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Ruin my chances at my dream job, will you? Please, let me return the favor.
(long story. tl;dr at the end)

I am a nurse. When I was in nursing school, I loved my rotation through ICU and wanted nothing more than to be an ICU nurse, because I eventually wanted to become a nurse anesthetist (ICU experience is required for anesthesia school). My first job after graduation was not in ICU, but after 10 months as a nurse, I was offered a position in a Multi-system ICU. It was a training program for new nurses and I was told I would get 16 weeks of training. Fantastic! I was so excited! Then right before I started, I was told, oops, no, you actually only get 6 weeks of training. Um, okay, kind of concerned that that’s not enough time, but I’m going to try my best. I was somewhat apprehensive, but still excited. Until I met my preceptor.

This girl was undoubtedly intelligent and knew her job, but she was so mean to me that I was regularly having near-panic attacks in the few weeks I worked there. She would send huge emails to the educator about how much I sucked, and would ream me out in front of other staff and patients (one time one of the other nurses had to intervene). The other girl who started the program at the same time as me even said how awful my preceptor was being to me. She was also arrogant as fuck, and always bragged about shit, like how her fiancé (who was a practicing nurse anesthetist and made a lot of money) paid all this money for her engagement ring, and paid all this money for his surprise proposal, and how once they were married and had kids if she wanted a thousand dollar baby stroller, that’s what he was going to buy her, and how her wedding was going to be so big and fancy and expensive and perfect. And she was one of those people who was “super Christian,” and was fake nice and passive aggressive when talking to you that it starts to make you wonder if you’re crazy for seeing the vile in them. I hated her with the fire of a thousand burning suns.

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smallandannoyingbumblebea  asked:

I was just wondering, with a lot of people talking about public schools in the US 'not keeping up to standard' does the US not have anything like Ofsted? In the UK all public and private schools are assessed yearly by Ofsted using a rating system. The school gets to advertise that score for the next year or so, meaning more students come to their school, meaning they improve in quality because they are then given more money in grants. It encourages schools to improve and keeps a level standard.

We have that as well, yes. But that’s not the issue. 

The whole rhetoric of “US schools are failing” started in the 80s with Reagan, pushing a voucher agenda. It has always been a dialogue aimed at delegitimizing public schools and then used as a justification to fuck schools over even more. To try to hand education more and more over to the private sector to make a profit on it. 

High stakes testing was justified with this “failing schools” rhetoric, and then schools that don’t perform as well (ie schools in poor neighborhoods) are given LESS FUNDING as a result, which only compounds the problem. (added to the fact that schools, at least in Texas where I live, are funded through property tax, poor neighborhoods get the poorest schools. Rich kids in rich towns go to rich schools.)  

And those tests? Test companies (like Pearson) make millions of dollars every year writing and scoring those tests, making and selling prep materials for those tests, and training teachers to administer those tests. And every time schools start to show improvement? They raise the pass-score. 

It’s a rigged system and the goal is to take poor public schools and turn them into profit mills for corporations and move the high performing kids to private for-profit schools at the same time.


armed with little more than
a textbook and a shaking sense of
the girl glued herself to YouTube
to ignore the pending tuition balance.

it is easier to be an architect
for her own world than for this one,
she found this out around age 18,
when she realized she’d never be a movie star.

the world is unforgiving to
the girl without a granted degree,
her fingerprints would identify her as,
which her doll collection waiting at home
would identify her as.

and now, watching kitten live streams,
she allows herself her weep of the month,
her YouTube had always cured her fears,
but tonight it’s only noise.

the world has claimed another.

–written by Nelson O. Gutierrez

Here’s the thing that my boss doesn’t realize: if I was able to quit my PhD program because it was mentally and physically harmful, what’s stopping me from quitting a non-profit job that is mentally and physically harmful? Like, I’ve already quit the thing that was my last resort and the thing that I thought I’d spend the rest of my life doing and the thing that my very identity got all wrapped up in. If I can quit that, I can quit fucking anything.

want a custom #the100 doodle from me to you? bid at eliza taylor’s auction for isla!

here is the phenomenal jo “cancer gets LOST” garfein’s description of this charity auction:

“Over the last few years, I’ve had the great pleasure of getting to know Eliza Taylor (The 100) while working together on charitable endeavors. We both strongly believe in channeling fans toward the greater good, and in the power of positivity in fan communities. Together, we came up with the idea for this fundraising auction after she told me about her little 3 year-old friend Isla, who is battling leukemia (Eliza runs the non-profit school Koh Tao International Primary in Thailand, where she became close to Isla and her family). So it is an honor to host this small auction, and the least I could do to help try and make a difference for this family.”

