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Starbucks will provide a free online college education to thousands of its workers, without requiring that they remain with the company, through an unusual arrangement with Arizona State University, the company and the university will announce on Monday.
The program is open to any of the company’s 135,000 United States employees, provided they work at least 20 hours a week and have the grades and test scores to gain admission to Arizona State. For a barista with at least two years of college credit, the company will pay full tuition; for those with fewer credits it will pay part of the cost, but even for many of them, courses will be free, with government and university aid.
“Starbucks is going where no other major corporation has gone,” said Jamie P. Merisotis, president and chief executive of the Lumina Foundation, a group focused on education. “For many of these Starbucks employees, an online university education is the only reasonable way they’re going to get a bachelor’s degree.”
Starbucks is, in effect, inviting its workers, from the day they join the company, to study whatever they like, and then leave whenever they like — knowing that many of them, degrees in hand, will leave for better-paying jobs.
More of this, corporate America.
Y’ALL NIGGAS HIRING?
Teenager buys £600 worth of shopping for 4p and donates food to charity
A teenager collected hundreds of supermarket coupons to buy £600 worth of shopping for 4p so he could give the food to families.
Jordon Cox, 16, scoured endless websites and magazines and gathered hundreds of coupons for dozens of products.
After spending hours each day searching the internet for coupons, he managed to collect 470, which he took to his local supermarket, and filled three trolleys with food and household items.
The bill came to £572.16, but once the coupons were factored in the bill was reduced to just 4p - a saving of 99.81 per cent.
The teenager, of Brentwood in Essex, donated all his food to the charity Doorstep which gives food to disadvantaged families.
More at the link.
Fucking beautiful. But, you know, teenagers don’t do anything important
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PolicyMic spoke with the freed activist to clear up the biggest misconceptions transwomen face.
a recent spring evening in New York, people gathered at an underground venue in SoHo to hear Laverne Cox (of Orange is the New Black fame) and transgender activistCeCe McDonald discuss art as a vehicle to transform culture, especially in relation to the criminal justice system and transphobia.
This was not the first time Cox and McDonald sat down to chat. In June 2011, McDonald was arrested for the death of her transphobic attacker and sentenced to 41 months in prison. When Cox learned about McDonald’s incarceration, she launched a campaign to confront violence against trans women of color. Cox traveled to Minneapolis to listen to McDonald’s story of how the prison system forcibly attempted to delegitamize McDonald as a woman by putting her in a men’s facility.
Nearly three years after her arrest, CeCe McDonald is free — but the everyday lives of trans women, beyond headlines of violence or flattened narratives about sex work, are only just emerging in mainstream media.
To help correct this, McDonald spoke to PolicyMic, before joining Cox on stage, about seven of the biggest lies perpetuated about transwomen.
1. Transwomen are only attracted to men.Via: David Taffet
McDonald cites the porn industry and its eroticism of trans sexuality for the misconception that all trans women are straight. Ripe with epithets — shemale, tranny — porn too often reduces trans women to fetishized stereotypes. The reality, McDonald says, is that being trans has no relationship to sexual orientation.
"Being trans is just your outer shell, it has nothing to do with your make," she said. "Some trans women choose to be asexual and just love themselves. There’s more to us than the stereotypes placed upon us. I know lots of trans women who are still married to their wives, and who now identify as lesbian.”
2. Trans women can’t be real feminists.Via: Raydene Salinas
Trans women are women and are subject to the same beliefs, ideals, vulnerabilities and prejudices as any other woman, McDonald says, despite the media’s tendency to pigeonhole trans women as too caught up in prostitution or drugs to empower themselves.
McDonald identifies as a feminist and believes in equal rights for women — all women. What could the feminist movement do better? “Accept and acknowledge trans women as women, so that we can all progress together,” she says.
3. Trans women aren’t actual women.Via: Raydene Salinas
Trans women are women. Trans men are men. There’s no distinguishing between a “real” woman and a trans woman. The problem, explains McDonald, is that “trans people are seen as objects or props, and people don’t attach the humanity to us and the things we go through.”
For reference, Barbie is not an actual woman.
4. Most trans women are sex workers or have dysfunctional relationships.Via: Raydene Salinas
It used to be, McDonald said, the only stories to make the news on trans women were if they’d been killed while doing sex work or were victims of hate crimes. Lately, mainstream media has finally begun to showcase the lives of trans women beyond sex work and instead focus on their place in pop culture or trans activists and allies leading grassroots movements against bullying.
McDonald points out that trans people have loving relationships and live normal lives.
"Always hearing stories about us being killed from tricking someone or being a porn star — we’re just so much more than that," she told PolicyMic. “This movement exists.”
5. Trans women dress like RuPaul.Via: AP
"Trans women are women. Not transvestites, not drag queens," McDonald said. RuPaul is not a woman. In fact, RuPaul’s Drag Race, a long-runningshow on Logo TV recently ignitedcontroversy and outrage with a mini-segment titled “Female or Shemale,” in which the audience guessed whether women were trans or not based on pictures of body parts.
Logo TV eventually offered an underwhelming apology, but the ironic association of RuPaul with the trans community will likely continue.
6. Trans women live in shame.Via: Flickr
McDonald points out that a lot has changed in the last few years, and that this next generation of trans kids will have a much brighter future. PolicyMic has written before how trans rights became the civil rights struggle of our generation. “Now that I see young people coming out more and more, there’s some progress on how people are rearing their children to not be discriminatory,” she said. “There’s been a movement to show people the stories of trans women thats put us in a more positive light.”
7. All trans women have the same life experiences.
McDonald says that trans women, like any group of random humans, have different life experiences.
How might one get to know what it’s like to be CeCe? “Ask,” she said. ”It doesn’t hurt to sit down and get to know somebody. I know there are lots of times where people assume things about me, and then they have this perplexed look on their face when I explain who I am. When you take time to get to know a person, that’s how you learn.”
Source: Caira Conner for Policy Mic
There’s a lot I don’t understand — and may never understand — about the trans community.
But I’m paying attention, listening and reading. And learning.
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Seven year old AngeMarie has always felt different. Who wouldn’t when your best friend is literally attached to you? The Poof is a great ball of curly hair that sits directly on top of AngeMarie’s head. His magical and playful nature always seems to produce mischief and adventure. In book one of The Magic Poof series, AngeMarie must decide what to wear for school picture day. But The Poof also wants to look good for picture day! How does AngeMarie look her best and keep her enchanted and hairy friend a secret? In the end, both The Poof and AngeMarie find that compromise is the key in any friendship.
began his creative career in second grade by recording epic stories with his best friend. His love of storytelling and theater carried him through Arizona State University and into the film industry. One day, while working to help other industry creative types achieve their dreams, Stephen played with his wife’s big poof of curly hair at the breakfast table before she’d had her tea. After enough time spent stretching her hair into shapes and giving it a funny voice, he came up with The Magic Poof. Upon vetting his idea with African-American and educational scholars, he set his own dream in motion. Stephen currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their star-in-the making Havanese dog, Buttercup. He is hard at work on the next Magic Poof book and animated series, as well as several other television projects.