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Mustafa Ahmed Abed has a few words of English left from his time as a young child in the United States. These days, he doesn’t have anyone to practice them with, so he repeats words to himself over and over as he walks home from school in Fallujah. With one leg, the journey on crutches takes him an hour.

Mustafa, now almost 15, was two years old at the start of the battle for Fallujah in November 2004. As the U.S. shelled al-Qaida fighters in a nearby neighborhood, he and his mother were hit by shrapnel.

“I was carrying him, and all of a sudden, Mustafa flew out of my arms,” his mother Nidhal Aswad recalls. “My arm was badly injured and my side was injured … He was on the ground … All I could see of him were his intestines all over the place.”

Aswad crawled to her baby in the deserted street. His left leg had nearly been severed. When relatives got them to a hospital, making their way through the fighting two days later, doctors amputated her son’s leg at the hip.

They told her that Mustafa would likely die.

Her boy pulled through. But his kidneys were failing.

For the next four years, Mustafa’s parents tried and failed to get proper medical help in Iraq. Mustafa’s father, Ahmed Abed, says U.S. military doctors took an interest in his case and referred him to an American nonprofit. In 2008, a group called No More Victims arranged to bring Mustafa, then five, with his father to Portland, Oregon, for treatment.

Medical teams at the city’s Shriners Hospital removed one of Mustafa’s kidneys and a bladder stone, and fitted him with a prosthetic leg. The little Iraqi boy became a local celebrity, showered with gifts and attention.

In Fallujah, A Young Amputee Dreams Of Returning To The U.S.

Video: NPR

If you can offer to influence the elections outside the law, that’s a great calling card.
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Dennis Unsworth, Montana state commissioner on American Tradition Partnership, a secretive, Colorado-based nonprofit pushing to rewrite Montana’s campaign finance laws.

“Social welfare” nonprofits don’t have to disclose names or amounts of the donations they receive, and in 2010, ATP used that as a selling point — in a fundraising pitch they promised “the only thing we plan on reporting is our success to contributors like you.”

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Trump budget casualty: After-school programs for 1.6 million kids. Most are poor.
Administration says the efforts are ineffective. Researchers say that isn’t true.

The program Trump is seeking to ax — known as the 21st Century Community Learning Centers — helps school districts, churches and nonprofit groups serve more than 1.6 million children nationwide.

The administration argues that there is no evidence the program has been effective. But Heather Weiss of the independent Global Family Research Project — who has studied after-school programs for nearly 20 years — said that’s not true.

“There is a lot of evidence,” she said. “Engaging kids in high-quality after-school programs, many of which are supported by 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants, results in kids doing better in school. They’re more likely to graduate and to excel in the labor market.”

This administration does not want the disadvantaged to excel. It wants them too tired, impoverished, and scared to care beyond the next paycheck.

When is this charade going to end? At what cost? Our country is truly lost if we can’t even protect those that are most vulnerable and need help the most.

via The Washington Post

At a news conference Thursday, Mick Mulvaney, President Trump’s budget chief, defended proposed cuts to the Meals on Wheels program, which provides food aid to needy senior citizens, by saying the program is one of many that is “just not showing any results.”

Meals on Wheels is a nonprofit group that receives funding from the federal government, state and local governments and private donors. “We serve more than 2.4 million seniors from 60 to 100+ years old each year,” the organization writes. “They are primarily older than 60 and because of physical limitations or financial reasons, have difficulty shopping for or preparing meals for themselves.”

If that doesn’t clear the bar for “results,” as Mulvaney put it, there’s also been a fair amount of peer-reviewed research on the efficacy of the program.

A 2013 review of studies, for instance, found that home-delivered meal programs for seniors “significantly improve diet quality, increase nutrient intakes, and reduce food insecurity and nutritional risk among participants. Other beneficial outcomes include increased socialization opportunities, improvement in dietary adherence, and higher quality of life.”

Not only that, the programs offer good bang-for-your-buck: “These programs are also aligned with the federal cost-containment policy to rebalance long-term care away from nursing homes to home- and community-based services by helping older adults maintain independence and remain in their homes and communities as their health and functioning decline.”

In other words, the programs help seniors stay at home and out of costly nursing facilities. If you’re interested in keeping a lid on health-care costs, the importance of this finding can’t be overstated.

