“If banning abortion stops abortions, let’s ban guns and stop gun violence”
(Gayatri Malhotra/Unsplash) The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has caused a number of reactions from Americans and people all over the world. Many celebrated over the news, and many others were prompt to protest.
Detroit fund to provide $11 million to local minority developers.
In good news for minority developers in Detroit, a new $11 million commitment was announced this week. These funds will be used to provide capital and assistance to minority-owned development companies in Detroit.
States with High and Low LGBTQ+ Equality Score in America
June is Pride Month, and while we should be talking about LGBTQ+ rights any time during the year, it's crucial to recognize the importance of pride events across the United States and worldwide.
This Boston Foundation will give away $20 million this year
Last week I wrote an article on Bill Cummings, the Boston billionaire who has promised to give away his fortune. The article proved very popular with readers, and I even received a message from Bill himself. People love to read good news stories, and it seems that good news continues in the city of Boston.
Street vendor accosted by racist man in California, gets support from loving community
A California man who has been preparing and selling tamales across the South Bay for five years recorded a video of someone hurling anti-Mexican remarks at him. Juan Aguilar, the seller, claimed he’d never seen before the man who came at him on the street where he sells his products.
LAPD officer racially profiled two men, says LA community that defended them
An LAPD officer was seen in a video detaining two African American men at Leimert Park, while one woman asks him on what basis he was detaining them. In the video, the officer says he was detaining them because they were smoking in public and were “about to go,” implying that the two men were about to drive their car.
American Surgeon and Medal of Honor Recipient Dr. Mary Edwards Walker (1832 - 1919)
Dr. Mary Edwards WalkerBain News Service / Public Domain. “Dr. Mary’s life should stand out to remind us that when people do not think as we do, do not dress as we do, and do not live as we do, that they are more than likely to be a half century ahead of their time, and that we should have for them not ridicule but reverence.” ~ Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen (founder of the American Medical Women’s Association)
San Francisco CEO says race and pronouns conversations are a distraction
A San Francisco CEO is not happy about his employees engaging in debates about diversity and inclusion and he's now changing his company’s policies. Uncertain cryptocurrency markets have resulted in mass layoffs at crypto exchanges such as Coinbase, which cut over a quarter of its workforce this week.
Gay Liberation and AIDS Activist Marsha P. Johnson (1945 – 1992)
“We have to be visible. We should not be ashamed of who we are.” ~ Marsha P. Johnson. The outside world saw Marsha P. Johnson as part of a subculture, within a subculture, within a subculture. However, the marginalization of her existence couldn't diminish her efforts to advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. To them, the happy-go-lucky, full-of-life drag queen was a hero that rose from anonymity to worldwide fame.
Grand Prairie ranked least LGBTQ-friendly city in Texas
While June is celebrated as Pride Month across the United States, it may not be as festive in the city of Grand Prairie, Texas. At least according to the recent report of the country's most LGBTQ-Friendly Cities released by LawnStarter. To determine their rankings of cities, they looked at 196 of the biggest cities in the United States and assessed how they performed on nineteen different criteria, including:
Oakland joins L.A. in declaring racism a public health crisis
(Photo by Jason Leung/Unsplash) The Oakland City Council unanimously declared racism to be a public health emergency. The city’s Department of Race and Equity will get $350,000 as a result of the decision to support two additional posts.
Marathon Pioneer Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb (1942 — ): First Woman to Run the Entire Boston Marathon
Roberta "Bobbi" Gibb after finishing the 1966 Boston Marathonhttps://www.bobbigibb.net/. “I thought about how many preconceived prejudices would crumble when i trotted right along for 26 miles.” ~ Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb.
L.A. ban on gas stoves deemed racist as it could mean the end for many Asian restaurants
Korean BBQ.(Photo by author) The prohibition on home and commercial gas appliances in Los Angeles may leave Asian businesses behind. The Los Angeles County City Council approved a measure last Friday prohibiting the use of most home and commercial gas appliances in order to cut carbon emissions and battle climate change.
The Kalamazoo billionaire giving away millions of dollars
Recently, I have been writing a series of articles on business leaders and entrepreneurs who have been giving back to the community. I like to spread good news stories, and readers enjoy these uplifting articles.
SF school district removes the word 'chief' from job titles to prevent offending Native Americans
Kids in elementary school.(CDC/Unsplash) Will the rest of the country follow San Francisco's lead?. The term “chief” will no longer be used in the San Francisco Unified School District to refer to job titles in an attempt to eliminate the word’s negative connotation with Native Americans, according to school officials.
Morristown High School Student-Activist Speaks at LGBTQ+ Housing Policy Symposium on Capitol Hill
Miles Gorman, Morristown High School Student and Climate, Autism, and LGBTQ+ Activist, Speaks At LGBTQ+ Housing Symposium on Capitol Hill. Miles Gorman, Climate, Autism, and LGBTQ+ rights activist, is a 15-year-old Morristown, NJ resident and student of Morristown High School.
Civil Rights Activist Irene Morgan Kirkaldy (1917-2007)
“I didn’t do anything wrong. I’d paid for my seat. I was sitting where I was supposed to… [The sheriff’s deputy] grabbed me. That’s when I kicked him in a very bad place. He hobbled off, and another one came on.” ~ Irene Morgan Kirkaldy.
Law that requires women on corporate boards violates men’s constitutional rights, judge rules
In California, a law that requires companies to include women on their board of directors goes against men’s constitutional rights, a judge ruled. The measure was enacted at a time when women only made up about one-fifth of corporate board members.
Some Americans are too poor to have a savings account and I am one of them
Those are the things I should be instilling into my own daughter right now when it comes to money management. Put a third of your money in savings first, a third of the money is yours to spend, and give a third away to charity.
Nantucket Passes Measure that Allows Everyone to Go Topless on the Island's Beaches
Nantucket residents voted on Tuesday on a proposal that will allow women to go topless at the beach. This proposal was put forth by 40-year-old Debbie Stover who runs the Nantucket Love School and who is also a 7th generation resident of Nantucket.