Betsy DeVos confirmed as Secretary of Education

Vice President Mike Pence broke a 50-50 vote in the Senate on Tuesday, Febryary 7th, to confirm billionaire and private school advocate Betsy DeVos to the position of Secretary of Education.  While DeVos has no professional experience in public schools, and in fact has never herself attended nor sent her children to a public school, only two Republicans voted against her confirmation. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska joined their Democratic colleagues in doubting that she had adequate knowledge of the needs of public school children. “I have serious concerns,” Murkowski said, “about a nominee to be secretary of education who has been so involved in one side of the equation, so immersed in the push for vouchers, that she may be unaware of what actually is successful within the public schools, and also what is broken and how to fix them.”­

DeVos now oversees federal education policy for the nation’s 50 million public school students and 20 million college students attending our nearly 100,000 public schools. Federal tax dollars account for under 10% of the money that funds these schools, but many education advocates worry that more of this money will be funneled into private, religious, and for-profit schools, which are not held to the same standards as public schools, and which diminishes the ability of public schools to provide equal-opportunity education.

The night before the vote, Democrats held an overnight session on the Senate floor in attempt to persuade even one more Republican to join them in voting no, and to raise awareness among voters, encouraging them to call their Senators and ask them to vote against DeVos. In the week preceding, Senate offices received an average of 1.5 million phone calls a day, breaking previous records. Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania said his office had received over 80,000 letters about DeVos’s nomination alone, and that total correspondence to his office was up 900% from last year. “[T]his has really touched a nerve,” observed Mary Kusler, director of government relations for the National Education Association teachers union.

While they were ultimately unsuccessful in stopping DeVos’s confirmation, Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, called on union members and the public to “serve as a check and balance” to DeVos’s anti-public school policies and to be “fierce fighters on behalf of children.” Senator Elizabeth Warren’s comments during the overnight pre-vote session, suggest that she isn’t afraid to call out DeVos, especially on the intersections of education and economics. “Her only knowledge of student loans,” she pointed out, “seems to come from her own financial investments connected to debt collectors who hound people struggling with student loans, and, despite being a billionaire, she wants the chance to keep making money on shady investments while she runs the Department of Education."­

Hikaru: (to Haruhi after entering a commoner bar) You smell that?  Take a deep breath through the nose.  Really let that seep in.  What are you getting?  Because to me it’s part man-smell and the other part is really bad man-smell.  I don’t know why, but overall, it just smells like the color brown.  Your thoughts?


This past October, 250 third graders from Harlem and the South Bronx became Arty Readers!  Time In’s wildly inspired program combining Opera, Manga, Film, Creative Writing and Literature, Arty Readers, helped our kids’ minds take wing.  At PS 197 in Harlem, 100% of one of our 3rd grade classes passed the ELA for the first time, thanks to Arty Readers.

 In this video, Morrisania 3rd graders from PS63 were asked what was the most important thing you did this year at Time In?  

Listen to their fantastically moving answers and then be in touch to find out how you can help!

Celebrating 20 Years of DROWN by Junot Díaz!

Riverhead Books is proud to publish Junot Díaz, whose beloved novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao won the Pulitzer Prize and whose most recent story collection This Is How You Lose Her was a National Book Awards finalist. But we are especially thrilled to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Drown, the book that sparked Junot’s tremendous literary career. Published by Riverhead in 1996 to stunning critical acclaim around the world, Drown quickly became a national bestseller and a cherished classic. It was one of the first books to illuminate the lives of Dominican-American immigrants and served as “a front-line report on the ambivalent promise of the American Dream” (San Francisco Chronicle). In the years since we have received countless letters, e-mails and social media posts from readers about the profound influence the story collection has had on their lives. It has inspired young people all over the world to become teachers or writers, to become more involved in their communities or to simply learn more about themselves, their families, and their cultures. Drown launched Junot into the literary stratosphere but it is just as incredible to see how a single book has been able to mobilize an entire generation!

As part of its 20th anniversary celebration we asked you to tell us what Drown means to you. We read dozens of responses and picked a handful to share with everyone. Check them out below! Have a story about Drown that you’d like to share with us? Leave us a comment or reblog this post with your story! We’d love to hear from you.

And if you still can’t get enough Junot Díaz you should listen to this fantastic discussion about the book that aired on the national radio program “The Diane Rehm Show,” then stay tuned to all of our social media channels all summer for more Drown anniversary fun!


