Jeff Gordan

Jeff Gordan

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Jeff Gordan

Jeff Gordan

Black Lives Matter is a global cause

In many respects, the furor around police shootings in the United States is and will remain a uniquely American story. Few major Western nations suffer the epidemic of gun violence that exists in the United States. Few major Western nations contend with the entrenched history of systemic racism that exists in the United States.

"I think people forget that racism is a worldwide thing. It’s still very prevalent. This is ultimately a cry for help."

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Rajat

Rajat

Unearthing the Secrets of New York's Mass Graves

Twice a week or so, loaded with bodies boxed in pine, a New York City morgue truck passes through a tall chain-link gate and onto a ferry that has no paying passengers.

Living poor and dying poorly. A poignant story by NYT " Unearthing the Secrets of New York's Mass Graves"

"No tombstones name the dead in the 101-acre potter’s field that holds Leola Dickerson, who worked as one family’s housekeeper for 50 years, beloved by three generations for her fried chicken and her kindness.

By law, her corpse became city property, to be made available as a cadaver for dissection or embalming practice if a medical school or mortuary class wanted it. Then, like more than a million men, women and children since 1869, she was consigned to a trench on Hart Island.

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Adam Pryor

Adam Pryor

The lucky ones: A Syrian refugee family sees meaning to life again

After a year and a half of living inside the Syrian civil war, Muhammad Aboushaar and his family fled their home in Damascus in 2012. Muhammad lived in Turkey for three years before he was approved to join his mother and younger siblings in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan.

A poignant story of a Syrian refugee who is lucky to flee and live.

Brighter Green

Brighter Green

East African Girls' Education, Leadership, and Rights Training Initiative
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One of Brighter Green's most important programs is the East African Girls' Education, Leadership, and Rights Training Initiative. Check out this video where Lucy Mulenkei of the Indigenous Information Network in Nairobi introduces the initiative, which launched in 2009. Over the last six years, we've seen the amazing potential of these girls shine through.

Sarah Kimball

Sarah Kimball This is a beautiful example of thinking globally, acting locally. Making a change in just a few lives can have huge implications. Education is one of these tools to accomplish this

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Sarah Kimball

Sarah Kimball

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This is really worth watching all the way through.

"The media is terrified to let us know about our 3-tiered caste system, alive and well and keeping us divided."

"While less than 4% of our country are millionaires, they make up over half the members of congress. Who do you think millionaires represent?"

Youngbin Yoon

Youngbin Yoon Really worth the watch -- don't even feel the 11 minutes go by. I personally loved the line, "all the great religions preach against pride".

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Emma Zahren-Newman

Emma Zahren-Newman Yeah, wow, those 11 mins flew by. I had never thought of the social system in this 1-class way, but it really makes sense. Reminds me of that article about the EMT making $13 being supportive of burger-flippers making $15. It's the "masters" who we need to be putting the pressure on.

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Sarah Kimball

Sarah Kimball

To My White Friends Who See Tragedy in the Black Community and Say Nothing, Make it Personal

For the past few weeks, I've tried to avoid social media. I've heard many people say the same. Sometimes, it's just too exhausting. When I've had a long day, the last thing I want to do is scroll through my Facebook page and engage in intellectual debates about the systematic and social oppression of black people in the United States.

Well said. "I have a legal degree from one of the most prestigious law schools in the country, but I was reminded when Martese Johnson yelled out "I go to UVA," before the white officers smashed his bloody face into the concrete, that my education is not protection. Think about how I start shaking when I see people wave the Confederate flag, then proceed to tell me I am acceptable, "because I am a different type of black person, the exception." Why should I have to prove I am "different" to be accepted?"

Youngbin Yoon

Youngbin Yoon I've had similar experiences. I have a friend whom I've been close to for a long time. A few years ago I met said friend's extended family and was deemed "one of the good Asians" by them as if that were a compliment. The whole concept is pretty atrocious.

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Sarah Kimball

Sarah Kimball

Men Watch Footage Of Their Girlfriends Being Catcalled

The U.S. will release Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard after 30 years. The move isn't tied to the Iran nuclear deal, American officials say. Officials released new footage proving Sandra Bland was "alive and well" when her mugshot was taken. The release aims to counter social media rumors that she was deceased in the photo.

It's always interesting to see a common occurrence through a new perspective. Here is a video of women getting comments from other people on the street. As a woman, this is something I barely pay attention too anymore. Videos like this remind us that these comments are inappropriate and disrespectful. One comment by one of the boyfriends that I particularly appreciate was when he said, "I'm sure if someone did that to their mother or cousin they wouldn't appreciate it." It may seem obvious, but then why does catcalling still happen?

Sarah Kimball

Sarah Kimball also, dually noted about the hair. If I ever meet you, I'll be sure to refrain from a hair ruffle..

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Youngbin Yoon

Youngbin Yoon Nah, I think we're on that level -- ruffle away!

