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Watch First Graders Explain Valentine’s Day

Originally posted on TIME:

Is it ever too early to start celebrating Valentine’s Day? These adorable Brooklyn first graders took a quick lesson in composing love letters as they sat down to write valentines to a special someone. Their heartfelt sentiments were addressed to moms, dads—and even Michael Jackson.

But sometimes, love can be tough, even for these kids. One girl solemnly recounts her experience: “When someone kissed you, you don’t like their breath.”

Now if only the holiday was that simple for the rest of us.

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10 things you need to know today: December 4, 2014

Originally posted on The Fifth Column:

Protesters took to the streets across the country. Protesters took to the streets across the country | (David McNew/Getty Images)

The Week

Protests erupt after officer cleared in Eric Garner’s death, 17 states sue Obama over immigration, and more

1. New Yorkers protest decision not to charge officer for chokehold death
Protests broke out in New York City on Wednesday after a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer in the July chokehold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who was being arrested for allegedly selling loose cigarettes. Demonstrators chanted, “Black lives matter,” and, “I can’t breathe” — one of the last things Garner said. The officer, Daniel Pantaleo, has said he didn’t mean to hurt Garner. Attorney General Eric Holder promised an investigation into whether Garner’s civil rights were violated. [NBC News, The New York Times]


2. States sue over Obama’s executive order on immigration

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Eric Garner and Why Cameras Are Not Magic Wands

Originally posted on TIME:

“Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.” —Justice Louis Brandeis

“We had a video. How can we win? We can’t win.” —James, a protester near the site of Eric Garner’s death in Staten Island

That was the constant refrain in the reactions to yesterday’s non-indictment of a police officer in the death of Eric Garner on Staten Island: “We had a video.” We’d just gone through the divisive Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Mo., a police-shooting case involving conflicting testimony and no video of the actual killing in question. This time was supposed to be different. Millions of people saw it. The world, as they say, was watching.

This time wasn’t different.

People who write about media and technology and society–people like me–can sometimes act…

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Why It’s Hard to Tell How Many People Are Killed by Police Each Year

Originally posted on TIME:

Hundreds of police killings between 2007 and 2012 weren’t included in official records kept by the FBI, making it nearly impossible to tell how many people are killed by the police each year.

According to a Wall Street Journal analysis of data from the 105 largest police agencies around the country, more than 550 police killings were missing from the national FBI tally between 2007 and 2012.

Internal figures at the 105 largest departments show 1,825 police killings in those years, which is 47% more than the FBI’s tally for justifiable homicides. But the total number of police slayings is unquantifiable: though 753 police entities reported 2,400 police killings from 2007 to 2012, the majority of the nation’s 18,000 law-enforcement agencies didn’t report any.

A statistician for the FBI told the Journal that the FBI isn’t concealing information, but that “some places have chosen not to report… for whatever…

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Again, on a underground stats, I was able to initiate a project that I believe would bring a lot of good to the Latino community in the Bronx. I am very Excited to announce that E.A.R.L.Y (Educational Assistance and Resources for the Latin-American Youth) has initiated and is currently in search of partner and volunteers who can be part o this amazing and helpful initiative for our community!!

I Have initiated a Kickstarter page, began to spread the word to many of the parents around my community and ask for those who believe in this project to do the same. Thank you all for the support!!

Why is it so hard to find educational resources for latino families????!!!!

Being in a foring country even if it is for action can become a very stressful situation, yet this problem doesn’t compare to the sleepless nights many parents face when dealing with their whats’ and hows’ to to the problematics with dealing with a child who has intellectual disabilities. Why is it so hard, we ask well  to answer this question have to go to what is a Latino? Why is it when we talk about Latino Culture we all can identify the latest latino pop-star, soap “actress” etc. Yet if you a parent of a child who is diagnosed with intellectual retardation there is absolutely no tag with Latino.

It can be extremely frustrating yet, anger can be the spark to change!!!!!!!!!!

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Getting Personal: Why you should wear a White Ribbon on Nov. 25


<3 the way this is written1! completely agree!!

Originally posted on Raise Him Right:

November 25th is White Ribbon day, and I’ll be wearing mine with pride. White Ribbon is Australia’s only national, male led campaign to end men’s violence against women. Fortunately, people are beginning to realise what this organisation has known for years: gender-based violence is a men’s issue too.

There are real primary prevention strategies that could end this totally curable social disease. That’s why I’m encouraging parents and the community at large to get on board this truly game-changing campaign. It is achievable to end domestic violence, rape and sexual assault. It is achievable to never have your son, daughter, mother, father, friend or partner experience these horrors. It is achievable to live in a society that treats men and women and equals.

Sexual violence and sexism affects all of us in some way, even if we don’t know exactly how. The cost of violence against women to the…

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Racism: Twitter Tracks It & Students Watch It.


:0! Social media becomes a catalyst for all the wrong thoughts sometimes!!

Originally posted on The Militant Negro™:

By Jueseppi B. By Jueseppi B.


Twitter Hate Speech Map Pinpoints Racist, Homophobic Hotspots Across U.S.



The most hateful tweeters in the United States tend to live in the eastern half of the country, according to a new map that pinpoints hate speech from Twitter across country.


The map, created by geography students at Humboldt State University in California, looks at more than 150,000 geocoded tweets (tweets that say where the user is located) between June 2012 and April 2013, sorting for those that contained a racist, homophobic or anti-disability word. The researchers then decided whether or not the tweet was using the word in a hateful way.



Explore the map for yourself on the project’s website.


According to our analysis: A majority of hateful tweets are coming from smaller towns and more rural areas. For example, some of the…

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