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Harley Davidson illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 Magazine.

Harley Davidson Museum & Motor

Illustration by Kaelen Felix

Fun This Fall at the Crossroads of 6th & Canal
The Harley-Davidson Museum says, “Thank You!” to medical and safety responders, and caps off Valley Week with a blood drive.

As a sign of gratitude for all those working to keep us safe, the Harley-Davidson Museum is offering medical and safety responders* free admission to the H-D Museum™, and MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant will knock 10% off the bill for those frontline workers to create a great pairing to the Harley-Davidson Museum® campus through the end of September. (details below and on Museum website)

The H-D Museum will also be the site of the Menomonee Valley Partners Valley Week blood drive, taking place Sept. 17 and 18 during Valley Week. In addition to helping save lives during this urgent time of need, all donors will receive complimentary admission to the H-D Museum and more incentives at MOTOR Bar & Restaurant, and The Shop. Details below.

September also marks the wind down of Saturday Demo Rides, so make tracks to 6th & Canal to throw a leg over a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle #FreedomMachine.

As always, the safety of our guests is a top priority for the Harley-Davidson Museum. Guests may notice changes since their last visit. Visit the H-D Museum website to find out more about our safety measures or to purchase tickets in advance.

OFFERS
The H-D Museum says, “Thank You!” to medical and safety responders*
Through Sept. 30
Now through the end of September, medical and safety responders can enjoy free admission to the Harley-Davidson Museum. Plus, stop off across Motorcycle Plaza and visit MOTOR Bar& Restaurant, where those same responders can take 10% off their bill. It’s the H-D Museum’s way of saying thank you to those keeping us safe.

EVENTS
Valley Week Blood Drive
Thursday, Sept. 17 (11 a.m. – 7 p.m.) and Friday, Sept. 18 (7 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
It’s time to rally in the Valley with a Menomonee Valley Partners blood drive to support local Wisconsin patients as part of Valley Week. There’s an even higher need for blood donations during the COVID-19 pandemic, and you can help! Besides earning bonus points for being awesome, all donors will also receive a great package of gifts from the Harley-Davidson Museum, including: Complimentary admission to the H-D Museum, 10% off a purchase of $25 or more at The Shop and $10 off $30 spend at MOTOR Bar & Restaurant. Masks are required and social distancing will be enforced. You can read a complete list of Menomonee Valley Partners’ COVID-19 Event Policies here.

TOUR OFFERINGS
Engines 101
Thu, Fri, Sat and Sun – 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m.
What is a powertrain? What makes the Milwaukee-Eight® engine different? The Engines 101 class takes you inside the Milwaukee Eight engine and transmission. In a classroom setting, we break down the components and their functions while describing the performance of a 4-stroke engine. Engines 101 shows how an engine and transmission come together to make a powertrain. Advance tickets and more information can be found here.

H-D Museum Campus Walking Tour
Explore the campus of the world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum and enjoy the great outdoors. This 20-acre site is the place to see and experience Harley-Davidson history and culture. Download the PDF to your phone or mobile device and follow the path around the H-D Museum campus.

Google Arts & Culture
Google recently announced its partnership with 16 world-class Milwaukee institutions, including the Harley-Davidson Museum, bringing the city’s culture, people, and stories online on its Google Arts & Culture platform and app at g.co/Milwaukee. For the first time, anyone in the world can engage with organizations across the city and experience its celebratory culture (Milwaukee hosts more than 60 festivals in the summer alone). With summer festivals and vacations on pause, people can discover public art with Sculpture Milwaukee, student performances from the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, fine art tours from the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University, production shots from the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, murals from Imagine MKE, Harley-Davidson history from the H-D Museum and more in one digital location.

Saturday H-D Museum Demo Rides
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. through Sept. 26
Visit the Museum campus Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.and throw a leg over a 2020 motorcycle to experience the fun and freedom of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Visitors with their motorcycle endorsement will be able to choose from a dozen of the latest and greatest #FreedomMachines from Harley-Davidson, including Touring, Softail® and Sportster® models. A pre-determined scenic route through the Menomonee Valley will give riders the chance to explore the Museum’s surrounding neighborhoods. And if you haven’t had the chance to experience the thrill of the all-new, all-electric LiveWire motorcycle, stop by on Sept. 19 and 26 and throw a leg over the future of Harley-Davidson.
• Demo Rides will run 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. weather-dependent.
• Sign-up is on a first come first service basis. 
• Riders and passengers must be at least 18 years of age.  
• Riders must hold a valid license with a motorcycle endorsement. 
• All riders and passengers must wear a helmet, eye protection, shirt, long pants and close toe shoes with heel strap. 
• All riders and passengers must bring their own riding gear.

