Category: Social Justice

8th Grader Saves Up Her Allowance to Host Free Laundry Day for the Needy

An inspirational eighth grader from Riverdale, Illinois has used her own pocket money and gathered donations to host a free laundry day for people in need in her local community. Fourteen-year-old Jayera, a straight-A student and member of the Washington Junior High School Honor Society, noticed that some of the students she was tutoring often came to school in dirty clothes. She decided to start saving her $5 weekly allowance and collect donations from the community, raising over $900 for the event. “It will help drastically because they wouldn’t get talked about as much,” said Jayera about her initiative....

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Moby to Donate all Profits from New Album to Animal Rights Groups

Longtime animal rights activist, musician, and vegan celebrity Moby has announced that all profits from his latest album will go to animal rights groups. Everything was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt was released on March 2, 2018 and is Moby’s 15th studio album. The musician says the new album explores who we are as a species, describing the album in an interview with Entertainment Weekly as an exploration of humanity as a paradox of light and dark, and that humans burn through resources although it doesn’t make us any happier. Of course, animal products are a large part of the resources...

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Reminder: Storm-Ravaged Puerto Rico Still Needs Our Support

The 2017 hurricane season brutalized several parts of the United States. Texas and Florida were each hit hard and underwent months of recovery work. But for residents of U.S. territory Puerto Rico — an area hit harder than anywhere in the mainland United States — recovery is still in the distance. FEMA stopped delivering aid to Puerto Rico in January, but 11 percent of the island is still without power. The island’s economy can’t get back on its feet without electricity and the federal government shows no indication of doing anything. It’s time for private citizens to step up...

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The First Person Convicted Under Belgium’s Sexual Harassment Law Could Face Jail Time

Stopped for violating highway code, a man ended up with a conviction for a different crime when he called a female police officer a “dirty whore” and told her that her job did not suit women. The first person to be convicted under the sexism law that was enacted in Belgium in 2014, he faces a €3,000 ($3,725) fine for his comment. He didn’t show up in court for the hearing, and if he fails to pay the fine, faces up to one month in jail. The #MeToo and #ImWithHer movements have brought to light just how entrenched and...

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Is the EU About to Ban Single-Use Plastics?

The European Union has signaled that it may ban plastic straws and other single-use plastics very soon. The EU announced in January 2018 that they aimed to make all plastics on the market recyclable or reusable by 2030. Now, after a Twitter battle with the United Kingdom on the matter, Frans Timmermans, vice president of the EU’s executive cabinet has hinted that the EU will create legislation on single-use plastics before summer. This comes after China’s ban on the import of many types of plastic waste went into effect last month. According to recent data, in 2016 China processed over...

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The Why and How of Better Water Conservation

It’s easy to see why water is so important. We can only survive for a few days without drinking it, we use it to grow the food we eat, and we need it to clean our clothes and dishes and our bodies. As clear as its value is, recent droughts in places like California and South Africa have driven home the point even more. We need to conserve water, especially since drought seasons and the growing season are approaching. Why Conserve Water? There are innumerable reasons we should conserve water. It’s connected to virtually every aspect of our lives,...

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Vegan, Unisex Makeup Line Offers One Lucky Supporter a Trip to Los Angeles

JECCA Makeup, a vegan, unisex makeup line, wants to treat one lucky person to an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles, California. As part of their Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, one contributor will get to travel to to LA with founder Jessica Blackler. The winner will spend two nights in a five-star hotel and attend the celebrated Founder Made Consumer Discovery Show. JECCA Makeup’s crowdfunding campaign was launched with the aim of expanding the range of shades available in the Correct & Conceal palettes. “We launched JECCA Makeup with just two shades but I want the range to be as inclusive...

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Humanitarian Crisis: Understanding the Rohingya’s Plight in Two Sentences

I’ve been seeing news pieces about refugees since, well, since I can remember looking at a paper or watching TV news. Civil wars and genocide in Africa, natural disasters around the globe, more recently people fleeing Syria and conflicts in the Middle East, and now the Rohingya. It can be overwhelming. It can give you a sense that humanity won’t ever be able to treat each other with compassion and dignity, without hatred and violence. Sometimes I just want to look away, to disconnect from the suffering I feel I can’t do anything about. But when we get to...

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