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Illinois city approves using marijuana taxes to fund reparations program

Lawmakers in a Chicago suburb earlier this week approved using taxes from recreational marijuana sales to establish a local reparations program.

The money will go toward job training and other benefits for Evanston’s black population, the Pioneer Press reported.

“We can implement funding to directly invest in black Evanston,” said Ald. Robin Rue Simmons, who proposed the reparations bill.

Simmons said the source of the funds was especially appropriate, citing the “war on drugs” that has led to increased incarceration rates among African-Americans, particularly for marijuana-related offenses.

HECKLING, DRAMA MARK HOUSE HEARING ON SLAVERY REPARATIONS AS TOP DEM ASKS, ‘WHY NOT NOW?’

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Lawmakers in Evanston, Ill., will use taxes from recreational marijuana sales to fund a local reparations program. (National Institute on Drug Abuse)

The 8-1 vote comes as the city’s black population has dipped from 22.5 percent in 2000 to just under 17 percent in 2017, the paper reported.

Supporters of the program say it will help address the lingering effects of slavery and discrimination, per the Pioneer Press.

The fund will be capped at $10 million, while the city estimates that the taxes from recreational marijuana sales could generate between $500,000 and $750,000 annually.

The idea of reparations to compensate the descendants of slaves has gained traction among progressives while a majority of conservatives oppose it.

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Marianne Williamson, a spiritual advisor and 2020 presidential candidate, unveiled a formal reparations plan earlier this year.

The long-shot Democratic candidate has called for between $200 and $500 billion for a “payment of a debt that is owed.”

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The Impeachment Inquiry Is Fully Legitimate – In their efforts to trash the Democrats’ investigation, the president and his defenders are trashing the Constitution along with it

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As a Canadian, it’s frustrating to see Americans think their system is cut above other democracies. It is unique in its implementation, but the Westminster system of parliament has lifted a far greater number of people from tyranny and into democracy.

That and it has stood the test of time. Canada is a excellent example of an alternative system that uses the Westminster system to great effect. England, Australia, India (to a lesser extent, they have moved further away) New Zealand are all strong and vibrant democracies with equally strong economies.

Having lived and worked in the US, this notion that the country is unique, special and number one blinds you to the faults within the democracy and in the nation as a whole.

Universal healthcare is one example. The deterioration in primary education, along with the skyrocketing increase of tuition is another.

Further, Canada now has a wealthier middle class then America. While on the whole America is richer, that wealth is concentrated at the very top. Yet, people still vote on a regular basis for pro corporate interest parties who push policies that further undercut the very foundation of America’s wealth.

The constitution is not America. It is simply a building block for the rest of society, and democracy in your country specifically. The corruption that has allowed the document to be ignored is decades old. The destruction of fair media and the corresponding rise of evengelical extreme right in the 70s is the roots of the current constitutional crises.

I have great faith in my American neighbours to right yourselves. But your arrogance and utter conviction of being special has the potential to be your downfall.

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Former Amazon Mexico CEO suspected in wife’s murder

The former CEO of Amazon Mexico is suspected of arranging his wife’s murder while engaged in a gritty divorce battle, according to the New York Post.

Juan Carlos García is wanted by the authorities for questioning after his estranged spouse Abril Pérez Sagaón was shot to death by a motorcyclist in front of the couple’s two teenage children in Mexico City.

MEXICAN CARTELS POISONING US NATIONAL PARKS THROUGH HIDDEN POT GROWING OPERATIONS: REPORT

According to a report by El Pais, she was shot in the head and neck.

Perez, a mother of three, was in Mexico City for a court hearing regarding custody of their children and was headed to the airport before being ambushed in her car.

According to the BBC, Garcia was taken into custody this January after Perez, who had a restraining order against her husband, accused Garcia of attempted murder, saying he attacked her while she was asleep with a baseball bat.

Garcia was released last month after 10 months in pretrial detention and the judge downgraded the charge to domestic violence.

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Garcia, who left Amazon Mexico three years ago, is the main suspect although no charges have been filed.

Perez’s family believes her husband arranged the assassination.

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London Bridge terror attack suspect was ex-convict Usman Khan, 28: police

London police have identified the suspect in a stabbing attack Friday that left two people dead and three others injured as 28-year-old Usman Khan, an ex-convict who was shot and killed by police on the London Bridge.

Khan, who lived in the Staffordshire area, was convicted in 2012 for “terrorism offenses” and released in December 2018 “on license,” meaning he had to meet certain conditions or face being sent back to prison, according to Metropolitan Police Counterterrorism Chief Neil Basu.