“The average cost of a one-month nursing home stay is equivalent to providing home-delivered meals five days a week for approximately seven years,” one of the studies in the analysis found. How’s that for “results”?

Source:https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/03/16/trump-budget-chief-says-meals-on-wheels-is-not-showing-any-results-hes-wrong/

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Trump World — Including Steve Bannon — Is Already Looking At The 2018 Midterms
Before the inauguration, Bannon, the president's chief strategist, met with donors in loose terms about the 2018 midterms. Meanwhile, the outside groups filled with Trump operatives and associates ...
By Tarini Parti, Alexis Levinson

Well before President Trump’s inauguration, his top adviser Steve Bannon met with a few top-tier donors — the kind of donors capable of writing million-dollar checks.

The message, according to two sources with knowledge of the conversations, was that Bannon wants to use the 2018 midterm elections as the arena to test the political clout of Trump’s populist message.

“The days of [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell picking Republican nominees in Senate races are over,” sources familiar with the meetings said Bannon told donors. He also mentioned the US Chamber of Commerce as declining in influence, according to one of those sources.

The former chairman of far-right news website Breitbart was light on specifics and didn’t say which 2018 Senate races he had in mind, according to the sources familiar with the conversations. But he encouraged donors to starting giving to the outside entity created by Trump allies that was still taking shape at the time.

The group, a nonprofit called America First, officially launched this week.

America First will focus on issue advocacy, but could eventually direct fire on congressional Republicans who defy Trump’s agenda.

Aaron Manaigo, an adviser to Great America Alliance, said efforts were already underway to put resources into ensuring the confirmation of Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, and issue advocacy. A high-level official who has worked with the group said that effort would primarily focus on the 10 Democratic senators facing re-election in states where Trump won. The group will “absolutely” target Republicans if any prove unsupportive of the president’s agenda, the official said, but also acknowledged Republicans will “get a lot more leeway.”

I brought these sections over in particular as these are worth paying attention to.

They’re looking at the midterms already and going to be pushing to knock out anyone who doesn’t follow exactly what Trump wants. And as we’ve seen, he won’t hesitate to remove anyone who doesn’t blindly agree with him.

Keep up the pressure, stay informed, and if you dislike Trump I strongly urge you to get out and vote in the midterms and vote blue. Even if you disagree with some of the democratic party’s methods, they can be reasoned with.

As we can already tell this far into his presidency, Trump can not.

conradricamora: Taking a timeout from my social media break to accept your challenge @mattmcgorry!!! I just donated to support the ‘Immigrants: We Get the Job Done Coalition’ - an amazing group of nonprofits working to better the lives of immigrants. 
Your donation of $10 at prizeo.com/Hamilton will give you a chance to win 2 tickets to the LA Opening of Hamilton with flight and hotel! 
I challenge @ashleyparklady @iammarkbautista and @msleasalonga and anyone who can afford it, to make a donation and sing their favorite song from Hamilton! Don’t forget to hashtag #Ham4All ;)

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Tenants Sue Kushner Companies Claiming Rent Rule Violations
A group of tenants sued the company, claiming rent overcharges.
By Jesse Drucker

The Kushner’s and The Art of the Steal. Jared’s dad, Charles is a stand up guy who hired 2 of his prison inmates to work for Kushner Companies.

A group of New York City tenants has sued the Kushner Companies, the family real estate firm of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and White House adviser, accusing the company of systematically violating the state’s rent regulations.

Claims could grow to more than $1 million in rent overcharges in a single apartment building if the company is found liable.

The lawsuit, filed in the New York State Supreme Court in Brooklyn on Tuesday, was on behalf of nine tenants, but it concludes that more than 100 former and current tenants could have similar claims. The complaint is seeking class-action status.

The nonprofit group that researched the building, Housing Rights Initiative, said it had found similar irregularities in more than 50 other Kushner Companies apartment buildings across New York City and is studying potential future litigation related to those properties.

Top 5 myths about National Library Legislative Day

Originally published by American Libraries in Cognotes during ALA Midwinter 2017.

