2023 Civics Edition
March 14, 2023
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A group of school children walk across a ferry bridge after being dropped off by a school bus.
Sapelo Island school children cross the dock to board the ferry at 7 AM to take them to the mainland for school. (Photo by Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

A bill in Georgia could disenfranchise descendants of enslaved Africans on Sapelo Island: Prism reports that a group of Republicans in the Georgia General Assembly introduced and passed a bill earlier this month that would modify the rules of the Sapelo Island Heritage Authority (SIHA), without input from its Geechee residents. The bill proposes to change the makeup of SIHA, which routinely votes on issues that directly impact the community, such as the ferry system, the community center, and land up for sale.

+: 🎧 The Gullah-Geechee community is fighting to keep its culture and heritage alive (WNYC Studios)

What's the significance of this island and why do I need to know about it?

Sapelo Island is a state-protected barrier with its earliest inhabitants dating back 4,500 years ago. Present-day Sapelo is home to the proud and longstanding community of Geechee residents who are descendants of enslaved people from West and Central Africa. The Geechee community has been on Sapelo Island for 13 generations. It is a rural island with fewer than 30 descendants of the original 44 enslaved families remaining, and is the last island of its kind along coastal Georgia.

Why are Latino workers disproportionately dying in N.C.? Latinos only represent about 10% of North Carolina’s population, but they suffer almost a third of all fatal workplace accidents in the state, reports La Noticia. Latino workers accounted for 20 of 63 work-related deaths last year, with many of them working in construction. Accidents can be prevented with regular site visits and inspections. Currently, the North Carolina Department of Labor has only 105 site inspectors for the entire state.

+: New OSHA rules empower immigrant workers (Documented)

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Meet two men providing transitional housing for Muslims in Texas: Two years after Baquee Sabur reentered society following a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence in 1991, an accident at work temporarily disabled him, which led him to sleep under a bridge. As a newly converted Muslim in Texas, Sabur's brief period at a Christian-centered homeless shelter showed him that he either had to silence his faith or return to the streets. He chose the latter, but also decided to create a transitional home for people of the Islamic faith in the process. It would be nearly a decade before he and a close friend could start working on that project, writes Khawla Nakua for Scalawag.

🎧 Pandemic woes and how Black women helped the Biden-Harris administration: Our Body Politic host Farai Chideya speaks with Dr. Kavita Trivedi, communicable disease controller for Alameda County in Northern California, about how public health has changed three years after the first US lockdowns. She also interviews journalist April Ryan, the author of “Black Women Will Save the World: An Anthem,” who explores black women’s contributions to the Biden-Harris administration.

What you need to know about NYC’s plan to address the city's migrant crisis: As part of its response to the asylum seeker crisis, New York City Mayor Adams has announced that a new office is being built at Port Authority bus terminal to help centralize the sanctuary city’s migrant-related functions.

The bus terminal has become a hub for newcomers beginning last summer, writes Felipe De La Hoz of Epicenter-NYC, where many arrived in New York as part of a political stunt by Texas Gov. Gregg Abott. In line with the city’s blueprint, the hub will be called the Office of Asylum Seeker Operations, and will carry out the city's main priority of relocating asylum seekers to other cities and states.

+: Students invited to create hip-hop PSAs for traffic safety competition

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