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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.

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LGBTQ+ Afghans have been threatened, attacked and "faced an increasingly desperate situation and grave threats to their safety" since the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan last August, per a report published Wednesday.

What they're saying: "We spoke with LGBT Afghans who have survived gang rape, mob attacks, or have been hunted by their own family members who joined the Taliban, and they have no hope that state institutions will protect them," per a statement from study co-author J. Lester Feder.

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Canadian Indigenous group finds 93 suspected unmarked graves

A makeshift memorial honoring the 215 children whose remains were found in a mass grave in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, last May. Photo: Cole Burston/AFP via Getty Images

Indigenous leaders in Canada's western province of British Columbia said Tuesday they believe they've found 93 unmarked graves near a former boarding school.

The big picture: Hundreds of mass graves have been found at the grounds of former residential schools for Indigenous children since last May, when the remains of 215 children were uncovered at one such site in B.C.