Here are hotlines, mental health toolkits, petitions, and more resources that you can use to support Asian Americans right now.

Graphic by Sara Schleede

On Tuesday night, a gunman killed eight people — six of whom were Asian women — in a shooting spree at three Asian-owned spas and massage parlors in the Atlanta area. The incident has sparked outrage amid a year of heightened violent hate crimes against Asian Americans, partially motivated by xenophobic Covid-19 fears. But Asian Americans across the country are also speaking up about how the Atlanta shooting is a byproduct of America’s history of racism against the community. …

Women like Stacey Abrams, Abby Phillip, and Cardi B inspired us throughout an unforgettable year.

Graphic by Maggie Chirdo. From left to right, images via AP, Netflix, Benjamin Lowy, Blair Imani on Twitter, and CNN.

In an unforgettably tragic year, women have worked to expand voting rights, provided relief for those affected by the pandemic, and fought Covid-19 on the frontlines. In the last year, we elected our first woman Vice President, celebrated the youngest inaugural poet ever, and mourned the loss of titans like Cicely Tyson. Today, The Interlude honors just a few of the countless women who changed an otherwise-terrible year for the better.

Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton has always been a national treasure, giving us both incredible music and serving the greater good by supporting early childhood literacy and providing monthly stipends to families…

None of my coworkers or I currently qualify for a vaccine, but Gov. Cuomo put us at risk anyway.

Graphic by Sara Schleede.

An anonymous server’s concerns about indoor dining reopening in New York City, as told to The Interlude. Edited for clarity and length.

Earlier today, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that restaurants in New York can resume indoor dining at 25% capacity starting Feb. 14. Just when I thought I couldn’t hate Valentine’s Day more, I now have to serve bored NYU students and wealthy Manhattanites, who habitually need reminders on proper mask-wearing etiquette and who generously compensate for my risk exposure with an average of $10 in tips per shift.

Just over a week ago, I got a notification from BBC…

Smaller in size doesn’t have to mean lesser in flavor.

Photo of Thanksgiving spread by Jae Taurina Thomas.

For this year’s Thanksgiving, we prepared something special for you: a menu fit for a modest holiday. While COVID-19 may have made you sacrifice a big Thanksgiving with family and friends, it doesn’t have to make you sacrifice a delicious one.

We here at The Interlude understand that celebrating will be tough during this year of distance and isolation, but that’s why our food columnists — Jae Taurina Thomas and Carmen Russo — have developed four delicious, easy Thanksgiving recipes that are scaled down to feed 2-4 immediate household members. …

“America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country.”

By Natasha Roy and Cameron Oakes

After four days of nonstop ballot counting, bogus legal challenges, and protests, former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris have won the 2020 presidential election.

When much of the country went to bed on Tuesday, there were few answers as to who would become the next president. Wednesday and Thursday were nail-biters, with only Michigan and Wisconsin sending in results — and flipping for Biden. Meanwhile, results from Nevada, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Georgia trickled in, leaving the country in the dark about which candidate would take or maintain the lead overnight. But…

The Associated Press projects the former vice president as the 46th President of the United States.

Graphic by Josh Magpantay

Editors’ note: The Interlude will be updating this blog as information about election results becomes available to our staff. These results are based on projections — official certified election results may not be available for days or even weeks, as states count mail-in and absentee ballots.

Our election team will primarily rely on the Associated Press for accurate updates on poll results. The AP’s team covers 7,000 races around the country and relays vote counts from precincts in all 50 states. This year, the AP is also accounting for a larger influx of mail-in votes than has been seen in…

We came, we saw, we voted.

Graphic by Maggie Chirdo.

Election Day is here! We at The Interlude are all about exercising our right to vote. We also acknowledge that for many Americans, voting is an addled, confusing process, rife with bureaucratic and logistical hurdles — a process each of us had to navigate ourselves. Here are eight stories from our staff about the excitement and anxiety we felt going to the polls or mailing in our ballots.

Andie Kanaras, culture editor

I voted early in Somerset County, NJ. My ballot was sent to my home address in early September. I ended up voting the following month. My mom was pretty adamant about going…

Whole Foods CEO is horribly out of touch with the realities of food inaccessibility.

Graphic by Izzie Ramirez.

By Carmen Russo

Want to hear some organic tea with your Amazon Prime order? Look no further than the Amazon-owned Whole Foods.

Since 2018, Amazon workers across the globe have called for boycotts of Prime Day, the company’s yearly “savings extravaganza” for Amazon Prime members. This year, the usual complaints about working conditions were magnified by the reports that Jeff Bezos — Amazon’s founder, CEO, and president — enjoyed a $73.2 billion increase in overall wealth during the first six months of the global COVID-19 pandemic. …

Check back for the latest.

Graphic by Natasha Roy and Josh Magpantay.

Stephen Miller tests positive for Covid-19
October 6, 2020 7:30 p.m. EST

Stephen Miller, senior advisor to the president, has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the New York Times.

Miller is now among a growing list of top White House officials who have contracted the coronavirus. At least 18 people close to President Donald Trump have tested positive for the virus.

Yesterday, the president returned to the White House from Walter Reed Medical Center, where he was being treated for Covid-19 symptoms. Today, President Trump falsely claimed that the common flu kills 100,000 people each year, and that…

After taking down a sign in common outdoor space, the major apartment complex asked residents to post their “thoughts or opinions” on social media instead.

Photo illustration of StuyTown’s Oval by Izzie Ramirez.

By Cameron Oakes and Megi Meskhi

StuyTown, a massive apartment complex on Manhattan’s east side, emailed its residents on Thursday asking them to take down existing Black Lives Matter signage and requesting they refrain from putting any further “messaging” in their windows.

Screenshots of the email, obtained by The Interlude, also informed residents that a Black Lives Matter sign was removed from “the oval,” a green space in the middle of the complex shared by its roughly 30,000 residents. “We understand our City is experiencing a trying time, and we also anticipate an emotional political cycle leading up to November,”…

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