“My first teaching job was in Washington Heights, Manhattan, which is a primarily Dominican-American neighborhood above Harlem and below the South Bronx. Interboro Institute was an urban community college designed for high school dropouts, where students could get their GEDs and Associate Degrees simultaneously. I taught from Junot Díaz’s Drown, and on the first day of classes we read “How to Date a Browngirl, Blackgirl, Whitegirl, or Halfie” aloud. Students nodded and laughed. They taught me what “malcriado” meant every semester and made sure I knew what government cheese was. They were delighted to see their neighborhood, their community, people like them, represented in literature. After spending three and a half years as the only white person in the room, that for-profit school went out of business, and I got my second teaching job at Yeshiva University, an Orthodox Jewish school in the same neighborhood. I spent a year and a half as the only non-Jew in the room, and the only woman. I kept teaching Díaz, and years later Tzvi Twersky thanked me for introducing him to Drown because it made him appreciate the Heights more. I’ve since taught from Drown at a tiny rural school in Appalachia, in prisons, at a huge state school in Texas, and at my alma mater in my hometown. The poorest and the richest students, the most liberal and the most conservative, students who struggled to write Standard English and ones who could have gone to the Ivies, have all read—and loved—Drown.” – Erin Stalcup, Flagstaff, AZ

“I broke up with a girl, she threw this book on my lap as she left and reading it taught me to not throw beautiful things away. ‘Nuff said.” – Conlan LaRouche, Philadelphia, PA

“I was teaching for ten years in a bi-lingual college in the neighborhoods of Argyle, Humbolt Park, and Little Village—on the South Side of Chicago—in the nineties.  These neighborhoods were filled with immigrants. The South Side was mostly Mexican, Argyle was mostly Vietnamese, and Humbolt Park was mostly Puerto Rican.  I loved working with these populations, but in truth they taught me much more than I could ever teach them.  My experience teaching immigrants and second generation immigrants provided a backdrop for Díaz’s book, Drown. I came across Drown after I moved to Boston. A fellow writer, Diana Renn, recommended the book, and I fell in love with it at once. Just like I was drowning, I fell into this book.  Not as one would leap, jump or dive, but as one would fall.  I let myself fall from preconception, judgment, or control. The book is short. Every night I would allow myself a small section of the book. I was like a junkie parceling out pages to luxuriate in.  I wanted to stay in this world as long as I could.  I dreamed of meeting Junot to thank him for this book.  One day it happened.  He came to my school to read his most recent book.  Thank you for capturing a time and place perfectly!” – Gloria Monaghan, Boston, MA

“My Dominican mother and forever island child from Las Matas De Farfan, Gricelides Saex, gave me my beloved copy of Drown. While not an exact mirror of my personal experience, Drown gave me a sense of validity and reassurance, as here was a place where a Dominican author was exploring the complexities of hybrid Latino identity and struggle, at the epicenter of a deep, dark and touching story. My own hybrid Latino identity felt validated. I could appreciate the influence of my cultural roots while still living my weird, mixed up, punk rock life, without having to feel sorry or ashamed of it. I remember not being able to put Drown down: it’s a fluid read and I soaked up the Spanglish (which spoke volumes to my Jewminican self – a teenager in the midst of a continual, ever evolving identity crisis). The mere mention of “mangu” induced a hunger to continue devouring page upon page, and also to be sitting in my grandmother’s kitchen chowing down on Dominican food.” – Emily Saex, Los Angeles, CA

“I am a South Bronx teacher to 6-12 English Language Learners. This book has opened doors of conversations for my emigrant bilingual students. They love the connections they make, the stories that are told, and the amazing writing they are reading in both English and Spanish.” – Brendaly Torres, New York, NY 

Getting to Know You

I am teacher. So, when I hear something, or see a meme about something, I do research to determine the actual truth. I read a variety of sources. I try to get the full scope of the situation.

When the President-elect of the United States nominates a new secretary of education, I get out there and learn all I can.

Betsy DeVos, it’s been fascinating getting to know you.

And what I have learned, consistently, is that Betsy DeVos likes SCHOOL CHOICE.

According to Breitbart News (the incoming administration’s in-house source), DeVos only pivoted to Trump when his rhetoric became more school-choice friendly.

According to Snopes, “DeVos has long been an advocate for ‘school choice,’ which does involve, to some extent, funneling money away from public schools and toward private educational options, including for-profit and Christian-based schools.”

Now, I am not going to get into my personal issues with this, or whether it violates the essential American principle of separation of church and state. I am currently more interested in debunking the notion that diverting money away from public schools will ever insure greater choice for the majority of underprivileged American youth.

See, privileged youth already have choices. It is the scores of others, less fortunate in the circumstances of their birth, whom our system of public schooling is intended to educate.

So, why isn’t school choice the answer?