Police are treating the act as a terrorist attack.

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In a screenshot taken from video made available by @HLOBlog, a man is surrounded by police after an incident on London Bridge on Friday. (@HLOBlog via AP)

“A key line of [inquiry] now is to establish how he came to carry out this attack,” the chief said, adding that police are conducting searches at a Staffordshire address.

The suspect, who wore a fake explosive vest as the attack unfolded, was tackled by members of the public before being shot by “specialist armed officers,” and he died at the scene, according to Basu.

“Whilst we are still in the early stages of the investigation, at this time we are not actively seeking anyone else in relation to the attack,” Basu said, noting that the terrorism investigation continues and police are making sure “that no other people were involved in this attack and that there is no outstanding threat to the public.”

A man and a woman were killed during the attack, and two women and a man were injured and remain in the hospital, according to the chief.

THREE INJURED IN NETHERLANDS STABBING, POLICE SAY

Police were called to the London Bridge area just before 2 p.m. local time on Friday.

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Police on Cannon Street in London near the scene of an incident on London Bridge on Friday. (Kirsty O’Connor/PA via AP)

“The circumstances, as we currently understand them, are that the attacker attended an event earlier on Friday afternoon at Fishmonger’s Hall called ‘Learning Together,’” Basu said. “We believe that the attack began inside before he left the building and proceeded onto London Bridge, where he was detained and subsequently confronted and shot by armed officers.”

Public safety is the top priority, and Basu asked the public to continue to avoid the area as police continue to enhance patrols in the city and across London.

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A police forensic officer walked by a sign where a man was shot dead by police on London Bridge on Friday. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he had “long argued” that it was a “mistake to allow serious and violent criminals to come out of prison early.”

“It is very important that we get out of that habit and that we enforce the appropriate sentences for dangerous criminals, especially for terrorists, that I think the public will want to see,” Johnson said.

British media outlets including the BBC and Sky News had reported that the attacker was an ex-prisoner with links to Islamic extremist groups, but officials waited to confirm the suspect’s identity.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said earlier Friday that two victims of the “appalling” terrorist attack had “tragically died.”

“My heart goes out to them, their loved ones and to everybody affected,” he said in a statement. “London will never be cowed by terrorism. Terrorism will never win.”

“I want to reassure Londoners and visitors that there will be enhanced police patrols, including firearms teams, on the streets of London this weekend,” he added. “I will be attending the government’s emergency COBRA meeting tonight.”

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Armed police guard the scene of an incident on London Bridge. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)

Basu pleaded with the public to share any information, images or footage of the incident by visiting the U.K. Police Image Appeal site, or to call police with any information that could help the investigation.

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“The public should continue to remain vigilant and report any concerns they have to police,” Basu added.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Victor David Hanson: Dems trying to impeach Trump over ‘thought crimes,’ but have ‘nothing’

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Hoover Institution senior fellow Victor David Hanson accused Democrats Friday of trying to impeach President Trump over “thought crimes,” saying the president did nothing illegal.

“If I want to think about speeding 80 miles an hour and I talk about thinking about it but I actually don’t, I’m not guilty of anything other than harboring a bad thought,” Hanson said on “The Story.” “So Trump may or may not, we don’t really know, the evidence suggests he didn’t think about delaying aid and that aid was delayed, but it wasn’t cut off. Maybe [Trump] thought about cutting it off. But that’s not a crime.”

TRUMP DEFENDS MOVE TO BLOCK IMPEACHMENT TESTIMONY, SAYS HE IS PROTECTING ‘FUTURE PRESIDENTS’

The House Judiciary Committee is taking over the next phase of the impeachment inquiry into Trump as Chairman Jerrold Nadler announced plans for a hearing next week to weigh whether the president’s actions reach a level of “high crimes and misdemeanors” and warrant articles of impeachment.

Nadler, D-N.Y., penned a letter to the president on Tuesday announcing a hearing for Dec. 4 at 10 a.m., and notifying him of the committee’s intentions to provide him with “certain privileges” while they consider “whether to recommend articles of impeachment to the full House.”

Guest host Ed Henry pressed Hanson, saying it looked like aid was held up only for Hanson to defend the president’s right to hold it up.

“It’s not against the law to hold up aid,” Hanson said. “But the bottom line is he didn’t cut it.”

“You’re going to convict people of… thought crimes, for considering cutting it,” Hanson added. “What would you do if you said, well, Barack Obama never gave them lethal aid and a lot of people died because of that? We’re not impeaching Barack Obama for that.”