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Youngbin Yoon

Youngbin Yoon As for the drink buying, that seems annoying and wholly believable. Maybe it's because the buyer is literally putting money into the interaction that encourages a sense of ownership? Still wrong, but I could see a connection there. Does this hold true for both genders, i.e. when the buyer is a female as well as when the buyer is a male?

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Sarah Kimball

Sarah Kimball Personally, and I'm not just saying this, when I buy something for someone, I see it as a gift without expectations of reciprocal action. Granted, I'm usually not trying to get into their pants. Not sure I can speak to all women on this one though, I'm sure it exists.

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Youngbin Yoon

Youngbin Yoon Agreed and, in my humble opinion, thats the only reason anyone should buy gifts for other people.

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Sarah Kimball

Sarah Kimball

I, Racist

understand, you have to knowthat Black people think in termsof Black people. We don't see a shooting of an innocent Black child in another state as something separate from us because we know viscerally that it could be our child, our parent, or us, that is shot.

Powerful read. Some favorite quotes of mine (but please still read the whole thing):

"The reality of thousands of innocent people raped, shot, imprisoned, and systematically disenfranchised are less important than the suggestion that a single White person might be complicit in a racist system."

"people are dying not because individuals are racist, but because individuals are helping support a racist system by wanting to protect their own non-racist self beliefs."

"White people are in a position of power in this country because of racism. The question is: Are they brave enough to use that power to speak against the system that gave it to them?"

"I’m going to try to speak kindly, and softly, but that’s gonna be hard. Because it’s getting harder and harder for me to think about the protection of White people’s feelings when White people don't seem to care at all about the loss of so many Black lives."

Anju Sharma

Anju Sharma This was a very solemn and intense article. Emma- how do you achieve that? Well, you are a person with a beautiful heart and always spread love and happiness. Just be yourself. I saw Lee Daniel's The Butler yesterday. See it. Am sure you will love it.

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Vidushi Sharma

Vidushi Sharma I liked this quote: White people have the privilege to interact with the social and political structures of our society as individuals. You are you, I am one of them. Also the point that the race discussion centers around "protecting" white people's feelings instead of the reality of the situation-- this seems especially apparent in a lot of hot topic debates (a la Fox News).

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Emma Zahren-Newman

Emma Zahren-Newman Anju, thank you! I will definitely check The Butler out-- maybe tonight! Mishti, the news companies definitely perpetuate that systematic perspective. It's sickening, really.

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Sarah Kimball

Sarah Kimball Ah, The Butler! I have always wanted to see that movie. If you watch it (or have watched it), Emma, please share your thoughts!

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Anju Sharma

Anju Sharma In the same vein read the article posted by Priyanka Bajpai above about a Barbie's perfection coloring the child's mind, and let us know your thoughts!

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Emma Zahren-Newman

Emma Zahren-Newman

Gay marriage and other major rulings at the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court will be back at work Friday putting the finishing touches on a historic term, with one major decision completed and a landmark ruling on same-sex marriage to be announced. The court on Thursday delivered a pair of decisions that delighted civil rights groups and the Obama administration.

Finally! What needs to happen next?

Sofia Perello

Sofia Perello I was initially elated after yesterday's decision. It was nice to see the community coming together to celebrate something dear to so many people. Saying NO to marriage equality would have definitely been the wrong choice by SCOTUS...But I am also thinking about why it was achieved. The people fighting mostly seemed to be white...Wondering if issues more explicitly related to race might be achieved like this.

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Lalka Bunny

Lalka Bunny Could you explain what your question more? How do you think race problems could relate to this recent decision?

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Violet Grant

Violet Grant Sofia, are you referencing the fact that the support of white males may have helped this decision actually happen? I think he LGBTQ community is diverse in terms of race and income, but the people with the strongest voices were probably white males. I was also surprised that a strong majority of Jews supported gay marriage. Does anyone know why?

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Emma Zahren-Newman

Emma Zahren-Newman

Leaked Video Appears To Show Vine Star Carter Reynolds With 16-Year-Old

The young woman: This makes me so uncomfortable. Person holding the camera: Do it. The young woman: I'm really uncomfortable. Person holding the camera: Stop, stop. Just act like [the camera isn't] there. The young woman: Carter, that's a giant lie. Person holding the camera: [ laughs] Want me to shut the light off?

When I read this article, I was shocked, not at the content, but at the fact that my initial reaction was, "this is news?" It's sad, but I feel that Reynolds' response that "couples do stuff like that all the time" is so painfully true. This needs to change. As my sisters and brothers grow up, I don't want to worry that someone's coercive behavior could pass off as "normal". Everyone deserves to be treated with respect, and I'm glad that this is news.

Vidushi Sharma

Vidushi Sharma How did these guys get famous in the first place? I'm mystified how 16 year olds can become instagram/vine famous...And then they absolutely do not know how to handle it.

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