Activism

GoFundMe donates to GoFundMe that’s trolling another GoFundMe

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We forgive you if you’re feeling a bit confused. 

GoFundMe, the company, just donated $5,000 to a GoFundMe campaign set up to both counter and troll yet another GoFundMe campaign. But wait, it gets even weirder. In this convoluted battle of the GoFundMes, the tech company comes down on the humane side. 

Welcome to San Francisco, 2019, where nothing makes sense, but you can still count on the city to collectively thumb its nose at some cartoonishly awful jerks. 

According to SF Weekly, this all started with a group of wealthy San Francisco residents uniting to oppose the construction of a Navigation Center — think of it as a more comprehensive homeless shelter that offers services and counseling as well as a place to sleep — in their mostly fancy neighborhood.  Read more…

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Google loses its Human Rights Campaign endorsement over conversion therapy app

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Sometimes, you just need go viral to incite change.

Following a Change.org petition requesting that Google remove an app that promotes conversion therapy that received over 140,000 signatures, the tech company has lost its endorsement from the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.

The app from Living Hope Ministries is available on Google’s app store, and as Change.org explains, it seeks to “help homosexuals leave their destructive lifestyles” while calling homosexuality “a stomach-ulcer-of-a-life.” The app has been removed from Apple’s, Microsoft’s, and Amazon’s app stores, says Axios.  Read more…

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March For Our Lives exhibit sends Congress a poignant message about gun violence

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The March For Our Lives activists have a message so big, you can’t miss it. And neither can Congress, we hope.

On March 26, the activists installed a gun violence art exhibit called “One Week in America” on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol. 

In a Twitter thread, Matt Deitsch, the organization’s co-founder and chief strategist, explains the thinking behind each component of the installation. A sign reading “Your Complacency Kills Us” is directed to Congress, he explains, and in the exhibit’s center, a “jarring” statue depicting a student at a desk represents “a day in the life of an American student — painfully vulnerable to both trauma and violence.” Read more…

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16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

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Whoever thinks young people can’t change the world is wrong. For proof, just look at 16-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg.

Because of her efforts to combat climate change and save the planet — and inspire young people around the world to do the same — the Swedish teen has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize by three Norwegian lawmakers. Should she win, she would become the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient, as BBC News points out. Education activist Malala Yousafzai won the prize at 17 years old. 

“We have nominated Greta because the climate threat may be one of the most important causes of war and conflict,” Norwegian parliamentary representative Freddy Andre Oevstegaard told local tabloid VGRead more…

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10 children’s books to inspire young people for Women’s History Month

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When it comes to female empowerment, sometimes you just need a role model to inspire your own — or your children’s — path forward.

March is Women’s History Month and National Reading Month, which means it’s the perfect time to curl up with your little one and read books about women’s achievements and contributions in music, politics, science, and more. By learning about these success, they’ll have an easier time envisioning their own. 

Yes, more work needs to be done. There’s still a gender gap in STEM, the Equal Rights Amendment has not been ratified, and Congress is overwhelmingly unbalanced (just 24 percent is women). However, there are still a lot of successes to celebrate — and read about. We’ve come a long way, and from a young age, it’s good to recognize the women who broke boundaries and made history, like NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, who calculated how to send the first American into space, and Emily Roebling, who helped build the Brooklyn Bridge.  Read more…

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Trump fans look for safe spaces with an app avoiding ‘MAGAphobic’ restaurants

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Donald Trump supporters are turning to a Yelp-like restaurant review app in search of safe spaces.

Dubbing the society-wide repulsion to the president’s signature red hats as “MAGAphobic,” Trump fans are using the app “63red Safe” as a guide to conservative-friendly restaurants. The Daily Beast reports that the app’s users rate businesses based on if the owners “make political social media posts” and if customers are allowed to carry weapons. 

63red Safe founder Scott Wallace told the Daily Beast that he’s “trying to position it as an everyday ‘where can I go to eat safely’ app” — similar to the Green Book that African American drivers used during the Jim Crow era to determine what establishments were safe, except it’s to protect people from name-calling and getting their hats taken, not keeping them safe from hate crimes.  Read more…

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U.S. women’s soccer team marks International Women’s Day by suing for equal treatment

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The U.S. women’s soccer team has a reputation for never giving up. If they happen to concede a goal or two, you can expect them to maximize every chance until they’ve closed the gap or taken the lead.

On International Women’s Day, they showed that fighting mentality off the field when the team’s 28 players sued the U.S. Soccer Federation for “years of ongoing institutionalized gender discrimination,” according to a press release. 

The suit is the latest phase in a battle for equality that launched in 2016 when the team’s highest-profile players filed a wage discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The players, including Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, and Carli Lloyd, argued that despite working as hard as — and even outperforming — the U.S. soccer men’s team, they received less compensation.  Read more…

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