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Weekly Wrap 4.13.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 04-13-2018

1. The Rules of the Asian Body in America

“The story of the Asian body in America is a story about rules, money, race, and imperialism.”

2. One Year Later, Fewer Deportations in Cities That Adopted 'Welcoming' Policies

When local governments collaborate with ICE, deportations increase—in some places, more than 75 percent. But New Mexico shows a different way.

Intersectional Climate Justice

by the Web Editors 04-12-2018
Latino and African-American Communities Most Affected, Most Active in Combating Climate Change

Image via Joe Brusky / Flickr

The survey illustrates the intersectionality of race and environmental justice, referencing research by the NAACP that found that race is the principle indicator of the level of susceptibility to environmentally-caused negative health outcomes, as well as  economic and pyschological impacts. 

Willow Creek Founder Bill Hybels Announces Resignation Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

by the Web Editors 04-11-2018

Image via Mary Fairchild / Flickr

"I believe the women who have come forward because our stories are so similar," Vonda Dyer, a former leader of the church’s vocal ministry, wrote in a statement recounting Hybels' unwanted sexual advances 20 years ago. "For the sake of the other women and for the sake of the church, I cannot stay silent.”

Dozens Killed in Chemical Attack in Syria

by the Web Editors 04-09-2018

A man is washed following alleged chemical weapons attack, in what is said to be Douma, Syria in this still image from video obtained by Reuters on April 8, 2018. White Helmets/Reuters TV via REUTERS. 

More than 500 people, including many children, were bought to medical centers showing signs of chemical attacks. Footage shows images of dead bodies with foam visible on their noses and mouths — a clear sign of a chemical attack.

Weekly Wrap 4.6.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 04-06-2018

1. Reigniting King’s Forgotten Campaign

Fifty years later, a new moral movement picks up where Martin Luther King Jr.'s final campaign left off. But will it succeed?

Liberty University Threatens Shane Claiborne with Arrest Before #LynchburgRevival

by the Web Editors 04-06-2018

After an invitation to pray with leaders at Liberty University, Shane Claiborne tweeted the university's response: A police letter threating arrest if he walks onto campus.

Outpouring of Support for ‘Love a Muslim Day’ in Response to ‘Punish a Muslim Day’

by the Web Editors 04-03-2018

Image via Hernán Piñera / Flickr

The letters declared April 3 to be "Punish a Muslim" Day, advocating for acts of violence against Muslims, including throwing acid in the face of a Muslim and bombing a mosque. 

Weekly Wrap 3.29.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 03-30-2018

1. We Asked One Question at March For Our Lives. Here’s How Kids Answered
Watch this inspiring video, featuring some of the incredible young people at last weekend’s March.

2. How Evangelical Support of Trump Helped Bring Pornography into the Mainstream
“If the court evangelicals are troubled by the fact that the porn industry is getting free publicity every night on the news, they must realize that they are partly to blame.”

Every Woman in Senate Calls Out Leadership Failure to Address Sexual Harassment in Congress

by the Web Editors 03-29-2018

Image via REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Every woman in the Senate is calling out Senate leadership on their failure to act on enforcing legislation that would address sexual harassment and discrimination in a letter released March 28, according to CNN. 

No Charges Filed Against Officers in Alton Sterling's Death

by the Web Editors 03-27-2018

A boy sits next to a makeshift memorial outside the Triple S Food Mart where Alton Sterling was fatally shot by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 7, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman/File Photo

Sterling was shot in Baton Rouge, La., as he was selling CDs outside a convenient store. Police arrived after a resident reported being threatened outside of the store. Police found Sterling inside the store and claimed he was trying to pull a loaded gun from his pocket when one of the officers opened fire. The encounter lasted about 90 seconds.

States, Civil Rights Groups Vow to Fight U.S. Census Citizenship Question

by the Web Editors 03-27-2018

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announces the filing of a multistate lawsuit to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients at a press conference at John Jay College in New York City, U.S., September 6, 2017. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Opponents fear the decision could result in a severe undercount that can lead to increased marginalization of immigrants by potentially reducing their representation in Congress and federal funding for local jurisdictions, which is determined by population.

