A nationwide walkout, expected verdict for a Nazi guard and postponed 2020 Olympics are the stories to watch out for this week.
Strike for Black Lives is Monday
A national coalition of labor unions, along with racial and social justice organizations, will stage a mass walkout from work, as part of an ongoing reckoning on systemic racism and police brutality in the U.S.
Dubbed the “Strike for Black Lives,” tens of thousands of fast food, ride share, nursing home and airport workers in more than 25 cities are expected to walk off the job July 20 for a full day strike. Those who can't strike for a full day will walk out for about eight minutes — the amount of time prosecutors say a white Minneapolis police officer held his knee on George Floyd's neck — in remembrance of Black men and women who died recently at the hands of police.
The national strike will also include worker-led marches through participating cities, organizers said.
Nazi guard facing prison time
A guard at a Nazi concentration camp during World War II — now in his 90s — is expected to be sentenced.
A prosecutor previously said the man, who was 17- and 18-years-old at the time, knew what was going on in the gas chambers at the camp and that people were being shot to death in the crematorium.
Though there is no evidence that he was involved in a specific killing at the camp, prosecutors argue that as a guard he helped the camp function.
He faces over 5,000 counts of accessory to murder for killings in the 1940s. His sentence could entail a handful of years in jail.
Tokyo Olympics not starting
A reminder of the pandemic’s far-reaching effects is happening once again.
Friday would have been the opening ceremony for the 2020 Olympics, which have been postponed.
The International Olympic Committee and area organizers have ruled out another postponement and say the Games will be canceled if they don't happen in 2021.
A spokesman for the Tokyo Olympics said earlier this month officials expect the postponed games to go ahead in 2021 with a July 23 opening.