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The last year has been so hard on so many, that the public's attention has often been diverted from the plight of the least fortunate of all: the homeless. Lack of adequate housing has only worsened during the pandemic, and the virus created a new problem to solve, that of sanitation. With cleanliness so crucial in the fight against Covid-19, where were homeless people supposed to wash their hands?

Enter Love Beyond Walls, a nonprofit founded by Atlanta's Cecilia Lester that created a unique solution: the placement of portable sinks throughout the city for homeless people to wash their hands without interference. Portable sanitation units carry five gallons of water and come equipped with soa...

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What a difference a year can make: according to the National Academy of Sciences, the number of American households in poverty was shrinking steadily before the pandemic began. Sadly, just one year after Covid-19 emerged in the U.S., millions more households have been pushed into economic crisis. Some estimates suggest that as many as 2.5 million additional children have been forced into poverty.

Thankfully, help is finally on the way. Aside from what it provides in COVID relief, the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan recently signed by President Biden offers one of the most comprehensive anti-poverty packages in modern times. Along with stimulus checks going out to most children and adults a...

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The Covid-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented effect on business throughout the world, and it continues to transform the landscape of our daily lives. Thankfully, many entrepreneurs have taken this disruption as a rare opportunity to redirect their energy toward the public good.

Operation StaySafe is one good example: they're a coalition of the leading American medical testing companies, along with healthcare professionals and entrepreneurs, 22 companies in all. They are working to create realistic, scalable solutions to the testing problem, and to increase access to comprehensive testing. Not only is StaySafe creating rapid tests accessible at home and work, they go a step further to aggreg...

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When Shannon Parkhurst was expecting, like far too many women, she often found herself unable to access the services that she needed. It was an experience she wouldn't soon forget. The challenges she faced during that pregnancy led Parkhurst to found Lemon Aide Project, a nonprofit focused on providing assistance to people in just such dire situations.

In addition to community outreach, Parkhurst's organization provides things like homelessness prevention, a school supply drive, power outage assistance, and help for those affected by wildfires, among other services. Her story is an encouraging one, demonstrating the difference that a single person can make.

Parkhurst recently sat down with our...

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It has now been nearly three months since widespread lockdowns went into effect across the world in response to the Covid virus. And though these measures have been a colossal disruption to both our lives and our economies, and many still bridle at the restrictions, two new studies show that they were anything but unnecessary. Indeed, they appear to have already saved literally millions of lives.

The studies, conducted by Imperial College London and University of California–Berkeley and published in Nature magazine, show the impact of emergency health measures across 17 different countries. According to Dr. Seth Flaxman, author of the Imperial College study, those measures have saved ov...

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Although things have been changing in recent years, today women still hold less than 7 percent of government leadership roles across the world. Women who do hold such roles get a fair amount of attention however--and since the Covid-19 pandemic began, a number of them have proven to be especially effective in the midst of crisis.

"The news coming out of many countries is striking," said Amie Batson, executive director of WomenLift Health, a nonprofit focused on elevating women in the health sciences. The org recently hosted a webinar on female leadership in the pandemic. "Many of the countries that are doing the best are led by women."

One of those women is Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New...

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The concept of mutual aid is a simple one: in difficult times, we should all do what we can to help each other, whether we be friends or strangers. Chances are a lot of you have already seen one of the many spreadsheets out there, lists that compile the contact info of people who'd like to volunteer to help those in need.

A lot of resources have popped up just over the last few weeks alone. One mutual aid group started when Alli McGill, director of care at Washington DC's Table Church, sent out a simple tweet: “If you are in DC and are in the at-risk demographic and need errands run so you can limit exposure — will you email me?”

McGill was amazed when her message was retweet...

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As we and our families struggle to accustom ourselves to the COVID-19 pandemic and all the ways it's impacting our daily lives, it's important to remember to stay as informed as possible. There is a lot of conflicting information out there, and a new interview from Salon with Dr. Timothy Brewer, of UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health, helps sort fact from speculation.

The author points out that China's infection rate appears to be falling quickly--and that it's the way we respond to the crisis that will determine its ultimate severity. And crucially, he reminds us that compassion is part of any proper response to an outbreak of this kind. It's a timely read, and you can check it out here....

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As I write this, approximately 800 million women and girls in the world are menstruating. Despite the commonness of the occurrence, however, many are still forced to do so clandestinely, and in shame. Sadly, menstruation is in some ways the last great taboo, and that's no hyperbole: indeed, nearly half of women have no foreknowledge of the condition before their first menstrual cycle.

Thankfully, a groundbreaking new documentary is working to change all that: produced and directed by a predominantly female team, Pandora’s Box may be the first feature-length documentary film to focus on menstrual rights. The film zeroes in on the introduction of reusable pads, and puts a light on the wor...

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In today's America, it can often seem like our biggest problems have become part of our way of life, and that they are simply here to stay. The woes of the American family top this list: for years divorce rates have climbed, and the family institution has at times appeared to be critically, and chronically, endangered.

But there's good news on the horizon. According to the most recent figures, the American family is on the rebound. And this is especially good news for our most valuable resource--our children.

As outlined in the recent article in USA Today, the past decade has shown promising signs of a resurgence in childbearing, along with a marked decline in divorce rates and an increase in ...

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