Rick Santorum Tells Students to Learn CPR Instead of Pushing for ‘Phony Gun Laws’

by the Web Editors 03-26-2018

Image via Gage Skidmore / Flickr

"But I think everyone should be responsible and deal with the problems that we have to confront in our lives. And ignoring those problems and saying they're not going to come to me and saying some phony gun law is gonna solve it. Phony gun laws don't solve these problems."

Weekly Wrap 3.23.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 03-23-2018

1. What Is the Church’s Responsibility in a Constitutional Crisis?
Historically, the church has stepped in to offer a word on what the tenets of Christian faith look like in troubled times.

2. What Would a World Designed By Women Look Like?
For thousands of years the profession of architecture has been male-dominated — and a close look at our structures makes that clear. But now more than 40 percent of architecture school graduates are women. What does that mean for the future of design?

Trump Threatens to Veto Spending Bill Over Border Wall and DACA, Risking Government Shutdown

by the Web Editors 03-23-2018

"I am considering a VETO of the Omnibus Spending Bill based on the fact that the 800,000 plus DACA recipients have been totally abandoned by the Democrats (not even mentioned in Bill) and the BORDER WALL, which is desperately needed for our National Defense, is not fully funded," Trump wrote on Twitter.

Sacramento Police Shot Unarmed Black Man 20 Times in Back Yard

by the Web Editors 03-22-2018

Image via Kevin Cortopassi / Flickr

“It is an atrocity that an unarmed young man was shot at twenty times in his own backyard and shows the urgent need in these times for intervention against police misconduct. We will call for a complete and thorough investigation into this young man’s death," Rev. Al Sharpton said in a statement. 

With Fourth Explosion in Austin, 'Serial Bomber' Suspected

by the Web Editors 03-19-2018

Authorities maintain a cordon near the site of an incident reported as an explosion in southwest Austin, Texas, U.S. March 18, 2018. REUTERS/Tamir Kalifa

"With this tripwire, this changes things," Christopher Combs, special agent in charge of the FBI's San Antonio division, said. "It's more sophisticated, it's not targeted to individuals ... a child could be walking down a sidewalk and hit something."

Weekly Wrap 3.16.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 03-16-2018

1. “Hey Twitter, I'm On a Mission...”
Writer and artist Candace Jean asked Twitter to help her identify a mystery attendee at the 1971 International Conference on Biology of Whales — the only woman and only person left unnamed in a group photo, and someone the men present vaguely recalled as “an assistant.” The result: an electrifying public crowdsourcing project, and the learned histories of 3 incredible women.

2. The Koch Brothers vs. God

The fossil fuel lobby preached its gospel in Virginia. Now, black churches are fighting back.

Students Across the Nation Walk Out of Schools to Demand Better Gun Laws

by the Web Editors 03-14-2018

Image via JP Keenan/Sojourners

There were more than 3,136 demonstrations across the country, according to the Women's March Youth Empower website.  Students and supporters in states like Florida, New York, Michigan, and Virginia walked out of their schools with signs and chants.

7,000 Shoes Placed Outside U.S. Capitol for the Children Killed by Guns Since Sandy Hook

by the Web Editors 03-13-2018

Activists install 7000 shoes on the lawn in front of the U.S. Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. March 13, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

Organized by Avaaz, a U.S.-based civic organization that emphasizes global activism, intends for the "Monument for our Kids" to put pressure on Congress to take action on gun control. Images of the striking visual have been widely shared on social media, with the hashtag #NotOneMore. 

National Geographic Admits to Past of Racist Coverage

by the Web Editors 03-13-2018

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Mason found that the magazine virtually ignored people of color in the U.S. until the 1970s who were not laborers and domestic workers, and consistently perpetuated people of color from foreign lands as "exotics, famously and frequently unclothed, happy hunters, noble savages—every type of cliché."