Russell Contreras
Russell Contreras
@Axios Race and Justice reporter/ Axios Latino. #MFA @ColumbiaSOA @UHouston grad. Alum: @AP @bostonglobe @abqjournal He/Him. russell.contreras@axios.comSource
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Juneteenth is at risk of losing its meaning

Juneteenth is at risk of losing its meaning

Juneteenth is meant to acknowledge Black emancipation from enslavement, but there's a risk it could turn into just another day off, defined more by road trips and sales on mattresses. The big picture: Corporations, retailers and some local governments are struggling with how to honor the holiday that commemorates the end of slavery. Walmart apologized last month after launching a store-brand ice cream labeled as “Celebration Edition: Juneteenth.” Following a social media backlash, it pulled pints from its shelves. The Children's Museum of Indianapolis also was forced to apologize this...

Jun 19
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Sen. Martin Heinrich to introduce plan to grant Puerto Rico statehood

Sen. Martin Heinrich to introduce plan to grant Puerto Rico statehood

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) at a hearing on Feb. 23, 2021 in Washington, D.C. PHOTO: Jim Watson-Pool/Getty ImagesU.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Rep. Darren Soto (D-Fla.) announced Tuesday they would introduce legislation to start the motions for Puerto Rico statehood.Why it matters: More than 52% of Puerto Ricans voted last November, three years after struck the island and caused one of the worst natural disasters in recorded history. It exposed the island's vulnerable position as a U.S. territory and its lack of resources to battle poverty.The details: Under the proposal,...

March 2, 2021
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NAACP sues Trump for inciting Capitol riot

NAACP sues Trump for inciting Capitol riot

President Trump greets supporters at the "Stop The Steal Rally" on Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C., before the Capitol riots. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty ImagesThe NAACP Tuesday against former President Trump and far-right extremist groups in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol riots that killed five people and injured dozens of officers. Why it matters: The federal lawsuit filed on behalf of House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) shows that Trump continues to face legal problems stemming from the riot, even after in his Senate impeachment trial Saturday.Details: The lawsuit...

February 16, 2021
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Biden's Day 1 challenges: Systemic racism

Biden's Day 1 challenges: Systemic racism

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Kirsty O'Connor (PA Images)/Getty ImagesAdvocates are pushing President-elect Biden to tackle systemic racism with a Day 1 agenda that includes ending the detention of migrant children and expanding DACA, announcing a Justice Department investigation of rogue police departments and returning some public lands to Indigenous tribes.Why it matters: Biden has said the fight against systemic racism will be one of the top goals of his presidency — but the expectations may be so high that he won't be able to meet them.The big picture: Biden outlined a...

November 25, 2020
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