What Happened Was...

A lightning fast recap of the week's biggest events for Jan. 11th - Jan. 17th, 2021

National Guard members arrive on the US. Capitol Building grounds, as heightened security measures are in place nearly a week after a pro-Trump insurrectionist mob breached the security of the building in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kent Nishimura /via Getty Images)

Below is a catch-up of the major events of the week of January 11th, 2021. You can check in with a minimal time commitment, read about the big stuff and stay in the know before we’re on to the next. Also, I would encourage you to scroll through my Twitter feed for the week for more detail. Some important stories that didn’t make the cut can be found there, and the topics I discuss in quick snippets here will have links attached, if you are looking for more information on the topic. 

The attempted coup last Wednesday and the massive security response in preparation for the Inauguration this week, have overshadowed a lot of this week’s events, so I will primarily reference all of the other important happenings in today’s recap, and for a more comprehensive look at the fallout and response, you can read my series: The Coup at the CapitolPart 1; Part 2 and Part 3.

SHERO of the Week

The SHERO of the Week is Chef Jose Andres, who has brought his team at the World Central Kitchen to Washington, DC, to prepare meals for National Guardsmen and first responders ahead of the inauguration.

Andres is known for traveling to places impacted by natural disasters and emergencies in order to feed the people who are hit hardest, and to keep community spirits up in the worst of times. The fact that he is able to provide thousands of boxed lunches and hot meals to National Guard troops, who have been forced to sleep on building floors, is inspiring and uplifting in this troublesome time.

Chef Jose Andre is an immigrant to the United States who does more for this country than most and has fed over 20 million Americans during the Covid-19 crisis alone. You can join me in donating to the World Kitchen today, to say “thank you” to our troops in addition to Chef Andres and his extraordinary staff.


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Amee Vanderpool writes the SHERO Newsletter and is an attorney, published author, contributor to newspapers and magazines and analyst for BBC radio. She can be reached at avanderpool@gmail.com or follow her on Twitter @girlsreallyrule.

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