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Written by on June 1, 2021

Welcome to another edition of Ringside Politics with Jeff Crouere

Today’s Hot Topics:

1) As cities across the country gear up for their annual Pride parades, a trend has emerged: Increasingly, police officers in uniform are no longer allowed.

Last month, both NYC Pride and The Center on Colfax, which organizes Denver Pride, announced they would no longer allow police officers to host exhibitions or participate in the parades while in uniform.
“While we value our relationships with law enforcement and want to continue to build a safer community for all Coloradans, we feel we must take a stand,” The Center on Colfax said in a statement to CNN.

2) In trading on the CME, futures fell over 3%, before curbing some of those losses, as traders attempt to handicap the potential disruption to both the U.S. and global food supply while reports circulate JBS may be shutting down plants in the U.S. and Australia.

On Monday, the company stated, “JBS USA determined that it was the target of an organized cybersecurity attack, affecting some of the servers supporting its North American and Australian IT systems… resolution of the incident will take time, which may delay certain transactions with customers and suppliers.”

On Tuesday, there were reports production facilities in both the U.S. and Australia were taken offline. Inquires by FOX Business to JBS were not returned at the time of publication.

The White House is also working in tandem with the FBI and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to monitor the situation.

3) Cities in parts of the U.S. grappled with high numbers of shootings and killings over Memorial Day weekend, with at least one reporting as many as 10 murders over the extended holiday, according to officials and reports.

The warmer-weather months are often notorious for yielding higher crime rates in parts of the country and causing some agencies, such as the New York Police Department, to deploy more officers to high-crime areas.

Crime analysts and experts have said they anticipated summer 2021 violence could be just as bad as – if not worse than last year amid upticks in shootings and murders that started earlier than usual.

Cities such as Houston, Miami and New Orleans saw startling spates of violence over the extended weekend.

4) President Biden will detail his administration’s planned initiatives to combat racial injustice on Tuesday during a speech commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre.

Biden will travel to the Greenwood Cultural Center in Tulsa and meet with survivors of the 1921 massacre. At least 300 Black people were killed when a white mob attacked the Greenwood district, known as “Black Wall Street” for its thriving businesses, in what is considered one of the worst race massacres in the country’s history.

The president will unveil plans to expand federal contracting with disadvantaged small businesses by 50%, according to senior administration officials. The expanded spending will amount to $100 billion over a five-year span, in a move officials said would help with efforts to close the racial wealth gap.

Today’s Guests:

1)  David Rubin, former Mayor of Shiloh Israel, Author; “Confronting Radicals: What America Can Learn From Israel”

2) John Milkovich, Attorney, Former LA State Senator

3) Michelle Hirstius, Author and Commentator, Ringside Politics All-Star