MUST-SEE EXHIBITS
Stevan Dohanos painting, “Tex’s Motorcycle”
Dohanos, a frequent contributor to the “Saturday EveningPost,” enjoyed capturing his subjects as they were in real life. For this piece, Dohanos found his muse on a street in Georgetown, Conn. “Tex” Keller had decorated his saddle bags with nickel spots and covered his saddle with fur, putting his own flair on the Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Though Dohanos probably didn’t title the work, many motorcyclists now refer to it as “Tex’s Motorcycle” and prints of it can be found in shops across the country. The original has found a home at the H-D Museum.

“Building a Milwaukee Icon: Harley-Davidson’s Juneau Avenue Factory” (open now)
A recently recovered cache of architectural drawings includes plans for the original Juneau Avenue facility. The pencil drawings, along with archival photographs, demonstrate the whirlwind pace of the company’s early growth. While building an international business—going from producing just over 1,000 motorcycles in 1909 to manufacturing 27,000 motorcycles in 1920—the company’s Milwaukee factory experienced near-constant expansion. Construction through this relatively brief period created the buildings that today, a century later, are still the proud home of Harley-Davidson.

“Building a Milwaukee Icon” provides a snapshot of Harley-Davidson’s formative years and illustrates a chapter of Milwaukee history when the city was known as the “Machine Shop to the World.”

Taming the Road in Style 
Closes Nov. 8
The earliest Harley-Davidson motorcycles had the same suspensions as bicycles of the time: none at all. The roads were a hodgepodge of dirt, stone, and other materials. Bumps were everywhere; suspension was needed. Comfort became a never-ending challenge for Harley-Davidson engineers. It was redefined by each new generation of rider and changing environments: over the decades, roads were paved, engine power and speed increased, and motorcyclists traveled faster over longer distances and craved smoother rides.  In response, Harley improved the seats, redesigned many frames, or added new suspension systems. Sometimes these changes were small, sometimes dramatic. These tweaks and additions added up over the years. The first Harley-Davidson vehicles resembled bicycles. Years later, bicycles and motorcycles looked nothing alike. The pursuit of comfort had transformed motorcycles. Taming the Road in Style examines this history, from the dawn of the bicycle to the launch of the new Harley-Davidson Softail models. 

SAVE THE DATE
“Off-Road Harley-Davidson”
Opening Nov. 21, 2020
In the decades before America paved its highways, early riders had to be prepared for all sorts of terrain: sand, clay or dirt – and wandering those makeshift byways were Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Today, it’s called off-road or adventure touring; back then it was just called riding. Since 1903, Harley-Davidson motorcycles proved their toughness by riding over wooded hills, through stone-choked creek beds and up mountain sides. “Off-road Harley-Davidson” tells the history of motorcycles designed for rough roads, the people who rode them and the adventures they shared.

*​Receive one (1) Harley-Davidson Museum General Admission pass and 10% off your bill when dining in at MOTOR Bar & Restaurant, before tax, by providing verification of current or former employment at any hospital, doctor’s office, police station or fire department during the period March 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020 (valid for individual only). Valid from August 15, 2020 through September 30, 2020 for in-person use only at the H-D Museum and in-person, dine-in use only at MOTOR Bar & Restaurant. Not valid for online purchases, carry-out or delivery orders. Offer limited to the individual providing employment verification. Non-transferable. Cannot be redeemed for cash or cash equivalent. Offer not valid on previous purchases at the H-D Museum or MOTOR Bar & Restaurant. Cannot be combined with any other offer, discount or promotion. Offer is subject to change without notice. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

About the Harley-Davidson Museum
A walk through the Harley-Davidson Museum® is a walk through the history of America. With an unrivaled collection of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles and memorabilia, a 20-acre, park-like campus, and a calendar full of activities, the H-D Museum™ is one of Milwaukee’s top tourist destinations for visitors from around the globe. A visit to the H-D Museum™ is an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. Make your plans to visit the Harley-Davidson Museum® at H-DMuseum.com.

MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant serves up the perfect pairing for medical and safety responders

Plus, BBQ & Blues returns later this month.

MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant offers an idyllic backdrop to enjoy the last sips of summer. Located on the H-D Museum™ campus, the MOTOR Bar & Restaurant is offering a limited menuavailable for dining inside or on one of our two waterfront patios – take your pick and have it made in the shade or check out the sun-splashed patio if you want a side of vitamin D. Delivery and carry-out are available for order with pick-up inside the MOTOR Can Room. Food and beverage purchased for carry-out may be taken away or enjoyed outdoors or on our campus with scenic views.

Through the end of September, medical frontline heroes can not only enjoy free admission to the H-D Museum, but also 10% off the bill at MOTOR Bar & Restaurant. And coming soon – BBQ & Blues returns with a blistering pair of blues acts on Sept. 19 and 26.

SEPTEMBER SPECIALS
Nashville Chicken Sandwich: Nashville hot chicken, pickles, coleslaw, lettuce with rosemary aioli on a split top bun. Served with french fries and a pickle spear ($17.95)

Chili Burger: 8-oz., hand-packed ground chuck patty topped with homemade in-house chili with red onion, cheddar cheese and sour cream. Served with french fries and a pickle spear ($16.95) 

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie: Served with vanilla ice cream ($7.95)

HAPPENINGS
“Thank You!” to medical and safety responders*
Daily through Sept. 30, 2020
*Receive one (1) Harley-Davidson Museum General Admission pass and 10% off your bill when dining in at MOTOR Bar & Restaurant, before tax, by providing verification of current or former employment at any hospital, doctor’s office, police station or fire department during the period March 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020 (valid for individual only). Valid from August 15, 2020 through September 30, 2020 for in-person use only at the H-D Museum and in-person, dine-in use only at MOTOR Bar & Restaurant. Not valid for online purchases, carry-out or delivery orders. Offer limited to the individual providing employment verification. Non-transferable. Cannot be redeemed for cash or cash equivalent. Offer not valid on previous purchases at the H-D Museum or MOTOR Bar & Restaurant. Cannot be combined with any other offer, discount or promotion. Offer is subject to change without notice. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

TACO TUESDAY
Join us every Tuesday for our weekly Chef’s choice taco special! Add a MOTOR Margarita for only $5.

FRIDAY FISH FRY
Visit MOTOR for our Friday AYCE Fish Fry! Every Friday, our All-You-Can-Eat Wisconsin Fish Fry is available all day, served with golden fried cod, crispy french fries, fresh jicama coleslaw, rye bread roll and tartar sauce for only $14.95.

Bulleit Bourbon presents BBQ & Blues
BBQ & Blues makes its triumphant return Saturday, Sept. 19. Take in a live performance from a rotating lineup of blues musicians, plus all-you-can-eat, hickory-smoked BBQ chicken, pulled pork, smoked brisket and grilled sausage links for $29.99. All BBQ platters come with french fries, jicama coleslaw, BBQ baked beans and made-from-scratch cornbread. Not up for the AYCE task? Enjoy a special BBQ platter with hickory-smoked BBQ chicken, pulled pork, smoked brisket and grilled sausage link with all the sides for $19.99. In addition to the smokin’ BBQ, MOTOR will sizzle with the best in true American blues music from 5 – 8 p.m. – with no cover charge! Due to limited capacity, reservations are strongly encouraged! Sept. 19, check out Pierre Lee. Then make a return trip on Sept. 26 to hear from the She’s Right, I’m Left duo.

H.O.G.™ MEMBER SPECIAL
HOG Members can enjoy a 16-oz can of Budweiser, Bud Light, or Busch Light for just $3.

If you’re in the midst of planning your next corporate or social special occasion, the pros at 1903 Events are ready to execute your vision and ensure a safe and memorable gathering. Winter is a magical time to host a wedding with extra sparkle! Planning to host your event elsewhere? Check out MOTOR’s Offsite Catering Menu and we’ll bring those bold, American classics to you!

About MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant
The only Harley-Davidson Museum® restaurant, MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant offers guests riverfront dining and Midwest camaraderie with a dose of genuine Harley-Davidson® attitude. MOTOR™ takes diners on a culinary road trip of great American food and drink from its location in downtown Milwaukee. Guests can enjoy burgers, BBQ, seasonal favorites and a whole lot more. For more information and to learn about the latest menu, visit motorrestaurant.com or call 414-287-2778.

Tropicana Las Vegas Reopens After COVID-19 Shutdown

READY TO MAKE NEW MEMORIES AT A VEGAS CLASSIC, TROPICANA LAS VEGAS® REOPENS WITH ANTICIPATED GUEST EXCITEMENT, GLITZ AND GLAMOUR

Iconic Las Vegas Strip resort and casino officially celebrates its #welcomeback of guests and team members

Tropicana Las Vegas® commemorated a festive #welcomeback celebration this morning with eager hotel and casino guests, loyal team members and locals as they reopened the iconic property following its March closure in accordance with the state of Nevada to slow the spread of COVID-19. Once known as a Rat Pack hangout, Tropicana Las Vegas® has now marked a second grand opening offering renewed energy and excitement among all who attended today’s events which was commemorated in true fashion with the stunning showgirls of Legends in Concert.

Guests were ushered in at 10 a.m. and greeted by hotel executives, stage performers and loyal team members to the reopened hotel, casino and the widely acclaimed Tropicana Pool. The pool that started it all is popular among both hotel guests and Las Vegas locals, with drink specials and free admission to locals seven days a week with valid Nevada ID. Those looking to make new memories at a Vegas classic can book reservations online and take advantage of September rates starting as low as $39 per night by visiting www.troplv.com or by calling 888-381-8767.

“We are very excited to celebrate the reopening of our beloved Tropicana Las Vegas, welcoming back the many loyal customers, hotel guests and remarkably loyal team members we had with us this morning,” said Mike Thoma, Assistant General Manager of Tropicana Las Vegas®. “While the amenities our customers have come to know and love may be somewhat limited for the time being, the ability to safely welcome back our team members and guests always remains our top priority. With this in mind, we worked very closely with the Nevada Gaming Control Board, state and local leaders, and public health officials to finalize what became our comprehensive reopening protocols. We have implemented additional health and safety precautions, trained our returning team members thoroughly, and added reminder signage throughout the property to provide our guests with a welcome sense of comfort as they return to our iconic resort.”

The team at Tropicana Las Vegas® continues to be grateful for the overwhelming support, patience and understanding from its customers through these unprecedented times and are incredibly excited to safely welcome everyone back.

For more information about social distancing and health and safety precautions in place, visit www.troplv.com/covid-19.

ABOUT TROPICANA LAS VEGAS®

Set on the famed Four Corners with commanding views of the Las Vegas Strip, Tropicana Las Vegas – a DoubleTree by Hilton is a Penn National Gaming destination and boasts stylish rooms, suites and luxury villas, complete with acclaimed restaurants, premier entertainment options and a 50,000-square-foot casino. The resort redefines the expectations of today’s global travelers by providing a casually elegant experience on The Strip, all with a South Beach rhythm and vibe. The property is also part of the industry acclaimed mychoice® loyalty program (www.mychoice.com) which provides exclusive offers, events and experiences at more than 35 destinations across the country. For more information, visit www.troplv.com.

ABOUT PENN NATIONAL GAMING

With the nation’s largest and most diversified regional gaming footprint, including 41 properties across 19 states, Penn National continues to evolve into a highly innovative omni-channel provider of retail and online gaming, live racing and sports betting entertainment. The Company’s properties feature approximately 50,000 gaming machines, 1,300 table games and 8,800 hotel rooms, and operate under various well-known brands, including Hollywood, Ameristar, and L’Auberge. Our wholly-owned interactive division, Penn Interactive, operates retail sports betting across the Company’s portfolio, as well online social casino, bingo, and iCasino products. In February 2020, Penn National entered into a strategic partnership with Barstool Sports, whereby Barstool is exclusively promoting the Company’s land-based and online casinos and sports betting products, including the Barstool Sportsbook mobile app, to its national audience. The Company’s omni-channel approach is bolstered by the mychoice® loyalty program, which rewards and recognizes its over 20 million members for their loyalty to both retail and online gaming and sports betting products with the most dynamic set of offers, experiences, and service levels in the industry.

