Other than my mother, Barbara Walters is the classiest woman I’ve ever met in my life.” -Sam Smith

Empower Yourself to Change the News.
March 4th, 2016 Edition

Who Knew that an Apple Could Cause So Much Trouble?

“Keep it secret. Keep it safe.” -Gandalf

Well, other than Eve, that is. She got that news BIG TIME. These days, it’s not banishment from a Garden that an Apple is causing, it’s a big ol’ smackdown with the Feds. This week saw the beginning of congressional hearings between Apple (the company, that is) and the FBI. The issue? The FBI wants Apple to unlock the phone of the gunman behind the San Bernardino massacre (so they can find other evil dudes he was in touch with), and Apple says no dice – our insane security is the reason our peeps love us (well, that and because THEY’RE AWESOME). We straight up see both sides of this issue (and – update – apparently it was investigator error that locked that info. Frankly we would have made that same error. iCloud confuses the heck out of us), but we can all agree that online privacy is a BIG DEAL. Check out what you can do about it.

INSANE WEEK.
No time for partying.

Ok, data privacy is actually a HUGE and super important issue. Don’t really get it? Yep. It’s complex. Enter iAPP (yes, that’s seriously their name. No affiliation to Apple). iAPP’s whole mission is to put the info out there so people can get it. They’re an AWESOME resource for lay people as well as professionals in the field, and we recommend you read up. No money necessary. Have someone in your life that’s super into this? Buy them a subscription for their birthday this year and they’ll love you forever.

THROW IT MY WAY.
I’m ready to do this.


So what’s the best thing you can do about this whole online privacy thing? Step 1: Understand what the heck it is. Basically, this is all of that piracy, identity theft, and bad guys trying to meet up with people after meeting them online stuff. It’s protecting your data and watching your fave Amazon shows (Um Man in the High Castle, Anyone???) at the same time. So what’s Step 2? Read up on best practices to protect yourself, and teach the youngsters around you to do the same. Fortunately, we’ve got all of that :). Check it out here.

Gaga Sang It, Sister.

‘Til it happens to you, you won’t know…” -Gaga

The Oscars were on Sunday (Cate Blanchett’s dress!!!!! Couldn’t love it more), and while all of the Red Carpet snazziness made some buzz, the biggest buzz came from Lady Gaga’s performance. Her song about victims of sexual assault was pretty rad, in our opinion, and could not come at a better time. From Kesha’s trial against her producer to the UN’s Peacekeeper Babies, the past couple of weeks have seen a lot of news on the issue and, honestly, I really can’t say anything more about the issue. It’s time to be done with this, peeps. Check out below to see how.

THROW IT MY WAY.
I’m ready to do this.

What’s bad? Going through legal battles after sexual assault. What’s worse? Living in a country where there are no legal battles because sexual assault isn’t illegal. And it’s not like there are three of these countries left in the world – they are ALL OVER. Our fab project this week is to make a purse o’ toiletries to help immigrant women escaping sexual violence and starting again in the U.S. Check out this video to see what you can be a part of, and check out the deets on the project here.

INSANE WEEK.
No time for partying.

Ok, forget that this is awful, it’s also eating up the economy. Every year the U.S. spends $127 BILLION on rape crimes– more than any other crime. So throwing some bones to help stop this in the first place? Probably a wise investment. RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) is one of the biggest organizations addressing not only prevention programs, but also hotlines for victims. You can find a local affiliate to check out ways to pitch in and where to donate, or you can donate to the national organization here.


The U.S. Government Did Something Rad!!! And THEY DID IT TOGETHER!!!

“Why back in the 30s, children as young as five could work as they pleased; from textile factories to iron smelts. Yippee! Hurray!” -Mugatu

One would assume that the United States had a law that banned the import of goods made by slave labor. One would be right. One would also assume that this was enforced. Wrongo Bongo. Thanks to two little words in the law, there’s a great big loophole that allows that importing to just keep on happening. So the U.S. government actually did something really awesome and passed a bill that closes that loophole. Go them!! Cutting off demand is one of the best ways to stop this. Want some other ways? Check it out below.

THROW IT MY WAY.
I’m ready to do this.


So child labor is seriously everywhere, and our vetting team worked day and night to find an organization that actually does some of the most amazing work. We found the Umbrella Foundation, which works with kids in Nepal to put an end to child slavery and also to find, educate, and reintegrate victims. It truly is amazing. What can you do? Put together an arts and crafts kit for these kiddos. Get the deets here.

INSANE WEEK.
No time for partying.

This week too nuts? We hear ya. Our vetting team found this PHENOMENAL organization in Ghana that helps to prevent and bring justice to victims of child slavery. Challenging Heights offers educational support to underserved children, rescues, rehabs, and reintegrates children, and helps build economic resiliency and national policy to end the ability of slavers to trap children. AH. MAY. ZING. Throw them some bones here.

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Carmen & Kristin

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