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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) called upon Americans to "make meaningful change" as a result of the nationwide protests against police violence and systemic racism in an op-ed published Wednesday by the Los Angeles Sentinel, the city's black-owned newspaper.

Why it matters: The former California attorney general — one of just 10 black members to ever serve in the Senate — is considered a leading choice to become Joe Biden's vice presidential pick.

  • She called for concrete reforms to policing and said she is working alongside Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) "to address police brutality at the federal level."
  • Harris called for a ban on tactics like chokeholds, and legislation to ensure district attorneys aren't forced to investigate police colleagues amid potential conflicts of interests.
  • She also called for the Justice Department to investigate police patterns and practices, like it had under the Obama administration

What she's saying: "America’s wounds, our wounds, are raw. They are on full display for everyone to see. And they are deepened by [President] Trump’s inability to show empathy and understanding. They are deepened by law enforcement using tear gas in the middle of a pandemic from a respiratory illness," she wrote

  • "Our country can no longer accept the status quo where black people are treated as less than human. Where we have two systems of justice — one for the privileged and one for everyone else. And where leaders fail to make changes that honor our humanity."

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Women's groups fight disinformation campaigns against Harris

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Getty Images photo: Dimitrios Kambouris

Women’s groups are spending millions in battleground states to ward off gender-based smears against Kamala Harris, as misinformation campaigns and misogynistic memes proliferate.

Why it matters: They worry that sexist branding of Joe Biden's running mate by forces supporting President Trump could depress turnout by Black and Latina women who don't consistently vote but would likely support the Biden-Harris ticket if they did cast a ballot.

Movie theaters go out of style

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Vaccination rates are going up, people are going out to restaurants again — although the new COVID variant may get in the way — but they still aren't rushing back to the movies.

By the numbers: Some 49% of pre-pandemic moviegoers are no longer hitting theaters, according to a study from the film research company The Quorum, as reported by the New York Times.

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Vaccine mandates lose steam in the U.S. while Europe doubles down

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

European countries are doubling down on pressure campaigns to get people vaccinated just as Republicans continue to wage war — often successfully — against vaccine mandates in the U.S.

Why it matters: The starkly different approaches create a sharp contrast between the regions' approaches to vaccination, even as the Omicron variant rapidly spreads around the world.