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Hanson said that unless former National Security Adviser John Bolton testifies, there is “nothing” Democrats have to impeach Trump.

“So unless they can bring in a marquee witness like John Bolton that has new information of direct testimony, of a conversation with the president, there is nothing, they know it,” Hanson said.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Louis C.K. to Israeli audience: ‘I’d rather be in Auschwitz than NYC’

Disgraced comic Louis C.K. made a Holocaust joke — to an Israeli audience in Tel Aviv.

“I’d rather be in Auschwitz than New York City,” he said during a Thanksgiving night performance, eliciting startled laughter and applause.

“I mean now, not when it was open,” added the 52-year-old, whose paternal grandfather was Jewish.

SARAH SILVERMAN APOLOGIZES TO LOUIS C.K. ACCUSER AFTER ADMITTING SHE ALLOWED HIM TO MASTURBATE IN FRONT OF HER

The off-color comment came as C.K. continues an international comedy tour, meant to bring him back into the mainstream after he was booted from stages for admittedly masturbating in front of women without their consent.

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In this Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019 photo, Israelis walk past a billboard showing Comedian Louis C.K. in the Israeli city of Holon near Tel Aviv. Two years after being swept up in the Me Too movement and acknowledging sexual misconduct with multiple women, comedian Louis C.K. took to the stage at a nearly packed basketball arena outside Tel Aviv, where the audience seemed ready to let it go.(AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

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He’s booked to perform a pair of shows in Slovakia on Saturday, before appearing on stage in Hungary next week.

While it remains unclear when C.K. plans to return to New York, he also has a series of domestic performances booked in New Orleans, Houston, Akron, Ohio and Detroit through February.

PARKLAND VICTIM’S FATHER SLAMS LOUIS C.K. IN STAND-UP COMEDY SET

C.K.’s Tel Aviv stand up also included his own commentary on the accusations of sexual misconduct level against him, advising the audience against following in his perverted footsteps.

“If they say ‘yes,’ then still don’t do it, because it’s not popular,” he quipped.

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C.K. has previously admitted to “showing my d–k” to his accusers.

This article originally appeared in Page Six.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Jay-Z suing Australian children’s bookstore over use of his image and lyrics: report

“You some type of lawyer or something? Somebody important or something?”

Jay-Z is suing a small web-based shop in Sydney, Australia, called The Little Homie, according to the New York Times. The item that sparked the lawsuit is a book  called “A B to Jay-Z” which repurposes a line from the rapper’s famous song “99 Problems” as “If you’re having alphabet problems I feel bad for your son, I got 99 problems but my ABCs ain’t one.”

The book features Jay’s likeness, as well as those of other rappers like Biggie Smalls and  Eminem. It was released two years ago and Little Homie — which said it was hoping to inspire “the next generation of hood rats” — says it sold out within days, according to the Times. Other titles offered by Little Homie include “First 50 Words With 50 Cent” and “1 2 3 With the Notorious B.I.G.”

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Jay-Z is suing an Australian children’s bookstore for using his image and lyrics.

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Jay’s efforts to combat what his lawyers describe as “a deliberate and knowing attempt to trade off the reputation and goodwill” of his image dates back to 2017, when several cease-and-desist letters were sent. The complaint also alleges that Little Homie had made a “false and misleading representation” that Jay-Z had given his approval to the product and was knowingly affiliating himself with it.

Jessica Chiha, the company’s owner, does not appear to be helping her case with online references to herself as “J-Pain,” her child as a “ghetto little superstar” and her husband as her “baby daddy.” Several photos, allegedly from her husband Danny’s Facebook, seem to show people in blackface at a party.

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Chiha did not respond for a request for comment from the Times. Page Six has reached out to both Jay-Z’s team and The Little Homie for comment.

This article originally appeared in Page Six.

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Storm threatens disruption on busiest travel weekend

A powerful storm making its way from California could cause major disruptions for millions of travelers across the country hoping to get home after the Thanksgiving weekend.

The National Weather Service said travel could be impossible in some parts of the country as ice or flash flooding continues to cover swaths of the country.

The storm was expected to head east throughout the weekend into the Plains on Friday, the Midwest by Saturday and Northeast on Sunday.

