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    Throughout Ohio, communities have experienced job loss and deepening economic hardship with changes to energy production and declines in manufacturing over the last several decades. Here in Southern Ohio, we’re at the center of this challenge as energy demand and production shifts from fossil resources. Ultimately, it is the workers, their families and their communities that shoulder the negative impacts of the loss of union jobs and the economic downturn that comes with industry declines and shuttered plants. As we continue to progress into a 21st-century economy, however, there is enormous opportunity knocking at our doorstep: and that is the Ohio Valley Green Energy Manufacturing Initiative (Ohio Valley GEM). By launching a new era of clean power generation and manufacturing, the Ohio Valley GEM can reinvigorate these areas that have been left behind for too long. The foundational project of the Ohio Valley GEM will be the reindustrialization of the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PORTS) near Piketon, Ohio. The facility, which at one time was a major employer in our region, ceased operations more than two decades ago and...
    With all the talk about Covid-19 vaccines, many families are being reminded about another shot that could save lives. Flu season is upon us and CVS is teaming up with Bank of America to help Metro-Detroit families get the seasonal shot for free. READ MORE: As Part Of An Infrastructure Advancement, Macomb County Announces More EV Charging StationsVouchers are available to people in underserved communities to help bridge the gap in health disparities. They can be picked-up from Cots, FOCUS: Hope, United Way, Alternatives for Girls and SER Metro-Detroit. You can also request a voucher be at participating CVS locations. READ MORE: Whitmer Restores Prevailing Wages On State ProjectsOrganizers say the effort is part of an ongoing commitment to assist families who may not have full access to healthcare. “As we can see the weather change, we know it’s not just allergies but actually colds and flu that will affect us and put us down for a couple days from feeling great or at our best,” said Tiffany Douglas, Bank of America market executive. “We want to preclude that. So,...
    "Afghan refugees are greeted by family living in the United States as they depart from a processing center for refugees evacuated from Afghanistan at the Dulles Expo Center on August 24, 2021 in Chantilly, Virginia." Recent polling has shown overwhelming public support, 81%, for welcoming Afghan refugees who aided U.S. military. The Washington Post reports that support is being seen across the U.S., with resettlement organizations and other volunteer services being “inundated with calls from ordinary Americans seeking to assist the waves of Afghan citizens who have begun arriving in the United States.” “We have never seen this kind of increase in people wanting to volunteer,” Refugee Services of Texas Program Supervisor Jacqueline Buzas told The Post. The report noted that one volunteer training was shifted to virtual mode due to capacity. “We have people calling to say, ‘I have an extra bedroom.’ Or, ‘I’m retired and have this extra house.’ People understand the human aspects of this, having to flee this life-or-death situation,” Buzas continued. “And they just open the door.” The Post reported that during one recent drive at Northern Virginia Community College, volunteers were overwhelmed with so...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Chaos is still unfolding in Afghanistan as thousands of families try to flee the country. The Minnesota Department of Human Services reports 35 Afghan refugees have already arrived as of August 16 and the department said up to 65 refugees have been granted Special Immigrant Visas (SIV). READ MORE: Police: Isabelle Storey Found Safe, Search Cancelled Many Americans await the arrival of Afghan refugees, including Nasreen Sajady. Sajady’s family is from Afghanistan. Her parents came to the U.S. in the 1970s and have made it a mission to help those seeking refuge. “We’re all definitely paying close attention to what’s going on right now,” Sajady said. “We’re trying to figure out how to connect to Fort Wayne, to see if we can start maybe figuring out how to help these refugees resettle.” Resettlement agencies including the International Institute of MN (IIM) have also worked hard to prepare for Afghan refugees. So far the institute has resettled two families in one week. Jane Graupman, the executive director of IIM said the biggest challenge is housing and getting enough funds....
    INGLEWOOD (CBSLA) – Several local organizations joined UCLA Health and the American Heart Association at Morningside High School Saturday to host a drive-thru event to handout health and wellness kits to about 1,000 families. The kits included food boxes, at-home physical activities kits and workout resources, as well as PPE and COVID-19 educational information. “This has been such a challenging time for so many individuals, families and communities. And that’s why we’re here today because we are here to support our families and communities that are still going through many different economic hardships,” one of the event’s volunteers said. The kits also had games and toys provided by the Mattel Children’s Foundation. The Lakers Youth and Dodgers organizations were also a part of the event.
