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Alabama’s Republican Governor Just Helped Thousands of Felons Get Their Voting Rights Back

Alabama’s Republican Governor Just Helped Thousands of Felons Get Their Voting Rights Back.
Alabama state Gov.
Kay Ivey has just passed a bill that will restore voting rights to thousands of felons.
Because the state’s constitution says that voting rights will be withheld from anyone who commits a crime of “moral turpitude”.
Since the phrase has never been clearly defined, there has historically been a great deal of confusion over what qualifies as a crime worthy of withdrawing the right to vote.
This means that tay-paying Americans who have already served time for much more minor offenses are still unable to partake in the political process because of vague legislation.
CHECK OUT: Prisoners Can Reduce Jail Time by Helping Street Dogs The new Definition of Moral Turpitude Act that was signed into effect on Wednesday by the Republican governor, however, “establishes a comprehensive list of felonies that involve moral turpitude which disqualify a person from exercising his or her right to vote”.
This list of felonies, which consists mostly of such heinous acts as murder, sexual assault, or kidnapping, will restore voting rights to thousands of Alabama residents who have already been convicted of less hideous felonies.
“We commend Governor Ivey and the Alabama State Legislature for recognizing that Alabama law left the voting rights of too many citizens – especially Black citizens – hanging in the balance because of a legal ambiguity.
With the stroke of a pen, Governor Ivey has taken a significant step towards making Alabama’s democracy more vital,” said the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill.

Emergency mapping app finds vulnerable people faster

Emergency mapping app finds vulnerable people faster.
Launched last year, MapSwipe asks citizens to put together detailed maps of areas where existing geographical information is basic.
It draws on the open-source platform OpenStreetMap, and is part of the Missing Maps project designed by MSF and partners to ‘put vulnerable people on the map’.
The app works by supplying satellite imagery to volunteers who signal, through their phones, whether they recognise features, such as buildings, which are proxies for population.
“We will address this by giving better instructions and providing more image-based examples,” says Herfort.
Reliability is always a challenge and so good tutorials can help, says Patrick Meier, international consultant on humanitarian technologies.
When MSF staff went to the field, the map was there “What we did with MicroMappers is that any disagreements would be flagged for review,” Meier explains.
“One can take a statistical approach and calculate areas of highest consensus.” Herfort says MSF has already deployed MapSwipe in a few field sites, including urgent missions such as the city of Aweil in South Sudan.
Scoping the site was done even before responders reached the ground, Herfort says.
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Tom Hardy Raises Thousands to Help Care For Bombing Victims

Tom Hardy Raises Thousands to Help Care For Bombing Victims.
Hollywood dreamboat Tom Hardy isn’t just an action hero on the movie screen – he is ready to take action in real life, too.
On the morning following the Manchester Arena bombing of the Ariana Grande concert, Hardy took to social media to start raising money for the afflicted.
The Dark Knight Rises and Mad Max: Fury Road actor created a Just Giving crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the bomb victim’s families and the Red Cross Society.
The “Manchester Emergency Fund” has already raised $30,000, which is double its original goal.
CHECK OUT: Homeless Man Who Became Hero in Manchester Bombing Rewarded With Housing “I hope between us, we can raise some funds as a gesture of goodwill and love to help in some small way towards repairing some if any of the damage done in the wake of last night’s events,” says Hardy.
“There will be much to do, and for many, the beginning of a new life without those that they love and also a new life damaged irrevocably by the actions of a crime which has no reason, no heartfelt purpose, but was simply a cruel cowardly and barbaric, meaningless act of violence.” Hardy isn’t the only one stepping up to the plate following Monday’s tragedy, either – Her Majesty the Queen took time out of her schedule to chat with the bombing victims at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
City residents also came together earlier this week to have a minute of silence for the deceased, following up the solemn sixty seconds with a heartfelt, spontaneous chorus of “Don’t Look Back in Anger” by Oasis.
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Small Animal Shelter Staff ‘Blown Away’ by $275,000 Gift

Small Animal Shelter Staff ‘Blown Away’ by $275,000 Gift.
Most of us aren’t really sure how we will be remember after we die – but after this week, we’re positive that Daryl Mutz is going to be remembered as an extraordinarily generous man.
That’s because he left $275,000 of his estate to an animal shelter he wasn’t even affiliated with.
Though the late 83-year-old passed away three years ago, the New Westminster Animal Shelter of British Columbia was only recently informed that they would be receiving the cash.
CHECK OUT: Family of 6 Boys Donates Combined 17 Feet Of Hair After Friend’s Death Daryl’s will states that $55,000 of the donation must fund veterinary bills for low-income families, as well as animals in need of more expensive surgical procedures and care.
and the Vancouver Sun Children’s Fund and Covenant House.
“We are totally blown away.
A thousand dollars is a really big donation for us, so to hear that amount was unbelievable,” animal control officer Margie Fox told CTV Vancouver.
“We would love to keep a legacy for this gentleman.
I think he must have been an amazing man.” (WATCH the video below) Click To Share This Pawesome Story With Your Friends – Photo by CTV Vancouver

