Category: Social Justice

Make Someone’s Day Brighter With The Random Act Of Kindness Generator

Whether it’s a compliment from a coworker or having your coffee paid for by the person ahead of you in line, small acts of kindness have an amazing ability to lift your mood. This week marks the 17th Annual Random Act of Kindness Week — a week completely dedicated to altruism. The Random Act of Kindness Organization (RAK) started celebrating this week in 2000 as an opportunity to “unite through kindness,” according to a press release. RAK week is observed Feb 12-18 each year. This year, RAK is launching a “Kindness Generator,” which creates kindness “challenges” for individuals, organizations, companies,...

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Immigrants to the U.S. Honored for their Outstanding Contributions

On February 3, 2017, the Vilcek Foundation awarded its annual Vilcek Prize to immigrants who have made extraordinary achievements in the fields of biomedical sciences and the arts. “Like all great artists and scientists, these immigrant prizewinners challenge our very perceptions of the world,” said Rick Kinsel, president of the Vilcek Foundation, in a statement. “Their works are attempts to understand fundamental questions and concepts in American society, from the neurological underpinnings of the self to the institution of democracy.” In a time when nationalism is at full gallop — and immigrants are often eyed with suspicion — the Vilcek...

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We Can End Genital Mutilation by 2030 – But We Must Act Now

Here in the United States, advocates for women’s rights focus largely on issues such as equal pay and reproductive justice. Outside of the U.S however, lies an alarming health and safety concern for women and young girls. Female Genital Mutilation 200 million women and girls walking the world today are victims of female genital mutilation, or FGM. As defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), FGM consists of any procedure that injures the female genital organs without medical reason. While this idea may seem foreign to some, it is an all-too-common practice in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. In...

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Breaking the Deadly Silence of Eating Disorders

Canada and the United States are kicking off 2017 Eating Disorders Awareness week with campaigns designed to limit the shame and stigma of the illness. Canada’s Not A Choice campaign (February 1 through 7) is promoted by the National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC), and stresses eating disorders are not a choice, trend, or a diet that’s gone too far, but a serious illness with the highest mortality rate among psychiatric disorders. America’s National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (February 26 through March 4) is promoted by the National Eating Disorders Association, and this year’s theme is It’s Time to...

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“Refugee to Entrepreneur” Program Gives Free Web Design to Refugees

According to one Toronto media group, many refugees share the same qualities as successful entrepreneurs: They exhibit the drive and determination to both set and achieve lofty goals. Many refugees operated small businesses prior to relocation, and, though uprooted, their instinct to succeed remains. The only thing missing? Funding. This is where Little Dragon Media comes in. The media company, titled after Bruce Lee’s Mandarin byname, has launched the Refugee to Entrepreneur program to provide free business services such as marketing and web design for the entrepreneurial-minded refugee. Any migrant may apply, as long as they meet a few basic...

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How Your Rice can Save the Planet (and Help Women, Too)

The “Mother of All Basmati Rice” is heading to the United States for the first time. Lotus Foods, a sustainable rice company based in California, will introduce their specialty varieties of the coveted Dehraduni Basmati rice and Phka Malis jasmine rice. Keeping with their motto, “Healthier Rice for a Healthier Life,” these producers provide organic and fair trade crops with people and planet in mind. Rice from Lotus Foods is grown using the More Crop Per Drop (MCPD) methodology. In an interview with Lady Freethinker, Co-CEO Caryl Levine described MCPD as “a different way of cultivating rice that enables...

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Disfigured by Domestic Violence, Woman Rebuilds Her Life – And Her Look

Amanda (name edited to respect her privacy) is a mother of two and a survivor of brutal domestic violence. In 2008, she was raped and beaten by her live-in boyfriend when she tried to leave him. The violence lasted two days – and for Amanda, the emotional and physical scars lasted much longer. Badly disfigured from wounds to the chest, she put a towel in front of her mirror for years so she wouldn’t be reminded of the ordeal. But in the end, after a long search for a surgeon who could help remove the signs of the violence...

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Starbucks to Hire 10,000 Refugees

In response to President Trump’s recent executive order to block immigrants from entering the U.S., Starbucks has announced that it will hire 10,000 refugees in the next five years. CEO Howard Schultz stated in a letter to employees that the effort would be worldwide, but it would start in the United States and focus on hiring immigrants that served alongside the U.S. military in support roles and as interpreters. Schultz also highlighted some of  Starbucks’ other policy positions.  The company would support Mexican coffee growers, customers, partners, and their families if any trade sanctions were enacted to affect their...

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