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Read my petition to the White House

Question for you. Do you think i will get my money from the U.S. Government? This is why i should: 
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The key is to emphasize the importance of math and science based careers

Most of the most esteemed VC partners have engineering undergrad degrees and MBA from top schools. Education matters and relationship building with humanistic and global thinking.
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"Reach out and touch somebody’s hand

Make this world a better place if you can!!" Diana Ross, Social Emotional Development is created when kindness is incorporated into the family school culture. Wow, watching Dr. Oz today I learned about another kindness initiative “The Sparkle Effect” a cheerleading student ran nonprofit whose goal is to include all students. The kindness factor is truly proven by the work of Ms. Sarah Cronk, Founder of “The Sparkle Effect”. Life changing effects is what kindness creates in the lives touched by kind deeds. Moreover, early research findings suggest that the new generation of Social Emotional Learning approaches is having significant and positive impacts on students’ overall well-being, their behavior in and out of school, and their academic performance as well. (http://www.nasbe.org/wp-content/uploads/FPP-Social-Emotional-Learning.pdf) Cronk's older brother, Charlie, is disabled, and she watched him struggle to fit in when they were in high school. When the captain of the swim team invited Charlie to join his friends for lunch, it inspired others to include him more as well. Cronk saw what that act of kindness did for her brother, and she wanted to bring the same spirit of acceptance to others. She asked her cheerleading coach if the Pleasant Valley High team might be able to create a side squad comprised of able-bodied and disabled students, the Spartan Sparkles, to cheer during certain games and events. Her teammates jumped on board and, using a one-to-one ratio of mentor to Sparkle, they practiced and performed, becoming the first inclusive cheerleading squad in the country. "A lot of these kids were pretty invisible before this program," she said. "And a lot of that was just because people didn't know what to say or what to do -- as if communicating with them was worlds different from communicating with anybody else. So maybe there's a girl with disabilities in your science class and you see her sitting alone every day but you don't really know anything about her, you don't really know what you would say. Then you see her cheering in a game on Friday and she's doing a great job. You can say 'Hey, you did a great job at that game,' and she feels comfortable and it boosts her confidence and you've sort of bridged that gap. "When you see the Sparkles cheer, it really shines such a big spotlight on what they can do as opposed to what they can't. It kind of makes people take a second look and realize we're really a lot more alike than we think we are." http://espn.go.com/espnw/news-commentary/article/9104156/espnw-sarah-cronk-invites-athletes-all-abilities-cheerleading-nonprofit-called-sparkle-effect www.thesparkleeffect.org/index.php?pg=15 Please visit Random Acts of Kindness website for resources on how to incorporate kindness in your family school culture: http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/raktivists Unite 4 Inspiration funds acts of kindness projects http://inspiration.unite4.org/ For more information please visit http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/kindness-research Please plan to participate in Random Acts of Kindess Week February 9th to 15th 2015, http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/rak-week (i am an active advocate creating a longitudinal documentary on various issues and concerns with the hope of building safe productive communities versus prison communities. www.redhenexploring.info)
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Regarding Race

How do you feel about the idea that in order to truly become a post-racial country that the only and true solution is disregarding race altogether(ie: there is no white or black race, but ONLY the human race)? This could become a reality if evolution is taught more thoroughly with emphasis added that ALL humans on Earth ALL come from Africa. Much like what Richard Dawkins has said, we are all Africans and thus a big human family. What are your thoughts on this?
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Jan 12, 2015
  (CNN) -- With Republican majorities coming in both houses of Congress and a Democrat in the White House, many people in Washington believe nothing will get done. We'd like to nominate an exception to that expectation: Criminal justice reform. Newt has talked about the need for "confidence-building measures" between the President and Republicans in Congress. The idea is that we should work on easier things first, so that we can work on harder things next. Transforming our nation's failed prison system looks like it could be easier now than anyone expected. Leaders in both parties agree on the need and direction... ... more
Dec 17, 2014
  Remember the so-called “Obama Stimulus”? I’ve always been a little surprised by how little attention the media has given the $787 billion American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) over these past five years. The “stimulus” was complex, controversial and costly — but incredibly, follow-up coverage has been barely a mere blip on the radar. Someone should do something about that. And, luckily, two film-makers are. This month, I met DC-based documentary filmmakers Brandon Kramer and Lance Kramer of Meridian Hill Pictures. I got a first-hand look at their new feature film, City of Trees. The film tells the story... ... more
Nov 21, 2014
(CNN) -- The latest installment of the epic "Hunger Games" series hit theaters this Friday, and it promises to be the year's biggest blockbuster yet. You can chalk up a lot of these films' popularity to the star power of leading actress Jennifer Lawrence. Certainly, the great action scenes and special effects do not hurt, either. But the real reason "Hunger Games" has captured public imagination is that its fictional world of Panem is, in so many ways, an extreme version of our own America. For those who have not seen the movies or read the books, the "Hunger Games" tells... ... more