Neighbors Cover Lawn Of School For Refugees With Warm Welcomes

This is a good sign.

The International Community School, a public charter school that seeks out and teaches refugee and immigrant children in DeKalb County, Georgia, was plastered with positive signs made by its neighbors Monday morning.

The handmade signs, planted in the school’s lawn and along its sidewalk, carry messages including “You’re home,” “We are one” and “We are glad you are here.”

The idea was to send refugee students and their families some support after President Donald Trump signed an executive order that targets Muslims and refugees.

“It restores some of my faith in humanity,” Danny Vincent, a mother who lives in the area, told The Huffington Post. “It’s a reminder that that’s where this change has to happen. And that’s where we could do the most good, by taking care of the people around us.”

Vincent told HuffPost that after Trump’s first turbulent week in office, she had had enough. She decided Saturday that she couldn’t take any more news from social media and was going to unplug on Sunday.

“But because I don’t have any will power, I checked social media first thing on Sunday morning with my coffee,” she told HuffPost. “I was like, ‘I’ll check it once in the morning and then I’ll put it down.”

But that’s when she saw a post in her neighborhood’s Facebook group that caught her eye. It was by a neighbor she didn’t personally know. The neighbor had made a sign and put it on the Decatur school’s lawn. She posted a picture of it to the group and said that she had been thinking about the kids at the school all weekend and was worried about them and their families and how they felt.

“She said she had done this in support and was hoping that others in the neighborhood would do the same,” Vincent said. “And it grew from there.”

Inspired, Vincent asked her 8-year-old daughter, Amelia, if she’d like to make a sign to put in front of the school.

Amelia happened to be playing with a neighbor her age, a girl named Abby, and Vincent asked if Abby wanted to make a sign as well. Then Amelia asked if she could invite more of her friends over to make signs.

So Vincent threw a sign-making party.

By 1 p.m. Sunday, Vincent had rallied about 20 people to come to her house to make signs.

At 4 p.m., the party planted the signs in the lawn of the International Community School.

“There were six or seven signs when we got there, and we probably added 12 or 15,” Vincent said. “When we went by this morning, there were well over 40 to 50 signs on the walkway.”

Vincent said that the current political climate has left her feeling helpless and pessimistic but that this experience has given her hope.

“When I went by that school this morning and I saw those signs and I saw those kids walking and reading those signs,” Vincent said, choking back tears. “I thought, ‘I can do this. We can do more of this.’ It’s knocked some of the cynicism out of me.”

The Huffington Post reached out to the International Community School but were unable to get comment. We will update this story accordingly.

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28 Reasons It Pays To Have A Feminist Marriage

We’re calling it: A feminist marriage, where both partners respect and treat each other as equals, is the very best kind of marriage. (Also, studies suggest the sex is better, so there’s that, too.)

Below, 28 solid reasons to fall in love with someone who recognizes that feminism benefits both women and men.

1. There’s parity in your relationship. You push each other to reach your goals and full potential, because ultimately, you know you’re stronger as a team.  

2. You’re not wedded to outdated gender expectations. Want to be a stay-at-home dad while your wife brings home the bacon? Go for it.

3. There’s no place for “locker room talk” or “boys will be boys” excuses in your relationship. You hold each other to a much higher standard than that.

4. When it’s time to clean the house or do the laundry, you divide up the chores according to preference and workload, not gender. Also worth noting? A 2015 study from the University of Alberta suggested that people in more egalitarian relationships have higher relationship satisfaction and more sex than couples who leave it to one spouse. 

5. Another reason feminist couples have better sex? Feminist men recognize that a woman’s pleasure is just as important as theirs. There’s no rolling over and falling asleep prematurely. (How rude.)

6. While we’re on the subject of sex, your partner would never slut-shame you for your sexual past. Your “sex number” is no big deal.

7. You have the luxury of not having to explain the importance of Planned Parenthood to your S.O. (And if your partner is worried about a weird bump some place down south, you know just where to direct him or her. Thanks, PP!)

8. Mansplaining is not an issue you have to deal with in your own home, thank goodness. 

9. You both know a woman’s place is anywhere she damn well pleases ― and that if you both choose to work, it just means more income.

10. Ideologically, your partner believes that the world is a better place when women are empowered. As noted feminist (and our favorite ginger) Prince Harry once put it, “When women are empowered, they immeasurably improve the lives of everyone around them — their families, their communities, and their countries.”

11. Your partner loves your body but recognizes that the decisions you make regarding it are yours and yours alone. Sexual and reproductive rights matter to both of you.

12. You don’t fret about maintaining relationships with friends of the opposite sex. Your partner knows you can and should have relationships with other men and other women. 

13. If you’re a man, you could get proposed to ― men don’t always to be the one to pop the question!

14. Your wedding can be as heteronormative and traditional or as modern and unconventional as you want. (So feel free to forgo the garter belt toss if you find that awkward as hell.)

