Justin Combs worked hard in high school to improve his football game and earn a 3.75 GPA . He recently received a $54,000 merit-based scholarship to UCLA, where he’ll play football.
In April, Forbes named Justin Combs’ dad, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, the wealthiest artist in hip-hop. Some say the family should return Justin’s scholarship, arguing that Combs should pay for his son’s education and taxpayer money should go to students with greater financial need. Other say Justin Combs earned the scholarship through his grades and athletic ability, and deserves to keep it.
What do you think? Should the Combs family keep, return or donate the money? Should students with wealthy parents have access to merit-based scholarships and financial aid? via @CNN_Blogs
Thanks to the fast response of all of our supporters across the country, many of you have already heard that our office was broken into last night and set on fire.The worst damage was concentrated in our community organizing and outreach office where we store all of the resources we use to educate our community. We lost everything. We do not have an office to operate out of right now. Most of our office equipment and all of our educational resources were destroyed.Because of the targeted nature, we can only assume that this was intentional.
We are shaken to be sure, and deeply worried about how we will provide for our members while we are rebuilding. But the work will continue. This cannot and will not stop us from speaking out for people who do not have a voice.
“Men earn more than women even in female-dominated jobs. And white men in particular who enter those fields easily move up to supervisory positions, a phenomenon known as the glass escalator — as opposed to the glass ceiling that women encounter in male-dominated professions, said Adia Harvey Wingfield, a sociologist at Georgia State University. More men in an occupation can also raise wages for everyone, though as yet men’s share of these jobs has not grown enough to have an overall effect on pay.”—
Coming up this Feminist Wednesday, Veronica Arreola will be joining us to talk about the increase of men in “pink collar” jobs. We’re looking for dudes to talk to us about their personal experiences with this work. Let us know if that you or if you know someone!
"I stopped at a market to get a fruit platter for a movie night with friends but I couldn’t find one so I asked the produce guy," says the 40-year-old arts administrator from Seattle. "And he was like, ‘If you want fruit platters, go to Safeway. We’re organic.’ I finally bought a small cake and some strawberries and then at the check stand, the guy was like ‘You didn’t bring your own bag? I need to charge you if you didn’t bring your own bag.’ It was like a ‘Portlandia skit.’ They were so snotty and arrogant."
Sometimes we find news stories that are just too perfect for our show.
Girls are so powerful, our mere presence will win you a high school state championship! When these two teams met in the regular season, the winning team beat them twice and 2nd baseperson Paige Sultzbach actually sat those games out in deference to the Society of St. Pius X players. St. Pius X is not a canonical sect and spilt with Rome in the 70s. So: poor sports? Or sticking to their guns?
“I’m (expletive deleted) starving.”—Celebrity chef Mario Batali • Discussing the diet he’s currently on — he’s eating like he’s on food stamps (an average of $1.48 per meal, or $31 per week) in protest of potential cuts to the federal food stamps program. His family was nice enough to join him in what he calls a conversation starter about being hungry in the U.S. Unlike most people on food stamps, he knows ways to make the best of a bad situation, smartly sticking to foods like lentils, apples, rice, beans, peanut butter and jelly. But the problem is, eating good on a diet like this is tough, so many do not. Think his family’s experiment will be effective? (via shortformblog)
“Reproductive Justice calls for the “complete physical, mental, spiritual, political, social, and economic well-being of women, girls, and individuals, based on the full achievement and protection of human rights.”—
Tomorrow for Feminist Wednesday we will be talking with Gaylon Alcaraz, Executive Director of the Chicago Abortion Fund, about widening the conversation surrounding reproductive rights to the comprehensive, historical, and revolutionary vision of the reproductive justice movement.
Jean-Joseph Kalonji, 61, and his 57-year-old wife, Angelica, following their real estate agent’s advice, had driven to Porterdale to change the locks on the home their son Bruno Kalonji had just purchased. They found themselves prisoners of two men they didn’t know clutching semi-automatic rifles.
"Shut up or I’ll shoot," Canoles allegedly told the couple after they tried to explain that their son now owned the modest home sitting on 11 acres. Canoles asked to see the closing paperwork, which the Kalonjis didn’t have.
For roughly 10 minutes, the Kalonjis — who moved to the U.S. from Zaire in the late 1990s to escape persecution from the brutal Mobutu regime — stood nervously, arms lifted over their heads, backs turned to the gunmen.
"I didn’t know who they were," Jean-Joseph Kalonji told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Monday. "Were they there to rob us?"
Their fears were lifted when deputies from the Newton County Sheriff’s Department, contacted by Canoles, arrived. But their relief was short-lived. The deputies, demanding proof the home was theirs, handcuffed the Kalonjis.
Our visions of trafficked girls are usually dark and foreign, something that happens “over there” and the girls are not girls, but women. For the past 14 years advocate Rachel Lloyd has worked with girls leaving “the life” through her foundation GEMS- -Girls Education and Mentoring Services—in New York City. Ms. Lloyd talked to the AMp about her not so unique position to understand and help these children through her own younger life in the sex trade in Europe.
It’s May Day and International Worker’s Day. We talked about the Haymarket Affair, its effect on the global celebration and activism efforts for worker’s rights, and the history of connections between Anarchism and Communism and worker’s rights. Anyhow, this is a pretty timely article since that conversation veered into “misguided activism.”