Let’s assume that the voucher system so vaunted by DeVos and her ilk were instituted. Let’s assume a school voucher would be granted to each child in the amount of per-pupil spending in that individual student’s district. That pupil could then trot that voucher over to the private school of her choice and present it in exchange for a preferable (read better) education. Right?

I did some more research. The highest ranked private school in New York City is Horace Mann, with a 2016-2017 tuition price of $46,800. According to the 2013 Census data, New York State has the highest per-pupil expenditure in the nation, $19,818. Even if we assume the state spends more now than it did three years ago, we are still looking at a discrepancy of about $25k. That is enough to make certain not everyone really has the best private education as a  choice at all.

The same is true on the West Coast. The best school in the heart of Silicon Valley? Harker, with a price tag of $43,693 for a high school student. That is a nearly $30k leap from the projected $14,550 the great state of California spends on each student (data from

What this means is that a low-income student, armed with a voucher, is actually going nowhere fast.

Sure, there is financial aid. And of course, not all private schools cost as much as those I investigated, but the point is the same. Even with a voucher system, not everyone can afford the same education. This says nothing of students whose parents do not have the time or energy to navigate a voucher system. This says nothing of the students who, due to learning disabilities or other disqualifications, are not allowed into the “finer” institutions. This says nothing of students whose parents lack the educational capital or language skills to advocate for them in the fashion to which they might otherwise aspire.

The bottom line is, vouchers would end up going, disproportionately, to those who already possess resources: the students whose parents can make up the tuition difference, whose parents can help with school applications, whose parents can understand bureaucracy and paperwork, whose parents can transport their children to schools far from their homes.

And who is left behind, in the increasingly underfunded schools? Who is left behind when those who can flee have fled?

The same students currently under served by our existing system. If we want to close the achievement gap, and I desperately do, school choice is not the answer. Because not all students have the same choices. Not all students come to school with the same backing or with the same opportunities.

I wish they did.

Which is one place, Ms. DeVos and I do agree: “I believe every child, no matter their zip code or their parents’ jobs, deserves access to a quality education.”

What Do You Know ... About Religious Beliefs?
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the college lie.

Someone lied to you.

I know press releases are pretty dry, so let me summarize something. DeVry University, which is part of DeVry Education Group, which has over 40,000 students at more than 55 North American campuses, is being sued by the Federal Trade Commission for false advertising.

False advertising? Yep. They claim, in their promotional materials, that 90% of their graduates get a job in their field within six months of graduation. There’s something bigger. All those for-profit schools that convinced you that college was the thing to do after high school? It’s a lie … a big one.

I went away to a very for-profit, very private, very expensive school. I got a scholarship because my parents put themselves through damaging financial stress from 2000-2004 to pay for my high school education. I wore a shirt and tie every day in high school because I needed extra discipline. I was a bad kid. Even with my college scholarship, we took out loans. I was just signing pieces of paper. I don’t even have a legible signature, but there it was. On the dotted line.

I graduated and my parents helped me pay down my debt. I was one of the lucky ones. I have friends, family, loved ones who won’t be out of debt until they’re almost forty years old. One of my best friends got married, is trying to start a family, buy a house, all in severe debt. But all that money, was it worth it for those four lost years in upstate New York?

No. I love my parents more than anything, and I owe them an apology. I, along with the graduating class of 2008, was lied to. College was supposed to be what I did after high school. Pick a career, pick a major, fill in a few bubbles with a pencil and decide who you are. When it was over, I was supposed to be forged and ready for the big, real world. So what happened?

In college I spent the majority of my time alone, drinking, eating fast food, doing drugs, gaining enough weight that my cardiologist told me I’d need to lose almost 65 pounds or risk being on meds forever. I “majored” in Film Theory, which is a cool way of saying I wrote BS essays on Kenneth Anger and Stan Brakhage. To boot, my socialization was a disaster. Point blank: I was a mean kid. The friends I made have all the patience in the world for sticking with me. A lot of people didn’t stick with me. I pushed them too far … pushed them away. I was in orbit around myself. A total bubble. My own solar system.

They told you that you need to get out, go away to school, make something of yourself. You’re seventeen, eighteen and making anything out of anything is cool, so you go. Maybe you drink, maybe you don’t. Maybe you fail, maybe you graduate top of your class. The g-word … graduate.

The real world revolves around money. Your money. It was your name on the loan papers, the bank is looking at you. So you get a job. Maybe it’s at your dream PR firm, maybe you get your foot in the door! But that’s the lie. And guess what? The generation before ours, the people hiring you, they know it. I was a college graduate dispatching limousines. I was a college graduate working as a mail courier. I was 24 and on unemployment because the real world is fucking hard. I got my first big-boy job over 4 years after I graduated. Most people that come right into the working world less than 6 months after graduating could not be any less prepared for it.

