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27 Jul A tribute to John Lewis

John Lewis, a civil rights leader who preached nonviolence while enduring beatings and jailings during seminal front-line confrontations of the 1960s and later spent more than three decades in Congress defending the crucial gains he had helped achieve for people of color, has died. He was 80. (source) John Lewis was militant and gentle, a fighter and a peacemaker, brave and self-effacing, confident and humble. He was a listener whom others wanted to hear. He was a man of infinite faith and hope who nonetheless saw and experienced the profound shortcomings, even evils, of our world and our country. He was a partisan when he needed to be, but a unifier at all times. (source) Join data2insight as we celebrate the life and legacy of John Lewis.  Read more about him here and here. ...

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06 Jul Plastic Free July!

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics? Plastic Free July provides resources and ideas to help you (and millions of others around the world) reduce single-use plastic waste everyday at home, work, school, and even at your local café. Our movement has inspired over 250 million participants in 177 countries. You making a small change will collectively make a massive difference to our communities. You can choose to refuse single-use plastics in July (and beyond!). Best of all, being part of Plastic Free July will help you to find great alternatives that can become new habits forever. Join data2insight as we work towards having a plastic free July!...

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29 Jun Celebrating Pride Month, part 5

Show your support by checking out these charities for more information: Human Rights Campaign Foundation: The Human Rights Campaign Foundation envisions an America where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer persons are ensured of their basic equal rights - and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work, and in the community. Point Foundation: Point Foundation (Point) is the nation's largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students of merit. Point Foundation's purpose is to empower LGBTQ students of merit, many of whom might otherwise be at an academic and social disadvantage as a direct result of their sexual orientation or gender identity. SPLC: The Southern Poverty Law Center is internationally recognized for its groundbreaking leadership in seeking justice for the most vulnerable in our society and fighting hate in courtrooms and classrooms throughout the nation. Time Out Youth: Time Out Youth offers support, advocacy, and opportunities for personal development and social interaction to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, ages 11 through 20, in the greater Charlotte, NC, area. ...

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22 Jun Celebrating Pride Month, part 4

Attendance at last year’s Pride events, for context, shattered records across the U.S. (over 20 million people participated, according to Interpride, a nonprofit cohort of global Pride producers), with similar events happening in many major cities throughout the world. But it's more than just parades and parties: Pride’s truest value comes from generating awareness and funds for queer causes, which benefit the LGBTQ+ community long beyond June. (source) Over 300 million viewers are expected to tune into Global Pride—an unprecedented worldwide Pride event—shaped by Interpride with a number international Pride networks. The 24-hour live stream will cast segments from around the world, similar to a New Year’s Eve broadcast. (source) When: June 27, 24-hour stream Where: globalpride2020.org...

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15 Jun Celebrating Pride Month, part 3

Gay pride festivals and gay pride parades are a fantastic chance for the LGBTQ community to come together and celebrate pride and culture with the gay pride flag flying high. But gay pride events also offer an important chance to the LGBTQ community to demonstrate for rights such as same-sex marriage and equality, and honor those who came before us and fought for our rights to celebrate LGBT pride - with pride. (source) Want to find out what is going on in your neck of the woods?  Click here for that! Join data2insight as we continue to celebrate Pride this month!...

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08 Jun Celebrating Pride Month, part 2

Did you know the history behind how Pride month began? On a hot summer’s night in New York on June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich Village, which resulted in bar patrons, staff, and neighborhood residents rioting onto Christopher Street outside. Among the many leaders of the riots was black, trans, bisexual woman, Marsha P. Johnson — leading the movement to continue over six days with protests and clashes. The message was clear; protestors demanded the establishment of places where LGBT+ people could go and be open about their sexual orientation without fear of arrest. (source) Pride Month is largely credited as being started by bisexual activist, Brenda Howard. Known as, “The Mother of Pride,” a year after the Stonewall Riots, Brenda organized Gay Pride Week and the Christopher Street Liberation Day Parade. (source) Bill Clinton was the first US President to officially recognize Pride Month in 1999 and 2000. Then, from 2009 to 2016, Barack Obama declared June LGBT Pride Month.(source) Learn more about the history of Pride month here. Join data2insight as we continue to celebrate Pride this month!...

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01 Jun Celebrating Pride Month

Pride is a celebration of LGBTQIA+ identity and the freedom, beauty and wonder that comes from simply loving who you want to love, no matter how you express your gender. LGBTQIA+ Pride is meant to celebrate the dignity and joy in representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, non-binary, non-conforming and pansexual persons, as well as anyone else who doesn’t necessarily fit into cisgender and heteronormative boxes. The term “pride” is a deliberate one, as it directly counters the feelings of shame and guilt, as well as the stigma that is often slapped onto LGBTQIA+-identifying people. (source) Pride Month, which usually sees calendars filled with festivals and in-person gatherings, offers the chance for millions within the community and their allies to gather and celebrate being out and proud. Pride will march on this year, just to a different tune. Thanks to a slew of events taking place online, the LGBTQ community will still be able to connect to celebrate its resilience, diversity and history.  (source) Join data2insight as we work to find new virtual ways to celebrate Pride Month.  Check out this list of some events from around the world....

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25 May Celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, part 4

In celebration of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, the Society of Women Engineers has been highlighting technical and industry leaders in their Asian Connections Affinity Group. The Society of Women Engineers is the world’s largest advocate and catalyst for change for women in engineering and technology. Part 1 of the series highlights Tuyet-Hanh Schnell (Lead Member Engineering Staff at Lockheed Martin Corporation), Vanessa Li (Technical Manager at Novelis, Inc.), and Priya Sumal (Senior Manager, GPUSW Test Engineering Mac HW). ...

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18 May Celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, part 3

Data2insight is always looking for ways to help commemorate such a month.  We’ve searched the internet and found some great ways that you, too, can participate in celebrating the Asian/Pacific American Heritage: Insider staff at organizations that represent, support, and serve Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the US provided their recommendations for must-read books sharing the experiences of AAPI people in America. Billboard can exclusively share the first details on Spotify’s plans for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month that launches today, May 4, with "Our Roots. Our Sound." The campaign kicks off with the Amplify: Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month hub that highlights playlists, podcasts and other listening experiences from those established and rising in the community. PBS Celebrates Asian Pacific Heritage Month with Documentary Series.  Produced for PBS, the series explores over 150 years of Asian-American history from when the Chinese first worked on the railroads to today.  Premieres on PBS on May 11. ...

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