Category: Social Justice

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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Target Charges Cyclone Victims $72 for Bottled Water

A pricing misunderstanding at a Target store caused outrage in the wake of a natural disaster in Queensland, Australia. On March 28, a Category 4 cyclone, nicknamed “Cyclone Debbie,” hit Australia and New Zealand. Torrential rain, sustained winds of 114 mph, and dangerous storm tides caused flooding and severe damage to coastal towns and islands. When Natalie Maher, a Queensland resident, stopped in the Bowen, Queensland, store following the disaster, she uploaded a picture to Facebook of a 24-pack of 600 ml bottles of water, priced at $72. In her Facebook post, Maher said, “Talk about price gaugeing [sic] us while...

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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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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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Survey: Nearly 80% of Americans Say Women STILL Need to Work Harder than Men to Prove Themselves

Last week Lady Freethinker published an article about the 20 Worst-Paying Jobs for Women in the U.S. and on Friday, March 31, The Harris Poll, a market research firm, released results from a recent study about how well Americans believe women are faring in today’s workplace. Just over 2,000 U.S. adults 18+ were surveyed online between March 3-7, 2017, coincidentally the first week of National Women’s History Month. While a large percentage agreed the country has come a long way towards reaching gender equality, 79% stated female leaders have to work harder than their male counterparts to prove themselves....

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#20PercentCounts Campaign Launched for Equal Pay Day, Targeting Gender Pay Gap

This year, April 4 is Equal Pay Day, which is the day that marks how far into 2017 women needed to work to earn what men were paid in 2016. To highlight the day, LeanIn.Org has launched the #20PercentCounts campaign, bringing together over 80 businesses to bring greater awareness to the gender pay gap. In the United States, a woman is paid an average of 20 percent less than her male counterpart. For women of color, the gap is even larger (for example, Hispanic women are estimated to be paid 46 percent less). Several large companies have teamed up with LeanIn.Org to offer...

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Nevada Ratifies Equal Rights Amendment 35 Years Later

On March 22, just 35 years after Congress enacted the deadline, both Houses of the Nevada Legislature voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), the last hurdle before state Senate approval—a decision long overdue for Nevadans. The state’s Assembly voted 28-14. “It was overwhelming, but we did it. It shows that it’s never too late to support equality,” said Sen. Pat Spearman, a Las Vegas Democrat who tried to push the measure through the legislature two years prior. The state’s Senators approved the ERA earlier this month, a successful victory that assures “equality of rights under the law shall...

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