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Black Lives Matter activist Sasha Johnson joins community activists and school children at a protest against police violence in London. Photo: Guy Smallman via Getty Images

British Black Lives Matter activist Sasha Johnson is in critical condition after she was shot in the head early Sunday morning, according to a political party affiliated with her.

Why it matters: Police say there is no evidence the London shooting is connected to her activism, per the BBC. But the prominent figure, who is known for "actively fighting for black people and the injustices that surround the black community," has received "numerous death threats" related to her work, Britain’s Taking the Initiative party said.

  • Johnson was shot two days before the one-year anniversary of George Floyd's death.

The state of play: The Taking the Initiative party was founded last year and aims to represent Black and working-class people. Johnson, a mother of three, has helped organize several protests including the Million People March, a rally against systemic racism on British soil.

  • The 27-year-old has also led demands to defund the police and told British media last year she was calling for a "racial offenders register" that would bar people guilty of committing microaggressions from living in communities of color.
  • In March, she posted a video on her Instagram showing a smashed and dented car window. "Just warning you guys that people are attacking activists that are speaking out," she told her followers. "My car has been smashed up. This is what happens as a Black woman when you come to the surface and you start to speak out."

Worth noting: Johnson’s friend Imarn Ayton told the BBC she does not believe Johnson was the target and said the incident is more likely the result of a disagreement between "rival gangs."

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Outdoor enthusiasts want people of color to embrace activities like hiking, biking, kayaking, camping and birding — and feel safe while enjoying it all.

Why it matters: A national reckoning has drawn attention to the discrimination some people of color face during a run in the mountains or a walk on a trail. The outdoors can be deadly due to bigotry, not just wildlife, lurking in the woods.

"Justice for J6" rally underway with large police presence

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A few hundred demonstrators were met by a heavy law enforcement presence on Saturday at the "Justice for J6" rally outside the fenced-off U.S. Capitol, AP reports.

The latest: U.S. Capitol Police officers at approximately 12:40 p.m. arrested a man with a knife for a weapons violation, the agency wrote in a tweet.

DHS to increase deportation flights to Haiti from Del Rio

Migrants walk across the Rio Grande River carrying supplies back to a makeshift encampment under the international bridge between Del Rio, Texas, and Acuña, Mexico. Officials are struggling to provide food, water, shelter and sanitation, forcing migrants to cross the Rio Grande several times per day for basic necessities. Photo: Jordan Vonderhaar via Getty Images

The Department of Homeland Security on Saturday announced plans to ramp up deportation flights to Haiti out of the small Texas border town Del Rio, starting as soon as Sunday.

Why it matters: Reports have emerged of more than 10,000 migrants, primarily from Haiti, crowded in a temporary camp under the international bridge in Del Rio. Hoping to find refuge in the United States, they've had to bear with filthy conditions and the scorching sun for days, per an NBC News affiliate.