15. If your partner’s guy friends start badmouthing feminism, you know he’ll correct them. (Bonus points if he has Chimamanda Ngozi’s definition of feminism memorized because you blast Beyonce’s “Flawless” nonstop.)

16. Your complaints and concerns are never delegitimized because of your sex, and your partner sure as heck would never say, “sounds like someone’s on their period.”

17. You don’t look at each other as a project or someone to “fix.” Men don’t need to be anyone’s knight in shining armor and women shouldn’t feel like they can “love away” a man’s problems. You each take ownership for your own issues and go into the relationship as whole and independent people.

18. If you decide to marry, you can do whatever you want with your last names. Take his surname, have him take yours, hyphenate, create a hybrid/combo last name ― it’s your call. 

19. Your partner is proud ― not resentful ― of your career accomplishments. He or she pushes you to accomplish everything you want in life, on your own timeline ― be it your career, passion projects or having a family (or all three of them).

20. Phrases like “man up” or “don’t be a pussy” are off limits. The beauty of feminism is that it benefits men, too; your partner can be as vulnerable or as emotional as he wants and it doesn’t make him less of a man. 

21. It feels so good to be with someone who appreciates your brain just as much as your beauty. 

21. If you have kids, you can give them the talk about consent and the birds and the bees as a team. (Phew, what a relief.)

23. You both recognize that paid parental leave is good for everyone. (Hopefully, your work places recognize that too and offer paternity leave.)

24. Through your relationship, you get to model what a marriage of equals really looks like to your kids. 

25. But if you were to divorce, you recognize that both parents deserve to be in your kids’ lives. 

26. If your husband is out with the kids and someone says “looks like mom has the day off!” you can both roll your eyes about it later on.

27. Your marriage and definition of monogamy can be as traditional or unconventional as you want it to be. 

28. Your partner understands why you felt compelled to go to the Women’s March. Hell, they probably joined you and wore a “this is what a feminist looks like” shirt. It doesn’t get any sexier than that. 

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7 Pro-Refugee Groups Standing Up To Trump's Ban

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Donors raised an unprecedented amount of money for the American Civil Liberties Union over the weekend in response to President Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant executive order. Advocates on social media are also encouraging supporters to help pro-refugee groups that don’t have the same marketing prowess and visibility as big-name organizations.

The executive order, which Trump signed Friday, bans all refugees from entering the United States for 120 days and blocks Syrian refugees indefinitely. Additionally, the order prevents travel to the U.S. from seven predominantly Muslim countries ― Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen ― for 90 days.

The order inspired massive protests across the country over the weekend and prompted a wave of donations to human rights and civil liberties groups. The ACLU, which on Saturday won a temporary stay in federal court on parts of Trump’s refugee ban, received $24 million online.

Here are some of the other groups working to protect refugees and vulnerable immigrants in the U.S.:

1) Detention Watch Network

A coalition of advocates and organizations, the Detention Watch Network works to advance the civil and human rights of people affected by the immigration detention system.

“We reject Trump’s anti-immigrant and islamophobic vision for this country,” the group said in a statement last week. “Led by immigrants and people of color, we stand resolutely in the fight to make our vision of inclusivity, dignity and freedom a reality.”

2) Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society

The HIAS rescues refugees who have been persecuted and forced to flee their homes. The organization works to relocate vulnerable refugees and unite them with family members, when possible, and ensures displaced people are treated with dignity. 

“History has taught us the deadly consequences of slamming the doors of this country shut on people just because of who they are and where they are from,” the HIAS’ Rachel Nusbaum wrote in a blog post on the organization’s website. “We must prevent this administration from repeating the mistakes of the past.” 

3) Center for Constitutional Rights

Through a combination of litigation and advocacy work, the Center for Constitutional Rights fights a range of refugee-specific issues, including abusive immigration practices and Muslim profiling. 

“Trump’s executive order targeting immigrants by expanding brutal detention policies is immoral, costly, and destructive,” the group said last week. “Trump’s actions represent a betrayal of our most important political, moral, and constitutional values.”

4) Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights supports unaccompanied immigrant children fleeing political upheaval, extreme poverty, child labor and other crises by helping them navigate the immigration system. 

The group issued the following statement regarding Trump’s executive order:

The Young Center … remains committed to ensuring decisions about immigration policy—which have a far reaching impact on the safety of children, both immigrant and non-immigrant—are based on fact and reflect the American value of caring for, protecting and treasuring children. That they do not turn on stereotypes, bias, or ignorance. That immigrant children are recognized first as children. And that no decisions should be made about children that do not consider their best interests—their safety and well-being, informed by their wishes.

