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Justice4Noah

A full inquest into the tragic death of Noah Donohoe is scheduled for January 2022. The 14-year-old went missing near Belfast city centre on 21st June 2020 on his way to meet friends in the north of the city, prompting a massive search operation. Six days later, his body was found in a storm drain. Noah’s death was met with genuine outpourings of grief from across the community.

Abortion access still denied by Stormont

Women and pregnant people in Northern Ireland are again being forced to travel in order to access early medical abortion services. As of 5th January, the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust cancelled their services.

Queen’s students and workers organise against exploitation

Over 1,800 students at Queen’s University have signed an open letter calling for a Student Safety Net in the midst of the Covid crisis. This follows the launching of a “Students Deserve Better” campaign by the Students’ Union (QUBSU) as part of a broader initiative across the UK.

US: Organizing the Fightback Under Biden: 2021 and Beyond

While tens of millions are no doubt rejoicing that Trump is leaving office, by the time Joe Biden takes his seat, daily COVID deaths could, according to one projection, exceed 5,000 per day. The pandemic will be on course to claim a half a million lives in the U.S. alone. Unemployment benefits for 13.5 million people, eviction protections, and student loan forbearance all hang in the balance and their expiration could push millions of households into poverty and trigger a “double dip” recession. Rental debt will have exceeded over $34 billion, triggering an unprecedented eviction crisis. Up to half of American families with children may have experienced hunger over the holidays.