The Hall Pass: Band concert, Chicago’s DNC, and the abortion pill

In this episode of the Hall Pass, learn about MCHS’s award-winning band, the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Chicago, and the latest battle over abortion

Eli Frommes, Staff Writer

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The MCHS concert band, symphonic band, and wind ensemble will be performing their final band concert of the year Wednesday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in the Upper Campus auditorium. Ryan Cabildo will be conducting the 3 bands this week each playing 2-4 pieces. The concert band will play first, then the symphonic band and finally wind ensemble. The MCHS Wind Ensemble also went to Nashville over the weekend and participated in the WorldStrides Performing Arts Heritage Festival. They won in every category and came home with 3 trophies — for being a division 1 school, for having the highest score and for being best in all categories overall.

The Democratic National Convention will be held in Chicago on Aug, 19-22 in 2024. Democratic and Republican National Conventions take place each summer before a presidential election to vote for nominees for president and vice president. At the DNC, delegates will vote to nominate a Democratic candidate for the 2024 presidential election, likely Joe Biden. This will also be an event whereJoe Biden can show the historical progress his administration has made, including building up an economy, signing the Inflation Reduction Act, ushering the country out of the COVID pandemic and more.

In Texas there is a lawsuit that has currently for the time being suspended abortion pills waiting to see if there will be a ban. The lawsuit will ban food and the distribution of the drug mifepristone, a pill that blocks the hormone progesterone which is needed for a pregnancy to continue. Mifepristone and misoprostol work together to effectively and safely stop the pregnancy in 10 weeks of gestation. If the former is banned, doctors are prepared to prescribe the latter by itself for at-home abortions, though some worry it may not be as effective.