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On The Beat – Civic Life

February 25th, 2021 by

AS BIDEN VOWS MONUMENTAL ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE, A FIGHT WITH THE FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY HAS ONLY BEGUN

 Jan. 27, 2021

 Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis, The Washington Post

On Wednesday, Joe Biden announced his plan to shift the US away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy. His plan will create millions of jobs and conserve public land and water. But, he must try and fight the fossil fuel giants.



AUSTIN WILL USE MONEY CUT FROM POLICE BUDGET TO BUY SUPPORTIVE HOUSING

 Jan. 27, 2021

Meg O’Connor, The Appeal

Austin’s city council voted to put money from police budget cut into buying a hotel and turning it into 60 units the homeless. This will cost an estimated $6.7 million. BLM protests encouraged the reallocation of funds.



NEW HOMELESS SHELTER OPENS BY SWITCHYARD PARK, HAS ALREADY ACCOMMODATED DOZENS

Jan. 26, 2021

Haley Ryan, The Indiana Daily Student

On Jan. 19, a new homeless shelter opened in Bloomington near Switchyard Park. Beacon, an organization that focuses on homelessness, opened the shelter with intentions to help many people within the community.



DACA RECIPIENTS ARE NOW ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERALLY INSURED MORTGAGES

 Jan. 26, 2021

Michaelle Bond, The Philadelphia Inquirer

A new policy allows some immigrants who were brought to the US illegally as Children to get federally insured loans. This will allow them to be homeowners, build wealth, and is a part of Joe Biden’s new immigration plan.



OVERCOMING BARRIERS TO MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN A PANDEMIC

Eszi Water, Limestone Post Magazine

Jan. 21, 2021

In Monroe County, more residents are seeking meatal health services due to the pandemic. There are not enough mental health professionals to keep up with the demand, and there are also barriers that make it even more difficult for certain groups.



THE 17 THINGS JOE BIDEN DID ON DAY ONE

 Jan. 21, 2021

Alice Ollstein, Arjun Kakkar and Beatrice Jin, Politico

 President Joe Biden was inaugurated today and signed over a dozen executive orders, including rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, hauling construction on the US-Mexico border wall, and even requiring masks on federal property.



HERE’S WHAT A BIDEN PRESIDENCY COULD MEAN FOR IU STUDENTS

Lizzie Kaboski, The Indiana Daily Student

Jan. 20, 2021

Joe Biden taking office could mean many different things for IU students, including college affordability, forgiveness on student loan debt, and a reduced fear of deportation for DACA students. Now students will see if Biden can keep some promises.



HOOSIER HILLS FOOD BANK DISTRIBUTES RECORD AMOUNTS OF FOOD IN 2020

Jan. 19, 2021

Haley Ryan, The Indiana Daily Student

In 2020, the Hoosier Hills Food Bank distributed 7,089,749 pounds of food, which is a 39% increase since last year. The pandemic caused Hoosier Hills to lose hundreds of volunteers and decreased local donations, but they still had a record-breaking year.



SOCIAL JUSTIVE YARD SINAGE GAINS TRACTION IN BLOOMINGTON

 Dec. 3, 2020

Jake Taylor, Bloomington Beat

In response to many social justice movements in the US, many Bloomington residents are putting up social justice yard signs to show support. There is a debate whether these signs make a difference or just cause further division in the community.



LOCAL ACTIVIST, PATRICK FORD, FIGHTS FOR BLACK LIVES

Dec. 3, 2020

Jake Taylor, Bloomington Beat

On June 5, Patrick Ford, 23, spoke at the Monroe County Courthouse about justice for Black Americans. He has been dedicated to fighting racial injustice for many years and wants to continue to make change in Bloomington.