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The Trump Administration Plans to End a Refugee Program for Children Featured Human Rights 

The Trump Administration Plans to End a Refugee Program for Children

United States (ProPublica) – Minors from violence-plagued El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala will no longer be permitted to reunite with their parents in the United States. The Trump administration plans to stop accepting refugee applications from children with U.S.-based parents from three violence-riddled Central American countries — El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala — according to the summary of a presentation the State Department made recently to refugee organizations. The decision to end the Central American Minors program, which began in 2014 and is the only refugee program aimed at helping people from that region, could put hundreds of families split Read More

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Sometimes the Poor Make It Big. Usually They Stay Poor. Featured Human Rights 

Sometimes the Poor Make It Big. Usually They Stay Poor.

United States (OW) – We’d be a better country if we didn’t rig the game against those whose only mistake was to be born to poor parents. We all want to live in a country where all it takes is hard work and some talent for anyone to succeed. We tell ourselves that we do. We even see examples of people who “came from nothing” and ended up rich and famous. And it’s true that it sometimes happens. Sometimes a child born into poverty grows up to become the president of the United States, a multi-billionaire, or an Olympic gold Read More

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3 Ways Inequality is at the Heart of Hurricane Irma’s Destruction Featured Human Rights 

3 Ways Inequality is at the Heart of Hurricane Irma’s Destruction

(NM) – Many of us are as angered as we are saddened to watch the destructive effects of record-breaking weather events unfolding in the Caribbean and elsewhere. Saddened because of our compassion, but angered because of how depressingly predictable such outcomes are. Critical commentators have long been warning that unless we address the causes of climate change, tropical storms will become more intense. A significant oversight of so much of the existing discussion, however, is addressing the role inequality plays in contributing to climate change. Here are three ways in which inequality is at the heart of so-called ‘natural’ disasters. 1. Political Read More

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Helping Hurricane Victims: There’s an App for That Charity Featured 

Helping Hurricane Victims: There’s an App for That

United States (FEE) – How a P2P app bypassed “Big Charity” and paid for the Cajun Navy’s gas during Hurricane Harvey. Everyone talks about changing the world. Gret Glyer is actually doing it. When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, Glyer contacted the “Cajun Navy”—volunteers from Louisiana who went to Houston to rescue flood victims. He asked how he could best support their efforts to rescue stranded Texans. After chatting, Glyer set up a new project on DonorSee, an app he himself created. Twenty-four hours later, he sent the Cajun Navy $5,000 to pay for gas. Three days later, $5,000 more. Within three Read More

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The Missing and Murdered: Indigenous Women Forgotten in the Americas Human Rights 

The Missing and Murdered: Indigenous Women Forgotten in the Americas

(RustBelt) – Last night I attended a vigil held for the memory of Savanna Greywind, a Fargo, ND Indigenous woman, who was brutally murdered allegedly by her neighbors in an attempt to steal her baby. She was eight months pregnant when she was killed, and her body was found, wrapped in plastic and duct-tape, in the Red River. A newborn baby girl, believed to be Savanna’s, was discovered shortly before at the neighbor’s apartment. This particular story isn’t unfamiliar. It’s an unfortunate truth that mentally warped individuals with no consciences occasionally target pregnant women for their babies. What did surprise me Read More

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Amplify your activism work with Women Deliver Activism 

Amplify your activism work with Women Deliver

South Africa (LivaSA) – From Malala Yousafzai to Nelson Mandela’s time in the ANC Youth League, history has shown the important role that young people can play in fighting for human rights. Now, Women Deliver is looking to groom a new generation of activists to take on the fight to achieve gender equality. The organisation is looking for 300 youth advocates to be part of The Women Deliver Young Leaders Program. The two-year programme will help activists amplify their work through a comprehensive training course. The training includes Digital University, which is two 10-week online courses that focus on a Read More

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Undocumented youth divided over how to fight back against Trump immigration clampdown Human Rights 

Undocumented youth divided over how to fight back against Trump immigration clampdown

United States (Conversation) – Young immigrants from across the US participated in the first act of civil disobedience by undocumented youth under the Trump administration on July 26 in Texas. After protesters sat in the street outside the state capitol building in Austin, blocking traffic, 15 undocumented young people and their allies were arrested. They were eventually released. These protests were sparked by increased immigration enforcement against the undocumented population since the election of Donald Trump, including his pledge to end a temporary form of relief from deportation that has been available to many undocumented youth since 2012. The Read More

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How Black Blocs have changed protest movements around the world Activism Featured 

How Black Blocs have changed protest movements around the world

World (Conversation) – The images were striking: massive blockades, protesters donning masks and black hoods suddenly racing across streets, throwing stones and destroying cars. Such were the chaotic scenes during the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany this July. Amid the looting, clashes with police and general frenzy, slogans were also emblazoned on walls offering “Free hugs for Black Blocs.” What are the Black Blocs? And why are they associated with the G20 violence? The Black Bloc is an anti-establishment protest tactic featuring demonstrators dressed entirely in black and concealing their identities. Black Blocs are often demonized by the media Read More

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Authorities in Southern Russia Scared of Feminism Human Rights 

Authorities in Southern Russia Scared of Feminism

Russia (HRW) – Police and Cossacks Harass Local Activists. Add another category to the long list of people deemed a security threat to the Russian state: feminists. Early this morning, a group of men broke into a tiny cottage near Dzhubga, a village in Russia’s southern Black Sea region of Krasnodar. The cottage was rented by five women who had traveled to the region for a feminist gathering. One of the men identified himself as a police officer and told the women they were being brought to the Dzhubga police station for questioning about an alleged breach of public order. Read More

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Why Nazis are so afraid of these clowns Activism Featured 

Why Nazis are so afraid of these clowns

United States (WNV) – Trolls chanted in the streets the day of a planned neo-Nazi rally in the small ski town of Whitefish, Montana earlier this year. But they were not the trolls that residents had been expecting — namely, white supremacists from around the country, who had been harassing the town’s Jewish community with death threats. These trolls wore bright blue wigs and brandished signs that read “Trolls Against Trolls” and “Fascists Fear Fun,” cheerfully lining the route where the neo-Nazi march had been slated to take place. Due to poor organizing and the failure to obtain proper permits, Read More

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