Those loans? You don’t have to take them. That “next step after high school” can be you reading as much as possible, working not-the-greatest-job, but starting your clothing line, writing that book, figuring out how to make that film. Your friends might leave, and you might feel left out. It’s okay to feel left out. It’s okay to feel like “not everyone else” because that feeling is what eventually becomes the drive to be the most ferocious and interesting version of … yourself.

^^^ me on spring break from college in 2008. fuck.

Can He Live? The Charity Work of Shawn “JAY Z” Carter

Every few months the general public and media seem to debate Jay Z’s dedication to charity work. Personally, he channels the great Jewish philosopher Maimonides, who constructed the eight levels of charity. He believed the highest form of giving is anonymous to anonymous, and equates to a complete self-less offering. Hov in heavily invested in this idea and chooses to conduct his charity work privately and efficiently. But for those still wondering, here is a list of Shawn Carter’s charity work [that has been made public]:

Every year since the late 1990s Jay-Z has hosted the ‘Jay-Z Santa Claus Toy Drive, where he travels back to the Marcy Projects on Christmas Day with his family to donate presents to the children living there. He also provides for Thanksgiving turkey drives in his hometown borough of Bedford–Stuyvesant every year.

Jay-Z employs hundreds of people at his various companies, and he always endeavors to employ under-privileged young black women and men who are most in need of employment.

April 1999 - Jay-Z donated his proceeds from the Denver stop of the Hard Knock Life Tour to help the families of the victims of the Columbine tragedy.

August 2000 – Hosted, commentated, and made a donation at a charity basketball game that benefited the Boys Harbor summer camp and T.H.A.N.K.U. (The Hillcrest Avenue Neighborhood Kids Union).

2001 – Jay-Z and Roc-A-Fella Records formed Team Roc, a charity organization affiliated with the New York Mission Society that created basketball leagues for at-risk youth.

September 2001 – Jay-Z donated $50,000 to the World Trade Center relief effort. On The Blueprint album tour he donated proceeds from every ticket sold to the relief effort.

October 2001 - Performed at ‘The Concert for New York City,’ a benefit concert for victims of the 9/11 tragedy. Hov also donated unique memorabilia that was later auctioned off to support the Robin Hood Foundation.

November 2001 –Hosted and performed at the ‘Jay-Z’s Thanksgiving Give Back Concerts’ in New York. Proceeds went to the Team Roc organization.

March 2002 - Headlined and donated to the Urban Aid 2 benefit concert in support of Russell Simmons’ charity that raises funds awareness for HIV prevention initiatives.

December 2002 – Jay-Z surprised a group of youth who were a part of the New York Knicks reading program for inner-city kids. He joined them in class for the day and read to them.

2003 - Formed the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation with his mother Gloria Carter. They founded the charity on the belief that any motivated individual in need should have the opportunity to further his or her education. Since its formation the Foundation has donated over $2 million to more than 750 students who would have otherwise not been able to afford a college education.

2003 - Since the first branch opened in 2003, each 40/40 Club has ensured that a percentage of profits is given to music and sport charities in deprived communities. The Club also gives first option on jobs to unemployed young people.

April 2003 - Was honored by The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding for his work in improving Black–Jewish relations.

November 2003 – All proceeds from his legendary ‘Fade to Black’ concert went to various charities. During the show he donated $25,000 to each mother of Biggie and Tupac to be used for their charitable efforts.

May 2004 – Jay-Z hosted a charity luncheon for the Golden Gloves Foundation, and along with Team Roc he formed a scholarship program for underprivileged youth who have boxing potential.

July 2004 – Enlisted Beyonce, Tyra Banks, Queen Latifah, Kanye West, and more to design a pair of Reebok S. Carter shoes to be auctioned off. All proceeds went to the Shawn Carter Foundation and Jay matched the donations.

September 2005 - He donated $1 million to the American Red Cross’ relief effort after the devastating Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. Hov also put in personal calls to his famous friends to encourage them to donate, and appeared on the BET telethon for Hurricane Katrina to appeal to the general public.

2006 - Sent more than $2,500 worth of designer street wear to the Campaign for Adolescent and University Student Empowerment, a foundation that supports the low-income area of Spring Hill in DeLand, Orlando.

2006 - Funded and co-produced the documentary film Black Sorority Project: The Exodus. The film told the story of 22 femalestudents at Howard University who defied barriers of race and gender to join the women’s suffrage movement and form a new sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, which is still known as one of the nation’s most formidable women’s organizations.

