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Dr. Mary Bassett

Gun Violence Is a Public Health Crisis

Dr. Mary Bassett | June 27, 2016 | Impact
For far too long, far too many lives have been cut short by the plague of gun violence in the places we live, work, play and love. We can't wait for Congress to act on gun control; it's time for the rest of us to take responsibility.
Joel Sucher

Cat Expert Seeks To Rebrand Black Cats

Joel Sucher | June 27, 2016 | Impact
Currently, in the United States, black cats are 50% less likely to be adopted in a shelter setting.
Kate Bunting

Mind The Gap

Kate Bunting | June 27, 2016 | Impact
Studies show that keeping older people engaged in society and helping them to age in a healthy way will have a huge payoff both in economic and social capital.
Let Girls Lead

Creating Our To-Do List: Looking Forward at the United State of Women

Let Girls Lead | June 27, 2016 | Impact
This article was posted in Ms Magazine on June 14, 2016 by Denise Dunning, Founder and Executive Director of Rise Up (Let Girls Lead is an initiative of Rise Up, which advances health, education and equity for girls, youth and women everywhere). "We're creating a 'To Do'...
Gennette Cordova

Create Your Own Volunteer Experiences

Gennette Cordova | June 27, 2016 | Impact
A few years ago, when I started looking into getting involved in my community, I wrongly assumed that it'd be easy to do unpaid work for a good cause. Like many people in my position, I discovered that the process was often difficult and the opportunities were scarce.
Let Girls Lead

Raising My Voice for Ethiopian Girls

Let Girls Lead | June 27, 2016 | Impact
This article was posted in Ms Magazine on June 14, 2016 by Achie Gezahegne, Rise Up Girl Leader (Let Girls Lead is an initiative of Rise Up, which advances health, education and equity for girls, youth and women everywhere). I still have a vivid memory of a...
Matt Baume

Is Donald Trump A Friend To 'The Gays'?

Matt Baume | June 27, 2016 | Queer Voices
The point is that we don't know if Donald's our friend. He might not know himself, because he's held so many different position on so many issues.
DoSomething.org

This Disney Channel Star Is Helping Students Make Summer Reading Fun

DoSomething.org | June 27, 2016 | Impact
By Rex Leonowicz Karan Brar has been lighting up the screen since he was only 11. You may recognize him as Chirag Gupta from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid feature film franchise. Currently, he's reprising his role as Ravi Ross in Bunk'd, a spin-off of Disney ,Channel's Jessie. And most recently, the 17-year-old star is adding literacy-advocate-slash-social-justice-warrior to his list of credits. "I think students forget that if they don't stay up on their reading, it's really easy for you to fall behind," Brar told us. "That can set you back when you start the next school year." He's right: research has validated the "summer slide," the notion that learning can be harder for students in the fall if their reading skills slip in the months they're not in school. As a response, Brar is serving as the face of DoSomething.org's Context Clues campaign (powered by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation), a text-message game where students use their reading skills to solve a mystery. By playing and sharing the game, students and their friends can use their phones to avoid the summer slide. "[I love] how easy [the game] is to play!" Brar says. "Instead of having to go through a complicated sign-up process, you just text a number and you're ready to go!" Can a reading game really be fun? Brar knows where he stands. "I know for students it's easy to assume that educational games are boring, and trust me, I thought the same way," he says, "but Context Clues is actually really simple and fun. Barely takes any time out of your day, but still tests your skills." So what's on Brar's reading list in his free time? His all-time favorite book is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, and he's super excited to get started on 1984 by George Orwell. Watch Karan charm us all into picking up a book this summer in our Context Clues PSA video. Follow Karan's lead and have fun while brushing up on your reading skills. Learn more about Context Clues! Rex Leonowicz writes for DoSomething.org. He's a trans/nonbinary/femme writer, poet, and visual/performing artist from Queens, NY. Find him online at rexylafemme.tumblr.com and @rexylafemme on Twitter &...
Tracy Hoover

