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Sili M. Recio

Black and Ugly

Sili M. Recio | August 4, 2015 | Latino Voices
If you live in the U.S. and have a child, preparing them for a time when someone will say something negative about their appearance (hair, skin, etc.), is commonplace. It's like a special brand of parenting boot camp that only those who are raising children of color get to attend.
Phil Bloomer

From the European Games to Formula 1: How Sport is Ignoring Human Rights

Phil Bloomer | August 4, 2015 | Impact
The photo -- and the event itself -- gave the president a patina of international legitimacy and credibility. That's exactly why the International Olympic Committee, whose values purport to be 'Friendship, Respect, Excellence,' should never have permitted the European Games to take place in Azerbaijan, a country with a dismal human rights record.
Melody Y. Guan

Elon Musk, Superintelligence, and Maximizing Social Good: A Weekend at History's Largest Gathering of "Effective Altruists"

Melody Y. Guan | August 4, 2015 | Impact
From July 31st to August 2nd, the Google Quad campus in Silicon Valley was overtaken by a motley crowd of over 400 entrepreneurs, academics, technologists, and activists, all attendees of the Effective Altruism (EA) Global conference.
Pioneers for Change

Changing the Face of Finance -- Or Why I Work for a Bank

Pioneers for Change | August 4, 2015 | Impact
Let's start with the question of what banks are for. They have the crucial role of determining what use is made of capital. This gives banks both a huge power and a huge responsibility.
Lisa M. Van Wormer

Why Go? Why I Decided to Join the Army Post 9/11

Lisa M. Van Wormer | August 3, 2015 | Women
My generation got the call and I stood up to answer. As the twin towers burned and collapsed to the ground, the rules of my safe naïve life changed. And when the ash settled over more than three-thousand lost lives, I had to move. To do... something.
Mary Anne Hitt

Americans From Coast to Coast Cheer Major Climate Action Announced Today by President Obama, EPA

Mary Anne Hitt | August 3, 2015 | Green
This is the U.S. taking the lead on climate action, and with the international climate meetings happening this fall in Paris, it is a powerful example for other countries to follow, and it's already bringing other nations to the table with strong plans of their own.
Nina Polvanich Louie

Crossing the Bridge

Nina Polvanich Louie | August 3, 2015 | Impact
Here I am middle of the bridge, trying not to look back and lusting for that glimpse of the light ahead. And there it is. In the craziness of this world, in the storm that rocked out worlds, a glimpse of light. What a blessing.
Sarah Blahovec

Disabled Workers: We Need to Fight for Ourselves Too

Sarah Blahovec | August 3, 2015 | Impact
While discussion for women's workplace rights is rampant, disability employment is still extremely and unjustifiably taboo. This needs to change. An inclusive workforce is better for everybody. Employer and employee alike, we all need to strive for it.
Jahandad Memarian

Mohsen Moazami: A Farewell to Pre-Set Paths

Jahandad Memarian | August 3, 2015 | Impact
You were born and raised in Tehran. Please tell us about where you attended school and what your formative influences were. What about your parents and other early mentors?
HooplaHa

WATCH: War Vet Hikes to Heal With Help From His Cat and Dog

HooplaHa | August 3, 2015 | Good News
Stephen turned to running and hiking in Oregon's high mountains with his loving pets - a dog named Puppi and a cat named Burma. Adventure therapy revealed to him that beneath the depression, he really did care what happened to his life.
William Lambers

Ike's Food for Peace to the Rescue in Syria

William Lambers | August 3, 2015 | Impact
The size of the humanitarian crisis in Syria is so large that donations from Food for Peace and other countries needs to pick up dramatically. The situation is urgent.
Katie Sgarro

How I Co-Founded a Startup Without a Technical Background

Katie Sgarro | August 3, 2015 | Impact
The thing about startups is that they can actually change the world and anyone with a vision can start one. A year ago, I would have rolled my eyes and chalked this thinking up to blind optimism. I lived in a world where technology was solely for finding information and communication purposes.
Angela Glover Blackwell

Helping Prisoners Build a Better Life: DOE Launches Pilot for Second Chance Pell Grants

Angela Glover Blackwell | August 3, 2015 | Education
The Second Chance Pell Pilot program, which continues the ongoing efforts of the Obama Administration to reform prison policies and reduce recidivism, will test new models allowing incarcerated Americans to receive Pell Grants to support post-secondary education.
Mauricio Lim Miller

We Can't Wait (to Invest in Working Families)

Mauricio Lim Miller | August 3, 2015 | Impact
Calling for shame and charity in order to get our country to pay attention to poverty or the lack of mobility is old, and wrong. For 50 years, the stories from the war on poverty have almost singularly tried to shame us into addressing these issues, but, ultimately, they harm the cause.
Flavia Bustreo

Breastfeeding and Work: Let's Make It Work!

Flavia Bustreo | August 3, 2015 | Impact
Access to many of the basic tools, equipment and medicines needed to ensure the newborns are delivered safely and survive their first day was just a dream. Even in these precarious situations, most babies did have access to the single most important health intervention: breastfeeding.
Caitlyn Jenner

We Have to Make Things Easier

Caitlyn Jenner | August 3, 2015 | Gay Voices
The one constant I've noticed is how incredibly difficult it is for transgender folks to transition and become their authentic selves and still be healthy and secure -- emotionally, physically, financially...the list goes on and on.
Peak Johnson

Hair Salon on Wheels Tries to Inspire Mobility in Homeless Clients

Peak Johnson | August 3, 2015 | Impact
Visiting a barber shop or a hair salon may seem like a luxury, but an artist who visits shelters for homeless Americans sees it as a matter of identity.
Shahar Azani

A One-Sided Shame

Shahar Azani | August 3, 2015 | World
I am ashamed. And I am not alone. The vast majority of Israeli society stood shoulder to shoulder this past weekend, wholeheartedly condemning the barbaric violence, from right to left, from political leadership to the common people.
Eric Conrad

We're Just Haggling Over Price

Eric Conrad | August 3, 2015 | Politics
I am a Southern, white, gun-owning male who worries that one day my family will have to pay the price for America's unwillingness to stand up to the gun lobby. Let me be very clear: I am not opposed to personal gun ownership. What I am opposed to is the gun lobby's stranglehold on our elected leaders.
Kumi Naidoo

Pacific Tuna Fishing Is Out of Control

Kumi Naidoo | August 3, 2015 | Green
High-seas transshipping is an enabler of both human rights and environmental abuses. Next time you visit a supermarket or a sushi bar, consider using the power of your wallet to tell the tuna industry that there is no place for ocean devastation and human rights abuse on our plates or in our lunchboxes.
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