5) Muslim Advocates

The Muslim Advocates group fights for freedom for people of all faiths by combatting discrimination and hate crimes and educating communities about their legal rights. 

“The executive action signed by President Trump is only one step in what will be a continued assault on religious liberty and on American Muslims,” Farhana Khera, executive director of Muslim Advocates, said in a statement over the weekend.

6) International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee supports people whose lives have been devastated by conflict. In response to Trump’s executive order, the IRC has launched its first-ever emergency appeal focusing exclusively on immigrants who are already in the U.S. in anticipation of the funding gaps that will likely arise as a result of the new policy. 

“America has the strongest, most successful resettlement program in the world,” said IRC President and CEO David Miliband. “Certified by successive administrations, the U.S. resettlement program makes it harder to get to the United States as a refugee than any other route. This is one of many reasons to deplore the hasty decision made today.”

7) United We Dream

A network composed of more than 100,000 immigrant youths and supporters, United We Dream advocates for the fair treatment of young immigrant, fights for access to higher education and works to stop deportations of undocumented youth and their parents, among other initiatives. 

“Our communities are resilient and are organized to fight back,” the group said in a statement in response to Trump’s executive order. “An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us. Women, immigrants, black people, LGBTQ people and working people are united in fighting back and building community together. Since the election of Donald Trump, we have marched together, organized and we are just getting started.”

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Alt-Fear

“Fear Makes People Stupid, So Let’s Scare the Hell Out of ‘Em” — de facto RNC policy

The first time I was in Whitefish was the last time the Falcons were in the Superbowl (#33). We came for the skiing and the western ambience. Both were excellent. Whitefish is a longtime rail stop on what is now Amtrak’s Empire Builder. It’s the western gateway to Glacier National Park and home of Great Northern Brewing Company. I liked the railroad station, my husband preferred a couple of the public houses, aka pubs. It’s where he had his first Moose Drool (a beer, not an exotic dancer). Now we visit there maybe half dozen times a year.

Montana is interesting, particularly for those of us with a taste for politics of the personal sort. The people of Montana had a full dose of corpocracy 100 years before the rest of us recognized it … and they banned the miscreants from the political process. They sent the first woman to Congress, years before women could vote. And, some can be a bit ornery. Occasionally, stupid.

White supremacist Richard Spencer lives in Whitefish, when he’s not out spreading fear across the land. You can read the backstory. Here’s the front story.

Even more than women, the alt-right loves to bully Jews. If they can associate something they dislike with a Jewish person, however tangentially, they default to froth-mouthing. Whitefish has been judged by the alt-right/paleo-nazis to have given offense to Richard Spencer, so these self-proclaimed “savages” threatened an armed march through Whitefish to show the Jews and everyone else who’s in charge.

Bullying Montanans is stupid. Unlike some in the White House, Montanans are not much given to bluster (Spencer aside). They quietly go about doing what they think is right. There are many good stories of how the citizens of Whitefish have responded to the swaggering threats of the paleo-alts. My current favorite is this:

Montana Police Nail Mezuzah on Station Door, Defying Neo-Nazis

Like all of America, Whitefish, Montana is an experiment in self-governance. Feel free to thank the Whitefish police. Send them a note. We’re going to need a lot more like ’em. Or email the local newspaper, the Flathead Beacon, and let them know you support the community’s stand against bloviating bullies.

Fear is your enemy as are the people who spread it.

When in doubt, do the right thing. Everything else is easy.

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Kerry Washington Makes A Political Statement On SAG Awards Red Carpet

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Kerry Washington made a powerful statement in a small way at the 2017 SAG Awards on Sunday by wearing a safety pin on the sleeve of her gown. 

“I’ll be wearing one of these tonight. On my arm. To show solidarity. We will not stop fighting for our safety & the safety of our fellow citizens and human beings. #NoBanNoWall #safetypin” 

The gesture, which gained traction after Brexit in the UK, is supposed to show marginalized groups that they are not alone, and that they have an ally in the person wearing the pin. Washington’s choice is especially timely ― and important ― considering Donald Trump’s recent executive order that targets Muslims and refugees and his move to build a border wall between Mexico and the United States. 

Some of Washington’s followers praised her choice, writing, “I love you Kerry, thank you for making such a powerful difference,” and, “So much love for you @kerrywashington. Thanks for your support.” 

Others criticized her choice, saying things like, “Many marginalized people dislike the safety pin. They see it as trendy and trite. I’m just saying,” and “A pin ain’t gonna do nothing.” 

Kerry responded to critics of her safety pin on Twitter: 

The actress also opened the show with a powerful quote spoken straight to camera:

“A lot of people are saying right now that actors shouldn’t express their opinions when it comes to politics, but the truth is actors are activists no matter what, because we embody the worth and humanity of all people. This union helps me to do that. I’m Kerry Washington and I am an actor.”

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