How Changemakers are Putting America Back Together - Starting in Detroit

Tracy Hoover | June 27, 2016 | Impact
Today, many of the greatest minds in business, nonprofit, and government will come together, as they do every year at the Conference on Volunteering and Service, to immerse themselves in a festival of ideas and to foster creativity in solving some of our most pressing challenges. Their commonality:...
Sara Uzer

A Reminder to Humanity: We're All Different, So Let's Accept it and Move On

Sara Uzer | June 27, 2016 | Impact
What if we stopped frantically attempting to put the blame on one single aspect of the shooter's life to pinpoint the motive? What if we quit identifying and analyzing the particular group of people who are being victimized in this situation, and looked at the much larger issue that no one seems to want to talk about?
Andy Bryant

Success: The Transforming Power of Belief in Yourself

Andy Bryant | June 27, 2016 | Impact
Photo credit: Livelyhoods This is a guest post by Liz McNeil, Managing Director of Last Mile. Walking into the Kawangware branch of iSmart on the first morning of my visit really...
William Lambers

Heartbreaking Suffering for Iraqis fleeing Fallujah

William Lambers | June 27, 2016 | Impact
Heartbreaking. That is how a UN World Food Programme (WFP) officer describes the living conditions of displaced Iraqis who have fled the violence in Fallujah. A major offensive by Iraq's military has reclaimed the city from the ISIS terrorists. But the humanitarian tragedy continues as people have lost their...
Mirah Riben

Adoption-Related Trauma and Moral Injury

Mirah Riben | June 27, 2016 | Impact
When most people think of adoption, they think of the joy of a child in need being welcomed with open arms by those who longed for a child. Like a fairy tale! And when we think of trauma, we think of losing limbs, or eyesight. We think of war ...
Miriam Leiva

Obama in Cuba: Three Months Later

Miriam Leiva | June 27, 2016 | Latino Voices
The impact of Obama's visit to Cuba on the population has neutralized the political battle waged under the flag of a revolution, whose permanent failure diminishes life quality and hopes.
Yuliana Salinas

An Open Letter To A Gentrifying Property Developer

Yuliana Salinas | June 27, 2016 | Latino Voices
I hope that the next time you visit, email, or call a Latino family, you have a better speech prepared. "White" people are not the only people that deserve housing, and Latinos are not at the very least deserving of your unsolicited dry speech.
Linda Dunbar

Brexit Hysteria: Keep Calm and Carry On!

Linda Dunbar | June 27, 2016 | World
The most stunning aspect of England's vote to exit the European Union is how shocked and emotional people across the globe are about it. But the real surprise is that Bregret, on the heels of Brexit, could be the best thing that has happened to the EU in a long time.
Pawel Alva Nazaruk

7 Ways To Support Your Community

Pawel Alva Nazaruk | June 27, 2016 | Impact
We collected the best ways to change your neighborhood and your community's life, check it out!
HooplaHa

Rescue Dog Jake Becomes A Firefighter

HooplaHa | June 27, 2016 | Good News
Friendship is beautiful; but a friendship that is born from a heroic rescue is downright heartwarming. We are in love with this story about Jake, a Pit bull mix, and Bill Lindler.
Erica Meier

Are We Any Better Than Yulin Dog Meat Festival-Goers?

Erica Meier | June 26, 2016 | Green
Yes, let us criticize the abhorrent abuse of animals on the other side of our planet. The Yulin dog meat festival should end. But let us not forget that in many ways we live in a glass house, and we need to start cleaning up our own affairs at the same time.
Shad Meshad

The Venice POW/MIA Mural, an Opportunity to Renew our Gratitude to Those Who Served

Shad Meshad | June 26, 2016 | Impact
On May 27th, a person yet to be identified spray painted graffiti across a 100-feet wide swath of a wall in the city of Venice, CA.  Graffiti like this is not an uncommon occurrence in Los Angeles, or any U.S. city. 
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