Social Issues & Advocacy

Did Americans Misunderstand the Question About Arabic Numerals?

We often make decisions based on several things, including our preferences and what we have learned. But do we take the time to validate what we know? Do we put in a conscious effort to truly understand the situation and decide accordingly? Unfortunately, we don’t and are often biased with our versions of truths A …

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Why Was the Creation of Child Protective Services Necessary?

It came as a surprise to everyone when The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), which dedicated itself to animal protection, saved a child that was a victim of abuse. With the lack of a proper child protection agency,  an organization was finally established to answer the needs of the vulnerable.  …

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Why Did the “Capitol Crawl” Happen?

Before the American Disabilities Act was passed. People with disabilities needed to leave their wheelchairs if they wanted to use public transport. Several establishments could also choose to refuse service to people who are incapacitated as well. Several activists abandoned their wheelchairs during a protest. They proceeded to crawl up the US Capitol’s 83 steps …

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Why Was a School in Poland Named After an Indian Maharaja?

During the second World War, there were hundreds of displaced Polish children who were brought to Soviet orphanages. This happened during the time Germany invaded Poland in 1939. In 1942 Digvijaysinhji Ranjitsinhji Jadeja the Maharaja of Nawanager established the Polish Children’s Camp for the refugee children of Poland to save them from the harsh conditions …

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An American woman needed her husband’s permission to open a bank account as recently as the 1960s

8 Rights Women Didnt Have a Century Ago … Women’s rights are something we take for granted these days. Because it was all a long time ago that the suffragettes fought for the right to vote, wasn’t it? However, women’s rights still depend very much on where they live, and even some of the rights …

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Harriet Tubman suffered a violent head injury as a child causing her to frequently slip into into sleep like states. These would produce vivid dreamlike hallucinations that Tubman interpreted as messages from god, to devote her life to freeing southern slaves through the Underground Railroad.

The Brain Injury That Helped End Slavery An American icon of freedom and resilience, Harriet Tubman’s portrait is slated to grace the $20 bill beginning in 2030. It’s an auspicious achievement for a hero of civil rights who escaped from slavery, led hundreds of others to do the same, all while balancing a challenging array …

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The lack of an Oxford comma in the wording of a state law laying out what activities qualify a worker for overtime pay, more than 120 drivers for the Oakhurst Dairy became eligible for a multi-million settlement for unpaid overtime.

Maine Dairy Drivers Settle Overtime Case That Hinged On An Absent Comma Here’s a story that might convince you that paying attention to your grammar lessons might one day put money in your pocket. Thanks to the absence of the comma in the wording of a state law laying out what activities qualify a worker …

The lack of an Oxford comma in the wording of a state law laying out what activities qualify a worker for overtime pay, more than 120 drivers for the Oakhurst Dairy became eligible for a multi-million settlement for unpaid overtime. Read More »

American Humane, the organization which provides the “No animals were harmed” verification on Hollywood productions, was found to have colluded with studios to cover up major animal abuses on movie sets.

Animals Were Harmed A Hollywood Reporter investigation reveals disturbing account after account of injury, death and cover-up on huge Hollywood productions from ‘Life of Pi’ to ‘The Hobbit’ as the American Human Association, charged with monitoring, turns a blind eye. “Last week we almost f–ing killed King in the water tank,” American Humane Association monitor …

American Humane, the organization which provides the “No animals were harmed” verification on Hollywood productions, was found to have colluded with studios to cover up major animal abuses on movie sets. Read More »