Supercreator Daily: A vision for less policing in public safety

Congresswoman Cori Bush introduced a new bill that would redesign how America responds to crises. Plus: The candle that makes me feel seen.

👋🏾 Hi, hey, hello! It’s Monday, June 28. I’m Michael, writing to you from New York City on a sweltering 94-degree day.

Rep. Cori Bush, a first-term progressive Democrat from Missouri, introduced a new bill today to redesign how America responds to crises and offer a health-based approach to public safety.

The People’s Response Act would create a public safety division within the Department of Health and Human Services to fund and coordinate research, tech support and grant programs that invest in anti-prison health-centered solutions. It would be tasked with creating a trauma-informed federal response unit deployable to communities to support state and local government responses to emergency situations, substance use and mental health crises. The bill would also include $2.5 billion in funding for state, local, and tribal government and community organizations to hire emergency first responders such as licensed social workers, mental health counselors, substance use counselors, and peer support specialists.

Bush has made it a priority since Missouri’s First District sent her to Congress last year to transform the language and spirit of activist movements into meaningful legislation, demonstrating what bottom-up policymaking looks like. Earlier this month, the congresswoman introduced a new 12-page resolution to establish access to electricity as a human right and regulate utility corporations and providers that have monopolized the industry. Resolutions are significant in that they express the collective sentiment of the House on a particular issue, person or event. It’s worth noting that if the People’s Response Act is eventually passed, it would be a binding law, unlike a House resolution like Bush’s public electricity proposal or the Green New Deal, for example.

“We are safer when our communities are well funded, our people are healthy and housed, and our children have nutritious meals, excellent schools, and green spaces to play in,” Bush said in a statement. “Our communities deserve a new response because the old approaches have been tried and tried again — only to continue failing our communities.” The bill is currently co-sponsored by 13 House members and endorsed by 70 organizations.

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Here’s what else you need to know this evening:

  • The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are likely to protect against the coronavirus for years as long as the virus and variants don’t evolve much beyond their current forms. There were reports that people immunized with the vaccines would need boosters if the shots didn’t set off a persistent immune reaction to the body. [Apoorva Mandavilli / The New York Times]

  • Three in 10 Americans believe that the pandemic is over even though that’s not the case. Republicans are far more likely than Democrats to say the pandemic is over, but significant differences also exist by gender, age and region of the country. [Megan Brenan / Gallup]

  • The Supreme Court on Monday declined to decide on whether the nation’s schools must allow student to use the bathroom that match their gender identity. Although this is a victory for trans students, it’s the first of many cases that may soon be headed to the Court — including if transgender students should be allowed to play on the school sports teams matching their gender identities. [Pete Williams / NBC News]

  • More than 500 young people with the Sunrise Movement met outside the White House to demand that infrastructure package President Biden aggreed to will include meaningful action on climate change. “We have a historic, narrow opportunity to combat the climate crisis, and if we stall on this for a performative bipartisan stunt, costs and consequences will only be greater,” Varshini Prakash, executive director of Sunrise Movement, said. [Sunrise Movement]

  • 37 percent of all adults are concerned about climate change causing severe weather events in their region. This is occuring as the Pacific Northwest is enduring a dangerous heatwave with limited A/C. [YouGov]

  • Consumers saved an estimated $2.4 trillion in excess savings since the beginning of the pandemic, according to Wells Fargo. But lower-income households are expected to “run down” their savings once additional stimulus payments end and eviction moratoriums are lifted. [Sam Ro / Axios]

Read All About It

Sarah Manavis at New Statesman on how “millennial money management” sells young people the illusion of financial control:

Even when it is well-intentioned, much of this content addresses only the tiniest symptoms of the enormous systemic problems with which millennials are burdened. For younger people suffering from financial precarity, trying to work around the system is rarely going to lead to long-term stability. Much of the time, these money management services offer advice that simply boils down to recommending saving.

Though this is not inherently wrong or bad advice, it is unlikely that saving alone will enable millennials to gain the financial security that their parents and grandparents had. “I don’t want to suggest that it’s not possible that by saving more someone can make an improvement to their situation, but it comes at the cost of having less for the present day,” David Sturrock, a senior research economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies says. “And due to the wider situation that younger generations are in, they may not have the additional amounts of income compared to their predecessors which they could use to build up their wealth.” 

