Harris’ big speech, Obama’s moment and more to watch for

WASHINGTON — It’s Sen. Kamala Harris’ big night Wednesday as the vice presidential nominee addresses the third night of the all-virtual Democratic National Convention, along with Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Harris, D-Calif., the first woman of color nominated to the presidential ticket of a major political party, will accept the nomination to be Joe Biden’s running mate in a speech just before remarks by Obama, the first person of color to win the White House.

The two-hour program, whose theme, “A More Perfect Union,” will focus on efforts to make the American promise a reality for everyone, will be emceed by actress Kerry Washington, and it will feature performances by singers Billie Eilish and Jennifer Hudson, as well as speeches by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and former Rep. Gabby Giffords of Arizona, who became a gun control activist after she was shot in 2011.


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The moment of reckoning for the Facebook advertiser boycott

The widely publicized advertiser boycott against Facebook has less than a week to show it has become a global coalition solid enough, and strong enough, to take on the social media giant.

Civil rights groups persuaded more than 1,100 companies and organizations from the U.S. to Germany to Australia to pull their money from the social network during July to pressure Facebook to take more action on hate speech and deceptive posts from politicians. But the month is almost over without Facebook meeting many of their demands. If the movement can’t up the ante, it risks watching its work evaporate.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said he does not plan to adjust policies based on financial pressure and that he expects the effort to fade away. The future is definitely unclear: Some of the advertisers who joined the boycott say they’ll continue until Facebook changes its ways, others are still

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A ‘huge moment’ for police reform that could reshape Black communities for generations

After years of fighting for incremental progress in the White House and the halls of Congress, police-reform activist Nkechi Taifa finds herself leapfrogged by protesters in the streets calling to “defund the police” and reimagine law enforcement across the country.

It’s a position she never expected to find herself in. And she’s not complaining.

“It’s a huge moment. Two months ago, three months ago, four months ago, when we were talking about reform, we were dealing with piecemeal issues,” she says. “Little did we know that the activists in the streets would take some of (the) things we’ve been saying for years and go much further, be much bolder.” 

Across the country, street protests and confrontations that erupted following the May 25 death of George Floyd after a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for almost nine minutes have prompted a broad and lasting discussion about the state

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