Cry of the week: Maile Duckworth entered the Senate floor in a blue jacket, a pink hat, and a duckling onesie, but her appearance wasn’t protested. Instead, it marked a pivotal moment for lawmakers and their families as Senator Tammy Duckworth held her newborn baby in her arms as she cast a vote.
In China and India, men outnumber women by 70 million— an imbalance larger than the total population of the UK or France. From importing brides to the lonely, stagnant lives of single men, the generation of China’s One Child Policy are growing up, and we’re seeing consequences they never anticipated.
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Who gets to be the protagonist in the story? Who gets the pity, the presumed innocence, the rise to glory and success? Is it the “quiet, ‘nerdy’ young man from ‘a tight-knit, godly family,” who just happened to commit a homicidal act of terrorism? Is it the 33-year-old billionaire who’s still “growing up”? Is it Joe the Plumber from working-class white America? It’s time to make this story about all of us, and it’s not our fault if our antagonists are are left behind.
The current administration keeps saying how many billions the immigration system costs us, but what about the $259 billion immigrants contribute to our economy? And that’s not accounting for every other way in which we are making this country great. When it comes to immigration, the overall benefits are extraordinary. It’s time to throw a welcome home party!
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Recovering from a bad sunburn, Lizzy left her bra at home when she went to school. But she ended the day in tears, her nipples literally “X’d” out by Band-Aids ordered by the school administration. So much concern for the boys in her class getting distracted, but whose learning really got disrupted? #iammorethanadistraction
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A language dies almost every two weeks. Wikitongues wants to save them from extinction. Languages are essential for diversity in art, music, and literature, but also for reminiscing about childhood, talking about love, and expressing your emotions and dreams.
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Trump, or as he’s called by Roberto, the disturbio, has disturbed the lives of Coachella. No, not the festival goers at Beychella. It’s the undocumented immigrant farmworkers who live in the Coachella Valley, and who also live in fear. For undocumented families, the new political climate means overcoming that fear every day, and taking the risks that could change everything.
Growing up, the idea of being an actress never occurred to Millicent Simmonds, but now she’s inspiring future deaf actors and actresses everywhere. In “The Quiet Place,” her deafness becomes an advantage — and her casting shows the importance of letting people tell their own stories.
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When trying to get a green card through marriage, the burden is on the couple to prove their love story is legit. Would you pass? Grab your partner, split off into different rooms, and try to answer these questions: How did you meet? How soon after you met did you start dating? What subway does your spouse take? When was the last time your spouse saw the mother-in-law?
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