Bernie Sanders having ‘fun’ with meme status, urging supports to donate to charity
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was one of the most talked about people at President Biden’s inauguration with his bundled up appearance (mittens and winter coat made in Vermont, naturally). Sanders’s photo was turned into a meme that last on social media for several days. Sanders quickly started selling merchandise, including an already sold-out sweatshirt, based on the meme to raise money for Vermont Meals on Wheels and other charities. The senator spoke about the last few days during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Not only are we having fun but what we are doing here in Vermont i...
New York Daily News
On Philanthropy: Predictions on charity and giving for 2021
2020 is a year most of us are happy to leave behind. Amid the many disheartening challenges we endured, there were also some positive developments in the philanthropy field that will impact giving in 2021 and beyond. Here’s some of what I’ll be looking for in this New Year: From charity to justice 2020’s racial justice movement that expanded awareness of racism and injustice across the U.S. and globally, combined with the economic disparity that burgeoned in the year of the pandemic, has caused many donors — large and small — to reexamine the focus of their giving. Expect to see more donors lo...
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Chipotle introduces Shawn Mendes bowl
In the latest pop star-inspired addition to its menu, Chipotle has rolled out the Shawn Mendes Salad Bowl, attaching donations to the singer’s foundation to each sale of the dish. The bowl of lettuce, black beans, chicken, salsa, guacamole and cauliflower rice is set for a two-week run in America and Mendes’ native Canada. It arrived Thursday, little more than a month after Chipotle added a Miley Cyrus wrap called the Guac Is Extra But So Is Miley Burrito. “I have my own bowl !!” Mendes tweeted on Thursday night. The Denver-based burrito chain said each online sale will carry a $1 donation to ...
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President of Seattle police union lambasted for comments claiming Black Lives Matter among those to blame for U.S. Capitol siege
SEATTLE — The president of Seattle's rank and file police officers' union is under fire from a state police group, the city's mayor and other public figures for his comments on social media this week suggesting Black Lives Matter and other liberal activists are partly to blame for Wednesday's deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by a mob supporting President Donald Trump. Seattle Police Officers Guild (SPOG) President Mike Solan's recent tweets — including one Friday saying the "far right and far left are responsible for that sad day" — also are now the subject of an internal investigation,...
The Seattle Times
Poverty grows despite economic recovery
Even as average personal incomes rose during the pandemic largely because of government aid, millions of people who didn’t receive such help have fallen into poverty, struggling to pay for food and other basic expenses. That group, trying to get by with the help of local charities, may have been excluded from the federal payments because of immigration status, lack of time in the labor force needed to claim unemployment benefits, or just red tape in states that have been slow to pay jobless claims. The situation in the Houston area is particularly desperate, with almost half of residents strug...
Roadkill moose fed Alaska families for years. Then came COVID-19
It always broke Laurie Speakman’s heart to hear that another moose was struck and killed on the rural highway near her home in Soldotna, Alaska, on the western end of the Kenai Peninsula. But it also warmed her to know that several local families were about to get fed. For the past eight years, Speakman, lovingly called “The Moose Lady” by her friends and neighbors, was one of the people state troopers called at all hours of the night as a volunteer driver for the nonprofit Alaska Moose Federation. Often in below-zero temperatures, she drove to the crash site in her truck, wrapped a cable arou...
Judge imposes sentence totaling 897 years on NorCal Rapist
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After hearing emotional, searing statements from some of the women he victimized during his 15-year crime spree as the NorCal Rapist, Roy Charles Waller was sentenced in Sacramento Friday to nearly 900 years in prison — essentially 100 years for each of the women he raped. Superior Court Judge James Arguelles imposed consecutive terms: 459 years to run consecutive to a 438 years to life sentence. The judge said Waller would be ineligible for probation. He then added that even if he was he eligible, would not grant it because Waller is “a serious danger to society” and pres...
The Sacramento Bee
Controversial president of Chicago police union faces possible firing over inflammatory posts on social media
CHICAGO — John Catanzara, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7, is facing possible dismissal from the Chicago Police Department for offensive posts on social media, it was disclosed Thursday night at the monthly meeting of the city’s police disciplinary panel. The case could be decided by the full Chicago Police Board in the coming months. Chicago police Superintendent David Brown on Thursday night was overruled by a member of the panel in deciding a punishment for Catanzara, leader of the largest union of Chicago police officers. According to information from the Police Board, C...
Michael Jordan donates $2 million from 'The Last Dance' to food banks
Air Jordan to the rescue.Michael Jordan has donated $2 million of earnings from his critically acclaimed 10-part ESPN documentary series “The Last Dance” to local food banks in the Carolinas and Chicago, Variety reported.“In these challenging times and in a year of unimaginable difficulty due to COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to pause and give thanks,” Jordan said in a statement. “I am proud to be donating additional proceeds from ‘The Last Dance’ to Feeding America and its member food banks in the Carolinas and Chicago to help feed America’s hungry.”“An incredible gift to be thankful...
New York Daily News
'Willy-nilly' spending: Critics slam plan to use taxpayer money to back Black Lives Matter and charities
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Broward County commissioners again are taking the controversial step of giving away taxpayer money to charities and social movements — with this year’s list of beneficiaries including Black Lives Matter and New Florida Majority, two groups that prodded voters to the polls in the presidential election.The commissioners’ spending — sometimes derisively called “slush fund” spending — has long drawn scrutiny. But the practice still has carried on during the past five years. This year’s spending, totaling more than $144,000, comes as some commissioners themselves have questi...