Billionaires Gain, Workers Feel Pain

Half a year into a paralyzing pandemic that has cost millions of Americans their livelihoods and lives, the nation’s 643 billionaires have racked up $845 billion in collective wealth gains, a 29% leap since March 18. America’s billionaires reached this startling milestone of wealth accumulation even as special federal relief was drying up for millions of unemployed workers and for hard-pressed state and local governments struggling to provide vital services. Billionaire figures are from Forbes analyzed in a new report by Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF) and the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS).

Between March 18—the rough start date of the pandemic shutdown, when most federal and state economic restrictions were in place—and Sept. 15, the total net worth of the nation’s billionaires rose from $2.95 trillion to $3.8 trillion (see table below and this spreadsheet of all billionaires). That works out to gains of $141 billion a month, $32 billion a week, or $4.7 billion a day. Forbes’ annual billionaires report was published March 18, 2020, and the real-time data was collected Sept. 15 from the Forbes website.

Needless to say, ordinary workers did not fare as well. From mid-March to mid-August, the collective work income of rank-and-file private-sector employees—all hours worked times the hourly wages of the entire bottom 82% of the workforce—declined by 4.4.%, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

In fact, this billionaires’ bonanza occurred against a general backdrop of working-class pain:

The stock market in which billionaires have much of their money invested dropped sharply in the month before the pandemic lockdown. But the six months of gains that followed were not merely a reversal of those losses: billionaires are also $680 billion, or 22%, richer today than they were in February 2019, the release date of the most recent previous Forbes annual report (see table below).

“Every candidate in this campaign season, from presidential hopeful down, who’s pledging to lead us out of the coronavirus crisis must address this stark divergence between the nation’s wealthiest elite and their struggling fellow citizens,” said Frank Clemente, executive director of Americans for Tax Fairness. “The answer starts with creating a fair share tax system that narrows obscene wealth gaps and raises the trillions of dollars needed to address the present emergency and invest in our families and communities over the long-term.”

“The billionaire economy has been turbocharged by policymakers who are now stalling on relief for the real economy,” said Chuck Collins, director of the Institute for Policy Studies’ Program on Inequality and co-author of the report “Billionaire Bonanza 2020.” “The difference is stark between profits for billionaires and the widespread economic misery in our nation. Clearly, the priorities of our elected officials in Washington, DC are completely upside down.”

DATA ON THE WEALTH OF U.S. BILLIONAIRES AT 6 MONTHS & 20 MONTHS AVAILABLE HERE

Even among billionaires, wealth is highly concentrated. Roughly $400 billion, or only a little less than half of the total gains, were captured by just the 15 wealthiest on the billionaires list. The top three gainers alone—Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk—enjoyed fully 16% of the spoils, or a collective wealth surge of $137 billion. The total wealth of these three—$403 billion today—is nearly three times the $1.5 trillion in total wealth held by the bottom half of the population, or 165 million Americans. One billionaire from Michigan, Dan Gilbert of Quicken Loans, saw his wealth increase an astonishing 672%, growing from $6.5 billion to $50.2 billion.

The $845 billion wealth gain by 643 billionaires over the past six months far exceeds the:

Low-wage workerspeople of color and women have suffered disproportionately in the combined medical and economic crises because of long-standing racial and gender disparities. Billionaires are overwhelmingly white men.

House Democrats passed a relief bill back in May that offered a lifeline to Americans not sharing in the billionaires’ good fortune during the pandemic. Among its provisions:

All of the above data is available in one table here.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) have introduced legislation for a 60% tax on the pandemic wealth gains of billionaires between March 18 and the end of the year and use the proceeds to help working Americans cover healthcare costs.

South Carolina Protects Voters During Pandemic

In a victory for voting rights, South Carolina took steps today to better protect voters in the November general election during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The action follows a federal lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of South Carolina, and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. The groups challenged a state requirement that forced people who vote absentee to have an “excuse” to do so, as well as a witness requirement for absentee ballots.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed a measure this afternoon that would allow all voters to cast absentee ballots because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Today’s action by Gov. McMaster is an important step forward for South Carolinians who want to vote in the general election without risking their health during COVID-19,” said Ali Titus, director of policy and communications at the ACLU of South Carolina.