August 2006 - Met with United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan at the organization’s headquarters in New York. He joined forces with the United Nations and together they planned to help fight the global water crisis. He set out on his Water for Life world tour, travelling all over the world filming the documentary ‘Diary of Jay-Z: Water for Life’. He installed pumps and water sewage solutions in impoverished villages all over Africa.

August 2006 – Jay-Z personally-pledged $400,000 to PlayPump International for the installation of water pumps in malnourished villages in Africa.

November 2006 – Performed a concert in New York city for his Water for Life program with the UN. The concert raised almost $300,000 for PlayPump International.

November 2006 - Appeared in a public service announcement for the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, condemning anti-semitism and all other forms of racism.

November 2006 – Hosted and played in a charity poker game. $403,862 in proceeds went to the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation and AROD Family Foundation.

May 2008 - Established an educational trust for the two children of Sean Bell, the unarmed man shot and killed by the police in November 2006 on the day he was to be married. Jay-Z also made sure Bell’s fiancée, Nicole Paultre Bell, was taken care of and hired her to appear in Rocawear’s ‘I Will Not Lose’ advertising campaign.

June 2008 - Designed a pair of wellington Hunter Boots during his time at the Glastonbury Music Festival to be sold at auction. Proceeds from the auction went to WaterAid to raise much need funds for their work in Madagascar improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation

June 2008 – Donated to the Robin Hood Foundation’s annual fundraising drive. The foundation’s proceeds support 240 poverty-fighting programs in New York City.

August 2008 - Performed at the Africa Rising Music Festival to raised money for Africa Rising, an organization established in 2006 to reflect the culture and positive attributes of Africa’s social, political, and economic progress.

December 2008 - Designed an I/denti/tee shirt in collaboration with Bono for Bono’s charity EDUN LIVE, which works to improve the skills of their clothing workers and aims to foster trade in Africa by ensuring all of its products are 100% African, from “grower to sewer”.

February 2009 – Formed the charity Two Kings with LeBron James. They donated over 150 musical instruments to the Mesa Arts Academy in Mesa, Arizona.

April 2009 - Jay-Z donated $25,000 to the Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now.

September 2009 – Organized the benefit concert “Answer the Call,” which benefited the New York Police & Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund. The concert raised $750,000.

January 2010 – Recorded ‘Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)’ with Bono, Rihanna, and The Edge. They performed the song during a live charity telethon. Proceeds from the sale of the song supported rebuilding in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

February 2010 – Donated a signed Gibson Guitar to a charity auction for the Artists for Peace and Justice Foundation.

February 2010 – Jay-Z and LeBron James’ Two Kings charity conducted a counseling session for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dallas in Texas.

September 2010 - Performed at the Keep a Child Alive organization’s Black Ball to raise awareness and urgently needed funds to help children and families affected by HIV in Africa and India.

May 2010 – Donated and signed one of his favorite Audemars Piguet to an auction that benefited the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The watch sold for $220,000.

August 2010 – Partnered with Nike to create five pairs of exclusive ‘All Black Everything’ Air Force Ones, which were auctioned to benefit the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation.

November 2010 – Donated and signed bottles of Armand de Brignac to be auctioned to benefit The Compound Foundation, who provides funds and equipment to build recording studios inside local group home centers.

New Years Eve 2010 – Auctioned VIP tickets to his and Coldplay’s headlining show at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas to benefit The Grammy Foundation.

February 2011 – Jay-Z and LeBron James’ charity Two Kings started renovating over 100 public parks and gyms across America. 

March 2011 – Raised $42,000 for the Stephen Gaynor School, a non-profit school for students with learning differences, by auctioning the chance to sit courtside with him at two Nets vs. Knicks games.

June 2011 – Donated to auction a coveted internship at Roc Nation, with proceeds benefiting the Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now.

September 2011 – Hosted a fundraiser at Pier 54 in New York for the Shawn Carter Foundation. The event raised over $1 million in proceeds.

October 2011 - Lent his voice talents to the premiere episode of Warren Buffet’s animated children’s series Secret Millionaires Club. The show empowers kids by helping them understand the world they live in, teaching them about the impact their decisions have on their own lives and encouraging them to have the confidence to be the best they can be.

January 2012 – Jay-Z and Beyonce donated a large portion of the gifts given to them upon the birth of Blue Ivy Carter to charities that could pass them on to those less fortunate.

February 2012 - Jay-Z performed two concerts at Carnegie Hall to benefit the United Way of New York City organization and the Shawn Carter Foundation.

February 2012 – Jay-Z donated $25,000 to the Whitney Houston Memorial Foundation in the wake of her untimely death.

March 2012 - Donated the Maybach 57 used in his and Kanye West’s ‘Otis’ video to auction, where proceeds went to Save the Children’s relief efforts for the East Africa Drought Disaster of 2011.

