A fire early Saturday morning destroyed the rooftop and most of the interior of the San Gabriel Mission, a 249 year old Catholic church. The cause of the fire is under investigation, however a recent toppling of monuments to Junipero Serra, the founder of the California mission system who has long been a symbol of oppression among activists will be a factor in the investigation. Robert Barron, the auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, tweeted that he was "deeply troubled" by the fire as he awaits further information about its cause.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday to protect monuments, memorials and statues facing new scrutiny amid fresh debate over the nation's racist beginnings. The order calls on the attorney general to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law any person or group that destroys or vandalizes a monument, memorial or statue. Federal law authorizes a penalty of up to 10 years in prison for the "willful injury" of federal property.
A federal judge ruled Friday that it was illegal for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de de Blasio to limit religious worship services over the coronavirus while condoning and encouraging mass anti-police brutality protests.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered the removal of four portraits in the U.S. Capitol of former Speakers of the House who served in the Confederacy. read more
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a landmark civil rights law protects LGBT people from discrimination in employment, a resounding victory for the LGBT. read more