While you watch this video, think about a city closing down 23 of its schools, cutting all its sports, music, arts, and library programs, and laying off thousands of teachers. Then, at 1:24, think very carefully about the question this young woman is asking us all.
Read more about this walkout, which took place on May 17, 2013, exactly 59 years after the Brown v. Board of Education decision, on The Nation.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/this-proves-it-teenagers-know-everything-adults-are-morons-3
The biggest takeaway? The war on drugs has failed, and worse, it’s changed the “justice” system into the most racist thing since apartheid in South Africa. Not kidding.
(I’m not going to do the “at 2:00, he blows you away, at 4:44, blah blah blah” thing. You’ll seriously just want to watch this all the way through.)
Read more: http://upworthy.com/one-of-the-most-brilliant-ways-ever-invented-to-discriminate-based-on-skin-color-the-war-on-drugs
Walmart says they’re committed to improving worker safety after the Bangladeshi factory disasters. Does that mean they’re also against using armed mobs to handle labor disputes?
Read more: http://upworthy.com/will-walmart-wait-for-another-total-disaster-before-they-deal-with-this
If you add up what half the U.S. population
spent on looking good last year, it could have funded the American Cancer
Society for a century.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/what-american-women-spent-59-billion-on-in-2012
Every year, 1 million mothers lose their babies within the first day of giving birth. And many of these tragic deaths could be prevented by the woman (and others like her) in this smart ad. The difference between 0:11 and 0:44 is everything.
Warning: This video includes live birth footage with graphic images.
For more information on the newborn crisis and the solutions to fixing it (in a less intense way), check out my other midwives post.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/a-1-minute-live-birth-that-makes-a-powerful-point-about-preventable-deaths
Romney may be “simply not enthusiastic” about releasing any more of his tax returns, but I’m “simply not enthusiastic” about electing him as President. So, you know, there’s that.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/campaigning-101-if-youre-going-to-hide-things-at-least-try-to-be-good-at-it
This clip is from a little while back, but the recent announcement that reconstruction of the Verrazano Bridge in New York is also going to be outsourced to China has brought the conversation front and center for Americans who need good jobs.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/what-do-we-want-jobs-where-do-we-want-them-not-here-apparently
With the new laws on medical marijuana, we’re going to see drastic changes to the industry. Health Canada has made some big predictions for the next 10 years. Check out this chart of basic facts and science about the medical marijuana industry in Canada.
FACT CHECK TIME!
Uruguay did legalize marijuana in December 2013. But complications and opposition have delayed the actual legal sale of pot, and it’s possible that the whole thing might collapse.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/the-other-reason-canadians-smoke-pot
I suppose if you’re seeing this, you probably fall in the minority for Internet access. I was most surprised by poverty, shelter, and cellphones.
Correction: The chart’s proportions for North and South America are incorrect. North America (including Central America and the Caribbean) is more populous than South America. That ratio should be around 8 to 6.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/are-you-in-the-majority-of-everything-check-this-handy-chart
It’s no secret that private college in the United States is financially out of reach for many students, but the big public universities that are supposed to provide a high-quality education at a fraction of the cost are also slowly becoming completely unaffordable. Not only that, but as tuition goes up and up and up and faculty wages go down and down and down, there are still some who are profiting handsomely. Take a look.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/college-today-is-looking-a-lot-less-like-animal-house-and-a-lot-more-like-wall-street