News Roundup 4/2/18
By: Maranda Gonzalez
1. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Dies
Former wife of advcate Nelson Mandela, has died at the age of 81, according to her personal assistant. Winnie was a, "South African anti-apartheid campaigner," according to CNN. Winnie passed away at Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa this morning, as said in a statement released by her personal assistant. Winnie was reportedly in and out of the hospital since the beginning of this year due to an illness she has been fighting for some time. The Mandela Family on Winnie's passing according to a statement, "The Mandela family are deeply grateful for the gift of her life and even as out hearts break at her passing, we urge all those who loved her to celebrate this most remarkable woman." The national funeral service for Winnie will be held on April 14, 2018.
2. Oklahoma Teachers Protest in Walkout to State Capitol
Oklahoma teachers cleared their classrooms and marched to their state capitol to demand better education and funding for their schools. In result of the Oklahoma Teacher Walkout, many public schools across the state of Kentucky were closed today and some are set to be closed tomorrow. About 30,000 teachers in Oklahoma were rallying at the state capitol over a new tax bill that ups teacher pay, but does not reach the average teacher pay, leaving Oklahoma teachers some of the lowest paid in the country.
Source: The Week
3. Trump Says 'No More DACA Deal'
On Easter Sunday, President Trump took to Twitter to discuss Border Patrol, DACA and NAFTA. He stated how he bellieved Border Patrol Agents aren't allowed to do their jobs correctly due to laws such as, 'Catch & Release.' He also stated new laws need to be passed in order to enforce proper Border Patrol protocol. He went on to comment how Mexico is not doing anything to prevent criminals from crossing the border into the U.S. He said there will be no more DACA deal because he believes the criminals crossing through are trying to take advantage of DACA. He threatened to pull out of NAFTA as a result of people crossing into the U.S. from the Mexican border.
Source: The New York Times
4. McDonald's Workers Say Chain isn't Keeping Up with Rising Wages
Three years ago, McDonald's agreed to pay all corporate-owned store workers $1 above minimum wage in every location based off each state's wage law. Now, workers are claiming the fast-food restaurant is not following through on its promise. Back in 2015, when the chain announced it would be paying their workers $1 above average, Chief Executive Officer Steve Eastbrook said, "A motivated workforce leads to better customer service so we believe this initial step not only benefits our employees, it will improve the McDonald’s restaurant experience,” as reported by Think Progress. McDonald's workers are currently fighting for $15 minimum wage and are using this situation to further motivate them to continue striving and reach their goal.
Source: Think Progress
5. SpaceX Launches 3 Tons of Cargo to the ISS
Carrying a Dragon spacecraft, the Falcon 9 launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The spacecraft was packed with 3 tons of research, crew supplies and hardware, according to NASA. The Dragon spacecraft will report thunderstorms on Earth, space gardening, will control contaminants in space and more.