‘BOMB CYCLONE,’ POWERFUL COAST-TO-COAST STORM SYSTEM THREATENS THANKSGIVING TRAVEL

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Street signs are covered in snow in north Flagstaff, Ariz., on Friday. A powerful storm making its way east from California is threatening major disruptions during the year’s busiest travel weekend, as forecasters warned that intensifying snow and ice could thwart millions across the country hoping to get home after Thanksgiving. (Cody Bashore/Arizona Daily Sun via AP)

Sunday will be particularly disruptive as millions of holiday travelers are expected to head home. One traveler asked the weather service via Twitter on Friday if it was advisable to drive to Duluth, Minn., over the weekend.

“If you are in Duluth by tonight, you will likely be stuck there until at least Sunday afternoon due to heavy snow and blizzard conditions,” the agency warned.

Airlines for America, the airline trade industry’s trade group, expects 31.1 million passengers to take to the skies Sunday. Multiple airlines said they were operating on Friday as usual.

Delta Airlines said weather could disrupt travel at airports in the upper Midwest on Saturday and the northeast on Sunday and Monday.

It offered to let customers cancel or reschedule flights. American Airlines issued similar offers in Rapid City, S.D. Sections of the state were under a blizzard warning and could see as much as two feet of snow.

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This photo tweeted by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department shows a Santa Barbara Fire Department truck along E. Camino Cielo as snow falls at the 3,500 foot level on the fire footprint in Santa Barbara, Calif. Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019. Wintry weather temporarily loosened its grip across much of the U.S. just in time for Thanksgiving, after tangling holiday travelers in wind, ice and snow and before more major storms descend Friday. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire via AP)

Authorities in the state reported a fatal crash after a driver lost control on an ice-covered road. A 37-year-old passenger died after a truck slid into a ditch and rolled over.

Highways elsewhere were shut down. Drivers in California were left stranded and authorities in Arizona pleaded with travelers to wait out the weather.

The weather service issued warnings Friday from Montana to Nebraska to Wisconsin. It anticipates heavy snowfall in parts of Utah, Colorado, Montana and Wyoming. Strong winds and snow became an issue earlier this week when 60 vehicles were involved in a massive pileup in Utah.

Northern Michigan University reopened its residence halls two days early to give students options as forecasters predicted a foot or more of snow in the region.

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“We want to make people aware of what they could be driving into,” campus police Chief Mike Bath said.

The West Coast was slammed with winter storms earlier this week, causing thousands of flight delays. Up to four feet of snow was dumped in mountainous areas of the Pacific Northwest and Denver was clobbered by a storm Tuesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Gen. Anthony Tata: Trump was right, fired Navy secretary was wrong on Eddie Gallagher case

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Fired Navy Secretary Richard Spencer’s outburst at President Trump in a Washington Post op-ed published Wednesday, calling the president’s handling of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher’s case a “shocking and unprecedented intervention in a low-level review” is in and of itself shocking and unprecedented in several ways.

Spencer wrote: “The president has very little understanding of what it means to be in the military, to fight ethically or to be governed by a uniform set of rules and practices.”

In reality, Spencer is the man who bypassed the chain of command by cutting Secretary of Defense Mark Esper out of his scheming and working a backroom deal. Now, after being exposed, Spencer submissively avails himself to an eager mainstream media ready to consume his invective aimed at the president, creating the very chaos he blames on the president.

FIRED NAVY SECRETARY CRITICIZES TRUMP FOR ‘SHOCKING’ INTERVENTION IN SEAL CASE

Spencer aligned himself with the prosecution, adding more weight to the suffocating pressure of a resource-rich bureaucracy bearing down on the defense attorney and his client, Gallagher. Commanders and secretaries with decision-making and appellate authority are meant to be neutral by design, open to evidence, mitigation, and extenuation from both sides of the case.

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Those, like Spencer, who lack the requisite experience of leading large numbers of servicemen and women often fall prey to their own emotion-driven predilections. Spencer wanted the Navy to be right, so he followed prosecution guidance in a case that was marred by prosecutorial overreach.

For example:

Navy prosecutor Cmdr. Christopher Czaplak secretly embedded a tracking virus in an image of the scales of justice and the American flag on emails he exchanged with Gallagher’s defense attorneys, affording him an illegal window into the defense strategy.

Czaplak’s prosecution team, which included Naval Criminal Investigative Service officials, tampered with witnesses in efforts to prevent testimony, tainted the jury pool by leaking reports to the media favorable to the prosecution, and then conspired to shield those crimes as the defense brought them to light.

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When Gallagher refused to sign a confession, reports indicate the brig commander moved him to solitary confinement, something we in the military recognize as an “enhanced interrogation” technique. Gallagher’s only “misbehavior” was not doing what the prosecution was badgering him to do. Sensory deprivation is solely intended to influence the target. It didn’t work on Gallagher, but they tried.

