Thursday, October 22

Best of humanity

Best of humanity, COVID-19, COVID-19 Masks

An 11-year-old girl is taking sewing lessons to make 1,200 masks for homeless people

In the midst of a global pandemic, plenty of the rich and powerful are coming out of the woodwork to use their resources to help those in need. Perhaps the most inspiring story, though, is that of Holli Morgan, an 11-year-old from DeKalb County, Atlanta. When Holli was worried about homeless people staying safe from the virus, she decided to make masks for them. She's already made hundreds of masks, and she plans to make hundreds more. At first, Holli made masks for healthcare workers. That is, until she saw a report on Channel 2 News about mandatory mask laws, and she asked her mother how these rules would apply to homeless people. She became inspired to help, and, eventually, Holli's efforts became so large that she and her mother were interviewed on Channel 2 News itself. "She's a l...
Best of humanity, Black Lives Matter, Black owned businesses, Economy, People coming together

Support for Black-owned businesses has skyrocketed over the past two months

Upworthy interviewed Tatiana Mac, author of a series of tweets that went viral because she found a way to make a complicated issue coherent and digestible for the masses. She succinctly addressed eight different issues and offers advice, free of charge, for each one. Tatiana MacMac, a Software Engineer based in Portland, Oregon, describes herself as a "Vietnamese American who has started to unpack my own internalized oppression and simultaneous complicity within white supremacy. I experience racism, but not to the extent that Black folks do.""I think that, in many ways, it feels like 'white people have entered the chat' on discussions of race," she said. "Panicked and somewhat new to these discussions, it felt like many people were riding the energy and...
Best of humanity, Black Lives Matter, george floyd, Manic street preacters, Seattle chop protests, Seattle protesters dance preacher

Seattle protesters show the best way to non-violently shut up a notorious street preacher

Experts have been warning of a coming pandemic for decades and yet, we weren't ready when the reality hit.Now, as cities and countries work towards recovery, it's clear we've come to a crossroads. If we want true recovery and resilience in case of a future disaster, we're going to need both social and environmental justice.That is why in April 2020, C40 mayors launched the Global Mayors COVID-19 Recovery Task Force.The goal is simple: rebuild cities and economies in a way that improves public health, reduces inequality, and addresses the climate crisis — keeping global heating below 1.5°C.The mayors laid out their collective vision for a better future by detailing what actions they're doing or plan to do:Step one is creating green new jobs for an inclusive economy.Los Angel...
Best of humanity, Good deeds, Music

Antique store owner stunned by mystery piano player found him and gave him the instrument

One of the oddest things about the COVID-19 pandemic is that it's hard to identify people at times because they are wearing a mask. It can be tough noticing people you regularly see in the community because more than half their face is obscured. In this case, people were trying to locate and identify John Thomas Archer, a 23-year-old architecture student who wowed people in the ReMARKable Cleanouts second-hand store in Norwood, Massachusetts. But it was hard to figure out who he is because of the mask he wore to protect him from getting or spreading COVID-19.On Saturday, July 11, he walked into the store and asked an employee, Melissa Rediker, if he could play one of the pianos on display, it had a "Do Not Play' sign attached.Archer sat down at a Steinway and started banging ou...
babies, Best of humanity, Everyday heroes

Two New Jersey transit police officers revive a newborn baby in dramatic new video

Experts have been warning of a coming pandemic for decades and yet, we weren't ready when the reality hit.Now, as cities and countries work towards recovery, it's clear we've come to a crossroads. If we want true recovery and resilience in case of a future disaster, we're going to need both social and environmental justice.That is why in April 2020, C40 mayors launched the Global Mayors COVID-19 Recovery Task Force.The goal is simple: rebuild cities and economies in a way that improves public health, reduces inequality, and addresses the climate crisis — keeping global heating below 1.5°C.The mayors laid out their collective vision for a better future by detailing what actions they're doing or plan to do:Step one is creating green new jobs for an inclusive economy.Los Angel...