  1. Only librarians can attend.
    This event is open to the public and anyone who loves libraries – students, business owners, stay-at-home moms, just plain library enthusiasts – has a story to tell. Those firsthand stories are critical to conveying to members of Congress and their staffs just how important libraries are to their constituents.
  2. Only policy and legislative experts should attend.
    While some attendees have been following library legislative issues for many years, many are first time advocates. We provide a full day of training to ensure that participants have the most up-to-date information and can go into their meetings on Capitol Hill fully prepared to answer questions and convey key talking points.
  3. I’m not allowed to lobby.
    The IRS has developed guidelines so that nonprofit groups and private citizens can advocate legally. Even if you are a government appointee, there are ways you can advocate on issues important to libraries and help educate elected officials about the important work libraries do.
    Still concerned? The National Council of Nonprofits has resources to help you.
  4. My voice won’t make a difference.
    From confirming the new Librarian of Congress in 2016 to limiting mass surveillance under the USA FREEDOM Act in 2015 to securing billions in federal support for library programs over many decades, your voice combined with other dedicated library advocates’ has time and again defended the rights of the people we serve and moved our elected officials to take positive action. This can’t be done without you!
  5. I can’t participate if I don’t go to D.C.
    Although having advocates in D.C. to personally visit every Congressional office is hugely beneficial – and is itself a powerful testimony to librarian’s commitment to their communities –  you can participate from home. During Virtual Library Legislative Day you can help effectively double the impact of National Library Legislative Day by calling, emailing or tweeting Members of Congress using the same talking points carried by onsite NLLD participants.

conradricamora: Taking a timeout from my social media break to accept your challenge @mattmcgorry!!! I just donated to support the ‘Immigrants: We Get the Job Done Coalition’ - an amazing group of nonprofits working to better the lives of immigrants. Your donation of $10 at prizeo.com/Hamilton will give you a chance to win 2 tickets to the LA Opening of Hamilton with flight and hotel! I challenge @ashleyparklady @iammarkbautista and @msleasalonga and anyone who can afford it, to make a donation and sing their favorite song from Hamilton! Don’t forget to hashtag #Ham4All ;)

parapluiepliant  asked:

I heard that you take prompts again? How about 139: “This place gives me the creeps.” or 46: “Can I kiss you right now?” or 191: “Behave.” (last one doesn't have to be NSFW of course). Choose the one that you feel the most inspired by to write about. Have fun and thank you in advance! :D

@parapluiepliant you get a 2-for-1! Thanks babe, this was fun :)

“This place used to seriously give me the creeps.”

Bellamy glanced over at Clarke, standing beside him. She was holding a clipboard and wearing a very businesslike look on her face, but her words had given him a high school flashback, and made him grin.

“What?” she asked, smiling back at him, “Didn’t anyone ever dare you to come up here and ring the doorbell when you were a kid?”

He laughed. “Sure, but it was mostly just O, and I knew better than to let her egg me on.”

They were standing in the middle of the abandoned house at the end of Walther Avenue. It had been a legend in their hometown growing up, but now the city owned it and Clarke, who was employed at the city planner’s office, had been given the task to find a suitable use for the old victorian home and the three acres of land it sat on.

It was when she’d run into her high school ex-boyfriend in the grocery store one day that she’d figured it out. They caught up briefly in the produce section, and Bellamy told her he’d moved back to start a nonprofit group home for foster kids. Clarke saw how his face lit up and she knew instantly that this was what she’d lobby the city to approve for the old home on Walther.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Announces $2.5 Million Relief Fund During Visit to Puerto Rico
About half of municipalities are still without power after Hurricane Maria

(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) — “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda made sandwiches, took selfies and announced a partnership with a nonprofit group for a $2.5 million hurricane recovery fund during a trip Tuesday to Puerto Rico.

Miranda said seven local groups already have received grants from the New York-based Hispanic Federation, which helps Latino agencies. The organization said it will award at least 25 grants ranging from $50,000 to $100,000 for reconstruction projects. A portion of a grant can be used for emergency relief efforts including food, water or shelter, officials said.

Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on Sept. 20 as a Category 4 storm, destroying homes and power lines and leaving tens of thousands of people without work. Nearly 40 of Puerto Rico’s 78 municipalities are still without power and nearly 20 percent of the island remains without water.

“The road to recovery in Puerto Rico is not a simple one nor is it one that relies solely on aid from the American government on the mainland,” Miranda said. “Together, we will cultivate, fund and execute practical and actionable solutions to kick-start and continue the island’s road to recovery for years to come.”

Miranda also is scheduled to meet with students on Wednesday at the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras.

Hello, Arda family!

