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Photo: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP via Getty Images

Streamers will hold a one-day blackout on Twitch to raise awareness of hateful practices on the platform.

Why it matters: The movement, #ADayOffTwitch, is an attempt to draw attention and support for streamers facing — and fighting against — hate raids.

  • During these raids, malicious users will swarm marginalized streamers with racist and hateful language and symbols.
  • A group of streamers, including ShineyPen, RekItRaven and LuciaEverblack, are encouraging others to not stream on Sept. 1.
  • "I think it's important to come together in a display of solidarity with those who have been affected by these hate raids," Raven told Axios.
📷Image via @LuciaEverblack

The big picture: Massive outcry from the community is one way to get Twitch to enact better policies.

  • The Twitter movement "Twitch Do Better" pushed the company to promise better practices.
  • "You’re asking us to do better, and we know we need to do more to address these issues," the company said this month. "That includes an open and ongoing dialogue about creator safety."

The bottom line: Twitch still has a long way to go to improve the platform for anyone who isn't a cishet white male.

  • "People's lives are literally in danger when this group behind the hate raids are making it a point to put personal information into random chats," Raven told Axios. "We need change, and we need it now."

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Attacks rise on houses of worship

Woven Stars of David hang along the fence at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on the 1st anniversary of a mass shooting at the synagogue. Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

Houses of worship — across a variety of faiths, including Jewish synagogues to Buddhist temples, Muslim mosques and Catholic churches — are experiencing high amounts of vandalism, arson and other property damage.

The big picture: 2021 is on track to exceed last year's spike in hate crimes in the U.S., many of them linked to religious bigotry. The number of hate crimes reported in FY 2020 was the highest since 2001, when a wave of Islamophobia followed the 9/11 attacks, according to updated FBI data released yesterday.

Updated 10 mins ago - Energy & Environment

Bomb cyclone prompts blizzard warnings from Virginia to Maine

Computer model projection showing the intense storm off of Cape Cod on Jan 29, 2022, with heavy snow and strong winds lashing the coastline. (Weatherbell.com)

Blizzard warnings are in effect for 11 million people from coastal Virginia to eastern Maine as a potentially historic winter storm is set to slam the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast beginning Friday.

Why it matters: The storm will bring hazards ranging from zero visibility amid hurricane force wind gusts and heavy snow, to coastal flooding that will erode vulnerable beaches and threaten property from the Jersey shore to coastal Massachusetts.

Updated 4 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Swastikas found outside Union Station in D.C.

People walk through Union Station on Jan. 16 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Drawings of swastikas appeared etched around the entrance to Union Station in Washington, D.C., on Friday morning.

Driving the news: "An investigation is underway with Amtrak Police and the Metropolitan Police Department after swastikas were reported on the exterior of Washington Union Station on Friday," Amtrak spokesperson Kimberly Woods said in a statement to Axios.