March 15, 2019: What to Know 

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  • A mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, the morning of March 15 left 49 dead and roughly as many injured, The New York Times reports. The attack on Al Noor and Linwood mosques targeted Muslim worshipers during Friday Prayer. In addition to the shooting, which one gunman streamed live on Facebook for 17 minutes, police also found two bombs in a vehicle nearby. As of this morning, police have taken four people into custody and have charged one, described as a man in his 20s, with murder. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called Friday "one of New Zealand’s darkest days," noting that such violence was "unprecedented" in her country.

    The Times also reports that the same gunman who streamed the attacked on Facebook appears to have posted an 87-page manifesto online before the shooting, self-identifying as a 28-year-old Australian. In the manifesto, the writer calls himself a fascist and espouses white supremacist rhetoric. He also references the United States, calling President Trump "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.”

    After what he called a "horrible massacre," Trump took to Twitter to offer condolences and assistance to New Zealand. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also publicly condemned the attack.

  • click to enlarge COURTESY LIAM NEUPERT
    • Courtesy Liam Neupert
    Youth Climate Strikes are taking place across the globe today as students lobby their representatives to take action on climate change including, in the U.S., supporting The Green New Deal. A Boise strike organized by two local teens started at 10 a.m. and will run through noon at the Idaho Statehouse, with an expected turnout of several hundred people. Starting early this morning, strikers around the world have been tweeting Greta Thunberg—the 15-year-old Swedish student who started the Fridays for Future movement by protesting on the steps of the Swedish Parliament last year—with photos of successful events. Here's a shot from Italy:
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