She might not raise $1 billion, but she does she raise some important questions.
Valerie Plame Wilson. Image via crystal.village/Wikimedia Commons.
You’d expect most retirees to pick up gardening or find a bridge club to pass the time in their well-earned leisure years. But in ex-CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson’s case, her hobby of choice is crowdfunding $1 billion to buy Twitter and delete the president of the United States’ account.
Winners come in all shapes and sizes, people
They launched a campaign to help settle refugees in the Chicago area.
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Some Americans chose to react to the Paris tragedy with embarrassing displays of xenophobia and bigotry, all targeted toward Syrian refugees. Others, however, chose compassion instead. Oakland A’s baseball player Sean Doolittle and his partner, Eireann Dolan, chose the latter. Yesterday, they invited 17 Syrian refugeee families to share in their Thanksgiving meal in Chicago, Dolan’s hometown.
How an indie rock band saved a high school’s music program for a year.
Sounds GOOD is our new series that documents the intersection between great music and social impact. In each episode, we follow a popular band’s efforts to raise funds for a cause they’re passionate about. In our first episode, we tell the story of how Warpaint met high school music teacher Bretton Boyd and ended up playing a benefit show to raise the money that kept his program alive for the 2015 school year.
The volunteers of “Mothers Against Senseless Killings” keep their neighborhoods safe when no one else can.
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In 2014, there were 390 murders in notoriously violent Chicago, and over 2,500 shootings. A little over half of these victims were between the ages of 10 and 25, and the majority were male. With school out for summer—when a disproportionate number of crimes occur—a group of local mothers got together, mapped out schedules, and started patrolling their neighborhood streets. They’re members of an organization known as The Mothers Against Senseless Killings, and in the five weeks since they’ve started, the area they’ve patrolled has seen absolutely zero shootings.