September 2012 – Executive-produced and funded the release of Shola Lynch’s independent documentary Free Angela & All Political Prisoners.

October 2012 - Jay-Z auctioned ten limited-edition signed Brooklyn Nets ‘Carter #4’ jerseys on eBay. Over $15,000 worth of proceeds went to the Shawn Carter Foundation.

September 2012 – Proceeds from Jay-Z’s Made in America festival went to the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey organization.

November 2012 – Donated to the Hurricane Sandy relief effort. He also purchased and donated generators to New York residents after they lost power during Hurricane Sandy.

July 2013 - Donated a large sum of money to the Marina Abramović Institute. In 2015 she would publicly accuse him of not donating to her art foundation, but later had to apologize as records show he had indeed donated. 

September 2013 – Donated to the Made in Africa Foundation and helped launch the Africa50 campaign, which aims to lift 200 million Africans out of poverty.

October 2013 – Jay-Z releases a holiday collection with New York department store Barneys. After racial profiling issues arise with the store Jay ensures that 100% of the profits will be donated to his Shawn Carter Foundation. Proceeds top $1 million.

2014 - Donated to and supported charities who demand and fight for justice for those discriminated against in the trans-community.

January 2014 - Performed at the invitation-only DirecTV Superbowl Super Saturday event, with proceeds benefiting the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

June 2014 – Jay-Z and Beyonce’s On The Run tour donated $1 from every ticket purchased to the Shawn Carter Foundation. A portion of the proceeds from each Chase Lounge VIP Ticket Package was also donated to the Shawn Carter Foundation.

August 2014 – Donated tens of thousands of dollars to pay the bail charges for hundreds of protestors who were arrested during the Ferguson protests after the death of Michael Brown.

August 2014 – Curated the line-up and performers for the Roc Nation “Summer Classic Charity Basketball Tournament” charity basketball game. The $1,040,000 in proceeds benefited the RC22 Foundation and the PitCCh-In Foundation.

September 2014 – Jay performed as the headliner for the Global Citizen Festival and made a substantial donation to the cause. The Global Citizen project aims to end extreme global poverty, as well as focusing on solving epidemics like Ebola, ending the HIV/AIDS crisis, and providing clean water.

December 2014 – Jay-Z paid for and hand-delivered “I CAN’T BREATHE” shirts to the Brooklyn Nets locker room to promote the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement on a national scale.

December 2014 - Met with the Governor of New York State Andrew Cuomo about doing a top to bottom review of the Criminal Justice system. Jay pushed them to discuss how everyone can work together to pass a reform package that ensures equality in the eyes of the law.

December/January 2015 - Jay and Beyoncé paid for over 2,000 American troops stationed in Kuwait and Afghanistan to have the opportunity to watch their ‘On the Run Tour’ film on New Year’s Eve. They filmed spots for the beginning of the screenings, speaking of their gratitude for our nation’s troops and military families.

April 2015 - Donated tens of thousands of dollars to pay the bail charges for hundreds of protesters who were arrested during the Baltimore protests after the death of Freddie Gray.

May 2015 – Donated to the Baltimore Justice Fund. TiDAL live-streamed Prince’s Rally 4 Peace concert and they matched the donations made by the general public during the stream.

May 2015 - Visited Baltimore on Mother’s Day to attend Prince’s ‘Rally 4 Peace’ concert, and backstage he met with Freddie Gray’s family in a visit closed to the press. Hov and Beyonce donated a large sum of money to the family to help them continue their journey for justice.

May 2015 – Jay’s longtime friend and collaborator dream hampton reveals that he has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the ‘Black Lives Matter’ campaign, helping to establish new chapters of the movement all over the country.

June 2015 - Supported Roc Nation Sports athlete Robinson Cano at his annual charity event ‘Canoche’ in Seattle. Hov donated a signed bottle of Armand de Brignac, which sold at auction for $5,500. He also made a private contribution to Cano’s charity fund.

August 2015 - Jay Z signed and wrote lyrics on two used skateboards, donated by professional riders Paul Rodriguez and Shane O’Neil, for the Tony Hawk Foundation’s ‘Boards + Bands’ fundraising initiative.

September 2015 - As with every Made in America festival, Hov provides space free of charge to charity organizations in an area called the ‘Cause Village.’

October 2015 - Organised the TiDAL X: 10/20 charity concert. Enlisted his talented friends to donate their time and efforts and held a concert where 100% of the proceeds were matched by TiDAL and donated to charity. The event raised $1,500,000, which was donated to the New World Foundation and Harry Belafonte’s Sankofa non-profit group. They in turn gave the proceeds to organizations dealing with income and racial inequality, childhood education, and strengthening relationships between local communities and law enforcement.