This industry could be campaigning for policy changes around housing, better pension options for young people on low incomes, and improved advice about investment (according to Sturrock). Instead, its solutions are oversimplified in order to appear more feasible and attention-grabbing. Buying a book or following an Instagram account with tips on investing is fruitless when you have very little money in your bank account to work with, but consuming this type of content can give readers a sense of “doing something” even when their financial status remains unchanged. 

Anne Helen Petersen at Vox on what the American dream looks like for immigrants:

For those who’ve personally watched upward mobility work within their families, the promises of the American dream often feel like promises kept. Hard work and education led to significantly better outcomes for their children, with more stability for the entire family. There’s a lot more to these stories, however, particularly to the way second-generation immigrants conceive of their place on the class ladder.

Speaking with first- and second-generation immigrants from more than a dozen “sending” countries over the past month, it’s clear there’s a shared desire to have bigger, more nuanced discussions of the immigrant experience of the American dream — conversations that attend to the specific contexts that so often get swallowed within the label of “immigrant,” alternately portrayed as a problem (overwhelming the border, sucking up governmental resources, taking American jobs) or a model success story, with very little, if any, attention to the paths that open or close to migrants from different home countries and circumstances, from different racial and educational backgrounds, with profoundly different levels of societal and governmental support.

David Dennis Jr. at The Undefeated on why Verzuz cannot keep giving a platform to alleged abusers:

Verzuz has got to do better. These consecutive displays of either apathy or straight-up endorsements of alleged abusers are a slap in the face to survivors and a betrayal of the belief that the newly lucrative brand is about more than monetary gain. Again, these aren’t just regular concerts where fans can take it or leave it, or choose to ignore. By positioning itself as a space for healing Black people and a time for us to come together to celebrate our culture, Verzuz has taken on the responsibility of being more than just a music showcase. If it intends to truly heal, Swizz Beatz, Timbaland and anyone else involved have to live up to the responsibilities they’ve undertaken. If Verzuz is supposed to bring us together, then it should be a safe place for all Black folks. Yes, even those who the rest of society tends to ignore: Black women – especially those who survive sexual assault and violence.

Timothy Noah at The New Republic on why expensive sports teams are a luxury that colleges can’t afford:

Look, I’m not saying colleges shouldn’t field football and basketball teams to play teams at other colleges. But the professional sheen on such activities has gotten too expensive to maintain. Can’t the serious athletes who now play on these teams find professional basketball or football teams to play for? That may require some restructuring of the professional leagues, or the introduction of new ones. But I don’t doubt these alternatives will materialize if the NCAA is shut down; the fans will insist on it. Whatever financial losses these innovative new sports ventures generate will no longer be academia’s problem.

Terrence Doyle at Eater on if permanent fee caps will actually rein in delivery apps:

Faced with the annihilation of the restaurant industry, major metropolitan areas — beginning with San Francisco, and extending to ChicagoNew York CityPortland, and Seattle, as well as many others — began passing temporary limits on what the apps could charge for delivery, with some cities setting a cap as low as 10 percent. Many of those temporary caps are set to expire in the coming weeks and months, prompting city and state legislatures to question whether or not to extend them, or make them permanent, as the restaurant industry continues to struggle

The question comes at a pivotal moment. Delivery companies like Grubhub, Postmates, and Uber Eats had their most successful year to date, raking in record revenues, and yet none of them are profitable. (Only DoorDash managed to step out of the red last year, and it only did so for one quarter.) Meanwhile, as restaurants resume onsite dining as cities and states continue to open back up, many are still burdened by the debt they accumulated over the past year. Some have gotten relief from the government, but others are still pleading. And caught in the middle are consumers, who are shouldering more of the costs.

Chavie Lieber at Business of Fashion on how Gen Z and brands are reimagining masculinity:

Gen Z is far more flexible about gender roles than previous generations — according to Pew Research, they’re more likely than any of their generational counterparts eto know someone who uses gender-neutral pronouns. Gen Z-favourite celebrities like Harry StylesASAP RockyBillie Eilish and Travis Scott regularly push style norms.

The evolving definition of masculinity is presenting new challenges to brands. Not all consumers are as comfortable with new forms of masculinity as the typical TikTok user. But fashion can no longer solely advertise to men through a stereotypically male lens.

“We need to stop seeing men as two-dimensional creatures who care about sports and grilling because their interests and lives are more complex,” said Jasmine Bina, a fashion brand strategist.

Michael’s Pick

Anecdote “Quarter-life Crisis” Candle ($24): I’ve never felt so seen by a candle before. 😩