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1 in 5 Homeless Youths in America is a Victim of Human Trafficking

In a disturbing study published last week, researchers found that one-fifth of homeless youth in the United States and Canada are victims of human trafficking.  Initiated by Covenant House International, the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research at the University of Pennsylvania and the Modern Slavery Research Project at Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana, this is the most comprehensive investigation to date on the occurrence of human trafficking among homeless youth. Between February 2014 and March 2017, 911 homeless youth aged 17-25 were interviewed across 13 major cities in Alaska, Georgia, Michigan, Florida, California, Louisiana, Missouri, Ontario, British Columbia, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Washington,...

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SeaWorld Polar Bear Has Died ‘Of A Broken Heart’

Szenja the polar bear died after being separated from her longtime companion of 20 years, who was shipped to the Pittsburg Zoo for breeding purposes by SeaWorld San Diego. According to animal advocates, Szenja didn’t just die of natural causes. “Szenja died of a broken heart, Peta believes,” said Peta Vice President Tracy Remain. “After losing her companion of 20 years when SeaWorld shipped Snowflake to the Pittsburgh Zoo in order to breed more miserable polar bears, Szenja did what anyone would do when they lose all hope, she gave up,” While in captivity, some polar bears reach their mid-to...

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‘Doing Good’ Curriculum Teaches Kindness in the Classroom

In a time when anger is palpable at the national and global levels, teaching children respect and kindness can seem daunting. A new curriculum is here to help. Created by The Forgotten International, the recently published Doing Good contains 10 lessons to coach children into becoming engaged, sympathetic citizens of the world. “Our aim is to give educators, coaches, facilitators, and school administrators the tools they need to encourage young people to care for others and work to make the world a better place, not only for the time they are in school, but throughout their lives,” said Amy Schoenblum, outreach specialist...

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In 5 Years, One-third of Americans Won’t Be Able to Afford Water

Americans across the country are struggling. To put food on the table. To pay the rent. Americans are even struggling to afford water. Almost 14 million Americans could not afford clean, safe water in 2014. And according to research from the University of Michigan, over the next five years that number will rise to 40 million. This equates to roughly 36% of all American households being unable to afford water within the next five years. In Detroit, 50,000 households have lost water access since 2014. Shutoffs have happened in Baltimore  as well. In Philadelphia, an estimated 4 out of...

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This Group Trains Women to Run for Office and Fight Climate Change

If you’re unhappy about the current political climate, it might be time to consider running for office. One advocacy group is encouraging women to do just that – to take politics and decision-making into their own hands. Run to Win empowers women to participate in politics Led by EMILY’S List, Run to Win trains women how to run for office — and most importantly, how to win. “We are not just a training program,” Director of Strategic Communications at EMILY’s List, Vanessa Cardenas, told Lady Freethinker, “in addition to the nuts and bolts on how to run a campaign,...

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Danny Trejo Thinks Male Caregivers Are “Tougher Than Tough”

It may seem surprising, but forty percent of the 40 million unpaid family caregivers in the U.S. are men. This percentage has been steadily rising, breaking the stereotype of only women as caregivers, yet there is notable lack of dialogue and public awareness about this topic. As a response, AARP — formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons — has introduced a new PSA (public service announcement) campaign raising awareness and offering support for male caregivers, featuring Danny Trejo. Danny Trejo, known for his macho toughness on screen and off, comically plays on this persona as he narrates about the toughest guy...

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Damaged Great Barrier Reef has ‘Zero Prospect of Recovery’

For the first time on record, the Great Barrier Reef has suffered two consecutive years of mass coral bleaching. These events decimate the chance for long-term recovery, according to experts. In 2016, scientists recorded the largest coral die-off at the Great Barrier Reef on record. They found that 80% of coral in the northern portion of the reef had been severely bleached, and overall over one-fifth of the reef was dead. This year the reef suffered another mass bleaching event. “It takes at least a decade for a full recovery of even the fastest growing corals, so mass bleaching events...

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Taiwan Becomes First Asian Nation to Ban Dog and Cat Meat

Taiwan has just moved to outlaw consumption of dog and cat meat. A groundbreaking law passed by the Legislative Yuan Tuesday officially bars eating dogs and cats, extending legislation passed in 2001 that outlaws the sale of dog and cat meat in the country. Under these new amendments to Taiwan’s existing animal cruelty laws, anyone found guilty of selling, possessing or slaughtering dogs and cats for meat will face a maximum fine of NT$250,000 (about US $8100). The law includes sale and possession of goods containing dog and cat parts — and those who violate the law could be publicly...

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