Man Tearfully Reunites With Blind, 20-Year-Old Lost Cat After Months Apart

Man Tearfully Reunites With Blind, 20-Year-Old Lost Cat After Months Apart.
Raymond McNamara was vacationing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with his cat, Lily, when the unthinkable happened.
McNamara and Lily were strolling along together on Feb. 11 when suddenly she disappeared near a construction site, according to WSVN TV.
McNamara contacted local authorities who helped search for her, but no one could find her.
Eventually, McNamara returned home to California, fearing he would never see his cat again.
Months later, there’s a happier tale: Lily has been found, and she and McNamara were reunited on May 19.
Amazingly, the cat wasn’t too far from where she had been lost, according to Kathy Bieniek of Saving Sage Animal Rescue in Miami, where Lily was taken after being found.
“She was in the exact same spot where she was lost,” Bieniek told Inside Edition.“She did not move from the spot.
While Lily was being nursed back to health, McNamara had to drive back cross-country in order to reunite with the companion he thought he’d lost forever.
The long-awaited reunion happened last Friday.

63-Year-Old Father Receives College Degree With His Son

63-Year-Old Father Receives College Degree With His Son.
At your typical graduation, parents are somewhere beaming in the audience as their kid switches their tassel to the left.
Duvinson and his 27-year-old son Benjamin both graduated from William Paterson University in New Jersey and are the first in their family to receive college degrees.
Screenshot from InsideEditioncom Like Duvinson, Benjamin didn’t take the straight and narrow path in his pursuit of higher education.
After a year at Rutgers University in 2008, he left the school and began working in the fast food industry.
Three years later, he realized he wanted to pursue something he felt was more purposeful.
“I starting making good money, and making money is cool, but how am I serving the community?
“He was my biggest cheerleader and inspiration,” Benjamin told
“There were some times I’d come home from work or class late and I’d see him studying and it would encourage me.
Seeing him walk across the stage and get his diploma was indescribable.”

Dad’s Shares Safety Warning For Parents Whose Kids Play Baseball

Dad’s Shares Safety Warning For Parents Whose Kids Play Baseball.
For all you parents that have children that pitch, do me a favor and run out and buy a heart guard shirt.for your child.
Just some advice.
$30 to $50 no brainer.
“For all you parents that have children that pitch, do me a favor and run out and buy a heart guard shirt for your child,” Curtin wrote in the caption.
“My 11 year old Ryan wears one, and it literally might have saved his life today.” The dad described his son’s scary ordeal.
He was in a lot of pain but a lot better than the alternative.” One of Ryan’s coaches, who is an EMT, reportedly told Curtin that if his son hadn’t been wearing the heart guard shirt, the outcome might’ve been a lot worse.
“It was one of the scariest moments I ever had with my kids,” the dad wrote, adding that he took his son to urgent care for chest X-rays.
There is debate surrounding the effectiveness of chest protectors in preventing commotio cordis ― a rare but often fatal disruption of the heart’s rhythm due to blunt impact to the chest area.
Still, for many parents, the possibility of protection that heart guards promise give them peace of mind.

Kalief Browder Now Has A Street Named After Him In The Bronx

Kalief Browder Now Has A Street Named After Him In The Bronx.
A Bronx intersection has been renamed in honor of the late Kalief Browder on what would have been his 24th birthday.
In March, Spike TV aired “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story,” a six-part documentary series that shed light on the repeated injustices Browder faced.
He went to Rikers at 16 for allegedly stealing a backpack, but was never convicted.
The Thursday morning unveiling of Kalief Browder Way ― at the intersection of Prospect Avenue and East 181 Street ― is just one of a number of remembrances to take place after the airing of the docuseries, which was executive produced by Jay Z.
Just a week before the docuseries’ final episode in late March, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a 10-year plan to close Rikers.
On April 10, New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo ― alongside Browder’s family ― signed a bill to prohibit the state from continuing to charge 16- and 17-year-olds as adults.
In that same month, city Public Advocate Letitia James began campaigning for the island to be named after Browder when the prison closes.
The unveiling was hosted by Browder’s family, members of the City Council and criminal justice reform advocates.

Muslims and The Queen Step Up After Manchester Bombing

Muslims and The Queen Step Up After Manchester Bombing.
Some of the younger patients who had suffered injuries during the concert were understandably excited at meeting Her Royal Highness.
CHECK OUT: New Yorkers Unite to Scrub Off Hateful Graffiti on Subway Car The Queen also personally thanked and shook hands with the hospital staff, who have been working around the clock to provide emergency care for their patients since the incident.
In the chaotic aftermath of the explosion, Muslim taxi drivers within the city limits announced that they would be giving free rides to anyone who needed them, totally free of charge.
As evidenced by the dozens of testimonies on Twitter, families, friends, and city residents were given free rides all over the region in the 24 hours following the disaster.
Other drivers simply remained on standby with food, water, and phone chargers at the ready.
CHECK OUT: Homeless Man Who Became Hero in Manchester Bombing Rewarded With Housing In addition to taxi drivers, four Sikh temples in the region offered up shelter and nourishment for anyone who was stranded.
“Sikh Temples in Manchester, UK offering food & accommodation.
They are open for ALL people.
“This is an absolutely horrifying incident and our thoughts are with everyone affected, especially those who have lost loved ones or been injured and traumatized,” said Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council.

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