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The most violent element in society is ignorance. Emma Goldman

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How One Person Can Make A Difference

I've talked about Brandon before (the blogger who does Humans of NY and has the very popular Facebook page). Today he accomplished something really special by highlighting a hard-working principle in one of the most crime-ridden areas of NYC.

‘Humans of New York’ blog raises over $350K to send inner-city kids to Harvard
By Nicole Bogart Tech Reporter Global News

TORONTO – The “Humans of New York” blog has been sharing stories of New York City residents for over four years. But now the blog is helping provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences for inner-city youth.

An Indiegogo campaign started by Humans of New York creator Brandon Stanton has raised over US$350,000 to fund a trip to Harvard University for sixth graders from Mott Hall Bridges Academy in Brownsville, Brooklyn.

The initial goal of the campaign was US$100,000 – enough to fund one trip a year for three years.

That goal was met in less than an hour.

It all started when Stanton posted the portrait of a young boy on his blog. When asked who has influenced his life the most the boy responded, “My principal, Ms. Lopez.”

“When we get in trouble, she doesn’t suspend us. She calls us to her office and explains to us how society was built down around us. And she tells us that each time somebody fails out of school, a new jail cell gets built,” the boy told Stanton.

“And one time she made every student stand up, one at a time, and she told each one of us that we matter.”

Much more here: http://globalnews.ca/news/1789515/humans-of-new-york-blog-raises-over-350k-to-send-inner-city-kids-to-harvard/

HUNY website: http://www.humansofnewyork.com/

Net Neutrality

I don't have to explain to other activists how important it is for the Internet to remain open. Now, we have some support in the Obama administration ~ and I will take the good news and amplify it whenever I can:

Breaking news: At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler signaled that he will move to protect Net Neutrality by reclassifying Internet-access service under Title II of the Communications Act.

This is huge — and it’s exactly what all of us have been asking for.

Wheeler delivered his remarks almost one year to the date that a federal court struck down the agency’s Open Internet Order. In the aftermath of that ruling, Wheeler released rules that would have allowed rampant discrimination online, setting off a year of backlash from innovators, artists, journalists, politicians and ordinary Internet users.

And Wheeler's move toward Title II wouldn’t have happened without all of this activism, advocacy and political pressure to protect the open Internet ...

More here: https://www.freepress.net/blog/2015/01/08/you-wont-believe
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