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Looking for beauty, joy, triumph, gumption? Welcome to #Recharge, our look at what's working — and those striving for a better world. Check out these stories 👇🏽 and this image, by Amber Walker, of paddling at the Kenai National #WildlifeRefuge /1
He had a dream. A US Embassy worker gave him a half-hour. A life was changed.
#Recharge /2
"It says that we can. It says...that we can do this." On Friday, the Citadel, a military school that had fought the admission of women, promoted cadet Sarah Zorn, 21, to lead the corps. The commandant said simply: "She’s the best qualified." nytimes.com/2018/05/04/us/… #Recharge /3
Scattered, shattered: What Syrian refugee kids needed was something calming, something to help them rest at night. Welcome to Sleepytime Radio, which broadcasts bedtime stories in French and Arabic for them theguardian.com/world/2018/may… #Recharge /4
Turning bad into good: They didn't want a "right-now thing." That's why 2 men accepted a $1 settlement for their unjust treatment at a @Starbucks — and the agreement to fund a program for young entrepreneurs instead usatoday.com/story/news/nat… #Recharge /5
She used to be a Tea Party activist. She got tired of the lies and conspiracies her “friends” were pushing her to believe online. Now Felicia Cravens is helping people figure out “fake news" — and reporting Russian bots and liars to Facebook buzzfeed.com/craigsilverman… #Recharge /6
The young mom scrawled a note and gave it to a Nazi guard before entering the gas chamber. Remarkably, he delivered it to her husband. More than 8 decades later, her son has turned the note over to a museum. In her words, there is only love indystar.com/story/entertai… #Recharge /7
He woke up in detention at 5:30 a.m. Thursday to discover he had won a prestigious journalism fellowship. Threatened with death by a general in his native Mexico, this fearless journalist has to get freed to accept it — ICE wants to send him back press.org/news-multimedi… /8
That's it for this week. Good news: We're starting a newsletter with @MotherJones, so sign up here to get #Recharge in your inbox each week. Keep charging, even upstream — and have a great week ahead. motherjones.com/politics/2018/… Pic via @USFWSPacSWest /9

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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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