to a MINUSCA spokesperson. Recent attacks have prompted humanitarian workers from six organizations to suspend their operations in the area, says the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
A recent report shows that 45% percent of donors and financial advisers at Schwab Charitable would likely reduce their giving under the Trump administration's plan to change the standards for charitable deductions. Up to 60% said they would either decrease donations or are not sure how they would respond.
Nonprofit leaders should ask their local lawmakers to protect the Johnson Amendment and should also raise awareness on social media about the need to keep nonprofits nonpartisan, writes Vu Le, executive director of Rainier Valley Corps. He lists potential scenarios if the amendment is repealed, such as "donors trying to sway nonprofits to endorse their friends, family members, or colleagues who are running for office."
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