Record numbers of Native American women in Congress, LGBTQ+ protections in Italy, renaming Rhode Island
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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about a surge in the number of Native American women elected to the US Congress, a new bill in Italy aiming to protect LGBTQ+ people, and Rhode Island’s decision to rename the state and remove historic links to slavery.
Record numbers of Native American women have been elected to Congress
Tuesday’s vote has resulted in the most diverse Congress to date, with a huge increase in the number of LGBTQ+, female, and non-white representatives.
Source: The Guardian
Italy’s lower house of parliament passes bill protecting LGBT+ and female communities
The anti-discrimination bill considers violence against women and LGBT+ people a hate crime, with those found guilty of such attacks risking longer prison terms.
Source: The Guardian
Rhode Island votes to rename the state in order to remove slavery connotations
The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations will be shortened in order to remove language that has long tied the area to its unsavoury past.
Source: CBS News
The Loa water frog population has exploded due to conservation efforts
As of October this year, more than 200 tadpoles have hatched in a zoo in Santiago, a substantial increase from the 14 remaining in the wild last year.
A French startup has discovered a way to recycle single-use face masks
With huge numbers of PPE entering landfills as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Plaxtil are eager to minimise their harmful impact on the environment.
Yemeni women are empowering themselves by founding their own businesses
With conservative attitudes still frowning upon women working outside the home, these new organisations challenge traditional perceptions of femininity and promote conversation around women’s rights.
Source: Thomson Reuters News Foundation
Chicago has devised a number of innovative solutions to the challenges of outdoor dining
Citizens were invited to submit ideas on how to keep the hospitality industry running over the course of winter, with many restaurants unable to seat customers inside.
Source: The Philadelphia Citizen
Vermont’s first executive director of racial equity is tackling systemic racism
Xusana Davis is initiating tangible change in one of North America’s whitest states by engaging in conversation and debate around historic racism.
Source: The Christian Science Monitor
Indigenous community-led approaches are protecting the Amazon’s biodiversity
By preserving the culture, heritage and language of Indigenous peoples, vital information is passed between generations and provides effective and low-cost guardianship.
Black grandmothers are feeding their communities and tackling food inequality
Grandma’s Hands facilitates neighbourhood engagement and reconnects members with culturally grounded natural foods and agricultural practices.
Source: The Solutions Journalism Exchange