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Americans Suck at Voting, But Local Elections Could Make Up For It

By Impact Staff

Photo via WIkimedia Commons

It's a fact: Americans suck at voting, and young people are the worst. We're apparently not shy about voicing our frustration and discontent online, but when it comes to the fundamental American activity of selecting leadership that has a direct influence on the course of our lives,...

Puerto Rico Residents Warned Not to Drink Water from Waste Sites

By Timothy Gardner

(WASHINGTON) - The U.S. environmental regulator warned residents of Puerto Rico on Wednesday not to break into wells at industrial waste sites as parts of the island still struggle with drinking water shortages three weeks after Hurricane Maria hit.

"There are reports of residents obtaining, or trying to obtain, drinking water...

The Trump Administration Is Being Sued Over Changes To The Obamacare Birth Control Rule

By Andrea Gonzalez-Ramirez

Under the Obama-era rule, employers were required to offer birth control coverage in their health insurance plans without a copay. Exceptions were made for churches, for-profit organizations, and charities that raised religious or moral-based objections to covering contraception. Thanks to the mandate, about 55 million women in the U.S. were...

White Nationalists Return To Charlottesville, VA, Say Protest Is "A Model Worth Repeating"

By Sarah Midkiff

Spencer, a prominent white nationalist and one of last night's featured speakers, live streamed nearly 20 minutes of the march and rally on Twitter. In it, dozens of people can be seen marching through downtown Charlottesville toward the statue now covered in a tarp awaiting removal. He later posted a...

Man's Brutally Honest Post Exposes What Many Liberals Still Don't Get About Racism

By Kyle Jaeger

It's easy to identify racism in fringe conservative figures like white nationalist Richard Spencer.

But protests condemning such flagrant racists often overlook the systemic prejudices and injustices that exist in everyday life, which one black farmer in Virginia honestly addressed in a viral Facebook post last week.

Chris Newman's Facebook post called...

Weinstein Co. Board Ratifies Decision To Fire Harvey Weinstein

By The Associated Press

The New York Times article chronicled allegations against Weinstein from film star Ashley Judd and former employees at both The Weinstein Co. and Weinstein's former company, Miramax. Weinstein made his name with Miramax, the company he founded with his brother Bob in 1979. They sold it to Disney in 1993...

Five Powerful Responses To Donald Trump's DACA Decision

By Kyle Jaeger

Within hours of the Trump administration's announcement that it was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, organizers staged multiple rallies in Los Angeles and around the country to defend the policy, which grants renewable work permits to undocumented youth brought to the U.S. as children.

Outside of the...

Facing poverty, academics turn to sex work and sleeping in cars

By Alastair Gee

There is nothing she would rather do than teach. But after supplementing her career with tutoring and proofreading, the university lecturer decided to go to remarkable lengths to make her career financially viable.

She first opted for her side gig during a particularly rough patch, several years ago, when her course...

She Didn't Let Bullying Hold Her Back - Darling Magazine

By Lauren Pau

There€™s a lot of discussion these days around what it will take to change the world. From protests to public forums, access to education and easier activation, there are a lot of good places to start. However, those places can also be really overwhelming. We favor starting small and starting...

11,000 Young Migrants Are Trying to Inspire Action on the Refugee Crisis

By Alice Rowsome

Photo via UN

Twin brothers Aimamo and Ibrahim, 16, migrated from Gambia to Libya unaccompanied. Their trip was to be paid for in exchange for labor upon arrival, and when they got there they spent two months on a farm €” and endured beatings and threats. At night, they were locked...

My Turn: Why is it OK to sell kids on websites like Backpage?

By Cindy McCain

After two years of intense scrutiny from the U.S. Senate and elsewhere, online ad-posting site Backpage.com announced that it is shuttering its adult services section, which was repeatedly accused by critics of facilitating child prostitution and human trafficking. USA TODAY

Cindy McCain: It's illegal to sell a child for sex in...

Another White Man Apparently On 'Neighborhood Watch' Shoots, Kills Black Man

By Andy Campbell

Chad Copley was inside his home when he allegedly fired his shotgun toward the partygoers across the street.

Shortly before Copley was arrested and charged with murder early Sunday, a man called dispatchers in Raleigh, North Carolina, to report that he was €œon the neighborhood watch€ and was going to €œsecure...