7 Things: Protests hit Alabama, state nursing home deaths are unknown, Democrats blame Russia for riots they supported and more …
7. Farmers and ranchers can get help during the coronavirus
- The coronavirus has impacted many people, including farmers and ranchers across the country, but the Farm Service Agency is providing relief to those who need it through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).
- The CFAP has $16 billion to support agriculture producers, specifically focusing on those who have seen a 5% or greater decline in price for their products.
6. UAH hockey isn’t actually going anywhere
- The University of Alabama in Huntsville has confirmed that their hockey program will continue, even after previously announcing they would have to do away with their men’s hockey program due to financial stress from the coronavirus pandemic.
- Due to people donating almost $800,000, the hockey program will remain. UAH Athletic Director Cade Smith said, “The university will work with the supporters of the UAH hockey program and a newly formed Hockey Advisory Board to develop a plan that will allow the Chargers to thrive in 2021-2022 season and beyond.”
5. We already have easy accessible absentee voting
- Birmingham and Huntsville might be joined by Mobile in adopting a resolution to support absentee voting where you don’t have to submit an excuse due to the coronavirus pandemic.
- Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill has already said that for those who want to submit an absentee ballot for this year’s elections because of the pandemic, they just need to select the excuse of “I have a physical illness of infirmity which prevents my attendance at the polls.”
4. Antifa will be treated as a domestic terrorist organization
- U.S. Attorney General William Barr has announced that violence committed by individuals tied to the Antifa group will be treated as domestic terrorism as rallies protesting George Floyd’s death have turned into violent riots across the country.
- This announcement from Barr comes just after President Donald Trump said that Antifa would be designated as a terrorist organization, and Barr spoke about the protests saying, “the voices of peaceful and legitimate protests have been hijacked by violent radical elements.”
3. Maybe it’s the Russians
- With many riots taking place across the country over the weekend, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice said while discussing the protests and riots that there are “extremists who’ve hijacked those protests and turn them into something very different.”
- Rice went on to say that “based on my experience this is right out of the Russian playbook as well.” She added she “wouldn’t be surprised” if Russia was funding these riots or that they had “fomented some of these extremists on both sides using social media.”
2. Alabama isn’t reporting nursing home data
- Alabama and Texas are the only southern states that don’t report nursing home cases of the coronavirus; more recently, Mississippi became the latest to require such data to be published.
- In Alabama, nursing homes are required to report their cases to the Alabama Department of Public Health, their county health department, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, resident representatives, staff and residents.
1. Protests took place all through Alabama
- Violence erupted in Birmingham Sunday evening as journalists were attacked by protestors. The Confederate monument in Linn Park became a flashpoint as they attempted to tear it down.
- Over the weekend, several protests were held in Alabama due to the police brutality that caused the death of George Floyd. There were rallies held in Huntsville, Birmingham, Auburn, Decatur and Mobile.