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Click to see the whole newsletter issued on John's birthday. Happy birthday John Green!
reposted from forharriet.com
14-year-old Parkview High School Freshman, Caleb Christian was concerned about the number of incidents of police abuse in the news. Still, he knew there were many good police officers in various communities, but had no way of figuring out which communities were highly rated and which were not. So, together with his two older sisters: Parkview High School senior Ima Christian, and Gwinnett School of Math, Science, and Technology sophomore, Asha Christian, they founded a mobile app development company– Pinetart Inc., under which they created amobile app called Five-O.
Five-O, allows citizens to enter the details of every interaction with a police officer. It also allows them to rate that officer in terms of courtesy and professionalism and provides the ability to enter a short description of what transpired. These details are captured for every county in the United States. Citizen race and age information data is also captured. Additionally, Five-O allows citizens to store the details of each encounter with law enforcement; this provides convenient access to critical information needed for legal action or commendation.
Since surviving the attack, Yousafzai's outreach and resolve as an activist has only grown. She established the Malala Fund and addressed the United Nations. Recently, she visited Nigeria as part of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign to urge President Goodluck Jonathan to do more to free more than 200 girls kidnapped by the extremist group Boko Haram.
Now, Yousafzai is headed to the social network's headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., to talk with one of tech's most high-profile leaders and the brains behind the LeanIn movement, whose mission is to empower women in the workplace.
Facebook Live, Facebook's nonprofits page, Malala Fund's Facebook page and LeanIn's Facebook page are all accepting questions from users prior to the interview, which will be a major part of the discussion.The conversation will stream live online at all of the pages above.
reposted from mashable.com
The film was directed by former UCLA student Farzad Sangari. It is set to be released, on demand, by BOND/360 and will fly into select theaters October 14."
from The Harry Potter Alliance web site for Esther Day
Esther Day is not about metaphors. It is not about gestures. Instead of mass produced greeting cards and baked goods, it calls for an uncommon honesty and bravery.
As the story goes, John and Hank Green asked Nerdfighter Esther Earl (now a published author) to decide how the community would celebrate her birthday every year. Given the opportunity to create a holiday, Esther chose to make it about love, family, and friends. When John uploaded the first annual video in August of 2010, he said “The words we use to describe the things we feel matter. [...] So maybe Esther Day is the day where we think, ‘who do I love who I have trouble saying I love you to?’”
Esther passed away from thyroid cancer later that month; she was sixteen.
Since then, Nerdfighters have participated in Esther Day, celebrating the power and importance of love. Videos are uploaded, songs are sung, and we tell the people we love that we love them in no uncertain terms.
It sounds simple enough. In truth, it often comes as a challenge – being honest and unapologetic about love almost feels counterintuitive sometimes. We flee vulnerability.
This campaign – like Esther Day – is about changing that.
In the 2013 Esther Day video, John called the holiday “a Valentine’s Day for the rest of love.” There is truth to that and it is an easy comparison to make, but his is a different kind of celebration.
On Esther Day, we act for love: to uplift each other and create a more positive fandom; to empower and inspire our community; and to increase empathy. Our goal is nothing less than to make Esther Day a globally recognized, baggage-free holiday about love and gratitude.
In the months leading up to Esther Day, we want to make this community an everyday celebration of our favorite holiday. We want you to join in.
Here are a few ways you can participate:
Before Esther Day
On Esther Day (August 3rd)
The beauty of this is that you can figure out what works best for you and then go do it. You can scream I love you’s from the rooftops or you can whisper them. Text messages, YouTube vids, Tumblr posts, scavenger hunts, postcards, positive reviews on Yelp: there’s no wrong way to tell someone you love them.
This is what it comes down to: love is awesome. Love is important. Love is what saved the wizarding world and, long before that, its residents. Fandoms become communities when we celebrate loving not just a book or a movie, but each other.
Whether it’s via owl post, social media (#EstherDay) or at LeakyCon in Orlando, please join us in celebrating love and celebrating each other during this year’s Esther Day.
The Esther Day Project is supported by: This Star Won’t Go Out, The Harry Potter Alliance, Eff Yeah Nerdfighters!, LeakyCon, Penguin Books, MTV Act, The Dinner Party, Evanna Lynch, Anthony Rapp, Pottercast, LeakyNews, and the Leaky Cauldron.