This is Amy, creative director at Arda and one of the company’s cofounders. My wife, Crystina, and I have worked hard to build this company as a reflection of the world we want to live in. Arda is LGBT- and woman-owned and operated, and we do our very best to provide a safe and supportive work environment for the people of color, immigrants, women, gender and sexual minorities, and people with disabilities who make up our staff. At Arda we believe that diversity is our greatest strength – not passive diversity, but active acceptance and ongoing work to always improve, doing the best we can by the people who make up our company as well as by every one of our customers.

We are a US-based company; our nation like any other has always been a work in progress, but we now find ourselves at a point in history at which so much of the hard-fought progress we have made stands to be undone. Arda has always been committed to giving back to our community – local, national, and global. Now more than ever we believe that silence is not an option. Going forward, we intend to recommit to supporting an array of nonprofit groups working to protect our civil rights and our environment.

Three of the Arda team – Crystina, Miya, and myself – recently went on a short trip to Tokyo to bring back Yuri!!! On ICE merchandise and doujin for upcoming conventions, as a fun event for fans and to introduce our new ita bags. In light of the events of the past few days and the difficult work that we know they will continue to face in the months to come, I’ve decided to donate all profit from the sale of these items to the ACLU.

If gay figure skaters and civil liberties sound like your thing, stop by and see us at Katsucon or Anime Boston. If you’re not into winter sports, keep watching our newsletter and social media for future fundraising efforts.

Stay safe, and take care of one another. Constant vigilance!

Amy and the Arda Team

We’ll be alright, somehow part 2!!

So I didn’t want to write this all the way out because I don’t want to put this in story format, I don’t feel like I could do this justice. A lot of people mentioned that the first chapter hit close to home for them. It was really hard for me to write, because being outed is one of my biggest fears at this point in my life. If you’ve read at least the first chapter of Kings of Queer Prom, you can kind of tell that.
I can’t tell you what happens directly after the first chapter of this story, because I write what I know and I don’t know that. But, because of that, I can write about the need to believe that it will get better. Here’s the fifteen years later, to bring closure to anyone who maybe wanted it for this fic, but maybe mostly for me


  • Fifteen years later, the three of them are still together. They’ve been together for 17 years now, and married for 7. They’re all 32 years old now.
  • They’re just as much in love in a decade and a half as they are when they first started.
  • They lost the nicknames, though. They’re Anthony or Tony and Sean now.
  • Sean got a law degree, and was a lawyer who worked cases for the city for a year before he switched over to helping people adopt.
  • Tony is an accountant for a nonprofit group that works with at risk teens.
  • Albert is a manager at a local grocery store. It doesn’t feel like much, compared to his husbands, but he loves his job and the work he does.
  • They live in a little house a few hours away from their old lives in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
  • The three of them adopted an eleven year old boy, Adam, when Adam was six years old.
  • They all love him so much. They planned a big party for his five year “gotcha day” and they were all way more excited than they should have been.
  • Adam calls each of them by their names when they’re in a group setting, but refers to them as “my dads” when he talks about them collectively and calls them each dad if he’s just talking to one of them.
  • Sean and Tony both had to quit smoking before they’d be allowed to adopt (Albert had stopped a long time ago). They didn’t really want to, but they wanted a kid. And Albert had been begging them to stop for years anyway.
  • Sometimes, they really missed smoking. Especially if their emotions were running high and they wanted something to relax them. But they’d talk about it with their husbands and they’d get help. What really convinced them to stop, though, was hearing Adam call them “dad”. Nicotine couldn’t compare to that.
  • Sean’s parents came up to their house about once a month, to say hi and bring presents and go out to lunch, as did Albert’s parents.
  • Tony called his parents on every holiday and birthday and they’d talk for a few minutes. It took five years for his dad to talk to him again. His parents had only met Adam once, when the four of them went to the city for a trip and went to meet all the grandparents for the first time.
  • Tony’s sister, on the other hand, came up to see them about twice a year, and always loved talking to all four boys.
  • Anthony was always noticeably irritable after talking to his parents. None of them would ever say it, but Tony’s parents were a constant reminder to Sean, Albert, and Tony that they had to be good dads.
Amazon, Reddit, the ACLU, and more set net neutrality ‘day of action’
Major tech companies and nonprofit groups have signed on to a “day of action” next month to protest the FCC’s planned rollback of net neutrality rules. Organized by nonprofit group Fight for the Future, the protest will include Amazon, Etsy, Reddit, Mozilla, the ACLU, and several others, who have all agreed to show their support for net neutrality on July 12th. “Websites, Internet users, and online communities will come together to sound the alarm about the FCC’s attack on net neutrality,” the protest website says. Read more
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Pacific Ocean’s hidden wonders revealed on dive to underwater volcano