    Our police officers, and their families, make incredible sacrifices so that we are able to work, live, and raise our families in the safest communities possible. We should thank the brave men and women of law enforcement every single day. They put their lives on the line in order to protect us, and keep us safe.  As National Police Week comes to a close, we honor the lives and legacies of those courageous police officers who proudly wore the uniform, served the communities in which they lived, and made the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of their duties. Also, we must reject the vile attacks against our law enforcement heroes and defend them by speaking out against calls to defund the police. In 1962, President Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as "Peace Officers Memorial Day", and the week in which May 15th falls as "Police Week." Before COVID-19, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from across the country would travel to our nation’s capital and participate in several events that were designed to honor their brothers and sisters in...
    'The missing and murdered Indigenous peoples crisis is one that Native communities have faced since the dawn of colonization,' said Interior Secretary Deb Haaland. From Washington to Indigenous communities across the American Southwest, top government officials, family members, and advocates gathered Wednesday as part of a call to action to address the ongoing problem of violence against Indigenous women and children. U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and other federal officials commemorated the annual day of awareness as a caravan of female motorcycle riders planned to hit the streets in Phoenix, advocates took to social media, and families prepared for a night of candlelight and prayer vigils. In Washington, an event hosted by federal officials started with a prayer asking for guidance and grace for the Indigenous families who have lost relatives and those who have been victims of violence. Before and after a moment of silence, officials from various agencies vowed to continue working with tribes to address the crisis. As part of the ceremony, a red memorial shawl with...
    Pastors leading black church communities are confirming the surge in the number of black families choosing private, small schools, and homeschooling for their children, and welcoming the opportunity for more involvement in K-12 education by black churches. Pastor Cecil Blye of More Grace Ministries Church in Louisville, Kentucky, told Breitbart News he and his fellow pastors have seen a surge in homeschooling “among families in black churches in Louisville, as well as a push to start private schools and charter schools by black pastors.” Blye confirmed a recent report by the U.S. Census Bureau that showed homeschooling rates are rising among black families, in which the proportion of homeschooling in the black community increased from 3.3 percent in spring 2020 to 16.1 percent in fall 2020. In an interview with Breitbart News, Kerry McDonald, a senior education fellow at the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), explained the data. “The black homeschool population doubled between 2008-2012, though it was still less representation among the homeschooling community than the black population in the K-12 school age population at large,” she said. “With what the...
    Learning A-Z Is Extending the Drive to Encourage Students to Continue Donating TUCSON, Ariz., March 25, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Learning A-Z®, a Cambium Learning® Group brand, announced through its recent partnership with UNICEF Kid Power, that students across the country have donated over 63,000 meals to families in need in the U.S. and over 490,000 days of safe drinking water to communities around the rest of the globe. As a result of this milestone, Learning A-Z has extended the drive into April 2021, in hopes of motivating students to continue reading and completing their work to support their communities. Together, Learning A-Z and UNICEF Kid Power encourage students around the world who use Learning A-Z’s online instructional resources Raz-Plus®, Raz-Kids®, Headsprout®, Science A-Z®, Vocabulary A-Z®, and Writing A-Z® to convert the digital stars they earn while completing assignments into real-world impact. Through the program, students can redeem the stars for healthy meals to help those facing hunger in their communities. Students outside the U.S. will have the ability to donate toward water purification tablets for families in need...
    Witnesses describe chaos as shooter opened fire in a Colorado grocery store Bidens trade representative talks China with Japanese officials It is well-documented that homes in Black neighborhoods generally appraise for less value than similar properties in predominantly white areas. © MoMo Productions/Getty Images A Black mother using tablet with young sons on couch There's no single explanation for this disparity, which is the result of hundreds of years of history and policy - as well as social biases - but it's clear that the appraisal gap has a tangible impact on Black homeowners. Load Error Black communities tend to be poorer than white communities, and that's due in part to the lower values assigned to properties in those areas. Understanding the appraisal gap takes grappling with the history of real estate in America, and addressing it will ultimately mean dealing with its root causes.Where does the appraisal gap come from?Broadly, the appraisal gap comes from two major sources: structural inequities Black people face in the real estate industry, and internal bias on the part of appraisers. "Starting...
    NEW YORK.- In an effort of goodwill a few days before the celebration of Thanksgiving, the Union of Bodegueros de América (UBA) in association with several barracks in the Bronx carried out this Sunday the initiative, “Collect a Turkey, put down your weapons ”, a crusade to bring encouragement to the table of poor families and at the same time a call to stop armed violence. “Today we joined the New York Police Department in feeding families of 10 or fewer with the gift of a Thanksgiving dinner. We have incredible people in our neighborhood and we must let them know that we are always here for them, ”said Radhames Rodríguez, president of the UBA. Some 600 families received bags of food and a fresh turkey. Some 600 bags with a turkey each and all the ingredients needed for dinner were distributed among low-income families in previously selected areas where violent incidents have occurred recently, particularly inside warehouses. “We will never let our community go hungry, we are family and we must never forget that,” added...
