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Rough week? #Recharge with this thread of stories of triumph — for those helping others, or for justice (occasionally) prevailing. First, catch this image from the Ding Darling Wildlife Reserve in Florida by George Gentry /1 ⤵️
To students and educators at Ireland's prestigious Trinity University, Caitriona Lally wipes the desks and swabs the floors as a janitor. But she also is a novelist, and now has won one of the nation's most prestigious literary honors washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2018… /2 #Recharge ⤵️
Get up, stand up: Kamira Trent, right, stood up for the rights of two Spanish-speaking women being harassed by a bigot. The harasser was arrested, and one of the targeted women said "It felt good to see someone who was born here defend us that way." buzzfeednews.com/article/blakem… /3 ⤵️
The copy editor didn't tell anyone about her long-ago rape by a longtime @latimes editor. Not for more than three decades. If Christine Blasey Ford could come forward, Kathy Gosnell, 73, could, too, prompting other staffers to do so latimes.com/local/lanow/la… /4 ⤵️
The school bus had run off the road. Flipped. Burst into flames. 14 yo Edwin Jimenez had managed to get his 11 yo brother out, then noticed 2 girls stuck under seats. “I couldn’t leave them there.” wfaa.com/article/news/m… #Recharge /5 ⤵️
The usual thing would have been stay quiet. Nadia Murad did not. She told the world about how ISIS forced her into sex slavery, & she has campaigned to end wartime sexual violence. Last week, she shared the Nobel Peace Prize. From her autobiography: theguardian.com/commentisfree/… /6 ⤵️
A Philadelphia museum needed tour guides for its Middle East collection. So it hired Iraqi and Syrian refugees. One guide, a former translator for the US military, likes the job so much he sometimes drops by on his day off pri.org/stories/2018-1… /7 ⤵️
One small step: Henrietta Lacks, whose cell line transformed modern science and medicine, will be honored by Johns Hopkins with a new research building in her name baltimore.cbslocal.com/2018/10/06/joh… #Recharge /8 ⤵️
That's it for #Recharge this week. Sign up for our weekly newsletter here: motherjones.com/topics/recharg… Have a great week, and enjoy this image of a harvest moon rising over the mountains at Colorado's Great Sand Dunes National Park, via @Interior #Recharge /9 ⤵️
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Jul 20, 2018
Before he was president: #Trump had cocaine at sex parties with 14- and 15 yo girls, reports @BBC @BBCPanorama h/t @yashar
#Trump “gave her butt a slap...and said, ‘don’t worry. That’s not your tip’”
“It was kind of a feeding frenzy. The girls were there as consumables” #TrumpSexParties
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For 8 years, Ohio’s GOP Rep. Jim Jordan, the adult in the locker room, presided over “a cesspool of deviancy” over his young wrestlers, picked off one by one for sexual abuse - @POLITICO politico.com/story/2018/07/…
In GOP Rep. Jim Jordan’s Ohio State locker room, adult men were let in to masturbate as they watched the student wrestlers shower, @politico reports. Jordan, somehow, is running for re-election.
How did another GOP congressman and former wrestling coach, Dennis Hastert, keep the abuse of children secret all those years? mobile.nytimes.com/2017/07/18/us/…
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Jun 20, 2018
ICE lied, told flight attendants the kids were a soccer team. They weren't. Now this flight attendant won't work when the US transports children away from their parents. "I might as well have been a collaborator on their transport." houstonchronicle.com/local/gray-mat… #EndFamilySeparation
Can it happen here? Nazi historian says “the ultimate safeguard against aspiring authoritarians, and wolves of all kinds, lies in individual conscience” nybooks.com/articles/2018/… @CassSunstein
"We want no part of it" — @united Airlines CEO, saying his jetliner will not carry detainees separated from their family under the inhumane #Trump administration policy, in planning since September, which medical authorities have called child abuse. The statement:
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Jun 16, 2018
In 1970s Argentina, the military dictatorship stole children & killed their parents. In Haiti, “Uncle Knapsack,” a legendary thief of children, inspired the dreaded Tonton Macoutes. Now America is separating 47 migrant kids A DAY from their parents. apnews.com/227a90dbf32a46… @AP
"It was the worst, the most perverse of the dictatorship, I think, what they did with us" — a child, stolen from her parents by an illegitimate government cnn.com/2012/07/05/wor…
"Some were abducted with their small children, and some, perhaps 3 percent, were pregnant, or became so while in detention, usually through rape by guards and torturers. Pregnant prisoners were routinely kept alive until they’d given birth" newyorker.com/magazine/2012/… @NewYorker
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May 18, 2018
Stunning: More American kids have been killed in shootings at their schools this year than U.S. military personnel while on duty washingtonpost.com/news/politics/… @pbump #SantaFe #Texas
UPDATED: More than 214,000 kids have experienced gun violence in school since Columbine washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/… @JohnWoodrowCox @dataeditor @WPLyndaRobinson #SantaFe #NeverAgain
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May 12, 2018
It's been another wild week. #Recharge with these stories of people who think of others, do for others, help the world get better. First, an image from the @SantaMonicaMtns /1 👇🏼
She had to place him for adoption, but kept a baby photo and named her restaurant after him. More than a half-century later, after he suffered a heart attack, he came looking halfway around for the world for her. She always believed he would find her. washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-… /2
She had to see her son's track meet. That's why she swapped shifts and ended up flying a Southwest jetliner that lost an engine and a passenger at 32,000 feet, guiding it to an emergency landing without further loss nytimes.com/2018/05/10/bus… #Recharge /3
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