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Apr 14, 2018 10 tweets 8 min read
A crazy week deserves a break. These stories show that decency, caring and speaking truth to power also happened this week, and sometimes justice just did prevail. Welcome to #Recharge. Image: Sunrise & salty mist by J.K. Putnam @AcadiaNPS 👇🏽 /1 #Maine
Another Victory: With hundreds of teachers chanting, Kentucky lawmakers overturned a GOP governor’s veto on Friday to increase spending on public education apnews.com/5fe98a38b7d44c… #Recharge /2
“You didn’t know that I jumped off the train?” Childhood friends, he was 10; she was 13. Her family escaped west to freedom. The Nazis sent his to #Auschwitz . 76 years later, they reunited in L.A. ... apnews.com/a082dcb6255f4e… #Holocaust /3
... And this is the two, on Wednesday, holding hands. (Photo by Reed Saxon) #Recharge /4
April Ryan asks questions for a living. For that, she gets death threats. So does her employer. "I'm angry...that people are ginning people up to come after me,” this White House correspondent says. But they won't stop her from doing her job money.cnn.com/2018/04/13/med… #Recharge /5
Her dad came here at 13, penniless, knowing no English. This week, she bestowed citizenship upon new Americans from 59 nations. "We are a nation," said Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, "made strong by people like you." nytimes.com/2018/04/10/nyr… #Recharge /6
THE BIG IDEA: How does a suburb make itself attractive to families that prefer urban life and tolerance? Avocados and Kombucha for a start. Actual tolerance, too — and (relatively) inexpensive homes citylab.com/life/2018/04/t… #Recharge /7
Fifty years ago this month, if Coretta Scott King hadn't insisted, the 1st African American man to win a #Pulitzer never would have gotten the chance. How Moneta Sleet Jr. took this stunning picture
poynter.org/news/funeral-p… #Recharge /8
That’s it for this week. Please add your #Recharge stories to this thread. Now, how can you prepare for a better tomorrow? How about a pollinator garden? Photo: Sam Stuckel #Recharge /9
Need another #Recharge? Here’s our stories from last week about people making a difference, and helping make the world better.

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Oct 7, 2018
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 ⤵️
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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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Jul 7, 2018
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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