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This British weatherman interrupted a live debate on crime with a point we all need to hear.

Alex Beresford just couldn’t stay silent while listening to a Good Morning Britain debate about knife crime in the UK. With an increase in knife attacks over the past few years, debates over how to handle knife crime in the United Kingdom are common. Similar to gang-related gun violence in the U.S., the majority of victims and perpetrators of such crimes are black youths living in urban areas. And also like gun violence debates in the U.S., such discussions are too often held without representation from the communities being debated.…

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Senator Stephanie Flowers’ ‘stand your ground’ speech is fierce, raw, and sadly necessary.

Arkansas state senator Stephanie Flowers lit up the state legislature in a debate over “stand your ground” laws. Debates that involve guns tend to bring out people’s passions. But when you’re a mother of a black son debating a law that statistically makes it less likely for him to see justice if he’s killed, your passion may be stronger than most. State senator Stephanie Flowers shared her feelings in a legislative debate over Arkansas’ “stand your ground” laws, taking issue with the bill being rushed through without proper debate. “I’m…

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We’ll start seeing more lasting peace when women get more seats at the negotiating table.

Peace agreements last 35% longer when women are involved in the negotiating process. But too often, they’re not. For most of human history, war and peace have been decided at tables full of men. But as the world moves slowly but surely towards more gender equality, the contributions of women to the peace process are becoming more prevalent and more visible. Women have always played a big grassroots role in building peace; they’ve just largely been excluded from formal decision-making processes that have the power to create lasting change. Such…

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This teacher’s viral door decoration highlights a gut-wrenching truth about slavery.

Black History Month reminds us that the story of America is not always told accurately or honestly. The common saying “history is written by the victors” is not necessarily true. History is written by everyone. We have written narratives of the defeated, the oppressed, the commoners, and the enslaved—we just don’t get to see those stories as often. Perhaps it’s more accurate to say that history is usually taught by the victors, which affects how stories get told, what parts are emphasized or deemphasized, and the language chosen to tell…

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Aziz Ansari is finally talking about his sexual misconduct allegations. Here’s what he said.

It’s been a year since Aziz Ansari was accused of sexual misconduct in a controversial Babe.net essay. The essay sparked a discussion about the “gray areas” of consent, and now Ansari is adding his voice to the discussion. Ansari opened up during a pop-up show for 200 people at the Village Underground in New York City. His set was the first time he’s addressed the allegations besides his brief statement when the article came out. After making a few jokes about getting confused for Hasan Minhaj, Ansari shifted the subject…

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A 67-year-old man solicited a 13-year-old girl for sex. The judge called her ‘an aggressor.’

A 67-year-old man solicited a 13 and 14-year-old to sexually abuse them. Then the judge called the girls “an aggressor.” In a normal world, when a 67-year-old man molests underage girls, he’s 100% at fault. In a normal world, when a 67-year-old man pays money to underage girls in order to molest them, he’s 100% at fault. He’s the adult. He’s the one who knows better. He’s the one breaking the law and all standards of human decency by soliciting sex with girls who cannot legally consent to it. But…

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In New York, child sexual abuse victims can now sue their abusers decades after the abuse.

In a big win for victims of child sex abuse, New York has passed the Child Victims Act. The state of New York has passed a bill in the legislature that significantly increases the statute of limitations for child sex abuse victims to prosecute their abusers. The Child Victims act changes the age at which people can legally bring their abusers to justice from age 23 to age 55 in civil cases, and to age 28 in criminal cases. Considering the research that shows 1 in 5 females and 1…

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ER doctor shares why social media is a powerful tool in helping him cope with death.

via Texas Military Department / Flickr Telling someone their child has just died has to be one of the most difficult things a human can do. For an emergency room physician, it’s part of their day-to-day lives. Every day there’s a chance they’ll deliver horrifying news that will forever change someone’s life. It’s not a responsibility to be taken lightly. But it’s understandable that an emergency room physician would become calloused after years of delivering tragic news. The physician may also be enraged after seeing another lifeless body of a…

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This man’s encounter with border patrol should have us all brushing up on our legal rights.

A comedian traveling by bus in Washington state shared his not-so-funny, Gestapo-esque encounter with U.S. border patrol agents. Mohanad Elshieky is a stand-up comedian originally from Benghazi, Libya (yes, that Benghazi) but is living in Portland Oregon. Elshieky told  Willamette Week that he was officially granted political asylum in the U.S. in October 2018, which makes him a legal resident of the United States. However, that status appeared to not matter to the immigration officials who allegedly boarded the bus Elshieky was on this weekend. “This morning,” Elshieky wrote on…

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After 246 days of separation, this woman and her daughter are finally reunited.

Vilma and Yeisvi Carrillo’s story captured the hearts of Americans who yearn for a more compassionate immigration system. Vilma Carrillo came to the Mexico-United States border seeking asylum in the spring of 2018. Carrillo is an indigenous Guatemalan woman whose daughter Yeisvi is an American citizen. A victim of extreme domestic violence in a country that provided no legal protections for women like her, Carrillo felt that her best chance for safety for herself and Yeisvi was to return to the United States, where Carrillo lived and worked the year…

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Customer demands refund from tattoo shop that employs an ex-felon, gets owned instead.

The whole point of a legal system is to ensure that individuals who break or abuse the law are punished, allegedly. Of course, the system is flawed, with many innocent people ending up in prison, and many criminals ending up in government—but I digress. This article originally appeared on our partner site someecards and was written by May Wilkerson. Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/customer-demands-refund-from-tattoo-shop-that-employs-an-ex-felon-gets-owned-instead

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The Consumer Electronics Show just banned a sex toy invented by and for women but awarded one made for men.

via Lora DiCarlo One would think that the forward-thinking minds behind the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas would be well beyond cowing to outdated double standards when it comes to sex. But, unfortunately, they’re not. Lora DiCarlo, a woman-run start-up “determined to change the face of pleasure products” was selected as a CES 2019 Innovation Awards Honoree in the Robotics and Drone product category for the Osé personal massager. According to Lora DiCarlo, CEO and founder Lora Haddock, this revolutionary hands-free sex toy for females uses “new…

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A new study says most men are fine with women running companies but not the government.

A record number of women may have run for office this year, but we’ve still got a long way to go. A recent survey found that Americans are more in favor of a female CEO than a female head of government. According to the TheReykjavik Index for Leadership, which was conducted by data and consultancy company Kantar in order to measure how people feel about women in leadership, 65 percent of Americans feel “very comfortable with the idea of a female CEO, but only 5 percent feel the same way…

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Abuse tainted this senator’s childhood. No other child will face it on her watch.

Growing up, Lauren Book recalls that a shroud of secrecy veiled her family. All photos courtesy of L’Oreal Paris and Lauren Book. Her mother lived with a mental illness. Her father, a prominent Florida lobbyist concerned with his public persona, made one thing very clear to her: What happened inside the Book household must stay private by any means necessary. “He said, ‘We don’t talk about things that happen in this house,’” Book told NPR in 2012. “That stuck with me always.” That message, Book says, also made her vulnerable…

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7 wonderful reasons to give to strangers this holiday season.

The holidays are here in full force, so you’re likely making your gift list and checking it twice. But is anyone on that list someone you don’t know? It might sound like a hare-brained idea (“I already have so many people to give to!” I can hear you saying), and I get it. But it doesn’t take much to make someone’s season brighter, especially if they’re in need. Sometimes a simple scarf, a bag of Hershey’s Kisses, or just a few much-needed toiletries can turn someone’s entire year around. And…

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