FINE ARTS – DRAWING: “Artist, Avalon Hester, Creates Time-Lapse of Drawing George Floyd” / NowThis News ☮

In US news and current events today, this time-lapse of an artist drawing George Floyd lasts 8 minutes and 30 seconds — roughly the same amount of time Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck.

Art by @avalon.hester

After the police killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and countless other Black people in America, the resulting George Floyd protests and Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality, police racism, and police violence have put systemic racism in the spotlight as BLM protesters take to the streets in support of police reform, racial justice and civil rights. 8 minutes and 46 seconds has become a rallying cry of sorts for George Floyd protests, the amount of time the former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck until he died. 8 46 is an agonizingly long time, which is why artist Avalon Hester created this time-lapse George Floyd drawing to last as long, a statement that is itself a suitable George Floyd tribute and George Floyd art.

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PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Biden Reportedly Narrows VP Pick to Two Cops” / The Rational National / David Doel ☮

According to journalist Charles Gasparino, the Joe Biden campaign has narrowed down his Vice President pick down to two cops; former prosecutor Kamala Harris and former Orlando Police Chief Val Demings.

POLICY AND POLITICAL NEWS: “Glenn Greenwald Breaks Down New STUNNING Information on ‘Bolivian Coup'” / The Hill / Krystal Ball, Saagar Enjeti ☮

Co-Founding Editor at The Intercept Glenn Greenwald explains why Evo Morales was forced by Bolivia’s military to flee to Mexico after Morales won his fourth consecutive election.

POLITICAL COMMENTARY: “Sixteen Facts About American Policing the MSM Won’t Tell You About Cops” / RT America / Redacted Tonight / Lee Camp ☮

The sixteen facts about American policing Lee shares will blow your mind and prove that the police aren’t what you think. He tells us their origins, their worst crimes, and the most useless jobs that society expects them to do. People need to have a more accurate understanding of what the police do in order to understand why society wouldn’t fall apart if police department budgets were slashed.

INTROVERSION: “Ten Things Introverts Want You to Know” / BRAINY DOSE ☮

Here are some things introverts want you to know about them! If you’re an extrovert, chances are, you don’t fully understand introverts, or some of the things they do. And if you’re an introvert, you likely feel misunderstood a lot of the time… and will probably closely resonate with the things on this list.

When it comes to personality types, it’s typically introvert vs extrovert. (If you have the qualities of both, then you are an ambivert). But, the biggest difference between introverts and extroverts is that introverts gain energy from being alone. It’s very important for introverts to take the time to just be alone with their thoughts. But, that doesn’t mean they don’t know how to have fun!

One of the things introverts want you to know is that they are not necessarily shy or anti-social. They often get a bad rap as being people who hate to be around others. This simply isn’t true. Not all introverts hate socializing, and not all of them are terrible at talking to others.

Often extroverts will go out of their way to try to make introverts more like them. However, one of the most important things introverts wish you knew about them is the fact that you cannot make them more extroverted! It’s just the way they are, and they want you to accept that.

INDEPENDENT GLOBAL NEWS: “Goodbye, Columbus: Bree Newsome Bass on the Movement to Topple Racist Statues Across the Globe” / Democracy Now! / Amy Goodman, Juan González ☮

As protesters worldwide continue to topple monuments to racists, colonizers and Confederates as part of the wave of demonstrations against racism and state violence, we speak to Bree Newsome Bass, artist and antiracist activist based in North Carolina, who five years ago was arrested at the state Capitol in South Carolina after scaling a 30-foot flagpole to remove the Confederate flag. She says the current backlash against racist symbols reflects “impatience with the pace of incremental progress” both in the United States and elsewhere. “People are tired of centuries of colonialism and white supremacist ideology.”

POLITICAL AND CULTURAL TOPICS: “DISGUSTING!!! Trump Holding Tulsa Rally on Juneteenth, All While America Protests for Black Rights!” / Jesse Dollemore ☮

Jesse talks about Donald Trump’s decision to hold his first rally after a short pause in TULSA, OKLAHOMA. Which is the notorious site of the devastation in Greenwood, Tulsa, Oklahoma, commonly known as “Black Wall Street.” Making matters more egregious, he has chosen the date of June 19th which is known as “Juneteenth.” The day when the last of America’s enslaved population was FINALLY freed by the Emancipation Proclamation, which was issued two years prior.