The measure signed today does not waive the witness-signature requirement on absentee ballots, which makes voting from a safe social distance impossible for those who live alone.

“We will continue to litigate to remove this remaining hurdle to safe voting in South Carolina,” said Adriel Cepeda Derieux, a staff attorney with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project.

Read the statement here and find the case details here.

Turkey Hosts World’s Biggest Motorsports Events

Turkey will host two of the world’s biggest motorsports events in the upcoming two months. The 5th leg of world’s biggest rally competition, FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), will be held on September 18-20 in Marmaris and Formula 1, world’s biggest motorsports event will be held on November 13-15 in Istanbul, marking the end of a 9 year break.

The 5th race of the WRC calendar, Rally Turkey, will be organized under the auspices of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey, with the participation of 130 pilots and 65 automobiles from 19 countries. The event will host world-renowned pilots in Marmaris’ amazing terrain and seascape and will be aired on 155 TV channels worldwide.

Closely followed by motorsports enthusiasts, Formula 1 is considered to be the biggest event of the world in its field and returns to Istanbul after a 9-year break. Turkey Grand Prix is planned to be the first event with spectators in the 2020 calendar and it will be run in 58 laps at the 5.3km-long Intercity Istanbul Park circuit as the 14th leg of the competition.

First introduced to the world in 2005 with its famous 8th turn, during which the pilots reach the side of the track 4 times (apex) within the same turn, Istanbul’s racing circuit will once again host 3 of the pilots who previously won victory here. British Lewis Hamilton, who is after his 7th world title, German Sebastian Vettel, who has 4 titles, and Finnish “Ice Man” Kimi Räikkönen will return to Intercity Istanbul Park after a 9-year break.

Turkey, one of the most popular countries in the world in terms of the number of visitors, promises a safe as well as an enjoyable journey for motorsports enthusiasts who wish to experience the motorsports events live on-site, thanks to the Safe Tourism Certification Program launched during the pandemic period.

About Turkey

Situated in the Mediterranean and connecting two continents, Asia and Europe which are separated by the famous Bosphorus, Turkey is a unique destination that welcomed approximately 51.7 million tourists, last year. The country that has always been a hub for cultural interaction and home to varying climates inspires the visitors today with its history, nature and gastronomy that reflect the diversity of civilizations for centuries. Located at the crossroads of cultures, Turkey has a distinctive understanding of art & fashion which is the synthesis of tradition and modernity and its extremely dynamic shopping & entertainment life also attracts the visitors from all over the world.

Mina Tocalini, 360 Magazine, COVID-19

How States Can Combat COVID While Fighting The Flu

United States of Care Offers Suggestions to States on How To Deal With the Seasonal Flu Amid a Pandemic

(Washington, DC) Today, United States of Care (USofCare) issued a “Preparing for COVID-19 and the Flu,” recommendations to states for dealing with the seasonal flu amid a global public health crisis caused by the novel coronavirus.

“States have a long history of successfully dealing with the flu virus, encouraging vaccines and stopping a widespread flu outbreak,” said Emily Barson, Executive Director of United States of Care. “This year is different, as the nation’s already taxed health care system faces the unprecedented double whammy of influenza and COVID-19. As an organization engaging in one-on-one conversations with people, policymakers, and various health care leaders throughout the pandemic, United States of Care offers a unique view on what people need to know and what states can do to combat COVID-19 while fighting the flu.”

United States of Care’s “Preparing for COVID-19 and the Flu” breaks down how states can prepare for dealing with the flu and COVID-19 simultaneously. It includes the following suggestions:

  1. Communicate Clearly: State leaders need to be clear in their communications about why protective measures, such as mask requirements and closures, are necessary to keep people safe from the flu and COVID-19. States can play a vital role in providing people with clarity about what to do if they are infected with either the flu or COVID-19, as they have similar symptoms
  2. Prepare for Increased Health Care Demand: States need to have contingency plans in place so that health care system resources can be efficiently allocated.
  3. Address the Needs of High-Risk People: States will need to continually rely on the latest COVID-19 metrics and data on the flu’s trajectory, especially for high-risk populations to take additional measures.
  4. Develop Plans to Increase Influenza Vaccination Rates: In a typical flu season, less than 50% of people get vaccinated, and the rate is even lower among people of color. Increasing this rate is essential to minimizing the strain on our health care system. Clear communications are also vital due to people’s ongoing concerns about receiving medical care during the pandemic. States will need to develop plans to distribute flu shots in safe-settings, including at home for vulnerable populations.
Face mask illustration by maria soloman for 360 MAGAZINE article.