    Asthma complications. No home insurance. Administrative nightmares.  The wildfires raging along America’s West Coast could prove especially catastrophic to families experiencing poverty. As entire towns evacuated from wildfires in southern Oregon this week, many families launched GoFundMe pages for their lost homes, with some explaining that they had no insurance, and had lost everything in the blaze.  In a year that has already driven a coronavirus-shaped wedge between classes, the fire recovery efforts stand to widen the gap between the well-off—who still face the unenviable task of rebuilding—and everyone else. “There are huge disparities in who has the wealth and the assets, not only to rebuild, but to evacuate in the first place,” Audrey Mechling, a policy fellow at the Oregon Center for Public Policy, a think tank focused on low- and medium-income residents of the state, told The Daily Beast. Many of the online fundraisers in ravaged Oregon towns like Phoenix and Talent came from families with children, who said they’d escaped with little more than they could carry in their arms. More than half the families in the...
    HAWTHORNE, Calif. (KABC) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers are trying to help with community needs by delivering thousands of meals to local families.Partnering with nonprofit Helping Hands Community, this week the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation delivered over 22,000 meals to the homes of families in Inglewood and Hawthorne."We have volunteer drivers here today that are picking up the food boxes which include one dairy box and one fruit and veggie box," Director of Youth Programs Tiffany Rubin said. "They are actually dropping them off to the homes of these Dodgers RBI families."After putting out an assessment to families in the Dodgers RBI youth program, organizers realized a big need was food services. Rubin said they did a series of drive-thru events in June, but wanted to make sure the families who weren't able to attend could also get help."For me as a parent, I really don't like to be out in the in the stores for safety purposes," parent and volunteer coach Gabriela Zubia said. "This is an amazing thing for us that are trying to stay safe and healthy."Normally...
    Despite navigating uncharted territory in developing reopening plans during a major public health crisis, teachers, unions, and education advocates are demanding school districts and other elected officials prioritize safe and equitable reopenings. The Florida Education Association filed a lawsuit earlier this week challenging the mandate of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration that all Florida public schools open and resume class in person without exception in August. Over the past week and a half, parent leaders, education advocates, teachers, and community allies have released open letters imploring the powers that be to listen to those most directly impacted by decisions around school reopenings. Calling for an inclusion of a parent voice in school reopening decisions, the Parent Voice on Equity in Reopening Schools letter was created by 10 equity-centered, parent-led organizations representing families in over 30 states and more than 100 communities.  “Parents being part of the solution-making process strengthens the parent-teacher-school partnership which is crucial for student success,” wrote the collective. “We recommend that plans to reopen schools be driven by equity and what is best for children and families...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan on Tuesday announced a public-private partnership with notable Minnesota philanthropic and business leaders that’s aimed at getting students access to technology and adequate internet access. The ConnectMN partnership includes Best Buy, Comcast, Blandin Foundation, Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundation and the Minnesota Business Partnership, in collaboration with the state. Walz and Flanagan say ConnectMN’s goal is to bring technology and internet access to students across the state in communities of need. “As the parent of a seven-year old, we endured our share of triumphs and challenges with distance learning this past spring,” Flanagan said. “Those challenges are exacerbated for low-income families, Indigenous families and families of color, and families in Greater Minnesota who may not have access to technology that meets their work and learning needs. Whatever school looks like this fall, this partnership will help us fill in the gaps.” The gaps are significant. The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) estimates that 25,000 students in Minnesota lack the technology and high-speed internet access that’s...
    (CNN)A food drive at a middle school in Minneapolis was overwhelmed by the amount of donated groceries and supplies."Donations covered every inch of ground of our parking lot, the grass, everywhere," Sanford Middle School Principal Amy Nelson told CNN of Sunday's drive. "We had to also use a neighboring park because we didn't have enough space here at the school to stack it up." Parents and faculty wanted to help the families who lived in the areas impacted by the protests following last week's death of George Floyd while in police custody.Hundreds of businesses in Minneapolis and St. Paul have been damaged and are closed, including grocery stores."The food locations and the pharmacies near the third precinct were damaged, creating a food desert for some of the families in our student body," Nelson said. "There are no places within walking distance for them to go and buy food."Read MoreA shared grocery listAn appeal went out on social media, listing groceries the food drive's organizers thought would be most needed.Nelson said they initially hoped for around 100 grocery bags. "We still...
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