Coronavirus Update and Brooklyn Open Thread: Police Unmasked, Crown Heights Protests (6/11/20)

A family-friendly Black Lives Matter protest in Park Slope Sunday, June 7. Photo by Cate Corcoran

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    We’re in the 13th week of sheltering in place and the 56th day of home schooling for New York City schools.

    Unemployment claims rose 1.5 million jobless filed for unemployment benefits last week, the Department of Labor said. An additional 700,000 self-employed people filed claims asking for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, The New York Times reported. The $600 weekly federal supplement to state unemployment insurance will expire at the end of July.

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    A chalk drawing of George Floyd at Grand Army Plaza Sunday, June 7. Photo by Cate Corcoran

    New cases of coronavirus and deaths are increasing in regions outside New York but still on the downswing in New York City — for now. New York police continue to be seen without masks at protests, prompting confusion and criticism from pols and the public, according to the Times. Cuomo and de Blasio confirmed Monday and Friday that police officers should wear masks.

    Parents and teachers are holding a protest today at 3 p.m. outside Brooklyn Arts & Science elementary school, P.S. 705, in Crown Heights. They are calling for cutting the NYPD budget and “fully” funding public schools.

    Also in Crown Heights, a Crown Heights Industry Workers for Black Lives protest is set to take place at 7 p.m. tonight at corner of St. Johns Place and Franklin Avenue.

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