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    Colony Ridge Resolution & WGA’s Tentative Agreement | Afternoon Update | 9.25.23

    enSeptember 25, 2023

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    • Texas GOP seeks investigation into controversial development and calls for legislationTexas Republicans want an investigation into Colony Ridge development and are pushing for legislation to prevent more illegal settlers, while US Senator Bob Menendez refuses to resign despite bribery charges and the Hollywood writers' strike could end with a tentative deal.

      The Texas Republican Party has officially requested legislation to be added to a special session to prevent further settlement of illegal aliens in the controversial Colony Ridge development, and they've called for a full investigation into the development and any potential connections to local elected officials. Meanwhile, embattled US Senator Bob Menendez, who was indicted on bribery charges, has refused to resign despite calls from his own party. In other news, the Hollywood writers' strike could be coming to an end with a tentative agreement between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. Menendez maintains his innocence and intends to remain New Jersey's senior senator once all the facts are presented. The WGA credits the potential deal to the solidarity of its members and the support of other unions during the 146-day strike.

    • Progress in entertainment industry and immigration policyThe WGA is close to approving a new contract, potentially bringing gains for writers, while the Biden admin can prevent deportation of a homeschooling family and the National Cathedral installs new windows symbolizing racial justice

      Significant progress is being made in two distinct areas: the entertainment industry and immigration policy. In the entertainment industry, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) is on the brink of approving a new three-year contract, which is expected to bring meaningful gains and protections for its members. The deal, which could be signed as early as this week, follows a three-month-long strike. Meanwhile, in the world of immigration, a German family, the Romicas, who have been in the United States lawfully for 15 years, are facing potential deportation due to their decision to homeschool their children. The Biden administration has the power to prevent their deportation and allow the family to continue following the rule of law in the United States. This case highlights the importance of upholding the law while also demonstrating the potential for compassionate decision-making. Additionally, the Washington National Cathedral has recently installed new stained glass windows commemorating the fight for racial justice, replacing ones that honored Confederate generals. This symbolic act underscores the ongoing efforts to address past injustices and promote equality.

    • Jamaica faces health crisis and economic instabilityAmid challenges, there's a shared hope for transformation and growth in Jamaica, with the country dealing with a dengue fever outbreak and Rite Aid considering bankruptcy.

      Despite facing challenges such as health crises and economic instability, there is a shared hope for transformation and growth. In Jamaica, the country is dealing with a dengue fever outbreak, but no deaths have been officially classified as related to the virus yet. Meanwhile, Rite Aid is considering bankruptcy and potentially closing hundreds of stores. However, the company is still negotiating, and the future of the remaining operations is uncertain. Despite these difficulties, there is a collective desire for progress and for embodying the values that these situations call for. The themes proposed by the windows of the cathedral, representing the nation and its people, serve as a catalyst for this transformation.

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