Anti-Mask Protest Sparked in Utah

By Payton Saso

On August 21, 2020, a protest was held in St. George, Utah that was organized in objection to wearing face masks. The debate about whether or not face masks help has been going since COVID-19 was declared a national pandemic, but one group decided to go a little further than online debates and hold a protest.

The protest came after the state governor, Gary Herbert, declared that masks would be mandated at school, USA Today reported. The marchers gathered at the Washington County School District where hundreds opposed forcing kids to wear masks saying, “safety is not as important as our freedom and liberty.”

The protest came under fire after a the news broadcast that covered the protest went viral. “A white woman earnestly attempts to explain the alleged injustice: of her situation by drawing a comparison to the killing of George Floyd,” The Cut recapped. Clearly the woman here is comparing the final words and pain of George Floyd to the minor inconvenience of getting slightly out of breath from wearing a mask, which is disturbing on many levels.

The original broadcast was covered by ABC 4 where they reported, “Up to a thousand people showed up in St. George, stating children being forced to wear masks in classrooms is illegal and unconstitutional.” Which without a Supreme Court trial, these unconstitutional claims just remain an uneducated opinion.

This protest came just a few months after a similar protest in Jacksonville, Florida where anti-maskers met at the Duval County Courthouse to oppose the mask mandate there, The Florida Times recapped.

St. George News stated that, “…rally attendee Dustin Cox, who also spoke over the megaphone, encouraged district students in attendance Friday to not wear a mask when they return to school Monday, even if it means getting expelled.”

Where if protestors make the claim that if masks are getting in the way of learning, wouldn’t getting expelled be a greater obstacle to learning?

There is not really any science accepted that masks cause more harm than good, even though that is often what anti-maskers claim. The World Health Organization has repeatedly set out initiatives for the public to wear masks. Protests like this have been seen across the world even in some of the countries where COVID has hit hard.

While it is every Americans right to free speech and that will be protected under the constitution, the timing and subject just seem to be a bit insensitive. With over 195,000 deaths and 6.5 million confirmed cases in the United States, doing anything we can to slow the spread doesn’t seem unconstitutional — especially if it is as simple as wearing a face covering.

Kaelen Felix draws Snoop Dogg for 360 Magazine

Snoop Dogg × COVID-19

On September 12th 2020, Snoop Dogg will be streaming live from his Compound in LA to millions of homes around the world to raise funds for the International Medical Corps, which is helping to fight the global pandemic and provide life-saving care around the world.

Since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on March 11th 2020, cases have continued to increase rapidly. The International Medical Corps works closely with international, national and local charities and health organizations, providing medical expertise, equipment, training and triage & treatment services. Its goal is to ensure that at-risk countries and regions can prepare for and respond to outbreaks of coronavirus quickly and safely.

This will be the first of many shows created by Couch Concerts Live, a new streaming platform that presents major artists’ performances in support of those suffering from the effects of global crises, from COVID-19 to climate change and more.

The partnership between TARI Global, American Artist Company, The Temple Company and Jam Management Group brings together a team with the reach, experience and expertise that will enable them to support International Medical Corps on a global level.

Nathan Tari, CEO of TARI Global, and Founder of the event, comments: “The entertainment industry has been hard hit by the pandemic. While we were staying safely at home, we put our heads together and decided to use our talent and experience to do something in support of those suffering from the outbreak of this terrible virus. We are looking to bring some fun, excitement as well as a special experience with some of the world’s most celebrated stars. This concert will be the first of many, and we are excited to have Snoop Dogg to help us launch.”

Tickets for Couch Concerts Live presenting ‘Snoopadelic in da Pandemic’ are now available to purchase on TicketcoSeeTickets or Couch Concerts Facebook. Join Snoop Dogg as he entertains us live from his Compound, with his infamous Snoopadelic Live DJ Show, expect some hits whilst hanging out with Snoop from the comfort of your own home, staying safe and raising funds for COVID-19 causes.

