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Fifty-two years ago in September 1968, the House of Umoja, Inc

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Fifty-two years ago in September 1968, the House of Umoja, Inc

(www.houseofumoja.net) was established by Queen Mother Falaka Fattah in Philadelphia, the fifth-largest metropolitan of the United States. Cognizant of the fact that knowledge of the past is key to shaping the future of souls and communities, for five decades, the internationally acclaimed institution has designed and implemented timeless Global Models for eradicating violence, fostering community development, creating economic sustainability, and addressing many of the key challenges that prevent boys and adolescent males from reaching their full potential and maturing into productive and successful adults. Its successful track record of positively transforming the lives of approximately 3,000 male adolescents and reducing...

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“Everyone Is Tired of Always Staying Silent”: Inside a Worker Rebellion in the Central Valley

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“Everyone Is Tired of Always Staying Silent”: Inside a Worker Rebellion in the Central Valley

It was still dark outside when Veronica Perez arrived at Primex Farms, a nut packing facility in Kern County, California. Crickets murmured from the almond and pistachio groves stretching for miles in either direction. Inside the double doors, Perez, 43, usually stands next to other nut sorters alongside a conveyor belt and picks out the unseemly pistachios. But on June 25, at 4:30 a.m., Perez didn’t go in. Instead, for the next five hours, she and her colleagues formed a picket line. Some 30 employees joined on foot, with more circling and honking in their cars. They held homemade signs with the...

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Best Gifts for the New Driver

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Best Gifts for the New Driver

Have a new driver in your life? Here are some helpful and affordable gifts to celebrate their new achievement! Wallets & Bags Clutch wallet that fits a phone Most teenagers don’t carry around wallets, but this one is perfect because it zips so nothing will fall out and there’s enough compartments for everything including her phone. It is also a good size and really cute. Around $30. Great reviews. Comes in lots of colors. Slim wallets that fit in a front pocket Here are some slim wallet options that don’t have velcro. These should be able to fit into his...

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Challenging the Authority

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Challenging the Authority

How Richmond’s mayoral candidates are addressing the future of public housing. In the virtual Richmond mayoral race that 2020 demands, a masked and gloved candidate, Justin Griffin, picking up a fly-covered pile of dog poop and gingerly tossing it in a trash bag, is a rare physical moment. The goal of holding a Gilpin Court trash cleanup, he says, was to meet voters and demonstrate the kind of attention he would offer as mayor. In the first 20 minutes, he’s talked to one resident sitting on his porch. A few people have stopped to stare at the dozen yellow-vested volunteers...

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What Designers Can Learn from Indigenous Communities Fighting Climate Change

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What Designers Can Learn from Indigenous Communities Fighting Climate Change

As designers, the work we create can unknowingly perpetuate certain ideologies that have destructive consequences. One of the more obvious examples of this is the encouragement of endless consumption—through carefully cultivated messaging, desirable branding, and packaging that often does more to conceal (labor practices, ecological impact) than to inform. After all, graphic design is the art of persuasion, which makes us uniquely complicit in a system that constantly churns out new products, content, and services, all of which require more energy—whether that’s electricity to run server farms or oil to create disposable plastic packaging.  Because of this, many designers are...

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