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The United States Postal Service drafted an ambitious proposal in April to send a pack of five face masks to every residential address in the US before top White House officials killed the idea, according to an analysis by the Washington Post of documents acquired by the watchdog organisation American Oversight.American Oversight, which obtained over 9,000 pages related to the USPS via the Freedom of Information Act, released the documents in late August. One of the records, entitled “US Postal Service to Deliver Face Coverings to Every American Household,” is a draft of a press release indicating that USPS planned to “distribute 560 million reusable cotton face masks on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to every residential delivery point in America, beginning in areas which HHS has identified as experiencing high transmission rates of Covid-19 and to workers providing essential services throughout the nation during this pandemic.”Composed in April, the draft stated that “letter carriers, rural carriers and others will deliver one pack of five face coverings to each residential delivery point and PO Box,” with the first shipments intended to reach residents that month. The Orleans and Jefferson parishes of Louisiana were targeted for delivery first, followed by Washington’s King County, Michigan’s Wayne County, and New York.The draft was never finalised due to the White House axing the plan, the Washington Post reported, citing senior administration officials who asked to remain anonymous.“There was concern from some in the White House Domestic Policy Council and the office of the vice president that households receiving masks might create concern or panic,” one of the officials told the Post.As an alternative, HHS instituted “Project: America Strong,” a system that has seen about 600 million masks distributed to critical infrastructure companies, hospitals and community groups, rather than individuals.In the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, the White House also utilised the postal service to send out a postcard prominently displaying Donald Trump’s name with guidelines for good hygiene and social distancing ― a decision that Accountable.US, another nonprofit watchdog, lambasted due to the president publicly downplaying both these guidelines and the danger of the coronavirus at the time. Though the postcard went out in March to about 138 million addresses, the White House has yet to repay USPS for the $28 million cost of printing and distributing the cards.In August, Trump seemingly admitted that he was intentionally blocking funding for the USPS, which is expected to see a torrent of mail-in ballots ahead of the November presidential election. The president has been propagating conspiracy theories against mail-in voting, claiming that it leads to “ballot harvesting” and “voter fraud.”Related...
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In the wake of coronavirus thwarting all of our social plans for the foreseeable future, Notting Hill Carnival 2020 is being held as a virtual event for the first time in its 54 year history. This year’s lineup includes virtual panels discussing the political and cultural significance of the carnival and Black Lives Matter merchandise for sale. It is clear we are witnessing a return to the political roots of the festivities. While nothing can match the vibrant energy of dancing through the streets of West London, reverberating sound systems, and a cup of rum punch in tow, the virtual event allows Black British people like me to reflect on a rich legacy of anti-racist activism, something that, this year, seems more important than ever. Notting Hill Carnival is arguably the social event of the summer, attended by nearly two million people, from all walks of life – only eclipsed by the legendary Rio de Janeiro carnival.For Black British people we have to consistently adhere to respectability politics to try avoid discrimination and prove our humanity. Carnival allows us to feel momentarily liberated from the constraints of systemic racism.News reports show uptight police officers being whined on by masqueraders, a true display of British multiculturalism and “tolerance”. The atmosphere is often so joyous that it can be easy to forget the revolutionary struggle that spurred the genesis of carnival, especially given the increasing levels of commercialisation and gentrification of the event.Notting Hill Carnival has a radical history, borne from the race riots between the newly arrived West Indian immigrants, and white working-class Teddy boys in the 1950s. Following the economic and physical destruction of World War II, the British government formally invited Caribbean people to the UK under the British Nationality Act to help rebuild Britain. For people like my grandparents, they were enticed by the promise of greater work opportunities, and picturesque images of the “Mother Country”. Upon arrival, the genteel childhood images of Britain were shattered as they were greeted with racial hostility and violence. Groups such as the White Defence League patrolled the area chanting and defacing property with the slogan “Keep Britain White”, targeting Caribbean households with firebombs or faeces posted through the letterbox. Carnival embodies the fullness of what it means to be Black and British.In 1959, tensions came to a boil and led to a week of disturbances in Notting Hill that spread even as far as Nottingham. Political activist and founder of the first Black British newspaper, The West Indian Gazette, Claudia Jones decided to initiate the first carnival in direct response to the race relations, famously asserting “a people’s art is the genesis of their freedom”.Although many dismiss carnival as just a raucous party with rum and women in feathers, it started as an extremely subversive and radical event borne on plantations across the Americas. There is a great misunderstanding about the ancestral traditions and symbolism present in Notting Hill Carnival. For instance dances such as “whining” (rhythmically gyrating your hips) are frequently referred to as ’sex stimulation.’ However, this is a pre-colonial West and Central African tradition used as fertility dance or to worship deities. Chocolate Nation, a mas band notorious for smearing chocolate and paint on party goers at Notting Hill Carnival also has radical roots. This tradition known as J’ouvert comes from slave revolts in Trinidad and Tobago where enslaved people would cover themselves in oil and mud to avoid being persecuted. In a world where footage of Black people being murdered is normalised, Black joy and celebrating the resilient spirit of our ancestors is one of the most radical things we can do.For Black British people we have to consistently adhere to respectability politics to try avoid discrimination and prove our humanity. Carnival allows us to feel momentarily liberated from the constraints of systemic racism.Because, after all, how far has the Black British community really come since SMS Windrush docked on our shores?The murder of George Floyd by police officers in the United States, and the global coronavirus pandemic have amplified the stark inequalities that still exist within every echelon of our society. A common tactic is to simply deflect and dismiss systemic racism as an “American problem”, but it is undeniable that Britain still has a huge race problem. Whilst I am relieved that we are having these pertinent conversations, it is draining to consistently relive traumatic experiences or, even worse, argue the existence of racism.The only time we see Black people in the media shouldn’t be to just talk about racism. Blackness is so multifaceted, to me it is joy, resilience, delicious food and so much more. Carnival embodies the fullness of what it means to be Black and British. In fact, the virtual nature of carnival this year affords an unprecedented level of accessibility for all Black British people to connect with their culture. For those who are disabled, elderly or live outside of London, it’s an opportunity to join in the celebrations at home. I personally suffer from anxiety triggered by large crowds, and the over policing of carnival and use of kettling techniques can make me feel overwhelmed.Carnival is a space where partying meets the political. In a world where footage of Black people being murdered is normalised, Black joy and celebrating the resilient spirit of our ancestors is one of the most radical things we can do.Maya Elese is a freelance multimedia journalist writing about race, identity and popular culture.Related...
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The Great British Bake Off bosses have revealed the “massive sacrifice” the cast and crew made to ensure this year’s series could happen despite the pandemic. Kieran Smith, who is the creative director at the Channel 4 show’s production company Love Productions, detailed various behind-the-scenes secrets from filming, including how 120 people had to live in a self-contained biosphere for six weeks during the shoot so they did not have to socially distance. Speaking to Broadcast, Smith said: “So many people rely on Bake Off for work that we knew we had to work out a plan.”Smith worked with Love Productions’ managing director Letty Kavanagh to hire a South-East location in July, where all of the cast and crew lived alongside 80 members of the production team, 20 hotel staff, and around 20 “children, chaperones and dog walkers”.Prior to moving in to the hotel, people had to self-isolate for nine days and take three Covid tests to ensure they did not have the virus. The six-week shoot, which was described as “gruelling”, saw the team work on a “two days on, two days off” basis, while they also built 12 practise kitchens for the bakers to use on their days off. When filming, producers even worked out a way to transport people from the tent to the nearby hotel so no-one would need to use any public toilets. Smith and Kavanagh revealed that there was only one coronavirus scare during the shoot, which turned out to be a false alarm. “It was a massive operation,” Smith said. “It felt like the safest place in Britain.”He also said new host Matt Lucas, who replaced Sandi Toksvig to team up with Noel Fielding, had also slotted right into the show.“He was practically living with the bakers,” Smith said. “It felt like he had always been there.”On Wednesday, it was confirmed on Bake Off’s social media pages that filming on the 11th series had wrapped. View this post on InstagramA post shared by The Great British Bake Off (@britishbakeoff) on Aug 19, 2020 at 4:00am PDTFilming was originally due to take place in the spring in order for the show to begin airing this month. However, judge Paul Hollywood, who returned to the show alongside Prue Leith, previously told Radio Times that could “turn around the programme pretty quickly and still have it out in late summer or early autumn”. READ MORE:
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