‘I, Too, Am Harvard’ Photos Tell Black Students’ Stories

Originally posted on Mixed American Life:

Some Harvard students share what it’s like to be black at the Ivy League school in a photo campaign called “I, Too, Am Harvard.”

The photos, posted on a Tumblr blog, feature Harvard students holding signs with phrases others have spoken to them. “You don’t sound black. You sound smart,” one sign reads. Another states, “You’re so lucky to be black . . . so easy to get into college!”

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Join the Cause To Lower College Student Debt!

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From WorkingFamiliesParty.org:

We’re joining with Senator Elizabeth Warren and organizations across the country to tackle the student debt crisis. Will you join us?

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If The Gap Can Raise Wages, So Can Walmart! (petition)

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Photo courtesy of lawyersandsettlements.com

 

From Credo Mobilize:

Walmart cannot be neutral when, despite its $17 billion in profits last year, it chooses to pay its employees so little that many are forced to rely on tax-payer programs. Pay your workers a minimum of $25,000 per year so they are not forced to rely on government assistance.

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To Pres. Obama: Cut Carbon Pollution From Power Plants (petition)

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Photo courtesy of ecopolitology.org

 

From CredoAction.com:

A strong rule to limit carbon pollution from power plants is one of the most important things that President Obama can do to fight climate change.

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Lupita Nyong’o Wins Oscar For Role in “12 Years a Slave”

Lupita Nyongo’s image was recently altered in Vanity Fair magazine to lighten her skin tone. But as you can see in these photos, she’s absolutely beautiful just as she is. And she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress! For a black woman to win this award, and receive glowing reviews for her dress, says that Hollywood is inching closer to acceptance of black women as just as beautiful and talented as their white counterparts. The fact that “12 Years a Slave,” a film about slavery, won for Best Picture says a great deal, as well.

Ellen DeGeneres Does LGBT Community Proud at the Oscars

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Photo courtesy of RawStory.com

 

At this year’s Oscars, Ellen DeGeneres took a “selfie” photo with some of the many stars on hand at the ceremonies she hosted. These celebs seemed genuinely excited to take the picture with her, which says to me that people are becoming more and more comfortable and accepting of gays and lesbians. I’m very, very proud of her for her bravery and achievements as an “out” lesbian. You go girl!

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To Pres. Obama: Don’t Approve the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline (petition)

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From SumOfUs.org:

We have one last chance to officially tell President Obama not to approve the dirty Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

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West Virginia’s Chemical Spill

Elk River, West Virginia; where chemical spill took place. Photo by kanawhavalleyparent.com

Elk River, West Virginia; site of chemical spill. (Photo by kanawhavalleyparent.com)

 

A West Virginia public health official on whether the state’s tap water is safe to drink after last month’s chemical spill said:

Everybody has a different definition of ‘safe.’

(Sign this petition to help prevent spills from happening again!)

Politicians & The Public

 

Senator Ted Cruz has been called many things during his time in Congress. To many of his own colleagues who feel he’s too extreme, he’s a “thorn in the side” of the Republican Party. He’s also been called a “firebrand” for his ability to energize and increase supporters of the fringe Tea Party movement. In fact, MotherJones.com calls him the “Tea Party wonder boy.”

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