Category: Social Justice

3 Quirky Jobs that Help Save the World

Author: Elizabeth Sharpe We all dream about having a job that makes a difference. But only a lucky few have a job that helps people, safeguards our planet for future generations and protects endangered animals. Here are three surprising jobs that are saving the world, performed by three amazing women who are leading their fields. Tangled turtle rescuer. A day in the life of Dr. Jillian Hudgins could involve wading into the turquoise waters of the Maldives to save sea turtles from entanglement in lost or discarded fishing nets. Senior project scientist for the Olive Ridley Project, a charity focused...

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A Black Woman-Owned Company is Solving Flint’s Water Crisis

Replacing over 18,000 water lines to ensure clean drinking water for Flint’s nearly 100,000 residents is no small task. However, Rhonda Grayer and her company, W.T. Stevens Construction, are taking on the challenge. Grayer inspires women and minorities as she takes on Flint’s 90 million dollar project This project is a big win for Grayer and her company, not just because of the importance and impact of the project, but also because it brings national attention to a family-owned business with a black woman serving as vice president. While women are increasingly becoming business owners – they owned 30 percent of all U.S. businesses in...

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Trophy Hunter Crushed to Death by Gunned-Down Elephant

On Friday, at a national park in Zimbabwe, an elephant wast shot and killed by a group of big-game trophy hunters. As it died, it collapsed on the South African-based hunt leader and took his life. Theunis Botha was a big-game hunter who ran an established hunting business. His company, Theunis Botha Big Game Safaris, developed a style of hunting that uses packs of dogs to drive animals like leopards, lions, and elephants towards hunters, who then slaughter them. At the beginning of the 20th century, there were approximately 3-5 million elephants in Africa. Now there are fewer than 400,000. And yet...

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Why Are So Many Immigrants Dying in American Detention Centers?

Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) just issued a horrifying report on the absence of health care provided to immigrants in United States detention centers. Revealing evidence from 2012 to 2015 that immigrants in detention centers were victims of dehumanizing healthcare, often resulting in premature and needless death, the report points to the “systemic indifference” causing the negligence. “The sheer number and consistency of cases involving inadequate medical care point to a crisis that warrants immediate action…The medical experts’ analyses confirm what we have been hearing from detained immigrants for years. It’s past time to put...

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MealConnect Unites Donors with Food Banks to End Food Waste and Hunger

Even as many Americans struggle to afford proper nourishment, millions of tons of food is thrown out every year. Preventing hunger and ending food waste isn’t an easy task, but Feeding America is tackling the issue head on. This April, they released MealConnect — a new technology platform that fights food waste and reduces food insecurity by connecting food providers with nonprofits for free. “It’s sort of like Uber,” Feeding America Director of Media Relations Ross Fraser told Lady Freethinker. MealConnect helps end hunger by making donating food easy Feeding America has already done a lot to address hunger. They have 200 food banks and 60,000 pantries and...

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Anti-Semitism in the US Sees Record Surge in 2017

Anti-Semitism has risen sharply in the United States so far this year, according to a new report. Despite a 12% global decrease, the number of anti-Semitic incidents within the US spiked 86% in the first quarter of 2017. States with high Jewish populations saw the greatest increases: California, New York, New Jersey, Florida, and Massachusetts. Close to one-third of the incidents logged last year occurred between November and December, alluding to the influence of the 2016 presidential election. The report, released by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), counted 541 anti-Semitic attacks and threats between January and March. The ADL has...

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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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