Aug 28, 2020

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 463 words, a 2-minute read.

1 big thing: American dreams and nightmares

A man stands in the Reflecting Pool during the March on Washington. Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP

Two generations of Kings spoke at the Lincoln Memorial today as part of the March on Washington that honored the 57th anniversary of MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech.

The big picture: Black people are reeling after a summer that opened with the police killing of George Floyd and is closing with the police shooting of Jacob Blake, who was paralyzed and spent time handcuffed to a hospital bed after being shot seven times in the back.

  • Jacob Blake Sr. spoke on the shooting of his son: "We're gonna hold court on systematic racism... And we're not taking it anymore. I ask everyone to stand up. No justice, no peace!"
  • Floyd's brother, Philonise Floyd, said: "I'm marching for George, for Brianna, for Ahmaud, for Jacob, for Pamela Turner, for Michael Brown, Trayvon and anybody else who lost their lives."
  • Breonna Taylor's mother Tamika Palmer also spoke to the crowd, which responded by chanting her daughter's name. Taylor was killed by Louisville police officers on a no-knock warrant in March. No one has been charged in her death.

Between the lines: On a D.C. summer Friday with a high of 92 degrees, volunteers were taking temperatures at the entrance, and the media reports indicated masks were the norm among the crowd.

The bottom line: King's granddaughter Yolanda Renee King, 12, told a crowd of thousands that they "are the great dreams of our grandparents. ... we will fulfill my grandfather’s dream.”

  • His son Martin Luther King III, 62, said that "we must never forget the American nightmare. ... We still struggle for justice, demilitarizing the police, dismantling mass incarceration."
Photo: Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images

Go deeper: More photos from the march

2. Hurricane Laura recovery begins

Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Butch Segura and his son Stew Segura salvage what they can from their store named Mattress Doctor after it was destroyed when Hurricane Laura passed through Lake Charles, La.

3. Catch up quick
  1. The NBA and its players' union agreed to resume the league's playoffs on Saturday. Go deeper.
  2. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) said he "fell short of [his] own standard," by choosing not to wear a face mask at President Trump's acceptance speech. Go deeper.
  3. MGM Resorts International plans to lay off 18,000 furloughed workers beginning on Monday, the Wall Street Journal reports.
  4. The House Foreign Affairs Committee will launch contempt proceedings against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over his refusal to comply with a subpoena for records related to the State Department's involvement in attempts to link Joe Biden to corruption in Ukraine. Go deeper.
  5. 🎧 CNN's Brian Stelter on the Trump-Fox News "hoax." Listen here.
4. 1 remote school thing

Stock photo: Getty Images

“Roadschooling” is emerging as a Covid-19-era alternative for Americans who are limited by border closures but not by commutes," Bloomberg reports.

  • "Families that can afford it are packing into RVs and boarding private jets, traveling intermittently or nonstop, spending a few days in each destination or months in a single spot."
  • "Some children are remaining enrolled in public or private schools’ remote programs."
  • "Others are officially homeschooling — learning from online programs, parents, or private staff."

The big picture: "At the start of the pandemic, private educators stood to earn from $30 to $60 an hour."

  • "Pay now ranges from $40 to $100 an hour, with those who are willing to travel commanding a 20% premium, or more."
Mike Allen