How Wild Diversity works to make Oregon outdoor spaces safer for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities

From OregonLive/The Oregonian | For many Oregonians, the healing power of outdoor recreation is intuitive. Whether we’re hiking, kayaking, swimming, or simply sitting in a green space, many of us have felt what studies by social scientists and health-care researchers have shown: that empowering outdoor experiences lead to reduced stress, increased happiness, and greater emotional …

One Native veteran’s new mission: Fill in the gaps of VA care on his reservation

From NPR.org | by Quil Lawrence | Five-tour combat veteran Jestin Dupree works for the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes on the Fort Peck reservation in Montana. He aims to fill gaps in VA care that often leave Native veterans behind. The proportion of Native Americans who serve in the military is higher than any other …

Through community-based care, doula SeQuoia Kemp advocates for radical change

From NPR.org | SeQuoia Kemp has been providing support to birthing mothers, their partners and families before, during and after pregnancy and childbirth in Syracuse, N.Y., for more than a decade. And in a time where maternal mortality rates in the United States are staggeringly disproportionate for Black mothers and abortion rights are at risk …

How historical racism influences modern poverty and racial inequality

From Penn Today | By Michele W. Berger | To understand modern racial inequalities, historical context is crucial. That’s according to new research from Penn sociologist Regina Baker published in the American Journal of Sociology . Baker found that in southern states with a strong historical racial regime-a notion she conceptualized and then measured using …

Racist ‘Star Wars’ fans aren’t new. Why doesn’t Disney do more to protect its actors?

From NPR.org | by Eric Deggans | The most surprising thing about the racism directed at Obi-Wan Kenobi star Moses Ingram is the fact that some people are still surprised by it. This is Moses Ingram on IG, speaking about the racism she has endured since becoming #Reva in the new @Disney Series @obiwankenobi. Full …

In the 10 years since Sandy Hook, gun laws in the U.S. haven’t changed much

From NPR.org | by Ayana Archie | A teenage gunman walked into an elementary school Tuesday in Uvalde, Texas, and opened fire, killing 19 children and two adults, making it the second deadliest school shooting in American history. The mass shooting at Robb Elementary School comes nearly 10 years after the deadliest school shooting on …

In some states, your 6-year-old child can be arrested. Advocates want that changed

From NPR.org | by Cheryl Corley | Kaia Rolle was 6 years old when police arrested her at a Florida school in 2019. The then-first-grader was accused of kicking and punching staff members while throwing a tantrum. A police officer used zip ties to handcuff her. The video of her crying and pleading with a …

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