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No doubt, today is an historic day. Regardless of what side of the aisle you might be on, this day is traditionally one of hope and promise in the United States–and with the inauguration of the nation's first black, female and Indian Vice President, this year's ceremonies are especially notable.

Even aside from this milestone, we have a great deal to be hopeful about. As much as it has been vilified as the "worst year ever," 2020 was actually a breakthrough year for one of the most pressing complex of issues facing America: diversity and inclusion.

From NASCAR to Bumble, companies took real steps last year to address their positions on racial justice and inclusion for all people. Some ha...

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We're at our most impressionable as children, and the things we see tend to hit harder, and stay with us longer. When Judeah Reynolds watched the police officer grind his knee into George Floyd’s neck this past Memorial Day, her life was forever changed. Her cousin, Darnella Frazier, recorded the incident on her cell phone, and when she posted it to social media, the entire world took notice.

Judeah's experience transformed her--and she decided to tell her story. "A Walk To The Store," young Judeah's chronicle of the events of that day, will be a picture book about a little girl "who witnessed something unspeakable and found her voice."

The children's book is set to be published by Beave...

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In the weeks since the terrible events in Minneapolis, racial tension has spiked to levels we haven't seen in decades. At times like these, it can seem that racism is irreparable, simply a feature of our existence that must be borne on society's shoulders. But this just isn't so; racism is learned behavior. It can be reversed, through education, community and compassion.

One project that has taken on this important challenge is Imaginary Walls, the feature-length documentary produced by our very own Anita Casalina, founder of Billions Rising. Anita has always been involved in filmmaking, and with this film she explores how one remarkable couple in Oakland, California has been helping people m...

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A summer youth camp for disabled kids that operated in upstate New York starting in the 1950's, Camp Jened was a refuge for an entire generation of special needs kids. Run by a group of what were then called hippies, the camp gave disabled kids a chance to experience all the things a "normal" kid would in summer camp.

But Camp Jened wasn't just the source of a lot of treasured memories. It also proved to be the wellspring of a landmark piece of legislation: the Americans with Civil Disabilities Act. And now, the camp has been immortalized in Crip Camp, a fascinating documentary now airing on Netflix.

A former camper himself, James Lebrecht directed the film with Nicole Newnham, with Michelle a...

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When Ali Takata and her husband moved to Austin from the San Francisco Bay Area three and a half years ago, she was immediately struck by the lack of diversity. "I was surprised by how white Austin felt," she says. But Takata soon realized that Austin wasn't particularly white--it was just very segregated.

Two years ago, the couple decided to move their daughters from the mostly white, affluent school they had been attending to a more diverse school in East Austin. It's a higher poverty district, and the new school doesn't have the same resources as the other school. But since learning about the history of segregation in Austin, Takata feels they made the right choice.

“I felt like I was...

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