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HC Wake-Up Call: Black Lives Matter Activist Is Shot and Killed, Nancy Pelosi Gives Eight-Hour Speech to House of Representatives & Gay Olympian Turns Down Meeting With Vice President Pence

Good morning Her Campus! With a break-neck news cycle, there is no possible way for you to stay on top of every story that comes across your feeds—we’re all only human, after all.

But, life comes at you fast. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in for this quick and dirty guide to stories you might’ve been sleeping on (like, literally. It’s early.)

Black Lives Matter Activist Is Shot and Killed in New Orleans

Black Lives Matter activist Muhiyidin Moye was shot and killed while riding his bike on Tuesday morning, the New York Times reports. 32-year-old Moye previously gained notoriety for being caught last year on a live news broadcast running across police tape and grabbing a demonstrator’s Confederate flag in Charleston. 

Moye was found on the street bleeding from a leg wound early Tuesday morning. He was taken to the hospital for treatment, but later passed away. As of Wednesday night, it is unclear if Moye was intentionally or accidentally shot. 

Nancy Pelosi Gives Eight-Hour Speech to Force Immigration Votes

The Washington Post reports that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi delivered a speech pleading for Republican action on immigration for more than eight hours. Pelosi’s speech is now the longest read by any House of Representatives member in at least a century.

Pelosi began speaking soon after 10 a.m., calling for assurance of a group discussion on a crucial immigration bill. She began her day by asking aides earlier that morning to collect personal stories from DREAMers and gather Bible quotes. She completed the entire speech while standing, fitting the requirement that she couldn’t stop her monologue to sit or use the bathroom. 

Gay Olympian Turns Down Meeting With Vice President Pence

CNN says that U.S. Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon reportedly turned down a meeting with Vice President Mike Pence after criticizing the politician’s view on gay rights in a USA Today interview. Rippon, one of two openly gay U.S. Olympic athletes, first slammed Pence in the January interview for being the leader of the official U.S. delegation at the Olympic Opening Ceremony on Feb. 9. In response to the news, Rippon said, “You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy?” 

A spokeswoman for Pence negated the comments, saying, “Despite these misinformed claims, the vice president will be enthusiastically supporting all the U.S. athletes competing next month in PyeongChang.” Following the statement, a USA Today exclusive reported that Pence’s staff asked for a discussion to be held between Rippon and the vice president, but Rippon declined. 

Pence’s office denied that there even was a request for a meeting. “The vice president’s office did not reach out to set up a conversation with Mr. Rippon,” said Pence’s communications director Jarrod Agen. “As we’ve said before, the vice president is supporting all the U.S. athletes in the Olympics and is hoping they all win medals.”

What to look out for…

New York Fashion Week kicks off today, so if you’re a fashionista, you better start following those social media hashtags now. We may not all be VIPs with access to a fashion show’s front row, but Instagram will luckily help us feel included. 

Kristen is a 2017 graduate of Siena College with a degree in English and minors in Writing & Communications and Journalism. Although she constantly pines for life in London after studying there for a semester, she calls New York home for now. In addition to previously working as a writer and Senior Editor for Her Campus Siena, she has worked for Her Campus as a News and Pop Culture blogger and a national editorial intern. Kristen has previously written for New York Minute, London's Health and Fitness, and Electronic Products. She makes far too many references to "Friends" and the British royal family. Her blog, where she talks about books, TV, and film, can be found at Bookworms and Fangirls. Follow her on Twitter @kperroney.
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