Diving in a submersible to the previously unexplored Cook seamount, an extinct volcano at the bottom of the sea 100 miles south-west of Hawaii’s Big Island, the three-person team was hoping to examine the rich variety of marine life that collects around the nutrient-rich volcanic waters.

Among other things, the researchers from the University of Hawaii and the nonprofit group Conservation International spotted such wonders as a rare type of octopus with big fins that look like Dumbo’s ears, and a potentially new species of violet-hued coral they dubbed Purple Haze.

Laura Jane Grace is an American musician best known as the founder, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of the punk rock band Against Me!.

Grace was born in Fort Benning, Georgia in 1980. Her family moved frequently between miliary bases and lived briefly in Fort Hood, Texas; Pennsylvania; Ohio; Germany; and at a NATO post in Italy during the Gulf War. At an early age, Grace experienced gender dysphoria. At 5 she saw Madonna performing in concert on TV and felt that that was who she’d be like when she grew up. She began nosing around in her mother’s closet and when in middle school, graduated to shoplifting girls’ clothes. Wearing clothes that corresponded to the gender she knew she was calmed her and made her feel like the person she was meant to be.

At the age of 8 Grace discovered her love of music, in high school she discovered punk bands like Sex Pistols and The Clash. The punk attitude of fighting back instead of taking it inspired her and helped her through the fact that she was beaten up at school. At 13 Grace discovered Renée Richards, she was a tennis pro in the ‘70s who was identified male at birth and the information gave Grace relief that she’d found someone like her. She still struggled with her gender dysphoria and the same year she began experimenting with alcohol and drugs including marijuana, LSD, and cocaine - she was arrested for possession of marijuana at 14. Her arrest changed her and began her distrust of authority and belief that the government base their power on violence. She discovered the British punk band ‘Crass’ and identified with the politics behind their music. Her first tattoo was the Crass logo.

In 1997 at the age of 17 Grace left high school early and began writing songs under the name of Against Me!. A year later she moved to Gainesville, Florida and began performing either alone with an acoustic guitar or accompanied by her friend Kevin Mahon. Her music was political and influenced by acoustic protest music. Grace worked a variety of jobs to support herself and volunteered with nonprofit socialist groups such as Food Not Bombs. Against Me! slowly evolved into a full band and in 2002 their debut album, Against Me! Is Reinventing Axl Rose was released, the year after the band signed to Fat Wreck Chords and released two more albums. The second, Searching for a Former Clarity sold sold over 65,000 copies and was their first album to chart on the Billboard 200. Against Me! became more and more popular and Grace found it difficult to deal with the male-centric punk scene. She used drugs and alcohol to try in an attempt to subdue her feelings.

Against Me! continued to build on their success and in 2005 signed to Sire Records, a subsidiary of the Warner Music Group. As her band were now far more popular Grace decided to distance herself from wearing clothes that are identifiably female. In 2007 she married artist Heather Hannoura and Grace decided to commit to living as a man. Her love for Hannoura eclipsed her feelings of gender dysphoria but they were still there. In the song “The Ocean” on her band’s next album, New Wave, she sang “If I could have chosen, I would have been born a woman / My mother once told me she would have named me Laura / I would grow up to be strong and beautiful like her.” In 2009 Grace and Hannoura had a daughter, Evelyn and it brought back Grace’s gender dysphoria to the point that she began taking trips alone so that she could dress in stereotypically female clothing. She also began writing a concept album titled Transgender Dysphoria Blues.

In 2012 Grace publicly announced her intention to transition to living as a woman after being inspired by a transgender Against Me! fan. She changed her name to 'Laura Jane Grace’. Grace received support from a number of punk musicians, including Joan Jett, Brian Fallon and Franz Nicolay. Herndon Graddick, President of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, hoped that Grace’s public profile would increase public awareness and acceptance of transgender people. After the shows Grace’s performed with Against Me! after she began to wear female clothing onstage, fans were coming up to her to offer their support and she met many trans men and women who said that she was an inspiration to them. She felt the same about them, and was able to discuss transition with them and share experiences.

