On May 29,Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation Chief Rosanne Casimir announced that the remains of 215 children had been found near the city of Kamloops’ native residential boarding school in southern British Columbia.
Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas, which rules the independent state of Gaza, agreed to a cease-fire that began on May 21, following pressure from the U.S. and its allies to end 11 days of fighting.
The barrages from both sides were the worst since the most recent of three wars between Israel and Hamas in 2014. The fighting, which began on May 10, claimed the lives of more than 250 people, mostly in Gaza.
Just miles away from where former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, was standing on trial for the murder of George Floyd,another Black man was killed at the hands of police. On the Sunday afternoon of April 11, 20-year-old Daunte Wright was shot during a traffic stop in suburban Minneapolis, propelling an already tense city into a state of righteous furor.
On Tuesday, April 20, the 12-member jury in the case Derek Chauvin found the former Minneapolis police officer guilty on all the counts he faced over the death of George Floyd. The trial has been one of the most closely watched cases in recent memory, setting off a national reckoning on police violence and systemic racism.
Crimes targeting Asian Americans have risen dramatically since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic. Stop AAPI Hate, a coalition that tracks incidents of violence and harassment against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S., reported nearly 3,800 instances of discrimination against Asians in the past year. The actual number could be much higher.
Over this last month, the number of Americans in hospitals with Covid-19 fell below 100,000 for the first time since December 2020. Vaccine rollout continues nationwide as new variants of the virus, originating in the UK and South Africa, are appearing in the U.S. While vaccinations are assisting in the fight to lower the Covid outbreak, variants present new challenges.
The longstanding crisis of police violence and systemic racism in America hit a flashpoint on May 25, 2020 as Minneapolis police officers killed George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man. Floyd’s death prompted a surge of demonstrations associated with the Black Lives Matter movement that quickly spread from Minneapolis to the rest of the country.
NHS freshmen, Christian Estrella and Jizelle Dancel have been observing the lack of representation regarding the deaf community for a long time. They now set out to make change. While just halfway through their first year in high school, the friends have petitioned and begun, the first-ever American Sign Language club at NHS.
Silia Dimasi is a 16-year-old sophomore and news writer for the Maroon & Gray. She is the Class of 2023 treasurer as well as an officer for the Women's Activism, Diversity Council, and United Clubs at NHS. She hopes to study geopolitical science when in college.