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California | July 30, 2021

Leader Of SEIU, California’s Largest State Worker Union, Opposes Newsom’s Deadline To Verify Vaccinations

California | July 30, 2021

California’s largest state worker union has demanded government officials “come to the bargaining table” over Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom’s mandate requiring all state employees to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination by August 2 or be subject to weekly testing.

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1000 President Richard Louis Brown posted a letter to social media on Wednesday to the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR). Written by the union’s chief counsel, the letter claimed “the Governor abruptly turned away from the legal requirements of notice and bargaining” by changing work conditions for the local’s 96,000 members.

Brown said he “did not consult” the union’s board before the document was drafted, a move that has reportedly divided members, according to The Sacramento Bee… (Excerpts from the Daily Wire)

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California | July 28, 2021

Mask Mandate Issued in California County Where 9 in 10 Residents Are Vaccinated

California | July 28, 2021

A mask mandate was re-implemented in California’s San Mateo County, where nearly 90 percent of residents are fully vaccinated, according to officials this week.

Starting Monday, all residents—including those who are vaccinated—will have to wear face masks in government offices, health clinics, and other public facilities. Masks are not mandated—but recommended—inside other public areas such as restaurants, gyms, theaters, and grocery stores, according to a press release from the county.

About 89 percent of residents aged 12 and older in San Mateo, located south of San Francisco, are vaccinated against COVID-19, county data shows. COVID-19 is the illness caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.

But despite the high vaccination rate, the county officials said masking is needed due to the “highly transmissible Delta variant” that has become more prevalent around the United States. As a result, it explained, “health officers around the Bay Area have recommended that everyone wear masks indoors, regardless of their vaccination status.”

“The County of San Mateo, out of an abundance of caution and to protect public health, is requiring face coverings as of Monday for the public when indoors at County offices, clinics, and other publicly accessible facilities,” the news release stated. “The masking requirement is similar to guidelines in place before the state’s June 15, 2021, reopening.”… (Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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California | July 27, 2021

Life Legal files SCOTUS brief demolishing Roe’s viability standard

California | July 27, 2021

Life Legal filed an important amicus brief today in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization in support of Mississippi’s “Gestational Age Act,” which prohibits abortion after 15 weeks. We filed the brief on behalf of Dr. Robin Pierucci, a neonatologist and bioethicist who is a nationally recognized expert in care for “micro-preemies,” who are very young premature babies born during the second trimester of pregnancy.

Our brief is an attack on the unworkable “viability” standard adopted by the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade and affirmed in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which has cost the lives of millions of babies. These cases rely on a highly subjective determination of a baby’s “capability of meaningful life outside the mother’s womb.”

But who is to say which life has meaning? The Court? The State? The abortionist?

Instead, we urge the Court to look to its own ruling in Cruzan v. Director, Missouri Department of Health, where it found that a state does not have to make judgments about the “quality” of an individual’s life but can “assert an unqualified interest” in protecting human life.  The Cruzan case involved a disabled young woman whose parents wanted to remove her feeding tube. The Court did not accept the parent’s argument that their daughter’s lack of a sufficient “quality of life” was a reason to kill her and held that a higher standard of evidence was required before someone could make the irreversible decision to end the life of a person who cannot communicate his or her wishes. In so doing, the Court affirmed the state’s interest in protecting human life, without regard to the perceived worth of that life. (Excerpts from Life Legal Defence Foundation)

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California | July 27, 2021

Hasbro Suspends Critical Race Training Whistleblower, Says Report ‘Mischaracterizes Our Values’

California | July 27, 2021

Hasbro has reportedly suspended a whistleblower who leaked an internal training session at the company that claimed children as young as 2 years old can harbor racial biases. The toy-making giant claimed that the leaked information “mischaracterizes” the company’s values.

The training material was shared with and published by Project Veritas, a nonprofit undercover journalist outfit known for exposing anti-conservative bias in media and tech companies, by using what founder James O’Keefe has called “guerrilla journalist” tactics. The Conscious Kid, a California-based organization that describes itself as “dedicated to equity and promoting healthy racial identity development in youth,” provided the training for Hasbro.

The recorded training session, echoing the claims of the quasi-Marxist critical race theory (CRT), instructed Hasbro employees that racist behavior could be found in their youngest customers…. (Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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California | July 23, 2021

Archbishop to Pelosi: Devout Catholics Do Not Support Abortion

California | July 23, 2021

An archbishop on Thursday responded to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s claim that she is a devout Catholic who supports abortion.

“Let me repeat: no one can claim to be a devout Catholic and condone the killing of innocent human life, let alone have the government pay for it. The right to life is a fundamental—the most fundamental—human right, and Catholics do not oppose fundamental human rights,”  San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said in a statement.

Cordileone is the archbishop of Pelosi’s home diocese.

Pelosi was asked during a press conference earlier in the day why Democrats have declined to allow a vote on a bill that would block taxpayer-funded abortions.

She said access to abortion is a health issue for many American women, “especially those in lower-income situations and in different states, and it is something that has been a priority for many of us a long time.”.. (Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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California | July 23, 2021

Kids’ suicide, mental health hospitalizations spiked amid COVID lockdowns

California | July 23, 2021

COVID-19 policies had disastrous results on children, especially in California, according to medical researchers at the University of California San Francisco. Suicides in the Golden State last year jumped by 24% for Californians under 18 but fell by 11% for adults, showing how children were uniquely affected by “profound social isolation and loss of essential social supports traditionally provided by in-person school.” Children requiring emergency mental health services jumped last year in Children’s Hospital of Oakland, and children’s hospitalizations for eating disorders more than doubled at UCSF Children’s Hospital. In January, the latter’s emergency department (ED) at Mission Bay hit a record for “highest proportion of suicidal children in ER” at 21%. The researchers previewed their findings and conclusions in a Wall Street Journal op-ed last month. They accused the CDC of burying the harms to teen mental health from lockdown while cherry-picking data to cast teen COVID hospitalizations “in the worst possible light… (Excerpts from Just the News)

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