Oregon decriminalises hard drug possession, first transgender senator, NYPD’s first Black female chief
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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about a nationwide push to relax drug laws in order to protect addicts, the first openly transgender person to be elected to the US Senate, and the NYPD’s appointment of the first Black woman as its chief of patrol.
Oregon has become the first US state to decriminalise the possession of hard drugs
The move comes as part of a nationwide push to relax drug laws, and means addicts will no longer be penalised and trapped in a toxic cycle.
Source: The Guardian
Sarah McBride is the first openly transgender person to be elected to the Senate
Once she is sworn in, Delaware’s McBride will become the nation’s highest-ranking transgender elected official.
Source: The New York Times
The NYPD has appointed a Black woman as its chief of patrol for the first time
Juanita Holmes will become the highest ranking African-American woman in NYPD history and the highest ranking uniformed woman ever.
Kentucky residents with felony records head to the polls in a win for democracy
Democrat Gov. Andy Beshear ended the state’s lifetime voting ban for more than 170,000 felons last year.
Source: NBC News
New Zealand has elected the most LGBTQ+ representative government in the world
With 12 MPs identifying as members of the LGBTQ+ community, the new parliament is to be the most inclusive ever.
Source: The Inkline
A self-driving electric ferry is set to launch in Norway
The zero-emissions vessel was first developed in 2018 and is able to carry 12 passengers.
A farmer in Rajasthan has grown over 9,000 pomegranate shrubs despite desert storms
By using an innovative groundwater drip irrigation system alongside mulching techniques, Raghuveer Singh Rathod has found a way around extreme weather conditions.
Source: The Better India
Wikipedia shows the benefits of ideological opponents working together
When people who disagree are forced to work together, greater acceptance and tolerance of opposing ideas takes place.
Source: Reasons To Be Cheerful
Kenya is witnessing a huge increase in the number of elephant calf births
Amboseli National Park has welcomed an unusually high number of new residents as a result of the halt in the country’s ivory trade.
An Indigenous leader is successfully fighting climate change at a national level
Nemonte Nenquimo’s Ceibo Alliance is bringing other Indigenous communities together in order to protect the Amazon rainforest.