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Sebastien Lifshitz, The Invisibles. Rizzoli International Publications 2014. Design: Isabelle Chemin. Taglio superiore (part.), 1 by federico novaro, Credit Courtesy of Creative Commons.
The Record, Published in Bergen County, New Jersey, USA (Originally Published by USA Today)
Pride and Less Prejudice is a national organization that donates age-appropriate LGBTQ-inclusive books to any preschool through third grade educator in the U.S. or Canada who requests them. The organization, which was founded by Lisa Forman, aims to supply LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum in the classroom with the purpose of providing relatable literature to children that identify with the LGBTQIA+ community and encouraging greater acceptance from peers. Surveys have shown that students in schools with an inclusive curriculum are 82% more likely to be accepting of their LGBTQ peers. The organization has provided books to schools in 22 states and have received requests from educators in 37 states so far.
News Sentinel, Published in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
In 2020, Black Lives Matter inspired people around the world to confront systemic racism and spark a civil rights movement, following the rapid succession of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery at the hands of police. Although there is much more progress to be made, BLM activists in Knoxville have pushed legislators to implement changes to atone for the harm that has been done to Black people by the city and to protect the Black community moving forward. Knoxville's mayor has vowed to reform the police department's use of force policy and have begun requiring officers to wear body cameras, as well as aligning with the 8 Can't Wait campaign, which bans neck restraints and calls for peer accountability within the force. A mental health expert has also been added to the department to better handle situations of emotional crises.
otter -Catawba River SC by Randy 54, Credit Courtesy of Creative Commons.
The Herald, Published in Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA
DeLessin "Roo" George-Warren is developing an app and website to teach the Catawba language, a language said to be "extinct" by The Encyclopedia Brittanica. He received the Alfred Landecker Democracy Fellowship grant, which is given to 30 young people of diverse backgrounds for the purposes of conducting meaningful social change. George-Warren grew up on the Catawba Indian Reservation land on the edge of Rock Hill, South Carolina. The federally recognized Catawba tribe, which is an independent sovereign government, is the only tribe officially recognized by the state of South Carolina. George-Warren hopes that teaching the language will help to preserve and prevent further erasure of the Catawba culture.
The Roanoke Times, Published in Roanoke, Virginia, USA (Originally Published by The Philadelphia Inquirer)
The Federal Reserve Banks of Philadelphia and Cleveland launched a new database called the Occupational Mobility Explorer, which is aimed at helping lower-wage workers find better paying jobs in the same field that utilize skills they may already have. It's estimated that nearly 50% of lower-wage jobs can be paired with a higher-paying job that requires a similar skill set. The tool helps people find "top transitions", or jobs that pay at least 10% more and do not require a college degree. As of 2018, the U.S. Census Bureau found that only about 20% of adults have a bachelor's degree and only 8.5% have a master's. Although primarily intended for workers, the database also has the ability to show employers that many lower-wage workers may have transferable, relevant skills.
Two Brothers by Paulann_Egelhoff, Credit Courtesy of Creative Commons.
Daily News-Record, Published in Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA
One positive thing to come from the pandemic has been an increase in animal adoptions in 2020, with the Virginia Beach SPCA seeing a 99% adoption and recovery rate for dogs and 87% for cats. Their adoption rate in December alone was 90%. With people spending so much more time at home, dog surrenders, which are usually caused by unaddressed behavioral issues, are down 25%. Additionally, there's been about a 400% increase in fostering, which helps keep cages at shelters empty. However, cats are still struggling to find homes relative to dogs, with 1,600 cats and kittens coming into the shelter last year compared to about 700 dogs. A large reason for this is the unmanaged cat population outdoors, and the RHSPCA is currently working to create a voucher plan for its TNR (trap-neuter-release) program. Therefore, if you've been thinking about adopting a cat, there's truly no better time than the present.
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