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The endless struggle over racism

By Alvin Powell ~ The Harvard Gazette ~ Forum examines rising tide of hate, while promoting approaches that encourage tolerance Picture a world where political leaders refuse to promote racist stereotypes, where social media companies break down hate-filled echo chambers, where police are trained to counteract implicit bias, and where schools teach children tolerance so all feel safe. That’s the complicated recipe to fight ongoing and rising racism and hatred…

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Dying in childbirth on rise in U.S.

By Brett Milano ~ The Harvard Gazette ~  Harvard panel discusses why maternal mortality has doubled, and what can be done about it Deaths during childbirth have declined sharply in most parts of the world — but not in the United States. Maternal mortality doubled in this country between 2000 and 2014, and it disproportionately affects African-American women, placing them at three to four times greater risk. A panel at…

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How judges can show respect

By Victoria Pratt ~ TED ~ In halls of justice around the world, how can we ensure everyone is treated with dignity and respect? A pioneering judge in New Jersey, Victoria Pratt shares her principles of “procedural justice” — four simple, thoughtful steps that redefined the everyday business of her courtroom in Newark, changing lives along the way. “When the court behaves differently, naturally people respond differently,” Pratt says. “We…

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Emma Watson, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and 74 More Urge World Leaders to Protect Women

By Leah Rodriguez ~ Global Citizen ~  “In no country in the world do women enjoy the same rights or opportunities as men.” This International Women’s Day, an impressive roster of 76 influential women banned together to push governments to stand up for women’s rights around the world. Emma Watson, Keira Knightley, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie are a few of the powerful actors, writers, business executives, and activists who signed a letter published in the Guardian on…

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Cities Across US Are Stripping Homeless People of Their Autonomy

By Lauren Walker ~ Truthout ~  Some of the richest people in the U.S. have made it very clear they want their neighborhoods cleansed of homeless people. One of the world’s richest cities is waging war on disabled and homeless people. In February 2018, an unsigned flyer was posted in San Francisco’s Mission District, warning the homeless: “If you are still here after dark tonight, the hunters will become the…

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The soaring cost of US child care, in 5 charts

By Heidi Steinour ~ Nation of Change ~ This spike in costs has broad implications, including leading fewer families to have children. The cost of having children in the U.S. has climbed exponentially since the 1960s. So it’s no wonder the growing crop of Democratic presidential candidates have been proposing ways to address or bring down the costs tied to raising a family. Most recently, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said she wants to provide…

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What if all US health care costs were transparent?

By Jeanne Pinder ~ TED ~  In the US, the very same blood test can cost $19 at one clinic and $522 at another clinic just blocks away — and nobody knows the difference until they get a bill weeks later. Journalist Jeanne Pinder says it doesn’t have to be this way. She’s built a platform that crowdsources the true costs of medical procedures and makes the data public, revealing…

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Nonviolent resistance proves potent weapon

By Michelle Nicholasen ~ Weatherhead Center Communications ~ The Harvard Gazette ~ Erica Chenoweth discovers it is more successful in effecting change than violent campaigns Recent research suggests that nonviolent civil resistance is far more successful in creating broad-based change than violent campaigns are, a somewhat surprising finding with a story behind it. When Erica Chenoweth started her predoctoral fellowship at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in 2006, she…

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This City Made Access to Food a Right of Citizenship

By Frances Moore Lappe ~ Yes! Magazine A city in Brazil recruited local farmers to help do something U.S. cities have yet to do: End hunger. “To search for solutions to hunger means to act within the principle that the status of a citizen surpasses that of a mere consumer.” CITY OF BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL   In writing Diet for a Small Planet, I learned one simple truth: Hunger is not…

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