Grace stated that as she never had a role model to show her that it is possible to be trans and happy she hopes that she can be that person for anyone who is struggling. In 2014 Against Me! released Transgender Dysphoria Blues. She was included in The Advocate’s annual “40 under 40” list that same year.

Sources here, here and here.

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Issa Rae: From ‘Awkward’ to ‘Insecure’

The star of ‘The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl’ on YouTube makes the leap to her own HBO show

“If anybody says they’ve never felt insecure, they’re lying,” says Issa Rae. She has built a career on that feeling. Ms. Rae, who first found fame on YouTube with her comedy series“The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” is about to launch the show “Insecure” on HBO. But even now, she says, she finds herself wondering, “What am I doing? Why does everybody else have it figured out, but I don’t?”

In “Insecure,” Ms. Rae, 31, plays a woman named Issa (like her real name, pronounced EE-sa) Dee, who lives in South Los Angeles. The show chronicles her and her friends as they struggle with delayed adulthood, difficult relationships and being black in America. Ms. Rae’s character works for a nonprofit group that helps underprivileged children. In the first episode, the children make fun of her clothes and her voice, implying that she looks and acts too much like a white person. She imagines her co-worker telling a group of colleagues about her low chances of getting married.

The show shares some similarities with Ms. Rae’s YouTube series, which launched in 2011. She made 24 episodes, ranging in length from about 2 to 25 minutes, and they have attracted millions of views. In one, she cuts off all her hair after her boyfriend breaks up with her—and then after he reconsiders and they get back together, he breaks up with her again because he doesn’t like her lack of hair. And her character is constantly exasperated with her colleagues at Gutbusters, a fictional diet-pill company where she is a telemarketer; she eventually gets sent to anger-management counseling. Last year, she wrote a book with the same title as her YouTube series.

Growing up, Ms. Rae attended both public and private schools, mainly in Los Angeles. She didn’t quite feel that she belonged to any group: She felt that she was deemed “too white” by some black students, yet she felt out of place at mostly white schools. Her mother is a former teacher from Louisiana, and her father is a doctor from Senegal. The family briefly relocated to Dakar, Senegal’s capital, when she was young, and when they returned to L.A., she attended a magnet high school for medicine and science.

Ms. Rae went on to Stanford University, where she majored in African and African-American studies and directed and wrote plays on the side. One day, she was procrastinating on Facebook during a particularly busy semester and decided to make a video of what it was like to be black at Stanford. That idea turned into a video series called “Dorm Diaries,” a faux-documentary in which she recruited her friends to ridicule archetypes of black students.

Read more at  The Wall Street Journal

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When people had trouble paying the rent in the early 1900s, they might hold a party in their homes, with music and dancing, and sell tickets at the door. Now, a nonprofit group is holding a modern-day version of the rent party to shine a light on the growing lack of affordable housing.

The new parties aren’t exactly like the old ones, which were mostly held in Harlem. There’s no dancing, food or tickets. But there is music, as was the case recently in Annapolis, Md., where about 20 people gathered in Tom Wall’s small apartment to help him, and others like him, pay the rent.

Wall, 67, used to be a lawyer in the housing and finance industry. He had to quit when he had a stroke in 2011. But then he and his wife couldn’t pay the mortgage on their house, and the lender moved to foreclose.

The couple moved to the apartment last summer. But Wall’s wife, Peggy, died three weeks later of cancer. He now lives on $2,300 a month from Social Security, but his $1,600-a-month rent eats up more than two-thirds. Wall is like a record number of American families — 11.4 million — that spend over half of their incomes on rent. It’s especially difficult for low-income families, who have little left over for food and other necessities.

Modern Rent Parties Highlight The Need For Affordable Housing

Photos: Brandon Chew/NPR

A woman could soon be the new face of the U.S. $20 bill! Women On 20s, a nonprofit group pushing to replace Andrew Jackson with a woman, has revealed its final four candidates after more than 250,000 votes were placed. The candidates are former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, abolitionist Harriet Tubman, civil rights activist Rosa Parks and Wilma Mankiller, the first elected female chief of the Cherokee nation.

Which woman should be placed on the $20 bill?

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