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What the Confederate monuments look like now...

ICYMI: On Juneteenth, the anniversary of the last enslaved people in the U.S. discovering they’d been emancipated 2 1/12 years before, protesters demanding racial justice marched the streets of Raleigh.

Later that night on Friday, protesters pulled down the two bronze statues of Confederate soldiers on the North Carolina State Capitol grounds. [see the video]


On Saturday, Governor Roy Cooper ordered three monuments to the Confederacy be removed from state Capitol grounds, citing public safety. 

Those monuments included the monument to Confederate women, the monument to the first soldier killed and the large, 75-foot-tall monument that had the bronze statues removed from the sides by protesters and the top by work crews. 


📸: The Confederate women's monument, with the statue removed and graffiti.

Crowds -- and musicians -- celebrated the monuments' removal, but work crews' attempts to remove the largest monument proved more challenging.

As of midday Monday, police had blocked off Salisbury and Hillsborough streets, but no crews were on site. Fencing was placed around most of the Capitol grounds.


More equipment arrived last night, WRAL reports, and more work on removing the base of the monument is expected today.

➡️  Resources for a more just Raleigh: [RaleighConvergence.com]

What else to know: 
▪️ The Raleigh Police Department's use of force is under internal investigation for their actions while arresting two protesters. [INDY Week
▪️ Legislators pause funding moving forward for monuments for Black North Carolinians on Capitol grounds. [News & Observer]
▪️ Video shows Raleigh police in riot gear using force on protester backing away. [News & Observer]
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COVID-19 in Wake County:
North Carolina will begin sharing COVID-19 case clusters at daycare facilities and schools, NC Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen announced Monday.

On Tuesday morning, the new report shows three childcare clusters in the state, none in Wake County or surrounding counties. There is also one school cluster of cases, also not in Wake County. [view the updated dashboard]

State officials also announced the launch of NCCARE360, a network that connects North Carolinians to different types of assistance.

“…Better coordination and investment in the non-medical drivers of health, like access to healthy food, safe and affordable housing and well-paying jobs, can improve health and decrease health care costs,” a release shared.


Landlords could begin evicting tenants on Sunday, after Chief Justice Cheri Beasley's moratorium on evictions ended.

What to know as a tenant: Your rights, from WUNC.

How to help: In Southeast Raleigh, a historically Black neighborhood, a group of grassroots organizers and faith leaders are stepping in to help people at risk of losing their housing.

"Stand in the Gap for a Neighbor is a campaign to provide much-needed funding to folks in Southeast Raleigh who stand in immediate danger of losing their housing." [learn more + donate] (Originally posted in the Southeast Raleigh New Neighbor Facebook group)

Wake County topped 4K cases Monday, after passing the 3,000-case threshold one week + one day before: [What to know about COVID-19 in Wake County]

What else to know: 
🦠 In Wake County, 42% of total confirmed cases are Latino residents, but Latinos only make up 10% of Wake County's population. [News & Observer]
🧪 Wake County Public Health has added drive-through testing for at-risk people through early July in different locations. [Sign up]


Kings is projecting a video from their space with Black Lives Matter and images of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others. [@kingsraleigh]

Inside one of the school buildings, still standing and being restored, that educated Black children in the early 1900s in Wake County. [Walter]


Out! Raleigh Pride is officially canceled for the year, but organizers announced a new date for a Fayetteville celebration next year: Sunday, June 6th, 2021. "It will be the first time we've celebrated Out! Raleigh during Pride month, and we are so hopeful everyone can come together and be in community again!"
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