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97-year-old war veteran takes a knee in response to President Trump’s protest comments

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There’s never an age limit when it comes to fighting for what you believe in.  Brennan Gilmore tweeted a photo Sunday of his 97-year-old grandfather, John Middlemas, kneeling in support of the #TakeAKnee movement, started by former San Francisco 49ers football player Colin Kaepernick in 2016 over police violence against African Americans.  President Donald Trump’s outspoken criticism against athletes who don’t stand up for the national anthem sparked this protest among people like Middlemas in solidarity with NFL athletes who kneeled on the field this weekend.  SEE ALSO: #TakeAKnee protests are about police violence, not the military or the Constitution […]

White House social media guy reveals whos really writing some of Trumps tweets

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Image: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images It’s every social media manager’s worst nightmare.  Dan Scavino Jr., who runs social media for President Donald Trump, accidentally tweeted out an attack on NBC News from both his account as well as Trump’s account on Wednesday.  Scavino quickly deleted the tweet. The tweet on Trump’s account is still up. I don’t think Trump did this tweet pic.twitter.com/HXZHPr6Nls — Joe Perticone (@JoePerticone) October 4, 2017 The error provides a glimpse behind the scenes of how Trump’s Twitter account is run. It has been generally assumed that Trump sends most of his own tweets.  Trump may have […]

People who can’t handle NFL protests are canceling their DirecTV sports package

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Taking a knee during the national anthem is upsetting some DirecTV customers.Image: Patrick Smith/Getty Images) Ignorance is bliss, especially when it comes to free speech at football games.  That’s what Trump supporters and other football fans who can’t handle sports activism seem to think. For the football fans who claim they are bothered seeing athletes standing up (or rather, kneeling) for the right to protest, DirecTV is caving with refunds to their sports package, the Wall Street Journal reported. SEE ALSO: The first NFL game of Sept. 24 started with a powerful, unprecedented protest The cancellations stem from 49ers Colin […]

Former astronaut and NFL player asks Trump if he’s fit for the job

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The official portrait of astronaut Leland Melvin with his dogs Jake and Scout.Image: NASA/REX/Shutterstock Leland Melvin — former astronaut, NFL player, engineer, author, and owner of the best damn official NASA photo of all time — shared a perfect takedown of President Donald Trump to his Facebook page on Saturday. In his post, Melvin condemned Trump for many of his recent actions, calling them both “boorish and disgusting.” The post touches on multiple incidents, including Trump’s NFL-connected attacks on free speech, his tweet which depicted violence against Hillary Clinton, his comments after protesters clashed with racists in Charlottesville last month, […]

People are still missing the point of #TakeAKnee protests

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Thirty-two Denver Broncos players took the knee on Sunday.Image: John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images An unprecedented number of NFL players kneeled or otherwise protested during pre-game national anthems this Sunday after Donald Trump spent his weekend feuding with the league over the peaceful act. The hashtag #TakeAKnee (and a variant, #TakeTheKnee) trended on Twitter all day Saturday and Sunday as players and some team owners and front offices defied the president’s repeated attacks with public statements and on-field shows of solidarity. And despite players’ repeated explanations of the intention behind their decision to kneel or raise a fist, […]

Former presidents get together to pledge help for Texas with no Trump in sight

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All five former living presidents of the U.S. have banded together to support people affected by Hurricane Harvey. The group launched a joint appeal Thursday, and they’re seeking donations for those in need across the Gulf Coast. SEE ALSO: Jimmy Fallon announces $1 million ‘Tonight Show’ donation to J.J. Watt’s Harvey relief fund Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and George H.W. Bush all appear in a new video asking for donations to the One America Appeal to help with Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts. The appeal is also set to be expanded to include Hurricane Irma which […]

Virtual march helps people with disabilities join the Women’s March on Washington

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Image: Vicky LEta/Mashable Activism isn’t always accessible and the Women’s March on Washington is no exception. For people who might not have the physical ability or stamina to join Saturday’s massive public protest, disability activists created the Disability March an online movement that allows people with disabilities and chronic illnesses to participate virtually in the event. SEE ALSO: How to get involved with the Women’s March on Washington if you’re not in D.C. The Disability March organizers invite people living with disabilities to submit their names, photos and a statement on why they want to “march.” The images and text […]

Airbnb deletes accounts of neo-Nazis ahead of ‘Unite The Right’ rally

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Airbnb is actively deleting people from the site.Image: JENS KALAENE/PICTURE-ALLIANCE/DPA/AP IMAGES Airbnb isn’t letting neo-Nazis take advantage of its services, Gizmodo reported early Monday. SEE ALSO: What is an Airbnb ‘superhost’ exactly? It has to do with hospitality, not safety The home-sharing platform has deleted the accounts of suspected attendees of the United The Right, an event to be held in Charlottesville, Virginia this Saturday. The event is being organized by The Daily Stormer, a racist website. Gizmodo cited tweets about the issue that included screenshots of emails from Airbnb about the user’s account being in “violation of our Terms […]

6 social entrepreneurs whose companies are bettering the world

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Image: samasource As the trend of social entrepreneurship takes root in economies around the globe, future-focused impact investors are stepping up to the plate to help build a better world for generations to come. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are a set of 17 objectives to tackle global issues like hunger, joblessness, poverty, climate change, and food waste, among others. Below, we’ve selected six young people as examples of entrepreneurs bringing us closer to turning the UN’s SDGs into realities. Brendan Carroll, founder of Skycision Despite the fact that the average U.S. farmer spends around 1,000 hours a year manually […]