November 2015 - Donated $100,000 to the White Memorial Medical Center’s cancer unit.

February 2016 - Attended the annual amfAR Gala, one of the most successful and high-profile AIDS benefit events. Entrance started at $5,000 per person, and went up to $80,000 for a table.

March/April 2016 - Aligned the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation with Ticketmaster, with a percentage of each ticket sold by the company during a five-week period going directly to underprivileged scholarship students. “By removing financial obstacles to higher education, a student can move from public housing to public office, from bus pass to passport, and from unemployment to undeniable.”

June 2016 - Roc Nation partnered with Brooklyn-founded STATE Bags to donate over 30,000 fully-stocked backpacks to communities involved with President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. The bags reached children across thirty cities nationwide, with six cities receiving a mentor programme from a Roc Nation artist or athlete. Nearly 20% of school age children in the United States are living in poverty, with 6.5 million students missing a month or more of school each year.

July 2016 - Curated the line-up and performers for the second Roc Nation “Summer Classic Charity Basketball Tournament” in Brooklyn. All the proceeds from the event went to four different benefits including the PitCCh In Foundation, the RC22 Foundation, Fundacion El Angel de Miguel Cotto and Beyond Type 1.

November 2016 - Jay Z will headline the inagural Global Citizen India festival in Mumbai, India. He will most likely make a substantial donation to the cuase, as well as his time. The Global Citizen project aims to end extreme global poverty, as well as focusing on solving epidemics like Ebola, ending the HIV/AIDS crisis, and providing clean water to all.

March 2017 saw the premiere of the prison reform documentary series TIME: The Kalief Browder Story, of which Jay served as an executive producer. He participated in a discussion at the Sundance Film Festival and a town hall event in New York. Upcoming productions Hov has in the pipeline include a series on the lives of Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin, as well as an inequality-focused series with National Geographic channel titled RACE.


The Obama administration will spend $17 million on coding bootcamps and for-profit schools

Despite being a part of the most educated generation ever, recent grads are still having a really hard time finding good jobs. To address this, The Education Department will devote $17 million to cover tuition fees for students who want to attend experimental programs at for-profit schools. Half will go to coding bootcamps, while the rest will go to another education outlet.

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anonymous asked:

What do I say when I call the senators?

Let’s just go over how is the most effective way to sway a Senator. 

First, Senators pay a more attention to constituents. So, start by calling YOUR Senators (you can look up all your federal reps here). When you call make sure you leave your address, that is how they verify that you live within their state. If you do not leave your address, they will automatically assume that you do not live within the state they represent. 

Generally, calling the same senator multiple times does not help your cause anymore. They record every phone number, name and address, if you give one, so they still record your call as a one constituent’s request. 

But there are ways that you can make sure your voice is heard

First, most calls are just recorded and taken by a Staff Assistant(SA), they are generally recent college grads who act as the “front lines” for any representative. But they can be a trove of information, so be sure on your first call you ask some questions. Ask them who the Legislative Assistant(LA) is who is handling Presidential Appointments, specifically who is handling the Betsy DeVos Appointment.  

An LA is who briefs a Senator on issues before a vote, there are several of them and they specialize in specific issues. You want to ask this question so that you speak to someone that has more influence on your second call. 

Second Call, I thought you said they only record a single call. 

Well, that is true, so try on another day. You are going to use the information you just learned, who the LA dealing with the vote is, and just ask for them BY NAME. You may end up at their voicemail, especially if you are close to the vote, but you want to simply and plainly tell them you oppose the appointment of BETSY DEVOS as the Secretary of Education and why.

This is also what you should tell the SA when you call the first time. 

If you need a sample script, here are two below as supplied by

Script 1

My name is xxxx and I am calling to let the Senator know that I would like him/her to oppose the appointment of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education.

I believe in my community’s public schools. Betsy DeVos believes in school privatization and vouchers. She has worked to undermine efforts to regulate Michigan charters, even when they clearly fail. The “marketplace” solution of DeVos will destroy our democratically governed community schools. Her hostility towards public schools disqualifies her. I am asking the Senator to vote against the confirmation of Betsy DeVos.

Script 2

My name is xxxx and I am calling to let the Senator know that I would like him/her to oppose the appointment of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education.

DeVos and her family heavily lobbied the Michigan legislature to shield the charter industry from greater oversight. She pushes for-profit charter schools and online schools, which consistently fail the students that they are supposed to serve.

I want my tax dollars to stay in my community to support my public schools. I don’t want my money going to private schools and profit making scams. Betsy DeVos is bad for American education. I am asking that the Senator oppose DeVos.

I hope this helps