Spencer argues that the president’s intervention in a “low level” case is counter to the good order and discipline of the military. There is nothing “low level” about a wartime murder trial involving a Navy SEAL where a jury of Gallagher’s combat veteran peers found him not guilty of all crimes with which he was charged save being one of 12 individuals who posed for a picture with a dead combatant. Wrong, yes, but not something that justifies such an aggressive prosecution.

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Lastly, Spencer’s quibbling over whether the president’s tweet was a “direct order” or not demonstrates how petty and vengeful he was toward Gallagher. The president was right to intervene to prevent a biased, small-minded person like Spencer from spitefully tilting the weight of the bureaucracy on top of a single sailor. Servicemen and women enjoy the same due process rights as the civilians of the country they serve.

As Spencer and his hashtags fade over the next several days, the president’s support of warfighters over bureaucrats will increase the morale of those in the rank and file. The critics will angrily accuse the president of supporting a war criminal, but the real crimes in this case have been papered over by a secretary of the Navy eager to avoid embarrassment at the expense of a sailor who, on the whole, served honorably.

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Climate protesters block stores, disrupt Black Friday shopping

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Protesters around the world disrupted Black Friday shopping in order to draw attention to climate change days before the United Nations met to discuss the issue in Madrid.

The retail holiday saw protests in a long list of countries — including France, Germany, the United States — with some activists entering stores and holding mock funerals. Near Paris, climate demonstrators blocked a shopping mall and gathered in from of Amazon’s headquarters to protest over-production they say is killing the planet.

To many activists, Black Friday is the epitome of this shift, a purely commercial event designed to boost U.S. retailers ahead of the Christmas holidays, the symbol of capitalism run amok.

“We are living in a system of endless consumerism,” the group Extinction Rebellion NYC tweeted on Friday. “Earth cannot sustain that, especially as we accelerate towards climate and ecological catastrophe.”

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The group posted photos and videos purportedly showing activists protesting the holiday.

Protesters also reportedly shut down streets in Vancouver, Canada for a mock funeral procession.

The Sunrise Movement, a group that’s helped promote the Green New Deal, swarmed the large Water Tower Place shopping mall in Chicago.

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In Washington, D.C., actress Jane Fonda led yet another protest as part of a series called “Fire Drill Fridays.” In a post retweeted by Fonda, the group cliamed that “38 people were arrested demanding food justice.” Activists also reportedly planned to hold a “Black Friday Funeral for the Future” on Capitol Hill in order to “eulogize and mourn all that has been lost and all that is threatened by the climate crisis.

Climate change protests seemed to intensify in the fall with thousands skipping school during September’s climate strike. Activist Greta Thunberg also appeared at a United Nations meeting where she vehemently denounced politicians for inaction on climate change.

And last week, nearly 260 groups sent a letter requesting that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Ill., pursue policies like the Green New Deal instead of “incremental or isolated policy tweaks.”

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According to The Washington Post, the group Extinction Rebellion held a hunger strike in an attempt to force the speaker into a video-recorded meeting. When they realized she was planning to leave D.C., the protesters attempted to storm past her office’s entrance and into a broader room where her chief of staff sat.

Also last week, climate protesters delayed a Harvard-Yale football game when they occupied the field and demanded the Ivy League schools divest from the fossil fuel industry.

The disruptions will likely continue as the United Nations meets to discuss the issue in Madrid on Monday.

The United Nations offered what it called “bleak” findings Tuesday as it warned that the world was headed toward global “extinction” and would need to increase its efforts “fivefold” if nations wanted to reach the temperature reduction goal outlined in the Paris climate agreement.

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The United States recently filed paperwork to officially remove itself from the multilateral agreement. Conservatives, meanwhile, have warned about economic consequences of large-scale reform and pointed to failed, historical climate predictions as reasons for avoiding drastic change.

According to AP, Quang Paasch of the activist group Fridays for Future said governments attending next week’s annual climate conference should keep in mind the goals of the 2015 Paris accord, which set a target of keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit). “We need to keep taking to the streets, we need to defend Paris.”

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In Berlin, about two dozen environmental activists jumped into the chilly waters of the Spree river in front of parliament to protest a government-backed package of measures they say won’t be enough to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. The package was blocked Friday by Germany’s upper house, which represents the country’s 16 states.

Later, tens of thousands of students rallied in front of the Brandenburg Gate.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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