Jun 4, 2020

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 524 words, a 2-minute read.

🗓 Tomorrow: Join Axios executive editor Sara Kehaulani Goo and politics and White House editor Margaret Talev at 12:30 p.m. ET for conversations with Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and NAACP president and CEO Derrick Johnson.

Situational awareness: 1.9 million Americans filed for unemployment last week.

  • Why it matters: This is the lowest number since lockdowns began, but it's still more than twice the previous record set in 1982.
1 big thing: Remembering George Floyd

Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

With politicians, clergy and law enforcement in attendance today in Minneapolis, the family of George Floyd demanded recognition for his life well lived.

Why it matters: Floyd has become the latest symbol of police brutality after he was killed last week when a police officer held a knee to his neck.

Floyd — or Perry, as his family called him — in their words:

  • “Everywhere you go and see people, how they cling to him. They wanted to be around him,” said his brother Philonise, per the N.Y. Times.
  • Even for homeless people and drug addicts, “when they spoke to George, they felt like they was the president, that’s how he made them feel."
  • “Being in the house with my brother, it was inspiring,” he added, “because my mom used to take in other kids, and they were George’s friends.” He spoke of sharing a bed with his big brother, making banana-and-mayonnaise sandwiches and playing football.
  • “The thing I miss most about him is his hugs. He was just this big giant," said his cousin Tera Brown.

And in New York City, his brother Terrence Floyd said “power to the people, all of us" at a memorial in Brooklyn’s Cadman Plaza. (AP)

  • “I’m proud of the protests but I’m not proud of the destruction. My brother wasn’t about that. The Floyds are a God-fearing family.”

The big picture: At the memorial today, the Rev. Al Sharpton likened Floyd's death to the everyday African American experience in America.

  • “The reason we could never be who we wanted to be and dreamed of being is you kept your knee on our neck."
  • “It’s time for us to stand up in George’s name and say get your knee off our necks."

Below: Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo (R) kneels as Floyd's remains were taken to the memorial service.

Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

Below: Reps. Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley pay their respects.

Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

Below: The Rev. Jesse Jackson (R) and his son Jonathan Jackson pay their respects.

Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

Below: Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey pays his respects.

Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

What's next: Sharpton said the family will be among those leading a march on Washington this summer for federal policing equality.

  • The details and planning of the march are still in the early stages, according to CBS News' Wesley Lowery.
  • Martin Luther King III will be involved in the planning.
2. Pic du jour
Photo: Billy H.C. Kwok/Getty Images

Undercover police arrest attendees during a memorial vigil in Hong Kong to mark the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre.

  • Hong Kong’s legislature approved a bill today that bans insulting the "March of the Volunteers," the Chinese national anthem.
3. Catch up quick
  1. Several cities are ending curfews after the protests led to fewer arrests and less violence last night. Go deeper.
  2. The Republican National Committee is planning site visits over the next 10 days to more than a half-dozen cities as it scrambles for a new convention host. Go deeper.
  3. Virginia will remove the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Richmond's historic Monument Avenue and place it into storage "as soon as possible." Go deeper.
  4. Facebook will begin blocking state-controlled media outlets from buying advertising in the U.S. this summer. Go deeper.
  5. Backing up James Mattis today: Sen. Lisa Murkowski and former Trump White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.
  6. The Lancet, a top medical journal, retracted a study that found that coronavirus patients who took hydroxychloroquine had a higher mortality rate and increased heart problems than those who did nothing. Go deeper.
3. 1 helpful thing

The NBA is a step closer to returning at the end of next month, as previewed this morning in Axios Sports.

  • Its board of governors approved a 22-team format today for restarting the league season at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida, AP reports.
Data: NBA; Table: Axios Visuals
Mike Allen