February Social Good Roundup!

In addition to our monthly Newsletter, we are also bringing you a monthly round-up of our favorite programs from our partners and from across the web. The opportunities below are separated by long term (6+ months), short term (6 months or less) and ongoing service, social good, and travel opportunities.

Be sure to check back monthly for updates and new finds!

 

Commit…To Service!     (Long-Term Programs)

You Want To Go To There.      (Short-Term and Travel Opportunities)

Be Social. Do Good.    (Social Good Jobs, Events and Campaigns)

This Week in Links 2.23.15

What the FBI Chief Got Right—and Wrong—About Race and Police

Study: Black Girls Are Being Pushed Out of School

What If There Was a Middle Option Between Renting and Owning?

A Black Mississippi Judge’s Breathtaking Speech To Three White Murderers

A Cheat Sheet For Comey’s Speech On Race And Policing

States Consider Increasing Taxes on the Poor, Cutting Them on the Affluent

District: 5 students wrongly given ‘Fifty Shades’ puzzles

How Black Lives Have Always Mattered: A Reading List

Aid to Needy Often Excludes the Poorest in America

The Plot Against Public Education

A KaffeeKlatsch on Race

A ‘Disheartening Portrait’ of the U.S. Labor Force

How Public Transit Agencies Deal with All Your Angry, Mean, and Terrible Tweets

One reason to worry about US inequality…it is really bad for our babies.

Inequality Has Actually Not Risen Since the Financial Crisis

Inequality Has Actually Not Risen Since the Financial Crisis???

Student Loan Delinquency Rate Defies Overall Downward Trend in Household Debt and Credit Report for Fourth Quarter 2014

Lynching as Racial Terrorism

The Richest Cities for Young People: 1980 vs. Today

Mediocre Millennials

New evidence shows election officials are biased against Latino voters

How Much Do Waiters Really Earn in Tips?

The Cost of a Decline in Unions

Super Secret Top Test Security

Instead of the Income Gap We Should Be Talking About the Wealth Gap
And these 8 charts explain why.

What Wal-Mart’s Pay Increase Means For The Economy

Instead Of Stop-And-Frisk, How About Stop-And-Shake?

Nation’s top nutrition panel: the American diet is killing us

Turning a moment into a movement after the deaths of unarmed black men

Unplug with Reboot on March 6-7

It’s that time of year again, y’all – unplug time! On March 6th and 7th, thousands of people across the world from New York and Tel Aviv, to Warsaw and Australia, turn off their cellphones, log out of Instagram, cool it on Snapchat, and take a 24-hour break from technology. If it sounds familiar, there’s a reason. It’s because the ancient Jewish tradition of observing Shabbat (the Sabbath) is the inspiration behind Reboot’s fifth annual National Day of Unplugging.

Based around 10 universal principles called the Sabbath Manifesto – things like “get outside,” “find silence,” and “give back” – The National Day of Unplugging encourages people to temporarily disconnect from their hectic, fast-paced lives and reconnect to the world and people around them. Some folks will join in because they are traditionally observant Jews who “unplug” every week. Some will join because they think it’s eco-friendly to give their electronics a little break. And some will join in simply because they want the opportunity to relax and spend time with family and friends. So why do YOU unplug?

This year, whether you are observant or not – and whether you’re Jewish or not! – sign the pledge to be a part of the National Day of Unplugging. Head to the beach, the forest, your friend’s house, or join in at one of the many unplugging events going on around the country.

Do you have plans to celebrate the National Day of Unplugging? If so, we want to hear about it! Let us know in the comments below or by tweeting @repairtheworld. You can also follow the National Day of Unplugging at @SabbathManifest, #unplug.

Spotlight On: Black Women’s Health Imperative

All February long during Black History Month, Repair the World is checking in with people and organizations working on the forefront of Black issues in America. Today we’ve got our spotlight on: Black Women’s Health Imperative – an incredible organization that educates and advocates for health equality for Black women.

Founded in 1981, BWHI has been a champion of health for more than three decades. Their campaigns focus on diseases that disproportionately impact Black women – things like cervical and breast cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. They educate women about their healthcare options and provide the information and tools needed to get covered by medical insurance.

My Sister's Keeper

Meanwhile their campaigns – like Black Women Matter (an initiative focused on increasing the numbers of healthy black women in America) and My Sister’s Keeper (an advocacy initiative on Historically Black College campuses) – help raise awareness and foster a community of empowered, strong women.

Similar to the Black community, the Jewish community faces its own unique health risks – from genetic diseases like Tay-Sachs to a higher risk of breast cancer in Ashkenazi Jewish women. (Check out the amazing education and advocacy work Sharsheret is doing on that front.) That’s just one reason of many why we support and salute the amazing work of BWHI!

To find out more about Black Women’s Health Imperative’s work, check out their website and Facebook page.

Repair Inspiration: New Harper Lee Novel on the Way

Literary fans, file this one under pure excitement. Harper Lee, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of To Kill a Mockingbird, will be releasing a sequel – 55 years after the first book was published. Published in 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird is known as one of the great books of the civil rights era. Her “new” book, Go Set a Watchman, which she actually wrote prior to Mockingbird, will come out in July. (Not surprisingly, it is currently the number 1 best-selling book on Amazon, despite being several months from publication.)

We’re inspired by Lee’s book for two reasons. Firstly, it will be exciting to read new words from the 88 year old author after years of silence. And secondly, while race inequalities continue to be one of our country’s greatest challenges, perhaps Lee’s new book can serve as a rallying call.

Find out more about Go Set a Watchman in the paragraphs below, and read the full story over at The New York Times.

Harper Lee, Author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ Is to Publish a Second Novel
By: Alexandra Alter

For more than half a century, “To Kill a Mockingbird” has stood apart as a singular American literary masterpiece, a perennial best seller that has provoked countless classroom discussions about racial and social injustice. It brought instant and overwhelming fame to its enigmatic author, Harper Lee, who soon retreated from the spotlight to her native Monroeville, Ala. She never published another book, leaving her millions of fans yearning for more.

Now, at age 88, Ms. Lee has revealed that she wrote another novel after all — a sequel of sorts to “To Kill a Mockingbird,” featuring an aging Atticus Finch and his grown daughter, Scout.

On Tuesday, Ms. Lee’s publisher announced its plans to release that novel, recently rediscovered, which Ms. Lee completed in the mid-1950s, before she wrote “To Kill A Mockingbird.” The 304-page book, “Go Set a Watchman,” takes place 20 years later in the same fictional town, Maycomb, Ala., and unfolds as Jean Louise Finch, or Scout, the feisty child heroine of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” returns to visit her father. The novel, which is scheduled for release this July, tackles the racial tensions brewing in the South in the 1950s and delves into the complex relationship between father and daughter.

Read more…