Rosie O’Donnell × Michael Cohen

By Althea Champion

Michael Cohen, former attorney for President Donald Trump, released the first episode of his podcast, “Mea Culpa,” yesterday. The episode features Rosie O’Donnell, who discusses the attacks from Donald Trump she braved over the years, and why she reached out to Cohen when he was imprisoned.

The release of this podcast comes in the latter half of a three-year sentence, which he was granted medical furlough from on May 20, citing, “medical conditions that might be worsened by the virus’s spread in prison,” according to Maggie Haberman, William K. Rashbaum and Nicole Hong of the New York Times.

More than two years after Cohen took a plea deal in 2018, admitting guilt to eight counts of financial crimes in federal court, “Mea Culpa” recounts his experience working for Trump.

The prospect of parole had been complicated by what was the prospective publication of Cohen’s tell-all memoir.

According to Benjamin Weiser and Alan Feuer of the New York Times, Cohen was asked to sign a document that would have allowed him to stay at home, but would have concurrently disallowed him to finish and publish his book. When he refused to sign it, he was sent back to prison.

More recently, Weiser and Feuer reported that, “a federal judge ruled that the decision to return Mr. Cohen to custody amounted to retaliation by the government and ordered him to be released again into home confinement.”

It is now that he is back home to serve the rest of his prison sentence that this episode is released not more than a week after his book, “Disloyal: A Memoir” hit markets.

“Trumpism is a disease of the mind, every bit as virulent as COVID, only the host is a willing participant, in his or her own demise,” said Cohen in the episode’s introduction. “Trumpism insidiously preys upon the psychological makeup of the individual, probing the moral compass for weakness, and I was its patient zero… So this podcast will serve as my penance.”

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Remembering 9/11

By Elle Grant

For any American, 9/11 marks an essential day of reflection and remembrance. September 11, 2020 marks the nineteenth anniversary of the historic terrorist attacks that rocked New York City, shocking the United States and the world.

19 years ago, four passenger jets were hijacked by the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda in an effort to strike at American symbols. One was flown into the Pentagon Military Headquarters in Washington D.C. Another two, most remembered of the four, were flown into the two towers of the World Trade Center in New York City as Manhattan looked on in horror. A fourth, upon hearing news of the other hijackings, realized their plane was also under attack and chose to fight back, resulting in their plane plunging into a Pennsylvania field. In sum, roughly 3,000 lives were loss, with 2,700 of them being in New York City. The toll of lives and on the psyche of Americans was hitherto unimaginable, as was the ensuing consequences including the now infamous War on Terror.

The victims of 9/11 have been commemorated in numerous ways across the country, including at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum opened on the tenth anniversary of the attacks. The memorial is located where the Twin Towers formerly stood, now marked with design features such as man-made waterfalls, a forest of white oak trees, and the inscribed names of the victims as part of the memorial. This long-awaited memorial site has since been part of the commemorations each year, with 2020 being no exception. Visitors such as Vice President Pence and Democratic nominee for president Joseph Biden were among the attendees today.

New York is especially reflective this year as the anniversary of 9/11 comes during the COVID-19 pandemic, of which the city was an early epicenter, resulting in thousands of lives lost. Governor Andrew Cuomo, who was thrust onto the national stage following the New York outbreak, said “This year it is especially important that we all appreciate and commemorate 9/11, the lives lost and the heroism displayed ‎as New Yorkers are once again called upon to face a common enemy.” In NYC, the current death count due to coronavirus is placed at 23,000. This year, at the somber moments held at the September 11 memorial in Manhattan, those paying their respects wore face masks while honoring the dead, a new feature in remembering 9/11. New York remains a fixture of American culture, with eyes turned towards them during the tragedy of 9/11, as well as the current tragedy of coronavirus.

Another way victim’s families, including those killed and affected during rescue efforts, is the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, currently authorized through 2090 and worth billions of dollars. “Our nation owes each of you a profound debt that no words or deeds will ever repay,” President Trump said during the bill signing ceremony. “But we can, and we will keep our nation’s promise to you.” Certainly, monetary efforts are no replacements for the lives loss and the impacts made, but it represents Congress’ efforts to assist those left in the wake of the tragic attacks.

Vaughn Lowery of 360 MAGAZINE drops by world trade center on 9/11 in nyc.

Vaughn Lowery of 360 MAGAZINE drops by world trade center on 9/11 in nyc.